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2013 Events

September 27th
The WS1SM VE team will conduct an exam session on Friday, September 27th, from 7PM-9PM in the Banquet Hall at Wassamki Springs Campground, located at 56 Saco Street, in Scarborough. There is a $15.00 fee to take the exam. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, please contact: Thom Watson, at (207) 839-0402, or ws1sm@yahoo.com
ARRL Exam Session

September 22nd
The WS1SM team is planning a Summits on the Air (SOTA) expedition to Douglas Mountain, in Standish, ME, on Sunday, September 22nd. We'll be active on VHF and HF. Check the SOTA Watch and DX Summit websites for frequencies and spots during the event. Operating times are expected to be between 1200-2100 UTC. 

For more information on Summits on the Air, click here
SOTA activation of Douglas Mountain

September 21st
Join us on Saturday, September 21st for the second annual Saco Emergency Preparedness Fair. We'll setup a table display and demonstrate amateur radio to the public. The Fair will take place from 1-4 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located on 15 Smith Lane, in Saco.

Special thanks to Paul Courchene KJ6JBH, for inviting us.
Saco Emergency Preparedness Fair

August 18th

The WS1SM team will activate Pemaquid Lighthouse for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, on Sunday, August 18th from 9AM - Dusk. ILLW is an International event designed to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time to promote amateur radio and to foster International goodwill.

The ILLW number for Pemaquid Point Light is: US0124  / ARLHS number: USA589
ILLW 2013


June 22nd-23rd
The WS1SM team will participate in their 3rd ARRL Field Day at Wassamki Springs Campground, on the weekend of June 22-23. 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.2013 Field Day

May 2nd
Join us the evening of Thursday, May 2nd, from 6-9PM as WSSM members teach an Introduction to Ham Radio class at the Old Orchard Beach 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. Intro to Ham Radio

April 28th
The WS1SM team is planning a Summits on the Air (SOTA) expedition to Mt. Agamenticus, in York, ME, on April 28th. We'll be active on VHF and HF. Check the SOTA Watch and DX Summit websites for frequencies and spots during the event. Operating times are expected to be between 1200-2100 UTC.    Mt Aggie SOTA

April 25th
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

For more Information:


2013 Meeting Topics

December's Topic: The Art of QSL'ing

Join us Thursday, December 12th, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll take a look at the Art of QSL'ing. Our program will cover the purpose and history of QSL'ing, the essential information to include on a QSL card, basic design, and the methods of sending and receiving QSLs, including direct mail, QSL bureaus, managers etc. We'll also have show and tell, so you are encouraged to bring along an example of your own.

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


November's Topic: Logging Software

Join us Thursday, November 14th, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as we'll take a look at logging software, and contest logging programs, such as N1MM, and N3FJP's Amateur Contact Log and contest-specific programs. We'll go into detail as to how to use the programs to keep an ongoing log for your shack, as well as how to download, setup, and edit a contest log. The final phase is to demonstrate what can be done with this electronic log once its generated.

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

N1MM LoggerN3FJP Amateur Radio Software

October's Topic: Programming with CHIRP

Join us Thursday, October 10th, at the Gorham Recreation Department, as Ryan Michaelson KB1YTR, will demonstrate how to program an amateur radio using a free, open source software, called CHIRP. The software supports a large number of manufacturers and models, and also provides a way to interface with multiple data sources and formats.

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

CHIRP Download & InformationMiklor Software Guide for CHIRP

September's Topic: 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia Recovery Effort

2013 marks 10 years since the Space Shuttle Columbia's disastrous return to earth on February 1, 2003. The Columbia and its crew were lost with debris scattered across northeastern parts of Texas into Louisiana as the Shuttle broke up during re-entry. Many radio amateurs assisted in the recovery effort in addition to hundreds of other volunteers.

