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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:

Volunteer Hams needed for Radio Comms -
"Walk for Animals" Sunday, May 1st  - sign up now
Quiet Waters Park
600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403
 
Paul writes - We could use another few people for the Walk for
the Animals, Sunday 01 May at Quiet Waters Park.  The event will
begin (depending on your assignment) from 06:00 to 08:30 and last
until between 13:00 to 14:00.

This is the 25th year and they expect to draw about 25% more
people than last year.

If you are interested, please email:
Paul Bowling - W4ATN <Paul@W4ATN.com> this evening Thu. April
28th - sending out the assignments soon.
 
Paul -  W4ATN
 
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SHARES Interoperability Exercise to Use 5 MHz Channels, Involve Amateur Radio.  Click on:


<http://www.arrl.org/news/shares-interoperability-exercise-to-use-5-mhz-channels-involve-amateur-radio>
 
==> CALLING ALL MONTGOMERY COUNTY HAMS

The Montgomery County (Maryland) Auxiliary Communications Service
(MCACS) will be holding a general membership meeting on Sunday,
May 15th.

All MCACS members, and those interested in membership, are
invited to attend a meeting on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 2:00 PM
until 4:30 PM.

It will be held in the cafeteria of the Public Safety
Headquarters Building (PSHQ), 100 Edison Park Drive,
Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Some of you may know this landmark facility as the former
National Geographic Building on Route 28 near the Kentlands
community.  The building is home to the Montgomery County
Police, the Department of Fire and Rescue Services, and the
Office of Emergency Service and Homeland Security (OEMHS).

Attendees are invited to bring their go-kits and portable
stations to demonstrate.  The cafeteria will be available to
set up your equipment starting at 12:30 PM.

We will have a short business meeting at 2 PM. Following that,
we will have plenty of time to walk around and learn from each
other.

If the weather is nice, we can also use the patio outside the
cafeteria to demonstrate our systems.

MCACS is the umbrella organization of Montgomery County Amateur
Radio Emergency Service (ARES). If you have an interest in
serving your community as an emergency communicator, MCACS is
where you need to be!

Please visit our website: <mcacs.net> and plan to attend.

IMPORTANT: Advance registration is required per the Montgomery
County Security Office.  No walk-ins will be admitted to the
meeting.

If you plan to attend, you MUST RSVP via e-mail to:
<event@mcacs.net> no later than midnight on Wednesday,
May 11th.  Please provide your full name as it appears on your
driver's license or other government-issued ID.

Expect "airport-style" security.

We thank all the local clubs for their ongoing support of MCACS.

Please share this information with other Montgomery County hams
you know who might be interested.

 --Thanks for this announcement goes to:
   Al Taylor, KN3U
   Montgomery County Auxiliary Communications Service
   PO Box 87151
   Montgomery Village, MD 20886-7151
   <ataylor@mcacs.net>
   (240) 893-3485

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Description:

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MDC Section News
Vol. 11, No. 04
April 12, 2016
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY APRIL 15th
* MONTGOMERY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB's 50th ANNIVERSARY
* WINLINK PASSWORD REQUIREMENT AFTER APRIL 15th
* 2016 USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL
* HF HOSPITAL NET - APRIL 20th 1930(L) - 3820 kHz
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* MARCH, 2016 T-MARC NOTICE AND COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER

==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY APRIL 15th

This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on
Friday, April 15th 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(+),
   PL=107.2 in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL=156.7, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL=151.4, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL=156.7, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL=141.3, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL=156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- W3SMR, 147.150 MHz (+), PL=114.8, Brandywine, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co
- W3SMD-L, 147.51 Simplex, N. St Mary's Co
- K3GMR-R 146.61, No PL, Cheverly, MD

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

If you do not have EchoLink on your Computer, Tablet or
SmartPhone, you may download the free software from:
<www.echolink.org> 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.


==> MONTGOMERY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB's 50th ANNIVERSARY

Kilo-Five-Oscar (K5O) Special Event Station - The Montgomery
Amateur Radio Club celebrates its 50th anniversary with a
special events station!

