From the Upper Peninsula of Michigan along the South Shore of Lake Superior ~ Station K 8 L O D

  The Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association (HARA) monthly meeting is the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM, and is held at the Marquette County Health Department building, lower level.  It's located just east of the Michigan State Police Post on Highway US-41 between Marquette and Negaunee.

Anyone who has an interest in electronics, radio theory, communications, and serving the public is welcome.  Let Amateur Radio open up an whole new world to you.  Explore many operating modes including voice, television, several computer generated digital modes, and yes, even Morse code.  Communicate around the corner or around the world!

Amateur Radio is a licensed radio service.  To earn a license requires passing examinations regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, and we can guide you through the learning process.  The members and officers of the HARA are interested in sharing our enjoyable and interesting hobby with anyone who is curious about Amateur Radio and communications.  Please join us!

Welcome to the World of Ham Radio.  Need more information?
    1)  What is Ham Radio
    2)  Licensing-Education-Training

  Standing Wave - Club Newsletter Archive

  Our WEBSITE Archive - Past Activities

HARA Live Audio Stream...

Listen to the Marquette - Alger County Ham Radio Repeater System... Streaming Repeater Audio from KE8IL and Broadcastify.

Please read...  To support Microsoft and Apple operating systems, we now use the Broadcastify link to receive Live Streaming Audio.  Click on the large button below. Use the start/stop audio controls on the Broadcastify website, but remember there is a limited amount of traffic on the site, and there may be long periods of inactivity.
Make sure the timer in their audio control box is running.  If it isn't counting minutes and seconds, you need to click the start icon...just like on a CD player.  Happy listening.

Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association:

The Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association was formed to facilitate the exchange of information and general cooperation among members, promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual operating efficiency, further the exchange of information and cooperation between law enforcement and emergency preparedness personnel, lessening the burdens of government in providing much needed communications in times of emergency and or disaster, as well as to be of service to the community at large, and to conduct club programs and activities so as to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio.


Back in 1932, a group of 15 amateurs decided to form an Amateur Radio Club.  It was the first of its kind in Marquette County, known as the Marquette Radio Assn.  In 1933, they became chartered with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and were renamed the Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association of Marquette County.  The club has the original charter as well as a certificate acknowledging 50 years of ARRL affiliation.
In 1935, the club sponsored the Michigan State Convention of amateur radio operators.  The club also sponsored the 1st U.P. Hamfest.
Club photo links!
Club History Photos (1)
Club History Photos (2)
Club History Photos (3)
Club History Photos (4)
Club History Photos (5)
List of Early U.P. Hams from 1930
The Old and The New
Name That U.P. Ham


HARA Club Officers Oct 2021 Through Sept 2022
President: Lou Gembolis, KG8NK
Vice-President: Greg Hanson, KI8AF
Treasurer: Mike Beltz, KD8JIR
Secretary: Scott Machalk, WU8H
Board Members
Fred Mouser, KD8JIP
Dave Thomas, KD8DRF
Jim Belles, N8NAV
To submit articles for the Standing Wave club newsletter, contact Jim Belles, N8NAV at:
( n8nav1 at charter dot net ).
HARA membership?  New member or need to renew your membership?  Dues can be mailed to the:
Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association
P.O. Box 1183
Marquette, MI 49855
Dues annual rate structure:
Single $15.00, Family $20.00, Associate $10.00
Family associate $15.00, Student $7.50.
HARA Constitution and Bylaws
Community Service

American Radio Relay League:

For Amateur Radio News and Features...ARRL
ARRL Incoming QSL Service
ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
ARRL Michigan ~ Serving amateur radio operators throughout Michigan.


Repeaters and Comm Nets:
Link to Map of Upper Peninsula Repeaters ( Click here )

Call-sign, Rptr Xmit/Rx Freq - Tone - Location
K8LOD, 147.27 / .87 - 100 Hz PL - Marquette
    IRLP (node number 8461) and
    Echolink (node number 420942/K8LOD-R)
KC8BAN, 147.195 / .795 - 100 Hz PL - Grand Marais
KE8IL, 146.97 / .37 - Marquette (How To Echolink )
K8LOD, 146.91 / .31 - Ishpeming
K8LOD, 146.82 / .22 - 100 Hz PL - Ely Township
K8LOD, 146.64 / .04 - 100 Hz PL - Gwinn
KC8BAN, 145.410 / 144.810 - 100 Hz PL - Wetmore
KE8IL, 444.800 / 449.800 - Marquette
KB0P, 442.200/447.200 (CC1), DMR Digital Voice, TS2= U.P.TG (31268), TS1= open - Marquette.
Look for Information and instructions at:
K8LOD, 443.450 / 448.450 - 100 Hz PL - Marquette - Central Linked System HUB for Marquette, Alger, and Luce County
K8LOD-3, 144.390 - APRS Digi Marquette
The linked system consists of (west to east) 146.820, 147.270, 443.450, 146.640, 145.410, and 147.195 repeaters.
IRLP and Echolink information at:
147.27 MHz Repeater Sunday Night Net - 19:00 local
3.921 MHz Upper Peninsula Net ( ) - 17:00 local daily plus noon on Sunday
Informal Friday night net on 10 meters at 19:00 local on 28.400 USB

