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Maryland-DC

Maryland-DC

Contact Information

Section Name:
Maryland-DC
Contact:
Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
Daytime Phone:
443-326-1783 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
410-326-1783 (Home)
Email:
KB3MXM@ARRL.ORG

Basic Information

Division:
Atlantic
Description:

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MDC Section News
Vol. 11, No. 11
November 17, 2016
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* HERU WALMSLEY, W3WVV, SK
* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18th
* DOES YOUR CLUB STILL NEED SOMEONE TO SPEAK?
* BAYNESVILLE ELECTRONICS - CLOSED AFTER 61 YEARS
* NEW AFFILIATED CLUB - UNALLOCATED SPACE ARC
* SPEAKING OF CLUB WEB PAGES - SOME UPDATES NEEDED
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* OCTOBER, 2016 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT & HF PROPAGATION
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT 
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER


==> HERU WALMSLEY, W3WVV, SK

We are sad to report that Heru Walmsley, W3WVV, passed away on
the morning of October 21st.  He was 90 years old.  He died of
pneumonia.

He is survived by Betty, KA3RRK, his wife of 64 years, six
children and many grand-children.

He worked as an engineer with Westinghouse and retired after
more than 30 years of service.  Heru helped to develop the
AWACS Surveillance Radar system also known as "The Eyes of the
Eagle."

Heru was an active member in the Baltimore Radio Amateur
Television Society (BRATS), the Chesapeake Amateur Television
Society (CATS), the Amateur Radio Club of the National
Electronics Museum (K3NEM) and others.

He was known to have an encyclopedic knowledge of just about
everything, not just amateur radio.

Rest in peace, Heru.  You will be sorely missed.


==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18th

This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on
Friday, November 18 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 EchoLink nets.


==> DOES YOUR CLUB STILL NEED SOMEONE TO SPEAK?

The holiday season is fast approaching and many clubs invite
guest speakers to make presentations at their banquets or club
meetings.

If you need some one, you may view our link at:
<http://www.arrl-mdc.net/speakerlist.htm> and contact one of the
people on the list.
 


==> BAYNESVILLE ELECTRONICS - CLOSED AFTER 61 YEARS

As a kid I was thrilled to hear my father say on Saturday
mornings "Hey, I'm going to Baynesville, do you want to go?"

Baynesville Electronics kept with the tradition of having just
about anything an electronic hobbyist or professional could
imagine. 

Located behind the 'Huge' and iconic Luskins sign atop the hill
overlooking Eastbound I-695 Baltimore Beltway exit for Cromwell
Bridge Road; then a short drive to 1631 East Joppa Road
Baynesville Electronics' parking lot was packed-full every
Saturday.

For years the store was much like an indoor electronic
flea-market with tables full of 'stuff.' From AM/FM/Shortwave
& CB Radios, TVs, cabinets and copper-etching kits to Stereo
equipment, wires, tubes, connectors and components - they had
it all.

But Baynesville Electronics is now CLOSED.

-----------------

>From a message on their FACEBOOK page:
"This is a letter that none of us wanted to write, but the time
has come to let our loyal customers know what is happening to
Baynesville Electronics. As of October 1st, we will be
liquidating our stock and preparing to close our doors on or
before the end of the year.
For 61 years, it's been our pleasure for Baynesville
Electronics to serve the generations of families that have come
through our doors. These families, as well as, our loyal
customers have allowed us to thrive these past years in this
wonderful community.

Although we have tried to keep up with the changes in our
industry and retail sales in general, we have been unable to
continue to keep ourselves profitable.

It is our hope that you understand and ask that you wish our
employees the best with their future plans.

>From Our Family to Yours...

 Thank you for allowing us to serve you!"
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>From the MDC Section, Hams and many hobbyists - "Hey, we will
 miss you too!"


==> NEW ARRL AFFILIATED CLUB - "UNALLOCATED SPACE ARC"

Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, the ARRL Assistant Manager, Field Services and
RadioSport Department at ARRL Headquarters wrote, "It gives me
great pleasure to advise you that the ARRL Executive Committee has
approved your [UNALLOCATED SPACE ARC] club's application for
affiliation with the ARRL.

The Unallocated Space Amateur Radio Club is hereby declared a duly
affiliated society.

Our MDC Section Manager said "You gotta to see this place and meet
these Hams!  Innovation and enthusiasm are just a few words that
describe the "Unallocated Space ARC" – they have perpetual
creativity that completely overwhelms failure – a willingness to
promote curiosity that feeds an insatiable tenacity to be
different.

