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Maryland-DC

Maryland-DC

Contact Information

Section Name:
Maryland-DC
Contact:
Marty Pittinger KB3MXM
Daytime Phone:
443-326-1783 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
410-326-1783 (Home)
Email:
KB3MXM@ARRL.ORG

Basic Information

Division:
Atlantic
Alert:
TONIGHT !!
HF HOSPITAL NET - WEDNESDAY
February 22, 2017 1930(L) - 3820 kHz ±

To all MDC Section ECs, AECs and ARES Members:
Please join Prince George's County Maryland ARES Group (http://pgares.org/) 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, February 22, 2017, at 1930 Local time on 3820 kHz LSB Phone.
This is an informal net and all are welcome to participate.
Please check-in with our NCS on the HFHN as we are trying to raise the number of Ham radio stations and it is a good reason to use your HF radio.
So, come join in the "round-robin."
Thank you very much,
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
Description:

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MDC Section News
Vol. 12, No. 02
February 16, 2017
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* WINTER FIELD DAY REPORT
* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17th
* FREE AMATEUR RADIO TECHNICIAN LICENSE CLASS OFFERED
* SKYWARN® CLASSES
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* JANUARY, 2017 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER



==> WINTER FIELD DAY REPORT


Thirteen Hams from across Maryland converged upon the Nanjemoy
Creek Environmental Education Center in Nanjemoy, Maryland to
participate in Winter Field Day held 28-29 January 2017.

The event was hosted by the Fort Washington Amateur Radio Club,
FWARC. Participants throughout the event were: Pam-KB3SWS,
Joe-KB3TJR, Bob-NW3M, Jim-N3ADF, Rob-N2OMC, Ken-KA3POX,
Jim-WB3KAS, Milford-N3WYG, Steven-KC3DSO, Charles-AA3WS,
Joe-K3WTF, Jeff-KB3SPH, and Marty-KB3MXM.

Most of the radio action was on Saturday afternoon after the
morning setup of antennas. Various masts and trees were utilized
to deploy antennas which included: 160M multiband Buckmaster,
80M multiband OCF dipole, 80M/40M NVIS dipole, 2M/70cm J-pole
(talk-in), and KA3POX’s nifty trailer hitch mounted tilt-over
mast. (It has to be seen to be appreciated).

Four stations operated various modes on multiple bands including
SSB voice, CW, PSK-31, and Winmor/Winlink. Contacts that I am
aware of included most states east of the Mississippi and Cuba
(DX) on SSB, Winmor Peer-to-Peer in Maryland, and Winmor Winlink
messaging utilizing various Winlink nodes.

Most operators were interested in testing various antenna
configurations and their deployable station equipment vice making
huge numbers of contacts. We even had a solar power/battery
station on-the-air.

We finished the afternoon with a potluck supper and were able to
observe the night sky with some of the members of the Southern
Maryland Astronomical Society (SMAS) that were onsite Saturday
night.

One Ham braved the wilderness and stayed overnight and along with
two others that returned Sunday morning, completed the remaining
antenna/equipment breakdown and restored the site to pre-Ham
invasion conditions.

The weather, although cold, cooperated with no precipitation.

Thanks to all that participated! The camaraderie was enjoyable
and we look forward to scheduling a future event.

[Editor's note: Thanks to Jeff - KB3SPH for this report]


==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17th



This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday,
February 17th 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 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 nets.


==> FREE AMATEUR RADIO TECHNICIAN LICENSE CLASS OFFERED



The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club is offering a free amateur radio
Technician license class at the Rockville Memorial Library for six
Sundays on March 26, April 2, April 9, April 23, April 30, and
May 7, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. More information about this
class may be found at:
http://www.marcclub.org/mweb/education/classes/index.html

We will be meeting at the:

Studio i Makerspace
Rockville Memorial Library, second floor
21 Maryland Ave
Rockville, MD 20850

This is a great opportunity for someone you know to get their
amateur radio license.

