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Contact Information

Section Name:
Maryland-DC
Contact:
Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
Daytime Phone:
443-326-1783 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
410-326-1783 (Home)
Email:
KB3MXM@ARRL.ORG

Basic Information

Division:
Atlantic
Description:
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MDC Section News
Vol. 15, No. 01
Wednesday, January 19, 2019
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY JANUARY 18th
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS & CONVENTIONS
* RADIO EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES
* 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 JANUARY 18th

This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday, January 18, 2018 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 February 15th.
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If you would like to join in on RF, the following repeaters and IRLPs have linked in for EchoLink nets:

- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+), PL 107.2 Hz, in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL 156.7 Hz, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL 151.4 Hz, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL 156.7 Hz, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL 141.3 Hz, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL 156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co, MD
- W3SMD-L, 147.51, Simplex, St Mary's County, MD
- K3GMR-R 146.61 (-), No PL, Cheverly, MD
- KB3JQQ-L Pikesville, MD
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Repeater owners are encouraged to join our MDC Section EchoLink Net group and link your repeater, soon!
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Find EchoLink App and Nodes in your area at EchoLink.org and FIND EchoLink Linked repeaters online at https://repeaterbook.com/repeaters/feature_search.php?type=EchoLink&state_id=24&band=14 or https://www.echolink.org/links.jsp?lat_deg=39&lat_min=30.0&lat_NS=North&lon_deg=77&lon_min=0.0&lon_EW=West&sel=gridsq&gs=fm19&city=&state=&country=US&d=1

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 [... and nearby] 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. Please 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 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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The 6th RadioWinterFest!
Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Location: Location: National Electronics Museum, 1745 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Near the BWI Airport, just south of Baltimore
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club
Website: http://www.maarc.org/
Also, info at:
https://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/
Website: http://www.k3nem.org/
Talk-in: 146.7600(-) PL 107.2, WA3DZD Jessup, MD
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Maryland Mobileers Post Holiday Hamfest
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Location: Odenton Fire Hall, 1425 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD 21113
Sponsor: Maryland Mobileers Amateur Radio Club
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/marylandmobileers/hamfests-1/hamfest-2
Talk-In: 146.805(-) PL 107.2, W3CU in Millersville, MD
Public Contact: Bruce McPherson, AB3AC
Phone:410-456-2500 | Email: bmcpherson73@verizon.net
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Roanoke Division Convention (Frostfest)
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Location: Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23218
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society (RATS)
Website: http://frostfest.com | VE exams, DXCC card checking
Talk-In: 146.880(+) PL 74.4, W4RAT Richmond, VA
Public Contact: Robert Marshall, KI4MCW
Phone: 804-620-7287 | Email: ki4mcw@frostfest.com
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WASHfest 2019
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Home Economics Building-South Park, 3735 Buffalo Drive in South Park Township, PA
Sponsor: Wireless Association of South Hills Amateur Radio Club
Website: www.n3sh.org
Talk-in 146.955 or 443.650(+) PL 131.8
Contact: Carol Danko, KB3GMN, (412) 884-1466 | Email: n3sbf@comcast.net or washarc@yahoo.com
[Approx. 2hrs from Frostburg, MD near Pittsburgh, PA]
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West Virginia Section Convention (Charleston Hamfest & Computer Show)
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Location: Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301 Sponsor: Charleston Hamfest Committee
Website: http://www.w8gk.org
Talk-In: 145.350(-) PL 91.5, W8GK Charleston, WV
Public Contact: Rick Cummings, WV8RC
Phone: 304-610-6404 | Email: rickwv8rc@gmail.com
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WINTERFEST
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Location: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Sponsor: Vienna Wireless Society
Website: http://viennawireless.net/wp/events/winterfest
Talk-In: 146.910(-) PL 77.0, WD5DBC Tyson's Corner, VA
Public Contact: Harry Mamaux, K3NF
Phone: 703-395-6721 | Email: k3nf@cox.net
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Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Radio & Electronics EXPO)
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Location: Cheer Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://radioelectronicsexpo.com
Talk-In: 147.090(+) PL 156.7, WS3ARA Millsboro, DE
Public Contact: Herbert Quick, KF3BT
Phone: 302-629-4949 | Email: herb@hamiltongraphics.com
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York Hamfest
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2018
Location: Elicker's Grove Park, 511 Roth Church Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Website: http://www.yorkhamfest.org
Talk-In: 147.330(+) PL 123.0, W3MUM PennMar, PA
Public Contact: Duane Sterner, KB3QLQ
Phone: 717-332-1385 | Email: duane.sterner@yahoo.com
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35th Annual Charleston Area Hamfest
2019 ARRL West Virginia Section Convention
Date: Saturday, March 23 from 9 AM to 2 PM
Location: Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, 200 Civic Center Dr.
Website: https://www.qsl.net/wvsarc/
Talk-in: 145.35(-) PL 91.5 VE exams, DXCC / WAS / VUCC and CQDX card checking.
Public Contact: Rick Cummings, WV8RC,
Phone: 304-610-6404 | Email: rickwv8rc@gmail.com
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The Vienna Wireless Society Winterfest
Date: Sunday, March 24 from 6 AM [Tailgating] to 1 PM
Location: Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus, Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annadale, VA
Website: http://www.viennawireless.net
Talk-in 146.910 | VE exams, WAS / DXCC / VUCC card checking
Public Contact: Doug, AK4AO
Phone: 703-698-6158

