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ARES training nets are held on Tuesdays at 2000 local, 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.

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* 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 Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator KC3DSO. And you can do this any time that is convenient to you within the 24-hour period.

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.

For details, please see the instructions on KC3DSO’s website.