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Here's a brief note about our VE Session at the Whitefield Fire and Rescue in Whitefield, Maine Saturday June 27 2020.
On Saturday June 27th the Lincoln Co. ARC held the first VE Session in
the State of Maine since the Covid-19 virus hit the State of Maine in
mid-March. The VEC Liaison, Joe AB1YO fielded calls and e-mails
from candidates from across the State. Contingencies were
considered if the Firehouse had to be closed to us again. The
most likely alternative was to have the candidates sit in their
respective vehicles and take the exam. Fortunately that
alternative wasn't needed. The Fire Chief and Town of Whitefield
graciously allowed us to use the fire equipment bays. Two members
of the VE Team K1KSR, and KB1EZZ are members of the Whitefield Fire and
We ran 2 sessions that day due to the
number of candidates who registered to come. Overall it was a
very successful VE Session. Of the 32 candidates who came, 50
exams were given. We saw 17 new Techs, 5 new Generals, and 6 new
Extras. We had a few who passed the Tech and General at the same
session, and one who passed all three exams becoming an Extra in the
end. The exciting part was to see nearly everyone come away with a
Respecting the rulings of the
Governor of Maine, and the Maine CDC, we practiced social
distancing. We used 8 ft tables, spaced them 2 meters apart, and
sanitized the chairs and tables when each person left. All
candidates wore protective facial masks, and the VE Team all wore
disposable gloves and masks. We had good air flow with the open
doors, and ceiling fans to keep us cool. The WX cooperated with
mild temps that morning.
The photo below is the VE Team at the end of the session.
VE's from L to R.
Giff K1GAH, Joe AB1YO VEC Liaision, Karl K1KSR, Steve WZ1J, Mike KB1DBL, Greg K1MGR, Maury KB1EZZ, Eric N1RXR
ARRL VEC Liaison
Lincoln Co. ARC
Tower construction crew for Poland repeater Rich nu9c, Jerry k1wtx, Fred wa1skp,
Ivan n1oxa, and Pete n1zrl, June 13, 2020
Photo taken by Joyce Hume Jerrys' xyl
____________Photo by Richard Marshall nu9c ________________
Joseph Pelletier n1qhwJoseph Pelletier n1qhw passed away November 28, 2018
Complete details at https://www.sunjournal.com/2018/12/23/joseph-guy-yvon-pelletier
From David we1u.
Here is a chance to get licensed and/or upgrade
David Casler KE0OG Online Tech/General/Extra Videos and Site
I am glad I look for this, I was planing to do this, he done it better;)
For Ubuntu Linux hamexam 1.6 provides a text based question engine for the current elements:
received a letter from the ARRL Foundation announcing Theodore Parker,
N1HW from Ripley ME Has been awarded our Scholarship for 2018. Ivan
N1OXADempsey Challenge Bicycle Treks 2018Club member Bob w1ltx at Rest Stop two 2018 Dempsey Challenge Brunswick, Me
Dempsey Challenge Rest Stop Two Brunswick Maine Sept 30, 2018See you at next years Dempsey Challenge September 28 and 29, 2019
Results of Mexico VE Exams May 9218
Five People took exams, going in WITHOUT any license.
ALL earned tickets
Good Job Norm and George Thank You for attending the 2018 hamfest and convention.
Watch this page for information about the 2019 event that will be held March 29 and 30 2019.
2019 Hamfest and Convention
22 persons took exams March 31 2018.
and 4 Extra
According to Ivan n1oxa.
Communications in Hawaii are being backed up by ham radio in Hawaii.
The D-star Repeater on 443.300 as of August 27, 2017 is off the
air and will be moved to another tower in Livermore.
Poland repeater 147.315, was relocated to another location on White Oak
Hill in Poland with the same height or more and 50 watts.
The Auburn Repeater 146.61 was also taken down and
at Ivans house in Lewiston on Saturday morning Sept. 23 2017 and is now
back on the air. The site will have a few modifications and become
the permanent home for the repeater.
