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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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Atlantic
Description:
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MDC Section News
Vol. 12, No. 06
JUNE 16, 2017
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY JUNE 16th
* FIELD DAY IS COMING -- ARE YOU READY?
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* MAY, 2017 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT AND NOTICE
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER

==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY JUNE 16th

This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday, June 16th 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 previous 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 going on 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: 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.

==> FIELD DAY IS COMING -- ARE YOU READY?
ARRL Field Day
Field Day Coming - Are You Ready?

Use the ARRL web to show only public Field Day sites open to visitors, including news media. If you're planning to operate from a private and/or residential location, do not add your site to the map. The URL is: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator.

Be good Amateur Radio stewards of our natural resources too. The national Scouting program teaches us about "Leave No Trace" principles and this inspires awareness in others to do the same. Also include a FD safety awareness briefing, have good signage to make our visitors safe too - especially around equipment and antennas.

Fire Safety is also important for fuel-powered electrical generators and FD/Campsite cooking. It will be summer and Maryland is prone to changeable weather so have your NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) in the 'ALERT MODE' day and night. Get your local weather forecast every six hours or more frequent if serve weather is predicted. Keep a roster of your station operators - e.g. Name and Callsign to know who is on-site and make sure they are safe during FD. If operating in the wilderness and at night consider Hams wear a reflective-vests and Cyalume/SnapLight Light/Flare at night for safety - these 'Chem-Lights' should be easy to find local stores with the 4th of July about a week away.

Remember the share your FD2017 fun on Social Media for all Hams to enjoy and promote Amateur Radio. Join the conversation by using the hash tag #ARRLFD and on Facebook. The latest Tweets from ARRLMDC (@MDCARRL) for MDC Section and www.arrl-mdc.net/ section website.

Also look for ARC website "Event Calendars" and ask your ARC representatives.

Click on: http://www.arrl.org/field-day and look for the ARRL
Facebook page too!

Check out the FIELD DAY results webpage lookup at:
www.arrl.org/results-database?event_id=80253&ofst=25&ofst=0

Check the @ARRLMDC Twitter for updates during Field Day
https://twitter.com/mdcarrl

The MDC Section Manager and MDC Section Staff will be checking the 'ARRL FD Locator' to plan their visits.

The confirmed list as of June 5th on the ARRL FD2017 Locator for sites in the MDC Section, in alphabetical list in order by call sign, is:

K3ARS Kent County ARS, 13541 Maryland Line Road, Massey, MD
K3CAL Calvert County ARA, 4080 Broomes Island Rd, Broomes Island, MD
K3EW Upper Montgomery Hfers, 1000 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick, MD
K3LNZ Garrett County ARES®, 4-H Camp Rd. (Western MD 4H Center), Swanton, MD
K3NEM ARC of the National Electronics Museum, 6105 Rockburn, Branch Park Road (West), Elkridge, MD
KC3DQA Easton ARS, Great Marsh Park, 100 Somerset Ave, Cambridge, MD
N3DUE South Carroll Amateur Radio Group, 5883 Woodbine Rd, Woodbine, MD
N3IC Randallstown ARC, Washington Monument State Park, Shelter #2, Boonsboro, MD
NE3MD Northeast Maryland Amateur Radio Club, 1714 Morse Rd, Forrest Hill, MD
W3AO Potomac Valley RC + Columbia RA, 13400 Triadelphia Rd, Ellicott City, MD
W3C 300 Anniversary of Modern Free Masonry, Door to Virtue Lodge #46, Westminster, MD
W3CU Maryland Mobileers, Downs Memorial Park Youth Camping Area, Pasadena, MD
W3CWC Antietam Radio Assn, 21427 Leiter St, Leitersburg, MD
W3CYC Capital Yacht Club ARC, 660 Water St. SW, Washington, DC
W3LRC Laurel Amateur Radio Club, Riverfront Park, Avondale St, Laurel, MD
W3M Montgomery ARC + Damascus EMT, 10308 Lewis Dr, Damascus, MD
W3PGA AERO Amateur Radio Club, 1401 Diffendall Road, Essex, MD
W3VPR Anne Arundel Radio Club, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Rd, Davidsonville, MD
WD3MD CBRA+SLRC, 1714 Morse Rd., Port Deposit, MD


