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Upcoming Events (click for more)

Date Time Event Organizer/Contact/Notes
Jan 18 7-9P ARA Activities Meeting Not being held in lieu of Winter Dinner
Jan 22 6-9P ARA Winter Dinner Steve,, 240-818-1248
Jan 29 9-11A ARA Breakfast Bob Long
Feb 1 7-9P ARA Business Meeting
Feb 15 5-6:30P ARA Pre-Meeting Social Steve,, 240-818-1248
Feb 15 7-9P ARA Activities Meeting
Feb 26 9-11A ARA Breakfast
Mar 1 6P-? License Examination Session Brian
Mar 1 ~7-9P ARA Business Meeting

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ARA Winter Dinner

Saturday, January 22 @ 6:00 PM

The Antietam Radio Association (ARA) Winter Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 22. We expect approximately 35 participants this year. Friday, January 14 we turned in our final attendance count to the banquet provider, therefore no further reservations can be accepted.

ARA Winter Dinner Event Details:

Saturday January 22, 2022, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Morris Frock American Legion Post 42
405 Northern Ave
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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Amateur Extra Class Available!

Begins January 20

The National Electronics Museum is sponsoring live classes to help those who are vying for highest class license, the Amateur Extra. The class is live, via Zoom. Registration is required.

Classes are held Thursday evenings at 6:30P ET; The classes run for three hours each, and is held over 11 weeks. Classes begin January 20, 2022, and continue through March 31, 2022.

Those wishing to enroll should email

Ham equipment for sale

UPDATE from Adam Karsin, KG4WWH

Original Post: October 21, 2021
Updated Post: December 20, 2021

The Icom IC7200 has been sold; still available are the Icom AH-4 remote antenna tuner ($175) and Icom SM-30 desk microphone ($125). Other items may also be available. CLICK HERE to see his Marketplace, which has also been updated..

[Editor’s Note: Parts of the following text was taken from an email that I received from club member Adam Karsin]

So, I have decided to sell my Icom IC-7200. I bought it with portable operations in mind, and have gone a completely different direction. Please see my marketplace listing here:

I can also be reached directly at Please put IC-7200 in the subject so I can keep it out of the spam filter.

Thanks and 73,

Adam, KG4WWH

I took the description (below) directly from Adam’s marketplace listing, just in case there are any who might be intersted, but would rather not get entwined with social media:

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Jack Willock, W3NHR

SK on November 17, 2021

It is with an ever-heavier weighing heart that I report the passing of a long time member and supporter of the Antietam Radio Association, Jack Willock. Jack (W3NHR) became a silent key on November 17, 2021 at the age of 96. You may read his obituary here

Viewing (Everyone in attendance is required to wear a mask)

  • Friday, December 3, 2021 at 1:00 P.M.
  • Rest Haven Funeral Home, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown
  • Pastor Bradley Willock (his grandson) will officiate


  • Internment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Davis Iseminger, KB3ISI, SK Nov 6, 2021

... a hero to Amateur Radio

Dave Iseminger was a true asset to, and believer in, the amateur radio service; he has greatly assisted the ARA over the years. Unfortunately, Dave died Saturday, November 6th, at Meritus Medical Center – he will be greatly missed. Antietam Radio Association owes him much.

Services were held:

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Bill Freienmuth, W3OIO, now silent key end of an era

Editor’s Note: The following obituary was penned by Karl Freienmuth, AK6SP, Bill’s son; the Antietam Radio Association sends all of our combined sympathies to him and his loved ones – please allow Bill’s story help to inspire you to achieve greatness

Bill Freienmuth, W3OIO, passed away on October 10, 2021 at the age of 101. Born in August of 1920, Bill became interested in the technical aspects of radio while in grade school and began a correspondence course in radio and television while in high school. He built a crystal set and heard news of the Will Rodgers and Wylie Post crash in Alaska when he first powered it up. That was August 15th of 1935 – Bill’s fifteenth birthday.

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Yaeus FT-897D FOR SALE

...owner is asking $800

We may have been a little light on hamfests this year, but the number of radios that have been circulating between us seems to be steady…

Our Secretary, K3WJC, was contacted by a gentleman who would like to sell his recently purchased, lightly used rig; Bill is acting as the go between for now. Up for grabs is a Yaesu FT897D, for which the owner is asking $800. As far as condition, pictures are below. If you are interested, please contact K3WJC (Bill Collins) @; you may also call his cell (304-676-9391), but please be aware that you will most likely get voice mail. Read more for images.

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