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Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
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443-326-1783 (Cell)
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410-356-7899 (Home)

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   MDC Section News
   Vol. 16, No. 06
   Friday, June 19, 2020
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This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink® net will be held on Friday, June 19, 2020 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 July 17th.
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   EchoLink® Link Repeaters for Net
   If you would like to join in on RF, the following repeaters are linked for EchoLink® nets:
  - KA2JAI-R to Millersville repeater 146.805- PL107.2
  - WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL156.7 Hz, Calverton, MD
  - W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL141.3 Hz, Frederick, MD
  - K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL156.7, Sunderland, MD
  - K3ERA-R, 145.230(-), PL110.9, District Heights, MD
  - W3SMD-L, 147.51, Simplex, St Mary's County, MD
  - KB3JQQ-L Pikesville, MD – local proximity within 2m Line-of-Sight
  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.
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Recent ARRL Guidance -
Overall Field Day –
- Rules & Resources -
- Planning Your ARRL Field Day 2020 Operation - 14 May 2020
- Creative Approaches to Field Day 2020 - 21 April 2020
- Field Day 2020 - A Time To Adapt - 27 March 2020

Please use best judgment until our Maryland State Government Officials reduce the levels of restriction; all MDC Section Staff are required to maintain diligence throughout this event and not attend in-person any Ham Radio event(s).

Tnx es 73,
Marty KB3MXM
Maryland / DC Section Manager, ARRL
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Each month our MDC SM adds On-Air Events for 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. 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 website with Hamfests, 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.
Although in-person Amateur Radio testing is suspended and no on-line testing offered for the MDC Section, ARRL and the VECs are discovering new ways to meet the challenges.  Please continue to follow progress via ARRL National website and your local VEC groups.
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Get involved and learn more about Nation Traffic System and Nets
Contact Baltimore Traffic Net Manager, Chris AB3WG
145.330 Daily 6:30 PM and find more information at
Occasionally a 2m VHF SIMPLEX after BTN.  Listen on 146.580 and CQ for others stations.
Are you doing HF, then contact Maryland Emergency Phone Net, Fr Al W3YVQ, w3yvq atsign arrl dot net
3820 +/- LSB Daily 6:00 PM
MEPN - 3820 / 1920 & 7243 kHz LSB
 MDD - 3557 CW
 MSN - 3563 CW
 BTN - 146.33 FM / 146.67 B/U
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HFHN - HF Hospital Coalition Net Wednesday following the third Sunday every month on 7:00 – 7:30 PM LSB - 3820 kHz +/- for QRM. This Net is open to all ARES and RACES operators able to hear the Net. This is a controlled net, follow instructions from Net Control. This net is primarily to establish HF EmComm between the Maryland EOC's & Hospitals.
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WeatherNet on EchoLink Node W3ICF or 146.730
Every Thursday @ 19:30 - 20:30 Local Time (ET)
Also, check-out the Frederick Amateur Radio CODE-PLUG downloads
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Check-in with Net Control Operator (NCS) on the Orioles Net via the 145.330, repeater near Shawsville, MD - Daily at 9AM
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It is required that all MDC ARES members enroll in ARES CONNECT
ARES Connect at
Sign up today or login then update your Account Profile
Contact your Maryland Section Emergency Coordinator or ASEC or Section Manager for help.
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Gulf and Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1st & Pacific already started
See for more details and EchoLink / VoIP Hurricane Net – VoIP Hurricane Net: WX_TALK.
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ARRL: Cancellation Calendar
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The Anne Arundel Radio Club (AARC) offering 6-only FREE Technicians Licence classes Consecutive Saturdays 8:30 am to Noon, starting July 4, 2020 and ending August 8, 2020. The last class will end in the morning and the test will be given in the afternoon at the AARC clubhouse in Davidsonville, MD. The book for the class is The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 4th Edition.  With the 4th edition being important. It is currently out of stock at both ARRL and Amazon at the moment but they are due for a shipment this week. The class will be held via Zoom, and will end early enough on the Aug. 8th to travel time for testing.
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Some online testing is happening - look on the ARRL VEC website or Laurel VEC for details.
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With the ever growing demand for available spectrum, TMARC’s band plans are reviewed periodically to address those growing demands. TMARC is not only tasked with repeater and link frequency coordinated activities, but is also referred upon in the use of non-coordinated operations such as analog and digital simplex, and weak signal in TMARC’s area of responsibility. With that, please see the attached document for more information and information on voting. Document is titled: TMARC_Notice_of_Proposed_Bandplan_June2020

In the spirit of protection of coordinated systems, the proposed band plan offered below addresses suggested segments for hotspots, cross-band repeater use, networked connected devices, and digital ATV operations. Only the 144-148 and 420-450 bands are affected. This proposal is a modified version that was presented to the membership back in June 2019 and is a product of addressing comments from a number of affected parties.

