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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.



EVENTS


September 25-26th
Join us the weekend of September 25-26th for the 9th Annual Maine QSO Party contest. The Maine QSO Party is a fun contest that encourages Maine stations to expand their knowledge of DX propagation, improve their operating skills, and station capability in a competition where W/VE and DX stations have the incentive to work Maine. Click here for more details. 
Maine QSO Party

August 21-22nd
The WS1SM team will participate in their 10th International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend (ILLW) during the weekend of August 21-22. ILLW, an international event that is now in its 23rd year, and usually takes place the 3rd full weekend in August, attracts over 500 lighthouse entries in over 40 countries. It has become one of the most popular international amateur radio events.
Lighthouse


June 27-28th
The WS1SM team will take part in their 10th ARRL Field Day during the weekend of June 26-27th! We'll announce more details as we get closer.

FD2021

April 3rd
You're invited to take part in a fun and competitive 2m-only contest, on Sunday, April 3rd, 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

March 6th
Please join us March 4th, at 9:30 AM during the Maine Virtual Hamfest, as members of the NWS Gray SKYWARN Amateur Radio Team present an overview of the program, review 2020 weather highlights, talk about SKYWARN activation and reporting procedures, and how individual hams and ham radio groups in Maine and New Hampshire can support this vital cause.

Click here to view the presentation.
SKYWARN

January 30-31st
The WS1SM team will participate in their fourth annual Winter Field Day during the weekend of January 30-31. 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!

Due to COVID-19, we will be doing things a little differently. We encourage club members to operate from their own homes, or field day style, and contribute to the club aggregate total, similar to what some of you did during ARRL Field Day.
Winter Field Day



MEETING TOPICS



December's Topic: TBA

Please join us Thursday, December 9th, from 7pm-9pm at 200 U.S Route 1, Suite 210, Scarborough, ME. Topic: TBA

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.



November's Topics: Maine SET Review, SKYWARN Recognition Day Planning

Please join us Thursday, November 11th, from 7pm-9pm at 200 U.S Route 1, Suite 210, Scarborough, ME, for a review of the 2021 Maine Simulated Emergency Test, plus planning for SKYWARN Recognition Day.

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.



October's Topic: Maine Simulated Emergency Test

Join us Thursday, October 14th, as we'll be discussing our participation in the upcoming Maine Simulated Emergency Test.

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.



September's Topics: Maine QSO Party Strategy & Officer Elections

Join us Thursday, September 9th, as we'll be discussing strategy for the upcoming Maine QSO Party, and we'll also be voting on officers for 2022.

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.



August's Topics: 2021 ILLW Activation

Join us Thursday, August 12th, as we'll be finalizing details for the upcoming International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) Activation, which takes place the weekend of August 21-22.

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.



July's Topic: TBA

Join us Thursday, July 8th, from 7pm-9pm. Topic: TBA

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.



June's Topic: 2021 ARRL Field Day Workshop

Join us Thursday, June 10th, from 7pm-9pm at 200 U.S Route 1, Suite 210, Scarborough, ME, for our 2021 ARRL Field Day workshop. We'll be working on finalizing details, assigning tasks, and planning strategy for Field Day.

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.

 


May's Topic: 2021 ARRL Field Day (Initial Planning)

Join us Thursday, May 13th, from 7pm-9pm at 200 U.S Route 1, Suite 210, Scarborough, ME, as we'll be doing initial planning on 2021 ARRL Field Day, which takes place June 27-28.

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.

 


April's Topic: TBA

Join us Thursday, April 8th, from 7pm-9pm at 200 U.S Route 1, Suite 210, Scarborough, ME. Topic: TBA

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.

 


March's Topic: Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge, Maine Packet Network

Join us Thursday, March 11th, from 7pm-9pm at 200 U.S Route 1, Suite 210, Scarborough, ME, as we'll be previewing the upcoming Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge, which takes place Saturday, April 3rd, take a poll of who attended the Maine Virtual Hamfest and Brad KC1JMH will do a presentation on the Maine Packet Network.

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.

 


February's Topic: Winter Field Day Review, Maine Virtual Hamfest

Join us Thursday, February 11th, via Free Conference Call, as we'll do a review of 2021 Winter Field Day, and look ahead to the upcoming Maine Virtual Hamfest.

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.

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January's Topic: Maine Packet Network Update, Maine Statewide Net, WFD Planning

Join us Thursday, January 8th, from 7pm-9pm via Free Conference Call. For a topic, we'll get an update on the Maine Packet Network from Brad KC1JMH, talk about the possibility of starting a Maine Statewide Net on DMR,  and discuss plans for the upcoming Winter Field Day, which takes place January 30-31.

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.


December's Topic: SRD Review & Winter Field Day Planning

Please join us Thursday, December 10th, at 7:00 PM via Free Conference Call, as we'll be reviewing SKYWARN Recognition Day, and looking ahead to 2021 Winter Field Day. At November's meeting, we discussed taking advantage of temporary changes in the rules, that will allow individual operators to participate from their own homes and contribute to the club score. We will share more details about WFD after the December meeting

Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6366
Access code: 2618168#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kb1hnz
Online meeting ID: kb1hnz
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kb1hnz.




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HAM RADIO LINKS

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Radio Amateurs of Canada

DX Coffee

DX World

DX Summit
Radio Society of Great Britain

425 DX News

N3GK

AMSAT
Romanian Federation of Radio Amateurs

QRZ.com

Ham Atlas

AC6V

There are hundreds of resources online for the radio amateur, but we've made an effort to collect links to some of the best websites in the radio community. Please keep checking, as we will continue to update this page as new sites are brought to our attention.

ARRL Division & Sections

New England Division
Maine Section
New Hampshire Section
Connecticut Section
Western Mass Section
Eastern Mass Section
Rhode Island Section
Vermont Section
Eastern New York Section


Public Service

Maine ARES
New Hampshire ARES
ARRL National Traffic System
SKYWARN.org
Air Force MARS
Army MARS
Civil Air Patrol
Radio Relay International
Repeater / Frequency Resources

New England Repeater Directory
New York Repeater Directory

Call Sign Lookup / Callbooks

HamCall.net
1X1 Special Event Call Book
QRZ.com

Ham Radio Clubs

Saddleback Repeater Association
White Mountain Amateur Radio Club
Northern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club
Mount Greylock Expeditionary Force
Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association
Mount Tom Repeater Association
Boston Amateur Radio Club

Troy Amateur Radio Association
Whitman Amateur Radio Club
Maine & New Hampshire Ham Radio Clubs

Operating / DX / Contest Clubs

3.905 Century Club
RSGB Islands On The Air (IOTA)
Summits On The Air (SOTA)
The AM Window
D-STAR Reflector
The National Radio Club
FISTS CW Club
AM Fone
AMSAT
YO DX Club
Yankee Clipper Contest Club
Int'l Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend
British DX Club

Education

G4FON Morse Trainer
W5YI Resources for Amateur Radio
AC6V's Amateur Radio Glossary
QRZ Practice Exams


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