ARRL Sections - Maryland-DC



Contact Information

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

Basic Information


MDC Section News
Vol. 9 No. 11
November 14, 2014

* FINALLY. . . 


This month's MDC section-wide Echolink net will be held on
Friday, November 21st 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

- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+),
  PL=107.2 in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL=156.7, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL=151.4, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL=156.7, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL=141.3, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL=156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- W3SMR, 147.150 MHz(+), PL=114.8, Brandywine, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co
- W3SMD-L, 147.51 Simplex, N. St Mary's Co
- K3GMR-R 146.61, No PL, Cheverly, MD

Everyone is encouraged to join in and give any updates on
what is going on in your part of the ARRL Maryland-DC

If you don't have Echolink on your computer, you may
download the free software from: <>.

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


Here's a note to all amateur radio operators who are Federal
Employees, US Postal Service workers and members of the
military:  The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has started
and will run though December 15th.

One of the organizations that you may make a tax deductible
contribution to is the American Radio Relay League, (ARRL).

The ARRL, the national organization of Amateur Radio, provides
volunteer emergency communications, education in wireless
technology, plus scientific and technical research.

Similar to the United Way, the CFC encourages individuals to
pledge by payroll deduction to non-profit organizations of
their choice.

All you have to do is write in the five digit charity code,
"10099," the name of the organization, "American Radio Relay
League, Inc." and the amount you want to contribute on your
CFC Pledge Form.

Your contribution may be made by a small payroll deduction each
payday during 2015 or in a lump sum.

Please consider the ARRL when making your annual contribution
to the CFC.

And don't forget to tell your federal colleagues who are
amateur radio operators or those who are interested in amateur
radio about this opportunity.

Unfortunately, the CFC does not provide the ARRL with the names
of individual donors.  The ARRL Development Office would
appreciate a copy of the donor form to ensure that each
contribution is applied according to the donor's wishes, and
that the contribution or pledge may be properly acknowledged.

Please e-mail a copy of your completed pledge form to:
<> or send a fax copy to 1-860-594-0259.

For more information, click on:

Thank you.


A scheduled ARISS (Amateur Radio on board the International
Space Station) contact is a voice-only communication via Amateur
Radio between the International Space Station (ISS) crew and
classrooms and communities. 

ARISS contacts allow education audiences to learn firsthand from
astronauts what it is like to work and live in space.

These scheduled contact opportunities are offered to formal and
informal education institutions and organizations, individually
or working together. 

The radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length due to
the radio communication window permitted by the logistics of
orbital passes of the ISS.

During the contact, students interact directly with astronauts
and cosmonauts during this communication window using a question
and answer format.

To maximize these radio contacts, the ARISS program looks for
organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and
integrate the radio contact into a well-developed education plan.

Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of
scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must
demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in contact dates
and times.

Educational proposals should include plans for students to:

- Study topics related to space technology, space exploration,
   or space research, and,
- Learn about communication, wireless technology, and radio

Proposals from schools and organizations in the US are accepted
during two proposal windows each year.

The Fall 2014 proposal window is October 17 - December 15, 2014
for contacts to be scheduled May 1 through December 31, 2015.

For more information, click on:


Well, the hamfest season is pretty much over for 2014.  I hope
everyone enjoyed them.

The new year, 2015, starts a new season.  There will be more, but
here's what is scheduled so far: 

Post Holiday Hamfest
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: Odenton Volunteer Fire Department
1425 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD 21113
Sponsor: Maryland Mobileers Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.805/146.205 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Bruce McPherson    , AB3AC   
484 Peach Leaf Court Odenton, MD 21113
Phone: 410-456-2500


Virginia State Convention (Richmond Frostfest)
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location:Richmond Raceway Complex
600 East Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23218
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.88 -600 (PL 74.4)
Public Contact: DeeDee Farrell, KK4AVC
PO Box 14828
Richmond, VA 23221
Phone: 804-657-7038


BARC Father's Day Hamfest
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
16020 Carnival Avenue
Upperco, MD 21155
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.67 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Bill Dobson, N3WD
PO Box 120
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 410-842-5019

You may view upcoming hamfests which are nearby in Pennsylvania,
Delaware, Maryland-DC, West Virginia and the Virginia area by
clicking on the ARRL MDC Section web page at:


The deadline for T-MARC submitting information to the ARRL for
inclusion into the 2015 Repeater Directory is December 31, 2014.