TMARC Board of Directors would like to have the membership vote on this proposal by sending an email with either an Approval or Objection in the subject line. For clubs, we ask that only one recognized club representative as indicated on our Club Sponsor List cast a vote. Deadline for voting is July 10, 2020

May 2020
Applications in Process:
N9KET -- Application for UHF narrow-band pair in Tysons Corner, VA still under review.

N3PPH –- Received on air confirmation of 441.7875+ at Mechanicsville, MD Sent Final Coordination.

N3PPH -– Received application for UHF narrowband pair in Sunderland, MD
   Sent notice to neighboring coordination groups.
   Sent Construction Coordination for 441.6375+

Calvert Amateur Radio Club – Received on air confirmation of 145.3900- in Lexington Park, MD Sent Final Coordination.
Mt. Vernon ARC – Received application for 440 control frequency. Sent revised coordination.

KB3WYD – Received on air confirmation of 447.3750- in Middle River, MD Sent Final Coordination.

KG4TIH -- Received application for UHF pair in Sterling, VA

On Air Status Requests sent to: UHF Control, K3ORB, Ocean City, MD

Area Repeater Coordination Council:
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2M
Received 3 proposed coordinations for 440

South Eastern Repeater Assoc.:
Received 1 proposed coordination for 440

The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council

The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council

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2020 January MDC SEC Narrative Report
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KA2JAI, N3AE, KB3TVF, WX3F, KB3LJB, KB3KOW, WA3EOQ, W3YR, N3AWP, WB3KAS,  N2OMC, NI2W

EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:


We still have a few EC's NOT conforming to the proper file naming convention.
See instructions below.  Please do so it makes my job easier when we get a large number of inputs. . .such as this month!

12 of the 17 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County reports this month. Outstanding folks! Much appreciated those who took the time.

How can we improve the desire to provide what is requested by the League regarding your 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 send it to me.  Put this file name in the subject line please. It's a sure way i won't miss your input.

Then put the file namein the sugject line, so all i have to do is search YYYY-MM-<4-ltr cnty code> EC Report.pdf

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 vacant and would like to have someone step forward and consider heading up the Western or Central DEC position.  If interested letme know and I will send you the DEC Position Description.

There are eight counties that do not have an Emergency Coordinator.  They are ALLE, BACI, BACO, DORC, KENT, QACO, SOME and WORC. BACO has been recently added. If you are from any of these counties and fell you are up to the task, please get in touch with me.

As you can see 5 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.

Two more county EC's have step down, CARO and WICO EC's. EC applications have been sent to propective nominees, awaiting response.

SEC Presentations

If your Group is interested in getting started with Winlink 2000, or perhaps a refresher session, please let me know. We have our ASEC, Steven, KC3DSO, on Zoom with an outstanding WL2K presentation for your ARES meeting. I encourage you followup on this if interested in getting involved with the Section Winlink program.

Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visits to as many ARES and club groups as possible. We have two presentations I think would be worth your while to hear.  One on Section Interoperability and the other is the Section 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!

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:

Make use of this to keep your proficiency in top shape.

The new ARRL MDC Section 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 subscribe 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:
Meetings and Gatherings

The COVID19 crisis has put a damper on face-to-face meetings, but the email traffic has ramped up considerablly. Consider Zoom sesions for your ARES meetings and shoot me a copy of the invitite.
Future Events:

de MDC Section ASEC KC3DSO

The MDC Section-Wide Winlink Check-In as another training opportunity to keep current in using Winlink.  All Amateur Radio operators are welcome.

