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  Field Day Edition 2014                                                                                                                         Volume 4, Issue 3

4th Annual Field Day at Wassamki Springs Campground
Scarborough, ME

by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

 Field Day

SCARBOROUGH, ME -  The Wireless Society of Southern Maine took part in their 4th ARRL Field Day on the weekend of June 28-29, at Wassamki Springs Campground in Scarborough. Operating battery power, the WS1SM team matched their previous QSO record by the 8th hour, amassing more than 650 QSO's on CW and another 380 on SSB.

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Join us for the 2014 Maine QSO Party!

September 27-28
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

 Maine QSO Party 

The 2014 edition of the Maine QSO Party takes place September 27, from 1200 UTC and continues for 24 hours. Maine stations are encouraged to take part and, if possible, consider going mobile or activating a rare county. Last year we had worldwide participation and awarded national winners from as far away as Australia, Germany, and Romania. Join the fun! For more info, and complete rules, click here.

QSL Corner

Here's a QSL card received recently by W1WMG for a 14 MHz QSO on 6 December 2013. The photo depicts a rocket on a launch pad at the European Space Agency, in French Guiana, South America.

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WSSM Visits National Weather Service in Gray

Weather Balloon Launch
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

GRAY, ME - WSSM members visited the Gray office of the National Weather Service on June 24th for a tour of the facilities and an opportunity to learn more about the techniques involved with launching a weather balloon.

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WS1SM Team to Operate IOTA from Seguin Island
July 26, 2014

by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

Seguin Island DXpedition

GORHAM, ME - Join us July 26th as the WS1SM team ventures to Seguin Island to operate an expedition station during this year's Islands on the Air (IOTA) contest, sponsored by the RSGB. We'll be active on HF from about 10am-6pm on Saturday.

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BARL celebrates FIFA World Cup with Special Events and Award
2014 FIFA World Cup
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

Ham CalcZX14RJ

The Brazilian Amateur Radio League celebrates the FIFA World Cup with special event stations and the Brazil Soccer Land Award, for QSOs that take place between 1 June - 30 July.

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Upcoming Meetings

August 14th - from 7PM-9PM at Wassamki Springs Campground

September 11th - from 7PM-9PM at Wassamki Springs Campground


Check out the ads on page 2 to view items for sale, upcoming hamfests, announcements, and wanted items.

Field Day
From the Editor's Desk

Summer on the Air

The summer season is off to a great start! In early May, we hiked up a muddy trail to the summit of Pleasant Mountain to activate our first SOTA of the year. Despite some rather unpleasant weather, we logged almost 60 QSO's on both VHF and HF before dodging sleet and heavy rain on the way back down.

June brought a field trip to the National Weather Service, in Gray, where we were given a tour of the facilities and experienced about what goes into collecting data, developing a forecast, and launching a weather balloon. The baloon part was facinating, and the techniques we learned will be helpful when we launch our own later in the year.

Last week we took part in our 4th annual Field Day at Wassamki Springs Campground! We operated 3A, making over 1000 QSOs in total and captured maximum bonus points! This was truly a team effort. Rick, K1OT spent the winter outfitting a utility trailer, complete with 40' tower and a yagi for 40 meters, and assembled a team of excellent CW operators. Frank, KR1ZAN setup a station with the sole purpose of contacting satellites, and the rest of the team concentrated on 160, 20, and 15 meters SSB. To make it even better, almost everyone who stopped by got a chance to get on the air and make some QSOs - including some newly licensed and soon-to-be licensed operators.

In the coming weeks we'll be venturing to Seguin Island to operate an expedition station during the IOTA contest, and in mid August we'll be activating West Quoddy Head Light for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. For anyone who's interested in joining us during any of our upcoming events, please send me an email, and we'll get you on the list.

The next event for many of us on our summer schedules is the IARU HF Championships, (July 12-13), and the CQ World Wide VHF contest, which goes off the following weekend (July 19-20). Many members are also looking forward to the ARRL 100th Anniversary Convention, which is coming up soon.

Wishing you happy contesting, good DX, and lots of summer fun!


Tim Watson