MDC Section-wide Net-Update

Due to a miscalculation on the part of the MDC section the Echolink net will be held again on 2/21. The regularly scheduled net is the third Friday of the month. For anyone intested you an log in to the link Wash_DC 6251. There are also several repeaters that fequently link into the network including:

KA2JAI-R on the KB3CMA repeater 442.300(+), PL=107.2 in
> Annapolis, MD
> – WB3GXW-R, 147.225(+), PL=156.7, located in Calverton, MD
> – N3HF-L, 443.45(+), PL=151.4, located near Ocean City, MD
> – N3HF-R, 443.45(+), PL=156.7, located near Silver Spring, MD
> – W3ICF-R, 146.73(-), PL=141.3, located near Frederick, MD
> – K3CAL-R, 146.985(-), PL=156.7, located near Sunderland, MD
> – W3SMR, 147.150 MHz(+), PL=114.8, Brandywine, MD
> – N3RO-L, 145.545, Simplex, Frederick Co
> – W3SMD-L, 147.51 Simplex, N. St Mary’s Co
> – K3GMR-R 146.61, No PL, Cheverly, MD


All hams are encouraged to join in and  feel free to share any of the latest news from your neck of the woods.

February 14, 2014 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Monthly Meeting

Don’t forget our regularly scheduled monthly meeting is Monday Feb. 17 at the Social Hall in the Independent Hose Fire Company building 310 Baughmans Ln. in Frederick. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm so make plans to be in attendence.

February 13, 2014 · ab3rw · No Comments
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Calendar of Events

Be sure to check out our recently updated calendar for activities of interest to hams in the Frederick area and send us an email if you have anything you would like add.


73 Brian AB3RW

February 11, 2014 · ab3rw · No Comments
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The Latest News

Do you have some old gear you would like to get rid of? Are you looking for another piece to add to your shack? Then we have the event for you. We will be holding a tabletop/tailgate event on Monday March 17. The event runs from 6:30- 9:00 pm and setu starts at 6:00. Table space is free to all members and available to non-members for a suggested donation of $10. The event takes place in the Social Hall at Station #1 Independant Hose Company 310 Baughmans Lane in Frederick. Admission is free so come one come all.

For those of you who are interested in Skywarn training there are three upcoming sessions for the Skywarn Basics I class. The first is on Thursday February 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm  at the Shepherdstown Fire Department 8052 Martinsburg Pike Shepherdstown, WV. To register contact Terri Mehling at (301) 728-3329 or

A second session is being held Saturday March 1 from 1:30-4:30 pm at Martin Hall room 1202 on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. To register for this class go to Questions about this session should be directed to Austin Hope

The final session is scheduled for Thursday March 13 from 6:00-9:00 pm  in the Fire Services Building 6820 Webster St. Landover Hills, MD. To register contact For further information contact Paul Bowling or (443) 924-1355.

73 Brian AB3RW

February 6, 2014 · ab3rw · No Comments
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December 2013 – Meeting / Christmas Dinner

Just a reminder that the December Meeting will not be held this year as usual as it is customary to have the Christmas get together at the Golden Corral.

And this is also a reminder that it will not be on the customary third monday, but rather Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 at 6:30PM.

Forwarded from Mark Whitmore
Subject: FARC Holiday Dinner

Could not get a reservation for the 16th at the Golden Coral. They are closing early for their own Holiday party.

Thursday the 19th of December is available so I have made a reservation for that date at 6:30.

The Golden Coral is located at 5621 Spectrum Dr, Frederick, MD 21703.

All current members, former members, friends and associates of members are invited to enjoy some good food and fellowship.

We will be dining in the room to your right as you enter the restaurant. We will not exchange gifts this year.

Mark (AB3KS)

December 15, 2013 · KB3WHX · No Comments
Posted in: Meeting, Membership, News

November 2013 – Meeting Synopsis

At the last meeting on Monday, 18 NOV 2013 quite a few things were covered. Here is a short synopsis:

The club voted to provide $200.00 to MADXRA to help offset some of the recent expense that they have had to get the 147.060 repeater back up and operational, as we make a good use of it.

The next meeting will be the annual Christmas Party get together, at the Golden Corral on Spectrum Drive. More information to follow on that I am sure.

Curtis Campbell, KB3WHX, may be moving shortly, so now eveyone is aware of that.  Nominations of officers was completed, with Brian Rozelle, AB3RW being nominated for President, and Emmett Bonner, WA4UWD being nominated for Secretary. Mark Whitmore, AB3KS is willing to stay on as Treasurer, and Ben Nardi was not at the meeting, but we assume he’ll continue on as the VP.

The vote will be at the first regular meeting in January.

I will still stay on as a member, and help to keep the web site running, and train others to do so.

