ARRL Sections - Maine



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New England


LAST UPDATE:  01/15/17

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



Thursday, January 19th, 6 pm Stewart Morrill American Legion #35 413 Broadway South Portland. Walk-ins are welcome. Sponsor: PAWA Contact: John W. Bogner 776-2288 or

Thursday, January 19th, 7 pm Cumberland Cty EMA 22 High St Windham Walk-ins Welcome Sponsor: Wireless Society Southern ME Walk-ins Welcome Contact : (207) 831-8132

Saturday, January 21st Noon, Meadow View Apartments Phase IV Dining Hall, 25 Tweedie Lane in Ellsworth. Walk-ins are welcome and all levels of exams will be given. Sponsot: Poverty Hill Amateur Radio Group. Contact Phil Duggan N1EP with questions or confirmation or call 598-5397.

Monday, February 6th ,  6 p.m. at Topsham American Red Cross, 16 Community Way, Topsham.  Walk-ins welcome, $15.00 cash only. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association.  Contact Donald Wakeman, KA1WAL, 207-751-1166 or

Harvard Cabin 3rd Backcountry VE Session Saturday, February 18th for more information  go to:


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, 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 ARES/RACES meeting Wednesday Jan 18th 1730 EDT Androscoggin Unified EMA Office Basement of Central Fire Station 2 College Street Lewiston


Androscoggin Club Breakfast Wednesday Jan 25th  0730 EDT Held at the Ramada Inn Pleasant Street Lewiston


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




Winter Fest

Saturday, February 25th Le Club Calumet, 334 West River Road Augusta Sponsor:  Augusta Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.88 (PL 100) Contact: Bill Crowley, K1NIT 207-512-0312


The 2017 ARRL Maine state Convention and Hamfest 

Friday, March 31st  and Saturday April 1st 

At the Ramada Convention Center  490 Pleasant St, Lewiston


Friday there are seminars and talks (free) 7 pm- 9pm

Saturday there will be more talks and the hamfest 8 am - noon

With a VE Session at 12:30 pm - Cost is $15 and bring your photo ID 

Check our web site "" for list of Seminar and updates. 




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 



ARRL Bulletin 4  ARLB004

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT  January 13, 2017

To all radio amateurs 

 ARRL Asks FCC to Allocate New 5 MHz Band, Retain Channels and Current Power Limit

ARRL has asked the FCC to allocate a new, secondary contiguous bandat 5 MHz to the Amateur Service, while also retaining four of the current five 60-meter channels and current operating rules,including the 100 W PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal government is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum.


"Such implementation will allow radio amateurs engaged in emergency and disaster relief communications, and especially those between the United States and the Caribbean basin, to more reliably, more flexibly and more capably conduct those communications [and preparedness exercises], before the next hurricane season in the summer of 2017," ARRL said in a January 12 Petition for Rule Making.The FCC has not yet acted to implement other portions of the WRC-15 Final Acts. 

The Petition for Rule Making can be found on the web in PDF format at, 


Space Bulletin 001  ARLS001

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington, CT  January 13, 2017

To all radio amateurs

ARLS001 ITF-2 CubeSat Set to Deploy from ISS

Toshihiro Kameda, JJ3GRX/W3GRX, of the University of Tsukuba's "Yui" satellite project in Japan, reports that the ITF-2 ("Imagine The Future") CubeSat is set for release from the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, January 16, at 0910 UTC.

The 1U ITF-2 was designed and built at the university. The Amateur Radio downlink is 437.525 MHz. Updated information will be announced on the AMSAT Bulletin Board at, .



The Doctor Will See You Now! 

Current topic "Long Delayed Echoes" as of  January 12th Email your questions to: They just might be answer them on the air. Pod Casts episodes will be  archived on the ARRL Website



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If you are responsible for a testing sessios, ham fest, club meetings 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