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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.
October 22nd
The WSSM-ECT will participate in it's second annual Simulated Emergency Test on Saturday, October 22nd, from 8am-12pm. The SET is a nationwide excercise in disaster response and emergency communication, in which volunteers respond to a mock emergency or disaster.

Our team will attempt to establish communications with each of the FEMA designated shelters throughout the county, and relay reports to and from the Cumberland County EMA, National Weather Service, Maine Emergency Management, and other EMCOMM groups throughout the state.
2016 SET

September 10-11th
The WS1SM team will activate Acadia National Park (NP-01) for National Parks on the Air (NPOTA), celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the National Parks System, as well as the 100th Anniversary of Acadia. The team will operate from various locations within the park.

NPOTA is a year-long on-air activity promoted by the American Radio Relay League. To find out more, please click here. As of the beginning of September, there have been over 11,000 activations from National Parks, monuments, and historic parks around the country.

WWFF: KFF-0001, NPOTA: NP01, Bass Harbor Head Light ARLHS: USA041, Cadillac Mountain SOTA: W1/DI-001
NPOTA Acadia 2016

August 20-21st
The WS1SM team will activate another Maine lighthouse for this year's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) on August 20-21st. We plan to operate mixed HF on battery power, as well as some VHF.

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is an annual amateur radio activity started in Scotland by members of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group. It evolved from the Scottish Northern Lighthouses Award Weekend into an international event in 1998. This year, nearly 450 lighthouses and lightships, in 85 different countries are expected to participate.

ILLW 2016

June 25-26th
The WS1SM team will participate in their 6th ARRL Field Day at Wassamki Springs Campground, on the weekend of June 25-26. 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.
2016 WSSM Field Day is June 25-26!

April 23rd
The WS1SM team will provide communications for Walk MS: Portland, on Saturday, April 23rd, in Portland. Volunteers will meet at the Portland Expo Center (239 Park Avenue, Portland, ME) at 7:00am and the walk will begin at 9:00am.

Approximately 6 miles in length, Walk MS: Portland is comprised of teams of walkers raising funds to help people who have MS, and their families, through MS education, support, advocacy, services, and research.
For more information, please click here.
MS Walk 2015

March 25-26th
Visit our booth at this year's Maine State ARRL Convention, which will take place March 25-26 at the Ramada Inn, in Lewiston, ME.

This is a great opportunity to get together, take part in the seminars and exam sessions, and meet friends who you've spoken with on the air. There will also be vendors on hand, as well as a radio and electronics flea market.

The Ramada Inn & Convention Center is located at 490 Pleasant Street, in Lewiston, ME - just off Exit 80 of the Maine Turnpike. Click here for more details.
March 25-26 is the 2016 Maine State Convention

March 3rd 
Winter 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 .

January 30th
Join us the morning of Saturday, January 30th, as we'll setup an amateur radio display and live demonstration during the Emergency Preparedness Fair, which will take place from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Church of Latter Day Saints, on 29 Ocean House Road, in Cape Elizabeth, ME.

Other presentations will include emergency power, document protection, and more!
Emergency Preparedness Fair

Meeting Topics
December's Topic: Holiday Gathering & Pot Luck

Join us Thursday, October 13th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, for a Holiday Gathering & Pot Luck. If you are able to, we encourage you to bring your favorite dish or treat to share. 

November's Topic: The Art of Knot Tying, with Charlie Shepard W1CPS

Join us Thursday, November 10, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, ME. Charlie W1CPS, will demonstrate some basic and intermediate knot tying techniques, that are helpful in many amateur radio scenarios, including securing wire antennas to trees, masts, and other structures.

October's Topic: Planning for the 2016 Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

Join us Thursday, October 13th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, ME. We'll be finalizing our plans for this year's Simulated Emergency Test (SET), which takes place on Saturday, October 22nd, from 8AM-12PM.

September's Topic: Annual Business Meeting and Officer Elections

Join us Thursday, September 8th, from 7pm-9pm, at Wassamki Springs Campground, as we'll hold our annual business meeting, complete with officer elections. Frank K5HS was kind enough to send out an email listing our officer nominees. These include: President: Frank Allen (Incumbent), CJ Carlsson, and Tim Watson. Vice-President: Ronello Vaughn (Incumbent). Secretary: Ryan Michaelson. Treasurer: Charles Shepard.

August's Topic: Recap of Communications Test / Officer Nominations

Join us Thursday, August 11th, from 7pm-9pm, at Wassamki Springs Campground, as we'll recap our successful communications test between NWS Gray and the CCEMA Bunker, in Windham. We'll also discuss some upcoming events, including the ILLW activation of Portland Head Light, and an NPOTA activation in early fall. August is also the final meeting before September's Annual Business Meeting, so we'll begin taking nominations for officers.

