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A.C.O.R.N March 2007 ANDY CLUB OFFICERS President: Bill Woodhead N1KAT Vice President: Earle Gilmore N1SVB Treasurer: Ivan Lazure N1OXA Secretary:Dick Knight N1NYW Trustee: Norm L'Heureux W1SCM Newsletter of the Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club Repeater: 146.610MHz - No PL Tone Goff Hill, Auburn Maine Table of Contents Meetings.....................................................................................................................................................1 Events.............
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  ANDY CLUB OFFICERS President: Bill Woodhead N1KATVice President: Earle Gilmore N1SVBTreasurer: Ivan Lazure N1OXASecretary:Dick Knight N1NYWTrustee: Norm L'Heureux W1SCM A.C.O.R.N March 2007 Newsletter of the Androscoggin Amateur Radio ClubRepeater: 146.610MHz - No PL ToneGoff Hill, Auburn Maine Table of Contents Meetings.....................................................................................................................................................1Events.........................................................................................................................................................2“Amateur Radio” talk at the Auburn Public Library by David Blethen KD1OW................................2ARRL Maine State Convention & Androscoggin ARC Hamfest and Computer Fair..........................2SKYWARN – WX1GYX by David Lowe KB1NJP.................................................................................3Androscoggin County RACES/ARES by Ivan Lazure N1OXA..............................................................3Andy Club Minutes by Dick Knight N1NYW...........................................................................................4WORD SCRAMBLE by Cory Golob N1URA..........................................................................................5DX contacts by Earle Gilmore N1SVB....................................................................................................5DXpeditions by Earle Gilmore N1SVB....................................................................................................6 Meetings Andy Club BreakfastFebruary 28 th 2007 0730 ESTMarch 28 th 2007 0730 ESTRamada InnPleasant StreetLewiston MEAndy Club On Air Meeting/NetFebruary 28 th 2007 1900 EST on 146.61 (no pl tone)March 28 th 2007 1900 EST on 146.61 (no pl tone)Andy Club MeetingWednesday March 7 rd 2007 1900 ESTRussell Park Manor158 Russell StreetLewiston ME  Events “Amateur Radio” talk at the Auburn Public Library by David Blethen KD1OW  March 8 th 1800 EST Please support David by attending.  ARRL Maine State Convention & Androscoggin ARC Hamfest and Computer Fair  Friday March 30 and Saturday March 31 2007 The Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club presents the 2007 American Radio Relay League (ARRL)Maine State Convention and Hamfest at the Ramada Convention Center at 490 Pleasant St, Lewiston,Me., on Friday March 30, from 1900(7pm) to 2100(9pm) and Saturday March 31, from 0800(8am) till1200(12Noon). FRIDAY NIGHT MARCH 30, 2007 (1900 AND 2000) We are scheduling many interesting talks and forums starting at 1900(7pm) and more talks at2000(8pm). The ARRL will have an official here to talk about the latest news on amateur radio, andhave a Q & A section. Other talks will be related to amateur radio Packet, Digital Modes, etc. All talksand forums are FREE. SATURDAY MARCH 31, 2007 (0800 TILL 1200) The convention talks and forums will continue this morning at 0900(9am), 1000(10am), and1100(11am), and these are also FREE. The Hamfest will start at 0800 and end at 12 NOON, with theDoor Prize. Admission is $6 for 18 yrs. and older, free for under 18 yrs old. Registration for amateurexams will start at 1000(10am), with testing starting at 12 NOON. With CW being removed as arequirement for an amateur license this should be a busy test section.Ramada Conference Center is again having their Hamfest Special of $64.90 (plus tax) per day, singleor Double. This includes indoor heated pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. Call (207) 784-2331 