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Marty Pittinger  KB3MXM
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 MDC Section News

 Vol. 16, No. 09

 Friday, September 18, 2020









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This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink® net will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET 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 eastern local time. Next MDC Section monthly EchoLink® Net is scheduled for October 16th.

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2020 January MDC SEC Narrative Report

Monthly Section Emergency Coordinator Report to ARRL Headquarters

ARRL Section: Maryland-DC          August            Year: 2020



Total number of ARES members: 369 

Change since last month:   +2

Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 10 out of 17

Number of ARES nets active: 25

Number with NTS liaison: 12


Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KA2JAI, N3AE, KB3TVF, WX3F, KB3LJB, KB3KOW, N3AWP, WB3KAS, N2OMC, NI2W

Person hours: 412 for 23 drills, tests and training sessions 

Person hours: 3 for 1 public service events 

Person hours: 0 for 0 emergency operations

Person hours: 7 for 6 Skywarn operations 

Total Person hours: 422 for 30 ARES operations 


EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section


de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:


Reporting (changes made since last month)


We still have a few NOT conforming to the proper file naming convention. See instructions below.  Please do so it makes my job easier when we get a large number of inputs. . .such as this month!


10 of the 17 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County reports this month.  

Outstanding folks! Much appreciated those who took the time.  How about the rest of you? Only five lacking to make it 100%.  Let's try next month.


How can we improve the desire to provide what is requested by the League regarding your sphere of influence?


Use the fillable pdf ARES-002 (1/17) monthly report form to send me your county activities

every month.  Download it at:


Save the file in the form as follows: YYYY-MM-<4-ltr cnty code> EC Report.pdf and send it to me.  Put this file name in the subject line please. It's a sure way I won't miss your input.


Then put the file name in the subject line, so all I have to do is search YYYY-MM-<4-ltr cnty code> EC Report.pdf


It is important that you follow this convention. This makes it extremely fast and easy for me to do my work.  We have a few who are not using the format requested, thus making more work for me; and now have one county that still needs to convert over to the fillable form.


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. At a minimum, tell us the details of where you hold the ARES meetings; nets you hold, VHF/UHF or HF if any are on EchoLink please let us know; any weekend breakfasts or other social gathering. I note one county has lunch meetings on Zoom. Appears to be working fine.


Two MDC DEC positions (Western, and Central) are now vacant and would like to have someone step forward and consider heading up the Western or Central DEC position.  If interested let me know and I will send you the DEC Position Description.


There are eight counties that do not have an Emergency Coordinator.  They are ALLE, BACI, BACO, DORC, KENT, QACO, SOME and WORC. If you are from any of these counties and fell you are up to the task, please get in touch with me. 


As you can see 5 out of the 8 are on the Eastern Shore and is a grave concern from a Wx perspective.  They dodged a bullet this time with Florence, but what about the next one?


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.


In the future, selected County ECs will be dismissed due to inactive required monthly reporting and neglecting to respond to SEC emails.  It is important that we hear your commitment to supporting your community. I will be sending out blind emails to those who need a 'pep talk' if your will. Stay tuned.


SEC Presentations


If your Group is interested in getting started with Winlink 2000, or perhaps a refresher session, please let me know. We have our ASEC, Steven, KC3DSO, on Zoom with an outstanding WL2K presentation for your ARES meeting. I encourage your follow-up on this if interested in getting involved with the Section Winlink program. 


On that note, many of you running Winlink have probably received the news that Winlink Winmor is no more. Winmor will be deleted from the next Express update and Winmor Gateways will need to be replaced by ARDOP gateways. However, the latest update last night shows it is still on the menu. For more information, see


Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visits 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.  I have an Introduction Winlink 2000 Lecture and a Winlink Class where we get you set up to run Winlink Telnet and obtain a Winlink account- - -all for free! The Winlink presentations have not been revised and will be soon.


MDC Section Reflectors - SEC Report


Much of the activity narrative is down considerably due to the pandemic. But the virtual meetings and training sessions have increased tremendously. Hope this trend can prevail can continue without loss of interest in ham radio.


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:


Make use of this to keep your proficiency in top shape.


The new ARRL MDC Section Yahoo Reflector is now available.  If you are not a member. you should be!!  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 subscribe to the Yahoo Reflector.  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:


Meetings and Gatherings


The COVID19 crisis has put a damper on face-to-face meetings, but the email traffic has ramped up considerably. Consider Zoom sessions for your ARES meetings and shoot me a copy of the invitee.


Future Events:


de MDC Section ASEC KC3DSO


The MDC Section-Wide Winlink Check-In as another training opportunity to keep current in using Winlink.  All Amateur Radio operators are welcome.


