MDC Section News
Vol. 11, No. 10
October 15, 2016
* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY OCTOBER 21st
* ARRL TO HOST CHIRP RADIO PROGRAMMING WEBINAR
* SUPPORT THE AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* REMINDER MARINE CORPS MARATHON (MCM) - HAMS NEEDED
* SEPTEMBER, 2016 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER
==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY OCTOBER 21st
This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday,
October 21 at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC* Node 6154.
The EchoLink net is held on the third Friday evening of every month at
8:00 PM local time. If you would like to join in on RF, the following
repeaters and IRLPs have linked in for previous EchoLink nets:
- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+), CTCSS 107.2
Hz, in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), CTCSS 151.4 Hz, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), CTCSS 156.7 Hz, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), CTCSS 141.3 Hz, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), CTCSS 156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- W3SMR, 147.150 MHz (+), CTCSS 114.8 Hz, Brandywine, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co, MD
- W3SMD-L, 147.51 Simplex, N. St Mary's County, MD
- K3GMR-R 146.61 (-), No CTCSS, Cheverly, MD
Everyone is encouraged to join in and give any updates on what is going
on in your part of the ARRL Maryland-DC Section.
If you do not have EchoLink on your Computer, Tablet or Smartphone, you
may download the free software from:
<http://echolink.org/register_data.jsp> 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
You may also join and follow us on:
on Twitter at: @MDCARRL
==> ARRL TO HOST CHIRP RADIO PROGRAMMING WEBINAR
The ARRL will host a CHIRP Radio Programming webinar on Wednesday,
October 19, at 8 PM Eastern Time.
This presentation will offer a brief overview of the free, open-source
CHIRP software, which can be used to program most radios.
You may register by clicking on:
==> 2016 COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN (CFC) - "SHOW SOME LOVE"
Here's a note to all amateur radio operators who are Federal Employees,
US Postal Service workers and members of the military: The Combined
Federal Campaign (CFC) started in September and will run through
For the past 15 years, the US Office of Personnel Management has
designated the ARRL (participant # 10099) to participate in the
Combined Federal Campaign.
This annual campaign for federal government civilian employees, US
Postal Service workers and members of the military has generated more
than $280,773 for ARRL programs since it first became an option for
giving by federal employees to the League.
The CFC provides an easy way to support ARRL's effort to represent its
members and _all_radio amateurs.
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
ARRL over and above their annual membership.
Such contributions support programs that are not funded by member dues,
enriching ARRL's ability to serve its members and all of Amateur Radio.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 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.
Local CFC offices do not provide the ARRL with the names of individual
donors unless the donor indicates permission on the donor form.
On the CFC pledge-form donors may indicate that their contribution and
should be designated for Diamond Club contributions or any one of the
ARRL Funds -— the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund, the ARRL Education &
Technology Program, the Historic Preservation Fund, the Lab Fund, the
W1AW Endowment Fund or as an unrestricted contribution.
To ensure your gift is allocated correctly, please send a copy of the
completed pledge form to the ARRL Development Office by email to
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, by fax to ARRL Development Office at
860-594-0397 or by snail-mail to 225 Main Street, Newington CT
If you don't mind, please send a copy to ARRL MDC Section Manager Marty
Pittinger, KB3MXM,<KB3MXM@ARRL.net>, 4 Pegram Road, Owings Mills, MD
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.
==> SUPPORT THE AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT
Urge Your Senators To Support The Amateur Radio Parity Act
** It takes just two minutes **
We have an opportunity to positively affect Amateur Radio for years to
come. H.R. 1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, has unanimously passed
the House of Representatives and moved on to the Senate for
consideration. All you need to do is spend two minutes of your time to
send an email to your two Senators supporting the Bill.
By doing so, you will have helped the future of Amateur Radio by
guaranteeing our ability to have an effective outdoor antenna in a
The number of people living in such communities grows exponentially
each year. Often, a ham homeowner has no choice but to live in a
community restricted by covenants.
