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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… Read More »

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:… Read More »

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 They are leftover from the previous incarnation of the club and very out of date.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… Read More »

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; Richard, WB4BYQ; Cheryl, AA4YL and Bob, KA4PKB Golden Rule BBQ after hamfest Don, KA4NDY;… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »


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… Read More »

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.… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »