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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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D-DAY SPECIAL EVENT STATION, W2W

The Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum
will be operating as a special event station, W2W, in
commemoration of D-Day from 1300 UTC until 2000 UTC on
Saturday, June 4th and on Monday, June 6th.

Additional operations are also possible during the June
3rd through June 13th period as operator availability
permits.

(June 6, 1944 is the date that the Allied Forces first
landed on the coasts of France in World War II.)

Suggested frequencies are: 14.244 MHz, 14.044 MHz,
7.244 MHz and 7.044 MHz.

A QSL card is available by sending your QSL card and
one U.S. first class postage stamp or #10 SASE to:

K3NEM
W2W-D-Day
PO Box 1693 Mail Stop 4015
Baltimore, MD 21203

If you would like a folded Certificate & QSL - send
one U.S. first class stamp or #10 SASE to the address
above.

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     -30- 


 

Description:

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MDC Section News
Vol. 11, No. 05
May 13, 2016
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY MAY 20th
* PVRC TO OPERATE CROSSBAND FROM NAVAL ACADEMY ON ARMED FORCES
   DAY, MAY 14th
* 2016 FIELD DAY
* HOLLY BEVAN, N3MB, CELEBRATES HER 100th BIRTHDAY
* 2016 USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL WITH VIDEO OF THE
   CONTACT WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND PIX
* MARYLAND EMERGENCY PHONE NET (MEPN) ELECTION RESULTS
* CALLING ALL MONTGOMERY COUNTY HAMS
* NEW: A RASPBERRY PI NET
* TRAINING WEBINAR FOR ECs, DECs and SECs MAY 24th
* D-DAY SPECIAL EVENT STATION, W2W
* VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE TWO RIVERS BIKE RIDE ON JUNE 25th
* LETTER: ARDF and SAR
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* APRIL, 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 MAY 20th

This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on
Friday, May 20th 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.


==> PVRC TO OPERATE CROSSBAND FROM NAVAL ACADEMY ON ARMED FORCES
     DAY, MAY 14th

A team of six Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) members will be
operating as call sign "NPAX" during the annual Military Armed
Forces Day cross-band activity aboard five Navy Yard Patrol (YP)
boats at the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday, May 14th from 9 a.m.
to 10 p.m.

For more information, you may click on:
<http://www.arrl.org/sections/view/maryland-dc> and read about
it in the "Alerts" section.


==> 2016 FIELD DAY

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

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 and posters are a great way to recognize your
involvement in this popular, annual operating event.

The 2016 product line is available now. Click on:
<www.arrl.org/field-day> and scroll down to "Field Day Supplies
and Promo Posters."  

It would be nice for all of you to wear a 2016 ARRL Field Day
T-shirt or an ARRL 2016 Field Day pin - and take photos.

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 at least one of my
Assistant Section Managers (ASMs), Al Brown -KZ3AB- plan to
visit as many 2016 Field Day sites in the MDC Section as we
can.

If you enter your site on the map at:
<www.arrl.org/field-day-locator>, it would make it easier for
us, and the public, to find you.

I plan to start on the Eastern Shore and head westward. 

ASM Al, KZ3AB, plans to visit far western Maryland and head
eastward.


==> HOLLY BEVAN, N3MB, CELEBRATES HER 100th BIRTHDAY

100-year-old Holly Bevan chats on two meters every weekday
morning from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on the Davidsonville
repeater, 147.105 MHz, PL 107.2 Hz.

She keeps a meticulous journal logging every ham radio
conversation. She covers it all - weather, traffic reports,
everything except politics and religion.

Even though she celebrated her 100th birthday on March
20th, 2016, she doesn't intend to hang up her microphone
any time soon.

She has been a ham radio operator since 1979.

For more information about Holly, you may click on:
<www.capitalgazette.com/neighborhoods/ph-ac-gn-kathys-people-0326-20160323-story.html>.


==> 2016 USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL WITH VIDEO OF THE
     CONTACT WITH THE INTERNASTIONAL SPACE STATION AND PIX

The 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival was be held at
the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon
Place NW, Washington, DC on Saturday, April 16th and Sunday,
April 17th.

