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Section Name:
Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
Daytime Phone:
443-326-1783 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
410-326-1783 (Home)

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MDC Section News
"Vol. 15, No. 07"
"Friday, July 19, 2019"



"This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink® net will be held on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET on the EchoLink® *WASH_DC* Node 6154. The MDC Section EchoLink® net is always held on the third Friday evening of every month at 8:00 PM eastern local time. Next MDC Section monthly EchoLink® Net is scheduled for August 16th. "

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

"- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+), PL 107.2 Hz, in Annapolis, MD"
"- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL 156.7 Hz, located in Calverton, MD"
"- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL 151.4 Hz, located near Ocean City, MD"
"- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL 156.7 Hz, located near Silver Spring, MD"
"- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL 141.3 Hz, located near Frederick, MD"
"- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL 156.7, located near Sunderland, MD"
"- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co, MD"
"- W3SMD-L, 147.51, Simplex, St Mary's County, MD"

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Repeater owners are encouraged to join our MDC Section EchoLink® Net group and link your repeater - TU !

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"Everyone is encouraged to join in and give any updates on what is happening in your part of the ARRL Maryland-DC Section. If you do not have EchoLink® on your Computer, Tablet or Smartphone, you may download the free software from: 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. "


Hiram Percy Maxim -
"This year is the 150th anniversary of Hiram Percy Maxim birth, born on September 2nd, 1869 in Brooklyn, New York. He is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery, in the Hamilton family plot belonging to his wife's family at the oldest public cemetery in Washington County Maryland. The W1AW, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station represents both the legacy and the future of our wonderful fellowship. "

"ARRL Announces “Happy 150!” Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration - ARRL will hold an operating event this summer to celebrate HPM’s legacy, getting under way at 0000 UTC on August 31 and continuing until 2359 UTC on September 8. It is open to all radio amateurs. "

"W3CWC - Antietam Radio Association, Hagerstown, Maryland is proposing an HPM 150th Birthday Special Event Station for Aug 31, Sept 1, Sept 2. QSL with SASE. Operations probably in the 20m, 40m, and 75m bands. More details forthcoming. "

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APOLLO-11 50th Anniversary celebration of this historical lunar exploration as well as future Moon missions are ongoing through July 2019. The Washington Monument is used as a projection of the Apollo's Saturn Rocket launch and all the special activities in our U.S. Capital plus numerous Ham radio Special Events.

"These explorations in late 60's are critically juxtapose with national and world conflict, patriotism and anti-war movement, counterculture youth rebellion and civil right activists. "

"Post-war Amateur Radio was moving from AM to LSB/SSB to VHF. The first SSB Heathkit SB-100 and the Collins S-Line became available. New 2m VHF and 11m Citizen Band (CB, now called Citizens Band Radio Service, CBRS) was growing. The first electronic mail began in the 60s. By July 1960, the Rhododendron Swamp VHF Society in Massachusetts successfully used 1296 MHz in the first two-way contact via the Moon then shortly after Arecibo in Puerto Rico used 430 MHz for another Moonbounce. Late in the 60s SSTV was authorized by the FCC, permitting amateurs to transmit and receive static Black/White or color pictures. The 1960s brought Space technology to Amateur Radio with OSCAR Satellites. Closing of decade ARRL and FCC restores incentive radio-class licensing, sub-dividing the HF band for Extra or Advanced operators. "

Do you have a bit of history from the 1960's?

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Look for many Apollo-11 anniversary related radio events:
"07/01/2019 | GB5EHL, Leiester, England"
"07/01/2019 | K2BSA/8, Metamora, MI"
"07/08/2019 | N8A, West Chester, OH"
"07/14/2019 | N1A, Milford, OH"
"07/14/2019 | WB4ICJ, Geneseo, IL"
"07/16/2019 | K2CAM, Garden City, NY"
"07/16/2019 | N4A, Huntsville, AL"
"07/16/2019 | K2M Long Island, NY"
"07/18/2019 | N5A, Springdale, AR"
"07/18/2019 | W3A, Baltimore, MD (K3NEM)"
"07/19/2019 | W4A, Huntsville, AL (HARC)"
"07/20/2019 | K1M, Ansonia, CT (SARC)"
"07/20/2019 | K8QYL, Wapakoneta, OH (ARA)"
"07/20/2019 | K9MOT, Schaumburg, IL (MARC)"

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ARES Connect! -

"Please view and sign up for available opportunities to educate the public about the Amateur Radio Service, welcome newcomers, encourage self-training and skill advancement and bolster a nationwide emergency communications network."

