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Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
Daytime Phone:
443-326-1783 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
410-326-1783 (Home)

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Although Hurricane Florence is not expected to strike the MDC Section directly the residual effects will.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser have declared States of Emergency in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

These cyclones are notoriously unpredictable so please plan early for significant wind, heavy rain and flooding in your area.  After landfall, if there is an unexpected northerly turn of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence, the Maryland-DC Section may activate ARES and require NTS ahead of state-wide disaster declarations.
Please be ready to assist in Amateur Radio Communications when dangerous weather impacts your communities.

If needed, we'll send more updates in the days to follow.

Be Safe, Be Prepared
Maryland / DC Section Staff



MDC Section News
Vol. 13, No. 08
August 17,2018



This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday, August 17th at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC* Node 6154. The MDC Section EchoLink net is always held on the third Friday evening of every month at 8:00 PM eastern local time.

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

- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+), PL 107.2 Hz, in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL 156.7 Hz, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL 151.4 Hz, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL 156.7 Hz, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL 141.3 Hz, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL 156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co, MD
- W3SMD-L, 147.51, Simplex, St Mary's County, MD
- K3GMR-R 146.61 (-), No PL, Cheverly, MD
- KB3JQQ-L Pikesville, MD

Find EchoLink Nodes in your area at:

Everyone is encouraged to join in and give any updates on what is happening 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: 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.


This is a list of Hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section and nearby Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware as a courtesy to our neighboring Section Managers.

Also listed are radio events for communication enthusiasts.

For this month our MDC SM adds On-Air Events. For our section members interested in other types of RF communication, events and activities related to the RF spectrum. Please send your suggestion and comments to

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

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

We hope to see you there and bring a fellow Ham and friends.

60th ARRL West Virginia State Amateur Radio Convention
Date: Friday, August 24th to Sunday. August 26th
Location: Jackson's Mill WVU Conference Center, Weston, WV
Sponsor: West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council
Talk-in: 145.390 (-) PL 123.0 WD8EOM
Pennsylvania State Convention (Uniontown Gabfest)
Date: Saturday, September 01, 2018
Location: Uniontown ARC Clubhouse, Uniontown, PA
Sponsor: W3PIE - Uniontown Amateur Radio Club
For more info, click on:
Virginia Beach Hamfest
Tidewater Radio Convention Inc.
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location: Virginia Beach Hamfest Convention Center
Sponsor: Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.970 (-) PL 141.3
For more info, click on:
Contact: Bill Holand, WA4EUL,
Military Radio Collectors Association (MRCA)
Military Radio Meet/Redball Military Transport Rally
Date: Fri thru Sat, 21 - 22 Sept. 2018, 8 AM - 5 PM
Location: West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA
Between Lehighton and Stroudsburg
6th Annual TailgateFest
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Location: Hollywood Volunteer Fire Dept. Bingo Hall
24801 Three Notch Road (MD Route 235)
Hollywood, MD 20636
Sponsor: St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.64(-) PL 146.2
Contact: Chuck Gantz, K3WJX, Phone: 240-925-1105, Email:
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Location: Howard County (Maryland) Fairgrounds
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 147.135 (+) PL 156.7
For more info, click on:
Contact: Dave Prestel, W8AJR, Phone: 443-812-4403
Mason Dixon Hamfest
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2018
Location: Sportsman's Hall Roller Skating Center, Upperco, MD
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 145.410 (PL 114.8)
Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB, Phone: 410-876-1482, Email:
Third Annual SantaFest
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Location: American Legion Youth Camp, Cheltenham, MD
Sponsor: Prince George's County Emergency Radio Association & American Legion
For more info, click on:
Special On-Air Event:
2017 - 2018 | NASA on the Air [NOTA] Participating clubs: NA8SA, WA3NAN, W4WFF, KG4NJA, NN4SA, N1KSC, W5RRR N5BL, NA1SS, W6VIO, NA6SA, NA6MF. Multiple Modes including Phone, Digital, CW, EME & Sat. Read more at & for Scores / Twitter / Facebook groups
Look for these fun Amateur Radio Events:
08/18/2018 | International Lighthouse and Lightship (ILLW) Weekend
09/03/2018 | Brickyard 400 Special Event
09/08/2018 | Route 66 On-The-Air
11/02/2018 | AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting
08/17 & 18 | North American QSO Party