==> 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 well as conventions in Orlando, Florida and Dayton, Ohio as 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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CVARC HAMFEST 2017
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Location: Cumberland Valley Engine & Machinery Association (CVEMA) Show Grounds, 1501 Criders Church Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201
Website: www.w3ach.org
Sponsor: Cumberland Valley Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.12 (CTCSS 100.0 Hz), W3ACH, Chambersburg & Repeater coverage http://k5ehx.net/single.php?id=14629
Public Contact: Ray Smith, N3TWU, 27 N. Queen St., Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-377-3550
E-mail: raysmith@pa.net
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BARC's Father's Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds, 16020 Carnival Avenue, Upperco, MD 21155
Website: www.w3ft.com
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: None
Public Contact: Dave Shadwell, AB3TE, PO Box 120, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 443-465-6583
Email: w3ft67@yahoo.com
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Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club Firecracker Hamfest
Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Location: Harrisburg Area Community College, 3599 Industrial Road, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Website: www.w3uu.org
Sponsor: Harrisburg Radio Amateurs' Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.76 (CTCSS 100.0 Hz), W3UU, Harrisburg -
Public Contact: Tim Lehman, KB3OZA, PO Box 453, Hummelstown, PA 17036
Phone: 717 461-3398
Email: kb3oza@arrl.net
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67th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
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
Local Repeater: W4RKC, 146.82 MHz (CTCSS 146.2 Hz) w/ Yaesu System FUSION, AMS on receive, fixed FM transmit
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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Virginia Section Convention (Virginia Beach Hamfest)
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23450
Website: vbhamfest.com
Sponsor: Tidewater Radio Conventions
Talk-In: 146.970 (CTCSS: 141.3 Hz), W4KXV Virginia Beach Repeater
Public Contact: Carl Clements, W4CAC, 4500 Wake Forest Road, Portsmouth, VA 23703
Phone: 757-235-4813
E-mail: w4cac@cox.net
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CARA Fest
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794
Website: www.carafest.org
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.390+ (CTCSS: 156.7), K3CUJ repeater, Columbia, MD
Public Contact: David Parkison, KB3VDY, 1257 Stevens Avenue, Arbutus, MD 21227
Phone: 410-977-1249
Email: info@carafest.org
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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: pgares.org/santafest/
Sponsor: American Legion and Prince Georges County Emergency Repeater Association
Talk-In: 145.230 (CTCSS: 110.9 Hz), K3ERA repeater, Greenbelt
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: www.radioelectronicsexpo.com
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 (CTCSS: 156.7 Hz), Sussex County ARES® Primary Repeater, Millsboro, DE
Public Contact: Herb Quick, KF3BT, PO Box 1431, Seaford, DE 19973
Phone: 302-629-4949
E-mail: herb@hamiltongraphics.com

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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: MDC HAMFESTS or the ARRL's Hamfest and Convention Calendar at: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar


==> MAY, 2017 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT AND NOTICE

T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.

T-MARC coordinates Amateur repeater operations to help keep VHF and UHF interference problems to a minimum.

T-MARC's areas of responsibility include the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

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

Notice:

The demand for UHF repeaters continues to grow. As such, finding available pairs is becoming more and more difficult. The current bandplan calls for 442/447, 443/448, and 444/449 to be used for repeater pairs.

The T-MARC Board of Directors would like to propose the use of 441/446 for repeater usage. Currently, only links and control frequencies are utilized in that segment. With this proposal, those presently coordinated links and control frequencies would continue to be protected, but would make use of available frequency pairs for repeaters. No new links or control frequencies would be coordinated in that segment.

The coordinating groups that surround us all use 441/446 for repeaters now.

The current 420-450 MHz bandplan looks like this:
420.00-426.00 ATV repeater or simplex with 421.25 MHz video carrier, control links and experimental
426.00-432.00 ATV simplex with 427.250-MHz video carrier frequency
432.00-432.07 EME (Earth-Moon-Earth)
432.07-432.10 Weak-signal CW
432.10 70-cm calling frequency
432.10-432.30 Mixed-mode and weak-signal work
432.30-432.40 Propagation beacons
432.40-433.00 Mixed-mode and weak-signal work
433.00-435.00 Auxiliary/repeater links
435.00-438.00 Satellite only (internationally)
438.00-444.00 ATV repeater input with 439.250-MHz video carrier frequency and repeater links
442.00-445.00 Repeater inputs and outputs (local option)
445.00-447.00 Shared by auxiliary and control links, repeaters and simplex (local option)
446.00 National simplex frequency
447.00-450.00 Repeater inputs and outputs (local option)

