Oxford County, Maine

Amateur Radio Emergency Services & CERT Comm


May- June 2018

Cushcraft R7 and the Hustler 5-BTV

Welcome everyone to the W1OCA, Oxford ARES/CERT Comm Newsletter! We have many events coming up in the next two months so please check the schedule of Upcoming events.

The two vertical antennas above I will attempt to have a comparison from Field Day to the end of the summer for use in the field. The R7 is the Oxford ARES/CERT antenna we used in Sumner ARRL Field Day last year. I hope to have the weekend free this year to work with it again and compare it to the 5-BTV for reception and transmission qualities. Hopefully we can also compare with different antennas that Norm KA1SG and others in the group will have along.

NOTES From the State of Maine:

Some of you will remember the training materials that were used and supported in Maine ARES up until around 2010. The basis for those training materials was the work of Colorado ham Pat Lambert W0IPL and they found their way around the USA and also became the basis for the ARRL EC-001 course. Pat's web page is at http://www.w0ipl.net/ECom/ The course material is pretty stable but it has been updated as needed. The most recent update is 2012. Pat has allowed the free use of these courses providing that they are used without any associated fees and give proper attribution.

In a recent discussion with Charles Hargrove N2NOV, he mentioned that his group is using the tests. Charles is president of New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service (NYC-ARECS). He is also net manager for the NY-NBEMS net. The group's home page is at http://www.nyc-arecs.org

The NYC-ARECS tests may be seen at http://www.nyc-arecs.org/training_2018.html . They include Emcomm Introduction, Emcomm Levels I and II and Emcomm NCS (Level III). 

The interesting thing about Charles' implementation is that the tests (which he developed) are formatted as web forms. You take the test on line and then click submit. The answer sheet is then emailed to Charles for scoring.

You can view the tests on the training page. I'd suggest you not click "submit" unless you want to become a member of NYC-ARECS.

Charles is fine with us adopting his test materials and has also provided the answer sheets to me.

In thinking about offering this for Maine Emcomm hams, I'm thinking of making the tests into flmsg custom forms. This has several advantages over using a web form:

It avoids having to have a web host for the forms.This generally involves $$ if hosting multiple forms.

Flmsg is a standard radio communications tool so it provides some practice in the use of flmsg.

The test doesn't have to be taken in one sitting. Since it's all on your computer, you can set it aside for a day or a week and then come back to it.

When finished, email the file to a person on the TBD exam team. 

I've converted the Emcomm Introduction to a flmsg form and a few members of the Knox and Waldo County ARES/RACES teams have taken the test. That uncovered a few glitches in my coding which are now hopefully fixed. We also found out that flmsg won't run on a Windows 98 computer :-). Conversion of the other tests should be fairly straightforward.

There are some questions that are sort of NYC specific and those should be adjusted. Also, there's nothing saying we couldn't change a few questions.

I would like feedback from the folks on the distribution about using these materials in Maine. Please review the course content and the questions and provide feedback by the end of May.

73, Steve KB1TCE

NOTES From Oxford County

Results of Mexico VE Exams 9 May 2018

Five People took exams, going in WITHOUT any license.

All earned tickets

Two Technicians

Two Generals

One Extra

Good job Norm and George


Be Well

David Lowe WE1U


May 9 Hospital Test


I checked into the net at 4 p.m. from Stephens Memorial with net

control Ed kb1wdl at Rumford Hospital. There were no other checkins.

It was difficult to hear the audio over the electrical noise. There

was noise on the Rumford end also. We had a bed count that was not


I have not received the "Hicks forms" yet for posting on the web site.

The room had no furniture left, just the radio equipment on the

counter. Different furniture is coming soon. The room will become the

office of Ryan Knapp the new chief of Emergency Services.

73 Dick n1nyw



Thank you for taking the time to check in on yesterday's HARP net. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 9 for the next scheduled HARP nets on the Mt. Washington repeater (146.655MHz).

