==> FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO SCHOLARSHIP DUE SOON
The Foundation for Amateur Radio (F.A.R.) a non-profit,
all volunteer organization, manages 52 scholarships,
worth an aggregate of $72,100, all to be awarded to
licensed amateur radio operators who complete
We are presently accepting applications for scholarships
for the 2014 / 2015 school year.
The application form is available on the F.A.R. web site at:
This is a treasured opportunity, especially in difficult
economic times, to assist in making the cost of academic
Many parent(s), as licensed Amateurs, encourage their
children to seek a FCC radio license – knowing the rewards
it might bring.
Although the challenges for passing the FCC exam may seem
monumental at the time, the challenges of funding a college
degree are now upon you.
Help the F.A.R. and our college-bound students achieve their
There are no restrictions on age for any of the scholarships,
nor is their a requirement that the students be attending a
four year institution. However, all of the scholarships do
require that the candidates be full time students.
Please forward this information to help get the word out to
as many students as possible.
Dave Prestel, W8AJR
F.A.R. Scholarship Committee
For information about the F.A.R. visit <www.farweb.org> or
please contact Dave Prestel, W8AJR - Chairman of the
Scholarship Committee via e-mail: <email@example.com>.
- Section Name:
- Jim Cross WI3N
- Daytime Phone:
- 301-706-9543 (Cell)
- Evening Phone:
- 301-725-6829 (Home)
==> FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO SCHOLARSHIP DUE SOON
************************ MDC Section News Vol. 9 No. 3 March 14, 2014 ************************ * FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO SCHOLARSHIP DUE SOON * MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY, MARCH 21st * UPCOMING HAMFESTS * AMSAT - HIGH-ALTITUDE BALOON LAUNCH * UPCOMING AMATEUR RADIO CLASSES * FEBRUARY, 2014 T-MARC NEWS * RAGNAR RELAY RACE ASKING FOR VOLUNTEER HAMS * MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT * SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT * FINALLY ==> FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO SCHOLARSHIP DUE SOON The Foundation for Amateur Radio (F.A.R.) a non-profit, all volunteer organization, manages 52 scholarships, worth an aggregate of $72,100, all to be awarded to licensed amateur radio operators who complete applications. We are presently accepting applications for scholarships for the 2014 / 2015 school year. The application form is available on the F.A.R. web site at: <http://www.farweb.org/2014-scholarship-information>. This is a treasured opportunity, especially in difficult economic times, to assist in making the cost of academic studies affordable. Many parent(s), as licensed Amateurs, encourage their children to seek a FCC radio license – knowing the rewards it might bring. Although the challenges for passing the FCC exam may seem monumental at the time, the challenges of funding a college degree are now upon you. Help the F.A.R. and our college-bound students achieve their dreams. There are no restrictions on age for any of the scholarships, nor is their a requirement that the students be attending a four year institution. However, all of the scholarships do require that the candidates be full time students. Please forward this information to help get the word out to as many students as possible. Thank you! Dave Prestel, W8AJR Chairman F.A.R. Scholarship Committee For information about the F.A.R. visit <www.farweb.org> or contact: Dave Prestel, W8AJR - Chairman of the Scholarship Committee via e-mail at: <firstname.lastname@example.org.> ==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET MARCH 21st This month's MDC section-wide Echolink net will be held on Friday, March 21st 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. I would like to thank Marty, KB3MXM, the MDC ACC for acting as NCS for the February 21st Echolink net. 