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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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Division:
Atlantic
Description:
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MDC Section News
Vol. 13, No. 09
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21st
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS & SPECIAL RADIO EVENTS
* T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER

==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21st
This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday, September 21st at 8:00 PM 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.

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
- K3GMR-R 146.61 (-), No PL, Cheverly, MD
- KB3JQQ-L Pikesville, MD

EchoLinkIcon.gif Find EchoLink App and Nodes in your area at EchoLink.org

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: http://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.


==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS & SPECIAL RADIO EVENTS

This is a list of Hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section and nearby Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware as a courtesy to our neighboring Section Managers.

Also listed are radio events for communication enthusiasts.

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 [click] Please include our ARC Event 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 and Convention Calendar at Convention Calendar

I, as the MDC Section Manager, Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, and/or a designated ARRL representative(s) will plan to attend all Hamfests in the ARRL Maryland-DC Section.

We hope to see you there and bring a fellow Ham and friends.

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REDBALL Swap Meet
Military Radio Collectors Association (MRCA) Military Radio Meet/Redball Military Transport Rally
Date: Friday, thru Sat, 21 - 22 Sept. 2018, 8 AM - 5 PM
Location: 570 Fairgrounds Road, West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Between Lehighton and Stroudsburg
Talk-in: Several local 2m / 440 repeaters, search for Monroe County, PA
Website: https://redballonline.org/
Contact: Jim Gilmore, jgilmore@ptd.net, 1-570-325-5216
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2018 Mid-Atlantic States VHF Conference
Date(s): Fri-Sat-Sun Sept 28-29-30
Location: Holiday Inn-Bensalem-Philadelphia, 3327 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA
Sponsor: Packrats, Mt Airy VHF Radio Club
Website: www.packratvhf.com
Flyer: https://www.packratvhf.com/conf/VHF%20Conf%202018%20Poster%201.31.pdf
Registration fee required - https://www.packratvhf.com/conf/2018_vhf_registration.php
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6th Annual TailgateFest
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Location: Hollywood Volunteer Fire Dept., Bingo Hall, 24801 Three Notch Road (MD Route 235), Hollywood, MD 20636
Website: http://www.k3hki.org/
Sponsor: St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.64(-) PL 146.2 K3HKI Repeater Public Contact: Chuck Gantz, K3WJX
Phone: 240-925-1105
Email: k3wjx@yahoo.com
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Red Rose Repeater Association Tailgate Fest
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 / 8 AM – 1 PM
Location: West Earl Community Park, 189 S State St, Leola, PA 17540 Brownstown Exit off Rt 222, Rt 772 East through Brownstown, cross bridge, on left
Sponsor: Red Rose Repeater Association
Website: http://www.w3rrr.org
Talk-In: 147.015+ (PL 118.8)
Contact: Allen Showalter, AB3NE
Phone: 717-951-6867
Email: allens011@verizon.net
Opens: 7 am; Vendors 6 am; Rain or shine / VE Testing*: 9 - 11 AM
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CARAfest
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Location: Howard County (Maryland) Fairgrounds
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://www.carafest.org
Talk-In: 147.135(+) PL 156.7
Contact: Dave Prestel, W8AJR
Phone: 443-812-4403
Email: cara@columbiaara.org
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Mid-Atlantic AntiqueRadio Club (MAARC) RadioFallFest
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Tailgating 8 AM, Auction 12:30, earlier if raining
Location: Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Rd
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club
Website: http://www.maarc.org
Contact: Steve Hansman
Email: shans01a@comcast.net
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Mason Dixon Hamfest
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Location: Sportsman's Hall Roller Skating Center, 15500 Hanover Pike, Upperco, MD 21155
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Website: https://k3pzn.net/
Talk-In: 145.410(-) PL 114.8 K3PZN Repeater Public Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB,
Phone: 410-876-1482
Email: n3sb@qis.net --------------------------------------------------------------
Third Annual SantaFest
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Location: American Legion Youth Camp, 9201 Surratts Road, Cheltenham, MD
Sponsor: Prince George's County Emergency Radio Association & American Legion
Website: http://pgares.org/santafest/
Talk-In: 145.230(-) PL 110.9 K3ERA Repeater Public Contact: Charles Hallock, AA3WS
Phone: 301-535-1666
Email: selbynet@hotmail.com


Look for these fun Amateur Radio Events:
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09/22/2018 | VOA 'Voice of America' Anniversary MUSEUM EXHIBITS will be closed weekend 9/22 & 923 Sep 22, 1300Z-2100Z, WC8VOA, West Chester, OH. West Chester Amateur Radio Association. 14.270. QSL. Mike Braun, 8070 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, OH 45069. See http://voamuseum.org for details and ticket price

AMSAT
1/02/2018 | AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting
2018 AMSAT Space Symposium, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2, 3, & 4, 2018 at the US Space and Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL. Hotel accommodations will be next door at the Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center, 5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL. See https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/ for Registration and tickets.

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New AMSAT Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMSATNA/about/
Shortwave Radiogram via WRMI w/transmission schedule http://swradiogram.net/

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Something New & Interesting –

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show - 12:00 – 4:00 PM - Baltimore with USAF Thunderbirds' jets; and other aircraft on display at Martin State Airport (KMTN) tarmac; and Airshow over Fort McHenry and Middle Branch on October 6 & 7 and U.S.; Canadian and British Navy vessels in Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Locust Point throughout the week and weekend; and Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Catch the wind and join Historic Ships in Baltimore.
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Maryland STEM Festival 2018, October 26th through November 11th.
On Monday, November 5th festival will hold the second Blue Collar STEM (BCS) http://marylandstemfestival.org/blue-collar-stem/
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Digital Radio Mondiale or DRM is a digital audio & data-casting broadcast technologies for existing analog commercial radio on Shortwave, and Domestic Commercial AM; for higher quality audio across a wider-bandwidth using MPEG-4 audio coding formats. Follow the latest news and information about DRM at: http://drmna.info/ DRM, Digital Radio Mondiale North America, DRMNA
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The GAMUT, LP 820 kHz AM station near Frederick MD switched to DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) on Monday, July 16th. If you have a DRM car radio or looking to explore DRM several radio brands are available. Enjoy the high AM fidelity DRM brings.
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WTWW "We Transmit World Wide" [newest U.S. Domestic Shortwave Station] transmitters are located approximately 10 miles East Lebanon, near Rome Tennessee, along the Cumberland River in Smith County. WTWW uses four Penn-Tech Rhombic antennas, first air date of February 19, 2010. Transmitters on frequency 5085, 5830 & 9475 kHz AM at 100 & 50 KW. http://wtww.us/pages/schedule.php
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HF Shortwave Stations' seasonal operating frequency schedules will change October 28, 2018
Sched: A18 Starts: March 25, 2018 - Ends: October 28, 2018
Sched: B18 Starts: October 10, 2018 - Ends: March 31, 2018 https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/terrestrial/broadcast/HFBC/Pages/Schedule.aspx
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The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 ARRL HQ provides information on legislative effort for all Amateur Radio operators and their ability to serve all communities with effective outdoor antenna. http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act
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The weekly 'Shortwave Radiogram' is a digital MFSK program via domestic station WRMI in Okeechobee, FL. Read more about this excellent opportunity to hone your digital skills, flex your knowledge and adjust your Radio/App configurations.
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Looking for a Shortwave Freq., try the C. Crane website
https://www.ccrane.com/expert-advice/all/1/article/14

Looking for SWL listings - Glenn Hauser's World of Radio http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
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What will keep WWV, WWVH, and WWVB from shutdown ?
- Program reductions in FY 2019 budget by $6.3 million supporting fundamental measurement dissemination, including the shutdown of NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii - 2.5, 5, 10, 15 kHz

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==> MARC COORDINATION REPORT

T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council and coordinates Amateur VHF and UHF repeater operations to keep interference problems to a minimum.