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The 2019 Frost Fest - Feb 2nd - Mid-Atlantic's biggest Hamfest in Richmond.
AARC sponsoring Bus trip was cancelled.

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==> RADIO EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES

NO FEE - Extra Class Course but Hurry to sign-up !
Course starts Thursday, Jan 24,
National Electronics Museum,
1745A West Nursery Road,
Linthicum MD 21090.
Class times are 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM for 13 weeks.
Students are requested to purchase the text ahead of class:
The 11th Edition of The ARRL Extra Class License Manual.
Contact Rol Anders, K3RA
roland.anders@comcast.net | 410-796-4792, for questions or to sign up.

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Look for these radio, educational and science events:
ARRL Event Website: http://www.arrl.org/special_events/search/page:3/model:Event

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Daily posts via MDC Section Twitter @MDCARRL https://twitter.com/MDCARRL

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Radio frequencies below - MUF Tables
Optimal Working Frequencies (MHz) from:
http://hfradio.org/fot_1.html - US WEST COAST
http://hfradio.org/fot_2.html - US MIDWEST
http://hfradio.org/fot_3.html - US WEST COAST
Created by NW7US

VOACAP Online HF Prediction Services
http://www.voacap.com/
http://www.voacap.com/marine/ - Maritime HF Propagation

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ASTRONOMY -
January 21 - Total Lunar Eclipse & Full Moon, Supermoon at 05:16 UTC
Sunday, Jan. 20, U.S. east coast, at 12:16 a.m. EST (0516 GMT) on Monday, Jan. 21.
Meteor Shower - Lyrid in constellation Lyra to the East on April 23rd but just-past-full Moon Hercules-Lyra border.

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U.S. Government shutdown delays
ARRL reports: The FCC is not processing any Amateur Radio applications
See January 10th ARRL Letter (http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2019-01-10)

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Are you receiving excessive fees when requesting permit to install an Amateur Radio antenna?
Read about an ongoing case in New York
http://www.arrl.org/news/court-rules-excessive-antenna-application-fees-violated-reasonable-accommodation

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HOLLY NET -
Re-activation of the weekday "Holly Net' in memory of Miss Holly Bevan, N3MB, (sk).
The Anne Arundel Radio Club and W3VPR repeater have re-started the net on October 8, 2018
NCS Radio Operators needed during the work-week - The Holly Net, 147.105+ / 147.075+, PL 107.2 Weekdays at 0600

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DX Expeditions Around The World - Online Calendar
https://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxo.html
Amateur Radio DX Expeditions
Traveling to exotic world locations - unique for Ham Radio - these 'Teams' provide a chance to work new and exciting Callsigns and Radio Stations.

