- Section Name:
- Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
- Daytime Phone:
- 443-326-1783 (Cell)
- Evening Phone:
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MDC Section News
Vol. 11, No. 12
December 14, 2016
* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY DECEMBER 16th
* AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT DIES
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* REMINDER - VISIT THE MDC SECTION WEB PAGE
* NOVEMBER, 2016 T-MARC NEWS AND COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER
==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY DECEMBER 16th
This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday,
December 16 at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC* Node 6154.
The EchoLink net is always held on the third Friday evening of
every month at 8:00 PM local time.
If you would like to join in on RF, the following repeaters and
IRLPs have linked in for previous EchoLink nets:
- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+),
CTCSS 107.2 Hz, in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), CTCSS 151.4 Hz, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), CTCSS 141.3 Hz, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), CTCSS 156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- W3SMR, 147.150 MHz (+), CTCSS 114.8 Hz, Brandywine, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co, MD
- W3SMD-L, 147.51, Simplex, N. St Mary's County, MD
- K3GMR-R 146.61 (-), No CTCSS, Cheverly, MD
Everyone is encouraged to join in and give any updates on what is
going on 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:
<http://echolink.org/register_data.jsp> 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
==> AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT DIES
The US Senate failed to approve the Amateur Radio Parity this week.
The only US Senator to object was Bill Nelson (D-FLA).
The Amateur Radio Parity Act would have guaranteed that amateur
radio operators who live in deed-restricted communities would have
the ability to construct an effective outdoor antenna on property
under exclusive use of the licensee, and that the HOA must allow
such facility using the least practicable restriction by the HOA
to achieve their lawful purposes.
The ARRL plans to re-submit it to congress the next session.
==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS
This is a list of hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section area.
I am including a list of hamfests in nearby Pennsylvania, northern
Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware as well as conventions in
Orlando, Florida and Dayton, Ohio as courtesy to our neighboring
I, your MDC Section Manager, Marty Pittinger - KB3MXM, and/or a
designated ARRL representative(s) plan to attend all hamfests in
the Maryland-DC Section.
We hope to see you all there.
Post Holiday Hamfest
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Location: Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
1425 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD 21113
Sponsor: Maryland Mobileers Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.805- (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Bruce McPherson, AB3AC
484 Peach Leaf Court
Odenton, MD 21113
Virginia State Convention (FrostFest)
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Location: Richmond International Raceway
600 East Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23218
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society
Talk-In: 146.880 (PL 74.4)
Public Contact: Timothy Farrell, KJ4NPB
8287 Ellerson Drive
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Orlando [Florida] HamCation®
Dates: Friday, February 10, 2017 through Sunday, February 12, 2017
Location: Central Florida Fairgrounds
4603 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32801
Sponsor: Orlando Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.760 (No CTCSS)
Public Contact: Lidy Meijers, KJ4LMM
PO Box 574962
Orlando, FL 32857
Phone: 407-841-0874 or 1-800-214-7541
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Location: Northern Virginia Community College
8333 Little River Turnpike
Sponsor: Vienna Wireless Society
Talk-In: 146.910(-) MHz
Public Contact: Thor Berglie, KK4UYT
2813 Hunter Rd
Fairfax, VA 22031
Delaware State Convention
(Delmarva Amateur Radio and Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Location: Cheer Center
546 South Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: Herbert Quick, KF3BT
PO Box 1431
Seaford, DE 19973
2017 York (Pennsylvania) Hamfest
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Location: Elicker's Grove Park
511 Roth Church Road
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Public Contact: Duane Sterner
The Greater Hagerstown Hamfest
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Location: Washingtown County Agriculture Center
MD Route 65 South
Sponsor: Antietam Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.09 (PL 100) & 146.94 backup
Public Contact: Herm Niedzielski, K2AVA
21512 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd,
Hagerstown, MD 21742
2017 Dayton [Ohio] Hamvention
Dates: Friday, May 19, 2017 through Sunday, May 21, 2017
Location: Greene County Fair & Exposition Center
120 Fairground Road
Xenia, OH 45385
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.94 & 146.91 (alternate)
Public Contact: Phone: 937-276-6930
BARC's Father's Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
16020 Carnival Avenue
Upperco, MD 21155
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Public Contact: Dave Shadwell, AB3TE
PO Box 120
Reisterstown, MD 21136
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:
http://www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm or the ARRL's Hamfest and
==> REMINDER - VISIT THE MDC SECTION WEB PAGE
Take a look at our Maryland-DC Section Web Page. The URL is:
http://www.arrl-mdc.net. Please 'bookmark' it and check it
It contains a wealth of information about our section and links
to the ARRL MDC affiliated clubs.
