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

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MDC Section News
Vol. 12, No. 11
November 13, 2017
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE EchoLink® NET FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17th
* AROUND THE MDC SECTION
* 2017 SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY
* HAM NATION #323 - VERY REVEALING PROGRAM ABOUT PR
* BG&E TO FURTHER COMMUNITY SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS WITH GRANTS
* FOURTH QUARTER HOSPITAL DRILL COMBINED WITH THE 2017 MDC
   SECTION SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST (SET) REPORT
* SCOUTS OCTOBER CAMPOREE REPORT
* LOCAL HAM FRANK BAUER, KA3HDO, HONORED
* GMRA CELEBRATES ITS 46TH YEAR
* US GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES MAY SUPPORT ARRL VIA CFC
* DONATE TO ARRL FROM YOUR IRA TAX FREE
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER


==> MDC SECTION-WIDE EchoLink® NET FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17th

This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink® net will be held on
Friday, November 17th at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC*
Node 6154.

The EchoLink net is always held on the third Friday evening of
every month at 8:00 PM local time.

If you would like to join in on RF, the following repeaters and
IRLPs have linked in for EchoLink nets:

- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+),
   CTCSS 107.2 Hz, in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), CTCSS 151.4 Hz, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), CTCSS 141.3 Hz, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), CTCSS 156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- W3SMR, 147.150 MHz (+), CTCSS 114.8 Hz, Brandywine, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co, MD
- W3SMD-L, 147.51, Simplex, N. St Mary's County, MD
- K3GMR-R 146.61 (-), No CTCSS, Cheverly, MD

Everyone is encouraged to join in and give any updates on what is
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:
http://echolink.org/register_data.jsp or your App Store online.

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


==> AROUND THE MDC SECTION

Learn more about our MDC Section D-Star Amateur Radio communities
at http://maryland-dstar.org/

Western Maryland Ham Radio - All about the our westerly Ham Radio
activities at https://www.facebook.com/westernmdhamradio/

Our fellow Appalachian Hams in the MDC Section are south of the
Mason-Dixon line, east of Preston County, West Virginia to the
west, and north the Potomac River ...

November 28 - VE Testing MMARC - Hosted by Maryland Mobileers
Amateur Radio Club

December 3, 2017 The Amateur Radio Club of the National
Electronics Museum special event station, W2W, 1300-2200 UTC
Saturday, December 2 and 1300-2200 UTC Sunday, December 3.

Additional operations from December 4-10 possible.  Frequencies
include 7.041, 7.241, 14.041, 14.241 MHz.
Website: <http://ww-2.us>

Saturday, December 9, 2017 Rockville Memorial Library
Amateur radio test session 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM at
Rockville Town Square Plaza, 21 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD


==> 2017 SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY

2017 SKYWARN Recognition Day will be held on the first Saturday
in December.  The date and time is December 2, 2017, from
0000 UTC until 2400 UTC.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National
Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League.

It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to
the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur
radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN
volunteers across the country.

The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication
between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications
become inoperative.

During the SKYWARN Special Event operators will visit NWS
offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

For more informtion, see http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio


==> HAM NATION #323 - VERY REVEALING PROGRAM ABOUT PR

Hurricane Hams on Puerto Rico

Hosted by Gordon West (WB6NOA, George Thomas (W5JDX), Don
Wilbanks (AE5DW), Valerie Hotzfeld (NV9L), Amanda Alden (K1DDN)
and Joe Basset (W1WCN).

Valerie is back from her trip to Puerto Rico.  Click on:
<https://twit.tv/shows/ham-nation/episodes/323?autostart=false>

*** Start at min: 27:00 for Valerie's portion ***

Gordo interviews young ham Abby AB1BY, amateur radio operator
efforts in the Northern California wildfires, the Bigfoot Radio
Net, Valerie, Andy Anderson KEØAYJ and Joe Basset W1WCN talk
about their experience in Puerto Rico and more!


==> BG&E TO FURTHER COMMUNITY SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS WITH GRANTS
     Baltimore Gas and Energy Company – an Exelon company
     Emergency Response and Safety Grants – Nov 5th

In 2015, BG&E awarded $325,000 in emergency response and safety
grants to 65 nonprofit emergency response and public safety
organizations – you're next!

BG&E annually financial grant supports' organizations helping
with emergency disaster communications and safety through
community 501c3 that prepare, response and restore essential
communication interoperability to served agencies for disaster
affected citizens.

