Field Day 2018!

Your invited out to Field Day!

   The Holland Amateur Radio Club would like to invite you to attend our annual outdoor Emergency Communications Preparation & Training Exercise in partnership with the American Radio Relay League coming up on Saturday June 23rd thru Sunday June 24th!

This fast paced emergency communications training event  known as Field day will showcase many Amateur Radio operators working various modes and communication methods here locally at Field day and across the country and Canada. As we compete at the national level to gain proficiency with our craft as Emergency Message Handlers in the Amateur Radio Service.

As you know the Holland ARC provides a series of wide coverage FM analog and digital VHF and UHF amateur repeaters thru out the county and the city of Holland; All our provided free of charge to the amateur and are at the ready for handling a wide array of communication events like Tulip Time or during real emergency events with severe weather to best serve and protect the public.

The radio club would be honored to have you in attendance at this years field day!  The club plans to have various Emergency Communication Trailers set up at the park designed by our club members to give the general public, elected officials, the media, and invited guests, a peak at our advanced communication tools and emergency services we can provide the the area with our cadre of skilled amateur radio operators.

A potluck dinner will be provided at 6:00 pm on Saturday at the park, June 23rd up at the main pavilion. Bring a dish to pass for potluck, tour the stations, get involved, and enjoy the day with us.

The Holland ARC Field Day will be conducted at:

East Saugatuck Community Park
5559 136th Street

Hamilton, Michigan

To improve our efficiency and reduce overall waste left with us at Field Day. The club kindly asks that those attending the potluck dinner to kindly remove and return your brought potluck items back with you and back in your own refrigerators rather than abandon the food items, unused cutlery, and packaging with us.

Hope to see you at event!

73! Jeff Ver Hage, KB8QAP

The Holland Amateur Radio Club
2018  Field Day Coordinator


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Next E.A.T. meeting is Tuesday, June 26, 7 PM

The next E.A.T. meeting (Education And Training) will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7 pm at the Chick-Owa Sportsman’s Club located at 9279 E. Ottogan Street (just west of Winding Creek).  The club has purchased a series of instructional electronics videos which are around 30 minutes long.

HARC E.A.T. sessions are open to the public and you do not need to be a HARC member or have an amateur radio license to attend.  If you have questions about amateur radio equipment, operating practices, licensing, test and measurement, or anything remotely related to amateur radio, this is the place to be.

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Hank Dinkelmann, K8HLD, Silent Key

   Henry L. Dinkelmann

The Holland ARC community has lost another long time club member and friend.  Hank passed away on June 6, 2018 from complications following surgery.  Hank can be described as a man with a broad smile (often mischievous), upbeat, helping, welcoming, giving, a friend to all.  He was ready, willing, and able to pitch in when something needed to be done – and all with his incredible sense of humor.  Hank was actively involved in many organizations within the community; we in amateur radio are grateful for the time we had with him.  He will truly be missed.  Please comfort and support his family in this difficult time.

Hank’s entire obituary can be viewed on the funeral home website:


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New Email List Server for the Holland ARC

After years of being with the Yahoo Groups, and after much heartache, the Holland ARC has moved over to the email list server. Superior service is here.

If you did not get the email on how to sign up, please go to:

From there you will see “apply for membership” icon. Click on that and follow the instructions and we should be good to go.

The archives are available at any time to be read without logging in.  Todd, W8YHF ported over thousands of emails from the Yahoo Group.

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HARC has MOVED! Spread the Word!

The Holland Amateur Radio Club is now meeting on a NEW DAY in a NEW LOCATION. For the foreseeable future, the club will hold general meetings on the second Tuesday of the month and E.A.T. meetings will be held on fourth Tuesday of the month, both at 7pm.  Our new location will be the Chick-Owa Sportsman’s Club, located at 9279 E Ottogan Street (just west of Winding Creek).

The Chick-Owa club is graciously allowing us to utilize their building for our club activities.  These facilities give us room to grow, with tables and seating for 100+, as well as a full kitchen available for our use.  Both our monthly general meetings and our E.A.T. meetings are being held there, as well as “Ham in a Day” and VE sessions.  To recap,

All General meetings   2nd Tuesday of month     Chick-Owa
All E.A.T. meetings      4th Tuesday of month      Chick-Owa
Ham in a Day                Various Saturdays             Chick-Owa

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Ed Heyboer, KF8EV, Silent Key

On March 28, we lost Ed Heyboer. He had been quietly fighting cancer for a period of time.

What can we say about Ed?  Not enough.  Always smiling.  Always “seeing” things more clearly than most of us.  His involvement with the Holland club included the education committee, the Monday night nets, and field day.  He was a mentor to many.  Ed is leaving a huge void in our lives.

The Holland club extends its sympathies to Mary and his family.

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Shopping on Amazon?

Support us when you shop on Amazon. Go to and Amazon will donate a percentage to Holland Amateur Radio Club.  This adds nothing to the cost of your purchase but benefits the club.  Thanks!

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You have a parade? Need communications? We’ve got your back.

Here are 14 of the folks who helped out with the Tulip Time Parade medical communications on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  When all else fails, there is amateur radio.

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Holland 2017 Field Day Pictures

Here is a short pictorial on this year’s Field Day. Thank you to all who participated.

Holland Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2017

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Online West Michigan Net List

Now you can subscribe to either calendar and get an alert on your computer or phone 5 minutes before a net starts. Both versions are the exact same so it doesn’t matter which calendar (Apple or Google) you subscribe to.
For the Apple people who use the Calendar / iCal app on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, use this link:
For you Android and Google Calendar guys, use this one:
Please enjoy & 73s!
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