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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
August 16-17th
The WS1SM team will activate West Quoddy Head Light for this year's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) on August 16-17. We plan to operate mixed HF on battery power all weekend, as well as some VHF.

International Lighthouse and Lighthouse 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.

West Quoddy Head Light will have the ILLW designator US0041 during the event.
West Quoddy Head Light

July 26th
The WS1SM team will venture to Seguin Island to participate in the Expedition category in this year's Islands on the Air (IOTA) Contest. We plan to operate mixed HF on battery power all day on Saturday, July 26th. IOTA is an international contest promoting Amateur Radio activity from the world's islands. Anyone wishing to participate, please click here to send a message. There is limited availability and a $35 fee to cover transportation to and from the island. 
Seguin Island Expedition

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

December's Topic: Amateur Radio Direction Finding

Join us Thursday, December 11th, as we'll take a closer look at Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF), as we'll watch an ARVN video about the 2006 USA ARDF Championships, which brought International-style Amateur Radio Direction Finding to the U.S.

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

For more information about ARDF, please click here to visit Homing In.


November's Topic: USB SDR Receivers

Join us Thursday, November 13th, as Ryan Michaelson KB1YTR, gives us an overview of SDR# (SDR Sharp) on Windows, and SDR Touch on Android. Both are open source softwares that make use of a USB based radio module. The meeting will take place in the Multi Purpose Room  at the Gorham Recreation Department, (75 South Street, Gorham) from 7-9PM.

For more information or to download SDR# please click here.


October's Topic: Virtual Ham Radio

Join us Thursday, October 9th, for our first meeting of the Fall/Winter Season at the Gorham Recreation Department.  We'll take a look at HamSphere, which is a VoIP based Amateur Radio simulation software, which allows users, whether licensed or unlicensed, to communicate with one another using a "simulated ionosphere."

For more information or to download HamSphere, please click here.


The meeting will take place from 7PM-9PM, in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Gorham Rec. Department.

ADDITIONAL REMINDERS:

Logs for the Maine QSO Party are due by October 14th! Don't be too late! Mail to: Thom Watson W1WMG, 16 Hope Drive, Gorham, ME 04038 or send your electronic logs to: maineqsoparty@gmail.com

The deadline for dues for the upcoming year was the end of September. Please check the Members section of the website to see if you're up to date.

September's Topic: Extending the Reach (Using Echolink and IRLP)

Don Fraser, WA9WWS, of Colorado Springs, CO, will present a program entitled “Extending the Reach of Local Repeaters and Nets using EchoLink and IRLP” on Thursday, September 11.

Don’s presentation will discuss current implementation techniques for EchoLink and IRLP, including the use of the Raspberry Pi, the credit card sized, single board computer that has become the heart of many amateur radio project designs.

Don retired from Hewlett-Packard in Colorado in 2010 and is a retired officer of the U. S. Air Force Reserve.  He has been licensed since 1969 and simultaneously held the Novice call of WN9WWS and the Technician Call of WA9WWS, and, is now an Extra Class operator.  Don serves on the Board of the Pikes Peak FM Association, is a member of the Hammin’ Sams RV Club in Colorado Springs and was recently elected as President of the Winnebago-Itasca Travelers Amateur Radio Club (WIT RADIO).

The meeting will take place in the Banquet Hall at Wassamki Springs Campground, 56 Saco St, Scarborough, from 7 to 9 p.m.

September is also our Annual Meeting, featuring the election of officers. The following were nominated in August, and further nominations will be welcomed from the floor:

Cindy Shepard, W1CJS - President
Ryan Michaelson, KB1YTR - Vice President
C.J. Carlsson, KC1AMT - Secretary
Thom Watson, W1WMG - Treasurer


August's Topic: ARRL Centenial Convention Highlights

Join us Thursday, August 14th, as Frank Krizan KR1ZAN and Steve McGrath N1EOE, present a slideshow and share their experiences duting the recent ARRL National Centennial Convention, which took place last month at the Connecticut Convention Center, in Hartford. The Convention, which celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the ARRL, featured special programs, seminars, and an array of vendors and guests from around the world.

July's Topic: Beacons

Join us oin us Thursday, July 10th, as we'll take a look at the available signal sources that help Hams determine if propagation paths are open from one point to another. The presentation will include a basic introduction as well as resources that are available to the beginner and experienced operator alike. Following the presentation, by Frank KR1ZAN, a short discussion will allow participants to describe their personal experiences with various beacon systems.

