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LAST UPDATE: 7/13/2014

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 Foss, K1SEW at


Thursday July 17th - 6:00 pm  Lower Community Building of the
Narraguagus Estates in Cherryfield. Walk-ins allowed. Cost is $15.  Sponsor: Poverty Hill Amateur Radio Group. Contact Phil Duggan N1EP 207-546-1575

Thursday July 17th - 6:00 pm Stewart Morrill American Legion #35 413 Broadway South Portland Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor:  PAWA Contact:   John W. Bogner (207) 776-2288


Monday Aug 4th - 6:00 pm Mid-Coast American Red Cross 16 Community Drive Topsham Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Merrymeeting ARA Contact: Donals Wakeman, KA1WAL 751-1166

Saturday, Aug 9th - 9 am American Legion 18 W. Main Street Milo Post Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club Contact Ben Kittredge 943-2849

Saturday, Sept 20th - 10:00 am Alexander Elementary School Route 9 Alexander Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor St. Croix Valley ARC Contact William McGarvery 853-2951

Saturday September 27th - 9:00 am Knox County Emergency Management Bldg. 301 Park St Rockland ME Walk-ins are welcome Sponsor: Pen Bay ARC Contact: Norman R. Smith NY1B (207) 354-6853

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 accomodations should check with the contact person in advance of the exam date.


REMINDER -- The current Technician Class (Element 2) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2014, and will be valid until June 30, 2018.  The current General Class (Element 3) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2011, and will be valid until June 30, 2015.  The current Amateur Extra Class (Element 4) question pool has been in effect since July 1, 2012, and will be valid until June 30, 2016.  When preparing for an exam, be sure you are studying the current question pool.


"The Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club will be holding Technician Class (entry level) FCC Amateur Radio license classes at Mayo Regional Hospital in the Sebec Room in preparation for FCC exams.

The classes will be held on 4 nights from 6 to 8 pm, Friday August 1st; Monday, August 4th; Wednesday August 6th; and Friday August 9th, 2014.
Exams for this class will be given on Saturday, August 9th at 9 am at the Milo American Legion building during the 2014 Three Rivers Hamfest. 
  For more information on this class, please call Dr. Ben Kittredge at 943-2849 or email at  Please RSVP so we can order a study guide for you."  Seating is limited, so please call and reserve your seat ASAP!"





Saturday, August 9th 8:00 am – Noon American Legion Hall 18 West Main Street Milo, Maine Talk-In: 147.210 (PL 71.9); backup 147.105 (PL 103.5)
there will be Buy, sell and swap, Amazing demos, License exams, Unbelievable prizes, Live radio contacts, and the GRAND PRIZE is a X-30A Diamond 2M/440 3.0/5, 5 DB vertical antenna Contact; George Dean WA1JMM 207-441-6112 For further information:





The MS Great Maine Get Away. This is a 2 day event based out of UNE in Biddeford. Both days have multiple routes that need commuications. The dates for this event is Sat and Sun Aug 9-10 volunteers can contact Gary, N1ZNJ or preferably register online at:  click on volunteer  



In September, the 2nd annual BIKE MAINE trek is taking place. This is a week long event and I know that giving up an entire week for most is near to impossible. So what we are asking for are daily volunteers to be at one of the two daily rest stops along the route that is closest to you. We will be traveling daily from one community to another and then spending the night in that community. Between the start and the finish will be 2 rest stops, and that is where you come in.

Listed below are the day and locations of the rest stops:

Sun Sept 7th Standish and Casco

Mon Sept 8th Turner and YMCA Camp in Winthrop.

Tues Sept 9th Belgrade and Sidney

Wed Sept 10th Whitefield and Newcastle

Thurs Sept 11th NONE, LAYOVER DAY

Fri Sept 12th Edgecomb and Dresden

Sat Sept 13th Freeport  

If you live near any of those areas and are available on those days we could and would appreciate your help. As a thank you, you would be welcome to join us at the finish line on the day you volunteer for that evenings meal. For more information on the ride check out You can contact myself (Gary) or Steve, but it is PREFERABLE that you register online.

Thank you,
Gary Gilman, N1ZNJ
AEC. Oxford County CERT Comm.
Oxford County IMAT Team
ALA Trek Across Maine, Communications Volunteer Lead.



Loon Echo Hike and Bike Trek. is on Saturday, September 20th. This is a one day event that starts and ends at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton. It is a multiple route bike trek along with a hike route up the side of Pleasant Mountain.Hams are needed for the hike route, rest stops along the bike routes and SAG vehicles. Anyone who wants to volunteer for this event can go to: and click on the volunteer tab or contact Gary, N1ZNJ by email, and be sure to include your t-shirt size Thank you,
Gary Gilman, N1ZNJ
AEC. Oxford County CERT Comm.
Oxford County IMAT Team
ALA Trek Across Maine, Communications Volunteer Lead 



Androscoggin ARES/RACES meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 16th at 1800 at the Androscoggin Unified EMA Office Basement of the Central Fire Station 2 College Street Lewiston, Me

Andy Club Breakfast meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 30th at 0730 EDT at the Ramada Inn on Pleasant Street in Lewiston, ME

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





Weather Spotter Training - Free and open to the public.








The Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club is now using a new analog and
digital repeater on 146.610. It receives and transmits the new C4FM
digital mode from Yaesu and can also be used like the normal .61
analog repeater always has been.

The digital mode sounds a lot like static from an open squelch on your
radio. If you would rather not hear that digital noise you can set
your analog radios' receiver to use the 88.5 PL tone the repeater
transmits to block the digital noise and only hear analog
conversations. As usual there is no PL tone needed on the repeater
input frequency to key up the analog mode of the repeater. Analog
users who use the 88.5 receive tone squelch please check your signal
meters before keying up the repeater to make sure not to interfere
with someone you can't hear who is working the digital mode.

The club is beta testing this new repeater for the manufacturer who invites hams to use all the repeaters functions, digital or analog, you are able to and wants your comments on the new repeaters operation. Email your comments to along with your name and callsign so they can be forwarded to the project manager.

For more information on the System Fusion digital and analog repeater
go to 








Glenn Baxter of Belgrade Lakes, former license holder of the callsign K1MAN, has lost his on-going battle with the FCC.  On June 23, the Commission dismissed his license renewal application, which had been pending since 2005, because Baxter has failed to pay a $10,000 fine assessed because of violations of FCC regulations.  The dismissal took effect immediately.

For the full story, go to:

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Up here in Maine, the Yarmouth Radio Club got an outstanding front page hit in this past Tuesday's (7/1/14) "Portland Daily Sun"!!

For the full story, go to:

"Waldo County Hams Well-Equipped, Skilled in Emergency Communications" Article by Phil Duggan N1EP, Maine ARES
Section Emergency Coordinator put on line by the Bangor Daily News and the Penbay  Pilot.

For the full story, go to

ARRL Bulletin 13 ARLB013
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 12, 2014
To all radio amateurs 

FCC Decides Not to Adopt New Rules Affecting 902-928 MHz Band
The notice can be found on the web in PDF format at,


ARRL Bulletin 14 ARLB014
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 23, 2014
To all radio amateurs

ARLB014 Changes to Amateur Service Part 97 Rules Go Into Effect on
July 21

  Special Bulletin 10 ARLX010
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 23, 2014
To all radio amateurs

ARLX010 2014 W1AW Field Day Bulletin Schedule

Any additional transmissions or changes in the schedule will be
posted on the web at, w1aw sked.pdf




Androscoggin ARES/RACES Net Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the 146.610 MHz (no PL) repeater. Backup frequency 146.450 MHz simplex.  Monthly meeting on the third Wednesday at 6 p.m., Androscoggin Unified EMA Office, basement of Central Fire Station, 2 College St., Lewiston

Aroostook Emergency Net Monday at 8:00 p.m. on the 146.730  (no PL) repeater

Cumberland County ARES Net meets every Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. on the 147.730 (PL 100 HZ) machine.

Franklin County ARES Net meets every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on the 147.180  (PL 123 HZ) Farmington repeater.  The team meets on the first Wednesday at the Franklin County Courthouse, 140 Main Street, Farmington, at 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome.

Hancock County EMCOMM (ARES) Net Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., on the 146.910 (PL 151.4 HZ) repeater. All licensed operators are welcome and encouraged to check-in and participate.

Kennebec County ARES Net Sunday at 7:00 p.m. on the 145.390 repeater (PL 100 HZ).

Lincoln County ARES Net Sunday at 7:00 p.m.on the 146.985 MHz (no PL) repeater

Maine Emergency Communications Net Sunday at 4:30 p.m.on 3940 KHz (alternate freq. 7180 KHz).  K1JJS, Net Manager.

Maine Public Service Net Sunday at 9:00 a.m., 3940 KHz..  K1NIT, Section Manager, conducts administrative duties as Net Control the last Sunday of each month. FMI contact Al Sirois, N1MHC, Net Manager and Lincoln County ARES Emergency Coordinator.

Midcoast ARES Net Monday at 7:30 p.m.on the 147.210 repeater (PL 100 Hz).

Oxford County ARES Net second, third, fourth, (fifth) Monday at 7:30 p.m.on the KQ1L 146.88 (PL 100 Hz) repeater

Penobscot County ARES Net fourth Wednesdays, 7pm local time on the 145.450 (WA1RES) repeater (pl tone is 67.0).  We do monitor the N1ME repeater in case someone cannot reach the WA1RES repeater. Kevin 'Doc' Badger, N0UKM American Red Cross ME region Communications Lead, Penobscot County ARES Emergency Coordinator,  Penobscot County RACES County Radio Officer

Piscataquis County ARES Net Wednesdays, following the Piscataquis ARC on-the-air weekly meeting (which starts at 7:00 p.m.), 147.105 MHz repeater (PL 103.5).

