September / October
Volume 4, Issue 5
WS1SM Team Activates W1/AM-019 for Summits on the Air
Tim Watson, KB1HNZ
ME - On Saturday, October 18th, the
WS1SM team ventured to the summit of Mt. Blue, in Weld, to activate it
for Summits on the Air.
Along for the 1.6 mile hike were Sebastian Ames KC1BMY, Dave Wood
KB1FGF, Charlie Shepard W1CPS, Bert Dumont KB1ZLV, Thom Watson W1WMG,
and Tim Watson KB1HNZ. Once at the summit, they setup a VHF station atop
a steel fire tower and two HF stations in the clearing below.
Charlie W1CPS takes a break while others catch up
The trail gets rocky and steep
Bert KB1ZLV, Sebastian KC1BMY, Thom W1WMG, and Dave KB1FGF
Nearing the summit, the trail is a rock climb. Here's Thom taking a break
hike was possibly the toughest we've done so far, and after we reached
the summit we were thankful that we spent the summer finding ways to
lighten up the gear we brought along. The trail was steep, slippery,
and rocky, and at some points required us to climb over stacked rocks
and boulders that were in the way. Bert led the way early on and we
stopped a few times - first at what looked like an abandoned ranger's
station, and later at a spot that flattened out. It was at this point,
after about an hour of hiking, that we thought we were getting close to
the summit, when Bert pointed out a mountain that just became visible
on our right.
"Don't tell me we're going up there!" said Dave, KB1FGF.
Bert replied with a nod, and we picked up our things to continue on.
The rest of the way was almost all rocks, and the trail steepened
considerably as we neared the top. When it became the most challenging
was when the rocks became bigger than we were - to the point that we
had to pass equipment to each other as we needed both hands free to
pull ourselves up.
The view from the summit!
we reached the summit, and many of us just stopped to take in the view
for a while. A steel fire tower that had an accessible platform about
three stories up, offered a great place to setup our VHF station, which
consisted of a Yaesu FT2900 and a J-Pole for 144 and 432. Thom and Bert
operated VHF from the tower till the weather took a turn for the worse
and they had to break down the station.
On a small clearing below the tower, Tim, Sebastian, and Dave setup a
SOTA pole antenna and a Yaesu FT857d for HF, starting on 40 meters.
Thom, W1WMG works VHF from the Fire Tower
Bert, KB1ZLV works some VHF with his HT from atop the tower
Dave, KB1FGF is happy to reach the summit
Charlie, W1CPS poses with his fan dipole
a ledge, not far away, Charlie setup a fan dipole which covered 10,20,
and 17 meters, and an Icom IC7000, starting on 17 meters. All stations
used battery power.
Wassamki Springs Speaker Project Receives Praise
by Frank Krizan, KR1ZAN
ME - Richard Hillock and several members of the staff at Wassamki
Springs Campground were pleased with the results of the "Speaker
Renovation Project" which several members of the Wireless Society of
Southern Maine took part in this summer.
"This is exactly what we
needed," said Gerry Grenier, Activities Director for the campground.
project included repairing and verifying the existing Banquet Hall
speaker system. New speakers were installed in the Recreation Hall as
was a convenient A/V connector box for a Wii gaming system. A speaker
selection box was designed, built, and installed in the audio room to
allow for selecting which speakers could be on or off.
Eight WSSM members participated in the Project. Sebatian Ames KC1BMY,
built and donated new speakers and enclosures for the Rec. Hall, and
Cindy Shepard W1CJS painted and finished the new speaker enclosures.
Ron Vaughn KC1AOT, built and wired the speaker switch box and wired the
A/V interface for the Wii gaming system. Charlie Shepard W1CPS, moved
and mounted speakers, pulled cables, and installed the A/V interface
for the Wii system, as well as mounting the speaker switch box.
C.J. Carlsson KC1AMT, documented and helped organize the speaker wiring
during the project, and took care of cable wiring. Additional help was
provided by Thom Watson W1WMG, and Tim Watson KB1HNZ. Frank Krizan,
KR1ZAN, was the Project Coordinator.
