Calendar

Monthly Meetings

MCACS holds a meeting via Zoom at 8 PM on the first Tuesday of each month. Members should receive a Zoom invitation via email prior to each meeting. Please keep the meeting link handy, as it is different each month.

Net Schedule

ARES® Training nets are held on all other Tuesdays at 8 PM, usually on the MARC 146.955 (156.7) repeater. If the MARC repeater is not available, look for us on the 443.900 repeater or 146.445 simplex.

wdt_ID Date Program Type Topic Net Control Operator
74 12/06/2022 ZOOM MEETING - NO NET TONIGHT TBD TBD
82 11/15/2022 Presentation Winlink -- when operating in a served agency setting, how does one go about delivering an incoming Winlink message to the addressee? KN3U
84 11/29/2022 TBD Do you have information to share? What topics would you like to hear about? See the note at the bottom of this page. Please volunteer!
77 11/22/2022 Discussion The topic of GMRS was recently broached on the MCACS reflector, eliciting quite a bit of interest. Let's use the net tonight to further explore some ways we might make use of GMRS. KN3U

Other Upcoming Events

Date Time Event Notes wdt_ID
12/21/2022 1900 - 1930 Maryland/DC Section monthly HF Hospital Radio Net 3820 kHz. See details below. 26
01/09/2023 2000 - 2130 MCACS Board Meeting* -- 24
12/12/2022 2000 - 2130 MCACS Board Meeting* -- 44
12/13/2022 0000 - 2359 (any convenient time) Maryland-DC Section Monthly Winlink Test See details below 45
12/13/2022 1930 - 2030 Maryland State RACES Monthly Commex Contact K3CSX if you would like to participate. 38
01/10/2023 1930-2030 Maryland State RACES Monthly Commex Contact K3CSX if you would like to participate. 52
11/23/2022 1900 - 1930 Maryland/DC Section monthly HF Hospital Radio Net 3820 kHz. See details below. 36
01/10/2023 0000-2359 (any convenient time) Maryland-DC Section Monthly Winlink Test See details below 49

* 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.

Maryland-DC Section Monthly Winlink Test

All ARES members in Maryland-DC are encouraged to participate in the monthly Winlink Test on the second Tuesday of the month. The primary purpose of the exercise is to encourage the regular use of Winlink among amateur radio operators in and around the MDC Section. It’s easy — all you have to do is send a Winlink message to tactical callsign MDCWINLINK. And you can do this any time that is convenient to you within the 24-hour period. In the body of the message, provide the following information in comma separated format: Callsign, Firstname, City or town, County, State, session type. For example: KC3DSO, Steven, Lanham, Prince George’s, MD, HF VARA.

Although you are encouraged to send the message via radio, it’s ok to use Winlink Telnet mode if that’s what you have available. Learning the Winlink software is an important step in using Winlink in an EmComm environment. Even if you haven’t set up Winlink on your home station, you might be asked to use the software during an exercise or deployment.

Do you have a suggestion for a program?

While we look to guidance for a number of sources to develop topics for weekly nets, monthly Zoom meetings, and other training programs, we are always open to suggestions from members regarding topics you would like to learn more about. Click here if you have an idea you would like to share.