The Maine Ham Radio Society will start conducting a monthly swap net starting this month. MHRS already conducts a weekly net on the K1HF Marshfield Repeater 146.775+ (PL 192.8) on Thursdays at 7pm, and now the last Thursday of each month, after regular check-ins and comments, a swap net will be held. Ham radio operators may list their for sale or want items, the condition of any sale items, asking price, and contact information. There will be no bartering on the air. Any negotiations of sales will be done off the air via telephone or email. Covid-19 might have put a damper on in-person hamfests, but we will get 'er done on the MHRS Swap Net!
Items From The Swap Net
Ameritron AL-811H 800-watt amplifier (Unknown Condition) N1IRH has had it for 20 years but never hooked it up. Asking $300 or Best Offer. Proceeds benefit MHRS
For listed items above, email firstname.lastname@example.org and he will give you the proper contact info for the items. All of these items are offered "as is" with no implied guarantee.
ARRL International DX Phone Contest!
MHRS members and other interested hams: Consider operating in this annual contest March 6-7, 2021. It is offered to help American and Canadian hams to expand their knowledge of propagation, and dx operating skills. This is a great opportunity to improve one or two aspects of your station in advance of the contest. Get your antenna up higher or put up a more efficient 20 meter antenna. Replace that old coax with some new low loss cable. Either way, join in the fun of DXing and participate, even if only for a few hours. Rules and details are available on the ARRL web site HERE.
Try The FM Birds!
Phil, N1EP, gave a presentation on working the amateur radio FM satellites during the November MHRS meeting in Machias. He specifically talked about AO-91, AO-92, and SO-50. Since then a couple club members have been programming their radios and listening to selected passes. Brian KC1FXF recently noted during a weekly simplex net that he was ready to jump in and get his feet wet. Good luck Brian!
You can find more information about the fm birds at amsat.org There are several web pages and apps that help ou track satellites. Heavens-Above website is one of my favorites. If you have a Linux computer, the Gpredeict program also works well.
Jonesport Antenna Farm
Ham radio operators driving through Downeast Maine should take a side trip down RT-187 in Jonesport and check out the humungus amateur radio antenna farm that was recently erected. K1LZ remote operates the many stacked yagis and phased arrays from his QTH in Massachusetts. He reportedly recently won a 160 meter contest using the impressive system.
Jerry N1QLL, suggests looking up K1LZ on QRZ.COM to check out the avid contester/DXer and his many impressive achievements!
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