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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:
410-356-7899 (Home)
Email:
KB3MXM@ARRL.ORG

Basic Information

Division:
Atlantic
Description:

 

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MDC Section News
Vol. 10 No. 7
July 15, 2015  
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* INTRODUCTION
* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET JULY 17th
* EC AND RO CHANGES
* ARRL FIELD DAY 2015
* RACINE TRIATHLON AT FT RICHIE, MD - VOLUNTEER HAMS NEEDED
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* JUNE 2015 T-MARC REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM MARTY

==>  INTRODUCTION

Hello.  I am Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, your newly elected
ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager.  My term began on July 1,
2015.

First, I would like to thank Jim Cross, WI3N, and Al Brown,
KZ3AB for the tireless work they did during the past nine and
a half years on behalf of the Maryland-DC Section radio
amateurs as your Section Manager and Assistant Section Manager.  

I am already working hard in order to continue to serve you 
as Jim and Al has for so many years. Jim used, "I am always 
at your service," as part of his sign off on the MDC Section 
News and I want you to know "I am here and ready to help you." 

So, if there are any opportunities to help or questions about 
the ARRL and amateur radio or comments that I may address,
whether you are an ARRL member or not, please do not hesitate
to contact me.

My e-mail address is: <KB3MXM@ARRL.net> and my phone number
is 443-326-1783.

My recent trip around most of the MDC Section during Field Day
shows me that we have communities full of Hams and radio
enthusiasts.  The pride you have shown and the dedication to
Amatuer Radio is alive and well.  I will do my very best to
support and encourage your goals while continuing to improve
our commitment to Amateur Radio. 

Thanks and 73.


==>  MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET JULY 17th

This month's MDC section-wide Echolink net will be held on
Friday, July 17th 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(+),
   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 don't have Echolink on your computer, you may download
the free software from: <www.echolink.org>.

As always, we thank John Creel, WB3GXW, for making the *WASH_DC*
Echolink server and his WB3GXW-R repeater available for the
Echolink nets.

==> EC AND RO CHANGES

SEC Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS, announced this week that Calvert 
County's new EC is Eric Christensen, W4OTN.  Eric's e-mail
address is: <eric@christensenplace.us>.  We welcome Eric
aboard.

Jim also advises that Ray Brown, KB3FWW, the St Mary's County
EC"s e-mail is <arbyone1@gmail.com>.  His e-mail address had
been listed as ...@gmail.net.  Please make a note of the
correction.

 
==> ARRL FIELD DAY 2015

I was able to visit 12 ARRL Field Day sites from far western
Maryland to the Eastern Shore and traveled over 783 miles
across fifteen Maryland Counties.

I traveled from highest, near Backbone Mountain, to the shores
of the Chesapeake Bay, from parks to parking lots, campsites
and college campuses through torrential rain and majestic
sunrises. 

Although some travel was made more difficult, every Field Day
site was prepared and ready to show they are "Radio-Active"
in spite of the weather.  

Your experience is part of our experience so share yours with
fellow hams, on your club website and with me.

I look forward to hearing from you. To our indomitable spirit
and courageousness I salute you all. 


==> RACINE TRIATHLON AT FT RICHIE, MD - VOLUNTEER HAMS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed for the Racine Triathlon to be held
August, 2, 2015 at Fort Ritchie, Maryland and the surrounding
area.

This event starts at 8:00 AM and is usually over by 12:00 Noon. 

Fourteen amateurs are placed along the bike course from Ft.
Ritchie and back. Their purpose is to provide communications in
support of the bike run.

Examples are requests for pickup, providing general information
to net control, and medical help. We don't keep track of
individual bike riders other than identifying the first and last
rider through your station on the course.

For this event we will be using the 147.09 (PL 100.0) repeater.
As a back up, the 447.975 (PL 100.0) repeater will be available.

If you can help please let me know ASAP so I can confirm with
the organizers.

Thanks and 73.

