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Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
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MDC Section News
Vol. 13, No. 11
Thursday, November 15, 2018




This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday, November 16th at 8:00 PM ET on the EchoLink *WASH_DC* Node 6154. The MDC Section EchoLink net is always held on the third Friday evening of every month at 8:00 PM eastern local time.

If you would like to join in on RF, the following repeaters and IRLPs have linked in for EchoLink nets:

- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+), PL 107.2 Hz, in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL 156.7 Hz, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL 151.4 Hz, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL 156.7 Hz, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL 141.3 Hz, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL 156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co, MD
- W3SMD-L, 147.51, Simplex, St Mary's County, MD
- K3GMR-R 146.61 (-), No PL, Cheverly, MD
- KB3JQQ-L Pikesville, MD

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Find EchoLink App and Nodes in your area at

Everyone is encouraged to join in and give any updates on what is happening in your part of the ARRL Maryland-DC Section. If you do not have EchoLink on your Computer, Tablet or Smartphone, you may download the free software from: or your App Store online.

As always, we thank John Creel, WB3GXW, for making the *WASH_DC* EchoLink server and his WB3GXW-R repeater available for the EchoLink nets.


This is a list of Hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section and nearby Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware as a courtesy to our neighboring Section Managers.

Also listed are radio events for communication enthusiasts.

For this month our MDC SM adds On-Air Events. For our section members interested in other types of RF communication, events and activities related to the RF spectrum. Please send your upcoming ARC events, suggestions and comments. Please include our ARC Events. You may view upcoming Hamfests which are being held in the MDC Section and nearby in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and northern Virginia area by clicking on either: MDC SECTION Hamfests or the ARRL's Hamfest and Convention Calendar at Convention Calendar

I, as the MDC Section Manager, Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, and/or a designated ARRL representative(s) will plan to attend all Hamfests in the ARRL Maryland-DC Section.

We hope to see you there and bring a fellow Ham and friends.

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Third Annual SantaFest
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Location: American Legion Youth Camp, 9201 Surratts Road, Cheltenham, MD
Sponsor: Prince George's County Emergency Radio Association & American Legion
Talk-In: 145.230(-) PL 110.9 K3ERA Repeater Public
Public Contact: Charles Hallock, AA3WS
Phone: 301-535-1666 | Email:

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The 6th RadioWinterFest!
Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Location: Location: National Electronics Museum, 1745 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Sponsor: ARC of the National Electronic Museum
Talk-in: 146.7600(-) PL107.2, WA3DZD Jessup, MD
Near the BWI Airport, just south of Baltimore
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club
Public Contact: _______________
Phone: ###-###-#### | Email:

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Maryland Mobileers Post Holiday Hamfest
Date: January 27, 2019 |
Location: Odenton Fire Hall, 1425 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD 21113
Sponsor: Maryland Mobileers Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.805(-) PL 107.2, W3CU in Millersville, MD
Contact: for Amateur radio license exams
Public Contact: _______________
Phone: ###-###-#### | Email: ______@_________

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Roanoke Division Convention (Frostfest)
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Location: Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23218
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society (RATS)
Talk-In: 146.880(+) PL 74.4, W4RAT Richmond, VA
Public Contact: Robert Marshall, KI4MCW
Phone: 804-620-7287 | Email:

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West Virginia Section Convention (Charleston Hamfest & Computer Show)
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Location: Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301
Sponsor: Charleston Hamfest Committee
Talk-In: 145.350(-) PL 91.5, W8GK Charleston, WV
Public Contact: Rick Cummings, WV8RC
Phone: 304-610-6404 | Email:

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Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Location: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Sponsor: Vienna Wireless Society
Talk-In: 146.910(-) PL 77.0, WD5DBC Tyson's Corner, VA
Public Contact: Harry Mamaux, K3NF
Phone: 703-395-6721 | Email:

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Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Radio & Electronics EXPO)
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Location: Cheer Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 147.090(+) PL 156.7, WS3ARA Millsboro, DE
Public Contact: Herbert Quick, KF3BT
Phone: 302-629-4949 | Email:

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York Hamfest
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2018
Location: Elicker's Grove Park, 511 Roth Church Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Talk-In: 147.330(+) PL 123.0, W3MUM PennMar, PA
Public Contact: Duane Sterner, KB3QLQ
Phone: 717-332-1385 | Email:

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Look for these radio, educational and science events:

FISTS Friday
The day after Thanksgiving will be known as "FISTS Friday

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USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor Day
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Pearl Harbor remembrance from USS Arizona memorial on University of Arizona campus

