Tim Watson, KB1HNZ
|GORHAM, ME - On February 18th, members
of the WSSM formally established the WSSM Emergency Communications
Team, with a unanimous vote of approval.
The new constitution allows for the Emergency Team to grow as its role
in the community is further developed. The first step toward
accomplishing this was to make membership free for any licensed ham
with an interest in emergency communications.
The ECT also applied for
a club call sign, and will participate in portable operations and
training excercises as WS1EC. The vanity callsign was applied for on
March 31st and granted on May 13th after a petition was filed.
For more information about the WSSM-ECT, and how you can join the team, please click here.
EMA Station Updates
Tim Watson, KB1HNZ
- The Emergency Communications Team have been active throughout
the Winter and Spring, making improvements to the station at the EMA bunker in
Windham. The most noticeable updates took place on Thursday,
March 31st, and further progress has been made during the subsequent meetings.
to Charlie, W1CPS, who designed and built a pair of wooden
shelves, we were able to better utilyze the space available to us,
adding a writing area and a separation between the VHF and HF stations.
Charlie created a third shelf, installed on April 7th, which
allowed us to expand further down the counter to make room for a DMR
Ryan KB1YTR, Thom W1WMG, and Paul KJ6JBH, all worked hard at rewiring
the stations, which included adding a new battery backup, a common
ground bus, and Anderson Powerpole connectors to all the power cables.
In the fall, several team members helped install a new antenna for HF,
so the FT950 on site is fully operable, and the VHF station was reprogrammed
with updated simplex and repeater frequencies, and put to the test in
February during the annual 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge.
In early May, a DMR radio was installed in the space made availabe with
the installation of the third shelf that Charlie built. The radio was
programmed with all the current Maine DMR repeaters, as well as others
throughout Northern New England, DMR Simplex, and a number of analog
Most recently, the team has focused on setting up digital capability
for the VHF and HF stations, installing a pair of Signalink USB
interfaces and programming software such as FLDigi, and RMS Express.
The next phase will involve the development of training materials so
operator who arrives will have the confidence and expertise to use the
at the Maine State ARRL Convention
ARRL Hamfest, Auburn, ME
Tim Watson, KB1HNZ
ME - For the 5th consecutive year, the WSSM setup a booth at the Maine
State ARRL Convention, promoting Amateur Radio as well as club
activities, contests, and awards. The event was also a great opportunity to meet new folks
and club members who we don't see on a regular basis.
Some in attendance took part in the many seminars, including Dave
Hawke's DMR presentation, which was one of the most popular seminars of the afternoon.
the usual flea market items and vendors to browse, there was also an
exam session for anyone looking to get licensed or make an upgrade.
WS1SM Team to Activate Portland
Head Light for ILLW
August 20-21, 2016
Tim Watson, KB1HNZ
WS1SM Team will activate Portland Head light during this year's
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, which will take place
Portland Head Light, which was commissioned in 1787 by George Washington, is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. It was first lit on
January 10, 1791 using Whale Oil Lamps for illumination. A fourth order
Fresnel lens was installed in 1855, replaced by a second order Fresnel
The current lens is a DCB-224 Aero Beacon, which was installed in
1991. The focal height is 101 feet (31 meters), with a visible range of
24 nautical miles, from a 400 watt metal halide lamp rated at 36,000
lumens of light.
In 1973 Portland Head Light was added to the National Register of
Historic Places. The surrounding Ft. Williams park is a beautifully
landscaped ground with field and picnic areas. Its a popular
destination for travellers and locals alike, and was often a point of
inspiration to the poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who immortalized
Portland Head Light with his poem, The Lighthouse.
"Sail on!" it says, "sail on, ye stately ships!
And with your floating bridge the ocean span;
Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse,
Be yours to bring man nearer unto man!"
Excerpt from Longfellow's The Lighthouse
Exam in Gorham
ARRL VE Session, March 17th
GORHAM, ME - On
March 17th, the WSSM VE Team hosted an exam
session at the Gorham Recreation Department.
VE's present included Ron
Vaugh KC1AOT, Thom Watson W1WMG, Troy Dennen NW1B, Ryan Michaelson
KB1YTR, Frank Allen W1FRA, and Tim Watson KB1HNZ.
Among the twenty who turned out to try for either a new license or an
upgrade, and everyone did well, passing the original test they came to
take. Only a few who attempted an additional upgrade after passing
their first one, didn't succeed.
We'd like to congratulate everyone who came to the exam, and invite candidates to our next one, which is scheduled for June 2nd, at the CCEMA Bunker on 22 High Street, in Windham. The start time will be 7:00pm. Good luck!
WSSM Members Provide Communications for MS Walk
Walk MS Portland
Tim Watson, KB1HNZ
Saturday, April 23rd, WSSM members, including David Wood KB1FGF,
Stefania Watson K1GJY, and Tim Watson KB1HNZ, provided communications
support for the MS Walk in Portland, ME.
Stefania was assigned to the headquarters station, in charge of
relaying distress, medical, and informational messages received from
the walking route to the event coordinators. Dave was assigned to "Rest
Stop 1," which was situated about a mile away, and Tim was assigned to
"Rest Stop 2," located at the route's furthest point.
The walk route began at the Portland Expo building, went down Deering
Avenue and along Bedford Street, near the University of Southern
Maine's Portland Campus. It then crossed Forest Avenue to Baxter
Boulevard, continuing along the Back Cove Trail, and then returned to
the Expo building. The headquarters and center of activity was at the
Expo. "Rest stop 1" was located at Back Cove Park, while "Rest Stop 2"
was across from the Chevrus High School playing fields, along the Back
We were able to make direct contact between all the areas for most of
the event, with some dropouts between the 1st Rest Stop and
headquarters occasionally, although, to our surprise, the 2nd Rest Stop
had good communications with both of the other stations for all but the
walk over there. We suspect Dave had trouble because USM's Glickman
Library building was situated directly between his location and the
Expo, but we had him move around a bit until his signal improved, and
eventually it did. The good thing is that even if that wasn't possible,
we were still able to relay his reports between Rest Stop 2 and HQ.
