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2017 Field Day Preview
Scarborough, ME
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

Field Day Preview

SCARBOROUGH, ME - Field Day is just around the corner, and for the 7th year, we'll be operating from Wassamki Springs Campground, in Scarborough, ME. In 2016, WS1SM tallied 1,921 QSOs, and 7,530 points, in the 3A category, and we hope to improve on that this year.

Probable operating conditions:

For 2017, we plan on setting up similar to last year, with stations separated into three main areas, including the "CW Trailer," courtesy of Rick K1OT, with accompanying tower and 40m monobander, a large operating tent with nearby Spiderbeam tribander - for SSB, and the Cumberland County EMA trailer, which we'll use for our third full-time HF station. Additionaly, Charlie W1CPS, will opearte a "free" VHF station, primarily on 6 meters for most of the 24 hours.

CW Trailer  Adam
Above left (from 2016): Rick Fickett K1OT and Rory McEwen operate in the CW trailer. Above right: Adam N3AWM, operates 6 meters. 

For 2017, we also plan on offering a Get on the Air (GOTA) station, as we did in 2015, which will operate concurrently during the event. Frank, KR1ZAN has invited anyone who is interested in operating the station, to contact him via email, so he can get your name on the list. Others are free to stop by and observe, and if there's time, they can get on the air, but its best to reserve a time if you know when you'll be stopping by.

Invite your friends

Field Day is open to the public, and throughout the 24 hours, there will be plenty of hams on hand to answer questions about the hobby and they'll be happy to describe some of the things visitors will likely ask questions about, including antennas, tuners, transceivers, and even things like, "where's the furthest you've contacted?"

Its important to have fun, but be courteous, and always be a good ambassador for amateur radio. Part of Field Day includes publicity and inviting representatives from public office and members of public service organizations, such as police, fire, and EMTs, to visit. We're there to demonstrate the capabilities of amateur radio to the public.

Some other aspects of Field Day, include exchanging messages (radio traffic), attempting a satelite QSO, educational activities, communicating with various modes, including CW, SSB, and digital, operating exclusively on emergency power, and more!

SKYWARN Spotter Training at CCEMA
Windham, ME

by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

SKYWARN Spotter Training

WINDHAM, ME -  On Thursday, June 15th, the Wireless Society of Southern Maine will be hosting a SKYWARN Spotter Training session  at the CCEMA Bunker, in Windham, ME. The class begins at 7pm and will cover topics such as the basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying potential severe weather features, information to report, how to report information, and basic severe weather safety.

SKYWARN spotters, coupled with Dopplar radar technology, improved satelite and other data, has enabled the NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods.

According to the National Weather Service, SKYWARN storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defence against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforsts have given communities the precious gift of time - seconds and minutes that can help save lives.

For more information about our club's involvement with SKYWARN radio operations, and how to help out, please click here.

VE Exam Scheduled for June 22nd
CCEMA Bunker, Windham, ME
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

WINDHAM, ME - The Wireless Society of Southern Maine will host an ARRL VE Exam session on the evening of Thursday, June 22nd, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, on 22 High Street, in Windham, ME.

Walk-ins are welcome. Bring a legal photo ID or passport, SSN or FCC-issued Federal Registration Number (FRN), and if applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current license or Certificate of Successful Completion (CSCE). Other items that are recommended, include two #2 pencils, with erasers, and a pen, and if needed, a calculator. Also, bring a check, money order, or cash, to cover the exam fee, which is $15.00.

For more information, please click here.

A Farewell Sendoff for Ryan, KB1YTR
Windham, ME
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

March meeting

WINDHAM, ME - During the formal meeting in March, our members presented Ryan Michaelson, KB1YTR with a club jacket, as we wished him farewell. At the end of March, Ryan moved back home to Minnesota, where he took a job with Sappi Paper. Of course, knowing Ryan, we all thought this was an April Fools joke, but keeping tabs on him on APRS, we know he really is in Minnesota!

Ryan joined the club shortly after getting his license, and he quickly became one of the most active members, participating in on-air events, such as SOTA, ILLW, Field Day, IOTA, and others, and he was a big contributor to our efforts to revamp the SKYWARN program, as well as a founding member of the WSSM-ECT. We'd like to thank Ryan for his contributions, and hopefully he's found a group to do Field Day with this year, so we can catch him on the air!