To learn more about amateur radio, also known as ham radio,
click on http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

Or you may watch the "Discovering Amateur Radio" video at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcfJUjcSEz8

You can register for this free class by sending an email to:
education@marcclub.org

~ More local Amateur Radio classes ~
Licensing Class for Technician
03/11/2017 | Laurel, MD 20707
Start/End Dates: 03/11/2017 - 03/12/2017
Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, # of Sessions: 2
http://www.arrl.org/courses/laurel-md-20707-5

Licensing Class for Technician 03/26/2017 | Rockville, MD 20850 Start/End Dates: 03/26/2017 - 05/14/2017 Times: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM, # of Sessions: 7
http://www.arrl.org/courses/rockville-md-20850-8

Licensing Class for Technician
3/4/2017 | Davidsonville, MD 21035
AARC Spring Tech Class
Start/End Dates: 03/4/2017 - 04/8/2017
Times: 8:30 - 12 Noon, # of Sessions: 6
http://learn.w3vpr.org/


==> UPCOMING SKYWARN® CLASSES



March & April SKYWARN® Classes. Learn more at
http://www.weather.gov/lwx/skywarn
"Basics" is a prerequisite for all other courses.

If you are a spotter, submit snow and ice reports
at: https://goo.gl/forms/9617O51NiDXOvYwD2
Flooding, hail, wind or tornado reports: Call 1-800-253-7091
Other reports can be emailed to: lwx-report@noaa.gov

BASICS
03-02-2017, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Fairfax Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy
4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
REGISTRATION: https://skywarnbasicsfairfax.eventbrite.com
BASICS
03-04-2017, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Prince Georges (University of Maryland) School of Public Health
4200 Valley Dr, Room 1312, College Park, MD 20742
REGISTRATION: https://skywarnbasicsumd.eventbrite.com

BASICS
03-07-2017, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Town of Orange Public Works, 235 Warren Street, Orange, VA 22960
REGISTRATION: https://skywarnbasicsorange.eventbrite.com
BASICS
03-27-2017, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Mary's County Emergency Operations Center
23090 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20165
REGISTRATION: https://skywarnbasicsstmarys.eventbrite.com
TROPICAL (Advanced) 03-27-2017, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Spotsylvania Fire Rescue Station 4
4804 Bancroft Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
REGISTRATION: https://skywarntropicalspotsylvania.eventbrite.com

CONVECTION (Advanced)
03-29-2017, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Morgan Senior Life Services of Morgan County Senior Center
106 Sand Mine Road, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
REGISTRATION: https://skywarnconvectionmorgan.eventbrite.com

BASICS
04-03-2017, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Prince George's Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute
4500 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740
REGISTRATION: https://skywarnbasicsprincegeorges.eventbrite.com

FLOOD (Advanced)
04-05-2017, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Montgomery Public Safety HQ
100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
REGISTRATION: https://skywarnmontgomeryflood.eventbrite.com

FLOOD (Advanced)
04-12-2017, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Jefferson Independent Fire Company
200 West 2nd Avenue, Ranson, WV 25438
REGISTRATION: https://skywarnfloodjefferson.eventbrite.com

FLOOD (Advanced)
04-18-2017, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Training Center
16600 Courage Court, Leesburg, VA 20175
REGISTRATION: https://skywarnfloodloudoun.eventbrite.com

BASICS
04-24-2017, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Harford County Department of Emergency Services
2220 Ady Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050
REGISTRATION: https://skywarnbasicsharford.eventbrite.com

Visit this webpage for details - http://www.weather.gov/lwx/skywarn

Notes from your NWS SKYWARN® Sterling VA office:
-Advanced classes require SKYWARN® Basics as a prerequisite.
-You may attend a class even if it is not in the county you
reside in.
-Due to the high demand of classes we can not offer classes
in every region every season.

