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HODARS Ham Store

Just added, the HODARS Ham Store, through association with 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


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 related to amateur radio.


Many thanks to Bob Schafer, KA4PKB; Dick Jaeger, K4IQJ; John Pratt, KC4RSN and Richard Robinson, AI4RY for preparing and presenting the program.


New Photo Album – Filling The Pit

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

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 station over the the Beverage antennas.

It was great seeing all of the members who came tonight.

HODARS Communications Van

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 in process of getting it road worthy and see what we can make happen with it.

Photos are here:  HODARS Van

Finally back!

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, thanks to generous donations from two area hams.

A US Tower Model TX-472 and a Tennadyne T-12 logperiodic antenna. These were donated by Ted, W4DUF and Jimmy, AE4HF. So very generous of them. We are enjoying them immensely. Photo albums later.

73 for now,


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

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.
The Alabama Contest Group (ACG) has been tasked with organizing W1AW/4 operations within the state and work has been in progress towards making that task successful since late last year. 
To that end, the ACG is pleased to make the following announcement:
Remember, this event is open to ALL amateur radio operators in the state of Alabama. No club or League membership is required.
Here are some items of interest to keep in mind:
Each state has been assigned two 1-week periods for this event. As a reminder, the dates that have been assigned to Alabama are:
First Week: Starts at 0000Z 04 June  and ends at 0000Z 11 June, 2014
                (Local time 1900 03 June and ends at 1900 10 June, 2014)
Second Week – Starts at 0000Z 15 October and ends at 0000Z 22 October, 2014
                      (Local time 1900 14 October and ends at 1900 21 October, 2014)
The website for the Alabama Contest Group is 
On the ACG website there is a menu item entitled “W1AW in AL”.  Clicking on this menu item will yield several choices.  The items that will likely be of most interest are “How to Request Op Time” and “Op Schedules”.
Clicking on the “Op Schedules” tab will give you two options: time slots during the operating period in June or time slots during the operating period in October.  
Here you will find the June Op Schedule broken down hourly by band and mode. This is a very large breakdown so you will need to use the “Previous/Next” button in the lower right hand corner of the page to page through all the available time slots.
If, when looking at the Op Schedule, you see a call sign in one of the boxes, that means that particular time slot for that band and mode has already been reserved and you will need to pick another time slot and/or mode.
Requesting time to operate W1AW/4 from your home and/or club station is a simple process.  To make your request, follow the steps described below:
Three stop process:
1.  Find an open Date/Time/Band/Mode slot you would like to reserve for your use as Control Operator of W1AW/4.
2.  Submit a request for your desired slot to the schedule coordinators
3.  Wait for confirmation from the schedule coordinators that your desired slot has been reserved for your use.
How to do it:
To facilitate this process a few links (pages) have been set up here on the site.  To find open operating slots click on Op Schedules.  On this page you’ll find links to the dates available for W1AW/4 in Alabama.  Click on the desired operating period (June or October).  A table with All Operational Slots for that period will open.  Use the search window at the top of the page to find a slot available.  You will know a slot is available if the Control Operator field is blank.
Once you identify an open slot, jot down the information, i.e. the date/band/mode/time block.  Then click on the link at the top of the Op Schedule page to “generate request.”
You’ll be taken to a form.  Fill in the form with the requested information.  Once complete, click “Submit.”
That’s it.  An email will be sent automatically to the Schedule Coordinators.  Once they approve your request, your call sign will be placed in the Op Schedule indicating the slot is reserved.  In the unlikely event that your requested slot is already reserved (but the schedule not yet updated) you will be notified ASAP.
Please let us know if there are questions/confusion related to this process!  To do so, use the “Contact Us” link in the main navigation area of the web site.
Although the slots are broken down into one hour increments that doesn’t mean you can only request a one hour operating time.  If you have the desire to operate 4 straight hours on 40 meter SSB then just submit your request that way. There is a box on the request page that allows you to to request a 1, 2, 3, or 4 hour operating slot.
Also, keep in mind that these time slots are in GMT(Zulu) time.  During this Special Event we will be in Daylight Savings so our local time will be 5 hours earlier than GMT.
Some other points to keep in mind:
Although this is not a contest, the goal is similar: make as many contacts as possible when you’re operating.  The only exchange required between stations is a signal report and your state.  Anything else you want to add to your contact is up to you but it is suggested to keep contacts short because the pile-ups on these Special Event stations so far have been fairly large.
Also, you must use a computer logging program to record your contacts because all contacts will be uploaded to the LOTW website.  No paper logs will be accepted.
Additional instructions can be found on the Alabama Contest Group website but if you still have questions about anything concerning this event, please feel free to  use the “Contact Us” link in the main navigation area of the web site.
Good luck and have fun.
73, Tom Schwinn, W4NBS
Secy, Alabama Contest Group

Fun Meeting

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 club meeting programs.

Antenna Projects in Poka

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 the future. It will be 1000 feet.

With 3 elements on 40 meters with our beam, we are putting out a powerful signal now and the results show in our contest operations. Dick has connected our tower to 80 meters also.








February Meeting

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

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 as they become available.


Moseley PRO 67-C

Bob says HEY!  HEY to Bob!



Many thanks to club member Dick, K4IQJ for the use of his Moseley Pro 67-C. He had no room to install it at his QTH, and let us put it up outside the club house.

We have used it in several contests and it works very well.









Wiregrass ARC Tailgate

Beautiful Saturday morning and afternoon in South Alabama October 26 at the Wiregrass ARC tailgate at the city square in Headland.

Darrell, K9MUG; Bob, KA4PKB; and Cheryl, AA4YL travelled down for the event and then visited Jim, KC4HW at his home in Slocomb. Jim has a great station and antenna system.

Great to meet other Alabama Contest Group members Ed/KJ4LTA, Glen/K5WP, James/KE4GWW and Don/K1DC. . Great day overall.

Darrell, K9MUG; Cheryl, AA4YL and Bob, KA4PKB

Darrell, K9MUG; Cheryl, AA4YL and Bob, KA4PKB


Bob, KA4PKB won first prize!



Wiregrass tailgate



Beautiful fall day in Headland