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In the Winter of 2016, the Wireless Society of Southern Maine created an organization for emergency communicators, called the Wireless Society of Southern Maine Emergency Communications Team (WSSM-ECT).

The purpose of the WSSM-ECT is to serve the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA), and the community in general, by providing emergency communications assistance, conducting programs and training, promoting radio knowledge, fraternalism, and individual operating efficiency, and to conduct activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio as a viable and efficient means of communications support.

W1SFS and others
Jason W1SFS, and others in conversation
Thom W1WMG, programming CW macros

What is Emergency Communications?

Among other things, amateur radio operators are recognized by the FCC as being a pool of talented communicators, who selflessly contribute their time and operating skills to their communities when needed.

As licensed radio operators who are proficient in their craft, hams are a natural choice for providing backup or auxilliary communications to organizations such as Emergency Management Agencies, the Red Cross, local emergency services, SKYWARN, and others. They are called upon during natural disasters, search and rescue operations, disaster recovery situations, HAZMAT spills, and even terrorist attacks.

You're probably visiting this page because you too have had the inkling to put your knowledge, equipment, and experience to practical use. Maybe you've been in a situation where your ability to establish communications in a short amount of time was needed, or maybe you enjoy operating portable on the weekends, or contesting, just for the challenge. Emergency communications combines all of these things, and its a great way to share your skills with fellow hams and learn how to apply them to a common purpose.

How can I Participate?

All licensed Amateur Radio operators who are interested in emergency communications are eligible for membership. Membership is by application and free of charge.

Club emphasis is on furthering members’ skills needed for emergency communications through portable operations, education, and exercises.

Join the Team!   WSSM-ECT Members    WSSM-ECT Constitution

Operating Authority

The WSSM-ECT is authorized to operate under the authority of the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency by a signed Memorandum of Understanding. All actions and procedures relating to communications assistance to CCEMA will be approved in advance by the Managing Director or his/her appointed representative.


The WSSM-ECT membership will be notified of an activation by email or phone call. When called upon, members will recevie instructions as to how they are needed. This may be as simple as operating from the EMA location for a period of time, or you may be called upon to establish communications at a shelter location, or check on the flood level of a nearby river. Since the situation determines the need, its essential to be prepared, and remember to always be ready, capable, and professional.

Training Levels

Trainee (First Year)

Everyone starts out as a Trainee, so you can work on completing the following prerequisites:

FEMA Course


Once you complete the prerequisites above, after one year, you will become a Responder.

To maintain your Responder status:

  • Take a SKYWARN Spotter Training refresher at least once every two years.
  • Actively participate in workshops, exercises and on-air activities.
  • Take one additional FEMA course of your choice.

Team Leader

Meet all of the above requirements, plus:


Meet all of the above requirements, plus:

  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Regularly participate in SKYWARN and CCEMA activations and Exercises
  • Actively participate in workshops offered
  • Actively participate in exercises and/or on-air activities
  • Regularly operate as Net Control during any SKYWARN activation, SKYWARN Training Net, Newcomer’s Roundtable, or Traffic Net.
  • Continue to explore available FEMA and CCEMA training opportunities.
  • Complete the All Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader (COML) course.


Frequencies for WSSM-ECT Communicators:

Primary Simplex: 146.580 FM HF Primary (Day): 7253 kHz LSB Primary Repeater: 147.090 (+ 100.0)
Secondary Simplex: 146.595 FM HF Primary (Night): 3860 kHz LSB Secondary Repeater: 147.045 (+ 103.5)
Tertiary Simplex: 147.585 FM HF Alternate (Night): 3853 kHz LSB DMR - TS2 Group Talk: ME Statewide

Additional Frequencies - Maine ARES Statewide & Maine-New Hampshire SKYWARN:

ARES Coordination : 146.520 FM SKYWARN HF (Night): 3965 kHz LSB
Primary Repeater: 146.880 (- 100.00) KQ1L System
SKWARN Simplex: 146.595 FM HF Statewide (Day): 7253 kHz LSB 70 cm Coordination: 446.000 FM
SKYWARN HF (Day) : 7277 kHz LSB
HF Statewide (Night): 3860 kHz LSB 6 Meter Coordination: 52.525 FM

Click here for more information on Maine ARES frequencies and communications modes.

Resources for Emergency Communicators

EmComm links and documents:

ARRL Radiogram Form
ICS-213 Message Form
Red Cross ARC-3058 Communications
ARRL Radiogram Procedures ICS-309 Communications Log Red Cross Message Form ARC-4612
ARL Numbered Codes
ICS-309 Instructions
Intro to NBEMS
SKYWARN Severe Weather Report Form
ARRL Public Service Manual
Advanced NBEMS
SKYWARN Operations Manual
SKYWARN Net Control Scripts

EMA Links and resources:

Cumberland County EMA National Incident Management System
American Red Cross Shelters
Maine Emergency Management Angency Presumpscott River Monitor
Homeland Security
Maine DOT 5-1-1 Service Northeast River Forecast Center

Field Operations Guides

AUXFOG                 Maine Interoperability Field Operations Guide                 National Interoperability Field Operations Guide

Directions to the CCEMA Bunker


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