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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:
The Maryland FM Association, Inc.
'Memorial Day' Hamfest

On Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Howard County Fair Grounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794
Near the intersection of I-70 & Rt-32

Visit http://www.marylandfm.org/Hamfest.htm for more details

Talk-In: 146.76, 224.76, 444.0 (PL 107.2)
Venue: Tailgate, Tables, VE Exam, Food - see website for all details

Contact John Elgin , WA3MNN, 518 Copley Lane Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: 301-641-5313
Email: marylandfm@verizon.net
Description:

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MDC Section News
Vol. 12, No. 05
May 19, 2017
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY MAY 19th
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* 3905 CENTURY CLUB EYEBALL 2017 UPPERCO MD
* VE TESTING PRIOR TO FD 2017
* ARRL FIELD DAY 2017 SITE REGISTRATION
* APRIL, 2017 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 MAY 19th


This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday, May 19th 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:
http://echolink.org/register_data.jsp 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.
 

==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS


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.
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2017 Dayton [Ohio] Hamvention
Dates: Friday, May 19, 2017 through Sunday, May 21, 2017
Location: Greene County Fair & Exposition Center, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia, OH 45385
Website: http://www.hamvention.org
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.94 MHz (-) & 146.91 MHz (-) (alternate)
Public Contact: Phone: 937-276-6930
Email: info@hamvention.org
----------------------------------------------- Memorial Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Location: Howard County Fair Grounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794
Website: http://www.marylandfm.org/Hamfest.htm
Sponsor: The Maryland FM Association, Inc.
Talk-In: 146.76, 224.76, 444.0 (PL 107.2)
Venue: Tailgate, Tables, VE Exam, Food - see website for all details Public Contact: John Elgin , WA3MNN, 518 Copley Lane Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: 301-641-5313
Email: marylandfm@verizon.net
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Manassas (Va) Hamfest
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Location: Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas, VA
Website: http://www.manassashamfest.org
Sponsor: Ole Virginia Hams ARC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.97
Public Contact: Terry Erlacher, KC4DV, PO Box 1255, Manassas, VA 20108
Phone: 571-292-1490
Email: kc4dv@arrl.net
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CVARC HAMFEST 2017
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Location: Cumberland Valley Engine & Machinery Association (CVEMA) Show Grounds, 1501 Criders Church Road, Chambersburg,
PA 17201
Website: www.w3ach.org
Sponsor: Cumberland Valley Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.12 (CTCSS 100.0 Hz)
Public Contact: Ray Smith, N3TWU, 27 N. Queen St., Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-377-3550
E-mail: raysmith@pa.net
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BARC's Father's Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
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: None
Public Contact: Dave Shadwell, AB3TE, PO Box 120, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 443-465-6583
Email: w3ft67@yahoo.com
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Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club Firecracker Hamfest
Date: Sunday, July 1, 2017
Location: Harrisburg Area Community College, 3599 Industrial Road, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Website: http://www.w3uu.org
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: kb3oza@arrl.net
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67th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
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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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: http://www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm or the ARRL's Hamfest and Convention Calendar at: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar .
 

==> 3905 CENTURY CLUB EYEBALL 2017 UPPERCO MD


The 3905 Century Club, Eyeball 2017 will be held at the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Carnival Grounds, 16020 Carnival Ave, Upperco, MD 21155 the weekend of June 15, 16, 17 (Father's Day Weekend). For more information see http://3905ccn.com/eyeball-2017.htm - registration and attendance fees.

ALL registered and paid Eyeball attendees will be admitted FREE to the June 18th Baltimore Amateur Radio Club's Father's Day Hamfest, which will be held on the SAME grounds at the pavilion directly outside of the Eyeball hall and any eyeball attendee will receive a free tailgate spot if requested.
 

==> VE TESTING PRIOR TO FD 2018


Get your license upgrade for Field Day
https://www.laurelvec.com/
20 9:00am LARC Laurel, MD
23 5:45pm MMARC Linthicum Heights, MD
Search the ARRL website to the list of MDC Section locations and dates.
Register your VE Exam sessions at http://www.arrl.org/register-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session
 

==> ARRL MDC SECTION FIELD DAY 2017 SITE REGISTRATION



Field Day is one month away - Are You Ready?
Do you have the 2017 Field Day packet?