MDC Section Manager
==> NOVEMBER, 2016 T-MARC NEWS AND COORDINATION REPORT
T-MARC coordinates Amateur repeater operations to help keep
interference problems to a minimum.
T-MARC's areas of responsibility include the District of Columbia,
Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia and the eastern panhandle
of West Virginia.
T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.
The TMARC Board of Directors have made a couple changes in duties.
Larry D'Anna, WA3KOK, is now the Treasurer. Phil Hebert N3CDY is
the new Secretary.
For several decades, the ARRL has only accepted repeater listings
from coordinators for publication in the ARRL Repeater Directory.
This coming year, the ARRL has decided to only accept information
from 'RFinder, Inc.' https://www.rfinder.net/websearch.html
Anyone can submit information to 'RFinder' for any repeater. The
ARRL is encouraging coordinators to submit their information to
At the present time, the TMARC Board of Directors has decided
_not_ to submit information to 'RFinder.'
There are a number of questions that remain unanswered and no
agreement or MOU has been proposed by 'RFinder.' Therefore,
the TMARC Board of Directors feel it best to _not_ participate
in the 'RFinder' program at this time.
Consideration will be given toward future participation should
'RFinder' propose an agreement similar to the one that existed
with the ARRL regarding the use of, and publication of, the
TMARC frequency lists.
November, 2016 Report
Applications in Process:
DC Metro ARC
– Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination for move of 145.4300-
from Laurel, Md. to Washington, D.C.
- Sent revised coordination.
– Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination for VHF pair in
Flintstone, Md. to co-channel in TMARC area and to
neighboring coordination groups.
– Received coordination application for UHF narrow-band pair
in Vienna, Va.
- Since proposed system is low profile, suggestion was made
to utilize one of the SNP pairs.
– Received coordination application for UHF narrow-band pair in
- Researching a pair.
– Received coordination application for UHF narrow-band pair in
- Since proposed system is low profile, suggestion was made to
utilize one of the SNP [Shared Non-protected Pairs].
– Received application to modify 442.2125+ Damascus, Md.
– Received on air confirmation of 449.5250- at Falls Church,
- Sent Final Coordination.
Ashton Radio Comm. Society
– Received on air confirmation of UHF link in Ellicott City,
- Sent Final Coordination.
– Changed frequency of Lexington Park UHF Link.
- Sent Construction Coordination.
On Air Status Requests sent to:
442.4500+ Network Engineers Radio Assoc. Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
442.7250+ K4QJZ Front Royal, Va.
147.3150+ N3JJK Lonaconing, Md.
UHF Link Calvert ARC Federalsburg, Md.
UHF Link Calvert ARC Lexington Park, Md.
927.5875- KD8DWU Linden, Va.
South Eastern Repeater Assoc
Received 1 proposed coordination for 220
Received 1 proposed coordination for 440
Area Repeater Coordination Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 440
You may view the T-MARC home page at: http://tmarc.org/ or,
if you have any questions, you may contact T-MARC via e-mail at:
==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
ARRL Section: Maryland-DC November 2016
AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 568
Change since last month: 0
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 5 of 18 or 28%
Number of ARES nets active: 11
Number with NTS liaison: 5
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: N3SEO, NI2W, W3JCT, WA3EOQ,
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 14
Person hours: 173
Number of public service events this month: 5
Person hours: 207
Number of emergency operations this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 19
Total Person hours: 380
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
Five of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County
reports this month, or 28% probably because I got a reminder
notice out. . .late, but nevertheless I got it out! Will do
better next month.
I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to write their
reports. It's extremely important that your constituents hear
what is going on relative to EmComm. If nothing more, tell us
what meetings you hold, when, where and what repeaters you can
be found. I'd like to hear from the rest of you.
MDC Section Vacancies Still Open
There is one vacant DEC slot left for the Central Region Section.
