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Maryland-DC

Maryland-DC

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
Alert:

 

==> AMATEUR EXTRA COURSE STARTING ON MARCH 21st

Rol Anders, K3RA, will start an Amateur Extra Class course on
Tuesday March 21st at 6:30 PM at the National Electronics
Museum, 1745 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD.

This course will be held for 12 weeks every Tuesday evening
from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

The cost for the course is free but students will be required
to use the ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 11th Edition
which may be purchased at:

<www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-Extra-Class-License-Manual-Spiral-Bound/>

<http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-014856>

<https://www.amazon.com/Extra-Class-License-Manual-Spiral/dp/1625950551/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488575849&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=arrl+ham+radio+license+extra+manual+11th+edition>

or at some Barnes and Noble retail locations.

This course is designed to help prepare amateur radio
operators for their Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Amateur Extra Class license examination.

Prerequisite is the FCC Amateur General Class License. (In rare
cases exceptions are made.)

For more information, you may contact Rol Anders at 410-796-4792
or via email at: <roland.anders@comcast.net> or visit:
<http://www.k3nem.org/>

 

 

Description:

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MDC Section News
Vol. 12, No. 03
March 15, 2017
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* MARYLAND EMERGENCY PHONE NET (MEPN) TIME CHANGE
* AMATEUR EXTRA COURSE STARTING ON MARCH 21st
* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY MARCH 17th
* UPCOMING SKYWARN TRAINING SCHEDULE
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* JANUARY, 2017 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER

 

==> MARYLAND EMERGENCY PHONE NET (MEPN) TIME CHANGE


The Maryland Emergency Phone Net (MEPN) moved the Net
time by one hour on Sunday, March 12th. This coincided with
the time change from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern
Daylight Time (EDT).

The West Virginia Phone Net will also change their meeting time
in order to coordinate during the time change.

Frequencies and liaisons will not change.

The new time for the MEPN 'pre-net' is 5:30 PM EDT on
3820 kHz. And the MEPN officially starts at 6:00 PM EDT
on the same frequency.

Please note this change.

 

==> AMATEUR EXTRA COURSE STARTING ON MARCH 21st


Rol Anders, K3RA, will start an Amateur Extra Class course on
Tuesday March 21st at 6:30 PM at the National Electronics
Museum, 1745 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD.

This course will be held for 12 weeks every Tuesday evening
from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

The cost for the course is free but students will be required
to use the "ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 11th Edition"
which may be purchased at:

http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-Extra-Class-License-Manual-Spiral-Bound/
http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-014856
https://www.amazon.com/Extra-Class-License-Manual-Spiral/dp/1625950551/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF
or at some Barnes and Noble retail locations.

This course is designed to help prepare amateur radio
operators for their Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Amateur Extra Class license examination.

Prerequisite is the FCC Amateur General Class License. (In rare
cases exceptions are made.)

For more information, you may contact Rol Anders at 410-796-4792
or via email at: roland.anders@comcast.net or visit:
K3NEM Website
 

==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY MARCH 17th


This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday,
March 17th at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC* Node 6154.

The EchoLink net is always 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:

- 442.300(+), CTCSS 107.2 Hz, KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater in Annapolis, MD
- 147.225(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, WB3GXW-R, located in Calverton, MD
- 443.45(+), CTCSS 151.4 Hz, N3HF-L, located near Ocean City, MD
- 443.45(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, N3HF-R, located near Silver Spring, MD
- 146.73(-), CTCSS 141.3 Hz, W3ICF-R, located near Frederick, MD
- 146.985(-), CTCSS 156.7, K3CAL-R, located near Sunderland, MD
- 147.150 MHz (+), CTCSS 114.8 Hz, W3SMR, Brandywine, MD
- 145.545, Simplex, N3RO-L, Frederick Co, MD
- 147.51, Simplex, W3SMD-L, N. St Mary's County, MD
- 146.61 (-), No CTCSS, K3GMR-R, 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 do not have EchoLink on your Computer, Tablet or Smartphone,
you may download the free software from:
EchoLink Registration 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 SKYWARN TRAINING SCHEDULE