There are nearly 3/4 of a million licensed hams in the United States,
more than ever before. But that may change if we are forced to live in
a community that refuses to allow an antenna.
Help yourself and help your fellow hams. Go to this link:
Enter your zip code and follow the prompts. The letters are there. All
you need to do is fill in the blanks, hit save, then send. If your home
Internet connection has an issue, use your "Smartphone" browser to
submit your letters. That's it - in less than 2 minutes and you're
done. If you haven't yet done so, please do so today. I did it and your
voice counts too!
73, Marty KB3MXM
MDC Section Manager
==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS
This is a list of hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section area.
I am including a list of hamfests in nearby Pennsylvania, northern
Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware as well as conventions in Orlando,
Florida and Dayton, Ohio as courtesy to our neighboring Section
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.
St. Mary's ARA 4th Annual TailgateFest
Saturday, October 22, 2015
Event Time: 8 AM - 12 Noon
Location: Hollywood VFD Bingo Hall
24801 Three Notch Road
Hollywood, MD 20636
Sponsor: St. Mary's County ARA
Talk-In: 146.640 (PL 146.2)
Table fee: Indoor Reserved: $10, Outdoor spot: $5
Public Contact: Chuck Gantz, K3WJX
45200 Christman Road Hollywood, MD 20636
The Mason-Dixon Hamfest
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Location: Sportmans Hall Skating Rink
15500 Hanover Pike
Upperco, MD 21155
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Public Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB
2145 Bethel Rd
Finksburg, MD 21048
Notes: Overnight parking is by special arrangement.
Send an e-mail to <email@example.com> if you need to park on the grounds
Saturday night. The skating rink is open until 12 midnight on Saturday
night. Therefore, Saturday setup in the parking lot is_not_available.
Indoor table space is currently TBD due to construction at the rink.
Please check back in the summer and we will post more information as
soon as it is available.
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Location: American Legion Youth Camp
9201 Surratts Road
Cheltenham, MD 20623
Sponsor: American Legion & Prince George's County Emergency
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.230 (PL 110.9)
Public Contact: Charles Hallock, AA3WS
16203 Manning Road
West Accokeek, MD 20607
Post Holiday Hamfest
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Location: Odenton Volunteer Fire Company
1425 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD 21113
Sponsor: Maryland Mobileers Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.805- (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Bruce McPherson, AB3AC
484 Peach Leaf Court
Odenton, MD 21113
Virginia State Convention (FrostFest)
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Location: Richmond International Raceway
600 East Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23218
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society
Talk-In: 146.880 (PL 74.4)
Public Contact: Timothy Farrell, KJ4NPB
8287 Ellerson Drive
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Orlando [Florida] HamCation®
Dates: Friday, February 10, 2017 through Sunday, February 12, 2017
Location: Central Florida Fairgrounds
4603 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32801
Sponsor: Orlando Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.760 (No CTCSS)
Public Contact: Lidy Meijers, KJ4LMM
PO Box 574962
Orlando, FL 32857
Phone: 407-841-0874 or 1-800-214-7541
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Location: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
8333 Little River Turnpike
Sponsor: Vienna Wireless Society
Talk-In: 146.910(-) MHz
Public Contact: Thor Berglie, KK4UYT
2813 Hunter Rd
Fairfax, VA 22031
Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Amateur Radio and Electronics
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Location: Cheer Center
546 South Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: Herbert Quick, KF3BT
PO Box 1431
Seaford, DE 19973
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: 146.94 & 146.91 (alternate)
Public Contact: Phone: 937-276-6930
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
Public Contact: Dave Shadwell, AB3TE
PO Box 120
Reisterstown, MD 21136
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 either:
<www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm> or the ARRL's Hamfest and Convention
==> REMINDER MARINE CORPS MARATHON (MCM) - HAMS NEEDED
The Virginia Section District 2 EC, WD5DBC – a Marine Corps Marathon
volunteer since 1997 – is urging radio amateurs in the Mid-Atlantic
area, including Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, West
Virginia, and other states to join him on the Marine Corp Marathon
course this fall to, as he put it, "participate in The Peoples
On Sunday, October 30th, Amateur Radio volunteers will provide
communication support for the 41st running of the Marine Corp Marathon.