Maryland-DC QSO Party - Single Day Event Sponsor: The Anne Arundel Radio Club (AARC) Start: Saturday, August 11, 2018 1600 UTC [12:00 PM EDT] Finish: Sunday, August 12, 2018 0400 UTC [00:00 AM EDT] MDQSP Rules
New AMSAT Facebook -
Shortwave Radiogram via WRMI w/transmission schedule
– Something New & Interesting –
Digital Radio Mondiale or DRM is a digital audio & data-casting broadcast technologies for existing analog commercial radio on AM, SW and FM; for higher quality audio across a wider-bandwidth using MPEG-4 audio coding formats. Follow the latest news and information about DRM at: DRM, Digital Radio Mondiale North America, DRMNA
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WINB on 9265 kHz AM is America's oldest domestic commercial shortwave station. It is a brokered Christian shortwave radio station in Red Lion, PA. They are testing DRM using two different transmitters directed to both Europe and North America on 15670 kHz M-F between 1100-1700 UTC at approx. 10 kW DRM power and a transmitting Bit Rate of 8.28 kbps.
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The GAMUT, LP 820 kHz AM station near Frederick MD switched to DRM on Monday, July 16th. If you have a DRM car radio or looking to explore DRM several radio brands are available. Enjoy the high AM fidelity DRM brings.
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The weekly 'Shortwave Radiogram' is a digital MFSK program via domestic station WRMI in Okeechobee, FL. Read more about this excellent opportunity to hone your digital skills, flex your knowledge and adjust your Radio/App configurations.


The next membership meeting will be held at 10:30 AM on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the Columbia Amateur Radio Association's Hamfest at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. More details later.
July 2018 Coordination Report
T-MARC, The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council, Inc. P.O. Box 1022, Savage, Maryland 20763-1022.

N3YMS -- Received on air confirmation of 443.1000+ at Dagsboro, DE. Sent Final Coordination.

K3DO -- Received application for UHF narrow-band pair in Frederick, MD. Researching viable pair.

KA3LAO – Received application to modify 442.2125+ at Damascus, MD. Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.

NEMARC – Sent Final Coordination for 145.2700- at Jarrettsville, MD

Harford County RACES – Received application for UHF pair in Havre de Grace, MD. Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups. Sent Construction Coordination for 444.7500+

N3JLT – Received on air confirmation of 443.1000+ at Alexandria, VA. Sent Final Coordination.

Marine Corp ARC – Received application for narrow-band UHF pair.

AE4ML – Received applications for relocation of 147.0300+ and 442.5750+

T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council and coordinates Amateur VHF and UHF repeater operations to keep interference problems to a minimum.

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

If you have any questions about coordinating a repeater, you may send an email to the Board at



2018 July MDC SEC Narrative Report

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%. The last time we had that many was April 1027.

Some are STILL sending in the old form or text or doc. I have emailed you personally to ask that you use the ARRL fillable form., so hopefully next month all will be on the same page. Way too much work to redo and get into the new format I must send to the League. See next paragraph and make yours and my life a little easier each month. Also, the file name should be of the form 2018-07 <4-ltr cnty code> EC Report.pdf

The new ARRL's fillable pdf reporting system makes it soooooo easy for me. You can get the "new and improved" correct form at:

It's extremely important that your constituents hear what is going on relative to ExCom 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.

Two MDC DEC positions (Western, and Eastern) are now filled and would like to have some one step forward and consider heading up the Central DEC position. Make sure you put them on email copy for all that your county correspondence.

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 6 out of the 7 are on the Eastern Shore and is a grave concern from a wax perspective. I say this every month because this is gravely important this time of year. If you live in any of these counties, please consider getting involved with emergency communications and sign up to assist the hospitals in your area. Contact me for more information at wb3kas at

SEC Presentations

Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visit to as many ARES and club groups as possible. We have two presentations I think would be worth your while to hear. One on Section Interoperability and the other is the Section Health Care EmComm Program. If you have interest in this, and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me. Winlink 2000 Advance Class - see PRGE EC section later in this report.

MDC Section Reflectors

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

The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available. If you are not a member. . .you should be!! I encourage you to use this to stay informed or keep in touch with the rest of your fellow ARES members. With the wide distribution of this newsletter coming out only once a month, this Yahoo Site will 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.

I don't know if all the DECs and ECs are subscribing to the Yahoo Reflector. If you are not, please do. This is going to be the quickest way possible to inform MDC Section ARES of current incidents and impending disasters. Please do it now.

You can join at:
Meetings and Gatherings

Attended the Quarterly Local Emergency Planning Committee. The lengthy discussion centered around a very large Nat Cap Region Exercise involving NOVA, WDC and selected MD counties proposed for late Spring/early Summer time frame. No other details, as this is in the very early planning stages. Sounds like an enormous list of agencies and volunteer orgs may be involved. Standby or more.