"The new ARES Connect volunteer management system provides many valuable features that will truly enhance the experience of emergency communication volunteers. Those features include: a robust event management feature that allows you to create events, register users, log hours; a more automated reporting system based on user input, so that, instead of filing reports, you will be able to generate reports based on the events users register and log hours for; enhanced roster management capabilities; and embedded communications tools that will allow you to send email and text messages to volunteers. "
Web link for Video instructions.

"If you have any questions, please contact the ARRL HQ ARES Connect Support team at "

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"Marty, KB3MXM"
"Maryland / DC Section Manager, ARRL "

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More Mentors Needed for New ARRL Emergency Communications Course Sessions.

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AREDN Receives Grant from Yasme Foundation -

"The AREDN Project was recently honored by the Yasme Foundation with the award of a $7000 grant for the purchase of a 20 GHz spectrum analyzer. The analyzer will be used to understand the characteristics of 802.11 protocols in the unique, long-distance mesh, configurations of AREDN implementations. It will also afford us the ability to measure, and perhaps, improve the quality of transmissions emanating from AREDN-supported devices."

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Many MDC Section FD 2019 reported record high scores this year.
"Thanks to all the MDC Section Amateur Radio operators and groups for demonstrating to your communities, leadership, served agency representatives and showing the true capabilities of our radio experience and knowledge. "

"Several Section leaders visited many sites covering a major portion of FD2019 sites. The weather was extraordinary awesome, allowing our radio groups to successfully and safely deploy a wide-variety of HF, VHF/UHF, SHF & Satellite ground stations. Many sites provided food and beverages throughout the 2-day event. "

"Let me share the most remarkable part of any ARRL Field Day - it's the opportunity to see the camaraderie of our Amateur Radio members doing what they love so much. The next most enjoyable part is seeing all of Maryland and the District of Columbia, Washington D.C. The first-hand experience of visiting our cities, farmlands, shorelines, urban areas, the historic towns from Western Maryland, the Appalachian Mountains, the Chesapeake Bay, Southern Maryland and our Eastern Shore. So many wonderful things to witness, from Sunrise to Sunset and all through the night. "

MDC Section - FIELD DAY 2019 - Roster of 29 Stations/Sites:

"W3CWC - Antietam Radio Association, Leitersburg, MD 21742 "
"N3IC/K3MZ - RARC, Middletown, MD 21769 "
"W3M - MARC-DVFD-DECT, Damascus MD 20872"
"W3AO/K3CUJ - PVRC/CARA, Glenwood, MD "
"K3PZN - Carroll County Amateur Radio Club, Westminster, MD 21158 "
"KC3FHC- Harford County ARES, Forest Hill MD 21050 "
"K3ARS - Kent Amateur Radio Society, Massey, MD 21650"
"W3PGA - Aero Amateur Radio Club, Essex, MD 21221"
"W3CU - Maryland Mobileers ARC, Pasadena MD 21122"
"K3NEM - Nat'l Electronics Museum ARC Radio Club, Elkridge, MD"
"W3LRC - Laurel Amateur Radio Club, Laurel, MD 20707"
"WA3NAN - Goddard Amateur Radio Club, Glenn Dale, MD 20769 "
"W3VPR - Anne Arundel Radio Club, Davidsonville, MD 21035 "
"K3EMD - Easton Amateur Radio Society, Cambridge, MD 21613"
"K3CAL - Calvert Amateur Radio Association, Inc., Lusby, MD 20657"
"K3HKI - St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Assoc., Lexington Park, MD 20653"
"NE3MD - Northeast Maryland Amateur Radio Club, Havre de Grace, MD"
"K3LNZ - Garrett County ARES, Swanton, MD, Nanjemoy, MD 20662"
"K3QAC - Queen Anne's Amateur Radio Club, Centreville, MD"
"W3SMR/KC3BFB/K3SMD - S. MD Radio Club & Ft. Wash. & Charles Co. ARC, Nanjemoy, MD 20662"
"K3QAC - Queen Anne's Amateur Radio Club, Centreville, MD "
"W3YMW - Mountain Amateur Radio Club (Cumberland), LaVale, MD "
"WN3R - Upper Montgomery County HFer’s, Frederick, MD "
"KB3CVD - UMBC Amateur Radio Club, Baltimore, MD 21250"
"N3DUE - South Carroll Amateur Radio Group, Sykesville, MD 21784 "