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USS Midway Museum Ship Special Event: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 8, 2018 from 1700 to 2359 UTC,
Station: NI6IW, San Diego, CA onboard USS Midway (CV-41) Museum Ship

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Battle of Trenton and Battle of Princeton
December 26 thru 30, 2018 from 1400 to 2200 UTC and December 31 to Jan. 4, 2018 to 2019
Station: W2T at Trenton, NJ with Delaware Valley Radio Association
Station: W2P at Princeton, NJ with Delaware Valley Radio Association
W2T (Battle of Trenton) and W2P Battle of Princeton) to get a certificate of Commission in the Continental Army Signal Corps.
See website for details.

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35th Space Symposium, April 8 – 11, 2019
The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

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New AMSAT Facebook -
Shortwave Radiogram via WRMI w/transmission schedule

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Maryland & DC Section Amateur Radio members -
Fund-Raising Events and Holiday gathers.
Support your local Amateur Radio Clubs and Association, participate in their

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The Maritime Mobile Service Network
12 PM to 10 PM ET on 14.300 MHz
All amateur radio operators are invited to participate simply by checking in.
If you have a phone patch at your station, please tell the net control station and he/she will certainly try to put you to work!

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The weekly 'Shortwave Radiogram' is a digital MFSK program via domestic station WRMI in Okeechobee, FL. Read more about this excellent opportunity to hone your digital skills, flex your knowledge and adjust your Radio/App configurations.

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Looking for SWL listings - Glenn Hauser's World of Radio

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What will keep WWV, WWVH, and WWVB from shut down?
- Program reductions in FY 2019 budget by $6.3 million supporting fundamental measurement dissemination, including the shutdown of NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii - 2.5, 5, 10, 15 kHz

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ARRL & Amateur Radio:
- ARRL Winter Operating Schedule: Updated November 5, 2018 -
- Morse Code Practice, CW Bulletin, Digital Transmission Bulletin and Voice Bulletin.
- The W1AW EchoLink Conference Server - W1AWBDCT
- See the many benefits of joining the at ARRL
- Have you ordered your ARRL Handbook 2019 (Boxed Set), Limited Edition! Six-Volume Ultimate Boxed Set
- AMSAT's Fox-1Cliff CubeSat Set to Launch on November 19
- SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) 2018 is Saturday, December 1, from 0000 until 2400 UTC. Special event stations will be on the air from NWS offices, contacting radio amateurs around the world.
- Successful launch and insertion of Qatar’s Es’hail-2, first Amateur Radio geostationary communications satellite at 25.5 degrees East.
- The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 ARRL HQ provides information on legislative effort for all Amateur Radio operators and their ability to serve all communities with effective outdoor antenna.
- New AMSAT Facebook -
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ARRL Audio News - ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of Amateur Radio, along with interviews and other features. Enjoy ARRL Audio News anywhere: on your smart phone or tablet, your local repeater, or stream it on the go!

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report - Amateur Radio Newsline™ is a free service to the amateur radio community. We produce a weekly audio news bulletin called a “QST” or “bulletin of interest to radio amateurs” that is delivered by a downloadable MP3 audio file from our website or through a podcast subscription.

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December is Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Month. Listen for stations on the air with YOTA as the call sign suffix. YOTA stations are, in general, operated by individuals 25 or younger. The operating event takes place for the entire month of December UTC. “The idea for this is to show the Amateur Radio hobby to young people and to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur bands,” said Tomi Varro, HA9T. “This is a great moment to show Amateur Radio to the world and to invite newcomers. ”YOTA is primarily an International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 (Europe and Africa) activity, but youngsters from the US in Region 2 (the Americas) have attended YOTA summer camps, which are held in a different country each year. Varro said both licensed and unlicensed youth will be making contacts. “Be helpful on the bands — maybe these young operators are just making their first ever contacts,” he advised. As part of YOTA month, Bob Johnson, W9XY, and Ken Clear-out, K4ZW, will travel to Ethiopia to team up with the club at the Addis Ababa University, Institute of Technology and club station ET3AA. For more updates, visit YOTA’s Facebook page and

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T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council and coordinates Amateur VHF and UHF repeater operations to keep interference problems to a minimum.