Keith Elkin, KB3TCB noted the HSMM-MESH activity around the Ham Sphere, and provided the informational link below.

That’s all for now,

Curtis – KB3WHX


November 20, 2013 · KB3WHX · No Comments
Posted in: Meeting

ARES Simulated Emergency Test – 05 Oct 2013

Look out, here comes “Chessie”!

This year’s statewide Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be held next Saturday, Oct. 5th, from noon until about 1330.

Hurricane “Chessie” will be tracking through the region with hurricane force winds, widespread power outages, and heavy rain. All radio operators in Frederick County will be asked to provide reports on the probable conditions that might occur in their neighborhoods. These reports might include power outages, wind damage (trees down, roofs off, possible tornadoes, etc.), flooding of nearby creeks and streams with roads impassable, etc.

We will begin the scenario using the FARG 146.730 repeater, but will switch to 146.580 simplex later in the exercise as the repeater antenna is knocked down and some report relays will probably be needed. In a normal Skywarn activation we would be using the MADXRA 147.060 in stand-alone mode, but this machine will be used to relay messages from Western Maryland via the Target system.

Emergency power is encouraged and this is a great opportunity to test your systems. If you have a Skywarn spotter number, let us know, but this and/or ARES membership is not a requirement to participate. Put the word out to your ham buddies who might not otherwise hear about this and copy this message to other local reflectors.

Disasters don’t discriminate – all hams are welcome. The net will begin at 1200 on 146.730 operating from the K3ERM ARES station at Red Cross in Walkersville.

Let’s have some fun with this!


Jeff Fishman KB3FIO Fred. ARES Emergency Coordinator

October 1, 2013 · KB3WHX · No Comments
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Skywarn Picnic @ NWS Sterling LWX

Hello all,

Just a reminder that the annual Skywarn picnic will be in the early afternoon tomorrow (Saturday) starting at Noon.  The quarterly SKYWARN meeting will be at 11am just before the picnic.  The plan is for the rain to hold off until later in the day, so I think we’ll be all right.

If you want to bring a food item, feel free – it’s potluck. I’ll bring the grill stuff, some drinks, and a few extra things.

Chris Strong

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Sorry for the late update, but this will be held at the NWS Sterling Office. Which is located just west of the North end of Dulles International Airport located a little off Virginia Route 606


September 20, 2013 · KB3WHX · No Comments
Posted in: SkyWarn, Weather

Skywarn Training Classes

After a hiatus of almost a year the Baltimore/Washington National Weather Service office has announced two Skywarn Basics I classes for September.  On Monday September 16th at 7:00 P.M. a class will be held in Towson, MD.  On Wednesday September 25th a class will be held in Washington D.C.  As always with Skywarn classes offered through the Baltimore/Washington office the classes are free and open to the public, and preregistration is required.  Additional details on the classes are available at  Feel free to use the comments section of this post to arrange car pools to either of the training classes.

For those not familiar with Skywarn it is a program that allows the general public to supplement the radar and other remote observations the weather service collects with on the ground reports during times of severe weather.  In the Baltimore/Washington region there is active HAM participation in the Skywarn program, with the primary repeater being the 147.300 Bluemont, VA repeater, and a number of additional local repeaters designated for regional subnets.  There have been several occasions over the past six months when the National Weather Service activated Skywarn and was actively soliciting reports of local conditions during severe thunderstorms.  While any member of the public can become a Skywarn spotter volunteer amateur radio operators are especially valuable as they are able to transmit real time reports to the National Weather Service even when phone lines and cell phone systems are down or overloaded.  More information on HAM participation in Skywarn can be found at

While the National Weather Service will generally accept reports from any member of the public those from trained and registered Skywarn volunteers (also known as spotters) are given additional weight.  One example of this is that the weather service will not generally speaking issue a tornado warning based on a sighting of a funnel cloud unless the report comes from someone who is trained in recognizing severe weather which includes trained and registered Skywarn volunteers as well as certain officials with local emergency management agencies (the National Weather Service may also issue a warning based on radar indications without a local report).

August 29, 2013 · AB3RD · One Comment
Posted in: SkyWarn

A.R.E.S Coverage of Gran Fondo National

Frederick ARES has been asked to provide communications support for the Gran Fondo National Championship Bike Race to be held on Sunday, Sept. 22nd, from 0800 to 1600. This is a 100 mile event that winds through Frederick County, and we will need to man 4 checkpoints and 2 SAG vehicles using one of the local 2M repeaters.

For more info, go to:

If you would like to participate for a few hours that Sunday, please send me an email.

As always, ARES membership is not required to volunteer. More details to follow after Labor Day.



Jeff Fishman KB3FIO

Fred. ARES Emergency Coordinator

August 24, 2013 · KB3WHX · No Comments
Posted in: ARES Scheduled Event