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Maryland-DC

Maryland-DC

Contact Information

Section Name:
Maryland-DC
Contact:
Jim Cross WI3N
Daytime Phone:
301-706-9543 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
301-725-6829 (Home)
Email:
WI3N@ARRL.ORG

Basic Information

Division:
Atlantic
Description:

 

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MDC Section News
Vol. 10 No. 6
June 16, 2015
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET JUNE 19th
* PUBLIC INFORMATION COORDINATOR CONFERENCE CALL WED JUN 17
* ARRL FIELD DAY 2015
* WINLINK AT FIELD DAY
* RACINE TRIATHLON AT FT RICHIE, MD - VOLUNTEER HAMS NEEDED
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* H.R. 1301 COSPONSORS STILL NEEDED!
* SPRING 2015 ISSUE OF RADIOWAVES IS NOW AVAILABLE
* MAY, 2015 T-MARC REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINALLY. . .



==>  MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET JUNE 19th

This month's MDC section-wide Echolink net will be held on
Friday, June 19th at 8:00 PM on the Echolink *WASH_DC* node
6154.

The echolink net is held on the third Friday evening of every
month at 8:00 PM local time.

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

- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+),
   PL=107.2 in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL=156.7, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL=151.4, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL=156.7, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL=141.3, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL=156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- W3SMR, 147.150 MHz(+), PL=114.8, Brandywine, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co
- W3SMD-L, 147.51 Simplex, N. St Mary's Co
- K3GMR-R 146.61, No PL, Cheverly, MD

Everyone is encouraged to join in and give any updates on what is
going on in your part of the ARRL Maryland-DC Section.

If you don't have Echolink on your computer, you may download the
free software from: <www.echolink.org>.

As always, we thank John Creel, WB3GXW, for making the WASH_DC
Echolink server and his WB3GXW-R repeater available for the
Echolink nets.



==>  PUBLIC INFORMATION COORDINATOR CONFERENCE CALL WED. JUNE 17

ARRL Maryland/DC Section
Public Information/Public Relations Coordination Conference Call
17JUN15 – 8PM Eastern

The ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Sid
Caesar, NH7C, has established a monthly conference call open to all
Amateurs interested in Amateur Radio public information coordination
and public relations (PI/PR). The specific audience for the Public
Information coordination conference calls is the Public Information
Officers (PIO) from the Amateur radio clubs in the ARRL Maryland/DC
Section, but all Amateur Radio operators interested in Amateur Radio
public information and public relations are welcome to participate.

The next ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public Information/Public Relations
Coordination conference call will be on Wednesday 17JUN15, starting at
8PM Eastern.

This month’s agenda will include:

•       Monthly training topic – Round table Discussion - Less than
10 days until Field Day - What else can the PIO do to help?
•       ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public Information Coordinator’s
Report
•       Club Activities Reports
•       Call Participant’s Activities Reports
•       Upcoming Training, Exercises, and Activities Report
•       Open Forum

Amateurs interested in participating on the conference calls, or who
have questions regarding the ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public
Information/Public Relations activities are asked to contact Sid
Caesar, NH7C, for more information, including conference dial-in and
passcode information.

Sid Caesar – NH7C
NH7C@ARRL.net
240.453.9446 Home



==> HFHN NET WEDNESDAY NIGHT, JUNE 17 AT 7:30 PM

We're going to try something new with the net this time. We're asking
all participants to copy those stations checking in that you hear. Then
send that list to ka3ahi@aol.com. We're currently mapping those stations
that check in. Now we will map the stations that can be heard by the
stations checking in. This could help match liaison stations when
needed.

ASM Wanda Montgomery, KA3AHI, who has been working diligently to
connect hospitals, health departments and Amateur Radio and holds the
HF Hospital Net (HFHN) on the Wednesday after the third Monday every
month. Sometimes that's the third Wednesday and, depending on the
calendar it may be the fourth Wednesday.In the event of a major
disaster, HF communication may be one of the methods that will be
needed. Whether you are in an ARES® group or not, it would be nice to
know that there is a group of HF operators who are able to participate
in an HF net to pass requests from your local hospital via HF to the
health department or local Emergency Operations Centers.

