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FT8 Digital Mode Presentation by Dick Jaeger K4IQJ

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Dick Jaeger, K4IQJ, gave an excellent presentation on the new FT8 digital mode on March 27, 2018. Those in attendance ranged from experienced FT8 users to those who haven’t tried this new mode yet and were looking for tips, pointers, and a better understanding of FT8’s features and capabilities. Click on this link if you […]

We’re about to fire up a few new goodies…

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You might want to bookmark this site and start dropping in even more often. We are about to start posting more content (including some video content), and exciting things are taking shape for us. Some of that involves further upgrades to our repeater system, although the exact timing of those upgrades depends on the timing […]

HODARS Ham Store

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Just added, the HODARS Ham Store, through association with Amazon.com. HODARS will receive a small commission on purchases through our store outlet. All proceeds will go to the club to help with future projects. Link to store page is at top of main page. Thank you for your support.    

HODARS Members Presents Program to NARFE

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Four members of HODARS recently presented a program on amateur radio to the Auburn, Alabama chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). The program was held at their monthly meeting located at Saugahatchee Country Club in Auburn, AL. The program covered our recent tower and antenna installation, the K1N DXepedition and other topics […]

New Photo Album – Filling The Pit

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There is a new photo album in the link at top of page. We call it filling the pit. Photos of construction and installation of our US Towers motorized crank up tower and Tenadyne Log Periodic antenna. There is a slide show of the photos on right side of page.

April Meeting

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April meeting was held on Wednesday, April 13. Richard, AI4RY presented program on WSPR setup for the HODARS club station. The project is progressing nicely and will be complete soon. The station is receiving and sending signals all over the world. Dick, K4IQJ is working on building a switch so we can switch the WSPR […]

HODARS Communications Van

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Thanks to the efforts of Ted, W4DUF arranging things with a generous benefactor, HODARS is now the owner of a 1988 Ford E350 Econoline van. It has slightly over 29,000 miles. Includes a generator and all sorts of bells and whistles. Has a flat platform on top with ladder on the back door. We are […]

Finally back!

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It has been a busy, hectic year and few months for Admin. Health issues, work, etc. Lots has happened, our club lost one of our dearest members and one of Admin’s close friends in October 2014. Darrell Penrod, K9MUG passed away suddenly and he is so very missed. HODARS has added another tower and antenna, […]

Scheduling Requests for W1AW/4 For Operating Slots Open March 1

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To: All Amateur Radio Operators in the State of Alabama   Probably every ham operator in the state is aware that this Special Event is currently happening.  Notices have been sent to all of the clubs statewide and announcements have appeared on the ARRL website and also on the Alabama section of the ARRL website. […]

Fun Meeting

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Great to see Dick, K4IQJ; John, WB4LNM; Tom, KE4KW; Reta; Darrell, K9MUG; Bob, KD4PK; Richard, AI4RU;  Bob, KA4PKB; Gene, KI4EEY; John, KI4KUT and guest, Scott, KC4Z. Good meal at Outback prior to meeting, with a fascinating program later with Dick, K4IQJ at the Health Resource Center building. We briefly discussed the W1AW/4 operation and future […]

Antenna Projects in Poka

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Dick, K4IQJ is presenting the program this month. He will be  discussing the improvements to his beverage antennas at KA4PKB’s QTH in Loachapoka. Also improvements to the club antenna system over the last few months. The current beverage length is 500 feet and mounted above ground. Dick plans on installing a beverage on ground in […]

February Meeting

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Due to schedule conflict with Dick, K4IQJ, our meeting is on February 18th. Location: Dogwood Room at Health Resource Center on Pepperell Parkway, across from EAMC. Time: 7 pm…supper at 6 pm at Outback, which is about 2 blocks from HRC. Program: K4IQJ on antenna projects in Loachapoka.

W4HOD Will Operate as W1AW/4 During AQP

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The Alabama Contest Group has asked HODARS to use the W1AW/4 callsign during the Alabama QSO Party this year. This is indeed a great honor for our club and we are looking forward to the event. We will be operating CW, SSB and RTTY and in process of lining up members to operate. More updates […]