MCACS Annual Meeting

Our Fall Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 19, at 2 PM, at the Public Safety Headquarters Building (PSHQ), 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD. Some of you may know this landmark facility as the former National Geographic Building on Route 28 near the Kentlands community. The building is home to the Montgomery County Police, the Department of Fire and Rescue Services, and the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS).  Important: You must have a photo ID to attend the meeting.

2017 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

Saturday, October 7 was the date for the SET in Maryland/DC. The scenario for this year’s exercise was a direct hurricane hit on Ocean City, MD (planned before Howard, Irma, Jose, and Maria made their unwelcome appearances). Activities included a fox hunt (i.e., missing-person search), an APRS tracking mission, hospital communications, and Winlink/Winmor message traffic between the Eastern Shore and the rest of the Section.

Click here for full report and photos.

NCI-JHU Emergency Preparedness Fair

MCACS shared a booth with the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club at the National Cancer Institute-Johns Hopkins University Emergency Preparedness Fair on Wednesday, September 20.

We set up an HF station, including a 40m dipole, and demonstrated messaging using Winlink/Winmor. The weather was gorgeous — unseasonably warm for September. Participants included (in no particular order) WN3R, W3TDH, K3MRI, W2LNX, W1FEX, NC3M, K3DXO (our host for the event), and KN3U.

Upcoming Net Topics

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

wdt_IDDateProgram TypeTopicRadio Officer
71 11/14/2017 Discussion TBD TBD
72 11/07/2017 Discussion TBD TBD
73 11/21/2017 Discussion TBD TBD

Other Upcoming Events

wdt_IDDateTimeEvent TypeTopic
18 11/13/2017 1900 - 2100 MC ACS Board Meeting* --
15 11/22/2017 1900 - 2000 Armchair Exercise Maryland/DC Section Hospital Radio Net, 3820 kHz. See details below.
21 11/19/2017 2 to 4 PM Meeting MCACS Annual Meeting at PSHQ. See announcement above.

* Board meetings are open to members, but space is limited and time and place are subject to change, so please RSVP with a board member if you would like to attend.


Monthly HF Hospital Nets

Our ARES colleagues in Prince Georges County sponsor a monthly 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 down 5 kHz.