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                      HARC 2017 Calendar of Events

 

Repeating Events:

Mondays:                 2m Net    7:30 pm    147.06

Second Monday:   HARC Member Meetings  are held at 7:00 pm in the youth building, Victory Point Ministries, 11530 Ransom, Holland, MI.  (The youth building is located behind the church.)

 

Upcoming Events:

May 1    The 2m net of the Holland Amateur Radio Club will begin at 7:30pm at 147.06.  All amateur radio enthusiasts are welcome to join the net.  The net will be hosted by Kim, N8KAL this week.  Please check in and join the fun!  A subject may be provided or a question posed, but you are invited to chime in with your own topic of discussion.

May 2     Plan to be on 2 Meter Simplex at 146.530 Mhz at 7:30 this evening.  This popular new net is headed up by Aaron Folkert, KD8VUN.  If you would like to act as net control or have any ideas for improving the net, please contact Aaron.  Hope to hear you on the air!

May 6    Wexaukee Amateur Radio Club will hold their 55th annual Cadillac Amateur Radio and Computer Swap from 8:00 to noon at the Cadillac Junior High School, 500 Chestnut Street.  This hamfest will feature many vendors, giveaways, a VE testing session, as well as an ARRL card checker.   More information is available at:  http://www.wexaukeearc.org/documents/Amateur%20Radio%20and%20Computer%20Swap%20%202017.pdf

May 8   The Holland Amateur Radio Club will hold its regular monthly meeting in the youth building behind Victory Point Ministries, 11530 Ransom, Holland, starting at 7pm.   This is not for members only, and all those interested in amateur radio are invited to attend.  There will be a presentation following the business meeting. 

May 8    The 2m net of the Holland Amateur Radio Club will begin at 7:30pm at 147.06.  All amateur radio enthusiasts are welcome to join the net.  Please check in and join the fun!  The net will be hosted by Tom, KD8DEG this week.  A subject may be provided or a question posed, but you are invited to chime in with your own topic of discussion.

May  10, 11 & 13    Tulip Time parades.  The parade on Wednesday is the Volksparade, or People’s Parade, also known as Street Scrubbing.  The parade on Thursday is the Kinderparade, or Children’s Parade.  On Saturday, the largest parade is held – the Muziekparade, or Music Parade.  (Note that if severe weather forces cancellation of the Wednesday or Thursday parade, it will be held on Friday.)  All of the parades feature bands, floats, Dutch dancers, and many other groups.  About 750,000 people attend the Tulip Time festivities, and their safety is a huge concern.  As licensed amateur radio operators, we provide communication from the parade route to emergency personnel.  Everyone’s help is needed.  If  you can assist at any or all of the parades, please contact Tom Bosscher, K8TB, at k8tb@bosscher.org as soon as possible.  This is a fun way to provide community service! 

May 13-14   “Windmills on the Air”  This event is planned for May 13 through May 14.  Jeff, KB8QAP and Phil, K8PVH, will be portable on Windmill Island during Tulip Time to activate DeZwaan windmill using various HF and digital modes.  Look for them on 20 meter CW on 14.018, SSB phone on 14.255, and PSK31 on 14.070.  The special windmill callsign will be K8DAA.  There will be a special QSL card for stations who contact them directly on that day.  If you don’t hear them on HF, try calling K8DAA DeZwaan windmill using IRLP node 4373.

May 15    The 2m net of the Holland Amateur Radio Club will begin at 7:30pm at 147.06.  All amateur radio enthusiasts are welcome to join the net.  Please check in and join the fun!  A subject may be provided or a question posed, but you are invited to chime in with your own topic of discussion.

May 19-21  Dayton Hamvention!  For the first time, it is being held at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.  Their website, http://hamvention.org, covers everything you’ll need to know about the activities at the new venue, along with ticket info, a vendor list, and maps of the facility. 

May 22     An Education and Training (EAT) meeting of the Holland Amateur Radio Club will be held in the youth building behind Victory Point Ministries, 11530 Ransom, Holland, beginning at 7:00pm.  We will have instructional videos, as well as answer any questions and especially help newcomers to the hobby get started.  Everyone is welcome to come and find out about ham radio, help someone else, or just socialize.  No matter how long you’ve been involved in the hobby, there’s always more to learn!

May 22    The 2m net of the Holland Amateur Radio Club will begin at 7:30pm at 147.06.  All amateur radio enthusiasts are welcome to join the net.  Please check in and join the fun!  The net will be hosted by Tom, KD8DEG this week.  A subject may be provided or a question posed, but you are invited to chime in with your own topic of discussion.

