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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 Simulated Emergency Test on Saturday, October 28th, from 8am-12pm. The SET is a nationwide excercise in disaster response and emergency communication, in which volunteers respond to a mock emergency or disaster.

During the Maine SET, our team will attempt to establish communications with each of the FEMA designated shelters throughout the county, and relay reports to and from the Cumberland County EMA, National Weather Service, Maine Emergency Management, and other EMCOMM groups throughout the state. We will also participate in the New Hampshire SET the following Saturday.
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. Click here for more details.
2017 Maine State Convention

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.

To view the film on your own, please click here.

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
Radio Prague - Prague
QSL: via online form or:
Vinohradska 12
120 99 Prague 2

Polish Radio
Polish Radio - Warsaw
QSL via online form or:
Al. Niepodleglosci 77/85
00-977 Warsaw

Deutsche Welle
Deutsche Welle - Bonn
QSL via: or:
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3
53113 Bonn
Radio France InternationalRadio France Int'l - Paris
QSL via: or:
80 rue Camille-Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

Radio Sweden
Radio Sweden - Stockholm
QSL via: or:
Radio Sweden - English Section
S-105 10 Stockholm

BBC World Service
BBC World Service - London or:
1st Floor Brock House
19 Langham Street
London W1A 1AA
Radio Romania International
Radio Romania - Bucharest
QSL via online form or:
P.O. Box 1-111
014700 Bucuresti

Scandinavian Weekend Radio
SWR - Virrat
QSL via: or:
P.O. Box 99
FI-34801 Virrat

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 Live Sports - London
1st Floor Brock House
19 Langham Street
London W1A 1AA
Voice of Turkey
Voice of Turkey - Ankara
QSL via: or:
P.O. Box 333
06443 Yenisehir, Ankara

Vatican Radio
Vatican Radio - Vatican City
QSL  by post:
Palazzo Pio Piazza Pia, 3
00120 Vatican City

Radio Slovakia International
Radio Slovakia  - Bratislava
QSL by post:
 Rozhlas a Televizia Slovenska
Mytna 1, P.O. Box 55
Bratislava 15,  817 55

Asia, Africa, & the Pacific
Radio Australia
Radio Australia - Melbourne
Radio Australia has discontinued shortwave broadcasts as of January 31, 2017.
Listen online here

PCJ Media
PCJ Media - Taipei
QSL via online form or:
8th FL, No. 47, Lane 31, Section1, Sanmin Road
Taipei, 22070

TAIWAN - Republic of China

Channel Africa
SABC -  Johannesburg
QSL via: online form or:
Private Bag X1
Auckland Park
Johannesburg, 2006

Radio New Zealand International
RNZI -  Wellington
QSL via: online form
No longer responds to QSL requests by mail.

KBS World Radio
KBS World - Seoul
QSL via: online form or:
18 Yeoido-dong,
Seoul 150-790

Voice of Vietnam
Voice of Vietnam
QSL via: or:
Overseas Service
45 Ba Trieu Street
Ha noi
Voice of Israel
Voice of Israel - Tel Aviv
QSL via online form or:
Reception reports may be sent to:
Global 24 Radio
2719 Hollywood Blvd. B-16
Hollywood, FL 33020

NHK Radio Japan
Radio Japan - Tokyo
QSL via: or
NHK, 2-1
Jinnan 2-chrome
Tokyo, 150-8001

Radio Kuwait
Radio Kuwait
QSL by post:
P.O. Box 193
Safat, 13002
Radio Taiwan
Radio Taiwan - Taipei
QSL via online form or:
55 Pei'an Road
Taipei 10462
TAIWAN - Republic of China

CRI English
China Radio Int'l - Beijing
QSL via: or:
16a Shijingshan Rd
Beijing 10040

All India Radio
All India Radio
Reception Report  available here or:
Akashvani Bhavan
Parliament Street
New Delhi - 110001

Voice of America
VOA - Washington
QSL via: or:
330 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20237

Armed Forces Network
QSL via:
AFRTS Headquarters - Engineering
601 N Fairfax Street, Rm. 360
Alexandria, VA 22314
WRMI Shortwave
WRMI Radio Miami Int'l
QSL via: online form
 or: Radio Miami International
175 Fontainebleau Blvd. Suite 1N4
Miami, FL 33172

EWTN Catholic Radio
WEWN - Irondale, AL
QSL via: or:
5817 Old Leeds Road
Irondale, AL 35210
WBCQ - Monticello, ME
QSL by post:
WBCQ The Planet
274 Britton Road
Monticello, ME 04760

Radio Habana Cuba
RHC - Havana, Cuba
QSL by post:
Apartado 6240
La Habana
WWCR WWCR - Nashville, TN
QSL by post:
WWCR Shortwave
1300 WWCR Avenue
Nashville, TN 37218

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