2023 Great Hagerstown Hamfest

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Date Event Location/Flyer
March 19 Winterfest Vienna, VA
March 25 Fredfest ‘23 Frederick, MD
April 15 Georgetown Hamfest Georgetown, DE
April 22 1st Annual Thawfest Stanardsville,VA
April 23 MD Mobileers Hamfest Severna Park, MD
April 29 York Hamfest Spring Grove, PA
May 6 Great Hagerstown Hamfest Wash. Co. Ag Ctr
May 28 Memorial Day Hamfest Howard County Fair Grounds

Upcoming Events (click for more)

Date of Event Time Name of Event Organizer/Contact/Notes
Mar 21 7-9P ARA Activities Meeting
Mar 25 9-11A ARA Monthly Breakfast Hub City Diner at 190 Railway Lane. Reservations under “Radio Club.”
Apr 4 7-9P ARA Business Meeting
Apr 18 7-9P ARA Activities Meeting
Apr 29 9-11A ARA Monthly Breakfast Hub City Diner at 190 Railway Lane. RSVP to Bob Long. Reservations under “Radio Club.”

Charles Mulligan, N3MVR

SK on January 29, 2022

I am sorry to report the passing of a long time supporter and life-member of the Antietam Radio Association, Charles Mulligan. Charlie (N3MVR) entered the realm of silient key January 29, 2022 at the age of 85. You may read his obituary here

Arrangements for Charles Edward Mulligan Jr. are currently pending. You may follow his obituary for updates.

The Antietam Radio Association extends its deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to Charlie’s entire family. He will be missed greatly.

ARA Winter Dinner

Saturday, January 22 @ 6:00 PM

The Antietam Radio Association (ARA) Winter Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 22. We expect approximately 35 participants this year. Friday, January 14 we turned in our final attendance count to the banquet provider, therefore no further reservations can be accepted.

ARA Winter Dinner Event Details:

Saturday January 22, 2022, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Morris Frock American Legion Post 42
405 Northern Ave
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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Amateur Extra Class Available!

Begins January 20

The National Electronics Museum is sponsoring live classes to help those who are vying for highest class license, the Amateur Extra. The class is live, via Zoom. Registration is required.

Classes are held Thursday evenings at 6:30P ET; The classes run for three hours each, and is held over 11 weeks. Classes begin January 20, 2022, and continue through March 31, 2022.

Those wishing to enroll should email Roland.Anders@comcast.net

Ham equipment for sale

UPDATE from Adam Karsin, KG4WWH

Original Post: October 21, 2021
Updated Post: December 20, 2021

The Icom IC7200 has been sold; still available are the Icom AH-4 remote antenna tuner ($175) and Icom SM-30 desk microphone ($125). Other items may also be available. CLICK HERE to see his Marketplace, which has also been updated..

[Editor’s Note: Parts of the following text was taken from an email that I received from club member Adam Karsin]

So, I have decided to sell my Icom IC-7200. I bought it with portable operations in mind, and have gone a completely different direction. Please see my marketplace listing here: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1007176256523565/.

I can also be reached directly at KG4WWH@gmail.com. Please put IC-7200 in the subject so I can keep it out of the spam filter.

Thanks and 73,

Adam, KG4WWH

I took the description (below) directly from Adam’s marketplace listing, just in case there are any who might be intersted, but would rather not get entwined with social media:

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Jack Willock, W3NHR

SK on November 17, 2021

It is with an ever-heavier weighing heart that I report the passing of a long time member and supporter of the Antietam Radio Association, Jack Willock. Jack (W3NHR) became a silent key on November 17, 2021 at the age of 96. You may read his obituary here

Viewing (Everyone in attendance is required to wear a mask)

  • Friday, December 3, 2021 at 1:00 P.M.
  • Rest Haven Funeral Home, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown
  • Pastor Bradley Willock (his grandson) will officiate


  • Internment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Davis Iseminger, KB3ISI, SK Nov 6, 2021

... a hero to Amateur Radio

Dave Iseminger was a true asset to, and believer in, the amateur radio service; he has greatly assisted the ARA over the years. Unfortunately, Dave died Saturday, November 6th, at Meritus Medical Center – he will be greatly missed. Antietam Radio Association owes him much.

Services were held:

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Bill Freienmuth, W3OIO, now silent key

...an end of an era

Editor’s Note: The following obituary was penned by Karl Freienmuth, AK6SP, Bill’s son; the Antietam Radio Association sends all of our combined sympathies to him and his loved ones – please allow Bill’s story help to inspire you to achieve greatness

Bill Freienmuth, W3OIO, passed away on October 10, 2021 at the age of 101. Born in August of 1920, Bill became interested in the technical aspects of radio while in grade school and began a correspondence course in radio and television while in high school. He built a crystal set and heard news of the Will Rodgers and Wylie Post crash in Alaska when he first powered it up. That was August 15th of 1935 – Bill’s fifteenth birthday.

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Yaeus FT-897D FOR SALE

...owner is asking $800

We may have been a little light on hamfests this year, but the number of radios that have been circulating between us seems to be steady…

Our Secretary, W3OS (fka K3WJC), was contacted by a gentleman who would like to sell his recently purchased, lightly used rig; Bill is acting as the go between for now. Up for grabs is a Yaesu FT897D, for which the owner is asking $800. As far as condition, pictures are below. If you are interested, please contact W3OS (Bill Collins) @ colli020@gmail.com; you may also call his cell (304-676-9391), but please be aware that you will most likely get voice mail. Read more for images.

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