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Maryland-DC

Maryland-DC

Contact Information

Section Name:
Maryland-DC
Contact:
Jim Cross WI3N
Daytime Phone:
301-706-9543 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
301-725-6829 (Home)
Email:
WI3N@ARRL.ORG

Basic Information

Division:
Atlantic
Description:

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MDC Section News
Vol. 10 No. 3
March 16, 2015
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* CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW MDC SECTION MANAGER
* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET MARCH 20th
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* HF NETS
* FUN EXERCISE: MAR 21
* NEXT PUBLIC INFORMATION TRAINING SESSION MAR 30
* TRAINING CLASSES
* REMINDER: FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO SCHOLARSHIPS WILL
   STAY OPEN UNTIL APRIL 15th THIS YEAR
* SOME CLUB HAPPENINGS
* FEBRUARY, 2014 T-MARC REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINALLY. . .


==>  CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW MDC SECTION MANAGER

Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, will become the MDC Section Manager beginning
July 1. Marty has been the MDC Affiliated Club Coordinator since 2012,
past president of Baltimore Amateur Radio Club and Chairman for the
Greater Baltimore Hamboree and Computerfest in 2008 and 2009. He enjoys
phone and CW and is Net Control Station on several HF and VHF nets. As
the Net Manager of the Baltimore Traffic Net (BTN) he has been working
to grow participation in that NTS net. Marty enjoys the active pursuit
of many aspects of Amateur Radio and is excited about taking on the
challenges of the position of ARRL MDC Section Manager.



==>  MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET MARCH 20th

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

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

If you don't have Echolink on your computer, you may
download the free software from: <www.echolink.org>.

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

Indoor Tailgating Expo
Monday, March 16, 2015
Location: Independent Hose Company
310 Baughmans Lane
Frederick, MD 21701
Website: <www.frederickarc.org>
Sponsor: Frederick Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.520 Simplex
Public Contact: Jeff Fishman, KB3FIO
905 Twin Oak Court
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 240-285-6596
E-mail: <ljfish1@comcast.net>

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

Winterfest
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Location: Northern Virginia Community College
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
Website: <viennawireless.org>
Sponsor: Vienna Wireless Society
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.91
Public Contact: Doug Reece, AK4AO
3630 Camelot Drive
Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 703-203-3247
E-mail: <dougreece@yahoo.com>

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

Culpeper (VA) Amateur Radio Swapfest
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Culpeper Agriculture Enterprise
10220 James Monroe Highway
Culpeper, VA 22701
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.12 (PL 146.2)
Public Contact: Bob Stohlman, K4RCG
223 West Park Avenue
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: 540-825-2770
E-mail: <bobstohlman@gmail.com>

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York (PA) Hamfest
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Elicker's Grove Park
511 Roth Church Road
Spring Grove, PA 17362
Website: <www.yorkhamfest.org>
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.330+ (PL 123.0) & 146.520 simplex
Public Contact: Duane Sterner, KB3QLQ
7197 Hershey Road
Spring Grove, PA 17362
Phone: 717-332-1385
E-mail: <duane.sterner@yahoo.com>

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

The Great Hagerstown Hamfest
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: Washington County Agriculture Center
7313 Sharpsburg Pike (Route 65 South)
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Website: <w3cwc.org/Menu/Hagerstown-Hamfest>
Sponsor: Antietam Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.090 (PL 100) + Repeater & 146.94 - backup
Public Contact: Brian Umbrell, W3PDW
235 East King Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: 717-264-6403
E-mail: <w3pdw@earthlink.net>

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

Breeze Shooters Hamfest and Computer Show
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Location: Butler Farm Showgrounds
627 Evans City Road
Butler, PA 16001
Website: <www.breezeshooters.net>
Sponsor: Breeze Shooters ARC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.300+
Public Contact: Robert Benna, N3LWP
1010 Willow Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412-366-0488
E-mail: <N3LWP@verizon.net>

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

Manassas Hamfest & Maker Technology Show
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Location: Prince William County Fairgrounds
10624 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20108
Website: <manassashamfest.org>
Sponsor: Ole Virginia Hams Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.97
Public Contact: Terry Erlacher, KC4DV
PO Box 1255
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: 571-292-1490
E-mail: <chariman@manassashamfest.org>