The inaugural 'roll out' was 10 MAR 20 with 19 check ins. The check in is held on the second Tuesday of each month. Upcoming dates are:

5/12/20, 6/9/20, 7/14/20, 8/11/20, 9/8/20, 10/13/20, 11/10/20, 12/8/20

For instructions:

73, Steven KC3DSO
 MDC Section ASEC

de ANAR County KA2JAI

The ARES monthly meeting was conducted using Zoom and included preparation for the Red Cross exercise, HAZMAT, and a VHF simplex drill.  We conducted our 1st monthly HF net.  ARES participated in the MEMA COMMEX, which included an ARES phone net and Winlink.  Winlink practice continues with 4 opportunities: Weekly weekend check in using a different feature of Winlink each month, the COMMEX, weekly ARES announcements sent by Winlink, and the Sectionwide Winlink Test. 
ARES participated in the May 30 Red Cross exercise.  We participated in both Part A Local and Part B Nationwide.  The Red Cross was primarily interested in Part B, but we found Part A to be very valuable training and practice for us using flmsg and Winlink.  Many of the members attended the flmsg and Winlink training provided by the Red Cross.  This was done in preparation for the exercise, but was good general training on these tools.
Several ARES members are attending Rol Anders K3RA's weekly Operating Class using Zoom.
The EC and others participated in the Field Day meeting conducted by the SM using EchoLink.
Special recognition goes to: Rick AB3XJ for organizing our part in the Red Cross exercise, Ken KG4USN for HAZMAT training and designing the simplex exercise, Ron N3WOF for running our ongoing Winlink exercises, Tom W3NI for instituting our HF net and being net control, Chris AB3WG for traffic handling & RADIOGRAM training and his role in increasing COMMEX participation, and Gordon WJ3K for many hours of work planning our radio programming.
ARES meetings are 3rd Saturdays, with some exceptions, at 0900.  We will continue to useg Zoom until further notice instead of meeting at the EOC in Glen Burnie.  Check with the EC for actual dates. Weekly nets are Sundays at 2000  on the 146.805- 107.2 repeater in Millersville MD and EchoLink 90911 KA2JAI-R.  Monthy HF SSB nets are the first Tuesdays at 1930 on 3820 +/-.  For questions or more info email the EC at

de CALV County N3AE

The main event for May was participation in the Red Cross ARES exercise on May 30th.  In preparation for the exercise we held two nets during the month to plan and practice.  During the exercise, six CALV ARES members participated.   For Part A, we handled traffic between two simulated shelters, the EOC, food services and transportation using a combination of VHF voice and VHF Winlink packet using ARC Form templates.  For Part B, one of our shelter operators, N3PPH, passed an ARC-6409 form through a Winlink Gateway to addresses specified in the exercise plan.

We also welcomed a new member in May, Jason, KG7RQK.

Our 2M repeater DR-1X repeater is healthy again and in operation at the Sunderland MD location (146.985 - PL 156.7).

Our monthly meetings are on the third Tuesday at the Calvert County Services Building, Main Street, Prince Frederick unless notified otherwise.  Our web site is

de CARO County KB3TVF

Stats only.

de CARR County WX3F

Carroll County EmComm Training net on Carroll repeaters maintains weekly Thursday evening at 7:00 PM training in digital operations and message handling by using the FLDIGI/FLMSG software sending ICS type messages and pictures.  Six radio operators participated in the Red Cross Nationwide Drill simulating 4 shelters, a Logistics holding area, and the EOC.  Messages were sent via Winlink RMS stations W8IS-10 and WN3R-10 using 1k2 baud packet and VARA FM modes.  Voice tactical contacts were by way of the Carroll County Repeaters and simplex.

de CECI County KB3LJB

Exercises this past month, May 2020, consisted of the CECI ARES operators participating in the weekly Sunday evening ARES Nets held at 2000 (8:00 pm) on the CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port Deposit, MD.  At this time, we have 4 Net Control Operators.  If you can reach the WA3SFJ 146.850 repeater and would like to try out as a Net Control Operator, send me an email ( and i'll send you the script and blank log sheet.  If you have questions, send those to me as well.

Normally, 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.  However, with Governor Hogan's "Safer-At-Home" orders, we have had to cancel the meetings until further notice.  But be prepared.  As soon as we are allowed to meet as a group (hopefully this month), the meetings will resume.  All are welcome to attend.

The WA3SFJ-R Echolink Node 585690 is up and working well.

The ARC/ARES exercise did not go well for us although it was a great learning experience.  It exposed the gaping holes in our preparedness and we will be working on it until we get all those gaps fixed.

Our next VE test sessions will be held on the mornings of Saturday, June 4 and July 4.  The VE test sessions will be given at the Mason-Dixon American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun, MD starting at 0900.  Check the listings on the ARRL web site or contact me at KB3LJB@ARRL.NET for details on upcoming test sessions.

de CHAR County KB3KOW

Conducted VARA HF and VARA FM testing with WB3KAS, KC3DSO, KA3POX and KB3SPH.

Assisted SEC with swapping out radios for the KAS-10 Node to support both FM VARA and VHF Packet.

