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Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club PO Box 1 Auburn ME 04212
Repeaters: Livermore DStar 443.3 OFF THE AIR!!, Lewiston System Fusion 146.61 PL 88.5 Node ID 18483 Room ID 28483, System Fusion Poland 147.315 PL 103.5 out of service tfn, System Fusion Livermore on 146.895-pl 103.5 
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Lewiston Hamfest

Thank you for attending the hamfest and Convention. Dates for 2023 will be posted here as soon as they are booked.

The June 1st meeting will be held at the The Great Falls Model Railroad Club in Auburn at 7 p.m. Exact address 144 Mill Street Auburn across from Rollys Diner. Expect planning for Field Day on the agenda. Club members will hold Field Day in Turner at Jerry k1wtx home. ARES / RACES members will have Field Day at Beaver Park in Lisbon. Thank you Rick James for the location.

Members: It is time to pay your dues. $10 for a single membership, $15 for family membership per year.
If you are not a member yet please fill out the membership form Membership Application
Please send checks to the Treasurer;

Ivan Lazure
440 Webber Avenue
Lewiston ME 04240
(help Ivan by also sending a self addressed stamped envelope so
he can send you a membership card)

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 Voice and Packet Downlink: 145.80  Voice Uplink: 145.49  Packet Uplink: 145.99

Shack cleaning: Old radios, old AM or FM radios may need new capacitors. Old ham gear that may need new caps. Books, equipment diagrams, SAMS manuals etc. Call "Grumpy George" at 207-647-2823 for details.

A message from the President Lee w1lwt.

1. WE ARE IN NEED FOR A Newsletter EDITOR..start Now for end of MARCH AND GOING FORWARD..HAROLD IS RETIREING  for doing it .He has done a great job sence his move to Az several years back. Thank YOU big time Harold for doing it ...
The Editor job who like to be a part of a job for the club and all of  us members is done by useing basic PC skills to assemble the Newsletter and send out to email system for all who like to have a copy......Let Ivan Know if you like to try it out....

2. Some good and sad News.Good News first. We now have the POLAND Repeater unit in our care .Sad News the New owner to the home doesnt want us there due to liabiliaty  issues as he rents the house out..So it must be removed from its location in the house in Poland....We actively researching a new location soon. But mean while the tower needs to be taken down once the snow melts and ground firms up Late April/early May...we be asking for some help to lower a 30 foot tower .So volunteers let us know and we'll keep every one informed weeks before removal.

3. APRIL 1/2,2022 the ARRL CONVENTION for Maine is on .We are in need of Volunteers  for 2 hour shifts for Saturday the 2nd from approx 6 am -1pm. Watching doors and tickets sales and clean up after wards. Friday after noon we need help to set up tables and chairs for a few hours...Let Ivan or Myself know...

4. We will continue haveing our meetings at the TRAIN HOBBY Building as we been doing sence Sept last year...Its a temporariry location until ST Marys open up to have meetings back to there...SO thank you goes to the Train Hobby Members letting us meet there mean while.
5.Good News we will try out Zoom for the next meeting which is APRIL 6Th,2022...Its going to be a experiment for the first time..Once the practice is done.Another email in next few weeks will have needed infromation for members to join for a LINK / a Button on scene to Join meeting. So have all this sent to all as members.I got some support members who knows all this so even myself it will be new ground to try out...

6. AS of Now as the same it has been for TWO years now sence the sad time when our country needed to shut down.I needed  and with help with members to keep our club alive . To Keep all who listen in and check in on Wed evenings at 7pm for the ANDY HOW GOES IT NET..We will continue on the 147.610 Lewiston repeater. My goal for the past years is to keep members in the Know and Involved and Share everything possible to make a club healthy. And most important is to know how we are all doing this time each of us and keeping the attitude as a Club WE CARE for all its members...THANK YOU ..Times for some things is chearing up on  as we move on...