Somerset County EmComm Net first and third Mondays on the 146.970 (PL 100 HZ) Sugarloaf repeater and on the second, fourth, and fifth Mondays on the 146.730 (PL 91.5 Hz) Madison repeater. All nets start at 7:30 p.m.

Twelve County Emergency Net opens around 9:30 a.m. (at the close of the Public Service Net on 75 meters) each Sunday, on the KQ1L linked  repeater system. Net manager: KA1RFD.

Waldo County ARES/RACES Net Monday (except the first Monday) at 7:30 p.m.on the 147.27 (PL 136.5 HZ) repeater.

Washington County ARES on-the-air meeting Monday on the 147.330 (PL 118.8 Hz) repeater at 7:00 p.m. All licensed amateurs are invited to check in.

York County ARES Training Net, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Mt. Hope repeater (145.210 MHz, 156.7 pl tone).  Group meets first Thursday, 6:00 p.m., York County Government Building, 149 Jordan Springs Rd. (Route 4), Alfred.

28/88 VHF ARES Traffic Net  Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on KQ1L linked repeater system.  Join W1LWT in learning and sharing information to build your knowledge and skill about emergency preparedness and message handling



Central Maine Swap Net Sunday 7:00 on the KQ1L link system.  Buy, sell, or trade ham and computer gear.  KB1GVS net manager.

Chimes Net Daily at 8:00 p.m. on the 147.060 (PL 91.5) repeater

Maine Seagull Net Monday thru Saturday at 5:00 p.m., 3940 KHz, LSB. Handling traffic into, out of, and throughout the State of Maine.  K1GUP net manager.

Maine Slow Speed Net  Monday thru Friday, 6:00 p.m. 3585 KHz.  Traffic handling at slow speeds.  N1NGM net manager.

Maine Swap Net Sunday 7:00 p.m. on the KQ1L link system.  W1SSF net control.  Buy, sell, or swap amateur radio and computer items.

Maine Pine Tree Net  Daily at 7:00 p.m. on 3596 KHz. Traffic into and out of the State of Maine.  W1KX net manager.

Midcoast NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System) VHF Digital Net Sunday at 7:00 on the 147.060 (PL 91.5) repeater. This net is for practice in using W1HKJ's Fldigi, Flwrap and Flmsg applications for the transmission of messages and files

New England Party Line Net Mondays and Thursdays at 7:00 a.m. on 14.293 Mhz USB.  W1UZR net manager

New England Weather Net  Daily 5:30 a.m. 3905 KHz LSB. N1MHC net manager

Piscataquis ARC On-Air Meeting Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. on 147.105 repeater (PL103.5)

Radio Adventurers of Maine Sunday, 8:00 p.m., KIQ1L link system.  W1LWT net manager

Southern Aroostook Repeater Group Thursday, 7:00 p.m., KQ1L link system.

SSTV Net, KQ1L Link System; Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Send and receive Slow Scan TV Pictures (Martin 2 format).  W1SSF net manager

Waterville Area Wireless Association (WAWA) Net Wednesday 7:30 p.m. on the KQ1L system. Bulletins, club news and activities. Everyone welcome.

WX1GYX Skywarn Training Net  Wednesday at 8:00 p.m and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., KQ1L Link System. K1WTX net manager. Please visit and bookmark the NEW web site and discussions at:

YL Net every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on the KQ1L linked repeater system. The net is open to all hams, but especially YLs, and has a rotating group of net control stations and weekly topics of interest.




Maine has many amateur radio clubs which support the repeaters, run the VE test sessions, play mentor, assist with events, etc. These clubs can use your membership dollars to help support their activities, as well as advance ham radio in Maine. Help boost ham radio --SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL AMATEUR RADIO CLUB.  Check with other hams in your area to find out about the clubs near you and around the state, or ask about clubs on a repeater; you're bound to get a reply.


Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club

Aroostook Amateur Radio Association

Hancock County EMCOMM Blog

Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association

Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club

Penobscot County ARES

Pine State Amateur Radio Club

Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC)

Piscataquis County ARES

Portland Amateur Wireless Assoc.

St Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club

St John Valley ARA 

Waldo  County ARA

Waterville Amateur Wireless Association

Wide Area Amateur Radio Network (WAARN)

Wireless Society of Southern Maine

Yankee Amateur Radio Club

Yarmouth Radio Club

York County ARES






If you are responsible for a testing session, hamfest or other event, 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 207-948-6222 (home)

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Joy Lynne Foss, K1SEW

P.O. Box 59

20 Leonard Ln

Burnham ME 04922



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