Extra OTA Meeting!
During last week's meeting it was suggested that we hold a second meeting in August, and the ARA membership agreed. The meeting is scheduled for August 18, 2020, and is an OTA meeting. Repeater 146.940, PL 100.0 hz, 7PM. Click here for WebEx credentials, or click here to see a timeline.

Cable Xperts extends and expands offer; ARA gets 10% back, you get 10% off!


Until June 30, 2020 July 30, 2020 Cable Xperts will donate 10% of all sales made back to the ARA, plus apply 10% discount to the order!  A win-win! Read the updated article by Steve, WA8EIH, detailing the revised program for more information on how you may take advantage of this great promotion! 


ARA June Business Meeting


Because of the Covid-19 crisis, the Antietam Radio Association monthly business meeting is scheduled for over the air June 2nd, 2020. The meeting will be held on the 146.940 repeater, PL tones 100.0. We are also planning on setting up a Webex meeting for use as a backup and/or extension of the repeater. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM Easter Time. 

When it's time, join the Webex event here.


Host: Karin Christensen

Event number:     199 565 6582

Event password:  tyJDj3Vix63

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 7:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)


Field Day Antenna Placement and Config


Nelson, KA2C, one of the Directors of the ARA, took a lot of time and effort in testing antenna placement, and multiple antenna configurations in order to make this coming Field Day one of the most spectacular in memory. Then, Covid-16 (a novel coronavirus) struck the world! ARRL will still be holding Field Day, but it really depends on quite a few things as to how the Antietam Radio Association will hold their Field Day 2020. In the mean time, Nelson was kind enough to send all of his articles for inclusion on the ARA website.  I currently have links that will open the files in a new tab/window, which you can choose to download onto your hard drive for offline viewing. As time permits, I plan on emedding those files into the website, as well as having them as one ZIP file for direct download.  

FD antennas.pdf

ARA Field Day antenna plan 2020.pdf

Three Cluster Field Day Antenna System Measurements and Findings.pdf

Managing Field Day Interstation Interference by Antenna Configuration.pdf

A Trap Dipole For 80-40-20-15-10 Meters For Field Day.pdf

A Wide Spaced Fan Inverted Vee For 80-40-20 Meters For Field Day.pdf

Vertical antennas for Field Day.pdf

Inter-Station Interference Fiilters For Field Day.pdf



May Business Meeting (COVID-19 AFFECTED)


Due to Covid-19, meeting will be held over-the-air (OTA) as a net (146.94); backups of Webex and Zello. Read for details.


In reality, it hasn't been that long since we had our last in person meeting, but it seems like it's been forever!  At least, that's the way things seems to me (Bill, K3WJC). In mid-March, ARA president Bob Long cancelled the regular meeting held at St John's Lutheran Church, and called an emergency, over the air (OTA) Executive Board meeting for March 17, 2020 on the 146.94 repeater. During that meeting, the Executive Board voted to cancel the May 2020 Hamfest, and to hold the April business meeting and subsequent meetings over the air and possibly on other venues until such time as certain restrictions/guideliens are lifted. We held out election OTA, and elected a new slate of officers and directors. also talked about the upcoming elections, and how we were going to handle the voting process. Several members raised a very valid point that there are members in good standing who may not be able to hit the 146.940 repeater from their home. This article is my attempt at compiling what we, the members of the ARA, determined to be the most fair and just practices as to how to proceed with the upcoming meetings and annual election. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 19:00 to 21:00