We welcome all amateurs to QSO with us and receive our
commemorative QSL card.

Our 100+ club members will be operating from Saturday April
2nd through Sunday April 17th, 2016. Please see our event
information on page 98 of the April 2016 issue of "QST."


==> 2016 USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL

The 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival will be held at
the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon
Place NW, Washington, DC.

The dates and times are: Saturday, April 16th from 10 AM
until 6 PM and on Sunday, April 17th from 10 AM until 4 PM.

Admission is free.  Click on: <www.usasciencefestival.org/>.

Getting there:

There is public parking at the Convention Center.  Click on:
<dcconvention.com/Venues/ConventionCenter/DirectionsAndParking.aspx>
or take Metro.  Use the GREEN LINE -  From Camp Springs
(Branch Ave) or the Greenbelt station, your stop is
Mount Vernon Square/7th St - Convention Center.  Then, there
is a short 200 Yards (2 blocks) walk south on 7th Street. 

The ARRL Booth is located in the "Engineering and High
Technology" arena Booth #1133.  You may view the floor map
at: <http://www.arrl-mdc.net/FB-2016-USASE-Booth-1133.jpg>.

We are also very pleased to announce that the ARRL headquarters
staff coordinated an ARISS educational activity and contact
with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS)
for Saturday, April 16 at 2:19 PM EDT at Booth #6507, the CASIS
booth.  CASIS is a NASA contractor.

If you would like to be a volunteer at the "ARRL" booth, contact
me, Marty Pittinger (KB3MXM) your MDC Section Manager, via
e-mail at: <KB3MXM@ARRL.ORG>.

Let's show our guests, especially young people, how applying
science and engineering makes sense in solving problems,
filling our minds with knowledge, and realizing our ingenuity.


==> WINLINK PASSWORD REQUIREMENT AFTER APRIL 15th

On April 15, 2016, the Winlink system will begin requiring the
use of passwords and secure login for all users.

IT WILL BE MANDATORY USER REQUIREMENT. 

This is being done to enhance the privacy and protection of the
Winlink community.  If you've already entered both a password
and also turned on Secure Login, you don't have to make any
other changes.

The transition taking place on April 15, 2016, won't change
your operation.

If you have not set a password for your account, and also have
not enabled Secure Login, we recommend you do it now so you
won't be surprised on or after April 15, 2016. 

Read more at:
<http://www.winlink.org/content/secure_login_deadline_announcement>.


==> HF HOSPITAL NET - APRIL 20th 1930(L) - 3820 kHz

Please join Prince George's County Maryland ARES Group,
<http://pgares.org/>, in their regularly scheduled HF Hospital
Net. 

This net meets on Wednesday following the third Monday of each
month. You do not have to be associated with a hospital to join
the net.

In case of a real disaster where HF is all "ya got," we need to
experience the HF bands conditions to remind us of techniques
that must be used to get the message through.

So, dust off your HF rig and stop by to say "HI" on Wednesday,
April 20, 2016, at 1930 Local time on 3820 KHz LSB.

This is an informal net and all are welcome to participate. 

This is a good reason to use your HF radio.  So, come join in
the "round-robin."

Thank you very much,
 
Wanda Montgomery KA3AHI
Assistant Section Manager
MDC Section Hospital EmComm Program
Prince George's County
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Assistant Emergency Coordinator-Hospital Program
(H) 301.782.7039
(C)  240.427.8767


==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS

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.