Whether you are active in HF nets such as the Maryland Emergency Phone
Net (6 pm every day on 3.820, they would love to have more check-ins)
or you have to move some stuff out of the way to find your rig, please
give this net a try to see if you will be able to help out from home in
an emergency. It is a short net to test who is able to be heard. It is
scheduled for 7:30 pm tonight on 3.820 ±.



==> ARRL FIELD DAY 2015

Field Day 2015 starts in a just a few days; the weekend of
June 27-28.

ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually
in the US and Canada. More than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with
their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote
locations or their homes.

Official rules are available at: <www.arrl.org/field-day>.  

Also be sure to click on: <www.arrl.org/field-day-locator> and
add your 2015 Field Day site to the map, if you have not done
so already. 

If you've never been to a Field Day site, check the locator site for a

Field Day near you and go visit. 



==> WINLINK AT FIELD DAY

SEC Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS, is still looking for operators who will be
able to provide a Winlink station at your Field Day site. The latest
version of RMS Express allows any attached picture size to be reduced
(~20K) before sending.  Let's exercise this option and send FD pictures
among our FD sites.  It'll be fun and another feature in the EmComm Tool
Box for us.

Please send Jim an email at <wb3kas@aol.com> to let him know if you
will have a Winlink station on site to pass around some photos of your
site to other sites with Winlink. A compiled list of stations will be
posted during the week of FD. And don't forget to register your site at
the League's Field Day Locator site at:
http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator.



==> RACINE TRIATHLON AT FT RICHIE, MD - VOLUNTEER HAMS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed for the Racine Triathlon to be held
August, 2, 2015 at Fort Ritchie, Maryland and the surrounding
area.

This event starts at 8:00 AM and is usually over by 12:00 Noon. 

If you can help please let me know ASAP so I can confirm with
the organizers.

Thanks and 73.

M. E. "Butch" Eigenbrode, NI2W
E-mail: <mee42@myactv.net>
Home phone: 301-824-5373
Cell phone: 908-343-1704



==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS

Eastern Pennsylvania Section Convention (Firecracker Hamfest)
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Location: Shumaker Public Safety Center - HACC
1 HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Website: <www.w3uu.org>
Sponsor: Harrisburg Radio Amateurs' Club Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.760 (PL 100)
Public Contact: Tim Lehman, KB3OZA
PO Box 453
Hummelstown, PA 17036
Phone: 717-982-8550
E-mail: <kb3oza@arrl.net>

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Manassas Hamfest & Maker Technology Show 
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Location: Prince William County Fairgrounds
10624 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20108
Website: <manassashamfest.org>
Sponsor: Ole Virginia Hams Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.97
Public Contact: Terry Erlacher, KC4DV
PO Box 1255
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: 571-292-1490
E-mail: <chariman@manassashamfest.org>

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BARC Father's Day Hamfest
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
16020 Carnival Avenue
Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <www.gbhc.org>
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.67 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Bill Dobson, N3WD
PO Box 120
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 410-842-5019
E-mail: <w3ft67@yahoo.com>

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RadioActivity 2015
June 25-27, 2015, Thurs. 6:30-9pm, Fri. 6am-9pm, Sat. 7am-12p
Location: Holiday Inn Timonium
9615 Deereco Road
Timonium, MD
Website: http://www.maarc.org
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: None
Public Contact: Bruce Pellicot, KA3EIE	
10348 Route 99 Woodstock, MD 21163
Phone: 410-461-7441
Email: <brucepellicot.md@netzero.net>

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65th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Sunday, August 2, 2015
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
Talk-In: 146.820 -
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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Carroll County Tailgate Fest
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Location: Sportsman's Hall Skating Rink
15500 Hanover Pike
Upperco, MD 21155
Website: http://www.qis.net/~k3pzn
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.410 (PL 114.8)
Public Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB	
2145 Bethel Road Finksburg, MD 21048
Phone: 443-435-1089
Email: n3sb@qis.net

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Delaware State Convention (Delmarva AR & Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Location: Sussex Technical High School
17099 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947
Website: <www.radioelectronicsexpo.com>
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: Herb Quick, KF3BT
PO Box 1431
Seaford, DE 19973
Phone: 302-629-4949
E-mail: <herb@hamiltongraphics.com> 

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CARAFest 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Website: http://www.carafest.org
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.390 (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: David Parkison, KB3VDY	
1257 Stevens Avenue Arbutus, MD 21227
Phone: 410-977-1249
Email: <vendorsales@carafest.org>

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You may view upcoming hamfests which are nearby in Pennsylvania,
Delaware, Maryland-DC, West Virginia and the Virginia area by
clicking on the ARRL MDC Section web page at:
<http:www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm>.



