ARRL Sections - Maryland-DC



Contact Information

Section Name:
Jim Cross WI3N
Daytime Phone:
301-706-9543 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
301-725-6829 (Home)

Basic Information



MDC Section News
Vol. 9 No. 9 
September 15, 2014

* FINALLY. . .  


This month's MDC section-wide Echolink net will be held on Friday,
September 19th at 8:00 PM EDT 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: <>. 

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


The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club is offering a free amateur radio
Technician class at Montgomery College in Rockville for six Saturday
mornings at 9 AM from September 27, 2014, through November 1, 2014. 
More information about this class is posted at

We have a classroom, a schedule and instructors, but we need more
students at this time.  Please spread the word to help us to get
students for this free class.

In addition, we have scheduled public exam sessions.  The details are
at: < exam_details.html>.

Thank you,
David, W2LNX
MARC Education committee


It is never too early to plan for upcoming events, and the 2014 Section
Emergengy Test (SET) is no exception. 

Last year we did Hurricane Chessie coming up the Bay.  

This year our planning session will be at the Collington retirement
community on Saturday, Sep 20, from 0900-1400. The SET will be held on
Saturday, Oct 4. 

I am contemplating using APRS to track a delivery of equipment to a
tornado damaged facility and also exercising our Winlink2000
capabilities.  Practical and fun.

We are looking forward to many jurisdictions doing some hands on
practice in preparation for real life emergencies that may confront

Please contact me if you are able to come to the planning session
and/or participate in the exercise.
Thanks and 73 de Jim, WB3KAS <>
ARRL MDC Section Emergency Coordinator


Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Radio & Electronics EXPO) 
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Location: Sussex Technical High School
17099 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947
Talk-In: 147.090+ (PL 156.7)
Website: <>
Contact: Paul Ross, NR3P
9064 Morgans Ridge Drive
Delmar, MD 21875
Phone: 410-896-4222
E-mail: <>


Sunday, October 5, 2014
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association, CARA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Talk-In: 147.135/R- (PL 156.7)
Website: <>
Contact: David Parkison, KB3VDY
6037 Hunt Club Road
Elkridge, MD 21075
Phone: 410-977-1249
E-mail: <>


Sunday, October 19
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest1
Location: Davidsonville Family Recreation Center
3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road
Davidsonville, MD 21035
Contact: Bruce Pellicot	, KA3EIE	
10348 Route 99 Woodstock, MD 21163
Phone: 410-461-7441


Southern Maryland Tailgate Fest
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Sponsor: St. Mary's County ARA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Location: Hollywood Volunteer Fire Dept
24801 Three Notch Road
Hollywood, MD 20636
Talk-In: 146.64 (PL 146.2)
Website: <>
Contact: Ken McNeely, KB3YPY
21837 North Essex Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Phone: 301-862-4105
E-mail: <>


Mason Dixon Hamfest
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Location: Carroll County Agricultural Center
706 Agriculture Center Drive
Westminster, MD 21157
Talk-In: 145.410 (PL 114.8)
Website: <>
Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB
2145 Bethel Road
Finksburg, MD 21048
Phone: 410-876-1482
E-mail: <>

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:


Steve “Sid” Caesar serves as the Chief of Bureau of Indian Affairs
(BIA) Emergency Management (BIA EM) at the US Department of the
Interior. BIA EM has national emergency management responsibilities for
BIA, Bureau of Indian Education, and the Office of the Assistant
Secretary of Indian Affairs.

Previous to his move to BIA EM, Mr. Caesar served as the State, Local,
Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) Emergency Manager at the Department of
the Interior’s Office of Emergency Management (DOI OEM) in
Washington, DC. Prior to the DOI, Mr. Caesar served at the US
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service
(IHS), where he was selected as the first Director of IHS Emergency
Services (IHS ES) for the Indian Health Service.

Mr. Caesar’s 30 years of public safety and emergency management
career has included experience in Police/Fire/EMS dispatching, Law
Enforcement, Fire Service, EMS service, and Fire/EMS education, in
addition to his service to the US Federal Government. Mr. Caesar has
served the US Federal Government since 1992, as both an on call
disaster responder and as a career employee. Before moving to the
Washington, DC area, he served HHS as the Deputy Unit Commander for the
Ohio Five (OH-5) Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) based in
Dayton, Ohio.  Mr. Caesar was also a founding member of the FEMA Ohio-1
Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.

Mr. Caesar is a graduate of the Meteorology Program at Mississippi
State University. He also has earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire &
EMS Administration. Mr. Caesar holds numerous public safety
certifications including Physical Security Protection Specialist from
the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Other public safety
certifications include Firefighter II, National Registry Paramedic,
Fire Safety Inspector, and Public Information Officer. Mr. Caesar holds
national certifications as a Lacrosse and Wrestling Coach. 