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BARC Father's Day Hamfest
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
16020 Carnival Avenue
Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <www.gbhc.org>
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.67 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Bill Dobson, N3WD
PO Box 120
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 410-842-5019
E-mail: <w3ft67@yahoo.com>

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

Eastern Pennsylvania Section Convention (Firecracker Hamfest)
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Location: Shumaker Public Safety Center - HACC
1 HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Website: <www.w3uu.org>
Sponsor: Harrisburg Radio Amateurs' Club Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.760 (PL 100)
Public Contact: Tim Lehman, KB3OZA
PO Box 453
Hummelstown, PA 17036
Phone: 717-982-8550
E-mail: <kb3oza@arrl.net>

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

65th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Location: Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds
890 West Main Street
Berryville, VA 22611
Website: <www.shenvalarc.org/hamfest>
Sponsor: Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.820 -
Public Contact: Thomas Brownlee, AF2D
744 Gafia Lodge Road
Middletown, VA 22645
Phone: 540-869-7065
E-mail: <af2d@arrl.net.

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

Delaware State Convention (Delmarva AR & Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Location: Sussex Technical High School
17099 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947
Website: <www.radioelectronicsexpo.com>
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: Herb Quick, KF3BT
PO Box 1431
Seaford, DE 19973
Phone: 302-629-4949
E-mail: <herb@hamiltongraphics.com>

You may view upcoming hamfests which are nearby in Pennsylvania,
Delaware, Maryland-DC, West Virginia and the Virginia area by
clicking on the ARRL MDC Section web page at:
<http:www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm>.



===> HF NETS

Maryland Emergency Phone Net (MEPN)
Part of the National Traffic System
Meets: Everyday
Time:  6 pm Local
Freq:   3.820 MHz

DELMARVA Emergency Net
All check-ins are welcome
Meets: Every Sunday
Time:  6:30 pm Local
Freq:   3.905 MHz

HF Hospital Net (HFHN)
Developing HF structure for local VHF/HF net liaisons for Health
Dept/Hospitals
All check-ins are welcome
Meets: Mar 18
Time:  7:30 pm Local
Freq:  3.820 Mhz



===> FUN EXERCISE: MAR 21

I am happy to announce our Annual Breakfast Deployment for 2015.  It is
March 21, 2015 from ~1000 to whenever. We have been doing this since
2012 with much fanfare and success.  There are no failures nor
disappointments.  Just a lot of fun.

In fact, we've had so fun much with this, I decided to reach out to the
Section, and possibly beyond, to invite you to join in on the fun.
Farther down is a link to a plan to explain how we do this.  It's all
quite simple. . .go play radio!

Go have breakfast as a group. . .eat hearty. . .go deploy. . .play
radio.  How difficult can this be?

In short, coordinate a place where you can set up dipoles and verticals
in a field or parking lot and run cables inside a building for warmth. .
.just in case.  This not a contest. . .no logs required. . .no
complicated exchange. . . just contact other participating stations,
meet new friends and let them know what you have set up. That's it.

To download the plan, please go to the following link:
<https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o8lo2zpljwxs9vb/AABnVRvPj4x0eUXWJb3APB3La?dl=0>

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be
interested in joining us for the drill.

Let me know if you have any questions. My email is: WB3KAS@aol.com

See ya'll on the 21st.

tnx es 73, de

MDC SEC Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS
PRGE ARES EC



==> NEXT PUBLIC INFORMATION TRAINING SESSION MAR 30

ARRL Maryland/DC Section
Public Information/Public Relations Coordination Conference Call
30MAR15 – 8PM Eastern

The ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Sid
Caesar, NH7C, has established a monthly conference call open to all
Amateurs interested in Amateur Radio public information coordination
and public relations (PI/PR). The specific audience for the Public
Information coordination conference calls is the Public Information
Officers (PIO) from the Amateur radio clubs in the ARRL Maryland/DC
Section, but all Amateur Radio operators interested in Amateur Radio
public information and public relations are welcome to participate.

The next ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public Information/Public Relations
Coordination conference call will be on Monday 30MAR15, starting at 8PM
Eastern.