If you are interested, and up to the challenge, please contact
the Section Manager, KB3MXM or me for more information.
There are seven counties that do not have an Emergency
Coordinator. They are ALLE, CARO, DORC, KENT, QACO, SOME and
WORC. As you can see 4 out of the 5 are on the Eastern Shore
and is a grave concern from a weather perspective.
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 atsign arrl.net.
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.
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.
The URL is: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MDCQRV/info.
The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available. If
you are not a member. . .you should be!! We now have 87
members this month, same as last month. I encourage you to
use this to inform or keep in touch with the rest of your
fellow members. With the wide distribution of the Section News
coming out only once a month, this Yahoo Site with 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.
You may join at:
None this month.
2016 MDC SET:
So far, I processed ~49 logs from 28 operators in MD. I have
finished all the tabulations including those from SW VA before
I start digging into the data.
More participated than logs turned in, surprisingly.
More stats next month.
Section Reports Received:
de ANAR N3SEO
ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC.
ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.
Cold Turkey run = 15 Hams
de GARR County WA3EOQ
Next regular meeting on 9 January at 7PM at the Southern Rescue
Squad facility in Oakland. An informal dinner/family
get-together will take place of the December meeting.
Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805, PL 123.
The repeater is off the Target System until the link problem is
I have been very active in attempting to get the Amateur Radio
Parity Act passed. I have asked the local ARES group members
to contact their senators. I have emailed Florida's Senator
Nelson (twice) to quit his petty feud and release the bill
(S.253); contacted my Florida friends to call Senator Nelson
and voice their objection to his action.
No ARES related activity in Garrett County during November.
The Field Day results are in. Operating as Class 3A (three
transmitters running simultaneously) GCARES (K3LNZ) placed in
the top third overall, 3 of 8 in Maryland/DC and 8 of 39 in the
Atlantic Division. Will endeavor to get more people out for
the 2017 version.
Entered the ARRL November CW SS (missed a clean sweep by 3
sections; one of these years I'll get it), CQWW CW and the
ARRL 160m contests. Ran across several familiar MDC callsigns.
Checking into the MDD net most every evening.
The Washington County ARES 146.94 net for November was cancelled
since it fell on Thanksgiving Day.
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Web Page: http://www.pgares.org
PRGE ARES Internet Forum:
Nets: Held four regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on
the K3ERA Repeater, 145.23MHz PL 110.9 on Tuesdays at 1930L.
The monthly HF Hospital Net is held the Wednesday following the
third Monday of the month on 3820kHz at 1930L.
Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at
the Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD
New EOC Status: Two VHF/UHF dual band antennas installed. 12VDC
buss routed to work stations.
Our Echolink is provided through the courtesy of Murray, K3BEQ-L
24/7 until the first of the year. We are looking for a new home
at the start of the new year. N3ADF is lead on this project.
14 Nov: November meeting was changed from Nov 21 to Nov 14 and
QTH changed to the new County EOC to accommodate the Thanksgiving
holiday travel. Discussion centered around fine tuning the
upcoming 'Santafest' Hamfest on Dec 10.
We are scheduled to put up a 40/80m dual band dipole at the new
County EOC on 17 Dec, pending fair wx conditions.
de WASH County NI2W
On November 19th, the Antietam Radio Association (ARA) provided
communications support for the annual JFK 50 mile ultra-marathon.
Twenty-four amateur radio ops participated over a twelve hour
period. From as little as two hours to as long as twelve hours.
Participants were as follows:
K2AVA, KB3GBF, NI2W, AB3RD, KB3MUN, KD3JK, KC3FWX, KB3RNM,
KB3PXR, W3PDW, N3ARZ, N7BMG, K3WJC, KB3GFV, N3LLP, N3WSP,
N3YGE, KB3ZV, KB3JRI, W3GTL, KB3SRT, KC3EYO, KC3FWY, N3AWP.
The annual ARA Christmas banquet will be held on Tuesday,
December 13 at 6:00 PM. The banquet will be held at the Western
Sizzlin restaurant located at 17567 York Road, Hagerstown, MD.
You and Wanda are cordially invited to attend.
de WICO 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.
