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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. 9 No. 8 
August 14, 2014
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET AUGUST 15th
* MARINE CORPS MARATHON NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
* HR 4969
* GRAN FONDO RADIO OPs NEEDED ON AUGUST 24! (URGENT)
* 2014 ARRL NATIONAL CENTENNIAL CONVENTION REPORT
* RAGANAR RELAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* JULY, 2014 T-MARC REPORT
* ANNUAL JFK RUN IN WASHINGTON COUNTY COMING UP
* MD STATE LAW ON DRIVING WHILE TALKING ON YOUR RADIO
* EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINALLY. . .  

==>  MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET AUGUST 15th

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

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.



==> MARINE CORPS MARATHON NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON HAS A NEW HAM SIGN-UP WEBSITE THIS YEAR:

   http://www.mcmham.org

We now maintain a database of your information from last year.  "If you
need to make a change, log back into <http://www.mcmham.org> and make
your changes" says Howard Cunningham WD5DB, "no more having to re-enter
everything."

This is also the site where we will place files for you to download.

You will find, at the end of the HAM form, a link to the Marathon
sign-up page.  "You need to continue onto the Marine Corps Marathon
site and fill out their form" Howard explains, adding "until you do
both sites you are not signed up."

If you have problems with the Web site, email Howard:

   Howard Cunningham <howardc@macrollc.com>

Thank you for supporting the Marine Corps Marathon.



==> HR 4969

This is a bill that, if passed in the House and Senate and signed by
the President, will offer some relief to Amateur Radio operators who
are trying to deal with the antenna limitations that have been imposed
on us in the deed restrictions in over 4500 Home Owners Associations in
Maryland alone. Across the country many Amateurs are prohibited from
operating from their homes. PRB-1 addresses the issue with Amateurs
falling under zoning restrictions in municipalities and counties by
calling for "reasonable" accommodation of Amateur antennas. OTARD (Over
the Air Receiving Devices)
<http://www.fcc.gov/guides/over-air-reception-devices-rule> was passed
in 1996 to accommodate the television and satellite industries who had
a bit more money to lobby with than us.

Please follow this link <http://www.arrl.org/hr-4969> on the ARRL
website to find out what you can do to as a voting citizen to put
legislation in place to accommodate antennas in communities with
restrictions. We really need your help.



==> GRAN FONDO RADIO OPs NEEDED ON AUGUST 24! (URGENT)

Frederick ARES and the Frederick Amateur Radio Club (FARC) will again
be providing communications support for the Gran Fondo Bike Race this
year on August 24th. 

We need operators with a mobile or HT 2M rigs willing to man the four
checkpoints (timing stations) during this event. 

Operations will be the same as last year, and you can go to
<http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1363618> for the times and locations 
Please click on the green icons. 

Plan on using either the MADXRA or FARG repeater systems.

While Gran Fondo isn't a "non-profit" organization, we got a nice
donation from them which was then donated to the MADXRA group for the
maintenance of their repeater system.

For the locations with longer hours, we will try and limit the shifts
to four hours. 

As always, you don't have to be a member of ARES, FARC, or  MADXRA -
just a ham who is willing to lend a hand.

Please let me know if you're available.

Thanks and 73,
Jeff Fishman KB3FIO
Frederick County ARES EC
E-Mail: <ljfish1@comcast.net>



==>2014 ARRL NATIONAL CENTENNIAL CONVENTION REPORT

ASM Al Brown, KZ3AB, attended the 2014 ARRL National Centennial
Convention from July 17th through July 19th at the Hartford Convention
Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

While he was there, he met with many people from the MDC area including
James Hamilton (NF8I), John (W3BE) and Betty (W3BEJ) Johnston, Tom
Abernethy (W3TOM), Ross Merlin (WA2WDT), Mike Martin (K3RFI), Mark
Kraham (W8CMK) and Chris Imlay (W3KD), to name a few.