BASICS, Monday March 27, 2017 6:00 - 9:00 PM

St. Mary's Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, Room
Central Hall Building #2, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD
20619.
For info click on:
Eventbrite.com Registration for St, Marys
Note: St. Mary's class is full but wait list is available.
_..._

BASICS, Monday April 3, 2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Prince George's Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute, 4500 Campus
Drive, College Park, MD 20740.
For more info click on:
Eventbrite.com Registration for Prince Georges
_..._

BASICS, Monday, April 24, 2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Harford County Department of Emergency Services, 2220 Ady Road,
Forest Hill, MD 21050.
For more info click on:
Eventbrite.com Registration for Harford
 

==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS


This is a list of hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section area.

I am including hamfests in nearby Pennsylvania, northern
Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware as well as conventions in
Orlando, Florida and Dayton, Ohio as courtesy to our neighboring
Section Managers.

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

We hope to see you all there.
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Vienna Wireless Winterfest — The National Capital Area Ham Radio Fair
Sunday, March 19, 2017 | Exhibit Area opens at 8 AM / Tailgating opens at 6 AM
License Exams: 11 AM to 1:30 PM, Walk-ins encouraged
QSL Checking: 8 AM - 12 Noon
Location:
  Northern Virginia Community College
  Annandale Campus
  8333 Little River Turnpike
  Annandale, VA.
Website: Vienna Wireless (New Tab)
Sponsor: Vienna Wireless Society
Talk-In: 146.910 MHz (-)
Public Contact:
  Thor Berglie, KK4UYT
  2813 Hunter Rd
  Fairfax, VA 22031
  Phone: 202-495-1315
Email:
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Fredfest Indoor Hamfest
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Location:
  Independent Hose Company
  310 Baughmans Lane
  Frederick, MD 21701
Website: Frederick ARC
Sponsor: Frederick Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.58
Public Contact:
  Jeff Fishman, KB3FIO
  905 Twin Oak Court
  Frederick, MD 21701
  Phone: 240-285-6596
Email: ljfish1@comcast.net
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Delaware State Convention
(Delmarva Amateur Radio and Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Location:
  Cheer Community Center
  20520 Sand Hill Road
  Georgetown, DE 19947
Website: http://www.radioelectronicsexpo.com
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 MHz +) (CTCSS 156.7)
Public Contact:
  Vic Gumper, KC3BUI
  PO Box 566
  Seaford, DE 19973
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2017 York (Pennsylvania) Hamfest
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Location:
  Elicker's Grove Park
  511 Roth Church Road
  Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.yorkhamfest.org
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Public Contact:
  Duane Sterner
Email: duane.sterner@yahoo.com
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The Greater Hagerstown Hamfest
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Location:
  Washingtown County Agriculture Center
  MD Route 65 South
  Sharpsburg Pike
  Hagerstown, MD
Website: http://w3cwc.org/Portals/5/Hagerstown202017.pdf
Sponsor: Antietam Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In:   147.09 MHz (+) (CTCSS 100.0) primary
  146.94 MHz (-) (CTCSS 100.0) backup
Public Contact:
  Herm Niedzielski, K2AVA
  21512 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road,
  Hagerstown, MD 21742
  Phone: 301-791-5841
Email: k2ava@myactv.net
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2017 Dayton [Ohio] Hamvention
Dates: Friday, May 19, 2017 through Sunday, May 21, 2017
Location:
  Greene County Fair & Exposition Center
  120 Fairground Road
  Xenia, OH 45385
Website: http://www.hamvention.org
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.94 MHz (-) & 146.91 MHz (-) (alternate)
Public Contact:   Phone: 937-276-6930
Email:
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CVARC Hamfest 2017
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Location:
  Cumberland Valley Engine & Machinery Association (CVEMA) Show Grounds
  1501 Criders Church Road
  Chambersburg, PA 17201
Website: www.w3ach.org
Sponsor: Cumberland Valley Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.12 (CTCSS 100.0 Hz)
Public Contact:
  Ray Smith, N3TWU
  27 N. Queen Street,
  Shippensburg, PA 17257
  Phone: 717-377-3550
E-mail: raysmith@pa.net
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BARC's Father's Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location:
  Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
  16020 Carnival Avenue
  Upperco, MD 21155
Website: http://www.w3ft.com
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: None
Public Contact:   Dave Shadwell, AB3TE
  PO Box 120
  Reisterstown, MD 21136
  Phone: 443-465-6583
Email: w3ft67@yahoo.com
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Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club Firecracker Hamfest
Date: Sunday, July 1, 2017
Location:
  Harrisburg Area Community College
  3599 Industrial Road
  Harrisburg, PA 17101
Website: http://www.w3uu.org
Sponsor: Harrisburg Radio Amateurs' Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.76 (CTCSS 100.0 Hz)
Public Contact:
  Tim Lehman, KB3OZA
  PO Box 453
  Hummelstown, PA 17036
  Phone: 717 461-3398
Email: kb3oza@arrl.net
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67th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Location:   Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds
  890 West Main Street
  Berryville, VA 22611
Website: http://www.shenvalarc.org/hamfest
Sponsor: Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club
Public Contact:
  Thomas Brownlee, AF2D
  744 Gafia Lodge Road
  Middletown, VA 22645
  Phone: 540-869-7065
E-mail: af2d@arrl.net
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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:
http://www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm or the ARRL's Hamfest and
Convention Calendar at:
http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar
 

