Wednesday Lunch

Wednesday lunch at Firehouse Subs in Auburn today.  Tom, KE4KWE and his wife Reta; John, WB4LNM; Ken, W4KDS; Cheryl, AA4YL and Bob, KA4PKB were present.. Great conversation and food, plus a beautiful sunny day. http://www.firehousesubs.com/  

Pardon the dust…

I changed the theme of the blog and have some tweaking to do on one of the columns. I will have this done in a day or so, as time permits. Thanks and 73!    

Spud Gun Update

The Spudnik construction meeting went well.  Six Spudniks were built for club members. Time did not allow for completion of all of them, but we will meet again this month and finish them up. The best news was the presence of Deyl, KD4FD at the meeting. We have not seen Deyl in a while and… Read More »

What’s that sound?! It’s Spudnik!

The March meeting of HODARS is scheduled for March 8th. As usual the meeting will be held at the Health Resource Center across from EAMC on Pepperell  Parkway. Meeting begins at 7 PM. Pre meeting supper will be at a local eating establishment, which has not been selected yet. We meet at 6 Pm for… Read More »

WSPR Program for February Meeting

WSPR is a piece of software that enables you to participate in a world-wide network of low power propagation beacons. It enables your radio transceiver to transmit beacon signals, and to receive beacon signals from similarly-equipped stations in the same amateur band. Because participating stations usually upload spots that they receive in real time to… Read More »

Special May Meeting

Dave Morris, N5UP, the founder of eQSL will be our guest speaker at the May meeting.  Dave will be flying throughout the US this Spring and wants to visit as many amateur radio clubs as possible. Dave’s program will be about eQSL of course, how it works, and how to join. You can read all… Read More »

October VE Test Sessions

The schedule for October VE testing has been posted on the ARRL VE page. The VE tab is at the top of this page and has all the details of the testing session. The sessions will be held on Saturday, October 2 at 9:30 AM CT and Monday, October 11 at 6:00 PM CT. The… Read More »

September Meeting A Success

September meeting of HODARS was great fun. Frank McLemore, N4TKT had a great program on grounding and protection against lightening. He even had gifts for everyone in attendance. Supper was very good with lots of fellowship. We were honored to have Dean, KI4LLX visiting us and hope he returns soon. Stew, K4JOP joined the club at the meeting and we… Read More »

September Meeting

September meeting of HODARS is this Tuesday, the 14th at 7 PM CT at the Health Resource Center across from East Alabama Medical Center. We will have a special guest, Frank McLemore, N4TKT, who will present a program on lightening and grounding. We will have an Italian supper at 6 PM CT in the meeting room prior… Read More »

September VE Test Session

The HODARS VE team is having a ARRL VEC testing session on September 13, 2010. The location is the Goodwill Industries Career Center in Midway Plaza Shopping Center on Pepperell Parkway in Opelika, AL. All three license class exams will be offered, depending on prior registration of applicants for General and Extra class tests. View Location Map The session begins at 6:15 PM CT and… Read More »

New Meeting Place

After visiting several different locations for our monthly meetings, HODARS has decided on a permanent meeting place. We now meet at the Health Resource Center, across from East Alabama Medical Center on Pepperell Parkway in Opelika. The Health Resource Center has been very accommodating to us and the meeting room is very comfortable and has… Read More »

Huntsville Hamfest

Well, the 2010 Huntsville Hamfest is history and it was fun. The Alabama Contest Group had some good forums as well as the annual ACG meeting. Tim, KY5R has done a great job this year leading the ACG and we appreciate it. The ACG dinner was held at Beauregard’s in Huntsville. Very good turnout and admin… Read More »

August Meeting

HODARS had a very good meeting and program in August. Dick, K4IQJ demonstrated a two port  Vector Network Analyzer from  Array Solutions (VNA-2180). It can be used as a single-connector device to measure antenna impedances in a manner similar to the MFJ-259 but with a lot more informaion, or as a two-port device to characterize amplifiers, filters where… Read More »