Altogether, the excercise was a good one for everyone involved, and we look forward to helping out again in the future.
March 12 - May 02
Tim Watson, KB1HNZ
been a lot happening in the world of DX since our last issue, and its
been a lot of fun chasing the new ones over the winter. Active in
recent months were Palmyra Island (K5P) and Guinea (3XY1T), in
January and February, as well as the more recent DXpeditions to San
Andres and Providencia (5J0P), in early March, and expeditions to Heard
Island (VK0EK) and Juan de Nova (FT4JA). In the
weeks ahead, we look forward to expeditions to the Maldives, Easter
Island, the Seychelles, Mauritius, and Norfolk Island, among others.
For more information about upcoming announced
DXpeditions, click here for the latest 425 DX News, by Mauro
|04/23 - 06/30
05/24 - 06/03
05/25 - 06/08
05/27 - 06/15
05/28 - 05/29
05/28 - 05/29
06/02 - 06/07
06/03 - 06/17
06/05 - 06/23
06/07 - 06/09
06/09 - 06/14
06/11 - 06/25
06/14 - 07/15
06/15 - 07/14
06/17 - 06/29
06/17 - 06/29
06/20 - 06/28
06/22 - 07/11
06/23 - 07/08
06/28 - 07/04
07/01 - 07/10
07/01 - 08/03
St. Kitts & Nevis
By VA1AXC, from Sable Is.; HF, mainly 20m
By NL8F, from OC-005, HF; SSB, RTTY, 400w, vetical
By K5WE, from Easter Is.; HF
By K6TOP; 40-10m CW, spare time operation
By FM5BH, QRX for CQWW WPX CW contest
By W2GD, QRX for CQWW WPX CW contest
By CX3AN, 40-6m, CW, SSB, from Majuro Atoll
By 2M0JMN, from NA-016; HF; Holiday style operation
By K9EL, from NA-105; 80-6m, including 60m; CW, SSB, RTTY; 500w
By CX3AN, from OC-011; 40-6m, CW and SSB; Holiday style operation
By CX3AN, from OC-009 (Koror Is); 40-6m; CW and SSB; Holiday style
By W5LAC, from St. Maarten; HF
By W5JON, HF; 160-6m, including 60m, SSB, verticals
By M0RCX, 40-6m; SSB, RTTY, JT65, PSK31; 100w
By W9DR, 6m, CW, SSB
By W9AEB, 40-10m, CW, SSB
By DK1HW, from AS-013; HF, CW, SSB, PSK-31; 100w, verticals in sea
By WB4WXE, 6m (when open) 40-10m; 600w, 5-ele yagi on 6m
By VE3IKV, from NA-113; 6m, possibly some HF, CW, SSB, 8-ele yagi
By IT9BTI, and others, 40-10m, CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK; Spiderbeam
By UAE team, from AF-024; 160-10m; SSB, CW, PSK
By EA5RM, HF; 100w; vertical; solar power
QSLs below feature QSL cards from a pair of this winter's most popular
DXPeditions to Palmyra Atoll and Guinea, as well as a QSL from
shortwave broadcaster, Radio Habana Cuba, for a report sent in late
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
|K5P - for multiple QSOs with K1GJY:
MHz SSB on 16 January 2016, at 1840 UTC. 21 MHz SSB on 17 January 2016, at 1936 UTC. 14 MHz SSB also on 17 January, at 2141 UTC.
7 MHz on 19 January 2016 at 1514 UTC.
28 MHz on 23 January 2016 at 2111 UTC.
24 MHz on 23 January 2016 at 2117 UTC.
|3XY1T - for multiple QSOs with K1GJY:
24 MHz SSB on 18 February 2016, at 1433 UTC.
18 MHz SSB on 18 February 2016, at 2057 UTC.
28 MHz SSB on 19 February 2016, at 1425 UTC.
14 MHz SSB on 19 February 2016, at 2053 UTC.
7 MHz SSB on 20 February 2016, at 0602 UTC.
21 MHz SSB on 20 February 2016, at 1637 UTC.
3.5 MHz SSB on 21 February 2016, at 0244 UTC.
|Radio Habana Cuba
- for a report by Tim Watson, of a 6 MHz broadcast of "DXers Unlimited,"
with host Arnie Corro CO2KK, on 26 March 2016, at 0100 UTC.
- Drake TR4C
transceiver, completely restored and in like-new condition. Features
include VFO, lighted dial, and 300 watts output. $500 or best offer.
Call Thom, W1WMG, at (207) 839-0402 for more info.
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- June 04, 2016. Location: Hermon, ME. Type:
ARRL Hamfest. Sponsor: Pine State Amateur Radio Club For more info,
The Flea at MIT -
June 19, 2016. Location: Cambridge, MA.
Type: Flea Market. Sponsors: Harvard Wireless Club, MIT UHF Repeater Asso. For more
info, click here
Three Rivers Hamfest -
Brownville / Milo Kiwania Facility.
Type: ARRL Hamfest. Sponsor: Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club. For more
info, visit: https://www.facebook.com/parcradio/
28, 2016. Location: Adams, MA. Type: ARRL Hamfest. Sponsored by:
Northern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club. For more info, visit: http://www.nobarc.org
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