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
W1SFS, and others in conversation
W1WMG, programming CW macros
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.
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
natural disasters, search and rescue operations, disaster recovery
situations, HAZMAT spills, and even terrorist attacks.
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
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.
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
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
you complete the prerequisites above, after one year, you will become a
maintain your Responder status:
Spotter Training refresher at least
once every two years.
participate in workshops, exercises, on-air activities, and activations.
- Take any additional FEMA or ARRL courses of your choice.
Frequencies for WSSM-ECT:
*Secondary SImplex 146.595 is shared with SKYWARN.
|Primary Simplex: 146.580 FM
||HF Statewide (Day): 7253
UHF Repeater: 449.225
(Night): 3860 kHz LSB
||Primary VHF Repeater: 147.090
|Tertiary Simplex: 147.585 FM
||SKYWARN HF (Night): 3965
||DMR - TS2 Group Talk:
Click here for a complete list of
Maine ARES frequencies and communications modes.
Links and resources
Field Operations Guides