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

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Division:
Atlantic
Description:
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MDC Section News
Vol. 13, No. 10
Wednesday, October 16, 2018
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* MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY OCTOBER 19th
* UPCOMING HAMFESTS & SPECIAL RADIO EVENTS
* T-MARC COORDINATION REPORT
* MDC SECTION ARES REPORT
* SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT
* FINAL COMMENTS FROM YOUR SECTION MANAGER


==> MDC SECTION-WIDE ECHOLINK NET FRIDAY OCTOBER 19th
This month's MDC section-wide EchoLink net will be held on Friday, OCTOBER 19th at 8:00 PM on the EchoLink *WASH_DC* Node 6154. The MDC Section EchoLink net is always held on the third Friday evening of every month at 8:00 PM eastern local time.

If you would like to join in on RF, the following repeaters and IRLPs have linked in for EchoLink nets:

- KA2JAI-R operates through the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+), PL 107.2 Hz, in Annapolis, MD
- WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL 156.7 Hz, located in Calverton, MD
- N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL 151.4 Hz, located near Ocean City, MD
- N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL 156.7 Hz, located near Silver Spring, MD
- W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL 141.3 Hz, located near Frederick, MD
- K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL 156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
- N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co, MD
- W3SMD-L, 147.51, Simplex, St Mary's County, MD
- K3GMR-R 146.61 (-), No PL, Cheverly, MD
- KB3JQQ-L Pikesville, MD

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Find EchoLink App and Nodes in your area at EchoLink.org

Everyone is encouraged to join in and give any updates on what is happening 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.


==> UPCOMING HAMFESTS & SPECIAL RADIO EVENTS

This is a list of Hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section and nearby Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware as a courtesy to our neighboring Section Managers.

Also listed are radio events for communication enthusiasts.

For this month our MDC SM adds On-Air Events. For our section members interested in other types of RF communication, events and activities related to the RF spectrum. Please send your upcoming ARC events, suggestions and comments [click] Please include our ARC Event. 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: MDC SECTION Hamfests or the ARRL's Hamfest and Convention Calendar at Convention Calendar

I, as the MDC Section Manager, Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, and/or a designated ARRL representative(s) will plan to attend all Hamfests in the ARRL Maryland-DC Section.

We hope to see you there and bring a fellow Ham and friends.

