Welcome to Northern Maine

The St. John Valley Amateur Radio Association (N1SJV) is an ARRL recognized amateur “ham” radio club located in Aroostook County, Maine along the Saint John River.  In addition to serving the local and international amateur radio community, the SJVARA has been providing communication for emergencies, special community events and other organized activities since 1991.

Here in the St. John Valley winter antenna work and radio communication is considered an extreme sport. One of our most challenging events is the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race, which takes place each year in early March. The race requires numerous ham and other community volunteers along with use of the club’s VHF radio and repeater equipment.

Our club hosts an open weekly radio net, now on Fridays at 7:00 PM (formerly Mondays at 7) local time on 146.640 MHz. If you would like to act as Net Control for this net, a net control form can be found here to be used to conduct the net. Just fill in the blanks!

Check out our newsletter,  Feedpoint for the most recent club updates!

Check our Meetings page for up to date information on the monthly meetings!

SJVARA is hosting Field Day at the Soldier Pond Rest area on June 26th, setup starts at noon and Field Day officially starts at 2pm EST. Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be provided, bring your own drinks. All are welcome!

If you are in the area, please feel free to give us a call on our N1SJV repeaters. Both sites are on solar/battery power so please be mindful of this at night. 

The next class sponsored by the SJVARA is the Intro to Antennas Class! This class will be held IN PERSON and ONLINE via freeconferencecall.com. If you would like to attend, either in person or online, sign up at the link below or click the ‘Intro to Antennas’ poster. Time and date is TBA, but location will most likely be the Northern Door Inn.
To make sure you get the updates, sign up below!

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If you missed the Intro to the Maine DMR System or the Advanced DMR Programming online classes, click the images below to view the recordings any time!


The late, great, radio-telescope, Arecibo.

Photo from NSF Gallery
This aerial view shows the damage at the Arecibo Observatory after one of the main cables holding the receiver broke in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on December 1, 2020. – The radio telescope in Puerto Rico, which once starred in a James Bond film, collapsed Tuesday when its 900-ton receiver platform fell 450 feet (140 meters) and smashed onto the radio dish below. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)

You can download an SJVARA membership application here.

You can also connect with us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/sjvara

Email:
sjvarafk@gmail.com

Snail Mail:
St John Valley Amateur Radio Association
3191 Aroostook Rd
Eagle Lake, ME 04739

Background photo courtesy of Morgan Mitchell, SJVT.