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MDC Section News
Vol. 12, No. 04
April 16, 2017



This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday, April 21st at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC* Node 6154.

The EchoLink net is always held on the third Friday evening of every month at 8:00 PM local time.

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

- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+), CTCSS 107.2 Hz, in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), CTCSS 151.4 Hz, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), CTCSS 141.3 Hz, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), CTCSS 156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- W3SMR, 147.150(+), 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: 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.


There will be an amateur radio technician class held on Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd at the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, 211 Maple Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Parking off of Philosophers Terrace. The times are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.

The class is limited to 20 students. Material required: "Technician Class Manual, 2014 – 2018" by Gordon West. The cost for the manual is $21.95.

There will be a testing session on Saturday April 29 at 10:00 AM.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED for both the classes and the testing! To pre-register, please send an email to

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Steve Moore via email or via landline at: 443-480-6172.


The Church World Service CROP Walk is the first Sunday in May (May 7). It starts at the east end of the Linson Pool Parking lot (5211 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740) and proceeds in a loop around Lake Artemesia.

The walk starts at 1:00 PM, but we need to get in position by around 12:30 PM. It should be over by 4:00 PM.

We have traditionally support this walk with two or three bicycle mobile operators and a base station near the check-in area at the starting point. I made a direct query to a couple PGCERA and PG-ARES members who have supported this event as bicycle mobile operators in the past, but I have not heard back from them.

Due to my prostate cancer surgery coming up on April 17th, it will too early in my recovery to support the event as a bicycle mobile operator, but I am hoping to be able to run the base station.

It would be great if I could find a couple bicycle mobile operators to support the event in our traditional manner.

However, if no one can serve as a bicycle mobile operator, we could support the event with three operators, in addition to the base station, positioned at strategic locations along the route.

Please let me know as soon as you can if you would be willing to support the event in any capacity.

Jim / KD3JA


This is a list of hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section area.

I am including hamfests in nearby Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware as well as conventions in Orlando, Florida and Dayton, Ohio as courtesy to our neighboring Section Managers.

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

We hope to see you all there.
Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Amateur Radio and Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Location: Cheer Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
Website: RadioElectronicsExpo
Sussex ARA Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz
Public Contact: Vic Gumper, KC3BUI. PO Box 566, Seaford, DE 19973
2017 York (Pennsylvania) Hamfest
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Location: Elicker's Grove Park, 511 Roth Church Road, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Public Contact: Duane Sterner
The Greater Hagerstown Hamfest
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Location: Washingtown County Agriculture Center, MD Route 65 South, Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown, MD
Sponsor: Antietam Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.090(+), CTCSS 100.0 Hz & 146.94(-), CTCSS 100.0 backup
Public Contact: Herm Niedzielski, K2AVA, 21512 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd, Hagerstown, MD 21742, Phone: 301-791-5841
2017 Dayton [Ohio] Hamvention
Dates: Friday, May 19, 2017 through Sunday, May 21, 2017
Location: Greene County Fair & Exposition Center, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia, OH 45385
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.940(-) & 146.910(-), alternate
Public Contact: Phone: 937-276-6930
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Location: Cumberland Valley Engine & Machinery Association (CVEMA) Show Grounds, 1501 Criders Church Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201
Sponsor: Cumberland Valley Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.120(+), CTCSS 100.0 Hz
Public Contact: Ray Smith, N3TWU, 27 N. Queen St., Shippensburg, PA 17257, Phone: 717-377-3550
BARC's Father's Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds, 16020 Carnival Avenue, Upperco, MD 21155
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: None
Public Contact: Dave Shadwell, AB3TE, PO Box 120, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 443-465-6583
Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club Firecracker Hamfest
Date: Sunday, July 1, 2017
Location: Harrisburg Area Community College, 3599 Industrial Road, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Sponsor: Harrisburg Radio Amateurs' Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.760(-), CTCSS 100.0 Hz
Public Contact: Tim Lehman, KB3OZA, PO Box 453, Hummelstown, PA 17036, Phone: 717 461-3398
67th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Location: Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, 890 West Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611
Sponsor: Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club
Public Contact: Thomas Brownlee, AF2D, 744 Gafia Lodge Road, Middletown, VA 22645, Phone: 540-869-7065
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:


T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.

T-MARC coordinates Amateur repeater operations to help keep VHF and UHF interference problems to a minimum.

March, 2017 Report

Applications in Process:
Kent Amateur Radio Society
– Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups for narrow-band UHF pair in Worton, MD
- Sent Construction Coordination for 442.7375+

– Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination for UHF pair at Gore, VA to neighboring coordination groups.
- Received objection. Notice of Proposed Coordination with alternate pair sent to neighboring coordination groups

- Received application for narrow-band UHF pair in Arlington, VA
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 443.0625+

– Received on air confirmation for 147.3150+ in Flintstone, MD
- Sent Final Coordination.

