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Maryland-DC

Maryland-DC

Contact Information

Section Name:
Maryland-DC
Contact:
Jim Cross WI3N
Daytime Phone:
301-706-9543 (Cell)
Evening Phone:
301-725-6829 (Home)
Email:
WI3N@ARRL.ORG

Basic Information

Division:
Atlantic
Description:
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MDC Section News
Vol. 9 No. 12 
December 18, 2014
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET DECEMBER 19th
* VOICE OF AMERICA ARC OPERATED AS W1AW/3 FROM DC DEC 12-14
* SKYWARN CLASS - WINTER WEATHER
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS
* UPCOMING LICENSE CLASS
* NOVEMBER, 2014 T-MARC REPORT
* 5 GHZ BACKBONE COMING
* NEW EMERGENCY COORDINATOR AND RACES OFFICERS
* MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINALLY. . .  

==>  MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET DECEMBER 19th

This month's MDC section-wide Echolink net will be held on
Friday, December 19th 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.


==> VOICE OF AMERICA ARC OPERATED AS W1AW/3 FROM DC DEC 12-14

The Voice of America (VOA) Amateur Radio Club operated
as W1AW/3 from the VOA headquarters in Washington, DC from
December 12th through December 14th as part of the ARRL
Centennial QSO Party.



==> SKYWARN CLASS - WINTER WEATHER

Prince George's Office of Emergency Management and Prince
George's County REACT are sponsoring a Skywarn Class on Winter
Storms to be conducted by the National Weather Service, Skywarn
Program.

The class is Thursday, 29 January 2015 from 6:30 PM to
approximately 8:30 PM.  The class will be held at the Prince
George's Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster Street in Lanham,
Maryland. 

To register, click on: 
<www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-winter-storm-15-02-tickets-14679293161?aff=Email>
or <www.PGCountyREACT.org>.

Basics 1 is a prerequisite of the class.

Questions may be addressed to Paul Bowling via e-mail at:
<Paul@W4ATN.com>. 


==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS

Post Holiday Hamfest
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: Odenton Volunteer Fire Department
1425 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD 21113
Website:
<https://sites.google.com/site/marylandmobileers/hamfests-1/hamfest-2>
Sponsor: Maryland Mobileers Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.805/146.205 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Bruce McPherson, AB3AC
484 Peach Leaf Court
Odenton, MD 21113
Phone: 410-456-2500
Email: <bmcpherson73@verizon.net> 

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

Virginia State Convention (Richmond Frostfest)
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: Richmond Raceway Complex
600 East Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, VA 23218
Website: <www.frostfest.com>
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.88 -600 (PL 74.4)
Public Contact: DeeDee Farrell, KK4AVC
PO Box 14828
Richmond, VA 23221
Phone: 804-657-7038
Email: <info@frostfest.com>

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

BARC Father's Day Hamfest
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Location: Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company Grounds
16020 Carnival Avenue
Upperco, MD 21155
Website: <www.gbhc.org>
Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.67 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Bill Dobson, N3WD
PO Box 120
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 410-842-5019
Email: <w3ft67@yahoo.com>

You may view upcoming hamfests which are nearby in Pennsylvania,
Delaware, Maryland-DC, West Virginia and the Virginia area by
clicking on the ARRL MDC Section web page at:
<http:www.arrl-mdc.net/hamfest.htm>.



==> UPCOMING LICENSE CLASS

As clubs put together licensing classes if you go to this link:
<http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class> you will find
information on clubs or other groups who are holding a licensing class.
The one posted below is being provided by the Laurel Amateur Radio
Club. The Laurel VE will provide testing the following Saturday at the
Woman's Club of Laurel, 384 Main Street, Laurel, Maryland 20707. 

