HARC Get On The Air QSO Contest

To help keep HARC Club members, and non-members, interested in staying on the air and utilizing our frequencies, the Holland Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring an on-air contest event! The objective: Make as many contacts in 1 (one) month as possible. The contest is open to anyone who is a properly licensed Amateur Radio Operator. If this contest is well-received and attended, we’ll look at other contest opportunities that’ll allow more options such as Hotspots, Digital Voice, etc. 

Here are some details about the contest:

1. The Contest will last for 1 (one) month.

2. The Contest will start at 12:00 AM ET on June 1st 2020 and conclude at 11:59 PM ET on June 30th 2020. 

3. This is a fun contest so feel free to stick around and chat with the person you’re making a QSO with. No need to rush off to the next QSO. The point of the contest is to have fun, meet new people or say hello to someone you haven’t seen/talked with in a while.

4. This contest is Technician License Friendly and structured so Techs have just as much of a competitive chance as Generals and Extras. 

What is the point system? 

1 point for a Repeater QSO or Domestic Echolink, IRLP, or Allstar QSO (See Rule 4).

2 points for a Simplex QSO

3 points if you have a QSO on a domestic non-local repeater or Simplex (ie skip into Wisconsin, etc)

4 points if your QSO is DX (ie. skip into Canada) (See Rule 4) or is a FM VHF/ UHF Satellite QSO

Here are the basic rules of the contest:

1. FM & Sideband are the only modes that can be used. Sorry, no digital voice or data modes. Analog Only.

2. Hotspot QSOs will NOT count. 

3. Duplicates: You can only work a station once per method per band through the duration of the contest – ie you can work a station on a repeater, then again on Simplex, then again on Echolink, and you cannot work that station again on Repeater, Simplex or Echolink (or other VoIP service – See Rule 5) on the same band. However you may repeat the process on a different band (if you did 2 meter repeater, simplex, then a VoIP service, then you could follow those steps again on 440, 220, 10 meters, or 6 meters.)

4. To keep the contest fair for Technicians, 10 meter FM will not count since 10 meter FM is not available for Techs. However, 10 meter sideband (28.300 – 28.500 ONLY) will count and 6 meters and up is available as long as the mode is Analog FM or Sideband. 

5. The use of Echolink, IRLP, or Allstar is allowed for Domestic & DX QSOs. But you must be the one to initiate the QSO (ie you accessed the remote repeater and called for a QSO). For stations using the Echolink computer/phone/tablet software, Echolink QSOs must connect to a repeater and not an individual user. Echolink, IRLP, and Allstar count as one VoIP QSO so you cannot work the same station on IRLP if you’ve worked it on Echolink or Allstar or any combination of the three. (See Rule 3)

6. Sorry, nets do not count – however you may coordinate with someone on a net for a QSO (repeater or Simplex) before or after the net. Please respect and follow Net Rules and Procedures as well as the Net Control Station’s guidelines. 

Log Submission Details:

1. Logs must be submitted via email within 1 (one) week of the contest’s conclusion. No later than 11:59 PM ET July 8th 2020. 

2. Submit your logs to ke8bsm@arrl.net

3. For the email subject line, please type “[YOUR CALLSIGN] HARC QSO CONTEST” 

4. Please use your name and callsign in the filename. 

5. Log entry format: THEIR CALL – Name – Location (use 6 figure GRID Square) – Band & Method Used – Point Value of QSO (sorry this is not a standard logging format). 

6. Log submissions can be attached as an MS Excel file, PDF, or Word Document

7. Please total up your points at the end of your document. 

What does the winner receive? 

1. A certificate that’ll be emailed to the winner which they can print and hang in their shack. 

2. Your name, call, and city/state will be put on the HARC website (hollandarc.org) for all to see in addition to the Facebook Group.

3. Bragging rights. 

Please have fun!  If you have questions, please email ke8bsm@arrl.net

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IRA Hudsonville Hamfest Cancelled

For the safety of all involved, the decision has been made to cancel the IRA hamfest originally scheduled for June 6 at the Hudsonville fairgrounds. The “roadkill dinner” to be held on Friday, June 5 is cancelled as well.

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ALL HARC In-Person Activities Cancelled

Given the current climate we’re in, all HARC In-Person events are cancelled until we are given the all clear to hold them again. This includes club meetings, EAT meetings, Radio / Build nights, VE Testing / Ham In A Day, etc.

These are unprecedented circumstances we’re in right now and we don’t know what the road ahead looks like yet. It is better to be safe than sorry and make sure our members, non-members, and the general public stay healthy and safe.

Our last two club business meetings were hosted on the 06 repeater at our normal meeting time of 7PM. They were run like a Monday night net with a slightly altered format. There was good discussion at both meetings concerning possible ways to hold Field Day. Join us for our next club meeting on Tuesday, June 9, which will also be held on the air!

Thank you all for your time and we will be in touch and re-evaluate this fluid situation. Again, thank you for all that you all do for the club!

73 all and stay healthy!

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Field Day 2020!

I know Field Day seems like it’s far off, but it’s closer than we all think. That’s why it’s time to start thinking about planning it and who can help with what. To that end, Jared KE8GBF has put together this nice Google form for you to fill out by clicking here. I encourage all HARC members, as well as those interested in helping HARC out, to fill out this form ASAP. This will let Jared know who can help out and expedite certain things too. Thank you all for your participation! 73

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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: http://langelandsterenberg.tributes.com/obituary/read/John-S.-Seidelman-108453202

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Holland ARC Meeting ~ Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Join the fun at the Holland Amateur Radio Club’s monthly general membership meeting Tuesday night, June 9 at 7:00pm.  This meeting will be held on the air on the 147.06 repeater.  As always, you need not be a club member join in!

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Obtain, Upgrade, or Renew your License ~ July 11, 2020

This activity will be held only if requirements can be met for the safety of all involved:

On Saturday, July 11, 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:   https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do   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]gmail.com

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

This activity will be held only if requirements can be met for the safety of all involved:

“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:  http://tinyurl.com/holo-hiad-ve.  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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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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Email List Server for the Holland ARC

The Holland ARC can be found on the groups.io email list server.  If you would like to sign up, please go to:

https://k8daa.groups.io/g/k8daa

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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