Yesterday's roll call:

Rumford Hospital, Rumford, ME; NCS, Ted Baker KB1WDL, Norm Clanton KA1SG, George Nickerson KC1GHY

Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, ME; Bill Woodhead N1KAT

St Mary's Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, ME; Ivan Lazure N1OXA

Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, NH; Bob NacGuffie K2HZN

Androscoggin County EMA, Lewiston, ME; Tim Bubier WT1A

Norm, George and I were conducting the net from Rumford Hospital on a 2m rig suffering from an acute case of deafness. It seems that the wide band filters on the station's Kenwood TM-D710 have failed making it very difficult is not impossible to copy traffic. So my apologies for often asking transmissions to be repeated. The issue of these filters failing is well documented on the Internet and we are hopeful that we can effect repairs in the near future.

For the net on May 2, I will be operating the net from the Adroscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, NH. The format for the net will be to start off with a voice call and check in and then follow with some training in passing digital traffic. If you have the time, please browse on over the following link:


and take a look at the HARP Operations Manual. There is also some excellent guidance for setting up to work digital traffic using the fldigi suite of software.

Please pass the word to other hams who might be interested in joining the net, especially if they can operate from their local medical facility.

/73  Ted Baker, KB1WDL


Good Evening,

The next HARP net will be this coming Wednesday, May 9, at 16:00 using the Mt. Washington repeater (146.655MHz).

If you have the opportunity to activate your local health care facility ham radio station your participation on the net will be greatly appreciated. Participation from other locations is also encouraged so please pass the word to other hams.

Net control (NCS) will be Rumford Hospital (KB1WDL). Backup net control will be Weeks Medical Center (N1GB).

This being the second Wednesday of the month means that HARP will be operating only the Mt. Washington repeater (146.655MHz)
Net agenda:


Voice-only stations may sign-off,

Training - digital message traffic - testing FLDIGI connectivity,

Training - digital message traffic,

Net closing

Current (2nd quarter, 2018) HARP standard versions for the FLDIGI suite of software are:

fldigi - 4.0.16,

flwrap - 1.3.5,

flmsg - 4.0.6,

flamp - 2.2.03.

The link to the current HARP standard versions of FLDIGI tools is at  http://gblakesl.net/N1GB/N1GB_HARP.html.

Upcoming HARP nets on the Mt. Washington repeater:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018,

Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

/73  Ted Baker, KB1WDL

From the ARRL National Newsletter

Deadline Approaching to Submit Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award Nominations

Friday, May 18, is the deadline to submit nominations for ARRL's annual Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award. The award celebrates efforts on the part of an individual ARRL member to boost awareness and understanding of Amateur Radio's services and benefits to the public. The ARRL Public Relations Committee will recommend a winner, if any, to the ARRL Board of Directors, which will announce the Award recipient at its July meeting.

The Award's namesake, journalist Philip J. McGan, WA2MBQ (SK), served as the first chairman of the ARRL's Public Relations Committee, and helped reinvigorate the League's commitment to public relations. The McGan Award recognizes a radio amateur who has demonstrated success in Amateur Radio public relations and who best exemplifies McGan's volunteer spirit.

Activities for which the McGan Award may be presented include efforts specifically directed at focusing the media's and the general public's attention on the value of Amateur Radio. This may include such traditional methods as generating media coverage of a specific event, or such non-traditional methods as hosting a radio show or being an active public speaker.

The award is given to an individual who must be an ARRL member in good standing at the time of nomination. The nominee must not be compensated for any public relations work involving Amateur Radio -- including payment for articles -- and may not be a current ARRL Officer, Director, Vice Director, paid staff member, or member of the selection committee.

Check out the specific criteria for nomination and nomination form, or contact ARRL Communication Manager Dave Isgur, KC1JMX, to obtain a form. The names of past McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award winners have been posted on the ARRL website.

From the ARRL ARES Newsletter

Special Dayton Hamvention® Issue!

