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.
November Monthly Breakfast Cancelled
In response to the latest Covid-19 news, the ARA determined that it was prudent to cancel the traditional monthly breakfast.
December's breakfast fate has not yet been determined.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!.