ARRL Sections - Maryland-DC



Contact Information

Section Name:
Jim Cross WI3N
Daytime Phone:
301-706-9543 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
301-725-6829 (Home)

Basic Information

MDC Section News
Vol. 10 No. 5
MAY 14, 2015

* FINALLY. . .


This month's MDC section-wide Echolink net will be held on
Friday, May 15th at 8:00 PM on the Echolink *WASH_DC* node
6154. Marty, KB3MXM, will be NCS.

The echolink net is 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(+),
      PL=107.2 in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL=156.7, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL=151.4, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL=156.7, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL=141.3, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL=156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- W3SMR, 147.150 MHz(+), PL=114.8, Brandywine, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co
- W3SMD-L, 147.51 Simplex, N. St Mary's Co
- K3GMR-R 146.61, No PL, 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 don't have Echolink on your computer, you may download the
free software from: <>.

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


Memorial Day Hamfest
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Sponsor: Maryland FM Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.76, 224.76, 444.00 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: John Elgin, WA3MNN	
518 Copley Lane Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: 301-641-5313


Breeze Shooters Hamfest and Computer Show 
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Location: Butler Farm Showgrounds
627 Evans City Road
Butler, PA 16001
Website: <>
Sponsor: Breeze Shooters ARC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.300+
Public Contact: Robert Benna, N3LWP
1010 Willow Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412-366-0488
E-mail: <>


Eastern Pennsylvania Section Convention (Firecracker Hamfest)
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Location: Shumaker Public Safety Center - HACC
1 HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Website: <>
Sponsor: Harrisburg Radio Amateurs' Club Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.760 (PL 100)
Public Contact: Tim Lehman, KB3OZA
PO Box 453
Hummelstown, PA 17036
Phone: 717-982-8550
E-mail: <>


Manassas Hamfest & Maker Technology Show 
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Location: Prince William County Fairgrounds
10624 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20108
Website: <>
Sponsor: Ole Virginia Hams Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.97
Public Contact: Terry Erlacher, KC4DV
PO Box 1255
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: 571-292-1490
E-mail: <>


BARC Father's Day Hamfest
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
16020 Carnival Avenue
Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <>
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.67 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Bill Dobson, N3WD
PO Box 120
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 410-842-5019
E-mail: <>


RadioActivity 2015
June 25-27, 2015, Thurs. 6:30-9pm, Fri. 6am-9pm, Sat. 7am-12p
Location: Holiday Inn Timonium
9615 Deereco Road
Timonium, MD
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: None
Public Contact: Bruce Pellicot, KA3EIE	
10348 Route 99 Woodstock, MD 21163
Phone: 410-461-7441
Email: <>


65th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Location: Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds
890 West Main Street
Berryville, VA 22611
Website: <>
Sponsor: Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.820 -
Public Contact: Thomas Brownlee, AF2D
744 Gafia Lodge Road
Middletown, VA 22645
Phone: 540-869-7065
E-mail: <


Delaware State Convention (Delmarva AR & Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Location: Sussex Technical High School
17099 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947
Website: <>
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: Herb Quick, KF3BT
PO Box 1431
Seaford, DE 19973
Phone: 302-629-4949
E-mail: <> 


CARAFest 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.390 (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: David Parkison, KB3VDY	
1257 Stevens Avenue Arbutus, MD 21227
Phone: 410-977-1249
Email: <>


You may view upcoming hamfests which are nearby in Pennsylvania,
Delaware, Maryland-DC, West Virginia and the Virginia area by
clicking on the ARRL MDC Section web page at:


In Maryland, whether you live in one of the approximately 4,500
communities that has to abide by "covenants, conditions and
restrictions" (CC&Rs) or if you live somewhere that is not covered by
restrictions on antennas (who knows, you may find yourself moving into
one of them one day), it is in the best interest of Amateur Radio that
you try to get your congress person to add his/her name as a cosponsor
of the bill recently introduced into Congress, H.R. 1301. Getting a
companion bill introduced into the Senate is in the works.

Of the 56 congresspersons who have signed on as cosponsors, not one of
them hails from Maryland. We need for their Amateur Radio constituents
to send a letter asking them to support us. 

It's really that simple. Actually the League would prefer that you send
the letter to them so that it can be hand delivered along with a batch
of others from your district. If you are going to Dayton Hamvention,
there will be a table in the ARRL Expo section for you to sign a letter
to your representative. 