On Saturday, April 16th the ARRL headquarters staff coordinated
an ARISS educational activity and made contact with astronaut
Jeff Williams aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

This was an exciting event that allowed several students to
speak directly with Astronaut Williams. 

During that time, the ISS was traveling at a speed of 17,500
miles per hour over the Atlantic Ocean toward Europe at an
altitude of about 250 miles above the earth's surface.

You may watch the video by clicking on:
< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrM96wxldY8 >

This premier Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM)
event inspired all ages of scientists, engineers, educators and
students. 

Major academic learning centers and research institutes joined
forces with corporate partners and government agencies to bring
the excitement of leading-edge learning, fun, and discovery to
our communities.

The Maryland/DC (MDC) Section, of the American Radio Relay
League (ARRL) Atlantic Division, was well represented at this
year's event. 

Volunteer Hams from throughout the area helped at our booth
and were joined by ARRL headquarters HQ staff, and Atlantic
Division leadership.

You may see our photo by clicking on:
<www.arrl-mdc.net/pix/2016/USA_SEF_ARRL_MDC_SECTION_TEAM.jpg>.

We had the pleasure of meeting numerous visiting Hams from
across the country and around the world.

It was my privilege to share in this opportunity to speak with
many educators, corporate executives and local civic groups -
and to provide them with the multi-facetted role that the
ARRL plays in STEM.

The DC Convention Center was completely full of STEM related
organizations giving hands on demonstrations. Early estimates
put the number of visitors at nearly 200,000 and the ARRL MDC
Section booth greeted approximately 4,000 eager and
enthusiastic visitors during the three day event. 

We demonstrated Lenz' Law with copper-pipe & neodymium magnets,
MESH Networks, Morse code, and Emergency Communications.

We offered information about the ARRL Teachers Institute as part
of the educational STEM outreach by the ARRL to schools through
our Education & Technology Program.

Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, ARRL Education Services Manager, arranged
for several young people to make a contact with astronaut Jeff
Williams, KD5TVQ, on the International Space Station (ISS) on
Saturday afternoon.
 
We met government representatives, US Military and their
families, homeschooled children and their parents, college
professors, and corporate executives from companies all over
the world. 

We often heard, "So Amateur Radio is still around, that's
good." 

Some of these visitors shared their experience of Amateur
Radio playing a significant role in their welfare or in the
welfare of their family in other countries whose community was
impacted by a disaster.

It took so much to pull this off - many e-mails, phone calls,
planning meetings, shipping, and carrying display items by
hand during multiple trips on the DC Metro Subway.

We are very tired after spending over 36 hours on the floor -
but we are extremely pleased by the outcome.

I would like to repeat the statement - "Hams Do That Too!"

A huge "Thank you" to all our volunteers who helped out
over the three days, and particularly to Lee Ciereszko, N4TCW,
for funding the booth.

73,
Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
MDC Section Manager, ARRL


==> MARYLAND EMERGENCY PHONE NET (MEPN) ELECTION RESULTS

I am pleased to announce that we now have a duly elected Board
of Directors (BoD) and one Alternate BoD Member.

The senior of the elected directors is designated as the
Chairman of the BoD. "Senior" determined by the director who
has served the longest and would be E. Allen (Al) Brown, KZ3AB,
as the only sitting member of the Board at the time of this
election.

The term of office is 18 months and they are supposed to be
staggered, so we will need to hold a re-election in six months
for one of the candidates chosen this time and in 12 months for
a second of the three BoD elected.

That will get us back into a staggered cycle.

One of our candidates is currently our only sitting BoD member.

The Elected Directors are:
1) E. Allen (Al) Brown, KZ3AB (Present BoD member)
2) M. E. "Butch" Eigenbrode, NI2W
3) Don Eisenhart, WB3FTQ
4) Kurt Fritsch, WA3TOY

I will leave it to the BoD to determine who of the three new
members will be designated as the alternate for now.

Please let me know who it will be.

I sent out 33 ballots via direct e-mail. Of those, 11 were
voted and returned. The By-laws state that a simple majority
of the returned ballots is required for election.

There were four candidates for four positions and none of the
candidates received a "Nay" vote. Therefore the selections
were unanimous.

Congratulations to Al, Butch, Don and Kurt.

73,
Scott  N3OK


==> 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.

