2018 SKYWARN Recognition Day

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Wireless Society of Southern Maine and Androscoggin ARES members ventured to the National Weather Service Forecast Office, in Gray, Maine, to participate in SKYWARN™ Recognition Day.

On-air activities began Friday evening (0000 UTC on December 1st), with Tom N1KTA working Echolink, and Eric KC1HJK operating DMR and HF, while Brad KC1JMH operated VHF. They operated late into the evening and met up again Saturday morning to get back on the air.

Everyone took a break from the operating at 11am Saturday for the annual SKYWARN™ Strategy Meeting, which featured a presentation by Tim KB1HNZ, followed by a period of discussion, and lunch courtesy of the NWS. After the break, it was back to the radios for a few more hours, until activities ended at around 3pm Saturday.

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day is an annual on-air event, that was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN™ operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

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The radio tower at the National Weather Service, in Gray, ME

 

 

 

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WSSM Meeting on the Air – September 20, 2018

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.