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2014 ARRL Centennial QSO Party

In 2014 ARRL and its volunteers will activate W1AW/portable stations in each of the 50 states, territories and possessions. The goal is for the W1AW/ portable operations to be as active as possible during the Tuesday night local to Wednesday time frames 0000Z Weds to 2359Z Tuesday).  All bands and modes may be used. ARRL will offer Worked All States Awards for QSOs made with the W1AW/ portable operations and incentives to work each activation, even if the state has already been worked.

There will also be a points-gathering activity, during which W1AW/portable stations will be worth points. Each week there can be up to two W1AW/ portable operations from the states and one from a territory.

Alabama participation will be the week of the Alabama QSO party and again  the week of October 15.

More information coming soon.



July Meeting Program


Richard C. Jaeger, K4IQJ


As promised, Dick, K4IQJ presented a great program on “Advanced Beverage Antenna Designs”. Dick covered the origin of the Beverage antenna and the design and operation of various models.

A PDF of his program can be printed from  the link below. Beverage Talk.pdf

Dick has presented several programs on antennas at Dayton and Huntsville. You can read about them and print them at Dick’s web page.


July Meeting

Club member, Dick, K4IQJ has offered to do the program for July meeting. He found a new beverage antenna at this years Dayton hamfest and he will be presenting info on it.

BBQ supper in the meeting room before Dick’s presentation. $5.00 per person.

Date:   July 9th

Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Place:  Dogwood Room, Health Resource Center across from EAMC.

Hope to see you there!


Field Day 2013

Field Day 2013 was held at the QTH of club member Bob, KA4PKB.

Our class was 2E and we ran a CW station and a SSB station. We were going to run RTTY and CW, but we needed the Rigexpert on the CW station.

It was great fun and we had numerous members on site.

Mike, KI4TWB

John, KI4KUT

Stew, K4JOP

Gene, KI4EEY

Darrell, K9MUG

Dick, K4IQJ

Cheryl, AA4YL


Next contest is the German DL-DX RTTY contest on the July 4th weekend. It is usually a great contest.

W4HOD 147.30 Repeater

The 147.30 repeater has returned to the airwaves. Tone 123, the repeater is located on the water tower in Loachapoka, AL.

There is still some antenna work to do, but the repeater is operational now.

Many thanks to club members Frank, N4TKT and Ted, W4DUF for all of the hard work and contributions to this effort. We could not have done it without you.






March Meeting

Great turnout Tuesday evening for the presentation on Software Designed Radio by Dick, K4IQJ. Everyone seemed to enjoy the Mexican buffet and Dick did his usual outstanding job with the program.

We had some new visitors and an old member drop by. Good to see Larry, K4LRW back with us. Former member Mike, KF4OPX would have been there, but he is under the weather.

New members Terry, KA4Y and Frank, N4TKT were there. Also newcomers Mike, K4AIU and a friend of Ted, W4DUF was there also. Richard, AI4RY, who has a lot of experience with Whisper Radio (WSPR) was there too.

We had three students from Auburn University join us. I hope to see them often. Our club voted to offer membership to Auburn students at no charge.

I am working on a program for May meeting. Will update as it happens.

Possibility of two meetings in May. We need to discuss the Alabama QSO Party and Field Day operations.


2nd Quarter Meeting

2nd quarter meeting is this Tuesday, March 12. Dick Jaeger, K4IQJ is presenting program on Software Defined Radio (SDR).  Supper in meeting room before meeting. Mexican buffet is on the menu.

Place: Health Resource Center, 2027 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika. Diagonally across from East Alabama Medical Center. Dogwood Room (straight back after entering)
Time: 6 PM CT
Buffet will include ground beef, chicken, burritos, tacos, salsa, chips, etc. Drinks and desserts. Cost is $5 per person. AU students $1 each.
Hope to see you there.
Cheryl, AA4YL

HODARS By Laws and Constitution

AA4YL is in process of edting the current club by laws and constitution. They are leftover from the previous incarnation of the club and very out of date.

SIMPLIFY!  KA4PKB is assisting me with proofreading and suggestions. Will present to the club members for their suggetions and approval when complete. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. Glad it is finally happening.

Birmingham Hamfest

Great time at the BirmingHAMFEST this past weekend.  Great fellowship and conversation. Lunch afterward at the Golden Rule BBQ in Irondale.

HODARS members; Bob, KA4PKB; Don, KA4NDY and Cheryl, AA4YL were there. Also John, KI4KUT, Richard, WB4BYQ; Henry, K4HAL; Jerry, N4JF;

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Richard, WB4BYQ; Cheryl, AA4YL and Bob, KA4PKB


Golden Rule BBQ after hamfest

Don, KA4NDY; Bob, KA4PKB; Henry’s wife; Henry, K4HAL; Cheryl, AA4YL

Henry’s sister is there, but not in view.

Special March Meeting With Program

HODARS normally meets quarterly, but we are having a special meeting in March with a program and Mexican buffet. Buffet is $5.00 per person.

Dick Jaeger, K4IQJ will be presenting  a program on software defined radio.

Date: Tuesday, March 12

Time: 6 PM

Place: Health Resource Center – 2027 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika. Across from East Alabama Medical Center – Dogwood Room.

REMINDER: ARRL VE Test Session In February

Heart of Dixie ARS – W4HOD is planning an ARRL VE test session on February 12th, 2013.

Location is the Dogwood Room at the Health Resource Center, located at 2027 Pepperell Parkway, across from EAMC in Opelika.

Session begins at 6 PM.

All three test levels will be offered.

Test Fee is $15.00, check or cash. (checks preferred)

We look forward to seeing you on February 12th. Please pass the word to anyone you know who might want to test.

For more info, please contact Cheryl, AA4YL at or 334-703-9781