The purpose of the
Wireless Society of Southern Maine Emergency Communications Team
(WSSM-ECT) is to serve the Cumberland County Emergency Management
(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
WSSM-ECT Training Net:
4th Thursday monthly on the Falmouth 147.090 + (100 Hz) repeater.
net focuses on developing skills, such as familiarity with message
forms, traffic handling, using modes like FM Simplex, Winlink, Packet,
and the FlDigi suite, while fostering an interest in and recruiting
newcomers to emergency communications. The net welcomes all forms of
traffic, both real and simulated. All are welcome to join us.
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.
Join the Team!
operators who are interested in emergency communications are eligible
for membership. Membership is by application and free of charge.
is on furthering members’ skills needed for
emergency communications through portable operations, education, and
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, from the CCEMA communications
trailer at an incident site, 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.
|Primary Simplex: 146.580 FM
||ARES HF Statewide (Day): 7262
UHF Repeater: 449.225
||ARES HF Statewide
(Night): 3940 kHz LSB
||Primary VHF Repeater: 147.090
|Tertiary Simplex: 147.585 FM
||ARES HF Statewide
||DMR - TS2
Quick Reference Packets:
Click here to download a simplfied version of the WSSM-ECT Ops Manual (Viewable in a browser)
Additional links and resources:
After Action Reviews
the links below to download After Action Reviews of some of our recent
exercises and on-air activities:
Maine Packet Network
WSSM-ECT is proud to support the Maine Packet Network
, which is a
consortium of individual amateur radio packet nodes affiliated with
county-level Emergency Management Agencies throughout the State of
The primary objective of the network is to interconnect these
agencies with each other, MEMA, hospitals, Red Cross, and others, to
facilitate the exchange of accurate and concise public health and
safety information. Click here
for more information on
the Maine Packet Network.