==> H.R. 1301 COSPONSORS STILL NEEDED!

You can send a letter from the BARC Hamfest this Sunday. Director Tom
Abernethy, W3TOM, will be there to print a letter for you to sign. He
will even send it to HQ for you. Not saying Hams are cheap, but it
doesn't hurt to save a stamp!

In Maryland, whether you live in one of the approximately 4,500
communities that has to abide by "covenants, conditions and
restrictions" (CC&Rs) or if you live somewhere that is not covered by
restrictions on antennas (who knows, you may find yourself moving into
one of them one day), it is in the best interest of Amateur Radio that
you try to get your congress person to add his/her name as a cosponsor
of the bill recently introduced into Congress, H.R. 1301. Getting a
companion bill introduced into the Senate is in the works.

Of the 56 congresspersons who have signed on as cosponsors, not one of
them hails from Maryland. We need for their Amateur Radio constituents
to send a letter asking them to support us.

It's really that simple. Actually the League would prefer that you send
the letter to them so that it can be hand delivered along with a batch
of others from your district. If you are going to Dayton Hamvention,
there will be a table in the ARRL Expo section for you to sign a letter
to your representative.

You can go to this link: <http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301> to read the
bill, find out who your representative is, instructions on writing the
letter and where to send it, etc. Please take some time to do a
relatively simple thing that has the potential to have a huge effect on
our world of Amateur Radio.



==> SPRING 2015 ISSUE OF RADIOWAVES IS NOW AVAILABLE

We've just published our Spring 2015 issue of Radio Waves.
 
You'll find this issue and past issues on our website at:
www.arrl.org/radio-waves

You can link to this issue directly at:
www.arrl.org/files/file/Radio%20Waves%20Newsletter/Spring%202015%20Radio%20Waves.pdf
 
Inside This Issue:
Scaling Heights to Teach Remote Sensing….page 1
Club’s Instruction Initiative Leads to Growth …. page 2
A Dream Becomes Reality with ARISS …. page3
Licensing Approach for Would-be Hams with Dyslexia/ADHD …. page 4
Girls Scouts Get Food for Thought During Thinking Day on the Air ….
page 5
LASA High School Club Builds Satellite Station …. page 6
New Edition of ARRL General Class License Manual, Instructor Manual
…. page 7
2015 Licensing Statistics …. page 7
Boy Scouts Recognize ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award ….
page 8
Goldfarb Scholarship Recipient …. page 8
Upcoming Events, Opportunities, and Deadlines …. page 8
 
 
Debra Johnson, K1DMJ
Education Services Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111-1494
 
Office:(860) 594-0296
Fax: (860) 594-0259
djohnson@arrl.org



==> MAY, 2015 T-MARC REPORT

T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.
 
T-MARC coordinates Amateur VHF and UHF repeater operations to keep
interference problems to a minimum. The areas of responsibility
include the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Northern
Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

May 2015

Applications in Process:

Dulles E-STAR – 
       * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to co-channel systems
           within the TMARC area. 
       * No objections. 
       * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination groups. 
       * Sent Construction Coordination for 444.7500+ at
           Millwood, Va.
 
N3UHD – 
       * Received application for coordination for UHF pair at
           Linden, Va.
       * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination groups.
 
K3UCB -
       * Received application for coordination for UHF pair at
           Ashton, Md.
       * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination groups.
 
Culpeper ARA –
       * Sent Construction Coordination for 443.8000+ at
           Culpeper, Va.
 
Sussex ARA – 
       * Received request to change frequency of Selbyville, Del.
           145.2500- repeater. 
       * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination groups.
 
K3RIC – 
       * Sent Final Coordination for 444.0500+ at Salisbury, Md.
 
N8RAT – 
       * Received application for coordination for UHF pair at
           Cacapon Springs, W.Va. 
       * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination Groups. 
       * Objection received. 
       * Researching alternate pair.
 
N8RAT – 
       * Received application for coordination for UHF pair at
           Rio, W.Va.
       * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination groups.
 
