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


We are ready –

We have total Amateur Radio commitment from entire Maryland / DC ARRL Section management staff, including ARES Emergency Coordinators (EC), NTS stations, and Amateur Radio Clubs.

Our designated ARES team members are assisting our served agencies throughout the State and county, city District of Columbia at Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) across Maryland/DC. 

Local Hams are being reminded to give the maximum consideration for local repeater usage to SKYWARN®, RACES, ARES, ACS and Hams in affected areas.  You are encouraged to monitor local repeaters and Simplex 2m frequencies to assist others.

Through cooperation we believe crucial communication will benefit all MDC Section Hams.  

Marty Pittinger – KB3MXM
MDC Section Manager, ARRL


MDC Section News
Vol. 11, No. 01
January 14, 2016

* REMINDER - HF HOSPITAL NET - JAN 20th 7:30 PM - 3820 kHz


This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on
Friday, January 15th 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. Visit us via PC or RF.

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 - JAN 20th 7:30 PM - 3820 kHz

Please join Prince George's County Maryland ARES Group,
<>, in their regularly scheduled HF Hospital

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.

Stop by and say "HI" on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:30 PM on
3820 kHz LSB.

Thanks 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


MDC NPOTA Symposium is scheduled on the last Sunday of the
odd-Numbered months.

The first NPOTA EchoLink net is scheduled for Sunday,
January 31 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Echolink *WASH_DC*
Node 6154.

Helpful information and general NPOTA topics:
- Get your Station registered
- LoTW – All about logging
- NPOTA Rules
- Helpful Notes
- Special Guests
- MDC Park Suggestions
- Easy Access Parks
- Pavilion or Mobile
- Get more WAS / Grids / Counties
- What is the NP Passport Book - Learn more
- Maps / Guides / Lessons Learned
- Closing Comments & Remark


There will be a SKYWARN BASICS I Class held on Thursday,
January 21, 2016 from 6:30 PM until 10:00 PM at the Anne
Arundel Emergency Operations Center, 7480 Baltimore Annapolis
Blvd, Glen Burnie, MD.

There is "NO" walk-in registration - You must have a valid
SKYWARN "registration" to enter the building.
To register, click on:
enter the number of tickets you wish, and complete all the
required information on the on-line form, including your
e-mail address.

When you finish, click the green "Complete Registration" button
at the bottom.

After a short while, you will receive an e-mail with your ticket

Print your ticket and bring it to the class.

If you have any questions or want more information, you may
contact Paul Bowling, W4ATN, President, Anne Arundel –
Annapolis CERT, E-mail: <>
Phone: 410-353-9196.

For more info, click on: <>


The ARRL ARES E-letter and the MDC Section News is available
to all ARRL members by clicking on <>, and log in
by using your username (usually your call sign) and your
password. <>

Then, you may click on "Edit your Profile," and click on
"Edit E-mail Subscriptions."   Make sure the box titled
"The ARES E-Letter..." is selected.

The ARRL ARES E-Letter is compiled and edited by Rick Palm,
K1CE and updated every third Wednesday of the month.

Then, ASM Al Brown, KZ3AB, rewrites the ARRL ARES E-Letter
into an "audio script," and sends it to Tony Riggs, W1FHN.

Tony "voices" it and sends an mp3 file to an ARRL file server. 

The "ARRL ARES E-Letter Audio Version" is available to
*everyone*, ARRL member or not, at:

Give it a listen!

The ARRL ARES Audio E-Letter is devoted to news about ARES,
RACES, training programs, simulations exercises and served

"Station breaks" are written into the audio script at less
than ten minutes apart so that repeaters or stations who wish
to transmit the "Audio ARES E-letter" may legally identify.

The ARRL's Audio ARES E-Letter is also made available for
visually impaired hams.

The WB3GXW repeater in Silver Spring, Maryland is one of the
repeater stations that transmits the "ARES E-Letter Audio
Version" on a regular basis.

I hope that you can set up a system to transmit the "ARRL
ARES E-Letter Audio Version" on your repeater.

If so, send an e-mail to: <KZ3AB@ARRL.NET> and let him know
the day, time, repeater call sign, location, frequency and
sponsoring club. 

Then, we may included your repeater information in future
editions of the "ARES E-Letter Audio Version."


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.


Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Location: National Electronic Museum
  1745 W Nursery Rd,
  Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Website: <>
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club
Vendor Setup 8 - 9 AM <no selling>
Public welcome at 9 AM
Auction Consignment starts @ 10 AM
Auction Begins @ Noon
<Contact MAARC>
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: <>
Virginia State Convention (Frostfest)
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Location: Richmond International Raceway
  600 East Laburnum Avenue
  Richmond, VA 23218
Website: <>
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society
Talk-In: 146.880 (PL 74.4)
Public Contact: Timothy Farrell, KJ4NPB
  8287 Ellerson Drive
  Mechanicsville, VA 23111
  Phone: 804-306-1134
E-mail: <>
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: <>
The Greater Hagerstown Hamfest
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Location: Washingtown County Agriculture Center
  MD Route 65 South, Sharpsburg Pike
  Hagerstown, MD
Website: <>
Sponsor: Antietam Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.09 (PL 100) & 146.94 backup
Public Contact: Brian Umbrell, W3PDW
  235 East King Street
  Chambersburg, PA 17201
  Phone: 717-264-6403
E-mail: <>
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2014
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
   2210 Fairgrounds Road
   West Friendship, MD 21794
Website: <>
Sponsor: Maryland FM Association
Talk-In: 146.76, 224.76, 444.0 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: John Elgin, WA3MNN
   518 Copley Lane
   Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: 301-641-5313
Email: <>
Date: Sunday,June 19, 2016
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
16020 Carnival Avenue
Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <>
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.67 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Dave Shadwell, AB3TE
     PO Box 922
     Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 410-842-5019
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,


The Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum
(ARCNEM) is offering a course for Amateur Extra Class license
starting on Tuesday, February 2nd.

The classes are on Tuesday nights for 12 weeks beginning
February 2nd with an FCC Exams held on the 13th week, April

For more information, contact Mike Birdseye, K4DUM via e-mail
at: <> or via phone at 703-867-2615.


The ARRL two-meter band plan, which is a voluntary division of
a band to avoid interference between incompatible modes, shows
146.520 MHz as the National Simplex Calling Frequency.

The popularity of digital voice is increasing.  Amateur radio
clubs are adopting the newer digital modes. 

This allows more amateur radio operators to find opportunities
to use digital voice mode on two-meter FM - especially on
existing simplex frequencies.

So, please keep your conversations short and move away from
the National Calling Frequencies for longer QSOs.

Thanks for your consideration.


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

You may view the T-MARC home page at: <>.
December 2015 Report - Applications in Process:

KG4Y –
 Sent Construction Coordination for 444.5500+ at Winchester, Va.
 Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
   groups for UHF pair at Bluemont, Va.
 Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
   groups for 900 pair at Haymarket, Va.
 Received updated information for ATV repeater in Wilmington, Del.
Calvert ARA –
 Received applications for UHF links in Sunderland and Prince
   Frederick, Md.
 Sent Construction Coordinations.
Calvert ARA –
 Sent Final Coordination for 444.9500+ at Prince Frederick, Md.
Calvert ARC –
 Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
   groups for UHF link in Federalsburg, Md.
 Sent Construction Coordination.
Aston Radio Comm. Soc. –
 Received application for coordination for UHF link at
   Ellicott City, Md.
 Sent Construction Coordination.
 Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
   groups for UHF pair at Damascus, Md.
 Received application for coordination for 2 meter or 440 pair in
   Montross, Va.
 No 2 meter pairs available.
 Sent Notice of Proposed
 Coordination for UHF pair to South Eastern Repeater Assoc.
 Sent Construction Coordination for 442.0000+
HacDC Club –
 Received application for coordination for UHF pair in Washington,
 Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
   groups for UHF pair.
 Received on air confirmation for 442.5000+ at Rio, W.Va.
 Sent Final coordination.
Culpeper ARA –
 Received application to modify location of 147.1200+.
 Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to South Eastern Repeater
Culpeper ARA –
 Received application to modify location of 443.8000+.
 Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to South Eastern Repeater
K9SP –
 Received application to modify location of 224.1800-.
 Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to South Eastern Repeater
On Air Status Requests sent to:
146.8500-      W3BPT          LaPlata, Md.
447.4250-      K3GMS          Alexandria, Va.
Coordinations Cancelled:
145.1300-      W3BJ                     Crisfield, Md.
UHF Link       Harford Co. RACES        Whiteford, Md.
UHF Link       Harford Co. RACES        Joppa, Md.
UHF Link       Harford Co. RACES        Havre de Grace, Md.
447.4250-      K3GMS                    Alexandria, Va.