==> FEBRUARY, 2017 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT


T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.

T-MARC coordinates Amateur repeater operations to help keep VHF
and UHF interference problems to a minimum.

February, 2017 Report

Applications in Process:

W3PQS
– Received application for coordination of a 6 meter repeater in
Prince Frederick, MD
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
coordination groups.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 53.1700-.

Northeast MD ARC
– Received application for coordination for 2 meter pair in
Jarrettsville, MD.
- No pairs available.
- Placed on waiting list.

Kent Amateur Radio Society
– Received application for narrow-band UHF pair in
Worton, MD.
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
coordination groups.

Calvert ARC
– Sent Final Coordination for UHF Link at Lexington Park, MD.

W1JD
– Received application for coordination for 220 pair at
Mechanicsville, MD
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
coordination groups.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 223.9000-.

KC3APF
– Change sponsor of 448.6750- in Dundalk, MD. from KC3ANJ.
- Sent revised coordination.

KM4OGQ
– Received application for UHF pair at Gore, VA

On Air Status Requests sent to:
UHF Control/Link WB4MJF Alexandria, VA
UHF Control/Link WA4TXE Loudoun, VA
UHF Control/Link K4TS Rappahannock, VA

Coordinations Cancelled:
53.3500- Calvert ARC Lexington Park, MD
223.9000- WA3UMY Lexington Park, MD
UHF Control/Link WB4MJF Alexandria, VA
447.1250- W3SMD Golden Beach, MD

Other:
Area Repeater Coordination Council
Received 4 proposed coordinations for 440

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

You may view the T-MARC home page at: http://tmarc.org/.

If you have any questions about you application for a repeater
pair or have any others questions, you may contact T-MARC via
e-mail at: T-MARC
P.O. Box 1022
Savage, MD 20763-1022
 

==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT

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ARRL Section: Maryland-DC February, 2017
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AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 527
Change since last month: -31 (New ECs taken over,
reviewing the member files and making adjustments)
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 10 of 18 or 56%
Number of ARES nets active: 21
Number with NTS liaison: 5
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: N3SEO, N3AE, KB3LJB, KB3KOW, K3DO,
W3YR, WB3KAS, KB3FWW, NI2W, W3JCT
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 23
Person hours: 244
Number of public service events this month: 4
Person hours: 6
Number of emergency operations this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 27
Total Person hours: 250
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EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
Reporting
Ten of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County
reports this month, or 56%. I'd like to thank everyone for
taking the time to write their reports. Now, let's get the
remaining county ECs to go get working on theirs.