7. IVAN or Pete can you check your Emails make sure every one gets sent  This Email..Thank You.
 Lee -W1lwt, Andy President
Update on the repeater linking project.

Livermore and Lewiston is now using the Yaesu Fusion repeaters.
N1DOT and I have figured out what needs to be done to allow C4FM
to pass through, on the local repeaters, (not the link system) the
parameters were nothing close to some instructions detailing the
settings, that was taken from a reputable web site !
(I do not recall if it was a Yaesu web site, or the controller manufacturer,
or an associated io group (e-mail blog)).

The backup  Motorola repeater systems, Livermore, Lewiston,
will remain on site, (just in case).

Presently, the Livermore Repeater System is only FM only, (linked-yes)
 Check back on this web site for status reports.
Pete n1zrl

The Club has received a used late model repeater , via Miriam, KC1AIH, at the Hermon Hamfest this June . She met up with Wayne, WB1GFF, who has had possession of the unit for sometime now with intent to do more with it but, has instead donated it to the ARC.
Wayne , in a previous radio contact, explained to me that the repeater was previously in use and was a “work horse” for the National Weather Service (I believe in Gray).

The unit is a SCR1000 SERIES VHF FM REPEATER. 74 Watt, Mfg by Spectrum Communications. The supplied documentation appears to indicate it was produced about 1980-81.

I also learned from him, the ID was burned into an EPROM, (common back then).
That is something I could use some help with, Anyone with an EPROM burner, left over from that time ??
Or, anyone in the club up to designing a replacement circuit/ controller to replace the IC PROM ?

Who, in the club, would be willing to tackle this, if feasible? And/or have the test equipment to check this unit out ?

We could make this a group effort. Any thoughts ? Bring it up at our next meeting, on the air or in person.
-Pete N1ZRL

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Cory Ku1u


 Just received the letter from ARRL on our Scholarship winner.
Megan Wagner, KC1FGH from Westford, Me.

3 persons came for the exam.
2 techs made General one of them pass there Extra
1 General got his Extra

Ivan, N1OXA

For a look back at local radio history from the commercial side watch this on you tube
The history of WLAM from sign on in 1947 to the present.
Dick Richards WLAM and WQRY meteorologist for many years passed away recently. Here is a video tribute by Rick and Gwen Rioux.

    The next club Breakfast at Kristis' Cafe 767 Minot Ave Auburn, Maine is May 25, 2022 at 7:30 a.m.
  NCS/President Andy Club 2020 : Lee-W1LWT
Repeater news: The Black Mountain Rumford repeater 146.910 is now linked to the Streaked Mountain repeater 224.62 and the Pikes Hill Norway 147.120 machine.

147.285 + PL 88.5 Located on Ring Farm Bridgton ME.
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System Fusion Net Friday nights at 8 p.m. on the Poland repeater 147.315 pl 103.5.

The Lewiston Net is Thursday night at 7:30 on the 146.61 repeater pl 88.5.

Our next club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 1, 2022 7 p.m. at the Great Falls Model Railroad Club 144 Mill Street Auburn ME. The Field Day plans and the Poland repeater relocation will be discussed.

The FCC will no longer send you a copy of your new license when you renew or upgrade unless you ask for it. On the form you must supply an email address so they can send a .pdf file of your license so you can print it.
A new service to connect hams who need help with ham projects with those who can help is here Helping Ham

Rick James n1wfo needs an antenna put up at his home, no ladder to climb,  climb out the window and work on the porch roof. Contact Rick n1wfo n1wfo

Matt kb1yfn needs a coax and needs help setting up a station and checking SWR on the HF and VHF bands. Contact him at Matt
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 President: Lee Trask  w1lwt
Vice President Pete Thuotte N1ZRL
Treasurer: Ivan Lazure N1OXA
Secretary: Dick Knight N1NYW
Trustee: Tim Bubier WT1A
News Letter Editor Emeritus: Harold Hartley N1LLU
Deb Leonard News Letter Editor

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