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QST! QST! QST! de KC1FLG.  QST! CQ! QST! I will be activating NP01 (Acadia National Park) tomorrow (Sunday) roughly between 9AM to 3PM EST. I will be on Portable (my handitalki or HT) using 5W (QRP). I will be on these VHF/UHF frequencies (as I’m only a Technician Class): 146.52MHz, 146.58MHz, 147.57MHz, 446.00MHz, and 446.50MHz. Hope to make some QSOs…if I do hear you please understand I am hard of hearing so I may ask you to repeat your Call Sign a few times. Also I am awaiting LOTW to issue me a new certificate as I have a new computer and it won’t allow the old certificate to be used so any QSOs will be uploaded as soon as I get that. de KC1FLG

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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 guidelines and PDF Files)!

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CQ! QST! CQ!


A Ham’s favorite time of year is coming…very quickly! On behalf of the Piscatacquis Amateur Radio Club and Amateur Radio Operators everywhere I warmly invite you to join us for a weekend filled of fun and experimentation!

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Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club to Participate in National Emergency Communications Test June 25 and 26
Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 25 – 26 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service. Members of the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26 at Stickney Hill, Brownville, Maine. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2015. “It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.” “Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.” Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Piscataquis County. For more information about Field Day, contact Bill Welsh, Amateur Radio Call Sign KB1WEA at 207 717-7838 or visit https://www.facebook.com/parcradio/.
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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

Technician License


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CQ! CQ! All those interested in becoming a Ham (Ameture) Radio and live in Piscataquis County Maine I have news for you!

Join me in taking the up coming class, sponsored by the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club. The people of this club are a wonderful bunch and are some great teachers!  The class will be taught by Paul (N1BUG) a great guy in my book and always willing to help.

The 2016 Technician Class will be Thrudsays 7 to 9, January 7 through March 24 at the Mayo Hospital Resource Center.

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Lucky


I just got done listening to a great book and it was narrated by the author to boot! My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke!  

I’ve been a fan of Dick since  I was a small boy.  I won’t give any spoilers here but there are points in the book that you will need tissues and points where your sides will hurt from laughing!   I highly recommend this great audio book!