It's extremely important that your constituents hear what is going
on relative to EmComm. 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.

MDC Section Vacancies Still Open
There is one vacant DEC slot left for the Central Region Section.
There is a possibility of a Region V Exercise coming up in May.
Region V Hospital Counties comprises some of the Central Region
Section. This is a very important exercise and we need a Central
DEC to ride heard on the planning. If you are interested, and up
to the challenge, please contact the Section Manager, KB3MXM or
me for more information.

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. 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.

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!! We now have 87 members
this month, same as last month. I encourage you to use this to
inform or keep in touch with the rest of your fellow members.

With the wide distribution of this newsletter coming out only
once a month, this Yahoo Site with 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. You can join
at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info.

Meetings
None this month.

Future Events:
None scheduled.
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Section Reports Received:
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de CALV County N3AE
Monthly meeting was held on Feb 21 with six members in attendance.
Helped troubleshoot TNC issues as we work towards more packet
Winlink capability in the county. Planning on participating in
PG county breakfast deployment event on March 18th. W3OH (Dave)
recently joined our ARES group. Our AUXCOMM web site is
currently going through some rebuilding so links may be down.
Website: https://auxcomm.k3cal.org>
Listserv: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/calv-ares
Net: No nets currently scheduled
Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM usually in
Prince Frederick
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de CECI County KB3LJB
February 2017 ARES activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of
participation in the weekly Sunday evening ARES Nets held on the
CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port Deposit, MD. The 4 Nets this month
averaged 1/2 hour duration and 8 operators checking in for a total
of 16 person hours.
First the good news. The CECI DES acquired two new pieces of
communications gear – an FTM-400 for VHF/UHF comms and a
FTdx-1200 for HF comms. I, KB3LJB, programmed the FTM-400 and
Pat, KC3BPM, and I checked existing feed lines and antennas for
frequency response and SWR.
Now the bad news. The CECI ARES group attempted to participate in
the monthly MEMA COMMEX on Tuesday, February 14. Normally, the
operators at the Cecil EOC would check into the MEMA net via the
Davidsonville W3VPR repeater on 147.105 MHz. However, the past
few months, we have not been able to check into that repeater
because of activity on a strong DMR repeater on that frequency
located in Cornwall in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We are
not the only EOC with this challenge. MEMA is aware of this
issue and is attempting to come up with a work around for comms
in northeastern MD. We could check in via the Salisbury repeater
on 146.820 but they (Salisbury operators) prefer we use the
Davidsonville repeater.
The WA3SFJ-R Echolink Node 585690 is up and available for traffic
to and from the Cecil ARES Group.
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de CHAR County KB3KOW
Conducted Winlink drill to familiarize members with auto Winlink
ICS forms.
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de FRED County K3DO
Comments: I have reached out to all club members and others that
I know that are not regular attenders of the club. We also added
5 new ARES members this month by me inquiring. The repeater that
we use for our ARES net and many events has been disconnected
from the Target System for some time. I have talked with the
repeater maintainer and he says he is going to get it back up and
connected very soon.
I have inquired to the members that I have contacted so far and
it has been on overwhelming yes to having some training. So I will
start working on some regular training sessions for this year.
The Hike across Maryland is May 3rd and I am starting to reach out
to get some radio operators lined up for the walk.
======================
de GARR County from Howard, WA3EOQ
Next regular meeting on 13 March at 7PM at the Southern Rescue
Squad facility in Oakland.
Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805, PL 123.
I will be taping an interview for radio station WFWM, 91.9MHz,
Frostburg (Frostburg State University's radio station). The