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U.S. & Canada & authorized frequencies
Above 50 MHz (6 Meters)
Cabrillo file mode use "DG" or "PH" or "RY"
As many different 2°x 1° Maidenhead grid
Begins 1900 UTC Saturday
Ends 0359 UTC Monday (January 19-21, 2019)

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Get Ready for January 2019 Contest Calendar - http://www.arrl.org/contests
Downloadable online PDF version of ARRL Contest Corral at:
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Contest%20Corral/2019/January20Corral.pdf

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U.S. Postage Rate change for U.S. and Canada
The U.S. Postal Service announced new prices for 2019 effect Jan. 27, 2019.
The Canadian Postal changed on January 14th

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Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) 2019
January 26 - 27 (24 hours = Station setup [=12 hrs] & Operations [=12 hrs]).

Similar to the annual June Field Day but under Winter propagation and operating conditions for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January.
- Starts on Saturday 1900 UTC (2 PM EST)
- Ends on Sunday 1900 UTC (2 PM EST) Sunday

Station set-up no earlier than 1900 UTC (2 PM EST) on Friday, January 25th. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total.
- Bands: All Amateur bands except 12,17,30 & 60 meters.
- Modes: Any mode… CW, SSB, AM, FM, D-Star, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Olivia, Satellite, (FT8 is NOT an acceptable mode)

https://www.winterfieldday.com/
http://www.arrl.org/news/winter-field-day-2019-is-january-26-27

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USI - Islands Awards Program
25th Anniversary Award - Rule Changes
Celebrating 25th anniversary in 2019
Offering commemorative award for chasers & activators
From January 1 and December 31, 2019
To qualify, chasers must confirm 25 islands during 2019,

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The Canadian National Parks on the Air event (CNPOTA)
Starts January 1, 2019 and continue until year’s end.
A volunteer group of a half-dozen hams in Nova Scotia, working with a zero budget, came up with the notion of attempting to replicate the success of the National Parks on the Air
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has announced its support for CNPOTA, in cooperation with Parks Canada. All radio amateurs are invited to activate any of Park Canada’s 48 national parks and 171 national historic sites, while “chasers” attempt to land a contact.
Activity for activators and chasers will be tracked on a dedicated website and a real-time leader board, and operators may compete for online awards and certificates. For updates on the program’s progress, visit the CNPOTA website.

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CQ Jan. 26-27 WW 160 Meter/CW
CQ Feb. 9-10 WW RTTY WPX
CQ Feb. 23-24 WW 160 Meter/SSB
CQ Mar. 30-31 WW WPX/SSB
https://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/cq_contests/index_cq_contests.html

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ARRL Jan. 19-21 January VHF Contest Logs due: 0359Z Jan 31
ARRL Feb. 11-15 ARRL/LIMARC Spring School Club Roundup
ARRL Feb. 16-17 International DX CW Contest
ARRL Mar. 2-3 International DX Phone Contest
http://contests.arrl.org/

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AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program
To help celebrate 50 years of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space, AMSAT is proud to announce the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.
Throughout 2019, your satellite and HF QSOs can help you achieve one of these special awards:
- 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award
- 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award
- AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award
- 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award (Limited Edition)
See details and rules at https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/

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MDC Section Affiliate Club Coordinator (ACC)
Joe KC3KFG contacted all Section affiliated clubs to update ARRL ARC information
Search for your ARC at http://www.arrl.org/find-a-club
Huge thanks to Joe KC3KFG and our ARRL HQ staff
Please continue to support our ACC and our MDC section clubs

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MDC Section Youth Coordinator (SYC)
Eric KC3GDV promote youth-related on-air activities including ARRL Kid’s Day, Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), Field Day, and School Club Roundup
He is making significant progress with our local Youth Groups and recently attended the Scout's Four Rivers District leadership meeting
These activities open opportunities in the BSA Radio Merit Badge and the annual JOTA "Jamboree-on-the-Air"

Dave W8AJR, FAR Scholarship Committee Chairman
The 2019 Foundation for Amateur Radio Scholarship Application deadline for initial submission is April 30, 2019
Read more at http://www.farweb.org/scholarship-information

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Third Annual AM Rally
February 2 at 0000 UTC until 0700 UTC on February 4
AM on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters while highlighting the various types of AM equipment in use today.
Open to all radio amateurs running AM using any type of radio equipment
Warm-up your modern, vintage, tube, solid-state, software-defined, military, boat anchor, broadcast, homebrew, or commercial.

