Welcome To the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club page.
Serving the community since 1978.
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.
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.
Nov 21 - 6:30 PM
Before our monthly meeting. Same location.
Additional information on ARRL site.
Q & A Night
The November HARC meeting will be Q&A night for new hams to ask questions about amateur radio.
Are you preparing for the exams and have a sticking point. Maybe you want just general knowledge about ham radio and operating.
And not just new hams, even old timers need assistance.
Bring your questions.
What's Field Day like?
How can I participate in 13 Colonies?
What is the "67" Challenge?
After 15 years the NEPYA is discontinuing its annual October 5 mile run and walk.
Holmesburg was there from the beginning with the first race at Father Judge HS, and followed the move to NE Airport.
We have provided communication for the officials every year, coordinated parking, and assisted during the planning sessions.
We would like to thank Denny O'Brien and the organizers for the opportunity to support the NE Philadelphia community and the local sports clubs.
This was always a fun event and we were glad we could participate.
HARC has been very active in Public Service. Providing communication for the Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade 2003-2015,
the Olympic Torch Relay in 1980, and many March of Dimes walks.
Are you involved with any public events. Contact the club to see if we can assist. Holmesbug ARC is an ARRL Special Service Club.
Posted July 2019
The Elmer Net
Are you a new ham, or an old hand with questions?
Come join us on "The Elmer Net"
Wednesday 7:15 P.M.
on the Holmesburg ARC repeater.
146.685 "-" offset, 146.2 PL
Then stick around for the Holmesburg weekly net. (same repeater)
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
Meetings are held at the Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6401 Martins Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111, in the Pathways Building.
Enter the Protestant Home campus from the stop sign at Martins Mill and Tabor Ave., where you will see a guard house.
Tell the guard you are going to the radio club meeting, then wend your way around to the left to the Pathways Building,
where you can park nearby. Upon entering the Pathways Bldg, turn left after the security desk, and the meeting room is the first room on the right.
July 1 1300Z - July 7 0400Z, 2020
Operating details and QSL info are on our 13 Colonies page.
2019's theme was "Liberty or Death"
Come and join us in this exciting celebration of Independence.
Each year's QSL card is different.
WM3PEN is being joined by members of the Philadelphia Digital Radio Association.
PDRA members will be operating on D-STAR.
K3PDR will be linked to Ref 063 Module B.
They will operate from 7-10 PM EDT each night.
In order to be a valid contact for the event a radio must be used stateside.
Stamps For The Wounded
The Holmesburg club has been participating in the "Stamps For The Wounded" program.
A service activity of Lions Clubs
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 in 1942 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.
Some media coverage
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.
Tribander for Field Day 2010