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New England

 LAST UPDATE 05/19/19

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




Saturday, June 1st 9 am Hermon HS (Hermon Hamfest) 2515 route 2 Hermon Walk-ins welcome. Sponsor: Pine State ARC Contact: Peter Bither 944-2616


Thursday, June 6th 7:00 pm The Point 345 Clarks Pond Pkwy South Portland Walkins are welcome Sponsor: Wireless Society of Southern Maine Contact: Timothy Watson 831-8132


Friday, June 21st 6pm United Veterans of Maine 358 Washburn st Caribou No Walk-ins, must register Sponsor: United Veterans of Maine Contact: Dana  Jones 768-0890 See website to register ahead:


Saturday, June 29th 9:00 AM  Whitefield Fire and Rescue 26 Townhouse Rd Whitefield Walk-ins welcome Sponsor: Lincoln Cty Amt Radio ClubContact: Joseph  Devonshire 549-0061




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.



Wireless Society of Southern Maine is doing a "SOTA"- Summits on the Air at Mount Agamenticus in York, Me between 10am today and 4pm today, The bands being used will 2m, 1.25m and HF between 40m and 10m.  The Summit designator for the SOTA event is " W1/AM-381 (Mt. Agamenticus). Please join in through out the day help get them contacts while on the air!-    


2019 ARRL Field Day is Saturday, June 22nd - Sunday, June 23rd

If your club or group will be participating in Field Day please let Joy Foss K1SEW, PIC know the locations so it can be announced to invite people to stop by.



Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club Breakfast Wednesday May 29th  0700 EDT at Webster St, Conv and Deli, 715 Webster 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




Volunteers needed for this year’s American Diabetes Association bike event, the Tour de Cure, Sunday,  June 9th.  The Start/Finish will be at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in Wells , Maine. The event will include several different length courses so we are looking for several ham radio operators to man communications at Rest Stops.

Required equipment would be a 2 meter mobile radio (hand held radios will not provide reliable communications in this terrain). A Hi-Viz safety vest would be beneficial.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Barry Kray,



Hermon Hamfest is Saturday, June 1st  Hermon HS 2515 route 2 Hermon  Sponsor: Pine State ARC  Talk-In: 146.940 (PL 103.5) Gates open at 6:30 AM for tailgaters (no selling fee) General admission at 8 AM. $5 per person, 12 and under free.

Planned features:

9 AM - VE exams, all classes

9 AM - Magnetic loop seminar/demo

10 AM - Drone seminar and flight


QCWA meeting after Hamfest at a local restaurant

FT-8 station in operation

QSL award checking

Grand prize - Kenwood TM-281A 2M FM rig ( only the ticket needs to be present) and many other prizes, including separate prize drawing for tailgaters/sellers 

Limited number of inside tables for selling (no charge)

50/50 drawing

Good inside area in case of rain

Great food

For more information and for updates you can go to thier website

Contact: Jerry Burns, K1GUP PO Box 61 Carmel, ME 04419 848-3400




ARRL Bulletin 15  ARLB015

From ARRL Headquarters  

Newington CT  May 16, 2019

To all radio amateurs 


The FCC is Not Reinstating a Vanity Call Sign Fee

An erroneous report this week suggested that the FCC planned to again impose an Amateur Radio vanity call sign application (regulatory) fee of $70 for the 10-year term. This incorrect conclusion resulted from an incomplete reading of the May 7th FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the matter of the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for fiscal year 2019.




May 17th - 19th  2019 ARRL National Convention at Hamvention in Xenia, Ohio


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


So Now What?

No new pod cast due to the National ARRL Convention. "So Now What?" podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.  This biweekly podcast has answers to your questions! New episodes will be posted every other Thursday.


The Doctor Will See You Now!  

"It's About Time!" is the topic of the latest  as of May 9th  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


Rod is continueing his Physical Therapy. No big problems.. sends his best 73 to all




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 





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 .



***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***

 New Repeater up and running!!

The new repeater at the bunker is on the air! Time to give it a try--a workout actually. please do a report of your experience with it day or night mobile or fixed. 449.225, negative offset, with a 103.5 TS for more information and send a report Contact: Pete, KC1DFO 


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