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35th Space Symposium, April 8 to 11, 2019
The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
https://www.spacesymposium.org/

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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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The Maritime Mobile Service Network
12 PM to 10 PM ET on 14.300 MHz
All amateur radio operators are invited to participate simply by checking in.
If you have a phone patch at your station, please tell the net control station and he/she will certainly try to put you to work!
http://www.mmsn.org/

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The weekly 'Shortwave Radiogram' - Program 83, 19-20 January 2019
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.
Transmission schedule: (all days and times UTC) -
Fri. 1500-1530 UTC 13690 kHz WINB/DRM Pennsylvania
Fri. 2030-2100 UTC 7780 kHz WRMI Florida
Sat. 0330-0400 UTC 9265 kHz WINB/DRM Pennsylvania
Sat. 1400-1430 UTC 9400 kHz Space-Line Bulgaria
Sat. 1830-1900 UTC 9265 kHz WINB/DRM Pennsylvania
Sun. 0800-0830 UTC 5850 / 7730 kHz WRMI Florida
Sun. 2300-2400 UTC 7780 kHz WRMI Florida
All via WRMI Radio Miami International except for 9400 kHz, which is via Space Line in Bulgaria.

Shortwave Radiogram from WINB in Red Lion, Pennsylvania.
One of the broadcasts is in DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale)!
Most of us don’t have a DRM-capable receiver but most of the KiwiSDR receivers at https://sdr.hu/ can be used for DRM if you select the IQ mode.
Please send comments and reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net
To decode the digital text and images transmitted on Shortwave Radiogram, download Fldigi for PCs and the TIVAR app for Android devices from w1hkj.com. See also how to decode the modes.
http://swradiogram.net/

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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 ending service?
- 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
- These stations transmit marine storm warnings from the NWS, GPS Sat health, current solar activity, and radio propagation conditions.

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ARRL & Amateur Radio:
- New 2019 ARRL Repeater Directory® is now shipping.
- Includes crowdsourced listings contributed by users, repeater owners, and volunteer frequency coordinators with 28,000 listings. US and Canada listed by state/province, city, and operating mode. Digital repeater systems are included: System Fusion, D-Star, DMR, NXDN, and P25 systems. It is available in one size 6"×9" with a convenient lay-flat spiral binding. http://www.arrl.org/news/new-2019-repeater-directory-is-now-shipping
- See the many benefits of joining the at ARRL https://www.arrl.org/join-arrl-renew-membership/
- New AMSAT Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMSATNA/about/
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ARRL Audio News - ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of Amateur Radio, along with interviews and other features. Enjoy ARRL Audio News anywhere: on your smart phone or tablet, your local repeater, or stream it on the go!
https://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news
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Amateur Radio Newsline Report - Amateur Radio Newsline™ is a free service to the amateur radio community. We produce a weekly audio news bulletin called a “QST” or “bulletin of interest to radio amateurs” that is delivered by a downloadable MP3 audio file from our website or through a podcast subscription.
https://www.arnewsline.org/

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==> T-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-MARC 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

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December 2018 -
Applications in Process:
N9KET - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
Sent construction Coordination for 441.3375+ at Tysons Corner, VA
KA4DCS - Sent Final Coordination for UHF Link at Haymarket, VA
AMRAD - Received application for move of 147.2100+ from Herndon to Arlington, VA
AMRAD - Received application for UHF repeater in Arlington, VA

Coordinations Cancelled:
441.8500+ AE4ML Syria, VA

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

T-MARC
The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council
www.tmarc.org

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Your VHF/UHF radio tuned to a local repeater - and you push your PTT switch –
Do you realize just how much work went into making that simple act work? Various coordinating entities work to harmonize the most efficient and effective use of the spectrum and there are legions of dedicated volunteers to respond whenever the call comes to maintain these repeaters. Hats off to all the radio clubs and folks that bear responsibility and these expenses, as they are by no means trivial. So next time you push your PTT say a little “Thank You” in your mind in recognition of all the hard work that it takes to maintain the system that makes it so easy for us all to communicate.
TU Ken for your welcoming comments.