TU, our MDC Section SKYWARN® spotters and coordinastors


==>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 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.
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Virginia State Convention (FrostFest)
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Location: Richmond International Raceway
600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23218
Website: http://www.frostfest.com
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society
Talk-In: 146.880 MHz (-) (CTCSS 74.4)
Public Contact: Timothy Farrell, KJ4NPB
8287 Ellerson Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Phone: 804-306-1134, Email: timfarrell57@gmail.com
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Orlando [Florida] HamCation®
Dates: Friday, February 10, 2017 through Sunday, February 12, 2017
Location: Central Florida Fairgrounds,
4603 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32801
Website: http://www.hamcation.com
Sponsor: Orlando Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.760 MHz (-) (No CTCSS)
Public Contact: Lidy Meijers, KJ4LMM
PO Box 574962, Orlando, FL 32857
Phone: 407-841-0874 or 1-800-214-7541
Email: info@hamcation.com
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Winterfest
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Location: Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale Campus
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA.
Website: http://viennawireless.net/wp/events/winterfest
Sponsor: Vienna Wireless Society
Talk-In: 146.910 MHz (-)
Public Contact: Thor Berglie, KK4UYT
2813 Hunter Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 202-495-1315
Email: thor.berglie@gmail.com
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Fredfest Indoor Hamfest
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Location: Independent Hose Company
310 Baughmans Lane, Frederick, MD 21701
Website: http://frederickarc.org
Sponsor: Frederick Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.58
Public Contact: Jeff Fishman, KB3FIO 905 Twin Oak Court, Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 240-285-6596
Email: ljfish1@comcast.net
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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: http://www.radioelectronicsexpo.com
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 MHz+ (CTCSS 156.7)
Public Contact: Vic Gumper, KC3BUI
PO Box 566, Seaford, DE 19973
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2017 York (Pennsylvania) Hamfest
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Location: Elicker's Grove Park
511 Roth Church Road, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.yorkhamfest.org
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Public Contact: Duane Sterner
Email: duane.sterner@yahoo.com
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The Greater Hagerstown Hamfest
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Location: Washingtown County Agriculture Center
MD Route 65 South, Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown, MD
Website: http://w3cwc.org/Portals/5/Hagerstown202017.pdf
Sponsor: Antietam Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.09 MHz (+) (CTCSS 100.0) & 146.94 MHz (-)
(CTCSS 100.0) backup
Public Contact: Herm Niedzielski, K2AVA
21512 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd, Hagerstown, MD 21742
Phone: 301-791-5841
Email: k2ava@myactv.net
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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
Website: http://www.hamvention.org
Sponsor: Dayton Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.94 MHz (-) & 146.91 MHz (-) (alternate)
Public Contact: Phone: 937-276-6930
Email: info@hamvention.org
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BARC's Father's Day Hamfest
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
16020 Carnival Avenue, Upperco, MD 21155
Website: http://www.w3ft.com
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
Email: w3ft67@yahoo.com
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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:
http://www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm or the ARRL's Hamfest and
Convention Calendar at:
http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar.


==>JANUARY, 2017 T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT



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.

January, 2017 Report

Applications in Process:
KB3VJO
– Sent Construction Coordination for 147.3150+ at Flintstone, Md.

KB3FN
–Sent Construction Coordination for 147.1650+ at Cumberland, Md.

N8RAT
– Sent Construction Coordination for 443.1625+ at Linden, Va.

N8RAT
– Sent Final Coordination for 443.2000+ at Capon Springs, W. Va.

K3UMV
– Received application to modify coordination for 147.375+ at
Hagerstown, Md.
- Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
coordination groups.
- Sent revised coordination.

Mid-Atlantic Baptist / Southern Bears of Md. Del.?
– Received application for 2 meter pair at Churchville, Md.
- Several discrepancies on application.
- Advised applicant.

On Air Status Requests sent to:
147.3750+ K3UMV Hagerstown, Md.