Radio License Class
Laurel MD 20707

LICENSING CLASS

01/10/2015
Start/End Dates: 01/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Times: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
# of Sessions: 2
Class level: Technician
Morse code offered: No
Pre register required: Yes
Fee: 0
Pre Study required: No
Class Type: Weekend/One Day
Exam offered: No
Sponsoring Club/Organization: Laurel ARC
Instructor: NY7P
Contact: Mona Singleton	NY7P	
Phone: (301) 874-8408
Email: coachmona@yahoo.com
Location: Laurel Municipal Center - Training Room
8103 Sandy Spring Road 
Laurel, MD 20707
Additional Information: Optional text books available at class (while
supplies last)



==> NOVEMBER, 2014 T-MARC REPORT

Announcement: 
The deadline for TMARC submitting information to the ARRL for
inclusion into the 2015 Repeater Directory is Dec. 31, 2014.

Please check your listings on the TMARC Frequency List,
<www.tmarc.org/freqs/Frequency.html>, and verify everything is
accurate. 

If there is anything that needs to be changed, please send me an
email at <n3st@tmarc.org>.
 
November, 2014 Report

Applications in Process:
KA4DCS
 – Received application for move of unpublished 449.xxxx- repeater
    from Alexandria, Va. to Culpeper, Va. and also a freq. swap of
    same pair to 444.xxxx+. 
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
    groups. 
 - Awaiting testing.
 
K3WS
 – Received application for coordination for UHF pair in Laurel,
    Md.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
    groups.
 
K3WS 
 - Received application for coordination for UHF pair in Berwyn
    Heights, Md. 
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
    groups.
 
K4USS
 – Received application for location change of 145.3900 from
    Berryville, Va. to Winchester, Va. 
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
 -  groups. 
 - Objection received.
 
Ashton Radio Comm. Soc.
 – Received request to add 147.600 as digital input to 147.000
    repeater. 
 - Sent notice to neighboring coordination groups.
 
W4ATN
 – Received application for coordination for UHF repeater in Riva,
    Md.
 - Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination
    groups.
 
St. Mary’s County ARA
 – Received request for UHF control freq.


On Air Status Requests sent to:
449.0750-   N3CDY   Towson, Md.
145.2800-   K3RIC   Salisbury, Md.
444.0500+   K3RIC   Salisbury, Md.


Coordinations Withdrawn / Cancelled:
None


Other:
South Eastern Repeater Assoc
Received 1 proposed coordination for 220
Received 1 proposed coordination for 440

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.

If you would like to contact T-MARC, you may send an e-mail to
the Board of Direcrors at <tmarc@tmarc.org>.

Our snail-mail address is:
 T-MARC
 P.O. Box 1022
 Savage, Md. 20763-1022

Please feel free to visit the T-MARC web page at: 
<http://tmarc.org/>.


==> 5 GHZ BACKBONE COMING

Kudos to Dick Hayman, WN3R, who has established a website
<http://www.public-connections.org/> as a single point of contact for
those individuals and groups of hams who would like to become involved
in creating a wide-ranging mesh network on 5 GHz.  He is organizing an
effort to build a backbone running on 5 Ghz under Part 15 rules.  Local
hams and clubs can connect to the backbone with any gear they like
operating on any frequency under parts 15 or 97.  Dick is looking
forward to working with an "army of geeks" to build the structure. 
This is a great idea, particularly living beside the nation's bullseye,
Washington, D.C.

For more info on the technical details, you can go to Keith Elkin's,
KB3TCB, site, <www.remoteamateur.com>.



==> NEW EMERGENCY COORDINATOR AND RACES OFFICERS

Don Gerkin, W3DVG, is the newly appointed ARRL Emergency Coordinator
(EC) and RACES Officer for Baltimore City. If you live in the city and
would like to become active in emergency communications, you may
contact Don at <w3dvg@arrl.net>. 

Mike Barrett, K3MMB, <k3mmb@arrl.net> has been appointed the new RACES
Officer in Frederick County.



