Pre-SET Simplex Drill

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To get ready for this year’s Simulated Emergency Test (SET), which takes place Saturday, October 24th, we will be doing some on-air drills to focus on different communications skills.

These include passing radiogram messages and other forms of traffic via FM Simplex, FLDigi, and Winlink.

This week we’ll focus on passing radiograms via FM Simplex, similar to what we did on a few occasions during our Self-Quarantine Simplex Drills in the spring, but with a key difference. I’ll dispatch a few messages to participants during the net, instruct them to be relayed to others that I don’t have direct communications with, and afterwards we’ll check for accuracy.

The drill begins at 7PM Thursday evening on 146.580 FM Simplex.

Catch you on the air!

73′

Tim
KB1HNZ

W1V Special Event Update

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On-Air Activities begin at 0000 UTC, July 12th (Saturday night at 8PM)!

Thanks to the everyone who checked-in to our kick-off / coordination net last evening. Some good topics came up, including questions about a script to use, QSL information, logging, and how chasers and operators can earn a certificate.

We’ve created a simple fillable PDF for certificate requests, which is available here.

Tips for operators:

Since this isn’t a contest, it’s okay to self-spot! We suggest spotting on DX Summit to help chasers find you.

Feel free to use social media to post your operating frequencies and modes, and to tell a story about your operating conditions, etc. If you tag us, we’ll be sure to share your posts.

Please use electronic logging, and send your logs, in ADIF format to: kb1hnz@yahoo.com when complete. This is so we can upload to LoTW, eQSL, Clublog, etc.

Operations are not limited to HF. You can get on 6 meters, VHF/UHF, DMR, and D-STAR as well.

Although we don’t suggest any specific frequencies, try to stay around the lower end of the General portion of the bands, when on HF.

We suggest the following for a script:

“This is Special Event station W1V, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the Wireless Society of Southern Maine. For information about obtaining a certificate or QSL, please visit www.ws1sm.com

Most importantly, Have fun!

To help encourage participants to activate as many bands and modes as possible, we’re offering certificates to operators as well as chasers. More information can be can be found on the event website.

If you’re interested in operating W1V during the event, please click here to request access to the operator signup sheet.

Self-Quarantine SKYWARN Drill 042320 – Net Report

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Thanks to everyone who checked in and participated! We had a great turnout on both simplex and DMR, with 22 check-ins! The purpose of the drill was to expose participants to the SKYWARN simplex frequency and the Severe Weather Report form, test our simplex coverage, and also test out the SKYWARN DMR Talk Group.

The simplex portion of the net started on time, at 7:00 PM (2300 UTC), on 146.595. Net Control: KB1HNZ Tim, in Saco. We had 10 check-ins and handled 13 pieces of weather traffic:

KC1DFO Pete, in Dayton, ME (2301 UTC)
Contacted 2 stations: KC1HBL, KB1HNZ, Traffic handled: 1

KC1HBL Ben, Buxton, ME (2303 UTC)
Contacted 7 stations: KB1PLY, KC1HBM, W1SFS, N1BIM, KB1HNZ, KC1JMH, AB1BX Traffic handled: 5

KB1PLY Rory, in Saco, ME (2305 UTC)
Contacted 6 stations: N1BIM, KC1HBM, KB1HNZ, W1SFS, AB1BX, KC1HBL, Traffic handled: 1

W1SFS Jason, in Scarborough, ME (2307 UTC)
Contacted 6 stations: KC1HBL, KB1PLY, KC1HBM, N1BIM, K1MGR, KB1HNZ, Traffic handled: 1

N1BIM Joe, in Old Orchard Beach, ME (2310 UTC)
Contacted 6 stations: KB1PLY, W1SFS, KC1HBL, K1MGR, KC1HBM, KB1HNZ, Traffic handled: 1

WX1GYX op. N1RXR Eric, in New Gloucester, ME (2315 UTC)
Contacted 1 station: KC1HBL, Traffic handled: 13

N1CKM Wayne, in Barnstead, NH (2316 UTC)
Contacted 1 station: KC1HBL, Traffic handled: 1

K1MGR Greg, in Scarborough, ME (2317 UTC)
Contacted 4 stations: KC1HBL, KB1HNZ, W1SFS, KC1HBM, Traffic handled: 1

KC1HBM Peter, in Scarborough, ME (2318 UTC)
Contacted 6 stations: KB1PLY, KB1HNZ, N1BIM, KC1HBL, W1SFS, K1MGR, Traffic handled: 1

KC1JMH Brad, in North Waterboro, ME (2321 UTC)
Contacted 1 station: KC1HBL, Traffic handled: 2

The Simplex Net was secured at 7:59 PM (2359 UTC), after a round of informals.