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VHF Super Conference
Dates: Friday, April 15 thru Sunday April 17, 2016
Location: Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles International Airport
  45425 Holiday Drive
  Sterling, VA 20163
Website: <http://vhfsuperconference.com/>
Sponsor: Southeastern VHF Society, North East Weak Signal Group
  and Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club.
  Hosted by the Grid Pirates Contest Group and Directive Systems
  and Engineering
Talk-In: None
Public Contact: Terry Price, W8ZN
  2702 Rodgers Terrace, Haymarket, VA 20169
  Phone: 703-754-3876
Email: <w8zn54@verizon.net>

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The Greater Hagerstown Hamfest
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Location: Washingtown County Agriculture Center
  MD Route 65 South, Sharpsburg Pike
  Hagerstown, MD
Website: <http://www.w3cwc.org/Menu/Hagerstown-Hamfest>
Sponsor: Antietam Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.09 (PL 100) & 146.94 backup
Public Contact: Brian Umbrell, W3PDW
  235 East King Street
  Chambersburg, PA 17201
  Phone: 717-264-6403
E-mail: <w3pdw@earthlink.net>

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MEMORIAL DAY HAMFEST
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2014
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
   2210 Fairgrounds Road
   West Friendship, MD 21794
Website: <http://www.marylandfm.org>
Sponsor: Maryland FM Association
Talk-In: 146.76, 224.76, 444.0 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: John Elgin, WA3MNN
   518 Copley Lane
   Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: 301-641-5313
Email: <marylandfm@verizon.net>

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BARC FATHER'S DAY HAMFEST
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016
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: 146.67 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Dave Shadwell, AB3TE
     PO Box 922
     Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 410-842-5019
Email: <w3ft67@yahoo.com>

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RadioActivity 2016
Date: Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25, 2016
Location: Holiday Inn
  9615 Deereco Road
  Timonium, MD
Website: <http://www.maarc.org>
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: None
Public Contact: Bruce Pellicot, KA3EIE
  10348 Route 99
  Woodstock, MD 21163
  Phone: 410-461-7441
E-mail: <brucepellicot.md@netzero.net>

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Santa Fest
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Location: American Legion Youth Camp
  9201 Surratts Road
  Cheltenham, MD 20623
Sponsor: American Legion & Prince George's County Emergency
         Repeater Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.230 (PL 110.9)
Public Contact: Charles Hallock, AA3WS
  16203 Manning Road
  West Accokeek, MD 20607
  Phone: 301-535-1666
E-mail: <selbynet@hotmail.com>

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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 the northern Virginia area by clicking on the
ARRL's Hamfest and Convention Calendar,
<www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar>.


==> MARCH, 2016 T-MARC NOTIVE AND COORDINATION REPORT

T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.

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: <http://tmarc.org/>.

Notice:

As you may have noticed, the ARRL has entered into an agreement
with RFinder, Inc.

RFinder provides a world-wide listing of repeaters. RFinder
apparently accepts repeater information from anyone. To access
their data requires a subscription which costs ~$10/year.

Information about the League's agreement with RFinder may be
found at ARRL - RFinder agreement.
 
Given the nature of the sources of the information provided to
RFinder, one must accept the fact that some information may be
inaccurate.  We know of at least one repeater that is no longer
on the air, but is listed on their site.
 
The agreement between the ARRL and T-MARC, specifies that the
ARRL will use information provided by T-MARC solely for use in
ARRL publications.
 
The information that T-MARC provides to the League for the
repeater directory consists of repeater input and output
frequencies, CTCSS tones, DCS codes, Mode, general location,
and sponsoring entity or individual.
 
We share this information ONLY for those repeaters whose owners
have given us permission to publish their information. The same
information is also available to the public via the T-MARC
website. Hence, all of the above-mentioned information must be
considered to be in the public domain.
 
Details about the specific location of the repeater, link/control
frequencies, ERP, antenna height, and HAAT are considered to be
proprietary by T-MARC and are NEVER transmitted to anyone for
publication.

The detailed information is shared with other frequency
coordinators to ensure effective frequency coordination.

Updates as of March 2016:

Applications in Process:

KA3LAO
 – Received on air confirmation of 442.2125+ at Damascus, Md.
 - Sent Final Coordination
 
N3HF
 – Received on air confirmation of 444.0125+ at Ocean Pines, Md.
 - Sent Final Coordination
 
On Air Status Requests sent to:
 51.9400-    K4QJZ                  Front Royal, Va.
147.2100+    AMRAD                  Vienna, Va.
147.2700+    W3DCA                  Washington, D.C.
224.1200-    N3KZS                  Manchester, Md.
442.4000+    WB6EFW                 Ashburn, Va.
443.1000+    TJHSST ARC             Alexandria, Va.
447.3250-    Bullis School          Potomac, Md.
 
