Next Informal Meeting will be at The Point, in South Portland


Our next Informal Meeting will take place from 7pm -9pm at The Point, located at 345 Clarks Pond Parkway, in South Portland, ME.

For more information about the venue, please click here.


WSSM Meeting on the Air – September 20, 2018


Net Report for 09/20/2018

WSSM Meeting on the Air
Net commenced at 7:11PM (2311 UTC)

Moderator: Brad Brown, KC1JMH, (mobile in Limerick, ME)

10 Check-ins, including:

W1CJC, CJ, Portland, ME (Vice President)
KC1RHM, Rich, Poland, ME
KC1HJN, Waylon, Windham, ME
KC1HJK, Eric, New Gloucester, ME
KR1ZAN, Frank, Gorham, ME (Wassamki Springs “Ham Shack”)
KC1AOT, Ron, Denmark, ME
W4FWW, Fred, Gorham, ME (Wassamki Springs “Ham Shack”)
KC1XT, Pete, Scarborough, ME
W1MSA, Sean, Naples, ME (Listening Only)
KB1TPH, Jim, Auburn, ME (Listening Only)

Participant Comments:

W1CJC – Recovering from neck surgery, just listening
KC1RHM – Props from Rich for taking on net control. He is enjoying the temperature change and the colored leaves starting to present themselves.
KC1HJN – Pushing through a cold, operating with his 3-element homemade fishing pole yagi to reach the repeater. He later provided the search terms to find the plans “KD5VIP Backpacker’s Yagi.”
KC1HJK – Advised he’s helping log the check-ins
KR1ZAN – Advised that he’s at the “Ham Shack” at Wassamki Springs Campground, and its 56 degrees. He announced that this is his last full season at the campground; they will be selling their spot and staying in Texas. He hopes to hear folks on 20 meters, and will try to visit us.
KC1AOT – Net control thanked Ron for his donation of books, and the car his son loves. Ron stated that he was having trouble hearing some people on the repeater.
W4FWW – Fred was also at the “Ham Shack” with Frank. He’s heading back to Florida in a few weeks.
KC1XT – Well wishes for CJ, and Pete thanked CJ for heading up the Winter Field Day Committee. Enjoying the Fall weather.

Net Announcements:

Net control provided a brief review of last week’s business meeting notes and upcoming club events, then took further check-ins before closing the net.

Additional Notes:

People are happy at the arrival of Fall, and the break of our run of heat and humidity. Many expressed their happiness of the return of our meeting nets. A few lamented their trouble reaching the repeater. W1DXX from Old Orchard was unable to stay in the repeater for the start of the net. A few others attempted to check-in, but were too far in the static to be copied.

Net closed at 7:42PM (2342 UTC)

The After Net (28.455 USB)
Net commenced at 7:44PM (0023 UTC)

Moderator: Tim KB1HNZ, Saco, ME

4 Check-ins, including:

KR1ZAN, Frank, Gorham, ME (Wassamki Springs “Ham Shack”)
W4FWW, Fred, Gorham, ME (Wassamki Springs “Ham Shack”)
KC1XT, Pete, Scarborough, ME
N5QYQ, Mike, Westbrook, ME

Net closed at 8:00PM (0000 UTC)

Net Announcements:

Net control mentioned that the Maine QSO Party will take place this weekend, and thanked Frank KR1ZAN and Fred W4FWW for assisting net control by making call-ups for additional check-ins.

The Radiogram – Summer / Fall 2018


Click here to view the latest issue of the Radiogram – the official eNews of the Wireless Society of Southern Maine.

In this issue we review the WSSM Field Day at Wassamki Springs, ILLW 2018 from Spring Point Ledge Light, 2018 Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge Winners, DX News, and more!

6th Annual Maine QSO Party is September 22-23!


Mark your calendars!

The 6th Annual Maine QSO Party takes place between 1200 UTC Saturday September 22, 2018 to 1200 UTC Sunday September 23, 2018.

The contest is designed to encourage Maine stations to expand their knowledge of DX propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve their operating skills, and improve station capability by creating a competition in which W/VE, and DX stations have the incentive to work Maine.

Click here for more information and complete rules.

WSSM Activates Spring Point Ledge Light for ILLW 2018


SOUTH PORTLAND, ME – During the weekend of August 18-19th, the WSSM team activated Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, in South Portland, ME, for International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend (ILLW). Club members operated from 10am-4pm on both days, using the special event call sign K1S.

2018 marked the 8th year that WSSM has participated in ILLW, which sees over 500 light houses and lightships activated in over 40 countries. The international event helps promote the preservation of lighthouses and lightships, and at the same time gives the community an opportunity to experience Amateur Radio first hand.

Setup took place on Friday evening, with Sean W1MSA, Rory KB1PLY, Pete KC1DFO, Keith AC1EG, Brad KC1JMH, and Tim KB1HNZ all taking part. The team setup a BuddiPole rotatable dipole on the highest platform of the lighthouse, and a station on the inside consisting of a Yaesu FT857d, tuner, and battery power. They also setup an information display.

By Saturday there was a second station setup, which consisted of an Icom IC-7300 and a 40m dipole. Spring Point marked the first time we were able to operate from inside an active lighthouse. Special thanks to Keith Thompson AC1EG, and the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust for their hospitality.


Particpants included Mike Fandell N5QYQ, Charlie Shepard W1CPS, Sean Binette W1MSA, Eric Emery KC1HJK, Curt Sachs K2IPH, Rory McEwen KB1PLY, Stefania Watson K1GJY, Tim Watson KB1HNZ,  Brad Brown, Jr. KC1JMH, Keith Thompson AC1EG, and Peter Warren KC1DFO.

Click here to learn more about WSSM Lighthouse activations, and see more photos from the event.

WSSM-ECT Participates in Regional Sheltering Exercise


WESTBROOK, ME – On Saturday, August 11th, WSSM Emergency Communications Team members participated in a Regional Sheltering Exercise, at Westbrook High School. The exercise was designed to improve the coordination and integration of organizations and special teams in support of regional sheltering operations during a disaster. Among those participating, were the American Red Cross, Medical Reserve Corps, Cumberland County Animal Response Team, Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency, and the Westbrook School Department.


The event began with a registration period in the morning, followed by introductions, briefing, and a tour of the facility, and then exercise play took place. It was followed up in the afternoon by a “Hotwash” session, in which observations and comments from all the participants were welcomed.


The WSSM-ECT team split into two groups, with one staying at the shelter, and another heading to the Cumberland County EMA bunker, in Windham. During the exercise, the shelter team was provided with requisitions for supplies, for both the Red Cross and CCART, to be forwarded to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). These messages were transcribed into a digital format and transmitted to the bunker, where the staff at the EOC made assessments and sent back replies.


From a technical standpoint, the operation was a success, because the traffic was successfully sent and responded to, but the team did identify a few areas to improve upon. One was that the original message could be saved to a memory stick, which could be passed from the originating party to the radio operator. This would speed up the process considerably, and guarantee accuracy. Another was that, since a number of participants were relatively new hams, some additional training, especially with regards to the digital modes software, was recommended.

During the exercise, on the shelter side, Roger N1XP’s mobile setup was used. Special thanks to Roger for getting things setup and organized! Other participants included Peter Warren KC1DFO, Anne McBride, Brad Brown KC1JMH, Rory McEwen KB1PLY, C.J. Carlsson W1CJC, and Tim Watson KB1HNZ.