Frank Krizan, KR1ZAN, will give us an overview of the recovery effort that Nancy, K5NCK, and he took part in. Frank will present a program at the September 12th WSSM meeting to be held at 7 p.m. in the Banquet Hall at Wassamki Springs Campground. This will also be the Club's Annual Meeting, which includes the election of officers for 2014.
STS-107

August's Topic: Amateur Radio High Altitude Balooning

Join us Thursday, August 8th, at Wassamki Springs Campground, as we'll take a look at Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning. This fascinating aspect of the hobby makes use of amateur radio frequencies to transmit beacons, APRS tracking information, as well as repeaters and SSTV. The meeting will begin at 7PM in the Rec Hall / Banquet Hall. See you there! Check out the following links for more information:

California Near Space ProjectAmateur Radio High Altitude Balooning

July's Topic: Digital Voice

Join us Thursday, July 11th at Wassamki Springs Campground, as we'll take a look at Digital Voice protocols for HF, including FDMDV, FreeDV, WinDRM, and others. Digital Voice software translates your voice into a digital form, allowing for a smaller bandwidth and the ability to use voice communications in poor band conditions. The meeting will begin at 7PM in the Rec Hall / Banquet Hall. See you there! Check out the following links for more information:

FDMDV
Digital Voice Over HF
What's New in Digital Voice
FreeDV
WinDRM
HF Digital Voice Programs Once Again Available

June's Topic: Field Day Prep

Join us Thursday, June 13th, 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, light scheduling and logistics. Charlie W1CPS mentioned that the Hillock Family at Wassamki Springs Campground will allow us to use their facility again this year. Come prepared with your suggestions and ideas about the event.  The meeting will begin at 7PM in the Banquet Hall. See you there!

May's Topic: Using an Oscilloscope in the Ham Shack

Join us Thursday, May 9th, as we take a look at how an oscilloscope can be used in the ham shack. The oscilloscope is a type of electronic test equipment that allows observation of constantly changing wave forms, displaying these on a two-dimensional x-y axis. Oscilloscopes are commonly used to display signal wave forms during trouble shooting proceedures, and among other things, can help to determine if the amplifier stages in your rig are operating in a linear manner. Frank Allen, KA1QW, will talk about some of the basics and his experiences using an oscilloscope in the shack.

This month's meeting will be held in the "Fish Bowl" room at the Gorham Recreation Department, beginning at 7PM.  

April's Topic: HF Contest Rules

Join us Thursday, April 11th, as we'll take a closer look at and revise rules for a proposed HF contest to be held in the fall. The basic premise of the contest is to promote amateur activity on the HF bands, and encourage stations outside of Maine to work as many ham stations as they can in each of the 16 Maine counties. Multipliers would be determined by the number of counties worked on each band.

This month's meeting will be held in the "Fish Bowl" room at the Gorham Recreation Department, beginning at 7PM. 

March's Topic: Movie Night

Join us Thursday, March 14th, as we'll be watching a film about the famous FO0AAA DXpedition to Clipperton Island, which took place in the spring of 2000. Filmed by James Brooks, 9V1YC, it tells the story of the DXpedition to one of the world's most remote and mysterious islands, with a chilling history of shipwreck and intrigue.

This movie is also timely, as it comes while a current Dxpedition to Clipperton Island is taking place, (the TX5K DXpedition). The effort that the FO0AAA story chronicles is similar in many respects.

This month's meeting will be held in the "Fish Bowl" room at the Gorham Recreation Department, beginning at 7PM.  

February's Topic: Project Night

Join us Thursday, February 14th, as we'll discuss what we learned during the 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge and continue work on our projects, including the CW oscillators that we began last month. If you've completed yours, then use this tme to show off what you've made or work on something new. The meeting will be held in the "Fish Bowl" room at the Gorham Recreation Department, beginning at 7PM.  

January's Topic: CW with Your HT

Join us Thursday, January 10th, as we'll discuss the upcoming 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge and begin our next project, which is a simple device that can be used with any handheld tranceiver to send modulated CW. It's basically an audio oscillator and keying circuit which acts as an interface between a cw key and a handheld radio. Click here to view detailed instructions. If you're interested in building one, please contact Tim Watson KB1HNZ. A limited number of kits will be available for $25 - so reserve yours now. The meeting will be held in the "Fish Bowl" room at the Gorham Recreation Department, beginning at 7PM.  