Mike Martin (K3RFI) participted in the Training Track titled "RFI-101"
and Chris Imlay (W3KD) in the "Amateur Radio Legal Seminar" on
Thursday, July 17th.

On Friday, July 18th, Mark Kraham (W8CMK), the news director at
WHAG-TV25 in Hagerstown, gave a great presentation on "The Art of the
[Media] Interview."  Later that day, Ross Merlin (WA2WDT), talked about
"Public Service Communications -- Maintaining Readiness."  

Al also met and spoke with dignitaries such as Kay Cragie (N3KN) ARRL
President, Harold Cramer (WJ1B) ARRL COO, Dave Sumner (K1ZZ) ARRL CEO,
Craige Fugate (KK4INZ) FEMA Administrator, and many more.

In Al's words, "In spite of all the confusion when trying to check in
and all the delays at the start, the ARRL team finally got their act
together.  Wish you all could have been there."

He looks forward to attending the ARRL's 200th Anniversary Convention
in 2114. "HIHI"



==> RAGANAR RELAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The RAGNAR Relay race will be held on Friday September 12th.

RAGNAR is a team relay running race that begins in the Cumberland,
Maryland area and ends in Washington, DC.

In the past, the Antietam Radio Association in Hagerstown has provided
amateur radio coverage from just west of Hancock, Maryland to Fort
Frederick. The remaining portions of the race are provided by cell
phone.

At this time I am looking for a couple of volunteers to man the check
point in Widmyer Park in Hancock. There are two shifts for this
assignment. One begins at 1:00 PM and ends at 5:00 PM and the second
begins at 5:00 PM and end at 10:15 PM or whenever the last runner
passes through this check point.

In addition, I may need a net controller from 8:00 PM to 12:00 midnight
on September 12. 

Extra folks at each posts would also be appreciated and for you new
hams this is an excellent opportunity to learn public service events as
well as net control procedures.

If you are interested please contact me ASAP so I can fill the
assignment sheet and report to the RAGNAR coordinator that we are
ready!!

Thanks and 73,
Butch, NI2W
E-mail: <mee42@myactv.net>
Home Phone: 301-824-5373
Cell Phone: 908-343-1704



==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS

Carroll County Tailgate Fest
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.qis.net/~k3pzn
Location: Carroll County Agricultural Center
706 Agriculture Center Drive
Westminster, MD 21157
Talk-In: 145.410 (PL 114.8)
Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB
2145 Bethel Road
Finksburg, MD 21048
Phone: 410-876-1482
Email: n3sb@qis.net

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Delmarva Amateur Radio & Electronics EXPO and ARRL Delaware Convention
Saturday, October 4
Mark your calendars!!
The Delmarva Amateur Radio & Electronics EXPO and ARRL Delaware
Convention is only two months away!  The date is Saturday October 4th
and the location is Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown,
Delaware.   Plan now to attend and enjoy one of the best and most
enjoyable Hamfests on the East Coast.  Some of Ham Radio’s top
retailers to include Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) and Quicksilver Radio will
be there along with many regional and local vendors. Our low entrance
fees are unchanged and tailgating will be a BIG part of the Hamfest.
Plan to bring your excess gear and turn it into cash.  The guest
speaker/forum program includes Bob Bruninga W4APR who will update us
on the latest in APRS technologies and operational applications- and 
other speakers addressing redundancy and reliability in power and
communications. As always, expect the best lunch…delicious Delmarva
Chicken!  Be ready to upgrade…testing will be available for all
license classes.  This and lots more mean you can’t miss this event!