The Speaker Project was performed by the Club as a service project for
the Campground as a Thank You for allowing us to meet weekly during the
summer, and holding Field Day at the Campground.
WSSM members attend SKYWARN Strategy Meeting
Tim Watson, KB1HNZ
MA - WSSM members Thom Watson, W1WMG and Tim Watson KB1HNZ, attended a
SKYWARN Strategy Meeting on November 1st, in Taunton, Mass. The meeting
was a recap of severe weather events that effected Southern New England
during 2014, and also included discussions about changes and
improvements for the coming year.
NWS Forecast Office, Taunton, MA
SKYWARN Strategy Meeting
Some of the weather events that were covered include Hurrican Arthur in
early July, an EF-2 tornado that struck Revere on the morning of
July 28th, an EF-0 tornado that struck Worcester on the evening of
August 31, and a microburst that effected Easthampton and Colrain in
the early morning hours of October 8th. The NWS and SKYWARN reaction to
each scenario, and the lessons learned were discussed in detail.
Revere Tornado - July 28, 2014
The Revere tornado brought to light shortfalls in both forecasting and
spotter coverage, and there were many factors which led to these.
Forecasters were not expecting severe weather until the afternoon,
calling for only heavy rain in the morning, despite conditions becoming
more favorable for thunderstorm development throughout the night.
Because of this, the office was lightly staffed in the morning, as they
were expecting to call in more during the afternoon, when the
atmosphere would be more unstable. The storm developed quickly,
however, when a cold front sweeping from west to east converged with a
warm front climbing north. Winds on either side of the front were
moving in diffrerent directions, causing high helicity (rotation)
values. At the same time, only heavy rain reports were received from
the area, so a Flash Flood warning was issued.
The tornado developed swiftly, touching down, and dissipating within 4
minutes. The radar captured images just prior to developement, and just
afterwards, since it takes nearly 4 minutes to complete a 360 degree
sweep. No prior warning was issued because the rotation in the earlier
scan was very broad. For the future, this limitation has been addressed
by a new alogorithm that allows the radar to make a low level scan once
every two minutes - cutting the time between scans in half.
The lack of a warning also meant that SKYWARN spotters weren't on alert
for the possibility of severe weather. They, like the forecasters, had
been alerted to a potential in the afternoon, so live reports were not
received on the morning of the tornado. SKYWARN spotters did, however,
react quickly to provide follow up information. The lack of reports was
determined to be due in part to the limited number of trained spotters
in the effected towns and the lack of an organic self activation.
Tour of the Forecast Office, Taunton, MA
Rob, KD1CY, shows off the WX1BOX ham radio station
Rob Macedo, KD1CY directed most of the SKYWARN meeting, assisted by Jim
Palmer, KB1KQW, who put together an amazing video presentation
recapping 2014 events. Forecaster, Stephanie Dunten, and Warning
Coordination Meteorologist, Glenn Field, also made presentations during
WSSM Announces Technician Class Course and Exam
Tim Watson, KB1HNZ
ME - WSSM members will teach a Technician Class course and host an exam session Wednesday
nights starting in January, at the National Weather Forecast
Office, in Gray, ME. There will be three classes followed by a VE exam.
More details will be available soon. For information, please contact Tim Watson KB1HNZ at: [email protected]
October 13 - January 1
Tim Watson, KB1HNZ
weeks have brought some exciting DX, including Liberia EL2BEN in mid
July, Zimbabwe Z21DX, in mid July - early August, Lord Howe
Island, VK9L, in mid August, and Macao XX9TYT in September. Currently,
Tromelin FT4TA, is on the air and has been spotted on several bands
including 24 and 28 MHz. More information about the expedition can be
As always, if you have a brag or know details about an upcoming
DXpedition, please let us know, and we'll be sure to include it.
As we enter the winter season, have fun searching the bands
and Good DX!
