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Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
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MDC Section News
Vol. 13, No. 05
May 17, 2018




Margaret (Holly) Bevan, N3MB SK, will be interred in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors on Friday, May 18th at 1:00 PM EDT.

If you would like to attend, you may meet at the Arlington National Cemetery administration building at 12:15 PM and drive to the columbarium site from there.

'Holly' was a lifetime member of the Anne Arundel Radio Club. She was 101 years young and participated as a member for decades when she past away.

Holly was an ARRL MDC Assistant Section Manager.


This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday, May 18th at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC* Node 6154.

The MDC Section EchoLink net is always held on the third Friday evening of every month at 8:00 PM local eastern 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, 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 your App Store online.

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


This information was passed to me by our MDC Assistant Section Manager for Scouts, Herman Niedzielski, K2AVA [ ]:

In Oct, 2017, Troop 413 in Kauffman (near Marion) Pennsylvania hosted a large number of scouts at a camporee focused on ham radio, Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), and the Radio merit badge. The youth in the troop so enjoyed this experience, they want to do it again in Oct, 2018.

JOTA is the 3rd full weekend in Oct, 2018.

Daniel, KB3MUN, will need hams to again help with this event, ranging from instructing radio merit badge, ham-in-a-day class, acting as VEs and in general operating as scouts do 3rd party conversations.

JOTA is like a Fall Field Day with respect to setting up antennas, stations, and operation. The site again will be the Kauffman Community Center near Marion, PA.

During the six weeks of summer camp at Camp Sinoquipe (near Ft. Littleton, PA) will be another opportunity for scouts to experience ham radio. On Tuesday evenings, Radio merit badge will be taught, and 3rd party ham radio operation will be offered.

On Wednesday morning and afternoon, radio direction finding activities, 3rd party ham radio operation and a VE session will be offered.

Daniel, KB3MUN, will need hams to help with these six events. You may sign up for either or both days, and for any or all of the weeks. Hams are needed for operating as scouts do 3rd party conversations, helping with RDF activities, and acting as a VE.

If you have antennas or rigs you wish to lend to this scouting activity, that would be appreciated as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Daniel, KB3MUN, at:
D. Daniel McGlothin, KB3MUN
6315 Gehr Road
St. Thomas, PA 17252
(717) 377-2337 cell


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.

Great Lakes Division Convention (Dayton Hamvention)
Dates: Fri. thru Sun. May 18-20, 2018
Location: Greene County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, Xenia, OH
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
For more info, click on: [ ]
Memorial Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Sponsor: Maryland FM Association
Location: Howard County Fair Grounds, West Friendship, MD
For more info, click on: [ ]
W4OVH Manassas Hamfest / Convention
Date: Sunday, June 03, 2018
Sponsor: Ole Virginia Hams ARC
Location: Prince William County Fairgrounds, Manassas, VA
For more info, click on: [ ]
BARC's Father's Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, June 17, 2018
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Location: Arcadia VFC Carnival Grounds, Upperco, MD
For more info, click on: [ ]
Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club Firecracker Hamfest
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Location: Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA
Sponsor: Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club
For more info, click on: [ ]
68th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Date: Sunday, August 5, 2018
Sponsor: Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club
Location: Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, Berryville, VA
Website: [ ]
Pennsylvania State Convention (Uniontown Gabfest)
Date: Saturday, September 01, 2018
Location: Uniontown ARC Clubhouse, Uniontown, PA
Sponsor: Uniontown Amateur Radio Club
For more info, click on: [ ]
Virginia Beach Hamfest
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA
For more info, click on: [ ]
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Location: Howard County (Maryland) Fairgrounds
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
For more info, click on: [ ]
Third Annual SantaFest
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Location: American Legion Youth Camp, Cheltenham, MD
Sponsor: Prince George's County Emergency Radio Association & American Legion
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: [ ]


Applications in Process:

Received application for move of 147.2100+ from Dulles to Herndon, VA
Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
Sent Construction Coordination for Herndon, VA location.

Received application for UHF narrow-band repeater in Dover, DE

WX3M –
Received on air confirmation of move of 147.1050+ to Midland, MD
Sent Final Coordination.

Received application for UHF pair in Herndon, VA

Coordinations Cancelled:
146.7750- AE4ML Madison, VA

South Eastern Repeater Assoc
Received 1 proposed coordination for 440

Area Repeater Coordination Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2M

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

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.

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

The T-MARC URL is [ ]


2018 April MDC SEC Narrative Report

EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section

de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:


Six of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County reports this month, or 33%.

Some are STILL sending in the old form or text or doc. 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. Also, the file name should be of the form 2018-04 [ 4-ltr cnty code ] EC Report.pdf

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

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: [ ]

The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available. If you are not a member. . .you should be!! We now have 93 members this month, up three 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: [ ]

April 9 & 16: Attended the final two Region V Hospital Coalition Meeting concerning the announced Region V hospital exercise scheduled for May 3, 2018. As of this writing it is billed as a "mass surge" event resulting from unrest in the five counties. Details keep changing at every meeting. This will encompass the five counties in this Region; CALV, CHAR, MONT, PRGE and STMA. More on that we attend additional planning sessions. As of this writing, only CALV, CHAR, MONT and PRGE will have ham radio support. Our suggested ARES injects have been accepted.