The inaugural 'roll out' was 10 MAR 20 with 19 check ins. Check-ins for July were 30. The check-in is held on the second Tuesday of each month. Upcoming and remaining dates are:


10/13/20, 11/10/20, 12/8/20


For instructions: 


73, Steven KC3DSO

MDC Section ASEC



de ANAR County KA2JAI


The ARES monthly meeting was conducted using Zoom.  There were presentations on an upcoming exercise using go kits (Ken KG4USN), VARA (Tom W3NI), recent ARES storm prep (Rick AB3XJ, and show & tell on a small USB GPS receiver (Mike KA2JAI) that interfaces with Winlink Express.


VARA use is increasing.  Several members purchased and installed it.


Preparation for the Section SET and Anne Arundel County ARES SET are underway.


ARES prepared for the storm resulting from Hurricane Isaias.  It turned out we did not need to deploy, but we were ready if needed.


ARES meetings are 3rd Saturdays, with some exceptions, at 0900.  We will continue to use Zoom until further notice instead of meeting at the EOC in Glen Burnie.  Check with the EC for actual dates. Weekly nets are Sundays at 2000 on the 146.805- 107.2 repeater in Millersville MD and EchoLink 90911 KA2JAI-R.  Monthly HF SSB nets are on first Tuesdays at 1930 on 3820 +/-.  For questions or more info email the EC at


de CALV County N3AE


August activity was minimal.  The recent tropical storms did cause some flooding but our communications assistance we not needed.  The county posted an RFQ on the Maryland Marketplace web site for equipment needed to upgrade RACES.  We assisted with some last-minute checks on the RFQ.  The county is waiting on bidders.  Our monthly meetings are normally on the third Tuesday at the Calvert County Services Building, Main Street, Prince Frederick but COVID-19 has canceled those for the time being and we are holding nets instead.   Our web site is and repeater is 146.985 - 156.7.   We also have a 6M repeater, 53.170 out, 52.170 in, PL 100 which is open to anyone.  This is a split site repeater with the input at N3AE and the transmitter at N3PPH.



de CARO County KB3TVF


Three EARS Nets and one zoom meeting.



de CARR County WX3F


Due to member summer activities, Carroll ARES did not have any nets in the month of August.  Nets will begin again in September.



de CECI County KB3LJB


Most of the exercises this past month, August 2020, consisted of the CECI ARES operators participating in the weekly Sunday evening ARES Nets held at 2000 (8:00 pm) on the CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port Deposit, MD.  At this time, we have 4 Net Control Operators.  If you can reach the WA3SFJ 146.850 repeater and would like to try out as a Net Control Operator, send me an email ( and I’ll send you the script and blank log sheet.  If you have questions, send those to me as well.


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.  There is plenty of room available so, if desired, you will be able to easily adhere to safe social distancing guidelines.  The one big event, dealing with the remnants of Hurricane Isaias, occupied much of our time and resources early in the month.  The Cecil EOC was activated - virtually - which meant that no one was to report to the EOC but check in from a safe location.


The WA3SFJ-R EchoLink Node 585690 is up and working well.



de CHAR County KB3KOW


Slow month. Pandemic has caused many to stay indoors and be inactive. Let's hope it ends soon.


de HOWA County N2AWP


During the month convened five routine (weekly) ARES Nets. Actively support Columbia Amateur Radio Association Mid-Week Social Nets, which were started to create another means for area (Howard County and vicinity) amateur radio operators to socialize during COVID-19 pandemic.   Actively supporting on-the-air FLdigi and Winlink practice "jam" sessions following our routine weekly nets.  Supporting Howard County COAD efforts to muster volunteers to address COVID-19 needs within Howard County.



de PRGE County WB3KAS:



PRGE ARES Internet Forum:


Nets: Regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on the K3ERA Repeater, 145.23MHz pl 110.9 on Tuesdays at 1930L and EchoLink node W3PGC-L.  The monthly HF Hospital Net is held the Wednesday following the third Monday of the month on 3820kHz at 1900L. NCS



Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire Services Building,

6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at 1930. Have been suspended due to COVID19.