For more information contact Paul Ross at 302-569-1618 or email
Paul@nr3p.com

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CARAFest
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Talk-In: 147.135/R- (PL 156.7)
Website: http://carafest.org
Public Contact: David Parkison, KB3VDY	
6037 Hunt Club Road Elkridge, MD 21075
Phone: 410-977-1249
Email: trainman195@gmail.com

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Southern Maryland Tailgate Fest
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Sponsor: St. Mary's County ARA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Location: Hollywood Volunteer Fire Dept
24801 Three Notch Road
Hollywood, MD 20636
Talk-In: 146.64 (PL 146.2)
Website: www.k3nhk.org
Contact: Ken McNeely, KB3YPY
21837 North Essex Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Phone: 301-862-4105
Email: ken.mcneely@yahoo.com

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MASON DIXON HAMFEST
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Location: Carroll County Agricultural Center
706 Agriculture Center Drive
Westminster, MD 21157
Talk-In: 145.410 (PL 114.8)
Website: http://www.qis.net/~k3pzn
Public Contact: Steve Beckman	, N3SB	
2145 Bethel Road Finksburg, MD 21048
Phone: 410-876-1482
Email: n3sb@qis.net

---------------------------------------------

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>.



==> JULY, 2014 T-MARC REPORT

Here is the T-MARC Frequency Coordination Report for July, 2014

Applications in Process:

KA4DCS

 – Received application for move of unpublished 449.xxxx- repeater
   from Alexandria, Va. to Culpeper, Va. and also a freq. swap of
   same pair to 444.xxxx+. 

 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
   coordination groups. 

 - Awaiting testing.

Bristol Emergency Amateur Repeater System 

 – Received application for move of 448.7250- from Bethany Beach
   to Roxana, Delaware.

 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
   coordination groups.

 - Sent revised coordination.

Shenandoah Valley ARC

 – Received application for move of 146.8200- in Winchester, Va.

 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
   coordination groups.

Worcester County Emergency Services

 – Received application for coordination for 2 meter pair at
   Ocean Pines, Md.

 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
   coordination groups.

 - Sent Construction Coordination for 145.1900- at Ocean
   Pines, Md.

On Air Status Requests sent to:

147.0150-   Tri-Co      Ocean City, Md.
443.1875+   K3OCM       Mechanicsville, Md.

Other:

   South East Repeater Association:
     Received 1 proposed coordination for 6 meters
     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 would like to contact T-MARC, you may send an e-mail to the
Board at <tmarc@tmarc.org>.

Our snail-mail address is:
 T-MARC
 P.O. Box 1022
 Savage, Md. 20763-1022

Please feel free to visit the T-MATC web page at: 
<http://tmarc.org/>


==> ANNUAL JFK RUN IN WASHINGTON COUNTY COMING UP

It's that time of the year again. Time for the JFK Run and it is only
14 weeks away. The date is November 22, 2014. 

As usual I am looking for volunteers to fill the various spots along
the route in Washington County.  If you would like to volunteer please
let me know. 

For you newcomers, the JFK is a fifty mile run held annually through
Washington County. 

In general, the run begins in Boonsboro and uses route US-40 ALT to
Turner's Gap. Then, there is transitions to the Appalachian Trail and
continues south to the C&O Canal. 

The run continues on the C&O Canal Towpath to Dam #4 where it takes
local roads through Downsville and ends at the middle school in
Williamsport.

The hams from the Antietam Radio Association (ARA) and other volunteers
provide communications along the route. This communication support
consists mostly of coordinating pick-ups of runners drooping out early,
as well as finding runners. 

This public service is one the ARA has provided for many years and is
our biggest public service event. 

So if you can help, please contact me, Butch Eigenbrode (NI2W) via
e-mail at: <mee42@myactv.net>, on my home phone at: 301-824-5373 or my
cell phone: 908-343-1704.

Thanks and 73.



==> MD STATE LAW ON DRIVING WHILE TALKING ON YOUR RADIO

Bill Shapiro, N3UKI, asked me if the Maryland State law that covers
hand held devices while driving affects Amateur Radio operators using
their microphones while driving. Thanks to Dan Blasberg, KA8YPY, who
works for Delegate Michael D. Smigiel Sr. for providing the following
research on the question.