Coordinations Cancelled:
UHF Link/Control K3CUJ Columbia, Md
UHF Link/Control W3DRA Wilmington, Del.
UHF Link/Control W3SMR Brandywine, Md.
444.1875+ W4YP Strasburg, Va.

Other:
Area Repeater Coordination Council
Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
Received 1 proposed coordination for 220
Received 3 proposed coordinations 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: http://tmarc.org/ .

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: tmarc@tmarc.org or send a snail-mail to:
T-MARC
P.O. Box 1022
Savage, Md. 20763-1022


==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT



___________________________________________________________________
ARRL Section: Maryland-DC January Year: 2017
___________________________________________________________________

AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 558
Change since last month: -11
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 9 of 18 or 50%
Number of ARES nets active: 16
Number with NTS liaison: 7
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: K3DO, N3AE, N3SB, NI2W, W2RDF, W3JCT, W3YR, WA3EOQ, WB3KAS,
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 20 Person hours: 134
Number of public service events this month: 5 Person hours: 146
Number of emergency operations this month: 0 Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 22 Total Person hours: 280
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EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
Reporting
Nine of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County
reports this month, or 50% probably because I got the reminder
notice out this time. I'd liked to thank everyone for taking the
time to write their reports. Now, Let's get the remainding county
ECs to go get working on theirs.

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, where and what repeaters you can be found on. 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. There
is a possibility of a Region V Exercise coming up in May. Region V
Hospital Counties comprises some of the Central Region Section. This
is a very important exercise and we need a Central DEC to ride heard
on the planning. 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
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
at arrl.net.

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: 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,
same as 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 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.
There is very little traffic to clog your in box. You can join at:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info.

Meetings
None this month.
Future Events:
I have in mind for a Spring ARESMAT Drill similar to the one we had in 2012.
Western, Central and Eastern Districts will each have one on the same
weekend. More later as I get feedback from the District DECs.

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Section Reports Received:
======================

de CALV County N3AE
Working on getting more members set up and proficient with VHF packet and
Winlink. Now have a digipeater operating in Prince Frederick on
145.750MHz, callsign K3CAL-10. Also operates as a KA-Node using K3CAL-7.
Allows us to reach several WL2K gateways.
Website: https://auxcomm.k3cal.org
Listserv: http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/calv-ares
Net: No nets currently scheduled
Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM usually in
Prince Frederick
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de CARR Ciunty N3SB
The CARET Net meets weekly at 8:30 PM on the 145.410 Repeater. Club
meetings (where ARES topics are also discussed) are on the
second Monday of the month, 7:30 PM, at the Emergency Services
Training Center in Westminster.

