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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:

 

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MDC Section News
Vol. 11, No. 07
July 14, 2016
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY JULY 15th
* WEST VIRGINIA HAMS NEED OUR HELP
* PVRC ISSUED "CERTIFICATE OF MERIT"
* "WARNING" NOTICES to ARRL E-MAIL USERS ARE BOGUS
* FORT RITCHIE TRIATHLON - HAM HELP NEEDED
* H.R. 1301 PASSES COMMITTEE - ON TO HOUSE
* 2016 FIELD DAY REPORT
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* JUNE, 2016 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER


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

This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on
Friday, July 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(+),
   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:
<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.


==> WEST VIRGINIA HAMS NEED OUR HELP

Our West Virginia hams, families and communities have suffered in
the wake of recent flooding.

If you have friends and family or fellow Hams in the affected area
or you want to individually volunteer to help, the West Virginia
Governor's Office recommends you visit:
<http://www.wvflood.com/Pages/default.aspx>.

This website provides many excellent links and information to
follow - "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever
wasted."

In our MDC Section we have three counties that border West
Virginia; these are Washington, Garret and Allegany counties.

These counties border the affected West Virginia counties of
Preston, Tucker, Grant, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley
and Jefferson.

Although the West Virginia Governor lifted a 'State of Emergency'
for several West Virginia counties, 12 counties remain and this
may change with more rain in the forecast.

The areas closest to MDC for flooding are the Evitts Run of the
Shenandoah Valley, the Tuscarora Creek Tributary and Rock Gap Run
of the Conococheague-Opequon watershed, and Bearwallow Creek
Tributary No.1 of the Cacapon-Town watershed.

MDC Section ARES teams and County ARES ECs must stay vigilant to
changing conditions, be ready on-air and stay in the reports
mode if your help is needed, especially relaying critical
information to served agencies, first responders - into and out
of the affected West Virginia areas.

And please do not forget our portion of the Appalachian Trail.
Please 'guard' these VHF frequencies if possible.

Health and Welfare is always our primary concern so please
contact, via e-mail or phone, your ARES ECs and/or Regional
DEC to confirm your readiness.

Stay safe, be ready, be informed - Hams do that!


==> PVRC ISSUED "CERTIFICATE OF MERIT"

On Saturday, June 18th, ARRL MDC Section Manager Marty Pittinger,
KB3MXM, issued a "Certificate of Merit" to the Potomac Valley
Radio Club, PVRC.

The certificate reads, "Your 'Certificate of Merit' recognizes
the achievements of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) for the
superior quality and worth you bring to the excellence of Amatuer
Radio.   

PVRC's quality of service is deserving the highest gratitude,
praise and respect from Hams everywhere.   

Your team continues to demonstrate the ability to achieve repeated
recognition and admiration beyond Amateur Radio.  Especially those
recognizable contributions you bestow on your community, the
Atlantic Division, the Maryland-DC Section and ARRL.   

Apart from individual accomplishments, PVRC is a model for many
Hams world-wide.   You frequently promote fellowship through your
endeavors to reach success.   

PVRC is more than an interest in Amateur Radio - you routinely
achieve excellent communications with so many and guide others in
a pursuit of excellence.

PVRC achieves every principle part of its mission statement:
 -- Competing and winning in club competition
 -- Stimulating the development of operating and technical skills
 -- Sharing information and knowledge
 -- Attracting, mentoring and supporting new contesters
 -- Developing a spirit of camaraderie and fun

PVRC is worthy and deserving this recognition and please continue
to share your passion for Amateur Radio."


==> "WARNING" NOTICES to ARRL E-MAIL USERS ARE BOGUS

The subject line in the bogus e-mail reads:
'Warning!!! Code: WeBmAiLx2F5' or similar.

The message instructs recipients to update their accounts by
clicking on a link and providing account information.

These bogus warning e-mails are 'phishing' attempts.

'Phishing' is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such
as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes,
indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading
as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Do _not_ attempt to click on the link provided or to comply with
its instructions.