W3DCA – 
       * Received application for 2 meter coordination in
           Washington, D.C.
       * No objections from co-channel sponsor in TMARC area.
       * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination groups.
 
North Mtn. Comm. Club – 
       * Received application for coordination for UHF pair near
           Winchester, Va. 
       * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination groups and co-channel sponsor within
           the TMARC area.
 
Southern Patuxent ARC – 
       * Sent Final Coordination for UHF link at 
           Prince Frederick, Md.
 
WB6EFW – 
       * Sent Construction Coordination for 442.1625+ at 
           Ashburn, Va.
 
WB6EFW – 
       * Received application for coordination for another UHF
           pair in Ashburn, Va.
 
W4YHD – 
       * Received application for 220 pair in Fairfax Station, Va.
       * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
           coordination groups
 
W1ZFB – 
       * Received application for 900 MHz repeater in
           Fredericksburg, Va.
       * Application on hold.
 
N3CDY – 
       * Issued Final Coordination for un-published UHF pair in
           Owings Mills, Md.

On Air Status Requests sent to:

145.1300-      W3BJ             Crisfield, Md.
147.1200+      N3EKQ            Bel Air, Md.
440 Link       SPARC            Prince Frederick, Md.
442.2500+      Fauquier ARA     Warrenton, Va.
442.6000+      PWC ARES         Nokesville, Va.
447.5250-      N3MCQ            Baltimore, Md.
 
Coordinations Cancelled:
449.1750-      Winchester ARS   Winchester, Va.
927.5250-      W1ZFB            Fredericksburg, Va.

Other:

South Eastern Repeater Assoc
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
Received 3 proposed coordinations for 440
Received 1 proposed coordination for 1.2 GHz

If you have any questions, you may contact T-MARC via e-mail at:
<tmarc@tmarc.org> or go to: <http://tmarc.org/>.



==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT

___________________________________________
ARRL Section: Maryland-DC  May   Year: 2015
___________________________________________
AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 587
Change since last month:   6
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 6
Number of ARES nets active: 11
Number with NTS liaison: 5
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3FMJ, N3SEO, NI2W, W3DVG, WB3KAS,
W4OTN,
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 17
Person hours:       78
Number of public service events this month: 2
Person hours:      163
Number of emergency operations this month:  0  Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month:   19
Total Person hours:  241
======================================================================
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to write their monthly
EC reports. We are seeing the same five-six reports each month for the
last several months of the 'old year. Let's work on changing this for
the coming new year. There is one vacant DEC slot left for the Central
Region Section.  If you are interested, and up to the challenge, please
contact me or the Section Manager, WI3N for more information.
 
There are six counties that do not having an Emergency Coordinator. 
They are ALLE, CARO, DORC, QACO, SOME and WORC.  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 at arrl.net
 
Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visit to as many ARES and
club groups as possible. We have two presentations I think would be
worth your while to hear.  One on Section Interoperability and the
other is the Section Hospital EmComm Program.  If you have interest in
this, and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me.
 
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 was unveiled last month.  We now
have  65 members.  You can join at:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info for up to the
minute breaking news related to the Section.
 
Field Day -- Field Day -- Field Day
 
The Section Tour de Field Day will be conducted by our incoming Section
Manager, Marty, KB3MXM.  This 
is  Marty's first opportunity to see the greatest Section in the
Division operating at its best. Time to roll out the carpet and put on
a good show for him.
 
Some quick reminders, as the clock ticks down to the main event of the
year.  Don't forget to register your Field Day site with the League at:
 http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator. As of this writing there are
over a thousand sites listed.  Why not yours?
 