M. E. "Butch" Eigenbrode, NI2W
E-mail: <mee42@myactv.net>
Home phone: 301-824-5373
Cell phone: 908-343-1704


==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS

65th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Location: Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds
890 West Main Street
Berryville, VA 22611
Website: <www.shenvalarc.org/hamfest>
Sponsor: Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.820 -
Public Contact: Thomas Brownlee, AF2D
744 Gafia Lodge Road
Middletown, VA 22645
Phone: 540-869-7065
E-mail: <af2d@arrl.net.

----------------------------

Delaware State Convention (Delmarva AR & Electronics EXPO)
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Location: Sussex Technical High School
17099 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947
Website: <www.radioelectronicsexpo.com>
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.090 (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: Herb Quick, KF3BT
PO Box 1431
Seaford, DE 19973
Phone: 302-629-4949
E-mail: <herb@hamiltongraphics.com> 

----------------------------

CARAFest 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Website: http://www.carafest.org
Sponsor: Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.390 (PL 156.7)
Public Contact: David Parkison, KB3VDY	
1257 Stevens Avenue Arbutus, MD 21227
Phone: 410-977-1249
Email: <vendorsales@carafest.org>

----------------------------

You may view upcoming hamfests which are nearby in Pennsylvania,
Delaware, Maryland-DC, West Virginia and the Virginia area by
clicking on the ARRL's Hamfest and Convention Calendar.  

The URL is:
<www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar>. 


==> JUNE, 2015 T-MARC REPORT

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
Virginia.

June 2015

Applications in Process:

N8RAT 
   – Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination for UHF pair at Capon
     Springs, W.Va. to neighboring coordination groups and
     co-channel in T-MARC area.

N8RAT 
    – Sent Construction Coordination for 442.5000+ at Rio, W.Va.

Prince Georges County ERA
    – Received application for move of 145.2300- to District
      Heights, Md. 
    - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
      coordination groups. 
    - Sent Construction Coordination

K4USS 
    – Sent Final Coordination for move of 145.3900- to new
      location near Winchester, Va.

WB6EFW
    – Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
      coordination groups and co-channel sponsors in the T-MARC
      area for UHF pair at Ashburn, Va.
    - Sent Construction Coordination for 442.4000+

Sussex ARA 
    – Sent Construction Coordination for 147.0150+ in 
      Selbyville, Del.

K3UCB 
    – Sent Construction Coordination for 442.2375+ at Silver
      Spring, Md.

North Mtn. Comm. Club 
    – Sent Construction Coordination for 444.6500+ at 
      Winchester, Va.

N3UHD 
    – Sent Construction Coordination for 444.1500+ at 
      Linden, Va.

W4YHD 
    – Sent Construction Coordination for 224.8800- at
      Fairfax Stn., Va.

Reagan E-STAR
    – Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination for 2 meter pair in
      Washington, D.C.

W3DCA
     – Sent Construction Coordination for 147.2700+ at
       Washington, D.C.

KA4DCS
      – Received application for coordination for UHF link freq.
        at Millwood, Va.
      - Sent Construction Coordination.

Balto. Digital Group
       – Received application for coordination for UHF pair in
         Towson, Md. 
       - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring
         coordination groups.

On Air Status Requests sent to:
147.1200+     N3EKQ          Bel Air, Md.
145.1100+     W3ETX          Washington, D.C.

Coordinations Cancelled:
 53.2100-     N3UR           Syria, Va.
145.1100-     W3ETX          Washington, D.C.
449.6250-     BARC           Towson, Md.

T-MARC is proposing a new 900 MHz Band Plan.

We are asking that comments be submitted to us prior to July 31,
2015. 

Provided no major objections, we intend to start utilizing the
new plan on September 1, 2015.

The proposed band plan may be viewed at:
<www.tmarc.org/TMARC_900_Proposed_Band_Plan.pdf>.

You may send your comments to T-MARC at:
<tmarc@tmarc.org>.


==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT

ARRL Section: Maryland-DC          June            Year: 2015

AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 586
Change since last month:  -1
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 4
Number of ARES nets active: 11
Number with NTS liaison: 6
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3FMJ, N3SEO, NI2W, WB3KAS.
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month: 9
Person hours:  271
Number of public service events this month:  
Person hours:     
Number of emergency operations this month:  0
Person hours: 0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 9
Total Person hours:  271
===========================================================
EmComm Events and Comments from around the Section
 
de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:
 
I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to write their
monthly EC reports.   We are seeing the same five-six reports
each month for the last several months of the 'old year.'  
Let's work on changing this for the coming new year.
 