These e-mails purport to originate from "IT Help Desk 2016"
bearing the ARRL logo, sent from cableone.net domain and are
addressed to "Dear ARRL User."

For more information, click on:
<www.arrl.org/news/warning-notices-to-arrl-e-mail-users-are-bogus>.


==> FORT RITCHIE TRIATHLON - HAM HELP NEEDED

Racine Racing has contacted me to confirm we will be supporting
the Ft. Ritchie Triathlon on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

I told them it was short notice but I would try to get a team
together to help.  So here is the plea for volunteers to help
the spots along the bike route.

Twelve volunteers are needed.

I will not be able to participate this year as I will be out of
town on vacation.

Whoever volunteers for Start & Finish Line Net Control should
call me and I will fill them in on what needs to be done there.

I am usually at that position and also act as Net Control from
there. I can also tell you how to endure this position as the
music gets rather loud.

Net control can be done remotely but someone needs to be at
the Start & Finish Line.

Time for this effort is about four hours, 8 AM - 12 Noon.
However, this is the longest as some stations require less
time.

I know this is short notice and I have told Ken Racine (event
promoter) the same.

I need to know quickly if you will volunteer so I can reply to
Ken regarding our participation in this event

Thanks for your support and 73,

M. E. "Butch" Eigenbrode
NI2W - WASHCO EC/RO
mee42@myactv.net
301-824-5373 - Home
908-343-1704 - Cell

==> H.R.1301 AMENDMENT PASSES ENERGY AND COMMERCE - ON TO HOUSE

The full House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of the
Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) and four other bills
has been rescheduled for July 12 due to a delay and
absence of members.

On July 13th, the amendment to H.R. 1301 was read, then
very positive remarks made by Mr. Walden (R-OR) and Ms. Eshoo
(D-CA) of California - thanking Rep Kinzinger (R-IL).
Mr Kinzinger thanked the subcommittee and all those working
to pass this Amendment to the Substitute.

The panel, chaired by Rep Fred Upton (R-MI), asked for vote,
on H.R. 1301 and an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute
to H.R. 1301, a vote was taken - the Yea's unanimously
approved H.R. 1301 to move to the House.

<https://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings-and-votes/markups/
energy-and-commerce-committee-vote-hr-5510-hr-5111-hr-5092-hr-5104-hr-0
>

< http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-
receives-favorable-house-energy-and-commerce-committee-report
>


==> 2016 FIELD DAY REPORT

I would like to thank all of you for your hospitality when we
visited your 2016 Field Day sites. 

It is amazing the coordination and effort our Hams do to
make Field Day so great.  The inventiveness, creativity and
imagination used to inspire us to successfully accomplish so
much in a weekend.

I visited 15 sites on the western shore, DC and
southern Maryland.

My ASM Al Brown, KZ3AB, and the Atlantic Division Assistant
Director Jim Cross, WI3N, visited 17 field day sites in far
western Maryland, central Maryland and DC.

All together we traveled over 1,200 miles and visited 90% of
all FD2016 sites.

We are looking forward to hearing about all your FD2016
adventures, challenges and successes plus doing it again
in 2017. 73 es the vy best to all our Field Sites


==> 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.
  ---------------------

Somerset County ARC (K3SMT) Annual Hamfest
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Location: Somerset County Technology Center
 281 Technology Drive
 Somerset, PA 15501
Website: http://www.k3smt.org/hamfest/hamfest.htm
Open @ 6AM Vendors & Tailgaters
Everyone @ 8AM until 1PM
Sponsor: Somerset County ARC (K3SMT)
Talk-In: 147.195+ (PL 123)
Public Contact: Stew Saylor , AK3J
 156 Sequoia Drive Friedens, PA 15541
 Phone: 814-444-0637
Email: ssaylor@earthlink.net


  ---------------------
66th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016
Location: Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds
  890 West Main Street
  Berryville, VA 22611
Website: <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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CARROLL COUNTY TAILGATE FEST
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016
Location: Sportmans Hall Skating Rink
  15500 Hanover Pike
  Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <www.qis.net/~k3pzn/hamfest.html>
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Public Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB
  2145 Bethel Rd
  Finksburg, MD 21048
  Phone: 410-876-1482
E-mail: <n3sb@qis.net>
Notes: Overnight parking is by special arrangement.
  Send an e-mail to <n3sb@qis.net> 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!_