Participated in the monthly Winlink chekin.

de GARR County WA3EOQ

Several Garrett County stations participated in a Preston County , WV simplex net exercise.(6a)

Working with Garrett College to arrange an introduction to Amateur Radio presentation for STEM students (and the ganeral public) this Fall  or when the college returns to normal from Covid.

Physical GCARES meetings will continue to be suspended due to the coronavirus situation.

It is looking like the GCARES Field Day operation will be from home stations.  Our usual 4H location did not open to the public on May 1 as is the usual case; plus all 4H activities have been cancelled until August 1.  Plus waiting to see if Governor Hogan relaxes social distancing, etc. by FD time. 

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.  Checked into the Washington County ARES 146.94 net on 29 May. Checked into the monthly Commex (Reisterstown) via the Hagerstown 147.09 rpt on 5/19.

de HARF County W3YR

Exercise and training sessions include four weekly nets, one net in support of the American Red Cross Nationwide Radio Simulation on 30 May 2020, and three training sessions in support of the Simulation.

de HOWA County N2AWP

Convened five routine (weekly) ARES Nets, one on-the-air Message Drill, and participated in the American Red Cross (ARC) Communications Exercise (SET) on May 30.  Actively support Columbia Amateur Radio Association Mid-Week Social Nets, which were started to create another means for area (Howard County and vicinity) amateur radio operators to socialize during COVID-19 pandemic.  Will likely continue the mid-week net post COVID-19 given interested to do so.  Actively supporting on-the-air FLdigi practice "jam" sessions following our weekly nets.  Overall net participation is up given during the past three months given changes to net procedures to encourage more general participation and interaction.  Continue to support Howard County COAD efforts to muster volunteers to address COVID-19 needs within Howard County.

For the ARC SET on May 30, nine participants simulated interaction between Net Control location (EOC), three fire stations, four shelters, and an ARC support location.  Ten injects were introduced during the exercise, with more than 15 digital and more than 20 voice messages being generated to address simulated activities.  Collaborated with ECs in adjacent counties to compare/contrast concepts and approach to setting up our respective local exercises.

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

Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire Services Building,
6820 Webster St, Landrover Hills, MD at 1930. Have been suspended due to COVID19.

Stated this last month, but worth listing again: A couple of new/updated PRGE Winlink Nodes and Gateways on line now:

Steven Keller, KC3DSO, in Lanham, MD is running three nodes. Two are AX25 packet nodes (1200 & 9600) and one Vara FM node. All nodes use tri band omni's at 35'. The 2m packet node runs on 145.750, 1200 bps, at 80 watts. The 70cm packet node runs on 440.750, 9600 bps, at 35 watts.

The Vara FM node is on 145.650, up to 12k bps at 50 watts.  Both the 70cm & Vara FM nodes use a Kenwood TM-D710A. Band A runs the internal TNC for 9600 over the air packet and Band B runs a Tigertronics Signalink audio card for Vara FM at up to 12kbps.  All three nodes use RMS Packet and RMS Relay for internet outages.
Ken La Capria, KA2POX , in Ft Washington, MD is currently operating a Winlink node on multiple frequencies and modes. Software running is RMS Packet, RMS Relay, and RMS Trimode. Packet operates on 145.750 from an Omni antenna at 260’ above sea level at 180 watts TX  power. TNC is a KPC3+.

VARA FM operates on 145.650 from a 5 element rotatable Yagi at 200’ above sea level 50 watts TX power. The modem is a Tigertronics SignaLink USB.

The HF station is at 3589 kHz dial with power of 100 watts. Modes are Winmore, VARA and ARDOP. The modem is a Tigertronics SignaLink USB. The antenna is a trapped 80 meter dipole in NVIS configuration. Stations as far away as Denver CO have connected.
Jim, WB3KAS, upgraded his 2m RMS to include VARA.  New radio is  Kenwood is a TM-V71A.
Packet and VARA both on 145.75, Band B, but not at the same time. Power out is ~50w.

1 ARES Drill supporting ARC (5/30/2020)
4 VHF training nets (5/5/2020, 5/12/2020, 5/19/2020, 5/26/2020)
1 Meeting (5/18/2020)
1 HFHN (5/20/2020)

de STMA County N2OMC

Held our bi-weekly ARES net at 2000E on 5/7/20 and 5/21/20 on the 147.390 (PL: 123.0) repeater located in Leonardtown, MD. On the 5/21 net. we conducted a Dry Run for the Rd Cross exercise passing Winlink and voice traffic. Participated in the Red Cross communication exercise on 30 May. Had net control and two simulated shelter's open passing Winlink and voice traffic. The event was successful with some lessons learned. Have continued to work on getting information about the Southern MD Skywarn subnet without much success. Two team members attended a virtual SKYWARN basic class on 20 May. Planning a Winlink class/workshop as soon as the virus restrictions lift and we can have a gathering of folks for the event.

de WASH County NI2W

Stats only.


