Next Meeting, AC8OF shows us the SDRPlay receiver

Join us at the next meeting on  Monday February 8th to learn  about  the SDRPlay Software defined  Radio  (SDR).  Ken, AC8OF  will be with us to  explain this interesting and cost-effective SDR receiver. 

There are a few similar Software Defined Radios around, but the SDRPlay is especially affordable for the ham radio hobbyist.

   The demonstration will immediately follow our normal  business meeting. 

   Additional information:


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Need a license? Wish to upgrade?

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

The next license testing session will be held on February 13th, 2016 . 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 ARRL license testing fee is $15.  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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January 2016 Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the January 11, 2016 meeting are online:

HARC General Meeting Jan 11 2016 (TXT)

HARC General Meeting Jan 11 2016 (PDF)

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Next E.A.T. meeting is February 22, Monday at 7 PM

The next E.A.T. meeting (education and training) will be February 22  at 7 pm at the Red Cross. The club has bought a series of instructional electronics videos which are 30 minutes., For now, we will view 2 of these, and see how they rate. We will be looking at other education series, and hopefully building projects.

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Ottawa-Kent County Skywarn Training, Friday, February 26 at 6:30 PM !

You are invited to attend the joint Ottawa-Kent County Skywarn training this year. This course is free.

Please note the start time of 6:30 PM !

More information and registration is at:

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Ham License in a Day, April 9, 2016, Saturday.

April 9, 2016  “Ham in a Day.”  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: .  Also, anyone holding current technician and general licenses may arrive at 6:00 and take the tests to upgrade. ..

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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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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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NWS Spotter Training Online now available

The NWs has put an online study course in place. This is a great start.

Take a look at:

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Membership can now be paid using PayPal

If you desire, you can pay for a regular or family membership using Paypal. Even if you don’t have a Paypal account, you can pay online using your credit card. Details are on the membership page:

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