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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.



2022 EVENTS


Join us Saturday, October 22nd, as members of the WSSM Emergency Communications Team will participate in a statewide Simulated Emergency Test. The SET, which is expected to begin at 8AM, will test various communications methods within the county and adjacent counties. Volunteers are asked to meet at the CCEMA Bunker between 7:30-7:45 for instructions.

2022 SET


September 24-25th
Join us the weekend of September 24-25th for the 10th 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

June 25-26th
The WS1SM team will take part in their 11th ARRL Field Day during the weekend of June 25-26th! The event will most likely take place at Wassamki Springs Campground, located at 56 Saco Street, Scarborough, ME.

ARRL Field Day 2022

June 16th
DC207 invites you to "Introduction to Amateur Radio" by the Wireless Society of Southern Maine, presented by Tim Watson KB1HNZ. Learn about the world of HAM radio and the world of RF! Tim is one of the founders of our club, which was established in 2010, and is currently a club officer. Click here for more info.

DC207

March 26th
You're invited to take part in a fun and competitive 2m-only contest, on Saturday, March 26th, 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 29-30th
The WS1SM team will participate in their fourth annual Winter Field Day during the weekend of January 29-30. 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!

UPDATE: Due to the Nor'easter that is expected to effect the region during the weekend of January 29-30, we will not be operating from the CCEMA as originally planned. We encourage club members to operate from their own homes, or field day style, and contribute to the club aggregate total, by including Wireless Society of Southern Maine on the club line with their log submissions.
Winter Field Day



2022 MEETING TOPICS


October's Topic: Simulated Emergency Test

Join us Thursday, October 13th, from 7pm-9pm at the Scarborough Public Safety Building, 275 U.S. Rt.1, Scarborough, ME, as we'll do a quick recap of the MEQP and preview the upcoming Simulated Emergency Test (SET).

September's Topic: Annual Meeting w/ Officer Elections & MEQP Logging

Join us Thursday, September 8th, from 7pm-9pm at the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency bunker, located at 22 High Street, Windham, ME. We will do a quick recap of our ILLW activation of Squirrel Point Lighthouse, hold Officer Elections, and go over logging for the upcoming Maine QSO Party (MEQP).

Brad KC1JMH will send out a Zoom link via email just prior to the meeting, so members and guests can also join us online.


August's Topic: New England Forrest Rally

Join us Thursday, August 11th, from 7pm-9pm at the Scarborough Public Safety Building, 275 U.S. Rt.1, Scarborough, ME, as we'll do a quick recap of our POTA / SOTA activation of Mt. Agamenticus in July, followed by a presentation by Todd Rodgers KC1SQ about providing communications support for the New England Forrest Rally, and we'll also finalize plans for our activation of Squirrel Point Lighthouse for 2022 International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend (ILLW).

Brad KC1JMH will send out a Zoom link via email just prior to the meeting, so members and guests can also join us online.


July's Topic: Summer Portable Ops Planning

Join us Thursday, July 14th, from 7pm-9pm at the Scarborough Public Safety Building, 275 U.S. Rt.1, Scarborough, ME, as we'll do a quick recap of ARRL Field Day, finalize plans for summer portable operations, and more!

Brad KC1JMH will send out a Zoom link via email just prior to the meeting, so members and guests can also join us online.


June's Topic: ARRL Field Day

Join us Thursday, June 9th, from 7pm-9pm at the Scarborough Public Safety Building, 275 U.S. Rt.1, Scarborough, ME, as we'll be making final preparations for 2022 ARRL Field Day, and discuss some possibilities for SOTA and Lighthouse activities throughout the summer.

Brad KC1JMH will send out a Zoom link via email just prior to the meeting, so members and guests can also join us online.


May's Topic:  Initial Field Day Planning / MARS COMEX Exercises

Join us Thursday, May 12th, from 7pm-9pm at the Scarborough Public Safety Building, 275 U.S. Rt.1, Scarborough, ME, as we'll be discussing 2022 ARRL Field Day, and the ongoing MARS COMEX Interoperability exercises.

Brad KC1JMH will send out a Zoom link via email just prior to the meeting, so members and guests can also join us online.


April's Topic: Winlink

Join us Thursday, April 14th, from 7pm-9pm at the Scarborough Public Safety Building, 275 U.S. Rt.1, Scarborough, ME, as we'll be discussing 2022 ARRL Field Day, repeater updates, and more, followed by a Winlink demonstration by Brad KC1JMH and Eric N1RXR.

Brad KC1JMH will send out a Zoom link via email just prior to the meeting, so members and guests can also join us online.


March's Topic: Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge

Join us Thursday, March 10th, from 7pm-9pm at the Scarborough Public Safety Building, 275 U.S. Rt.1, Scarborough, ME, as we'll be previewing the upcoming Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge, which takes place Saturday, March 26th.

Brad KC1JMH will send out a Zoom link via email just prior to the meeting, so members and guests can also join us online.

February's Topic: De-mystifying RF Exposure (Re-scheduled)

Join us Thursday, from 7pm-9pm at the Scarborough Public Safety Building, 275 U.S. Rt.1, Scarborough, ME. The meeting will feature a program titled “De-mystifying the RF Exposure Evaluation for Ham Stations,” given by Frank Krizan, KR5N, of Plano, Texas.  Frank will focus on the need to “keep things simple”, while ensuring that everyone adheres to the intent of FCC policy. 

Brad KC1JMH will send out a Zoom link via email just prior to the meeting, so members and guests can also join us online.

January's Topic: De-mystifying RF Exposure & WFD Planning

Join us Thursday, January 13th, from 7pm-9pm at the Scarborough Public Safety Building, 275 U.S. Rt.1, Scarborough, ME. The meeting will feature a program titled “De-mystifying the RF Exposure Evaluation for Ham Stations,” given by Frank Krizan, KR5N, of Plano, Texas.  Frank will focus on the need to “keep things simple”, while ensuring that everyone adheres to the intent of FCC policy.  We'll also discuss plans for the upcoming Winter Field Day, which takes place January 29-30.

Brad KC1JMH will send out a Zoom link via email just prior to the meeting, so members and guests can also join us online.

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

Please join us Thursday, December 9th, from 7pm-9pm at the Scarborough Public Safety Building, 275 U.S. Rt.1, Scarborough, ME, as we'll be reviewing SKYWARN Recognition Day, and looking ahead to 2022 Winter Field Day.

Brad KC1JMH will send out a Zoom link via email just prior to the meeting, so members and guests can also join us online.


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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.

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Call Sign Lookup / Callbooks

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Ham Radio Clubs

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Operating / DX / Contest Clubs

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Yankee Clipper Contest Club
Int'l Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend
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Education

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AC6V's Amateur Radio Glossary
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