The DMR net started at 8:01PM on the SKYWARN DMR Talk Group 759. Net Control: KB1HNZ Tim, in Saco. We had 12 check-ins and handled 9 pieces of weather traffic:

KC1JMH Brad, in North Waterboro, ME (0001 UTC) Traffic handled: 1
KC1HBM Pete, in Scarborough, ME (0001 UTC) Traffic handled: 1
W1EAV Chris, in Marion, MA (0002 UTC) Traffic handled: 1
W2VAN Mike, in Portland, ME (0005 UTC) Traffic handled: 1
NE1B Bill, in Hudson, MA (0007 UTC) Traffic handled: 1
N1KMX Scott, in Weymouth, MA (0009 UTC) No traffic
N1JGB Bruce, in Essex Junction, VT (0010 UTC) Traffic handled: 1
K1MGR Greg, in Scarborough, ME (0011 UTC) No traffic
W1HAI Joe, in Natick, MA (0012 UTC) Traffic handled: 1
N1BIM Joe, in Old Orchard Beach, ME (0014 UTC) Traffic handled: 1
W1SHS Stu, in Franklin, MA (0016 UTC) Traffic handled: 1
N1XRX Dennis, in Weymouth, MA (0029 UTC) No traffic

The DMR net was secured at 8:29 PM (0029 UTC).

All the weather traffic was relayed either directly or by Winlink, to SKYWARN liaison N1RXR, who checked in as WX1GYX.

73′

Tim
KB1HNZ

Meeting On-the-Air 04/16/2020 Net Report

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Thanks to everyone who checked in and participated! We had a great turnout, with 17 check-ins!

The net started on time, at 7:00 PM, on the W1QUI 147.090 repeater. Net Control: KB1HNZ Tim, in Saco. We had 17 check-ins:

KC1JMH Brad, in North Waterboro
W1QUI George, in Auburn
KC1KWH Anne, in Waterboro
KC1AOT Ron, in Denmark
KC1MSR Nick, in Gorham
W1SFS Jason, in Scarborough
KC1MSQ Cole, in Gorham
KC1HBL Ben, in Buxton
K1MGR Greg, in South Portland
KC1SQ Todd, in Standish
KC1HJN Waylon, in Windham
NB9D Neil, in Paris
N1RXR Eric, in New Gloucester
KC1MSO James, in Portland
N1BJX BJ, in Kennebunk
W1TGG Tim, in Sanford

In Old Business, March’s meeting topic was the Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge, which took place on Saturday, March 28th. Quite a few of the check-ins mentioned that they participated in the contest, and a few did for the first time. Net Control mentioned there being a lot of new activity in the midcoast. Also, in Old Business was mention of the Winter Field Day Follow-up, and the fact that news came in about the cancellation of the Maine ARRL Convention during the March meeting.

In New Business, we discussed the recent Self-Quarantine Simplex Drills, of which there have been two so far, and also the Winlink Drill that took place the previous Thursday. Brad KC1JMH mentioned possible interference as preventing him and others from being able to connect to the local Packet nodes. Turnout for the drills has been excellent, and there have also been a lot of positive comments about them.

The topic for the evening was a discussion about 2020 Field Day, and the fact that we will very likely have to do it differently this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some options that were brought up included encouraging members to operate portable from their own homes, in the B category, or to find a way to setup as a club and schedule operations so only one or two people are present at a time.

Ron KC1AOT suggested we operate from our homes, while Todd KC1SQ, and a few others, suggested we keep an eye on the response from the ARRL, in case they announce any rule changes that might allow club members to operate from within a wider radius and still contribute to a combined club score. Regardless of how Field Day comes together, there will likely be less public visibility or interaction with visitors, so this presents an opportunity to try something different, like live streaming, to reach new folks. WSSM leadership will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation, and pay close attention to the guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local authorities.

The Net was secured at 7:39 PM, after a round of informals.

This was followed by the After Net, on 28.455 MHz USB. Participants included: KB1HNZ, W1SFS, and N1BJX.

