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Field Day Edition 2018                                                                                                                                    Volume 8, Issue 2
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2018 Field Day Preview
Scarborough, ME
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

Field Day 2017 2     
Rick's trailer setup at Wassamki Springs Campground for Field Day 2017.  

SCARBOROUGH, ME - The WS1SM team will put their radio skills on display, as they participate in their 8th ARRL Field Day on the weekend of June 23-24th, from Wassamki Springs Campground, in Scarborough, ME.

“Field Day is an emergency preparedness exercise, but it is also a contest for fun, where we accumulate points and test and compare our operating skills with other clubs and individuals around the U.S. and Canada,” says club president, Rory McEwen, of Saco, ME.

During the event, participants will try to earn points by meeting specific goals as outlined by the American Radio Relay League. Some of these include handling and delivering messages, and making contacts with other amateurs through various methods, such as voice, telegraphy, satellites, and digital technology.

“This event gives us an opportunity to share our passion with the community and to improve our operating skills, all while getting everyone out there and on the air,” says McEwen.

 Field Day 2017 3    
Club members enjoy a cookout during a break from the action, in 2017. 

Field Day, which has taken place annually since 1933, is designed to test radio operators’ ability to quickly setup and operate portable stations in emergency conditions.

For the past several Field Days, the WS1SM team has used battery power for the entire 24-hour activity, operating in the 3A category. In 2017, they finished 1st in Maine, all categories.

Click here to search our listing on the ARRL's Field Day locator.

Falmouth 300th Anniversary Special Event
Falmouth, ME

by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

K1F      K1f
Above left: Paul W1IMD operates a Flex Radio, while Rick K1OT looks on, Above right: Stefania K1GJY operates SSB from the trailer.

FALMOUTH, ME - On the weekend of May 26-27, the town of Falmouth celebrated its 300th anniversary, and ham radio was part of the celebration, with the K1F special event.

Organized by Joe Blinick, K1JB, and supported by several local hams, the highlight of the special event was the portable operation at the Falmouth 300 festival, using Rick Fickett K1OT's field day trailer. Several club members came out to operate, and by the end of the day on the first day of the festival, the QSO total was well over 1000.

K1f    K1F
Above left: Jeff W4EWK visits from Knoxville, TN, as Greg W1GF operates the Flex Radio, Above right: Joe K1JB operates from the trailer

Since the special call sign was available for two weeks, several others operated from their homes, activating on various different bands and modes, including SSB, CW, FT8, and more. The final tally was over 2,000 QSOs, in 90 countries and 26 out of 40 CQ zones. Way to go!

Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

NEARFest    NEARFest 2
Above left: Thom W1WMG poses with the display. Above right: Some of the handouts at our table display.

For the first time, WSSM setup a display at the New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEARFest), in Deerfield, NH. Members were on hand to talk about the club, its activities, and sponsored events, and there was also a table setup for members to sell their gear.

NEARFest, once described as the "Woodstock of ham radio," is one of the largest hamfests in the Northeast, and takes place twice a year (in the spring and fall). Visitors come from all the New England states and from around the country.

For the first time, the New England Tech Trek (NETT) took place simultaneously, featuring demonstrations on basic and advanced robotics, drone technology, kit building, 3-D printers, NWS high altitude baloon measurements and SKYWARN, HF remote communications, and more!

NEARFest 3    NEARFest 4
Above left: Thom W1WMG, had success selling some equipment during the hamfest, including this Drake TR4C, Above right: Rory KB1PLY, Thom W1WMG, and Peter KC1HBM hanging out at the WSSM booth.

It was great to see everyone who stopped by or spent time at the booth. We made new friends and caught up with some old ones, and Thom W1WMG made the most of the table space, selling off lots of old gear.

Amateur Radio Direction Finding Activity
Windham, ME
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

     ARDF 1   ARDF 3

During the May 31st meeting, many club members got a chance to try out their skills in radio direction finding, by tracking down a hidden transmitter.

The hidden transmitter that was being hunted is a kit based on a MicroHunt transmitter, designed by Doppler DF Instruments. It provides a 50 milliwatt modulated CW signal on 146.565 MHz. Another transmitter that was demonstrated is based on a SquawkBox, and features a voice message instead of modulated CW.


Participants chose a variety of methods to track down the "fox" ranging from a  homebrew attenuator paired up with a rubber duck antenna, to different style tape measure yagis, including 2-element and 3-element variations. Plans for both tape measure antennas can be found on our Projects page.

DX News
June 5 - September 20  
by Tim Watson, KB1HNZ

The Spring-Summer DX season is well underway, with the OJ0W DXpedition to Market Reef currently in progress, through June 16th. Upcoming DXpeditions of interest include the 3W9NH expedition to Vietnam from June 14-18, 8Q7DT (Maldives) in late June, and the OJ0Y expedition to Market Reef, also in late June.

In other news, the 
2016 CY9C DXpedition team has been working behind the scenes with Parks Canada to get permission to mount a full-scale DXpedition to Sable Island (CY0). Since its park policy not to allow overnight stays on the island, the most recent DXpedition to Sable, in 2014 was only a one-day activity.

A team consisting of N3KS, KM4HI, TI2CC, TI2JCC and TI2CDA will be active from Uvita Island, NA-155, Costa Rica as TE6DX between June 7-11, 2018. QRV on 160-6, CW/SSB/FT8/RTTY/FM Sats. QSL via TI2CDA, Club Log OQRS / LoTW.