All MDC Section ARCs must consider applying for a BGE financial
grant and should also share their successes with the Section
Staff and assist other ARCs to do the same. 

The Autumn and Winter months see an end to most Hamfests and
prior to Field Day planning for the season.  Attendance at your
club meeting should be up and enlisting help for new projects.
This annual 'Evergreen' grant process must be part of every
opportunity to promote Amateur Radio's readiness and necessity
for emergency communication planning.

The BG&E Emergency Response Grant is open December 1 and ends
January 15.

Grant Criteria:
 - Organization must be a 501c3 non-profit.
 - Organization must meet the grant guidelines for eligibility
 - Grant range - $500-$10,000
 - Up to $2,000-Small, local size organizations focused on one
    community
 - Up to $10,000 – Mid to large organizations working across
    multiple communities

Grants are considered for new and existing programs that fall
within the description guidelines and requests funding that
clearly demonstrates improvement in response efforts to urgent
needs of the community.

See more at: https://youtu.be/IOjRzUrLOsg

 - All applications must include a project budget indicating how
    the grant will be spent.
 - Applications will not be accepted requesting basic operating
    expenses.
 - The project must be geographically located in the BGE service
    territory.
 - All awarded grantees must submit a brief report within 8 months
    of receiving funds detailing expenditures of the grant.
 - BG&E employee engagement is preferred but not required.

Click on:
https://www.bge.com/SafetyCommunity/Community/Pages/EmergencyRespondersGrants.aspx

For questions, send an email to csr.bge@bge.com.

 
==> FOURTH QUARTER HOSPITAL DRILL COMBINED WITH THE 2017 MDC
     SECTION SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST (SET) REPORT

This Quarter's Hospital Drill comes with a twist!  Saturday's
Simulated Emergency Test following the scheduled Thursday night's
Hospital Drill presented us with a unique opportunity.  As a
result of this I felt it would be a good lead-in to "check out
the equipment before the storm arrives."

The Fourth Quarter Hospital Drill, conducted on the evening of
Thursday October 5, 2017 was part of the Nationwide American
Radio Relay League's Annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET),
October 7th conducted in Ocean City, Worcester County, Maryland.

At 1930, Hugh, W9WNH, called to order the two meter, pre-drill,
net with 13 operators joining the net. 

The Net closed at 2000, with a five minute break before the start
of the Hospital Drill.

At 2005 the Incident Commander Wanda, KA3AHI along with 26 radio
check ins transfered to the Central Maryland Repeater Group
440 MHz Linking System and began the Drill.
 
The following Prince George's County Hospitals participated in
this Drill.
 
BHC - Bowie Hospital
DCH - Doctors Community Hospital
FWMC - Fort Washington Medical Center
LRH - Laurel Regional Hospital
UMPGHC - University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center
MSMHC - Med Star Southern Maryland Hospital Center
 
In addition, two hospitals from Harford County, Anne Arundel
Medical Center, Baltimore Washington Hospital, and the Calvert
County Health Department were active participants as well.
 
The Hospital Drill was a small, but significant part of the SET.

Knowing that the storm was going to make a direct hit, the
Maryland Health Dept. through Maryland Emergency Management Agency
has asked the county hospitals to inspect, check out and perform
functional tests on designated health care facility back up
Amateur Radio systems prior to the arrival of the storm.

Equipment status reports were submitted and summarized in the
attached Report.
 
The results of the Drill and the details of the hospital's
involvement can be found at:

http://www.arrl-mdc.net/0220201720Section20Report%2001a.pdf

I call your attention to paragraph 9.1.1, SET Hospital Drill
Results, Table 3 on page 18. The results show Equipment Status
and Disposition of those health facilities submitting reports. 

Work party planning is in the works for those facilities needing
attention to resolve equipment issues.
 
The scenario assigned to the operators was directed by the
Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and carried out by the
Amateur Radio Emergency Service, radio operators from Anne
Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Harford and Prince George's Counties.

Respectively submitted,

Wanda Montgomery - KA3AHI
Assistant Emergency Coordinator
 - Hospital Program - PRGE County, MD
Assistant Section Manager - Maryland-DC Hospital EmComm Program
 

==> SCOUTS OCTOBER CAMPOREE REPORT

On October 20th thru 22nd, the Mason-Dixon Council had a Fall
Camporee Friday through Sunday combined with the Jamboree on the
Air (JOTA).  It was lead by D. Daniel McGlothin KB3MUN,
Scoutmaster for Troop 413 who were the host troop for the
camporee.

