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.
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.
2013 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 Springs
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.
JOTA AT THE
MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM
BATH, ME - On
October 20th, the WSSM team set up a JOTA station during the Boy Scouts
Camporee weekend at the Maine Maritime Museum. Operating on battery
power, we used a dipole antenna for 40 meters and a BuddiPole rotatable
dipole for 15 and 20 meters. The transceiver used was a Yaesu FT-857D.
The operating location was inside the museum, overlooking the Kennebec
River and the historic Percy and Small Shipyard.
was a lot of fun introducing amateur radio to all the scouts during
Jamboree On The Air, but also in taking the time to talk to scouts from
other JOTA events around the world. We even had some of our boys
talking with scouts in other places, but they were most excited about
making contacts with DX stations who were taking part in the DARC
German Districts contest. One of the scouts had a QSO with a ham in
Luxembourg, and after he set down the mic, asked, “Where’s Luxembourg?”
So, besides being an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of
amateur radio, it also prompted some curiosity in geography.
WS1SM team also demonstrated the techniques involved in radio direction
finding. Hiding a small transmitter that bursts a low-power amplified
morse code signal, the scouts who participated were able to track it
down using triangulation techniques, and a specialized device known as
a Vector Finder. Many of the scouts and visitors who took part said
that this was the most fun they had all day. Though fun, they also
learned about the importance of radio direction finding in aiding
search and rescue operations.
was our second year participating in Jamboree On The Air, and
we’re already looking forward to next year!
August 2012 - WSSM TEAM ACTIVATES WOOD
POOL, ME - WSSM members Thom Watson W1WMG, Sam Webber N1WIG, Dave Wood
KB1FGF, Rory McEwen KB1PLY, and Tim Watson KB1HNZ, activated Wood
Island Lighthouse #US0141 for the International Lighthouse and
Lightship Weekend, on Sunday, August 19th. The island also qualified as
IOTA #NA137 and this was first time Wood Island was activated as US
Islands ME103. The team made 97 QSO's and contacted several other
lighthouses throughout the country and around the world. The station
operated on 100% battery power and consisted of a Yaesu FT857D, an Icom
IC7000, a 40 meter dipole, and a BuddiPole rotatable dipole.To see
photos from the event, including an interactive panorama, please visit
June 2012 -
FIELD DAY AT WASSAMKI SPRINGS
ME - The Wireless Society of Southern Maine took part in
2nd ARRL Field Day on the weekend of June 23-24th, at Wassamki Springs
Campground in Scarborough. Operating battery power, the WS1SM team
equaled last years QSO record, despite having to shut down for nearly
two hours Saturday night because of lightning storms. Most of the
contacts were made on the 80, 40, and 20 meter bands using a variety of
portable antennas. To see photos from the event, please visit our image gallery.
2012 - GORHAM
GORHAM, ME - The
of Southern Maine took part in the Gorham Founder's Festival for the
second consecutive year during Memorial Day weekend, from May 25th -
26th. Members set up an information booth and were on hand to answer
questions about amateur radio. They also operated the club station,
WS1SM, as a special event to help celebrate the anniversary of Gorham's
event was a big
Members talked to many current and perspective hams, and were able to
demonstrate the capabilities of amateur radio to town officials and the
public. The special event station was operated using battery power and
a BuddiPole rotatable dipole antenna.
More pictures can be found on the gallery
ARRL MAINE STATE CONVENTION
LEWISTON, ME - The
Wireless Society of Southern Maine set up a table display and were on
hand to answer questions at this year's ARRL Maine State Convention,
held at the Ramada Inn & Convention Center in Lewiston, on
March 23rd & 24th. We were glad to meet many hams from across
the state who stopped by, and sign up some new members!
left to right: Tim Watson KB1HNZ, Charlie Shepard W1CPS, Rory
Sam Webber N1WIG, Paul Cereste K1CGZ, Frank Allen KA1QW,
and Thom Watson W1WMG.