Mr. Caesar, an ARRL Life Member, earned his first license as a teenager
in the Chicago area. Mr. Caesar holds an Extra Class License (NH7C). He
has served as an ARRL Volunteer Examiner and is an ARRL Public
Information Officer. In addition to taking the ARRL PR-101 course, he
has had a great deal of training and hands on experience dealing with
various media organizations through his vocation.

Mr. Caesar is a native of the Chicago area, growing up in Wheaton,
Illinois and now resides in Rockville, Maryland.


Some sad news to report … Bill Conaway W8HNT, who was the previous
TMARC frequency coordinator, passed away in May of this year.  You may
The next T-MARC General Membership meeting will be held on Sunday Oct.
5, 2014 at 11 am at the Columbia Amateur Radio Association's Hamfest,
Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, Md.

* Welcome
* Treasurer’s Report
* Coordination Items
  - Summary Report since Oct. 2013 meeting
  - TMARC/ARRL Frequency Listings – Deadline for submission to
    ARRL is Dec. 31,2014.  
    Please check <>
    and report any discrepancies to Bryan N3ST at <>.
  - Construction  Coordinations are not listed until Final
    Coordination is issued.
  - Club Contacts – Please check: 
    <> to ensure your
    listing is accurate. For clubs with club calls, the trustee
    designated on the club FCC license is the one that TMARC
    recognizes. If there are any changes to the trustee on the
    FCC license, please inform TMARC of that information.
* Major highway repeater coverage map suggestion
* Status of MOU with South East Repeater Association (SERA)
* TMARC Board of Director elections – If you or someone you know
  would like to be nominated for election to the board, please
  e-mail <> with the name, call, and a short summary
  of their amateur radio history.
August 2014 Activity Report

Applications in Process:

 – Received application for move of unpublished 449.xxxx- repeater
   from Alexandria, Va. to Culpeper, Va. and also a freq. swap of
   same pair to 444.xxxx+. 
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
 - Awaiting testing.
Shenandoah Valley ARC
 – Received application for move of 146.8200- in Winchester, Va.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
 - Sent Conditional Construction Coordination.
 – Received application for 2 meter pair in Crisfield, Md. 
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 145.1300- at Crisfield, Md.
Calvert Amateur Radio Assoc. 
 – Received application for coordination for UHF pair at Prince
   Frederick, Md. 
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 444.9500+ at Prince
 – Received application for coordination for UHF pair at
   Winchester, Va.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 442.0500+ at Winchester, Va.
 – Received confirmation of on the air status of 443.1875+ in
   Mechanicsville, Md.
 - Sent Final Coordination.
 – Received application for coordination for 449.3250- in 
   Arlington, Va. (Previously coordinated to W8HNT.)
Vienna Wireless Society
 – Received on air confirmation of un-published narrow-band pair
   in Oakton, Va.
On Air Status Requests sent to:
145.2500-  KK3L                         Damascus, Md.
147.3300+  Lewes ARS                    Lewes, Del.
442.2500+  Fauquier ARA                 Warrenton, Va.
442.4000+  K7SOB                        Moorefield, W. Va.
443.2000+  K7SOB                        Romney, W. Va.
443.5500+  Sussex Tidewater AR Network  Lewes, Del.
444.4000+  KF4UCI                       Gordonsville, Va.
444.7500+  K7SOB                        Berkeley Springs, W. Va.
Coordinations Withdrawn / Cancelled:
449.3250   W8HNT (SK)                   Arlington, Va.
South East Repeater Association:
 - Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters

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.

If you would like to contact T-MARC, you may send an e-mail to the
Board of Direcrors at <>.

Our snail-mail address is:
 P.O. Box 1022
 Savage, Md. 20763-1022

Please feel free to visit the T-MATC web page at: 


The date for the JFK Run is November 22, 2014. 

I am still looking for volunteers to fill the various spots along the
route in Washington County.  

If you would like to volunteer please let me know. 

For you newcomers, the JFK is a fifty mile run held annually through
Washington County. 

In general, the run begins in Boonsboro and uses route US-40 ALT to
Turner's Gap. Then, there is transitions to the Appalachian Trail and
continues south to the C&O Canal. 

The run continues on the C&O Canal Towpath to Dam #4 where it takes
local roads through Downsville and ends at the middle school in

The hams from the Antietam Radio Association (ARA) and other volunteers
provide communications along the route. This communication support
consists mostly of coordinating pick-ups of runners drooping out early,
as well as finding runners. 

This public service is one the ARA has provided for many years and is
our biggest public service event. 