It was located at the Kauffman Ruritan Park near Marion,
Pennsylvania which is also the site of their troop meeting
building.

The theme of the camporee was amateur radio.  Classes were
available for merit badges, learning to solder and technician
license training.  A VEC team was available for testing Saturday
and Sunday with several scouts and a couple of adult leaders
becoming new hams. Hurray for the new hams!! 

With three operating stations, two in a trailer and one located
at an open pavilion, each of the scouts were asked to make at
least one QSO on the radio.  Some of the many contacts included
Europe and I understand there was one from Australia.

The scouts particularly enjoyed contacting a 15 year old ham
from Kansas who happened to be a scout operating his own station
from home.

The message was put out to the local clubs in Chambersburg,
Pensylvania, Frederick, Maryland and Washington County, Maryland
for help in guiding antenna construction classes, radio direction
finding classes, and helping to teach the radio merit badge
instruction class. 

Some of the volunteers were: Mike, K3DO, as "Ham-In-A-Day"
instructor; Robin, KC3CEK, as "Radio Merit Badge" instructor;
Violetta, KM4ATT, as "Morse Code Interpreter" strip testing,
with Butch, NI2W; Milt, N3LTQ, Brian, W3PDW, Herm, K2AVA as
station operators plus several others that I apologize for not
having their names. 

I wish to give kudos to Daniel, KB3MUN, for all the work he
did in order to put making the weekend a success.

73,
Herman Niedzielski, K2AVA
ARRL MDC ASM
k2ava@myactv.net


==> LOCAL HAM FRANK BAUER, KA3HDO, HONORED

A local amateur radio operator, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, who lives
in Silver Spring, Maryland, was honored with the "Ron Broadbent,
G3AAJ, Trophy."  The presentation came during the AMSAT-UK
International Space Colloquium this past weekend, November
4th and 5th.

Frank reacted by saying, "AMSAT-UK totally shocked me yesterday
at the colloquium with the Ron Broadbent Trophy.  I was nearly
speechless when asked to come up and receive the trophy for [my]
ARISS work.  I mentioned that, early on, Ron [Broadbent] was a
phenomenal supporter and contributor to ARISS, with his sage
advice and guidance."

The G3AAJ trophy is awarded annually by AMSAT-UK to an individual
or group for outstanding service to the Amateur Satellite service.

The trophy was donated to AMSAT-UK by the late Ron Broadbent,
G3AAJ. 

ARISS received the G3AAJ trophy last year in recognition of the
ARISS UK team's dedication in working with the UK Space Agency
to facilitate the "Principia Mission" of astronaut Tim Peake,
KG5BVI, aimed at engaging students in 10 UK schools in science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.


==> GMRA CELEBRATES ITS 46TH YEAR

The Green Mountain Repeater Association (GMRA) celebrated its
46th year of repeater service to local Amateurs in October. 

In 1971 GMRA established the first autopatch repeater on 146.610
MHz presently located in Bladensburg, Md.  A year later GMRA
activated the 146.880 MHz repeater in Greenbelt, Md.

Communications support were and continue to be provided to ARES
as well as local communities as needed.

To the pioneers who established the Association as well as the
members and officers who followed, congratulations.

The GMRA web page is: http://www.gmramd.org/index.html


==> US GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES MAY SUPPORT ARRL VIA CFC

For the past 16 years, the US Office of Personnel Management
has designated the ARRL (participant # 10099) to participate in
the Combined Federal Campaign.

This annual campaign for federal government civilian employees,
US Postal Service workers and members of the military has
generated more than $280,773 for ARRL programs since it first
became an option for giving by federal employees to the League.

The CFC provides an easy way to support ARRL's effort to
represent its members and all radio amateurs.

Similar to the United Way, the CFC encourages individuals to
pledge by payroll deduction to non-profit organizations of
their choice.  Payroll deduction through the CFC is an easy way
for participants to support ARRL over and above their annual
membership.

Such contributions support programs that are not funded by member
dues, enriching ARRL's ability to serve its members and all of
Amateur Radio.

The ARRL encourages eligible radio amateurs to consider the
ARRL when designating campaign recipient organizations.

Those wishing to select the ARRL to receive all or part of their
payroll deductions should designate organization 10099 when
completing their CFC donor forms.

The 2017 Combined Federal Campaign runs from October 2nd through
January 12, 2018.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To ensure proper acknowledgement of the CFC
contributuion, a copy of the donor form should be completed to
advise the CFC to release donor information to ARRL. 