You can go to this link: <> to read the
bill, find out who your representative is, instructions on writing the
letter and where to send it, etc. Please take some time to do a
relatively simple thing that has the potential to have a huge effect on
our world of Amateur Radio.


The Washington County Citizen Corps is offering Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in June.

CERT training provides the methods to protect you and your family
and friends during an emergency.

Training will be held at the Washington County Division of
Emergency Services Building (EOC) at 16232 Elliott Parkway,
Williamsport, MD 21795.

The lecture portion will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd from
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and the 'hands-on' portion will be held on
Saturday, June 27 from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM.

If you wish to attend please call Verna Brown at 240-313-4364
and request a seat.


Maryland Emergency Phone Net (MEPN)
Part of the National Traffic System
Meets: Everyday
Time:  6 pm Local
Freq:   3.820 MHz
DELMARVA Emergency Net
All check-ins are welcome
Meets: Every Sunday
Time:  6:30 pm Local
Freq:   3.905 MHz
HF Hospital Net (HFHN)
Developing HF structure for local VHF/HF net liaisons for Health
All check-ins are welcome
Meets: May 20th and June 17
Time:  7:30 pm Local
Freq:  3.820 Mhz

Eastern Area Net (EAN)
7243 LSB 1420(L)
Daily - 3RN Liaisons only
Third Region Traffic Net (3RN)
3915 kHz LSB 1600(L)
Daily - Liaisons and others
Maryland Emergency Phone Net (MEPN)
3820 kHz LSB 1800(L)
Daily - Liaisons and others
West Virginia Traffic Net (WVTN)
3811 kHz LSB 1800(L)
Daily - Liaison for MEPN
Delware Traffic Net (DTN)
3905 kHz LSB 1830(L)
M-S - Liaison form MEPN
Baltimore Traffic Net (BTN)
145.330 MHz FM 1830(L)
2m Repeater
Daily - Liaisons and others
Maryland / DC / Delaware Net (MDD)
3557 kHz CW 1900L(L)
Daily - Liaison from MEPN & BTN and others
Maryland Slow Net (MSN)
3563 kHz 19:30(L)
Daily - Training Net w/ Liaisons and others


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.

April, 2015 Coordination Report and other Important News

One of the agenda items at the February 2015 membership meeting was
to discuss a proposal to modify the 900 MHz band plan.

Below is the final version of that proposed band plan. No currently
coordinated systems are affected.

We are requesting any comments be sent to <> by
July 31, 2015.

Barring any major objections, our goal is to start using this new
plan on September 1, 2015.

902.0000             Band Limit
902.0125 - 902.0750  NB FM Repeater Inputs (12.5 KHz Spacing
                     25 MHz Offset)
902.0875 - 902.1125  Reserved for weak signal
902.1250 - 902.4000  NB FM Repeater Inputs (12.5 KHz Spacing
                     25 MHz Offset)
902.4125 - 902.4625  Duplex Aux. Links / Control Links
902.4875             NB FM Repeater Inputs (12.5 KHz Spacing
                     25 MHz Offset)
902.5000             FM Simplex -- Calling Channel
902.5125 - 902.7250  NB FM Repeater Inputs (12.5 KHz Spacing
                     25 MHz Offset)
902.7375 - 903.0500  EME Exclusive
903.0700 - 903.0800  CW Beacons
903.1000 -           CW, SSB Calling Frequency
903.4000 - 903.8000  Experimental Modes
903.8125 - 904.0000  Experimental Beacons
904.0125 - 906.9000  Digital Communications
907.0125 - 908.9875  FM Repeater Inputs (25 KHz Spacing
                     12 MHz Offset)
910.0000 - 916.0000  DTV, ATV (Analog -- Video 911.25
                     Audio 915.75), Wideband, Experimental,
                     Spread Spectrum, etc.
916.0125 - 917.4000  Digital Communications
917.4875 -           NB FM Repeater Inputs (12.5 KHz Spacing
                     10 MHz Offset) Shared with 25 MHz Offsets
917.5125 - 917.7250  NB FM Repeater Inputs (12.5 KHz Spacing
                     10 MHz Offset) Shared with 25 MHz Offsets
918.0000 - 919.0000  Aux. Links / Control Links
919.0125 - 920.9875  FM Repeater Outputs (25 KHz Spacing
                     12 MHz Offset)
921.0000 - 927.0000  DTV, ATV (Analog -- Video 923.25
                     Audio 927.750), Wideband, Experimental,
                     Spread Spectrum, etc.
927.0125 - 927.0750  NB FM Repeater Outputs (12.5 KHz Spacing
                     25 MHz Offset)
927.1250 - 927.4000  NB FM Repeater Outputs (12.5 KHz Spacing
                     25 MHz Offset)
927.4125 - 927.4625  Duplex Aux. Links / Control Links
927.4875 -           FM Repeater Outputs (12.5 KHz Spacing
                     25 or 10 MHz Offset where applicable)
927.5000 -           FM Simplex -- Calling Channel
927.5125 - 927.7250  NB FM Repeater Outputs (12.5 KHz Spacing
                     25 or 10 MHz Offset where applicable)
927.7375 - 927.9875  Aux. Links / Control Links
928.0000             Band Limit