This month’s agenda will include:

•       Monthly training topic – Why is PI/PR an essential part of Field
Day?
•       ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public Information Coordinator’s Report
•       Club Activities Reports
•       Call Participant’s Activities Reports
•       Upcoming Training, Exercises, and Activities Report
•       Open Forum

Amateurs interested in participating on the conference calls, or who
have questions regarding the ARRL Maryland/DC Section Public
Information/Public Relations activities are asked to contact Sid
Caesar, NH7C, for more information, including conference dial-in and
passcode information.

Sid Caesar – NH7C

NH7C@ARRL.net

240.453.9446



==> TRAINING CLASSES AND TEST SESSIONS

Local test sessions can be found at the following two links:

ARRL: <http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session>

then go to the Section box, click the arrow for Section and click
Maryland-DC
from the drop down box.

Laurel Amateur Radio Club:
<http://http://www.larcmd.org/vec/index.php?pg=Exams15>

If you are looking for a license class click here:
<http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class>.

Info for the next class is:

   Rockville MD 20850
LICENSING CLASS
03/28/2015
Start/End Dates: 03/28/2015 - 05/02/2015
Times: 9 AM to 12 Noon
# of Sessions: 6
Class level: Technician
Morse code offered: No
Pre register required: Yes
Fee: 0
Pre Study required: No
Class Type: Weekend/One Day
Exam offered: Yes
Sponsoring Club/Organization: Montgomery Amateur Radio Club
Instructor: W2LNX
Contact: David Bern W2LNX
Phone: (301) 251-0304
Email: education@marcclub.org
Location: Science Center, fourth floor
Montgomery College
51 Mannakee St
Rockville, MD 20850
Additional Information: VE exam session: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9 AM
to
12 Noon in Science Center room 406, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee
Street Rockville, MD. More information:
http://www.marcclub.org/mweb/education/exams



==> UPCOMING SKYWARN® CLASSES

BASIC 1 Saturday, 3/28/2015 1-4 PM
Prince George's University of Maryland
Martin Hall
College Park, MD 20742
POC:L Amy Solomon
https://eventbrite.com/event/15650070783
====================================
BASIC 1 Thursday, 4/2/2015 6:30-9:30 PM
Howard Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044
POC: Richard Philps
https://skywarnhoward.eventbrite.com
====================================
BASIC 1 Tuesday, 4/7/2015 6:00-9:00pm
DC The George Washington University
Marvin Center
800 21st St., NW,  Room 309
Washington D.C. 20052
POC: Heather Kraus - Please email Heather to register
** ** Registration closes April 2, 2015 ** **
emevents@gwu.edu
====================================
FLOOD - (BASIC 1 Required)
Thursday, 5/28/2015 - 6:30-9:30PM Prince George's Laurel City OEM,
Laurel City Hall
8103 Sandy Spring Rd,
Laurel, MD 20784.
POC: Paul Bowling
To register: http://skywarn-flood-0515.eventbrite.com/?aff=NWSLWX



==> REMINDER: FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO SCHOLARSHIPS WILL
     REMAIN OPEN UNTIL APRIL 15th THIS YEAR

2015 Scholarship Information

The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc., will be administering a
total of 67 scholarships worth an aggregate of $125,500 for the
coming academic year. The scholarships range in value from $500
to $5,000 each.

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
 * Hold a valid US or foreign amateur radio license,
 * Be enrolled, or have been accepted for enrollment, at an
    accredited university, college or technical school.
 * Applicants who attend a school located outside of the United
    States must enclose a brochure describing the school.
 * Individual scholarships may have additional requirements.

Please note that the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA)
will award 36 scholarships, worth a total of $75,000,  All that
is required to qualify for one of these awards is to obtain a
recommendation from a QCWA member. Instructions for obtaining the
recommendation are in the form.

This year the F A R is using a web-based application form, in lieu of
the PDF form that we have used for the last two years.

A complete list of the scholarships and their requirements may
be accessed at:

<https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwGFyopxqmdKWU9wRnhaWEhoTUk/edit>.