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"Hurricane Barry was the fourth recorded storm to make landfall at hurricane strength on the state of Louisiana in the month of July. A clear reminder that Hurricanes don't always originate at Sea; as Barry's started in the U.S. Mid-West as a mesoscale convective vortex (MCV) on July 4th before moving to the Gulf of Mexico on July 10th. A tropical cyclone developed into a tropical storm on the next day, becoming the 2nd named storm of the 2019 season. By July 13th Hurricane Barry hit CAT-1 by late July 15th, then degenerated and dissipating by July 19th. Louisiana's ARES was activity in supporting their communities - see website ( links to 8 Facebook Pages to keep their ARES members, served agencies and the public informed throughout the storm and other critical events. "

"The MDC Section recently impacted by damaging winds and torrential rain wide-spread causing flash flooding. We had several Severe Thunderstorms moving at +40 mph throughout Central and Eastern Maryland & Chesapeake Bay with Wind Hazard +60 mph. Over the past month swarms of severe storms hit our MDC Section (Jun. 18, 25, 28, 29, 30; Jul. 3, 5, 7, 12 & 18) causes isolated damage and impact to some Hams. SKYWARN was activated during some events and our MDC ARES was placed in 'Monitoring Mode.'"

"Having RF communications allows us the effectively share and support our communities. So, have a ""Go-Bag"" and get your ARES training before the next disaster. "

To help you with a Disaster Cookbook you'll need an Online Bookmark List with multiple online resources available to stay informed and manage your situational awareness: - NWS (LWX) Sterling VA - Weather Prediction Center - National Hurricane Center - Maryland Stream Gauges - Chesapeake Bay Recent Marine Data - Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) - NWR Radio coverage Maryland - NWR Radio coverage District of Columbia (DC) -
" - MEMA Dashboard (Power, Weather, Transportation, Hospitals, Shelters, Flood)"
" - Maryland Geological Survey, Earthquakes "
" - SKYWARN, Maryland & Washington D.C. " - Maryland / DC Section website - Our Twitter is @MDCARRL - Facebook is @ARRLMDC - ARRL HQ MDC - - Coordinated Highways Action Response Team - Find MDC Section Amateur Radio Clubs;y=38.2424;x=-76.42;z=8;t=3;d=2;dl=2;dc=0; - Maryland Lightning Map - Field Day Locator - MDC Section VE Testing - Wallops Island Digisonde Propagation

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"For this month our MDC SM adds On-Air Events. For our section members interested in other types of RF communication, events and activities related to the RF spectrum. Please send your upcoming ARC events, suggestions and comments - include our ARC Events, too. 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 SECTION Hamfests or the ARRL's Hamfest, Field Day and Convention Calendar. I, as the MDC Section Manager, Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, and/or a designated ARRL representative(s) plan to attend your ARRL Maryland-DC Section events. We hope to see you there and bring a fellow Ham and friend. Starting in May 2019, the following Web-links will replace the Section New list of MDCs HAMFEST, EXAMS, & CLASSES announcements:"

