ARRL Sections - Maryland-DC



Contact Information

Section Name:
Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
Daytime Phone:
443-326-1783 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
410-356-7899 (Home)

Basic Information


S.1685 goes forward - Senate Committee approval

Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 06/25/2015)
Committees: Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: 11/18/2015 Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. (All Actions)
Nov 18 2015 - Wicker: Key Senate Committee Passes Amateur Radio
Bill Measure Would Benefit Radio Operators Providing Emergency
Support During Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member
of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation,
today praised the Committee's approval of S.1685, the "Amateur
Radio Parity Act.'

This bipartisan legislation, introduced in June by Wicker and
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., would direct the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) to provide regulatory parity
for amateur radio operators.

The measure awaits consideration by the full Senate.

"Amateur radio operators provide valuable communications
support during times of natural disasters," Wicker said.

"This bill would help ensure their ability to operate emergency
response systems regardless of their location and at no cost to
the taxpayer.

These networks are a proven resource for staying prepared, and
preparedness is perhaps our best defense against unpredictable
weather and other hazards that might befall our state."

The bill would call on the FCC to apply its reasonable
accommodation standard evenly to all types of residential land
use regulations and offer amateur radio operators the ability
to negotiate with subdivisions that now have restrictions
completely precluding amateur radio antennas.

This process would preserve the decision-making authority of
homeowners associations over the community's aesthetic

In times of emergency, amateur radio operators provide
communications network backup when first responder network
repeaters and infrastructure are not working.

During and immediately after Hurricane Katrina, amateur radio
operators restored communications lines with FEMA, the Red
Cross, and other disaster relief entities when the primary
emergency response network was down.


MDC Section News
Vol. 10, No. 11
November 13, 2015

* REMINDER - HF HOSPITAL NET - NOV 18th 1930(L) - 3820 kHz


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

==> REMINDER - HF HOSPITAL NET - NOV 18th 1930(L) - 3820 kHz

To all MDC Section ECs, AECs and ARES Members:

Please join Prince George's County Maryland ARES Group in their
regularly scheduled HF Hospital Net.  This net meets on
Wednesday following the third Monday of each month.  You do not
have to be associated with a hospital to join the net.

In case of a real disaster where HF is all "ya got," we need to
experience the HF bands conditions to remind us of techniques
that must be used to get the message through.

So, dust off your HF rig and stop by to say 'HI' on Wednesday,
November 18, 2015, at 1930 local time on 3820 kHz LSB. 

This is an informal net and all are welcome to participate.

We are trying to raise the number of check-ins and it is a good
reason to use your HF radio. 

So, come join in the "round robin."

Thank you very much and 73,

Wanda Montgomery KA3AHI
Assistant Section Manager
MDC Section Hospital EmComm Program
Prince George's County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Assistant Emergency Coordinator-Hospital  Program
(H) 301.782.7039
(C) 240.427.8767


Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC. 

SKYWARN Recognition Day, co-sponsored by the ARRL and the
NWS, pays tribute to Amateur Radio operators for the vital
public service they perform.

During the 24-hour event, Amateur Radio operators may visit
their local NWS office and work as a team to contact other
hams across the world.
This event is also aimed at strengthening the bond between
Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices.  The National
Weather Service provides event information on this
Web site: <>.


For the past 14 years, the US Office of Personnel
Management has designated the ARRL (participant # 10099)
to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign, CFC.

This annual campaign for federal government civilian
employees, US Postal Service workers and members of the
military has generated more than $247,069 for the ARRL.

Similar to the United Way, the CFC encourages individuals
to pledge by payroll deduction to non-profit organizations
of their choice.  Payroll deduction through the CFC is an
easy way for participants to support the ARRL over and
above their annual membership.

The ARRL encourages eligible radio amateurs to consider
the ARRL when designating campaign recipient organizations.

Those wishing to select the ARRL to receive all or part
of their payroll deductions should designate organization
10099 when completing their CFC donor forms.