The Marathon runs along a scenic route starting near Arlington National
Cemetery into Washington, DC past many monuments (hence the nickname
"Marathon of the Monuments") back into Virginia finishing after 26.2
miles at the Marine Corps War Memorial inArlington, Virginia.
Amateur Radio volunteers provide emergency medical and logistics
throughout the course, working in concert with the various law
enforcement agencies as well as the Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
Fire Department Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to aid the more than
25,000 athletes that are expected to take part this year.
"Additional ham radio operators are still needed to staff some points
along the course including mile markers, water points, food stops, aid
stations as well as some post-finish locations," said MCM Marathon
Amateur Radio Communications Director Howard Cunningham, WD5DBC.
To signup there are two signup pages.
The first page is <http://www.mcmham.org> and the second page is
<https://mcmregistration.com/Register/?event=36405>. If you have any
questions or problems, please email me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Thanks and 73,
Howard Cunningham, WD5DBC
==> SEPTEMBER, 2016 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.
T-MARC coordinates Amateur repeater operations to help keep
interference problems to a minimum.
The areas of responsibility include the District of Columbia, Delaware,
Maryland, Northern Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.
_Email Addresses Needed for the Following_
We either do not have your email address or the one we have on record
K3LMS, K3WTF (ex WB3IUT), KS3L Summit ARA, K4CHE, KQ4D Big Mountain
Repeater Assoc., N3JCR,
N3EZD, N3HQJ, N3JJK, and WB4MWF. Please update your information by
sending an email to:
<email@example.com>. Thank you.
August, 2016 Report_Applications in Process:_
– Sent new coordination for 147.2100+ at Dulles, Va.
– Original pair picked had adjacent channel conflict.
- Resubmitted alternate pair to neighboring coordinators for review.
- Sent Construction Coordination for 442.5500+ at Gambrills, Md.
– Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to co-channel system in Mt.
Holly Springs, PA
– Received application to modify coordination for 443.7000+ in
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
- Sent new coordination.
Blossom Point ARC
– Received application to modify coordination for 146.8500- in
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
- Sent new coordination.
– Received application for 2 meter repeater in Washington, D.C.
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
groups and co-channel in
- Sent Construction Coordination for 147.2700+ in
– Received application for coordination for UHF pair in
– Sent Final Coordination for 444.6625+ in Harrisonburg, VA
Western Pa. Repeater Council
- Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
- Received 1 proposed coordination for 220
- Received 3 proposed coordinations for 440
Ohio Area Repeater Council
- Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
- Received 1 proposed coordination for 440
You may view the T-MARC home page at: <http://tmarc.org/> or,
if you have any questions, you may contact T-MARC via e-mail
==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
ARRL Section: Maryland-DC September Year: 2016
AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 569
Change since last month: 4
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 5 of 18 or 28%
Number of ARES nets active: 18
Number with NTS liaison: 4
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3LJB, N3SEO, NI2W, WA3EOQ,
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 15
Person hours: 181
Number of public service events this month: 3
Person hours: 125
Number of emergency operations this month: 0
Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 18
Total Person hours: 306
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
Five of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County
reports this month, or 28% probably because I got a reminder notice
out. . .late, but nevertheless I got it out! Will do better next month.
I'd liked to thank everyone for taking the time to write their reports.
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 on what repeaters you can be found. I'd like to hear
from the rest of you.
MDC Section Vacancies Still Open
There is one vacant DEC slot left for the Central Region Section. If
you are interested, and up to the challenge, please contact the Section
Manager, KB3MXM or me for more information.