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

If you have any questions about coordinating a repeater, you may send an email to the Board at tmarc@tmarc.org

The T-MARC URL is http://tmarc.org/

The next T-MARC General Membership meeting will be held at the Columbia Amateur Radio Association's CARAFest on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD

The meeting will start at 10:30 am in the Dining Hall.

We are seeking nominations for the TMARC Board. If you or someone you know would like to serve on the board, please let us know. Election of the TMARC Board will be held at the meeting. More information on the Hamfest may be found at www.carafest.org on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Meeting Agenda:
- Welcome
- Treasurers Report
- Coordination Report
- Results of the voting for use of the 441/446 segments for repeater inputs/outputs
- TMARC Board Elections
- Q&A

August 2018 Coordination Report

Applications in Process:
K3DO
- Received application for UHF narrow-band pair in Frederick, MD
- Researching viable pair. Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups. Sent Construction Coordination for 441.9625+

KA3LAO
– Received application to modify 442.2125+ at Damascus, MD
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
- Objection received.
- Resubmitted NPC with new frequency.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 441.8875+

Marine Corp ARC
– Received application for narrow-band UHF pair.
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to Southeastern Repeater Assoc.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 442.4875+

AE4ML
– Received applications for relocation of 147.0300+.
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
- Sent Construction Coordination for move to Syria, VA

AE4ML
- Received application for relocation of 442.5750+.
- Advised against move due to adjacent channel conflicts.
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups for new UHF pair.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 441.8500+

WR3IRS
– Received application for narrow-band pair in Towson, MD
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 441.4000+.
- Received on air Confirmation.
- Sent Final Coordination.

Univ. of Pa. ARC
- Received on air confirmation of 442.0000+ at Towson, MD
- Sent Final Coordination

W1JD
– Received application for relocation of 223.9000-.
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
- Sent Revised Final Coordination.

N3CDY
– Received on air confirmation of 927.0625- at Owings Mills, MD
- Sent Final Coordination

W3PQS
– Received on air confirmation of UHF link at Owings, MD
- Sent Final Coordination.

Easton ARS
- Received on air confirmation of 442.2000+ at Easton, MD
- Sent Final Coordination.

Harford County RACES
- Received on air confirmation of 444.7500+ at Havre De Grace, MD
- Sent Final Coordination.

On Air Status Requests sent to:
224.6400- Calvert ARC Lexington Park, MD
442.2000+ Easton ARS Easton, MD
442.9500+ Calvert ARC Lexington Park, MD
447.3750- K3WS Berwyn Heights, MD
447.6750- K3WS Washington, D.C.
449.7250- W3BXW Dover, DE
UHF Link W3PQS Owings, MD
UHF Link WA3GIN LaPlata, MD
927.0625- N3CDY Owings Mills, MD

Coordinations Cancelled:
224.6400- Calvert ARC Lexington Park, MD
442.0375+ N3NRL Princess Anne, MD
442.2125+ KA3LAO Damascus, MD
449.7250- W3BXW Dover, DE

Other:
South Eastern Repeater Assoc:
- Received 2 proposed coordination for 2M
- Received 1 proposed coordination for 440


==> 2018 August MDC SEC Narrative Report

EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section

de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:

Reporting

Six of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County reports this month, or 33%.

As for the reports itself, let's try one more time, for the last time:
*** Hello for Marty KB3MXM, I'm adding my MDC Section Manager recommendation to Jim's Monthly News: ECs, you're responsibilities are found at http://www.arrl.org/emergency-coordinator and • Report regularly to the SEC, as required.***

Use the fillable pdf ARES-002 (1/17) monthly report form you send me every month. Download it at: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public%20Service/2017%20Forms/Monthly_DEC-EC_Report.pdf

Save the file in the form as follows: YYYY-MM<4-ltr cnty code> EC Report.pdf and sent it to me. This makes it extremely fast and easy to do my work.