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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
Website: http://www.carafest.org
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 147.39+ (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: David Parkison , KB3VDY
 PO Box 911 Columbia, MD 21044
 Phone: 443-492-9501
Email: info@carafest.org

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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)
Website: <http://vbhamfest.com>
Sponsor: Tidewater Radio Conventions
Public Contact: Carl Clements, W4CAC
  4500 Wake Forest Road
  Portsmouth, VA 23703
  Phone: 757-235-4813
E-mail: <w4cac@cox.net>

  ---------------------

St. Mary's ARA 4th Annual TailgateFest
Saturday, October 22, 2015
Event Time: 8 AM - 12 PM
Location: Hollywood VFD Bingo Hall
 24801 Three Notch Road
 Hollywood, MD 20636
Website: http://www.k3hki.org
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
 Phone: 240-925-1105
Email: k3wjx@yahoo.com

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The Mason-Dixon Hamfest
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Location: Sportmans Hall Skating Rink
  15500 Hanover Pike
  Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <www.qis.net/~k3pzn/hamfest.html>
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Public Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB
  2145 Bethel Rd
  Finksburg, MD 21048
  Phone: 410-876-1482
E-mail: <n3sb@qis.net>
Notes: Overnight parking is by special arrangement.
  Send an e-mail to <n3sb@qis.net> 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.

  ---------------------

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>

  ---------------------

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>.


==> JUNE, 2016 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT

T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.

In an effort to get out to different areas within TMARC,
we will be holding a General Membership meeting at the
Berryville Hamfest on Sunday August 7, 2016.

We will meet in the Show Barn at 10 am. There are no seats in
the Show Barn. Please bring a chair if you wish to sit.

Hamfest information can be found at:
<http://www.shenvalarc.org/hamfest>

Agenda:
 *Welcome
 *Treasurers Report
 *Coordination Report
 *ARRL Repeater Directory / RFinder Information

If there are other topics you would like to discuss, please
e-mail us at <TMARC@TMARC.org>.

A special thanks to the Shenandoah Valley ARC for hosting the
meeting.

June 2016

Applications in Process:

Network Engineers Repeater Assoc.
 – Sent Construction Coordination for UHF link in Berkeley
   Springs, W.Va.
 
St. Mary's County ARA
 – Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to SouthEastern Repeater
   Assoc. for 2 meter pair In Leonardtown, Md.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 147.3900+.
 
Culpeper ARA
 – Received on air status of 147.1200+ at Gordonsville, Va.
 - Sent Final Coordination
 
Culpeper ARA
 – Received on air status of 443.8000+ at Gordonsville, Va.
 - Sent Final Coordination
 
K9SP
 – Received on air status of 224.1800- at Gordonsville, Va.
 - Sent Final Coordination
 
KJ4PGD
 – Received on air status of 442.0000+ at Montross, Va
 - Sent Final Coordination
 
K4JK
 – Received application for UHF narrow-band repeater at
   Harrisonburg, Va.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
   coordination groups.
 
On Air Status Requests sent to:
 53.3700-    DelMarVa VHF         Bluemont, Va.
 53.5700-    AMROS                New Castle, Del.
145.4300-    DCMARC               Laurel, Md.

Other:
Area Repeater Coordination Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
Received 7 proposed coordinations for 440

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

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/>.

 
==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT

________________________________________________
ARRL Section: Maryland-DC   June     Year: 2016
________________________________________________

AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members:  563
Change since last month:  +4
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 10 of 18 or 56%
Number of ARES nets active:  19
Number with NTS liaison:  8
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3FWW, KB3KOW, N3SEO, NI2W, N3SB,
W3DVG, W3YR, WA3EOQ, WB3KAS, WG3K

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 20
   Person hours: 763
Number of public service events this month: 4
   Person hours: 288
Number of emergency operations this month:  0
   Person hours:   0        
Total number of ARES operations this month: 24
   Total Person hours: 1051
==============================================
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:

Report

Ten of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County
reports this month, or 56% up from eight last month. We'd like to
hear from the remaining eight. . .please. 

