Chat with Maine Hams

Curious what amateur radio is all about, and would like to participate in the conversation? Away from home and want to keep up with the local goings-on? Feel free to tune into the resources below.


Chat

Freenode ?
This IRC chat room and bot was created by Joe W1SK and Rob W1IF. Feel free to sign in, either with your callsign or a simple nickname. Registration is unnecessary.


Listen

Tune into our local repeaters with Broadcastify. Radio nets or meetings on the air occur several nights a week. Check the schedule and join us! If you have questions about what you’re hearing, hop in the chat room above, and we can either assist or relay your inquiry to net control. Please note that there is around a 30-second delay between live and streamed broadcast.

W1QUI 147.0900 MHz Repeater ?
The W1QUI ℹ amateur radio repeater is located on top of the WGME tower on Blackstrap Hill in Falmouth, ME. This is a very active repeater throughout the day, but especially during commutes, due to its wide area of coverage along the i95 corridor. Topics vary from general conversation, occasionally delving into politics, and sometimes the dispensing of technical guidance.

This repeater is the home of the Newcomer’s Net every Sunday night at 6:45 PM, and the Wireless Society of Southern Maine’s on-air meeting the third Thursday of every month at 7 PM.

KQ1L 146.8800 MHz Linked Repeater System ?
The KQ1Lrepeater system consists of several localized towers linked by microwave in a hub-and-spoke fashion to the primary repeater, which itself has extensive coverage throughout Maine. The primary repeater, which this stream is listening in on, is located on Streaked Mountain in Buckfield, ME.

You’ll often hear SKYWARN net activations for weather spotters to provide storm damage and accumulation reports to a representative of the National Weather Service in Gray, ME. Nets include a weekly SKYWARN training net on Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Miriam’s Swap-Net on Sundays at 6:30 PM, and the Oxford County ARES meeting on the air on Mondays at 7:30 PM.

There may be occasional intermodulation interference from a nearby paging system, but there are plans to upgrade the system in the Spring, when the tower is more accessible.


Notes

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  • Please note that there is around a 30-second delay between live and streamed broadcast.
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