About Us

Who we are: ARCNEM is an amateur radio club using the call K3NEM. We meet monthly at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD. Our club station at the museum includes HF, VHF and ATV. Mike Birdseye, K4DUM is the current club president.

Please stop by a meeting or contact us to find out when we'll be operating!

Where we are: 1745 West Nursery Road Linthicum, Maryland 21090 (Google map)

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. ET

Contact: Use an easy web form to contact us with questions or website feedback.

How to join: Find out how to join ARCNEM or renew your membership in person or by mail.

2019 ARCNEM Officers:

  • President: Mike Birdseye
  • Vice President: Zory Glaser
  • Treasurer: Fred Heath
  • Secretary: open


  • K3RA is Trustee for the museum stations: K3NEM and W3GR

Club History

  • In the mid-1950s, the Friendship Amateur Radio Club (FARC) was formed mainly by Westinghouse amateurs. FARC met in members' homes and established a tradition of a robust Field Day and a helpful approach to new amateurs
  • In 1992 the National Electronics Museum, then the Historical Electronics Museum, passed a resolution making the ham club an independent organization within the framework of the Museum and the Historical Electronics Museum Amateur Radio Club (HEMARC) was chartered in March of 1995
  • In 1997 courses were added for prospective amateurs and to train licensed amateurs to upgrade
  • In 1997 the Bay Area Amateur Radio Society merged with HEMARC
  • In 1999 Amateur Television was added
  • In 2001 the club enhanced the club station with a tower and a triband array
  • The acquisition of the Westinghouse Defense Center by the Northrop Grumman Corporation resulted in an expanded museum and added to the activities of HEMARC
  • In 2008 the club changed name from Historical Electronics Museum Amateur Radio Club to Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum to reflect a name change by the Museum. At this time the club adopted the K3NEM call.