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 communications are 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, 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 projects! 


Next club meeting scheduled for June 17 at 11:30. This meeting will be held at the Riverside pavilion in Fort Kent or if it is in use we will use a picnic table at Riverside Park. Check the club meetings page for more info.

Check the members page for new member discounts!

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. 

We are looking for your opinion! The SJVARA would like to ask all amateurs, members or non-members, how you participate in the hobby. Please fill out the survey below at your convenience. Emails are only collected to prevent duplicate entries. Survey results will only be seen by the club president and VP.

Click the link or image below.
Thank you for your participation!


<Update>  Date for Intro to Antennas class set!  April 22, 2023 @ 12:30pm.

<Update>  Date for Intro to Antennas class Changed to  April 29, 2023 @ 12:30pm.

<Update> Due to covid this class will be postponed. I will record what I have put together and post a video up on the club website here so you can all view when it best fits your schedule. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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 April 29, 2023 @ 12:30 pm, location will be the Northern Door Inn.
To make sure you get the updates, sign up below!


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


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

Background photo courtesy of Morgan Mitchell, SJVT/BDN.

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