2012 Events

October 20th - Jamboree On the Air
The WS1SM team will once again take part in Jamboree on the Air. This year's event will be held at the Maine Maritime Museum on Saturday, October 20th. JOTA is an event held annually since 1958, in which Boys and Girls Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other be means of amateur radio. Millions of Scouts have met each other on the air through this event, and in many cases JOTA is their first experience with ham radio. 
JOTA

September 22nd - Saco Emergency Preparedness Fair
Join us on Saturday, September 22nd at the Saco Emergency Preparedness Fair, where we'll have a table display and demonstrate amateur radio to the public. The Fair will take place from 1-4 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located on 15 Smith Lane, in Saco. Special thanks to Paul Courchene KJ6JBH, for inviting us.
Saco Emergency Preparedness Fair

August 19th - ILLW at Wood Island Lighthouse
This year the WS1SM team will activate Wood Island Lighthouse for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, held on August 19th. ILLW is a worldwide event, in its 15th year. With over 250 lighthouses and lightships already registered, this year's event could be the best ever. Wood Island Lighthouse will be number US0141 in ILLW and also qualifies for IOTA as NA137.

Wood Island Lighthouse International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend
Wood Island Light

June 23-24 - ARRL Field Day
WS1SM be participating in our 2nd Field Day, on the weekend of June 23-24, at Wassamki Springs Campground, located at 56 Saco Street, in Scarborough. The event will begin at 2 PM on the 23rd and last for 27 hours. This year we'll be operating in the 2A category, with radios running on 100% battery power. As always, Field Day is open to the public. If you're interested in seeing ham radio in action, feel free to stop by for a demonstration.
Field Day

May 25-26 - Gorham Founder's Festival Special Event
The town of Gorham celebrates its founding with a weekend of fun, rides, and festivities on Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th. The events will take place next to Narragansett School, off of Chick Drive. To help celebrate the occasion, WSSM will set up an information booth and operate a special event station. For more information about the Gorham Founder's Festival, including directions and hours, please click here .
Gorham Founders' Festival

April 29th - SOTA Expedition from Ossipee Hill (W1/AM-253)
Join us Sunday, April 29th, for a day of ham radio fun on the summit of Ossipee Hill, in Waterboro, Maine. We'll activate the mountain for Summits on the Air (SOTA), and plan to operate on HF and two meters. We'll meet for breakfast Sunday morning at about 7:30 at the Station House Restaurant (Rt. 5 Hollis), before heading off. In case of bad weather, the expedition will be held the following weekend.   For more info about SOTA, click here 
Ossipee Hill

April 5th - SKYWARN®  Training  
(Gorham Recreation Dept. 6:30PM)

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:
SKYWARN
  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety
For more information:

SKYWARN®  Spotters

National Weather Service (Gray, ME)
Yankee SKYWARN®
SKYWARN®.org


2012 Meeting Topics

December's Topic: Anderson Powerpole Connectors

Join us at December's meeting as we'll take a look at Anderson Powerpole connectors, which have become the standard quick-disconnect system for many applications, including the medical, environmental, electronics and telecommunications industries. The lure of Powerpoles is their ease of use, and their ability to handle high amperage in a safe and efficient manner. We'll take a look at the tools required, and the different types available for the radio amateur.  The meeting will be held at the Gorham Recreation Department, which is most easily accessed from Ballpark Road, beginning at 7PM.

Anderson Power Products
RigRunner
Power Werx
Quicksilver Radio Products

November's Topic: Building a Morse Code Practice Oscillator / Earthquakes in Maine

Join us at November's meeting as Roger Pience N1XP, will teach us how to build an audio oscillator for CW practice, and Thom Watson W1WMG will present materials about Earthquakes in Maine and how to prepare for one. This may especially interest those who experienced the most recent quake that was felt throughout Southern Maine last month. The meeting will be held at the Gorham Recreation Department, which is most easily accessed from Ballpark Road, beginning at 7PM.