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|South Cook Islands
|By N7OU from Rarotonga; 106-10m; CW; spare time operation
By JS3LSQ; 20-10m; SSB
By F5UFX, FM5CD, and others; HF; QSL direct via F1NGP
By JA8BMK from Kathmandu; HF; verticals; holiday style operation
By FG8OJ and others; 160-6m; CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK-31/63; QSL direct
By DE3BWR and DD0VR; HF; SSB, CW; QRP
By JR3MVF, F5RPB, and others; YL group; SSB, CW; QSL direct or buro
By SM0XBI from NA-101; HF; SSB, QSL buro or direct via SM5DJZ
By JA0FKK from OC-009; HF; SSB, CW, Digital; QSL via buro or direct
By DL4WO; HF; op to continue through January 15, 2015
By W4VKU and others fm Neil Is, AS-001; 160-6m; CW, SSB, RTTY
By G0CKV; CW; may try low bands; holiday style operation
By DF2WO from Ouagadougou; CW, SSB; holiday style operation
By Team 2; 160-6m; CW, SBB, RTTY; QSL also okay via Club Log
By PG5M as CE0Y/PG5M; HF; CW
By JA1XGI; HF w/focus on low bands; mainly CW, some SSB & digital
By IK0FUX; HF; holiday style operation
By F4HEC; 80-6m; SSB; QSL direct via F4HEC
By G3RWF; HF; mostly CW
By DF2WO from Praia, Santiago I, AF-005; HF; CW, SSB
By G7VJR as VK9N/G7VJR; high bands; mostly CW
FRR Celebrates 555th Anniversary of Bucharest with Operating Diploma
New Award for 2014-2015
by Stefania Chiruta, K1GJY
ROMANIA - The Federaţia Romānă de Radioamatorism celebrates 555 years
since the first documented mention of Bucharest with the "Diploma
To earn the award, (which is available in four classes), its necessary
to have QSO's with stations in Bucharest between September 20, 2014 -
September 20, 2015.
Each QSO gives one point per operating mode (CW, PH, RTTY, PSK, and other DG - one category: JT65, ROS, Olivia, Hell, etc).
QSOs can be made on any authorized band. Repeater or Echolink contacts will not count towards the award.
Also, during this period, look for the following special call signs:
YO555BU, YP555BU, YQ555BU, and YR555BU. QSOs with these stations will
be worth 2 points apiece.
A diploma will be issued in four classes: "Novice" - needs a total of
50 points, "Standard" requires a total of 100 points, "Advanced"
requires a total of 250 points, and "Extra" requires a total of 500
Applications should be sent no later that 12/01/2015. The station that
will take the highest score will receive a special trophy. Diplomas
are issued free of charge in an electronic format.
Send applications via email to: [email protected]
If desired, you may choose to receive a printed diploma for 5 Euros.
Send your application to: CP22-50, Bucharest, Romania or email: [email protected]
page 1, we feature a card received by Stefania Chiruta, operating
W1/YO9GJY, for a 14 MHz QSO with K1QS at 2256 UTC on August 3, 2014.
If you received an interesting QSL
yourself that you'd like to show off, please send a digital image to [email protected]
and we'll be sure to publish it in an upcoming issue.
|SZ5RDS/P - Here's
a card received by YO9GJY for QSOs on both 18 and 21 MHz ssb, on August
16, 2014. The card features images from the ILLW and IOTA expedition to
Stroggyli Islet during International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.
|H7H - Here's
a card received by KB1HNZ for QSOs on both 7 and 14 MHz CW on October
3, 2013. The card features the famous Concepcion Volcano, in Moyogalpa,
- Kenwood TS-830 transceiver, TS-830-S digital remote VFO, MC-50
microphone, SP-830 programmable contest keyer, NCL-2000 National 1kw
amp. Contact Rick Fickett K1OT for prices and details: [email protected]
you have any items for sale, contact one of our members to have it
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with a brief description and contact information.
New England Division Convention -
August 21, 2015. Location: Boxboro, MA. Type: ARRL Convention. Sponsor: FEMARA. Click here
for more info.
|Algonquin ARC Flea Market
- February 14, 2015. Location: Marlborough, MA. Type: ARRL Hamfest. Click here
for more info.
- February 28, 2015. Location: Big Flats, NY. Type: ARRL Hamfest. Sponsor: LIM Amateur Radio Group. Click here
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there are any items you may be looking for, use this space to get the
word out. Just send an email to [email protected], or mention it at
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