Field Day Gear: FD2017 Shirt, FD Hat, FD Mug, FD2017 Pin
http://www.arrl.org/shop/Field-Day-Shirt-Red-2017/?page=1

Use the ARRL web to show only public Field Day sites open to visitors, including news media.
If you’re planning to operate from a private and/or residential location, do not add your site to the map.
http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

Be good Amateur Radio stewards of our natural resources too. The national Scouting program teaches us about "Leave No Trace" principles and this inspires awareness in others to do the same. Also include a FD safety awareness briefing, have good signage to make our visitors safe too - especially around equipment and antennas. Fire Safety is also important for fuel-powered electrical generators and FD/Campsite cooking. It will be summer and Maryland is prone to changeable weather so have your NOAA Wx Alert radio in the 'ALERT MODE' day & night.

Remember the share your FD2017 fun on Social Media for all Hams to enjoy and promote Amateur Radio. Join the conversation by using the hash tag #ARRLFD and on FaceBook. The latest Tweets from ARRLMDC (@MDCARRL) for MDC Section and www.arrl-mdc.net/ section website. Also look for ARC website "Event Calendars" and ask your ARC representatives.
http://www.arrl.org/field-day and look for ARRL Facebook page too! Check out the FIELD DAY results webpage lookup
http://www.arrl.org/results-database?event_id=80253&ofst=25&ofst=0

Confirmed list so far on the ARRL FD2017 Locator: (updated list will be posted next month)

KC3DQA - EARS - Great Marsh, Cambridge, MD
K3ARS - Kent Amateur Radio Society, 33541 Maryland Line Road, Massey, MD
NE3MD- Northeast Maryland Amateur Radio Club, 1714 Morse Rd., Forest Hill, MD
W3PGA - Aero Amateur Radio Club, 1401 Diffendall Road, Essex, MD
W3CU - Maryland Mobileers ARC - Downs Memorial Park Youth Camping Area, Pasadena, MD
K3NEM - Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum - Rockburn Branch Park, Ellicott City, MD
W3CYC - Capital Yacht Club Amateur Radio Club - 660 Water St. SW, Washington, DC
W3AO - PVRC/CARA - 13400 Triadelphia Rd, Ellicott City, MD
W3C - 300 year anniversary of modern Freemasonry - Door to Virtue Lodge #46, Westminster, MD
W3M - Montgomery ARC & Damascus Emergency Communication Team - 10308 Lewis Dr, Damascus, MD 20872
K3EW - Upper Montgomery HF'ers - 11000 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick, MD
W3CWC - Antietam Radio Association - Leitersburg Ruritan Park, Leitersburg, MD
K3LNZ - Garrett County ARES - 4H Camp Rd. (Western MD 4H Center), Swanton, MD

The MDC Section Manager and MDC Section Staff will be checking the 'ARRL FD Locator' to plan their visit.
 

==> APRIL, 2017 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT



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.

John Elgin WA3MNN, who most recently had been one of the directors of TMARC and previously served as Secretary/Treasurer, for many years, has resigned from TMARC. We thank John for the many years serving on the TMARC Board. Pursuant to the TMARC Bylaws, the remaining board members have elected Mike Kiron W3DCA to serve on the board until the next election.

April, 2017 Report

Applications in Process:

KM4OGQ
– Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination for UHF pair at Gore, VA to neighboring coordination groups.
- Received objection.
- Notice of Proposed Coordination with alternate pair sent to neighboring coordination groups.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 444.2500+
- Received on air Confirmation.
- Sent Final Coordination

N8RAT
– Received application for 220 pair in Fredericksburg, VA
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to SERA
- Sent Construction Coordination for 224.7400-

N8RAT
– Received on air confirmation of 443.1625+ at Linden, VA
- Sent Final Coordination.

N8RAT
– Received application for 440 narrow-band pair in Fredericksburg, VA
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination group.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 442.1125+

WG3K
- Received application for 440 pair in Chesapeake Beach, MD
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 444.3500+

N3KTX
– Received application to move 53.4700- from Catonsville, MD to Frederick, MD
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
- Sent Construction Coordination for move of 53.4700-

N3JLT
– Received application for UHF narrow-band pair in Alexandria, VA
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 443.1000+

Cumberland Mafia Radio Club
- Received application for UHF pair in Martinsburg, WV
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.

