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Maryland-DC

Maryland-DC

Contact Information

Section Name:
Maryland-DC
Contact:
Jim Cross WI3N
Daytime Phone:
301-706-9543 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
301-725-6829 (Home)
Email:
WI3N@ARRL.ORG

Basic Information

Division:
Atlantic
Description:

 


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MDC Section News
Vol. 10 No. 4
April 16, 2015
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* CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW MDC SECTION MANAGER ELECT
* SKYWARN TRAINING MAY 14th
* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET APRIL 17th
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* PUBLIC INFORMATION/PUBLIC RELATIONS CONFERENCE CALL ON APRIL 27
* INFO ABOUT THE HAGERSTOWN HAMFEST MAY 2, 2015
* COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) TRAINING
* CALLING ALL FOX-HUNTERS
* FARC LOOKING FOR HELP WITH TWO PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS
* GIVE SOME RECURRING HF NETS A TRY
* MARCH, 2014 T-MARC REPORT
* GIVE SOME RECURRING HF NETS A TRY
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINALLY. . .



==> CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW MDC SECTION MANAGER ELECT

We welcome our new MDC Section Manager-elect, Marty Pittinger,
KB3MXM, who will take over in my place as the MDC Section Manager
on July 1st.

Marty has been active as the MDC Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC)
since 2012 and has visited many clubs during that time. As past
president of Baltimore Amateur Radio Club and Chairman for the
Greater Baltimore Hamboree and Computerfest in 2008 and 2009 he's
had hands on experience. He enjoys phone and CW and is the Net
Control Station on several HF and VHF nets.

As the Net Manager of the Baltimore Traffic Net (BTN) he has been
working to grow participation in that NTS net.

Marty enjoys the active pursuit of many aspects of Amateur Radio
and is excited about taking on the challenges of the position of
ARRL MDC Section Manager.



==> SKYWARN TRAINING MAY 14th

SKYWARN training will be offered on May 14, 6:30PM at the
Washington County Emergency Services (EOC) building located at
16232 Elliott Parkway, Williamsport, MD 21795.

This class will be one evening in duration.

If you would like to attend please forward your name to me via
e-mail and I will put you on the roster.

This class will also be offered to Emergency Services personnel
so space may be limited.

If you wish to attend please forward your name and call sign to
me ASAP.

Thanks and 73,

Butch

M. E. "Butch" Eigenbrode
NI2W
E-mail: <mee42@myactv.net>
301-824-5373 Home
908-343-1704 Cell



==>  MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET APRIL 17th

This month's MDC section-wide Echolink net will be held on
Friday, April 17th 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: <www.echolink.org>.

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



==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS

Culpeper (VA) Amateur Radio Swapfest
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Culpeper Agriculture Enterprise
10220 James Monroe Highway
Culpeper, VA 22701
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.12 (PL 146.2)
Public Contact: Bob Stohlman, K4RCG
223 West Park Avenue
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: 540-825-2770
E-mail: <bobstohlman@gmail.com>

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York (PA) Hamfest
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Elicker's Grove Park
511 Roth Church Road
Spring Grove, PA 17362
Website: <www.yorkhamfest.org>
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.330+ (PL 123.0) & 146.520 simplex
Public Contact: Duane Sterner, KB3QLQ
7197 Hershey Road
Spring Grove, PA 17362
Phone: 717-332-1385
E-mail: <duane.sterner@yahoo.com>

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The Great Hagerstown Hamfest
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: Washington County Agriculture Center
7313 Sharpsburg Pike (Route 65 South)
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Website: <w3cwc.org/Menu/Hagerstown-Hamfest>
Sponsor: Antietam Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.090 (PL 100) + Repeater & 146.94 - backup
Public Contact: Brian Umbrell, W3PDW
235 East King Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: 717-264-6403
E-mail: <w3pdw@earthlink.net>

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Memorial Day Hamfest
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Website: http://www.marylandfm.org
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
Email: marylandfm@verizon.net

