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KB1HNZ
Station Activities Archive

August 2012 - WSSM TEAM ACTIVATES WOOD ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

Wood Island Panorama
BIDDEFORD 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 our image gallery.


June 2012 - FIELD DAY AT WASSAMKI SPRINGS

SCARBOROUGH, ME -  The Wireless Society of Southern Maine took part in their 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.

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May 2012 - GORHAM FOUNDER'S FESTIVAL 

GORHAM, ME - The Wireless Society 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 founding.

 Saturday crowd   Friday night

The event was a big success. 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 page


March 2012 -
ARRL MAINE STATE CONVENTION

At the hamfest
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!

WS1SM team at the Maine State Convention
                          From left to right:  Tim Watson KB1HNZ, Charlie Shepard W1CPS, Rory McEwen KB1PLY,
                     Sam Webber N1WIG, Paul Cereste K1CGZ, Frank Allen KA1QW, and Thom Watson W1WMG.


October 2011 - JOTA AT CAMP BOMAZEEN

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.

Tents at Camp Bomazeen
Overnight accommodations at Camp Bomazeen
Camp Bomazeen
Tim, KB1HNZ, talks about antennas with a group of scouts


June 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 (rotatable dipole).

WA1PLD
Frank Allen, WA1PLD, works 15 meters
Charlie
Charlie Shepard, W1CPS, with Arrow satellite antenna


May 2011 - GORHAM FOUNDER'S 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.

The 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.

Talking Radio
Thom, W1WMG, talks to some folks about ham radio at the Gorham Founder's Festiva
Founder's Festival
Tim, KB1HNZ, works a pileup on 20 meters Saturday afternoon.


April 2011 - HAM RADIO DAY PROCLAMATION

Resolution
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 June 9th.

WS!SM_Proclamation
From 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).


January 2011 - ARRL KIDS DAY

GORHAM, ME - 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.

Charlie sets up for Kids Day
Charlie sets up his station for Kids Day 
Kids Day
Tony (background) greets visitors, while Tim contacts Spain via D-STAR


August 2010 - WS1SM LICENSE GRANTED 

The Wireless Society 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.

Good 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 station for our next meeting at Wasamki Springs Campground, and make a few contacts with the new call.


September 2010 - FIRST ON-AIR ACTIVITY

SCARBOROUGH, 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.

By 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.

During 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 follow).

Frank makes the first contact for WS1SM!
Frank (KR1ZAN) makes the first contact for WS1SM
Tim watches as Ken makes some contacts
Ken (W5KLM) working a station on 20 meters


Wireless Society of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 174, Scarborough, ME 04074