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Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
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MDC Section News
Vol. 12, No. 08
August 16, 2017



This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink® net will be held on Friday, August 18th at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink® *WASH_DC* Node 6154.

The EchoLink® net is always held on the third Friday evening of every month at 8:00 PM local time.

If you would like to join in on RF, the following repeaters and IRLPs have linked in for previous EchoLink® nets:

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


ARES® has decided to move the time for the HF Hospital net. As of August 23rd, the new start time will be 7:00 PM EDT on 3820 kHz.

This change is due to the interference from a Spanish net that runs at 7:30 PM EDT on the same frequency.

The MDC Section HF Hospital net is held on Wednesday after the third Monday of every month.

Upcoming MDC Section HF Hospital Nets will be held: Wednesday, August 23rd Wednesday, September 20th and Wednesday, October 18th

Please check in if only to give us a holler.

Thank you and 73,
Wanda Montgomery KA3AHI


Calvert County CERT
Class starts Thursday September 21, 2017 and ends November 16, 2017. All classes will be held at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center, 901 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Classes are on Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM For more information contact the Division of Emergency Management's CERT Program Manager at 410-535-1600 x2302.

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Howard County
The third quarter Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting for 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, August 24th from 9:30 AM - 12 noon at the Howard County Community College. Speaker, and special topics are still being finalized.

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Calvert County
CALVEX IPX Dress Rehearsal Table Top Exercise (TTX) Session Maryland Emergency Management Agency 4 hours, Cost: Free.

The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate player actions against current response plans and capabilities for a nuclear power plant-related incident, and to comply with the requirements of 44 CFR 350 and the guidelines of NUREG 0654/FEMA-REP-1.

Exercise planners utilized the elements described in the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program Manual to develop this exercise.
The objective of CALVEX IPX 2017 is to demonstrate reasonable assurance that the public can be protected during a nuclear power plant emergency.

908 - Session Details - Session Maryland Emergency Management
Agency 4 hours $0.00 Registration CLOSED
Location: Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP)
Duration: 7/20/2017, 10:00 AM EST - 7/20/2017, 2:00 PM EST
Contact: Nicole Markuski at:

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Prince George's County
Upcoming Classes: August 21, 2017 8 AM to 5 PM

PER304 - Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery Participants must have a Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and be able to post test messages on these accounts.
Registration. Course Information Sheet: Office of Emergency Management, 7915 Anchor Street, Landover, MD.
For more information on any particular class or other training opportunities, contact us by email at: Web site:


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

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

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

We hope to see you all there.

Virginia Section Convention (Virginia Beach Hamfest)
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23450
Sponsor: Tidewater Radio Conventions
Talk-In: 146.970 (CTCSS: 141.3 Hz)
Public Contact: Carl Clements, W4CAC, 4500 Wake Forest Road, Portsmouth, VA 23703
Phone: 757-235-4813 | E-mail: -----------------------------------------
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.390+ (CTCSS: 156.7)
Public Contact: David Parkison, KB3VDY 1257 Stevens Avenue, Arbutus, MD 21227
Phone: 410-977-1249 | Email:
Second Annual American Legion PGCERA SantaFest
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Location: American Legion Youth Camp, 9201 Surratts Road, Cheltenham, MD 20623
Sponsor: American Legion and Prince Georges County, Emergency Repeater Association
Talk-In: 145.230 (CTCSS: 110.9 Hz)
Public Contact: Charles Hallock, AA3WS, 16203 Manning Road, West Accokeek, MD 20607
Phone: 301-535-1666 | E-mail:
Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Amateur Radio & Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Location: Cheer Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 (CTCSS: 156.7 Hz)
Public Contact: Herb Quick, KF3BT, PO Box 1431, Seaford, DE 19973
Phone: 302-629-4949 | E-mail: -----------------------------------------
Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club Firecracker Hamfest
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Location: Harrisburg Area Community College, 3599 Industrial Road, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Sponsor: Harrisburg Radio Amateurs' Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.76 (CTCSS 100.0 Hz)
Public Contact: Tim Lehman, KB3OZA, PO Box 453, Hummelstown, PA 17036
Phone: 717-461-3398 | Email:

You may view upcoming Hamfests which are being held in the MDC Section and nearby in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and northern Virginia area by clicking on either: or the ARRL's Hamfest and Convention Calendar at:


T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.

