The St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association has been active in southern Maryland for over 50 years. We maintain a club station at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum & Visitors Center (Link), have monthly meetings at the museum with speakers covering a variety of amateur radio related topics, participate in ARRL sponsored events and have members who are interested in almost every aspect of amateur radio. We maintain an email list server, meet monthly for breakfast at a local restaurant and help one another with information and tackling big projects like raising towers and hanging antennas.

SMCARA Membership Form

( click above link to open form in Adobe PDF file format)

SMCARA is an Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated club. You do not need to be an ARRL member to join SMCARA, although we do strongly encourage joining them to show your support for all that they do for Amateur Radio. As found on the ARRL Membership page; “ARRL supports legislation in Washington, D.C. that preserves and protects access to existing Amateur Radio frequencies as a natural resource for the enjoyment of all hams. As a member, you contribute to the efforts to preserve our privileges.”. There is no more important advocate for Amateur Radio.

As you consider becoming an ARRL member or renewing your ARRL membership please consider doing it through the club. Here is why: ARRL Affiliated Clubs receive a commission for every new ARRL membership and renewal they submit to ARRL Headquarters.

  • Clubs retain a portion of the dues for each regular membership submitted to ARRL Headquarters:
    • Clubs retain $15 for each new membership OR lapsed membership (of two years or more). A NEW MEMBER is defined as any individual who has never been a member of ARRL or any individual who has not retained a membership for two or more calendar years prior to the application submission.
    • Clubs retain $2 for each renewal. A RENEWING MEMBER can renew at anytime, even before their current membership term expires.
  • Family, Blind or 21-and-under discounted memberships are not applicable for any discount.

If you’d like to Join or Renew with the ARRL through SMCARA please print the following PDF and mail it to the club address listed below (or give to the Treasurer during a club meeting). You only need to fill out the first page, the second page will be filled out by the club Treasurer and your payment and paperwork will be sent to the ARRL.

Mail to:
PO Box 364
California, MD 20619