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Upcoming Hamfests -

"07/21/2019 - Somerset County, Pennsylvania Hamfest, Somerset, PA -"
"07/27/2019 - CVARC HAMFEST, Chambersburg, PA -"
"08/03/2019 - Reading Radio Club's Hamfest, Sinking Spring, PA -"
"08/03/2019 - Roanoke HamFun 2019, Vinton, VA -"
"08/04/2019 - 69th Annual Berryville Hamfest, Berryville, VA -"
"08/10/2019 - 57th Annual Hamfest, Huntington, WV -"
"08/23/2019 - West Virginia State Convention, Weston, WV -"
"08/25/2019 - Skyview Radio Society ""Swap N Shop"", New Kensington, PA -"
"08/31/2019 - 70th Annual Gabfest, Uniontown, PA -"
"09/07/2019 - ARRL Virginia Section Convention, Virginia Beach Hamfest, Virginia Beach, VA -"
"09/08/2019 - Swapfest, Butler, PA -"
"09/21/2019 - Country Amateur Radio Club HamFest, Madison, WV -"
"10/05/2019 - Red Rose Repeater Assn. Hamfest, Talmage, PA -"
"10/05/2019 - 7th Annual TailgateFest, Hollywood, MD - Website:"
"10/06/2019 - CARAFest 2019, West Friendship, MD - Website:"
"10/12/2019 - Parkersburg, Wood County Hamfest, Mineral Wells, WV -"
"10/20/2019 - RF Hill Amateur Radio Club Hamfest, Sellersville, PA -"
"10/27/2019 - Mason Dixon Hamfest, Upperco, MD -"
"11/03/2019 - WACOM Hamfest 2019, Washington, PA - "
"12/07/2019 - SantaFest, Cheltenham, MD -"
"03/29/2020 - 48th Annual TRARC Hamfest/Computer Show, Mckeesport, PA - Two Rivers Amateur Radio Club"

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VEC Amateur Radio FCC License Examine

"07/20/2019 | LARC Laurel, MD "
"07/23/2019 | MMARC Linthicum Heights, MD "

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"Eric KC3GDV, MDC Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) - kc3gdv at gmail dot com "
World Jamboree planned for Summit in West Virginia and setting up several Ham Radios
"Operating July 22 - 31 ( Anne Arundel Radio Club (W3PVR) plan Ham Shack on July 26, 27 & 30 from 4 pm to 8 pm. "
Unallocated Space (W3UAS) scheduling a GOTA (Get On The Air) event in the evening July 25th.
Please contact at for more details.
ARRL web site to find clubs in your area ( to see if they are planning any events.

"24th World Scout Jamboree will be active from 22 July to 2 August 2019 from the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County, West Virginia. "
"Look for stations between Jul 22 - Aug 2, 0000Z-0000Z, callsign NA1WSJ Radio Association / K2BSA ARA, Glen Jean, WV. "
"The demonstration station is expected to be on 80m and up, satellites, D-Star, EchoLink®, and more! "
Check the website for QSL information and Ops Plan.

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Shortwave Radiogram transmission schedule - All via WRMI Radio Miami International except for transmissions marked

Day UTC Freq kHz Transmitter site
Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
| UTC Day | UTC Time | Frequency | Transmitter site |
| Thursday | 2330-2400 UTC | 9265 kHz | WINB Pennsylvania |
| Friday | 1300-1330 UTC | 15770 kHz | WRMI Florida |
| Friday | 1500-1530 UTC | 15120 kHz DRM*| WINB Pennsylvania |
| Saturday | 0230-0300 UTC | 9265 kHz | WINB Pennsylvania |
| Sunday | 0800-0830 UTC | 5850 7730 kHz | WRMI Florida |
| Sunday | 2330-2400 UTC | 7780 kHz | WRMI Florida |
Shortwave Radiogram transmits digital text and images on an analog shortwave broadcast transmitter.
"This weekend’s show is in the usual MFSK32 and MFSK64, with nine images. "

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram
"Program # 109, 18-21 July 2019, in MFSK modes as noted:"
- MFSK32: Program preview
- Planting trees can buy time to fight climate change*
- MFSK64: Apollo 11 needed world participation*
- This week’s images*
- MFSK32: Closing announcements
* with image(s)

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More SWL DX & digital decoding opportunities -

Mighty KBC to North America
"Sundays 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. "
A minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.
Reports to Eric:

“This is a Music Show”
Digital modes via Analog Shortwave.
"WRMI on 9395 kHz, Thursday 0130-0230 UTC (Wednesday evening in Americas). "
Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show.
Reports to
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Daily posts via MDC Section Twitter @MDCARRL & Facebook
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June 2019 Applications in Process:

"NV4F – Received application for UHF pair in Nokesville, VA "
Conflict with desired frequency. Suggest SNP use since low profile.

