small_ARA_Logo.pngJust over three weeks until the Great Hagerstown HamfestMay 4, 2019 -- Doors open 7AM (6AM for vendors/tailgaters). Click for details and downloadable flier!

ARA Pre-Meeting Social


What:  Pre-Meeting Social - Food and Drink before the regular ARA meeting.
            Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages available.
            Full menu available, plus Tuesday specials.   Pay for your own tab.

When: Tuesday, April 2, from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM 
Where:   American Legion Morris Frock Post 42
              405 Northern Ave, Hagerstown 


Enter the main entrance (press doorbell if it's locked)
Turn right and go to the lounge. 
Continue past the far end of the bar, around the corner to the left and through the doors into the big dining room. We sit at the long table on the right, next to the windows.

Come and enjoy good fellowship and good, reasonably priced food and drink before the meeting! These are always a good time. Hope to see you there!

Dinner's Over; Now Let's get to Work!


The 2018 Antietam Radio Association annual Christmas dinner was held on Saturday, December 15th at the Western Sizzlin' Restaurant in Hagerstown, MD. There were approximately 48 members and guests in attendance during the event, who had their pick of al a carte items, their famous buffet, or both. I, particularly, looked forward to, and later devoured my 24 ounce "Cowboy Cut" T-Bone. Yum!

Before introducing Marty Pittinger (MDC Section Manager), President Bob Long (KD3JK) requested a moment of silence as we recognized several hams who became Silent Keys during 2018.  Marty talked to us about his time during and after hurricanes Maria and Harvey (Summer/Fall 2017), and what we can do to ensure that we are as prepared as possible to assist our own communities when disaster strikes our own regions. 

Preparedness is something I need to take a little more seriously, I know; I also know that being prepared comes in many different flavors -- and the event that is drawing close is the 2019 Great Hagerstown Hamest, which takes place only a scant few months from now! Steve Struharik is taking on the role of Hamfest Chairman this year, and he is looking for volunteers, including, but not limited to:

  • Ticket Takers
  • Food Prep/Sale 
  • Setup
  • Tear down
  • PR/Communications
  • Obtaining vendors, speakers
  • and others that are still being explored

As always, please download and print new editions of the ARA Hamfest flyer as soon as it is published (which should be in the first half of January) to take to other Hamfests or other event where you feel the audience may be interested in attending. We'll be looking for many volunteers for this this year's Hamfest; to assist you can contact Steve ( or me ( directly. We will get you matched to a role as quickly as possible; if you already understand the way in which the Hamfest operates and would like to volunteer for a specific role, let us know and we will pencil you in for that position. New this year will be a shared email address that will soon be deployed; it is felt that a single point of contact will help to ensure the appropriate people answer and questions ASAP. I plan on having the mailbox and the associated email address up and running by the end the first weekend in January (1/6/19).

Pre-Meeting Social

What:     Food, drink and fellowship
               Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages available.
               Full menu available, plus Tuesday specials
               Pay for your own tab


Where:   American Legion Morris Frock Post 42
               405 Northern Ave, Hagerstown  (see attached map)
               Enter the main entrance (press doorbell if locked)
               Turn right and go to the lounge and through the doors
When:   Before the first meeting of each month
              From ~5:00 to 6:30 PM
We will now meet in the dining room around the corner at the far end of the bar. Come and enjoy fellowship and good, reasonably priced food and drink before the meeting!
Thank you to all of the members who have made this a success.

2018 Christmas Dinner


Announcing the 2018 Antietam Radio Association Christmas Dinner !!

We will meet once again this year at the Western Sizzlin' Steakhouse for some good food and fellowship (see details below).  Spouses and guests are welcome.  We expect to have a guest speaker as well, which will be announced closer to the date.