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Mid-Atlantic AntiqueRadio Club (MAARC) RadioFallFest
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Tailgating 8 AM, Auction 12:30, earlier if raining
Location: Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville, MD
Tailgating at 8:00 AM, Auction at 12:30 (earlier if raining) Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club, Historic NIKE Missile Site in Anne Arundel County
Website: http://www.maarc.org
Talk-In: 147.105+ (107.2), W3VPR Davidsonville, MD
Tailgating at 8AM and Auction at 12PM, until 3 PM
Website: https://www.facebook.com/MAARCDavidsonville/ & http://www.maarc.org
PDF: http://www.maarc.org/MAARC_Docs/Flyers/MAARC_FF2018flyer.pdf
Contact: Steve Hansman | Email: shans01a@comcast.net
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Mason Dixon Hamfest
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Location: Sportsman's Hall Roller Skating Center, 15500 Hanover Pike, Upperco, MD 21155
Sponsor: Carroll County Amateur Radio Club
Website: https://k3pzn.net/
Talk-In: 145.410- (114.8), K3PZN Westminster, MD
Contact: Steve Beckman, N3SB,
Phone: 410-876-1482 | Email: n3sb@qis.net
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WACOM 2018 HAMFEST - New Location!
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018 - Time: 8AM-3PM
Location: Printscape Arena, 114 Southpointe Boulevard, Canonsburg, PA 15317
Sponsor: Washington Amateur Communications
Website: http://www.wacomarc.org/hamfest.html
Talk-In: 147.39 (N), 147.315 (S), 146.79 (E), 145.25 (W) - All PL 131.8
See http://www.wacomarc.org/nets.html
Public Contact: Bud Plants, N3TIR
236 Chambers Ridge Road West Alexander, PA 15376
Phone: 724-350-6745 | Email: bud@n3tir.com
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Third Annual SantaFest
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Location: American Legion Youth Camp, 9201 Surratts Road, Cheltenham, MD
Sponsor: Prince George's County Emergency Radio Association & American Legion
Website: http://pgares.org/santafest/
Talk-In: 145.230(-) PL 110.9 K3ERA Repeater Public
Public Contact: Charles Hallock, AA3WS
Phone: 301-535-1666 | Email: selbynet@hotmail.com
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The 6th RadioWinterFest!
Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Location: Location: National Electronics Museum, 1745 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Sponsor: ARC of the National Electronic Museum
Website: http://www.k3nem.org/
Talk-in: 146.7600- (107.2), WA3DZD Jessup, MD
Near the BWI Airport, just south of Baltimore
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club
Website: https://www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/
Public Contact:
Phone: ###-###-#### | Email: email@.com
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Roanoke Division Convention (Frostfest)
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Location: Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23218
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society (RATS)
Website: http://frostfest.com
Talk-In: 146.880+ (74.4), W4RAT Richmond, VA
Public Contact: Robert Marshall, KI4MCW
Phone: 804-620-7287 | Email: ki4mcw@frostfest.com
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West Virginia Section Convention (Charleston Hamfest & Computer Show)
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Location: Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301
Sponsor: Charleston Hamfest Committee
Website: http://www.w8gk.org
Talk-In: 145.350- (91.5), W8GK Charleston, WV
Public Contact: Rick Cummings, WV8RC
Phone: 304-610-6404 | Email: rickwv8rc@gmail.com
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WINTERFEST
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Location: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Sponsor: Vienna Wireless Society
Website: http://viennawireless.net/wp/events/winterfest
Talk-In: 146.910- (77.0), WD5DBC Tyson's Corner, VA
Public Contact: Harry Mamaux, K3NF
Phone: 703-395-6721 | Email: k3nf@cox.net
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Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Radio & Electronics EXPO)
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Location: Cheer Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://radioelectronicsexpo.com
Talk-In: 147.090+ (PL 156.7), WS3ARA Millsboro, DE - Sussex ARA
Public Contact: Herbert Quick, KF3BT
Phone: 302-629-4949 | Email: herb@hamiltongraphics.com
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York Hamfest
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2018
Location: Elicker's Grove Park, 511 Roth Church Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Website: http://www.yorkhamfest.org
Talk-In: 147.330+ (PL 123.0), W3MUM PennMar, PA
Public Contact: Duane Sterner, KB3QLQ
Phone: 717-332-1385 | Email: duane.sterner@yahoo.com

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Look for these radio, educational and science events:
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35th Space Symposium, April 8 – 11, 2019
The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
https://www.spacesymposium.org/

36th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting
2018 AMSAT Space Symposium, Nov 2-4, in Huntsville, Alabama
US Space and Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/

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New AMSAT Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMSATNA/about/
Shortwave Radiogram via WRMI w/transmission schedule http://swradiogram.net/
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Something New & Interesting –

ARRL Audio News - ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of Amateur Radio, along with interviews and other features. Enjoy ARRL Audio News anywhere: on your smart phone or tablet, your local repeater, or stream it on the go!
https://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news
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Amateur Radio Newsline Report - Amateur Radio Newsline™ is a free service to the amateur radio community. We produce a weekly audio news bulletin called a “QST” or “bulletin of interest to radio amateurs” that is delivered by a downloadable MP3 audio file from our website or through a podcast subscription.
https://www.arnewsline.org/
https://t.co/wwbYWSCoqd
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The 61th JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) is Oct 19-21, 2018.
For operating guides please see the link (https://www.scouting.org/jota/operators-guides/)
World Scout Frequencies-
Band SSB (phone) CW (Morse)
80 m 3.690 & 3.940 MHz 3.570 MHz
40 m 7.090 & 7.190 MHz 7.030 MHz
20 m 14.290 MHz 14.060 MHz
17 m 18.140 MHz 18.080 MHz
15 m 21.360 MHz 21.140 MHz
12 m 24.960 MHz 24.910 MHz
10 m 28.390 MHz 28.180 MHz
6 m 50.160 MHz 50.160 MHz
For more information please check out the link below:
https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-JOTA-Fact-Sheet-for-RA.130-219.pdf.
Please help in supporting this event.
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Maryland STEM Festival 2018, October 26th through November 11th.
On Monday, November 5th festival will hold the second Blue Collar STEM (BCS)
http://marylandstemfestival.org/blue-collar-stem/
https://marylandstemfestival.org/events/
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HF Shortwave Stations' seasonal operating frequency schedules will change October 28, 2018
Sched: A18 Starts: March 25, 2018 - Ends: October 28, 2018
Sched: B18 Starts: October 10, 2018 - Ends: March 31, 2018 https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/terrestrial/broadcast/HFBC/Pages/Schedule.aspx
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The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 ARRL HQ provides information on legislative effort for all Amateur Radio operators and their ability to serve all communities with effective outdoor antenna. http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act
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The weekly 'Shortwave Radiogram' is a digital MFSK program via domestic station WRMI in Okeechobee, FL. Read more about this excellent opportunity to hone your digital skills, flex your knowledge and adjust your Radio/App configurations.
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Looking for a Shortwave Freq., try the C. Crane website
https://www.ccrane.com/expert-advice/all/1/article/14

