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Contest Announcement: Maine QSO Party is September 27-28th! 

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."

Next meeting is September 11th
Upcoming Event:
Maine QSO Party is September 27-28!

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Field Day 2014

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


SEBAGO, 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), and others. Most recently, on September 22nd, we ventured to the 1382 ft. summit of Douglas Mountain, W1/AM-140, 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 100 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.

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

Lighthouse Expeditions


BRISTOL, ME - WSSM members participate in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, which takes place annually each August, as well as other lighthouse activations throughout the summer months. In recent years WS1SM has operated from Pemaquid Point Light (2011), in Bristol, and Wood Island Light (2012), in Biddeford Pool.

On August 18th, we returned to Pemaquid Point for this year's ILLW, making over 200 contacts with the help of multiple transmitters, including Steve's (N1EOE) "go box" which was outfitted with a Yaesu FT-897, tuner, and battery pack. We also used Tim's (KB1HNZ) Yaesu FT-857 on battery power, Ryan's (KB1YTR) Elecraft KX-3, and Charlie's (W1CPS) Icom IC-7000. Antennas included a BuddiPole rotatable dipole, a G-Whip end fed zepp, a 40 meter dipole, and a multi-band fan dipole.



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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