2018 Field Day at Wassamki Springs

IMG_2010

2018 Field Day was a tremendous success, and a lot of fun! Special thanks to the Hillock family of Wassamki Springs Campground for hosting us for the 8th consecutive year!

Operating twice around the clock, in the 3A category, we captured 1,730 Bonus Points, and 6,968 QSO points, which is a new record for WS1SM. The biggest areas of improvement this year were in SSB QSOs (+500), and in the bonus points (+200) over than last year.

Setup began Friday morning, as Rick K1OT and helpers met to raise his 40′ tower and antennas. Later in the evening Tim KB1HNZ and Eric KC1HJK setup the Spiderbeam tribander.

IMG_2021

On-air activities began at 2PM on Saturday, and continued through 2PM Sunday. All the radios ran on 100% battery power, with the exception of a handful of QSO that Charlie W1CPS made on solar power.

Frank KR1ZAN and Steve AA1HF served as coaches for a Get on the Air (GOTA) station, which operated concurrently in the Wassamki Springs Ham Shack, which is located in the former camp store. There were 6 participants who made QSOs!

IMG_2027

The educational activity for this year was Radio Direction Finding, using various methods, including a tape measure yagi, rotatable loop, and attenuator.

Peter KC1HBM, invited Scarborough Town Councilor, Jean-Marie Caterina, who spent some time talking to participants and got a tour of the Field Day and GOTA operations.

Town_Councillor

Special thanks to everyone who brought food to the pot luck supper on Saturday evening, especially to Sheila Martin, W1DXX, who brought lots of pizza!

Tim KB1HNZ composed or replied to 23 messages, which were transmitted via Winlink on HF. He also operated some digital modes over night on Saturday.

IMG_2034

The CW operators equaled last year’s total, and Charlie W1CPS came just 2 QSOs short of his previous best on 6 meters.

We also copied the Field Day bulletin, thanks to the efforts of Frank KR1ZAN and Ryan KB1YTR.

Frank, with the help of Waylon KC1HJN, also helped us get a satellite QSO during the last SO50 pass of the day.

Field Day was a massive team effort, and it wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s help.

Advertisements

DMR Simplex Sunday

Equinox-Saint-Jean-Sur_Rechelieu_600

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, WSSM members set out on a coordinated mountain topping expedition in order to learn more about the range limits of DMR simplex. The longest distance contact achieved was between Mt. Equinox, VT and Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC – a distance of: 151.13 mi / 243.22 km (UHF), and the second longest was between Mt. Greylock, MA and Mt. Washington, NH – a distance of: 145.56 mi / 234.25 km (both VHF and UHF).

Read the full story here.

Falmouth 300 Festival to Feature Amateur Radio

Falmouth300

A special event amateur (ham) radio station will be a feature at the Falmouth 300 Festival on May 26, 2018 at the Community Park on Winn Road.

A specially equipped van will be located at the Park which will include radios, a 30’ tower and antennas capable of communicating with other ham radio operators in Maine, the U.S. and all over the world using voice and Morse code transmissions. Special call sign K1F has been authorized for use during the festival.

Local ham radio operators will be available all day to demonstrate the equipment, make contacts with other hams and provide information about ham radio. Work is under way to set up contacts between the special event station and hams in Falmouth, England.

Ham radio operators enjoy talking to and making friends with other hams world-wide. Hams have frequently been instrumental in providing communications during large-scale disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes when other forms of communication (including cell phones) fail. Hams also provide public service communications at events such as marathons.

Stop by the ham station K1F at Community Park on May 26 and see the action yourself.

For more information, please contact

Joe Blinick (ham call K1JB)

207-797-7513

k1jb@maine.rr.com

 

If anyone is interested in operating the station, talk to the public about ham radio, or to help out with setup or breakdown, please contact Joe at the address above. Much help will be needed to make this event a success!

 

SKYWARN Spotter Training, May 3rd, in Windham, ME

SKYWARN_Spotter_Training_text

The National Weather Service will be offering a SKYWARN Spotter Training class on Thursday, May 3rd, from 7PM-9PM, at the Cumberland County  Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) bunker, in Windham, Maine.

SKYWARN® volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service, and amateur radio plays a vital role in relaying this information.

To ensure a network of knowledgeable volunteers and accurate reporting, those who are interested in becoming spotters are asked to attend a training session provided by the National Weather Service. SKYWARN®  training is offered free of charge.

The Cumberland County EMA Bunker is located at 22 High Street, in Windham, ME.

8th Annual Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge is this Sunday

Simplex_Challenge

The 8th Annual Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge takes place this Sunday, April 15th, from 12pm – 4pm local time. The ham radio contest, which debuted in 2011, is designed to give 2 meter operators an opportunity to compete on an even basis, and have fun doing it. It has also served as an entry point for newly licensed hams to experience radiosport, or contesting, for the first time.

Contacts are limited to only the 2 meter band, and only FM modulation. Participants exchange their power level and the town, township, or city from which they are transmitting. Each QSO is worth one point. Participants may enter as either Fixed or Mobile, and use one of three power levels, including QRP, Medium, and High. The Medium power level has historically been the most popular, and the QRP and medium power classes have been the most competitive.

The overall winner has come from both the Fixed and Mobile categories in previous contests, with last year’s winner coming from the mobile ranks.

For more information on how you can participate, and a complete set of rules, please  click here to visit the contest home page.

WSSM Meeting on the Air – March 8, 2018

Net_Banner

Net Report for 03/08/2018

WSSM Meeting on the Air

Net commenced at 7:00PM (0000 UTC)

Moderator: Tim KB1HNZ, Saco, ME

10 Check-ins, including:

  • KC1HBM, Peter, Scarborough, ME
  • KR1MAC, Mac, Saco, ME
  • KC1HJK, Eric, New Gloucester, ME
  • KC1AOT, Ron, Denmark, ME
  • W1MSA, Sean, Naples, ME
  • KC1HBL, Ben, Buxton, ME
  • K1GJY, Stefania, Saco, ME
  • KC1FHU Stephen, Standish, ME
  • KC1DLF, Bill, Gray, ME
  • W1CPS, Charlie, Westbrook. ME

Net closed at 7:20PM (0020 UTC)


The After Net (28.455 USB)

Net commenced at 7:23PM (0023 UTC)

Moderator: Tim KB1HNZ, Saco, ME

4 Check-ins, including:

  • KR1MAC, Mac, Saco, ME
  • KC1FHU Stephen, Standish, ME
  • KC1HBM, Peter, Scarborough, ME
  • W1CPS, Charlie, Westbrook, ME

Net closed at 7:55PM (0055 UTC)


Net Announcements:

The Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge takes place Sunday, April 15th, beginning at 12:00 PM local time. The goal is to work as many stations in as many different towns as possible. There are Mobile and Fixed categories for QRP, Medium, and High Power. For complete details, please visit: www.2meterchallenge.com