- Section Name:
- Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
- Daytime Phone:
- 443-326-1783 (Cell)
- Evening Phone:
- 410-326-1783 (Home)
MDC Section News
Vol. 11, No. 08
August 15, 2016
* ALERT - FLASH FLOODS IN HOWARD COUNTY
* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY AUGUST 19th
* FORT RITCHIE TRIATHLON - HAM HELP NEEDED
* THE AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT (H.R. 1301) INFO
* FCC FINES HAM $25,000 FOR INTERFERENCE
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS & HAM TRAINING & ARC EVENTS
* JUNE, 2016 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER
==> ALERT - FLASH FLOODS IN HOWARD COUNTY
MDC Section ARES® members should make every effort to monitor local VHF/UHF repeaters, EchoLink and participate in local NTS nets.
Contact your local ARES EC or MDC Section staff to join in our efforts to support ARRL and locally served agencies.
Contact your local ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) or MDC Section staff to join in our efforts to support ARRL and locally served agencies in these affected areas.
Check on the status of fellow Hams in your areas.
Monitor News Media and other informational service, e.g. National Weather Service (NWS) for changing conditions in your area.
For Hams in affected areas contact your Emergency Coordinator (EC) and EC staff to report your SITREP or requesting MDC Section assistance.
All MDC Section members in or near affected areas should monitor local VHF/UHF repeaters and participate in local National Traffic System (NTS) nets on HF & VHF, daily.
NTS ready to support
- Any liaison traffic should be brought to local Section
- NTS Nets including Welfare traffic for affected areas.
- NTS nets handling traffic are MDD, MEPN & BTN in Section.
- Out of MDC Section message traffic will go by way of MDD
- There are no NTSD gateway in or near the affect HoCo area.
- There is no local station NTS coverage in the immediate area but area-wide cellular service is readily available.
Please click on: and read the "ALERTS" often.
73, Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
ARRL MDC Section Manager
==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY AUGUST 19th
This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday, August 19 at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC* Node 6154.
The EchoLink net is held on the third Friday evening of every month at 8:00 PM local time.
If you would like to join in on RF, the following repeaters and IRLPs have linked in for previous EchoLink nets:
- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+), CTCSS 107.2 Hz, in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), CTCSS 151.4 Hz, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), CTCSS 141.3 Hz, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), CTCSS 156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- W3SMR, 147.150 MHz (+), CTCSS 114.8 Hz, Brandywine, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co, MD
- W3SMD-L, 147.51 Simplex, N. St Mary's County, MD
- K3GMR-R 146.61 (-), No CTCSS, 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:
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.
Also join and follow us on:
On the Web at:
==> THE AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT (H.R. 1301) INFO
The full House Energy and Commerce Committee at a markup session on July 13 unanimously adopted a substitute bill in the form of an amendment to the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301)
The next step for the bill as amended is for consideration by the full House.
There is no current timetable for that action. When more information is available it will be posted on the ARRL Web.
You may learn more about the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, by clicking on:
==> FCC FINES HAM $25,000 FOR DELIBRATE INTERFERENCE
William F. Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Spring, California, was fined $25,000 by the FCC for intentionally interfering with the transmissions of other radio amateurs and transmitting prohibited communications, including music.
Mr. Crowell was warned by the FCC but continued to, also not denying these transmissions which prompted the FCC to issue the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL).
Interference was monitored by the FCC HFDF Center and Field Staff while the WARFA Net (3908 kHz) was operating.
==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS & HAM TRAINING & ARC EVENTS
This is a list of Hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section area.
I am including a list of Hamfests in nearby Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware as a courtesy to our neighboring Section Managers.
I, your MDC Section Manager, Marty Pittinger - KB3MXM, and/or a designated ARRL representative(s) plan to attend all hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section.
We hope to see you all there.
HAMVENTION(r) Attendance at Dayton Hamvention(r) Tops 25,000 for Second Year in a Row. You may have heard - The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) reports the Dayton Hamfest 2017 with not be held at the Hara Arena - it is closing. Arrangements for a new location is in the works.
AMATEUR RADIO TECHNICIAN LEVEL LICENSE CLASS
Saturday October 8th & Sunday 9th, 2016 - 9 AM to 4 PM both days
This is an intense two day course that covers all of the material necessary to pass the examination. Location is the Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building 6820 Webster Street, Hyattsville, MD 20784. Registration is required through EventBrite.com >>> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-free-ham-radio-technician-classhamcram-hyattsville-maryland-tickets-26833232922
ARES/RACES Prince George's County, Maryland is advertising for volunteers. "WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MARINE CORPS MARATHON VOLUNTEERS." The 41st Marine Corps Marathon - Sunday, October 30, 2016 is less than 9 weeks away. Look on the PGC website at http://pgares.org/.
