Established in 1914 and affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) since 1930, the Portland Amateur Wireless Association has the distinction of being the oldest Amateur Radio club in Maine as well as having been ARRL affiliated longer than any Amateur Radio club in Maine.
The PAWA is general interest Amateur Radio club. Members are active in the many aspects of Amateur Radio ranging from local VHF and UHF communications, long range regional, national and international communications via HF to some of the more exotic modes of communications such as satellite, meteor scatter, moon bounce and auroral communications. Many of the amateur radio modes are used such as CW (morse code), voice and data communications.
The PAWA is also an ARRL Special Service Club. A designation of Special Service Club is given to those amateur radio clubs that go above and beyond what the average amateur radio club does in the areas of New Ham Development and Training, Public Relations, Emergency Communications, Technical Advancement, Operating Activities and other activities that an average amateur radio club does not do.
The PAWA consists of it's membership, a board of directors consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Operator and two Members at Large. The board of directors are elected for a two year term. Several committees are also appointed to oversee the functions of the club.
The PAWA offers many services to its members and the community.
Member services include:
A monthly newsletter (emailed to members).
Voting rights at meetings.
The right to hold office and serve on committees.
The annual Ham of the Year Award.
Use of the PAWA club station (W1KVI).
Discounts at PAWA events (such as our annual hamfest).
Free admission to all PAWA functions (such as our September BBQ and annual banquet in December). For newly licensed Hams, the PAWA offers a free one calendar year membership.
To the amateur radio community, the PAWA offers:
Entry level and advanced Amateur Radio classes.
Amateur Radio testing.
An "Elmers Bureau" (mentoring - help for new hams).
An annual amateur radio hamfest and electronics fleamarket (in April).
Annual operating events (such as Field Day in June)
To the community, the PAWA provides:
Communications for many community events in the Southern Maine area.
Emergency communications during disasters in Cumberland County through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
Membership, meetings and operating activities are open to anyone who is interested in radio communications.