So if you can help, please contact me, Butch Eigenbrode (NI2W) via
e-mail at: <>, on my home phone at:  301-824-5373 or my
cell phone: 908-343-1704.

Thanks and 73.


IT'S COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE and more help is needed with the premier
public service event in the region, the Marine Corps Marathon.  Our
goal this year is 160 sign-ups.

Whether you enjoy using voice or digital - you have a place in the 39th
Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday 26 October!

If it's your first time and you're wondering what to do, no problem,
because of The All-Hands Meeting and your Team Leader.

There will be an All-Hands training session on SATURDAY OCTOBER 18 in
Washington, DC, at the Armed Forces Retirement Home.  The major purpose
is to brief everyone and to answer all of your questions.

Additionally, there are team leads for the various assignment teams -
such as voice operations around the course, digital operations in
medical tents, shadows for key personnel, net control operators, etc.
who will work with you.

SIGN UP NOW.  The Marine Corps Marathon, "MCM", has a new amateur radio
sign-up Website.  The URL is: <>.

Howard Cunningham WD5DBC tells us, "We now maintain a database of your
information from last year.  If you need to make a change, log back
into Website and make your changes."

Howard continues, "[There is] no more having to re-enter everything.
This is also the site where we will place files for you to download."

At the end of the "HAM" form, you will find a link to the Marine Corps
sign-up page.

"You need to continue into the Marine Corps Marathon site and fill out
their form until you [are signed up on both sites. Otherwise,] you are
not signed up," Howard emphasized.

HAVE PROBLEMS with the Web site?  You may e-mail:  Howard Cunningham
WD5DBC, e-mail address:


Thank you for supporting the Marine Corps Marathon.


ARRL Section: Maryland-DC  Month: August  Year: 2014
Total number of ARES members: 607
Change since last month:   0
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 5
Number of ARES nets active: 4
Number with NTS liaison: 3
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3FMJ, N3SEO, N3QHC, NI2W, WB3KAS
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:   12        

Person hours:    197
Number of public service events this month:  3                        

Person hours:    295
Number of emergency operations this month:  0                         

Person hours:      
Total number of ARES operations this month: 16                  
Total Person hours:    492
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.  I know there is a lot of activity in the Section of which
we have no visibility.  Please fulfill your obligation to write your
reports each month.
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.
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.
The Section SET 
de ANAR County N3SEO:
ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC. ARES nets
each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater. Supported the
Annapolis 10 Miler with 28 hams.  Supported the Ben Moore Run with 14
de CALV County N3QHC:
1. This month's meeting we discussed upcoming Public Service events and
the more robust VHF/UHF/HSMM Network.
2. Programmed CAlvert County Health Department radios.
de GARR County KB3FMJ
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 September 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.
Meeting included Savage Man Triathelon preparations and race
assignments;  Garrett County emergency site deployments and locations;
General discussions by the group on various amateur radio topics
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Internet Forum:
Nets: Held four regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on
145.23MHz  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.
August 30 PRGE ARES members volunteered to clean up the brush and
downed trees resulting from the installation and erection of K3CCR 85'
tower.  KA3AHI, AB3UC, AB3NA, AA3WS, KB3YQK, N3ADF, 

de KA3AHI AEC PRGE Hospital Project:
Next HFHN will be Sep 17.  It is always the Wednesday following the
third Monday.  I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC Section.
Our next PRGE Quarterly Hospital Drill will be coinsident with SET on
October 4.  If you'd like to join us and participate, please email me
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC


The MDC SEC, Jim, WB3KAS,  has been working on some new tools for us in
the Section.  The first is formulation of a new Yahoo reflector group
whereby operators can schedule on-the-air sessions with their friends.
It's called "MDCQRV."  The Group will be un-moderated for a period of
time and no prior approval required to join.  QRV is the traffic Q-code
for "I am ready."
The object is to have a process where you can announce your intent to
be on the air in a particular mode, at a particular time and frequency
for what ever reason; fine tuning your station, experimenting with new
radios and/or antennas, etc. Those who are members of the group will
see the post and help out where they can. It's a start to help new
comers to the game of EMComm, get their feet wet and encourage current
ARES members to get on the air and practice what they may be called to
do during a deployment. The reflector is located at: 
So, once you sign up, you will be helping others by being. . .QRV in



MEPN 1408 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/334 QTC/119 MINS/841
BTN 1408 KB3MXM QND/31 QNI/309 QTC/17 MINS/429
MDD 1408 AA3SB QND/60 QNI/267 QTC/112 MINS/508
MSN 1408 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/121 QTC/26 MINS/839

PSHR: KK3F 150, W3YVQ 135, KB3LNM 125, AA3SB 100, WB4FDT 100, WB3FTQ
90, W3CB 88, W4OTN 83, NF8I 70, N3ZOC 27;

TFC: KK3F 1219, KB3LNM 136, NF8I 123, W4OTN 102, W3YVQ 102, WB4FDT 74,
WB3FTQ 72, AA3SB 69, N3HFC 32, W3CB 10, KC3Y 6, N3ZOC 5


NTS nationwide nets have enjoyed generally good evening Cycle 4
conditions but more difficult Cycle 2 conditions with weaker summertime
signals in the afternoons. Cycle 24 is still active, however, and small
groups of sunspots have come into view several times during the month.