Amateur Radio License Exams (V.E. Testing):

License exams:  Exams are held throughout the year at the Marquette County Health Dept. Bldg (lower level), U.S. 41 just east of the Michigan State Police Post.  You MUST preregister at least by the Tuesday evening preceding the Saturday test date.  Test dates are listed below.  Contact Greg, KI8AF, at:
( ki8af at ARRL dot net ).


Applying for a new Amateur Radio license?  Recent changes by the Federal Communication Commission now require an applicant to obtain an FRN (FCC Registration Number) before sitting for your exam.
Register in CORES (COmission REgistration System) and receive your FRN (FCC Registration Number) before sitting for your exam to ensure your new license is processed quickly and easily through the FCC's ULS (Universal Licensing System).  To conduct business with the FCC, you must register through FCC CORES and be assigned an FRN.  This number will be used to uniquely identify you in all transactions with the FCC.
View the FCC web page New Users guide to ULS for step by step instructions on the registration process or the Commission Registration System Video Tutorials page for videos that help guide CORES users through a variety of situations.

Operating Activities ( 2021 ):

March 13 - License exams... See testing and contact information above.
May 6 - Monthly club meeting.
June 3 - Monthly club meeting.
June 5 - License exams... See testing and contact information above.
( Exam was the 12th, but changed due to scheduling conflict. )
June 12 - LARS YOOPER HAMFEST in Newberry
July 1 - Monthly club meeting.

Aug 5 - Monthly club meeting and HARA ANNUAL PICNIC...
Where: Sands Township Hall
Time: Doors open at 5:30 pm - picnic at 6:15 pm... HARA will provide hot dogs, brats, buns, condiments and coffee. Please bring your own beverage and table settings. You can also bring a dish to pass. It is going to be great to see each other and restart the club for another year. More to follow!
PS: Not a current HARA member? No problem! Good time to meet some of HARA's members and join the club. Just let Lou know you are coming. (485-5442)
Sept 2 - Monthly club meeting.
September 11 - License exams... See testing and contact information above.
Oct 7 - Monthly club meeting.
Nov 4 - Monthly club meeting.
Dec 2 - We have been given the okay to use the Trinity Lutheran Church in Ishpeming to hold our Christmas dinner/party.  As usual we are asking you to bring a dish to pass, your own table settings, and any special drink you might prefer.  Doors should open around 5:30 pm and the meal should be around 6:30 pm.  Please let Lou KG8NK or Greg KI8AF know if you and your family plan on attending and what dish to pass you might be bringing.
December 11 - License exams... See testing and contact information above.
Coming soon next year...  HARA SHOP and SWAP - 02/05/2022, 0900 TO 1300 at the NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY CENTER.  From Marquette, go west on Hwy 41 then left at the flashing yellow light to 42 East M-35, Negaunee, MI 49866.  (1/4 mile on right.)  Enjoy lots of Ham Stuff, Door Prizes and Some Refreshments.  Entry fee is $5.00 at the door.  We will have an ARRL QSL Card Checker present on site.  For information regarding reservation of tables, contact:
   Fred Mouser
   Cell 906-360-3326
   Email [email protected]

Association, Club Sites and WX/News Links:

Alger Amateur Radio Club
Copper Country - CCRAA
Keweenaw County Repeater Association
M&M Amateur Radio Club
Marquette Repeater Association
MICH-A-CON ARC Dickinson County
Ontonagon County Amateur Radio Association


Useful and Educational WEB Sites:

  1.    FCC
           Amateur Radio Section.
  2.    Antenna Reference Material
           Build a real antenna.
  3.    Baluns
           What they do and how they do it.
           Learn Morse code (CW) online for free!
  5.    Echolink
           Introducing EchoLink
  6.    E-Ham Dot Net
           Articles, Forums, News, Reviews, etc
  7.    AD5X
           Useful Accessories and Ideas
  8.    VOACAP
           Online Propagation
  9.    Earth
10.    QRZ - This is a must have site.
11.    A Ham's Guide
           To RFI, Ferrites, Baluns and Audio Interfacing ~ A Must Read!!!

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