If you intend to have a Winlink station running to catch some FD
pictures, give the information such as the site Winlink call sign to
SEC Jim Montgonery, WB3KAS, at wb3kas@aol.com, if you are running P2P
on VHF or HF or both on what frequencies or if you plan to get you
messages through a local VHF Packet Node. I will be getting my messages
from KA4TMB through our local Packet Node.  Let us hear from you during
FD with pictures (~20k) of your site, and I will return the favor.
======================
de ANAR County N3SEO
ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the county EOC.
ARES nets each Sundy night at 2000 on the 146.805 Repeater.
======================
de BACI City W3DVG
We participated in the final MEMA Commex for the Spring.  In April. We
had our second meeting. 
The station at the EOC was rebuilt on 5/23, and is functional on
80/40/20/15/10/6/2/.70. We are
particitating in Field Day as either 2F or possibly 3F. 
======================
de CALV County W4OTN
Around 14 members participated in radiological monitoring training on
May 14th.  The two-hour long training prepared members for responding
to nuclear and radiological incidents.  The training was provided by
Calvert County and Exelon Corporation.  This training is required for
personnel responding to nuclear incidents and the July sheltering
exercise. The exercise will involve tactical communications on-site as
well as strategic communications between the shelter, the EOC, and
potentially the health department. Seven members operated in support of
the Chesapeake Ranch Estates 5k Fun Run which took place on Memorial
Day.  The event took approximately 2.5 hours. Members are preparing for
Field Day coming up at the end of June in addition to the sheltering
exercise that will take place the beginning of July.
======================
de CHAS County KB3KOW
Participated in the May 19 National Capital Region V Hospital Exercise.
 Our inject was to send the Medical Resupply form to the State health
Department via Winlink 2000.
======================
de GARR County KB3FMJ:
•A review a satellite communications was presented by WA3EOQ Howard
Reynolds.
•The group agreed to include a satellite station for this year’s
field day using a combination of homebrew and commercial antennas.
•Preliminary planning for Field Day 2015 events
The Garrett County ARES (GCARES) monthly meetings will be held at the
Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad board room in Oakland Maryland.
The next meeting will be Monday June 8th  at 7:00 PM.
The GCARES net is held weekly on Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM on the
146.805 repeater, dup PL 123 and is linked to the WAN and Target Link
Repeater Systems. All traffic is FM voice.
======================
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Web Page: http://www.pgares.org
PRGE ARES Internet Forum: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PG-AresRaces/
Nets: Held four regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on 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 1930L.
Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire
Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at 1930. Eyeball
QSOs at 1900. All are welcome. Next meeting is June 15. May 19:  Four of
the six county hospitals perticipated in the National Capital Region V
Hospital Exercise "Crash with a Rash."  Injects included sending a
medical resupply form to the state health depart via Winlink 2000.
Winlink Packet and Winmor were both used in the exercise. Fourteen PRGE
radio operators turned out to support the exercise May 26: Met with the
County Communication's manager to recommend new and upgrade radio
equipment for the newly built Prince George's County Emergency
Operations Center, scheduled for a ribbon cutting event on June 19.
=====================
de KA3AHI AEC PRGE Hospital Project:May 20:  We had 12 check-ins to the
HF Hospital Net!  Appreciate the support and participation!  Next
HFHNets are scheduled for : June 17 and July 22. HF Hospital Net are
conductedon 3820KHz at 1930L.  It is always the Wednesday following the
third Monday. I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC Section
======================
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: wb3kas@aol.com



==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1505 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/307 QTC/53 MINS/622
BTN 1505 KB3MXM QND/31 QNI/353 QTC/7 MINS/527
MDD 1505 AA3SB QND/61 QNI/368 QTC/118 MINS/664
MSN 1505 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/104 QTC/65 MINS/674

PSHR: W4OTN 189, W3CB 154, KK3F 150, W3YVQ 135,
K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, KB3LNM 100, WB3FTQ 90, NI2W 83,
N3ZOC 56, AB3WG 26;

TFC: KK3F 2538, K3IN 132, AA3SB 74, W3YVQ 49,
WB3FTQ 47, KB3LNM 42, W3CB 35, W4OTN 30, N3ZOC 19,
NI2W 18

==========
HF CONDITIONS
NTS nationwide nets have enjoyed generally good evening
Cycle 4 conditions with some late net MUF problems at
northern latitudes. Difficult Cycle 2 conditions continue
with solar activity induced absorption and noise in the
afternoons plus E layer formation now that the sun angle
is higher. Several days encountered high D layer
absorption and radio blackout conditions due to solar
flares with recovery usually in the same day. Sunspot
activity has diminished but 15 meters was open many
days in May, 2015.

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.