==> 2018 December MDC SEC Narrative Report

EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section

de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:

Reporting -

Seven of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County reports this month, or 39%. That's less than half of the appointed ECs are submitting reports; how about the rest of you???

Use the fillable pdf ARES-002 (1/17) monthly report form to send me your county activities 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 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 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 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 at wb3kas at 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. I have a “Introduction to 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 -

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 subscribing to the Yahoo Reflector. If you are not, please do. This is going to be the quickest way possible to inform MDC Section ARES of current incidents and impending disasters. Please do it now.

You can join at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info.

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Meetings and Gatherings

None

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Future Events:
MDHS (Maryland Health Services) Quarterly Partner Meeting is Thursday, March 7th Maryland Department of Transportation, 7201 Corporate Center Dr, Hanover, MD 21076

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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 Repeater.

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de CALV County N3AE

December was a bit of a quiet month for Calvert ARES. We had our monthly meeting at N3AE's QTH where we enjoyed some food and discussed plans for 2019. The general consensus was to have more practice exercises.

Our monthly meetings are the third Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm, at the Calvert Services Building unless notified otherwise. The monthly meeting may be replaced by a net or a practice exercise from time to time.

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de HARF County W3YR

The Harford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and ARES/RACES Recruiting/Social Event has been re-scheduled for March 14, 2019 at 7 PM. Harford County Amateur Radio Operators will be invited to a tour of the EOC, snacks, and RACES/ARES information briefings. Invitations will be sent via email to amateur radio operators responding to the 15 November event and sent to local amateur radio clubs.

Exercise and training session are comprised of one monthly meeting, and one monthly Harford County ARES net. There was no MEMA Commex net in December.

Current projects include radio installation at the two Harford County hospitals, migration of files to Google Drive, and efforts to address repeater interference with RACES Room transceivers. Construction of MD Dept. of Health GO kits have been completed.

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de HOWA County N3AWP

Newly appointed HOWA EC waiting on appointment approval from ARRL.

Three (3) routine weekly nets. One training / general activity - field antennas - 10 participants for 5 hours.

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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 and EchoLink node KA3POX-L. The monthly HF Hospital Net is held the Wednesday following the third Monday of the month on 3820kHz at 1900L. NCS rotates.

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

440 Freq Coord through TMARC HAS BEEN APPROVED. 442.3250 MHz (+) Tone 110.9Hz. Fusion box returned from Yaesu for upgrade. Controller s/w program has been ordered ready for a programming session.

Dec 8: Held the 2nd Annual SantaFest at the American Legion Youth Camp in Cheltenham, MD. Great attendance and a big thanks to all who attended and supported the event.

Dec 10-11: Attended the MD VOAD State Convention in Ocean City. Fifty some organizations were represented discussing issues related to service provided in the event of a wide spread disaster.

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

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

HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1900L. So, give us a hollar! If you hear us look down-stream 5-8 kHz.

I'd like to hear more check-ins from our MDC Section.