KA4DCS
– Received application of UHF link at Haymarket, VA
- Sent Construction Coordination.

Kent County ARC
– Received application to modify location of 146.9100- at Woodside, DE.
- Sent revised coordination.

Kent County ARC – Received application for UHF pair in Woodside, DE
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 444.5500+

KA3LAO
- Received application for UHF narrow-band pair in Woodbine, MD
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
- Objection received.

Calvert Amateur Radio Assoc.
– Received on air confirmation of UHF links in Prince Frederick and Sunderland, MD
- Sent Final Coordinations.

W1JD
– Received on air confirmation of 223.9000- at Mechanicsville, MD
- Sent Final Coordination.

On Air Status Requests sent to:
UHF Link K3CAL Sunderland, MD
UHF Link K3CAL Prince Frederick, MD
147.3900+ KC3FOQ Leonardtown, MD
443.3000+ KC3FOQ Leonardtown, MD

Other:
Area Repeater Coordination Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
Received 3 proposed coordinations for 440

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

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: http://tmarc.org/

If you have any questions about you application for a repeater pair or have any others questions, you may contact T-MARC 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


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ARRL Section: Maryland-DC April 2017

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AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 460
Change since last month: +3 reports
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 10 of 18 or 55.6%
Number of ARES nets active: 24
Number with NTS liaison: 10
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: N3SEO, N3AE, N3SB, KB3LJB, K3DO, W3YR, KB3KOW, WA3EOQ, WB3KAS, W3JCT
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 30
Person hours: 323
Number of public service events this month: 7
Person hours: 173
Number of emergency operations this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 37
Total Person hours: 496
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EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:

Reporting

Ten of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County reports this month, or 56% probably because I send out a reminder! I must remember to do that again. 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.

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.

MDC Section Central Region DEC Now Filled
It is my extreme pleasure to introduce our newly appointed MDC Section Central Region DEC, Jay Nardone, W3SCA, from Carroll County. He comes well recommended and will be a valuble asset to the MDC Section EmComm Community. He is eager to put to good use his EmComm back ground of 20+ years. An excellent addition to our EmComm Staff. Drop him a line at W3SCA at arrl.net. Welcome aboard Jay.

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 six (6) out of the seven (7) 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. Contact me for more information at wb3kas at 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 I think would be worth your while to hear. One on Section Interoperability and the other is the Section Health Care EmComm Program. If you have interest in this, and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me.

MDC Section Reflectors: We introduced a new MDC Section reflector, ARRL MDC Section Winlink Training Group for P2P and Hybrid networks, or MDCQRV for short. Please make use of this tool to sharpen skills and fine tune your configuration files. 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 have 89 members this month, one more than last month. . .a slow growth, but 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 this newsletter coming out only once a month, this Yahoo Site with keep you up to date with late breaking news, including a possible disaster call up. There is very little traffic to clog your in box. You can join at:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info .

Meetings

None this month.

Future Events:
There is a Region V Hospital Exercise may 23. See Wanda's input later in the Newsletter.
 