Upcoming Columbia Amateur Radio Association
CARA and Public Service Events -
The next event is the Ellicott City Labor Day Running
Classic 5K and 10K on the 3rd of September 2016.
Contact Dan N3YQ - find more info at http://www.columbiaara.org/
CARROLL COUNTY TAILGATE FEST
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016
Location: Sportmans Hall Skating Rink
15500 Hanover Pike
Upperco, MD 21155
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Public Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB
2145 Bethel Rd
Finksburg, MD 21048
Notes: Overnight parking is by special arrangement.
Send an e-mail to if you need to park on the grounds Saturday night.
The skating rink is open until 12 midnight on Saturday night.
Therefore, Saturday setup in the parking lot is _not_available.
This is an outdoor event! There will be _no indoor tables!_
Virginia Section Convention (Virginia Beach Hamfest)
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23450
Talk in: 146.970 (CTCSS 141.3 Hz)
Time: 9AM-4PM Earlybird ticket entry at 8:30AM
Sponsor: Tidewater Radio Conventions
Public Contact: Carl Clements, W4CAC
4500 Wake Forest Road
Portsmouth, VA 23703
Columbia Amateur Radio Association CARAFest 2016
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2016
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Follow I-70 to Rt-32 and follow signs
DX Card Checking and Free License Exam
Tailgater @ 6AM, Public @ 8AM, see website
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 147.39+ (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: David Parkison, KB3VDY
PO Box 911 Columbia, MD 21044
St. Mary's ARA 4th Annual TailgateFest
Saturday, October 22, 2015
Event Time: 8 AM - 12 Noon
Location: Hollywood VFD Bingo Hall
24801 Three Notch Road
Hollywood, MD 20636
Sponsor: St. Mary's County ARA
Talk-In: 146.640 (PL 146.2)
Table fee: Indoor Reserved: $10, Outdoor spot: $5
Public Contact: Chuck Gantz , K3WJX
45200 Christman Road Hollywood, MD 20636
The Mason-Dixon Hamfest
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Location: Sportmans Hall Skating Rink
15500 Hanover Pike
Upperco, MD 21155
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Public Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB
2145 Bethel Rd
Finksburg, MD 21048
Notes: Overnight parking is by special arrangement. Send an e-mail to if you need to park on the grounds Saturday night.
The skating rink is open until 12 midnight on Saturday night. Therefore, Saturday setup in the parking lot is _not_available.
Indoor table space is currently TBD due to construction at the rink.
Please check back in the summer and we will post information as soon as it is available.
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Location: American Legion Youth Camp
9201 Surratts Road
Cheltenham, MD 20623
Sponsor: American Legion & Prince George's County Emergency
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.230 (PL 110.9)
Public Contact: Charles Hallock, AA3WS
16203 Manning Road
West Accokeek, MD 20607
You may view upcoming Hamfests which are being held in the MDC Section and nearby in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and the northern Virginia area by clicking on either: or the ARRL's Hamfest and Convention Calendar,
==> JULY, 2016 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.
July, 2016 - Applications in Process:
– Sent Final Coordination for UHF link at Millwood, VA.
– Sent Final Coordination for 443.7875+ at Riva, MD.
– Sent Construction Coordination for 444.6625+ at
– Received application to modify location for 147.2100+.
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
– Received application for coordination for 2 meter pair.
– Received application for coordination for UHF pair in
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups and co-channel sponsor in TMARC area.
Ft. Washington ARC – Received application for coordination for 2 meter pair in Ft. Washington, MD.
– Received application to modify coordination of 145.4300- to Washington, D.C.
- Sent notice of proposed coordination to co-channel sponsor.
On Air Status Requests sent to:
53.2700- Montgomery ARC Gaithersburg, MD
UHF Link Dulles E-STAR Millwood, VA
443.2000+ N8RAT Capon Springs, WV
449.6250- Balto. Digital Group Towson, MD
443.7875+ W4ATN Riva, MD
UHF Link Calvert ARA Sunderland, MD
UHF Link Calvert ARA Prince Frederick, MD
UHF Link NERA Ellicott City, MD
927.5875- KD8DWU Linden, VA
147.2700+ W3DCA Washington, D.C.v
South Eastern Repeater Assoc
- Received 1 proposed coordination for 440 Western Pa. Repeater Council
- Received 2 proposed coordinations for 440 Ohio Area Repeater Council
- Received 4 proposed coordinations for 440
T-MARC coordinates Amateur repeater operations to help 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.
