Holland ARC Field Day Information

The Holland ARC is pleased to announce our invitation to the general public, associates, and friends of HARC to please join us for Field Day! K8DAA will be on the air and operating from East Saugatuck Community Park for the upcoming ARRL Field Day which is scheduled for Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th! All are welcome to attend as you do not need to be a ham or even a club member to enjoy this event.

The radio club encourages anyone to visit any of the participating ARRL Field Day sites around the country to join in on the radio fun and fellowship of this amazing contest that many hams are a part of. The club may need your help at the radio controls, work the microphone, log some contacts, and have a chance to speak with fellow hams on a variety of subjects radio related, and even make some new friends along the way with the experience and thrill of hearing those distant radio stations come through with the medium and magic of wireless communications!

The stations at Field Day using the K8DAA club call will be part of literally hundreds of other participating ARRL FD sites across the USA and Canada to compete in this fun 24 hour encampment of communications using nothing more than HAM radio, simple antennas, emergency power, and the knowledge and skill of friendly club operators on hand to welcome you on board when you visit the park with us.

Please abide by the park rules while attending FD.  Arriving pets should be leashed and under your direct control at all times. Field Day visitors vary in age and have different skill levels.  Parents are asked to keep your children supervised as we do not wish for any accidents to occur from lack of supervision.

What to expect at Field day this year!!  See below:

FD SAFETY OFFICERS – arriving stations will be checked to ensure good RF & Electrical Safety is in play.
FD SECURITY OFFICER works directly with FD Safety Officers and provides overall park security.
GOTA STATION will be manned this year and making contacts. Get on the Air.
6 PRIMARY HF STATIONS using the modes of CW, SSB, PSK31, for (6A) status.
A YOUTH FOX HUNT is scheduled for SATURDAY (held near the ball park field)
A YOUTH ARDUINO PROJECT BUILD for SATURDAY (held at main pavilion)
YAESU FUSION RADIO demonstration on SATURDAY (held at main pavilion)
NOAA GROUND STATION DEMO ON SUNDAY (held at main pavilion)
STAR PARTY – OBSERVATION OF PLANETS AND STARS held on SATURDAY (clear sky, dusk at pavilion)
POTLUCK DINNER 6:30PM SATURDAY NIGHT (bring a dish to pass, salad, or dessert. 🙂
MIDNIGHT SNACK ON – Food, munchies, pop, coffee (main pavilion)
FD TEAR DOWN (wx conditions & hf band dictate closing early.)

This is an outdoor event and is always held rain or shine, but may be postponed or cancelled due to lightning or severe weather conditions. Please check the wx forecast for Field Day and dress accordingly.
Where will HARC Field Day be held this year?

East Saugatuck Community Park
5559 136th Avenue Hamilton, MI 49419

What time is Field Day?
Club members will arrive a few hours ahead of the official start time to get the station equipment set up.

Begins at: 18:00 UTC  (2:00 PM local) ON SATURDAY JUNE 24TH
Contest End time will be: 21:00 UTC  (5:00 PM) ON SUNDAY JUNE 25TH

For more information or to volunteer please contact kb8qap      @      gmail.com

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Next E.A.T. meeting is Monday, June 26, at 7 PM

The next E.A.T. meeting (education and training) will be June 26, 2017  at 7 pm at the Victory Point Ministries Youth Building. The club has bought a series of instructional electronics videos which are around 30 minutes long. Right now, we are viewing one of these videos, and then Jeff, KD8THX is showing us more advanced technology.

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Ham License in a Day, Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 12, 2017  “Ham in a Day  Held at VictoryPoint Ministries Youth Building, 11530 Ransom St., 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  Also, anyone holding current technician and general licenses may arrive at 6:00 and take the tests to upgrade. Please note that the Lowell ARC holds the Ham in a Day study session three times a year in cooperation with the Holland club.  There is a Ham in a Day study session every two months.

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Online West Michigan Net List

Now you can subscribe to either calendar and get an alert on your computer or phone 5 minutes before a net starts. Both versions are the exact same so it doesn’t matter which calendar (Apple or Google) you subscribe to.
For the Apple people who use the Calendar / iCal app on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, use this link:
For you Android and Google Calendar guys, use this one:
Please enjoy & 73s!
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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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Meeting Location

Due to the sale of the Red Cross building, we have had to find a new home for the club.

We now meet at the youth building of VictoryPoint Ministries, located behind the church at 11530 Ransom St, Holland, MI 49424.

The building is located on Ransom, which is just east of 120th Ave, between New Holland St and Quincy St.

Many thanks to Art, K0TWB for the hospitality.

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Need a license? Wish to upgrade? Fee Free!

Want to test for the technician license? Or do you wish to Upgrade Your License?

The next license testing session will be held on April 8, 2017 . Testing will start at 6 PM at the Red Cross Building.

What to bring with you:  If available, bring a legal photo ID such as a drivers license or passport.  If no legal photo ID is available, then 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.  The Holland ARC is now a member of the Laurel VE system, and there is no fee for testing.   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.)

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So you would like to get your amateur radio license?

Presented here is a simple PDF with several online links that can help you study for your first technician license, and upgrade to the general and extra class:

So you want to get your license ?

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HARC on Facebook

There are two pages for the Holland ARC on Facebook.

A little used full group page for the club is at


And John Hanse (AC8HZ) added a page for this years field day:


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K8DAA 2 meter repeater audio now online…

You can now listen to the Holland ARC’s 147.060 repeater audio on the Internet.

The direct link is:


This is found on the Radio Reference page for Ottawa County:


Keep in mind that with steaming audio there is a 25-30 second delay in the audio.

This feed makes it handy for many of us to monitor the repeater from our work environment, especially during severe weather.

There is no cost to you or the club for this service.

Tom Bosscher K8TB

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