4 VHF training nets (8/4/2020, 8/11/2020, 8/18/2020, 8/25/2020)

1 Meeting - 8/17/2020, 1 Winlink Training - 8/8/2020, 1 Connector Workshop - 8/16/2020

1 HFHN - 8/19/2020, 1 Winlink Check-in - 8/11/2020.



de STMA County N2OMC


Held our bi-weekly ARES net at 2000E on 8/6/20 (had to cancel the net on 8/20/20) on the 147.390 (PL: 123.0) repeater located in Leonardtown, MD. The net on 8/6/20 was used to pass exercise traffic using the ARRL Radiogram form. Five members of the STMA ARES team attended a Winlink class held using the Zoom on-line platform on 8/8/20. The class was very well done and Steven, KC3DSO did an excellent job teaching it! We plan to follow up this on-line class with an in-person class at a later date that is TBD. The STMA ARES team also plans to participate in the SET this year in October and support the MD/DC SET exercise goals. 



de WASH County NI2W


Currently, the Antietam Radio Association (ARA) is holding their meetings on-the-air using the 146.94 - Pl 100.0 W3CWC repeater located in the Hagerstown, MD area. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00 PM. 


The only remaining active public service event for which the ARA will provide support is the annual JFK 50 mile run scheduled for November 21st. All other events have been cancelled.





HF Hospital Nets are conducted on Wednesday night following the third Monday of the month on 3820kHz +/- at 1900L.  So give us a hollar!  If you don't hear us look downstream 5-8 kHz.  I'd like to hear more check-ins from our MDC Section.


August HFHN had 31 check-ins. Happy about the turn out, thanks.


Next HF Hospital Net is Sep 23.  NCS is Gene, AD3F. We encourage radio operators to please check in and support this Drill.  We always need a large number of check-ins to help hold the frequency.  


Net control operator has their work cut out for them to try and hold the frequency.


Other Drills and Exercises:


Regrettably very little to no traffic received therefore cannot provide any updates.  On a related note, the two required mandatory JACHO exercises have been satisfied with the ongoing COV-19 Pandemic Event. No further exercises on the horizon for the remainder of the year and possibly for 2021 as well.  However, there is a 13-day continuous Exercise in the talking stage for MedStar Southern MD Hospital Center. Might allow us to exercise ARESMAT for a day or two. Wafting on meeting invites.


73, Wanda




Signature: Jim Montgomery

Call sign: WB3KAS

Maryland-DC SEC


Please send to ARRL HQ, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 by 10th of the month

FSD-96 (1-04)


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The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council 


July 10th was the deadline for voting on the proposed band plan. There was a total of 29 responses. The vote was 24 to 5 in favor of approval. 


Given the COVID-19 restrictions these days, we plan on holding a virtual membership meeting on Monday December 7, 2020 from 8 to 9pm. Details to follow. 


If there are any specific items you would like to put on the meeting agenda, please email us at 


With the annual meeting, comes elections for the TMARC Board of Directors. 

We are seeking nominations for the TMARC Board. If you or someone you know would like to serve on the board, please send a short biography to Deadline for nominations is Sept. 30, 2020. 

All of the current board members are willing to continue for another term. 


An electronic vote to select the members of the TMARC Board will be held in early October. Details to follow. 


August 2020 

Applications in Process:  KG4TIH – Sent Construction Coordination for 449.3750- at Sterling, VA 


KA3LAO – Received application for UHF narrow-band pair in Jessup, MD. Sent notice to neighboring coordination groups. Sent Construction. Coordination for 442.7125+ 


WA3KOK – Received application for 900 MHz pair in Jessup, MD, Sent notice to neighboring coordination groups. Sent Construction, Coordination for 927.0250- 


KO3L – Received request to add CTCSS to 147.1200+ in Bel Air, MD. Sent notice to neighboring coordination groups. Sent revised coordination. 


K4MRA – Received application to modify location of 147.3150+. Sent notice to TMARC co-channel sponsor and neighboring coordination groups. 


KC3LOJ – Received application for UHF pair in Wilmington, DE. Given low AMSL, low AGL, and low HAAT, suggested SNP 447.8750- 


On Air Status Requests sent to: 

147.3600(+) W3AGB, Wash., D.C. 

444.1625(+) W3AGB, Wash., D.C. 

448.9750(-) W4YP, Haymarket, VA 


Coordination Cancelled: 

448.9750(-) W4YP, Haymarket, VA

449.3750(-) W3EHT, Shawsville, MD 



Area Repeater Coordination Council: Received 1 proposed coordination for 440 



The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council 


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EchoLink® Link Repeaters for Net

If you would like to join in on RF, the following repeaters are linked for EchoLink® nets:

- KA2JAI-R to Millersville repeater 146.805- PL107.2

- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL156.7 Hz, Calverton, MD

- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL141.3 Hz, Frederick, MD

- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL156.7, Sunderland, MD

- K3ERA-R, 145.230(-), PL110.9, District Heights, MD

- W3SMD-L, 147.51, Simplex, St Mary's County, MD

- KB3JQQ-L Pikesville, MD – local proximity within 2m Line-of-Sight Repeater owners are encouraged to join our MDC Section EchoLink® Net group and link your repeater - TU!