Local CFC offices do not provide the ARRL with the names of
individual donors unless the donor indicates permission on the
donor form. 

On the CFC pledge form donors may indicate that their
contribution should be designated for Diamond Club contributions
or any one of the ARRL Funds—the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund,
the ARRL Education & Technology Program, the Historic
Preservation Fund, the Lab Fund, the W1AW Endowment Fund or as
an unrestricted contribution.

To ensure your gift is allocated correctly, please send a copy
of the completed pledge form to the ARRL Development Office by
email to mmacdonald@arrl.org, by fax to ARRL Development Office
at 860-594-0397 or by mail to 225 Main Street, Newington CT
06111-1494.

The American Radio Relay League, Inc. is an IRS-designated
501(c)(3) organization holding federal tax identification
number 06-6000004. Contributions to ARRL funds are tax deductible
to the extent allowed by law.


==> DONATE TO ARRL FROM YOUR IRA TAX FREE

It's now possible for anyone over age 70-1/2 to contribute up to
$100,000 per year from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
directly to a qualifying charity without having first to declare
the IRA distribution as income.

Depending on your personal tax situation, donating directly from
your IRA to ARRL could have more tax advantages for you than a
direct personal donation.

Contact the custodian of your IRA plan, instruct the custodian
to make a donation from your IRA directly to ARRL. It is important
that the check from the IRA custodian is made payable to ARRL;
your custodian will then send you an IRS Form 1099 showing that
you did not receive the income for your personal use.

Most custodians will have you complete a direct donation form,
and then will mail the check directly to ARRL.

ARRL is grateful for any size contribution from your IRA, whether
it be less than, equal to, or greater than your Required Minimum
Contribution (RMD).

Contact the ARRL Development Office, (860) 594-0348, for
additional information.

ARRL strongly encourages individuals interested in supporting
ARRL through an IRA distribution to consult with their attorney,
tax/financial advisor, or accountant to determine the impact of
such a gift.

ARRL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization (federal tax
identification #06-6000004.


==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS

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.

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Second Annual American Legion PGCERA SantaFest
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Location: American Legion Youth Camp, 9201 Surratts Road,
 Cheltenham, MD 20623
Website: http://pgares.org/santafest/index.html
Sponsor: American Legion and Prince Georges County,
         Emergency Repeater Association
Talk-In: 145.230 (CTCSS: 110.9 Hz)
Public Contact: Charles Hallock, AA3WS, 16203 Manning Road,
  West Accokeek, MD 20607
Phone: 301-535-1666
E-mail: selbynet@hotmail.com

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Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Amateur Radio
 & Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Location: Cheer Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road,
 Georgetown, DE 19947
Website: http://www.radioelectronicsexpo.com>
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 (CTCSS: 156.7 Hz)
Public Contact: Herb Quick, KF3BT
 PO Box 1431
 Seaford, DE 19973
 Phone: 302-629-4949

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Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club Firecracker Hamfest
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Location: Harrisburg Area Community College
 3599 Industrial Road
 Harrisburg, PA 17101
Website: http://www.w3uu.org
Sponsor: Harrisburg Radio Amateurs' Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.76 (CTCSS 100.0 Hz)
Public Contact: Tim Lehman, KB3OZA
 PO Box 453
 Hummelstown, PA 17036
Phone: 717-461-3398
Email: kb3oza@arrl.net

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


==> T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT

October 2017
Applications in Process:

Alexandria Radio Club
 – Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
   coordination groups for UHF narrowband pair.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 442.4125+
 
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.
 
WX3M
 – Sent Construction Coordination for move of 147.105 from
   Cumberland to Midland, Md.
 
N8RAT
 – Received application for coordination of 224.2800- at
   Linden, Va.
 - Sent Final Coordination.
 
N8RAT
 - Received application for coordination of UHF link at
   Linden, Va.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to SERA
 
N8RAT
 - Received application for coordination of UHF link at
   Fredericksburg, Va.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to SERA
 
W3PQS
 - Received application for coordination of UHF link at
   Owings, Md.
 - Sent Construction Coordination.
 
KA3SVK
 - Received application for specific 440 pair in Damascus, Md.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to co-channel in TMARC
   area.
 - Objection received.
 - Notified applicant.
 
