The Fun Continues! Third uBITX Build ~ November 20, 2018

Our third HARC uBITX build event is planned for Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Chick-Owa Sportsman’s Club, 9279 Ottogan St. in Holland.  If you missed the first two build sessions, here’s another chance to join in the fun.  The event is scheduled for 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM. 

Soldering equipment, hand tools, and test gear will be available.  Those who have soldering equipment and tools are encouraged to bring them along.  Experienced kit builders are also encouraged to attend to mentor and assist others assemble their uBITX kits. 

Also while you’re there, try out the club’s HF rig using our indoor loop antenna.  You’ll be amazed at what you can do with this setup.  Jack KE8CIO may have his Fusion rig on hand to check out too. 

If you’re interested in radios, kit building, soldering, test equipment, Arduino’s or device firmware, stop by and check things out.

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Next E.A.T. Meeting is Tuesday, November 27, 7 PM

The next E.A.T. meeting (Education And Training) will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 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. 

If you’re interested our club’s uBitx build project, subscribe to  You’ll find project updates, build notes, firmware, modifications and more.  Questions and suggestions are welcome.   Here is the link to join the group:

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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Free Mini-Swap and Breakfast, Saturday, December 8, 2018

Ken Groom, ZR5AAD                                                                              (1957-2008)

Ken was for many years the driving force behind our club.  He was tireless in his efforts to promote amateur radio and our club.  Our former clubhouse was named the “Ken Groom ZR5AAD Technical and Training Center” in his honor.  While club president, Ken initiated mini-swaps and breakfasts at the clubhouse.  The club would now like to continue this in his memory.

Thus, on Saturday, December 8, the club will be holding the “ZR5AAD Memorial Mini-Swap and Pancake Breakfast.”  There will be no charge for admittance, tables, or breakfast – although donations to the club will be very much appreciated.  We’ll also continue the tradition of holding a 50/50 drawing.

Gather your friends, family, and unneeded gear and come prepared to eat, socialize, and buy, sell, or trade equipment.  This event will be held at the Chick-Owa Sportsman’s Club, 9279 Ottogan St., Holland from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  (Later in the day, we’ll be holding a Ham in a Day session which begins at 1:00 and licensing exams beginning at 6:00.)  If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact John at

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Ham License in a Day, Saturday, December 8, 2018

“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:  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.

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2018 Field Day photos and a video link

There is a PDF uploaded that has pictures of the 2018 field day.

Holland ARC Field Day 2018

And Zach, KE8BSM has uploaded a great video to Youtube:

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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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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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