How to Make an Altoids Tin Morse Code Oscillator
Morse Code Practice Oscillator
W1AW Operating Schedule
What to do before an earthquake
Be a Preparedness Leader
Your Earthquake Risk

October's Topic: VoIP and Amateur Radio

For October, we'll be returning to the Gorham Recreation Department for our monthly meeting. The topic will cover Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and look at the applications available to the radio amateur. These include Echolink, which uses this technology to link repeaters, simplex links and individual hams around the world via the internet, as well as D-STAR, WIRES, IRLP, and eQSO. For more on this topic, click on the links below:
VoIP and Amateur Radio
EchoLink
Intro to D-STAR
D-STAR
eQSO Download
IRLP

September's Topic: Topic: Creating Custom QSL's with GIMP

September is our Annual Business Meeting, including officer elections. We'll use this time to complete the yearly report to the ARRL and make updates where needed. For a topic, we'll be looking at the image manipulation software called GIMP, to learn how to use it to create custom QSL cards. GIMP is a free program, and can be downloaded here. The meeting will be held at Wassamki Springs Campground from 7PM - 9PM on Thursday, September 13th.

August's Topic: Building "Antenna Launchers"

During August's meeting, we'll be working on a project, building several antenna launchers, similar in design to the one that Steve Freeman K1MV, demonstrated for us on Field Day. These pneumatic launchers will be constructed of high grade PVC and will be complete except for the reels, which can be added later, depending on preference. When these are complete, photos and plans will be added to the Projects page for future reference.

July's Topic: Tantalum Capacitors

July's meeting will be at the Wassamki Springs Campground, located on 56 Saco Street, in Scarborough. (Thursday, July 12, from 7PM - 9PM).  For this month, Frank Allen KA1QW, will describe the manufacturing process of Tantalum Capacitors. Tantalum is known to have high capacitance per volume, has lower equivalent series resistance, and has a higher operating temperature than most other electrolytic capacitors.

June's Topic: Final prep for Field Day

For June, we'll begin a few projects for Field Day, including building band pass filters for the HF bands that we'll operate, and also take some time to become familiar with the N3FJP logging software that we plan on using. The meeting will be held at the Wassamki Springs Campground, located on 56 Saco Street, in Scarborough. (Thursday, June 14 from 7PM - 9PM).

May's Topic: Planning for Field Day

Join us in May at the Gorham Recreation Department (Thursday, May 10th from 7PM-9PM), as we discuss preparations for Field Day and the Gorham Founder's Festival. We'll talk about logistics, who's going to bring what, set up, and operating times. Charlie W1CPS mentioned that the Hillock Family at Wassamki Springs Campground will allow us to use their facility again this year. Come prepared with your suggestions and ideas about either event.

April's Topic: Digital Modes

In April, we'll be looking at the various digital modes available to radio amateurs, and how to set up your equipment to operate them. We'll revisit the software program FLDIGI, which can be used with a sound card interface to operate many popular digital protocols. It includes all the popular modes, such as Feld-Hell, MFSK16, PSK31, and RTTY. Please bring any questions you may have about specific modes... what they sound like, where to find them on the bands, etc. Here’s a few links to get you started:

Beginners' Guide to FLDIGI
http://www.w1hkj.com/beginners.html

Multi PSK download
FLDIGI Download page
http://www.w1hkj.com/Fldigi.html

JT65 HF download

March's Topic: Movie Night - "Desecheo Island DXpedition 2009"

March's topic is movie night. We'll watch a film about K5D's famous DXpedition to Desecheo Island, which is part of the Carribean National Wildlife Refuge Complex. K5D's Desecheo was chosen as co-dxpedition of the year for 2008/2009 by the Southwest Ohio DX Association. They logged 115,787 in the short time they were there.The meeting will take place at the Gorham Recreation Department on Thursday, March 8th, from 7PM-9PM.

February's Topic: Soldering

For those of you who didn't notice, February's topic actually is the same as last month's, as it was postponed due to a snow storm. So, join us on the 9th, from 7PM - 9PM at the Gorham Recreation Department, as Roger Pience N1XP, will share his expertise on soldering. Soldering is a handy skill for any amateur who is interested in antenna construction, kit-building, restoration, or making repairs.

January's Topic: Soldering

Join us for our monthly meeting at the Gorham Recreation Department on Thursday, January 12, from 7PM-9PM. The topic will be "Soldering." Special guest, Roger Pience, (N1XP), will share some of his expertise on the craft, which is an essential skill for kit-building, restoration, or even just making repairs.