Next HF Hospital Net is Jan 23 and Feb 20. . .same time, same station! NCS assignment varies.
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Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: wb3kas@arrl.net
Please send to ARRL HQ, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 by 10th of the month
FSD-96 (1-04)


==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

FOR THE MDC WEB SITE 1812

MDC NTS NETS:
MEPN 1812 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/395 QTC/49 MINS/763
BTN 1812 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/374 QTC/27 MINS/477
MDD 1812 AA3SB QND/54 QNI/279 QTC/92 MINS 566
MSN 1812 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/111 QTC/19 MINS/502
PSHR: W3CB 142, WB3FTQ 140, KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, K3IN 110, NI2W 103, AA3SB 100, N3JET 74, AB3WG 52;
TFC: KK3F 2908, K3IN 168, W3YVQ 113, WB3FTQ 89, AA3SB 70, W3CB 30, NI2W 28, N3JET 24, AB3WG 14

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HF PROPAGATION

MEPN: The winter schedule propagation was functional throughout DEC 2018, with good signals until well after 1700L. Outbound traffic to MDD may be routed via the Digital Traffic Net if it is anticipated that MDD may not be able to conduct a net, a tricky prediction at best, but may be carried by the MDD liaison to an MDD EchoLink session as warranted.

MDD: NVIS propagation for local MDC stations on MDD early and late, and on 3RN/C4 nets, was nearly or totally non-existent for many evenings in DEC. On some of those nights the propagation recovered enough by 2130L 3RN and/or 2200L late MDD for net sessions to be run. On a number of nights, the propagation was functional for all four nets, on others it failed for all.

As we watch the days get longer since the solstice, we are beginning to see a slow change due to the time of sunset at altitude but the solar activity is not supporting 80m NVIS propagation well after dark on many nights.
It was interesting to note that on some nights when the NVIS MUF was below MDD frequency we were still able to run the nets due to a residual active E layer which persisted for a number of hours after dark.

Check 1857 +/- on 160m as an alternative as notified by the NM or NCS. EchoLink on WB3GXW-L may also be used to coordinate the movement of traffic, particularly to Digital Traffic Net liaisons for posting that night or the following morning for daytime distribution nation-wide. Moving traffic by DTN PacTor is still an on-air activity for SAR reporting. Moving traffic via Winlink between stations or to DTN hubs in Batch File format is permitted and may be done via radio on HF or Packet, or via internet on one or both ends if necessary. Email may be used when no other paths are available. Only the radio paths qualify for SAR points.

These are solar minimum issues being experienced by nets all over the country. Work-arounds similar to ours are in force for many nets.

Sunspot activity continued to decline with many spotless days. This is expected to continue in 2019.

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

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 in order 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

/EX


==> FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER


A New Year for 2019

Let's be thankful for the many Amateur Radio Operators continuing their communities support and services.

Emergency Coordinators needed! Contact your MDC SEC for details and opportunities to join ARES Leadership Team. Jim WB3KAS@AOL.com

MDC Section-wide, Eye-ball staff meeting. Location will be near Annapolis, MD on Saturday, June 8th from 11:00 until 4 PM. All MDC Section appointed staff is required to participate - alternate representative by invitation only (Online/Internet Video Conferencing TDB). The agenda will be published by April 16th. Send your topics of interest and discussions by March 15th

We use our voices to help others, the future of Amateur Radio is in your hands.
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Please continue your support and JOIN the ARES-Connect Roll Out. ARES team should get together and plan to 100% on-line participation
The next important event is in January / February - ARES® Roll-out the Section ARES® Leaderships, Management and Teams
The new volunteer management system for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service ARES® will allow MDC Section Staff and our ECs, DECs and SEC. ARES® participants sign-up for and log hours. More about this system in the coming weeks
Your MDC Section staff needs your help - Leaders are encouraged to begin your ARES® EC or MDC Section Staff future. Contact your SM, SEC or ASM to learn how. Please email your request to KB3MXM@arrl.net
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Social Media is driving disaster awareness - join the trend!
Our Twitter is @MDCARRL - https://twitter.com/MDCARRL


73,
Marty, KB3MXM
ARRL MDC Section Manager

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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

  • David Prestel

    State Government Liaison

    David J. Prestel W8AJR

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  • Wanda Montgomery

    Assistant Section Manager

    Wanda A. Montgomery KA3AHI

  • Sid Caesar

    Public Info Coordinator

    Sid Caesar NH7C

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  • Herman Niedzielski

    Assistant Section Manager

    Herman A. Niedzielski K2AVA

  • 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

  • Al Brown

    Assistant Section Manager

    Al Brown KZ3AB