The "Unallocated Space" ARC is all about Ham Radio and so much
more.  It is the realm of impossible-possible!!!!!!

Thanks again to Charlie, KB3ZVN, and his ARC team for the warm
hospitality and inviting me (and us) to the presentation of
their "Affiliated Club" certification. 

You may view the photo of me, on the right, presenting the
award to Charlie, KB3ZVM, on the left, at:
<www.arrl-mdc.net/pix/Award.jpg>.

Let's welcome them as our newest Maryland/DC ARC:

UNALLOCATED SPACE ARC 512 Shaw Ct #105, Severn, MD 21144

You may find the 'Unallocated Space ARC' home page URL at:
<http://www.unallocatedspace.org/uas/>.

This link has been added to the <http://www.arrl-mdc.net/ > home
page under "Links to ARRL MDC Section Affiliated Amateur Radio
Clubs."


==> SPEAKING OF CLUB WEB PAGES - SOME UPDATES NEEDED

Here's a suggestion:

I have been browsing through the affiliated club's web pages
listed on the <www.arrl-mdc.net> front page. 

I found that many clubs maintain their home pages and links
religiously. Others not so.  Some are months and even years
out of date.

If your club wants to keep a presence on the world-wide-web,
I believe you should keep your web sites up-to-date.

Just a suggestion. 

Thanks!


==> 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
Section Managers.

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.

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Santa Fest
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Location: American Legion Youth Camp
  9201 Surratts Road
  Cheltenham, MD 20623
Sponsor: American Legion & Prince George's County Emergency
         Repeater Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.230 (PL 110.9)
Public Contact: Charles Hallock, AA3WS
  16203 Manning Road
  West Accokeek, MD 20607
  Phone: 301-535-1666
Email: <selbynet@hotmail.com>

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Post Holiday Hamfest
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Location: Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
  1425 Annapolis Road
  Odenton, MD 21113
Website:
<https://sites.google.com/site/marylandmobileers/hamfests-1/hamfest-2>
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
  Phone: 410-456-2500
Email: <bmcpherson73@verizon.net>

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Virginia State Convention (FrostFest)
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Location: Richmond International Raceway
  600 East Laburnum Avenue
  Richmond, VA 23218
Website: <www.frostfest.com>
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society
Talk-In: 146.880 (PL 74.4)
Public Contact: Timothy Farrell, KJ4NPB
  8287 Ellerson Drive
  Mechanicsville, VA 23111
  Phone: 804-306-1134
Email: <timfarrell57@gmail.com>

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Orlando [Florida] HamCation®
Dates: Friday, February 10, 2017 through Sunday, February 12, 2017
Location:Central Florida Fairgrounds
  4603 West Colonial Drive
  Orlando, FL 32801
Website: <www.hamcation.com>
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
Email: <info@hamcation.com>

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Winterfest
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Location: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
  8333 Little River Turnpike
  Annandale, VA.
Website: <viennawireless.net/wp/events/winterfest>
Sponsor: Vienna Wireless Society
Talk-In: 146.910(-) MHz
Public Contact: Thor Berglie, KK4UYT
  2813 Hunter Rd
  Fairfax, VA 22031
  Phone: 202-495-1315
Email: <thor.berglie@gmail.com>

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Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Amateur Radio and
  Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Location: Cheer Center
  546 South Bedford Street
  Georgetown, DE 19947
Website: <www.radioelectronicsexpo.com>
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
  Phone: 302-629-4949
Email: <herb@hamiltongraphics.com>

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2017 York (Pensylvania) Hamfest
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Location: Elicker's Grove Park
  511 Roth Church Road
  Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Website: <www.yorkhamfest.org>
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Public Contact: Duane Sterner
Email: <duane.sterner@yahoo.com>

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The Greater Hagerstown Hamfest<br>
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Location: Washingtown County Agriculture Center
  MD Route 65 South, Sharpsburg Pike
  Hagerstown, MD
Website: <w3cwc.org/Portals/5/Hagerstown202017.pdf>
Sponsor: Antietam Radio Association<br>
Type: ARRL Hamfest<br>
Talk-In: 147.09 (PL 100) & 146.94 backup
Public Contact: Herm Niedzielski, K2AVA
  21512 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd
  Hagerstown, Md 21742
  Phone: 301-791-5841
E-mail: <k2ava@myactv.net>