December's Topic: Feedlines

Join us on December 8th as special guest, Roger Pience, N1XP, will talk about feedlines. Feedlines come in several varieties and offer different advantages depending on their use. This is your opportunity to ask questions and discuss some of your own experiences with feedlines. The meeting will be held at the Gorham Recreation Department, December 8th, from 7PM-9PM. Click here to download a copy of Roger's presentation.


2011 Events
November 6th - Mt. Topping from Bradbury Mountain
Join us Sunday, November 6th for a mountain topping expedition to Bradbury Mountain State Park, located in Pownal, Maine. We plan on meeting at 8 AM at Cole Farms (Route 100 in Gray) for breakfast before setting off to the mountain. As this is in November, its a good idea to dress in layers, and also wear a good pair of hiking shoes! For more information about Bradbury Mountain state park, including fees, click here. Bradbury Mountain

October 15th - JOTA at Camp Bomazeen
The Wireless Society of Southern Maine will join Boy Scout Troop 648 to operate a Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) station on October 15th at Camp Bomazeen, in North Belgrade, Maine. JOTA is a worldwide event designed to introduce Boy Scouts to amateur radio and enable them to talk to other scouts participating in the event. JOTA Logo

August - Pemaquid Lighthouse
The Wireless Society of Southern Maine will take part in the International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend, on Sunday, August 21st, operating from Pemaquid Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine.  We'll be operating on the 20 and 40 meter bands during the day. Setup will begin around 8:30 AM, and we're planning to operate between 9AM and 4PM, wx permitting. A special QSL card will be available to anyone who successfully makes contact with WS1SM durning the event.  Pemaquid Lighthouse
  
July 7th - SPECIAL PROGRAM - Working the Easy Sats
The July 7th get-together of the Wireless Society of Southern Maine will feature a program by Frank Krizan, (KR1ZAN) entitled "Working the Easy Sats". This program will be fast paced and provide you with the basics of what equipment and knowledge you need in order to make an FM voice radio contact on one of the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) amateur radio satellites.
Working the Easy Sats
"Communicating using amateur radio satellites is a fun, exciting and challenging aspect of our great hobby," says Krizan.  "If you can communicate on local repeaters you have all or part of the equipment you need to talk over the "Easy Sats". I'll also discuss communicating with the International Space Station (ISS). It's a thrill to talk with an astronaut -- in orbit!"

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

ANOTHER REMINDER: The WSSM will also meet Thurs. June 30th, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wassamki Springs. It's our general summertime open format with the exception that we will be finalizing our Field Day report and reviewing our 2011 FD effort.

June 25th-26th - Field Day
WSSM's first Field Day will be held at the Wassamki Springs Campground in Scarbourough. We'd like to offer our gratitude to the Hillock family for providing us a great place to set up our station and share the hobby with the community.

Field Day is the single most popular on-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs and friends, or operate individually. Some treat it as a contest, while others just enjoy the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is a time when many aspects of amateur radio come together, and its a great way to highlight our many roles to the public, media, and elected officials.
Field Day Poster

May 27-30 - Gorham Founder's Festival Special Event

The town of Gorham celebrates the 275th anniversary of its founding with a weekend of fun, rides, and history tours. The events take place at the Narragansett school on Main Street, Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30.  To help celebrate the occasion, WSSM will set up and operate a special event station during the festival. For more information on the Gorham Founder's Festival, please click here to visit the event website.
Gorham Founder's Festival
SPECIAL EVENT OPERATING SCHEDULE
FRIDAY - MAY 27th
5:30PM - 10 PM
SATURDAY - MAY 28th
10 AM - 10 PM
SUNDAY - MAY 29th
11 AM - 7 PM
MONDAY - MAY 30th
10 AM - 4 PM


May 5th - SKYWARN®  Training
The Wireless Society of Southern Maine is sponsoring  a SKYWARN® training session, to be held Thursday, May 5th from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Gorham Recreation Department.

What is SKYWARN ®?

