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New England

 LAST UPDATE 03/17/19

Exam information also available at:

Below you will find a list of EXAM and HAMFEST DATES. We will do our best to keep this list up-to-date. Please send along any additions and corrections to Joy Lynne Foss, Public Information Coordinator at




Wednesday,  March 20th 5:30 PM United Veterans of Maine 358 Washburn St Caribou. Pre-registration only ( )Sponsor: United Veterans of Maine Contact: Brandin S. Hess 987-6716

Saturday, March 30th 12:30pm Ramada Conference Center 490 Pleasant Street Lewiston. Please bring a photo ID and $15 for the exam. Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club Contact: Ivan Lazure, N1OXA at, or 577-5152

Saturday, April 6th 10:00 am Winslow Publlic Library 136 Halifax Stgreet Meeting Room Winslow, walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Waterville Area Wireless  Assocation Contact: Weldon Black 873-3869




Tuesday, April 16th Caribou

Saturday, April 20th Ossipee, New Hampshire 

Saturday, April 27th Rockland


These are tentative dates only. Please check with the contact person before traveling to verify date, time, location and exams being offered.  Bring two forms of identification, including a photo I-D as well as the original and photocopies of all current FCC licenses and certificates of successful completion of exam. The photocopies will not be returned. Persons needing special accommodations should check with the contact person in advance of the exam date. 


REMINDER -- When preparing for an exam, be sure you are studying the current question pool.

*Technician Class (Element 2) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2018, and will be valid until June 30, 2021

**General Class (Element 3) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2015, and will be valid until June 30, 2019. 

***Amateur Extra Class (Element 4) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2016, and will be valid until JUNE 30, 2020. 


 *****Web site addresses for today’s announcements are on the ARRL Maine Section Web Page as a Link for your convenience.   *****



GENERAL CLASS (Element 3) question pool valid until JUNE 30. 2019. You will need a new book  as of July 1st.




Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club ARES/RACES Meeting Thursday March 21st 1730 EDT Androscoggin Unified EMA Office Basement of Central Fire Station 2 College Street Lewiston


PARC Meeting  Tuesday, March  26th 7:00 pm Milo Town Hall 6 Pleasant Street, Milo


Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club Breakfast Wednesday March 27th 0700 EDT Webster St, Conv and Deli, 715 Webster Street , Lewiston


Waterville Area Wireless Association Saturday April 6th 9:00 am  Winslow Library on Halifax Street. The meeting will be followed by license testing at 10am. Come and see what WAWA is doing this spring.


Greater Kennebec Valley Wireless, Caffeine, Donut, Muffin, & Marching Society - Every Wednesday, 6:00 a.m., and later at Dave's Diner, Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner




Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race 2019

Saturday, April 20th

Volenteers Needed! This event is an exercise for radio communication.

Meeting at Standpipe at 06:30 am. (coffee and donuts supplied) If you are unable to attend the meeting at the standpipe supplies will be available at the comm van KD Plaza East.  Race starts at 0800 called at 1530.  Helpers should be prepared to stay for the whole event, but shorter assignments are possible. 

Please make sure all of your radios are programmed, working and batteries are charged. PSARC will supply J-pole antennas and cable to connect to them.  If you plan to use one of these antennas, bring adapters to fit your radio to the PL-259 connectors of the cables.Please provide that information when signing up to volunteer. for more information or to sign-up contact Steve Jordan, KD1OM sjord1053@yahoo




Friday March 29th - Saturday March 30th

It will take place at the Ramada Conference Center 490 Pleasant Street Lewiston. Admission is $7 per person, children 17 years old and younger get in free. 

Saturday will be the Hamfest starting at 8am till Noon. A VE testing session will be held at 12:30pm,

Come to the convention for the weekend, Ramada Inn's convention room rate is $ 78 single or double per night plus tax, To make your reservations please call 207-784-2331 and mention it is for the convention / ham fest so you get the special room rate.


Go to the club web site to sign up for the tables. Radio clubs and non-profit can sign up for a free table to promote your group. Vendors Sign up before March 24th and get a lower rate. For more information please contact Ivan Lazure, N1OXA at, or 577-5152. 


There are still spots available for talks and seminars Anyone interested to present a talk or seminar, please contact Ivan Lazure, N1OXA or 577-5152. All seminars are free and open to the public.. The talks or seminars should be AMATEUR  Ham related.



