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2017 Convention Grand Prize a XIEGU X108G Outdoor Edition HF Rig
X108G
Dan Lindsley N5AGG won the HF Rig!
50/50 Drawing got the lucky winner $110.
The exams went well with 7 new techs, 3 new generals and 1 new extra, Congratulations!!

The 2017 convention is dedicated to Norm L'Heureux w1scm, one of this clubs founders
and who served the club for 40 or 50 years. Norm passed away January 26, 2017.
Norm L'Heureux

 Norman F. L’Heureux, 85, of Libby Avenue, Lewiston, died Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Hospice House in Auburn.
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He was born in Lewiston on June 16, 1931, a son of the late Francis and Alice (Gagne) L’Heureux. He went to St. Peter’s School and then graduated from St. Dominic High School Class of 1950. Norman went on to proudly serve his country in Germany during the Korean Conflict while serving in the U.S. Army. He received extensive training on Ham radios while in the service and it became a lifetime passion. Following his time in the service, he attended the University of Maine and a communications college in Boston. He married the former Charlotte Veilleux on Aug. 25, 1956. They settled in Lewiston where they have been lifetime residents. He worked as an engineer and cameraman for WCSH in Portland for more than 40 years until he retired in 1995. Enjoying his career so much, he also worked part-time at WCBB Channel 10. Norm was active with Ham radios and a member of the local Ham Radio club. His call sign was W1SCM. He was a member of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, The Holy Name Society, The Knights of Columbus and The Holy Family Council. He and his wife Charlotte were worldwide travelers, traveling to Africa, Europe, Alaska and many other destinations.
You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Norman’s life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.
On Thursday Jan. 26, 2017 long time club member Norm L'Heureux w1scm became a Silent Key. The visitation was Tuesday January 31, 2017 at Fortin's on Horton St., in Lewiston from 3pm to 6pm. The Funeral was Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017 at 11am, at Sts Peter and Paul Church.
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Congratulations!!! One person came away with a new tech license after their test in Auburn October 29, 2016 Kyle kc1goh.

Congratulations to Jordyn Mann w1kxj of Monmouth Maine for winning the 2016 $ 1000 scholarship from the Androscoggin Club.

Here's a link to a great article on the why and how of building an APRS iGate.
http://www.wcares.org/special-interests-3/aprs/build-an-aprs-igate/

 See Jerry k1wtx presentation on Cutting the cord

David we1u Radio audio interface presentation  Audio Interface

  Goff Hill article from Sun Journal Goff Hill History
Click here to see a thank you letter from Charles Bigelow kb3yvs winner of the
k2teo Martin J. Green Sr. memorial scholarship.


VE exam results from Saturdays March 26, 2016 hamfest. One new tech, 6 General upgrades and 6 new extras. Congratulations!!  Thank you Don Wakeman and his crew of examiners.

Here are pictures from the 2015 convention thanks to Bob w1ltx.
       kits n pieces                                hamfest crew                                                                                                                                                                                          
       hamfest 2015 Leo Dyer n1bbk                               Hamfest 2015 Ken and Fred                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pete kb1ghf                                                 So. ME Thom and Tim Watson


         Lake Region Awards                           Travis Johnson and train club


                                                                                      Ham operators at work during 2015 Trek Across Maine

                                                                                                       Pictures from Karsten Moran
                                                                             Bob n1wjo at 2015 Trek Across Maine                                             Dick n1nyw at ham radio table 2015 Trek Accross Maine
                                                                           Bob n1wjo securing bike on SAG                                          Dick n1nyw at Radio Table       

                                         Bills PlaqueBills Plaque                                                                                                                                       
                                                                Retiring Androscoggin Club President Bill Woodhead n1kat receives
                                                                    
a plaque thanking him for his years of service, and making him a
                                                                 
lifetime member, from new President Tim Bubier wt1a at the clubs
                                                                                      
breakfast meeting April 29, 2015

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Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club sponsored the 2015 Maine State ARRL Convention and Andy Hamfest at the Ramada Inn 490 Pleasant Street in Lewiston ME. We thank all 385 of you for attending.

Video of Joel Hallas talk on antenna gain is available at http://youtu.be/HXnLLryS9u8

The first part of Joel Hallas "the doctor is in Q & A" is available at http://youtu.be/moEkZ0h0I8Y (sorry the camera battery only lasted 25 minutes)

Here are the results of the exam session from Ivan n1oxa.
27 people took 33 exams.

