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September / October 2011                                                                                                                          Volume 1, Issue 1       
WS1SM team operates from Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Tim (KB1HNZ), Jason (KB1UXB), Frank (KR1ZAN) and Ernie (KI1B)

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WS1SM Team Operates ILLW from Pemaquid

On Sunday, August 21st, the Wireless Society of Southern Maine set up a special event station at the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, activating it as US0124 for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. The WS1SM team operated for 7 hours and tallied 96 contacts. More>>

Amateur Radio Course to be held in Scarborough
On Saturday, September 24th, the Wireless Society of Southern Maine will conduct a one-day course designed to help anyone pass their Technician class ham radio test. It will cover all the topics, including FCC rules, Electronics and Radio Theory, as well as RF Safety. There will be a $35 fee to cover materials, and lunch will be provided. An exam session, which is open to the public, will follow immediately, so anyone who has studied independently and is ready to take the exam can join us then. More>>
Projects
Building a Direction-Finding Transmitter
One of the most enjoyable projects that we tackled this summer was constructing a pair of transmitters for radio direction-finding. Of the two that we built, one is a modulated CW beacon, like the ones used for International ARDF competitions, and the other is a "voice" beacon.  More>> 
Brags, Tall-tales, and Awesome Feats
First HF Contact
Jason Andrews, KB1UXB, who got his ticket last November in Topsham, made his first HF contact during the ILLW special event at Pemaquid. The station he worked was Brad, N4PYI, who was operating mobile on 20 meters.
Upcoming Meetings
October 13th - from 7PM-9PM at the Gorham Recreation Department.
November 10th - from 7PM-9PM at the Gorham Recreation Department
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Welcome New Members The Wireless Society of Southern Maine would like to welcome the following new members: Steve Freeman, K1MV, of North Yarmouth, ME and Dave Wood, KB1FGF, of Scarborough, ME.

From the Editor's Desk
Typewriter Okay, the last thing I wanted to do is to go Citizen Kane on you here, but this being the first issue, I thought it would be appropriate to tell a little bit about what our goals are for this newsletter. It isn't just an attractive way to disseminate news, upcoming events and meeting locations to our membership, although that is an important part of any newsletter. The Radiogram is also a way to reach an audience beyond our membership, and even beyond amateur radio. We should always keep in mind when writing an article, that our readers may not be hams at all, but glancing for the first time at the words and images we put forth because it sparked a curiosity  -  one that may lead to them wanting to get their own license, and take part in the fun.
With this in mind, I worked hard to design a format that presents material in what is hopefully an informative and visually stimulating package.  

Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say thanks to everyone who signed up to receive this newsletter so far. If anyone is interested in contributing, just send along a story, idea, brag, or picture to kb1hnz@yahoo.com  I also welcome any comments or suggestions on how to improve The Radiogram for future issues.

 -  Tim Watson, KB1HNZ


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