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.

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MEPN 2008 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/496 QTC/31 MINS/1041


BTN 2008 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/412 QTC/34 MINS/623


MDD 2008 AA3SB QND/57 QNI/251 QTC/108 MINS/617


MSN 2008 N3AEA QND/29 QNI/109 QTC/42 MINS/509


PSHR: K3IN 155, KK3F 150, W3YVQ 135, NI2W 102, AA3SB 100, AB3WG 99, N3JET 80, WB3FTQ 75; 


TFC: KK3F 980, K3IN 244, AA3SB 116, N3JET 65, W3YVQ 58, NI2W 37, AB3WG 31, WB3FTQ 15





The MEPN NVIS propagation was functional in August, 2020, with fair signals most evenings. Due to the low solar activity, the afternoon propagation suffered with less effective NVIS propagation during the net with a substantial E-layer overhead until sunset at altitude. Sunset is now beginning to move earlier and we have been seeing improvement in the NVIS after 6 PM. The MEPN DTS stations continue to provide liaison with the national digital messaging services including DTN and Winlink. Training in the use of protocols for transmitting email-formatted text by voice continues in order to provide the last-mile means for posting or delivering messages carrying ICS form text content. Such traffic is case sensitive and uses customary keyboard punctuation.


The Section needs additional stations equipped for DTS operation with either Pactor 3-4 or Vera HF (or ARDOP), or both. The DTN Hubs and Winlink Gateways are switching to Vera HF 4.0 which is not compatible with earlier versions of the client software.


MDD: August NVIS propagation for local MDC stations on MDD early and late continued to have acceptable prop all month. Early sessions are in daylight, late in dark with MUFs above 4MHz. Outbound traffic to 3RN may be handled by DTS representatives as needed for posting on the Digital Traffic Net (DTN) when prop demands. DTN stations operate 24/7 so traffic will flow across the country as prop permits, day or night.





Additional CW operators are needed for liaison from MEPN and BTN to MDD and to the higher nets, and Net Control Stations are also needed on MDD and 3RN/C4. The evening NTS and RRI nets in Cycle 4 nation-wide are conducted on CW.





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). The conference bridge is available for MEPN, MDD, BTN, MSN, and 3RN stations during periods of failed propagation. Sincere thanks for John, WB3GXW, continuing to maintain and finance the WB3GXW-L conference bridge we use daily.





The MSN net continues to operate and serve nightly at 1930L on 3563 kHz. Ron, N3AEA, has stepped up to fill the Net Manager´s role. Thanks, Ron. Show your support by checking in even if you do not take training. MSN needs NCS stations and liaison stations to early and late MDD. Ron could use your help.





The BTN continues to meet on 145.33/R (no tone) daily at 6:30PM local time. The BTN was established to provide a welcoming place for newcomers to the Amateur Service, and their first exposure to directed traffic nets and message handling. The NM, AB3WG, has initiated plans for broader cooperation between BTN and MSN to foster more awareness between operators using the respective modes. Instructive message swapping and liaison duties are in effect. A new cooperative effort has been launched between ANAR ARES(r) and the BTN as well.






Liaison stations are needed daily on the MEPN, BTN, MSN, and MDD, to handle incoming deliveries. It is very important for the new amateur targets of welcoming messages to receive delivery from local hams who can pass on information about getting started, what equipment is needed, here repeaters are and clubs meet, etc. Currently, the majority of this traffic is being delivered by NTS operators on MEPN, BTN, MDD, or MSN. They cannot be expected to be up on your local details, and they would prefer not to be going behind the backs of ARES(r) and clubs from far across the Section. The VECs know who the new licensees are, and how to reach them, at least by mailing address if not phone or email. Local hams working with the VECs might help facilitate such contact in the counties.




Thanks to all the Section´s traffic-net NCS operators, RRI/DTN and WL2K stations, liaisons, and traffic handlers for the continuing effort to keep the nets running and traffic moving. 


Stay safe and be well during the presence of the Corona virus. You may congregate in any numbers on our nets without masks. Good time to polish up that CW and enjoy some contacts on HF. Summer prop also provides occasional openings on the upper HF bands including 6 meters. If no stations are heard, call CQ.


Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated ARES(r), RRI, and NTS operations.



w3yvq atsign arrl dot net

w3yvq atsign winlink dot org from WL2K





Tnx es 73,


Marty KB3MXM, Maryland / DC Section Manager, ARRL









ARRL Maryland-DC Section

Section Manager: Martin J Pittinger, KB3MXM



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