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Maine Ham Radio Society

MHRS Nets Thursdays K1HF Marshfield Repeater 146.775- (PL 192.8)
Updated Feb 27, 2024

Boat Anchor Hamfest Huge Success!

More than 300 people attended the Boat Anchor Hamfest in Augusta this month, DOUBLE from last year's turnout! Bravo Zulu to hamfest coordinators, helpers, vendors and attendees! Nancy W1GRG was crowned Miss Seagull Net at the hamfest. Many hams noted how much fun socializing that they had and getting to have an "eyeball" meetup with other hams they hear on the air.

MHRS Elections Results

ballot box

The Maine Ham Radio Society held annual elections during the Jan 6 meeting in Milbridge. Phil Duggan N1EP was re-elected president/secretary. Bob Ustruck was relected vice president. Brenda Duggan N1ZPV was elected treasurer, replacing Brian Carlton KC1FXF who stepped down. We thank Brian for his many years of service to the club as treasurer! Other items discussed during the meeting included:

Wreaths Event Fun & Rewarding

Wreaths Across America Card

Second Annual MHRS On-Air Event

*UPDATE: All QSL cards with SASEs received so far have been filled out and will me mailed Monday Jan 8.*

The Maine Ham Radio Society conducted a Wreaths Across America on-air event using the W1A special call sign, for the second year in a row. Members piled up 348 contacts from stations throughout America as well as some overseas. MHRS operators included N1ZPV, W1FWS, KF5CFU, and N1EP. Modes included phone and FT8. (No CW this year, this will be rectified in 2024!)

Many stations contacted indicated that they were participating in a Wreaths Across America ceremony at their local veterans cemetery. Some also mentioned that they had friends or family buried at Arlington National Cemetery. One ham said that he had lost a fellow soldier in war and that he would request a QSL card and give it to his friend’s Gold Star mother.

QSL cards are already pouring in. N1EP will go through them after Christmas and start mailing out W1A cards. Thank you to all who participated, as a W1A op and those with whom we had a QSO. And special thanks to Wreaths Across America staff and volunteers. What an amazing and worthy thing they do!

Stations making contact with W1A December 15 - 18, 2023 may request a special QSL card by sending a SASE to the address listed on qrz.com for W1A or just send it to Phil Duggan, N1EP, 195 Kansas RD, Milbridge, ME 04658.

MHRS RadioActive Youtube Videos

Here is a link to the channel where you can see all the Maine Ham Radio Society videos: Mainely Ham Radio

NBEMS & Message Forms

The Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS) suite of programs are perfectly adapted to emergency communications, but are also great digital fun for DXing, ragchewing, and other activities.

FLDIGI is the main component and you can communicate using psk-31, olivia, rtty, and many more modes. N1EP gave an FLDIGI demo during the Feb 5 club Zoom meeting and highlighted FLDIGI and FLMSG. The FLMSG allows you to send and receive multiple message forms, such as radiograms, digitally via the amateur radio airwaves. It is a faster and more accurate way of relaying message traffic than doing so by voice.

You can get more information on the entire NBEMS suite at www.w1hkj.com