The Park2Park 1/2 Marathon and 5K races will be held on Saturday, September 22. Both races start and finish at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 1286 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland. No, you don’t have to run, or even walk, but you might bike! For the fourth year, HARC volunteers (and any other radio amateurs who would like to help out) will be handling radio communications along the race routes. Our race day participation begins at the fairgrounds at 7:30am and ends about 12:30pm. Last year we had 17 operators, along with three mobile bicycle operators. This year, race organizers would also like to have a few volunteers strategically placed in subdivisions where some racers have gone off course in the past.
Once again Todd Boss, W8YFH, has undertaken the task of gathering communications volunteers, scheduling, and assigning locations. As Todd says, “This is a great first event for new operators; if you are uncomfortable working solo, please let me know and I’ll pair you with a more experienced operator. If you would like to work the event but can’t stay until 12:30pm, I may be able to assign you to a station at the beginning of the course so that you can depart early.” We will be using the 06 repeater (147.06+ PL 94.8Hz) which works very well through the entire route.
For more information and to volunteer, please email Todd(at)W8YFH(dot)org. More information on the race itself is available at http://www.park2parkrace.com/. The race proceeds benefit Neighbors Plus (http://www.neighborsplus.org/), a nonprofit Christian community development organization based on the North side of Holland. This is really a fun event for a good cause!
The next E.A.T. meeting (Education And Training) will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7 pm at the Chick-Owa Sportsman’s Club located at 9279 E. Ottogan Street (just west of Winding Creek Golf Club). 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.
“Ham in a Day” Held at the Chick-Owa Sportsman’s Club located at 9279 E. Ottogan Street (just west of Winding Creek) in Holland. This is an opportunity for anyone wishing to get their amateur radio technician license to study and take the exam all in one afternoon. Directed study starts at 1:00 and continues till 6:00, when the test will be given. For registration and more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/holo-hiad-ve. Cost for the Ham in a Day study session is $25. Also, anyone holding a current technician or general license may arrive at 6:00 and take the test to upgrade at no cost. Anyone whose license is within 90 days of expiring can also renew their license between 6:00 and the end of testing at no charge.
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.
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
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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