ARRL Sections - Maryland-DC



Contact Information

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

Basic Information


MDC Section News
Vol. 11, No. 06
June 14, 2016
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This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on
Friday, June 17th at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC*
Node 6154, the night before Field Day.

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:

- Annapolis, MD - KA2JAI-R thru KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+) pl 107.2
- Calveton, MD - WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), pl 156.7, Node 147225
- Ocean City, MD - N3HF-L, 443.45(+), pl 151.4, Node 54045
- Silver Spring, MD - N3HF-R, 443.45(+), pl 156.7, Node 84345
- Frederick, MD - W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), pl 141.3, Node 14613
- Sunderland, MD - K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), pl 156.7
- Brandywine, MD - W3SMR, 147.150 MHz (+), pl 114.8
- Frederick Co, MD - N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex
- N. St Mary's County, MD - W3SMD-L, 147.51 Simplex
- Cheverly, MD - K3GMR-R 146.61 (-), No pl, Node 796114
- Prince Frederick, MD - N3NO 145.350 (-) pl 156.7

**MDC Section repeater owners and operators are encourage to
link your repeater to the MDC Section EchoLink. 
Contact Marty <>.

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.


This year, Field Day will be held on Saturday, June 25th and
Sunday, June 26th.

Click on <> for the official information
and rules.

Official ARRL Field Day 2016 shirts, hats, mugs, participation
pins and patches and posters are a great way to recognize your
involvement in this popular, annual operating event.

The 2016 product line is now available. Click on:
<> and scroll down to "Field Day Supplies
and Promo Posters" to purchase your supplies.

It would be nice for all of you to wear a 2016 ARRL Field Day
T-shirt or an ARRL 2016 Field Day pin.

Also be sure to click on: <> and
add your 2016 Field Day site to the map.

I, your Section Manager (SM), as well as my Assistant Section
Manager (ASMs), Al Brown -KZ3AB- plan to visit as many 2016
Field Day sites in the MDC Section as we can.

If you enter your site on the map at:
<>, it would make it easier for
us, and the public, to find you.

I plan to start on the Eastern Shore and head westward. 

ASM Al, KZ3AB, will be traveling with Jim Cross, WI3N, the new
ARRL Atlantic Division Assistant Director.  They plan to visit
far western Maryland and head eastward into central Maryland.


The Queen Anne's Amateur Radio Club (QAARC) is in need of
volunteers to help with The 'Two Rivers Bike Ride' on Saturday,
June 25, 2016.

The QAARC needs people with two meter mobile rigs to help
from early morning until around 2:00 - 3:00 PM.

You may click on:
to register or for more information you may also contact:
Paul Gerhardt at <>.


East Coast Amateur Radio Service net is a daily mobile net
operating on 7.255 MHz. ECARS will discontinue Saturday and
Sunday net operations during the summer months of June, July,
and August.

The ECARS Net for Memorial Day weekend will continue
as scheduled.

The first weekend of no ECARS Net operations will
begin June 4th & 5th. The normal weekend ECARS Net operations
will resume on September 3rd & 4th.

Visit their website at <>


For hams in and around the Westminster MD area and listen to
the 145.410(-) pl 141.3hz repeater - checkout The Raspberry Pi
net every Tuesday at 8pm.  Hear about Amateur Radio Pi


Frank Donovon W3LPL will host his annual antenna farm Open House
on June 18 Saturday 2016.

Starts at 11:00 AM till about 3 or 4 PM. Bring your lunch or
buy lunch there at this catered event with Pit beef & Ham and
Various salads and drinks for sale. 

PVRC meeting at 1 PM followed by a tour of Frank's facility
towers, Beverage antenna farm and operating stations. He has
space for 10 operators with full quarters. 

There will be clubs from MD, DC, VA, WVA, PA in attendance.

If you have never seen the W3LPL station and antennas this will
be a treat. Get lots of Ideas for your station set up!!!

