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January Meeting

Excellent turnout for the meeting tonight. Three new members: Ted, W4DUF; Dale, WA4CQG and Terry, KA4Y.

Cheryl, AA4YL presented the program on classic videos on amateur radio through the years.

Supper before the meeting was at the Mandarin House in Opelika.

On a side note, one of our new members gave us the best compliment ever. He said we were nothing like other clubs in the area. We were fun. I could not agree more. We don’t tie up meeting time with minutes, boring business topics, etc. We have a program and then spend the remainder time in good conversation, discussing ideas.


2013 RTTY RU

The RU went very well. Darrell, K9MUG; Gene, KI4EEY; Bob, KA4PKB and Cheryl, AA4YL participated, using the club call W4HOD.

Was great to have Gene at the keyboard. He operated about two hours.


710 QSOS




TOTAL 66,740

ARRL RTTY Roundup January 5-6

1. Objective: Amateurs worldwide contact and exchange QSO information with other amateurs using digital modes (Baudot RTTY, ASCII, AMTOR, PSK31 and Packet—attended operation only) on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands. Any station may work any other station. Stations may be worked once per band, regardless of mode.

2. Date and Contest Period: First full weekend of January, but never on January 1. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, ends 2400 UTC Sunday (January 5-6, 2013).

W4HOD will be operating the contest from our club radio room, Using the new A3S beam and tower. We will fire up the club grill and cook something delicious. Not sure what at the moment.


Meeting Change

Beginning in 2013, HODARS will begin meeting QUARTERLY, on the second Tuesday at 7 PM. If additional meetings are necessary, we can schedule them as needed. We meet at the Health Resource Center at 2027 Pepperell Parkway, across from the East Alabama Medical Center. We will plan for special programs at each meeting.

2013 meeting dates:

January 8

April 9

July 9

October 8


VE Test Session

Heart of Dixie ARS – W4HOD is planning a 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

October Meeting – Date Change

The October meeting will be Wednesday, October 10 at the Health Resource Center on Pepperell Parkway across from East Alabama Medical Center. Meeting room is Magnolia, which is straight back when entering. Meeting begins at 7 PM.

Darrell, K9MUG is presenting the program. He will be discussing the V Beam antenna. Darrell had one up at Field Day for 6 meters. When cut for the bands, it works great on 10 and 15 meters.

Supper will be at Ming Garden on Opelika Road down from Big Lots and Office Max.


The 2012 CQ WW RTTY contest has come and gone. Several members of HODARS participated, using the club call-W4HOD.

Darrell, K9MUG; John, KI4KUT; Bob, KA4PKB and Cheryl, AA4YL gathered at the club radio room and operated in the Multi Single High Power category.  We used the new (well, new to us) A3S tribander and HF-Auto tuner. Both worked well.

Bands were in great shape. Was great to have 10 meters booming in again.

Grilled hamburgers, potato salad, cole slaw, ice tea and key lime pie was enjoyed.

2012 DRCG Long Distance RTTY Contest

The DRCG Long Distance Contest (RTTY) is June 9-10, 2012. Three different segments over the weekend. Darrell, K9MUG, Bob, KA4PKB and Cheryl, AA4YL will be participating.

Looking forward to seeing other club members too.

More info here.

Alabama QSO Party 2012

Alabama QSO Party (AQP) was Saturday, June 2. HODARS participated in our new radio room at the QTH of one of our club members.

The room is still in process of being completed, but in good enough shape to begin operating.

HODARS operated in the Multi-Multi category. Multi operators and multi categories with one transceiver.

Darrell, K9MUG and Dick, K4IQJ took turns operating CW which was the major part of our score. Bob, KA4PKB and Cheryl, AA4YL made a few SSB contacts.

We were visited by club members, Tom, KE4KWE, his wife Reta, Stew, K4JOP and his wife Aina, KD4SCH and John, KI4KUT.

Photos later.


Call: W4HOD

Operator(s): K9MUG K4IQJ KA4PKB AA4YL

Station: W4HOD

Class: M/SMixed HP


Operating Time (hrs): 10


Band CW Qs Ph Qs



80: 3

40: 115

20: 173        7

15: 14



Total: 305 7 CW Mults = 50 Ph Mults = 7 Total Score = 35,169

Club: Alabama Contest Group


First contest in the new club radio room. Thanks to K9MUG and K4IQJ for running the CW station. As usual they did a fantastic job. Only a few SSB contacts. 20 and 40 meters were in great shape.

Thanks for the contacts and thanks to the hard work of the ACG for sponsoring the AQP.

Tenna Dipper


February meeting was fun. We enjoyed a Taco/Burrito/Nacho buffet, with coconut layer cake for dessert.

After supper, we watched Bob, KA4PKB; Mike, KI4TWB, and Ken, W4KDS start construction on a Tenna Dipper Deluxe, a small antenna analyzer. Bob manned the soldering iron, while Mike and Ken performed inspection duties.

The three of them were not able to finish during this meeting, but made it about two thirds through. They will finish up during the March meeting.

Present during the meeting, Stu, K4JOP; Mike, KI4TWB; Bob, KA4PKB; John, KI4KUT; Tom, KE4KWE; Reta; Gene, KI4EEY; Cheryl, AA4YL; and Ken, W4KDS.

John Glenn – February 20, 1962

John Glenn: “From our founding days, Americans have been motivated by curiosity about the new and the unknown. That curiosity…coupled with an education system that let all our citizens benefit and contribute, were the twin engines of progress.” Photograph of our +Fragile Oasistaken by +NASA astronaut John Glenn February 20, 1962, as he piloted the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States.


February Meeting

February meeting is February 21 at 7 PM at the Health Resource Center, across from East Alabama Medical Center, on Pepperell Parkway. Meeting room is the Dogwood, which is straight back when entering.

We will have a Mexican dinner in the meeting room beginning at 6 PM. As usual, price is $5.00 per person. Dinner will consist of burritos, tacos, nachos, chips, salsa, drinks, dessert, etc.

Bob, KA4PKB is presenting the program for the evening. He will be demonstrating how to build The Deluxe Tenna Dipper, a small antenna analyzer. To see the Tenna Dipper, go to this link. Most builders say it assembles in about an hour.

Some eHam reviews.

If anyone would like to order a kit and build one, we could have a kit
building meeting one month. Price is $70.

January Meeting

The January meeting of HODARS was very interesting. Dick, K4IQJ presented a program on controlling his remote receiving antennas via the Ethernet port on his Ten Tec Omni VII.

Dick has his Omni VII and a Beverage on Ground (BOG) at the QTH  of KA4PKB east of Auburn. Dick explained the planning, photos of the layout,  and gave a demonstration of the setup.

Members present for the meeting, K4IQJ, KI4TWB, KE4KWE, KA4PKB, K4JOP, Reta, WB4LNM, KI4EEY, AA4YL, KI4KUT.

We were glad to have a visitor from the Auburn University Club; Kyle, W4GNU. Kyle is a Linux fan and his callsign fits!