Looking for SWL listings - Glenn Hauser's World of Radio http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
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What will keep WWV, WWVH, and WWVB from shut down?
- Program reductions in FY 2019 budget by $6.3 million supporting fundamental measurement dissemination, including the shutdown of NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii - 2.5, 5, 10, 15 kHz

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==> MARC COORDINATION REPORT

T-MARC is The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council and coordinates Amateur VHF and UHF repeater operations to keep interference problems to a minimum.

T-MARS's areas of responsibility include the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

If you have any questions about coordinating a repeater, you may send an email to the Board at tmarc@tmarc.org

The T-MARC URL is http://tmarc.org/

T-MARC General Membership meeting and election of the TMARC Board was held at 10:30 AM in the Dining Hall at the Columbia Amateur Radio Association's CARAFest at Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
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Meeting Agenda:
- Welcome
- Treasurers Report
- Coordination Report
- Results of the voting for use of the 441/446 segments for repeater inputs/outputs
- TMARC Board Elections
- Q&A
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Sep-18
Applications in Process:
N3YMS – Received on air confirmation of 449.0750- at Dover, DE
Sent Final Coordination.

N3YMS – Received application for UHF narrow-band pair at Frederica, DE
Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
Sent Construction Coordination for 449.7250-.

K3WS – Received request to move 447.3750- from Berwyn Heights, MD to
Washington, D.C. Sent Notice of Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
Sent revised coordination.

KG4Y – Received on air confirmation of move of 444.5500+ at Winchester, VA
Sent Final Coordination.

K4USS - Received on air confirmation of move of 145.3900+ at Winchester, VA
Sent Final Coordination.

N3QEM – Received on air confirmation of 927.6750- at Vienna, VA
Sent Final Coordination.

N3HIA - Received application for 220 pair in Baltimore, MD Sent Notice of
Proposed Coordination to neighboring coordination groups.
Sent Construction Coordination for 224.4800-

WB7VUM – Request to change transfer coordination of 449.3250- to Arlington
Amateur Radio Club. No technical changes. TMARC Board approved.
Sent new coordination to Arlington ARC.

WB3JUV - Received application for UHF pair at Smryna, DE

WN3A – Received on air confirmation of 443.6500+ at Havre de Grace, MD

Coordinations Cancelled:
UHF Link - K4USS Winchester, Va.
447.3750- K3WS Berwyn Heights, Md.
447.6750- K3WS Washington, D.C.
449.3250- WB7VUM Arlington, Va.

Other:
Area Repeater Coordination Council: Received 1 proposed coordination for 440

T-MARC
The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council
www.tmarc.org

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Your VHF/UHF radio tuned to a local repeater – and you push your PTT switch –
Do you realize just how much work went into making that simple act work? Various coordinating entities work to harmonize the most efficient and effective use of the spectrum and there are legions of dedicated volunteers to respond whenever the call comes to maintain these repeaters. Hats off to all the radio clubs and folks that bear responsibility and these expenses, as they are by no means trivial. So next time you push your PTT say a little “Thank You” in your mind in recognition of all the hard work that it takes to maintain the system that makes it so easy for us all to communicate. TU Ken for your welcoming comments.

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==> 2018 September MDC SEC Narrative Report

ExCom Events and Comments from around the Section

de Section Emergency Coordinator WB3KAS:

Reporting

Eight of the 18 appointed ECs submitted their monthly ARES County reports this month, or 44%.

Use the fillable pdf ARES-002 (1/17) monthly report form you send me every month. Download it at:

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public%20Service/2017%20Forms/Monthly_DEC-EC_Report.pdf

Save the file in the form as follows: YYYY-MM<4-ltr cnty code> EC Report.pdf and sent it to me. This makes it extremely fast and easy to do my work.

