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Repeaters: Livermore DStar 443.3 BACK ON THE AIR!!, Lewiston System Fusion 146.61 PL 88.5 Node ID 18483 Room ID 28483, System Fusion Poland 147.315 PL 103.5, System Fusion in Livermore on 146.895-pl 103.5.
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Our next club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday October 7, 2020 7 p.m. on the Lewiston repeater 146.610 - pl 88.5 

 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
NEAR-Fest XXVIII Cancelled...... Official Notice
on: July 02, 2020, 09:03:57 AM
Many radio amateurs and hobbyists in the Northeast already know that the Deerfield Fair Association voted reluctantly but overwhelmingly to cancel the 2020 Fair at a special meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020,

Ben, KB1NZN, and I are members and were at the meeting.  We both voted for cancellation and totally agree with the decision of the Deerfield Fair Association membership who voted 105 to 5 in favor of cancelling the Fair.   There was not one good reason put forth during the discussion in favor of holding the Fair this year.

Especially in these unprecedented times our first responsibility must be to the health and well-being of our volunteer staff, exhibitors, attendees, fairgrounds staff and the local area residents who graciously welcome us twice a year to their community.  We cannot betray this trust.

Furthermore there is no possible way we can realistically maintain the six foot “social distancing” separation especially in the flea market, commercial buildings, forums and VE examination rooms.  This is required whenever possible by the NH Governor’s Special Covid-19 Task Force.

Consequently, as a result, we have no option except to cancel NEAR-Fest XXVIII.  

However the good news is that NEAR-Fest XXIX is already scheduled for Friday April 30th and Saturday May 1st 2021 and NEAR-Fest XXX for October 15th and 16th 2021.

We will be selling advance tickets starting in the Fall.  For advance ticket buyers the cost of admission will remain at $10.00 per person.   However starting next Spring the price of admission at the gate will be $15.00. Inside parking and camping fees will remain the same.  I will post additional information about advance ticket sales in the Fall.

We know this isn’t going to be a popular decision but with the Fair cancelling I think it would be very bad for our community relations in the area if we show up ten days later.  This may affect us later down the road.  I am sure many of the local folks are relieved to know we are staying away this time.....

Also attendance would surely be very low and we would probably lose money.  Let’s wait six more months and return in style when it is safe.


Michael Crestohl, aka “MisterMike”, W1RC
Benevolent Dictator,
New England Amateur Radio Festival, Inc.
 Here's a brief note about our VE Session at the Whitefield Fire and Rescue in Whitefield, Maine Saturday June 27.

    On Saturday June 27th the Lincoln Co. ARC held the first VE Session in the State of Maine since the Covid-19 virus hit the State of Maine in mid-March.  The VEC Liaison, Joe AB1YO fielded calls and e-mails from candidates from across the State.  Contingencies were considered if the Firehouse had to be closed to us again.  The most likely alternative was to have the candidates sit in their respective vehicles and take the exam.  Fortunately that alternative wasn't needed.  The Fire Chief and Town of Whitefield graciously allowed us to use the fire equipment bays.  Two members of the VE Team K1KSR, and KB1EZZ are members of the Whitefield Fire and Rescue.
    We ran 2 sessions that day due to the number of candidates who registered to come.  Overall it was a very successful VE Session.  Of the 32 candidates who came, 50 exams were given. We saw 17 new Techs, 5 new Generals, and 6 new Extras.  We had a few who passed the Tech and General at the same session, and one who passed all three exams becoming an Extra in the end. The exciting part was to see nearly everyone come away with a CSCE. 
    Respecting the rulings of the Governor of Maine, and the Maine CDC, we practiced social distancing.  We used 8 ft tables, spaced them 2 meters apart, and sanitized the chairs and tables when each person left.  All candidates wore protective facial masks, and the VE Team all wore disposable gloves and masks.  We had good air flow with the open doors, and ceiling fans to keep us cool.  The WX cooperated with mild temps that morning.
   The photo below is the VE Team at the end of the session.
    VE's from L to R.
    Giff K1GAH, Joe AB1YO VEC Liaision, Karl K1KSR, Steve WZ1J, Mike KB1DBL, Greg K1MGR, Maury KB1EZZ, Eric N1RXR

Joe  AB1YO
ARRL VEC Liaison
PenBay ARC
Lincoln Co. ARC
Whitefield Examiners June 27 2020

Dempsey Challenge September 26 and 27 went Virtual.
Tower construction crew for Poland repeater Rich nu9c, Jerry k1wtx, Fred wa1skp,
Ivan n1oxa, and Pete n1zrl, June 13, 2020
Photo taken by Joyce Hume Jerrys' xyl
Poland Tower Construction
____________Photo by Richard Marshall nu9c ________________

After many thoughts of names for this net...I found one the fits in  many ways.

The new NAME for our club weekly Net for these changeing times is called ANDY NET-20

next meeting is  7pm (1900)hrs on Wednesday, September 23. See you all then.

October 7 is the next Club meeting NET, 

So see you all wed nite at 7pm pass the word out for this week.                   
  NCS:  Lee -w1lwt
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Are you proud of your ham shack and want to show it off? Got pictures of public service events you or your club were involved with? Email us a picture we can print on the front page of the ACORN newsletter. email newsletter pictures Thank You.

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.

    The next club Breakfast at Kristis' Cafe 767 Minot Ave, Auburn, Maine is September 30, 2020 at 7:30 a.m.

ok every one as its been discussed last wed nite OTA on the ANDYNET-20 .

So we can meet about 7 ish in the east side of the parking lot.

Location: Kristi's Cafe
                767 Minot Ave.
                Auburn, Me.

phone: 1-207-241-7460
  NCS/Presdient Andy Club 2020 : Lee-W1LWT


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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.
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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 October 7, 2020 7 p.m. on the repeater 146.610 - pl 88.5 Lewiston, Maine. Our meetings will be on the air. A progress report of the linking of our repeaters together may 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, here is how(pdf).
A new service to connect hams who need help with ham projects with those who can help is here Helping Ham
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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