Please check your listings on the TMARC Frequency List and verify
everything is accurate. If there is anything that needs to be
changed, please send me an e-mail at <>.

The deadline for the EchoLink and IRLP lists in the ARRL Directory
is approaching as well. Only systems that I have a node number for
will be included in the ARRL Directory.

If your repeater has an EchoLink or IRLP node, please check on the
T-MARC Frequency List for your node number.

Send me an e-mail with your node number if it is not listed or has

Additionally, please confirm your information is accurate on the
sponsor lists and send an e-mail to <>.

October, 2014 Report

Applications in Process:

 * Received application for move of unpublished 449.xxxx- repeater
    from Alexandria, Va. to Culpeper, Va. and also a freq. swap of
    same pair to 444.xxxx+.
 * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 * Awaiting testing.
 * Received confirmation of on air status of 2 UHF links at
    Culpeper, Va.
 * Sent Final Coordinations.
Ashton Radio Comm. Soc. –
 * Received request for 2 alternate link freqs.
 * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 * Sent revised coordinations.
 * Received confirmation of on air status of 442.0500+ at
    Winchester, Va.
 * Sent Final Coordination.
K3WS –
 * Received application for coordination for UHF pair in
    Laurel, Md.
 * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
K3WS -
 * Received application for coordination for UHF pair in Berwyn
    Heights, Md.
 * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 * Received application for location change of 145.3900 from
    Berryville, Virginia to Winchester, Virginia.
 * Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
Blossom Point ARC –
 * Issued Conditional Coordination for 146.8500- back in
    April 2014.
 * No complaints of interference from other co-channel systems.
 * Sent Final Coordination.

On Air Status Requests sent to:

447.8750-   N2XHZ        Spotsylvania, Va.

Coordinations Withdrawn / Cancelled:

447.9250-   NIHRAC       Rockville, Md.
UHF Link    Ashton RCS   Damascus, Md.
UHF Link    Ashton RCS   Frederick, Md.


Western Pa. Repeater Council

 * Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
 * Received 2 proposed coordinations for 440
T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.  T-MARC coordinates
Amateur VHF and UHF repeater operations to keep interference
problems to a minimum.

The areas of responsibility include the District of Columbia,
Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia and the eastern panhandle
of West Virginia.

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

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

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


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

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

If you would like to volunteer please let me know.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks and 73.


Event coordinators from the various MD clubs can contact me (Scotty)
at this address <>, and I'll be happy to add them to
the list of calendar editors, so they can add their
club's events.

If you use Gmail, you can view the calendar immediately, though we're
just starting to populate it.  Open Google Calendar, then click "Other
Calendars".  Type "" and press enter.  Voila!

I'll be happy to add as many ECs as are interested.  At the moment, it
appears the SMARC, CCARC, and FWARC events will be included on this
calendar, but the more, the merrier.

And if you are webmaster of a site that allows iFrames, here's the
"embed" code for the calendar:

style="border: 0" width="800" height="600" frameborder="0"

Scotty Ward (KC3BHQ)
Grid Square FM18


First, I would like to thank Dennis Bowling, N3QHC, for his years of
service as the ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Calvert County.  Dennis
was appointed in Feb, 2001, and has been a very active EC. In his place
I've appointed Eric Christensen, W4OTN. Eric brings to the position a
background of working with Emergency Management in North Carolina. Many
thanks to Eric for his willingness to address the many challenges that
the position entails.