- Received on air confirmation for 53.1700- in Prince Frederick, MD
- Sent Final Coordination.

– Received application for 220 pair in Fredericksburg, VA

– Received on air confirmation of unpublished UHF pair at Millwood, VA
- Sent Final Coordination

South Eastern Repeater Assoc
- Received 2 proposed coordination for 2 meters
- Received 2 proposed coordination for 440

Area Repeater Coordination Council
- Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
- Received 1 proposed coordination for 440

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

You may view the T-MARC home page at:

If you have any questions about you application for a repeater pair or have any others questions, you may contact T-MARC via e-mail at: or send a snail-mail to:
P.O. Box 1022
Savage, MD 20763-1022



ARRL Section: Maryland-DC March 2017
Total number of ARES® members: 457
Change since last month: -70
ALLE County data removed as it is over five years without any
updates nor reports.
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 16 of 18 or 33.3%
Number of ARES® nets active: 12
Number with NTS liaison: 10
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: N3SEO, N3AE, KB3KOW, WA3EOQ, WB3KAS, NI2W
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 8
Person hours: 242
Number of public service events this month: 1
Person hours: 141
Number of emergency operations this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES® operations this month: 9
Total Person hours: 383
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:

Reporting 16 of 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES® County reports this month, or 33% probably because I didn't send out a reminder! I'd liked to thank everyone for taking the time to write their reports.

Now, let's get the remaining county ECs to go get working on theirs.

It's extremely important that your constituents hear what is going on relative to EmComm. If nothing more, tell us what meetings you hold, when, where and what repeaters you can be found on. I'd like to hear from the rest of you.
MDC Section Vacancies Still Open - Our DEC slot for the Central Region Section is filled, and it is possible that it may be filled next month.

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 wx 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 atsign

SEC Presentations
Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visit to as many ARES® and club groups as possible. We have two presentations I think would be worth your while to hear. One on Section Interoperability and the other is the Section Health Care EmComm Program. If you have interest in this, and have room on your meeting agenda for us, please contact me.

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

The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available. If you are not a member ... you should be!! We now have 88 members this month, one more than last month. I encourage you to use this to inform or keep in touch with the rest of your fellow members. With the wide distribution of the MDC Section News 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 email in-box. You can join at:

Meetings: None this month.
Future Events: None scheduled.

Section Reports Received:
de CALV County N3AE
Participated in the PG Post-Breakfast exercise on March 18th. We operated from the club station at the Mt Hope Community Center.Overall, the exercise was quite successful for us. We had six operators participate. We successfully sent and received WL2K packet messages on 2m and WL2K Winmor traffic on 80M. We noted, however, that the data transfer rate on 80M was not spectacular, getting as slow as 51 bytes/minute. A picture of our breakfast group that morning was compresses and successfully transmitted on 2M using Winlink Express.
On the evening of March 21st, we attempted to hold a round robin net on 145.750 using basic AX-25 packet in "unconnected" (unproto) mode through our K3CAL-10 digipeater in Prince Frederick. It was anticipated that signal levels would be strong enough to be able to copy unconnected packets with few errors. Various radio setup, TNC setup and antenna problems conspired to make this less than a successful exercise. We plan to get together in April with our gear in-hand to work through the problems.
Net: No nets currently scheduled
Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM usually in Prince Frederick
de CHAR County KB3KOW
Conducted Winlink drill to familiarize members with auto Winlink
ICS forms.
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, 145.230(-), CTCSS 110.9 Hz, on Tuesdays at 1930L. The monthly HF Hospital Net is held the Wednesday following the third Monday of the month on 3820kHz at 1930L.
Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at 1930.
New EOC Status: New 80m dipole installed. HF Tri-bander delivered and will be installed this summer. Repeater EchoLink is off the air until we can get somebody to host it from home.
March 9 - Toured Bowie Health Center's newly renovated facilities. ARES® radio cart has been relocated to their new Comm Center. Antennas will not have to be taken down, but coax cables will have to be re-routed and lengthened.
March 18 - Conducted the Annual PRGE ARES® EmComm Breakfast Deployment. Four venues this year covering most of the county, relaying VHF and HF Peer-to-Peer (P2P) traffic messages among the sites.
de WASH County NI2W
The Monthly Washington County ARES® Net was conducted on March 30, 2017
Eleven stations participated. They were: NI2W, KB3JNJ, K3EDG, KC3FDA, KB3ISG, K3FCC, WA3EOP, W3BRZ, K3UMV, KB3MBR, and W3PDW.
Scheduled Public Service events for 2017 are as follows:
April 10 - Washington County Airport drill
June 10 - HARC C&O Canal Hike
August 6 - Fort Ritchie Triathlon
October 28 - Hagerstown Mummers Parade
November 18 - JFK 50 Mile Run
The Antietam Radio Association is currently building a station at the Hagerstown Auxiliary Police HQ building to be used to support ARES® and RACES. This station will have HF, VHF and UHF capabilities. It will also be used to support various public service events as well as a club station. Completion is anticipated during the summer of 2017.
Butch NI2W