South Eastern Repeater Assoc
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
Received 1 proposed coordination for 440
Area Repeater Coordination Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 440
Western Pa. Repeater Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 6 meters
Received 2 proposed coordinations for 2 meters
Received 2 proposed coordinations for 440

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the
T-MARC Board of Directors via e-mail at: <>
or send a snail-mail to:

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

ARRL Section: Maryland-DC  December  Year: 2015

Total number of ARES members:  575
Change since last month:  0
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 8 of 18
Number of ARES nets active:  10
Number with NTS liaison:  7
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: N3SEO, W2DVG, WK3G, KB3KOW,
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 11
   Person hours:  77
Number of public service events this month:  1
   Person hours:   1
Number of emergency operations this month: 0
  Person hours:    0         
Total number of ARES operations this month: 12
  Total Person hours: 78
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:

Eight ARES County ECs submitted reports this month.  That's
the most since Feb 2013 when nine reports were received.

We have 18 appointed ECs in the Section.  I'd like to thank
everyone for taking the time to write their monthly EC reports.
It's extremely  important that your consituents hear what is
going on relative to EmComm.  If nothing more, tell us what
meetings you hold, when and where and on what repeaters you can
be found.  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
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

As you can see four out of the five 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
WB3KAS atsign
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 is 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.
We introduced a new MDC Section reflector, ARRL MDC Section
Winlink Training Group for P-2-P 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 'ARRLMDCSection' Yahoo Reflector is now available.

If you are not a member. . .you should be!!  We now have 78
members this month, up one from last month.  I encourage you to
use this to inform or keep intouch with the rest of your fellow

With the wide distribution of this newsletter 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. 

You can join at:
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
Don is just beginning to organize an ARES program in Baltimore
City.  Currently has ten operators on the rolls and can use a
handful more. 

If you'd like to get involved and help him out, contact him
at: <w3dvg at>.  I am sure he would appreciate it.
de CALV County WK3G
Website: <>
Listserv: <>
December was quiet.  No public service events or operations
occurred in the period of time.

Global SET occurred with short notice.  Ten members reported
back within a short amount of time. 

We need to continue to work on our call up for events like this.

The Calvert AUXCOMM net met twice with low turnout.  We hope
we'll pick up more regular participants in January. 

The net generally meets on the 146.985 MHz Sunderland repeater.

No AUXCOMM meeting occurred this month.

December started our winter preparedness and our training will
focus on cold weather events.  An exercise is expected for later
on in January.
This is the first report from our most reently appointed EC for
GARR County, Howard Reynolds, WA3EOP.  Welcome aboard Howard.

Breakfast meeting 12 Dec 2015 at Dennys in Oakland. 

Next regular meeting on 11 Jan at 7PM at the Southern Rescue
Squad facility in Oakland.

Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805.  Connected
to the TARGET system. 

Currently having trouble with the link to Cacapon (downstate
can hear us, but we can’t hear them).  I check 146.745 for any
downstate checkins.

Working on scheduling a meeting with the previous EC, Bill Shomo,
KB3FMJ, to get briefed on county contacts and other info.

The new RO for Garrett is Tim Gift, KB8NUF.
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, 145.23 MHz, PL 110.9 on Tuesdays at 1930L.

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 QSOsat 1900. All are welcome. 


Winlink Node inop as of this writing:  W3LRC-10 and W3PGC-10.

LRC-10 is under going tower/antenna upgrades and PGC-10 had a
hard drive crash and also took down the E-Link link to the

A new/used computer is still being loaded out and testing as I type.

Our next meeting is Monday, January 18. The program includes K3ERA
Fusion Repeater mods and changes along with a report on the 2016
1st Quarter Hospital Drill.  All are welcome.
de WASH County NI2W
The Washington County ARES organization is a sub-group of the
Antietam Radio Association (ARA).

As such, ARES members attend the twice monthly as part of the ARA

Meetings were held on December 1 and December 15. The December
15th meeting was the annual Christmas banquet held at the Western
Sizzlin in Hagerstown.

Two amateurs were honored by the ARA as "Hams of the Year" at
the banquet. They were Steve Struharik, WA8EIH and Butch
Eigenbrode, NI2W.

In addition, our MDC Section Manager Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM,
was in attendance as well as the new Garrett County EC, Howard
Reynolds, WA3EOQ, also Mr. Al Brown, KA3AB, MDC ASM and
Herm Niedzielski, K2AVA, MDC ASM. 

An ARES net was not held this month due to the holidays.