To ensure proper acknowledgement of the CFC contribution,
a copy of the donor form should be completed to advise the
CFC to release donor information to ARRL.

To ensure your gift is allocated correctly, please send a
copy of your completed pledge form to the ARRL Development
Office by e-mail to <>, by fax to: ARRL
Development Office at 860-594-0397 or by snail-mail to
225 Main Street, Newington CT 06111-1494

Also, for my records, please send a copy to me, Marty
Pittinger, KB3MXM, ARRL MDC Section Manager, via snail-
mail to: 4 Pegram Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117-2116 or via
e-mail: <KB3MXM@ARRL.NET> .

The American Radio Relay League, Inc. is an IRS-designated
501(c)(3) organization holding federal tax identification
# 06-6000004.  Contributions to ARRL funds are tax
deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Thank you for your support.


With the holiday season fast approaching; your club may be
looking for someone to speak at your holiday banquet or at
an upcoming club meeting as a guest speaker.

We have prepared a list of volunteers which appears on the
ARRL-MDC Section web site for you to consider. You may review
the list at: <>.

Their subjects of expertise include: Public Service
Communications - Maintaining Readiness When Nothing Bad is
Happening, the Foundation for Amateur Radio (F.A.R.)
Scholarships, Amateur Radio Satellites (AMSAT), MESH and
networks for Radio Amateurs, Repeater Frequency Coordination,
Bonding and Grounding Amateur Radio Stations, Solar and
Modern Power Systems for Ham Radio and much more.

Take a look at the list and see if you would like to invite
one, or more, of these gentlemen to speak at your future club


The monsoon certainly challenged us, but we did pretty
well.  The stories are still being told about the 2015 Monsoon
on Field Day. 

>From Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore - Swanton to
Cambridge, Leitersburg to Lexington Park and Rising Sun to
Roosevelt Island in DC – the MDC Section Hams braved very stormy
conditions to show their grit in the face of a Monsoon weekend. 

The 2015 Field Day results are in and congratulations to our
45 participating MDC Field Day stations that submitted logs.

Congratulations to the W3AO Team, Potomac Valley Radio Club and
Columbia ARA, for having the top ARRL & Atlantic Division score.

The MDC Section participants certainly racked up a boat-load of
points in 2015.  The total combined MDC 'Score' was almost
124,000 and a combined MDC QSO's of 28,914. Here is the

- 126 registered Ham Stations
-  22 Club Stations
-  10 Emergency Power Stations
-   2 EOC Stations
-   6 Home Stations
-   1 Mobile
-   4 Portable
-  10 GOTA stations

I wish to thank the 595 participating MDC Hams, and their
support staff for your fortitude on Field Day.  A special
thanks to our Non-Hams (spouses, family, friends and
companions) and the MDC Field Services Staff for supporting
the 2015 ARRL Field Day. 

Also a special thanks to our Atlantic Division Director,
Tom Abernethy, W3TOM for traveling to MDC Section and
hanging-out with our Field Day participates. 

You may view the entire database or search our MDC section at:


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.


Post Holiday Hamfest *NEW LOCATION*
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Location: Odenton Baptist Church
  8410 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton, MD 21113
Sponsor: Maryland Mobileers Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.805/146.205 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Frank Winner, N3SEO
  283 Oak Court, Severna Park, MD 21146
  Phone: 410-647-3335
Email: <>


Culpeper Amateur Radio Swapfest
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Location: Culpeper Agricultural Enterprise
  10220 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701
Website: <>
Sponsor: Culpeper Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 147.120 (PL 146.2)
Public Contact: Bob Stohlman, K4RCG
  223 West Park Avenue, Culpeper, VA 22701
  Phone: 540-825-2770
Email: <>


VHF Super Conference
Dates: Friday, April 15 thru Sunday April 17, 2016
Location: Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles International Airport
  45425 Holiday Drive, Sterling, VA 20163
Website: <>
Sponsor: Southeastern VHF Society, North East Weak Signal Group
  and Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club.
  Hosted by the Grid Pirates Contest Group and Directive Systems
  and Engineering
Talk-In: None
Public Contact: Terry Price, W8ZN
  2702 Rodgers Terrace, Haymarket, VA 20169
  Phone: 703-754-3876
Email: <>

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,


Although he was not very active on amateur radio, Ed
Walker, N3HFT, was a long time member of the Green Mountain
Repeater Association, GMRA, in Greenbelt, Maryland.

