Brenda Duggan, ham radio call sign N1ZPV, operates her radio from her home in Milbridge. MAINE HAM RADIO SOCIETY PHOTO

Radio club to honor crew of lost submarine

MILBRIDGE — The submarine USS Squalus sank in the Gulf of Maine on May 23, 1939. Twenty-six of its crew were lost, but, miraculously, 33 others were saved.

The Maine Ham Radio Society, based out of Milbridge, will be honoring the Squalus and its crew with a special “Remember the Squalus” event on the amateur radio airwaves on the 82nd anniversary of the tragic accident. Using the special FCC-issued call sign W1S, club members will take to the airwaves and make contacts nationally and around the globe, making other “hams” aware of the Squalus. Special certificates will be awarded to hams who successfully make contact with W1S that day, upon request.

For more information on the USS Squalus special event and other Maine ham radio activities, visit

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