The Dayton Hamvention® is this week! -- May 18-20 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

The largest annual Amateur Radio gathering in the US this year has been sanctioned as the 2018 ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention.

Public Service Working Group Chairman to Discuss Updates/Upgrades to ARES® in Response to Evolving Public Safety Telecoms Environment

At the ARRL Member Forum at 2018 Hamvention®, Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, chairman of the ARRL Public Service Enhancement Working Group, will talk about the dramatic changes that are occurring among agencies serving in the emergency and disaster response sector. He'll share an update on planning for proposed new guidelines for participants in the ARES program, including plans for a new volunteer management software system, called ARES® Connect. Upgrades to ARES training and resources will ensure the service continues to be a valuable partner for its served agencies into the future. The ARRL Member Forum is scheduled for noon on Saturday, May 19, in room 3. A complete guide to ARRL activities, exhibits, and presentations at 2018 Hamvention is available at www.arrl.org/expo.

 National Hurricane Center Station WX4NHC Annual Station Test

WX4NHC, the amateur station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, will conduct its annual station test on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 9AM-5 PM EDT (1300Z-2100Z). This year marks the station's 38th year of public service at the NHC.

The purpose of this event is to test station equipment, antennas and computers prior to this year's Hurricane Season, which starts June 1st and runs through November 30th.

This event is good practice for ham radio operators worldwide, and helps NWS offices across the country become familiar with Amateur Radio communications support services available during times of severe weather.

WX4NHC operators will be making brief contacts on many frequencies and modes, exchanging signal reports and basic weather data ("Sunny", or "Rain", etc.) with any station in any location. WX4NHC will be on-the-air on HF, VHF, UHF , 2 and 30 meter APRS and WinLink wx4nhc@winlink.org (subject line must contain "//WL2K").

Operators plan to stay on the accepted Hurricane Watch Net frequency 14.325 MHz most of the time. Due to space and equipment limitations, there will only be two operators per shift. Hams may be able to find the operation on HF by using one of the DX spotting networks, such as DX Watch.

Operations will also be run on the VoIP Hurricane Net 4PM to 5PM EDT (2000-2100Z). (IRLP node 9219 / EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203). The Florida Statewide SARNET and local VHF and UHF repeaters will also be employed to make contacts.

QSL cards are available via WD4R. Please send your card with a S.A.S.E. Do not send QSLs directly to the Hurricane Center address, as they will get delayed.

Due to security measures, NO VISITORS will be allowed entry to NHC without prior clearance from the NHC PIO and Security. Only WX4NHC Operators on the pre-approved operating schedule will be allowed entry. For more information about WX4NHC, please visit the website.

Thank you for your participation in the WX4NHC Annual Station Test event. -- Julio Ripoll, WD4R, WX4NHC Amateur Radio Assistant Coordinator, www.wx4nhc.org -- celebrating 38 years at the National Hurricane Center, www.nhc.noaa.gov

FEMA Releases New Damage Assessment Independent Study Course

Damage Assessment Operations is a new online FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Independent Study (IS) course. This course will equip participants to conduct damage assessment in accordance with the Damage Assessment Operations Manual: A Guide to Assessing Damage and Impact. Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the relationship between damage assessment and Federal disaster assistance 2. Describe roles, responsibilities, and activities during each phase of the damage assessment 3. Prepare to conduct damage assessment 4. Conduct damage assessment for Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA) 5. Evaluate damage and impact to the community.

Click here for the course.

Florida County Assisted by ARES Tests 60-meter Channels for Emergency Communications

Nassau County, north of Jacksonville, Florida, to the Georgia border, hosted a government 60-meter exercise session on May 7, 2018, to test the communications viability of the channelized band in the surrounding area of their jurisdiction, using NVIS antenna systems. In planning this operation, the county asked a 60-meter ARES net team to assist in reporting signal strengths and audio qualities of their operators to the county EOC (W4NAS), and if needed, assist in getting traffic into the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) in Tallahassee, the state capital, where operator KK4OAI was to serve as operator on duty at the FDEM's state EOC.