He attended several of their December banquets and was their
guest speaker on several occasions.

In case you are too young to remember, Ed Walker and Willard
Scott were the "Joy Boys of Radio" from 1955 to 1972 on
various Washington, DC radio stations.

Ed was also the host of "The Big Broadcast," a show featuring
a collection of vintage radio programs from the 1930s, '40s,
and '50s.

"The Big Broadcast" has been aired over WAMU-FM (88.5) on
Sunday evenings from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM since 1964.  Many
times, Ed would mention that he is an amateur radio operator.

Ed was surrounded by his family when he passed away on Monday
morning, October 26th, just a few hours after he listened to
his final recorded "Big Broadcast" on WAMU-FM. 

Ed was 83.


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 ARRL has changed the method and deadline for coordinators
to submit information for the ARRL Repeater Directory. The
deadline for submission in the next directory is Dec. 1, 2015.

Please review your listings at:

To make the information as accurate as possible, I am asking
for all sponsors of digital voice systems to send me the
following information:

* For DMR Systems: If your Color Code is NOT listed in TMARCs
   Frequency Listings, please send me the Color Code if you
   desire it to be listed.
* For Yaesu Fusion Systems: If you are using a DSQ code, send
   me the DSQ number if you desire it to be listed.
* For P25 Systems: Send me the NAC code if you desire to have
   it listed.
* For NXDN Systems: Send me the Radio Access Number if you
   desire to have it listed.
Here are a few other noteworthy items about upcoming changes to
the ARRL directory:

* Listings will no longer be organized by frequency. Instead,
   repeaters will be listed by state and city.
* There will no longer be separate sections in the ARRL
   directory for EchoLink, IRLP, DMR, or DSTAR.
* The "Notes" field has been replaced with the "Link" field.
   This field is primarily there for you to indicate if a
   repeater has EchoLink, IRLP or AllStar capability (along with
   the node number).

You may also use this link field to add information about the
fact that a repeater is part of a linked system. However, in the
printed Repeater Directory only 12 characters (including spaces)
will be printed - everything from the 13th character onward will
be deleted, so choose your words carefully.

If your current TMARC listing has link noted in the "Features"
column, this new Link field will be marked with a "Y" unless
you request different.

If I have an EchoLink, IRLP, or Allstar node number for your
system, it will be noted in the "Link" field.
If you have any changes to the listings, please send them to me
as soon as possible. Please don't wait until the end of
November. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Bryan N3ST


Here's the T-MARC report for October, 2015

Applications in Process:

Network Engineers Repeater Assoc.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 444.2500+ at Halethorpe,
 - Received on air confirmation.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 444.0125+.
North Mtn. Comm. Club
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 442.6000+.
 - With Construction of 442.6000+, their 444.6500+ coordination
    will be cancelled.
 - Received application to move 443.8000+ from Riva to
    Annapolis, Md.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 443.7875+ at Annapolis,
 - With the construction of 443.7875+, the 443.8000+
    coordination will be cancelled.
 - Received application for coordination for UHF pair in
    Winchester, Virginia.
 - Received application for coordination for 220 pair in
    Harrisonburg, Virginia.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
    coordination groups.
 - Sent Construction Coordination for 224.5000-.
 - Received on air confirmation.
Delaware D-STAR
 - Received on air confirmation of 145.1100-.
 - Sent Final Coordination.
Fort Washington ARC
 - Received application for UHF pair in Ft. Washington,
Culpeper ARA
 - Received application for narrowband 2 meter pair.
Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society
 - Sent Final Coordination for 447.175- at Washington, D.C.
Calvert Amateur Radio Club
 - Received application for coordination for UHF link at
    Federalsburg, Maryland.
 - Received application for coordination for narrow-band
    2 meter pair at Thurmont, Maryland.
 - Received application for coordination for narrow-band
    UHF pair at Damascus, Maryland.
Prince George's County Emergency Radio Assoc.
 - Received on air confirmation for 145.2300- at District
    Heights, Maryland.