73′

Tim
KB1HNZ

Special Event Celebrates 100 Years of WWV

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology Radio Station WWV will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in October 2019. The oldest continuously operating radio station in the world deserves a
grand celebration.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) have reached an agreement and are working together to organize the event.

NIST will focus on the plans for Tuesday, October 1, when they will host a recognition ceremony and an open house at the radio station north of Fort Collins.

NCARC will operate a special event amateur radio station, call sign WW0WWV, on the WWV property starting September 28, and going 24-hours a day through October 2. The goal is to make as many U.S. and world-wide contacts during the 120-hour period as possible, using multiple bands and multiple modes on at least 4 simultaneous transmitters. The effort will require hundreds of volunteer operators.

Information on the Special Events Station visit: http://wwv100.com

https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2019/10/nist-radio-station-wwv-100-year-anniversary

WSSM Meeting on the Air – Dec 28, 2017

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Net Report for 12/28/2017

WSSM Meeting on the Air

Net commenced at 7:10PM (0010 UTC)

Moderator: Tim KB1HNZ, Saco, ME

17 Check-ins, including:

  • W1AMX  Dave,  Harrison, ME
  • KC1HBM  Peter,  Scarborough, ME
  • KC1FHU  Stephen,  Standish, ME
  • KC1HJN  Waylon,  Windham, ME
  • KB1YYC  Dakota,  Westbrook, ME
  • W1MSA  Sean,  Naples, ME
  • KC1HJK  Eric,  New Gloucester, ME
  • K1GJY  Stefania,  Saco, ME
  • KC1AMQ  Annette,  Greene, ME
  • WZ1J  Steve,  Brunswick, ME
  • NW1B  Troy,  Scarborough, ME
  • KB1ZLV  Bert,  Greene, ME
  • KR1MAC  Mac,  Saco, ME
  • N3AWM  Adam,  Buxton, ME
  • KC1HBL  Ben,  mobile in Buxton, ME
  • KB1PLY  Rory,  Saco, ME
  • KC1CWC  Tony,  Nobleboro, ME

Net closed at 7:45PM (0045 UTC)


The After Net (28.455 USB)

Net commenced at 7:47PM (0047 UTC)

Moderator: Tim KB1HNZ

2 Check-ins, including:

  • KB1PLY  Rory,  Saco, ME
  • N3AWM  Adam,  Buxton, ME

Net closed at 8:15PM (0115 UTC)


Net Announcements:    

WSSM will take part in Winter Field Day on January 27-28, 2018. A planning session will take place at the January 11th formal meeting at the CCEMA Bunker, 22 High Street, Windham, ME

Net control thanked Eric Emery KC1HJK for his support of SKYWARN during the most recent storms over the holiday weekend and on Christmas Day.

Stephen KC1FHU announced that he has a 6m J-Pole available. Call: (207) 831-3964 for more information.

4B4B – Socorro Island, NA-030 – Revillagigedo Islands DXpedition Announced

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According to DX World, Marco Gonzalez, XE1B will be active as 4B4B from Socorro Island, Revillagigedo Islands, NA-030 between March 1-15, 2018. QRV on 160-6m; SSB. QSL via XE1B direct, Club Log OQRS.

Click here for more information.

NASA on the Air Event Kicks off on December 11th

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The Amateur Radio clubs at various National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event. NOTA gets under way in mid December 2017 and continues through December 2018. In addition to being the agency’s 60th anniversary, 2018 will mark 50 years since NASA orbited the first human around the moon, and 20 years since the first elements of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched into low-Earth orbit.

Starting on Monday, December 11, 2017 (UTC), Amateur Radio club stations at various NASA centers and facilities will be on the air with special event operations to celebrate these monumental achievements, as well as current milestones. Some clubs will offer commemorative QSL cards, and a special certificate will be available indicating the number of NASA club stations worked on various bands and modes.

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“We plan to have a web-based system for you to check your points total and download a printable certificate at the end of the event in December 2018,” the NASA announcement said. “Points will be awarded for each center worked on each band and mode (phone, CW, digital, and ‘space’ modes — satellites, meteor scatter, EME, ISS APRS).” That would, of course, include contacts with any of the Amateur Radio stations on the ISS.

Key anniversaries during NOTA include the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17 on December 11, 2017, which kicks off the event; NASA’s founding on July 29, 1958; the 20th anniversary of the ISS first element launch on November 20, 1998; the 20th anniversary of the ISS Node 1 Launch on December 4, 1998, and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 — launched on December 21, 1968, and returned on December 27 — marking the end of the event.

