AF Army MARS Exercise

There is a nation wide exercise taking place now through the 26th of October in which AF and Army MARS members are participating.  Tasks are coming from various DOD and Civil activities.

One of the tasks that have been passed down is to operate a net on Channel 1 of 60 meters (5.330500 MHz USB) at noon on the following days: 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, and 26.

One or more members of MARS from Region 3 (PA, MD, DE, VA, WV, and DC) will conduct a net on that channel on those days. The objective will be to contact Amateur Radio operators to obtain signal reports and possibly various information on the status of infrastructure in your vicinity.  Each day’s net may be a little different depending on whether or not additional instructions are received from higher authority with regard to the information desired to be collected.  It may be as simple as making contact, getting a signal report, and your location.

If you have the opportunity to be on channel 1 of 60m at noon local on one of those days please take a few minutes to listen to the net and check in.

The MARS operator(s) will be using their MARS call signs.  The format for AF MARS operators is AFA3?? and the format for Army MARS operators is AAR3?? where ?? would be a two letter suffix.  They are not permitted to provide any personal information such as their location, name, or Amateur Radio call sign.

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Silent Key

It is with much sadness that I announce the passing of Dick Christin W3HNL. Dick was a long time member of the local ham community, a regular participant in the local nets and top notch ham operator. Dick was a wonderful, knowledgeable ham and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 73 my friend we will look for you further down the log. K3ERM clear and standing by.

Funeral Details:

Tuesday Oct. 13th.
Viewing at 10am-11am, and Service at 11am.

Stauffers Funeral home
1621 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702
Tel: 1-240-608-6094

Brian AB3RW

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Another Successful Ham-In-A-Day and testing session

Our first virtual Ham-In-A-Day class went very well.  It was a little different not being in a physical room with the class but we took advantage of the virtual tools in Zoom to present images, details and examples on the screen.

After the virtual testing session we had an in-person testing session for everyone in the class (and a couple more).  We have another testing session this Saturday the 19th @ 10am for anyone that is wanting to test for a new license or an upgrade.

Here is a picture that was taken during the testing session:


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2020 Simulated Emergency Test

We are looking for volunteers that would like to participate in the ARES 2020 Simulated Emergency Test.

This year the SET will be checking on NOAA water gauges.  It will require a drive to one of the 5 gauges that are in Frederick County and reporting on status and location and sending in a picture.

This document has all of the details for the SET: 2020 MDC SET Plan

If you are interested in having some fun on October 10th and getting out doing some outside fun with radio please let me know (mike [at] k3do [.] com)


Frederick County MD ARES EC

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