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

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

You may view the T-MARC home page at:


Applications in Process:
Alexandria Radio Club
– Received application for narrow band 440 pair in Alexandria, Va.

Coordinations Cancelled:
447.5250- N3MCQ Middle River, Md.

South Eastern Repeater Assoc
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
Received 1 proposed coordination for 440

Area Repeater Coordination Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters

Western Pa. Repeater Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
Received 1 proposed coordination for 220
Received 3 proposed coordination for 440

[The above information was provided by T-MARC, The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council,, who is solely responsible for its content.]

ARES® Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report

1.ARRL Section - Maryland - DC Section
2.Month - July
3.Year - 2017
4.Total number of ARES members - 462
5.Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month - 9 (50%)
6.Number of ARES nets active - 22
7.Number of nets with NTS liaison - 4
8.Calls of DECs/EC reporting: N3SEO, N3AE, N3SB, KB3LJB, K3DO, W5YR, WB3KAS, KB3FWW, NI2W
9a. Number of exercises & training sessions this month - 23
9b. Person hours - 200
10a. Number of public service events this month - 3
10b. Person hours - 185
11a. Number of emergency operations this month - 1
11b. Person hours 6
12a. Number of SKYWARN operations this month - 0
12b. Person hours 0
13a. Auto Sum 9a, 10a, 11a, 12a - 27.0
13b. Auto Sum 9b, 10b, 11b, 12b - 391.0
Comments:EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:

Back in the saddle after a two month absence gallivanting through the tundra of Alaska. It was a trip of a life time.

Nine of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County reports this month, or 50%. I'd liked to thank everyone for taking the time to write their reports. Now, Let's get the remaining county ECs to go get working on theirs.

The new ARRL's fillable pdf reporting system makes it soooooo easy for me. All I have to do is train you guys in how to fill then out!! For starters, please change over to the new system. I had to 'redo' three EC reports and it was time consuming.

Second, fill in the right form. Some (2) are using the form I send up the line. You can get the correct form at:

Third, the Jurisdiction: block should be your four-letter county code and NOT 'MDC.'

Fourth, put your call in the lower right corner. . .and finally, the file name configuration remains the same, as an example: 2017-07

HARF EC Report.pdf. Please adhere to this to speed up the reporting process. Thanks.

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

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.

There have been two tornadoes that have touched down . . . and nobody reported it up the food chain. We need to know about these things as they occur or right after it happens. Kinda hard to line up resources (if needed) when we hear about it on the 10 o'clock news. So, we ask that you be a little more responsive, timely is a better word, to keep the MDC management fully aware of the dangerous weather events. Thank you.

All MDC DEC positions (Western, Central and Eastern) are now filled. Make sure you put them on email copy for all that you put up to others in performance of your EC duty.

There are seven counties that do not having an Emergency Coordinator. They are ALLE, CARO, DORC, KENT, QACO, SOME an WORC. As you can see 6 out of the 7 are on the Eastern Shore and is a grave concern from a weather perspective. I say this every month because this is gravely important this time of year.

If you live in any of these counties, please consider getting involved with emergency communications and sign up to assist the hospitals in your area. Contact me for more information at wb3kas at

SEC Presentations

Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visit to as many ARES and club groups as possible. We have two presentations I think would be worth your while to hear.

One on Section Interoperability and the other is the Section Health Care EmComm Program. If you have interest in this, and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me.

We are giving two briefings this month: Mt Rainier CERT on the 15th and to the FWMC hospital COO and their management/parent company on the 18th.

MDC Section Reflectors

We introduced a new MDC Section reflector, ARRL MDC Section Winlink Training Group for P2P and Hybrid networks, or MDCQRV for short. Please make use of this tool to sharpen skills and fine tune your configuration files. Located at:

The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available. If you are not a member. . .you should be!!