The time I spend reformatting reports and the file names to match is more time than I have budget for to get a decent looking a report up the food chain. Not in the proper format, I will ignore it and move on to the next one.

It's extremely important that your constituents hear what is going on relative to EmComm in their community. 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. At a minimum, tell us the details of where you hold the ARES meetings; nets you hold, VHF/UHF or HF; any weekend breakfasts or other social gathering.

Two MDC DEC positions (Western, and Eastern) are now filled and would like to have some one step forward and consider heading up the Central DEC position. Make sure you put them on email copy for all that your county correspondence.

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. They dodged a disaster this time with Florence, but what about the next one?
I say this every month because this is gravely important this time of year. 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. Winlink 2000 Advance Class - see PRGE EC section later in this report.

Next presentation will be at FRED ARES meeting October 15. Topic: Interoperability and Winlink 2000

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!! I encourage you to use this to stay informed or keep in-touch with the rest of your fellow ARES members. With the wide distribution of this newsletter coming out only once a month, this Yahoo Site will 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.

I don't know if all the DECs and ECs are subscribing to the Yahoo Reflector. If you are not, please do. This is going to be the quickest way possible to inform MDC Section ARES of current incidents and impending disasters. Please do it now.

You can join at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ARRLMDCSECTION/info.
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Meetings and Gatherings

Sept 6: Attended American Red Cross Quarterly meeting at BALT ARC HQ

Sept 15: Observed and supported a BALT ARC Drill; pass traffic to TALB and WICO ARC shelters.

Sept 29: Observed and supported a BALT ARC FRED; pass traffic to local school-shelters

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Future Events:

2018 MDC SET: There will be no grande state wide SET this year. However, there is a loosely put together plan to support a Boy Scout SAR training/exercise in FRED County October 20. Details are sketchy, but if it comes off, we will put up a notice asking for nearby Winlink Winmor operators to push outbound exercise traffic for needed supplies and resources. Individual counties are encouraged to be active and get involved in this or their own S.E.T.

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Section Reports Received:

de ANAR County N3SEO

Light House Metric Run

ARES meetings usually the third Saturday at 0900 at the EOC. Except June - August
ARES nets each Sunday night at 2000 hours on 146.805 Repeater.

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de CALV County N3AE

Not much activity again this month but October looks much more active. We will be conducting a S.E.T. here in Calvert on Saturday, Oct 13th from 09:00 to 12:00 local. Plans are to deploy to the Calvert EOC, Health Department, Huntingtown High School (Shelter) and the Drum Point Community Center in the south end of the county. The scenario will be our typical call-out to support shelter operations during a tropical storm or hurricane event.

On Oct 16th at 7:30 (our normal monthly AUXCOMM meeting) we will be gathering at the Calvert EOC to learn about the WebEOC software. The instructor will be our Calvert County head of emergency management, Al Jeffery. Our thanks to Bill, N3XMZ, for arranging this training.

We will also be providing communications support for the Patuxent River Appreciation Days parade on Oct 7th in Solomons, MD.

Our monthly meetings are the third Tuesday, 7:30, at the Calvert Services Building (but note the special meeting on Oct 16th at the Calvert EOC in the Courthouse basement).

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de CECI County KB3LJB

September 2018 ARES activities in Cecil County consisted mostly of participation in the weekly Sunday evening ARES Nets held at 2000 (8:00 pm) on the CBRA 146.850 repeater in Port Deposit, MD. However, our support of the Susquehanna River Running Festival on September 15 bumped up our community support hours by a lot. We averaged 7 hours of service for each volunteer during the event. My thanks to all who participated and made this such a successful operation.

The VE Test Session held at the Rising Sun American Legion Post 194 on Saturday, October 5. Anyone thinking about upgrading or just want to get an eyeball QSO with some of the local Hams is welcome to come out and check out the proceedings.

CBRA monthly meetings are held at Mason-Dixon American Legion Post 194 in Rising Sun on the third Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.

The WA3SFJ-R EchoLink Node 585690 is down right now. I have relocated the Node and am hoping to get it fully set up and functioning again this month.

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de HARF county W3YR

Harford County ARES successfully completed our support for the Susquehanna River Running Festival. The Harford County Dept. of Emergency Services, Cecil County Emergency Services, and race organizers were all very pleased with our performance.