HF Hospital Nets are conducted on Wednesday night following the third Monday of the month on 3820kHz +/- at 1900L.  So give us a hollar!  If you don't hear us look down stream 5-8 kHz.  I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC Section.

Next HF Hospital Net is June 24.  NCS is TBD at the moment. We encourage radio operators to please check in and support this Drill.  We always need a large number of checkins to help hold the frequency. 

Net control operator have their work cut out for them to try and hold the frequency.

Other Drills and Exercises:

Last month I reported out on two upcoming exercises. Regrettablly still no traffic received therefore cannot provide any updates.  It wouldn't surprise me that they will be posponed. Stay tuned.

73, Wanda

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 2005 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/510 QTC/22 MINS/581

BTN 2005 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/438 QTC/24 MINS/543

MDD 2005 AA3SB QND/62 QNI/368 QTC/106 MINS/546

MSN 2005 N3AEA QND/31 QNI/123 QTC/13 MINS/577

PSHR: KK3F 150, W3YVQ 135, K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, NI2W 83, AB3WG 80, N3JET 79, WB3FTQ 76;

TFC: KK3F 1590, K3IN 270, AA3SB 75, W3YVQ 68, N3JET 35, AB3WG 25, NI2W 18, WB3FTQ 16


The MEPN NVIS propagation was functional in May, 2020, with good signals most evenings. Due to the low solar activity, the afternoon propagation suffered with less effective NVIS propagation during the pre-net. This effect will worsen as long as sunset continues to move later.
The MEPN DTS stations continue to provide liaison with the national digital messaging services including DTN and Winlink.

MDD: May NVIS propagation for local MDC stations on MDD early and late continued to improve with acceptable prop all month. Early sessions are in daylight, late in dark with MUFs above 4MHz. Outbound traffic to 3RN may be handled by DTS representatives as needed for posting on the Digital Traffic Net (DTN) when prop permits. DTN stations operate 24/7 so traffic will flow across the country as prop permits, day or night.


Additional CW operators are needed for liaison from MEPN and BTN 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.


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). The conference bridge is available for MEPN, MDD, BTN, MSN, and 3RN stations during periods of failed propagation.


The MSN net continues to operate and serve nightly at 1930L on 3563 kHz. Ron, N3AEA, has stepped up to fill the Net Manager´s role. Thanks, Ron. Show your support by checking in even if you do not take training. MSN needs NCS stations and liaison stations to early and late MDD. Ron could use your help.


The BTN continues to meet on 145.33/R (no tone) daily at 6:30PM local time. The BTN was established to provide a welcoming place for newcomers to the Amateur Service, and their first exposure to directed traffic nets and message handling. 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 are in effect. A new cooperative effort has been launched between ANAR ARES(r) and the BTN as well.


Thanks to all the Section´s 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.

Stay safe and be well during the presence of the Corona virus. You may congregate in any numbers on our nets without masks. Good time to polish up that CW and enjoy some contacts on HF. Early summer prop also provides occasional openings on the upper HF bands including 6 meters. If no stations are heard, call CQ.

Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated ARES(r), RRI, and NTS operations.

w3yvq atsign arrl dot net
w3yvq atsign winlink dot org from WL2K



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

Maryland-DC Officials

  • Martin Pittinger

    Section Manager

    Martin J. Pittinger KB3MXM

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  • Joseph Nollmeyer

    Assistant Section Manager,
    Section Traffic Manager

    Joseph A. Nollmeyer W3YVQ

  • Eric Berman

    Section Youth Coordinator

    Eric Berman KC3GDV

  • Wanda Montgomery

    Assistant Section Manager

    Wanda Montgomery KA3AHI

  • David Prestel

    State Government Liaison

    David J. Prestel W8AJR

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  • Joseph Dorffner

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Joseph C. Dorffner KC3KFG

  • Robert Bruninga

    Technical Coordinator

    Robert E. Bruninga WB4APR

  • Herman Niedzielski

    Assistant Section Manager

    Herman A. Niedzielski K2AVA

  • Jim Montgomery

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Jim Montgomery WB3KAS

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  • Kenneth Reid

    Assistant Section Manager

    Kenneth B. Reid KG4USN