We now have 86 members this month, down three from last reporting. I encourage you to use this to inform or keep in touch with the rest of your fellow members. With the wide distribution of this newsletter coming out only once a month, this Yahoo Site with keep you up to date with late breaking news, including a possible disaster call up.

There is very little traffic to clog your in box. You can join at:

Meetings: None this month.

Future Events: None we know of

Section Reports Received:

de ANAR County N3SEO

Supported Quiet Waters Run (5 hams), Rosaryville Run (11 hams), and 4th of July Parade (10 hams)

ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC except June - August ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.
de CALV County N3AE

Our July Calvert County AUXCOMM meeting was attended by N3AE, KR3A, KB3RAN, N3IPN, KF3AA and K3UGA.

We reviewed our current Emergency Operations Plan and began to mark up changes for an update. We continue to work with the county on some significant emergency ARES/RACES communications infrastructure improvements concurrent with the county's installation of a new digital 800 MHz system.

We activated Calvert AUXCOMM to a standby status on July 28-29 due to predictions of heavy rain and potential flooding. No assistance was required during the period.

Website: Listserv:
Net: No nets currently scheduled Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM usually in Prince Frederick
de CARR County N3SB
Preparing to conduct a Health Department Comms drill on Saturday August 5. We will be checking out the equipment and communications paths from nine locations in the county, using voice and MT-63. ARES Net meets every Tuesday 8:30 PM on 145.410 MHz CTCSS: 114.8. All are welcome to check in.
de CECI County KBLJB
July 2017 ARES activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of participation in the weekly Sunday evening.

ARES Nets held on the CBRA 146.850 CTCSS: 107.2 repeater in Port Deposit, MD. The 4 Nets this month averaged 1/2 hour duration and 8 operators checking in for a total of 16 person hours.

CBRA monthly meetings are held at Mason-Dixon American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun on the third Tuesday each month at 7:30 PM. All are welcome to attend.

The WA3SFJ-R EchoLink® Node 585690 is up and available for traffic to and from the Cecil ARES Group.
de HARF County W3YR
Exercises and Training Sessions are made up of one monthly RACES/ARES meeting, on the first Thursday of the month at 7PM at the Harford County EOC, and one monthly net on the second Tuesday of the month at 8 PM on the Harford County 146.775 CTCSS: 146.2 repeater. Recommend a column be added to capture software and hardware maintenance and upgrades.
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Internet Forum:

Nets: Held four regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on the K3ERA Repeater, 145.230 CTCSS: 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 1900L.

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: New 80m dipole installed. Working on a 40m add-on in parallel. HF Tri-bander delivered and will be installed this spring/summer.

New 440 repeater project is getting underway. It will be installed at the old 2m site at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, MD. Completion date near the end of the summer.

K3ERA Repeater EchoLink® is now on the air at Node 662948.
As Mikey would say, "Try it, you'll like it!"
de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:
HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1900L.
NOTE THE NEW TIME. So give us a hollar!

On July 19, we had 19 checked in, thanks to the special Section Notice put out by the Section Manager that went out earlier about the Net. As we move out of the winter months we will encounter static storm noise. Should be interesting.

I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC Section.


For July, 2017


MEPN 1707 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/445 QTC/38 MINS/668
BTN 1707 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/459 QTC/53 MINS/666
MDD 1707 AA3SB QND/62 QNI/338 QTC/124 MINS/619
MSN 1707 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/123 QTC/28 MINS/648

PSHR: KK3F 160, AA3SB 160, W3YVQ 135, WB4FDT 110, K3IN 110, W3CB 96, WB3FTQ 95, N3ZOC 90, NI2W 85, AB3WG 82;

TFC: KK3F 3902, K3IN 190, WB4FDT 128, N3ZOC 87, AA3SB 86, WB3FTQ 82, W3YVQ 67, AB3WG 35, NI2W 15, W3CB 8

HF NVIS propagation on MEPN (3820 KHz) was totally functional throughout July, 2017; weak signals at 1730L but improving at 1800L due to the lowering sun angle. The summer influence of longer days has compensated to some degree for the periods of lower solar activity. The evening Cycle 4 nets had improving conditions for the month for the MDD 1900L session but with some nights with poor conditions at 2200L EDT.