Other counties, NGOs, and ARES groups wanting to participate were allowed on a time permitting basis. The primary mission focus was on Nassau county's likely situations and environment in this drill. Groups were registered by 60-meter Net Control Station Paul Eakin, KJ4G, who thanked all for their participation. "The results of data collected and lessons learned should be very valuable to both Nassau County managers and the 60-meter operators for further planning in emergencies," Eakin said.

60-meter Band (See the 6-meter band FAQ)

*Only one signal at a time is permitted on any channel

*Maximum effective radiated output is 100 W PEP


USB phone1 and CW/RTTY/data2


USB phone1 and CW/RTTY/data2


USB phone1 and CW/RTTY/data2


USB phone1 and CW/RTTY/data2


USB phone1 and CW/RTTY/data2

1. USB is limited to 2.8 kHz

2. CW and digital emissions must be centered 1.5 kHz above the channel frequencies indicated in the above chart

ARRL Bulletins


Three CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from ISS ZCZC AS04

QST de W1AW Space Bulletin 004 ARLS004

From ARRL Headquarters Newington, CT

May 11, 2018 To all radio amateurs


Three CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from ISS The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that three CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio payloads, including one with a V/U linear transponder, were deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on May 11 at around 1030 UTC. Irazu (Costa Rica) and 1KUNS-PF (Kenya) carry beacon/telemetry in the 70-centimeter Amateur Radio band, while UBAKUSAT (Turkey) carries an Amateur Radio linear transponder for SSB and CW, in addition to CW and telemetry beacons. Irazu is a 1U CubeSat developed by students at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology, with a telemetry beacon at 436.500 MHz. 1KUNS-PF is a 3U CubeSat developed by students at the University of Nairobi, with a telemetry beacon (9.6 kbps) at 437.300 MHz. UBAKUSAT, a 3U CubeSat developed by students at the Istanbul Technical University, has a CW beacon at 437.225 MHz, and a telemetry beacon at 437.325 MHz. The linear transponder downlink is 435.200 - 435.250 MHz; the uplink is 145.940 - 145.990 MHz.



011 Amateur Radio Parity Act Language Inserted in National Defense Authorization Act

AG11 QST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 11 ARLB011

From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT

May 11, 2018

To all radio amateurs



Amateur Radio Parity Act Language Inserted in National Defense Authorization Act ARRL is praising the work of US Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT),Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), and Mike Rogers (R-AL) for their successful efforts in securing language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 that aids in the survival and growth of Amateur Radio by giving radio amateurs the right to install an outdoor antenna at their residences with the approval of their homeowners associations. This language - text from the proposed Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) - formed the basis for the Courtney-Hartzler-Rogers Amendment to the NDAA. The amendment, offered by the bipartisan trio and accepted by the House Armed Services Committee by voice vote, will ensure that Amateur Radio operators will continue to play a vital role in disaster communication, when called upon. Amateur Radio has long-standing relationships with the Department of Defense through both the Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) as well as spectrum sharing. The Armed Services Committee passed the NDAA by a 60-to-1 voice vote after a 14-hour markup that ran well into the night. The bill now awaits House floor action. The Senate will begin its markup of the NDAA during the week of May 21. Representatives Courtney and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) spearheaded the effort to include the Parity Act language in the NDAA. Both are cosponsors of the Parity Act, which has passed the House by voice vote twice in the past 2 years. Recognizing the long-standing relationship between Amateur Radio and the Department of Defense, Congressman Kinzinger - who served multiple tours for the USAF as a fighter pilot and is still a Major in the Air National Guard, and Courtney, who represents the House district that includes ARRL Headquarters, have been champions of the legislation in Congress. "The steadfast support of the Amateur Radio community continually demonstrated by Congressmen Kinzinger and Courtney has been a godsend," said Hudson Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB. "The Parity Act wouldn't be anywhere close to this stage without their strong support, and our organization is extremely grateful." Lisenco, who serves as Chairman of the ARRL Board's Legislative Advocacy Committee, also recognized other promoters of Amateur Radio, including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX). "We are deeply grateful for their continued understanding and support," Lisenco said. ARRL will continue to press for support to enact the Amateur Radio Parity Act throughout the legislative process. NNNN /EX

