The PAWA has a number of activities for it’s members.
Contesting and Operating
Using the newly restored club station (located at the Legion Hall in South Portland), members can use the club facilities to get operating time on HF.
Field Day
Members can get the experience of operating an HF radio station under less than ideal conditions.   Field Day is an activity that looks toward contacting as many stations as possible in a 24 hour period.  Field Day occurs annually on the last full weekend in June.
On the third Saturday in April, the PAWA puts on a hamfest at the Legion Hall in South Portland.
License Testing
The PAWA sponsors ARRL VEC licensing exams for all classes of licenses four times a year in January, April, July and October at the Legion Hall in South Portland.
Meeting Programs
Programs to educate members about amateur radio at the regular meetings (September through June).
Programs include Emergency Communications, Operating Procedures, Skywarn Weather Spotter Training (presented by the National Weather Service), Building Projects and Technical Topics.
Public Service Events
The PAWA participates in public service events to provide communications for charities such as the MS Walk in Scarborough (in late April) and the March of Dimes March for Babies (in early May).  Participating in public service events benefits the charities, puts amateur radio in a positive light with the public as well as allowig amateurs to hone their emergency communications skills.
Special Event Stations
The PAWA puts on special event stations to comemorate significant events held in the greater Portland area allowing stations worldwide to receive a QSL card or certificate from an amateur radio station operating at the event.
Club Projects
The PAWA provides club projects to instruct club members in building various projects such  as antennas, attaching connectors and kit building.  We also have projects to repair or restore club equipment that involve club members helping to instruct members on how equipment works and how it is assembled.

Become A Ham

Amateur radio is the premier high-tech hobby. It’s enjoyed by people from all walks of life from around the world. The rules for becoming an amateur (ham) radio operator vary from country to country around the world. On this page we’re going to tell you a little about the hobby and how you can obtain …

Events Calendar

You can view all of the club’s activities on this calendar. Feel free to come out to any or all of our events! Even if you’re not a club member, anybody is welcome to attend.

Field Day 2020

The 2020 ARRL Field Day was canceled as a PAWA club event. We look forward to resuming the annual field day tradition in 2021.

Ham of the Year

The PAWA Ham of the Year is a member of the PAWA, who in the opinion of the PAWA’s Ham of the Year committee, has made significant contributions to the PAWA and the amateur radio community over the past year. The PAWA Ham of the Year receives his or her name inscribed on the club’s …


The next PAWA Hamfest is in its planning stages and more information will be coming soon, stay tuned to this page and the PAWA twitter account for the latest information.

Special Events

Special Events are the closest thing to an emergency without actually having one. Special Events are planned events for which we, as Amateur Radio operators, provide communications. These events may take the form of foot races, walk-a-thons, bike races, bike-a-thons and the like. They allow us to practice our communications skills and exercise the equipment we might …