Congrats to Chris KE8JAS

I’d like to congratulate Chris KE8JAS for winning the HARC QSO Contest!  Due to Field Day and the June VHF/UHF contests, I think this contest got overshadowed. We’ll try this contest again in the fall and see if we can get some more participation. Congrats Chris & thank you for participating!

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More Congratulations are in order…

Congratulations to all the folks who attended the HARC VE session on Saturday, July 11, and became new amateur radio Technicians.

Justin KE8OXK
Brian KE8OXL
Christina KE8OXM

So whether you see them in person or hear them on the air, be sure to congratulate these new Techs on their achievement and invite them to a club event!

If you know of anyone who has recently gotten their license or has upgraded, please let the webmaster know so we can pass along congrats to them as well.

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Ham License in a Day ~ Saturday, August 8, 2020

This activity will be held following the requirements for the safety of all involved, including wearing masks 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 also renew their license between 6:00 and the end of testing at no charge.

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Holland ARC Meeting ~ Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Join the fun at the Holland Amateur Radio Club’s monthly general membership meeting!  This will be held on Tuesday night, August 11 at 7:00pm at the Chick-Owa Sportsman’s Club, 9279 Ottogan St., Holland.  This meeting will be limited to the first 20 persons.  Please bring your masks and observe social distancing.  As always, you need not be a club member join in!

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Obtain, Upgrade, or Renew your License ~ November 14, 2020

On Saturday, November 14, 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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HARC In-Person Activities are Coming Back!

For the past several months, all HARC in-person events have been cancelled, including club meetings, EAT meetings, Radio / Build nights, VE Testing / Ham In A Day, etc. However, at this point, things are looking up a bit and some restrictions have been lifted or lessened.

As the situation with Covid-19 improves, HARC will begin to reinstate in-person activities as long as they can be held as safely as possible for our members, non-members, and the general public. We will publicize in-person events as they arise.

As always, thank you for all that you all do for the club!

73 all and stay healthy!

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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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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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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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Buy? Sell? Swap? ~ Mailing List Subgroup!

The HARC has decided to split out “swap” messages into their own mailing list on  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  If you’d like to subscribe to the list to receive the messages by email, however, you’ll need to send an email to

More details about the subgroup are available here:

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