Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Local Ham Radio Happenings!!

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Seems to be quite a bit going on in the Down East Maine area in the Ham Radio community! Below I have listed the highlights. Please stay tuned to the local frequencies for updates and the local nets!
**The “Sunday Sessions” will be starting back up on Sunday November 12th at noon time! If you have a project you are working on and want to share or just work on bring it along! Questions on operations and/or equipment…hopefully they can be answered! The session on the 12th will be an open discussion as well on VHF digital ops with emphasis on getting reacquainted with packet radio and APRS! Bring your setups if you wish to get going or troubleshoot! ALL are welcome to attend, even those new to the hobby and want to see what it’s all about!
**Last week (10/10/2017) Phil acted as net ctrl on a 10M net and it was interesting! Contacts from the Ellsworth area were pretty good, Phil had a hard time copying but with relays all seemed to make their presence known! Tonight 10/17 there will be a 6M FM net at 1830 hours on 52.525…now THAT should be fun!
**On Saturday, November 18th at 1300 hours there will be a VE Test session at Meadow View Apartments Phase 4 Community Room, 25 Tweedie Lane in Ellsworth. For those wanting further information contact Phil Duggan N1EP at phil.n1ep@gmail.com . (No N1CJS, I am not ready to test to Extra!)
**Theres some new kids in town…well sorta. The group once known as the Narraguagus Bay Amateur Radio Club, has resurrected as the Maine Ham Radio Society holding its first meeting on October 14th in Milbridge. It’s great to see the group active again and offering more for the Hams further Down East! Look for info on further meetings!

 **Next meeting of the Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association (EAWA) will be held on Thursday November 9th . The business meeting which is held at 1900 hours will be preceded by training provided by the National Weather Service starting at 1800 hours centered on winter weather observation/reporting. The following is the NWS release:

2017 Winter Spotter Training Ellsworth

Help your National Weather Service by becoming a Winter Weather Storm Spotter!  Storm spotters report snowfall, ice accumulation, high winds, high surf, freezing spray and coastal flood erosion during Maine’s long harsh winters.  Spotter training will teach you about winter storms, in addition to teaching you how to accurately measure and report significant winter weather phenomenon! 
Where: Meadowview Apartments (Phase IV Community Room), 25 Tweedie Lane, Ellsworth, ME

 When: Thursday, November 9th at 6 PM

 Cost: Free to all those interested in Weather!!!

**Next Ham Radio breakfast will be Saturday, November 4th at 0900 hrs at Denny’s in Ellsworth. Confirm with Phil N1EP at phil.n1ep@gmail.com who and how many will be attending!

**Look for upcoming information about a Special Events Station during next fall’s Autumn Gold Festival here in Ellsworth!


EAWA October 2017 Meeting Minutes

EAWA Minutes October 12, 2017

The October 12th meeting of the EAWA was called to order at 7:05 PM by President Chris Stanley N1CJS. Evie KA1BRA made a motion to accept the September Minutes as e-mailed. Rob W8HAP seconded the motion. The motion passed. Dick W1KRP made a motion to accept the Treasurer's Report ( Petty Cash $313.57, Savings account $1050.50,  VE Account $18.82, and Repeater Fund $92.39) that was seconded by Chuck AC1BS.  The motion carried.


                        EMCOMM                 NETS                                      EAWA

Tuesdays at 7:00PM on 146.910 Repeater     Wednesdays at 7:00PM on the 147.030 Repeater

October 17  Evie Sargent KA1BRA              October 18 KB1ONQ Scott Grindle

October 24  Chris Weaver AB1PZ                 October 25 Chris Weaver AB1PZ     

October 31 Phil Duggan N1EP                      November 1 Bradley Nuding KC1HVP                   

November 7 Chuck Liebow AC1BS              November 8 Chuck Liebow AC1BS 


                                                            Old Business

October Breakfast – Greg N1IRH reported that the October breakfast held at Denny's in Ellsworth  Saturday, October 7 at 9:00AM was attended only by three.

                                                            New Business

November  Breakfast – TheNovember breakfast at Denny's in Ellsworth will be Saturday, November 4th at 9:00AM. Please let Phil N1EP (n1ep@yahoo.com) know if you plan to attend so he can give them a head count.

6 Meter Net – Phil N1EP stated that there is a possibility of having a weekly 6 m (52.525 MHz) net on Tuesdays at 6:30PM

Echo Link Down – Chris N1CJS reported that his Echo Link is down. Possibly it can be moved to another location where it will decide to start working again.

November Test Session – Since there is interest in a VE test session, Phil may try to get one scheduled for November.

Program for November – Chris N1CJS announced that the EMA will be hosting a SKYWARN program at Meadow View Apartment IV Common Room 25 Tweedie Lane, Ellsworth at 6:00PM on Thursday, November 9th.  The SKYWARN program will be presented by a meteorologist from Caribou.This program is different than the one presented earlier this year so please try to attend. The EAWA business meeting will immediately follow the SKYWARN program.

Sunday Sessions -  Sunday Sessions will start November 12th noon to whenever . Bring a project or just drop by to see what's happening or to operate the club station. Meadow View Apartments 25 Tweedie Lane

Junk Requested – John KQ1P would like to have your junk radio stuff for a high school class project.

He may offer a radio class to the students in the spring. Joe WA4OVO is willing to help teach  from afar.

Sweep Stakes – Phil N1EP is hosting at his home on Sunday, November 19th the Sweepstakes on phone.  Show up anytime and operate or check out the action . Light refreshments will be served.

 Rob W8HAP made a motion to adjourn. John KQ1P seconded. So done at 7:28 PM

 Program-Finalizing communication plans for the MDI Marathon on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Respectfully submitted,

Evie Sargent/KA1BRA


Maine Ham Radio Society

Maine Ham Radio Society

(formerly Narraguagus Bay Amateur Radio Club)

MINUTES (Tentative)

October 14, 2017

0900 at The Milbridge House Restaurant

Present: Phil Duggan N1EP, Rick Miller N1XRW, Kevin Keane AB1OX, David Prue KC1GVG, Brian Carlton KC1FXF, Richard Clark KC1BUX

*All present agreed that we should bring the club out of suspended animation. All present paid $10 membership fees. It was decided for now the dues would be $10. Depending on possible liabilty insurance and other costs, the members could choose to increase fees at a later date.

 *Officer Elections were held resulting in:

Phil N1EP President/Secretary

David KC1GVG Vice President

Brian KC1FXF Treasurer

* Members voted to change the name of the club to Maine Ham Radio Society.

*It was noted that Kevin Shissler K1FQ was going to renew the club’s call sign KB1CEJ and transfer Trusteeship to Brenda Duggan N1ZPV. N1EP will also ask Kevin if he can update the name of the club with the FCC at the same time, if that is even an option.

*N1EP noted that he was hosting a group November Sweepstakes operation and social event at his QTH on Sunday November 19. All are invited. It was also announced that the next Ellsworth club breakfast would be Saturday, Nov 4 at 0900 at Denny’s. Please RSVP N1EP if you plan on attending so enough tables can be reserved.

*Additionally, the Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association will be resuming their Sunday project sessions starting November 12 at the Meadow View Apartments Phase IV Dining Hall 25 Tweedie Lane. They usually start at noon. All are welcome. A VE session will be scheduled for sometime in November at that same location.

Adjourned about 1020

Submitted by Phil Duggan N1EP