The Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) has organized the 2020 HARC hike, which is currently planned for June 6th along the C & O Canal. Stay tuned to this article for more updated information.
The ARA held its yearly election at the first meeting of May, which was 5/7/19. The newly elected Board of Directors of ARA officers are:
Officers Board of Directors
President: Bob Long, KD3JK Nelson Sollenberger, KA2C
Vice President: Herman Niedzielski, K2AVA Patrick Goodrich, KB3YSV
Treasurer: Tim Keener, N3VGS Karin Christensen, KB3GFV
Secretary: William Collins, K3WJC
Activities: Currently open
The Great Hagerstown Mafest begins (for vendors and tailgaters) at 6:00 AM, and the gates open at 7:00 AM to the general public.
For detailed Hamfest information and downloadable flyer please see: https://www.w3cwc.org/hamfest
The 2018 Antietam Radio Association annual Christmas dinner was held on Saturday, December 15th at the Western Sizzlin' Restaurant in Hagerstown, MD. There were approximately 48 members and guests in attendance during the event, who had their pick of al a carte items, their famous buffet, or both. I, particularly, looked forward to, and later devoured my 24 ounce "Cowboy Cut" T-Bone. Yum!
Before introducing Marty Pittinger (MDC Section Manager), President Bob Long (KD3JK) requested a moment of silence as we recognized several hams who became Silent Keys during 2018. Marty talked to us about his time during and after hurricanes Maria and Harvey (Summer/Fall 2017), and what we can do to ensure that we are as prepared as possible to assist our own communities when disaster strikes our own regions.
This comes a bit late, but for those of us who remember him, Bruce Francis K3JLG became a silent key November 15, 2018. His obituary is posted at: https://www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com/obituary/Bruce-W.H.-Francis-Jr./Waynesboro-PA/1822885
Bruce was very active in the local community and was usually heard on local repeaters, often while operating "bicycle mobile".