                     NB -- Narrowband (< ±3 KHz Dev.)
                     Digital Communications -- Packet, digital
                     voice, Point-to-Point broadband, etc.

Below is a modified 2 meter band plan. No changes to coordinated
segments, but rather clarifications to the simplex portions of
the band.
144.0000 - 144.1000  CW
144.0000 - 144.5000  CW, SSB, AM, Beacons, Satellite
144.5100 - 144.8900  Repeater Inputs
144.9100 - 144.9900  Simplex / Packet
145.0100 - 145.0900  Packet
145.1100 - 145.4900  Repeater Outputs (Inputs +600 kHz)
145.5000 - 145.8000  Simplex
145.8000 - 146.0000  Satellite
146.0100 - 146.4000  Repeater Inputs
146.4150 - 146.5950  Simplex
146.5200 -           National Simplex Calling Frequency
146.6100 - 147.0000  Repeater Outputs (Inputs -600 kHz)
147.0000 - 147.3900  Repeater Outputs (Inputs +600 kHz)
147.4350 - 147.5850  Simplex
147.6000 - 147.9900  Repeater Inputs

Applications in Process:
Bullis School 
         – Sent Construction Coordination for 447.3250- at
           Potomac, Md.
         – Received on air notification for 444.3000+ in
           Rixeyville, Va.
         - Sent Final Coordination.
Delaware D-STAR
         – Received application for coordination for 2 meter
           narrow-band pair in Newark, Del. 
         - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination group. 
         - No objections.
         - Sent Construction Coordination for 145.1100+
Culpeper ARA
         – Received application for coordination for UHF pair
           near Culpeper, Va. 
         - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination group.
         – Received application for coordination for UHF pair at
           Ashburn, Va.
         - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination groups.
Network Engineers Repeater Assoc.
         – Received application for 900 pair in Halethorpe, Md.
         - Application placed on hold.
Network Engineers Repeater Assoc.
         – Received on air status of 900 MHz link.
         - Sent Final Coordination
Dulles E-STAR
         – Received request to change location for 444.7500+.

On Air Status Requests sent to:
145.2100-     W3TBG                Seaford, Del.
145.2800-     K3RIC                Salisbury, Md.
442.2500+     Fauquier ARA         Warrenton, Va.
444.0500+     K3RIC                Salisbury, Md.
444.7500+     K7SOB                Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
448.7250-     W3BXW                Roxana, Del.
449.1750-     Winchester ARS       Winchester, Va.

Coordinations Cancelled:
147.0150+     Tri-County           Ocean City, Md.

South Eastern Repeater Assoc
         - Received 2 proposed coordinations for 440

Many have taken advantage of the Yaesu Fusion repeater offer.

If you would like your repeater(s) listed with the C4FM mode in
the ARRL Repeater Directory and on our online frequency lists,
please send me an e-mail at <> if your listing is
not already noted with C4FM.

And lastly, if you have a website for your repeater system or
club and would like a hyperlink on the frequency lists, let me
know as well. 

Again, check the frequency list to see if your hyperlink is
already there.

