HARC Get On The Air Contest – FINALIZED RULES

To help keep HARC Club members, and non-members, interested in staying on the air and utilizing our frequencies, the Holland Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring an on-air contest event! The objective: Make as many contacts in 1 (one) month as possible. The contest is open to anyone who is a properly licensed Amateur Radio Operator.

Here are some details about the contest:
1. The Contest will last for 1 (one) month.
2. The Contest will start at 12:00 AM ET on March 1st 2021 and conclude at
11:59 PM ET on March 31st 2021.
3. This is a fun contest so feel free to stick around and chat with the person
you’re making a QSO with. No need to rush off to the next QSO. The point of the contest is to have fun, meet new people or say hello to someone you haven’t seen/talked with in a while.
4. This contest is Technician License Friendly and structured so Techs have just as much of a competitive chance as Generals and Extras.
5. The 10 meter (28.300 – 28.500), 6 meter bands and up are the bands that are allowed, as well as CW Portions of any band available to Techs.
What is the point system?
1 point for a Repeater (Digital and/or Analog) QSO or Domestic Echolink, IRLP, or Allstar QSO (See Rule 5), Hotspot Digital Voice QSO, CW QSO for experienced CW operators (See Rule 9 for CW QSO’s).
2 points for a Simplex (Digital and/or Analog) QSO, Winlink Message Exchange, Packet QSO (APRS Message, Keyboard-to-Keyboard, etc).
3 points if you have a QSO on a domestic non-local repeater or
Simplex (ie skip into Wisconsin, etc) – can be Digital or Analog.
4 points if your QSO is DX (ie. skip into Canada) (See Rule 4) or is a FM VHF/ UHF Satellite QSO, CW QSO for new CW operators (See Rule 9 for CW QSO’s).

Here are the basic rules of the contest:
1. FM, AM, Sideband, Digital Voice, CW, and V/UHF AX25 Packet are the only modes that can be used.
2. Hotspot QSOs WILL count. All hotspot QSOs, regardless of distance, will count for 1 point.
3. Duplicates: You can only work a station once per method per band through the duration of the contest – ie you can work a station on a repeater analog, then digital, then again on Simplex, then again on Echolink, and you cannot work that station again on Repeater, Simplex or Echolink (or other VoIP service – See Rule 5) on the same band. However you may repeat the process on a different band (if you did 2 meter repeater, simplex, then a VoIP service, then you could follow those steps again on 440, 220, 10 meters, or 6 meters.)
4. To keep the contest fair for Technicians, 10 meter FM will not count
since 10 meter FM is not available for Techs. However, 10 meter sideband (28.300 – 28.500 ONLY) will count and 6 meters and up is available as long as the mode is FM, AM, Sideband, Digital Voice, CW, or V/UHF Packet. CW portions of bands available to Techs are allowed as well.
5. The use of Echolink, IRLP, or Allstar is allowed for Domestic & DX QSOs. But you must be the one to initiate the QSO (ie you accessed
the remote repeater and called for a QSO). For stations using
the Echolink computer/phone/tablet software, Echolink QSOs
must connect to a repeater and not an individual user. Echolink, IRLP, and Allstar count as one VoIP QSO so you cannot work the same station on IRLP if you’ve worked it on Echolink or Allstar or any combination of the three. (See Rule 3)
6. Sorry, nets do not count – however you may coordinate with someone on a net for a QSO (repeater or Simplex) before or after the net. Please respect and follow Net Rules and Procedures as well as the Net Control Station’s guidelines.
7. VHF/UHF AX25 Packet is welcome. No FT8, PSK31, RTTY, etc. Winlink email messaging is welcomed but only on VHF/UHF Packet. The initial station must get a reply message back in order
for the QSO to count. APRS does NOT count
EXCEPT if it is an APRS Message and you get a reply back to your APRS message. APRS Message to APRS Message only – no APRS services like SMSGTE, etc.
8. Digital Voice = DMR, Fusion (C4FM), D-STAR, P25, and NXDN.
9. Regarding CW: To help make sure it is fair for techs, only the tech CW
portions of 80m (3.525-3.585MHz), 40m (7.025-7.125MHz), 15m (21.025-21.200MHz),10m (28.000-28.200MHz), and 6m (50.000-50.100MHz) and up will be allowed for CW QSOs in the contest.

In addition, the 4 points per CW QSO will only be awarded to techs and/ or new CW operators (within the last 3 years). So if you’re a
new CW operator within the last 3 years, regardless of your license level, you may receive 4 points. Experienced CW operators are welcome too but your CW QSO’s will only receive 1 point per CW QSO. Again, this is to make it fair for inexperienced CW operators and techs. Also,
Techs are limited to 200w or less power output on the HF bands so the same power output limitations will be required for a valid CW QSO.

Log Submission Details:
1. Logs must be submitted via email within 2 (two) weeks of the contest’s conclusion. No later than 11:59 PM ET April 15th 2021.
2. Submit your logs to ke8bsm@arrl.net.
3. For the email subject line, please type “[YOUR CALLSIGN] HARC
QSO CONTEST”
4. Please use your name and callsign in the filename.
5. Log entry format: THEIR CALL – Name – Location (use 6 figure GRID
Square) – Band & Method Used – Point Value of QSO (sorry this is not a
standard logging format).
6. Log submissions can be attached as an MS Excel file, PDF, or
Word Document
7. Please total up your points at the end of your document.
8. Please include your License Level (Tech, General,
Extra) and how long you’ve been a ham radio operator in your log submission.

What does the winner receive?
1. A certificate that’ll be emailed to the winner which they can print and hang in their shack.
2. Your name, call, and city/state will be put on the HARC website (hollandarc.org) for all to see in addition to the Facebook Group.
3. Bragging rights.
4. A new Baofeng Analog radio or $50 Amazon Giftcard (winner’s choice,
only pick one).
5. The top 3 New Hams (licensed within the last year) will have their Holland
Amateur Radio Club Membership dues paid for (1 year).

Please have fun! If you have questions, please email ke8bsm@arrl.net.

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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 Friday 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 Meeting ~ Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Join the fun at the Holland Amateur Radio Club’s monthly general membership meeting without leaving the comfort of your home!  No masks, no social distancing!  Our March meeting will be held on the air.  Meet us on the 06 repeater (147.060) on Tuesday night, March 9 at 7:00pm.  As always, you need not be a club member to attend our meetings, whether they’re held in person or on the air!  Hope to hear from you!

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Support us when you shop on Amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/38-2136386 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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Project Pictures # 1

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

DMR Repeater KD8THX Nov 2020

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Obtain, Upgrade, or Renew your License ~ March 13, 2021

This activity is subject to all health and safety requirements, which includes wearing masks, limiting class size, social distancing and possibly even cancellation.

On Saturday, March 13, 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:   https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do   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]gmail.com

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Ham License in a Day ~ Saturday, April 10, 2021

This activity is subject to all health and safety requirements, which includes wearing masks, limiting class size, social distancing and possibly even cancellation.

“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:  http://tinyurl.com/holo-hiad-ve.  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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HARC on Facebook

The Holland Amateur Radio club is on Facebook!  It’s where to go for the latest news, ideas, questions, and comments.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/233793361844/

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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?  (We’re talking about the cost of membership, not your radios!)  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:  http://www.hollandarc.org/?page_id=2458.

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

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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.  Ike was a past president of the Club and in 2010, was honored 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.  It’s hard to imagine those activities without him.

Please keep Ike’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

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