On Air Status Requests sent to:
442.3000+     AB3FE          Cumberland, Md.
442.7500+     AB3FE          Midland, Md.
447.4250-     K3GMS          Alexandria, Va.


Coordination Cancelled:

 53.3500-     W3VLG          Berkeley Springs, W. Va.
UHF Link      KA4DCS         Bluemont, Va.
447.7250-     Cecil Co. DES  Elkton, Md.



South Eastern Repeater Assoc
 - Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
Area Repeater Coordination Council
 - Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
 - Received 1 proposed coordination for 220
 - Received 9 proposed coordination for 440
Western Pa. Repeater Council
 - Received 2 proposed coordinations for 440


To contact T-MARC, you may send an e-mail to the Board at
<>. or, you may send a snail-mail to:

 P.O. Box 1022
 Savage, Md. 20763-1022

ARRL Section: Maryland-DC    October     Year: 2015

Total number of ARES members: 575
Change since last month:   -4
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 8
Number of ARES nets active: 13
Number with NTS liaison: 6
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: AJ3X, KB3KMJ, N3SEO, NI2W, W3YR,
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 27
 Person hours:  323
Number of public service events this month: 6
 Person hours:  237
Number of emergency operations this month:  3
 Person hours:  545
Total number of ARES operations this month: 36
 Total Person hours: 1104
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
The numbers are up this month. . .that's good news.  I'd like
to thank everyone for taking the time to write their monthly
EC reports.  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 me or the Section Manager, KB3MXM for more

There are six counties that do not having an Emergency
Coordinator.  They are ALLE, CARO, DORC, KENT, QACO, SOME
and WORC. 

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. 

You may contact me for more information at <>.

Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visits to as many
ARES and club groups as possible. We have two presentations
that 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 either of these 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: <>.

The new ARRL MDC Section Yahoo Reflector is now available.

We now have 75 members this month, up from 74.  With the wide
distribution of this newsletter coming out only once a month,
this Yahoo5site with keep you up to date with late breaking

You may join by clicking on:

At the last minute, and I mean the VERY last minute, Hurricane
Joaquin put the damper on our SET this year.  During the Friday
night E-Link SET Net, we decided not to risk putting anyone
in harms way and cancelled the 2015 MDC SET.

All was not lost, as several groups scouted out their water
gauges while others actually supported their served agencies
in some form or another. 

The great news is that their activation was short lived and all
was well again in the Section. 

The stats above are fairly good representation of their show
of support in the man-hours posted.
de ANAR County N3SEO
ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC.
ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.
Supported the CFC Bike Ride with 15 Hams for 118 mhrs
de BACO County AJ3X
The BaCo ACS informational and training FM net is called on
Wednesdays at 1930 hours on the K3HT repeater, 145.330 DUP-.

All are welcome to participate in this weekly net.
Region 3 D-Star net is called on the third Tuesday of each
month at 2100 hours on the W3DHS repeater and REF062A.

Use the following settings if you are in range of the repeater
to connect to the net directly via RF (* designates a space).
Frequency: 145.140
Repeater 1: W3DHS**C
Repeater 2: W3DHS**G
To participate using a DVLAP, DVAP or DV Dongle or repeater
link directly to REF62A.

On Saturday, September 25, 2015, BaCo ACS held an Introduction
to Emergency Communications class at the Region 3 ACS center in
Towson, MD. Eight participants from the Baltimore Metro area
were in attendance. Additional classes are planned for the
first quarter of 2016.