ARRL Section: Maryland-DC  October   Year: 2014
Total number of ARES members: 608
Change since last month:   0
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 5
Number of ARES nets active: 6
Number with NTS liaison: 4
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3FMJ, N3SEO, NI2W, W3JCT, WB3KAS
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:   12    
Person hours:    137
Number of public service events this month:  9  
Person hours:    253
Number of emergency operations this month:  0
Person hours:        0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 21
Total Person hours:     390
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section de Section Emergency
Coordinator WB3KAS:
  I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to write their monthly
EC reports.   I hope to see more in the coming months. There is one
vacant DEC slot left for the Central Region Section.  If you are
interested, and up to the challenge, please contact me or the Section
Manager, WI3N for more information. Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to
schedule visit to as many ARES and club groups as possible. We have two
presentations I think would be worth your while to hear.  One on Section
Interoperability and the other is the Section Hospital EmComm Program.
If you have interest in this, and have room on your meeting agenda for
us, please contact me.
  Last month 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:
2014 MDC SET Highlights
  The ARRL Atlantic Division Maryland - DC Section utilized Automatic
Packet Reporting System as its main theme in this year’s American
Radio Relay League’s Simulated Emergency Test exercise.
  Fundamental to the issue of tracking assets for served agencies is
the capability and feasibility of knowing the location of these assets
en route at all times.  The volunteer radio operators were put to the
test to prove that the serious practicability for APRS use in a local
tornado disaster or in any disaster can be done.
de ANAR County N3SEO:
ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC.
ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.
Supported CFC Biker – 16 Hams; SET – 4 Hams; Metric Marathon – 14
Hams;JOTA – 4 Hams
de GARR County KB3FMJ:
Last month’s agenda included: Review of SET Drill,  Setup and testing
of equipment installed at Garrett County Nursing home and general
discussions by the group on various amateur radio topics. The Garrett
County ARES (GCARES) monthly meetings will be held at the Southern
Garrett County Rescue Squad board room in Oakland Maryland. The next
meeting will be Monday November 10th  at 7:00 PM. The GCARES net is
held weekly on Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM on the 146.805 repeater, dup
PL 123 and is linked to the WAN and Target Link Repeater Systems. All
traffic is FM voice.
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Internet Forum:
Nets: Held four regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on
145.23MHz on Tuesdays at 1930L. The monthly HF Hospital Net is held the
Wednesday following the third Monday of the month on 3820KHz at 1930L.
Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire
Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at 1930. Eyeball
QSOs at 1900. All are welcome.
Hosted the MDC SET Exercise at K3CCR.  Five ARES members supported the
MDC portion of SET. KA3AHI held the Fourth Quarter PRGE ARES Hospital
Drill right in the middle of the MDC SET!  Took advantage of the APRS
activity underway during the Section SET. Seventeen members supported
the event spanning over five hours.
de WASH County NI2W:
  Washington County participated in the SET on October 4, 2014.
Although Washington County was not able to provide an APRS equipped
vehicle to report pickup of equipment from the Garrett County courier
at Rocky Gap, MD , we did provide position and status via WL2K and
delivery of the equipment to the station in Urbana, MD.
  Our next public service event will be on November 22, 2014 when the
Antietam Radio Association will provide communication support to the
JFK 50 mile run through Washington County. Approximately 25 operators
will be on station at various times between 4:30AM and 7:00 PM.
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 RACES/ARES – staffed the Wicomico County Mobile Command
Vehicle (MC1) for the October COMMEX drill on October 14
de KA3AHI AEC PRGE Hospital Project:
Next HF Hospital Net will be Nov 18 on 3820KHz at 1930L.  It is always
the Wednesday following the third Monday. I'd like to hear more
check-ins from our MDC Section.
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC



MEPN 1410 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/328 QTC/59 MINS/697
BTN 1410 KB3MXM QND/31 QNI/297 QTC/11 MINS/499
MDD 1410 AA3SB QND/57 QNI/334 QTC/88 MINS/525
MSN 1410 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/127 QTC/40 MINS/777

PSHR: KK3F 140, W3CB 138, W3YVQ 135, KB3LNM 110,
W4OTN 105, AA3SB 100, NI2W 91, WB3FTQ 90, NF8I 70,
KC3CBL 43, N3ZOC 22;