"KG4Y – Received on air confirmation of 224.9000- in Winchester, VA "
Sent Final Coordination

KG4Y – Received request for UHF control link for 444.5500+.
Sent revised coordination.

K3ERA – Received on air confirmation of 447.3250.
Sent Final Coordination.

"N9KET – Received on air confirmation of 441.3375+ at Tysons Corner, VA "
Sent Final Coordination.

WA3YOO – Received application for second location for 443.9000+ repeater
Sent proposed to neighboring coordination groups.

"N3HQJ – Received on air confirmation of 146.8650- at Tyaskin, MD "
Sent Final Coordination.

"KP4IP – Received application for narrow-band UHF pair in Baltimore, MD "
Sent proposed to neighboring coordination groups.

"NW2M – Received application for 2-meter pair in Rockville, MD "
Placed on waiting list.

On Air Status Requests sent to:
"449.1750- KD4ZUY, Herndon, Va."
"145.4700- N3RCN, Charlestown, Md."

South Eastern Repeater Assoc.:
Received 1 proposed coordination for 6M
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2M

The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council

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2019 June MDC SEC Narrative Report

EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section

de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:


- Nine of the 17 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County reports this month.

- How can we improve the desire to provide what is requested by the League regarding you sphere of influence?

- Use the fillable pdf ARES-002 (1/17) monthly report form to send me your county activities every month.

" - Download it at: . Save the file in the form as follows: YYYY-MM<4-ltr cnty code> EC Report.pdf and sent it to me. It is important that you follow this convention. This makes it extremely fast and easy for me to do my work. We have a few who are not using the format requested, thus making more work for me; and now have one county that still needs to convert over to the fillable form. It's extremely important that your constituents hear what is going on relative to EmComm in their community. If nothing more, tell us what meetings you hold, when, where and what repeaters you can be found on. I'd like to hear from the rest of you. At a minimum, tell us the details of where you hold the ARES meetings; nets you hold, VHF/UHF or HF; any weekend breakfasts or other social gathering."

" - Two MDC DEC positions (Western, and Central) are now are now vacant and would like to have some one step forward and consider heading up the Western or Central DEC position. If interested let me know and I will send you the DEC Position Description."

" - There are eight counties that do not having an Emergency Coordinator. They are ALLE, BACI, CARO, DORC, KENT, QACO, SOME and WORC. As you can see 6 out of the 8 are on the Eastern Shore and is a grave concern from a Wx perspective. They dodged a bullet this time with Florence, but what about the next one?"

" - I say this every month because this is gravely important this time of year. If you live in any of these counties, please consider getting involved with emergency communications and sign up to assist the hospitals in your area. Contact me for more information."

" - In the future, selected County ECs will be dismissed due to inactive required monthly reporting and neglecting to respond to SEC emails. It is important that we hear your commitment to supporting your community. "

SEC Presentations

" - If your Group is interested in getting started with Winlink 2000, or perhaps a refresher session, please let me know. Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visit to as many ARES and club groups as possible. We have two presentations I think would be worth your while to hear. One on Section Interoperability and the other is the Section Health Care EmComm Program. If you have interest in this, and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me. I have an Introduction Winlink 2000 Lecture and a Winlink Class where we get you set up to run Winlink Telnet and obtain a Winlink account- - -all for free! "

2019 ARRL Field Day

" - Your ASEC Steven Keller KC3DSO, ASM Wanda Montgomery, KA3AHI and I were assigned the Southern MD Field Sites to represent the ARRL MDC Section. Those sites were Nanjemoy comprising FWARC, CCARC, SMARC and various PRGE ARES members. Fifteen operators on site when we arrived; STMA County ARA having 12; CALV ARC three, and ANAR ARC with 14. Can't wait until next year to do it again. MDC Section Reflectors - SEC Report"
" - 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:"
" - The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available. If you are not a member. . .you should be!! I encourage you to use this to stay informed or keep in-touch with the rest of your fellow ARES members. With the wide distribution of this newsletter coming out only once a month, this Yahoo Site will keep you up to date with late breaking news, including a possible disaster call up. There is very little traffic to clog your in box."
" - I don't know if all the DECs and ECs are subscribing to the Yahoo Reflector. If you are not, please do. This is going to be the quickest way possible to inform MDC Section ARES of current incidents and impending disasters. Please do it now."