T-MARC areas of responsibility include the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

If you have any questions about coordinating a repeater, you may send an email to the Board at

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UHF Band Plan: The President called for comments from the floor regarding the proposed changes to the UHF Band Plan. The proposal as well as the comments received via email had been previously sent to all members along with the monthly coordination report. Hearing no comments from the floor, the President called for the vote on a motion to accept the proposed new UHF Band Plan. NW3B moved to accept as published and was seconded by K3DO. The vote was called and passed unanimously without objection.

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Election of Officers:
- President Dave Prestel W8AJR
- Treasurer Larry D’Anna WA3KOK
- Coordinator Bryan Dorbert N3ST
- Bruce Carpenter W3YVV
- Hugh Katz K3HU
- Phil Hebert N3CDY
- Mike Kiron W3DCA

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October 2018 Coordination

Applications in Process:
- WB3JUV -- Received application for UHF pair at Smryna, Del. Sent Construction Coordination for 447.0250-
- WN3A – Received on air confirmation of 443.6500+ at Havre de Grace, MD. Sent Final Coordination.
- WV8VRC -- Received application for UHF pair in Bunker Hill, W. VA. Due to low ERP and HAAT, suggested use of SNP pair.
- WV8VRC -- Received application for VHF pair in Bunker Hill, W. Va. Due to low ERP and HAAT, suggested use of SNP pair.
- WA4TSC – Received request from WA4TSC to transfer coordination of 147.3000+ and 449.9250- to - N3JLT. No technical parameters are changing. TMARC Board of Directors approved. Sent coordination’s to N3JLT.
- N9KET – Received application for narrow-band UHF pair at Tysons Corner, VA
- N3HIA – Received on air confirmation of 224.4800- at Baltimore, Md.
- N3NRL – Received request to re-instate previously cancelled coordination for 442.0375+ at Princess Anne, Md. Re-instated.

South Eastern Repeater Assoc:
- Received 3 proposed coordination for 2M
- Received 2 proposed coordination for 440

The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council

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Your VHF/UHF radio tuned to a local repeater – and you push your PTT switch –
Do you realize just how much work went into making that simple act work? Various coordinating entities work to harmonize the most efficient and effective use of the spectrum and there are legions of dedicated volunteers to respond whenever the call comes to maintain these repeaters. Hats off to all the radio clubs and folks that bear responsibility and these expenses, as they are by no means trivial. So next time you push your PTT say a little “Thank You” in your mind in recognition of all the hard work that it takes to maintain the system that makes it so easy for us all to communicate.
TU Ken for your welcoming comments.

==> 2018 October MDC SEC Narrative Report

EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:


Nine of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES® County reports this month, or 50%. Half of the appointed ECs are submitting reports; how about the rest of you???

Use the fillable pdf ARES-002 (1/17) monthly report form to send me your county activities every month. Download it at:

Save the file in the form as follows: YYYY-MM<4-ltr cnty code> EC Report.pdf and sent it to me. This makes it extremely fast and easy to do my work. The time I spend reformatting reports and the file names to match is more time than I have budget for to get a decent looking a report up the food chain. Not in the proper format, I will ignore it and move on to the next one. It's extremely important that your constituents hear what is going on relative to ExCom in their community. If nothing more, tell us what meetings you hold, when, where and what repeaters you can be found on. I'd like to hear from the rest of you. At a minimum, tell us the details of where you hold the ARES meetings; nets you hold, VHF/UHF or HF; any weekend breakfasts or other social gathering. Two MDC DEC positions (Western, and Eastern) are now filled and would like to have some one step forward and consider heading up the Central DEC position. Make sure you put them on email copy for all that your county correspondence.

There are seven counties that do not having an Emergency Coordinator. They are ALLE, CARO, DORC, KENT, QACO, SOME and WORC. As you can see 6 out of the 7 are on the Eastern Shore and is a grave concern from a Weather perspective. They dodged a bullet this time with Florence, but what about the next one?
I say this every month because this is gravely important this time of year. If you live in any of these counties, please consider getting involved with emergency communications and sign up to assist the hospitals in your area. Contact me for more information at wb3kas at

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SEC Presentations

Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visit to as many ARES® and club groups as possible. We have two presentations I think would be worth your while to hear. One on Section Interoperability and the other is the Section Health Care EmComm Program. If you have interest in this, and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me. Winlink 2000 Advance Class - see PRGE EC section later in this report.