For more information, you may click on:
<www.arrl.org/sections/view/maryland-dc> and look at
"Alerts."


==>  NEW: A RASPBERRY PI NET

Anyone playing around with the Raspberry Pi single board
computer?

Experimenting with Amateur Radio applications with it?
... Or want to?

If so, then you might be interested in the Central Maryland
Raspberry Pi Net that is on two-meter FM every Tuesday night.

I am helping a new ham and South Carroll High School student,
Kyle Thornton, KC3FMP, get the Net up and running.  You are
invited to participate with us Tuesday evenings on the
Westminster repeater, K3PZN/R, courtesy of the Carroll County
ARC.

The frequency is 145.410 MHz FM with a CTCSS of 114.8 Hz, at
8:00 p.m. local time.

Some of our projects with the Raspberry Pi that are currently
being worked on are, in this order:

1. Getting the latest version of the Linux Raspbian (Jessie)
operating System running well on each of our little $35
computers first, so that we are all starting on the same sheet
of white paper, so to speak. 

Although the desktop looks a lot like MS Windows, we are all
learning a little bit of Linux to boot.

2. Then we get a copy of the (free) satellite tracking and
prediction software, called GPredict, up and running on the
Raspberry Pi. 

A simple step, all for the fun of it and experience gained in
installing software. 

3. Next, we install a copy of the (free) digital
communications software called FLDigi on the RPi. 

FLDigi is widely accepted for ham radio Emergency Communications
as well as fun on the air waves. 

This part is easy enough.  But the next step is to interface
the Pi running FLDigi to an HT or any transceiver available,
through a low-cost (around $10) "soundcard interface."

If needed, it is available through Amazon.com and/or
whatever rig-keying interface you have on hand or want to build. 

We have personal on-air help for all this stuff!

4. Branching out after these steps can be any number of projects,
depending on the individual. 

Me?  I am setting up a low-cost "Outernet" system at my home to
receive no-cost DBS Ku-band satellite data from the Galaxy 19
geostationary satellite.  I use a 90cm dish not unlike the
ones you see on house rooftops for DirectTV and DISH.  See
<https://outernet.is/> for info. 

Others are getting the (free) program called DIRE WOLF to use for
packet radio which replaces the TNC in software. 

Still others are making the "PiRate" radio out of their
Raspberry Pi to serve as a (free) Fox Hunt transmitter! 

We talk about these topics and help each other with any needed
troubleshooting. 

Do one or more of these projects interest you?  If so, please
join us!

You are invited to the weekly Central Maryland Raspberry Pi Net.

Tuesday eves on the Westminster repeater, K3PZN/R, courtesy of
the Carroll County ARC, on 145.410 MHz FM with a CTCSS of
114.8 Hz, at 8:00 p.m. local time. 

As seen on <http://www.qis.net/~k3pzn/>.

Hope to see you on the air!

Cheers,
Pat Kilroy,  N8PK,  <patrick.l.kilroy@nasa.gov>


==> TRAINING WEBINAR FOR ECs, DECs and SECs MAY 24th

ARRL Headquarters will be offering a training session for ARES
Emergency Coordinators, District Emergency Coordinators and
Section Emergency Coordinators on local, section, and state
level Memorandum of Understanding for ARES.

The training webinar will be Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Time.

You may register for the webinar by clicking on:
<https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1459437133165002244>.

The webinar will be recorded and made available online afterward.

All ECs, DECs and SECs are encouraged to participate.


==> VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE TWO RIVERS BIKE RIDE ON JUNE 25th

The Queen Anne's Amateur Radio Club (QAARC) is in need of
volunteers to help with The 'Two Rivers Bike Ride' on Saturday,
June 25, 2016.

The QAARC needs people with two meter mobile rigs to help from
early morning until around 2:00 - 3:00 PM.

You may click on:
<www.wyeriverupperschool.org/support/special-events/two-rivers-bike-ride/>
to register or for more information you may also contact:
Paul Gerhardt at <pgerhardt@hotmail.com>.


==> D-DAY SPECIAL EVENT STATION, W2W

The Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum will
be operating as a special event station, W2W, in commemoration
of D-Day from 1300 UTC until 2000 UTC on Saturday, June 4th
and on Monday, June 6th.