- May 4: Presented a Winlink 2000 Overview at the Hagerstown Hamfest

" - May 11: Conducted a Winlink 2000 Class hosted by Antietam Radio Association in beautiful downtown Hagerstown, MD. Students configured their Winlink Express software, logged onto the Winlink server and instantly obtained a Winlink account; With two computer projectors running at the same time, they experienced a visual of the sending and receiving traffic via Winlink. If interested in a class or overview for a one of your meetings, please get in touch with me."

You can join at:

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Meetings and Gatherings

" - June 20: Attended the MD Medical Region V After Action Session. This was held to brief all the players and any issues they, the Evaluators had with the Exercise. The Report highlighted the ARES contribution and support in a very positive manner and included the SEC's input to the process at the end in its entirety. Bravo Zulu to all contributed to the success of the Exercise. "

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Future Events:


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de ANAR County KA2JAI

Winlink training part 1 at ARES meeting. Planning with county for July 31 exercise. MOU with county and concept of operations drafted. Participated in Section-wide EchoLink® net. Twitter instituted for activating members and sending news. ARES meetings 3rd Sat 9 AM EOC Glen Burnie. Weekly nets Sun 8 PM 146.805- 107.2 repeater Millersville MD.

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de CALV County N3AE

- June was a quiet month for Calvert AUXCOMM. The usual monthly meeting was canceled due to some schedule conflicts. We are still searching for a new location for our 444.950 MHz repeater. The current location on a state highway tower has proved to be uneconomical due to the costs of hiring a professional climber to make repairs and conduct maintenance. There was some encourage news from the County emergency services office regarding purchase of new equipment we proposed for the EOC. Time will tell.
" - Our monthly meetings are on the third Tuesday at the Calvert County Services Building, Duck Street, Prince Frederick. The June 2019 meeting has been canceled. The EC is working on an alternate location for future meetings, possibly a volunteer fire department."
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de CECI County KB3LJB

" - June 2019 ARES activities in Cecil County included participating with the Harford County ARES/RACES group during ARRL Field Day. Setup was in a good-sized field behind the EOC. A lot of good contacts were made in spite of ""spotty"" band conditions. I set up a proof-of-concept solar station and even made a contact on 40M. The largest events during the rest of the month consisted of participation in the weekly Sunday evening ARES Nets held at 2000 (8:00 pm) on the CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port Deposit, MD. "
- CBRA monthly meetings are held at Mason-Dixon American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun on the third Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
- The WA3SFJ-R EchoLink® Node 585690 is up and working well.
" - We had a VE test session on the morning of Saturday, June 22. This session allowed us to add a new General class Ham to the ranks of new Amateurs. The VE test sessions are given at the Mason-Dixon American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun, MD. Check the listings on the ARRL web site or contact me at KB3LJB@ARRL.NET for details on upcoming test sessions."
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de CHAR County KB3KOW

" - Met with Kelly, KC3KSP, a Red Cross volunteer for CHAR. Provided a basic demo of Winlink operations from the Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) in CHAR which is also the location of the Red Cross office in the area. Demonstrated 9600db operations and the various RMS Express built in ARC forms."
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de GARR County WA3EOQ