N3CDY
 – Received application for narrowband 900 pair at Owings
   Mills, Md.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to Area Repeater
   Coordination Council.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 927.0625-
 
Kent County ARC
 – Received on air confirmation of 444.5500+ at Woodside, Del.
 - Sent Final Coordination
 
N3QEM
 - Received application for narrowband 900 pair at Herndon, Va.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
   coordination groups.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 927.6625-
 
N3KTX
 - Received application for UHF links at Frederick and
   Manchester, Md.
 - Sent link coordinations.
 
Sussex ARA
 – Received request for control freqs.
 - Assigned 2 new control freqs.
 
Northern Neck ARC
 – Received application for coordination for UHF link pair at
   LaPlata, Md.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to SERA.
 
 
On Air Status Requests sent to:
447.3250-   K3BSB     Potomac, Md.
442.2500+   W4VA      Warrenton, Va.
 
Other:
 South Eastern Repeater Assoc.
 - Received 3 proposed coordination for 440
 
 Western Pa. Repeater Council
 - Received 1 proposed coordination for 440

You may view the T-MARC home page at: http://tmarc.org/.


==> MDC SECTION ARES REPORT

2017 October MDC SEC Narrative Report
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section

de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:

Reporting

Six of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County
reports this month, or 33%. Not good. We have to do better.

Now, let's get the remainding county ECs to go get working on
their's.

Some are STILL sending in the old form.  Way too much work to redo
and get ito 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:
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public%20Service/2017%20Forms/Monthly_DEC-EC_Report.pdf

It's extremely important that your consituents hear what is going
on relative to EmComm in their community.  If nothing more, tell
us what meetings you hold, when, where and on what repeaters you
can be found.  I'd like to hear from the rest of you.

All MDC DEC positions (Wester, Central and Eastern) are now filled.

Make sure you put them on email copy for all that you put up to
others in performace 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 weather 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
wb3kas@arrl.net.

SEC Presentations

Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visit to as many ARES
and club groups as possible.  We have two presentations I think
would be worth your while to hear. 

One on Section Interoperability and the other is the Section
Health Care EmComm Program.  If you have any interest in this,
and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me.

We have one scheduled to give Nov 15 at AERO ARC, W3PGA, in
Middle River, MD. Subject: "Basic EmComm"

MDC Section Reflectors

We introduced a new MDC Section reflector, ARRL MDC Section
Winlink Training Group for P2P and Hybrid networks, or MDCQRV
for short.  Please make use of this tool to sharpen skills and
fine tune your configuration files.  The URL is:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MDCQRV/info

The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available.  If you
are not a member. . .you should be!!  We now have 86 members this
month, same as last month. 

I encourage you to use this to stay informed or keep intouch with
the rest of your fellow ARES members.

You can join at:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info.

With the wide distribution of the "MDC Section News" 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 ARRL members.  If you
are not, please sign up.  This is going to be be the quickest
way possible to inform the MDC Section ARES of current incidents
and impending disasters.  Please do it now.

Meetings
None Scheduled

2017 MDC Section Simulated Emergency Test
>From the Executive Summary of the the SET Report going up to the
League, the following is provided:

The 2017 Maryland - DC Section Simulated Emergency Test commenced
from 1930L Thursday night October 5 through 1500L Saturday
October 7.  This 2017 SET was conducted in two separate but
related events. 

With "Hurricane Elmer" forecasted to impact the coastal areas of
the Delmarva Atlantic coastline, the Maryland Emergency
Management Agency, on Thursday October 5th, asked the Amateur
Radio community to inspect, check out, and perform operational
tests on designated health care facility back up Amateur Radio
systems prior to storm arrival. 

Radio operators were deployed to Worcester County, MD on
Saturday morning and conducted various tasks including a search
support to a lost child strayed from the shelter, replenishing a
health department power supply and passing traffic to and from
MEMA in a timely fashion. 

Amateur Radio operators from five Maryland counties participated
resulting in 35 call signs across the region. 

Cost avoidance to federal, state and local government by providing
backup emergency communications via the Amateur Radio volunteer
community versus the commercial sector is on the order of $142,100.

Future Events:
None Sceduled

Section Reports Received:
======================
de ANAR County N3SEO
Supported the SET, the Zombie Run, Cyctic Fibrosis, Jamboree on
the Air and the Metric Marathon

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 CALV County N3AE
October was a busy month.  We participated in the 4th quarter
hospital drill/SET on Oct 5th, which for us also included a test
of simplex coverage from the Calvert Health Department to various
locations within the county.  

We took advantage of the fact that our monthly Calvert Amateur
Radio Association meeting was that same evening and had members
call in on their way to the meeting. 