July's Topic: GYX Station Upgrades

Join us Thursday, July 14th, from 7pm-9pm, at Wassamki Springs Campground, as Ryan KB1YTR, Tim KB1HNZ, and Frank W1FRA, describe the recent station upgrades to the ham station at the National Weather Service, in Gray, and discuss best practices for using the the new capabilities.

June's Topic: Field Day Preparation

Join us Thursday, June 9th, from 7pm-9pm, for our first meeting of the year at Wassamki Springs Campground! The topic for the evening will be Field Day preparation, as we'll take a look at logistics, purchases, and how to best maximize bonus points.

May's Topic: Special Guest, Paul Alberghini W1IMD

Join us Thursday, May 12th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as special guest, Paul Alberghini W1IMD, will give a presentation about the challenges of building his impressive HF station on the site of a former AT&T Long Lines tower in Southwestern Maine.

April's Topic: ARISS

Join us Thursday, April 14th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll have a conversation about Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. This will be a great opportunity to share your own experiences of making contacts with the ISS, or if you never have, its a good way to learn about the techniques involved. This topic also coincides with a SSTV Special Event onboard the ISS, which is taking place between April 11-14th.

March's Topic: Clublog

Join us this Thursday, March 10th, from 7pm-9pm,  at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll take a look at, and discuss how the powerful reporting features of the tool can be helpful to the serious DXer or even a casual operator.

February's Topic: "Why use JT65?" and Intro to VOACAP

Join us Thursday, February 11th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll answer the question "Why use JT65?" and also take a closer look at the propagation analysis program VOACAP.

January's Topic: WSSM Emergency Communications Team

Join us Thursday, January 14th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll discuss a proposed amendment to the WSSM By-Laws, which aims to establish a new membership category for those interested in emergency communications. We'll also look over a constitution that will formally establish the WSSM Emergency Communications Team.

December's Topic: CCEMA Update & Next Steps

Join us Thursday, December 10th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll discuss our progress with Cumberland County EMA, and talk about some of our next steps with the project and goals for 2016.

Helpful Links

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Romanian Federation of Radio Amateurs

Ham Atlas


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 & Sections

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

Public Service

Maine ARES
New Hampshire ARES
ARRL National Traffic System
Air Force MARS
Navy-Marine Corps MARS
Civil Air Patrol

Repeater / Frequency Resources

New England Repeater Directory
New York Repeater Directory

Call Sign Lookup / Callbooks
1X1 Special Event Call Book

Vintage Radios / Collecting

Critical Radio


CQ Magazine
CQ Ham Radio
QST Magazine


British DX Club

Operating Clubs / Organizations

3.905 Century Club
RSGB Islands On The Air (IOTA)
Summits On The Air (SOTA)
The AM Window
D-STAR Reflector
The National Radio Club
AM Fone


Ham Radio Tech
G4FON Morse Trainer
W5YI Resources for Amateur Radio
AC6V's Amateur Radio Glossary of Jargon
QRZ Practice Exams


KQ1L Home Page
Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club
Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club

Pine State Amateur Radio Club
Yankee Amateur Radio Club
Merrymeeting Amateur Radio Asso.
Waterville Area Wireless Association
Portland Amateur Wireless Association


Southern Vermont Amateur Radio Club
Champlain Valley Amateur Radio Club

New Hampshire

Saddleback Repeater Association
White Mountain Amateur Radio Club
Port City Amateur Radio Club
Twin State Radio Club

Rhode Island

Providence Radio Association
Newport County Radio Club

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
Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club


Northern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club
Mount Greylock Expeditionary Force
Barnstable Amateur Radio Club

Franklin County Amateur Radio Club
Hampden County Radio Association
KD1XP Repeater Group
Mount Tom Repeater Association
Boston Amateur Radio Club
Central Mass Amateur Radio
N1NMO / N1IMN Repeater System
Montgomery Amateur Radio Association
Framingham Amateur Radio Association
Whitman Amateur Radio Club
Southeastern Mass. Amateur Radio Club
Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association

New York

Troy Amateur Radio Association
Speculator Amateur Radio Club
Albany Amateur Radio Association
Saratoga County RACES
Lockport Amateur Radio Association
RPI Amateur Radio Club
Liverpool Amateur Radio Club
TRYON Amateur Radio Club
Tompkins County Amateur Radio Asso.