There is one vacant DEC slot left for the Central Region
Section. If you are interested, and up to the challenge, please
contact me or the Section Manager, KB3MXM for more information.
 
There are six counties that do not having an Emergency
Coordinator.  They are ALLE, CARO, DORC, QACO, SOME and WORC.
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.
 
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 Hospital 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.  Located at:
<https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MDCQRV/info>.

The new ARRLMDCSection Yahoo Reflector was unveiled last month.
We now have 65 members.  You can join at:
<https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info> for
up to the minute breaking news related to the Section.
 
Field Day -- Field Day -- Field Day:
 
Field Day 2015 is in the history books, and from what I heard it
was truly a gully washer for some, us included.  Maybe next
month we can get some reports of how you dealt with.  Should be
interesting.
 
National Night Out:
 
Another one of my favorite events of the year is the National
Night Out. Please consider supporting your local law enforcement
with a table and a station at a NNO venue.  

Last year PRGE had over 50 venues.  Can't cover them all, but
please be a part of this 25+ year old nation wide tradition
project by sending messages via Winlink to various officials.  

Check with your local law enforcement to see what organization
is heading it in your county.
 
>From around the Section
======================
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.
N8MOY SK
======================
de GARR County KB3FMJ:
Last month's activities included:
• Our Field Day event was held at the Western MD 4H center,
  operating with 4 stations.
• Operations for Field Day included CW, phone, digital and
  satellite communication modes
• Visitors included Section Manager elect Marty Pittinger
  (KB3MXM) and Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy (W3TOM)

The Garrett County ARES (GCARES) monthly meetings will be held
at the Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad board room in
Oakland, Maryland. The next meeting will be Monday July 13th at
7:00 PM.

The GCARES net is held weekly on Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM on
the 146.805 repeater, dup PL 123 and is linked to the WAN and
Target Link Repeater Systems. All traffic is FM voice.
======================
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 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 QSOs at 1900. All are welcome.  
<<<SOON TO BE MOVING INTO THE NEW PRGE EOC IN SEPTEMBER>>>
 
June 27-28: FD held at the MD State American Legion Youth Camp,
Cheltenham, MD. We had about 10 operators over the course of the
weekend.  Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy W3TOM and his
wife Debbie, KA3VNF, stopped by for a visit.
 
Our Fusion repeaters are in and have been tested OK.  Once the
rest of the equipment arrives, we'll start on the re-build
project. Stay tuned.
 
Planning is underway for National Night Out.  We usually have
7-8 stations set up around the county.  Stay tuned.
 
Next meeting is July 20.
=====================
de KA3AHI Section Hospital Project:
June 17:  We had 32 check-ins from three states (MD, PA & VA)
and 15 counties to the HF Hospital Net!  Funtastic!  Appreciate
the wonderful support and participation!  Let's keep the
momentum going.  

Those who sent in their check-in list were a big help for
fill-ins and cross reference.  Please continue in the future and
for those who have not, please consider to sending your list to
me. Next HFH Nets are scheduled for: July 22 and Aug 19.
 
HF Hospital Nets are conducted on 3820 KHz at 1930L.  It is
always the Wednesday following the third Monday. I'd like to
hear more checkins from our MDC Section.
======================
Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: wb3kas@aol.com


==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

QST MDC 1506 STN PSHR = >70 TOTAL
CALL PSHR
KK3F 170
W3CB 151
W3YVQ 135
K3IN 110
W4OTN 102
AA3SB 100
KB3LNM 100
NI2W 99
WB3FTQ 90
WB4FDT 90
N3ZOC 87

==========
QST MDC 1506 STN BPL:
KK3F 1506 SAR 25/1292/1288/4/2609

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MDC NETS 1506:

MEPN/C2, MARYLAND EMERGENCY PHONE NET, 3820/1800L-DY
Liaisons: 3RN2/MDD/DTN/BTN/WVA/NTSD/WL2K
MEPN 1506 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/318 QTC/74 MINS/636

