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Date Event Location/Flyer
May 6 Great Hagerstown Hamfest Wash. Co. Ag Ctr
May 28 Memorial Day Hamfest Howard County Fair Grounds
Jun 3 W4OVH Ole Virginia Tailgate Manassas Park, VA
Jun 10 Bloomsburg Hamfest Lime Ridge, PA
Jun 18 Father’s Day Hamfest at Arcadia Upperco, MD
Jul 1 Firecracker Hamfest Harrisburg, PA
Jul 29 CVARC 2023 Hamfest - ARRL PA State Convention Chambersburg, PA
Aug 5 Reading Radio Club Hamfest
Aug 6 72nd Annual Berryville Hamfest

Upcoming Events (click for more)

Date of Event Time Name of Event Organizer/Contact/Notes
May 27 9-11A ARA Monthly Breakfast Hub City Diner at 190 Railway Lane. Reservations under “Radio Club."
Jun 6 7-9P ARA Business Meeting
Jun 20 7-9P ARA Activities Meeting
Jun 23 ?-? ARRL Field Day Early Setup Ruritan Park – check back for actual start time
Jun 24-June 25 2P Sat-1:59P Sun ET ARRL Field Day Leitersburg Ruritan Park
Jul 4 NO MEETING Moved to Jul 11 because of holiday
Jul 11 7-9P ARA Business Meeting In lieu of first Tuesday mtg on July 4

2023 Great Hagerstown Hamfest

... a summary

By all accounts, this season’s ARA hamfest was very successful; as we were selling tickets to the event, I noticed that the parking lot was almomst completely full. Not just some of the time, but almost all of the day!

As the forums were drawing to a close, and the auction began, it too seemed to be a successful.

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70cm Repeater For Sale

... asking $200

Steven Feld, WB2GSL, has a complete Kenwood 70 cm repeater for sale; Steven is asking $200.00 for the entire unit, which includes the equipment rack.

Steven purchased this repeater a few years ago at a police auction, but has never actually used/had it on the air. He does say that it seems to be in very good condition.

If you are interested please contact Steven via email at

ARA Activities Meeting Cancelled!

Better safe than sorry...

The Antietam Radio Association (ARA) Activities meeting, originally scheduled for November 15, 2022 was recently cancelled due to inclimate weather/hazardous driving conditions. Following that same approach, the pre-meeting social that is usually held before the Activities meeting is also cancelled.

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JFK Ultramarathon Fast Approaching!

The 60th Annual JFK Ultramarathon will be held November 19, 2022; the race will start promptly at 6:30 AM and runs for a duration of 13 hours.

As in many years past, the Antietam Radio Association provides complete communications support during the race. All positions for this year’s race have been filled. For more in-depth reading of all of the details about this major event, visit

2022 HPM Special Event

... in honor of ARRL co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim

September 2 through September 5, 2022 – special event honoring the 153nd Anniversary of the birth of ARRL co-founder, Hiram Percy Maxim.

Special Call Sign W3HPM

Seeking volunteers to help make this year a successful event!

Click here for a copy of the sign-up sheet and suggested script!

We plan on operating 20, 40, and 80 meters on phone, or CW on any band. As is customary, you will keep a log of your contacts to aid in fulfilling the QSL requests. Operate from your home QTH!

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Technician Class Beginning Soon!

Begins September 8, 2022

The National Electronics Museum is sponsoring live classes to help those who are ready to get their first Amateur Radio license, the Technician level license.

The class is live, via Zoom! Registration is required! Email Classes:

  • are held Thursday evenings at 6:30P ET
  • will run for three hours each class
  • will be each Thursday for seven weeks, beginning Thursday, September 8, 2022 and ending Thursday, October 20, 2022.
  • the classes are presented at no cost to the student
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Hike Across Maryland

Frederick Amateur Radio Club seeking volunteers

The Mountain Club of Maryland is holding its biennial Hike Across Maryland on May 7, 2022. The Frederick Amatuer Radio Club will provide communications support for the event, staffing checkpoints and relaying hiker progress information.

The hike starts at PenMark Park near Cascade, MD and works south to Harper’s Ferry, WV.

FARC has reached out to the ARA, and offered the opportunity to volunteer alongside them to provide additional support for during the event. If you are eager to volunteer for a very worthwhile cause (or maybe to exercise some new-to-you ham gear you had just purchased at the Great Hagerstown Hamfest, then please read this more detailed flyer about what to expect to learn how you can volunteer click this link.