Our annual tri-county exercise was held on September 25 with
stations from Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties

This year had over 19 stations participate and we deployed
eight amateur radio operators to supported facilities where
facility Emergency Preparation Managers prepared injects for
the exercise.
de CALV County WK3G
Website: <>
Listserv: <>
Meeting: Third Tuesday of each month, location usually at the
County Services Building in Prince Frederick, Md.
Membership: 15 (no change since last month)
October was quite busy for Calvert ARES.  Preparation for this
year's SET was canceled due to Hurricane Joaquin and the
pre-rain event (PRE) that occurred. 

The on-shore winds brought minor flooding to parts of Calvert
County and we activated in the stand-by mode for most of the
three-day event. 

A net was formally called twice to collect observations for
the National Weather Service but otherwise we kept a
twenty-four hour watch on CALV01 (the Sunderland 146.985MHz
repeater) for any emergency reports.

We also participated in the 2015 Global ShakeOut Exercise
which supported earthquake preparedness.  A brief net was
called and damage reports were accepted.

Included in these reports was a formal Radiogram requesting
supplies for the Solomons area of the county.

Calvert ARES, in addition to other local hams, supported two
public service events.  The first was the CFC Bike Ride where
six members, plus ten others, helped provide safety and support
communications for the event. 

Immediately following the CFC event was the PRAD parade in
Solomons.  The PRAD parade was supported by five members who
provided coordination communication for the event.

Calvert Amateur Radio Association (CARA) completed the fund
raising needed to move the CALV02 (444.950MHz) repeater to
the Maryland SHA tower in Prince Frederick. 

Additional tuning to the system needs to happen but the
repeater already covers the county better (and provides good
coverage to the west as well). 

Many thanks to all the CARA members that put in many hours
to make this happen. 

Calvert County Public Safety also replaced the aging antenna
on CALV01 and it now has better coverage as well. 

Thanks to Bill Hacket, N3XMZ, for helping to coordinate this

Also, CALV09 was moved from 28.350MHz to 28.310MHz to make it
easier to tune to the new CALV10 channel (28.290MHz) which
was established to support NBEMS communication modes. 

All frequencies are available at:
de GARR County KB3FMJ
Last month's activities included:
Participated in the 2015 Savage Man Triathlon with support
from Mountain Top Amateur Radio Club.
Prepared for 2015 SET Drill
Held monthly meeting on 9/14/2015
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 November 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.

1 October 2015:  Attended Harford County Races Meeting,
topics:  MEMA COMEX on 2nd Tuesday of the month, Peach Bottom
SET on 27 April 2016.

7 October 2015:  Investigated the desktop computer in the HC
RACES room for possible use as the DSTAR Gateway.  It turns
out it is running Cent OS 2.6.18-308.315 which is good but it
is password protected and cannot readily be used.  The OS
will probably have to be re-loaded.

10  October 2015:  Made contact with the ARRL Eastern PA Section
and W.T. Jones, W3LUZ, provide me with the PA Chester county
"Chester Incident Radio Communications Plan" and the ICS 217
Radio Communications Resource Availability Worksheet,
9 September 2015, which included the VHF/UHF frequencies in
our adjacent PA counties of York Co. and Lancaster Co.

Jim, I sent this info to you and MD needs a similar ICS 217

13 October 2015:  Jeff Mathews, KB3LJB, and myself met at the
Harford County Races Room, at approximately 7:00PM to check in
to the MEMA COMEX net, Harford County ARES net, and perform
general maintenance on the RACES equipment.

Jeff checked into the net and recorded and sent practice
traffic.  I recorded practice traffic.

Afterward, I called for check ins to the local Harford County
ARES net, however nobody responded.

An email was previously sent to all the Harford County
RACES/ARES members about these nets.  At the next Harford
County Races/Ares meeting, attendance in the local Harford
County ARES net will again be stressed.