Coordinations Cancelled:
224.2200-    N3HXT                  Winchester, Va.
 
Other:
South Eastern Repeater Assoc
 - Received 2 proposed coordinations for 440

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the
T-MARC Board of Directors via e-mail at: <tmarc@tmarc.org>
or send a snail-mail to:

 T-MARC
 P.O. Box 1022
 Savage, Md. 20763-1022

 
==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT

ARRL Section: Maryland-DC     March        Year: 2016
________________________________________________________
AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE®

Total number of ARES members:  550
Change since last month:  +1
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 8 of 18 or 44%
Number of ARES nets active:  17
Number with NTS liaison:  13
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: W2DVG, WK3G, N3SB, W3YR, WR3F,
  WB3KAS, KB3FWW, NI2W
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 25
  Person hours: 146
Number of public service events this month:  4
  Person hours:  7
Number of emergency operations this month:  0
  Person hours:  0        
Total number of ARES operations this month: 29
  Total Person hours:  153
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EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
 
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
Eight of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES
County reports this month, or 44%.  I'd 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 on what repeaters you can be
found.  I'd like to hear from the rest of you.
 
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 in Maryland that do not having an
Emergency Coordinator.  They are ALLE, CARO, DORC, KENT, QACO,
SOME and WORC.  As you can see four out of the five are on the
Eastern Shore.  This is a grave concern from a weather
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. 

You may Contact me for more information at:
wb3kas atsign arrl.net
 
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 is 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.
 
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. 

The URL is: <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 83 members
this month, up one from last month.  It's a slow growth, but it
is growing.  I encourage you to use this to inform or keep
in touch with the rest of your fellow members.

With the wide distribution of the "MDC Section News" 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 may join
at: <https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info>.

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de BACI W3DVG
Don is just beginning to organize an ARES program in Baltimore
City.  Currently has ten operators on the rolls and can use a
handful more.  If you'd like to get involved and help him out,
contact him at: w3dvg atsign arrl.net.  I am sure he would
appreciate it.
The Feb 28th meeting was rescheduled for March 10th, due to
continuing snow operations.

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de CALV County WK3G
Website: <https://auxcomm.k3cal.org>
Listserv: <http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/calv-ares>
Net: Monday nights after the CARA net (~8PM) on the 146.985MHz
repeater.
Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM usually
in Prince Frederick.

Our net has been well attended since we started it earlier this
year.  We focused on training members on the Radiogram format
and sending and receiving formal traffic.  We also took the
opportunity to test out our 10-meter backup frequency and had
good participation there as well.

Our training meeting was held in Prince Frederick where we
performed a table-top exercise revolving around supporting
the county in the event of a failure of the microwave network
affecting the trunking system.  The overall mission of the
exercise was to find deficiencies and begin to train on our
weak areas.

March's on-air training topic is formatting Radiograms and
he modified ICS-213 used for manual mode relay.

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de CARR County N3SB
The CARET Net meets weekly at 8:30 PM on the 145.410 Repeater.
Club meetings (where ARES topics are also discussed) are on
the second Monday of the month, 7:30 PM, at the Emergency
Services Training Center in Westminster.
 
The Carroll County Office of Emergency Management provided
Everbridge Reverse 911 system training to ARES members Tony,
KF3AK, and Steve, N3SB.  The team will be using the system
as an alternate method for contacting members during ARES
activations.

We were able to get some grant funding from BG&E to install
permanent antenna systems in the Health Department distribution
points in Carroll County. Equipment has been ordered and some
items have already been received.
 
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de GARR County WA3EOQ
Next regular meeting on 11 April at 7PM at the Southern Rescue
Squad facility in Oakland.  Informal breakfast meeting 23 April
at Denny's in Oakland.
 
Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805, PL 123. 
Connected to the TARGET system.  The link problem to the Cacapon
hub is still intermittent.

No ARES assistance was required during March.
 
The recent spring snow on April 3 (approx. 4 inches) with the
accompanying high winds made early morning travel interesting
and created minor power outages.  Most all the snow had melted
by mid afternoon.  No ARES action required.

Checking into the MDD net most every evening.
The University of Maryland Western Maryland 4-H Education Center
pavilion has been reserved for Field Day (same location as
in previous years).
 
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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. (Change for April - See below) Eyeball QSOsat 1900.
All are welcome.

Status of new EOC:  VHF/UHF and two dipoles have been delivered.
Still waiting for topside antenna support mods to be completed.
Looks like a Spring time antenna project shaping up.
Winlink Node inop as of this writing:  W3PGC-10.  W3LRC-10 in
North county can now be accessed through W3LRC-5 until the going
tower/antenna upgrades are completed. W3PGC-10 had a hard drive
crash and also took down the E-Link link to the repeater.  We
lost our Comcast line to the radio room as the result of the
move to the new EOC.  Looking for an alternate solution.
Our next meeting is April 18. Will be held at the new county EOC
at 7915 Anchor S in Lansover, MD 20785.  There will a tour of
the facilities.
 
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de WASH County NI2W
The Washington County ARES® organization is a sub group of the
Antietam Radio Association (ARA). As such, ARES members attend
as part of the ARA meetings. ARA meetings are held on the first
and third Tuesday of the month at 7PM. The meetings are held in
the activities building - 2nd Floor - of St. John's Lutheran
Church located at 141 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, MD.

During July and August only one meeting is held. That being the
first Tuesday of these months.

All amateurs and those having an interest in amateur radio are
welcome to attend.

The 146.94 repeater, No PL Tone, sponsored by the ARA, is usually
monitored prior to the meeting for anyone wishing directions to
the meeting. This repeater is also used for the monthly ARES net
which occurs on the last Thursday of the month at 7PM. All
amateurs are invited to join the net.

The monthly Washington County ARES Net was held on March 31 at
7:00 PM. WA8EIH acted as net control with three additional
stations. They were: N3IKM, KB3MBR and W3PDW.

The ARES net schedule for the remainder of 2016 is listed below:
The net is conducted on the 146.94 - No PL  repeater in Clear
Spring, MD
 
 April  28
 May  26
 June  30
 July  28
 August  25
 September 29
 October  27
 November 24 - Thanksgiving
 December 29

73,
Butch, 73, NI2W

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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 RACES/ARES participated in the Radio Merit
Badge course at the Salisbury University Merit Badge College
on February 6 and March 5, 2015. On February 6, the scouts
primarily study radio theory including FCC rules. 

On the March 7 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.  Four Boy Scouts received
heir RADIO Merit Badge this year.
 
=====================
de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:
On February 29, I was invited to a Region V Coalition Hospital
Evacuation briefing in Hyattsville.  The facilitator was very
much "in tune" to ways of preparing for such an evacuation.

Very few hospitals have a current plan for evacuation
procedures.  Many case histories and first-hand experiences were
presented.  The date for the Region V Evacuation Exercise has
not been scheduled, but it looks like early 2017.  It is billed
as a large 'full-scale exercise' during the day.  That concerns
me in that more ARES radio operators work than are retired to
support the exercise.  Stay tuned for more on this.

Working with Ft Washington ARC in pursuing permission for them
to get on a local Pepco communications tower for their
repeater. I have encouraged Ft Washington Medical Center to
write a letter to them as well, in the interest of emergency
communications support.

As of this writing, there are four drills and exercises on my
calendar that I wish to share with you:
April 2: Crime Victim's Fund Run; at National Harbor, MD:
  Successfully completed.
April 7: PRGE Quarterly Hospital Drill; at 1930L:
  Great showing of support to FWMC by FWARC
April 13: Region V Hospital Coalition Exercise day time:
  Three PRGE hospitals playing.
April 27: MedStar Corp Hospital Exercise;
  No details but Postponed
 
If you have any interest in joining and supporting any of these,
please get in touch with me.

