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Section Name:
Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
Daytime Phone:
443-326-1783 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
410-326-1783 (Home)

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FEMA Region 10 Communication Exercises Will Make Use of 60 Meters


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct a Communications Exercise (COMMEX) on January 17 and on the third Wednesday of subsequent months during 2018, 1500-2100 UTC. These exercises will use the 60-meter channels and will test and exercise interoperable communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) for use during a major disaster in which the conventional telecommunication infrastructure has been significantly damaged or destroyed.

FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other stations that may take part include, but are not limited to, other FEMA stations, DHS, USCG, SHARES, DoD, and National Weather Service. Stations (both federal and amateur) associated with agencies and organizations that provide response support in accordance with the National Response Framework are encouraged to participate.

The COMMEX will use all five 60-meter dial frequencies: 5,330.5 kHz; 5,346.5 kHz; 5,357.0 kHz; 5,371.5 kHz, and 5,403.5 kHz as part of the exercise.



MDC Section News
Vol. 13, No. 01
January 12, 2018



According to the "Frederick (MD) Post:"

'A Frederick County man died Friday after attempting to rescue his family's dog, which had wandered onto a frozen pond outside his home near Libertytown, Maryland.

David Collingham, 59, [K3LP] was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital after spending more than an hour submerged in water under the ice, according to Tom Coe, deputy chief with the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services.'

To read more, you may click on:
[ through-ice-near-libertytown/article_2433b979-8f0b-5910-abba-9bfd8fe6fefd.html] or click here Frederick News Post -

David had been on over 70 DX-peditions, visited 104 different DXCC entities, operating from 62 of them. He had been a leader or co-leader on over 14 major DX-peditions.

He was inducted as a member of the CQ DX Hall of Fame in 2014. He activated Most Wanted DXCC Entities; Activated 8 of the Top 10 and 16 of the Top 50 Most Wanted DXCC Entities

Several 1st Place World contest Finishes including TI5W, VP5LP, FS5KA and A61AJ 2nd Place World contest finishes including FS5UQ

Over the last twenty years, he has supported numerous youth education and development projects, and youth sports.

David was a member of ARRL, SWODXA, Potomac Valley ARC and the National Capital DX Association.

He will be sorely missed. May you RIP, David.


This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink® net will be held on Friday, January 19th at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC* Node 6154.

Since our Section Manager, Marty KB3MXM, may be still working at his job with FEMA in Puerto Rico, former Section Manager Jim Cross, WI3N, has agreed to act as net control.

The MDC Section 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 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
- 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 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 click here ECHOLINK WEBSITE ~ 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.


The 24 hr Winter Field Day starts at 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday on January 27th and 28th.

Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 26th. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total.

How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

You may use all Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters.

Modes are CW, SSB, AM, FM, D-Star, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Olivia, Satellite, etc…

Suggested Club and Group Frequencies:

HF & CW Band –
160m 1810-1820 kHz
80m 3.530 - 3.550 MHz
40m 7.030 - 7.050 MHz
20m 14.035 - 14.055 MHz
15m 21.030 - 21.050 MHz
10m 28.030 - 28.040 MHz
HF SSB Band – lowest 30 kHz of the US General Class Phone bands (160m-15m), 28.400-28.425MHz (10m) & 6m / VHF 2m / UHF 70 cm – adjacent to, but not on, nationally recognized simplex calling channels.

For more information visit:
[] or click here WINTER FIELD DAY

Let me know if you plan to participate. I may plan a visit to your Winter Field Day site.

Marty, KB3MXM


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

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

We hope to see you all there.


Post Holiday Hamfest
Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Odenton, MD
For info, click on:


Virginia State Convention (FrostFest)
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Richmond, VA
For more info, click on: []


Orlando [Florida] HamCation®
Dates: Friday, February 9, 2018 through Sunday, February 11, 2018
Orlando, FL
For more info, click on: []


Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Annandale, VA
For more info, click on: []


Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Amateur Radio & Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
For more info, click on: []


The Greater Hagerstown Hamfest
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
For more info, click on:


BARC's Father's Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, June 17, 2018
Upperco, MD
For more info, click on: []


Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club Firecracker Hamfest
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Harrisburg, PA
For more info, click on []


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:
[] or the ARRL's Hamfest and Convention Calendar at:
[ and-conventions-calendar]


T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council. T-MARC coordinates Amateur VHF and UHF repeater operations to 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.