Parking on the Lawn and bring our lawn chairs to in in the shade.
PVRC meeting at 1 PM in the Garage Rain or Shine event



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, 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: <>


Date: Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25, 2016
Location: Holiday Inn
  9615 Deereco Road
  Timonium, MD
Website: <>
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: None
Public Contact: Bruce Pellicot, KA3EIE
  10348 Route 99
  Woodstock, MD 21163
  Phone: 410-461-7441
E-mail: <>


Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016
Location: Sportmans Hall Skating Rink
  15500 Hanover Pike
  Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <>
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Public Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB
  2145 Bethel Rd
  Finksburg, MD 21048
  Phone: 410-876-1482
E-mail: <>
Notes: Overnight parking is by special arrangement.
  Send an e-mail to <> 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_
  This is an outdoor event! There will be _no indoor tables!_


The Mason-Dixon Hamfest
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Location: Sportman's Hall Skating Rink
  15500 Hanover Pike
  Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <>
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Public Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB
  2145 Bethel Rd
  Finksburg, MD 21048
  Phone: 410-876-1482
E-mail: <>
Notes: Overnight parking is by special arrangement.
  Send an e-mail to <> 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_
  Indoor table space is currently TBD due to construction at
    the rink.  Please check back in the summer and we will post
    information as soon as it is available.


Santa Fest
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Location: American Legion Youth Camp
  9201 Surratts Road
  Cheltenham, MD 20623
Sponsor: American Legion & Prince George's County Emergency
         Repeater Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.230 (PL 110.9)
Public Contact: Charles Hallock, AA3WS
  16203 Manning Road
  West Accokeek, MD 20607
  Phone: 301-535-1666
E-mail: <>


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,


T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council.

In an effort to get out to different areas within TMARC,
we will be holding a General Membership meeting at the
Berryville Hamfest on Sunday August 7, 2016.

We will meet in the Show Barn at 10 am. There are no seats in
the Show Barn. Please bring a chair if you wish to sit.

Hamfest information can be found at:

 *Treasurers Report
 *Coordination Report
 *ARRL Repeater Directory / RFinder Information

If there are other topics you would like to discuss, please
email us at <>.

A special thanks to the Shenandoah Valley ARC for hosting the

May 2016

Applications in Process:

Goddard ARC
   – Received application to modify repeater coordination for
      146.8350 in Greenbelt, Md.
   - Sent notice to neighboring coordination groups
   - Sent revised coordination.
Network Engineers Repeater Assoc.
  – Received application for coordination for UHF link in
     Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
  - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
     coordination groups.
Putnam ARC
  – Received application for coordination for UHF repeater
     in Falls Church, Va.
  - Sent notice of proposed coordination to South Eastern
     Repeater Assoc.
  - Sent Construction Coordination for 449.5250-

Western Pa. Repeater Council
  - Received 1 proposed coordination for 2 meters
  - Received 4 proposed coordination for 440

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.

You may view the T-MARC home page at: <>.


ARRL Section: Maryland-DC   May     Year: 2016
Total number of ARES members:  559
Change since last month:  -13
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 8 of 18 or 44%
Number of ARES nets active:  20
Number with NTS liaison:  13
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: N3SEO, NI2W, W3DVG, W3JCT, W3YR,

Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 25
 Person hours:  224 
Number of public service events this month:  4
 Person hours:   18
Number of emergency operations this month:   0
 Person hours:    0        
Total number of ARES operations this month: 29
 Total Person hours:  242
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
Eight of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County
reports this month, or 44% down from 10 last month. We'd like to
hear from the remaining ten. . .please.  I'd like to thank
everyone for taking the time to write their reports.
It's extremely  important that your constituents hear what is
going 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.
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 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 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 P2P and Hybrid networks, or MDCQRV
for short.  Please make use of this tool to sharpen skills and
fine tune your configuration files. 

The URL is: <>.
The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector is now available.  If you
are not a member. . .you should be!!  We now have 86 members this
month, up one from last month.  It's a slow growth, but it is

I encourage you to use this to inform or keep intouch 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:
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 atsign  I am sure he would
appreciate it.
de CALV County WK3G
Website: <>
Listserv: <>
Net: Monday nights after the CARA net (~8PM) on the 146.985MHz
Training Meeting: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM usually
in Prince Frederick.
No emergency activations or public service events this month.
Our monthly meeting was well attended.  We discussed hurricane
preparedness and looked at areas that are at risk to flooding.