The Health Department POD kits have all been upgraded to make them
plug-and-play. A professionally made video has been prepared to
show how to build the kits into a ready to go configuration. Thanks
to a grant from BG&E along with additional funds from the Carroll
County Amateur Radio Club, all the POD shelters have had permanent
antennas installed to improve communications coverage. Our test on
December 3 showed that the systems are working well.
The Auxiliary EOC in Westminster has been set up with VHF/UHF capability,
and sound card digital capability. The two VHF/UHF antennas have been
replaced with antennas that include 6m capability as well. HF equipment
has also been procured, with plans being made to install
an HF antenna on the roof.
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de FRED County K3DO
Stats only
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de GARR County WA3EOQ
Next regular meeting on 9 January at 7PM at the Southern Rescue Squad
facility in Oakland. An informal dinner/family get-together will take
place of the December meeting. Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local
on 146.805, pl 123. The repeater is off the Target System until the
link problem is solved. No ARES related activity in Garrett County during
January. Snowfall is way down this winter; none of the few storms have
dropped more than six inches (a minor inconvenience here).
Checking into the MDD Net most every evening.
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de HARF County W3YR
Comments: The Harford County ARES net is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday
of the month at 8:00PM using the Harford County 146.775 analog repeater,
then switching to the Harford County 449.775 repeater then switching to
the 145.120 DSTAR repeater. Last month’s activities included: Monthly
net. Four check-ins with a net time of 15 minutes resulting in a total
time of one hour. Troubleshooting of 2m and 440 analog repeaters. Two
Amateurs for two hours each resulting in a total time of four hours.
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de HOWA County W2RDF
Correction On Rich's call sign wrongly stated last month. It is W2RDF,
NOT W3RDF. Sorry Bro. Comments: This month’s public service activity
was communications support to the Boy Scouts “Klondike Derby,” held in
the McKeldin area of Patapsco State Park. Twelve hams covered the ten
hour event, including: KD4UBM, N3AWP, W8AJR, N3PTF, WT3F, K3UOD, KC3GSB,
KC3EGW, KB3YVN, KC3FWF, K3YMI, and W2RDF.
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de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Web Page: http://www.pgares.org
PRGE ARES Internet Forum: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PG-AresRaces/
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: Two VHF/UHF dual band antennas
installed. 12VDC buss routed to work stations. Repeater Echolink is off
the air until we can somebody to host it from home. A 40/80m dual band
dipole at the new County EOC was installed on 17 Dec, was rescheduled for
January due to heavy cold rains. Jan 20: Staffed the PRGE EOC for the
inauguration. Established an HF Winmor link and vhf repeater link to MEMA
for about 12 hours. Jan 28: Supported Ft Washington ARC in the annual
Winter Field Day at the Nanjemoy Observatory, Nanfemoy, MD
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de WASH County NI2W
The monthly Washington County ARES Net resumed this month on January 26.
Ten people checked into the net: NI2W (NC) WA3EOP, N3XJO, K3UMV, KB3ZV,
WA8EIH, N7BMG, K3FCC, KB3JNJ and KB3MBR. This net meets of the last
Thursday of the month at 7 PM on the 146.94 (PL 100.0) ARA repeater in
Hagerstown, MD. On January 11 I attended a meeting of the Hagerstown
Area Religious Council (HARC) which is holding a charitable fund raising
hike in June. HARC requested communications help along their hike route
on the C& O Canal and various other locations. In the past they have
unsuccessfully used cell phones for communications. I agreed, on behalf
of the Antietam Radio Association, to support their activity using amateur
radio operators. AT this time all positions have been filled. On January
19 I attended Washington County ESF 6 & 8 group meeting. ARES role in this
meeting is to support ESF 6 & 8 when these functions are activited. On
January 31 I attended a meeting of the Washington Citizens Corps.
Significant planning was conducted regarding the National Preparedness
Day Exhibition to be held September 16, 2017 between 10AM and 2 PM at the
Lowes on Wesel Blvd. in Hagerstown, MD. The Antietam Radio Association
will again participate in this event. VHF and HF stations will be established
and demonstrated as well as ARES capabilities and information presented
to the public.
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de WICO County W3JCT
Local Net: Delmarva Amateur Radio Enhancement Net every Monday night at
9:00 p.m. The DAR Net is sponsored by the Delmarva Amateur Radio Club
which is now an ARRL Affiliated group operating a repeater on 146.820 MHz
PL 156.7 Hz. Wicomico County RACES/ARES: WEATHER EVENT January 7: Wicomico
County RACES/ARES was not activated for the January 7, 2017 Snow Event.
We did have approximately 11 to 13 inches of snow, but fortunately it
occurred on the weekend. We did take part in the ARES “Report Mode” updates.
Wicomico County ARES will participate in the Radio Merit Badge course
at the Salisbury University Merit Badge College on February 4 and March
4, 2016. On February 4, the scouts primarily study radio theory including
FCC rules. On the March 4 date, scouts accomplished ON-THE-AIR training
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 is held at the Salisbury University Campus
with approximately 500 Scouts working on approximately 34 merit badges.
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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 January 18 we had 38 checked in,
thanks to the special Section Notice that went out about the Net. As we
move into the winter months the skip will bring in some distant stations.
Should be interesting. I'd like to hear more checkins from our MDC Section.
Next HFHNet is February 22. Net date varies each month, but it is always
the Wednesday following the third Monday.
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tnx es 73, de
Jim
WB3KAS
PRGE ARES EC
MDC SEC