Future Events:

May 3: MD Region V Hospital Coalition 'Mass Surge' Exercise

Section Reports Received:

de ANAR County N3SEO

Dash for Dignity 27 man-hours

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

de CECI County KB3LJB

April 2018 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. As a result of my efforts to refresh and update data on file for my ARES volunteers, I was able to add two more to my list. During the Peach Bottom drill, which was essentially a non-event for the CECI ARES, the RO was on site in the CECI EOC. I was able to monitor for a short time, enough to verify that we had a good comms test on the WA3SFJ 146.850 Repeater between HARCO and CECI. There were no ARES volunteers available for duty at the CECI EOC.

Worked with the HARCO ARES/RACES group to test Winmor communications capability. After several unsuccessful attempts, we determined that some setting were not right and more local testing and troubleshooting needed to be done. I was able to successfully participate in the April MDC Section HF Hospital Net and the MEPN from my home.

A VE Test Session will be held at the Rising Sun American Legion Post 194 on Saturday, May 5. Immediately following, there will be a soldering workshop also at Post 194.

CBRA monthly meetings are held at Mason-Dixon American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun on the third Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.

The WA3SFJ-R EchoLink Node 585690 is up and available for traffic to and from the Cecil ARES Group.
de CALV County N3AE

During our monthly AUXCOMM meeting, we discussed ways we could support emergency communications within the county without using any infrastructure on government property, including our two voice repeaters. This was a "thought experiment" to look at other avenues of communications. One inventive member came to the meeting with two soup cans hooked together with string. Worked well but limited range. The next evening we followed up with a net on 10 meters to map our simplex coverage on that band. Several members with 6M SSB capability checked simplex coverage on that band as well. A summary of coverage is being prepared.

de CHAR County KB3KOW

A "Connector Workshop" was hosted by Jeff (KB3SPH) and Pam (KB3SWS) to both train and install PowerPole connectors. Well attended.

de HARF county W3YR

Harford County ARES/RACES participated in the Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant exercise on 17-18 April. On 17 April HC ARES/RACES members were stationed in the EOC and RACES room. We tracked the exercise scenario, prepared for deployment and used WEBEOC. On 18 April we deployed to the exercise decontamination center at Harford Community College and the exercise shelter at Harford Technical High School. Voice communications and ICS-231 forms were transferred between the exercise locations and the EOC using FLDIG/FLMSG and our Go-Kits. The HC 2m repeater and simplex was used but simplex was less reliable. The FEMA Evaluators and the Harford County Department of Emergency Services were impressed with our operations.

de PRGE County WB3KAS:

PRGE ARES Web Page: [ ]
PRGE ARES Internet Forum: [ ]

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.

440 Freq Coord through TMARC HAS BEEN APPROVED. Once we get the cans tuned and installed I will release all the details. Stay tuned.

K3ERA 2m Repeater EchoLink is now on the air via KA3POX-L Node 896210. As Mikey would say, "Try it,

April 5: Second Quarter PRGE Hospital Drill conducted. Tested out a TriNode Packet System on 144, 220 and 440 (9600). All the boxes have been assembled and the system is perking just fine. Freqs are 145.75, 223.75 and 440.75 (9600) It is located in Lanham, MD under the call sign KC3DSO-10.

April 26: Supported a MedStar Corporate "Earthquake Exercise" from 0900-1200. It was a test of 'ham ingenuity' since the normal radio room was no longer available due to the 'earthquake.' Using a D710 in cross-band repeat mode in the parking lot, we were able to reach the exercise repeater in HOWAD county from inside the hospital with an HT!


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. Had 21 check-ins from around the area in April.

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 May 23. . .same time, same station!

Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC



MEPN 1804 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/499 QTC/80 MINS/904
BTN 1804 AB3WG QND/30 QNI/412 QTC/52 MINS/520
MDD 1804 AA3SB QND/60 QNI/363 QTC/145 MINS/732
MSN 1804 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/129 QTC/37 MINS/612
MSN 1803 W8CPG QND/24 QNI/106 QTC/24 MINS/494

PSHR: W3CB 150, NI2W 145, KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, KB3LFG 123, K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, WB3FTQ 95, N3ZOC 90, KC3HWU 90, AB3WG 83;

TFC: KK3F 1745, K3IN 208, WB3FTQ 146, AA3SB 111, W3YVQ 92, N3ZOC 63, KC3HWU 61, NI2W 53, W3CB 44, AB3WG 37, KB3LFG 5


MEPN: Propagation was good throughout April, 2018.

Propagation on MDD early and late was functional throughout
April, 2018.

Sunspot activity continued to decline following a few minor flare incidents. The sun was again spotless at the end of the month. Most disturbances to propagation were the result of solar wind from solar coronal holes or simply lack of flux to keep the ionosphere charged.

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


You may expect me to be the net control on the EchoLink net on Friday evening, May 18th at 8:00 PM.

Then, I'll be departing to Puerto Rico again to continue the important work to help disaster survivors. It is one of many FEMA (my employer) support trips into a previously decimated island.

Lets work together to assure our Section is ready for a similar disaster.

I should return in time to attend the Maryland FM Association's Hamfest at the Howard County Fairgrounds on Sunday, May 27th.

Hope to see you all there.

73 es the very best to you and the ARRL MDC Section
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; landline 443-326-1783.

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