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During the last meeting the membership voted to replace the Christmas Dinner with an October picnic. Similarly to the way we replace the second meeting with the Christmas Dinner, the picnic will replace the first meeting. For more detailed about the upcoming event, click here.

Projects

Some fun with APRS

I've been using the recent downtime to finally start finishing some of the many projects laying around the shack as well as taking time to go over the manuals for my rigs. I picked up an FT1D a few years back when we started to purchase the Fusion machines but have never had the chance to use many of it's features. One of the things that pulled me towards that radio at the time was the integrated APRS.

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

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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! 

 

ARRL Field Day

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COVID-19 Related information: We are currently determining how the club will handle 2020 Field Day in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. More information is forthcoming, and this page will be updated as things become more solidified.

 

 

 

When: Saturday June 27 (2 pm) to Sunday June 28 (2 pm) Setup begins: 9:00 AM Saturday

Date: 
Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 09:00 to Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 16:00

Field Day Antenna Placement and Config

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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

 

 

Hiram Percy Maxim 151th Birthday Anniversary Special Event Station

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How to get the W3HPM QSL CARD:  send your report/log, QSL card, and SASE to Antietam Radio Association, PO Box 52, Hagerstown, MD 21741-0052

To honor the 151th Birthday of ARRL founder Hiram Percy Maxim, Garry Laing (W3GTL) is coordinating a special event sponsored by the Antietam Radio Association. HPM is buried in Hagerstown, MD at the Rose Hill Cemetary.

 

Date: 
Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 16:00 to Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 01:00

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!.