Tech 12 passed
General 7 passed
Extra 1 passed
13 failed

Two of those who failed passed the second test, one passed both the tech and general test.

We hope to see you at next years convention. Pictures from the 2015 event are on the 2016 convention page
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I was asked to post this link at the April first Club meeting. Here it is www.broadband-hamnet.org
                                                                                                

"Maine NBEMS VHF Net."
Sundays 7pm on the KQ1L Linked System

Quick Start Manual:

http://midcoastdigiham.belljar.net/Maine_ARES_RACES_NBEMS_Quick_Start.pdf

KQ1L Linked System site:
http://kq1l.com/

KQ1L Linked System map(**NOTE** Sanford is now 147.180+131.8Hz)
http://dhawke.com/kq1lweb/documents/mainelinkedrepeaters.jpg

KQ1L Linked System Frequencies
http://wx1gyx.org/index.php/skywarn-training-net-menu

                                                                                         Scenes from the 2014 Dempsey Challenge.

                                          Jerry k1wtx & Bob w1ltx                     Dempsey Challenge Harrison 2014                    

                                       Jerry k1wtx and Bob w1ltx Rest Stop 4 Poland                                              Dick n1nyw and Virginia n1nyv Rest Stop 6 Harrison

                                                                                                                                                                  (picture courtesy of Paula Holt Harrison Recreation)


System Fusion Plaque
Learn more about this new digital voice mode at System Fusion

Get an overview of digital communications from the Digital Communications Guide

This system comes with two new digital radios, an FTM-400D and an FT1D for use by the club members. 

If you don't have a digital radio yet, don't worry, System Fusion repeater should switch it self out of digital mode and back to the usual FM analog mode so you can continue to use the radio you already have. When it hears a digital radio it switches back to a digital repeeater.  The analog output has an 88.5 pl tone so analog listeners can set their receive squelch so they will not have to listen to the digital noise.

Due to confusion over what this repeater will or will not do, refer to the repeater manual pages 19 and 20 at Repeater Manual

The new and improved System Fusion DR-1X model is here and in use by the club.

The Andy Club is not the only area club with a System Fusion repeater.

Congratulations to Dakota Dumont kb1yyc winner of the Androscoggin Clubs 2014 $ 500 Scholarship, Dakota is a member of our club from Greene, Maine NOT Massachusetts as reported by the ARRL http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-foundation-awards-79-scholarships-in-2014 and http://www.arrl.org/files/file/ARRL%20Foundation/2014%20Scholarship%20Recipients(1).pdf

Ham radio is in the news in a BIG way Sunday May 18, 2014. The Lewiston Sunday paper has an article all about ham radio that can be read by clicking on this link to read about Cory ku1u and Bill n1kat and Tim wt1a telling the story of ham radio. Great job guys!!!

Thank you for attending the Andy Clubs 2014 Field Day. See Field Day pictures here. We will see you next year!!!

WRTC Website: http://www.wrtc2014.org/


                                                        Thank you for attending the 2014 ARRL State Convention and Androscoggin Hamfest.
The club donated its share of the 50/50 and the winner of the other 50 percent ke6pij  Paul Leonard also donated his share for a total of $ 216 to the Clarence Rider AA1PN fire relief fund.


                                                       Andy kb1doi gives Clarence aa1pn 50/50 2014

Andy Club member Andy Martin kb1doi presents Clarence Ryder aa1pn with the $ 216 from the 50/50 drawing March 29, 2014
The winner of the $ 500 HRO Gift certificate was John Shandorf w1ii from Kennebunk ME.

We Thank Everyone who attended the 2014 ARRL Maine Convention and we look forward to seeing everyone March 27 and 28, 2015.

The winner of the $ 500 HRO gift certificate was John Shandorf w1ii. Congratulations!!!

The VE team was busy as usual. Ivan reports the session produced four new techs, 2 upgrades to general and 3 extras. Congratulations!!!
See Doug Grants' talk at the convention about the upcoming W1AW/1 operations at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwYZJjV7tzA

Watch the video of the ARRL Forum update with Tom Frenaye K1KI at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhhcfmA88MU&feature=youtu.be

A big thank you to Chuck Yahrling for the use of the video. To see the 2013 video http://youtu.be/xrNTkY4LAw0 

Andy Hamfest makes news http://www.qsl.net/hrde/Ham_Radio_Down_East/News.html and more more pictures at

 http://www.qsl.net/hrde/Ham_Radio_Down_East/My_Albums/Pages/AndyHamfest.html



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