October 2011 - JOTA AT
NORTH BELGRADE, ME - On
October 15th, the WSSM team set up a JOTA station during the Boy Scouts
Camporee weekend at Camp Bomazeen. Amateur radio was part of the
activities that the scouts could take part in, and many had an
opportunity to get on the air and communicate with other hams and
scouts around the world. Several groups stopped by our station
throughout the day, and many said they enjoyed their first ham radio
experience. Some of the scouts were trying for their radio merit
badges, and others expressed interest in getting a ham radio license of
their own. Thanks to Assistant Scoutmaster, Brandon Wilkins, of Troop
648 in Brunswick, for inviting us.
accommodations at Camp Bomazeen
KB1HNZ, talks about antennas with a group of scouts
2011 - FIELD
DAY AT WASSAMKI SPRINGS
SCARBOROUGH, ME - We
took part in our first Field Day on the weekend of June 26-27, at the
Wassamki Springs Campground, in Scarborough. Choosing not to begin
setting up until 2:00 PM on Saturday, the club station, WS1SM, operated
for 27 consecutive hours. On hand were many club members, as well as
hams and visitors from all over. The main station was an Icom
706MKIIG, using battery power, and several dipole antennas. We also set
up a Yaesu FT-817 to operate VHF / UHF, using 5 watts and a BuddiPole
Allen, WA1PLD, works 15 meters
Shepard, W1CPS, with Arrow satellite antenna
FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT
GORHAM, ME - The
Wireless Society of Southern Maine took part in the Gorham Founder's
Festival during the Memorial Day weekend, from May 27-30. Members set
up a table display and were on hand to answer questions about amateur
radio. They also operated the club station, WS1SM as a special event to
help celebrate the 275th anniversary of the founding of Gorham, Maine.
event was a success for the club, as they signed up new members, talked
to many perspective hams, and demonstrated to town officials and the
public, the capabilities of amateur radio. Members operating the
special event station made over 200 contacts, using several different
modes including SSB, CW, and digital.
W1WMG, talks to some
folks about ham radio at the Gorham Founder's Festiva
Tim, KB1HNZ, works a pileup on
20 meters Saturday afternoon.
2011 - HAM RADIO DAY PROCLAMATION
SCARBOROUGH, ME - Members
of the Wireless Society of Southern Maine pose with the official
proclamation which was signed by the Maine State Legislature,
recognizing April 18th, 2011 as World Amateur Radio Day. Tony
Bessey, representing the Maine Section of the American Radio Relay
League, was kind enough to bring the document to our monthly meeting on
left to right: Jason Andrews (KB1UXB), Frank Allen (WA1PLD), Thom
Watson (W1WMG), Charlie Shepard (W1CPS), Tim Watson (KB1HNZ), Frank
Krizan (KR1ZAN), and Tony Bessey (N1AJB).
2011 - ARRL KIDS DAY
- Kid's Day a success! The Wireless Society of Southern Maine kicked
off the New Year with the Kid's Day Operating Event, held at the Gorham
Recreation Department. The club set up several stations, including two
HF radios, a VHF radio, a D-STAR setup, and a Morse Code Practice area.
Several youths from the area stopped in to see what it was all about,
and a few made contacts on the air. Each participant took home a
special certificate and got to fill out an official WSSM QSL card to
mail to the station they contacted.
sets up his station for Kids Day
(background) greets visitors, while Tim contacts Spain via
2010 - WS1SM LICENSE GRANTED
of Southern Maine applied for a call sign on July 29th, 2010, and
was systematically assigned the call KB1UPU on August 2nd.
About a week later, the club applied for
a vanity call, and on August 24th, was granted WS1SM.
news! Although the call
sign was technically official when it
was posted on the FCC's website on August 24th, the paper license
arrived in the mail on August 30th for WS1SM. Plans are to activate the
for our next meeting at Wasamki Springs Campground, and make a few
contacts with the new call.
2010 - FIRST ON-AIR ACTIVITY
ME - On Saturday, September 18, we made our first contact
with the club
call sign, WS1SM. Frank (KR1ZAN) had the honors. At 1351 UTC, on the 40
meter band, he worked Ron, W4CA, who was operating a special event
called the "Blue Ridge Bonanza." Ron was located at a place called
Rockfish Gap, at mile post zero, on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.
the end of the day, we were able to contact seven more Blue Ridge
Bonanza stations, which qualified us for a certificate from the Roanoke
Valley Amateur Radio Club.
the day, we also had fun
contacting participants in the South Carolina QSO Party, the Washington
"Salmon Run," and made several DX contacts using an Icom 706MKIIG, and
our 20, 40, and 80 meter dipoles - one of which was built by members at
the most recent meeting. We operated from 8AM until 7PM, from the front
lawn of the Wassamki Springs Campground in Scarborough. (Pictures
(KR1ZAN) makes the
first contact for WS1SM
(W5KLM) working a station
on 20 meters
Wireless Society of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 6833,
Scarborough, ME 04074