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:
SKYWARN
  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

For more information:


SKYWARN®  Spotters

National Weather Service (Gray, ME)
Yankee SKYWARN®
SKYWARN®.org

January 2nd - Kid's Day
Join us at the Gorham Recreation Department as we take part in Kid's Day. On January 2nd, hundreds of young people throughout the country will be chatting with other kids over the airwaves using amateur radio. Now in its 15th year, Kid's Day is sponsored by the ARRL - the national association for amateur radio. Our club will offer a hands-on demonstration of HF operating, D-STAR, and CW.
Kids Day
The event will run from 1PM-7PM at the Gorham Recreation Department, located on 75 South Street, Gorham. For more information, or directions, please contact Tim Watson (KB1HNZ) at 207-839-0402, or send an email.


2011 Meeting Topics
December's Topic: Feedlines

Join us on December 8th as special guest, Roger Pience, N1XP, will talk about feedlines. Feedlines come in several varieties and offer different advantages depending on their use. This is your opportunity to ask questions and discuss some of your own experiences with feedlines. The meeting will be held at the Gorham Recreation Department, December 8th, from 7PM-9PM. Click here to download a copy of Roger's presentation.

November's Topic: WRTC 2014

On November 10th, Doug Grant (K1DG), will be joining us to discuss the World Radiosport Team Championship, and how our club can become involved. WRTC 2014 is held every four years and consists of about 50 two-person teams of amateur radio operators competing in a test of operating skill. Unlike most on-the-air competitions, all stations are required to use identical antennas from the same geographic region, which according to the WRTC "eliminates all variables except operating ability." The meeting will be held at the Gorham Recreation Department from 7PM - 9PM.

WRTC 2014 WRTC Info

October's Topic: WWV & Frequency Measuring

In October we'll look into what WWV is, where it can be found, and what it can be used for besides just telling time. We'll also discuss different methods of frequency measuring, and the ARRL frequency measuring test. The October meeting will be held at the Gorham Recreation Department, in the "Multi-Purpose Room" from 7PM-9PM. If you're interested in researching these topics before the meeting, please take a look at some of the following links:

NIST.gov
WWV
Frequency Calibration
ARRL Frequency Measuring Tests
K6OQK FMT Methodology
W4AVO FMT Minimalist Approach
FEBO Techniques for Measuring Frequency
W2VMX article: "Try the FMT"

September's Topic: APRS

Developed in the 1980's by Bob Bruninga, (WB4APR), APRS is a digital mode which uses amateur radio to transmit position reports, weather reports, and messages between users. Frank Krizan, (KR1ZAN), will help us take a closer look at how APRS works, and what type of equipment and software is required to get started. September's meeting will be held at the Gorham Recreation Department, in the "Multi-Purpose Room" from 7PM-9PM. 

August's Topic: Radio Direction Finding

August's roundtable topic will be radio direction finding... We'll look at some of the equipment needed, (some of which can be homebrewed), and try it out first hand within the campground. The process of learning how to track down a signal is a valuable excercise for search and rescue, and it has also evolved into an international sport. Take a look at the links below to learn more about this aspect of the hobby.

Homing In
International Style Transmitter Hunting
ARDF Webring
RAC Amateur Radio Direction Finding Page
American Style Mobile Transmitter Hunting
Offset Attenuator


July's Topic: Logbook of the World

The next meeting will be held on July 14th at the Wassamki Springs Campground, from 7PM - 9PM. For July's meeting, we'll discuss how to register and use the ARRL's Logbook of the World. The process is a bit complicated, so we'll take a look at it step by step and discuss some of the benefits of using LOTW. If you're interested, try registering before the July meeting to get the process started, and also so you can help others during the roundtable part of the discussion.

ARRL Logbook of the World
LOTW Instructions
LOTW Intro Video
Requesting a Certificate

June's Topic: QSL'ing

On June 9th we'll be meeting at the Wassamki Springs Campground for the first time this summer. The campground is located on Saco Street in Scarborough. The roundtable topic will focus on QSL'ing. This is a great opportunity to show off some of your best QSL's and also to discuss some of the best methods of organizing them, how to create your own, how to use bureaus and what's the best was to master the international postal system.