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The proposed 420-450 MHZ bandplan would look like this:
420.00-426.00 ATV repeater or simplex with 421.25 MHz video carrier, control links and experimental
426.00-432.00 ATV simplex with 427.250-MHz video carrier frequency
432.00-432.07 EME (Earth-Moon-Earth)
432.07-432.10 Weak-signal CW
432.10 70-cm calling frequency
432.10-432.30 Mixed-mode and weak-signal work
432.30-432.40 Propagation beacons
432.40-433.00 Mixed-mode and weak-signal work
433.00-435.00 Auxiliary/repeater links
435.00-438.00 Satellite only (internationally)
438.00-444.00 ATV repeater input with 439.250-MHz video carrier frequency and repeater links
441.10-442.00 Repeater inputs and outputs – local option (No new link or control, current link and control grandfathered)
442.00-445.00 Repeater inputs and outputs (local option)
445.00-446.10 Shared by auxiliary and control links, repeaters and simplex (local option)
446.00 National simplex frequency
446.10-447.00 Repeater inputs and outputs – local option (No new link or control, current link and control grandfathered)
447.00-450.00 Repeater inputs and outputs (local option)

This proposal will be voted on at our membership meeting at the CARA Hamfest on October 1, 2017 located at the Howard County (Maryland) Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, Maryland.

Questions or comments welcomed - You may contact T-MARC via e-mail at: tmarc@tmarc.org or send a snail-mail to:
T-MARC
P.O. Box 1022
Savage, MD 20763-1022

May, 2017 - Applications in Process:

Cumberland Mafia Radio Club
— Sent Construction Coordination for 442.7000+ at Martinsburg, WV
— Received on air confirmation.
— Sent Final Coordination.

KA3LAO
— Received application for UHF narrow-band pair in Woodbine, MD
— Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
— Objection received.
— Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups with alternate pair.

Calvert ARC
— Received application for coordination for 2M pair in Lexington Park, MD
— No available pairs.
— Placed on waiting list.

Calvert ARC
— Received application for coordination for 2M pair in Bowie, MD
— No available pairs.
— Placed on waiting list.

Calvert ARC
— Received application for coordination for 2M pair in LaPlata, MD
— No available pairs.
— Placed on waiting list.

Calvert ARC
— Received application for coordination for 220 pair in Lexington Park, MD
— Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.

Calvert ARC
— Received application for coordination for 440 pair in Lexington Park, MD
— Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.

N3CDY
— Received application for coordination for 440 narrow-band pair in Bel Air, MD
— Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to Area Repeater Coordination Council.
— Sent Construction Coordination for 449.6125-

KA4DCS
— Received on air confirmation for UHF link at Haymarket, VA
— Sent Final Coordination

On Air Status Requests sent to:
— 444.1500+ N3KZ Havre de Grace, MD
— 449.6250- K3GI Towson, MD

Other:
South Eastern Repeater Assoc
— Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
— Received 1 proposed coordination for 440

Area Repeater Coordination Council
— Received 1 proposed coordination for 220

[The above information was submitted by T-MARC, The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council, www.tmarc.org, who is solely responsible for its content.]
See the current 2m waiting list at: http://www.tmarc.org/index_files/2MeterWaitingList.htm


==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
ARRL Section: Maryland-DC May 2017
National Traffic System

Report is pending and delayed, No report filed for ARRL or MDC Section.



==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT & MDC NTS NETS

National Traffic System
MEPN 1705 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/426 QTC/46 MINS/722
BTN 1705 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/462 QTC/49 MINS/636
MDD 1705 AA3SB QND/62 QNI/402 QTC/143 MINS 759
MSN 1705 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/137 QTC/73 MINS/753


PSHR: KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, W3CB 128, AB3WG 117, K3IN 110, WB4FDT 110, AA3SB 100, WB3FTQ 95, NI2W 91, N3ZOC 90, WG3K 38, KB3LFG 29; 1704 WG3K 67

TFC: KK3F 2002, K3IN 315, WB4FDT 156, W3YVQ 98, WB3FTQ 93, AA3SB 75, N3ZOC 71, AB3WG 35, NI2W 16, WG3K 14, W3CB 12, KB3LFG 2; 1704 WG3K 40

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HF PROPAGATION
HF NVIS propagation on MEPN (3820 KHz) was totally functional throughout May, 2017; weak signals at 1730L but improving at 1800L, due to later sunset. The evening Cycle 4 nets had improving conditions for the month for the MDD 1900L session but with some nights with poor conditions at 2200L EDT. There were a few dates where the overnight MUFs dropped below 80m, but the longer days have now produced better early and late sessions.

