Radio Club PO Box 1 Auburn ME 04212
Repeaters: Livermore DStar 443.3, 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.
NEAR-Fest XXVIII Cancelled...... Official Notice
« on: July 02, 2020, 09:03:57 AM »
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,
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.
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.
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
Consequently, as a result, we have no option except to cancel NEAR-Fest XXVIII.
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
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
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
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
ARRL VEC Liaison
Lincoln Co. ARC
From: "Chuck Yahrling" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2020 5:50 AM
Subject: Tower for free
have decided not to take the hygain high band array and the several
sections of Rhone 15 tower with me to MT. Do any of you want it
for free? It includes the yaesu controller and rotator, as
well as the Hazer.
My searsport house is under contract to
close July 27. I will be heading to MT the next day, so I am
scrambling to get packed. Please rsvp yes or no so I can figure
out how to have it off the property asap.
crank up tower is sold but the explorer elements including 40m rotating
dipole are not. Mark: I have the original tail twister
rotator and the rebuilt one (never installed) I bought and the
controller as well. Good chance to pickup cheap or even
I have tall trees on my MT lot so I plan to string up wire antennas when I setup a shack.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
____________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, August 5. See you all then.
August 5 is Club meeting NET,
see you all wed nite at 7pm pass the word out for this week.
NCS: Lee -w1lwt
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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.
____________________________________________________________________________BEACH TO BEACON AUGUST 1, 2020 IS CANCELED
For a look back at local radio history from the commercial side watch this on you tube
Welcome to The Andy Club Web
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 July 29, 2020
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.
NCS/Presdient Andy Club 2020 : Lee-W1LWT
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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
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.
next club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday August 5, 2020 7 p.m. on
the repeater 146.610 - pl 88.5 Lewiston, Maine. (we still can not get back into St. Marys) Our meetings will be on
the air because it will be after July before St. Marys' will have
the building open to us. 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
A new service to connect hams who
need help with ham projects with those who can help is here
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
a ham yet? Watch this
and others in the series then come to our meetings.
President: Lee Trask w1lwt
Vice President Pete Thuotte N1ZRL
News Letter Editor:
Harold Hartley N1LLU
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