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New England


LAST UPDATE:  3/19/18


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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




Saturday, March 31st  12:30 pm Ramada Conference Center 490 Pleasant St Lewiston Walk-ins are Welcome Sponsor: Androscoggin ARC Contact: Ivan Lazure N1OXA 577-5152


Saturday, April 7th 10 am Winslow Public Library 136 Halifax St Meeting Room Winslow Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: WA1WA Waterville Area Wireless Contact: Weldon R. Black 873- 3869


Saturday, April 14th 9 am Machias Savings Bank 581 Wilson St Brewer Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Pine State Amt Radio Club Contact: Peter Bither 944-2616



Tuesday, April 17th Caribou

Saturday April 21st South Portland

Saturday April 28th 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. 


**Please be aware that the Current Technician Class (Element 2) question pool will only be valid until June 30, 2018


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, 2014, and will be valid until June 30, 2018.

**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.   *****



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

Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club Breakfast Wednesday March 28th 0730 EDT at Ramada Inn in Lewiston

Waterville Area Wireless Association meeting will be  Saturday, April 7th, 9am, at the Winslow Public Library, 136 Halifax Street, Winslow. This will be a short meeting as we will be testing at 10am. Come and see what WAWA is doing in 2018.

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



The Port City Amateur Radio Club is haveing thier 2nd Annual Seacoast Amaterur Radio Hamfest and Flee Market. On Saturday, April 7th 8 am - Noon St James Masonic Lodge 77 Tide Mill Road Hampton, NH. 

Admission $5 per person. Children under 12 – Free! Grand Prize tba, and there will be Door prizes. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. VE Session follows the Flea Market

Doors open for set up at 7 am for sellers and vendors.

For more information please contact the PCARC via email or call: Mark Pride (K1RX) (603) 231-8965 or Dick Cooper (W1MSN) (603) 474-2373


The Maine State ARRL Convention and Hamfest is on Friday March 30th ,from 7 pm to 9 pm and Saturday March 31st, from 8 am to Noon. There will be a testing session at 12:30 pm

There will be a Door Prize, and other prizes as well, with coffee with Muffin and Donuts all morning as well.

Ramada Inn room special  is $65 plus tax, per night single or double. Please mention the Ham Convention to get the special rate.


FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018

7pm, RF from final to Antenna, N1BOK, Leo Langlier, Me. ARES ASEC Discussion of Transmission lines, Trans Match (auto and manual)and Baluns. Also talk about Safety

7pm, NWS Skywarn Info, Nikki Becker 

7pm, Backup power for your Station, John Kalotai, Owner of Hamsource He will talk about Batteries, types and size for your home. 

7pm, System Fusion 2 - Digital Voice for Amateur Radio, Andy Mill KD2WA will give overview of amateur digital voice adoption over the last 10 years and take a look at capabilities Yaesu System Fusion brings to the future of our VHF/UHF bands.

8pm, ARRL FORUM:  K1KI, Tom Frenaye, ARRL New England Director Tom will talk about the latest news in the Amateur Radio and ARRL and will have a Questions and Answers Section.



9am, Red Cross Overview, Eric Lynes, Disaster Program Manager A presentation of Red Cross both, from a National and State perspective.

9 am, ARES Leadership Meeting:  KB1TCE, Steve Hansen Steve will conduct a discussion of where ARES is in the state,  

9 am, System Fusion 2 - Digital Voice for Amateur Radio, Andy Mill, KD2WA Andy will give overview of amateur digital voice adoption over the last 10 years and take a look at capabilities Yaesu System Fusion brings to the future of our VHF/UHF bands.

10am, Packet Round Table, WD1O Richard Bates, Update on where Packet is in Maine. And where infrastructure can be established to expand the network in Maine

10am, Maine Amateur Radio Foundation – BOARD MEETING


10am, The Doctor Is In, W1ZR, Joel Hallas, this will be a SKYPE presentation A Q and A, on anything Amateur Radio. So come with Questions and get Answers.

11am, ARRL FORUM:  K1KI, Tom Frenaye, ARRL New England DirectorTom will talk about the latest news in the Amateur Radio and ARRL and will have a Questions and Answers Section.






Weather Spotter Training -

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

National Weather Service-Caribou, Maine             

National Weather   Service-Gray, Maine .




 ***Check out the SWAP NET on Sunday Evenings at 6:30 pm on the link system with Miriam, kc2aih as your net contol, You never know what bargins you can find.  Looking for something put it on the swap net***


The Doctor Will See You Now! 

The Doctor opens the mailbag as of March 15th Listen...and learn all things technical. Email your questions to: They just might  answer on the air. Pod Casts episodes are archived on the ARRL Website. 

The Doctor’s advice is available in book form entitled 'ARRL's Best of The Doctor is In'  Volume 1




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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,  20 Leonard Lane, Burnham ME 04922 207-948-6222  

Maine Officials