small_ARA_Logo.pngFor Sale Items: Yaesu FTM-400 amateur radio, asking $350. Contact Brian, W3PDW (w3pdw@earthlink.net)
Next ARA meeting held on Zoom
The next ARA meeting is scheduled for January 19, 2021, and will not be held on the 94 repeater, but instead on Zoom. Please click here to read more about how to prepare. 

Antietam Radio Association's Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Part V

September 1, 2020

Webex is again available. See credentials below

Event number (access code): 199 078 1734

Event password: 767X8Kie7Vv

Join the meeting

Part IV

Meeting OTA instead of in-person per unamous vote my attendees of June 16 OTA meeting. Webex will be available for this meeting. Credentials are below:

Event number (access code): 199 957 8643

Event password: 5tmUrWW9ZZ2

https://doilearn2.webex.com/doilearn2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e87c62065ad1409...

Part III

Update: During the June 2nd meeting the club voted as to whether or not to hold the next June 16 meeting in person, or to again hold it over the air as we have done for the past few months. The overall concensus was that we hold the meeting at St. John's in Gettysburg Hall, as is our regular practice. 

As time moved forward toward the 16th of June, the Executive Committee got together and re-thought our position on the earlier decision. We all admitted that we thought that the State and the virus would be further along. Maryland just entered Phase Two, so it was determined that we would certainly hit the maximum of 10 people during this meeting. We also thought about the future, and how high the attendance was during an OTA meeting in comparison to those meetings held in person. Usual attendance at an in-person meeting has been as low as a few people, to as high as about 30, with an average of about 18 attendees. In comparison, the attendance has not dropped below ~25y, and during the last two meetings almost hit 40!

A majority of the Executive Committee voted to hold the June 16 meeting OTA on the 146.94 repeater, PL 100. Karin (KB3GFV) also plans to hold a WEBEX session; credentials will be emailed to the membership, and posted on the website when available.

This news has been prominently posted to the ARA website, and we will soon send a similar message via an email blast. 

Part II

UPDATE: In response to concerns from several members that there are members who are unable to hit the repeater form their home QTH we are trying something a little different today. We understand that while not illegal, leaving the house to drive to a nearby location where hitting the repeater is possible may not be the best solution under these circumstances, so Karin Christenen (KB3GFV) will be hosting a Webex meeting for those who would like to join in. This is a first attempt at joining a Webex and OTA meeting. 

A good number of you may have already gotten an email invitation from "messenger@webex.com." This email provides you with all of the details required to join into the Webex meeting if you are not able to hit the repeater -- or just because.  You may also receive a general email from the ARA that includes the same details. We are not replacing the Over The Air (OTA) meeting with the Webex meeting. The Webex meeting is a BACKUP to the OTA meeting for those who are unable to hit the repeater. 

The OTA meeting will be held as scheduled: Tuesday, April 21, 20202 at 1900 EDT. Repeater 146.940, PL tones of 100.

Amateur Radio Gear for Sale!

During our last meeting (after Gary DePalma gave a nice presentation on Vector Network Analyzers), Milt (N3LTQ) said he would have two listing of amateur gear from two separate sellers; I received the listings today, and they are now avaialble to all of you. Each seller prepared a descriptive inormational sheet; click the links to open the seller-prepared information sheet. Please contact each seller directly at the numbers listed (please do not contact the ARA). Good Luck!

     From K3QIF Estate

     From W3OG

Cancelled -- Preparedness Event

Lowe's Home Improvement Center is hosting the 2020 Washington County Emergency Preparedness event is on the horizon -- We are hoping for a great turnout by all of amateur radio operators, from ARA members and non-members alike.

Lowe's Home Improvement

1500 Wesel Blvd

Hagerstown, MD 21740

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Date: 
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 11:00 to 14:00

Monthly ARA Events

Regular Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month except July and August (first Tuesday only).  The meetings are held at St. John's Lutheran Church Educational Building, 2nd floor, 141 S. Potomac Street (across from the Library), Hagerstown, MD starting at 7:00 pm.

Pre Meeting Socials (light dinner ordered individually) are held the first Tuesday of each month, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm at the American Legion, 405 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, MD.  They precede our meetings at St. John's.

Monthly ARA Breakfasts are held on the fourth Saturday of each month, 9:00 am, at the Railroad Junction Family Restaurant, 301 N. Burhans Blvd, Hagerstown, MD

Upcoming ARA Events

Great Hagerstown Hamfest will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Washington County Ag Center, Route 65 S, Hagerstown, MD, 7:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Refreshment stand.  Admission: $7, Vendor tables:  outside under pavilion, $10, inside, $15.

ARRL Field Day will be held from 2:00 pm June 27, 2020 until 2:00 pm June 28, 2020, located behind the Leitersburg Vol Fire Dept.  Come participage with us!

HARC Hike  ARA will provide communications for the annual HARC Hike which starts at Shepardstown and ontinues on the C & O Canal Towpath.  The Date is June 6, 2020.  Herm Niedzielski K2AVA is communications coordinator for ARA.

Ft. Ritchie Triathlon  ARA stands ready to provide communicatins for the Ft. Ritchie Triathlon again this year. More to come as the details are ironed out. Usual start/end times are from 8A till about 12-1P.  Sign up with Garry Laing, W3GTL, to volunteer.

The Hiram Percy Maxim Special Event station(s) will again celebrate HPM's birthday...  Operate from your home QTH and receive contacts from all across the U.S. and Canada.  Sign up with Garry Laing

JFK Ultramarathon  ARA  members will provide communications for the 52nd annual JFK Ultramarathon on Saturday, November 21, 2020 with locations from Boonesboro to the Appalachian Trail then 26 miles on the C & O Canal then on rolling roads to Williamsport, MD.  Take a several hour radio shift to help.  Butch Eigenbrode NI2W can use you as a volunteer.

ARA Christmas Dinner is held each year in mid-December; while our venue for the past few years has been Western Sizzlin' in Hagerstown, we are open to varying it. Let us know if you have any thoughts as to where to hold it in 2020!.