The 2015 FAR Scholarship application form may be accessed at:
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15EJvFzMSJNJ6YHrpVPmezFEDASu6bD406LeRpA1nUaQ/viewform>.

If you have questions about the 2015 process, please e-mail them
to: <farscholarships@gmail.com> or <dave.prestel@gmail.com>.



==> SOME CLUB HAPPENINGS

St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association Earth Day event **
Update** at the Westmoreland State Park.
Due to a schedule conflict at the park, the Ham Radio/Earth Day Event
at the Westmoreland State Park has been moved one week to the weekend
of April 25.
Also due to this change, the weekend Technician Ham Class and Test
session at Stratford Harbour has been moved up a week to April 19-20.
The next SMCARA Club meeting will be March 26th (fourth Thursday)

====================================

CARA/ARES Public Service Events 2015

  - Fair Hill International’s Foxcatcher Endurance – 50 miles & 25
Miles
  - Equestrian Event on April 11th. Contact: Dave W8AJR.
  - Fair Hill Natural Resources Center, Elkton, Maryland See
http://foxcatcher.fairhillinternational.com/ for details of the event
  - American Diabetes Assn Tour de Cure Howard County on May 2nd .
Contact: Dan N3YQ

(Thanks to ACC Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, for this information and the
Skywarn Class information)



==> FEBRUARY, 2015 T-MARC REPORT

T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council. T-MARC coordinates
Amateur VHF and UHF repeater operations to 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.

The next T-MARC General Membership meeting will be held at 11:30 am
on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the Vienna Wireless Society's Winterfest in
Annadale, Va.

Agenda:
Treasurers Report
Coordination Items
    Summary coordination report since Oct. 2014 meeting
Status of TMARC/SERA MOU
Proposed changes to the 900 MHz Bandplan and discussion

Please email us at <tmarc@tmarc.org> if there are other topics you
would like covered.

Feb. 2015
Applications in Process:
K3GMS - Received revised application for 2 meter pair in
         Alexandria, Va.
      - Has been on waiting list. Requested pair not suitable.

K3GMS - Received application for coordination for UHF pair in
         Alexandria, Va.
      - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
         coordination groups.

K3WS - Received on air status of 447.9250- in Laurel, Md.
     - Sent Final        Coordination.

Network Engineers Repeater Assoc.
     - Received application for move of 444.0500+ from
       Burtonsville, Md. to Ashton, Md.

On Air Status Requests sent to:
 53.3500-    W3VLG        Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
145.2100-    K4QJZ        Front Royal, Va.
147.3300+    Lewes ARS    Lewes, Del.
442.7250+    K4QJZ        Front Royal, Va.
443.1000+    TJHSST ARC   Alexandria, Va.
444.0500+    NERA         Burtonsville, Md.
444.5000+    W3TOM        Accokeek, Md.
UHF Link     W3EHT        Towson, Md.

Coordinations Cancelled:
None

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

Area Repeater Coordination Council
     Received 1 proposed coordination for 440

Western Pa. Repeater Council
     Received 3 proposed coordinations for 440

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



==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT

ARRL Section: Maryland-DC  February  Year: 2015
________________________________________________
AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 592
Change since last month:   -4
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 5
Number of ARES nets active: 10
Number with NTS liaison: 4
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3FMJ, KB3KOW, NI2W, W3DVG, WB3KAS
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 4
Person hours: 63
Number of public service events this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Number of emergency operations this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 4
Total Person hours: 63

EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:

I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to write their monthly
EC reports.   We are seeing the same five-six reports each month for
the last several months of the 'old year.'  Let's work on changing this
for the coming new year. There is one vacant DEC slot left for the
Central Region Section.  If you are interested, and up to the
challenge, please contact me or the Section Manager, WI3N for more
information.

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 Hospital EmComm  Program.  If you have interest in
this, and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me.

January 13:  We visited and gave a hospital presentation to the
Damascus Emergency Communications Team in Damascus, MD .