The time I spend reformatting reports and the file names to match is more time than I have budget for to get a decent looking a report up the food chain. Not in the proper format, I will ignore it and move on to the next one.

It's extremely important that your constituents hear what is going on relative to ExComm in their community. If nothing more, tell us what meetings you hold, when, where and what repeaters you can be found on. I would 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 Eastern) are now filled and would like to have some one step forward and consider heading up the Central DEC position. Make sure you put them on email copy for all that your county correspondence.

There are seven counties that do not having an Emergency Coordinator. They are ALLE, CARO, DORC, KENT, QACO, SOME and WORC.As you can see 6 out of the 7 are on the Eastern Shore and is a grave concern from a weather 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 at wb3kas atsign arrl.net.

SEC Presentations

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. Winlink 2000 Advance Class - see PRGE EC section later in this report.

MDC Section Reflectors

We introduced a new MDC Section reflector, ARRL MDC Section Winlink Training Group for P2P and Hybrid networks, or MDCQRV for short. Please make use of this tool to sharpen skills and fine tune your configuration files. Located at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MDCQRV/info.

The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector 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 subscribed 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.

You can join at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info
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Meetings and Gatherings
  • AdHoc RED CROSS / ARES CommEx, RC Chesapeake Region Winlink and VHF comms with Wye Mills and Salisbury, MD
  • MEMA, DHS, Human Services Quarterly Partner Meeting, Emergency Repatriation drill and MasS Care TTX activities
  • DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA), meeting and presention of ARES capabilities.
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Future Events:

2018 MDC SET: There will be no grande state wide SET this year. However, there is a loosely put together plan to support a Boy Scout SAR training/exercise in FRED County October 20. Details are sketchy, but if it comes off, we will put up a notice asking for nearby Winlink Winmor operators to push outbound exercise traffic for needed supplies and resources. Individual counties are encouraged to be active and get involved in this or their own SET.

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Section Reports Received:

de ANAR County N3SEO

ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC. Except June - August ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805(-) Tone 107.2 Repeater.

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de CALV County N3AE

Not much activity this month. Our August meeting was poorly attended due to inclement weather. The material prepared for hurricane preparedness will be posted on our web site.

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de CECI County KB3LJB

August 2018 ARES activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of participation in the weekly Sunday evening ARES Nets held at 2000 (8:00 pm) on the CBRA 146.850(-) Tone 107.2 repeater in Port Deposit, MD.

The VE Test Session held at the Rising Sun American Legion Post 194 on Saturday, August 4 did not go as hoped. We had 9 VEs and no candidates testing. Hopefully we will have a bunch of candidates show up at our next session, October 5, 2018.

Plans have been firmed up for CECI ARES to support the Susquehanna River Running Festival to be held September 15. This event starts in Havre de Grace and runners travel across the Hatem (Rte. 40) bridge, through Perryville and Perry Point, and back to Havre de Grace via the Hatem bridge. We need operators with 2m and 70cm HTs to provide communications during the event. If you would like to volunteer, let me know via email at KB3LJB@ARRL.NET.

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 available for traffic to and from the Cecil ARES Group and for check ins on the Sunday night Nets. 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 available for traffic to and from the Cecil ARES Group and for check ins on the Sunday night Nets.

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de HARF county W3YR

Harford County ARES/RACES members are in the final stages of preparation for the 15 September Susquehanna River Running Festival which is a charitable event with two half marathons and 5K race within Harford and Cecil Counties. Approximately 22 Amateur Radio Operators from Harford County, Cecil County and nearby jurisdictions will support the event. ARES will be providing primary operational communications for this event and be available to provide communications for public service if necessary. In order to ensure reliable communications in this area of Harford and Cecil Counties, a permanent 440 repeater has been installed in the Havre de Grace Harford Memorial Hospital.