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

HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz ± at 1930L.  We try to hold the freq between 1915 to 1930L, so give us a hollar!  On March 22, we had 19 checked in, thanks to the special Section Notice put out by the Section Manager that went out earlier about the Net.  As we move out of the the winter months we will encounter static storm noise. Should be interesting. I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC Section. I am thinking of moving the time up to 1900L to get out from under a nearby net that causing havoc on our frequency.  Look for the Section Notice coming out jut prior to Net time for any changes.

There is a possibility of a May 23 Hospital Region V Exercise.  No word yet on the details.  These counties are CALV, CHAR, MONT, PRGE and STMA.  If you have been contacted to support the Exercise, please let me know ASAP.  I am meeting with the planners to coordinate injects for those radio operators playing.
Thank you.
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC


For March, 2017


MEPN 1703 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/379 QTC/62 MINS/742
BTN 1703 AB3WG QND/28 QNI/426 QTC/39 MINS/582
MDD 1703 AA3SB QND/63 QNI/403 QTC/86 MINS/708
MSN 1703 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/171 QTC/76 MINS/820

PSHR: W3CB 144, KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, K3IN 110, NI2W 102, WB3FTQ 95, N3ZOC 90, AA3SB 90, WG3K 87, AB3WG 87, KB3LFG 62; 

TFC: KK3F 4895, K3IN 264, W3YVQ 101, WG3K 82, WB3FTQ 65, AA3SB 49, N3ZOC 44, AB3WG 36, W3CB 26, NI2W 17, KB3LFG 13

HF NVIS propagation on MEPN (3820 KHz) was totally functional throughout March 2017. (On March 12 the MEPN moved back from 5 PM to 6 PM coincident with the return to daylight savings time, hence there was no solar time or propagation impact.) The evening Cycle 4 nets had improving conditions for the month for the MDD 1900L session but with some nights with poor conditions at 2200L EDT. There were a few dates where the overnight MUFs dropped almost to the AM broadcast band, but the longer days are now promising better late sessions.

The MEPN returned to the normal net time of 1800L, with the pre-net at 1730L, on Sunday, March 12, 2017, coincident with the shift to daylight savings time.

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

MEPN 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). 

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 Section NTS net controls, DRS and WL2K stations, liaisons, and traffic handlers for the continuing effort to keep the nets running and traffic moving.

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

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


What HF Propagation?  

The HF propagation forecasting, resources: 
Here are some online/Internet resources:  

Digisonde status for Maximum Usable Frequency (MUF) and propagation: 
Wallops Island VA - Offline 
Eglin AFB FL - Online 
Millstone Hill MA - Online

Check the U.S. Frequency/Timing/Propagation beacons:
U.S. WWV, WWVH 2.5, 5, 10, 15 & 20 MHz
Canada CHU 3.33, 7.85 & 14.67 MHz

ARISS digipeater operating again VHF 145.825 MHz and HamTV digital amateur television DATV operational on 2.4 GHz
More info at

Did you participate in the 'World Amateur Radio Day' on April 18th? Tell us and ARRL HQ about your WARD adventures - email to ARRL Public Relations Mgr …

March 28th the FCC adopted rules to allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and 135.7-137.8 kHz (2,200 meters)

Legislative: State of Washington - Distracted Driving Bills exempts amateur radio - see progress of WA state House Bill 1371 & Senate Bill 5289 

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai offers praise for H.R. 555 in January 2017. ARRL needs to move aggressively forward with campaigns to ralley Amateur Radio members to contact their representative for Senate passage. 

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

The "Maryland-DC Section News" is published monthly by the ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, 4 Pegram Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117-2116; tel 443-326-1783.
You may also send an email to:

The "Maryland-DC Section News" offers a monthly digest of essential and general news of interest to all amateur radio operators.

My editor is my Assistant Section Manager Al Brown, KZ3AB. 

Material from the "MDC Section News" may be republished or reproduced, in whole or in part in any form, without additional permission.

Please give credit to the "Maryland-DC Section News" or the original author of submission.

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