During the last meeting the membership voted to replace the Christmas Dinner with an October picnic. Similarly to the way we replace the second meeting with the Christmas Dinner, the picnic will replace the first meeting. For more detailed about the upcoming event, click here.

ARA Monthly Breakfast


Covid-19 update! The ARA missed all of the breakfasts from March through July: Bob, KD3JK, worked with our regular venue, Railroad Junction, to ensure that we were welcome back as soon as they were ready. The first breakfast was held in August. The September breakfast is scheduled for this (September 26, 2020) about 9A. Come a little early to get a good seat.  As a reminder, please leave plenty of elbow room between you and your neighbors.


Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 09:00

ARA October Picnic



OCTOBER 10, 2020
13:00 (1P ET)

NO COST to ARA members/spouses. Non-members shall incur a nominal $5 fee. Please RSVP (required) to: Steve, and Bill,

MINI HAMFEST/TAILGATING SESSION ON SITE - bring your hamfest inventory!



The Antietam Radio Association (ARA) normally sponsors a Christmas Dinner each year, but with the onset of COVID-19 and its related requirements, restrictions, and precautions, as well to help ensure the health and safety of all of its members, the ARA membership did a little soul-searching at the first meeting in September (9/1). During the second meeting (9/15), a motion was placed in front of the membership:

Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 13:00 to 17:30

Some fun with APRS

I've been using the recent downtime to finally start finishing some of the many projects laying around the shack as well as taking time to go over the manuals for my rigs. I picked up an FT1D a few years back when we started to purchase the Fusion machines but have never had the chance to use many of it's features. One of the things that pulled me towards that radio at the time was the integrated APRS.

2020 Hiram Percy Maxim Special Event Station

HPM_Portrait.jpegThe Antietam Radio Association of Hagerstown, MD is sponsoring a special event station, W3HPM, honoring Hiram Percy Maxim's 151st birthday.

W3HPM will be on the air August 29-30, and September 2, 2020 between 2:00 pm EDT and 9:00 pm EDT on the 20, 40, and 80 meter bands.  Operation will be voice with some CW.

Special event QSL cards will be available for your QSO and a SASE.  Send requests to Antietam Radio Association, PO Box 52, Hagerstown, MD  21741-0052.