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OUR STORY

The Wireless Society of Southern Maine began as a group of friends with a common interest in ham radio, who met weekly at the Wassamki Springs Campground in Scarborough. In early summer of 2010, these friends decided to create a more formal organization, recognizing a need in the community for a club that was welcoming, helpful, and receptive to new ideas.

Please join us the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 7pm-9pm for a Meeting on the Air on the 147.090 (+ / 100) repeater. All are welcome, including non-members. The net welcomes traffic to be forwarded via Radio Relay International. Immediately following will be the After Net on 28.455 kHz SSB.
NEXT MEETING
05/09/19
from 7pm-9pm at the CCEMA Bunker, 22 High Street, Windham, ME

ECT MEETING
4th Thursday Monthly
from 7pm-9pm at the CCEMA Bunker, 22 High Street, Windham, ME

Informals
 1st Thursday Monthly
from 7pm -9pm at The Point
345 Clarks Pond Parkway
South Portland, ME

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MEMBERSHIP

WSSM brings together both new and experienced operators alike to share in the enjoyment of amateur radio, and encourages improvement in all the various phases of the hobby, including public service potential, operating ability, courtesy, and technical proficiency.

Membership is open to all persons interested in radio communications. There is NO requirement to be licensed, however only licensed operators and full time residents of the area can be Full or "voting members." At our monthly meetings, we like to encourage participation in round table discussions covering a wide range of ham radio topics. We cordially invite you to visit us and to become a member.


MEETING LOCATIONS

During the fall and winter, (from September-May), formal meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 7PM-9PM, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, ME. Click here for directions.
Informal meetings are held at "The Point" located at 345 Clarks Pond Parkway, in South Portland, ME.

During the summer, (from June-August), meetings are held at Wassamki Springs Campground, located at 56 Saco Street, in Scarborough, ME. Click here for directions.

See the Calendar of Events for the latest meeting information.



Station Activities   Archives

2018 WS1SM Field Day

2018 FIELD DAY AT WASSAMKI SPRINGS

SCARBOROUGH, ME - On the weekend of June 23-24, the WS1SM team participated in their 8th ARRL Field Day from Wassamki Springs Campground, in Scarborough. With over 30 participants and guests, including visitors from Cumberland County EMA, public service representatives, and Scarborough Town Councilor, Jean -Marie Caterina, the activities were many. On the air, we operated as 3A (which is a club station, on battery power, using 3 transmitters), maintaining a continuous presence on the bands on CW, SSB, and digital. We also had a Get on the Air (GOTA) station operating during most of the event, allowing beginners and new hams to operate HF. Click here to view photos of the event. 


 Mountain Topping & SOTA Activities

WSSM TEAM ACTIVATES MT. EQUINOX (W1/GM-003)

Over the past several years, WSSM members have activated numerous summits across New England, including Bradbury Mountain (ME), Mt. Agamenticus (ME), Mt. Washington (NH), Mt. Battie (ME), Mt. Megunticook (ME), Douglas Mountain (ME), Cadillac Mountain (ME), and others. Most recently, on May 27th, K1GJY and KB1HNZ ventured to the 3850 ft. summit of Mt. Equinox (VT), W1/GM-003, to activate it for Summits on the Air.

Look for WS1SM spotted on the SOTA Watch website, or monitor 146.520 simplex during the weekends to find us on the air from our next hilltop expedition.

CQWW VHF 1st Place WS1SM         WS1SM Mt. Washington, NH

Above (on the left), is a certificate for 1st Place in the CQWW VHF Contest. WS1SM earned first place in the Multi-op category for New Hampshire 4 years in a row! On the right is a QSL card from one of our SOTA/Contesting adventures to the summit of Mt. Washington, in New Hampshire. 



Lighthouse Expeditions and ILLW

WSSM TEAM ACTIVATES SPRING POINT LEDGE LIGHT
K1S QSL
During the weekend of August 18-19th, the WS1SM 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 eigth 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.


International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend is an annual radio activity that started 17 years ago in Scotland by members of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group.
ILLW evolved from the Scottish Northern Lighthouses Award Weekend into a popular international event, which now sees over 450 lighthouses and lightships participating from over 85 different countries. Spring Point Ledge Light had the designator US0231 during the event.




SEGUIN ISLAND EXPEDITION

SEGUIN ISLAND, ME - On July 26, an international team of hams set off to Seguin Island to activate it for the 2014 RSGB Islands on the Air Contest. Team members packed their gear aboard the Leeward which departed from Fort Popham early Saturday morning.

Once at the island, our planned operating position, which was Seguin Island Head Light, vanished from view, since it was situated atop a large hill on the far end of the island. Gear was packed aboard an inflatable dinghy and a few people at a time were rowed to shore by one of the ship's crew. Once everyone and everything was unloaded on the small beach, the heavier equipment was piled onto a tram that was pulled to the top by a chain-driven diesel engine. We hiked along a trail on the side of the tram line, and made it to the lighthouse about 15-20 minutes later.


WS1SM Seguin Island
Once there, we began to setup our 4 stations (3 HF, & 1 VHF). We used a variety of wire antennas, a BuddiPole, and mast and beam for VHF. We made many contacts with participating stations, including several other island expeditions around the world.


CLUB LOG

Amateur Radio Station WS1SM

WS1SM is the official club station of the Wireless Society of Southern Maine. The call sign is activated during contests, special events, and expeditions. Use this handy tool to see if you're in our log.




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