Net Schedule

ARES training nets are held on Tuesdays at 2000 local, usually on the MARC 146.955 (156.7) repeater.

wdt_ID Date Program Type Topic Radio Officer
71 03/24/2020 Armchair Exercise Check out Montgomery County preferred repeaters TBD
72 03/31/2020 Discussion Planning for quarterly Maryland/DC hospital drill TBD
74 04/21/2020 TBD TBD TBD
73 04/14/2020 TBD TBD TBD
75 04/07/2020 TBD TBD TBD

Other Upcoming Events

Date Time Event Type Topic wdt_ID
04/22/2020 1900 - 1930 Armchair Exercise Maryland/DC Section monthly HF Hospital Radio Net, 3820 kHz. See details below. 26
05/11/2020 1900 - 2100 MCACS Board Meeting* -- 24
05/12/2020 1930 - 2030 Maryland State RACES Monthly Commex Contact K3CSX if you would like to participate. Last Commex until September. 32
04/14/2020 1930 - 2030 Maryland State RACES Monthly Commex Contact K3CSX if you would like to participate. 38
04/13/2020 1900 - 2100 MCACS Board Meeting* -- 18
04/29/2020 0800 - 1200 (approx) Tabletop exercise Mass casualty exercise at one Montgomery County hospital. 2-3 volunteers needed. Likely to be postponed due to covid-19. 41
05/11/2020 1600 - 2200 (approx) Full-scale mass casualty exercise This exercise is being planned to involve as many as 15 hospitals in central Maryland. likely to be postponed due to covid-19. 40
05/20/2020 1900 - 1930 Armchair Exercise Maryland/DC Section monthly HF Hospital Radio Net, 3820 kHz. See details below. 36
04/02/2020 1900 - 2000 Field Exercise Quarterly MDC Hospital Drill - this exercise will be conducted from home stations only -- no deployments to hospitals 37

* Board meetings are held by teleconference and are open to members. We welcome your involvement. If you are interested in taking a more active role in the organization, or have ideas for the board to consider, please join us.  Contact any board member for access information.

Monthly HF Hospital Nets

Our ARES colleagues in Prince Georges County sponsor the monthly Maryland/DC HF Hospital Net on 3820 kHz LSB. Despite the name, all local amateurs are invited to check into the net from your home station. Most hospital EOCs in the DC/Maryland area are not equipped for HF operation. The concept of operations is as follows. In the event that a hospital needs to communicate with an entity outside of VHF/UHF range, the traffic will be passed to a nearby HF-equipped ham via VHF/UHF, then forwarded to the distant entity via HF radio. In other words, the home-based HF station serves as a relay point for the hospital traffic.We encourage such home-based hospital relay stations to equip themselves with Winlink capability so that record traffic can easily be relayed, but voice-only stations are welcomed to participate.These exercises are normally scheduled on the Wednesday following the third Monday of the month at 7:00 PM local time. (That’s because the PG ARES group has its monthly meeting on the third Monday of the month.) If the frequency is busy, tune  ± 5 kHz.

MCACS Email Reflector

All MCACS members are encouraged to subscribe to the MCACS email reflector, preferably using the email address you used to register on the MCACS website. (To confirm your email address of record, log in and click on the Basic Info link on the right side of this webpage.) Send KN3U an email to be added to the list.Many MCACS members are also members of one or more local clubs, some of which operate email reflectors for their members.  Keep that in mind when posting messages. Please do use the MCACS Reflector, but only to share to share information or questions related to the MCACS mission and activities. General announcements, equipment for sale, and the like, and not appropriate for this reflector, but may well be appropriate for one or more of the club reflectors.