At the club meeting May second
the club decided to abandon the Leeds repeater project. Instead the
coordination will be changed to the club presidents new house in
Livermore that is on a taller hill than the Leeds location and has
internet access that the Leeds site did not have. Note that the
Livermore Repeater 146.895 PL 103.5 is now at its final height, 55 feet
above ground, and the power is set at 50 watts. Please send notes
on its performance to WT1A. DStar may also move to this site....stay tuned.
Other Repeater News
147.12 Pikes Hill Norway repeater has been tuned up by kq1l and is now
linked to the 224.62 repeater on Streaked Mountain. Thank you Dave!!2017 Convention Grand Prize a XIEGU X108G Outdoor Edition HF Rig
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.
Norman F. L’Heureux, 85, of Libby Avenue, Lewiston, died Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Hospice House in Auburn.
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
You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Norman’s life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.
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.
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
See Jerry k1wtx
David we1u Radio audio interface
Hill article from Sun Journal Click here to see a thank you letter
from Charles Bigelow kb3yvs winner of the
k2teo Martin J. Green Sr. memorial scholarship.
exam results from Saturdays March 26, 2016 hamfest. One new tech, 6 General
and 6 new extras. Congratulations!! Thank you Don Wakeman and
crew of examiners.
Here are pictures from the 2015 convention thanks to Bob w1ltx.
Ham operators at work during 2015 Trek
Pictures from Karsten Moran
Bob n1wjo securing bike on SAG
Dick n1nyw at Radio Table
Retiring Androscoggin Club President Bill Woodhead n1kat
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
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
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
I was asked to post this link at the April first Club meeting. Here it
"Maine NBEMS VHF Net."
Sundays 7pm on the KQ1L Linked System
Quick Start Manual:
KQ1L Linked System site:
KQ1L Linked System map(**NOTE** Sanford is now 147.180+131.8Hz)
KQ1L Linked System Frequencies
Scenes from the 2014 Dempsey
Jerry k1wtx and Bob w1ltx Rest Stop 4 Poland
Dick n1nyw and Virginia n1nyv Rest
courtesy of Paula Holt
Ham radio is in the news in a BIG way Sunday May 18, 2014.
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!!!
Learn more about this new digital voice
mode at System
Get an overview of digital communications from the Digital
This system comes with two new digital radios, an FTM-400D
and an FT1D
for use by the club members.
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
can set their receive squelch so they will not have to listen to the
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.
Thank you for attending the Andy Clubs 2014 Field Day. See
Field Day pictures here.
We will see you next year!!!
Thank you for
attending the 2014
ARRL State Convention and Androscoggin Hamfest.
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 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.
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
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
– Kenneth E. Akerley, 92, of 40 Bradley St., Lewiston, died Wednesday,
Feb. 24, 2021, at Central Maine Medical Center following a long illness.Born
in Lewiston on Feb. 1, 1929, he was the son of William P. and Mary L.
Thomas Ackerley. Educated locally, he was a graduate of Lewiston High
School, class of ‘46.He joined the Marine Corps in 1947, and served through the Korean War, eventually also serving in the Army Reserve in the 1970s.A
big believer in education, Ken earned a B.S. degree in business
administration from the University of Maine Augusta in 1978 and went on
to earn several associate degrees.He
worked several jobs over his life, including as a sasher tender at
Bates Manufacturing, and at the Androscoggin County Sheriff Department.A
devout Catholic, he was a member of the former St. Patrick’s Church,
belonged to the SS. Peter and Paul Basilica, Prince of Peace Parish,
and was a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus.Kenneth, known as kb1cdu, was a licensed Ham Radio Operator and a member of the Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club for many years.Survivors
include two sons, Michael and Patrick, both of Lewiston, a daughter,
Beverly of California; and a grandson, Ian Akerley.Visitation
will be held at the Albert and Burpee Funeral Home on Tuesday March
2nd, 9 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a service in the Upper Church of the
SS. Peter and Paul Basilica at 11 a.m. Interment, Gracelawn Memorial
Park. Condolences may be found at http://www.albert-burpee.com.Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.