There are seven counties that do not having an Emergency Coordinator.
They are ALLE, CARO, DORC, KENT, QACO, SOME and WORC. As you can see 4
out of the 5 are on the Eastern Shore and is a grave concern from a
weather perspective. If you live in any of these counties, please
consider getting involved with emergency communications and sign up to
assist the hospitals in your area. Contact me for more information at
Wanda, KA3AHI, and I continue to schedule visit 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 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
The URL is: <https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MDCQRV/info>.
The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available. If you are
not a member. . .you should be!! We now have 87 members this month, up
two from last month. Slow growth, but it is growing.
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 with 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. You may join at:
Sept 21: Earlier in the month, I received an email from the Silver
Springs American Red Cross
Director of Management Services inviting me to come speak with them
about "renewing" partnership with the ARES community in the Maryland
The successful meeting lasted about an hour looking to renew
relationships after the loss of the previous person in this position,
who was an amateur radio operator.
2016 MDC SET
MDC SET started Friday night Sept 30 (0000Z October 1).
This was not your normal SET you might have done in the past. The
intent was NOT a contest style as many have suggested, nor a session to
carry on a QSO. It was to see who could touch whom through the Section
utilizing Winlink 2000 Winmor P2P.
Those who provided comments this month should review them for next
month's submission. More on this successful SET in a full report next
Section Reports Received:
de ANAR N3SEO
ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC. ARES nets
each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater. Sept 10 – Marley
Station Expo: 9 hams
de CECI KB3LJB
September 2016 ARES activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of
participation in the weekly
Sunday evening ARES Nets held on the CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port
Deposit, MD. The Nets averaged ½ hour duration and 10 operators
checking in for a total of 20 person hours. The CECI ARES group is
planning on participating in the SET tentatively scheduled to be held
September 30 through October 2. HF capabilities at the Cecil EOC are
limited however, the EOC staff is willing to work with us to prove a
successful emergency configuration scenario where we are able to pass
messages to other jurisdictions via Winlink. ARES volunteers checked
and repaired an existing antenna, to configure it for NVIS use, on the
roof of the EOC and
successfully sent and received several short test messages via Winlink.
Ted, W3YR, assembled and tested the equipment required into a go kit
and have been passing along the knowledge required to temporarily set
up at the EOC for this SET. Operators in Cecil County and at the CECI
EOC are expected to be W3YR (HARCO EC), KC3BPM, N3MRK, KB3LFG (HARCO
RACES RO), and KB3LJB.
The WA3SFJ-R Echolink Node 585690 is up and available for traffic to
and from the Cecil ARES Group.
de GARR County WA3EOQ
Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805, pl 123. Connected to
the TARGET system. Next regular meeting on 10 October at 7PM at the
Southern Rescue Squad facility in Oakland. Net every Sunday evening
at 8PM Local on 146.805, pl 123. The repeater is now off the Target
System until the link problem is solved. The Savageman Triathlon was
run on September 18 throughout Garrett County. GCARES with an assist
from the Mountain ARC (Cumberland) supported the bicycle section of
this event again this year especially covering areas where cell
reception is non-existent and, simultaneously, prone to high-speed
downhill crashes. The Garrett County EOC van which was located at the
race beginning/end at Deep Creek Lake State Park was utilized as our
net control and liaison to other law enforcement/EMT services.
Monitoring the Hurricane Watch net on 20 and 40m as it has been
activated for Hurricane Matthew. Checking into the MDD net most every
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Web Page: <http://www.pgares.org>
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 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: No change from last report. Waiting for construction
crew to schedule antenna
installs. Work still in progress to reactivate our Echolink connection
to the K3ERA repeater.