" - The Garrett County ARES group operated Field Day from the Western Maryland 4H Center Day Pavilion using the callsign K3LNZ, Class 2A. Exact location is on the ARRL Field Day Locator map. Totals were approximately 200 contacts on SSB and 400 on CW. John Reginaldi from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) in Reisterstown, MD visited the site; John Frank the Garrett County Emergency Coordinator from the county EOC phoned his regrets as it was the first dry day in a long time to be able to make hay."
" - An engineer from Potomac Edison (First Energy) is coming today to run down some serious but intermittent power line RFI. I've been after them for over a year to do this. The last time they came out, the RFI quit. This time, fortunately, it is full strength. I ran down the exact pole the RFI is emanating from but they need to see it for themselves before they write a work order to fix it. Since it is intermittent, I attempted to get PE to provide me the equipment to track this down to the precise insulator or educate someone locally how to do this (the engineer has to come all the way from Martinsburg, WV) to no avail. Since this an intermittent problem, they really need to be able to respond quickly to my complaint because the RFI will likely be gone by the time they can schedule a trip from Martinsburg. Won't happen! "
" - The July meeting will recap the 2019 Field Day. The GCARES meeting will be held on Monday, July 8 at 7PM at the Southern Garrett Rescue Squad facility, Oakland, MD. "
" - Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805, PL 123. Linked to the TARGET System (Cacapon, WV on 146.745, etc.) and sometimes to a WAN system. Checking into the MDD net most every evening."
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de HARF County W3YR

" - Exercise and training session include one monthly meeting, two monthly Harford County ARES nets, and ad-hoc meeting for the calling tree. Field Day hours were not included in this report."
- Field Day was a resounding success. Twenty-six members and guest participated. Harford County Emergency Services was very supported of the event which was held on the EOC property. The Emergency Services Deputy Manager/Emergency Manager visited the site and offered his assistance. The event advanced communication skills and friendship with ARES/RACES members.
- The Susquehanna River Running Festival is scheduled for 28 September. Approximately 30 operators will be required to support this charitable event. The need for operators is still a hard requirement and is being advertised throughout the area.
" - Current projects include radio installation at the Upper Chesapeake hospital, and upgrade of the Harford County 2m and 440 analog repeaters and controllers. "
- SKYWARN® training is tentatively scheduled for this this fall.
- A phone tree for activating ARES/RACES has been developed and disseminated.
- Members received new Harford County photo/ID badges.
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de HOWA County de N3AWP

" - Training included operating Satellite Station, plus station demo. Numerous ARES (and RACES) members supporting Field Day - at W3AO, N3NEM and other locations. Pending update to Howard County ARES web site. Revised ICS-205 being worked."

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de PRGE County WB3KAS:

PRGE ARES Internet Forum:
" - Nets: Regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on the K3ERA Repeater, 145.23MHz PL 110.9 on Tuesdays at 1930L and EchoLink® node KA3POX-L. The monthly HF Hospital Net is held the Wednesday following the third Monday of the month on 3820kHz at 1900L. NCS rotates."
" - Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at 1930. "
" - The new 440 repeater, K3ERA is now ready for install at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, MD. Waiting for our 'repeater guy' to free up some time to fine tune the install. Stay tuned."
" - PRGE ARES did not run a Field Day site, but supported many clubs in the area."
" - June 30: Work Party at the Fort Washington Medical Center. Finished installing antennas on a mast pole that the hospital constructed or us. New Tri-band VHF/UHF vertical and dual band beam and cable runs kept us busy. Next month the cables go into the building for an additional Work Party. Stay tuned. Work Party included KA3POX, KB3SPH, KB3SWS and WB3KAS."
" - K3ERA 2m Repeater EchoLink® is now on the air via KA3POX-L Node 896210. As Mikey would say, ""Try it, you'll like it."" "

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de WASH County NI2W

- Two ARES nets were conducted this month. One analog on the 146.94 repeater and one Fusion on the 447.975 repeater. Both repeaters are located in Washington County and are at different sites. Seventeen stations participated over the two nets.
" - In addition, two public service events were supported. The 2019 HARC hike along the C&O Canal and the USA Cycling National Road Amateur Championships time trials in the Boonsboro, MD area. Participants are detailed in previously submitted FSD-157 reports for June 2019."
" - I will be unavailable to physically support any events for the months of July and August as I will be recovering from knee replacement surgery which is scheduled for July 8, 2019. However, I will be available to coordinate Washington County EC resources beginning approximately July 15, 2019."
" - Twice monthly ARES meetings are included as part of the normal Antietam Radio Association Club meetings. ARES items and event planning are the usual topics for these meetings. The ARA meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month beginning at 7:00 PM at St. John's Lutheran Church located at 141 South Potomac Street in Hagerstown, MD. Meetings are held in the activities building immediately behind the church. Everyone, amateur and non-amateur alike are invited to attend. "
" - Planning continued for the first public service event of the year supported by the Antietam Radio Association. It will be held on June 8th and consists of three simultaneous hikes along the C&O Canal. One is 20K, one is 10K and the third is 4K. This is a charitable event with all proceeds going to the Hagerstown Area Religious Council which supports various charities. Primarily Mikah's Backpack."