The Maritimes

Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club
Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Society


Clubul Sportiv Petrolul Ploiesti
YO DX Club
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Dolemites Radio Club
Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society
Guernsey Amateur Radio Society
German DX Foundation
Clipperton DX Club

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International Broadcasters

Below you'll find QSL information and links to some of the most popular International Broadcasters. For current schedules and frequencies, check out Primetime Shortwave's weekly update, or listen to Glenn Hauser's World of Radio program.

Click here to download and print WSSM's Reception Report form.

Click here to download an editable Reception Report form.

Radio Prague
Radio Prague - Prague
QSL: via online form or:
Vinohradska 12
120 99 Prague 2

Polish Radio
Polish Radio - Warsaw
QSL via online form or:
Al. Niepodleglosci 77/85
00-977 Warsaw

Deutsche Welle
Deutsche Welle - Bonn
QSL via: or:
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3
53113 Bonn
Radio France International
Radio France Int'l - Paris
QSL via: or:
80 rue Camille-Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

Radio Sweden
Radio Sweden - Stockholm
QSL via: or:
Radio Sweden - English Section
S-105 10 Stockholm

BBC World Service
BBC World Service - London or:
1st Floor Brock House
19 Langham Street
London W1A 1AA
Radio Romania International
Radio Romania - Bucharest
QSL via online form or:
P.O. Box 1-111
014700 Bucuresti

Scandinavian Weekend Radio
SWR - Virrat
QSL via: or:
P.O. Box 99
FI-34801 Virrat

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 Live Sports - London
1st Floor Brock House
19 Langham Street
London W1A 1AA
Voice of Turkey
Voice of Turkey - Ankara
QSL via: or:
P.O. Box 333
06443 Yenisehir, Ankara

Vatican Radio
Vatican Radio - Vatican City
QSL via:
or by post:
Palazzo Pio Piazza Pia, 3
00120 Vatican City

Radio Slovakia International
Radio Slovakia  - Bratislava
QSL by post:
 Rozhlas a Televizia Slovenska
Mytna 1, P.O. Box 55
Bratislava 15,  817 55

Africa / Asia & Oceana
Radio Australia
Radio Australia - Melbourne
QSL via online form or:
GPO Box 428
Melbourne, 3001

PCJ Media
PCJ Media - Taipei
QSL via online form or:
8th FL, No. 47, Lane 31, Section1, Sanmin Road
Taipei, 22070

TAIWAN - Republic of China

Channel Africa
SABC -  Johannesburg
QSL via: online form or:
Private Bag X1
Auckland Park
Johannesburg, 2006

Radio New Zealand International
RNZI -  Wellington
QSL via: or:
P.O. Box 123

KBS World Radio
KBS World - Seoul
QSL via: online form or:
18 Yeoido-dong,
Seoul 150-790

Voice of Vietnam
Voice of Vietnam
QSL via: or:
Overseas Service
45 Ba Trieu Street
Ha noi
Voice of Israel
Voice of Israel - Tel Aviv
QSL via online form or:
Reception reports may be sent to:
Global 24 Radio
2719 Hollywood Blvd. B-16
Hollywood, FL 33020

NHK Radio Japan
Radio Japan - Tokyo
QSL via: or
NHK, 2-1
Jinnan 2-chrome
Tokyo, 150-8001

Radio Kuwait
Radio Kuwait
QSL by post:
P.O. Box 193
Safat, 13002
Radio Taiwan
Radio Taiwan - Taipei
QSL via online form or:
55 Pei'an Road
Taipei 10462
TAIWAN - Republic of China

CRI English
China Radio Int'l - Beijing
QSL via: or:
16a Shijingshan Rd
Beijing 10040

All India Radio
All India Radio
Reception Report  available here or:
Akashvani Bhavan
Parliament Street
New Delhi - 110001

Voice of America
VOA - Washington
QSL via: or:
330 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20237

Armed Forces Network
QSL via:
AFRTS Headquarters - Engineering
601 N Fairfax Street, Rm. 360
Alexandria, VA 22314
WRMI Shortwave
WRMI Radio Miami Int'l
QSL via: online form
 or: Radio Miami International
175 Fontainebleau Blvd. Suite 1N4
Miami, FL 33172

EWTN Catholic Radio
WEWN - Irondale, AL
QSL via: or:
5817 Old Leeds Road
Irondale, AL 35210
WBCQ - Monticello, ME
QSL by post:
WBCQ The Planet
274 Britton Road
Monticello, ME 04760

Radio Habana Cuba
RHC - Havana, Cuba
QSL by post:
Apartado 6240
La Habana
WWCR WWCR - Nashville, TN
QSL by post:
WWCR Shortwave
1300 WWCR Avenue
Nashville, TN 37218

Prime Time Shortwave
Prime Time Shortwave
SW Schedules & Information

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