Additional operations are also possible during the June 3rd
through June 13th period as operator availability permits.

(June 6, 1944 is the date that the Allied Forces first landed on
the coasts of France in World War II.)

Suggested frequencies are: 14.244 MHz, 14.044 MHz, 7.244 MHz
and 7.044 MHz.

A QSL card is available by sending your QSL card and one U.S.
first class postage stamp or #10 SASE to:

K3NEM
W2W-D-Day
PO Box 1693 Mail Stop 4015
Baltimore, MD 21203

If you would like a folded Certificate & QSL - send one U.S.
first class stamp or #10 SASE to the address above.


==> LETTER: ARDF and SAR

I read with interest your story in last month's issue of the
efforts of the ARRL Maryland-DC Section ARES in supporting the
search for an autistic man wearing a radio beacon leg bracelet.

It was another fine example of an opportunity for ARES to work
shoulder-to-shoulder with an agency to save lives and serve the
public.

For the best chance of success in such incidents, there needs
to be advance coordination, planning and training. That is
exactly what has happened in some places such as San Luis
bispo County, California.

I wrote about the hams there who regularly support Project
Lifesaver in my Homing In radio direction finding column in
"CQ-VHF Magazine" for winter 2008. That article is on my web
site at: <http://www.homingin.com/lifesaver>.

I hope this article serves as an inspiration for ARES groups
in other areas served by Project Lifesaver to get involved
with it and to equip them in advance with appropriate radio
direction finding equipment for the most rapid response.

(For example, the "phase Doppler radio direction finder
equipment" mentioned in your story is not the best RDF
method for this application, as my article explains.)

I would welcome the opportunity to correspond with hams and
ARES groups who seek to support Project Lifesaver in their
own localities.

-- Joe Moell, KØOV, ARRL ARDF Coordinator
   <www.homingin.com>.


==> 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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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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RADIO ACTIVITY 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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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!_

--------------------------

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.

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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>

  ---------------------

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>.


==> APRIL, 2016 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT

T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.

April 2016

Applications in Process:

KC3FCV
  - Received on air confirmation of 442.0375+ at Princess Anne,
    Maryland.
  - Sent Final Coordination.
 
Bullis School
  - Received on air confirmation of 447.3250- at Potomac,
    Maryland.
  - Sent Final Coordination.
 
HacDC Club
 - Received on air confirmation of 449.4250- at Washington, D.C.
 - Sent Final Coordination.
 
Sussex ARA
 - Received on air confirmation of 147.0150+ at Selbyville, Del.
 - Sent Final Coordination.
 
Ft. Washington ARC
 - Received on air confirmation of 448.5250- at Ft. Washington,
   Maryland.
 - Sent Final Coordination.
 
On Air Status Requests sent to:

147.2100+     AMRAD        Vienna, Va.
443.1000+     TJHSST ARC   Alexandria, Va.
 
Coordinations Cancelled:

145.2500-     Sussex ARA   Selbyville, Del.
442.4000+     WB6EFW       Ashburn, Va.

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

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   April     Year: 2016
________________________________________________
AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members:  572
Change since last month:  +21
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 10 of 18 or 56%
Number of ARES nets active:  17
Number with NTS liaison:  11
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3FWW, KB3LJB, N3SEO, NI2W, W3DVG,
W3JCT, W3YR, WA3EOQ, WB3KAS, WG3K

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 21
   Person hours:  231
Number of public service events this month:  9  
   Person hours:  306
Number of emergency operations this month:   0 
   Person hours:    0        
Total number of ARES operations this month:  30 
   Total Person hours:  537
======================================================
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
 
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
 
Ten of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES
County reports this month, or 56%.  Lookin good this 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. It's extremely  important that your consituents 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.

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 4 out of the 5 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 sign 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 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 85
members this month, up two from last month.  It's a slow
growth, but it is growing.

I encourage you to use this to inform or keep intouch 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 inbox.  You can join at:
<https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info>.
======================
de ANAR N3SEO
 
Supported the Cherry Pit 10 miler and the Schindler Triathelon
with 145 person-hours.
ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC.
ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.
======================
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 at 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 7:30 p.m. usually
in Prince Frederick.