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:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MDCQRV/info

The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector was unveiled last month.  We now
have 61 members with N3ADF being the latest to join.  You can join at:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info for up to the
minute breaking news related to the Section.
======================
de BACI City W3DVG
Progressing as discussed from the January submission, to include
station rebuilding. The process of rebuilding the relationship with the
MEMA RO has been tenuous, at best.
======================
de CHAS County KB3KOW
Conducted an "Internet Chat" net with N2OMC IN STMA County Worked with
PRGE EC to establish a BPQ32 packet node in Brandywine and Collington.

Assisted PRGE EC in establishing a Winlink Trimode Gateway (K3ERA) at
Collington.
======================
de GARR County KB3FMJ:
The group reviewed this years upcoming activities, drills and other
group related activities.
Philip Lewis (KB3ZBP) proposed developing a new GCARES web site.
Suggestions for the Web site were discussed at the meeting.
The Garrett County ARES (GCARES) monthly meetings will be held at the
Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad board room in Oakland Maryland.
The next meeting will be Monday March  9th at 7:00 PM.
The GCARES net is held weekly on Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM on the
146.805 repeater, dup PL 123 and is linked to the WAN and Target Link
Repeater Systems. All traffic is FM voice.
======================
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
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. Eyeball
QSOs at 1900. All are welcome.
=====================
de WASH County NI2W
Monthly net participants: NI2W WA3EOP  W3GTL  N7BMG  W3PDW  W3NHR
KB3MBR
K3UMW  K3UMV  WA3EOQ K3FCC N3XJO KB3JNJ KA3OTR  KC3DFS
=====================
de KA3AHI AEC PRGE Hospital Project:
February 18:  We had 26 check-ins to the HF Hospital Net!  Appreciate
the support and participation!  Next HFHNets are scheduled for : Mar
18, Apr 22 and May 20.
Next HF Hospital Net will be Mar 18 on 3820KHz at 1930L.  It is always
the Wednesday following the third Monday. I'd like to hear more
checkins from our MDC Section. Since I have been keeping records from
the first HFHN, we have had a total of 95 unique call signs checked
into the Net. I think you ought to be commended for supporting our
Section High Frequency Hospital Net.
======================
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: wb3kas@aol.com

tnx es 73, de
Jim
WB3KAS
PRGE ARES EC
MDC SEC



==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1502 W3YVQ QND/28 QNI/335 QTC/110 MINS/776
BTN 1502 KB3MXM QND/28 QNI/347 QTC/22 MINS/533
MDD 1502 AA3SB QND/54 QNI/351 QTC/107 MINS/652
MSN 1502 W8CPG QND/28 QNI/117 QTC/61 MINS/702

PSHR: KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, W4OTN 102, AA3SB 100,
KB3LNM 100, W3CB 100, WB4FDT 100, NI2W 97, WB3FTQ 90,
K3IN 67, N3ZOC 50, AB3WG 48, NF8I 42, KB3LFG 25;

TFC: KK3F 1590, W4OTN 106, KB3LNM 105, AA3SB 101,
WB3FTQ 101, W3YVQ 78, WB4FDT 62, NI2W 38, AB3WG 20,
K3IN 20, NF8I 14, W3CB 12, N3ZOC 10, KC3Y 4, KB3LFG 3

==========
HF CONDITIONS
NTS nationwide nets have enjoyed generally good evening
Cycle 4 conditions with some late net MUF problems at
northern latitudes. Some difficult Cycle 2 conditions
continued with solar activity absorption and noise in the
afternoons. Continued active sunspots kept the 3,000 KM
MUFs above ten meters for most days of February - solar
cycle 24 continuing to help us avoid loss of NVIS prop in
the winter months.

Special thanks to Ron, N3AEA, and Cliff, W3CB, for picking
up extra MDD NCS slots. Welcome back to Pete, K3IN,
now on the air on MDD in the Thurmont area and able to
handle traffic into Frederick, Carroll, and Howard Counties.
Welcome again to Ron, N3EKO, to MEPN and BTN. Many
other new amateurs have joined in on the BTN, currently
meeting on 145.33/R (our backup) daily at 6:30PM local
time. The availability of an active directed traffic net of
the NTS on VHF is exactly why the BTN was established,
providing a welcoming place to newcomers to the
Amateur Service.