tentative air date will be Friday, June 2 as a 5-minute
"Community Matters" program.
No ARES related activity in Garrett County during January or
February. Snowfall is way down this winter; so far totaling
approximately 57 inches. None of the few storms have dropped
more than six inches (a minor inconvenience here).
Checking into the MDD net most every evening.
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de HARF County W3YR
Total number of ARES operations this month: Two for total person
time of 9 hours and 5 minutes.
The Harford County ARES net occurs the 2nd Tuesday of the month
at 8:00 PM using the Harford County 146.775 analog repeater,
then switching to the Harford County 449.775 repeater and then
switching to the 145.120 DSTAR repeater.
The Harford County RACES/ARES meeting occurs the 1st Thursday on
the month at 7:00 PM at the Harford County Emergency Operations
Center.
Last month’s activities included:
Monthly net. Seven check-ins with a net time of 20 minutes
resulting in a total person time of two hours and 20 minutes.
Monthly RACES/ARES meeting. Nine members attended with a meeting
time of 45 minutes for a total person time of six hours and 45
minutes.
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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: Held four regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on
the K3ERA Repeater, 145.23MHz pl 110.9 on Tuesdays at 1930L. The
monthly HF Hospital Net is held the Wednesday following the third
Monday of the month on 3820kHz at 1930L.
Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the
Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at
1930.
New EOC Status: Two VHF/UHF dual band antennas installed. 12VDC
buss routed to work stations.
Repeater Echolink is off the air until we can somebody to host
it from home.
Feb 3: MedStar Southern MD Hospital Center IT requested Winlink
IP addresses for Winlink Node approval submission to MedStar
Corporate. Awaiting status.
Feb 7: Met the Dimensions health POC at Bowie Health Center.
Received a tour of their newly constructed Command Center.
Meeting resulted in providing coax cable re-routing
recommendations from old antenna site to new building.
Feb 23: Met with new Armed Forces Retirement Home resident POC
Susan, W7KFI. AFRH has revitalized their ham station with a
sloping G5RV antenna and is seeking volunteer support for their
resident ham community.
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de STMA County KB3FWW
Stats only. No comments.
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de WASH County NI2W
The Monthly Washington County ARES Net was conducted on February
23, 2017. Seven stations participated. They were: NI2W, K3FCC,
WA3EOP, KB3JNJ, KB3MBR,, W3BRZ and WB3JPZ.
Scheduled Public Service events for 2017 are as follows:
Washington County Airport drill – April 10
HARC C&O Canal Hike – June 10
Ft. Ritchie Triathlon – August 6
Hagerstown Mummers Parade – October 28
JFK 50 Mile Run - November 18
The Antietam Radio Association is currently building a station at
the Hagerstown Auxiliary Police HQ building. This station will
have HF, VHF and UHF capabilities. It will be used to support
various events as well as a club station. Completion is
anticipated during the summer of 2017.
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de WICO County W3JCT
Local Net: Delmarva Amateur Radio Enhancement Net every Monday
night at 9:00 p.m. The DAR Net is sponsored by the Delmarva
Amateur Radio Club which is now an ARRL Affiliated group
operating a repeater on 146.820 MHz PL 156.7 Hz.

Wicomico County ARES will participate in the Radio Merit Badge
course at the Salisbury University Merit Badge College on
February 4 and March 4, 2016. On February 4, the scouts
primarily study radio theory including FCC rules. On the
March 4 date, scouts accomplished ON-THE-AIR training with the
help of amateur radio operators from both the Peninsula Radio
Operators Society (PROS) and the Delmarva Amateur Radio Club
(DARC). The Boy Scout Merit Badge College is held at the
Salisbury University Campus with approximately 500 Scouts working
on approximately 34 merit badges.
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de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:
HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1930L. We try
to hold the freq between 1915 to 1930L, so give us a hollar!
On February 22, we had 22 checked in, thanks to the special
Section Notice that went out earlier about the Net. As we move
into the winter months the skip will bring in some distant
stations. Should be interesting. I'd like to hear more checkins
from our MDC Section.
Next HFHNet is March 22. Net date varies each month, but it is
always the Wednesday following the third Monday.

Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: wb3kas@arrl.net
 

==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT


For February, 2017

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1702 W3YVQ QND/28 QNI/348 QTC/70 MINS/768
BTN 1702 AB3WG QND/28 QNI/426 QTC/39 MINS/582
MDD 1702 AA3SB QND/55 QNI/335 QTC/133 MINS/660
MSN 1702 W8CPG QND/28 QNI/147 QTC/88 MINS/679

PSHR: KK3F 150, W3YVQ 135, W3CB 133, K3IN 110,
WB4FDT 100, AA3SB 100, WB3FTQ 95, NI2W 92, N3ZOC 90,
AB3WG 74, WG3K 72, KB3LFG 23;

TFC: KK3F 2575, K3IN 304, WB4FDT 191, AA3SB 114,
WB3FTQ 100, W3YVQ 79, N3ZOC 56, WG3K 54, W3CB 29,
AB3WG 28, NI2W 27, KB3LFG 0

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HF PROPAGATION
HF NVIS propagation on MEPN (3820 KHz) between
1630L and 1730L EST was totally functional throughout
FEB 2017. (On December 19 2016 the MEPN moved to
1700L with the pre-net at 1630L.) The evening Cycle 4
nets had improving conditions for the month for the
MDD 1900L session but with some nights with poor
conditions at 2200L EST. There were a few dates
where the overnight MUFs dropped almost to the
AM broadcast band, but the longer days are now
promising better late sessions.

MEPN TIME CHANGE
The MEPN will return to the normal net time of 1800L,
with the pre-net at 1730L, on Sunday, March 12, 2017,
coincident with the shift to daylight savings time.

MDC RADIOGRAMS AND OTHER MESSAGING
Outlets in each ARES(r) jurisdiction are needed for daily
Radiogram and Radio-email traffic for served agencies,
and also for messaging welcoming new hams to the
Amateur Service. Join the MEPN, BTN, or MDD nets
daily to find out more about how to contribute.

BTN LOCAL NTS TRAFFIC AND TRAINING NET
The BTN continues to meet on 145.33/R (no tone - our
backup) daily at 6:30PM local time and continues to
welcome new amateurs. The availability of an active
directed traffic net of the NTS on VHF is exactly why
the BTN was established, providing a welcoming place
for newcomers to the Amateur Service.

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).

Remember that the MSN provides CW training daily
for newcomers to the mode, or those wishing to
refresh their skills, daily at 7:30 PM on 3563 kHz.
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Thanks to all the Section NTS net controls, DRS and
WL2K stations, liaisons, and traffic handlers for the
continuing effort to keep the nets running and traffic
moving.

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


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

==> FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER


Well, winter fooled us as well as most of our flowers. At first
we thought Punxsutawney Phil was wrong when he saw his shadow,
which meant a long winter. And then we had an unusually warm
weather in February and thought 'Phil' was wrong.

But, it looks as if 'Phil' was right after all.

Along came a sudden snow storm on the night of Monday, March 13th
through Tuesday morning, March 14th. And the storm is predicted
to be followed by several days of cold weather.

Moral: Trust Punxsutawney Phil. You just can't trust "Mother
Nature."

Astronomical note: The days are getting longer and longer.
Spring, the vernal equinox, begins at 6:28 AM on March 20th.

As the temperatures warm up and the jet stream shifts, we should
expect more severe thunderstorms over next few months. Check
your 'Go-Kits,' be prepared and keep a 'weather eye.'

By June 24-25, Field Day 2017, this wintery blast of chilling arctic fun (Hi Hi) will be forgotten.
Before FD 2017 get your FCC Amateur Radio license upgrade now and be ready to work the pile-up and the 'whole' band.



73 and remember that I am always ready to serve you.
Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM
KB3MXM@ARRL.org
ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager

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