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Winter / Spring 2019                                                                                  Volume 9, Issue 1

Winter Field Day 2019
Winter Field Day 2019

“CQ CQ CQ Winter Field Day, Whiskey Sierra One Echo Charlie, QRZed? We are 2-Oscar Mike Echo Maine, QSL?” If you were new to the hobby or a passing stranger, hearing these ramblings, emanations of weird radioesque noises like you’ve heard on the original Star Trek, and a blaring generator from a trailer with wires and poles hanging off it, you’d think you have walked into a science fiction movie set. Read Full Story

2018 Maine QSO Party
2018 Maine QSO Party Results

The Wireless Society of Southern Maine is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Maine QSO Party, which took place September 22-23. Thanks to everyone who participated and especially to those who helped promote the MEQP throughout the year!  Read Full Story

Nancy Drew Detective
Amateur Radio in Popular Culture

Amateur Radio has never been considered a mainstream hobby, but it has had its fair share of time in the spotlight of American popular culture – the most notable being when the hobby is featured on television or film. We’ll take a look back at some of ham radio’s more memorable appearances from the past, and a few recent ones. Read Full Story

2018 Field Day Results
2018 ARRL Field Day Results

The 2018 ARRL Field Day results are in, and WS1SM captured first place in Maine for the fifth consecutive year. In addition, we finished 14th overall in category 3A, cracking the top 20 for the second time in 2 years. Congratulations to everyone on our team for a job well done! Read Full Story

SRD 2018
2018 SKYWARN Recognition Day

Wireless Society of Southern Maine and Androscoggin ARES members ventured to the National Weather Service Forecast Office, in Gray, Maine, to participate in SKYWARN™ Recognition Day.
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Calendar Upcoming Meetings / Events

3/14/2019 - Monthly Meeting - 7pm at the CCEMA Bunker
3/28/2019 - ECT Meeting - 7pm at the CCEMA Bunker
4/11/2019 - Monthly Meeting - 7pm at the CCEMA Bunker
4/14/2019 - Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge 
4/25/2019 - ECT Meeting - 7pm at the CCEMA Bunker
5/3/2019- 5/4/2019 - NEARFest , Deerfield, NH

QSL Corner

Above is a QSL for a SSB contact with KB1HNZ on 14.248 MHz on 8 March 2016. The QSL was produced for a special event activation in Western Australia to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, Vietman, which took place August 18, 1966. Operators included: Phil VK6GX, Steve VK6OZ, Marty VK6RC, Craig VK6VCK, and Mal VK6LC.  

DX News

Our last issue left off just prior to the Oceania DX Contest, where there were several planned DXPeditions QRV for the contest, including YJ0GC (Vanuatu), and VP6D (Ducie Is), among others. Other recent DXPeditions included T06OK  (Mayotte), in late September, TT8KO (Chad), in late October, and 3D2JS (Taveuni Island (OC-016) Fiji), from early February until March 10.

In the weeks ahead, we look forward to FO/OK2ZI from Tahiti (OC-046), French Polynesia on March 6-12, the J20DX/p DXPedition from the rare Sept-Freres Islands (AF-059) on April 16-19, and after that from Moucha Island (AF-053) for about 24 hours until early April 20. DK5ON will be active again as PJ2/DK5ON from Curacao (SA-099) on March 14-30.

For up-to-date news about reported DXPeditions, click here, to read the latest 425 DX News Bulletin.

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