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MDC Section Reflectors

We introduced a new MDC Section reflector, ARRL MDC Section Winlink Training Group for P2P and Hybrid networks, or MDCQRV for short. Please make use of this tool to sharpen skills and fine tune your configuration files. Located at: The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available. If you are not a member. . .you should be!! I encourage you to use this to stay informed or keep in-touch with the rest of your fellow ARES members. With the wide distribution of this newsletter coming out only once a month, this Yahoo Site will keep you up to date with late breaking news, including a possible disaster call up. There is very little traffic to clog your in box. I don't know if all the DECs and ECs are subscribing to the Yahoo Reflector. If you are not, please do. This is going to be the quickest way possible to inform MDC Section ARES® of current incidents and impending disasters. Please do it now. You can join at:

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Meetings and Gatherings


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Future Events:

I will be attending a FRED County ARES/RACES Open House and recruitment gathering at the FRED County EOC on November 15. December 7: I will be guest speaker at the Greenbelt American Legion Post 136. Subject is Amateur Radio supporting National Security. A Winlink Demo is planned.

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Section Reports Received:

de ANAR County N3SEO
ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC. Except June - August. ARES® nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.

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de CALV County N3AE

October tends to be a busy month for Calvert ARES® and this year was no exception. Several members supported communications for the Patuxent River Appreciation Day parade in Solomons, MD on Oct 7th. On Oct 13th we conducted our 2018 Simulated Emergency Test. Ten members participated from five sites using a combination of voice on 2M and 10M as well as WL2K on 2M. The scenario was recovery after Hurricane Yoda. Most objectives were met, and several lessons learned were documented in the after-action report. One surprise was the ability to communicate using 10M SSB between sites, often when 2M simplex proved impossible. On Tuesday, Oct 16th, we had our monthly meeting at a different venue, the Calvert EOC, where we received instruction on the WebEOC software used by the county to link various agencies during an EOC activation. All those present received login credentials. This will allow us to participate in activations both within the EOC and from the home QTH (assuming the Internet is up). We also welcomed a new member this month, Wade, KB3VLE. Our monthly meetings are the third Tuesday of the month, 7:30 PM at the Calvert Services Building.

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de CECI County KB3LJB

September 2018 ARES activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of participation in the weekly Sunday evening ARES® Nets held at 2000 (8:00 pm) on the CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port Deposit, MD. However, our support of the Susquehanna River Running Festival on September 15 bumped up our community support hours by a lot. We averaged 7 hours of service for each volunteer during the event. My thanks to all who participated and made this such a successful operation. The VE Test Session held at the Rising Sun American Legion Post 194 on Saturday, October 5. Anyone thinking about upgrading or just want to get an eyeball QSO with some of the local Hams is welcome to come out and check out the proceedings. CBRA monthly meetings are held at Mason-Dixon American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun on the third Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend. The WA3SFJ-R EchoLink Node 585690 is down right now. I have relocated the Node and am hoping to get it fully set up and functioning again this month.

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de CECI County KB3LJB

October 2018 ARES activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of participation in the weekly Sunday evening ARES® Nets held at 2000 (8:00 pm) on the CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port Deposit, MD. The VE Test Session held at the Rising Sun American Legion Post 194 on Saturday, October 5 yielded one new Technician and two new Extras. Anyone thinking about upgrading or just want to get an eyeball QSO with some of the local Hams is welcome to come out and check out the proceedings. Next test session will be on Saturday, December 1. CBRA monthly meetings are held at Mason-Dixon American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun on the third Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend. The WA3SFJ-R EchoLink Node 585690 is down right now. I am in the process of re-re-locating the Node and am hoping to get it fully set up and functioning again soon.

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de HARF County W3YR

The Harford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and ARES/RACES Recruiting/Social Event is scheduled for 15 November. Harford County Amateur Radio Operators have been invited to a tour of the EOC, snacks, and RACES/ARES information briefings. Invitations included 250 mailings, from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services, via the US Postal Service, and emails to local ham radio clubs. Exercise and training session are comprised of one monthly meeting and one monthly net.

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de PRGE County WB3KAS:

PRGE ARES Internet Forum:

Nets: Regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on the K3ERA Repeater, 145.23(-) PL110.9 on Tuesdays at 1930L and EchoLink node KA3POX-L. The monthly HF Hospital Net is held the Wednesday following the third Monday of the month on 3820kHz at 1900L. NCS rotates thru the roster. Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at 1930. 440 Freq Coord through TMARC HAS BEEN APPROVED. 442.3250 MHz (+) PL 110.9Hz. Fusion box sent to Yaesu for upgrade awaiting return. Soon folks. . .soon!! K3ERA 2m Repeater EchoLink is now on the air via KA3POX-L Node 896210. As Mikey would say, "Try it, you'll like it."