Future plans include an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) open house. Harford County Amateur Radio Operators will be invited to dinner and a tour of the EOC for increasing ARES/RACES membership roles.

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de PRGE County WB3KAS:

PRGE ARES Web Page: http://www.pgares.org PRGE ARES Internet Forum: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PG-AresRaces/

Nets: Regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on the K3ERA Repeater, 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 1900L. NCS is KA3AHI.

Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at 1930.

440 Freq Coord through TMARC HAS BEEN APPROVED. 442.3250 MHz (+) Tone 110.9Hz. Fusion box sent to Yaesu for upgrade and just recently arrived. Soon folks. . .soon!!

K3ERA 2m Repeater EchoLink is now on the air via KA3POX-L Node 896210. As Mikey would say, "Try it, you'll like it."

Aug 3: Gave a brief to a potential new served agency, Primary Care Associates in Washington DC at their facility in the District. Even though they HQ in WDC, they manage a few clinics in MD and wish to learn more about them. The POC will join us during our Oct 4th Quarterly Hospital Drill as an observer.

Aug 30: Invited to a county CERT Leadership meeting to indoctrinate their members in the ways of ARES and how they benefit by having as part of their team. License study options and exam procedures were discussed as well.

Supported the heavy rain nets on the Aug 24-27 deluge.


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

No report this month

HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz ± at 1900L. So, give us ahollar! 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 Sep 19 and Oct 17. . .same time, same station! NCS assignment varies.
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Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: wb3kas@arrl.net


==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1808 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/412 QTC/47 MINS/795

BTN 1808 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/360 QTC/42 MINS/536

MDD 1808 AA3SB QND/62 QNI/357 QTC/99 MINS/652

MSN 1808 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/132 QTC/24 MINS/531

PSHR: KB3LFG 148, W3YVQ 145, KK3F 140, WB3FTQ 140, K3IN 120, W3CB 117, AA3SB 100, N3JET 100, NI2W 87, WB4FDT 80, AB3WG 65;

TFC: KK3F 1740, K3IN 169, WB4FDT 125, W3YVQ 123, AA3SB 66, WB3FTQ 60, N3JET 46, W3CB 30, AB3WG 24, NI2W 22, KB3LFG 1

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HF PROPAGATION

MEPN: Propagation was functional throughout AUG 2018. Conditions on MEPN between 1730L and 1800L are now typical of early fall with poor signal strengths some days until after 1800L due to high daytime sun angles. The NVIS prop MUF was remaining above 80M all night many nights. On 40M the prop beyond about 500 miles remained functional all night.

Propagation on MDD early and late was functional throughout AUG 2018.

Sunspot activity continued to decline with numerous spotless days. The sunspot activity was very low. Daytime absorption on HF reached typical summer high levels. Most disturbances to propagation were the result of solar wind from solar coronal holes or simply lack of flux to keep the ionosphere charged. Numerous E layer formations were noted with openings world-wide on the higher bands including 6 Meters.

BTN LOCAL NTS TRAFFIC AND TRAINING NET
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.

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). A number of BTN and MEPN members, as well as stations outside the area, have used EchoLink to check in when HF is not available to them. Thanks to all.

MSN CW TRAINING
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. All are encouraged to master the art of CW via this net or personal training to support and join the ranks of our MDD Section CW net. Robin, AA3SB, MDD NM, and the veteran staff, will be glad to help you advance to the evening CW full Cycle 4 of the NTS.
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Thanks to all the Section traffic net NCS stations, DTN/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(r) 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

Once again, another potential disaster luckily missed the MDC Section sparing us from direct impact of Hurricane Florence, but residual impacts caused flooding and wind damage to our Lower-Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland communities.