You may contact T-MARC, The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council, with
any questions you have via e-mail at: <>


Sat, May 30, 9am – 1pm
100 Walter Thomas Road Indian Head, MD 20640 
2M Radio Direction Finding “Foxhunt”
Saturday, 30 May 2015, 0900 – 1200 (Lunch at the Foxes Den from 1200
– 1300)
Sponsored by the Fort Washington Amateur Radio Club (FWARC)

Starting Point:
“Indian Head Pavilion on the Village Green” Parking Lot
100 Walter Thomas Road
Indian Head, MD 20640

Fox frequency: 147.555 MHz Simplex
The Foxes will be hiding in their den somewhere in Charles County, MD.
KB3SPH- the Reynard
KB3SWS- the Vixen
W3RL- the Tod

The Foxes will be monitoring (TBD) for check-in and in case anyone
needs to make contact.

Fox hunters:  If you plan to attend, please register now with Jeff
Humbert (KB3SPH) via email at  or phone
301-848-8043 (leave message if no answer).  Also, please check-in on
the TBD repeater between 0830 and 0855 on 30 May 2015 to let us know
you are participating in the hunt.  Please give us your call sign and
the number of hunters in your party when you register/check-in.

1.The event will be a mobile foxhunt starting from the Indian Head
Pavilion, 100 Walter Thomas Road Indian Head, MD 20640 at 0900 on 30
May 2015.

2.The Foxes will call every fifteen minutes on 147.555 MHz for two
minutes starting at 0900 (0900-0902, 0915-0917, 0930-0932, etc.) and
ending at 1200 or until all registered hunters arrive at the den. Clues
and hints to the Foxes’ den location will be provided at each 15
minute announcement, becoming more descriptive with each announcement. 
At 1130, 1145 and 1200, the Foxes will reveal where the den is for
anyone still on the hunt.  Lunch will be waiting for you when you
arrive.  Please pass the word!

3. Participants should listen both on a rig with an omni directional
antenna to hear the fox (to confirm its up) and switch to a rig with a
directional antenna to narrow down which direction the fox is
transmitting from (based on signal strength and null and using the
process of elimination). 

4. The participant or partner (navigator) should draw a line on a map
from the start point (or their current location) in the direction where
they believe the fox is transmitting from. 

5.The team should get in their vehicle(s), move to another good
listening location (high ground and not on along that line drawn on the
map - rather perpendicular to it) and repeat until there are at least 3
lines drawn on the map which intersect. Where the lines intersect is
potentially where the fox is. 

6.The team should drive to the potential location and try to narrow it
down even further by repeating the process closer to the fox. You may
have to decrease the sensitivity of your receiver once you are closer
to the fox because it will seem like the transmissions are coming from
all directions. You can do this a few ways:

a. using an electrical attenuator connected between your radio and
b. slightly rolling off of the frequency (instead of listening to
147.555 try 147.550 or 560).
c. body shield your antenna 
d. take off your antenna completely or use a poor antenna
e. cover your antenna with aluminum foil on 3 sides 

7. Again, repeat the process of determining what direction the
strongest transmissions are coming from (or not coming from) and move
to the area where you think the fox is. 

8.There will be increasingly warmer clues as time goes by. 

9.Participants should bring a compass, map, protractor, ruler, pencil,
vehicle, VHF radio receiver, directional antenna, omni directional
antenna, GPS (to get you around safer).


The annual Western PA ARES Emcomm Conference will be held Saturday May
30, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. Directions and full
details may be found at <>. 

All hams, including those outside the Western PA ARRL Section, are
welcome! Please fill out the registration page on our website if you're
planning on attending. Registration is not required, but it will help us
determine how much food to order.

A tentative list of topics include:
- Remote Operation of your HF Station
- Getting Started in Winlink 2000 with RMS Express
- Organizing a Large Bike Race using NIMS
- Interfacing NBEMS and Mesh Networks
- Flmsg custom Form Templates
- How to Organize a Ham-In-a-Day Training Session

A disaster will be conveniently scheduled the afternoon of the event.
Bring laptops loaded with NBEMS, BBHN mesh nodes, and HTs along with
extension cords and power strips.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet your ARES/ACS/ARRL leadership.
Planning to attend are:

Tim Duffy K3LR - Western PA ARRL Section Manager
Susan Singer, KB3KDC - PEMA ACS Coordinator
Tom Abernathy W3TOM - Atlantic Division ARRL Director
Harry Bloomberg W3YJ - Western PA ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
A small number of dorm rooms are available Friday night at a reasonable
cost.B Contact Harry W3YJ if you'd like reserve one.

Admission is free! However a suggested donation of $10 to cover food is
welcome. We cannot accept cash, please make out a check payable to
"University of Pittsburgh".

