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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

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 of Local Repeaters and Nets Using Echolink & 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: A Beacon Primer

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 Prep

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. The 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  (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

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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 & 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 Asso.
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

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
YO DX Club

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