Upcoming Events:


Wed 16 May 5:30pm Androscoggin ARES/RACES Meeting
Andorscoggin EOC, Basement of Central Fire Station, Lewiston ME, enter by way of 45 Oak Street May 17 6:30pm

May 17 6:30pm NWS Weather Spotter Training Thur Health Dept. 1528 Main St, Manchester, NH Open to Public Free of Charge about 90 minutes long NWS Gray Schedule Page: https://www.weather.gov/gyx/skywarn

May 18-20 Dayton Hamvention® is this week! -- at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

Sunday May 20, 2018 Sugarloaf Marathon http://sugarloaf.com/marathon Ham contacts: Primary: Rick Smith N1SGL rksmith88@gmail.com 2nd: Steve Ewing, KB1TUR KB1TUR@arrl.net

May 26 Oxford ARES/CERT Em Comm Trailer time TBA. Also check  www.n1yis.org  Market Square Breakfast and prep meeting at 7:00am for the day.

May 30 6pm NWS Weather Spotter Training Wed Kennebec County EMA 125 State St. Augusta, ME Open to Public Free of Charge about 90 minutes long NWS Gray Schedule Page: https://www.weather.gov/gyx/skywarn

From the NWS Caribou Schedule Page http://weather.gov/car/Outreach_Spotters Wed May 16 6pm Webinar Wed May 23 5:30pm Greenville Thur May 24 5:30pm Newport Wed May 30 5:30pm Mount Desert Island

June 2018

June 2, 2018 Bangor Hamfest

Hermon High School, 2415 Route 2, Hermon, ME 0440 08:00-13:00 -- tailgaters set up 06:30 Admission is $5.00 -- Exam fee is $15.00. Just coming for the Exam? No admission needed unless you plan to stay before or after testing.
VE Exams at 9 a.m. http://n1me.org k1gup@roadrunner.com

June 4, 2018 Oxford County ARES/CERT Comm Meeting 7:00pm Oxford County Courthouse (Old Building) downstairs in the EMA

June 5, 2018 NH Emergency Preparedness Conference Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson) Manchester, NH http://www.nhemergencyprepconference.com/

June 6, 2018 4:00pm HARP Net -Hospital Amateur Radio Program Mt. Washington Repeater 146.655MHz- 100.0MHz http://gblakesl.net/N1GB/N1GB_HARP.html

June 10, 2018 American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Bicycle Trek
Wells and Kennebunk http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?pg=informational&fr_id=9342&type=fr_informational&sid=15400 Ham contact: Berry kb1vx@arrl.net

June 12, 2018 6:30pm NWS Weather Spotter Training Norway Memorial Library 258 Main St Norway, ME Open to Public Free of Charge about 90 minutes long NWS Gray Schedule Page: https://www.weather.gov/gyx/skywarn

June13 4:00pm HARP Net -Hospital Amateur Radio Program Mt. Washington Repeater 146.655MHz- 100.0MHz http://gblakesl.net/N1GB/N1GB_HARP.html

June 15,16,17 - 2018 Trek Across Maine

Ham volunteers should sign up at http://action.lung.org/ Ham contact: Gary n1znj@yahoo.com

June 23, 24 ARRL Field Day 2018 - 1800 UTC Saturday through 2059 UTC Sunday. Oxford County site is TBA later – please check the http://www.n1yis.org website for more information. NWS Weather Spotter Training -From the NWS Caribou Schedule Page Thur June 5 5:30pm Machias Sat June 7 5:30pm Caribou


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