I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to write their
reports.  This is the second time on my watch where we had over a
thousand person hours reported.  FB folks!!
 
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.
 
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 four out of the five are on the Eastern Shore and
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.
 
SEC Presentations
 
Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visit to as many ARES
and club groups as possible. We have two presentations that we
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. 

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 85 members this
month, down one from last month.  First time we have had an
"unsubscribe."

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 can join
at: <https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info>.
 
National Night Out Day August 2, 2016
 
This is one of my favorite deployments.  National Night Out day
is observed annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is a
community-police awareness-raising event in the United States.

"NNO" has been celebrated since 1984 and is sponsored by the
National Association of Town Watch in the United States and
Canada.  Neighbors participate across thousands of communities
in all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and
military bases worldwide.  It's just about the only time where you
can talk to the law enforcement teams on a one-to-one basis. 

And if they supply food for the community, it is usually pretty
darn good.  I ought to know!
 
Contact your local (city or county) police Public Information
Office and find out if and what communities will be hosting a
local event.  Set up an Amateur radio table complete with a
'simple' radio station and handouts including how the public may
get in contact with you. 

Here in PRGE it is an enormous event with as many as 15-20 venues
over the past several years. As always we will have Winlink
running to send e-mails via amateur radio to visitor's cell
phones to show our capabilities. "When All Else Fails...."

For more information on NNO, go to <https://natw.org/>. 

Oh, if anyone decides to pursue this for your county with a
Winlink station, please send me a note to wb3kas atsign arrl.org.
 
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.
Field Day 12 Hams.  Walk for the Animals six hams.  Annapolis HS
Shelter exercise six Hams.
======================
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.
======================
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.
 
No emergency activations or public service events this month.
 
Members of Calvert Amateur Radio Association (CARA) setup a 5A
Field Day operation at the Drum Point Club near Lusby.  The
operation was well attended by members of CARA and Calvert
AUXCOMM.  Nine members from Calvert AUXCOMM were in attendance.

Around 300 contacts were made to most of the ARRL sections. 

Along with two HF yagi antennas, we also deployed a 40/80m NVIS
antenna and a solar-powered mobile station that used portable
antennas to experiment and demonstrate emergency communications
capabilities.
 
Also during Field Day, a Calvert County Commissioner joined us
to read the proclamation that had been approved earlier in the
month and that officially designated the week leading up to
Field Day as Amateur Radio Week. 

Overall the operation was a success.
 
Our monthly meeting was canceled due to low participation. 

Our weekly net is also low on participation and may be canceled
until after the summer.
 
Work continues to establish an amateur radio station at Calvert
Memorial Hospital.  Hope to have more information on this in the
next report.
 
We welcome two new members to the team: Gary and Mary Ann Eiff.
======================
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.
 
We are working with the Carroll County Office of Emergency
Management to set up HF/VHF/UHF radio capability at the auxiliary
EOC in Westminster. Equipment has been procured, and plans are to
get the station put together in July.
======================
de CHAR County KB3KOW
The 2016 CCARC Field Day is in the books and I'm glad to say it
was a great one! First off, a big thank you to Paul, KB3XYS for
the use of the property and his RV; what a great location in a
very quiet area surrounded by trees and fields. The excellent
location combined with awesome weather made for a truly relaxing
and enjoyable time!

Paul, Jim, K3DRJ, and I met at the site around 0900 Sat morning
to begin setup, Paul had arrived on Friday afternoon to setup the
RV. The three of us put up a mast and strung up an off-center fed
dipole on one side of the RV and on the other side, a vertical.

Both antennas worked well on the primary bands that we operated
on over the weekend. We ran off the built in RV generator for the
event and I'm happy to say it was very quiet and smooth.
 