==> MDC SECTION ARES® REPORT

___________________________________________________________________
ARRL Section: Maryland-DC          November             Year: 2014
___________________________________________________________________
AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE
Total number of ARES members: 598
Change since last month:   -10
Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month: 5
Number of ARES nets active: 14
Number with NTS liaison: 6
Calls of DECs/ECs reporting: KB3FMJ, N3SEO, NI2W, W4OTN, WB3KAS
Number of drills, tests and training sessions this month:   11    
Person hours:    179
Number of public service events this month:  4                         
 Person hours:    428
Number of emergency operations this month:  0                        
Person hours:        0
Total number of ARES operations this month: 15              Total
Person hours:     607
 
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.   The numbers are way down from the start of the year.  I
hope the new year can change this around some the coming months.
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, WI3N for more information.
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
======================
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. Supported
Rosaryville 50K and the Cold Turkey run.
======================
de CALC County W4OTN:
 
The monthly ARES meeting was held at the Drum Point Community Office
(one of our served agencies).  We trained on the new emergency
operations plan (EOP) for ARES and familiarized ourselves with the
radio capabilities at the office.  Recommendations were also made as to
how to add additional capabilities at the office.
======================
de GARR County KB3FMJ:
 
Garrett County ARES team consisting of members Tim Gift (KB8NUF), Gene
Hager (K3ZTY), Philip Lewis (K3PWL), Dick Bolt (W1DGA) and Bill Shomo
(KB3FMJ) toured the Garrett County Emergency Operations sites to review
equipment placement and meet with the sties key points of contacts. The
sites included the Garrett County Emergency Operations Center, Garrett
County Health Department, Garrett County Hospital, Oakland Nursing Home
and the Dennett Road Nursing Home. Each of these sites has a dual band
VHF radio with emergency power for operation by the ARES group during
drills and emergency events.
 
The Garrett County ARES (GCARES) monthly meetings will be held at the
Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad board room in Oakland Maryland.
 
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
145.23MHz  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. Eyeball
QSOs at 1900. All are welcome.
=====================
de WASH County NI2W:
 
On November 22nd the Antietam Radio Association (ARA) provided
communication support to the annual JFK 50 Mile Run throughout
Washington County. 30 amateur radio operators participated in the event
over a period of 14 hours. 168.75 hours of support were provided using
equipment valued at approximately $10,600.
Hams participating were: NI2W K2AVA KB3FJN AB3BE KB3GBF N3AWP K3ABH
KB3MUN KB3EHT K3FCC KB3RNM KB3PXR W3PDW K3GHH N3ARZ N7BMG KB3MBU KB3GFV
K3LLP NR3H N3WSP KC3IDU WB3FTQ AB3RD KB3ZV KB3JRI W3GTL KB3SRT KD8WVM
W3YGC
This is an annual event and the ARA has been again invited to support
this function next year. Already over half the positions have been
filled.
=====================
de KA3AHI AEC PRGE Hospital Project:
 
19 November:  We had 25 check-ins to the HF Hospital Net!  Appreciate
the support and participation!
Next HF Hospital Net will be Dec 17 on 3820KHz 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

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1411 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/328 QTC/117 MINS/811
BTN 1411 KB3MXM QND/30 QNI/301 QTC/15 MINS/487
MDD 1411 AA3SB QND/59 QNI/282 QTC/128 MINS/559
MSN 1411 W8CPG QND/30 QNI/140 QTC/86 MINS/765

PSHR: NI2W 193, KK3F 140, W3YVQ 135, KB3LNM 110,
AA3SB 100, W3CB 98, W4OTN 94, WB3FTQ 90, NF8I 71,
KC3CBL 42, N3ZOC 24;

TFC: KK3F 2510, WB3FTQ 137, AA3SB 119, W3YVQ 111,
KB3LNM 106, W4OTN 59, NF8I 52, NI2W 30, KC3CBL 15,
KC3Y 9, W3CB 7, N3ZOC 5

==========
HF CONDITIONS
NTS nationwide nets have enjoyed generally good evening
Cycle 4 conditions with some late net MUF problems at
northern latitudes. Some difficult Cycle 2 conditions
continued with solar activity absorption and noise in the
afternoons. Continued active sunspots kept the 3,000 KM
MUFs above ten meters for most days of November.

