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The Wireless Society of Southern Maine began as a group of friends with a common interest in ham radio, who met weekly at the Wassamki Springs Campground in Scarborough. In early summer of 2010, these friends decided to create a more formal organization, recognizing a need in the community for a club that was welcoming, helpful, and receptive to new ideas. WSSM brings together both new and experienced operators alike to share in the enjoyment of amateur radio, and also brings together their skills to encourage improvement in all the various phases of the hobby, including public service potential, operating ability, courtesy, and technical proficiency.


Membership is open to all persons interested in radio communications. There is NO requirement to be licensed, however only licensed operators and full time residents of the area can be Full or "voting members." At our monthly meetings, we like to encourage participation in round table discussions covering a wide range of ham radio topics. We cordially invite you to visit us and to become a member.

During the fall and winter, meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 7PM-9PM, at the Gorham Recreation Department, located at the Municipal Center, on Ballpark Road in Gorham. Please click here for directions.

In the summer months, we meet weekly (each Thursday) from 7PM-9PM, at the Banquet Hall at Wassamki Springs Campground, in Scarborough.

We monitor 147.540 MHz simplex, and the 147.045 repeater (+ / 103.5) for "talk-in."

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Field Day 2014
2014 FIELD DAY AT WASSAMKI SPRINGS

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 alone and another 380 on SSB. Once again, thanks to everyone who contributed to make this our best Field Day to date! To see photos from the event, (which will be posted soon) please visit our image gallery.

 Mountain Topping

WSSM TEAM ACTIVATES PLEASANT MOUNTAIN (W1/AM-038)

BRIDGTON, ME - Over the past several years, WSSM members have activated numerous summits across New England, including Bradbury Mountain (ME), Mt. Agamenticus (ME), Mt. Washington (NH), Mt. Battie (ME), Mt. Megunticook (ME), Douglas Mountain (ME), and others. Most recently, on May 4th, we ventured to the 2006 ft. summit of Pleasant Mountain, W1/AM-038, to activate it for Summits on the Air. Using a portable J-Pole for 2 meter FM, and a pair of HF antennas, including a BuddiPole and a G-Whip end-fed zepp, we made over 50 QSO's in just a few hours of operating.

Look for WS1SM spotted on the SOTA Watch website, or monitor 146.520 simplex during the weekends to find us on the air from our next hilltop expedition.

CQWW VHF 1st Place WS1SM         WS1SM Mt. Washington, NH

UPDATE: The results are in, and WS1SM earned first place in the Multi-op category for New Hampshire for the 2013 CQWW VHF Contest! Great work and congratulations to the team!



Lighthouse Expeditions

WSSM TEAM ACTIVATES WEST QUODDY HEAD LIGHT FOR 2014 ILLW

WS1SM ILLW West Quoddy Head Light
LUBEC, ME - On the weekend of August 16-17, the WS1SM team activated West Quoddy Head Light for this year's International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend (ILLW).

Operating 3 stations simultaneously on mixed HF with battery power, the team made over 200 QSO's, many of which were lighthouse-to-lighthouse contacts. Stations consisted of a Yaesu FT897d with a BuddiPole rotatable dipole, an Icom IC706 MKIIG with a SOTA Beams 40m dipole, and an Icom IC7000 with a fan dipole for 10/15/20m.

International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend is an annual radio activity that started 16 years ago in Scotland by members of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group. It evolved from the Scottish Northern Lighthouses Award Weekend into a popular International event, which now sees over 450 lighthouses and lightships participating from over 85 different countries.

West Quoddy Head Light had the designator US0041 during the event.

CAMPOBELLO, NB - On Sunday, August 17, members Ryan Michaelson KB1YTR, Thom Watson W1WMG, and Tim Watson KB1HNZ, ventured to New Brunswick's Head Harbor Light Station, to activate their first Canadian light for ILLW. Using call sign VE9/WS1SM, the team setup Ryan's Elecraft KX3 with a random wire antenna for HF, and also used a Kenwood TMD710 to make several contacts on VHF, including a member of the Swallowtail Lighthouse ILLW team on Grand Manan Island.

East Quoddy Head Light (Head Harbor Light Station) had the designator CA0047 during the event.



SEGUIN ISLAND EXPEDITION

SEGUIN ISLAND, ME - On July 26, an international team of hams set off to Seguin Island to activate it for the 2014 RSGB Islands on the Air Contest. Team members packed their gear aboard the Leeward which departed from Fort Popham early Saturday morning.

Once at the island, our planned operating position, which was Seguin Island Head Light, vanished from view, since it was situated atop a large hill on the far end of the island. Gear was packed aboard an inflatable dinghy and a few people at a time were rowed to shore by one of the ship's crew. Once everyone and everything was unloaded on the small beach, the heavier equipment was piled onto a tram that was pulled to the top by a chain-driven diesel engine. We hiked along a trail on the side of the tram line, and made it to the lighthouse about 15-20 minutes later.

Once there, we began to setup our 4 stations (3 HF, & 1 VHF). We used a variety of wire antennas, a BuddiPole, and mast and beam for VHF. We made many contacts with participating stations, including several other island expeditions around the world.
WS1SM Seguin Island


CLUB LOG

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WS1SM is the official club station of the Wireless Society of Southern Maine. The call sign is activated during contests, special events, and expeditions. Use this handy tool to see if you're in our log.


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