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2009 Makrothen RTTY Contest

Call: W4HOD Operator(s): KA4PKB AA4YL Station: W4HOD Summary: Band QSOs ———— 80: 1 40: 47 20: 65 15: 10: ———— Total: 113 Total Score = 4,106,455 Club: Alabama Contest Group Comments: First time for W4HOD in this one. The different scoring made for a very interesting contest. Thanks for all the contacts.Class: MO/Single Xcvr LP… Read More »

New Amateur Radio Tags for Alabama Amateurs

The State of Alabama is now issuing a newly designed amateur radio tag. The new tag was issued beginning in May. The design is a fairly radical departure from the former design, but I think it looks very good To receive your amateur radio tag, just present your FCC license to your local motor vehicle… Read More »

QSL Cards

On a recent visit to the Loachapoka post office to check the W4HOD mail, there were a stack of QSL cards waiting. KA4PKB and AA4YL spent a couple of hours filling out cards and stuffing envelopes. We mailed 17 DX cards though the ARRL outgoing bureau. It cost $2.50 and the postage on the envelope, not… Read More »


CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY Call: W4HOD Operator(s): KA4PKB, AA4YL Station: W4HOD Class: M/S LP QTH: Loachapoka, AL Operating Time (hrs): 36 Summary: Band  QSOs  Pts  State/Prov  DX   Zones ———————————————— 80:       11    11       9            1     3 40:      197   317      40          40   18 20:      151   347      24          45    17 15:       65    178       4           29    14 10: —————————————–… Read More »

CQ WW RTTY Contest

KA4PKB and AA4YL will be operating the CQ WW RTTY contest this weekend. We are using the club call W4HOD and operating from the QTH of KA4PKB. The R8 is up and we have a long wire for 75 meters. We are using the IC-746Pro, RigExpert Plus and logging with Writelog. Hope to see you… Read More »

October meeting

W4HOD will have a special guest at the October meeting. Dick Jaeger, K4IQJ will present our program, the subject being 160 meter DX operation. The meeting will be held on October 13 at Golden Corral located on Pepperell Parkway in Opelika. We will gather at 6:00 PM for supper and the program will commence immediately… Read More »

VE Test Session

The W4HOD VE team held a special testing session for the Auburn University High Altitude Balloon club on the AU campus. The session was a great success with 11 of 13 applicants passing their test. There were 10 Technicians and 1 General who passed. Congrats to all of them. Considering the study load they have… Read More »

ARRL Club Affiliation

W4HOD received our Certificate of Affiliation from the ARRL last week. This is a very important document to us, as it shows how far this club has come in 2 years. We have pulled together as a team and achieved all we set out to do. The future does look bright! Several members stand out… Read More »

Saturday, May 30

KA4PKB, KA4NDY and I had breakfast as Hardees on Wire Road in Auburn this morning. We had a good breakfast and then discussed the world’s problems and solved a good many of them. Afterwards we went to the clubhouse and started working on the 80 meter dipole that KI4KUT loaned us for the Alabma QSO… Read More »

April Meeting

The April meeting is on the 14th. The meal begins around 6:15 PM and the meeting begins at 7:00 PM. The menu this month begins the grilling season for 2009. We will have burgers, dogs, and the fixins. Tea, soft drinks, and dessert too. Join us if you can. Meal is $5.00 per person. Please… Read More »

Storm Damage in ‘Poka

Trees are down and light to moderate damage to some buildings from the storms that passed through Lee County on Friday evening. The clubhouse survived nicely, which is good.  The covered bandstand/shelter was destroyed though. Some of the club members will be helping clean up today.

March Meeting

W4HOD had a special guest at our March meeting. After dining on spaghetti, manicotti, lasagna, salad and dessert, we were treated to an antenna program by Darrell Penrod, K9MUG. Darrell presented several different wire antennas that will perform well and are easy to build. Darrell Penrod, K9MUG Thanks to Gene Harlin, KI4EEY for the photo

Jim Reisert-AD1C

Jim Reisert-AD1C I discovered a very good web site created by AD1C. of Colorado. The main page URL is . It is a combination personal page, ham radio page, and a great page on RTTY. He has written some very good, useful software programs and there is a link to them as well. One… Read More »