Calendar

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.

wdt_ID Date Program Type Topic Radio Officer
74 10/12/2021 TBD TBD TBD
82 09/28/2021 TBD TBD TBD
83 10/05/2021 TBD TBD TBD
77 09/21/2021 Presentation/discussion ACS concept KN3U

Other Upcoming Events

Date Time Event Notes wdt_ID
10/20/2021 1900 - 1930 Maryland/DC Section monthly HF Hospital Radio Net 3820 kHz. See details below. 26
11/08/2021 1900 - 2100 MCACS Board Meeting* -- 24
10/11/2021 1900 - 2100 MCACS Board Meeting* -- 44
11/09/2021 0000 - 2359 (any convenient time) Maryland-DC Section Monthly Winlink Test See details below 45
10/12/2021 1930 - 2030 Maryland State RACES Monthly Commex Contact K3CSX if you would like to participate. 38
11/09/2021 1930-2030 Maryland State RACES Monthly Commex Contact K3CSX if you would like to participate. 52
09/22/2021 1900 - 1930 Maryland/DC Section monthly HF Hospital Radio Net 3820 kHz. See details below. 36
10/12/2021 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

Note: KC3DSO, the ARES volunteer who was running this activity, is moving to a neighboring state. We will miss him. Steven, thanks for all that you have done for MDC ARES over the years.

The status of the Monthly Winlink Test is a bit unclear at this point. KC3DSO’s website, referenced below, is still active, but may be subject to revision in the near future.

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.