UPCOMING HAMFESTS + MORE

This is a list of hamfests in the Maryland-DC area.

I am including a list of hamfests in nearby Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware as a courtesy to our neighboring Section Managers.

I, your MDC Section Manager, Marty Pittinger - KB3MXM, and/or a designated ARRL representative(s) plan to attend all hamfests in the Maryland-DC Section.

We hope to see you all there.


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Roanoke Division Convention (Frostfest)
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Location: Richmond Raceway Complex,
600 East Laburnum Avenue,
Richmond, VA 23218
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society (RATS)
Website: http://frostfest.com
Talk-In: 146.880(+) PL 74.4, W4RAT Richmond, VA
Public Contact: Robert Marshall, KI4MCW
Phone: 804-620-7287 | Email: ki4mcw@frostfest.com

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West Virginia Section Convention (Charleston Hamfest & Computer Show)
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Location: Charleston Civic Center,
200 Civic Center Drive,
Charleston, WV 25301
Sponsor: Charleston Hamfest Committee
Website: http://www.w8gk.org
Talk-In: 145.350(-) PL 91.5, W8GK Charleston, WV
Public Contact: Rick Cummings, WV8RC
Phone: 304-610-6404 | Email: rickwv8rc@gmail.com

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WINTERFEST Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Location: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus,
Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center,
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Sponsor: Vienna Wireless Society
Website: http://viennawireless.net/wp/events/winterfest
Talk-In: 146.910(-) PL 77.0, WD5DBC Tyson's Corner, VA
Public Contact: Harry Mamaux, K3NF
Phone: 703-395-6721 | Email: k3nf@cox.net

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Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Radio & Electronics EXPO)
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Location: Cheer Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, DE 19947
Sponsor: Sussex Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://radioelectronicsexpo.com
Talk-In: 147.090(+) PL 156.7, WS3ARA Millsboro, DE
Public Contact: Herbert Quick, KF3BT
Phone: 302-629-4949 | Email: herb@hamiltongraphics.com

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York Hamfest
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2018
Location: Elicker's Grove Park, 511 Roth Church Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
Sponsor: York Hamfest Foundation
Website: http://www.yorkhamfest.org
Talk-In: 147.330(+) PL 123.0, W3MUM PennMar, PA
Public Contact: Duane Sterner, KB3QLQ
Phone: 717-332-1385 | Email: duane.sterner@yahoo.com

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You may view upcoming hamfests which are being held in the MDC Section and nearby in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and the northern Virginia area by clicking on the ARRL's Hamfest and Convention Calender, "WWW.ARRL.ORG/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar."

Special on-the-air-events

Other:

New AMSAT Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMSATNA/about/

Shortwave Radiogram via WRMI, Radio Miami International, w/ transmission schedule http://swradiogram.net/

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==> RADIO EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Look for these radio, educational and science events:
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35th Space Symposium, April 8 – 11, 2019
The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
https://www.spacesymposium.org/
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New AMSAT Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMSATNA/about/
Shortwave Radiogram via WRMI w/transmission schedule http://swradiogram.net/
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The Maritime Mobile Service Network
12 PM to 10 PM ET on 14.300 MHz
All amateur radio operators are invited to participate simply by checking in.
If you have a phone patch at your station, please tell the net control station and he/she will certainly try to put you to work!
http://www.mmsn.org/
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - The weekly 'Shortwave Radiogram' is a digital MFSK program via domestic station WRMI in Okeechobee, FL. Read more about this excellent opportunity to hone your digital skills, flex your knowledge and adjust your Radio/App configurations.
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Looking for SWL listings - Glenn Hauser's World of Radio http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
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What will keep WWV, WWVH, and WWVB from shut down? - Program reductions in FY 2019 budget by $6.3 million supporting fundamental measurement dissemination, including the shutdown of NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii - 2.5, 5, 10, 15 kHz
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ARRL & Amateur Radio:

- ARRL Winter Operating Schedule: Updated November 5, 2018 - http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule

- Morse Code Practice, CW Bulletin, Digital Transmission Bulletin and Voice Bulletin.

- See the many benefits of joining the at ARRLhttps://www.arrl.org/join-arrl-renew-membership/

- Have you ordered your ARRL Handbook 2019 (Boxed Set)?, Limited Edition! Six-Volume Ultimate Boxed Set

- AMSAT's Fox-1Cliff CubeSat Set to Launch on November 19

- The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 ARRL HQ provides information on legislative effort for all Amateur Radio operators and their ability to serve all communities with effective outdoor antenna. http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act

- New AMSAT Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMSATNA/about/

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ARRL Audio News - ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week's top news stories in the world of Amateur Radio, along with interviews and other features. Enjoy ARRL Audio News anywhere: on your smart phone or tablet, your local repeater, or stream it on the go!
https://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-audio-news

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report - Amateur Radio Newsline™ is a free service to the amateur radio community. We produce a weekly audio news bulletin called a “QST” or “bulletin of interest to radio amateurs” that is delivered by a downloadable MP3 audio file from our website or through a podcast subscription.
https://www.arnewsline.org/
https://t.co/wwbYWSCoqd
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December is Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Month.
Listen for stations on the air with YOTA as the call sign suffix.
YOTA stations are, in general, operated by individuals 25 or younger.
The operating event takes place for the entire month of December UTC.
"The idea for this is to show the Amateur Radio hobby to young people and to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur bands," said Tomi Varro, HA9T.
"This is a great moment to show Amateur Radio to the world and to invite newcomers. YOTA is primarily an International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 (Europe and Africa) activity, but youngsters from the US in Region 2 (the Americas) have attended YOTA summer camps, which are held in a different country each year. Varro said both licensed and unlicensed youth will be making contacts.
"Be helpful on the bands — maybe these young operators are just making their first ever contacts," he advised.
As part of YOTA month, Bob Johnson, W9XY, and Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, will travel to Ethiopia to team up with the club at the Addis Ababa University, Institute of Technology and club station ET3AA.
For more updates, visit YOTA's Facebook page and https://www.ham-yota.com/

As always, I am ready to serve you. Tnx es 73,
Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, <KB3MXM@ARRL.NET>
ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager

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