SOTA from the Green Mountains
Mt. Equinox, VT
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

SOTA from Mt. Equinox

During Memorial Day weekend, Stefania K1GJY, and myself, ventured to the summit of Mt. Equinox, in Vermont, during a return trip from the Adirondacks. With an elevation of 3,855 ft., Mt. Equinox is the highest peak in the Taconic Range. Located near the village of Manchester, Mt. Equinox is the second-highest in Southern Vermont, behind Stratton.

At the summit is a new visitor's center, called the Saint Bruno Viewing Center, which was built in 2011 in place of an old hotel, called the "Sky Line Inn." The summit can be reached by several different hiking trails as well as an auto road. On the slopes is an abandoned Cold-War era NORAD radar station, and a Carthusian Monastery, the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration. The summit is also home to broadcast radio stations WEQX, and WVTQ, as well as communications antennas for the Vermont State Police, and amateur radio repeater 145.390 (- / 100).

For Summits on the Air (SOTA) purposes, Mt. Equinox has the designation W1/GM/003. The "W1" stands for the W1 call district, and the "GM" stands for the mountain range (in this case, the Green Mountains, of Vermont).

Equinox 2 Equinox 3

For those who aren't familiar with SOTA, its a type of award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas. Participation is possible for all radio amateurs and shortwave listeners. There are awards for activators (those who ascend to the summits), and chasers (who either operate from home, a local hilltop, or are even activators on other summits).

Click here to learn more about SOTA, and if you're interested in "chasing" summits and want to know where to find activations on the air, click here to view the latest spots on SOTAwatch.

During our activation, we were able to communicate as far away as Connecticut, upstate New York, and various parts of Massachusetts, on 2 meter simplex. It was a perfect day for it. Not too hot, and clear as far as you could see. In one direction, you could see Mt. Greylock and into the Berkshires of Massachusetts, and in another, the Adirondacks, and to the east, New Hampshire. I got the itch again to do more SOTA activations. Who's with me?

DX News
June 5 - September 28
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

The Spring DX season was extremely active, with expeditions to the Temotu (H40FN and H40MS), Tanzania (5H3MB), Nepal (9N7XW), Tuvalu (T2AQ), and more. With the summer season underway, we look forward to holiday-style activations, and contest operations that will be QRV for the upcoming Islands on the Air (IOTA) and IARU contests later this summer.

For more information about upcoming announced DXpeditions, click here for the latest 425 DX News, by Mauro Pregliasco I1JQJ.

Upcoming DXpeditions

06/05 - 06/25
06/09 - 06/18
06/10 - 06/20
06/11 - 06/19
06/16 - 06/19
06/18 - 06/28
06/24 - 07/01
06/29 - 07/17
07/01 - 07/07
07/06 - 07/13
07/12 - 08/05
07/18 - 08/01
07/20 - 07/24
07/23 - 08/06
08/03 - 08/13
08/07 - 08/25
08/15 - 09/04
08/15 - 09/05
09/12 - 09/28
French Polynesia
Christmas Is
French Polynesia
Market Reef
St. Kitts & Nevis
Asiatic Russia
South Cook Is
French Polynesia
Cocos & Keeling
By 4J3DJ, from Mingachevir (LN30ms); HF; Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe
By JH0IXE, from Koror Is (OC-009); 80-6m; CW, SSB + digital
By KG4ZXN; 40-6m; CW, SSB, some digital; 100w
By F6BCW, and others; from King George I (OC-131); 80-12m; CW, SSB
By ZS6TVB; mainly 20m; possibly 40,17,12,10m; holiday style operation
By IZ5WWA; 80-6m; SSB; QSL via buro or direct
By HL1AHS, from OC-002; 80-6m; CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31
By F6BCW, and others; from Huahine Is (OC-067); 80-12m
By ON5TQ, and others; from EU-053; 80-10m; CW, SSB
By ZL3GA, from OC-035; 20m; holiday style operation
By W5JON, from Calypso Bay, St. Kitts; 160-6m, incl 60m
By G4PWO, from Fonimagoodhoo I (AS-013); 40-15m; SSB, digital
By RA7L, and others; from Iony Is (AS-069); 40-10m; CW, SSB, and digital
By F6BCW, and others; from Hiva (OC-027); 80-12m; CW, SSB
By UR5EAW, from Zeda Tkhilnari Batumi; 160-10m; CW, SSB, RTTY
By F4GHS, from Aitutaki I (OC-083); HF; holiday style operation
By JA6REX, from Chuuk Is (OC-011); 160-6m; CW, SSB, RTTY
By F6BCW, and others; from Moorea Is (OC-46); 80-12m; SSB, CW
By W7GJ; 6m, mainly EME, some SSB, CW