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.

The BTN continues to meet on 145.33/R (no tone) daily at 6:30 PM 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. Thanks to all the BTN stations checking into the MEPN via EchoLink®.

MEPN EchoLink®
MEPN representatives check for EchoLink® check-ins starting at net call daily via the WB3GXW-L link node (or *WASH_DC* conference node backup if the -L node is not available). A number of BTN and MEPN members, as well as stations outside the area, have used EchoLink® to check in when HF is not available to them. Thanks to all.

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. Each trainee works with an assigned instructor off the net frequency to receive radiograms containing training information. Instructors work with each student at their own desired speed and check-in schedule. All are encouraged to master the art of CW via this net or personal training in order to support and join the ranks of our MDD Section CW net. Robin, AA3SB, MDD NM, and the veteran staff, will be glad to help you advance to the evening CW full Cycle 4 of the NTS.

Thanks to all the Section traffic net NCS stations, DTN/RRI and WL2K stations, liaisons, and traffic handlers for the continuing effort to keep the nets running and traffic moving.

Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated ARES® and NTS operations.

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


I hope you will safely observe the solar eclipse on August 21st.

It may be viewed as a partial eclipse in the MDC area.


For more information, click on:


Contact Your Senators for Passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act!

Lets Join Together to Make It The Law
Amateur Radio Parity Act passed the House of Representatives in January as H.R. 555.

Senate Bill, S. 1534 needs our support and you are urge to contact your Senators to pass S. 1534. ARRL's special web utility that makes contacting your senators as easy as possible and send your letter to your senators. Click here to do it!

Select this website and First, Enter Your Zip Code -
Create Your Letter and ARRL will deliver to the U.S. Senate based on your street address.

Follow the progress:


Great American Eclipse
I hope you will safely observe the solar eclipse on August 21st.

It may be viewed as a partial eclipse in the MDC area.


Excellent resource –
For more information, click on:


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

The "Maryland-DC Section News" is published monthly by the ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, 4 Pegram Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117-2116; tel 443-326-1783. You may also send an email to:

The "Maryland-DC Section News" offers a monthly digest of essential and general news of interest to all amateur radio operators.

Please visit the MDC Section web page, and the "ARRL MDC Section News and Alerts" web page, , for the latest MDC Section news, links and updates.

My editor is MDC Assistant Section Manager Al Brown, KZ3AB.

Material from the "MDC Section News" may be republished or reproduced, in whole or in part in any form, without additional permission.

Please give credit to the "Maryland-DC Section News" or the original author of submission.

The American Radio Relay League, ARRL, is the national association for amateur radio.
MDC Section Website, MDC Section Facebook, Maryland Emergency Phone Net (MEPN), Baltimore Traffic Net (BTN)

Maryland-DC Officials

  • Martin Pittinger

    Section Manager

    Martin J. Pittinger KB3MXM

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  • Joseph Nollmeyer

    Assistant Section Manager,
    Section Traffic Manager

    Joseph A. Nollmeyer W3YVQ

  • Al Brown

    Assistant Section Manager

    Al Brown KZ3AB

  • Wanda Montgomery

    Assistant Section Manager

    Wanda Montgomery KA3AHI

  • Sid Caesar

    Public Info Coordinator

    Sid Caesar NH7C

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  • Robert Bruninga

    Technical Coordinator

    Robert E. Bruninga WB4APR

  • David Prestel

    State Government Liaison

    David J. Prestel W8AJR

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  • Herman Niedzielski

    Assistant Section Manager

    Herman A. Niedzielski K2AVA

  • Margaret Bevan

    Assistant Section Manager

    Margaret H. Bevan N3MB

  • Cynthia Penry

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Cynthia A. Penry KD5CCB

  • Jim Montgomery

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Jim Montgomery WB3KAS

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  • Scott Bauer

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Scott G. Bauer W3CV

  • William Hammond

    Official Observer Coordinator

    William A. Hammond N3IOD