At the Harford County RACES room I tried to use the CHIRP
program on one of our FT-8900R radios.  I could not get CHIRP
to work correctly.  It would only downloaded (to the XP Laptop)
23 memories locations out of about 100 stored memory locations.

The upload appeared to work, and it took a few minutes,
however it did not store anything. 

Doug Augustyn (K3DAK) is the expert in the area and I am
soliciting his assistance.
20 October 2015:  Attended the CBRA meeting in Cecil County.
The following topics were discussed:  VE Sessions at the
American Legion in Rising Sun MD, Field day on June 25-26 2016,
Repeater work, SLRC Holiday Dinner on 5 Dec, CBRA Holiday
Dinner on 22 Jan.

22 October 2015:  Continued work on the DSTAR repeater system.
Bryan Kobe (KB3WHR) received ICOM disks from Pat Scollar and
was able to download the disk to an XP laptop.  Unfortunately
Bryan could not log into the DStar controller because it is
password protected, and the password is currently unknown to
us.  Also Doug Augustyn (K3DAK) worked on CHIRP and the
FT-8900R but the programming software has a problem.

26 October 2015:  Chip Diamond (W3JFD) sent me an email about
the status of repeaters in northern Harford County and Delta
PA supporting Peach Bottom.  They are not operational yet.
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Web Page: <>
PRGE ARES Internet Forum:
Nets: Held four regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets
on the K3ERA Repeater, 145.23MHz  PL 110.9 on Tuesdays at

The monthly HF Hospital Net is held the Wednesday following
the third Monday of the month on 3820 kHz 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.


As I was out of town for two weeks, there was no meeting no
events to report this month.

Our next meeting is November 16.
de WASH County NI2W
The Antietam Radio Association assisted the Hagerstown
Police Auxiliary and Hagerstown PD by providing
observation/safety reporting during the annual Hagerstown
Alsatia Mummers parade on October 31, 2015.

This event includes 10,000 participants and 100,000 parade
viewers. It has been touted as the largest nighttime parade
on the east coast.

Because of the late request only five amateur radio operators
were used this year.  The Auxiliary Captain asked us back for
next year's event at which time additional personnel will be

A FSD-157 for this event has been submitted to the ARRL. I have
also sent a copy to you and KB3MXM for your information.

Amateurs participating were: KB3GBF, WB3FTQ, N3ARZ, WA8EIH
and NI2W.  Two other amateur also provided support to the auxiliary
but not as amateurs, only as members of the auxiliary. They were:

November brings the JFK 50 mile run to Washington County. During
this event approximately thirty amateurs will be involved over a
fourteen hour period on November 21. They will be supporting
approximately 1,000 runners.

During October, I appointed three Assistant ECs. They
are: K2AVA, Herm Niedzielski, WA8EIH, Steve Struharik and
KB3ZV, Thomas McLeod.

de KA3AHI MDC Section Hospital Project:
HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz at 1930L.

It is always the Wednesday following the third Monday.

I'd like to hear more check-ins from our MDC Section.

The next HFHNet is November 18th with yours truly as the

Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: <>


WG3K 418
KK3F 140
W3YVQ 135
NI2W 131
K3IN 110
AA3SB 100
N3ZOC 90
AB3WG 86
W3CB 84

QST MDC 1510 STN BPL: KK3F 1510 SAR 19/870/860/10/1759

MDC NETS 1510:

MEPN 1510 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/341 QTC/36 MINS/707

BTN/C4, BALTIMORE TRAFFIC NET, 146.67/1830L-DY ALT 145.330
BTN 1510 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/315 QTC/22 MINS/505

MDD 1510 AA3SB QND/59 QNI/340 QTC/110 MINS/540

Liaisons: MDD
MSN 1510 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/131 QTC/34 MINS/662