LOCAL MDC RADIOGRAMS AND OTHER MESSAGING
Outlets in each ARES(r) jurisdiction are needed for daily
Radiogram and Radio-email traffic, particularly for
messaging welcoming new hams to the Amateur Service.
There is also a "real", but smaller, messaging rate coming
in to addressees all over the Section. The NTS takes this
daily traffic voluntarily as a public service and in order to
provide for practice in sustaining our messaging capability.
Please help us find local operators with interest in
providing this service to act as liaisons to our NTS nets
or accept designation as a local Target Station for the
exchange of Radio-email messaging.

Please note that ICS/NIMS FEMA forms such as the
ICS-213, and other special forms, may be attached to
Radio-email as a binary text file for transmission via
WL2K or peer-to-peer transfers. The NTSD can also
handle such forms when the form text data, including
block titles, etc., is inserted into the Text part of the
message; the Preamble, Address, Signature and OP
NOTES completed as done in the standard Radiogram.

MANPOWER - TRAINING
All of our operations, voice, CW, and digital, are in need
of additional supporting manpower. If you can operate
any of these modes, please consider joining our MDC
net fleet. Becoming familiar with methods and practices
now will pay big dividends should an emergency
communications situation arise in your local area or
over a wider region. All of our operators and managers
will be glad to help you learn the skills and find out
about various types of equipment and/or software used.

The NTS/NTSD/Radio-email staff above Section level
draws its manpower from those operators who have
become competent in the service at the entry levels. It
is therefore very valuable and necessary to bring new
operators into our nets and help them learn their skills
in order to provide for the future.

The MDC NTS staff continues to offer to conduct
Echolink training conferences to teach Radiogram
handling and directed traffic net operations, and to
familiarize stations with operations on the NTSD and
Radio-email layers.

MEPN representatives check for Echolink check-ins
starting at 6 PM daily via the WB3GXW-L link node
(or *WASH_DC* conference node backup).

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.
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Thanks to all the NTS net controls, DRS and WL2K
stations, liaisons, and traffic handlers for the continuing
effort to keep the nets running and traffic moving. Well
done!

Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated
ARES(r)/NTS/NTSD operations.

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



==> FINALLY. . .

As of July 1, 2015, I will turn over the reins to your new ARRL MDC
Section Manager, Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM. I know that Marty will be a
great representative for the ARRL's Maryland-DC Section and will always
be happy and available to serve you.

I wish to thank all the amateur radio operators and clubs in the
Maryland-DC Section for your support during my 9-1/2 year tenure as
your ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager. Getting around to clubs and
having the ARRL table at hamfests has given me the opportunity to meet
my fellow hams all over the MDC Section. Getting around to Field Day
sites and seeing the many different configurations has been a blast.
Unfortunately my swan song Field Day visit will have to be last years
as I have some family obligations to attend to out of state this time.


I especially wish to thank all those on my [ARRL Field Services] staff
for their support and hard work: my Assistant Section Managers: Al
Brown, KZ3AB, (webmaster, stand-in and keep me straight guy) Wanda
Montgomery, KA3AHI, (hospital and Health Department coordinator) Herman
A. Niedzielski, K2AVA (scouts) and Joseph A. (Al) Nollmeyer, W3YVQ, who
is also our Section Traffic Manager; my Affiliated Club Coordinator:
Martin J. Pittinger, KB3MXM, (incoming Section Manager); Section
Emergency Coordinator: Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS; Assistant Section
Emergency Coordinator: Mike Liller, N7NMS; State 
Government Liasion: David J. Prestel, W8AJR (who is also the ARRL
Division Legislative Action Coordinator);  Official Observer
Coordinator: Scott G. Bauer, W3CV; and Public Information Coordinator
Sid Caesar, NH7C. 

There are lots of parts and pieces to the MDC Section. Without the
willingness of the above volunteers and their predecessors to step up
and put in hours of personal time, we would definitely not have what I
consider is a smoothly and fully functioning ARRL Section. Over the
years the close working relationship of our former Atlantic Division
Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, our Vice Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM, now
our Director, has been a major benefit to the MDC Section. Just like you
don't see the grease that makes the wheel turn smoothly, most folks are
unaware of all the behind the scenes effort that goes into making an
organization function. I am beyond grateful for all the work of all
those volunteers over the years. Very little would have happened
without it. Thank you for giving me the opportunity and privilege to be
a part of it.

73,
Jim Cross, WI3N
ARRL MDC Section Manager


Maryland-DC Officials