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Most Wireless Society of Southern Maine meetings include a rountable dicussion period about the "topic of the night." These can range from  planning a field operation to ham radio basics such as antenna modelling, dx'ing, operating QRP, digital modes, or even kit building. As this page gets updated, you'll be able to keep up to date with the latest topics, and some of the useful info that rises out of our research, activities, and presentations. Explore the Topics & Links Archive for a history of meeting topics, events, and ham radio related resources.


August 17-18th
For the 9th consecutive year, the WS1SM team will operate from a lighthouse (TBD) for the 2019 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW), which takes place August 17-18th. ILLW, which first took place in 1998, has grown to become the largest lighthouse activity weekend, with over 500 lighthouses in 40 different countries being activated last year. For more information about ILLW, click here

June 22-23rd
The WS1SM team will participate in their 9th ARRL Field Day at Wassamki Springs Campground, on the weekend of June 22-23. Since 1933, Field Day has been a friendly competition that encourages hams to operate "in the field," as a way to practice and demonstrate their ability to provide effective communications without the need of commercial power or well-equipped home stations. 
2019 ARRL Field Day

May 19th
The WS1SM team is planning a Summits on the Air (SOTA) expedition to Mt. Agamenticus, in York, ME, on Sunday, May 19th. We'll be active on VHF and HF. Check the SOTA Watch and DX Summit websites for frequencies and spots during the event. Operating times are expected to be between 1200-2100 UTC. This will be our second SOTA expedition to the summit. The first took place in the spring of 2013.  
SOTA Mt. Agamenticus

May 4th
Stop and see us at NEAR-Fest XXV on May 4th, as we'll have a table display setup to promote amateur radio and club activities. NEAR-Fest, which is New England's largest hamfest, is located at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, in Deerfiled, NH. You're invited to join us in speaking with the public, or just for a place to relax as you're checking out the hamfest. We also plan on having a table available for club members to sell their gear.

April 14th
You're invited to take part in a fun and competitive 2m-only contest, on Sunday, April 14th, from 12pm-4pm.  Participants may be entered as either mobile (as a rover), or fixed, and there are power levels for everything from a handie-talkie to a high power base station. The contest exchange is your callsign, the name of the town, township, or city that you are operating from, and your power level.

For more information and complete rules, click here.

2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge

January 26-27th
The WS1SM team will participate in their second annual Winter Field Day at the Cumberland County EMA, on the weekend of January 26-27. The purpose of Winter Field Day is to foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on-the-air, outdoor fun -  in the midst of winter!

The public is welcome to attend, and those interested in participating may inquire at any upcoming meeting between now and January 26th.
Winter Field Day


March's Topic: Spring / Summer Event Planning

Join us Thursday, March 14th, from 7pm-9pm, at the CCEMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as we'll be discussing upcoming events and activities, including our participation in NEARFest, ARRL Field Day, Summits on the Air, International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend, and more.

February's Topic: Movie Night

Join us Thursday, February 14th, from 7pm-9pm, at the CCEMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as we'll be hosting our annual Movie Night. This year we'll be watching Bob Allphin K4UEE's film about the K1N DXpedition to Navassa Island. The K1N DXpedition was named the 2014-2015 DXpedition of the year by the Southwest Ohio DX Association.

January's Topic: Winter Field Day Prep

Join us Thursday, January 10th, from 7pm-9pm, at the CCEMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as we'll be making final plans for our participation in the upcoming Winter Field Day, including logistics, availability of operators, equipment, food, and more! 2019 Winter Field Day takes place the weekend of January 26-27.


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