BTN/C4, BALTIMORE TRAFFIC NET, 146.67/1830L-DY
Liaisons: MEPN/MDD/NTSD/WL2K
BTN 1506 KB3MXM QND/30 QNI/325 QTC/27 MINS/508

MDD/C4, MARYLAND/DC/DELAWARE NET, 3557/1900L-2200L-DY
Liaisons: 3RN4/MEPN/BTN/DTN/NTSD/WL2K
MDD 1506 AA3SB QND/55 QNI/330 QTC/106 MINS/609

MSN, MARYLAND SLOW NET, 3563/1930L-DY TRAINING,
Liaisons: MDD
MSN 1506 W8CPG QND/29 QNI/112 QTC/28 MINS/636

==========
MDC 1506 PSHRS FILED (Zero entries omitted.):
CALL DATE PSHR
KK3F 1506 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/30 4/30 5/30 TOTAL 170
W3CB 1506 PSHR 1/32 2/14 3/20 4/65 6/20 TOTAL 151
W3YVQ 1506 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/30 4/25 TOTAL 135
K3IN 1506 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/30 TOTAL 110
W4OTN 1506 PSHR 1/32 2/40 3/20 6/10 TOTAL 102
AA3SB 1506 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/20 TOTAL 100
KB3LNM 1506 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/10 6/10 TOTAL 100
NI2W 1506 PSHR 1/39 2/30 3/20 4/10 TOTAL 99
WB3FTQ 1506 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/10 TOTAL 90
WB4FDT 1506 PSHR 1/40 2/40 3/10 TOTAL 90
N3ZOC 1506 PSHR 1/40 2/37 3/10 TOTAL 87
AB3WG 1506 PSHR 1/28 2/8 TOTAL 36

==========
MDC 1506 SARS FILED:
CALL DATE SAR ORIG/RCVD/SENT/DLVD/TOTAL
KK3F 1506 SAR 25/1292/1288/4/2609
WB3FTQ 1506 SAR 0/71/59/7/137
K3IN 1506 SAR 0/48/85/2/135
AA3SB 1506 SAR 0/56/32/4/92
W4OTN 1506 SAR 0/35/45/0/80
KB3LNM 1506 SAR 0/50/10/19/79
WB4FDT 1506 SAR 0/24/24/0/48
W3YVQ 1506 SAR 0/13/33/0/46
N3ZOC 1506 SAR 0/13/21/3/37
NI2W 1506 SAR 0/15/0/15/30
W3CB 1506 SAR 0/4/8/2/14
AB3WG 1506 SAR 0/5/1/2/8

==========
FOR THE MDC WEB SITE 1506

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1506 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/318 QTC/74 MINS/636
BTN 1506 KB3MXM QND/30 QNI/325 QTC/27 MINS/508
MDD 1506 AA3SB QND/55 QNI/330 QTC/106 MINS/609
MSN 1506 W8CPG QND/29 QNI/112 QTC/28 MINS/636

PSHR: KK3F 170, W3CB 151, W3YVQ 135, K3IN 110, 
W4OTN 102, AA3SB 100, KB3LNM 100, NI2W 99, WB3FTQ 90, 
WB4FDT 90, N3ZOC 87, AB3WG 36; 

TFC: KK3F 2609, WB3FTQ 137, K3IN 135, AA3SB 92, 
W4OTN 80, KB3LNM 79, WB4FDT 48, W3YVQ 46, N3ZOC 37, 
NI2W 30, W3CB 14, AB3WG 8 

==========
HF CONDITIONS
NTS nationwide nets have enjoyed generally good evening 
Cycle 4 conditions with some late net MUF problems at 
northern latitudes during a few lulls in solar activity. 
Difficult Cycle 2 conditions continue with solar activity
induced absorption and noise in the afternoons plus E layer
formation now that the sun angle is higher. Several days
encountered high D layer absorption and radio blackout
conditions due to solar flares with recovery usually in the
same day. Sunspot activity has diminished but 15 meters was
open sporadically in June, 2015.

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.