May 29   The 2m net of the Holland Amateur Radio Club will begin at 7:30pm at 147.06.  All amateur radio enthusiasts are welcome to join the net.  Please check in and join the fun!  A subject may be provided or a question posed, but you are invited to chime in with your own topic of discussion.   

June 3    The IRA (Independent Repeater Association) hamfest and computer fair will be held at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds, 5235 Park Avenue, Hudsonville from 8am to noon.  More information is available at http://w8ira.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IRA-Hamfest-2017.pdf. 

June 5    It’s 7:30pm on the first Monday of the month.  That means it’s time for the “Jack & Zach Show”, (2m net of the Holland Amateur Radio Club on 147.06).  All amateur radio enthusiasts are invited to check in and join the fun!  Jack, KE8CIO, and Zach, KE8BSM, share net control for an exciting range of topics.

June 12   The Holland Amateur Radio Club will hold its regular monthly meeting in the youth building behind Victory Point Ministries, 11530 Ransom, Holland, starting at 7pm.   This is not for members only, and all those interested in amateur radio are invited to attend.  There will be a presentation following the business meeting. 

June 19   The 2m net of the Holland Amateur Radio Club will begin at 7:30pm at 147.06.  All amateur radio enthusiasts are welcome to join the net.  Please check in and join the fun!  A subject may be provided or a question posed, but you are invited to chime in with your own topic of discussion.

June 24-25    Field Day weekend!  If you’re not familiar with Field Day, go to the ARRL website, http://www.arrl.org/field-day to learn the basics.  The HARC will hold their Field Day at East Saugatuck Community Park.  Details will be published as they become available.

June 26     An Education and Training (EAT) meeting of the Holland Amateur Radio Club will be held in the youth building behind Victory Point Ministries, 11530 Ransom, Holland, beginning at 7:00pm.  We will have instructional videos, as well as answer any questions and especially help newcomers to the hobby get started.  Everyone is welcome to come and find out about ham radio, help someone else, or just socialize.  No matter how long you’ve been involved in the hobby, there’s always more to learn!

June 26    The 2m net of the Holland Amateur Radio Club will begin at 7:30pm at 147.06.  All amateur radio enthusiasts are welcome to join the net.  Please check in and join the fun!  A subject may be provided or a question posed, but you are invited to chime in with your own topic of discussion. 

 

 

 

Mark Your Calendar!

June 23-25  Amateur Radio Field Day weekend!   Save Friday the 23rd for setting up, Saturday the 24th for operating, and Sunday the 25th for operating and taking down the equipment.  Details will be forthcoming.

July 8    The Holland Amateur Radio Club will hold exams for anyone wishing to obtain or upgrade their amateur radio license starting at 6pm. in the youth building behind Victory Point Ministries, 11530 Ransom, Holland.  There is no charge for the testing.  In addition, if your license is within 90 days of expiration, it can quickly be renewed at no charge.

Aug. 12    “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.  The session will be held in the youth building of Victory Point Ministries, 11530 Ransom, Holland.  Please note that the youth building is located behind the church.  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/harchiad .   Prior registration is helpful, but not required.  The 6:00 exam session is also open to walk-ins and anyone wishing to upgrade their current license.  The cost for the Ham in a Day study session is $25.00; 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.

Aug. 19   The 4th annual “Spark in the Park” will be held at the Homeschool Building gym (5625 Burlingame SW in Wyoming) from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, August 19.  (Note that the time is earlier this year so as not to conflict with plans anyone may have later in the day.)  Spark in the Park is not a hamfest.  “Spark” is more like a science fair for amateur radio enthusiasts and for those who would like to learn more about the many facets of amateur radio.  Admission is FREE to all and tables to show off your ham radio related projects and activities are also FREE.  Everyone is invited to bring their favorite project.  What may seem commonplace to you may open up a whole new world of amateur radio for others.  More information and some pictures from the first “Spark” can be found at http://www.k8tb.org/sitp.htm.  Come one, come all!

Sept. 9    GRAHamfest.  The Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association will hold their annual hamfest.  Details will be published when available.

Oct. 7-8   The inaugural Great Lakes HamCon will take place this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway near Brooklyn, MI.  This world class event will feature commercial vendors, outdoor flea markets, indoor booth space, meetings, get-togethers, and forums.  Information is available at www.glhamcon.org and more will be added as details are finalized. You may also contact the organizers at info(at)glhamcon.org with any questions, comments or ideas you may have.

Oct. 21    Muskegon Color Tour Hamfest.

Oct. 22    Kalamazoo Hamfest and Amateur Radio Swap and Shop.

 

If you have questions, comments, corrections or other events you would like to see on this calendar, please contact Tom, K8TB k8tb@arrl.net

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