Assistance Request for Coast Guard Festival

The North Ottawa Amateur Radio Club is looking for help on Saturday, July 27 for the 5k and 10k races and the Coast Guard Festival Kids Parade.  They will be meeting at 6:30AM at the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety located at 525 Washington Avenue.  The first run starts at 7:30AM and the Kids Parade begins at 10:30AM.

The Coast Guard Grand Parade will be held the following weekend, Saturday, August 3.  If you can help with parade lineup on that day, please meet at 7:00AM at the Russ’ Restaurant located at 1313 S. Beacon.

Those wishing to assist with public health and welfare for the parade (much like Tulip Time help) should meet at 10:30AM at the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety building, 525 Washington Avenue.  The parade is scheduled to begin at 11:45AM. Talk in is 145.49.  

There are parking lots on Columbus Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets, just north of the Public Safety building.  Please note that Columbus is a one-way street, heading east only.  Approach the parking lot from the north from Fulton and 5th St., going south on 5th Street.  The entrances to the lots are blocked, so identify yourself as a radio volunteer to the attendants.  Bring your handheld radio programmed to the 145.49 repeater, wear comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.  In previous years, a lunch has been provided after the parade in the Fire Station on the corner next to the Public Safety building, so that may very well be the case again this year.  If not, elephant ears are within walking distance!

If you can help out the North Ottawa Club with any of these events, it is important that John Fischer at be contacted as soon as possible.

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Congratulations are in order…

Congratulations to John Salzwedel of Hudsonville who attended the HARC VE session on Saturday, July 13, and became a new amateur radio Technician with the catchy call, KE8MPG.  Hope he gets a lot of “mileage” out of that call.  (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)  So whether you see him in person or hear him on the air, be sure to congratulate this new Tech on his achievement and invite him 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 kudos to them as well.

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E.A.T. Meeting ~ Tuesday, July 23, 7 PM

The next E.A.T. meeting (Education And Training) will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 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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HARC Build / Radio Night ~ Tuesday, July 30

HARC Build / Radio Night is planned for Tuesday, July 30 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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Ham License in a Day ~ Saturday, August 10, 2019

“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.  Also, anyone holding a current technician or general license may arrive at 6:00 and take the test to upgrade at no cost.  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 13, 2019

Join the fun at the Holland Amateur Radio Club’s monthly general membership meeting Tuesday night, August 13 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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Obtain, Upgrade, or Renew your License ~ Nov. 9, 2019

On Saturday, November 9, the Holland Amateur Radio Club will be holding licensing exams for anyone wishing to get 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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Buy? Sell? Swap? ~ New Mailing List Subgroup!

At the last HARC meeting, it was decided that we should split out “swap” messages into their own mailing list on  A new 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 new list to receive the messages by email, however, you’ll need to send an email to

More details about the new 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:

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

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