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Breeze Shooters Hamfest and Computer Show
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Location: Butler Farm Showgrounds
627 Evans City Road
Butler, PA 16001
Website: <www.breezeshooters.net>
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: <N3LWP@verizon.net>

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Eastern Pennsylvania Section Convention (Firecracker Hamfest)
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Location: Shumaker Public Safety Center - HACC
1 HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Website: <www.w3uu.org>
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: <kb3oza@arrl.net>

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Manassas Hamfest & Maker Technology Show
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Location: Prince William County Fairgrounds
10624 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20108
Website: <manassashamfest.org>
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: <chariman@manassashamfest.org>

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BARC Father's Day Hamfest
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
16020 Carnival Avenue
Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <www.gbhc.org>
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: <w3ft67@yahoo.com>

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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
Website: http://www.maarc.org
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: <brucepellicot.md@netzero.net>

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65th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Location: Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds
890 West Main Street
Berryville, VA 22611
Website: <www.shenvalarc.org/hamfest>
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: <af2d@arrl.net.

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Delaware State Convention (Delmarva AR & Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Location: Sussex Technical High School
17099 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947
Website: <www.radioelectronicsexpo.com>
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: <herb@hamiltongraphics.com>

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CARAFest 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Website: http://www.carafest.org
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: <vendorsales@carafest.org>

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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:
<http:www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm>.



==> PUBLIC INFORMATION/PUBLIC RELATIONS CONFERENCE CALL ON APRIL 27

ARRL Maryland/DC Section
Public Information/Public Relations Coordination Conference Call
27APR15 – 8PM Eastern

The ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public Information Coordinator (PIC)
Sid Caesar, NH7C, has established a monthly conference call open
to all Amateurs interested in Amateur Radio public information
coordination and public relations (PI/PR).

The specific audience for the Public Information coordination
conference calls is the Public Information Officers (PIO) from the
Amateur radio clubs in the ARRL Maryland/DC Section, but all
Amateur Radio operators interested in Amateur Radio public
information and public relations are welcome to participate.

The next ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public Information/Public
Relations Coordination conference call will be on Monday 27
APR 2015, starting at 8PM Eastern.

This month's agenda will include:

•  Monthly training topic – What should be in your PIO Go Kit?
•  ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public Information Coordinator’s Report
•  Club Activities Reports
•  Call Participant's Activities Reports
•  Upcoming Training, Exercises, and Activities Report
•  Open Forum

Amateurs interested in participating on the conference calls,
or who have questions regarding the ARRL Maryland/DC Section
Public Information/Public Relations activities are asked to
contact Sid Caesar, NH7C, for more information, including
conference dial-in and passcode information.

Sid Caesar – NH7C
<NH7C@ARRL.net>
240.453.9446



==> INFO ABOUT THE HAGERSTOWN HAMFEST MAY 2, 2015

The Hagerstown Hamfest
Washington County Ag Center, Hagerstown Md.
website:http://w3cwc.org/Menu/Hagerstown-Hamfest
Sponsored by Antietam Radio Association

I know there will be quantities of ham gear from our club
alone along with all the other tailgaters.

You can touch the piece of equipment you want to buy, not just
look at a picture of it on eBay. There will be spaces available
if you would like to sell some of your excess equipment.

You will have the opportunity to meet our current Section Manager,
Jim Cross WI3N, our new Section Manager elect, Marty Pittinger,
KB3MXM, and our Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernathy, W3TOM.

Our featured speaker is Steve Struharik, WA8EIH, who will present
"Wire Antennas,"

It will start with some basic concepts followed by several
practical examples of antennas that are easy to build, inexpensive,
and ideas on how to enhance station performance.

Recently retired from an engineering career in satellite
communications, Steve now uses his engineering experience in
pursuing his interest in antennas.

Following Steve's talk will be our "Left-Over" Auction.  We include
items that tailgaters offer off their tables plus a quantity of
items off the ARA Club sale table. You never know what might show
up.

