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Topics and Links

Most Wireless Society of Southern Maine meetings include a rountable dicussion period about the "topic of the night." These can range from  planning a field operation to ham radio basics such as antenna modelling, dx'ing, operating QRP, digital modes, or even kit building. As this page gets updated, you'll be able to keep up to date with the latest topics, and some of the useful info that rises out of our research, activities, and presentations.

To learn more about upcoming meeting topics and events, click here or on the calendar icon in the left column.

Events

June 28th-29th
The WS1SM team will participate in their 4th ARRL Field Day at Wassamki Springs Campground, on the weekend of June 28-29. Since 1933, Field Day has been a friendly competition that encourages hams to operate "in the field," as a way to practice and demonstrate their ability to provide effective communications without the need of commercial power or well-equipped home stations. The public is welcome to attend, and those interested in participating may inquire at any upcoming meeting between now and June.
Field Day 2014

May 6th
Join us the evening of Tuesday, May 6th, from 7-9PM as WSSM members teach an Introduction to Ham Radio class at the Wells High School. The course is designed to introduce various aspects of the hobby, as well as basic radio theory, and how students can persue earning their first Amateur Radio License. Preregistration is required. 
Wells Ogunquit Adult Ed

April 17th
SKYWARN® Training - 7PM-9PM at the Gorham Recreation Department

The concept of SKYWARN® was developed in the 1960's as a way to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and local communities. It’s a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters across the country. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.


To ensure a network of knowledgeable volunteers and accurate reporting, those who are interested in becoming spotters are asked to attend a training session provided by a local office of the National Weather Service. SKYWARN®  training is provided free of charge and typically covers these areas:
  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety
skywarn

Meeting Topics

May's Topic: Field Day Planning

Join us Thursday, May 8th for our first meeting of the year at Wassamki Springs Campground. We'll talk about preparations for Field Day, including how best to maximize bonus points. If the weather cooperates, we'll also survey the Field Day site for the best antenna locations. Come prepared with your suggestions and ideas about the event. 

The meeting will begin at 7PM in the Banquet Hall. See you there!


April's Topic: Propagation Forecasting

Join us Thursday at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll take a look at some of the tools used to forecast propagation on both HF and VHF, including VOACAP (Voice of America's Coverage Analysis Program), which is a comprehensive ionospheric communications analysis software, and William Hepburne's Tropospheric Ducting Forecast, which uses diagrams similar to weather maps to show regions where tropospheric ducting is likely to occur.

The meeting will take place from 7PM-9PM, in the Fish Bowl room at the Gorham Rec. Department.

March's Topic: Movie Night 

Join us Thursday, March 13th, at the Gorham Recreation Department, for Movie Night. We'll be watching a film about the famous A52A DXPedition to Bhutan which took place in 2000. Directed by, James Brooks, 9V1YC, the film introduces you to a nation and a people rarely seen by the outside world. Experience what its actually like to be behind the scenes at one of the world's ultimate destinations with some of the best operators ever assembled.

The meeting will take place from 7PM-9PM, in the Fish Bowl room at the Gorham Rec. Department.

February's Topic: Movie Night  (CANCELED DUE TO STORM)

Join us Thursday, February 13th, at the Gorham Recreation Department, for Movie Night. We'll be watching a film about the famous A52A DXPedition to Bhutan which took place in 2000. Directed by, James Brooks, 9V1YC, the film introduces you to a nation and a people rarely seen by the outside world. Experience what its actually like to be behind the scenes at one of the world's ultimate destinations with some of the best operators ever assembled.

The meeting will take place from 7PM-9PM, in the Fish Bowl room at the Gorham Rec. Department.

January's Topic: Preparing for the Simplex Challenge

Join us Thursday, January 9th, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll take a look at the upcoming Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge contest coming up in February.  Because this is the first year of the club competition, we'll discuss how we can work together to maximize multipliers and points. We'll also talk about recommended equipment and logging suggestions.

The meeting will take place from 7PM-9PM, in the Fish Bowl room at the Gorham Rec. Department.



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Helpful Links

ARRL

DX Info Centre

SM3CER Contest Service

Echolink
Radio Amateurs of Canada

DX Coffee

DX World

DX Summit
Radio Society of Great Britain

425 DX News

N3GK

AMSAT
Romanian Federation of Radio Amateurs

QRZ.com

Ham Atlas

AC6V

Amateur Radio
There are literally hundreds of resources online for the radio amateur, but we've made an effort to collect links to some of the best websites in the radio community. Please keep checking, as we will continue to update this page as new sites are brought to our attention.

ARRL Division & Section Pages:

New England Division
Maine Section
New Hampshire Section
Connecticut Section
Western Mass Section
Eastern Mass Section
Rhode Island Section
Vermont Section
Eastern New York Section

Maine ARES
New Hampshire ARES
Eastern Mass (NTS)
Western Mass (NTS)
Other Ham Radio Links:

Critical Radio
AM Fone
British DX Club
New England Repeater Directory
New York Repeater Directory
World Radio Magazine
AMRAD
WBCQ
AC6V's Amateur Radio Glossary of Jargon
W5YI Resources for Amateur Radio
Radio Amateurs of Canada
HamCall.net
1X1 Special Event Call Book


3.905 Century Club
G4FON Morse Trainer
REACT
RSGB Islands On The Air (IOTA)
The AM Window
D-STAR Reflector
The National Radio Club
CQ Magazine
CQ Ham Radio
Summits On The Air (SOTA)
FISTS CW Club
ARRL National Traffic System
Ham Radio Tech

Clubs
Maine           
KQ1L Home Page
Pine State Amateur Radio Club
Yankee Amateur Radio Club
Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Association
Waterville Area Wireless Association
Portland Amateur Wireless Association


Vermont
Southern Vermont Amateur Radio Club
Champlain Valley Amateur Radio Club

Maritime Provinces

Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Society

Rhode Island
RIAFMRS
Providence Radio Association
Newport County Radio Club
New Hampshire
Saddleback Repeater Association
White Mountain Amateur Radio Club
Port City Amateur Radio Club
Twin State Radio Club

Connecticut
Shoreline Amateur Radio Club
Northville Amateur Radio Association
Eastern CT Amateur Radio Assn.
Middlesex Amateur Radio Club
Pioneer Valley Repeater Association
Southern Berkshire ARA
Insurance City Radio Club

New York
Troy Amateur Radio Association
Speculator Amateur Radio Club
Albany Amateur Radio Association
Saratoga County RACES
Lockport Amateur Radio Association
Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse

Massachusetts
Northern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club
Franklin County Amateur Radio Club
Hampden County Radio Association
KD1XP Repeater Group
Mount Greylock Expeditionary Force
Mount Tom Repeater Association
Boston Amateur Radio Club
Central Mass Amateur Radio
Women Radio Ops. of New England
N1NMO / N1IMN Repeater System
Montgomery Amateur Radio Association
Framingham Amateur Radio Association
Whitman Amateur Radio Club

DX
Clubul Sportiv Petrolul Ploiesti de Radioamatorism
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Dolemites Radio Club
Dundalk Amateur Radio Society
YO DX Club

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