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Month: October 2021

Maine 2021 SET

Winlink demonstration at Wireless Society of Southern Maine 2021 Field Day

The Maine 2021 Simulated Emergency Test or SET is scheduled for Saturday, October 9th from 0800 to 1200 EDT, during which amateur radio operators will be demonstrating the effectiveness of their capabilities to send formal traffic across the state. This traffic will exercise the Maine Packet Network (MEPN) nodes, their ability to route BBS mail throughout the system, and their ability to gateway Winlink RMS messages to NTS traffic coordinators.

From the exercise plan:

Exercise Mission Statement

The purpose of the disaster exercise is to test and evaluate emergency communications and its support during a long-term, region-wide power outage caused by a solar geomagnetic

Exercise Objectives

  • Demonstrate the ability to operate during a total regional grid failure emergency.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize EMA networks to communicate between the State and County EOCs.
    • Test County EMA radio repeaters and simplex channels
    • Test the Statewide RegionNet repeaters
    • Test the ability to utilize SHARES to relay messages.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize Ham Radio capabilities to communicate between the counties and amateur radio operators.
    • Test amateur radio communications between counties and operators on 80m, 40m, 2m, 6m and 70 cm simplex voice.
    • Test the ability to successfully transmit and relay Radiograms by VHF or HF including voice and Winlink.
    • Test the ability to retrieve web files via Winlink
    • Test the ability to use the Winlink System and Packet Network to relay messages.

For more information

See a copy of the plan hosted by the Wireless Society of Southern Maine at:

If you are interested in participating, reach out to your local amateur radio club or emergency communications team.

Hardware issues at N1ZRL-15 (Updated 12/7)

We received an update from sysop Pete Thuotte, N1ZRL on December 7th:

N1ZRL Node situation. Need to drop the antenna and mast for gutter installation. Temporary re-installation to follow until, a final solution is found.

Pete Thuotte, N1ZRL

On October 5th, Pete Thuotte, N1ZRL, reported to us via our Facebook page that:

N1ZRL node not receiving well at all. Thought I found an issue with the 16 pin interconnect between Motorola Radius Gm300 and the TNC-PI. Well, it was a problem…replaced it basically rewired it all. Received well for awhile, not now. Maybe should rebuild setup, starting with antenna, mast and coax.

Pete Thuotte, N1ZRL

We wish him luck with his repair efforts, and will keep everyone appraised of any updates as they are received.