October 20: Supported the public open house of the VFD #30 in Landover, MD. Set up a VHF station and ran Winlink demos for the public - WA3YTK & WB3KAS.
October 20: Supported a request from FRED County to be a part of a Scouting Search and Rescue training exercise - KC3DSO with FRED ARES® members.

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de STMA County KB3FWW

Rob Hoyt N2OMC Setup a radio demonstration at the St. Mary's Fairgrounds in support of STEM.

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de WASH County NI2W

This month's PS event provided communications support to the Hagerstown Police Department Auxiliary during the October annual Alsatia Mummers Parade. Participating amateurs were: NI2W, K3WJC, N3ODE, N3VGS, WB3FTQ and WB3GBF.

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de WICO County W3JCT

Local Net: Delmarva Amateur Radio Enhancement Net every Monday night at 9:00 p.m. The DAR Net is sponsored by the Delmarva Amateur Radio Club which is now an ARRL Affiliated group operating a repeater on 146.820 MHz PL 156.7 Hz. Delmarva Amateur Radio Club (DARC) – As Emergency Coordinator for the Wicomico County ARES®, I do attend the DARC monthly meetings and give a report, since the DARC is an ARRL affiliated club which allows use of their repeater for Wicomico RACES/ARES activities. Wicomico County RACES/ARES also take an active role in the DARC meetings held on the third Wednesday at their the DARC Monthly Meeting located at the Wicomico Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, Maryland. Wicomico County RACES/ARES - MEMA RACES(ARES) Training (2nd Tuesday of the Month). Red Cross Chesapeake Region – Exercise on Saturday, September 15. I would like to thank all the ARES(RACES) members for the support for this exercise. We were able to meet some of the new Red Cross personnel along with personnel from Wicomico County Emergency Management. The comments and reports as a result of the exercise should help us all, including Wicomico County RACES/ARES, to improve the communications support for community at large.

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de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:

No report this month. HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1900L. So give us a hollar! If you hear us look downstream 5-8 kHz. I'd like to hear more check-ins from our MDC Section. Next HF Hospital Net is Nov 21 and Dec 19. . .same time, same station! NCS assignment varies.

Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Please send to ARRL HQ, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 by 10th of the month
FSD-96 (1-04)




MEPN 1810 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/444 QTC/56 MINS/774
BTN 1810 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/416 QTC/53 MINS/600
MDD 1810 AA3SB QND/53 QNI/205 QTC/60 MINS/380
MSN 1810 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/121 QTC/23 MINS/490
PSHR: W3CB 150, KK3F 140, WB3FTQ 135, W3YVQ 135, NI2W 124, K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, N3JET 90, AB3WG 81, KB3LFG 36;

TFC: KK3F 1768, K3IN 165, W3YVQ 97, WB3FTQ 74, N3JET 68, AA3SB 63, W3CB 44, AB3WG 34, NI2W 24, KB3LFG 1


The MEPN will move to the winter schedule after the switch to Eastern Standard Time in early NOV.
The MEPN pre-net will begin at 1630L. The formal net call will be at 1700L including the EchoLink rep.
(The WVA and DE nets will also move one hour

The BTN and MDD net times will remain the same.


MEPN: Propagation was functional throughout OCT 2018, until the last few days of the month when the NVIS MUF began to fall below the net frequency by 1800L. Conditions between 1730L and 1800L were typical of fall with improved signal strengths at the cusp of the MUF. The low solar activity will lead to NVIS failure after dark hence the switch to the MEPN winter schedule after the change to EST.
Check 1920 +/- on 160m as an alternative as notified by the NM, NCS, or EchoLink liaison.

Propagation on MDD early and late was functional throughout OCT 2018, except for both early and late sessions near the end of the month. The NVIS MUF began to fall below 80m, first affecting the late session, and eventually even the early session. The low solar activity, shorter daylight, and EST will lead to NVIS failure more often in NOV on both sessions, but early data suggests that some recovery in MUF may develop for the late sessions. Check 1857 +/- on 160m as an alternative as notified by the NM or NCS. EchoLink on WB3GXW-L may also be used.

Sunspot activity continued to decline with many spotless days. This is expected to continue in NOV.

The BTN continues to meet on 145.33/R (no tone) daily at 6:30PM local time and continues to welcome new amateurs. The availability of an active directed traffic net of the NTS on VHF is exactly why the BTN was established, providing a welcoming place for newcomers to the Amateur Service. Thanks to all the BTN stations checking into the MEPN via EchoLink.

