The submarine USS Squalus sank in the Gulf of Maine on May 23, 1939. Twenty-six of its crew were lost, but miraculously, 33 others were saved.
The Maine Ham Radio Society will be honoring the Squalus and its crew with a special --Remember The Squalus-- event on the amateur radio airwaves on the 82nd anniversary of the tragic accident. Using the special FCC-issued callsign W1S, club members will take to the airwaves and make contacts nationally and around the globe, making other hams aware of the Squalus. Special certificates will be awarded to hams who successfully make contact with W1S that day, upon request.
Members may sign up to operate during various time slots and band and mode of operation. Send N1EP an email email@example.com and he will send you a link to the signup schedule.
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MHRS Swap Net
The Maine Ham Radio Society conducts a monthly swap net on the last Thursday of each month. The remaining Thursdays are the regular weekly MHRS nets on the K1HF Marshfield Repeater 146.775- (PL 192.8) on Thursdays at 7pm. During the swap net, 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
MFJ-814 HF SWR Wattmeter. Measures power up to 2 KW. Works fine. $25 Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MFJ-16010 Random Wire Antenna Tuner. $20, contact email@example.com
PK-232 Packet TNC from W1DEY. $35. Contact n1ep and further contact info will be relayed.
MFJ-259C Antenna SWR Analyser. Needs minor repair. (Broken know. Loose parts.) N1IRH asking $100 or BO. Proceeds benefit MHRS
Solid State Linear Amp for sale:
A friend asked me to post this:
Yaesu VL-7000 liner amp
Email Susan to negotiate price. The item is in Wells, but Jim W1JHG said he could bring it Downeast if hams in this region want it.
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.
Big thank you to Greg Beal N1IRH for his generous donation to the club!
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