About – Hog County Amateur Radio Association

The Hog County Amateur Radio Association, Inc. was birthed in July 2015 to give local Amateur (Ham) Radio Operators an organization through which to participate in local radio events, socialize with other Hams, and in general, a place to call their Amateur Radio Home. Open to all licensed operators or those who want to join the hobby.

Note: the 147.030 repeater was upgraded to a Yaesu C4FM/Fusion System on Monday, September 5, 2022.  Those with analog radios only will need to use the 123.0 tone for both Decode and Encode so as not to hear the digital hash or what sounds like an open squelch. 

Radio Nets – the Hog County Amateur Radio Association, Inc. operates a Radio Net each Monday at 8:00 PM or 2000 hrs. ET on the 147.030 Repeater with a PL: 123.0, the repeater is located in Sumterville, Florida, and also accessible by AllStar at Node Number 49829 or via EchoLink at K4VEB-R or Node Number 294541. All are welcome to check into the net and help us out with the count. To also share information with the Net and, in doing so checking out their radio equipment for working order.

Monday’s High Noon Net – held each Monday at 12:00 PM or 1200 hrs. ET.  This Net is held on the K4HOG / 147.030 Repeater with a PL: 123.0, located in Sumterville, Florida, and also accessible by AllStar at Node Number 49829 or  EchoLink at K4VEB-R or Node Number 294541.  This Net is a multi-purpose Net; we host Traders / Swop, Technical, Informational, and general Rag Chew sections, so a little something for everyone.  Again you are welcome to join us and add to the fun.

Friday Free For All Net – held each Friday at 8:00 PM or 2000 hrs. ET. This Net is held on the K4HOG / 147.030 Repeater with a PL: 123.0, located in Sumterville, Florida, and also accessible by AllStar at Node Number 49829 or  EchoLink at K4VEB-R or Node Number 294541.  This Net is a multi-purpose Net; we host Traders / Swop, Technical, Informational, and general Rag Chew sections, so a little something for everyone.  Again you are welcome to join us and add to the fun.

Other local nets include the following:

Sunday’s at 8:30 PM or 2030 hrs. ET is the SkyWarn / Weather Observers Net – held on the K4HOG / 147.030 Repeater with a PL: 123.0, located in Sumterville, Florida, and also accessible by AllStar at Node Number 49829 or  EchoLink at K4VEB-R or Node Number 294541.

Monday’s at 8:30 PM or 2030 hrs. ET is the local Sumter County Emergency Communications Net – held on the KS4EOC / 146.925 Repeater with a PL: 123.0, located in Sumterville, Florida, and also accessible by AllStar at Node 53446 or EchoLink at KD8WAA-R / Node 648680.

 

Breakfast – We meet for breakfast on the first Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM. This is usually at Howie’s Family Restaurant – 840 North Main Street, Bushnell, Florida. But again, please check the calendar or our Facebook page just in case we go elsewhere.

Luncheon – On the third Saturday of each month, around 11:45 AM, we will meet for lunch; locations may vary, so please check the calendar of events or our Facebook page. Note: this is more so from November to April when our Seasonal group is here.

VE Exams / Testing for Technician, General, or Extra — we offer the exam on the 1st Saturday of each month at 11:00 AM at a location in Bushnell, Florida.  To RSVP or to seek additional information, please email us at SumterVE@gmail.com or give us a call.

All licensed Amateurs are invited and welcome to join the Hog County Amateur Radio Association, Inc.  We are a dues-free association, meaning there are no “Club Dues.” We feel that if there is a need at the association level, we can ask for donations to cover the expenses, and we hope our associates will donate to the cause.

Our Association is also open to supporting local Emergency Communications Groups such as RACES which is operated by the Sumter County Emergency Management, and Sumter County ARES. We also promote helping out in any community events that may need radio communication and participating in positive events that share the hobby and service of Amateur Radio with the public audience. This does not mean that as an associate member, you have to participate; it simply means that those who want to assist can do so.

Officers

President:                          Gene King – KI4LEH

Vice President:                  Bobby Smalley – KX4RS

Vice President                   Gil Chapin – WB2UTI

Secretary / Treasurer:       Gail King – KJ4GEK

Contact Information:

Email: K4HOGFL@gmail.com                                                                                                              

Phone: 352-399-8932                                                                                                                            

Address: 4655 NW 68th Blvd., Lake Panasoffkee, Florida 33538