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.
summer months, we meet weekly (each Thursday) from 7PM-9PM, at the
Banquet Hall at Wassamki Springs Campground, in Scarborough.
Current Informal meeting place for
off-Thursdays is at Tim Hortons - Rt. 1, in Scarborough
monitor 147.540 MHz simplex, and the 147.045 repeater (+ / 103.5)
Happy St. Patrick's Day
FIELD DAY AT WASSAMKI SPRINGS
ME - The Wireless Society of Southern Maine took part in
their 3rd ARRL Field Day on the weekend of June 22-23, at Wassamki
Campground in Scarborough. Operating battery power, the WS1SM team
doubled their previous QSO record by the 6th hour, amassing more than
120 QSO's on CW alone, 300 on 40m SSB, and another 220 on the
various other bands, including 15m, 20m, 50 MHz, and 144. Thanks to
everyone who contributed to make this our best Field Day yet! To see
photos from the event, please visit our image gallery.
WSSM TEAM ACTIVATES DOUGLAS MOUNTAIN
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
WSSM TEAM ACTIVATES PEMAQUID POINT
LIGHTHOUSE FOR ILLW
ME - WSSM members participate in the International Lighthouse
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.
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.
Wireless Society of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 174,
Scarborough, ME 04074