The law is covered in the following sections:

Md. TRANSPORTATION Code Ann. § 21-1124
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutesText.aspx?article=gtr&section=21-1124&ext=html&session=2014RS&tab=subject5

Md. TRANSPORTATION Code Ann. § 21-1124.1
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutesText.aspx?article=gtr&section=21-1124.1&ext=html&session=2014RS&tab=subject5

Md. TRANSPORTATION Code Ann. § 21-1124.2
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutesText.aspx?article=gtr&section=21-1124.2&ext=html&session=2014RS&tab=subject5

The only definition they have applies to a Handheld telephone, text
messaging device and wireless communication device. All specifically
relate to accessing the wireless telephone network. Therefore, using a
2-way radio of any type is permitted. 



==> EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (ECAC) REPORT

The ECAC was in existence for three and a half years and I was chairman
for the last two years, 2012 and 2013. The committee consisted of one
appointee from each of the fifteen ARRL Divisions. For most of the last
two years we met weekly via the computer. Our report, a Power Point
presentation and other documents can be found on the MDC website at:
<http://www.arrl-mdc.net/ECAC/Documents.html>. The Directors had the
report for their January, 2014 and July 2014 meetings. At this point
they have chosen not to implement our suggestion of an elected standing
committee to try to deal with the many suggestions made in the report
and to support ARES® and NTS working together more closely across the
country. I hope that after you read it you will advise Atlantic
Division Bill Edgar, N3LLR, (n3llr@arrl.org) and Vice Director Tom
Abernethy, W3TOM, (w3tom@arrl.org) of your thoughts about it, pro or
con. 


==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT

_______________________________________________

ARRL Section: Maryland-DC     Month:   July      Year: 2014
_______________________________________________
AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 606
Change since last month:   +2
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 5
Number of ARES nets active: 115
Number with NTS liaison: 10
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: N3SEO, N3QHC, NI2W, W3JCT, WB3KAS
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:   12         
                                                 
Person hours:    103
Number of public service events this month:  1                         
                                                 
Person hours:     20
Number of emergency operations this month:  0                          
                                                 
Person hours:      0  
Total number of ARES operations this month: 13                         
                    
Total Person hours:    323

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 happy to see the number of submissions are up this
month.
There is one vacant DEC slot left for the Central Region Section.  If
you are interested, and up to the challenge, please contact me or the
Section Manager, WI3N for more information.
Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visit to as many ARES and
club groups as possible. We have two presentations I think would be
worth your while to hear.  One on Section Interoperability and the
other is the Section Hospital EmComm Program.  If you have interest in
this, and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me.
======================
de ANAR County N3SEO:
ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC.
ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.
Fourth of July Parade: Parade; K3TED, K3YLW, KA2JAI, WA5VHU, WA2ILU,
N3SEO
======================
de CALV County N3QHC:
1. July ARES Meeting we discussed upcoming events in August, September
and October. And one future proposed ARES support for next year’s MD
QSO Party.
2. At the July CARA General Meeting, Eric/W4OTN proposed Voice and
HSMMMESS on two State antenna towers here. This would provide secondary
voice comms to most of County. The HSMM-MESH would provide digital
microwave backbone to northern County.
======================
de GARR County KB3FMJ
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 August 12th  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.
Field Day 2014 review 
Review Emergency Response Preparations
Garrett County remote site tests 
======================
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
145.23MHz  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.
July 11:  Supported a County evacuation drill with RACES.  Eight ARES
operators supported the effort.
=====================
de KA3AHI AEC PRGE Hospital Project:
Next HFHN will be Aug 20. I'd like to hear more check-ins from our MDC
Section.
Our next PRGE Quarterly Hospital Drill will be in October, date TBD. 
If you'd like to join us and participate, please email me at
KA3AHI@aol.com
======================
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: wb3kas@aol.com



==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1407 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/331 QTC/127 MINS/812
BTN 1407 KB3MXM QND/28 QNI/315 QTC/28 MINS/427
MDD 1407 AA3SB QND/56 QNI/257 QTC/80 MINS/507
MSN 1407 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/102 QTC/20 MINS/767

