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