for reservationsand mention Androscoggin Hamfest or ARRL Convention .Tables at the Hamfest are $8 for the first, and $6 for each additional table. For clubs or non-profitgroups, your registration gives you one free table with one free admission to promote your club orgroup. If you want to sell items, then additional tables are $7 each and $6 for each person working thetables.For additional information or questions call or email:Ivan Lazure, N1OXA Hamfest ChairmanTelephone 207-784-0350Email:N1OXA@arrl.net  SKYWARN – WX1GYX by David Lowe KB1NJP On Valentines Day Wednesday WX1GYX was active to receive spotter reports. Localnets were used to relay observations to the Gray Weather Forecast Office. Jim-N1FCMon 146.61 and 52.525, Alex-KB1OBC on the Brunswick and KQ1L linked systemrepeaters, Ken-N1DOT ran Echo Link and Sea-Gull, and Mike-W1MWB on theSanford 145.21.Jerry-KB1NHD and David-KB1NJP staffed WX1GYX from 1200 until about 1900EST. The Weather Forecast Office received 19 reports by Echo Link and 54 reports bythe Local Nets. This was a successful operation, by filling in reporting gaps this gaveforecasters valuable information that would otherwise be lost.Thanks to all who participated.PS: ARRL.org article at:http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/02/15/101/?nc=1 Androscoggin County RACES/ARES by Ivan Lazure N1OXA The RACES/ARES Meeting was held on Feb. 13, 2007 at the Androscoggin EMAOffice in Lewiston. We discussed what the groups future should be looking forward:1.Training was the one issue that we all agreed was needed:Traffic handling (Red Cross, Hospital, EMA, etc.), similar info but differentformat.Working in the Comm. Van2. Work on the Packet Station at EMA (APRS, WinLink)3. Do Antenna work at EMA, Park Ave. School(EMA Shelter).We have the MS Walk coming in April, and The Great Falls Balloon Festival inAugust. We are also starting a monthly ARES Net on the 146.61 repeater, the first one ison March 27, 2007 at 1800.The next meeting is on March 13, 2007 at 1800, at the Lewiston EMA Office. Hope tosee some new faces. EMA Web Site:http://users.adelphia.net/~androsema/  Andy Club Minutes by Dick Knight N1NYW The Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club met February 7, 2007 at Russell Park. Inattendance: n1oxa, n1svb, kb5sud, k1mst, n1llu, n1jd, n1wfo, wa1scq, w1scm and sonCharles, kb1doi, n1dot, wa1eoj, kb1gvt, kb1ieg, kb1njp, kb1nhd, n1fcm, n1nyw.The meeting was called to order by Vice President Earle Gilmore n1svb. First order of business, Al wa1scq moved and Harold n1llu seconded the approval of the Secretary'sreport. Vote: approved.Ivan n1oxa read the Treasurers report. Al wa1scq moved and Bob kb5sud secondedthe approval of the report. Vote: approved.Ivan talked about the Hamfest preps and told about the talks that are booked. Ivan sawa “test table” at another hamfest and thought it would be a good idea to have a tablewhere hams could try out the equipment they buy, hook to batteries or dummy loads.Members should think about the job they would like to volunteer for at the hamfest andsign up at the March meeting. Anything including set up of tables Friday afternoonthrough tear down Saturday afternoon. Ivan would like someone to volunteer to listen to146.61 and talk in those who need directions.Ivan would like to know if someone would like to be hamfest coordinator for futureevents. Talk to him if you are interested.Reminder Crystal Falls Hamfest is February 24.Races meeting at 6 PM February 13 and the MS walk is coming up the end of April.Ivan says that the 80 meter antenna on the Lewiston fire station will need work comespring. He also reports that the Red Cross will be moving out of their building as soon asa new location is found. A list of things needed to operate shelter communications at thenew Park Avenue School in Auburn will need to be put together. Radios, antenna(s) etc.The location already has 50 KW generator.Bob kb5sud moved to adjourn and David kb1njp seconded. Vote: approved. The groupthen watched the video from WCSH about the Governor becoming a ham radio operator.Respectfully submitted,Dick Knight n1nyw Secretary
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