Wicomico County RACES/ARES: On December 21st from 6:30 PM to
8:30 PM Wicomico Emergency Management is having a Pot Luck
dinner for CERT and RACES/ARES at the new Salisbury Station 2
Firehouse at Brown and Naylor St. in Salisbury.
Wicomico County ARES will participate in the Radio Merit Badge
course at the Salisbury University Merit Badge College on
February 4 and March 4, 2016.
On February 4, the scouts primarily study radio theory including
On the March 4 date, scouts accomplished ON-THE-AIR training with
the help of amateur radio operators from both the Peninsula Radio
Operators Society (PROS) and the Delmarva Amateur Radio Club
(DARC). The Boy Scout Merit Badge College is held at the
Salisbury University Campus with approximately 500 Scouts working
on approximately 34 merit badges.
de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:
HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1930L. We try to
hold the freq between 1915 to 1930L, so give us a hollar!
On November 23 we had 16 checked in, thanks to the special
Section Notice that went out about the Net. As we move into the
winter months the skip will bring in some distant stations. Should
be interesting. I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC
Next HFHNet is December 21. Net date varies each month, but it
is always the Wednesday following the third Monday.
The next PRGE Hospital Drill will start the new year off on
January 7 at 1930L. The Drill will center around the Winlink
automated ICS forms specifically the ICS-213 General Message
Form. Improv is the order of the day. . .send anything you want
to the list of hospitals coming shortly. There will be an HF
component to connect P2P to the outlying operators who wish to
participate. Anyone wishing to join in and get some practice
with the new form and get in some HF P2P activity, please get
in touch with me. No cut-off date for this. If I hear from you
on the day of the Drill, we can fit you in easily.
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
==> FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER
I hope you all read the monthly ARRL ARES E-Letter, which is
compiled by Rick Palm, K1CE, http://www.arrl.org/ares-el
The ARES E-Letter is devoted to news about ARES, RACES,
training programs, simulations, exercises and served agencies.
You may also listen to the audio version by clicking on
The audio version is voiced by Tony Riggs, W1FHN in Lanham,
Maryland, a retired announcer at the Voice of America, and
the audio script is written by MDC ASM Al Brown, KZ3AB in
If you have any news that you believe should be included
in a future edition, you may send your 'article' to Rick
Palm, K1CE at: K1CE@ARRL.net.
Since most of the articles come from Florida, the west coast
and the mid-west, I encourage you to do so.
This will let everyone know that we, in the MDC Section, are
also devoted to ARES, RACES, training programs, simulations,
exercises and served agencies.
The ARRL MDC Section Field Staff would like to wish each of
you a safe and happy holiday season. And, we wish you a
Happy and Prosperous New Year.
73 and remember that I am always ready to serve you.
Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM
ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager
The "Maryland-DC Section News" is published monthly by
the ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM,
4 Pegram Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117-2116; tel 443-326-1783.
The "Maryland-DC Section News" offers a monthly digest of
essential and general news of interest to all amateur radio
My editor is ASM Al Brown, KZ3AB, . Please
visit the Maryland-DC Section web page,
http://www.arrl-mdc.net/ and the "ARRL MDC Section News and
Alerts" web page,
http://www.arrl.org/sections/view/maryland-dc, for the
latest MDC Section news, links and updates.
Material from the "MDC Section News" may be republished or
reproduced, in whole or in part in any form, without additional
Please give credit to the "Maryland-DC Section=News" or the
original author of submission.
- MDC Section Website, MDC Section Facebook, Maryland Emergency Phone Net (MEPN), Baltimore Traffic Net (BTN)
Section ManagerMartin J. Pittinger KB3MXM
Official Observer CoordinatorScott G. Bauer W3CV
Assistant Section ManagerE Allen Brown KZ3AB
State Government LiaisonDavid J. Prestel W8AJR
Public Info CoordinatorSid Caesar NH7C
Section Traffic Manager,Joseph A. Nollmeyer W3YVQ
Assistant Section Manager
Affiliated Club CoordinatorCynthia A. Penry KD5CCB
Assistant Section ManagerWanda Montgomery KA3AHI
Assistant Section ManagerHerman A. Niedzielski K2AVA
Technical CoordinatorRobert E. Bruninga WB4APR
Section Emergency CoordinatorJim Montgomery WB3KAS