We discussed possible actions that need to be taken during a
hurricane event and what we can do at home to be prepared.
Work continues to establish an amateur radio station at Calvert
Memorial Hospital.  Hope to have more information on this in the
June report.
de GARR County WA3EOQ
Next regular meeting on 13 June at 7PM at the Southern Rescue
Squad facility in Oakland.  No informal breakfast meeting this
month due to FD.
Net every Sunday evening at 8PM Local on 146.805, pl 123. 
Connected to the TARGET system.  The link from the Cacapon hub
is now operating correctly.
No ARES assistance was required during May.
Checking into the MDD net most every evening.
Continuing Field Day preparation discussions at the May meeting.
The GCARES Field day will be held at the University of Maryland
Western Maryland 4H Education Center pavilion (same location as
in previous years).
de HARF County W3YR
On 20 May, Jeff -KB3LFG- the Harford Co. Radio Officer and I
inspected the RACES Radios at the two hospitals in Harford Co.,
Upper Chesapeake and Harford Memorial.
Upper Chesapeake:  We coordinated with the Security Manager
(Tom French 443-643-2432) and met with Tim Cannedy and John
Winterstien.  We inspected the:  FT-8900R RF unit and Astron 20M
power supply on the 4th floor, the Comet GP-15 on the roof (of
the Penthouse) and the FT-8900R Display unit in the Command
Center (1st Floor).  The equipment appeared in good condition,
however it was never functional due to the design of the
installation and hospital interference.  The RF unit and display
are connected using three CAT 5 cables and interference inhibited
reliable operations.  The interface/cabling needs to be
redesigned or the hospital will have to install new cabling. 
Possibly line drivers may correct this interference problem.
Harford Memorial:  Coordinated with Ray Baytage and met with Steve
(Security Officer 410-272-7566).  The FT-8900R display unit was
missing in the Command Center/Havre De Grace room and was later
found in the old Command Center which is now the 2nd floor
Conference Room.  The RF unit and Astron 20M power supply was
found in 6th floor facilities room and the GP-15 was found on
the roof.  The equipment appeared in good condition, but we did
not test it.  The installation design was the same as in Upper
Chesapeake.  To make this radio operational, the hospital will
have to run new cabling to the Command Center.
HF Antenna tuning (fan dipole) at the HC EOC.  Best obtainable
SWR is 2.8:1 at 3.820 MHz, 1.7:1 at 7.257 MHz, and 1.1:1 at
14.246 MHz.  We had good signal report with Howard Co. during
the last MEMA COMMEX.  Use of the antenna tuner results in a
SWR of 1:1.
de PRGE County WB3KAS:
PRGE ARES Web Page: <>
PRGE ARES Internet Forum:
Nets: Held four regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on
the K3ERA Repeater, 145.23MHz  pl 110.9 on Tuesdays at 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 work on the antennas since last reported. 
Monitors and computers brought into the radio operations area
and installed.  Next is the DC power buss and the coax run from
the roof.
Work is progressing to reactivate our Echolink connection to the
K3ERA repeater.  N3ADF is lead on this project.
May 1:  I was contacted and asked by Mike, WØOYKO [sic] EC of
CO ARES Region 5 District 2 to support their Pueblo County
Chemical Spill Exercise on May 4.  This was an all day exercise
utilizing thousands of people in the region. They asked if we
could be on 20m to relay operations status back to FEMA HQ in
downtown Washington, DC.  In addition, Winlink 2000 was used to
end traffic from FEMA HQ back to Pueblo.
Our next meeting is June 20.
de WASH County NI2W
The Monthly Washington County ARES Net was conducted on May 26,
2016. Five stations participated.

The ARES net schedule for the remainder of 2016 is listed below:
The net is conducted on the 146.94- pl 100.0 repeater in Clear
Spring, MD.
Please note the new PL on the 94 repeater. This was implemented
as the DR-1X requires it to operate in an analog and digital
mode. In addition, pl 100.0 is also being transmitted in order to
reduce interference from the Johnstown, PA repeater.
 June  30
 July  28
 August  25
 September 29
 October  27
 November 24 - Thanksgiving
 December 29
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 had the last COMMEX drill with the
MEMA in May before the summer break.  COMMEX drills will resume
in September.
Wicomico County RACES/ARES will be represented at the Amateur
Radio Field Day on June 25 and June 26.  