RADIO-EMAIL, NTS/NTSD
All MDC ARES(r) jurisdictions are encouraged to use
the Radio-email Layer to communicate with each other,
served agencies, and the stations operating in the MDC
NTS/NTSD affiliated nets. Peer-to-peer Radio-email
connections may also be used for backup. Stations on
our MEPN net can accept direct and network connections
for Radio-email via HF PacTor, can forward Radio-email
nation-wide, and can post Radiogram traffic directly to the
NTS/NTSD as needed. The NTSD provides automatic
Radiogram forwarding digitally nation-wide via HF PacTor
to be extracted by DRS stations for local net delivery. The
NTSD Area hubs provide for direct P2P HF PacTor Radio-
email forwarding nation-wide as well. Emergency
Management and other NGO agencies demand modern
Radio-email service these days. If a Section´s served
agencies covered by their ARES(r) deployments cannot
exchange Radio-email with the served agencies so
covered in other Sections, they are not "on the network".

LOCAL MDC RADIOGRAMS AND OTHER MESSAGING
Outlets in each ARES(r) 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.

Messaging for new hams, those who have upgraded, and
those due for renewal, are often delivered to local hams
by a few of our Section´s NTS operators with wide area
phone service. For new hams, unless our VECs are
reporting new calls to our clubs, this means that our NTS
operators at Section level might be the only ones aware of
these new licensees. Local club and ARES(r) stations are
in the best position to deliver such traffic and welcome the
new ham with local information and help. This is a
particularly difficult issue these days with so many people
switching from land-line phones to portable gear. Local
hams, new or long-licensed, may be reachable only via
local repeaters or club meetings, etc. Imagine the thrill of
a new ham at his first club meeting being called out in
the order of business to receive his first welcoming
Radiogram from elsewhere in the country, or perhaps
even from Germany.

Please help us find local operators with interest in
providing this service. Our local groups provide the roots
of the joint ARES(r) and NTS network system, whether via
voice, CW, or digital modes. This is an essential part of
our emergency preparedness capability. Wide-area Section-
level telephone or internet delivery of messaging during
emergencies is not likely to be possible. Direct on-air
liaison with our Section-wide NTS/NTSD services and the
Radio-email network can provide these services, and also
helps prevent the overloading of local emergency nets
during activations.

We therefore request that each jurisdiction either send
a daily liaison to a Section NTS net, or designate a
Target Station on the WL2K network to exchange daily
Radio-email as needed. Having network stations in each
jurisdiction can dramatically reduce manning and net
control requirements during emergencies. A list of such
Targets may be sent through the SEC or to me to be
shared off-line by Section leadership. If you have done
so in the past, please refresh your status so we may
maintain a current listing.

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
communications 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.
There are lots of "career" openings in the local NTS and
NTSD, for liaisons to higher level voice/CW nets, and for
digital network operators. We will be glad to help you
learn how to do these jobs. By participating you will help
keep alive the ARRL traditions of public service. This is
your pathway to joining the national ARRL Field
Organization Public Service Communications team.
ARESMAT teams invited to assist our Section during
emergencies will come in expecting to find pathways
for messaging via these various modes to all levels of
the national networks.

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(r)/NTS/NTSD operations.

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


==> FINALLY. . .

I am pleased to announce that Tom Abernethy, W3TOM, won the
election for ARRL Atlantic Division Director position.  Tom lives in
Accokeek, MD, and is a former SEC and SM for the MDC Section.
We extend our congratulations to Tom.

I would also like to congratulate Bob Famiglio, K3RF, SM for EPA, 
who won the election for the position as ARRL Atlantic Division
Vice-Director. 

Thank you all for voting. 

I am sure Tom and Bob will work well together on the ARRL's
Board of Directors on our behalf.

Although we've had cold weather and some snow, winter, the 
winter solstice, does does not officially begin until December
21 at 6:03 PM EST.  Then, the sun will start to rise earlier and
set later each day; days will become longer.  

The reason there is so much cold weather (in the northern
hemisphere) during January and February is because of the earth's
thermal inertia.  Thermal inertia is also the reason why we have
our warmest weather in July and August, after the summer solstice,
which occurs around June 21st each year.

On behalf of my ARRL Field Services staff, whether you
celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Christmas, we would like to wish
everyone a safe and happy holiday season and a fun, radio active 
and prosperous 2015.

And remember, I am always at your service.

73,

Jim Cross, WI3N
<WI3N@ARRL.ORG>
ARRL MDC Section Manager (SM)

Maryland-DC Officials