Harry Bloomberg W3YJ
Section Emergency Coordinator
Western PA ARES


ARRL Section: Maryland-DC  April   Year: 2015
Total number of ARES members: 581
Change since last month:   -11
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 5
Number of ARES nets active: 14
Number with NTS liaison: 4
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: AJ3X, KB3FMJ, KB3KOW, W3DVG, WB3KAS
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 28
Person hours: 294
Number of public service events this month: 5
Person hours: 300
Number of emergency operations this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 33
Total Person hours: 594
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
  I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to write their monthly
EC reports.   We are seeing the same five-six reports each month for the
last several months of the 'old year.'  Let's work on changing this for
the coming new year.
   There is one vacant DEC slot left for the Central Region Section. 
If you are interested, and up to the challenge, please contact me or
the Section Manager, WI3N for more information.
   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 Hospital EmComm
Program.  If you have interest in this, and have room on your meeting
agenda for us, please contact me.
   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 was unveiled last month.  We
now have 65 members up four from last month.  You can join at: for up to the
minute breaking news related to the Section.
de ANAR County N3SEO
Supported Schindler Triathalon, B&A Marathon, Cherry Oit !)K and Walk
for Animals
de BACI City W3DVG
We participated in the MEMA Commex in April. We had our first meeting
for years on 4/8. Station rebuild scheduled for 5/23, and we plan on
have a presence for field day. We appear to be on schedule, and hope to
start the local net schedule in summer.
de BACO County AJ3X
The BaCo ACS informational and training FM net is called on Wednesdays
at 1930 hours on the K3HT repeater, 145.330 DUP-. All are welcome to
participate in this weekly net.
Beginning June 9th, 2015, and every Tuesday thereafter, a Region 3
D-Star net will be called at 2100 hours on the W3DHS repeater and
REF062A. Use the following settings if you are in range of the repeater
to connect to the net directly via RF (* designates a space).
Frequency: 145.140
Repeater 1: W3DHS**C
Repeater 2: W3DHS**G
To participate using a DVLAP, DVAP or DV Dongle link directly to
de CHAS County KB3KOW
Participated in the PG ARES Quarterly Hospital Drill
-Made use of RTTY to pass information to RMS Winmor station for relay
-Conducted H&W test with Scouts to get message passed from CHAS up to
person at Andrew AFB.
-N3YWZ was CHAS Winmor operator.
-N2OMC was St. Mary’s inject via TELNET
Members participated in a Special Event station to commemorate the
150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Assassination at the home of Dr. Mudd
in CHAS.
de GARR County KB3FMJ:
•Updates of the  GCARES Web site development work was presented by
Phil Lewis (KB3ZBP)
•Discussion on new Antenna build suggestions for Field Day
•Preliminary planning for Field Day 2015 events
The Garrett County ARES (GCARES) monthly meetings will be held at the
Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad board room in Oakland Maryland.
The next meeting will be Monday May 11th  at 7:00 PM.
The GCARES net is held weekly on Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM on the
146.805 repeater, dup PL 123 and is linked to the WAN and Target Link
Repeater Systems. All traffic is FM voice.
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Internet Forum:
Nets: Held four regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on
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 at 1930. Eyeball
QSOs at 1900. All are welcome. Next meeting is May 18.
April 9:  At 0900 we supported the PRGE Health Dept Point of
Distribution Exercise until 1500.  At 1930 we held our Quarterly
Hospital Drill until 2100.  First time did two non-related exercises on
the same day.
April 11:  Held a Winlink 2000 class at Collington Retirement Community
for the resident ham radio operators.  Graduated four new Winlink
operators joining our ranks.
April 19:  Gave a presention to ANAR ARC on the ARES operarations as it
pertains to the Maryland - DC Section 
de KA3AHI AEC PRGE Hospital Project:
April 22:  We had 20 check-ins to the HF Hospital Net!  Appreciate the
support and participation!  Next HFHNets are scheduled for : May 20 and
June 17. HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820KHz at 1930L.  It is
always the Wednesday following the third Monday. I'd like to hear more
check-ins from our MDC Section
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC



MEPN 1504 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/312 QTC/71 MINS/622
BTN 1504 KB3MXM QND/30 QNI/345 QTC/27 MINS/494
MDD 1504 AA3SB QND/58 QNI/375 QTC/124 MINS/646
MSN 1504 W8CPG QND/30 QNI/114 QTC/27 MINS/674

