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QRP Event! CQ! CQ! CQ!


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CQ! CQ! CQ! For those that like operating QRP I have an event for you. I will be hopefully participating in this event on Echolink (my node is: 638195) and plan to be on the following frequencies: 144.775MHz, 147.105MHz, 146.400MHz, 223.50Mhz, 224.840Mhz, 444.950MHz, and 446.500MHz. If these are open: 52.5250, 28.365 MHz, and 28.400MHz. My AQR Number is: AQR049. I will post times as the weekend gets closer!

AQR Field Weekend.
The dates have been selected. The event starts on Friday 8th July at 18.00 UTC and goes in for 48 hours until Sunday 10th July at 17.59 UTC.  This is NOT a contest, repeater QSO’s and Echolink are perfectly acceptable for this event. If you haven’t yet registered for your personal unique (for life) AQR participant number, now’s your chance.  Click the graphic to go to the FaceBook page, join the group (in doing so you get access to the…

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QRP Event! CQ! CQ! CQ!


QRP

CQ! CQ! CQ! For those that like operating QRP I have an event for you. I will be hopefully participating in this event on Echolink (my node is: 638195) and plan to be on the following frequencies: 144.775MHz, 147.105MHz, 146.400MHz, 223.50Mhz, 224.840Mhz, 444.950MHz, and 446.500MHz. If these are open: 52.5250, 28.365 MHz, and 28.400MHz. My AQR Number is: AQR049. I will post times as the weekend gets closer!

AQR Field Weekend.
The dates have been selected. The event starts on Friday 8th July at 18.00 UTC and goes in for 48 hours until Sunday 10th July at 17.59 UTC.  This is NOT a contest, repeater QSO’s and Echolink are perfectly acceptable for this event. If you haven’t yet registered for your personal unique (for life) AQR participant number, now’s your chance.  Click the graphic to go to the FaceBook page, join the group (in doing so you get access to the guidelines and PDF Files)!

QRP

Oh Say Can You See


🇺🇸🇺🇸I love my country, our standard “Old Glory” and the exercise of freedom that our Founding Fathers began (though I fear my government).

Why is it that we fail to acknowledge that our National Anthem has more than one verse?

It is a wonderful song and poem. It’s about time that all those that claim to be Patriots push for the full song to be sung. Yes it is a song but maybe just maybe it will bring a sense of what this country is about. 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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ARES


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Well it is official…I was just notified today that I am an official member of ARES, Maine District 4: Piscataquis County, by my county coordinator.

What’s that you say?! What is ARES?

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

From the ARRL “Public Service Communications Manual”
Chapter One: Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ARES.

Piscatiquis River Race


Today was the 44th Annual Kiwanis Piscataquis River Race and you could not have asked for a better spring day.  The Piscatiquis Amateur Radio Club provided the communication check points.

I was Check Point 8 stationed at the Rural Grove Cemetery in Guilford, I was transmitting on my 5W Baofeng UV-5RA Handitalki. Laura was my second set of eyes and Babe the Basset Hound provided entertainment.

There were a total of 63 boats including the sweep boat.

CQ! CQ! CQ!


Calling all Amateur/Ham Radio Operators in Maine and Northern Massachusetts! ARRL: Maine Section is calling for volunteers!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

2016 Tour de Cure of the Kennebunks

This year’s American Diabetes Association bike event, the Tour de Cure, will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The Start/Finish will be at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in Wells , Maine.

This will be an all day event. The event will include five different length courses 5K (3 mi), 25K (16 mi), 50K (32 mi), 100K (62 mi) and 100 mile. We are looking for many ham radio operators to man communications at Rest Stops and in SAG vehicles.

Required equipment would be a 2 meter mobile radio. A Hi-Viz safety vest would be beneficial.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Barry Kray, KB1VX at KB1VX@arrl.net.

The Ham Code


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The Radio Amateur is

CONSIDERATE…He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL…He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE…He/[She] keeps his/[her] station up to date.  It is well-built and efficient.  His/[Her] operating practice is above reproach.

FRIENDLY…He/[She] operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to beginners; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED…Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC…His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.

– adapted from the original Amateur’s Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928

Autism Mom


My name is Jessica and I’m the mom of three amazing boys, two of which have Autism, Tourette’s Syndrome, OCD, ADHD and Mood Disorder NOS (not otherwise specified). Despite of all the challenges I can honestly stay that I am blessed. My time is divided between running to the psychiatrist, therapy appointments, meetings with Department of Mental Health, dodging tantrums, playing referee, whatever appointments I have for myself, on top of working full time 11p-7am.

A few years ago I was blessed to find an amazing camp for my oldest son. A place that helps to enable success, build social skills, teach coping mechanisms and help children who have difficulty finding success in traditional settings. They provide a 1:1 staff to camper ratio @ all times. They are a year round support and advocate for children and their families and they have been absolutely amazing for my family.

Now that my youngest is old enough he has wanted nothing more than to be able to go. This is the one place where they can be themselves, a place to make friendships in a world where for them is so hard. This is consistency for my oldest & he looks forward every year to going and can go up until age 21. Continue reading Autism Mom

Palm Sunday


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Today as Christians we honor Christ’s triumphant entry into the Holy City of Jerusalem. In many churches the reading of the Passion occurs today, the last Sunday of the Holy Season of Lent.

Matthew 21:1-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Triumphal Entry

When they approached Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples [ahead], 2 saying to them,“Go into the village opposite you, and at once you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you should say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and without delay the owner will send them [with you].” 4 This happened so that what was spoken by the prophet would be fulfilled, saying:

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“Tell the daughter of Zion (the people of Jerusalem),
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Gentle and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

6 Then the disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and they brought the donkey and [a]the colt, and [b]placed their coats on them; and Jesus sat on the coats. 8 Most of the crowd spread their coats on the road [as before a king], while others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of Him, and those that followed Him, were shouting [in praise and adoration],

“[c]Hosanna to the Son of David (Messiah);
Blessed [praised, glorified] is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest [heaven]!”

10 When He entered Jerusalem, all the city was trembling [with excitement], saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Footnotes:

Matthew 21:7 A colt that had not been used was considered holy by the Jews and was fit to carry a king.

Matthew 21:7 A sign of homage and recognition of Jesus’ kingship.

Matthew 21:9 “Save now!” or “Save I pray!”
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Come One! Come All!


It’s almost that time a year again… HamFest time, so mark your calendars!  What you haven’t heard of HamFest, it’s the next best thing since sliced bread!  Okay this is what it is: ” a hamfest is a meeting of people interested in Amateur Radio. Hamfests offer exhibits, forums, and flea-markets for Amateur Radio operators or “hams.” (ARRL.org) 

What happens…well besides finding radio equipment…there are events to introduce the public to Ham Radio and even get on the air.  You can also take your Technician, General or Extra Class License Exam at a HamFest!   Mark your calendar’s for Saturday 6 August 2016 and join the PARC at the Kiwanis building in Milo Maine.

Photo Credit: PARC/K1PQ
Photo Credit: PARC/K1PQ

International Human’s Day!


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Well before we go any further we are living in an age where everyone gets offended by everything…for the love of humanity grow set of brass balls and get on with life.  Be warned I’m not politically correct nor do I ever want to be!

I’ve been giving some serious thought to something.  Today I log into Facebook and it informs that it is “International Women’s Day.”  It got the old Muse working…so first let’s see what this day is about… “International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.”Wikipedia

We need to stop these bloody days that just single out certain individuals for the sake of political correctness, appeasement or grandstanding!  Everyday should be just plain human’s day. Continue reading International Human’s Day!