The Harford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and ARES/RACES open house is scheduled for 15 November. Over 250 Harford County Amateur Radio Operators have been invited to a tour of the EOC, snacks, and RACES/ARES information briefings. The open house is an attempt to increase membership roles. Invitations included 250 mailings, from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services, via the US Postal Service, and emails to various local ham radio clubs.

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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: Regularly scheduled monthly training VHF nets on the K3ERA Repeater, 145.23MHz PL 110.9 on Tuesdays at 1930L and EchoLink node KA3POX-L. The monthly HF Hospital Net is held the Wednesday following the third Monday of the month on 3820kHz at 1900L. NCS rotates.

Meetings: Monthly meeting held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St, Landover Hills, MD at 1930.

440 Freq Coord through TMARC HAS BEEN APPROVED. 442.3250 MHz (+) Tone 110.9Hz. Fusion box sent to Yaesu for upgrade and just recently arrived. Soon folks. . .soon!!

K3ERA 2m Repeater EchoLink is now on the air via KA3POX-L Node 896210. As Mikey would say, "Try it, you'll like it."

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de KA3AHI MDC Section ASM for the Health Care EmComm Program:

No report this month

HF Hospital Net are conducted on 3820kHz +/- at 1900L. So, give us a hollar! If you hear us look down-stream 5-8 kHz.

I'd like to hear more check-ins from our MDC Section.

Next HF Hospital Net is Oct 17 and Nov 21. . .same time, same station! NCS assignment varies.
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Signature: Jim Montgomery
Call sign: WB3KAS
Maryland-DC SEC
Email: wb3kas@arrl.net
Please send to ARRL HQ, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 by 10th of the month
FSD-96 (1-04)


==> SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER'S REPORT

FOR THE MDC WEB SITE 1809

MDC NTS NETS:

MEPN 1809 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/431 QTC/35 MINS/675 BTN 1809 AB3WG QND/30 QNI/383 QTC/35 MINS/523 MDD 1809 AA3SB QND/49 QNI/259 QTC/85 MINS/508 MSN 1809 W8CPG QND/30 QNI/118 QTC/32 MINS/585

PSHR: NI2W 168, W3YVQ 145, KB3LFG 143, KK3F 140, WB3FTQ 131, W3CB 129, K3IN 110, N3JET 93, AA3SB 88, AB3WG 58;

TFC: KK3F 1661, K3IN 163, W3YVQ 78, AA3SB 51, W3CB 51, WB3FTQ 31, N3JET 22, AB3WG 21, NI2W 18, KB3LFG 4

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HF PROPAGATION

MEPN: Propagation was functional throughout SEP 2018. Conditions on MEPN between 1730L and 1830L are now typical of fall with improved signal strengths.

General conditions were poor a few days due to solar wind disturbances. The NVIS prop MUF was remaining above 80M all night many nights. MUFs after dark will continue to fall as the winter solstice approaches. On 40M the prop beyond about 500 miles remained functional all night.

Propagation on MDD early and late was functional throughout SEP 2018, except for a few late sessions where the MUF was low.

Sunspot activity continued to decline with many spotless days. Daytime absorption on HF has reduced somewhat compared to the summer months due to lower sun angles after the equinox. Most disturbances to propagation were the result of solar wind from solar coronal holes or simply lack of flux to keep the ionosphere charged. Numerous E layer formations were noted with openings world-wide on the higher bands including 6 Meters. The fall DX season is in progress.

BTN LOCAL NTS TRAFFIC AND TRAINING NET
The BTN continues to meet on 145.33/R (no tone) 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. Thanks to all the BTN stations checking into the MEPN via EchoLink.

MEPN ECHOLINK
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). Several BTN and MEPN members, as well as stations outside the area, have used EchoLink to check in when HF is not available to them. Thanks to all.