We were setup and ready to operate when the start time of 1400E
arrived. Jim and I got on the air operating 2A with two HF
transceivers. We did experience a bit of interference between the
two radios but nothing we couldn't overcome and we started logging
contacts. Later in the day, Patrick (KB3UYZ) and David Heil
(KB3YQC) stopped by for a visit.

In the evening as the sun was setting and the air was nice and
cool we fired up the grill and had a good FD meal of hot dogs,
hamburgers, and all the other normal FD food. I don't think anyone
went hungry that night and many thanks to Mike's XYL for the
great side dishes!
 
Bob Davison (KB3KOW) swung by for a visit just in time for dinner
after a busy day.  I tried to kill him by feeding him a beef
hamburger, sorry Bob!

Then in the early evening, Mike (KA3GRW) and Art (AA3RT) showed
up along with a few of Art's friends from work, Tom (N2HLJ) and
Scott (KC3CZM). The crew of Mike, Art, Jim, Paul and Tom stayed
the night and worked the graveyard shift; thank you gentlemen,
I was home catching some Z-Z-Zs!

We did have a visit around 0220 Sunday morning from the ARRL
MD/DC Section Manager, Marty (KB3MXM).
 
On Sunday morning with eyes drooping and the sun getting higher
in the sky, we decided to call it a day around 1000.

We broke the antennas and stations down pretty quickly and
easily, chatted about some planned improvements for next year's
Field Day then shook hands and headed home with a smile.

Over the course of the event, we made a total of 175 contacts;
157 SSB and 18 CW, not too shabby. Many thanks to Jim for his CW
contacts, he said he was a little rusty but he did just fine.

Jim also tried multiple times to copy the ARRL bulletin on voice
and CW but due to the normal amount of high QRM we have on FD,
he was not able to get anywhere near a full copy.
 
So in closing, many thanks to all the hams that showed up to
operate and/or visit.  We all had a great time and look forward
to next year!

If anyone would like to add their thoughts or comments for this
year's Field Day, feel free to reply. And if I forgot to mention
anyone, or got some the facts wrong, I apologize but I'm getting
old!

73, Rob - N2OMC

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de GARR County WA3EOQ
Next regular meeting on 8 August at 7PM at the Southern Rescue
Squad facility in Oakland.   
No July meeting (summer vacation – hi).
Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805, pl 123. 
Connected to the TARGET system.  The link from the Cacapon hub is
now operating correctly.   However, there is now a suspected
controller problem on the Cacapon hub and that repeater is
currently off-the-air, i.e., 146.805 is local again.
No ARES assistance was required during June.
 
I met with Greg Hawkins (plus the representatives of the affected
Garrett County departments) who is the organizer of the Savageman
Triathlon which will be run September 18 throughout Garrett
County.  GCARES will be supporting this event again this year.
 
Checked into the Washington County ARES net on June 30 (146.94).

Checking into the MDD net most every evening.
 
The weather was perfect for Field Day this year.  GCARES ran
Class 3A with two CW and one SSB stations.  The stations worked
approx. 450 CW and 280 SSB stations (I don't have the exact
figures).  No Murphy problems! 

ARRL reps Al Brown (KZ3AB) and Jim Cross (WI3N) stopped by for a
visit.

Field Day generator note:  For the last few years we powered the
GCARES FD site with a Honda EU2000i generator.  No RF noise from
the generator had been experienced, even on 160m.  This year,
the Honda generator wasn't available and I didn't want to drag
my 7500 watt house generator to the FD site. 

I remembered that QST (June 2012) had run a product report on
inverter generators.  In this review, they showed that one of
the generators (it wasn't specified which) created a high level
of RF noise on 80m.  Even with a line filter that the testers
installed, the noise was still evident.  Anyway, knowing that
the Honda had performed without RF interference and the graphs
in the article seemed to agree with that finding, I purchased a
new Honda EU2000i from Mayberry as was done for the QST tests.

As with the previous Honda, zero RF interference was experienced
on all bands, including 160m.  This with individual 100 foot
extension cords (antennas) from the generator to each of our
three stations.  I decided to check how clean the generator was
and tuned down into the AM BC band.  Objectionable interference
did not appear until I had tuned down to around 1100 kHz! 

