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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.

September  19th
The WS1SM team will provide communications for the MS Journey of Hope Walk, on Saturday, September 19th, in South Portland. Volunteers will meet at the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine (169 Broadway, in South Portland) at 8:00am and the walk will begin at 10:00am.

Approximately 3 miles in length, the MS Journey of Hope is comprised of teams of walkers raising funds to support the services of Comprehensive MS Care Centers who are partners in MS Care. For more information, please click here.

MS Walk 2015

August 16th
The WS1SM team will activate Cape Neddick Lighthouse for this year's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) on August 16th. 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.

Nubble Lighthouse

July 13-27th
The Wireless Society of Southern Maine is celebrating our 5th Anniversary with special event operations using the call sign W1V, between July 13-27th!

During the two weeks, club members will take turns activating the call sign and we are offering a special certificate with the following endorsements for contacts:  

GOLD for QSOs on 10 or more different band slots
SILVER for QSOs on 5-9 different band slots
BRONZE for QSOs on 1-4 different band slots
W1V Activities

June 27-28th
The WS1SM team will participate in their 5th ARRL Field Day at Wassamki Springs Campground, on the weekend of June 27-28.

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.
2015 Field Day

May 14th

Join us the evening of Thursday, May thth, 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

January 22nd
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 .

Meeting Topics
October's Topic: Providing Communications for Cumberland County EMA

Join us Thursday, October 8th, from 7pm-9pm, at Wassamki Springs Campground, as we'll discuss the possibility of providing cimmunications support for Cumberland County EMA. The discussion will include our potential role in the upcoming SET, organizational and station improvements that will be, and long term goals. 

September's Topic: QIKcom-2 Satellite

Join us Thursday, from 7pm-9pm, at Wassamki Springs Campground, as Frank Krizan K5HS, will provide an overview of QIKcom-2, an upcoming amateur radio APRS satellite, which includes a Touch Tone (DTMF) call sign and grid locator uplink. QIKcom-2 is slated for an early 2016 launch. It will be useful for Ham Radio satellite demos and portable messaging using simple 2 meter FM radios.

The September meeting is also our annual official meeting, which includes officer elections.

August's Topic: Movie Night: 2O12L Olympic Special Event

Join us Thursday, June 11th, as we as we'll watch a film about England's falgship amateur radio celebration of the 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, organized by the Cray Valley Radio Society. 2O12L was located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in South East London, close to three Olympic and Paralympic venues.

July's Topic: W1V 5th Anniversary Special Event

Join us Thursday, July 9th, as we prepare for our W1V Special Event activities, which begin July 13th.

During two weeks, club members will take turns activating the call sign W1V and we are offering a special certificate with endorsements for contacts on 10 or more different band slots for GOLD, 5-9 different band slots for SILVER, and 1-4 different band slots for BRONZE.

Club members are invited to sign up for their preferred time, band, and mode, on a shared document. We'll take a closer look at this during the meeting, and talk about some ideas to make this a fun event for everyone. 

June's Topic: Field Day Preparation

Join us Thursday, June 11th, as we prepare for our 5th annual Field Day, which will take place June 27-28th at Wassamki Springs Campground, in Scarborough. Among the topics that will be discussed are best practices, including band choice, light scheduling, and how to maximize bonus points. Last year, the WSSM team captured the top spot in Maine, and we're looking forward to another great Field Day. Join the fun, and lets do it again!

Click here to download our Field Day Invite

May's Topic: Intro to Ham Radio Class (for Wells-Ogunquit Adult Ed)

Join us the evening of Thursday, May thth, 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 as  pects of the hobby, as well as basic radio theory, and how students can persue earning their first Amateur Radio License. Preregistration is required.

April's Topic: Intro to APRS

Join us Thursday, April 9th, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll take a closer look at the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), by exploring its capabilities and how to get started.

APRS has evolved since the late 1980's into one of the most popular digital communications systems in the world. Communications range from local RF, to worldwide via the APRS-IS Internet backbone. Its used for Announcements, Bulletins, Messages, Alerts, Weather, Position-reporting, and more!

Click here to download our PowerPoint presentation.

March's Topic: DMR

Join us Thursday, March 12th, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll take a look at the digital voice protocol DMR, and explore the DMR-MARC Amateur Radio Network, which expands the range of simple handheld radios to regional, national, and even worldwide coverage. We'll take a look at how to get started, including getting registered, programming your radio, and some of the terminology involved.

Click here to download our PowerPoint presentation.

To learn more, click on the following links:
DMR World Wide Net
DMR Live Monitor
New England Digital Emergency Communications Network
February's Topic: Simplex Challenge Preparation

Join us Thursday, February 12th, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll take a look at the upcoming Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge contest coming up this Sunday.  Since the club competition was introduced last year, we'll discuss how we can work together to maximize multipliers and points. We'll also talk about recommended equipment and logging suggestions.

If we have time, we'll also take a look at a video provided by Dave KB1FGF, of a classic Maine field day.
January's Topic: Standing Up For Standing Waves

Join us Thursday, January 8th, for our first meeting of the year, as we'll watch a video of Bill Hays, AE4QL's, world-class antenna and transmission line demonstration, Standing up for Standing Waves.

The meeting will take place in the Multi Purpose Room at the Gorham Recreation Department, (75 South Street, Gorham) from 7-9PM.

Helpful Links

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DX Info Centre

SM3CER Contest Service

Radio Amateurs of Canada

DX Coffee

DX World

DX Summit
Radio Society of Great Britain

425 DX News


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.

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
Global 24
WRMI Global 24
QSL via: or: Global 24 Radio
2719 Hollywood Blvd B-16
Hollywood, FL 33020

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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