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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
Website: <http://www.hamvention.org>
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.94 & 146.91 (alternate)
Public Contact: Phone: 937-276-6930
Email: <info@hamvention.org>

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BARC's Father's Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
  16020 Carnival Avenue
  Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <www.w3ft.com>
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: None
Public Contact: Dave Shadwell, AB3TE
  PO Box 120
  Reisterstown, MD 21136
  Phone: 443-465-6583
Email: <w3ft67@yahoo.com>

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You may view upcoming Hamfests which are being held in the MDC
Section and nearby in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and
the northern Virginia area by clicking on either:
<www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm> or the ARRL's Hamfest and
Convention Calendar,
<www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar>.


==> OCTOBER, 2016 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.

T-MARC coordinates Amateur repeater operations to help keep
interference problems to a minimum.

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

Please update your information by sending an email to:
<tmarc@tmarc.org>.  Thank you.
 
October, 2016 Report

Applications in Process:

DCMARC
 – Waiting on a revised application from DCMARC to reduce ERP that
    is acceptable to Mt. Holly Springs system.
 
KA4DCS
 – Received application for re-location of 449.8750- from
    Alexandria to Millwood, Va.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups and co-channel in TMARC area.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 449.8750- at Millwood, Va.
 
Univ. of Pa. ARC
 – Received application for coordination for UHF pair w/ Link in
    Towson, Md.
 - No objection from Area Repeater Coordination Council.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 442.0000+ and UHF link at
    Towson.
 
W4YP
 – Received application for coordination for UHF narrow-band pair
    in Strasburg, Va.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 444.1875+
 
N3QEM
 - Received application for coordination for UHF narrow-band pair
    in Herndon, Va.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 442.4375+
 
N3SCP
 – Received on the air confirmation for 442.5500+ at
    Gambrills, Md.
 - Sent Final Coordination
 
AE4ML
 – Received on the air confirmation for 442.4000+ at
    Spotsylvania, Va.
 - Sent Final Coordination
 
N8RAT
 – Received on air confirmation of 443.2000+ at Capon
    Springs, W.Va.
 - Request to modify coordination with lower AGL and lower ERP.
 
KB3VJO
 – Received application for coordination for VHF pair in
    Flintstone, Md.
 
On Air Status Requests sent to:
 53.3500-   Calvert Amateur Radio Club    Lexington Park, Md.
147.3150+   N3JJK                         Lonaconing, Md.
147.3750+   K3UMV                         Hagerstown, Md.
UHF Link    Calvert Amateur Radio Club    Federalsburg, Md.
UHF Link    Calvert Amateur Radio Assoc.  Sunderland, Md
UHF Link    Calvert Amateur Radio Assoc.  Prince Frederick, Md.
 
Coordinations Cancelled:
UHF Link    KA3LAO        Eldersburg, Md.
443.1000+   KI4PIW        Alexandria, Va.
 
Other:
Area Repeater Coordination Council
- Received 1 proposed coordination for 440
 
Ohio Area Repeater Council
 - Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters

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: <tmarc@tmarc.org>.


==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
___________________________________________________
ARRL Section: Maryland-DC ,  October  Year: 2016

AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members:  568
Change since last month:  -1
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 5 of 18 or 28%
Number of ARES nets active:  14
Number with NTS liaison:  4
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3LJB, N3SEO, NI2W, W3YR, WB3KAS
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 18
   Person hours: 142
Number of public service events this month: 5
   Person hours: 224
Number of emergency operations this month:  0
   Person hours:   0        
Total number of ARES operations this month: 18
   Total Person hours:   366
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EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
Reporting
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 consituents hear what is going
on relative to EmComm.  If nothing more, tell us what meetings
you hold, when, where and on 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 having an Emergency
Coordinator.  They are ALLE, CARO, DORC, KENT, QACO, SOME and
WORC.  As you can see four out of the five 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.

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.

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, same
as last month.  Slow growth, but it is growing. I encourage you
to use this to inform or keep intouch with the rest of your
fellow members.

With the wide distribution of this newsletter 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 can join
at: <https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info>.

Meetings

Sept 21:  Earlier in the month, I received an email from the
Silver Springs American Red Cross Director of Management Services
inviting me to come speak with them about "renewing" partnership
with the ARES community in the Maryland Section. 