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Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: wb3kas@arrl.net


==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT



For January, 2017

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1701 W3YVQ QND/36 QNI/394 QTC/50 MINS/841 BTN 1701
AB3WG QND/31 QNI/482 QTC/70 MINS/720 MDD 1701
AA3SB QND/59 QNI/340 QTC/128 MINS/687 MSN 1701
W8CPG QND/31 QNI/139 QTC/86 MINS/653

PSHR: W3YVQ 145, KK3F 140, W3CB 121, K3IN 110,
WB4FDT 110, NI2W 109, WB3FTQ 95, N3ZOC 90,
AB3WG 88, WG3K 67, AA3SB1 60, KB3LFG 18;

TFC: KK3F 970, WB4FDT 190, K3IN 145, W3YVQ 90, N3ZOC 80,
AA3SB 69, WB3FTQ 58, AB3WG 44, WG3K 33, W3CB 22, NI2W 14,
KB3LFG 1

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HF PROPAGATION
HF NVIS MUFs dropped below 80 meters many nights before
5:30 PM local time. (On December 19 the MEPN moved to
5:00 PM with the pre-net at 4:30 PM, Local.) The evening
Cycle 4 nets had poor conditions for the same reason but
with some nights with acceptable NVIS propagation at 7:00
or 10:00 PM as conditions have improved slightly during
January, 2017, due to the longer days and some minor solar
activity and wind.

INAUGURAL SUPPORT
The MEPN held 5 special sessions every two hours beginning
at 1200Z through 2012Z on Friday, January 20, 2017, for a
total of 1.2 total hours, with 17 QNIs, to provide emergency
communications as required for the MDC Section´s support of
the Presidential Inauguration events in D.C. There were no
incidents reported, no traffic handled. Liaisons were present
for Section-wide and national messaging via the manual nets,
the Digital Traffic Network, and the Radio-email system.

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.

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
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.
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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.

73, W3YVQ, MDC ASM, STM
w3yvq atsign arrl dot net
w3yvq atsign winlink dot org from WL2K


==> FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER



The U.S. Presidential inauguration ceremony marks the commencement
of a new four-year term of the president of the United States.
The event focused attention from the entire nation and the
world on Washington DC. And there we where as the ARRL MDC
Section, ARES, NTS and local Hams helping our served State
agencies, NGOs, civic groups, and local communities throughout
the ceremony. Our MDC Section Hams continue their communication
skillcraft helping throughout a weekend with large fluid mass of
visitors to D.C. Bravo Zulu to you and TU.

Do you occasionaly visit the Shortwave Band - of course
you do - so once again it is that time for the Winter SWL Fest,
conference of radio hobbyists at the North American Shortwave
Association gathering held annually at Plymouth Meeting PA.
This is the 30th NASWA Winter SWL Fest from the 2nd of March
through the 4th, 2017. Visit the NASWA website and register
for all the details http://www.swlfest.com/online-registration-form/

2017 Atlantic hurricane season starts in three months
on Thursday, June 1. Finish your ICS training and join ARES.
We will need your help.

2017 ARRL Field Day is June 24-25. Share your plans for a
successful FD 2017 with fellow Hams and the community. Also follow
the ARRL Field Day event on Facebook and Twitter, so join the
conversation by using the hash tag #ARRLFD and
https://www.facebook.com/events/451113168413604/


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

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You may also send an email to: KB3MXM@ARRL.org .

The "Maryland-DC Section News" offers a monthly digest of
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My awesome editor is my Assistant Section Manager Al Brown, KZ3AB.

Thanks to the MDC Section members for their help too.
Material from the "MDC Section News" may be republished or
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