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Section Reports Received:
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de ANAR County N3SEO
Supported the Cherry Pit 10 Miler and Dash for Dignity
ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC.
ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.
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de CALV County N3AE
We held our monthly AUXCOMM meeting on April 18th and once again
practiced some basic packet and P2P Winlink on 2M.  Progress
being made but some members question the robustness of
packet/Winlink in a true emergency since so many ducks have to
line up for it to work (TNC’s, TNC parameter settings, cables,
USB converters, software, radios, etc).  
Routine use and practice is the only practical solution to these
concerns.
On Saturday, April 22nd a group of operators deployed to King’s
Landing Park to participate in NVIS Antenna Day, sponsored by
the Ohio ARES organization, <http://www.arrl-ohio.org/>.  Event
info at <http://www.arrl.org/Events/view/98740> (The date on the
website is incorrect). 
We made ten SSB contacts with participating stations on 80 and 40
meters using a NVIS antenna design found at
<http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/nvis/Modified20NVIS%20Antenna.pdf>.
In addition, eight digital contacts using Olivia 8-500 were made
on 40 meters using a low dipole.  The exercise was informative
and fun. 
Participants included N3AE, K3UGA, KB3RAN, N3IPN and KH6CUJ.
Website: <https://auxcomm.k3cal.org>/
Listserv: <http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/calv-ares>.
Net:  No nets currently scheduled
Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM usually
in Prince Frederick
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de CARR County N3SB
As a result of the after-action report submitted to the Carroll
County Health Department after our December 2016 communications
test, we are implementing some upgrades to the pod kits.
The changes are simple, but useful additions, including a
flashlight, screwdriver, and simplified operating instructions.
The operating instructions are currently being drafted.
Equipment testing at the Auxiliary EOC in Westminster continues.
A diplexer and cabling have been installed to permit the shared
use of the dual band antenna by VHF and UHF radios.
======================
de CECI County KBLJB
April 2017 ARES activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of
participation in the weekly Sunday evening ARES Nets held on the
CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port Deposit, MD. 
The 4 Nets this month averaged ½ hour duration and 8 operators
checking in for a total of 16 person hours.
Because of low attendance last year at our American Legion
Mason-Dixon Post 194 location, we (the CBRA) decided to relocate
Field Day operations to the WA3SFJ Repeater site on Firetower
Road. 
Consequently, site preparations are under way at the WA3SFJ
Repeater site for Field Day this year.  The site is cleaned up
and building maintenance is being performed weekends. 
With the tower and trees on site, there are plenty of places to
hang antennas and explore the bands for openings. 
Although commercial power is available (we do have to keep the
repeaters up and operating), we will be operating on generator
and battery power. 
Everyone is welcome to stop by and visit our operations.
The WA3SFJ-R Echolink Node 585690 is up and available for
traffic to and from the Cecil ARES Group.
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de CHAR County KB3KOW
Conducted Winlink drill using BPQ and BBS function.
Provided the SEC a demo the a PiGate system
Planning for the May 23 Region V Exercise.
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de FRED County K3DO
On April 30th we did communication support for the March of
Dimes Walk For Babies in Middletown MD.
According to organizers, there were between 750 and 1000 Walkers.
The Hike across Maryland is this Saturday May 6th. The weather is
not supposed to very good in the days before the walk or on the
day of the walk.
With all the rain, the Appalachian Trail will be muddy and
slippery.
We are expecting to have more injuries this year than previous
years.
The good news is all 10 of the checkpoints are staffed with 2
operators.
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de GARR County WA3EQQ
I taped an interview for radio station WFWM, 91.9MHz, Frostburg
(Frostburg State University’s radio station). 
The tentative air date will be Friday, June 2 at 5:30 PM as a
5-minute “Community Matters” program. (Repeated from last month's
report.)
No ARES related activity in Garrett County during March.
To date I have not found ZF2AB, aka Al, KZ3AB, on the air from
the Cayman Islands.  Will keep looking.
Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805, PL 123. 
Checked into the Washington County ARES net on 146.94 on 27 May.
Checking into the MDD net most every evening.
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de HARF County W3YR
Held one meeting at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center regarding
radio installation and cable installation for the Hospital net.
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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: New 80m dipole installed.  Working on a 40m
add-on in parallel.
HF Tri-bander delivered and will be installed this spring/summer.
K3ERA Repeater Echolink is now on the air at Node 662948. 
As Mikey would say, "Try it, you'll like it!"
April 17 Meeting:  Tom, N3LHD, lectured us on DMR with lots and
lots of good information.
April 22:  Held a Fox Hunt. . .a real Fox Hunt this time, to
hunt down a strong 145.25MHz signal radiating from/near/within
MedStar Southern MD Hospital Center.
Isolated to in/near the penhouse area of the hospital. 
Hospital pers notifed. 
A future meeting is in the works to see how to remedy the
situation. 
Fox Hunters were: AA3WS, KA3AHI, KB3SPH, KB3SWS, KB3UYZ, K3EEZ.
April 25: Participated in the Maryland wide MedStar Hospital
deom Southern MD Hospital.  Radio Operators were KA3AHI, KC3DSO
and WB3KAS.
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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 will have their last COMMEX exercise
on May 9 before the summer break. 
Exercises will start up in September 2017.
Delmarva Amateur Radio Club (DARC) – As Emergency Coordinator
for the Wicomico County ARES, I do attend the DARC monthly
meetings and give a report, since the DARC is an ARRL affiliated
club which allows use of their repeater for Wicomico
RACES/ARES activities.
Wicomico County Radio System – As a side note, the Wicomico
County Emergency Services is in the process of installing at new
county wide radio system, which will utilize eight towers when
completed
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de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:
HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1930L. 
We try to hold the freq between 1915 to 1930L, so give us a
hollar! 
On April 19, we had 18 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 the winter months we will encounter static
storm noise. Should be interesting. I'd like to hear more
checkins from our MDC Section.
I am thinking of moving the time up to 1900L to get out from
under a nearby net that causing havoc on our frequency. 
Look for the Section Notice coming out jut prior to Net time
for any changes.
 =====================
Last month I reported of a possible May 23 Hospital Region V
Exercise.  Well, it is for real now!  Still no word yet on the
details.  These counties are CALV, CHAR, MONT, PRGE and STMA.
The respective County ECs and the Central DEC have been notified
to report back to me by May 10 with the list of their radio
operartors.
If you have been contacted to support the Exercise, please let
me know ASAP. 
I am meeting with the planners to coordinate injects for those
radio operators playing.  Thank you.
======================
We put out a notice to all at the beginning of the month about
asking you to use the new fill-in-the-pdf monthly report form.
Received three this month and for those who did, it made my job
that much easier. 
Please start using it next month.  Makes it easy for you, and
for me, especially when we get high number of reports to work
with. 
As a side note, I received four different formats this month.
Can't run a railroad that way any more for us aging guys. 
Please use the new system next month. 
The file naming convention remains the same.  Thank you.
======================
And now for some real good news. 
Wanda and I will be departing for Dayton on May 17, leaving
there May 22 for Fairbanks, AK, a trip we have been planning
since January but has been in the to-do-bucket seems like
forever.
Just finished wiring all the comms for the trip this morning;
HF/VHF/UHF and DMR. 
Don't have any skeds lined up, but you wish a contact from us
along the way drop us a line at my call at the League and we'll
give it a try.
Oh, and when are we returning. . .who knows!!!
 