We have a number of email addresses that came back as undeliverable or have no current address at all.

Email addresses needed are for:

Please send your current information to [] so that we may continue to keep you informed. Thanks!
December 2017

Applications in Process:

Prince George's County Emergency Radio Assoc.
– Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups for UHF pair.
  Conflict - Researching for a viable pair.

– Received application for narrow-band UHF pair at Havre de Grace, Md.
  Sent Construction Coordination for 443.6500+

– Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to ARCC for VHF pair in Jarrettsville, Md.
  Objection received

Alexandria RC
– Received on air confirmation of 442.4125+ in Alexandria, Va.
  Sent Final Coordination

– Received on air confirmation of move of 53.4700- from Catonsville to Frederick, Md.
  Sent Final Coordination

– Received coordination applications for 2 additional transmit locations for 146.8950 and 3 UHF link frequencies.
  Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups for additional transmit locations.

On Air Status Requests sent to:
145.3100 - Dulles Amateur Radio Group – Dulles, Va.
147.2100 - W4CIA – Dulles, Va.

South Eastern Repeater Assoc
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2M
Received 3 proposed coordinations for 440

Area Repeater Coordination Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 220
Received 6 proposed coordinations for 440

Western Pa. Repeater Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2M
Received 2 proposed coordinations for 440

You may view the T-MARC home page at: [] or click T-MARC


2017 December MDC SEC Narrative Report 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%. Not good. We have to do better. Now, let's get the remaining county ECs to go get working on theirs.

Some are STILL sending in the old form. Way too much work to redo and get into the new format I have to send to the League. See next paragraph and make yours and my life a little easier each month.

The new ARRL's fillable pdf reporting system makes it soooooo easy for me. You can get the "new and improved" correct form at:
[] or click here ARRL's fillable pdf reporting system

It's extremely important that your constituents hear what is going on relative to EmComm 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.

All MDC DEC positions (Western, Central and Eastern) are now filled. Make sure you put them on email copy for all that you put up to others in performance of your EC duty.

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 WX perspective. 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 []

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. Located at: [] or or click here MDCQRV

The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available. If you are not a member. . .you should be!! We now have 90 members this month, up four from last month. 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 members. 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:
[] or click here ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector


Dec 11: Attended a Second Region V Hospital Coalition Meeting concerning the previously announced Region V hospital exercise scheduled for May 18, 2018. It has now been moved back to May 2, 2018. It was described as a "big deal exercise" with no specifics other than a lot of services (?) will be involved.

This will encompass the five counties in this Region; CALV, CHAR, MONT, PRGE and STMA. More on this when we attend additional planning sessions.

Future Events:

None Scheduled

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 PL 107.2 Repeater.
de CECI County KB3LJB
December 2017 ARES® activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of participation in the weekly Sunday evening ARES® Nets held on the CBRA 146.850 PL 107.2 repeater in Port Deposit, MD. The 5 Nets this month averaged ? hour duration and 8 operators checking in for a total of 20 person hours.

CBRA monthly meetings are held at Mason-Dixon American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun on the third Tuesday each month at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. NOTE: There will not be a regular monthly meeting in January 2018.

The WA3SFJ-R EchoLink Node 585690 is up and available for traffic to and from the Cecil ARES® Group.
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES® Web Page: [] or click here PG ARES
PRGE ARES® Internet Forum: [] or click here Yahoo Group PG ARES-RACES

Nets: 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 1900L. NOTE TIME CHANGE!! NCS is KA3AHI.

Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at 1930.

Dec 9: ARES® helped out with the Second Annual SantaFest (Hamfest) at the American Legion Youth Camp sponsored by the Prince George's County Emergency Radio Association, K3ERA. Predicted bad weather with some snow around closing time made the event very memorable.

Dec 16: The EC gave a presentation to CALV ARC on his automobile trip to Fairbanks. Liked by all.

Dec 18: 440 Freq coord through TMARC on hold pending an alternate freq pair.