Plus, it is full of fun and laughs when we try to squeeze out an
extra dollar, quarter or nickel from the bidders.

Don't forget about Eagle One, Ron will be there with his stock of
antennas, coax, connectors and lots of other things.

We have space available if your group would like to have a
'get-together' at the hamfest, just let us know.

Ticket Donation is $7.00, Tailgating is $7.00,
Indoor vendor is $15.00

Hamfest website: <http://w3cwc.org/Menu/Hagerstown-Hamfest>

If you want to tailgate you can reserve space in advance up to
April 22, just contact:

Herman Niedzielski, K2AVA
Hamfest Chairman
<k2ava@myactv.net>
Phone: 301-791-5841

Thanks,
Herm, k2ava



==> COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) TRAINING

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.



==> CALLING ALL FOX-HUNTERS

Unallocated Space W3UAS is scheduling a Spring Fox Hunt for
Saturday April 18th.

We will be meeting at 9am at Unallocated Space, 512 Shaw Ct,
Suite 105, Severn, MD 21144.

Contact Charlie at <kb3zvn@gmail.com> for more info and to
register your team.

Please feel free to spread the word on this.

Map:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/512+Shaw+Ct+%23105,+Severn,+MD+21144/@39.148037,-76.668846,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b7e36b979ac68f:0xf37a7a3a8ed0fa2?hl=en
    

How to Foxhunt:
<https://www.seapac.org/documents/seminars/2013/2013-Hunt-TransmitterHuntingTalk.pdf>


==> FARC LOOKING FOR HELP WITH TWO PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS

We have two public service events on the schedule this spring.

The first is the March of Dimes Walk, Sunday, April 26th, 0930-1200,
at the Urbana District Park. This requires a net control and 4-6
operators on 2M. We should be able to handle this with HTs or
mobile units on 146.580 simplex.

The biggie is the Hike Across Maryland, Saturday, May 2nd, 0530-2100,
on the AT from Pen Mar to Harpers Ferry.

We'll need  operators at 10 checkpoints for varying periods.

For any checkpoint open more than 3-4 hrs., we'll break it into
2-3 shifts depending on operator availability.

Currently, Pen Mar and Harpers Ferry are covered for ops.

As far as frequencies go, in the past we have used the Target linked
system (frequencies and locations below) with very good results.

However, the K3MAD 147.060 repeater is currently out of commission
and we're not sure it will be back up by 5/2, but you should be able
to hit one of the other Target machines anyway.

For more information please contact:

Jeff Fishman KB3FIO
Frederick ARES EC
240-285-6596
<ljfish1@comcast.net>



==> GIVE SOME RECURRING HF NETS A TRY

Maryland Emergency Phone Net (MEPN)
Part of the National Traffic System
Meets: Everyday
Time:  6 pm Local
Freq:   3.820 MHz
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DELMARVA Emergency Net
All check-ins are welcome
Meets: Every Sunday
Time:  6:30 pm Local
Freq:   3.905 MHz
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HF Hospital Net (HFHN)
Developing HF structure for local VHF/HF net liaisons for Health
Dept/Hospitals
All check-ins are welcome
Meets: April 22nd & May 20th
Time:  7:30 pm Local
Freq:  3.820 Mhz
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TRAFFIC NETS FREQUENCY

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


==> MARCH, 2015 T-MARC REPORT

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.

March 2015

Applications in Process:
K3GMS
 – Received application for coordination for UHF pair in
    Alexandria, Va.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 447.4250-.
 
Network Engineers Repeater Assoc.
 – Received application for move of 444.0500+ from Burtonsville,
   Md. to Ashton, Md.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 - Sent revised coordination.
 
Bullis School
 – Received application for coordination for UHF pair in Potomac,
    Md.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 
Explorers Radio Club
 – Received application for coordination for UHF pair in
    Lothian, Md.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 442.0000+.
 
N3JFW
 – Received on air status.
 - Sent Final Coordination for 442.4875+ at Rockville, Md.
 