On Oct 7th, we participated in the SET with roles of WINMOR relay
and APRS tracking, plus KB3RAN's deployment to the eastern shore
at the WORC Health Department. 

On Oct 8th, two members supported communications for the Patuxent
Appreciation Days parade in Solomons, Maryland. 

Activity this month by N3AE, K3UGA, N3XMZ, KB3RAN, KB3SXB, AB3LE,
KF3AA, N3IPN, KR3A, KC3DAS and KC3E

======================
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Web Page: http://www.pgares.org
PRGE ARES Internet Forum:
 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PG-AresRaces/
Nets: Held four regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on
the K3ERA Repeater, 145.23MHz  pl 110.9 on Tuesdays at 1930L.
The monthly HF Hospital Net is held the Wednesday following the
third Monday of the month on 3820kHz at 1900L. 
NOTE TIME CHANGE!!

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

Supported the 2017 MDC SET to the Eastern Shore: AA3WS, KA3AHI,
KB3IIE, KB3SPH, KB3SWS, KB3YQK, KB3YUZ (the Fox), KD3JA , N3ADF,
N3XKJ, WB2IFS, WB3KAS

New EOC Status: New 80m dipole installed.  Working on a 40m
add-on in parallel. HF Tri-bander delivered and will be
installed. . .some time.

New 440 repeater project is getting uderway.  It will be installed
at the old 2m site at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, MD.

Completion date on hold pending TMARC coordination process.

K3ERA Repeater Echolink is now on the air via KA3POX-L Node
896210.  As Mikey would say, "Try it, you'll like it!"

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de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:
HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz ± at 1900L. 
NOTE THE NEW TINME and give us a hollar! 
If you don't hear us, look down stream 5-8 kHz. 

On October 18, we had 24 checked in, thanks to the special
Section Notice put out by the Section Manager that went out
earlier about the Net. 

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

Next HF Hospital Net is November 18. . .1900L (THE NEW TIME!),
same station!
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Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: wb3kas@arrl.net


==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1710 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/424 QTC/74 MINS/749
BTN 1710 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/441 QTC/49 MINS/667
MDD 1710 AA3SB QND/62 QNI/358 QTC/114 MINS/671
MSN 1710 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/119 QTC/24 MINS/672

PSHR: NI2W 233, KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, W3CB 115,
WB4FDT 110, K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, WB3FTQ 95, N3ZOC 90,
AB3WG 75;

TFC: KK3F 993, K3IN 198, WB3FTQ 146, WB4FDT 128,
AA3SB 98, W3YVQ 87, N3ZOC 66, NI2W 28, AB3WG 27,
W3CB 17

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HF PROPAGATION
Apologies for the error in last month's report where propagation
throughout August was addressed. The comments were
addressing observations during September, 2017. Only the
month shown was in error.

HF NVIS propagation on MEPN (3820 KHz) was functional
throughout October, 2017, except for some minor degradation
during one M-class solar flare event and ten days where the
MUF approached, or dropped below, 80m by 0300Z. The
MEPN was able to continue to conduct business. As the
month progressed we began to see the trend in reduced
propagation during net time as the days became shorter and
the background solar X-ray flux flat-lined at the A level. A
few 2300Z and numerous 0200Z MDD sessions began to
see very weak signals in state. With the switch back to EST
in early November we expect to experience degraded
propagation by 6 PM Local and later. It is likely that we will
see the most degradation for the first few hours after sunset.
If an E layer persists beyond 4 MHz, NVIS propagation may
be acceptable for those hours, and may allow some recovery
later in the evening, even when the F2 layer MUF is below
3.5 MHz. If there is no E layer, and the F2 MUF is below 80m,
the band will be "long". Some nets survive this condition by
using NCS or relay stations a thousand miles away, or
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.

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

BTN LOCAL NTS TRAFFIC AND TRAINING NET
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 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.

MSN CW TRAINING
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.
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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.

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


==> FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER

I wish and hope you are all well and are listening/reading
about your MDC Section News accomplishments for the last
several months.

But once again, I have been called upon to serve our disaster
survivors that have been devastated by nature's rage.   My
support is needed far away from the hearth, in austere
locations among suffrage of kindred souls and families to
support local FEMA Region-2 operations in Puerto Rico for a
double fortnight.

Al (Brownie) Brown, KZ3AB and Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS will once
again assume the MDC Section Manager responsibilities while
I am deployed.

I turn to these two MDC ASMs to keep their two–lanterns-lit
while my ship is at sea.

I hope to return in early December.

73 best regards,
Marty KB3MXM

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