May's Topic: Field Day / Founder's Festival Planning

Join us for the May meeting for Field Day and Founder's Festival preparation. We'll discuss logistics and what to bring, as well as technical set up. Come prepared with your suggestions and ideas about either event.

April's Topic: Traffic Handling

April's roundtable topic will be Traffic Handling, and the National Traffic System. We'll look at how to send a message using the standard ARRL Radiogram. We'll also explore other message forms used for emergency communications, and look into some of the protocols involved in composing and receiving a message. The meeting will be April 14th at the Gorham Recreation Department.

ARRL National Traffic System
Getting Started w/ Message Handlling
ARRL Numbered Radiograms
FLMSG Software
FLMSG Download
Amateur Message Form
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March's Topic: FLDIGI

In March, we'll be looking at the computer program FLDIGI. FLDIGI is intended for Amateur Radio Digital operation using a PC. It works in conjunction with a conventional HF SSB transceiver connected to a PC sound card or sound card interface. A serial port connection may also be used for rig control. FLDIGI is multi-mode, which means that it is able to operate many popular digital modes without switching programs, so you only have one program to learn. It includes all the popular modes, such as DominoEX, MFSK16, PSK31, and RTTY. Here’s a few links to get you started:

Beginners' Guide to FLDIGI
http://www.w1hkj.com/beginners.html
FLDIGI Download page
http://www.w1hkj.com/Fldigi.html

February's Topic: Movie Night - "Peter I Island DXpedition"

Join us February 10th at the Gorham Recreation Department for our regular meeting. This month will be "Movie Night", featuring a film about the famous 3Y0X Peter I Island DX Pedition of 2006, considered by many to be the DX Pedition of the decade. Also, we'll discuss some upcoming events, such as a possible SKYWARN class and a special event station commemorating the 275th anniversary of the founding of the town of Gorham.

January's Topic: Morse Code

Morse Code, or "CW," is the oldest form of radio communication, and it's still popular today. We'll explore some of the techniques involved, as well as the different equipment hams use to make CW contacts. Please click here for more information about the history, advantages, and unique characteristics of this mode.


2010 Meeting Topics
December's Topic: Contesting

December's roundtable topic should be fun for everyone. Whether you're a seasoned contester, or never joined the fray, here's your chance to polish up that story or ask a few questions of someone who has. One of the interesting aspects of contesting is that, although the basic structure is often similar, the modes, bands, and exchanges, as well as the purpose of each contest varies. A secondary discussion will be about our upcoming participation in ARRL's Kids Day. Please click here to download this month's handout.

Contesting Presentation by Dave Robbins, K1TTT

November's Topic: D-STAR

Have you ever wondered if you could access the internet from a ham radio, or if you could communicate with a friend in another city or country using a simple handy-talkie? How about sending a text message, or knowing the call sign of who was on the air right now? With D-STAR you can do all of these things. We will explore this technology as part of November's meeting, (which will be held November 18th at the Gorham Recreation Department). D-STAR stands for "Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio." It is an open standard, digital communication protocol established by JARL (Japan Amateur Radio League), and offers many applications, including digital voice, messaging, and GPS.  Please click here to download this month's handout on the topic, which includes links to many useful references.

D-STAR Basics D-STAR Presentation
 
October's Topic: DX'ing

October's topic may be a way of life for most hams, but for those just getting started, we wanted to introduce the idea, and also look into some of the more technical aspects of hunting for distant stations, such as knowing where to look for "dx spots," news, bulletins, and announcements for special events and dx'peditions, as well as some of the tricks of breaking through a pileup and working that rare new entity. Click here to download this month's handout on the topic of dx'ing, which includes links to many useful references.

Click here to download a copy of the DX'ers Code.
 
September's Topic: Intro to Ham Radio

The September meeting was the Annual Business Meeting, so the roundtable was shortened a little. But this didn't prevent us from brainstorming about how to attract new people to the hobby. There are so many resources available, including the ARRL, and several others who are dedicated to getting the word out, and educating people on how to get involved. We created the page, What is Ham Radio, just for this purpose, and we're making it a club priority to offer courses and test sessions to those who are interested.


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