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 [Maryland Emergency Phone Net Click Link | BTN [Baltimore Traffic / Training Net] Click Link | MDD [Maryland-DC-Delaware] Nets Click Link | daily to find out more about how to contribute.

BTN LOCAL NTS TRAFFIC AND TRAINING NET
- - Learn more at Click Link
The BTN continues to meet 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.

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).

MSN CW TRAINING
- - Learn more at Click Link
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.
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Thanks to all the Section traffic net NCS stations, DTS/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

- Field Day made Easy - Fun - Exciting for 2017 and be safe. Remember your rules and collect those bonus points.
- "GOTA (Get on the Air)" station is set aside by the FD team to get non-hams or newly licensed hams on the air.
- Designate FD site and setup your site I.A.W. the rules
- Be ready to demo for your site visitors (elected governmental official) and representative of an agency
- ARRL officials (SM, SEC, DEC, EC, etc) do not qualify for bonus.
- Message Handling: 10 pts per formal message originated, relayed or received and delivered during FD 2017, Read Rule - 7.3.5.
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A 'BIG' shout-out and congrats to Everett Bollin, WA3DVO, Pamela, N3NKW for JOTA events and the Maryland Post 275's American Legion Amateur Radio Team, call sign N3TAL and Legionnaire Kenneth Greenhouse, KB3EII, with JOTA at the Legion's Southern Maryland District Youth Camp.
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2017/june/legion-supports-bsa-through-amateur-radio.htm#.WUPy7mAtGGI
https://www.legion.org/hamradio/237689/legion-supports-bsa-through-amateur-radio


73 and remember that I am always ready to serve you.
Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM
KB3MXM@ARRL.org
ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager

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The "Maryland-DC Section News" is published monthly by the ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, 4 Pegram Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117-2116; tel 443-326-1783. You may also send an email to: KB3MXM@ARRL.org or Send Mail To MDC

The "Maryland-DC Section News" offers a monthly digest of essential and general news of interest to all amateur radio operators.

My editor is the MDC Assistant Section Manager Al Brown, KZ3AB.

Material from the "MDC Section News" may be republished or reproduced, in whole or in part in any form, without additional permission.

Please give credit to the "Maryland-DC Section News" or the original author of submission.

The American Radio Relay League, ARRL, is the national association for amateur radio. We are always happy to help answer your questions about amateur radio and you need not be an ARRL member.





J8LD51

Links:
MDC Section Website, MDC Section Facebook, Maryland Emergency Phone Net (MEPN), Baltimore Traffic Net (BTN)

Maryland-DC Officials

  • Martin Pittinger

    Section Manager

    Martin J. Pittinger KB3MXM

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  • Joseph Nollmeyer

    Assistant Section Manager,
    Section Traffic Manager

    Joseph A. Nollmeyer W3YVQ

  • E Brown

    Assistant Section Manager

    E Allen Brown KZ3AB

  • Wanda Montgomery

    Assistant Section Manager

    Wanda Montgomery KA3AHI

  • Sid Caesar

    Public Info Coordinator

    Sid Caesar NH7C

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  • Robert Bruninga

    Technical Coordinator

    Robert E. Bruninga WB4APR

  • David Prestel

    State Government Liaison

    David J. Prestel W8AJR

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  • Herman Niedzielski

    Assistant Section Manager

    Herman A. Niedzielski K2AVA

  • Margaret Bevan

    Assistant Section Manager

    Margaret H. Bevan N3MB

  • Cynthia Penry

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Cynthia A. Penry KD5CCB

  • Jim Montgomery

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Jim Montgomery WB3KAS

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  • Scott Bauer

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Scott G. Bauer W3CV

  • William Hammond

    Official Observer Coordinator

    William A. Hammond N3IOD