Ham radio clubs at various NASA facilities will sponsor their own special events to commemorate and celebrate specific events.

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“We hope to be on the air for casual contacts and contests as well. All contacts with NASA club stations will count toward your total,” the announcement said. “QSL cards can be requested from each club you work and details will be on the individual QRZ.com profile page for each club call sign.”

The following call signs will be on the air:

  • NA6MF – Ames Research Center, CA
  • NA6SA – Armstrong Flight Research Center, CA
  • NA8SA – Glenn Research Center, OH
  • WA3NAN – Goddard Space Flight Center, MD
  • NA1SS – International Space Station, Earth Orbit
  • W6VIO – Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA
  • W5RRR – Johnson Space Center, TX
  • N1KSC – Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • KG4NJA – Langley Research Center, VA
  • NN4SA – Marshall Space Flight Center, AL
  • TBD – Stennis Space Center, MS
  • W4WFF – Wallops Flight Facility, VA
  • N5BL – White Sands Complex, NM

 

RAC Canada 150 Award

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We are now entering the final month of the Canada 150 Celebrations and the last few weeks to work the RAC special event stations and other special call signs.

The RAC Canada 150 Award is a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday since Confederation in 1867. The Award is issued for contacting RAC stations between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

As of December 11th, these stations are scheduled be active throughout the month:

VA2RAC – André Perron, VE2ZT, will operate every weekend until the end of December on various band from 80m to 6m.

VE1RAC – Bob Schofield, VE1RSM, Fred Archibald, VE1FA, Helen Archibald, VA1YL and Scott Nichols, VE1OP, will activate VE1RAC for the rest of 2017.

VA3RAC  Rob Noakes, VE3PCP, will operate VA3RAC from Friday, December 8 until Sunday, December 10.

VE4RAC – Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA, assisted by other Winnipeg Amateurs, will be operating as VE4RAC from time to time until the end of the year.

VE5RAC – Bj Madsen, VE5FX, is operating as VE5RAC on 20m SSB during the year.

VE6RAC – David Gervais, VE6KD, will operate from December 4 to December 10 and Gord Kosmenko, VE6SV, from December 11 until December 31.

VE7RAC – Fred Orsetti, VE7IO, has organized the following volunteers to operate the VE7RAC call sign for the rest of the year: Doug Pichette, VA7DP, Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, Al McNeil, VA7QQ, John Mackay, VE7RB, Al Ross, VE7WJ, Jim Smith, VE7FO, Rebecca Kimoto, VA7BEC, Koji Kimoto, VA7KO, Brian Summers, VE7JKZ, John White, VA7JW, John Schouten, VE7TI and Fred Orsetti, VE7IO.  A schedule is provided below.

VE8RAC – Gerry St Amand, VE8GER, operated from his cabin near Inuvik in the Northwest Territories until December 8.

VE9RAC – Jean-Paul Leblanc, VE9BK and Marcel Leblanc, VE9ML will be activating VE9RAC for the rest of the year. Andy McLellan, VE9DX, is also operating as VE9RAC on digital modes only.

VO1RAC – Boyd Snow, VO1DI, RAC NL Section Manager, has organized several RAC members across Newfoundland to activate VO1RAC as follows:  Ken Tucker, VO1KVT, from December 3-9; Dave Parsons, VO1COD, from December 10-16; Chris Hillier, VO1IDX, from December 17-23; and Boyd Snow, VO1DI, from December 24-31.

VO2RAC – Nazaire Simon, VO2NS, from Labrador City and Chris Allingham, VE3FU/VO2AC, who will be operating a remote station in Goose Bay from Ontario, will be operating as VO2RAC for the rest of the year.

VY0RAC – Mike Shouldice, VY0CF, will operate VY0RAC until December 31.

VY1RAC – Allen Wootton, VY1KX, will operate VY1RAC until December 8 and David Musselwhite, VY1XY, will operate from December 17 to December 23 and in the RAC Canada Winter Contest on December 30. A schedule is provided below.

VY2RAC –  Greg McCormick, VY2MP, Ron Huybers, VY2HR and Ken McCormick, VY2RU, will continue to activate VY2RAC through the end of 2017.

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In addition, there are efforts to have all 14 RAC stations active for the RAC Canada Winter Contest, on December 30th.

Click here for more information about the RAC Canada 150 Award.