MSN CW TRAINING
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.
Each trainee works with an assigned instructor off the net frequency to receive radiograms containing training information. Instructors work with each student at their own desired speed and check-in schedule. All are encouraged to master the art of CW via this net or personal training to support and join the ranks of our MDD Section CW net. Robin, AA3SB, MDD NM, and the veteran staff, will be glad to help you advance to the evening CW full Cycle 4 of the NTS.
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MEPN/C2, MARYLAND EMERGENCY PHONE NET, 3820/1800L-DY
Liaisons: 3RN2/MDD/DTN/BTN/WVA/NTSD/WL2K MEPN 1809 W3YVQ QND/30 QNI/431 QTC/35 MINS/675

BTN/C4, BALTIMORE TRAFFIC NET, 146.67/1830L-DY
Liaisons: MEPN/MDD/NTSD/WL2K
BTN 1809 AB3WG QND/30 QNI/383 QTC/35 MINS/523

MDD/C4, MARYLAND/DC/DELAWARE NET, 3557/1900L-2200L-DY
Liaisons: 3RN4/MEPN/BTN/DTN/NTSD/WL2K
MDD 1809 AA3SB QND/49 QNI/259 QTC/85 MINS/508

MSN, MARYLAND SLOW NET, 3563/1930L-DY TRAINING,
Liaisons: MDD
MSN 1809 W8CPG QND/30 QNI/118 QTC/32 MINS/585

Thanks to all MDC Section traffic net NCS stations, DTN/RRI 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© 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

Once again potential disasters luckily missed most of MDC Section. Sparing us from direct impact of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael.
But residual effects caused community flooding and high wind damage to portions of our Lower-Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland.

Are you ready? At your next ARES and Amateur Radio Club meeting ask this question --
- What is your level of Readiness / Preparedness - are you fully prepared and ready for a natural disaster.

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Please subscribe and participate in the ARES E-Letter - Congrats to our MDC SEC Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS, and Wanda Montgomery, KA3AHI - see the ARES E-Letter September 19, 2018 edition

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JOIN the ARES-Connect Roll Out
The new volunteer management system for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service ARES® will allow MDC Section Staff and our ECs, DECs and SEC. ARES participants sign-up for and log hours. More about this system in the coming weeks

Your MDC Section staff need five ARES members, from any counties, wishing to assist the Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator. Please email your request to KB3MXM@arrl.net

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Social Media drives notifications of community disasters and emergency operations. Every emergency management agency is using monitoring Social Media - especially Twitter and Facebook - posting near real-time situational awareness, helping their communities prepare and react to the change’s disasters bring - helping disaster survivors. You might consider joining your community, county, state and national Social Media outlets.

MDC Section Staff will continue to explore these growing trends. Our Twitter @MDCARRL feed continues to increase in popularity with more than 10,000 monthly views.


73,
Marty, KB3MXM
ARRL MDC Section Manager

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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; landline 443-326-1783.

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

The "Maryland-DC Section News" offers a monthly digest of essential and general news of interest to all amateur radio operators.

Please visit the MDC Section web page at, http://www.arrl-mdc.net and the "ARRL MDC Section News and Alerts" web page, http://www.arrl.org/sections/view/maryland-dc, for the latest MDC Section news, links and updates.

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My editor and our MDC Section Assistant Section Manager Al Brown, KZ3AB.

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Links:
MDC Section Website, MDC Section Facebook, Maryland Emergency Phone Net (MEPN), Baltimore Traffic Net (BTN)

Maryland-DC Officials

  • Martin Pittinger

    Section Manager

    Martin J. Pittinger KB3MXM

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  • Robert Bruninga

    Technical Coordinator

    Robert E. Bruninga WB4APR

  • Eric Berman

    Section Youth Coordinator

    Eric Berman KC3GDV

  • Kenneth Reid

    Assistant Section Manager

    Kenneth B. Reid KG4USN

  • Wanda Montgomery

    Assistant Section Manager

    Wanda A. Montgomery KA3AHI

  • Sid Caesar

    Public Info Coordinator

    Sid Caesar NH7C

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  • Herman Niedzielski

    Assistant Section Manager

    Herman A. Niedzielski K2AVA

  • David Prestel

    State Government Liaison

    David J. Prestel W8AJR

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  • Margaret Bevan

    Assistant Section Manager

    Margaret H. Bevan N3MB

  • Joseph Nollmeyer

    Section Traffic Manager,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Joseph A. Nollmeyer W3YVQ

  • Jim Montgomery

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Jim Montgomery WB3KAS

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  • Joseph Dorffner

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Joseph C. Dorffner KC3KFG

  • Scott Bauer

    Official Observer Coordinator

    Scott G. Bauer W3CV

  • Al Brown

    Assistant Section Manager

    Al Brown KZ3AB