The successful meeting lasted about an hour. They were looking
to renew relationships after the loss of the previous person in
this position, who was an amateur radio operator.

2016 MDC SET:

MDC SET started Friday night Sept 30 (0000Z October 1).  This
was not your normal SET like you might have done in the past. 

The intent was NOT a contest style as many have suggested, nor a
session to carry on a QSO.  It was to see who could touch whom
through the Section utilizing Winlink 2000 Winmor P2P.

Those who provided comments this month should review them for
next month's submission.

So far, I processed ~49 logs from 28 operators in MD.  I have
five more counties including those from SW VA and 12 more logs
to do before I finish the tabulation.

More partipated than logs turned in, suprisingly. More stats
next month.

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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.
Zombie run = 20 mhr; CFC Biker = 95 mhr; Metric Marathon = 76 mhr
======================
de CECI KB3LJB
October 2016 ARES activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of
participation in the weekly Sunday evening ARES Nets held on the
CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port Deposit, MD.  The five Nets this
month averaged ½ hour duration and 10 operators checking in for
a total of 25 person hours.
The CECI ARES group participated in the SET scheduled to be held
September 30 through October 2.  HF capabilities at the Cecil EOC
are limited however, the EOC staff worked with us to prove a
successful emergency configuration scenario where we were able to
pass messages to other jurisdictions via Winlink.  ARES
volunteers had checked and repaired an existing antenna, to
configure it for NVIS use on the roof of the EOC, and successfully
sent and received many messages via Winlink.  Ted, W3YR, assembled
and tested the equipment required into a go kit and has passed
along the knowledge required to temporarily set up at the EOC for
this SET.  Operators in Cecil County and at the CECI EOC were:
KC3BPM, N3MRK (operating from his home QTH), KB3LFG (HARCO RACES
RO), and KB3LJB.  Lessons learned included what worked (antenna
on top of EOC building) and what needed upgrading (HF equipment
in EOC).
======================
de HARF County W3YR
Comments:  The Harford County ARES net is scheduled for the 2nd
Tuesday of the month at 8:00PM using the Harford County 146.775
analog repeater, then switching to the Harford County 449.775
repeater then switching to the 145.120 DSTAR repeater.
Last month's activities included:
•Participation in Harford County ARES net on 11 Oct 2016.  Seven
 check-ins for a net time of 15 minutes (1.75 hours total).
•Participation in the 4th Quarter PRGE County Hospital Drill on
 6 October 2016 (1 person for 2 hours).  Winlink PtoP and Winlink
 gateway used.
•Participation in the 2016 MDC Set 1-2 Oct.  (5 persons for 4
 hours, 20 hours total).  Winlink PtoP used.
•Inspection of the Amateur Radio installations at the Harford
 Memorial Hospital and Upper Chesapeake Hospital on 7 Oct.
 (2 persons, 3 hours total).   Wiring and new equipment is
 required. Funding has not been established.
======================
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Web Page: <http://www.pgares.org>
PRGE ARES Internet Forum:
 <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PG-AresRaces/>
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 3820 kHz at 1930L.
Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the
Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at
1930.
New EOC Status:  Two VHF/UHF dual band antennas installed. 12VDC
buss routed to work stations.
Work still in progress to reactivate our Echolink connection to
the K3ERA repeater.  N3ADF is lead on this project.
October 6:  Conducted the final Quarterly Hospital Drill for the
 2016 calendar year.  Had a surprise check-in and support from
 W3YR all the way from HARF County on the 440 Linking System who
 took Radio Email messages via Winlink P2P and got them to an
 Internet Gateway for us. Great job and great support Ted.
October 8: Gave an ARES over view presentaion to a Tech Class
 session during their lunch break in Hyattsville, MD
October 15: Participated JOTA from the American Legion Youth
 Camp Cheltenham, MD.
October 17 Meeting:  Featured a presentation on the "Namjemory
 Creek Observatory" perhaps better known as the Southern
 Maryland Astronomical Society. It will be presented by Ft
 Washington Amateur Radio Club membrs, Jeff, KB3SWS and
 XLY Pam, KB3SPH.
November meeting changed fropm Nov 21 to Nov 14 and QTH changed
to the new County EOC for a guided tour of the radio
facilities. Start time 1900.
=====================
de WASH County NI2W
The Antietam Radio Association assisted the Hagerstown Police
Auxiliary and Hagerstown PD by providing observation/safety
reporting during the annual Hagerstown Alsatia Mummers parade
on October 29, 2016. The event includes 10,000 participants and
75,000 to 100,000  parade goers. It has been touted as the
largest nighttime parade on the east cost.
A FSD-157 for this event has been submitted to the ARRL. I have
also sent a copy to you [WB3KAS], W3TOM and KB3MXM and NI2W. Two
other amateur also provided support to the auxiliary but not as
amateurs, only as members of the auxiliary. They were: KC8KQL
and N3WSP.
November brings the JFK 50 mile run to Washington County. During
this event approximately thirty amateurs will be involved over a
fourteen hour period on November 19 supporting approximately
1000 runners.
=====================
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 October 19 we had 27 check-ins, up three from last month,
thanks to the special Section Notice that went out about the Net.
I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC Section.
Next HFHNet is November 23. 
NCS varies each month. It is always the Wednesday following the
third Monday.
======================
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
<wb3kas@arrl.net>