At your next Amateur Radio Club meeting ask these questions -- 1. What is your Readiness / Preparedness - are you at a state of being fully prepared and ready for a natural disaster communication.
2. Do you know the names and contact information of your community Served Agencies and ARRL's national MOU for Served Agencies.
3. What are their needs and available spectrum for communications?
4. Have you considered these communication possibilities and their measurable range?
- Amateur “Ham” Radio - FCC license is required, 47 C.F.R, Part 97
- Citizens Band (CB) Radio Service (CBRS) - No License require, 47 C.F.R. Part 95.
- Family Radio Service (FRS) - No License require, 47 C.F.R, Part 95
- General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) - FCC license is required ,47 C.F.R, Part 95 Subpart E
- Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) - FCC licensed by rule, 47 C.F.R, Part 95
- High-speed multimedia radio (HSMM) - FCC license is required, 47 C.F.R, Part 97
** Several other potential comms e.g. Packet & other services i.e., AMPRNet™ https://www.ampr.org/ 5. Have you reinforced your Situational Awareness (SA) for disasters by listening to radio communications e.g. Shortwave, Public Safety Services, NOAA NWS, AM/FM Radio and Amateur Radio? Find your community AM/FM Station via Internet Lookup - https://radio-locator.com/
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Please subscribe and participate in the ARES E-Letter - Congrats to our MDC SEC Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS, and Wanda Montgomery, KA3AHI - see the ARES E-Letter September 19, 2018 edition

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JOIN the ARES-Connect Roll Out
The new volunteer management system for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service ARES will allow ECs, DECs and SECs to create events that ARES participants may sign up for and log hours. More about this system in the coming weeks - stay tune and get your MDC Section News via Email or at http://www.arrl.org/sections/view/maryland-dc

Your MDC Section staff need five ARES members, from any counties, wishing to assist the Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator. Please email your request to KB3MXM@arrl.net

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Hello, I'm from a 'Served Agency.' We want Amateur Radio to demonstrate communications between our HQ and two remote locations. This was a telephone call last week, to conduct a Served Agency / ARES CommEx to occur two days later - using HF, VHF and WinLink. Look for upcoming topics, after-action & lessons learned. THANK YOU, too the ARES and Amateur Radio operators supporting this 1st supporting action.

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Social Media is driving Emergency Operations - Every emergency support service monitors Social Media - especially Twitter and Facebook. First Responder agencies are using these outlets to help survivors. You might consider the same, your MDC Staff will continue to explore these growing trends. Our Twitter @MDCARRL feed continues to increase in popularity with more than 7,400 Tweet Impressions over the past 28 days producing 10 new 'Followers'



73,
Marty, KB3MXM
ARRL MDC 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; landline 443-326-1783.

You may also send an email to: KB3MXM@ARRL.org

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

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Maryland-DC Officials

  • Martin Pittinger

    Section Manager

    Martin J. Pittinger KB3MXM

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  • Robert Bruninga

    Technical Coordinator

    Robert E. Bruninga WB4APR

  • Eric Berman

    Section Youth Coordinator

    Eric Berman KC3GDV

  • Kenneth Reid

    Assistant Section Manager

    Kenneth B. Reid KG4USN

  • Wanda Montgomery

    Assistant Section Manager

    Wanda A. Montgomery KA3AHI

  • Sid Caesar

    Public Info Coordinator

    Sid Caesar NH7C

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  • David Prestel

    State Government Liaison

    David J. Prestel W8AJR

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  • Margaret Bevan

    Assistant Section Manager

    Margaret H. Bevan N3MB

  • Joseph Nollmeyer

    Section Traffic Manager,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Joseph A. Nollmeyer W3YVQ

  • Jim Montgomery

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Jim Montgomery WB3KAS

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  • Joseph Dorffner

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Joseph C. Dorffner KC3KFG

  • Scott Bauer

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Scott G. Bauer W3CV

  • Herman Niedzielski

    Assistant Section Manager

    Herman A. Niedzielski K2AVA

  • Al Brown

    Assistant Section Manager

    Al Brown KZ3AB