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de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:

- May 22 HF Hospital Net had 15 check-ins. Very pleased with the turnout; thank you all for supporting the event.
" - HF Hospital Nets are conducted on Wednesday following the third Monday of the month on 3820kHz +/- at 1900L. So, give us a hollar! If you don't hear us look downstream 5-8 kHz."
- I'd like to hear more check-ins from our MDC Section.

Next HF Hospital Net is July 17. NCS is TBD at the moment. Aug HFHN is scheduled for the 21th.

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Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
"Please send to ARRL HQ, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 by 10th of the month"
FSD-96 (1-04)


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- MEPN 1906 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/393 QTC/34 MINS/673 BTN 1906 AB3WG QND/30 QNI/335 QTC/23 MINS/471 MDD 1906 AA3SB QND/59 QNI/244 QTC/83 MINS/495 MSN 1906 N3AEA QND/21 QNI/52 QTC/8 MINS/290
" - PSHR: NI2W 191, KK3F 160, W3YVQ 135, K3IN 110, W3CB 104, AA3SB 100, WB3FTQ 100, N3JET 87, AB3WG 48;"
" - TFC: KK3F 2012, K3IN 261, WB3FTQ 96, W3YVQ 86, AA3SB 64, N3JET 37, W3CB 26, NI2W 12, AB3WG 9"

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"MEPN: The net NVIS propagation was functional throughout June, 2019, with good signals after 1800L most evenings. "
"Due to the low solar activity, the afternoon and early evening propagation suffered with the sunset later as we passed solstice. "
"This resulted in higher absorption and less effective NVIS propagation between 1730L and 1800L, often with the residual E layer, from the daytime high sun angle, obscuring the F1-F2 layers overhead. Signals tended to improve well after 1800L."

"MDD: NVIS propagation for local MDC stations on MDD early and late (and on RRI/3RN/C4 nets) was greatly improved. As June progressed, the higher sun angle allowed the MUF to remain above the net frequency on most nights."

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" - Additional CW operators are needed for liaison to MDD and to the higher nets, and Net Control Stations are also needed on MDD and 3RN/C4. The evening NTS and RRI nets in Cycle-4 nation-wide are conducted on CW, a very efficient mode for traffic handling. Grab your key, join in on MSN to help sharpen your skills, have some fun QSOs to help build confidence, and come participate in the evening nets."

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- 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). WB3GXW has kindly given permission for the MDD and 3RN operators to coordinate message handling on the WB3GXW-L conference bridge as needed during this solar minimum period.

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" - We are very sorry to report that the MSN Net Manager, Bruce, W8CPG, became SK in June, 2019. The Net and Section sincerely appreciate all the work he did to help keep the net going, and all the work to help so many newcomers. Bruce will be sorely missed. The net will continue to operate and serve nightly at 1930L on 3563 kHz."

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"The BTN continues to meet on 145.33/R (no tone) daily at 6:30PM local time and continues to welcome new amateurs. The availability of an active directed traffic net of the NTS on VHF is exactly why the BTN was established, providing a welcoming place for newcomers to the Amateur Service. Thanks to all the BTN stations checking into the MEPN via EchoLink®. The NM, AB3WG, has initiated plans for broader cooperation between BTN and MSN to foster more awareness between operators using the respective modes. Instructive message swapping and liaison duties should be in effect in June, 2019."

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"Thanks to all the Section traffic net NCS stations, RRI/DTN 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(r), RRI, and NTS operations."

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    Martin J. Pittinger KB3MXM

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    Robert E. Bruninga WB4APR

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    Eric Berman KC3GDV

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    Wanda A. Montgomery KA3AHI

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