==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT & HF PROPAGATION


MDC NTS NETS OCTOBER 2016

MEPN 1610 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/355 QTC/32 MINS/626
BTN 1610 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/362 QTC/28 MINS/480
MDD 1610 AAS3B QND/60 QNI/362 QTC/121 MINS/614
MSN 1610 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/116 QTC/147 MINS/633

PSHR: KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, K3IN 125, NI2W 115, W3CB 105,
 AA3SB 100, WG3K 97, WB3FTQ 95, WB4FDT 90, AB3WG 86,
 N3ZOC 77, KB3LFG 76;

TFC: KK3F 1828, WB4FDT 181, K3IN 144, AA3SB 99, W3YVQ 61,
 WG3K 47, WB3FTQ 41, AB3WG 30, N3ZOC 27, NI2W 10, W3CB 9,
 KB3LFG 1

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HF PROPAGATION
HF conditions have slowly improved for the past month due to
the fall propagation conditions and lower sun angle. Declining
solar cycle 24 provided a number of spotless days. On MEPN and
3RN/C2 NVIS MUFs have dropped below 80 meters just before dawn
many days. The evening cycle 4 nets had good propagation from
the 2300Z through the 0200Z sessions every day.

MDC RADIOGRAMS AND OTHER MESSAGING
Outlets in each ARES® jurisdiction are needed for daily
Radiogram and Radio-email traffic for served agencies, and also
for messaging welcoming new hams to the Amateur Service. Join
the MEPN, BTN, or MDD nets daily to find out more about how to
contribute.

Each ARES jurisdiction in MDC should assign an HF rep to MEPN
or MDD daily; or a rep to BTN daily; or assign an operator to
check Radio-email daily.

Register these stations with the STM so traffic may be routed
to/from your jurisdictions.

BTN LOCAL NTS TRAFFIC AND TRAINING NET


The BTN continues to meet on 145.33/R (no tone - our backup)
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.

MEPN representatives check for EchoLink check-ins starting at
6 PM daily via the WB3GXW-L link node (or *WASH_DC* conference
node backup if the -L node is not available).

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.
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Thanks to all the Section NTS net controls, DRS 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.

73, W3YVQ, MDC ASM, STM
w3yvq atsign arrl dot net
w3yvq atsign winlink dot org from WL2K


==> FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER

I hope you all turned your clocks BACK one hour and enjoyed an
extra hour of sleep on the weekend of November 5-6.  I know I
did.

November 30th marks the end of Hurricane season for the North
Atlantic.  And we made it through the season pretty well. 

But, that is no reason to let our guard down.  We have had
terrible storms after November 30th.

December 1st marks the beginning of Meteorological Winter.

Yes, I know that astronomically winter, or the Winter Solstice,
does not begin until December 21 at 5:44 AM EST. 

But, again, I must remind you that we have seen some large
snow storms in December.  So, keep your 'go kits' ready and
always keep an eye on the weather.

Check the ARRL Contest Calendar - there are plenty of super
opportunities to have some RadioSport fun and continue to
listen for the "Burn" as we finish up with the Leonids meteor
shower, peaking on the Thursday morning, the 17th of November.

You might also want to do pre-winter antenna check/maintenance
before winter gets here.

And, the ISS also visits our crisp morning skies over MDC
Section for the next few weeks - check your favorite NASA
tracking site for times.

"Get on the Air"
 
73 and remember that I am always ready to serve you.
Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM
<KB3MXM@ARRL.net>
ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager

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