MEPN representatives check for EchoLink check-ins starting at net call daily via the WB3GXW-L link node (or *WASH_DC* conference node backup if the -L node is not available). Several BTN and MEPN members, as well as stations outside the area, have used EchoLink to check in when HF is not available to them. MDD operators are also welcome. Thanks to all.

Remember that the MSN provides CW training daily for newcomers to the mode, or those wishing to refresh their skills, daily at 7:30 PM on 3563 kHz.
Each trainee works with an assigned instructor off the net frequency to receive radiograms containing training information. Instructors work with each student at their own desired speed and check-in schedule. All are encouraged to master the art of CW via this net or personal training in order to support and join the ranks of our MDD Section CW net. Robin, AA3SB, MDD NM, and the veteran staff, will be glad to help you advance to the evening CW full Cycle 4 of the NTS.

Thanks to all the Section traffic net NCS stations, DTN/RRI and WL2K stations, liaisons, and traffic handlers for the continuing effort to keep the nets running and traffic moving.

Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated
ARES® and NTS operations.

w3yvq atsign arrl dot net
w3yvq atsign winlink dot org from WL2K



Lets be thankful for the many Amateur Radio Operators serving their communities and those away from home serving Disaster Survivors.

Please thank our MDC Section members, and MDC Section Staff, our ARC Executives and club members, our deepest appreciation to our ARES® Leadership and members participating in public-service communications. Your ingenuity, experience and knowledge lead to success and satisfaction; recognized by our Served-agencies and civic leaders. Through persistence, training, practice and readiness our communities can support many worth wild civic support.

Lets show our thanks to those whose guide us and the Elmers we honor. Please give thanks to our friends and family for supporting our radio communication endeavors and allowing us to help others.

We use our voices to help others, the future of Amateur Radio is in your hands.

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Lets welcome our newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX.
Howard is still on the uphill side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL Headquarters and the nearly 90 staffers who work there. The New Jersey native arrived at HQ on October 15 and has spent much of his time since meeting with department managers and others to get his bearings, with an eye toward building consensus and aligning people, programs, and services in the same direction.

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Please continue your support and JOIN the ARES-Connect Roll Out
The new volunteer management system for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service ARES® will allow MDC Section Staff and our ECs, DECs and SEC. ARES® participants sign-up for and log hours. More about this system in the coming weeks

Your MDC Section staff needs your help - Leaders are encouraged to begin your ARES® EC or MDC Section Staff future. Contact your SM, SEC or ASM to learn how. Please email your request to

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The Solar Minimum is here!
End of Solar Cycle 24 in 2019, and for the next 19 to 35 months until it peaks again.
Have you heard of the Dalton Minimum, the Gleissberg Minimum or the Modern Maximum cycles?
Have you seen the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) at; perhaps you're familiar with the SIDC - Solar Influences Data Analysis Center - RWC Belgium Royal Observatory of Belgium and their "SIDC Ursigram" at


Social Media is driving disaster awareness - join the trend!
Our Twitter is @MDCARRL

Marty, KB3MXM
ARRL MDC Section Manager

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Maryland-DC Officials

  • Martin Pittinger

    Section Manager

    Martin J. Pittinger KB3MXM

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  • Robert Bruninga

    Technical Coordinator

    Robert E. Bruninga WB4APR

  • Eric Berman

    Section Youth Coordinator

    Eric Berman KC3GDV

  • Kenneth Reid

    Assistant Section Manager

    Kenneth B. Reid KG4USN

  • Wanda Montgomery

    Assistant Section Manager

    Wanda A. Montgomery KA3AHI

  • Sid Caesar

    Public Info Coordinator

    Sid Caesar NH7C

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  • Herman Niedzielski

    Assistant Section Manager

    Herman A. Niedzielski K2AVA

  • David Prestel

    State Government Liaison

    David J. Prestel W8AJR

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  • Margaret Bevan

    Assistant Section Manager

    Margaret H. Bevan N3MB

  • Joseph Nollmeyer

    Section Traffic Manager,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Joseph A. Nollmeyer W3YVQ

  • Jim Montgomery

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Jim Montgomery WB3KAS

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  • Joseph Dorffner

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Joseph C. Dorffner KC3KFG

  • Scott Bauer

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Scott G. Bauer W3CV

  • Al Brown

    Assistant Section Manager

    Al Brown KZ3AB