MDC 1510 PSHRS FILED (Zero entries omitted.):
WG3K 1510 PSHR 1/23 2/40 3/20 4/5 5/310 6/20 TOTAL 418
KK3F 1510 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/30 4/30 TOTAL 140
W3YVQ 1510 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/30 4/25 TOTAL 135
NI2W 1510 PSHR 1/40 2/6 3/20 4/65 TOTAL 131
K3IN 1510 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/30 TOTAL 110
AA3SB 1510 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/20 TOTAL 100
N3ZOC 1510 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/10 TOTAL 90
WB3FTQ 1510 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/10 TOTAL 90
AB3WG 1510 PSHR 1/40 2/26 3/20 TOTAL 86
W3CB 1510 PSHR 1/23 2/11 3/20 4/10 6/20 TOTAL 84

KK3F 1510 SAR 19/870/860/10/1759
WB3FTQ 1510 SAR 0/79/78/6/163
WG3K 1510 SAR 0/67/43/0/110
AA3SB 1510 SAR 1/64/29/5/99
K3IN 1510 SAR 0/41/47/2/90
W3YVQ 1510 SAR 0/23/37/0/60
N3ZOC 1510 SAR 0/17/20/5/42
AB3WG 1510 SAR 0/15/4/7/26
W3CB 1510 SAR 0/3/6/2/11
NI2W 1510 SAR 0/3/0/3/6



MEPN 1510 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/341 QTC/36 MINS/707
BTN 1510 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/315 QTC/22 MINS/505
MDD 1510 AA3SB QND/59 QNI/340 QTC/110 MINS/540
MSN 1510 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/131 QTC/34 MINS/662

PSHR: WG3K 418, KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, NI2W 131,
K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, N3ZOC 90, WB3FTQ 90, AB3WG 86,
W3CB 84;

TFC: KK3F 1759, WB3FTQ 163, WG3K 110, AA3SB 99,
K3IN 90, W3YVQ 60, N3ZOC 42, AB3WG 26, W3CB 11,
NI2W 6

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

Outlets in each ARES® jurisdiction are needed for daily
Radiogram and Radio-email traffic for served agencies,
and also for messaging welcoming new hams to the
Amateur Service. Join the MEPN, BTN, or MDD nets
daily to find out more about how to contribute.

The NTS continues to provide national Radiogram service
in parallel with the NTS Digital (NTSD) 24/7. The NTSD
also handles ICS message form content in full email
format as Radiogram text for delivery digitally by DRS
stations. The Radio-email layer can carry standard email-
formatted text to multiple addressees and copies, and
can include attached binary files. Thus Radio-email, via
WL2K or peer-to-peer connections, transports both
Radiogram and ICS messaging to help provide total
agency interoperability, and it is operational throughout
the country. This layer is also backed up by the NTSD´s
national Pactor forwarding system, both being
infrastructure independent as needed. Please register
your WL2K Target Stations with the SEC and STM. This
is critically important to our served agencies.

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 6:00 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.
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

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

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


I would like to remind you that the ARRL's annual dues
will increase on January 1st.

The American Radio Relay League, ARRL, the national association
for amateur radio, is the only voice that we, as amateur radio
operators, have to represent us in order to protect the radio
frequencies we use.

It would be to your benefit to either join the ARRL or
renew your membership for as long as you can afford before
January 1st.

The current rate is $39 for one year, $76 for two years or
$111 for three years.  The current life time membership fee
is $975.00

Effective January 1, 2016, the membership rate will go up
to $49 for one year, $95 for two years and $140 for three
years.  A lifetime membership will cost $1,225.

To see the benefits of joining the ARRL, click on:
I would also like to ask all federal employees to contribute
to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  I hope some of
your tax deductible donations will go to the ARRL. (See
the announcement above.)
Winter is fast approaching.  Most of the leaves have
fallen from the trees and it's time to consider checking,
or replacing your HF wire antennas.
Don't forget to check in to your National Traffic Service
(NTS) nets.  Send an ARRL NTS Radiogram to your friends
and relatives around the US and the world free of charge
during the upcoming holiday season. 
Finally, I hope you and you family have a safe and enjoyable
73 and remember that I am always ready to serve you.
Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM
ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager

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