PSHR: KK3F 165, AA3SB 160, W3YVQ 135, W3CB 100,
WB4FDT 100, KB3LNM 100, WB3FTQ 90, W4OTN 82, NF8I 70,
N3ZOC 29;

TFC: KK3F 905, WB3FTQ 198, KB3LNM 139, AA3SB 89,
NF8I 76, WB4FDT 70, W3YVQ 55, W4OTN 52, N3HFC 24,
W3CB 10, N3ZOC 7, KC3Y 5

==========

HF propagation degraded slightly during July with
daytime MUFs dipping below 21 MHz many days, and
below 17 MHz some days, mostly due to higher sun
angle, daytime absorption, solar disturbances and/or
reduced sunspot numbers. NTS nationwide nets have
enjoyed generally good evening Cycle 4 conditions but
more difficult Cycle 2 conditions with weaker summertime
signals in the afternoons. Cycle 24 is still active,
however, and small groups of sunspots have come into
view several times during the month.

All MDC ARES(r) jurisdictions are encouraged to use
the Radio-email Layer to communicate with each
other, served agencies, and the stations operating in
the MDC NTS/NTSD affiliated nets. Peer-to-peer Radio-
email connections may also be used for backup.
Stations on MEPN can accept direct and network
connections for Radio-email via HF PacTor, forward
Radio-email nation-wide, and post Radiogram traffic
directly to the NTSD when needed.

Outlets in each ARES(r) jurisdiction are needed for daily
Radiogram and Radio-email traffic, particularly for
messaging welcoming new hams to the Amateur Service.
Local stations are best equipped to deliver such traffic
and welcome the new ham with local information and help.
Radiogram traffic should be delivered within 48 hours
from the time of origination otherwise we have to service
it back as undeliverable unless local stations accept and
handle the traffic. Find a local operator with interest in
providing this service. Each of our local groups provide
the roots of the ARES(r) effort and of the NTS network
system. This is an essential part of our emergency
preparedness effort. Wide area Section level telephone
delivery of messaging during emergencies is not likely
to be possible. Direct liaisons via the digital modes
helps prevent overloading local emergency nets during
activations. The NTS volunteers to take this daily traffic
in order to provide for practice in sustaining this
messaging capability.

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
mail as needed. 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.

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.

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. This is your pathway to joining the
national ARRL Field Organization Public Service
Communications team. ARESMAT teams invited to
assist our Section during emergencies will come in
expecting to find pathways for messaging via these
various modes to all levels of the national networks.

Thanks to all the NTS net controls, 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(r)/NTS/NTSD operations.

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



==> FINALLY. . .

First I want to apologize to the Anne Arundel Radio Club for neglecting
to put out a reminder notice of the MDC QSO Party on the Friday before.
Being in Los Angeles doing vacation stuff and the three hour time
difference really goofed me up. Mea culpa.

If you haven't read through the information on the ARRL website about
HR 4969, please take a moment to do so and follow the instructions for
letting your Congressperson know how you feel about it. Also please
consider asking you Congressperson to be a co-sponsor of the bill.

Hopefully you will also take some time and read the ECAC report.
Unfortunately, only about 6% of all Amateur Radio operators participate
in emergency communications, which I find sort of sad since the very
first part of our Amateur Radio definition in the FCC Rules Part 97(1)a
leads off with our participation in emergency communications.

As always, thanks to ASM Al Brown, KZ3AB, for his much appreciated
assistance with this month's MDC Section News and taking care of the
two websites: <http://www.arrl.org/Groups/view/maryland-dc> and
<http://www.arrl-mdc.net/>. 


73, and remember, I am always at your service.

Jim Cross, WI3N
<WI3N@ARRL.ORG>
ARRL MDC Section Manager (SM)


Maryland-DC Officials