LOCAL MDC RADIOGRAMS AND OTHER MESSAGING
Outlets in each ARES(r) jurisdiction are needed for daily
Radiogram and Radio-email traffic, particularly for
messaging welcoming new hams to the Amateur Service.
There is also a "real", but smaller, messaging rate coming
in to addressees all over the Section. The NTS takes this
daily traffic voluntarily as a public service and in order to
provide for practice in sustaining our messaging capability.

Please help us find local operators with interest in
providing this service. Our local groups provide the roots
of the joint ARES(r) and NTS network system, whether via
voice, CW, or digital modes. This is an essential part of
our emergency preparedness capability. Wide-area Section-
level telephone or internet delivery of messaging during
emergencies is not likely to be possible. Direct on-air
liaison with our Section-wide NTS/NTSD services and the
Radio-email network can provide these services, and also
helps prevent the overloading of local emergency nets
during activations.

We therefore request that each jurisdiction either send
a daily liaison to a Section NTS net, or designate a
Target Station on the WL2K network to exchange daily
Radio-email as needed. Having network stations in each
jurisdiction can dramatically reduce manning and net
control requirements during emergencies. A list of such
Targets may be sent through the SEC or to me to be
shared off-line by Section leadership. If you have done
so in the past, please refresh your status so we may
maintain a current listing.

MANPOWER - TRAINING
All of our operations, voice, CW, and digital, are in need
of additional supporting manpower. If you can operate
any of these modes, please consider joining our MDC
net fleet. Becoming familiar with methods and practices
now will pay big dividends should an emergency
communications situation arise in your local area or
over a wider region. All of our operators and managers
will be glad to help you learn the skills and find out
about various types of equipment and/or software used.

The NTS/NTSD/Radio-email staff above Section level
draws its manpower from those operators who have
become competent in the service at the entry levels. It
is therefore very valuable and necessary to bring new
operators into our nets and help them learn their skills
in order to provide for the future.

The MDC NTS staff continues to offer to conduct
Echolink training conferences to teach Radiogram
handling and directed traffic net operations, and to
familiarize stations with operations on the NTSD and
Radio-email layers.

MEPN representatives check for Echolink check-ins
starting at 6 PM daily via the WB3GXW-L link node
(or *WASH_DC* conference node backup).

Remember that the MSN provides CW training daily
for newcomers to the mode, or those wishing to
refresh their skills, daily at 7:30 PM on 3563 kHz.
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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(r)/NTS/NTSD operations.

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



==> FINALLY. . .

Reminder: Don't forget to ask any young hams that are going to college
or plan to go to college to apply for the F.A.R. scholarships.  The
deadline has been changed to April 15th.

If you know of anyone who will be going to college, encourage them to
get an amateur radio license, become active and apply for a
scholarship.

Not only is it great for the hobby but it could also be a financial
boost for them.

 -...-

On March 14 SEC Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS, hosted a training session on
Winlink2000. In addition to attendees from Prince George's County,
people from several other counties participated. Stay tuned as we
advance WL2K as the standard for digital communications across the
section. Jim is planning to begin section-wide training sessions on
using WL2K, email over radio.

Believe it or not, the Spring Equinox, the beginning of spring, is on
March 20, 2015.

We've had a long, hard, snowy, icy and cold winter and will welcome the
warmer weather that is sure to come.

When it arrives, it will be time to repair our antennas and start to
think about 2015 ARRL Field Day on June 27 - June 28, 2015.

Click on <www.arrl.org/field-day> for the official rules.  Also be sure
to click on <www.arrl.org/field-day-locator> and add your 2015 Field Day
site to the map. Also consider joining in the PIC conference call to
talk about how to get the word out to local news media and
politicians.

This year, my ASM Al Brown -KZ3AB- and I plan to travel together and
vist as many Field Day locations as we can.  So, please send me an
e-mail at <WI3N@ARRL.ORG> and let me know if you would like for us to
visit. This will be my last visit to Field Day sites as your Maryland-
DC Section Manager.  My term ends on June 30, 2015.

I'm looking forward to working with Marty, KB3MXM, SM elect over the
next months to make as smooth a transition as possible.

73 and I am at your service,

Jim Cross, WI3N
ARRL MDC Section Manager

 

Maryland-DC Officials