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December 14, 2019 -- ARA Christmas Dinner! 5:30-? More coming soon!
November 2019 - JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon Communications
October 26, 2019 - Alsatia Mummer's Parade Communications
October 19, 2019 - WinLink 2000 Training Class -- Seats still available  (membership not required!)
September 28, 2019 - Emergency Preparedness, 10A-2P
1800 UTC 9/14/19 - 0259 UTC 9/16/19: VHF Contest
9/4 Antietam Radio Association Pre-meeting Social, 5:30P
9/4 Antietam Radio Association meeting, 7P
8/31-9/2 (Sat-Mon) - Hiram Percy Maxim SPECIAL EVENT sponsored by Antietam Radio Assn!

The Great Hagerstown Hamfest

Updated 2019 Downloadable Hamfest Flyer Now Available!

Home of The Great Hagerstown Hamfest

Washington County Agricultural Center
7313 Sharpsburg Pike [MD Rt. 65 South], Boonsboro, Md.

Sponsored by:
Antietam Radio Association

May 4, 2019

GPS coordinates:
N39 30"53.8' , W77 44" 41.66'

Great Location

Many Features for the Whole Family


  • Easy Access from 1-70

  • Pavilion Picnic Facilities

  • Playground for Kids

  • 4 miles from Antietam Battlefield

  • Food Concession Stand serving
    Breakfast and Lunch

  • Commercial Eating Establishments and the Prime Outlets at 1-70 exit

  • In the case of bad weather tailgating can be held in up to four Pavilions onsite


Tickets and Admission


Tickets and Admission

General Admission $7.00
(Children 12 & under free)

Tailgating Per Space $7.00

Main Building - Inside Tables
In Advance....... $10.00/table space
Day of Hamfest.. $15.00/table space




Hamfest Features

  • Large Indoor Vendor Area

  • Covered Tailgating Available

  • Paved Open Tailgating Area

  • Security Provided for Vendors
    (that arrive Friday evening)

  • Prize drawings throughout the day!

  • Grand Prize Drawn at 12:30 PM
    (need not be present to win)

  • ARRL VEC TEAM Amateur Class
    1:00 PM - Walk-Ins accepted

  • Informative Programs to Attend

  • QWCA -Quarter Century Wireless Association members are available for information
  • We invite any Ham group such as QCWA, QRP, and others to arrange to have a meeting or gathering at the Hamfest. Let us know...

Admission Tickets are required of all vendors. Tables and spaces rented on First Come-First Served basis.
ADVANCED PAID REGISTRATION GUARANTEES SPACE! Rental of tables and spaces received by "April 25th" will receive tickets by mail before the Hamfest. The cut off date for all mail in reservations is May 1, 2019 with the 3rd being  the final date for emailing or phoning in reservations. 

For more information on reservations please contact: 

Steve Struharik, WA8EIH
Phone: (240) 818-1248
or Bill Collins, K3WJC
Phone: (304) 676-9391




after 6:00 PM      Vendors and Tailgaters may setup


06:00 AM             Gates Open for Tailgaters and Vendors
07:00 AM             Main Building Opens for Attendees
08:00-12:00 PM  Various Small Prize Drawings every Hour
                                (Must be present to win)
08:00 AM            Marty Pittenger, KB3MXM ARRL,MDC SM
                                Presentation: ARRL Forum
09:00 AM            Riley Hollingsworth,K4ZDH ( Former FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement)
                               Presentation: The new ARRL Voluntary Monitors (VM) Program
10:00 AM            Jim Montgomery, WB3KAS ARRL MDC Section Emergency Coordinator
                               Presentation – Winlink 2000 Overview
11:00 AM             Cutting of the famous ARA Cake - It goes good with a cup of coffee
11:00 AM             Bargain Auction
                                Bring your left over treasures to sell
12:30 PM             Grand Prize Drawing
~12:35 PM           Fox Hunt (after Grand Prize Drawings)
01:00 PM             ARRL VEC Team - Amateur License Exams
                                 (please check in for exam between 12:30-12:45 PM)
                                 VEC details Contact: Brian Umbrell, W3PDW


Talk-In: W3CWC
Hamfest  Repeater   147.090 + (PL Tone of 100)
Backup                       146.940 - (PL Tone of 100)

For Information Please Contact: W3CWC
Mailing Address: Antietam Radio Association
P O Box 52
Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-0052



*** Due to club policy, neither weapons nor pornographic material may be displayed or sold at the Hamfest site.
Commercial vendors are responsible for tax collections and should have proper tax/license certificate available.



Our Hamfest Philosophy: 
Since moving to our current location the emphasis has been and will always be on building an "old fashion" hamfest.
  It will always try to include seminars, tailgate sales, inside sales, food concessions, VE testing sessions, vendors and much, much more..... 



From The North
From I-81 South to I-70, Take I-70 East to Exit 29A South.
Go South on Rt. 65 for 6.5 miles to the
"Washington County Agricultural Education Center" on your left.


From The South
From I-81 North to MD Exit 1, Rt. 68. Go East 5 miles to MD Rt. 65
Turn Right on Rt. 65 South and continue for 3 miles.
"Washington County Agricultural Education Center" on your left.


From The East
Take I-70 West to Exit 29 South
(A and B shown on signs coming from the west )
Go South on MD. Rt. 65 for 6.5 miles.
"Washington County Agricultural Education Center" on your left.

From The West
Take I-70 East to Exit 29A South
Go South on MD. Rt. 65 for 6.5 miles.
"Washington County Agricultural Education Center" on your left.