Project Pictures # 1

Pictures and words from Jeff, KD8THX on the rebuild of the clubs’ DMR repeater.

DMR Repeater KD8THX Nov 2020

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Ham License in a Day ~ Saturday, December 12, 2020

This activity will be held following the requirements for the safety of all involved, including wearing masks, limiting class size, and social distancing:

“Ham in a Day”  will be 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 (which includes the book Ham Radio by Bob Heil), but there is no cost for testing. 

In addition to the Ham in a Day students, anyone can arrive at 6:00 and take the technician, general, or extra class exam at no cost.  Also, anyone whose license is within 90 days of expiring can renew their license between 6:00 and the end of testing at no charge.

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Obtain, Upgrade, or Renew your License ~ December 12, 2020

This activity will be held following all health and safety requirements, which includes wearing masks, limiting class size, and social distancing.

On Saturday, December 12, the Holland Amateur Radio Club will be holding licensing exams for anyone wishing to obtain or upgrade their amateur radio license.  The testing will be held at the Chick-Owa Sportsmans Club, 9279 Ottogan St., Holland.  The testing session will begin at 6:00 p.m.  There is no charge for any testing.  No Morse code is required for any grade license.  In addition, if your license is within 90 days of expiration, it can quickly be renewed at no charge between 6:00 and the end of testing.

What to bring with you:  If available, bring a legal photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport.  If no legal photo ID is available, bring 2 pieces of legal ID.  Anyone 16 years old or younger must have a parent or legal guardian present for the entire testing session.  IMPORTANT… If you currently hold a ham radio license, bring the license and a copy of the license to the test session.  (Copy will be sent in with the testing results.)   

Note:  This is a federal exam and the FCC requires you to have an FRN.    You can obtain your Federal Registration Number (FRN) before the test, by going to this website:   The FCC FRN process is simple, and quite fast. 

For further information on license testing, please email Bob Broene, K8RJB, at k8rjb[dot]ham[at]

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New Net! Friday Night TGIF Net!

The hits just keep on coming!  Since the HARC “How Are You?” net was a big hit during our shelter in place phase, it’s been replaced with another Friday night net that is more permanent.

So, we’re having HARC “TGIF Nets” Fridays on the 06 repeater. We’ll have topics and maybe some trivia. This is a laid-back net to kick back, unwind, and hang out.  Take off your mask, pull your chair up close, and chillax.*

Please come join us for the next HARC TGIF net on Friday, November 20, at 7PM on the 06 repeater.

*Yes, “chillax” is a real word – a combination of “chill out” and “relax”, which can be found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.  Use it to impress your kids and/or grandkids.

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Holland ARC Membership Meeting ~ Dec. 8, 2020

The Holland Amateur Radio Club’s monthly general membership meeting will be held Tuesday night, December 8, either on the air (147.06) or at the clubhouse starting at 7pm.  Keep posted for further details.  You don’t have to be a club member to attend.  All hams welcome to join in!

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K8EMU Ivan “Ike” DeWitt

Ivan “Ike” DeWitt, age 83, of Holland, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.  Ike, K8EMU, was a longtime member of the Holland Amateur Radio Club.  In 2010, the Club honored Ike as “Ham of the Year” for his role as co-chairman of the annual hamfest.

Ike could always be counted on to lend a hand and pitch in wherever needed, whether it was making coffee for club meetings or working at Tulip Time parades.  Each year, for every parade, Ike requested to be stationed near the grandstands, where he assisted attendees up and down the dangerous steps of the old bleachers.  Tulip Time gives out annual commemorative pins, and Ike had a large collection of them representing all his years of service.  It’s hard to imagine those activities without him.

Please keep Ike’s family in your thoughts and prayers.  He is survived by his wife, Leah, his children, and grandchildren.  A graveside committal service was held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Georgetown Cemetery in Hudsonville.   Rev. Eugene Los  officiated.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Arrangements were by Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home and condolences may be left online at   The last call net for Ike was held Monday night, following the 7:30 PM net. Charlie, N8QEM was the host.

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We’re nothing without you…

If you haven’t already done so, please join the Holland Amateur Radio Club for another successful year by renewing your membership today.  This club is active and growing and we need your support to keep the ball rolling.  Where else can you have so much fun for so little cost?  And how easy can it be to pay those dues?  Just bring your $25 (single) or $35 (family) dues to the next meeting, OR mail it to Holland Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 2104, Holland, MI 49422-2104 OR you can use Paypal.  Even if you don’t have a Paypal account, you can still pay online using your credit card. Details are on the membership page:

The Holland Amateur Radio Club values your membership and your support.  Thank you!

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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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WD8BWK John Seidelman, SK

John Seidelman passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 following a long period of declining health. For many years, John was a member of the Holland ARC and was instrumental in encouraging others to obtain their amateur radio licenses and in continuing to help them after they did.

There was a Last Call Net for WD8BWK, John Seidelman Tuesday night, April 28. Charlie, N8QEM, a close friend of John, hosted for this Last Call. Many stopped by the net to give John one last call.

John will be greatly missed by his many friends in the club. His wife Sue, KC8RQS, and her family are requesting privacy at this time, so please honor this while keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.

John’s obituary can be viewed at:




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Email List Server for the Holland ARC

The Holland ARC can be found on the email list server.  If you would like 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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