November / December 2011                                                                                                                          Volume 1, Issue 2 
Tim (KB1HNZ), explains ham radio to a group of Cub Scouts on Bradbury Mountain

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WS1SM Operates JOTA from Camp Bomazeen

On October 15th, the Wireless Society of Southern Maine visited the Boy Scouts at Camp Bomazeen to operate a Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) station. During the day we were able to get close to 60 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on the air, and many of them were able to contact other scouts participating in JOTA around the world. More>>
Mountain-Topping From Bradbury 
The Wireless Society of Southern Maine ventured to the top of Bradbury Mountain on November 6th to operate some ham radio and enjoy the fall weather. As it turns out, this was a very popular hiking destination, as a steady flow of visitors stopped by throughout the day. More>>
Building a Tape Measure Yagi
In our last issue we discusses how to construct a transmitter that can be used for radio direction-finding. But there is another piece of equipment you'll need to consider before heading out to the field for a transmitter hunt - an antenna! For reasons of simplicity, and because they are relatively inexpensive to make, we chose to build a tape measure antenna. More>>
Brags, Tall-tales, and Awesome Feats
New Ham and Upgrade
Congratulations to Jason Burke, of Windham, for successfully passing his Technician Class exam on September 24th, and earning his first amateur radio license and call sign KB1WCR! Also, congratulations to Jason Andrews, KB1UXB, for successfully passing the General Class Exam on October 1st. 
Upcoming Meetings
  December 8th - from 7PM-9PM at the Gorham Recreation Department.
  January 12th - from 7PM-9PM at the Gorham Recreation Department.
Welcome New Members
The Wireless Society of Southern Maine would like to welcome the following new members: Jason Burke, KB1WCR, of Windham, and Gil Bineau, K1LMJ, of Gorham.

From the Editor's Desk
Typewriter Over the last several weeks our club has participated in some enjoyable events. On October 15th, we set out to Camp Bomazeen to participate in Jamboree on the Air, and we were able to get over 60 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on the air! This past Sunday, we hiked to the summit of Bradbury Mountain to operate a special event, and while we were there, Cub Scout pack 97 just happened to stop by for a ham radio demonstration. It was great to see so many kids interested in the hobby, and it was especialy nice to know that we played a small part in introducing ham radio to the next generation. As we move into the holiday season, I'd like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and Hanukkah, respectively, and may 2012 be a more prosperous and blessed year than the one we leave behind.
Before I wrap this up, I'd like to again say thanks to everyone who signed up to receive our newsletter. Remember, back issues can always be found by clicking the newsletter button on the left-hand column of the website. If anyone is interested in contributing, just send along a story, idea, brag, or picture to [email protected]  I also welcome any comments or suggestions on how to improve The Radiogram for future issues.

 -  Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

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