Shenandoah Valley ARC
 – Sent Final Coordination for 146.8200-.

On Air Status Requests sent to:
145.1100-  W3ETX      Washington, D.C.
147.2400+  Aero ARC   Baltimore, Md.
147.3300+  Lewes ARS  Lewes, Del.
147.3450+  N3HIA      Baltimore, Md.
444.7500+  K7SOB      Berkeley Springs, W. Va.
 
Coordinations Cancelled:
447.8750-  N2XHZ      Spotsylvania, Va.
UHF Link   NERA       Burtonsville, Md.
 
Other:
South Eastern Repeater Assoc
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
Received 2 proposed coordinations for 440
 
Western Pa. Repeater Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
Received 1 proposed coordination for 440

T-MARC
The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council
<www.tmarc.org>



==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT

ARRL Section: Maryland-DC  
March  Year: 2015
 _____________________________________________

AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 592
Change since last month:   0
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 6
Number of ARES nets active: 16
Number with NTS liaison: 5

Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3FMJ, KB3KOW, NI2W, W3DVG, WB3KAS,
W4OTN

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 5
Person hours:    137
Number of public service events this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Number of emergency operations this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 5
Total Person hours: 137

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 Inter-operability 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:

<https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MDCQRV/info>

The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector was unveiled last month.  

We now have 61 members with N3ADF being the latest to join.  

You can join at:

<https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info>
for up to the minute breaking news related to the Section.

======================
de BACI City W3DVG

Progressing as discussed from last month's submission, to include
station rebuilding. The process of rebuilding the relationship with
the MEMA RO has been tenuous, at best.

======================

de CALV County W40TN

March 18:  Held monthly meeting in Prince Frederick, MD.  Worked on
pre-planning for some "common" scenarios.  Met at the home of KR3A
to deploy two HF antennas.  Hope to do more outdoor activities as
the wx warms up.

======================
de CHAS County KB3KOW

Participated in PRGE ARES' Annual Breakfast Deployment.
Worked with FWARC EC to establish a BPQ32 packet node in the
Ft Washington area.  Created Winlink template forms for the MDC SEC.

======================
de GARR County KB3FMJ:

The group reviewed this years upcoming activities, drills and other
group related activities. Philip Lewis (KB3ZBP) proposed developing
a new GCARES web site. Suggestions for the Web site were discussed
at the meeting.

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 March 9th 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 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
145.23 MHz, pl 110.9 on Tuesdays at 1930L. The monthly HF Hospital
Net is held the Wednesday following the third Monday of the month
on 3820 kHz 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 April 20.

March 14:  Held a Winlink 2000 class at our Fire Services Building.
Sixteen students from five counties particpated.  The county Fire
Chief Marc Bashoor and Section Manager Jim Cross, WI3N, both
welcomed the class with much enthusiasm.

March21:  Held our annual Breakfast Deployment at two locations;
Laurel Rescue Squad and Oxon Hill VFD with others participating
from around the region.
=====================
de WASH County NI2W

Monthly WASH ARES net on 146.94 participants: NI2W WA3EOP W3NHR
KB3MBR WA3EOQ K3FCC KB3JNJ N8UKC

=====================

de KA3AHI AEC PRGE Hospital Project:

March 18:  We had 24 check-ins to the HF Hospital Net!  
Appreciate the support and participation!  Next HFHNets are
scheduled for: Apr 22 and May 20.

Next HF Hospital Net will be Apr 22 on 3820 kHz at 1930L.

It is always the Wednesday following the third Monday.

I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC Section

Since I have been keeping records from the first HFHN, we have
had a total of 95 unique call signs checked into the Net.

I think you ought to be commended for supporting our Section
High Frequency Hospital Net.

March 19: Attended and participated in the Region V Hospital
Coalition Planning meeting for various upcoming exercises.  

The first being a Point of Distribution (POD) exercise April 9 in
PRGE county.  The next one is a MedStar exercise with selected
MedStar hospitals on April 30.