Meeting Minutes

If you haven't had a chance to make it to either of the past two meetings, or if you want to refresh your memory , click on the links below for recent meeting minutes:

Thursday, May 11th

Thursday, June 8th

QSL Corner

In this issue we'll take a look at QSL's from the 7P8C DXpedition to Lesotho, which took place in February 2016, FK4QX from New Caledonia, FW5JJ from Wallis & Futuna, and H44MS, which was a German "holiday-style" expedition to the Solomon Islands, during the winter of 2016.

If you received an interesting QSL lately that you'd like to show off, please send a digital image to [email protected], and we'll highlight it in an upcoming issue!


7P8C - for multiple QSOs with KB1HNZ:
02/10/2016 2320 UTC 20m SSB 59
02/11/2016 2311 UTC 17m SSB 59
02/14/2016 0002 UTC 30m CW 599
02/14/2016 0242 UTC 40m SSB 59
02/14/2016 1509 UTC 10m SSB 59

7P8C - for multiple QSOs with K1GJY:
02/08/2016 2104 UTC 20m SSB 59
02/14/2016 0231 UTC 40m SSB 59
02/13/2016 1543 UTC 10m SSB 59
02/10/2016 1429 UTC 12m SSB 59
02/11/2016 1329 UTC 15m SSB 59
02/11/2016 1841 UTC 17m SSB 59
FK4QX - for a QSO with K1GJY:

09/27/2016 2315 UTC 15m SSB 59
FW5JJ - for multiple QSOs with K1GJY:

05/19/2016 0539 UTC 20m SSB 59
02/29/2016 2202 UTC 15m SSB 59

FW5JJ - for a QSO with KB1HNZ:

02/29/2016 2202 UTC 15m 59

H44MS - for multiple QSOs with K1GJY:

02/08/2016 2109 UTC 10m SSB 57
12/08/2016 2159 UTC 12m SSB 55

H44MS - for a QSO with KB1HNZ:

12/08/2016 2210 UTC 12m SSB 59

For Sale
FOR SALEYaesu VX8GR multiband handheld transceiver. Includes 2 batteries. $275. Contact: Kevin Martel, at: [email protected]

If you have any items for sale, contact one of our members to have it listed here, or send an email to:
[email protected] with a brief description and contact information.

Three Rivers Hamfest - August 5, 2017. Location: Milon, ME. Type: ARRL Hamfest. Sponsor: Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club. For more information, click here.
Windsor Hamfest - August 19, 2017. Location: Windsor, ME. Type: ARRL Hamfest. Sponsors: Augusta Amateur Radio Asso. For more info, click here.

June 18, 2017. Location: Albany Street Garage, Cambrideg, MA. Type: Flea Market and Swap Fest.. Sponsor: MIT Radio Society. For more information, click here.

NoBARC Hamfest -
August 27, 2017. Location: Adams, MA. Type: ARRL Hamfest. Sponsor: Northern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club. For more information, click here.
items for trade
If you have any items for trade, contact one of our members to have it listed here. Send an email to: [email protected] with a brief description and contact information. 
If you offer any ham radio related services, for example, if you repair meters or radios, build your own transmitters, make QSL cards to order, or rebuild microphones, you may list these services here.

If 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 an upcoming meeting.
All advertisements are listed for FREE. Advertising shall pertain to products and services which are related to amateur radio. No advertisement may use more than 40 words. Please send a description of items for sale, wants, or services to Thom Watson at [email protected], or bring it to an upcoming meeting of the Wireless Society of Southern Maine. All ads will be printed one time, unless renewed.

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