Click here to download the evening's handout.

June's Topic: Final Field Day Preparation

On the 12th of June, we'll be working out the final details for this year's Field Day, which takes place the weekend of June 28-29. We'll assign tasks and discuss ways to earn more bonus points.   he meeting will begin at 7PM in the Banquet Hall at Wassamki Springs Campground. See you there!

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 (CANCELLED 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: Simpex Challenge Preparation

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

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AMSAT
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QRZ.com

Ham Atlas

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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
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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
REACT
Yankee SKYWARN
SKYWARN.org
Air Force MARS
Army MARS
Navy-Marine Corps MARS
Civil Air Patrol

Repeater / Frequency Resources

New England Repeater Directory
New York Repeater Directory

Call Sign Lookup / Callbooks

HamCall.net
1X1 Special Event Call Book
QRZ.com

Vintage Radios / Collecting

Critical Radio
W1UJR.net

Publications

CQ Magazine
CQ Ham Radio
QST Magazine
RSGB RadCom
GQRP SPRAT Magazine

DX'ing

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
FISTS CW Club
AM Fone
AMSAT

Education

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


Clubs

Maine

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


Vermont

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

RIAFMRS
Providence Radio Association
Newport County 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
Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club

Massachusetts

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

DX

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.

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

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

Deutsche Welle
Deutsche Welle - Bonn
QSL via: info@dw.de or:
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3
53113 Bonn
GERMANY
Radio France International
Radio France Int'l - Paris
QSL via: english.service@fri.fr or:
80 rue Camille-Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux
FRANCE

Radio Sweden
Radio Sweden - Stockholm
QSL via:  info@radiosweden.org or:
Radio Sweden - English Section
S-105 10 Stockholm
SWEDEN

BBC World Service
BBC World Service - London
 worldservice.letters@bbc.co.uk or:
1st Floor Brock House
19 Langham Street
London W1A 1AA
UNITED KINGDOM
Radio Romania International
Radio Romania - Bucharest
QSL via online form or:
P.O. Box 1-111
014700 Bucuresti
ROMANIA

Scandinavian Weekend Radio
SWR - Virrat
QSL via: info@swradio.net or:
P.O. Box 99
FI-34801 Virrat
FINLAND

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 Live Sports - London
5live@bbc.co.uk
1st Floor Brock House
19 Langham Street
London W1A 1AA
UNITED KINGDOM
Voice of Turkey
Voice of Turkey - Ankara
QSL via: englishdesk@trt.net.tr or:
P.O. Box 333
06443 Yenisehir, Ankara
TURKEY

Vatican Radio
Vatican Radio - Vatican City
QSL via: english@vaticanradio.va
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
SLOVAKIA

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


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

TAIWAN - Republic of China

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

Radio New Zealand International
RNZI -  Wellington
QSL via: info@rnzi.com or:
P.O. Box 123
Wellington
NEW ZEALAND


KBS World Radio
KBS World - Seoul
QSL via: online form or:
18 Yeoido-dong,
Yeongdeungpo-gu
Seoul 150-790
REPUBLIC OF KOREA


Voice of Vietnam
Voice of Vietnam
QSL via: vovworld@vov.org.vn or:
Overseas Service
45 Ba Trieu Street
Ha noi
VIETNAM
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: nhkworld@nhk.jp or
NHK, 2-1
Jinnan 2-chrome
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, 150-8001
JAPAN

Radio Kuwait
Radio Kuwait
QSL by post:
P.O. Box 193
Safat, 13002
KUWAIT
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: crieng@cri.com.cn or:
16a Shijingshan Rd
Beijing 10040
P.R. CHINA



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

Americas
Voice of America
VOA - Washington
QSL via:  askvoa@voanews.com or:
330 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20237
USA


AFN
Armed Forces Network
QSL via: qsl@dodmedia.osd.mil
AFRTS Headquarters - Engineering
601 N Fairfax Street, Rm. 360
Alexandria, VA 22314
USA
Global 24
WRMI Global 24
QSL via: qsls@global24radio.com or: Global 24 Radio
2719 Hollywood Blvd B-16
Hollywood, FL 33020
USA

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

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

Prime Time Shortwave
Prime Time Shortwave
SW Schedules & Information




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