For more information about upcoming announced DXpeditions, click here for the latest 425 DX News, by Mauro Pregliasco I1JQJ.

Upcoming DXpeditions

06/05 - 06/24
06/07 - 06/11
06/08 - 06/11
06/09 - 06/16
06/14 - 06/18
06/18 - 06/24
06/21 - 06/27
06/22 - 06/27
06/22 - 07/20
06/24 - 07/09
06/27 - 07/01
07/01 - 07/11
07/01 - 07/14
07/07 - 07/14
07/13 - 07/20
07/18 - 07/25
07/20 - 07/25
09/01 - 09/10
09/12 - 10/01
09/15 - 09/20
Costa Rica
Market Reef
Cayman Is
Solomon Is
St. Kitts & Nevis
Baker & Howland
Turks & Caicos
East Kiribati
By DF2WO; from Kigali; HF & 6m; CW, SSB, FT8, RTTY; QSL via M0OXO
By TI2CDA and others; from Unita I (NA-155); 160-6m; CW, SSB, FT8, RTTY
By N0JK and others; focus on 6m, 2m, some HF; CW, SSB, FT8
By OH3WS; 40-6m; CW, SSB, 100w, spare time operation
By JA0JHQ; from Hoi An (OK45ev); HF & 6m; CW, FT8
By K8HTC; from Grand Cayman I (NA-016); HF
By JA1XGI; from Honiara, Guadalcanal (OC-047); 40-10m; CW, FT8
By JJ1BDT; from Koror; 40, 17, 15m; SSB
By W5JON; from Calypso Bay; 160-6m, SSB
By SM0UDH; from (AS-013); HF, SSB, JT9, JT65, FT8
By N1DG and others; 160-6m; CW, SSB, and digital
By VE3IKV and others; from (NA-002); HF 7 6m; CW, SSB, and digital
By OZ1DJJ; from (NA-018); spare time operation
By N9DK; 80-2m; all modes
By NJ0F; 80-10m; SSB, CW, RTTY, FT8
By ZL3GA; from Efate I (OC-035); 80-6m
By WB6OJB; 40-10m; SSB; 500w
By SP9ONC and others; HF; QSL okay via buro or direct
By DL2AH; from Chrustmas I (OC-024); 80-10m; SSB, FT8, RTTY
By HA5AO; 80-10m; CW, RTTY, FT8

QSL Corner

In this issue, we'll take a look at some recent QSL cards from Easter Island, Liberia, Austria, and Japan.

If you received an interesting QSL lately that you'd like to show off, please send a digital image to, and we'll highlight it in an upcoming issue!

XR0YD - Easter Island
for a QSO with Frank Krizan KR1ZAN:

03/09/18  0009 UTC  15m  SSB  59
03/12/18  2136 UTC  17m  SSB  59
03/13/18  2352 UTC  20m  SSB  59

German DXpedition, March 2-15, 2018
EL2BG - Liberia, West Africa
for a QSO with WS1SM:

04/25/18  1909 UTC  20m  SSB  55

EL2BG is also president of the Liberia Radio Amateur Association (LRAA).

OE11WG - Austria
for a QSO with Tim Watson KB1HNZ:

03/26/18  2010 UTC  20m  SSB  59

Special Event Station, celebrating the 11th World Winter Games of Special Olympics.

for a QSO with YO/KB1HNZ:

10/19/15  0951 UTC  15m  SSB  59

Op: Hiroyuki "Hiro" Ikarashi, Kita-ward, Niigata City, Japan.

Items for Sale
If you have any items for sale, contact one of our members to have it listed here, or send an email to: with a brief description and contact information.

Hamfests & Events
ARRL Field Day - June 23-24 2018, Location: Wassamki Springs Campground, 56 Saco Street, Scarborough, ME.  Contact: Tim Watson KB1HNZ at: (207) 831-8132. 

Three Rivers Hamfest - August 4, 2018. Location: Milo, ME. Type: ARRL Hamfest. Sponsor: Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club. Click here to learn more.
Hamfests & Events
Flea at MIT - June 17, 2018. Location: Cambridge, MA. Type: Non-ARRL Hamfest. Sponsor: MIT Radio Society. Click here to learn more.

Flea at MIT - July 15, 2018. Location: Cambridge, MA. Type: Non-ARRL Hamfest. Sponsor: MIT Radio Society. Click here to learn more.

NoBARC Hamfest - August 19, 2018. Location: Adams, MA, Type: ARRL Hamfest. Sponsor: Northern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club. Click here to learn more.
Items for Trade
If you have any items for trade, contact one of our members to have it listed here, or send an email to: with a brief description and contact information. 
If you offer any ham radio related services, for example, if you repair meters or radios, build your own transmitters, make QSL cards to order, or rebuild microphones, you may list these services here.
If there are any items you may be looking for, use this space to get the word out. Just send an email to, or mention it at an upcoming meeting.
All advertisements are listed for FREE. Advertising shall pertain to products and services which are related to amateur radio. No advertisement may use more than 40 words. Please send a description of items for sale, wants, or services to Thom Watson at, or bring it to an upcoming meeting of the Wireless Society of Southern Maine. All ads will be printed one time, unless renewed.

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