PSHR: KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, W3CB 117, W4OTN 104,
NI2W 101, KB3LNM 100, K3IN 100, AA3SB 100, N3ZOC 81,
KB3LFG 80, AB3WG 72, WB3FTQ 68;

TFC: KK3F 4508, K3IN 139, W3YVQ 71, AA3SB 62,
KB3LNM 48, W4OTN 34, AB3WG 32, N3ZOC 31, NI2W 21,
W3CB 21, WB3FTQ 18, KC3Y 4, KB3LFG 0

NTS nationwide nets have enjoyed generally good evening
Cycle 4 conditions with some late net MUF problems at
northern latitudes. Difficult Cycle 2 conditions continue
with solar activity induced absorption and noise in the
afternoons plus E layer formation now that the sun angle
is higher. Several days encountered high D layer
absorption and radio blackout conditions due to solar
flares with recovery usually in the same day.

Congratulations to Pete, K3IN, who has been elected the
3RN/C4 Net Manager replacing Pip, WB4FDT, who held
the position for many years. Welcome and GL, Pete,
and thanks to Pip for your years of service. Pip will
continue his NCS duties on the EAN.

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.

Outlets in each ARES(r) jurisdiction are needed for daily
Radiogram and Radio-email traffic, particularly for
messaging welcoming new hams to the Amateur Service.
There is also a "real", but smaller, messaging rate coming
in to addressees all over the Section. The NTS takes this
daily traffic voluntarily as a public service and in order to
provide for practice in sustaining our messaging capability.
Please help us find local operators with interest in
providing this service to act as liaisons to our NTS nets
or accept designation as a local Target Station for the
exchange of Radio-email messaging.

All of our operations, voice, CW, and digital, are in need
of additional supporting manpower. If you can operate
any of these modes, please consider joining our MDC
net fleet. Becoming familiar with methods and practices
now will pay big dividends should an emergency
communications situation arise in your local area or
over a wider region. All of our operators and managers
will be glad to help you learn the skills and find out
about various types of equipment and/or software used.

The NTS/NTSD/Radio-email staff above Section level
draws its manpower from those operators who have
become competent in the service at the entry levels. It
is therefore very valuable and necessary to bring new
operators into our nets and help them learn their skills
in order to provide for the future.

The MDC NTS staff continues to offer to conduct
Echolink training conferences to teach Radiogram
handling and directed traffic net operations, and to
familiarize stations with operations on the NTSD and
Radio-email layers.

MEPN representatives check for Echolink check-ins
starting at 6 PM daily via the WB3GXW-L link node
(or *WASH_DC* conference node backup).

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.

Thanks to all the NTS net controls, DRS and WL2K
stations, liaisons, and traffic handlers for the continuing
effort to keep the nets running and traffic moving. Well

Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated
ARES(r)/NTS/NTSD operations.

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

==> FINALLY . . .

I'm heading out to Dayton and hope to see many of you there. I expect
to be manning a table in the ARRL Expo area off and on so please drop
by and say hi.

Please take a few minutes and ask your congressperson to sign on to
H.R. 1301. It really is a non-partisan issue and with enough pressure
we should be able to get enough cosponsors to pass it. Time is of the
essence, though, since it needs to be acted upon during this
congressional session or we have to start all over again next session.
Stop by the table in the ARRL Expo area to take care of it. I'm not
saying hams are cheap, but you won't even need to supply a stamp! 

Don't forget to register your Field Day operations with the ARRL. If
you haven't ever done Field Day, you can go on the ARRL website
<> and find one near you to visit.
Believe me, there will be more than one person there to explain all you
ever wanted to know about operating. 

Clubs are the lifeblood of Amateur Radio. The Fort Washington Amateur
Radio Club is hosting a fox hunt. It's fun, it's hands on and. as you
read through the instructions above, you'll see that it's not all that
hard. What a great way to introduce young people to a hands on way to
play radio. You don't even need a license to listen and try to find the
fox. Hamfests are sponsored by clubs and there will be one Sunday, May
24, by the Maryland FM Association at the Howard County Fair Grounds
followed by one on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17, by the Baltimore
Amateur Radio Club at Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds. Put them
on your calendar and support a club.

Jim Cross, WI3N
ARRL MDC Section Manager

Maryland-DC Officials