You may view the T-MARC home page at: or, if you have any questions, you may contact T-MARC via e-mail at: .
==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
ARRL Section: Maryland-DC July Year: 2016
AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 563
Change since last month: 0
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 6 of 18 or 33%
Number of ARES nets active: 19
Number with NTS liaison: 12
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3LJB, N3SEO, NI2W, W3YR, WA3EOQ, WB3KAS
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 20
Person hours: 123
Number of public service events this month: 1
Person hours: 120
Number of emergency operations this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 21
Total Person hours: 243
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
Ten of the 9 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County reports this month, or 33% probably because I forgot to send out the reminder this time. Will do better next month. Iwould like to thank everyone for taking the time to write their reports. It's extremely important that your constituents hear what is going 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.
ATTENTION ** MDC Section Vacancies Still Open
There is one vacant DEC slot left for the Central Region Section. 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 4 out of the 5 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.
A note from your MDC Section Manager & Section Emergency Coordinator -
ELLICOTT CITY FLOODING
Survey, assessment and cleanup continues after a massive 6 and a half inches rainfall in just 3 hours caused unprecedented flash floods Saturday night, July 30 - devastating downtown Ellicott City, Maryland. Main Street businesses and personal property including numerous cars were swept away. Much of the downtown infrastructure, as well as store fronts were heavily damaged - sending owners and residents to higher-ground. The Governor declared a State of Emergency for the area on July 31, 2016 at 1000 hours. The Howard County EOC started at Level 1 at 0700 and staged at the Dorsey Building (9250 Bendix Rd) with on-scene incident command Ellicott City Lot F. Citizens and business owners continue access Main Street, albeit with official permission. MDC Section Staff stayed in touch with Howard County EOC throughout the event - no RACES or ARES(r) call-up was announced although these teams where ready to assist if called upon.
MONTGOMERY APARTMENT FIRE
A tragic fire, explosion and collapse near Piney Branch Road at the Flower Branch Apartments near 8700 block of Arliss Street occurred at 11:50 PM then later en exploded after midnight. MDC Staff and SEC contacted local Emergency Managers, to determine if ARES(r) support was needed but none was requested. The incident will take many days and week to complete clear and we will keep our MDC Section ARES(r) team informed.
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 85 members this 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.
National Night Out Day August 2, 2016:
Hopefully we should see some NNO reports next month.
2016 MDC SET:
MDC SET is going to be October 1-2 this year. All the EC's have a draft copy of the plan for review. If you wish to be a part of the exercise, contact your EC for a copy. For those counties without an EC contact your Regional DEC. Central Region contact me.
Section Reports Received:
de ANAR N3SEO ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC.
ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.
Rosaryville Run = 12 Hams
No meetings in August
Aug 25 – Annapolis City Exercise
Aug 28 – Annapolis 10 Mile Run
Sept 10 – Marley Station Expo
de CECI KB3LJB
July 2016 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 Nets averaged ½ hour duration and 10 operators checking in for a total of 25 person hours. The CECI ARES group is planning on participating in the SET tentatively scheduled to be held October 1-2. Initial plans for this SET indicate it will be a test of the Winlink system over HF from as many counties as possible. HF capabilities at the Cecil EOC are limited but some of the ARES volunteers have the equipment, knowledge, and capability to temporarily relocate to the EOC for this SET. The WA3SFJ-R Echolink Node 585690 is up and available for traffic to and from the Cecil ARES Group.
de GARR County WA3EOQ
Next regular meeting on 8 August at 7PM at the Southern Rescue Squad facility in Oakland. Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805, pl 123. Connected to the TARGET system. The entire TARGET linked system is now running well. No ARES assistance was required during July. Beginning to get at team together to support the Savageman Triathlon. The Triathlon will be run September 18 throughout Garrett County. GCARES will be supporting the bicycle section of this event again this year especially covering areas where cell reception is non-existent and, simultaneously, prone to high-speed downhill crashes. Checked into the Washington County ARES net on July 28 (146.94). Checking into the MDD net most every evening. Howard WA3EOQ
de HARF County W3YR
Comments: The Harford County ARES net is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:00PM using the Harford County 146.775 analog repeater, then switching to the 145.120 DSTAR repeater. Last month’s activities included: Harford County ARES net on 12 July. Four check-ins with a total net time of 15 minutes. Tested the Harford County owned Budipole antenna on 40 meters. The initial test was unsuccessful and usage was aborted because the antenna was not resonate in the 40 m band (SWR was greater than 3:1). The second test, using an antenna analyzer, was successful. Using an antenna analyzer, the resonant frequency was determined and adjusted to inside the 40 m band. The SWR was then trimmed to 1:1 in the phone portion by changing the length of one of the dipole legs such that one dipole leg was about 1 foot longer than the other.
de PRGE County WB3KAS:v 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(L).
