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
Membership is open to
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.
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.
the summer, informal and monthly meetings are held Thursday evenings
from 7PM-9PM at Wassamki Springs Campground, located at 56 Saco Street,
monitor 147.540 MHz simplex, and the 147.045 repeater (+ / 103.5)
FIELD DAY AT WASSAMKI SPRINGS
ME - The Wireless Society of Southern Maine took part in
their 4th ARRL Field Day on the weekend of June 28-29, at Wassamki
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,
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
WSSM TEAM ACTIVATES PLEASANT MOUNTAIN
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
The results are in, and WS1SM earned first place in the Multi-op
category for New Hampshire for the 2014 CQWW VHF Contest! Great work
and congratulations to the team! That makes it 3 years in a row!
WSSM TEAM ACTIVATES WEST QUODDY HEAD LIGHT
FOR 2014 ILLW
ME - On the weekend of August 16-17, the WS1SM team activated
West Quoddy Head Light for this year's International
Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend
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 &
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.
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
team on Grand Manan Island.
East Quoddy Head Light (Head Harbor Light Station) had the designator
CA0047 during the event.
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.
there, we began to setup our 4 stations (3 HF, & 1 VHF). We
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 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.
Wireless Society of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 6833,
Scarborough, ME 04074