Future nets will be held in 2016 on the following dates:
January 28, February 25, March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30,
July 28, August 25, September 29, October 27, November 24
(Thanksgiving Day) and December 29

73, NI2W
• Happy New Year from Wicomico RACES/ARES.
• Local Net: Delmarva Amateur Radio (DAR) 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.
• Wicomico RACES/ARES – Had a December Holiday break from the
   CommEx drills with MEMA.
• Wicomico County ARES/RACES will participate in the Radio
   Merit Badge course at the Salisbury University Merit Badge
   College on Saturday, February 6 and March 5, 2016.
• Last day of class registration is Janaury 31st and the program starts
  on Saturday, February 6 and again on March 5, 2016.  Scouts will
  primarily study radio theory including FCC rules, then accomplish
  ON-THE-AIR training in March with the help of amateur radio
  operators from both the Peninsula Radio Operators Society (PROS)
  and the Delmarva  Amateur Radio Club (DARC).    
• The Boy Scout Merit Badge College at the Salisbury University Campus
  will have approximately 500 Scouts working on approximately 34
  merit badges.
de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:
The HF Hospital Net is conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1930L.

We try to hold the freq between 1915 to 1930L, so give us a

On December 23rd we had 13 checked in.  I'd like to hear more
checkins from our MDC Section.

Next HFHNet is January 20.  NCS varies each month. It is always
the Wednesday following the third Monday.

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


MEPN 1512 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/368 QTC/99 MINS/905
BTN 1512 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/352 QTC/68 MINS/669
MDD 1512 AA3SB QND/59 QNI/375 QTC/132 MINS/648
MSN 1512 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/136 QTC/39 MINS/730

PSHR: KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, W3CB 131, WG3K 120,
K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, WB3FTQ 95, AB3WG 94, N3ZOC 90,
NI2W 86;

TFC: KK3F 4043, WG3K 184, W3YVQ 163, WB3FTQ 128,
K3IN 113, AA3SB 110, N3ZOC 46, AB3WG 44, NI2W 26,
W3CB 18

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.

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 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 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 hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to
2016. After a few spurts of amazing warm weather in December
and lots of rain, Winter has surely arrived. I hope you all are keeping
warm and dry.  Enjoy your evening on the Radio and with your friends.

We have many things to mark on our 2016 calendars.  Some of which
I mentioned above in this edition of the MDC Section News.

-- Here are some 'New Year's Resolutions' for you to consider:

* Monthly - Check in to the MDC Section-wide EchoLink net
  which meets on every third Friday evening each month at
  8:00 PM local time.

* Monthly - Check in to the HF Hospital Net which meets on
  every Wednesday following the third Monday of each month
  on 3820 kHz LSB.

* Weekly - Visit the ARRL MDC Section webpage for updates,
  alerts and info < >

* Daily - Check in to the MDC National Traffic System (NTS) Nets.
  - Create new ARRL Routine Radiograms to your friends and
    relatives around the country.  Wish them a happy birthday,
    "ARL FORTY SIX."  Or simply a 'greeting by amateur radio,'
    "ARL FIFTY ONE."  
  - Forward and/or deliver any listed NTS net traffic.
  - To learn more about how you may handle NTS messages, click
    on: <> and
    give it a try.

* Event - If you are not SKYWARN® certified, plan to attend the
  upcoming SKYWARN Basic I Class on Thursday, January 21st in
  Glen Burnie, Maryland.  Basic I is a prerequisite for acquiring a
  Official Observer number.
* Attend as many upcoming hamfests as possible.
  - Hamfests have become more of a social activity as well as
    as a 'swapfests.'
  - Hamfests give you time to meet and greet with your ARRL
    representives and people you've talked with over-the-air,
    but rarely meet face-to-face.
  - The admission fees go to help the sponsoring club's
    activities and more ARC Hamfests.


* Try to participate in Field Day 2016.  It's not too early to
start making plans. Field Day 2016 will be held on Saturday,
June 25th and Sunday June 26th.  So, mark your calendars. I
hope to visit as many as possible sites with my ASM's during
Field Day 2016.

More info later.

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;
e-mail: <KB3MXM@ARRL.ORG>.

The "Maryland-DC Section News" offers a monthly e-mail digest
of essential and general news of interest to all amateur radio
operators. My editor and MDC Section news Guru is ASM
Al Brown, KZ3AB, <>.

And a big thanks to the entire MDC Section Staff for helping you
to make Amateur Radio and our MDC Section the best, ever !

Please visit the Maryland-DC Section web page,
<> and the "ARRL MDC Section News and Alerts"
web page, <>, for
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