Observations: Even though this generator is more expensive than
the others reviewed in the QST article (and probably most others
of that power level) it is exceptionally suited for an emergency
radio setup (easily hand carried, generates no RF interference
and very low audible noise level).  In addition, it only used
three or four gallons of fuel during the entire FD event (just
don't try to run big coffee pots off of it while you are
operating – hi).
Howard
WA3EOQ
 
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de HARF County W3YR
The Harford County ARES net is now 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 7 June.  Four check-ins for a net time
of 15 minutes.
Met with an Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) Communications POC who
returned a Harford County RACES HF/VHF/UHF radio (Yaesu FT-100D)
and automatic antenna tuner. Antenna removal is planned for July.

This equipment can now be re-purposed to support Harford County
RACES/ARES.
 
Participated in Field Day with the Northeast Maryland Amateur
Radio Club (NEMARC).  This was not a Harford County ARES/RACES
event however five Harford County ARES members participated.

Total participation was approximately 16 Amateur Radio Operators
with visits from three family members. 

We were visited by MEMA, Gary Zamerski (KC3FPT) and his son
Collin Zamerski.  We appreciated their visit which will add
points for our submission to the ARRL. 

NEMARC ran two HF stations (2A, MDC) powered by a Honda generator
with backup Honda generator, and three antennas (20/15/10 m
tribander, 40 m dipole, and 80/40/20 m fan dipole). 

We acquired approximately 1398 contacts and all but three ARRL
sections were not contacted.
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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: The rooftop tower sections are complete, as well
as the associated antenna cables from the towers to inside the
radio room (above the ceiling).
1. Get the DC and antenna cables that come from the desk
   positions into the rack. Right now they are coiled up in the
   ceiling
2. Terminate the antenna cable for the patch panels, and under the
   desks.
3. Terminate the DC cables to the power supplies in the rack, and
   to the rig runners at the desks.
4. Mount the antennas on the towers.
 
Work is progressing to reactivate our EchoLink connection to the
K3ERA repeater.  N3ADF is lead on this project.
 
Our next meeting is July 18.
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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 a analog and digital mode.
In addition, PL 100.0 is also being transmitted in order to reduce
interference from the Johnstown, PA repeater.
 July  28
 August  25
 September 29
 October  27
 November 24 - Thanksgiving
 December 29
73
Butch
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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 June 22 we had 21 checked in.  I'd like to hear more
checkins from our MDC Section.
Next HFHNet is Wednesday, July 20th. 
NCS varies each month. It is always the Wednesday following the
third Monday of each month.

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


==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1606 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/321 QTC/45 MINS/619
BTN 1606 AB3WG QND/30 QNI/364 QTC/45 MINS/570
MDD 1606 AA3SB QND/59 QNI/325 QTC/111 MINS/700
MSN 1606 W8CPG QND/30 QNI/108 QTC/33 MINS/623

PSHR: WG3K 183, KK3F 170, W3YVQ 135, W3CB 127,
K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, NI2W 97, WB3FTQ 95, N3ZOC 90,
AB3WG 47, KB3LFG 14;

TFC: KK3F 1996, K3IN 135, AA3SB 75, WB3FTQ 75,
N3ZOC 68, W3YVQ 64, WG3K 35, NI2W 32, W3CB 22,
AB3WG 11, WJ3K 1

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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 some spotless days. NVIS MUFs have remained
above 4 MHz just before dawn many days.

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.
---

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

We had a very nice time visiting all the 2016 Field Day
locations.  Thank you, again, for your hospitality.

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Independence Day
celebration in spite of the afternoon rain and enjoyed the
fireworks displays in your area. 

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The daylight hours are getting shorter but the thermal inertial
means more warm weather is still ahead of us.

We must prepare ourselves for upcoming severe thunderstorms,
hurricanes and tropical storms during the summer and early fall.

Hurricane season in the North Atlantic runs until the end of
November.  The most active period is mid-August through the end
of September.

Please check your "go-kits" to make sure everything is ready and
keep an eye on the weather.


---
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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