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Winter / Spring 2020                                                                                  Volume 10, Issue 1

Winter Field Day 2020
Winter Field Day 2020

It’s hard to believe that Winter is almost behind us! It seems like just yesterday we were on the air for Winter Field Day, operating from the parking lot at the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA), in Windham, Maine. Read Full Story

2019 Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Results

Congratulations to the 2019 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge winners! Stefania Watson, K1GJY, from Saco, Maine, who made 119 QSOs and 38 bonus points, in 17 different towns, for a total of 2,669 points, took the overall win. Stefania operated mobile from 29 different locations during the contest. In the categories... Read Full Story

Exploring Trends in Amateur Radio Licensing

A few days ago, our club hosted the first of several VE exams for the year, and we had a great turnout. Not only were there new upgrades, but also several newcomers who earned their first licenses. And this has been a steady trend since we began hosting these exams in 2010. It started me wondering what the national trends might be, so I began to research it. Read Full Story

FD Results 2019
2019 ARRL Field Day Results

The 2019 ARRL Field Day results are in, and WS1SM captured first place in Maine for the sixth consecutive year. In addition, we finished 24th overall in category 3A. Congratulations to everyone on our team for a job well done! Read Full Story

Maine 200 Special Event
The Maine 200 Special Event is less than a month away!

It’s hard to believe, but the Maine Bicentennial Special Event is less than a month away! Activities will kick off at 0000 UTC on March 16th
. Read Full Story

2020 Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge
The Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge is March 28th!

The 2020 Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge takes place Saturday, March 28th, for 4 hours, beginning at 12pm local time!  Read Full Story

Calendar Upcoming Meetings / Events

3/12/2020 - Monthly Meeting - 7pm at the Gorham Recreation Dept.
3/19/2020 - Meeting  on the Air- 7pm on 147.090 repeater
3/26/2020 - ECT Meeting- 7pm at the CCEMA Bunker
3/28/2020 - Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge 
4/02/2020 - Informal Meeting - 7pm at Dunkin Donuts, Main Street, Westbrook.

QSL Corner

Above is a QSL for a SSB contact with KB1HNZ on 21 MHz on December 27, 2014. The QSL celebrates the life and writings of Swami Vivekanada, of India.

DX News

Our last issue left off just prior to the Fall Contest season, and mentioned some special DXPeditions, including the 9M4IOTA DXPedition from Perhentian Island (AS-073) on September 2, and 9M16KING that was active from Kuala Lumpur through September 30th. Francesco, IV3TMM activated as 9U3TMM from Burundi, between August 31 through September 17, and Eddie, ES2TT activated ES2TT/3 from Vormsi Island (EU-034), on September 7th.

In the weeks ahead, we expect there to be quite a bit of activity for the upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest, on the weekend of March 7-8, as well as the CQ WPX Contest, which takes place on the weekend of March 28-29th. In addition, the calendar is full of announced DXPeditions, including the VP8PJ expedition to South Orkney Island from, February 24 - March 6, the H33K expedition to Panama from March 2-13, the 9J2LA DXPedition to Zambia from March 4-15, a holiday style expedition to Rodrigues Island, using call sign 3B9AN, from March 9-18, the TU2R DXPedition to the Ivory Coast, from March 23 - April 3, and the newly announced VU4R expedition to Andaman & Nicobar Islands from March 20-31.

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

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