Holiday greetings to all ARRL members throughout Maine!
I wanted to let you all know about a few things coming up very soon.
On New Year’s Eve and Day, if you are not one to party through the night, then you might want to break out your straight key or bug and join in the fun of ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN). It is a lot of fun. I will be on mostly 80 meters, so if you hear me calling CQ SKN, have mercy on my slow copy and “PLS QRS,” hi hi! If you are a Technician class licensed amateur radio operator, don’t forget, you have CW privileges on parts of 80, 40, and 15 meters!
New Year’s Day is also Kids Day! Introduce your child, or a relative’s or friend’s child to amateur radio. Let them use your rig to make a contact, or if you hear some kids on the air, have a friendly QSO with them! You can find out more details on both SKN and Kids Day on the contest calendar of the ARRL web site. If you do participate in Kids Day, please let me know about it. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks in advance.
Finally, on Sunday, Jan 9 at 1600 (4PM) on or near 3.840 MHz LSB, Maine ARRL Districts 3 and 4 are conducting a special 75 meter net to test the pathways between their respective counties and to get to know each other. (Hancock, Knox, Waldo, Washington, Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset Counties). Anyone with general class privileges is welcome to check in, whether you are from Aroostook County, or even from York County in District one!
Again, may you all have a super holiday season. May we meet on the air soon and throughout the new year!
ARRL Maine Section
Section Manager: Philip W Duggan, N1EP