Nothing to report for this month as it's been quiet. 
Monthly training meeting was cancelled due to low participation.
Work continues to establish an amateur radio station at Calvert
Memorial Hospital.  Hope to have more information on this in
the May report.
======================
de CECI County KB3LJB
 
April 2016 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 Nets averaged ½ hour duration and 12 operators checking in
for a total of 30 person hours.
 
The CECI ARES group participated in the SET held on April 27.
This was for a simulated emergency at the Peach Bottom Nuclear
Power Generating Station.  The Cecil DES "activated" the RACES
group and 5 ARES operators were able to participate in the test.

Three volunteers, Cliff, K3CF, Mark, N3MRK, and Jeff, KB3LFG
went to the Cecil EOC to set up communications for backup at
that point.  When called up, RACES RO, Will, N3ZLL, and one
volunteer, Pat, KC3BPM, went first to the Rising Sun High
School (event collection point) then to the Fire Station in
Rising Sun where they met with fire officials and officials
from FEMA who were evaluating the exercise.  N3MRK set up his
equipment at the EOC and was able to pass digital traffic
between the Cecil EOC and ARES/RACES personnel at the Southern
Chester County, PA EOC. 

Lessons were learned and deficiencies identified. 

Overall, the DES and FEMA were pleased with the capabilities
and adaptability of the ARES/RACES ham operators.
 
The WA3SFJ-R Echolink Node 585690 is up and available for
traffic to and from the Cecil ARES Group.
======================
de GARR County WA3EOQ

Next regular meeting on 9 May at 7 p.m. at the Southern Rescue
Squad facility in Oakland.
Informal breakfast meeting 21 may at Dennys in Oakland.
Net every Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Local on 146.805, PL 123.
The link from the Cacapon hub is now operating correctly.
No ARES assistance was required during April.
Checking into the MDD net most every evening.
Continuing Field Day preparation discussions at the April
meeting.
The GCARES Field day will be held at the University of Maryland
Western Maryland 4H Education Center pavilion (same location as
in previous years).
======================
de HARF County W3YR
 
Due to all the activity this month I did not schedule a
practice ARES NET.
I did not include the Peach Bottom exercise on 30 March.
Harford County had good participation and RACES/ARES members
deployed to one detection/decontamination site, one shelter,
and the EOC.  Seven Amateur Radio Operators participated for
3 hours each.
 
Last month's activities included:

Supported the Peach Bottom Exercise Phase II (RACES) on
27 April, 4 Amateurs at 3 hours each, 12 hours.
 
Arranged support for the March of Dimes (ARES), March for Babies
on 24 April.  5 Amateur Radio Operators at 3 hours each,
15 hours.  We manned multiple checkpoints and conducted net
operations.  Reported on progress.  There were no medical
emergencies.
 
Performed antenna work at the Harford County EOC (ARES). 
3 Hams at 4 hours each, 12 hours.
 
Also supported RACES by participating in the 12 April MEMA
COMMEX for Harford County.
Harford County also had a RACES/ARES meeting on April 6.
======================
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: VHF/UHF and two dipoles have been delivered.
Two of the three towers on the roof have been installed after
the  topside antenna support mods were completed. Individual
comms cubicles have been constructed.  Looks like a Spring time
antenna project shaping up.
 
Work is progressing to reactivate our Echolink connection to the
K3ERA repeater.  N3ADF is lead on this project.
 
April 2:  Supported the Prince George's County Attorney's Crime
Victim's Fund Run at National Harbor in a drizzling rain that
wouldn't quit.  Seven die-hard ARES operators braved the wx for
four hours. 

AB3NA and KB3NJK spotted an Eagle out/near the center of the
Woodrow Wilson Bridge.  Gave us all a good feeling. AB3NA,
KA3AHI, KB3BXT, KB3IIE, KB3NJK, WA3YTK, WB3KAS.
 
April 7: Our Quarterly PRGE Hospital Drill was held.  The
purpose of this Drill was to be ready for the April 13
Maryland Region V Hospital Coalition Exercise.  The objective
of the Drill was to practice the PRGE ARES procedure for
carrying out tasks (injects) required by the Exercise
Controllers to the served agency's Incident Commander.

A great showing by FWARC for setting up 'Field Day-like'
operations IN THE RAIN in the parking lot next to the new
hospital EOC location quite a distance from the hospital
proper. 