K3ERA Repeater EchoLink is now on the air via KA3POX-L Node 896210. As Mikey would say, "Try it, you'll like it!"
de WASH County de NI2W
There are now two monthly ARES® Nets in Washington County. One on the FM 146.94 PL 100.0 repeater and one Fusion Digital on the 447.975 PL 100.0 Repeater. Each net is held on the last Thursday of the month. The one on 146.94 begins at 7PM and the 447.975 net begins at 7:30 PM. This month there were 6 check-ins on the FM net and 6 on the Fusion net.
de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program: HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz ± at 1900L. NOTE THE NEW TIME. so give us a hollar! If you hear us look down stream 5-8 kHz.

The December Net was a bust we understand, as we were en-route from my sister's home in WNC bringing her to live with us for the Winter. I was informed that a solar flare (?) caused some propagation irregularities that made almost impossible to continue the Net.

As we move out of the winter months we will encounter static storm noise. Should be interesting. I'd like to hear more check-ins from our MDC Section.

Next HF Hospital Net is January 17 ... same time, same station!

Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: []



MEPN 1712 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/452 QTC/86 MINS/1020
BTN 1712 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/442 QTC/65 MINS/655
MDD 1712 AA3SB QND/62 QNI/306 QTC/165 MINS/841
MSN 1712 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/113 QTC/53 MINS/624

PSHR: W3CB 150, KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, WB3FTQ 95, NI2W 94, N3ZOC 90, KC3HWU 80, AB3WG 74, KB3LFG 31;

TFC: KK3F 2986, K3IN 185, W3YVQ 133, AA3SB 115, WB3FTQ 102, KC3HWU 95, N3ZOC 89, W3CB 76, AB3WG 31, NI2W 24, KB3LFG 9


1700L NET CALL, 1630L PRE-NET, JAN 06 2018
As the month of December progressed, the HF NVIS propagation on MEPN (3820 KHz) began to fail more often by 1715L due to the MUF falling below 3.8 MHz An E-layer allowed NVIS communications to continue with weak signals a bit later some nights. On Saturday, January 6, the MEPN moved the formal net call to 1700L with the pre-net at 1630L (allowing liaison with the WVA Net which moved its formal call to 1700L). EchoLink reps will be called as soon after 1700L as practical. This winter schedule will likely last until the switch back to EDT.

Many 0000Z and some 0300Z MDD sessions began to see very weak signals in-state. When the MUF falls below 80 meters by 1730L, it is typical that we will see the most degradation for the first hour after sunset. The MUF bottoms out for 30 minutes to an hour and then begins to recover a bit. Many nights in December the early session had no prop, but recovered enough to be just above the 80 meter CW segment of the band for late MDD. Some nights the band went "long" early and just stayed that way. Again, if an E-layer persists beyond 3.6 MHz, NVIS propagation may be acceptable for those hours. Communications was tested successfully across the state in early January using 160 meters on nights when there was no prop on early MDD.

Some nets survive loss of NVIS skip by using NCS or relay stations a thousand miles away, or by migrating to 160m. Stay tuned. Check out your ability to get on 160m in case MEPN or MDD needs to make a move there on unusually difficult nights. Root for cycle 25.


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.


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). A number of BTN and MEPN members, as well as stations outside the area, have used EchoLink to check in when HF is not available to them. 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


I am finally home back here in Maryland after spending more than 100 days in Puerto Rico and prior to that I was in Texas for Hurricane Harvey disaster survivor and suppoting response for Hurricane Irma since September. I feel great satisfaction knowing that I helped with FEMA's effort to support and help our citizens in this US and our territory - Join and Become A Disaster Volunteer - learn more at the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) by visiting

But now I'm back on the job as your MDC Section Manager. Look for lots of good Amateur Radio events and come visit the MDC Section booth at Mobileers' Post Holiday Hamfest in Odenton, MD.

I would like to express my appreciation to all my ARRL Assistant Section Managers for taking care of the MDC Section matters while I was away.

Marty, KB3MXM


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.

You may also send an email to: []

The "Maryland-DC Section News" offers a monthly digest of essential and general news of interest to all amateur radio operators.

Please visit the MDC Section web page, [http://www.arrl-] and the "ARRL MDC Section News and Alerts" web page, [] , for the latest MDC Section news, links and updates.

My awsome editor is MDC Assistant Section Manager Al Brown, KZ3AB.

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