HARC Build / Radio Nights ~ Friday, Jan. 31 & Feb. 7, 2020

The next HARC Build / Radio Nights are planned for Friday, January 31 and Friday, February 7, at the Chick-Owa Sportsman’s Club 9279 Ottogan St, Holland, from 6:15 PM to ?PM.  Bring your kits and projects to HARC Build / Radio night.  Test equipment and volunteers will be available to assist you.

Do you know someone who would like to learn how to solder?  Invite them to Radio Night.  There’s a collection of inexpensive kits to choose from as well as tools and solder equipment to try out.

If you have items to sell – radios – power supplies – antennas – wire – parts and pieces – kits – bring to the meeting.  Tables are free to use.  If you’re interested in radios, kit building, soldering, test equipment, Arduino, and device firmware, stop by and check things out.

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Holland ARC Meeting ~ Friday, February 21, 2020

Join the fun at the Holland Amateur Radio Club’s monthly general membership meeting Friday night, February 21 at 7:00pm at the Chick-Owa Sportsman’s Club, 9279 E. Ottogan St., Holland.

You need not be a club member or even a ham to attend.  Everyone interested in amateur radio is welcome!

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Skywarn Training Class Tuesday ~ February 25, 2020

The annual Kent/Ottawa County Skywarn class will be held Tuesday evening, February 25, 2020 at Hudsonville High School Freshman Campus located at 3370 Allen Street.  The event is free and open to anyone of any age but especially targets residents of Kent and Ottawa County age 16 and up.  Doors open at 6 pm with the training from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

The material presented covers the basics of being a SKYWARN storm spotter, including learning about severe thunderstorms, funnel clouds and tornadoes, safety considerations for all hazards, spotter report criteria and spotter procedures.  Becoming an official storm spotter for the county is optional after the training, not required.

SKYWARN storm spotter training participants should register at https://skywarn2020.eventbrite.com,  print out their free tickets, and bring them to the training.  There is much more information available on the eventbrite website.

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Next E.A.T. Meeting ~ February 28, 2020

The next E.A.T. meeting (Education And Training) will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7 pm at the Chick-Owa Sportsman’s Club located at 9279 E. Ottogan Street (just west of Winding Creek Golf Club). 

We will have instructional videos, as well as answer any questions and especially help newcomers to the hobby get started. 

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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“Get Outta the Cabin” Dinner ~ February 29, 2020

The Holland Amateur Radio Club will be joining the Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association, Michigan Amateur Radio Alliance, Allegan County ARC, and the Lowell Amateur Radio Club for the annual “Get Outta the Cabin” dinner, formerly known as the “New Hams Dinner.”

The dinner will be held in a reserved room at the Pizza Ranch, 3858 28th St SE, in Kentwood on Saturday, February 29, 2020 beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Anyone interested in amateur radio is invited to the dinner.  You need not be a club member or even a licensed ham.  A menu and pricing for the Pizza Ranch buffet is available on their website: https://pizzaranch.com/locations/mi/kentwood/3858-28th-st–se. 

Hope to see you there!

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Shopping on Amazon?

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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Buy? Sell? Swap? ~ Mailing List Subgroup!

The HARC has decided to split out “swap” messages into their own mailing list on groups.io.  A list has been set up so that anyone already subscribed to the main K8DAA group will be able to post by sending a message to buysell@k8daa.groups.io.  If you’d like to subscribe to the list to receive the messages by email, however, you’ll need to send an email to buysell+subscribe@k8daa.groups.io.

More details about the subgroup are available here:

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Holland ARC’s DMR Repeater is on the Air!

If you are interested in DMR, the Holland ARC has put a DMR repeater in service, co-located with the 147.06 and the analog UHF repeater at the Holland Community Hospital.

Details: Rptr out 443.8875  Rptr in 448.8875

Color Code is 4   (Repeater is connected to the Brandmeister Network)

Static Talk Groups

Slot 1      3169 (Midwest),   31261 (Mi5-Statewide 1),   31608 (USA Area 8)

Slot 2     3126 (Michigan),    31262  (Mi5-Statewide 2),    31267 (West Michigan),

31268 (UP of Michigan),    31269 (West Michigan Technical group)

Other Brandmeister talkgroups are available using PTT.

This repeater is for experimenting and having fun. Quite a bit of activity on the West Michigan Talk Group, 31267.

The Holland ARC wishes to thank Sam, K8SN and Mike, KB8ZGL for their helping hands in this project.

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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:  http://www.hollandarc.org/?page_id=2458.

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

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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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