All MDC ARES(r) jurisdictions are encouraged to use the Radio-email
Layer to communicate with each other, served agencies, and the stations
operating in the MDC NTS/NTSD affiliated nets. Peer-to-peer Radio-email
connections may also be used for backup. Stations on MEPN can accept
direct and network connections for Radio-email via HF PacTor, forward
Radio-email nation-wide, and post Radiogram traffic directly to the
NTSD when needed.

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. Local stations are best equipped to deliver such
traffic and welcome the new ham with local information and help.
Radiogram traffic should be delivered within 48 hours from the time of
origination otherwise we have to service it back as undeliverable
unless local stations accept and handle the traffic. Find a local
operator with interest in providing this service. Each of our local
groups provide the roots of the ARES(r) effort and of the NTS network
system. This is an essential part of our emergency preparedness effort.
Wide area Section level telephone delivery of messaging during
emergencies is not likely to be possible. Direct liaisons via the
digital modes helps prevent overloading local emergency nets during
activations. The NTS volunteers to take this daily traffic in order to
provide for practice in sustaining this messaging capability.

We therefore request that each jurisdiction either send a daily liaison
to a Section NTS net, or designate a Target Station on the WL2K network
to exchange daily mail as needed. A list of such Targets may be sent
through the SEC or to me to be shared off-line by Section leadership.
If you have done so in the past, please refresh your status so we may
maintain a current listing.

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.

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. This is your pathway to joining the national ARRL Field
Organization Public Service Communications team. ARESMAT teams invited
to assist our Section during emergencies will come in expecting to find
pathways for messaging via these various modes to all levels of the
national networks.

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

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

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


As many of you know, we have a MDC Section Web Page at:

But it is often overlooked as a valuable resource for a lot of

Once you scroll down past the pictures of "Who's Who" in the MDC
Section, you will see the red "Quick Links Bar" which includes links to
such things as the "MDC Emergency Response Plan," a list of the MDC ECs
and ROs for each county, upcoming hamfests and more.

If you scroll down farther, you will find a link titled "Is your club
looking for someone to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting?"  

This is a link to a list of people who are willing to speak at upcoming
club meetings and banquets.  The holiday season is rapidly approaching
and it is not too early to contact them now.  I thought this come in

Look under "General Information," and you will see links to WINLINK
2000 information, T-MARC coordinations, basic traffic handling
instructions, how to learn the International Morse Code and more.

Below that are links to ARRL MDC Affiliated Clubs web pages, and other
amateur radio related sites.

So, don't forget to look and use the MDC Section Web Page,
<>, first for answers.

==> FINALLY. . .

As much as we hate to face it, summer is over.  The transition to
winter, which we call autumn, or fall, is about to begin.

This year, fall officially begins at 10:29 PM EDT on September 22,
2014.  That is the time when days and nights are each about 12 hours
long, the autumnal equinox.

Most of our vacations are over and our children are back in school.

But, I would like to remind you of a few things.  

First, we are in the middle of the North Atlantic hurricane season.

So far, we have been pretty lucky.  In July, Hurricane Authur passed by
the Maryland shore with little damage. But he inconvenienced a lot of
July 4th vacation plans.  In August, Hurricane Cristobal passed between
the Atlantic Coast and Bermuda.  Rip currents from Cristobal was blamed
for one death in Ocean City and six others in New Jersey.

Hurricanes and tropical storms are dangerous and, whether we live along
the coast or not, we must all be prepared.  Hurricanes and tropical
storms may result in high winds and heavy rains even if you live quite
a way from the shore.  

The winds and rain could result in downed trees, damage to homes, power
outages, injuries and even death. So, be prepared.

The North Atlantic hurricane season does not end until November 30th.

Second, I would like to remind you that September is "National
Preparedness Month."  You may see suggestions about how to prepare by
clicking on: <>.

The third thing is that after almost nine years of serving as your ARRL
MDC Section Manager (SM), I will not be running for re-election. For
information about how to run for the position, please click this link:

Thanks and 73,

Jim Cross, WI3N
ARRL MDC Section Manager (SM)


Maryland-DC Officials