ARRL Field Day 2016 in Thomaston, Maine on the Thomaston Green (Old Maine Prison Site) Saturday, June 25 @ 2PM to Sunday, June 26 @ 2PM.
Come and learn about Amateur (Ham) Radio and get on the air at our GOTA (Get on the air!) station with the help of an experienced Ham radio operator!
Dilbert - The Knack "The Curse of the Engineer"
Dilbert - The Knack "The Curse of the Engineer"
"The Knack" clip from Dilbert S01E09: Dilbert is diagnosed with "The Knack"
at a young age and is destined to become an engineer! Oh no!!!!
Disclaimer: Although Amateur (Ham) Radio attacks engineers, it is a great
hobby and activity for all people. Young to seasoned, all sexes, whether your interest
be in Ham Radio just for fun, chatting around the county or the world, contesting, or
helping out with communications in emergencies, give it a chance and catch the Ham
Radio bug. You'll be glad you did.
Knox County Ham Radio Community Emergency Communications Program
Contact friends and relatives when normal communications are unavailable.
From the photo archives of years past:
Club members lend a hand in 2003 erecting self-supporting 55' Rohn tower at QTH of K1BEA in Union, Maine.
Photo Credit WJ1C, Col. John Carr: (l.r.) N1HPU, Ben Benedetti; KB1HZU, Mike McCarty; K1BEA, Ken Orne; KB1LIB, Millie Orne; N1AFV, Gordon Jameson (SK); K1SAM, Sam Godfrey; W1DAL, Dave Lawrence; WC1W, Will Chadwick (SK); KB1LCG, Norm Meyer (SK); W1BDL, Charlie Kigel (SK).
Some area hams are experiencing interference from devices that come under FCC Part 15 rules. If you are experiencing Amateur radio band frequency interference similar to that in this video,
then please contact us with your descriptive details at
(Please delete brackets when pasting/copying email address.)
We are aware of this growing problem
but we need you to contact us so we can help you and put an end to this problem
for all hams as soon as possible.
As always, all Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club meetings are open to anyone interested in Amateur (Ham) Radio.
Please join us at our next meeting and check us out.
Our next meeting is
scheduled to be held on
Saturday, July 9th, 2016,
at 11 AM in the Knox County EMA Office, 301 Park St., Rockland, ME. The ARES/RACES-CERT group meets
at 10 AM, just prior to our regular meeting.
An educational workshop will begin at 9 AM, same meeting place, right before the ARES/RACES-CERT meeting. The topic of the workshop for July, 2016 will be announced here beforehand.
Any necessary winter/storm/weather related cancellation notices will be given on our 8PM Chimes Net the day before any meeting is scheduled to be held. (Please see the section below on the right of this web page for more info on our Chimes Net.)
The Knox County EMA Office is located at:
301 Park St., Rockland, ME
(Near Shepard’s Self Storage)
Our VE Team will next be conducting Amateur Radio Exams (Tech/General/Amateur Extra) in Rockland, Maine at the Knox County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) building (our regular monthly meeting place) in April, 2017 or sooner if enough demand exists. (Contact us!). More info to be posted here soon. So crack them books and get studying!
Remember, the new Amateur Extra exam question pool will soon be going into effect, so if you have your General and want to go for your Amateur Extra, if you don't test soon, you may need to use new study materials for the new Amateur Extra question pool.
ARRL Field Day 2016
ARRL Field Day 2016 will be held June 25-26.
Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club (PenBayARC) and Knox County ARES/RACES-CERT will again operate from the
Thomaston Green in Thomaston, ME. Contact any club or team member for more info.
Photo Courtesy: Ray Sisk, Knox County Emergency Management Agency (Maine)
Photo from "Tower Work Day" at the County’s Benner Hill site - Jan 7, 2016 - Installing new UHF Yagi for the amateur multicast system.
The Chimes Net was first started by Charlie Kigel, W1BDL, SK, and Dave Billheimer, W1GQL, in 1995 as a nightly chat net and has been in almost continuous operation ever since.
Thank you Mike, KB1HZU, for recording the original VHF radio transmission of Charlie, W1BDL, opening the Chimes Net.
And also thanks to Chad, N1SDR, for converting the original formatting into a much cleaner, high fidelity mp3 file. Great work!
Practice Digital HF Reception by Tuning In to the
Weekend Voice of America Radiograms
All you need is an AM shortwave radio, a computer, an audio cable to connect the two and free Fldigi software.
Each weekend program is 1/2 hour long and includes news items in text and picture formats.
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule:
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.