New EOC Status: No change from last report. Waiting for construction crew to schedule antenna installs. July meeting was devoted to a presentation by Al Taylor, KN3U from MARC on the subject of "Broadband Metropolitan Area Network." It was very well received by all attended. Work is progressing to reactivate our EchoLink connection to the K3ERA repeater. N3ADF is lead on this project. Our next meeting is Aug 15 and will feature an NVIS presentation, getting ready for the MDC SET. All are invited to attend.
de WASH County NI2W
The Monthly Washington County ARES Net was conducted on June 30, 2016.
Twelve stations participated - WA3EIH (NC), KB3MBR (HT), KC3FDA (HT), NI2W (EP), W3PDW (MO), WA3EOQ (CP), KB3JNJ (CP), N3HQB (CP), K3UMV (EP), N3XJO (MO), K3FCC (MO), W3NHR (CP)
HT - Handheld
EP - Emergency Power
CP - Commercial Power
MO - Mobile
The ARES net schedule for the remainder of 2016 is listed below:
The net is conducted on the 146.94 - 100.0 PL - repeater in Clear Spring, MD.
Please note the new PL on the 94 repeater. This was implemented as the DR-1X requires it to operate in an analog and digital mode. In addition, PL 100.0 is also being transmitted in order to reduce interference from the Johnstown, PA repeater.
November 24 - Thanksgiving
de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:
HF Hospital Nets are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1930L. We try to hold the freq between 1915 to 1930L, so give us a hollar! On July 20 we had 10 checked in. I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC Section.
Next HFHNet is Wed. Aug 17. NCS varies each month. It is always the Wednesday following the third Monday.
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Please send to ARRL HQ, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 by 10th of the month
==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
MDC 1607 STM REPORTS
QST MDC 1607 STN PSHR = >70 TOTAL
CALL - PSHR
AA3SB - 170
KK3F - 160
W3YVQ - 135
NI2W - 116
K3IN - 110
W3CB - 108
WB3FTQ - 95
KB3LFG - 91
N3ZOC - 90
WG3K - 76
QST MDC 1607 STN BPL: KK3F 1607 SAR 34/882/874/8/1798
MDC NETS 1607:
MEPN/C2, MARYLAND EMERGENCY PHONE NET, 3820/1800L-DY
Liaisons: 3RN2/MDD/DTN/BTN/WVA/NTSD/WL2K MEPN 1607 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/308 QTC/49 MINS/656 BTN/C4, BALTIMORE TRAFFIC NET, 146.67/1830L-DY
Liaisons: MEPN/MDD/NTSD/WL2K BTN 1607 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/376 QTC/26 MINS/454 MDD/C4, MARYLAND/DC/DELAWARE NET, 3557/1900L-2200L-DY
Liaisons: 3RN4/MEPN/BTN/DTN/NTSD/WL2K MDD 1607 AA3SB QND/62 QNI/349 QTC/100 MINS/673 MSN, MARYLAND SLOW NET, 3563/1930L-DY TRAINING,
Liaisons: MDD MSN 1607 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/112 QTC/36 MINS/674
MDC 1607 PSHRS FILED (Zero entries omitted.):
CALL DATE PSHR
AA3SB 1607 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/20 4/70 TOTAL 170
KK3F 1607 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/30 4/30 5/20 TOTAL 160
W3YVQ 1607 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/30 4/25 TOTAL 135
NI2W 1607 PSHR 1/40 2/31 3/20 4/25 TOTAL 116
K3IN 1607 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/30 TOTAL 110
W3CB 1607 PSHR 1/32 2/16 3/20 4/20 6/20 TOTAL 108
WB3FTQ 1607 PSHR 1/35 2/40 3/20 TOTAL 95
KB3LFG 1607 PSHR 1/7 2/4 3/10 4/70 TOTAL 91
N3ZOC 1607 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/10 TOTAL 90
WG3K 1607 PSHR 1/14 2/22 3/30 6/10 TOTAL 76
AB3WG 1607 PSHR 1/15 2/16 3/20 TOTAL 51
MDC 1607 SARS FILED:
CALL DATE SAR ORIG/RCVD/SENT/DLVD/TOTAL
KK3F 1607 SAR 34/882/874/8/1798
K3IN 1607 SAR 0/64/66/2/132
AA3SB 1607 SAR 1/56/30/6/93
W3YVQ 1607 SAR 0/34/43/0/77
WB3FTQ 1607 SAR 0/21/38/0/59
N3ZOC 1607 SAR 0/21/24/7/52
WB4FDT 1607 SAR 0/28/22/2/52