7pm, Station Interconnections, N1BOK, Leo Langlier, Me. ARES ASEC

7pm, ARRL FORUM:  Fred Hopengarten, K1VR ARRL New England  Director 

8pm, The Doctor Is In, W1ZR, Joel Hallas, this will be a SKYPE presentation



9am, Digital Emergency Comms in Maine - Status and Directions, KB1TCE, Steve Hansen 

9 am, EM. COMM./ ARES. Leadership Meeting

9 am, Maine Amateur Radio Foundation – BOARD MEETING, Open to  Public

10am, Maine Amateur Radio Foundation – BOARD MEETING, Open to  Public


11am, ARRL FORUM:  Fred Hopengarten, K1VR ARRL New England  Director




Lakes Region Repeater Association,

Ham Radio Flea Market  Saturday, April 20th 9AM - 1PM  Ossipee Town Hall Gymnasium + Function Room 55 Main Street Ossipee, New Hampshire Adimission is $5 Set up at 8AM,  $10, includes 1 entry + 1 table (we supply) or tailgate (you supply) and Testing  Session: 1:30 PM Testing fee $15 

Talk-in: 147.03(+), PL 88.5

(pre-registration is highly recommended) for more information and to register please contact:

LRRA President Clayton Ferry --

LRRA Vice President Shawn Marcotte --



May 3rd 0900h to May 4th 1500h Near-Fest Deefield, New Hampshire

May 17th - 19th, 2019 Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center Xenia, Ohio (Dayton convention)

May 18th New England Antique Radio Club / New England Vintage Electronics Expo Brookline, New Hamshire




ARRL Bulletin 8  ARLB008

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT  March 14, 2019

To all radio amateurs 

ARRL Supports No Change to Table of Allocations for 45.5 - 47 and 47 - 47.2 GHz Bands

The FCC has opened a brief window for public comment on recommendations approved by the World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (WAC). Comments are due March 18th on International Bureau Docket 16-185. The FCC said the short comment period was necessary to allow time to finalize the US position for submission to the upcoming meeting of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL).

The Public Notice can be found in PDF format at, .

ARRL has recommended no change in the 45.5 - 47 and 47 - 47.2 GHz bands, with hopes that commenters will agree. 


ARRL Bulletin 9  ARLB009

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT 

March 15, 2019

To all radio amateurs   

Commenting Electronically on FCC Proceedings  

Those interested in posting brief comments on Petitions for Rulemaking (PRMs) to the FCC, such as the ARRL using the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) should access FCC Electronic Comment Filing System Express at, 

In the "Proceeding(s)" field, enter the number of the PRM, complete all required fields, and enter brief comments in the box provided. You may review your post before filing. All information you provide, including name and address, will be publicly available once you post your comment(s).  Visit "How to Comment on FCC Proceedings" for additional information at .        



ARRL Bulletin 10  ARLB010

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT 

March 15, 2019

To all radio amateurs     

FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal  

The FCC has invited public comments on ARRL's 2018 Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11828, which asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.  

Interested parties have 30 days to comment. This proposals stemmed from the recommendations of the ARRL Board of Directors' Entry-Level License Committee

Specifically, ARRL proposes to provide Technician licensees - both present and future - with:   * Phone privileges at 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to 7.300 MHz, and 21.350 to 21.450 MHz.   * RTTY and digital privileges in current Technician allocations on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters






National Weather Service-Caribou, Maine             

National Weather   Service-Gray, Maine

 Weather Spotter Training Free and open to the public. Sessions Run  1 hr - 2 hr


The National Weather Service needs YOU!

Become their trained eyes and ears as a SKYWARN Weather Spotter.  Weather Spotter Training - Free and open to the public. Sessions Run  1 hr - 2 hFor more information and to register please contact the Knox County EMA office at 594-5155,  or Please include your contact information in case they need to cancel a class. 


First training class  - Saturday, March 30th at 10 a.m.

Second Training class  -  Wednesday April 3rd at 6 p.m. 


The Doctor Will See You Now!  

"SWR Simplified" is the topic of the latest  as of March 14th  Listen... and learn all things technical. You can also email your questions to, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.Pod Casts episodes are archived on the ARRL Website. 



Just make ARRL as your charity of choice on the Amazon web page. With every purchase you make Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL



If you are responsible for a testing sessions, ham fest  or other events, please make sure to send your listing in as soon as you have the date and other info. All info to: Joy Lynne Foss, Public Information Coordinator

Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW, Public Information Coordinator P.O. Box 59, Burnham ME 04922 207-948-6222  



  ***Check out the SWAP NET on Sunday Evenings at 6:30 pm on the link system with Miriam, kc1aih as your net contol, You never know what bargins you can find.  Looking for something put it on the swap net someone just might have it. .Just listening check in anyway to let Miriam know you are there***



Check out a great net on every Sunday at 6:45 pm on the 147.090 W1QUI ( 100+pl)  repeater in Falmouth. New or long time hams are all welcome to join in the  newcomers round table net. Interesting topics are always discussed. Your net controller is Paul Courchene. KJ6JBH


Livermore ME at Tim WT1A's residence.146.895MHz - 103.5Hz(input AND output) Like the Lewiston 146.610MHz-88.5Hz and Poland 147.135MHz+103.5Hz this is a Yeasu Fusion C4FM Digital/Analog Repeater. check for channel activity in other modes before transmitting

Maine Packet Group

1st and 2nd Wednesday 4pm Mt. Washington Repeater 146.655MHz- 100.0MHz HARP Net -Hospital Amateur Radio Program


Lewiston Net on 146.610MHz-88.5Hz Repeater every Thursday, currently is at 7pm. As of January 3rd it will be held at  it's new time 7:30pm.


Maine Officials