Future Events:

None noted at this time.

Section Reports Received:

de ANAR County N3SEO

ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC. Except June - August
ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.

No ARES meeting this month.
ARES Meeting on Aug 18 @ 0900.

de CALV County N3AE

The EC was out of town during our normal meeting night but W3PQS conducted a brief AUXCOMM net using our local repeater.
Despite receiving over 13 inches of rain during the week of July 22nd, we did not receive any call-outs from the county or other served organizations.
Plans for the August 21st monthly meeting is to review hurricane preparedness and procedures.

de CECI County KB3LJB

In spite of the wet weather events we experienced on the upper Eastern Shore, July 2018 ARES activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of participation in the weekly Sunday evening ARES Nets held at 2000 (8:00 pm) on the CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port Deposit, MD. The closest we came to a weather-related event was the opening of many of the gates on the Conowingo Dam to release water coming down from PA. Fortunately, Port Deposit was spared, and no flooding occurred. However, Emergency Evacuation Plans were put out in case the water did get high enough to warrant evacuation of lower-lying areas. An ARES alert was not put out, but many agencies were called to staff the CECI EOC during the flood event.
A VE Test Session will be held at the Rising Sun American Legion Post 194 on Saturday, August 4.

Plans have been firmed up for CECI ARES to support the Susquehanna River Running Festival to be held September 15. This event starts in Havre de Grace and runners travel across the Hatem (Rte 40) bridge, through Perryville and Perry Point, and back to Havre de Grace via the Hatem bridge. We need operators with 2m and 70cm HTs to provide communications during the event. If you would like to volunteer, let me know via email at KB3LJB@ARRL.NET.

CBRA monthly meetings are held at Mason-Dixon American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun on the third Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.

The WA3SFJ-R EchoLink Node 585690 is up and available for traffic to and from the Cecil ARES Group and for check ins on the Sunday night Nets.


- Participated in the annual March For Babies Walkathon. 5 operators (AA3RT, KB3SPH, KB3SWS, N3YXS, KB3KOW) and one Scout (Bryan) provided comms support for the event.

de GARR County WA3EOQ

No stats.

No ARES activity this month. Almost all the heavy rain the last few months has been east of Garrett; only a few very minor flooding incidents.

Field Day went off very well. GCARES ran 3A MDC from the local University of Maryland 4H Education Center. John Reginald of MEMA stopped by to visit.

Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805, PL 123. Linked to the TARGET System (Cacapon 146.745, etc.) and sometimes to a WAN system. Checking into the MDD net most every evening.

Next meeting will be August 13, 2018.


de HARF county W3YR

- Harford County ARES/RACES members participated in the monthly meeting, a monthly net, and two additional meetings on the Susquehanna River Running Festival. The Susquehanna River Running Festival (SRRF), scheduled for 15 September 2018 is, is an occupy

de PRGE County WB3KAS:

PRGE ARES Internet Forum:
Nets: 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 1900L. NCS is KA3AHI.
Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at 1930.
440 Freq Coord through TMARC HAS BEEN APPROVED. 442.3250 MHz (+) Tone 110.9Hz.
K3ERA 2m Repeater Echo link is now on the air via KA3POX-L Node 896210. As Mikey would say, "Try it, you'll like it."
Light month and many enjoying the Summer months with their families, hence our Quarterly Hospital Drill was postponed to October 4.
Supported the heavy rain nets on the 24-27 deluge.
Fusion repeater upgrade returned from Yeosu awaiting to be swapped out.

de STMA County KB3FWW

No stats.

The ARES sub group of the Antietam Radio Association was contacted two weeks prior to the start of the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships by the Washington County Dept. of Egg. Svcs. (DES). They requested the ARES group to provide backup communications to their system and the AWP contractor during the July 26 Time Trial event. Ten members provided communication along a 30 KM route from Boonsboro, MD to the Rohrersville, MD area. Members participating were: NI2W, K2AVA, N3YGE, KB3GBF, N3ODE, N3LTQ, WB3FTQ, W3PDW, KC2EFA and KB7THL.
The ARA's next public service event is August 5, 2018. Communication support will be provided over a bike course, as part of a triathlon, held at the old Fort Ritchie site in Washington County.
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. 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 RACES/ARES also take an active role in the DARC meetings held on the third Wednesday at their the DARC Monthly Meeting located at the Wicomico Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, Maryland. Wicomico County RACES/ARES will have a summer break with training and drills starting up in September 2018.

de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:

We have some movement on reaching out to DC Primary Care Association. They are looking to see if ARES can fit their vision for having a backup comms system for their 15+ clinics in DC, MONT and PRGE counties. More later on this breaking news.
HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1900L. So give us a hollar! If you hear us look down stream 5-8 kHz.
I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC Section. We had 13 checkins in July.
Next HF Hospital Net is Aug 22. . .same time, same station! NCS assignment varies.

Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Please send to ARRL HQ, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 by 10th of the month
FSD-96 (1-04)

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MDC NETS 1807:

MEPN 1807 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/426 QTC/50 MINS/730

BTN 1807 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/381 QTC/49 MINS/497

MDD 1807 AA3SB QND/60 QNI/328 QTC/123 MINS/610

Liaisons: MDD MSN 1807 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/152 QTC/32 MINS/658

MEPN 1807 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/426 QTC/50 MINS/730
BTN 1807 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/381 QTC/49 MINS/497
MDD 1807 AA3SB QND/60 QNI/328 QTC/123 MINS/610
MSN 1807 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/152 QTC/32 MINS/658
PSHR: NI2W 215, WB3FTQ 140, KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, AA3SB 130, W3CB 113, K3IN 110, KC3HWU 90, AB3WG 73, KB3LFG 52;
TFC: KK3F 1417, K3IN 243, W3YVQ 136, WB3FTQ 129, AA3SB 74, KC3HWU 52, AB3WG 30, NI2W 25, W3CB 17, KB3LFG 2


MEPN: Propagation was functional throughout July 2018. Conditions on MEPN between 1730L and 1800L are now typical of summer with poor signal strengths until after 1800L due to high daytime sun angles. By the end of the month the NVIS prop was remaining above 80M all night many nights. On 40M the prop beyond about 500 miles remained functional all night.

Propagation on MDD early and late was functional throughout July 2018.

Sunspot activity continued to decline with numerous spotless days. The sunspot activity was very low. Daytime absorption on HF reached typical summer high levels. Most disturbances to propagation were the result of solar wind from solar coronal holes or simply lack of flux to keep the ionosphere charged. Numerous E layer formations were noted with openings world-wide on the higher bands including 6 Meters.

BTN LOCAL NTS TRAFFIC AND TRAINING NET the BTN continues to meet on 145.33/R (no tone) 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. Thanks to all the BTN stations checking into the MEPN via Echo link.

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

Remember that the MSN provides CW training daily for newcomers to the mode, or those wishing to refresh their skills, daily at 7:30 PM on 3563 kHz. Each trainee works with an assigned instructor off the net frequency to receive radiograms containing training information. Instructors work with each student at their own desired speed and check-in schedule. All are encouraged to master the art of CW via this net or personal training to support and join the ranks of our MDD Section CW net. Robin, AA3SB, MDD NM, and the veteran staff, will be glad to help you advance to the evening CW full Cycle 4 of the NTS.

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

Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated ARES(r) and NTS operations.

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



Emergency Services are adopting more UHF to replace aging VHF systems.
These new comms may leave larger gaps in radio-coverage.
Amateur Radio may need to fill these gaps and degraded Comms during disasters.

Marty, KB3MXM
ARRL MDC Section Manager

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Maryland-DC Officials

  • Martin Pittinger

    Section Manager

    Martin J. Pittinger KB3MXM

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  • Robert Bruninga

    Technical Coordinator

    Robert E. Bruninga WB4APR

  • Eric Berman

    Section Youth Coordinator

    Eric Berman KC3GDV

  • Kenneth Reid

    Assistant Section Manager

    Kenneth B. Reid KG4USN

  • Wanda Montgomery

    Assistant Section Manager

    Wanda A. Montgomery KA3AHI

  • Sid Caesar

    Public Info Coordinator

    Sid Caesar NH7C

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  • David Prestel

    State Government Liaison

    David J. Prestel W8AJR

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  • Margaret Bevan

    Assistant Section Manager

    Margaret H. Bevan N3MB

  • Joseph Nollmeyer

    Section Traffic Manager,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Joseph A. Nollmeyer W3YVQ

  • Jim Montgomery

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Jim Montgomery WB3KAS

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  • Joseph Dorffner

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Joseph C. Dorffner KC3KFG

  • Scott Bauer

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Scott G. Bauer W3CV

  • Herman Niedzielski

    Assistant Section Manager

    Herman A. Niedzielski K2AVA

  • Al Brown

    Assistant Section Manager

    Al Brown KZ3AB