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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.


October 28th and November 4th
The WSSM-ECT will participate in it's third annual Maine Simulated Emergency Test on Saturday, October 28th, from 8am-12pm, and also the following Saturday, November 4th, from 8am - 1pm, for the New Hampshire SET.

The SET is a nationwide excercise in disaster response and emergency communication, in which volunteers respond to a mock emergency or disaster.

2017 SET

September 21st
Get an introduction to various aspects of Amateur Radio, including basic radio and electronics theory, FCC rules and regulations, and details on how to earn your first Amateur Radio License during our Introduction to Amateur Radio course, offered by Saco -  Old Orchard Beach Adult Education. The course takes place Thursday, September 21st, from 7pm-9pm. Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information. 
OOB Saco Adult Education

August 19th
The WS1SM team will operate from Portland Breakwater Light (also known as Bug Light) during this year's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW). The current lighthouse was built in 1875, and is constructed of curved cast iron plate. It was designed by Thomas Walter, who is best known as the architect of the East and West wings of the U.S. Capitol. ILLW is an annual event which sees over 450 lighthouses activated worldwide by ham radio operators.
ILLW 2017 Bug Light

June 24-25th
The WS1SM team will participate in their 7th ARRL Field Day at Wassamki Springs Campground, on the weekend of June 24-25. 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.

The public is welcome to attend, and those interested in participating may inquire at any upcoming meeting between now and June.
ARRL Field Day

June 15th
SKYWARN® Spotter Training - 7PM-9PM at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker

To ensure a network of knowledgeable volunteers and accurate reporting, those who are interested in becoming spotters are asked to attend a training session provided by a local office of the National Weather Service. SKYWARN®  training is provided free of charge . The Cumberland County EMA Bunker is located at 22 High Street, in Windham, ME

SKYWARN® volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.  


March 31st - April 1st
Visit our booth at this year's Maine State ARRL Convention, which will take place March 31st - April 1st, at the Ramada Inn, in Lewiston, ME.

This is a great opportunity to get together, take part in the seminars and exam sessions, and meet friends who you've spoken with on the air. There will also be vendors on hand, as well as a radio and electronics flea market.

The Ramada Inn & Convention Center is located at 490 Pleasant Street, in Lewiston, ME - just off Exit 80 of the Maine Turnpike.

2017 Maine State Convention

December's Topic: Introduction to D-STAR

Join us Thursday, December 14th, from 7pm-9pm, at the CCEMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as Eric Emery KC1HJK will lead us on a discussion about D-STAR, and introduce the various modes and applications available. Eric will also tell us about how to register with the D-STAR network, and demonstrate how to get on the network without the need for a repeater nearby.

For more information about D-STAR, please click here to explore our D-STAR introduction page. Eric was kind enough to share some helpful documents, which are available for download at the bottom of the D-STAR page.

November's Topic: 10m Antenna Project

Join us Thursday, November 9th, from 7pm-9pm, at the CCEMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as we'll be building 10m antennas, using only coax. Dave Joseph W1AMX will explain the science behind this design, and help us along the way. If you're interested in building one yourself, it's recommended to bring about 30' of coax.

October's Topic: 10m Antenna Project / Winter Field Day / SET Preparation

Join us this Thursday, October 12th, from 7pm-9pm, at the CCEMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham. We'll be discussing the upcoming 10 meter antenna project, the possibility of taking part in Winter Field Day, and staffing for the Maine and NH Simulated Emergency Tests (SET's), coming up on Saturday, October 28th and Saturday, November 4th.

September's Topic: Annual Business Meeting

Join us Thursday, September 14th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as we'll have our Annual Business Meeting, which will include officer elections and planning for the year ahead. 

August's Topic: The Outernet's Ham Radio Connection

Join us Thursday, August 10th, from 7pm-9pm, at the CCEMA Bunker, in Windham. Our topic for the evening is "The Outernet's Ham Radio Connection", presented by Frank Krizan, KR1ZAN.

Most of us take the internet for granted, but, around 4.3 billion people around the world don't have access to the internet.  Recognizing an opportunity, entrepreneurs are seeking ways to provide a solution. One of those is the Outernet (  The Outernet makes use of the existing world-wide satellite coverage offered by INMARSAT satellites.

Frank will describe the Outernet, what you need to receive the Outernet signals and the amateur radio (APRS) "channel" that's been included. You'll learn about resources and how to send messages via the Outernet.

A native Texan, Frank was first licensed as a Novice in 1961.  He enjoys operating, DXing, contesting and trying new concepts in Ham Radio. Frank, and his lovely bride, Nancy, K5NCK, live in Garland, but, spend their summers in Maine.

July's Topic: Activity Planning

Join us Thursday, June 8th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as we'll discuss upcoming summer activities, including communications exercises and the annual International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend, which takes place on the weekend of August 19-20.

June's Topic: Field Day Preparation

Join us Thursday, June 8th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as we'll discuss preparations for Field Day, including assigning tasks, planning setup, and how to maximize bonus points. 2017 Field Day will take place the weekend of June 24-25, at Wassamki Springs Campground, located at 56 Saco Street, in Scarborough, ME.

May's Topic: The Wonderful World of Capacitors

Join us Thursday, May 11th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as Frank Allen W1FRA, will describe the manufacturing process of capacitors, especially Tantalum Capacitors, which he has many years experience with. Tantalum is known to have high capacitance per volume, has lower equivalent series resistance, and has a higher operating temperature than most other electrolytic capacitors. Some of the capacitors Frank has been involved with making, have been used in spacecraft, including OSCAR satellites, and the Space Shuttle.

April's Topic: Movie Night - "The Last Signals"  and FEMA Training Presentation

Join us Thursday, April 13th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as we'll watch a short film called "The Final Signals," which is about the radio operators on Titanic. Frank W1FRA, will also make a presentation about how to get started with FEMA training online.

March's Topic: Going away party for Ryan KB1YTR

Join us Thursday, March 8th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as we'll have a going away party for Ryan Michaelson KB1YTR, who will be moving to Minnesota at the end of March. Ryan has been one of our most active members, taking part in numerous radio adventures with the club, and he played a big role in developing the WSSM Emergency Communications Team. Thanks for all your support, Ryan!

February's Topic: Winlink Express

Join us Thursday, February 16th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham. Ryan Michaelson KB1YTR, will present an introduction to Winlink Express, which is a global radio email client.

For more information about Winlink Express, or to download the program, please click here.

January's Topic: Year in Review and Goals for 2017

Join us Thursday, January 13th, from 7pm-9pm, at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, as we'll look back at 2016 and discuss some of the goals for the year ahead.

December's Topic: Holiday Gathering & Pot Luck

Join us Thursday, December 8th, from 7pm-9pm at the Cumberland County EMA Bunker, located at 22 High Street, in Windham, for a Holiday Gathering & Pot Luck. If you are able to, we encourage you to bring your favorite dish or treat to share. 


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Below you'll find QSL information and links to some of the most popular International Broadcasters. For current schedules and frequencies, check out Primetime Shortwave's weekly update, or listen to Glenn Hauser's World of Radio program.

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Radio Prague

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All India Radio

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Voice of America


WRMI Shortwave

EWTN Catholic Radio


Prime Time Shortwave


Radio Habana Cuba


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