NI2W 1607 SAR 1/15/0/15/31
WG3K 1607 SAR 0/4/17/1/22
W3CB 1607 SAR 0/2/10/4/16
AB3WG 1607 SAR 0/9/3/4/16
KB3LFG 1607 SAR 0/2/0/2/4
FOR THE MDC WEB SITE 1607
MDC NTS NETS:
MEPN 1607 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/308 QTC/49 MINS/656
BTN 1607 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/376 QTC/26 MINS/454
MDD 1607 AA3SB QND/62 QNI/349 QTC/100 MINS/673
MSN 1607 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/112 QTC/36 MINS/674
PSHR: AA3SB 170, KK3F 160, W3YVQ 135, NI2W 116, K3IN 110, W3CB 108, WB3FTQ 95, KB3LFG 91, N3ZOC 90, WG3K 76, AB3WG 51;
TFC: KK3F 1798, K3IN 132, AA3SB 93, W3YVQ 77, WB3FTQ 59, N3ZOC 52, WB4FDT 52, NI2W 31, WG3K 22, W3CB 16, AB3WG 16, KB3LFG 4
HF PROPAGATION HF conditions on MEPN and 3RN/C2 have been very poor for the past month due to the declining solar cycle 24 with numerous spotless days. NVIS MUFs have remained above 4 MHz many fewer days just before dawn.
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.
Each ARES(r) jurisdiction in MDC should assign an HF rep to MEPN or MDD daily; or a rep to BTN daily; or assign an operator to check Radio-email daily. Register these stations with the STM so traffic may be routed to/from your jurisdictions.
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 6 PM 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.
Thanks to all the NTS net controls, DRS and WL2K stations, liaisons, and traffic handlers for the continuing effort to keep the nets running and traffic moving. Well done!
Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated ARES(r)/NTS/NTSD operations.
73, W3YVQ, MDC ASM, STM
w3yvq atsign arrl dot net
w3yvq atsign winlink dot org from WL2K
==> FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER
CONFIRMED - Fujita scale EF-Ø tornado raced across Howard County on June 20th and into western Howard County which took down a 199 foot tower at the contest superstation of Frank Donovan, W3LPL.But more than W3LPL tower was impacted, for many days afterward, very large trees and debris blocked local roads. Cleanup continued for more than a week. Frank, W3LPL intends to recover and have the station back on the air as soon as he finished his assessment and repairs.
Let pause in the memory of ARRL Life Member and Past ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, of Arlington, Virginia, died on July 1. He would have turned 77 this month. Bodson had been recovering from recent surgery, but his death was unexpected.
Bodson announced his retirement from the ARRL Board of Directors during the Board’s 2015 Annual Meeting and fellow Board members gave Bodson a standing ovation in recognition of his years of service to the League, and they elected him as an Honorary Vice President. Earlier in the meeting, then-ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, presented Bodson with his 60-year ARRL membership certificate. Sumner said he was shocked and saddened to learn of Bodson’s passing.
73 and remember that I am always ready to serve you.
Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM
ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager
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Section ManagerMartin J. Pittinger KB3MXM
Technical CoordinatorRobert E. Bruninga WB4APR
Public Info CoordinatorSid Caesar NH7C
State Government LiaisonDavid J. Prestel W8AJR
Assistant Section ManagerE Allen Brown KZ3AB
Official Observer CoordinatorScott G. Bauer W3CV
Section Traffic Manager,Joseph A. Nollmeyer W3YVQ
Assistant Section Manager
Affiliated Club CoordinatorCynthia A. Penry KD5CCB
Assistant Section ManagerWanda Montgomery KA3AHI
Assistant Section ManagerHerman A. Niedzielski K2AVA
Section Emergency CoordinatorJim Montgomery WB3KAS