======================
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: <wb3kas@arrl.net>

==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

For April, 2017

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1704 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/356 QTC/48 MINS/751
BTN 1704 AB3WG QND/30 QNI/443 QTC/37 MINS/559
MDD 1704 AA3SB QND/59 QNI/363 QTC/112 MINS/658
MSN 1704 W8CPG QND/30 QNI/150 QTC/74 MINS/707

PSHR: KK3F 140, NI2W 136, W3YVQ 135, WB4FDT 110,
K3IN 110, W3CB 106, AA3SB 100, WB3FTQ 95, AB3WG 79,
N3ZOC 78, KB3LFG 19; 1703 WB4FDT 110;

TFC: KK3F 1000, K3IN 218, WB4FDT 188, WB3FTQ 90,
W3YVQ 84, AA3SB 75, N3ZOC 34, AB3WG 30, NI2W 26,
W3CB 20, KB3LFG 1; 1703 WB4FDT 124


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HF PROPAGATION
HF NVIS propagation on MEPN (3820 KHz) was totally
functional throughout April 2017. 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. There were a few dates
where the overnight MUFs dropped almost to the
AM broadcast band, but the longer days have now
produced better early and late sessions.

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.

BTN LOCAL NTS TRAFFIC AND TRAINING NET
The BTN continues to meet on 145.33/R (no tone - our
backup) daily at 6:30PM local time and continues to
welcome new amateurs. The availability of an active
directed traffic net of the NTS on VHF is exactly why
the BTN was established, providing a welcoming place
for newcomers to the Amateur Service.

MEPN 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).

MSN CW TRAINING
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.
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Thanks to all the Section NTS net controls, DRS 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.

73, W3YVQ, MDC ASM, STM
w3yvq atsign arrl dot net
w3yvq atsign winlink dot org from WL2K


==> FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER


HAMVENTION is underway and I will miss going again - maybe next year!

For our Hams from the MDC Section please share your experiences with our Hams, here.

Our MDC Section is looking to fill vacant positions (ACC, PIC, OOC, ASM, and ECs) so let me know if you are interested. 

I plan to visit lots of FD 2017 site and will be using APRS.  Look for my KB3MXM APRS callsign and please remember to post your FD location and register on the ARRL website.

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

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