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 You may view upcoming hamfests in the Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland-DC, West Virginia and Virginia area by clicking on the ARRL MDC Section web page at: <http:www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm>. ----- Greater Baltimore Hamboree and Regional Emergency Preparedness Expo Saturday, April 5, 2014 Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club Location: Maryland State Fairgrounds 2200 York Road Timonium, MD Website: <http://www.gbhc.org> Talk-In: 147.67 Public Contact: Sharon Dobson, K3DUH PO Box 120 Reisterstown, MD 21136 Phone: 443-590-1444 Email: <email@example.com> ------------------------------------- York Hamfest Saturday, April 12, 2014 Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation Website: <http://www.yorkhamfest.org> Location: Porters Community Fire Company 1199 Porters Road Spring Grove, PA 17362 Talk-In: 147.33+ (PL 123.0) & 147.495 simplex Contact: Duane Sterner, KB3QLQ 7197 Hershey Road Spring Grove, PA 17362 Phone: 717-332-1385 Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org> -------------------------------------- Great Hagerstown Hamfest Saturday, May 3, 2014 Sponsor: Antietam Radio Association Location: Washington County Ag Center 7313 Sharpsburg Pike Boonsboro, MD Website: <http://w3cwc.org/Menu/Hagerstown-Hamfest> Talk-In: 147.090+ 100.0Hz CTCSS Contact: Herman Niedzielski, K2AVA 21512 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road Hagerstown, MD 21742 Phone: 301-791-5841 Email: <email@example.com> ---------------------------------- Memorial Day Hamfest Sunday, May 25, 2014 Sponsor: Maryland FM Association Location: Howard County Fairgrounds 2210 Fairgrounds Road West Friendship, MD 21794 Website: <http://www.marylandfm.org> Talk-In: 146.16/76 (PL 107.2) Contact: John Elgin, WA3MNN 518 Copley Lane Silver Spring, MD 20904 Phone: 301-641-5313 Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org> ------------------------------------- Breeze Shooters Hamfest and Computer Show Sunday, June 1, 2014 Sponsor: Breeze Shooters Amateur Radio Club Website: <http://www.breezeshooters.org> Location: Butler Farm Show Grounds 627 Evans City Road Butler, PA Talk-In: 147.300+ Contact: Robert W. Benna, N3LWP c/o Breezeshooter ARC 1010 Willow Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Phone: 412-366-0488 Email: <N3LWP@verizon.net> ------------------------------------- Manassas Hamfest Sunday June 8, 2014 Sponsor: Ole Virginia Hams ARC Website: <http://manassashamfest.org> Location: Prince William County Fairgrounds 10624 Dumfries Road Manassas, VA Talk-In: 146.970- (PL 100) 442.200- and D-STAR 442.5125+ Contact: Terry Erlacher, KC4DV 10855 Felicia Court Manassas, VA 20110 Phone: 571-292-1490 Email: <email@example.com> ------------------------------------ Eastern Pennsylvania Section Convention (Firecracker Hamfest & Electronics Expo) Saturday, July 5, 2014 Sponsor: Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club Type: ARRL Convention Website: <http://www.w3uu.org> Location: HACC Campus Shumaker Public Safety Center 3599 Industrial Road Harrisburg, PA 17101 Talk-In: 146.76 (PL 100) Contact: Tim Lehman, KB3OZA PO Box 453 Hummelstown, PA 17036 Phone: 717-982-8550 Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org> --------------------------------------- 64rd Annual Berryville Hamfest Sunday, August 3, 2014 Sponsor: Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club Website: <http://www.shenvalarc.org/hamfest> Location: Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds Business Route 7 Berryville, VA Talk-In: 146.820- Contact: John Cottrell, WD4GEK 989 Black Bear Road Maurertown, VA 22644 Phone: 540-436-3818 Email: <BerryvilleHamfest@gmail.com> ----------------------------------------- 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: http://www.k3nhk.org> Contact: Ken McNeely, KB3YPY 21837 North Essex Drive Lexington Park, MD 20653 Phone: 301-862-4105 Email: <email@example.com> --------------------------------- Click on: <www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm> and mark your calenders! ==> AMSAT - HIGH-ALTITUDE BALOON LAUNCH Pat Kilroy, N8PK, is organizing the AMSAT booth and display for this event at the Timonium (Baltimore) Hamfest in April. Pat says, "Conditions permitting the demonstrations may include flying a small experiment on a high-altitude balloon." He is planning to staff a three table AMSAT display indoors at the hamfest. You may contact Pat via e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org> to volunteer your services and offer your ideas for the display. ==> UPCOMING AMATEUR RADIO CLASSES Below are the classes listed on the Maryland-DC Section web page, <http://www.arrl-mdc.net> and is in the "Quick Clicks Bar" marked "Upcoming Ham Radio Classes." The direct link is <http://www.arrl-mdc.net/Classes.htm>. Location: Davidsonville, Md. Start/End Dates: 04/26/2014 - 06/14/2014 Times: 9 AM to Noon Number of Sessions: 6 Class level: General Morse code offered: No Pre register required: No Fee: $0.00 Pre Study required: No Class Type: Traditional Exam offered: Yes Sponsoring Club/Organization: Anne Arundel Radio Club Instructor: KK4GV Contact: Rick Creager KK4GV Phone: (301) 855-2278 Email: <email@example.com> Location: Davidson Family Recreation Center 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road Davidsonville, MD 21035 You may view upcoming amateur radio classes in your area by clicking on: <http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class> and searching in your area. ==> FEBRUARY, 2014 T-MARC NEWS Applications in Process: K3RIC – Received Application for Coordination for a narrow-band 2 meter pair in Salisbury, Md. Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups. Sent Construction Coordination for 145.2800-. N3JDR – Received Application for Coordination for move of 447.1250- to Hagerstown, Md. Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups. Sent revised coordination for location change and CTCSS change. Kent Island ARC – Received request to change sponsorship to Queen Anne's County RACES for 146.9400- and 448.2250- at Centerville, Md. Sent revised coordinations. Calvert Amateur Radio Club – Sent Final Coordinations for Upper Marlboro, Md. and Hollywood, Md. links. Network Engineers Repeater Assoc. – Received application for 900 MHz link freq. Sent Construction Coordination Southern Md. ARC – Sent revised coordination for ERP decrease and AGL increase on 147.1500+. KA4DCS – Received on air confirmation for un-published 449- pair in Washington, D.C. (Freq. change). Sent final coordination. On Air Status Requests sent to: 147.0300+ KE4JSV Luray, Va. 223.9600- N3EKQ Bel Air, Md. 224.2200- N3HXT Winchester, Va. 224.3600- KE4JSV Luray, Va. 224.4400- W3WMD Greenwood, Del. 900 Link AMROS Port Penn, Del. Coordinations Withdrawn / Cancelled: Unpublished 449 KA4DCS Washington, D.C. (Freq. change) Other: Area Repeater Coordination Council Notice of Proposed Coordinations: 1 – 2 Meters ==> RAGNAR RELAY RACE ASKING FOR VOLUNTEER HAMS The RAGNAR Relay Race from Cumberland, Maryland to Wahington, DC is a 24-hour a day relay foot race that runs a total of 193 miles. During the relay race, each team member runs three legs, with each leg ranging between three and eight miles with varying degrees in difficulty. Butch Eigenbrode, NI2W in Hagerstown, tells us that RAGNAR contacted him and asked for amateur radio support when the race passes through western Washington County on Friday, September 12, 2014. Based on his experience in the past two years, he expects to need 11 amateur radio volunteers. Three net controllers between the hours of 12:00 noon through 12:00 midnight. Two at the I-68 exit near Hancock, two shifts at the Widmyer Park in Hancock, two shifts at the Hancock Church of God, and two shifts at Fort Frederick State Park. The above assumes one individual per shift. It is better if two people are at a location for each shift except for net control where one per shift is sufficient. If you are interested in volunteering please advise me if you wish to volunteer. Thanks and 73 Butch, NI2W E-Mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Home: 301-824-5373 Cell: 908-343-1704 ==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT ARRL Section: Maryland-DC Month:February Year: 2014 ____________________________________________________ AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE Total number of ARES members: 607 Change since last month: +2 Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 4 Number of ARES nets active: 9 Number with NTS liaison: 4 Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3KOW, WB0EGR, WB3KAS, NI2W, W3JCT Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:7 Person hours:89 Number of public service events this month: 4 Person hours: 4 Number of emergency operations this month: 0 Person hours: 0 Total number of ARES operations this month:11 Total Person hours: 93 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. The number of submissions are declining and I hope this not the norm to see in the future. 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. I am still looking for ICS 205 Frequency Plans. I have received only a few. Please get it to me by the end of the month. 