TFC: KK3F 2533, AA3SB 82, WB3FTQ 74, W3YVQ 73,
W4OTN 52, KB3LNM 50, NF8I 40, W3CB 15, KC3CBL 15,
NI2W 11, KC3Y 5, N3ZOC 5


NTS nationwide nets have enjoyed generally good evening
Cycle 4 conditions but difficult Cycle 2 conditions with
weak late summer signals in the afternoons due to absorption.
Due to active sunspots the late day MUFs were above ten
meters for several weeks.

All MDC ARES(r) jurisdictions are encouraged to use
the Radio-email Layer to communicate with each other,
served agencies, and the stations operating in the MDC
NTS/NTSD affiliated nets. Peer-to-peer Radio-email
connections may also be used for backup. Stations on
our MEPN net can accept direct and network connections
for Radio-email via HF PacTor, forward Radio-email nation-
wide, and post Radiogram traffic directly to the NTS/NTSD
as needed. The NTSD provides automatic Radiogram
forwarding nation-wide digitally via HF PacTor to be
extracted by DRS stations for local net delivery. The
NTSD Area hubs provide for direct P2P HF PacTor Radio-
email forwarding nation-wide as well. If a Section´s served
agencies covered by their ARES(r) deployments cannot
exchange Radio-email with the served agencies so
covered in other Sections, they are not "on the network".

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

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

Remember that the MSN provides CW training daily
for newcomers to the mode, or those wishing to
refresh their skills, daily at 7:30 PM on 3563 kHz.

All of our operations, voice, CW, and digital, are in
need of additional supporting manpower. If you can
operate any of these modes, please consider joining
our MDC net fleet. Becoming familiar with methods and
practices now will pay big dividends should an
emergency communications situation arise in your local
area or over a wider region. All of our operators and
managers will be glad to help you learn the skills and
find out about various types of equipment and/or
software used. This is your pathway to joining the
national ARRL Field Organization Public Service
Communications team. ARESMAT teams invited to
assist our Section during emergencies will come in
expecting to find pathways for messaging via these
various modes to all levels of the national networks.

The MDC NTS staff continues to offer to conduct
Echolink training conferences to teach Radiogram
handling and directed traffic net operations, and to
familiarize stations with operations on the Radio-email
layer. MEPN representatives check for Echolink
check-ins starting at 6 PM daily via the WB3GXW-L
link node (or *WASH_DC* conference node backup).

Thanks to all the NTS net controls, 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.

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

==> FINALLY. . .

I just returned from a road trip to the western US.  Whew!
The National Parks we visited in CA, CO and UT were
absolutely incredible. And if you plan to visit some, I
suggest October as the weather is great and has the
least amount of visitors during the year.

I would like to thank my ASM Al Brown, KZ3AB, ACC Marty
Pittinger, KB3MXM, and others for taking care of all the
ARRL Section business while I was away.

When I returned home I saw that all the leaves had changed
and many of them have fallen.

One of the things I need to do now is make sure my HF wire
antenna is ready for winter.  I hope you do the same.

I would like to check in to the Maryland Emergency Phone Net
(MEPN) more often.  The MEPN meets on 3820 kHz at 6:00 PM
Eastern Local Time.  I hope to hear you there.

Lastly, if you have not voted for a new ARRL Atlantic
Division Director and Vice Director, please do it -- now --!!!

If you are an ARRL member and did not receive an e-mail
or a snail-mail with your ballot (please let me know if that is the
you may click on: <>.  Then, click on the
button labeled "View Ballot." As you go through the maximum
three hundred word (or less) campaign statements you will see
links to candidate's websites. I suggest that you go to the
websites to learn more about the candidates, read endorsements,

Voting ends Nov 21.  So, please vote NOW if you haven't
done so already.

Thanks and 73,

Jim Cross, WI3N
ARRL MDC Section Manager (SM)


Maryland-DC Officials