That's dedication, guys and gals.
 
April 13:  On April 13, 2016 Prince George's, Charles, and
Montgomery County ARES joined forces to support the "Region V
Full Scale Exercise 2016:CCA" in providing backup emergency
communications.  Two exercise injects were provided to the
radio operators and evaluated by the exercise Controllers. 

Taking the advantage of the exercise setting, an ARES objective
was to determine the differences in data transfer duration
times using Winlink 2000 Messaging Over Radio, for two
different Strategic National Stockpile Forms; the original
~40K size long form file and a very abbreviated ~300 byte
short form file. 

The differences were significant: Sending the long form took,
on the average, ten minutes thirty six seconds, while the
bbreviated form took just over a half a minute. 

Our Healthcare POCs are encouraged to absorb the useful comments
provided by some of these Healthcare Facility radio operators.
 
Our next meeting is May 16. There will be a detailed discussion
with demo on Mesh Networks.
=====================
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
onth at 7PM. The meeting are held in the activities building -
2nd Floor - of St. John's Lutheran church located at 141 S.
otomac 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
sually 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 ARES net was held on April 28, 2016. They were 8
participants. Volunteering and planning continue for the annual
JFK 50 mile run on November 19, 2016. Approximately 25 ARES
members will provide communications along the 50 mile route.
 
Our next anticipated event is the Racine Racing Triathlon at Ft.
Ritchie on August 7, 2016.

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
 
 May  26
 June  30
 July  28
 August  25
 September 29
 October  27
 November 24 - Thanksgiving
 December 29

73
Butch, 73, NI2W
=====================
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 had a pot luck dinner at the Wicomico
County Mobile Command Vehicle (MC1) on April 12 to allow
daylight viewing and training on the MC1 vehicle.  RACES/ARES
operators generally deploy with MC1, since they are familiar
with the radion and computer systems on board.
 
Wicomico County RACES/ARES will not have meetings or
communications drills during the months of June, July, and
August.
=====================
de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:
 
Last month I mentioned a Region V Coalition Hospital Evacuation
brief in Hyattsville.  To date, the date for the Region V
Evacuation Exercise has not been scheduled, but still 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 suppor the exercise.  For a
large effort as this it may well be an issue. Stay tuned for
more on this.
 
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.  Contact me at: <ka3ahi@aol.com>.
 
HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1930L.  We try
to hold the freq between 1915 to 1930L, so give us a hollar!

There were 25 checkins April 20.
 
Next HFHNet is May 18.  NCS varies each month. It is always the
Wednesday following the third Monday.

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


==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1604 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/338 QTC/67 MINS/771
BTN 1604 AB3WG QND/30 QNI/432 QTC/34 MINS/568
MDD 1604 AA3SB QND/60 QNI/331 QTC/108 MINS/644
MSN 1604 W8CPG QND/30 QNI/126 QTC/27 MINS/605

PSHR: KK3F 150, W3YVQ 135, WG3K 110, K3IN 110,
NI2W 96, WB3FTQ 95, KB3LFG 92, N3ZOC 90, W3CB 86,
AB3WG 76;

TFC: KK3F 2746, K3IN 161, WB3FTQ 106, WG3K 61,
W3YVQ 58, N3ZOC 56, NI2W 26, AB3WG 17, W3CB 12,
KB3LFG 1

==========
HF PROPAGATION
HF conditions on MEPN have been very poor for the
past few weeks due partly to the EDST shift of net time
to earlier in the evening, but mostly due to a disturbed
ionosphere resulting from high solar wind and geomagnetic
storms. Aurora activity has been in evidence down to
middle latitudes. MUFs have remained at or above 4 MHz
just before dawn many days which suggests that 80 meters
might remain open all night for NVIS Field Day ranges in
spite of the declining solar cycle 24.

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 6:30 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 p.m. 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

FIELD DAY is a month away and your MDC Section Staff
looks forward to seeing you and your FD site.  Remember to
register on the ARRL 'Locator' webpage so we can find
you easily. Consider combining your 2016 FD with NPOTA too!
Listen for our check-in on MEPN, on 2/440 Local Repeaters
and track our progress on APRS.

---
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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