Winter Field Day is this Weekend!
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by WS1SM
1w ago
Please join us this weekend, January 28-29, at the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) bunker, (located at 22 High Street, Windham, ME) for Winter Field Day! We will be operating in the 1O category (club station with 1 full time HF transmitter), plus we’ll also be participating in a statewide Emergency Communications Exercise Saturday morning, from 9AM – 11 AM. SCHEDULE: THURSDAY – 7:00 PM – Setup begins during the ECT Meeting, with antennas and trailer prep. SATURDAY – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Statewide Emergency Communications Exercise (similar to the SET, but shorter in durat ..read more
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SKYWARN Activation Request – 1/22/23
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by WS1SM
2w ago
Good Afternoon, SKYWARN Activation is requested tonight and Monday for a Winter Storm for New Hampshire and western Maine. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we would request remote coverage of WX1GYX. Of particular concern for this event include: – Snowfall reports – Wind damage reports (strongest winds expected Monday afternoon and evening. Any method possible to send in reports is acceptable, with the preferred method being population of the SKYWARN NET Reporting Google Sheet. Thank you, NWS Gray National Weather Service Gray 207-688-4081 – Operations www.weather.gov/gyx SKYWARN Activation with ..read more
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Winter Field Day is January 28-29
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by WS1SM
2w ago
Winter Field Day (WFD), which has taken place annually on the last full weekend in January, since 2007, has continued to grow in popularity each year. In 2022, the Winter Field Day Association processed over 2500 logs. This year’s Winter Field Day takes place January 28th – 29th. Clubs and individuals from around the world activate for the event, many using it as an opportunity to practice portable emergency communications in winter environments, since the potential for freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and other hazards present unique operational concerns. Winter Field Day is formatted to he ..read more
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Next VE Exam is Thursday, February 16th
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by WS1SM
2w ago
WSSM will be hosting a VE Exam on Thursday, February 16th, at the Windham Fire Department’s South Station, located at 33 Main Street, Windham, ME. This is the same location where we hosted our last VE Exam in October. The exam will begin at 7:00 PM. Walk-ins are welcome. Ready to take the exam? Click here to find out what to bring ..read more
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2022 Weather Year in Review
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by WS1SM
2w ago
In 2022, the NWS Gray SKYWARN Amateur Radio Team gathered a record 518 reports. The year 2022 started out with three SKYWARN activations on January 7th, 17th – 18th, and 29th – 30th, the most memorable for a nor’easter that tracked near the Gulf of Maine on January 29th. The nor’easter accounted for 13.2 inches of the 13.6 inches total snowfall for the month in Portland, and produced 86 SKYWARN reports. January featured several temperature swings through the first three weeks of the month, followed by persistent cold through the end of the month. On the whole, the average temperature for Janu ..read more
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2022 Simulated Emergency Test Review
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by WS1SM
3w ago
Despite some challenges, the 2022 Simulated Emergency Test was a big success for our team! Since early Spring, the communications room at the Cumberland County EMA was undergoing various phases of renovation, and getting the gear setup in time for the SET was a huge undertaking. Our team also acquired, through grants, some new deployable equipment, which had just been taken out of the box a few days before the Saturday of the test! But, our team pulled it all together and did a great job demonstrating their skills once again, to make us one of the top performing groups in the state. Despite t ..read more
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Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge is Saturday, March 25th
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by WS1SM
3w ago
The 13th Annual Maine 2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge takes place Saturday, March 25th, from 12PM – 4PM! Contacts are limited to FM Simplex on the 2 meter band. Participants may be entered as either fixed or mobile, (but not as both). Exchange – Exchange items include your call sign, the name of the city, village, town, or township you are operating from, and your power level. Rovers and mobiles must be within the city limits of whatever city they claim to be operating from. If you are operating from a served agency station, you should also include this with yo ..read more
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2022 Maine QSO Party Results
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by WS1SM
3w ago
Congratulations to the multi-op team of Stefania Watson (K1GJY), Tim Watson (KB1HNZ) and Rick Fickett (K1OT), who operated as WS1SM from Windham, ME. They became the first Multi-Op team to win the contest overall, scoring a total of 334,915 points, and 1352 QSO’s! For 2022, we received a record 309 logs from 6 different countries, 31 U.S. States, 4 Canadian Provinces, and 9 Maine Counties. Thanks to everyone who participated! Michael Snook W7LG, from Lewiston, PA, captured the Single Operator QRP (SOQRP) category with 4,335 points. Jose Douglas KB1TCD, from Round Pond, ME, won the Single Oper ..read more
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Sign Up to Operate WX1GYX for SKYWARN Recognition Day
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by WS1SM
2M ago
For 23 years, SKYWARN Recognition Day, developed jointly by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League, celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. Since radio gear at the NWS Gray facility was put into storage during the pandemic and won’t be setup in time for this year’s SRD, SKYWARN Amateur Radio operators within the forecast area are encouraged to take turns activating the WX1GYX call sign, either from thier home stations, portable, or mobile, during the event. If you’d like to use the WX1GYX call sign dur ..read more
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WSSM Team Activates Squirrel Point Lighthouse for 2022 ILLW
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by WS1SM
3M ago
On Sunday, August 21st, members of the Wireless Society of Southern Maine activated Squirrel Point Lighthouse, in Arrowsick, Maine, for 2022 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW). This was the twelfth different lighthouse activated by the team during an ILLW weekend, and the fourteenth altogether. Squirrel Point Lighthouse is located at the end of a 1.4 mile out-and-back trail, which is an easy hike, but the mosquitoes were particularly vicious, probably due to the time of day being morning and its location along the Kennebec River. Once out of the wooded area, though, and in t ..read more
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