N3ADF is lead on this project. September 5: Supported the Greenbelt
Labor Day with KD3JA in the lead. About 14 ARES members came out
suppoting the event along with numerous local National Honor Society
Students. Our next meeting is October 17 and will feature a
presentation on the "Namjemory Creek Observatory" perhaps better known
as the Southern Maryland Astronomical Society. It will be presented by
Ft Washington Amateur Radio Club members, KB3SWS and KB3SPH.
All are invited to attend.
de WASH County NI2W
On September 17, 2016 the Antietam Radio (ARA) association participated
in a emergency preparedness demonstration in Washington County. The ARA
erected an HF station at Lowe's in Hagerstown to demonstrate amateur
radio. ARA was joined by numerous first responder, and health and
safety organizations to demonstrate and advertise their capabilities.
This event, usually held on the third Saturday of September, has become
an annual event in Hagerstown reaching many people. The Washington
County monthly ARES VHF net was held on September 27 with nine stations
participating with HTs, emergency, and commercial power. ARES Nets will
be held on the following dates in 2016:
November 24 - Thanksgiving
de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program: September
1: Visited the Harford
Memorial Hospital in Harve de Grace, MD to brief them on the objectives
and purpose of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in the hospital
community and the capabilities they have to offer. Met with the
Hospital Emergency Prep Coordinator and staff along with the HARF RO
Jeff, KB3LFG. 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
September 21 we had 24 checked in, thanks to the special Section Notice
that went out about the Net. I'd like to hear more checkins from our
MDC Section. Next HFHNet is October 19. NCS varies each month. It is
always the Wednesday following the third Monday.
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
MDC NTS NETS:
MEPN 1609 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/342 QTC/35 MINS/610 BTN 1609 AB3WG QND/30
QNI/363 QTC/48 MINS/578 MDD
1609 AA3SB QND/59 QNI/335 QTC/128 MINS/643 MSN 1609 W8CPG QND/30
QNI/102 QTC/79 MINS/527
PSHR: KK3F 160, W3YVQ 135, K3IN 110, WB4FDT 100, AA3SB 100, NI2W 96,
WB3FTQ 95, W3CB 90, N3ZOC 90, AB3WG 87, WG3K 51, KB3LFG 20;
TFC: KK3F 1902, K3IN 160, WB4FDT 150, AA3SB 121, W3YVQ 108, WB3FTQ 73,
N3ZOC 66, AB3WG 36, W3CB 12, NI2W 6, WG3K 6, KB3LFG 1
HF conditions on MEPN and 3RN/C2 have slowly improved for the past
month due to the fall propagation conditions and lower sun angle.
Declining solar cycle 24 provided a number of spotless days. NVIS MUFs
have dropped below 80 meters just before dawn many days. The evening
cycle 4 nets had good propagation from the 2300Z through the 0200Z
sessions every day.
MDC RADIOGRAMS AND OTHER MESSAGING
Outlets in each ARES(r) 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.
Each ARES(r) jurisdiction in MDC should assign an HF rep to MEPN or MDD
daily; or a rep to BTN daily; or assign an operator to check Radio-email
daily. Register these stations with the STM so traffic may be routed
to/from your jurisdictions.
BTN LOCAL NTS TRAFFIC AND TRAINING NET
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 6 PM
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
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
73, W3YVQ, MDC ASM, STM
w3yvq atsign arrl dot net
w3yvq atsign winlink dot org from WL2K
==> FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER
The hurricane season for the North Atlantic does not end until November
30th. Fortunately, we missed a direct impact from Hurricane Matthew and
it is heading out to sea but our fellow Hams down-South continue to
struggle with the restoration. As I write this, Tropical Storm Nicole
will pass over Bermuda, significant damage is expected before heading to
the North Atlantic.
But, we should all keep a "Weather Eye" and watch for further storm
developments during this hurricane season and have our "Go Kits" ready.
Also, don't forget that Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) ends and Eastern
Standard Time (EST) begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 6th. So,
turn your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed and enjoy an extra
hour of sleep.
73 and remember that I am always ready to serve you.
Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM
ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager
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