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 Hospital EmComm Program. If you have interest in this, and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me. ====================== 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 (-) 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 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. At the February ARES meeting Feb 18, W3CB gave a talk on application of Winlink's RMS Relay and how we may make use of its capability. WB2IFS/3 brought in and demonstrated his HSMM station and explained how HSSM might be the Amateur Radio technology of the future. ===================== de KA3AHI AEC PRGE Hospital Project: Our next PRGE Hospital Drill will be April Tuesday April 1st. If you'd like to join us and participate, please email me at KA3AHI@aol.com ====================== de WASH County de NI2W Nothing of signifance to report this period. [Butch will have surgery on March 17. It will be a slow three week recovery, however we wish him a speedy one.] ====================== de WICO County W3JCT Local Net: Delmarva Amateur Radio Enhancement Net every Monday night at 9:00 p.m. The DAR Net is sponsored by the Delmarva Amateur Radio Club which is now an ARRL Affiliated group operating a repeater on 146.820 MHz PL 156.7 Hz. Wicomico County RACES/ARES participated in the Radio Merit Badge course at the Salisbury University Merit Badge College on March 1, 2014. All thirteen scouts accomplished ON-THE-AIR training with help of amateur radio operators from both The Peninsula Radio Operators Society (PROS) and Delmarva Amateur Radio Club (DARC). The Boy Scout Merit Badge College is held at the Salisbury University Campus with approximately 500 Scouts working on 34 merit badges. ====================== Signature: Jim Montgomery Call sign: WB3KAS Maryland-DC SEC Email: email@example.com ==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT MDC NTS NETS: MEPN 1402 W3YVQ QND/28 QNI/326 QTC/120 MINS/759 BTN 1402 KB3MXM QND/28 QNI/331 QTC/9 MINS/542 MDD 1402 AA3SB QND/56 QNI/335 QTC/114 MINS/535 MSN 1402 W8CPG QND/28 QNI/129 QTC/46 MINS/819 PSHR: KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, W3CB 129, KB3MXM 110, WB4FDT 100, KB3LNM 100, AA3SB 100, WB3FTQ 90, N3ZOC 90, W4OTN 43; TFC: KK3F 1102, WB3FTQ 160, N3HFC 126, AA3SB 114, WB4FDT 83, KB3LNM 64, KB3MXM 50, N3ZOC 49, W3YVQ 48, W4OTN 29, W3CB 17, KC3Y 2 ========== HF propagation continues to be excellent with daytime MUFs above 10 meters during this Cycle 24. NTS nationwide nets have enjoyed generally good conditions. The Cycle 2 afternoon 3RN net has lost W3DWD as NM but participants from MDC, EPA, WPA, and DE have been working to sustain the net and maintain the link to EAN/C2. Welcome to James, NF8I, to the MDC DRS team supporting the NTSD connection to MEPN. All MDC ARES(r) jurisdictions are encouraged to use the Radio-email Layer 4 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 and post Radiogram traffic directly to the NTSD when needed. 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! Bruce, W8CPG, MSN Net Manager, is back on the air now from Huttonsville, WV 26273. Welcome back Bruce. --- Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated ARES(r)/NTS/NTSD operations. 73, W3YVQ, MDC ASM, STM w3yvq atsign arrl dot net ==> FINALLY In spite of all the snow we received on March 3rd and the cold temperatures during the following days, the first day of March marked the meteorological beginning of spring. The actual vernal equinox, the astronomical beginning of spring will occur on March 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM EDT. In either case, the arrival of spring means that it's time to start thinking about 'Field Day 2014.' Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC (2:00 PM EDT) on Saturday and runs through 2059 UTC (4:59 PM EDT) on the next day, Sunday. The 2014 Field Day will be held June 28-29. Click on: <www.arrl.org/field-day> for all the information and to get your club's supplies. If you want to tell the world about your 2014 Field Day operation, or are looking for a group to operate during Field Day, you may use the Field Day Locator, <http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator>, to help you do both! My ASM, Al Brown KZ3AB, and MDC staff plan to be traveling around the MDC Section and visiting as many Field Day sites as we can. Let me know if your club would like for us to visit your Field Day site. Please include your exact Field Day 2014 site, either by address or by latitude and longitude, so we may use our GPS to find you. My e-mail address is: <WI3N@ARRL.ORG>. 73 and remember, I am always at your service. Jim Cross WI3N ARRL MDC Section Manager <WI3N@ARRL.ORG>
Section ManagerJames E. Cross WI3N
Assistant Section ManagerE Allen Brown KZ3AB
State Government LiaisonDavid J. Prestel W8AJR
Assistant Section ManagerHerman A. Niedzielski K2AVA
Affiliated Club CoordinatorMartin J. Pittinger KB3MXM
Assistant Section ManagerWanda Montgomery KA3AHI
Section Traffic Manager,Joseph A. Nollmeyer W3YVQ
Assistant Section Manager
Technical CoordinatorRobert E. Bruninga WB4APR
Official Observer CoordinatorScott G. Bauer W3CV
Section Emergency CoordinatorJim Montgomery WB3KAS