The combined event sponsored by the Delmarva Amateur Radio Club
(DARC) and the Peninsula Radio Operators Society (PROS) will be
at the Furnace Town pavilion near Snow Hill, Maryland. The fun
starts June 25 at 7:30 AM with a club breakfast at Dayton's
Restaurant on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. After breakfast, the
group will head down to Furnace Town and do the setup.
Directions to Furnace Town may be found at their web site:
<<<<UPDATE: Late breaking news>>>
WICO FD has now moved to K3TKJ's QTH at 34087 Old Hickory Rd
Laurel, DE  19956
de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:
With warm weather approaching, I will be looking at Eastern Shore
hospital visits.  If any of you have a relationship with any of
those hospitals, please get in touch with me as soon as you can.

Contact me at: <>.
HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1930L.  We try to
hold the freq between 1915 to 1930L, so give us a hollar!  There
were 19 checkins May 18.
Next HFHNet is June 22.  NCS varies each month. It is always the
Wednesday following the third Monday.

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



MEPN 1605 W3YVQ QND/31 QNI/346 QTC/46 MINS/646
BTN 1605 AB3WG QND/31 QNI/414 QTC/36 MINS/561
MDD 1605 AA3SB QND/58 QNI/338 QTC/109 MINS/667
MSN 1605 W8CPG QND/31 QNI/142 QTC/36 MINS/761

PSHR: WG3K 194, KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, W3CB 122,
K3IN 110, AA3SB 100, WB3FTQ 95, NI2W 88, N3ZOC 87,
AB3WG 82, KB3LFG 25; 1604 AA3SB 100;

TFC: KK3F 2875, K3IN 127, W3YVQ 83, WB3FTQ 64,
AA3SB 58, N3ZOC 37, AB3WG 26, W3CB 25, WG3K 21,
NI2W 10, KB3LFG 3; 1604 AA3SB 111

HF conditions on MEPN and C/2 3RN have been very
poor for the past month due to the declining solar cycle
24 and low sunspot numbers. MUFs have remained above
4 MHz just before dawn many days which suggests that
80 meters might remain open all night for Field Day NVIS
on that band.

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.

Stations may check into MEPN or MDD daily to
receive traffic or post traffic for their jurisdictions,
or they may check WL2K daily and register with
MEPN and/or MDD as an outlet so traffic may be
sent by Radio-email.

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.

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


Meteorological summer as well as the beginning of hurricane
season in the north Atlantic, began on June 1st.

So far, there have been three early tropical storms but no
hurricanes made landfall in the US.

Hurricane ALEX
Tropical Storm BONNIE
Tropical Storm COLIN

A rare January Atlantic hurricane, "Alex," made landfall in the
Azores early Friday, January 15th as a tropical storm, according
to the National Hurricane Center, and made the transition to a
non-tropical low-pressure system in the northeast Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm "Bonnie" may not have been a strong tropical
cyclone, but her heavy rains triggered significant flash
flooding during the Memorial Day weekend 2016 in South Carolina.

Tropical Storm Colin formed quickly in the Gulf before passing
rapidly across the Panhandle of Florida and along the southeast
cost before departing NE into the Atlantic

Hurricanes and tropical storms are no strangers to the MDC

The remnants of tropical storm "Bill" brought heavy rainfall,
thunderstorms and gusty winds to the state in June, 2015.

On June 7, 2013 - Rain bands from Tropical Storm "Andrea" caused
minor flooding in the Baltimore-Washington area and parts of the
Eastern Shore, with rainfall totals of just over two inches in
Annapolis and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. 

By the time the center moved over St. Mary's County and the
lower Eastern Shore, there was a history of the storm producing

Western Maryland is no exception.  Perhaps some of you remember
the devastation caused by hurricanes Hazel and Agnes years ago.

We should all be prepared during the summer with "go-kits" and
keep our eye on the weather.


We hope to visit you during 2016 Field Day. Please be safe while
you observe all antenna, tower, electrical and operating
precautions. Keep an eye-to-the-sky for threatening weather. 

Try something new and copy the ARRL Field Day greetings via
VLF, LF, MF. Read more about this at:

Take a look at your July QST - page 77
ARRL, Atlantic Division and MDC Section and local hams are
recognized for their significant contribution at the
2016 U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival.

Let's have fun!

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 is ASM Al Brown, KZ3AB, <>.

Please visit the Maryland-DC Section web page,
<> and the "ARRL MDC Section News and Alerts"
web page, <>, for
the latest MDC Section news, links and updates.

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