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… Read More »

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. http://w4hod.org/K4IQJ Beverage Talk.pdf Dick has presented several programs on… Read More »


2013 DL-DX RTTY contest is July 4 weekend. 6 am local time Saturday morning to 6 am Sunday morning. http://drcg.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=36&lang=en Glad to have another contest coming up. It has been a few weeks and we are READY!

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:… Read More »

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.… Read More »

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 »

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… 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 »