Welcome

To the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club page.
For all those that found us while looking for more information about amateur radio, here is a brief youtube introduction; Discovering Amateur Radio

Formed in 1978 the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club has been known for its great repeater coverage of Philadelphia. For those familiar with Philadelphia, they know that the City's founder William Penn overlooks the City from City Hall. Now thanks to HARC, his "voice" is heard on the air when Club members are on the air with the Club Call - WM3PEN.

H.A.R.C. is a multi-faceted group of hams from all walks of life of any age. Members have a wide and varying interest in the hobby.

Our weekly net is held on the HARC repeater (146.685- pl 146.2) every Wednesday evening at 8:00 PM.

HARC is an ARRL Special Services club. We provide communications support for a variety of public service events. The Club had provided communications for the Mayfair / Holmesburg Thanksgiving parade for over 15 years. Over the years HARC has provided communications for various marathons, charity walks, bike races, parades, the March of Dimes 2000 Walk America, and the 1980 Winter Olympic Torch Run.

Of course you can visit one of our meetings to ask questions or eMail us at wm3pen @ arrl . net. We'd be happy to assist you.

HARC Meetings

Our meetings open to all, everyone is welcome.
Old or new hams, and anyone interested in learning about amateur radio.
General meetings are for fun. We have informative topics, announcements of upcoming activities, and learn what members are doing.

8:00 P.M. on the third Thursday of the month at the
Philadelphia Protestant Home
6401 Martins Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Pathway Building: Located on Martins Mill Rd. at Tabor, just left of the main entrance.
Park in the main parking lot.
To get to the General Purpose Meeting Room, make a left at the security desk, then the room is the first on the right.

Original 13 Colonies Special Event

During Independence week
July 1 1300Z - July 6 0400Z, 2017
July 1 1300Z - July 7 0400Z, 2018

WM3PEN will be participating again this year. Details are on our 13 Colonies page.
This year's theme will be "Liberty or Death"
Come and join us in this exciting celebration of Independence.
Each year's QSL card is different.

SPECIAL - Look for limited operations from Independence Hall National Park and local 2 Meter FM simplex activity. Details will be posted on the WM3PEN QRZ.com page.

WM3PEN is being joined by members of the Philadelphia Digital Radio Association.
PDRA members will be operating on D-STAR, Fusion, and AllStar.
Locally they will be on the K3PDR repeaters. On D-STAR K3PDR will be linked to Ref 063 Module D.
On Fusion, K3PDR will be connected to Room - 13Col : Number is 28173.
They will operate from 7-10 PM EDT each night.
AllStar will be 7-9 PM EDT nightly.
In order to be a valid contact for the event a radio must be used on both ends of the contact.


Stamps For The Wounded

The Holmesburg club has been participating in the "Stamps For The Wounded" program.
This program helps thousands of patients through clubs and occupational therapy programs in veterans’ hospitals and convalescent centers nationwide.
It was spawned at a Staten Island, N.Y., veterans’ hospital effort as a therapeutic activity for the veterans.

Stamps for the Wounded accepts any U.S. or foreign stamps that are not torn or damaged, as well as stamp collecting supplies and tools.
They have requested each stamp should have at least a quarter-inch margin around the stamp.
Do not try to either to peel or steam the stamp off the original envelope.

The response has been tremendous from hams and non-hams also. Beside our shipments we have be able to help other organizations set up their own program.
Thank you to all that have made donations. We have received many, from extra stamps included in QSL's sent to the club up to entire albums.
They are all very much appreciated.
This is a good way to put to use those stamps you receive on DX QSL's
Donations can be brought to any HARC meeting or contact Rich, K3UJ.

WM3PEN & K3UJ contact information on QRZ.com is correct.




Awards and Group Affiliations page.

WM3PEN has been busy on the air, especially with the 13 Colonies Special Event. We've managed to earn a few operating awards along the way.
We are also a member of Ten-Ten International and PODXS 070 Club, and here are the membership numbers.
Ten-Ten deals with 10M operating, and PODXS 070 is for PSK31 operations.
Awards and Group Affiliations

WAS - VUCC

Getting close to either award, Bob, WA3PZO, has been appointed as an Awards Manager for the ARRL. Bob will be able to check your QSL cards for either award and forward the application to ARRL Headquarters. The advantage is that you will not have to send your QSL cards to ARRL.
Here are the instructions for WAS and VUCC.

Pennsylvania "67" Challenge
Worked All Counties Award

Have you worked all 67 counties in Pennsylvania? Have you tried?
When you do, here is the opportunity to earn an attractive award certificate for the wall of your shack.
Full details are available here.



"Moonbeam"
Tribander for Field Day 2010

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