LOCAL MDC RADIOGRAMS AND OTHER MESSAGING
Outlets in each ARES® jurisdiction are needed for daily 
Radiogram and Radio-email traffic, particularly for 
messaging welcoming new hams to the Amateur Service. 
There is also a "real", but smaller, messaging rate coming 
in to addressees all over the Section. The NTS takes this 
daily traffic voluntarily as a public service and in order to 
provide for practice in sustaining our messaging capability. 
Please help us find local operators with interest in 
providing this service to act as liaisons to our NTS nets 
or accept designation as a local Target Station for the 
exchange of Radio-email messaging.

Please note that ICS/NIMS FEMA forms such as the 
ICS-213, and other special forms, may be attached to 
Radio-email as a binary text file for transmission via 
WL2K or peer-to-peer transfers. The NTSD Radiogram 
service can also handle such forms when the form text 
data, including block titles, etc., is inserted into the Text 
part of the message; the Preamble, Address, Signature 
and OP NOTES completed as done in the standard 
Radiogram. 

MANPOWER - TRAINING
All of our operations, voice, CW, and digital, are in need 
of additional supporting manpower. If you can operate 
any of these modes, please consider joining our MDC 
net fleet. Becoming familiar with methods and practices 
now will pay big dividends should an emergency 
communication situation arise in your local area or 
over a wider region. All of our operators and managers 
will be glad to help you learn the skills and find out 
about various types of equipment and/or software used.

The NTS/NTSD/Radio-email staff above Section level 
draws its manpower from those operators who have 
become competent in the service at the entry levels. It 
is therefore very valuable and necessary to bring new 
operators into our nets and help them learn their skills 
in order to provide for the future.

The MDC NTS staff continues to offer to conduct 
Echolink training conferences to teach Radiogram 
handling and directed traffic net operations, and to 
familiarize stations with operations on the NTSD and 
Radio-email layers.

MEPN representatives check for Echolink check-ins 
starting at 6 PM daily via the WB3GXW-L link node 
(or *WASH_DC* conference node backup). 

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 
done!

Thank you for your continued support of MDC integrated 
ARES®/NTS/NTSD operations.

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

 
==> FINAL COMMENTS FROM MARTY

I visited the Voice of America Amateur Radio Club, VOA-ARC,
(K3VOA) on Tuesday, July 7th.  This was my first official
visit to an ARRL affiliated club in the MDC Section as the new
Section Manager.  

My host was my ASM Al Brown, KZ3AB.  Al is the president
emertius of the VOA-ARC and an excellent tour guide through the 
realm of our Capital city - DC. 

The meeting was held in the K3VOA hamshack which on the
penthouse level (7th floor) of the Cohen Building in
Washington, DC, which is the VOA's headquarters. This 
lofty perspective made Washington landmarks indistinguishable 
from their more notable street-level facades. 

After the club meeting, Al (KZ3AB), who is a VOA retiree and Dr
Kim Elliot (KD9XB), VOA-ARC Vice President, gave a cook's tour
of the Voice of America's radio and television broadcasting
facilities.  I was thrilled! Yes - almost speechless. 

As a youngster, I would listen to the VOA on my short wave radio.
It was magic to me and I never thought I would be able to see or
meet the people where these radio broadcasts originated or see the 
plaque that reads "Voice Of America" Headquarters. 

During my tour of VOA, I was able to watch radio and television
broadcasts being sent all over the world in real time and studio
preparations for a foreign language broadcast. 

Knowing that I was witnessing this "magic" in person reopened
my imagination.  I quickly recalled my past and present enjoyment
of the "magic" of radio and television.

In spite of the fact that I am a telecommunications architect the 
fact that voice, text and pictures being snagged from the ether
without the use of wires amazes me to this day.

I hope that I am able to help others learn about this "magic," 
and become licensed amateur radio operators and elmers.

I would like to extend my thanks to Dr Kim Elliott, KD9XB, and
my ASM Al Brown, KZ3AB, and the VOA ARC members for their 
warmest hospitality and the tour.

73 from your newly elected Section Manager, and remember that
I am here and ready to help you.
Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM
ARRL MDC Section Manager
<KB3MXM@ARRL.NET>


Maryland-DC Officials