With warm weather approaching, I will be looking at Eastern
Shore hospital visits.  If any of you have a relationship with
any of those hospitals, please get in touch with me as soon as
you can.

HF Hospital Nets are conducted on 3820 kHz +/- at 1930L.  We try
to hold the freq between 1915 to 1930L, so give us a hollar! 

On March 23 we had 19 checked in.  I'd like to hear more
checkins from our MDC Section.

Next HFHNet is April 20th.  NCS varies each month. It is
always the Wednesday following the third Monday.

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Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: <wb3kas@aol.com>


==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1603 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/381 QTC/72 MINS/884
BTN 1603 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/460 QTC/42 MINS/592
MDD 1603 AA3SB QND/61 QNI/369 QTC/135 MINS/713
MSN 1603 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/137 QTC/38 MINS/678

PSHR: W3CB 148, KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, WG3K 115,
K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, AB3WG 97, WB3FTQ 95, NI2W 92,
N3ZOC 90, KB3LFG 64;

TFC: KK3F 2801, K3IN 184, W3YVQ 111, AA3SB 87,
WB3FTQ 79, WG3K 62, N3ZOC 54, AB3WG 37, W3CB 25,
NI2W 12, KC3IQ 11, KB3LFG 5

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MDC RADIOGRAMS AND OTHER MESSAGING
Outlets in each ARES® 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.

Stations may check into MEPN or MDD daily to receive
traffic or post traffic for their jurisdictions, or they
may check WL2K daily and register with MEPN and/or MDD as
an outlet so traffic may be sent by Radio-email.

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.

All of our ARES® operators will also be called upon sooner
or later to handle formal written Radiogram traffic, ICS
forms and similar messaging, or Radio-email. If they are not
currently trained in how to do these things it will be too
late when an emergency strikes. Contact us to arrange for
training via Echolink or over the air.

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.
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The following JAN PSHR reports were omitted in the most
recent "QST."  Headquarters will correct this and the data
archives for the June issue of QST:
 AB3WG 96 (BTN NM)
 WB3FTQ 95 (MDC DRS/WL2K Pactor Hub)
 NI2W 89 (EC/RO Washington Co.)
 N3ZOC 74 (MSN Net Trainer.)

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®/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

I hope you all plan to submit your 2015 personal Maryland state
and federal income tax returns before the deadline, midnight on
Monday, April 18th. 

The deadline was extended until April 18th because the usual
date, April 15th, is being celebrated as a legal holiday,
"Emancipation Day."

I hope you all receive a big return.

 -...-

Don't forget that the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival
will be held on Saturday, April 16th from 10 AM until 6 PM and
on Sunday, April 17th from 10 AM until 4 PM at the Walter E.
Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW,
Washington, DC.

I will be at the ARRL Booth #1133.

We plan to be talking with astronauts aboard the International
Space Station on Saturday, April 16 at 2:19 PM EDT.  Please
read the information above.

Let's show the youngsters, and their parents, how amateur radio
helps with emergency communications and is a valuable teaching
tool.

 -...-

Spring is here and it's time to prepare for Field Day 2016.

This year, Field Day will be held on Saturday, June 25th and
Sunday, June 26th.

Click on <www.arrl.org/field-day> for the official information
and rules.

Official ARRL Field Day 2016 shirts, hats, mugs, participation
pins and patches are a great way to recognize your involvement
in this popular, annual operating event.

The 2016 product line will be available later in April at
<www.arrl.org/field-day>.  

It would be nice for all of you wear a 2016 ARRL T-shirt or pin.

Also be sure to click on: <www.arrl.org/field-day-locator> and
add your 2016 Field Day site to the map.

I, your Section Manager (SM), as well as several of my Assistant
Section Managers (ASMs), plan to visit as many 2016 Field Day
sites as we can.

We hope to visit as many of you as we can.

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

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