And finally a relatively large RegionV exercise on May 19.
======================

Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: <wb3kas@aol.com>



==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1503 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/337 QTC/84 MINS/841 BTN 1503
KB3MXM QND/31 QNI/304 QTC/29 MINS/521 MDD 1503 AA3SB QND/61
QNI/385 QTC/114 MINS/696 MSN 1503 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/133 QTC/76
MINS/776

PSHR: KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, W4OTN 110, W3CB 103, AA3SB 100,
KB3LNM 100, WB3FTQ 90, NI2W 81, K3IN 81, N3ZOC 74, AB3WG 57,
NF8I 36;

TFC: KK3F 1981, AA3SB 125, KB3LNM 65, W3YVQ 60, WB3FTQ 57,
W4OTN 45, AB3WG 28, N3ZOC 24, K3IN 21, NI2W 17, NF8I 12,
W3CB 5, KC3Y 5

==========
HF CONDITIONS
NTS nationwide nets have enjoyed generally good evening Cycle 4
conditions with some late net MUF problems at northern latitudes.
Some difficult Cycle 2 conditions continued with solar activity
absorption and noise in the afternoons.

Continued active sunspots kept the 3,000 KM daytime MUFs above ten
meters for some days of March - solar cycle 24 continuing to help
us avoid loss of NVIS prop in the winter months.

There have been a few nights where the MUFs dropped below 80m by
dawn.

Special thanks to Ron, N3AEA, and Cliff, W3CB, for helping with
MDD NCS slots. Welcome back to Pete, K3IN, now on the air on MDD
in the Thurmont area and able to handle traffic into Frederick,
Carroll, and Howard Counties.

The BTN is currently meeting 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.

LOCAL MDC RADIOGRAMS AND OTHER MESSAGING Outlets in each ARES®
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.

Our local groups provide the roots of the joint ARES® and NTS
network system, whether via voice, CW, or digital modes.

This is an essential part of our emergency preparedness capability.

Wide-area Section- level telephone or internet delivery of
messaging during emergencies is not likely to be possible. Direct
on-air liaison with our Section-wide NTS/NTSD services and the
Radio-email network can provide these services, and also helps
prevent the overloading of local emergency nets during activations.

We therefore request that each jurisdiction either send a daily
liaison to a Section NTS net, or designate a Target Station on the
WL2K network to exchange daily Radio-email as needed.

Having network stations in each jurisdiction can dramatically
reduce manning and net control requirements during emergencies.

A list of such Targets may be sent through the SEC or to me to be
shared off-line by Section leadership. If you have done so in the
past, please refresh your status so we may maintain a current
listing.

MANPOWER - TRAINING
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.
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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 done!

Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated
ARES®/NTS/NTSD operations.

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



==> FINALLY. . .

I hope you all had a happy Easter/Passover season.

It appears that 'old man winter' has lost his grip on us and we
should be seeing more normal/moderate temperatures in the next
few months.

Now is the time to prepare for spring and summer.

As I mentioned last month, we may do several things.

First, repair our antennas.

The old saying is, "If your antenna did not come down during
winter, it's not big enough." HIHI.

The time to make outside repairs is now before the weather gets too
hot. I cut off some branches growing around my Windom.

Second, get prepared for 2015 Field Day on June 27 - June 28.

Click on <www.arrl.org/field-day> for the official rules.  

Also be sure to click on <www.arrl.org/field-day-locator> and add
your 2015 Field Day site to the map.

Take advantage of our PIC Sid Caesar, NH7C, public information
conference noted above to learn about getting the word out to
elected officials and media.

Finally, be sure to prepare yourselves for severe storms during the
summer and fall.  

Hurricane season in the North Atlantic runs from June 1st through
November 30th.  Check and make sure that your "go-kit" is ready.

73 and remember - I am at your service,

Jim Cross, WI3N
ARRL MDC Section Manager
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Maryland-DC Officials