Information Page

This page is for listing information, either needing information on something or providing information as well. 

Weekly / Monthly Club Events:

For more up-to-date information please check out our Facebook Group, link on the right side of the web page. 

Hog County Amateur Radio Association – Monthly Breakfast 

On the first Saturday of each month,  9:00 AM is our breakfast meeting.  During the winter season when we have a larger group of seasonal members we usually meet at Howie’s Family Restaurant – 840 North Main Street, Bushnell, Florida 33513.  However, during the summer/fall months we have a smaller group so we may visit other restaurants.  Our breakfast is open to all amateurs and those seeking to become one.   Please RSVP via email at K4HOGFL@gmail.com so that we have a headcount and can reserve the tables and or advise you of the month’s location. 

Hog County Amateur Radio Association – Monthly Lunch

On the third Saturday of each month, we may meet for lunch at 11:45 AM – the location will vary so if you are interested in attending the lunches please email us and let us know and we’ll let you know where.  Please RSVP via email at K4HOGFL@gmail.com so that we have a headcount and can reserve the tables and or advise you of the location. 

Hog County Amateur Radio Association – Monthly VE  Exam / Testing Session

Notice: The FCC has set a date of Tuesday, April 19, 2022, as the date they will implement the additional $35.00 license fee, which will be paid directly to the FCC through their ULS system.  This is in addition to the $15.00 fee which is due at the time of testing.  Keep in mind this may sound like a lot however, your license is good for a ten (10) year period of time – so that equates to $3.50 per year to enjoy the hobby of amateur radio and maybe volunteer for the service side of the hobby. 

On the first Saturday of each month, we host an amateur radio testing session for those looking to get their ticket and get started in the hobby as a Technician or those who are looking to upgrade their license to General or Extra.  So the testing will be on the first Saturday of each month starting at 11:00 AM.   Exams will be held at the Cross Connection Church – 1451 West County Road 476, Bushnell, Florida 33513.  If interested then please RSVP via email at SumterVE@gmail.com or email us with any questions that you may have.  Currently, the cost of taking the test is $15.00 payable the day of and preferably via check made out to ARRL / VEC or cash (exact amount) if you do not have a check. 

Don’t forget, that you will need to obtain your FRN number prior to taking your exam.  To do so, follow this link to the FCC FRN Registration Page and follow their instructions.  https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do 

Other Events:

As events may become known we may post them here.  Otherwise, we use our Facebook page to keep members informed of association events.

Hog County Amateur Radio Association – K4HOG – 2022 Picnic & Ice Cream Social

On Saturday, March 19, 2022, the Hog County Amateur Radio Association, Inc. held its annual (though it’s been two years thanks to Covid) Picnic and Ice Cream Social out at Roger and Johanna Jones’s residence. Of the many hats the Jones’s wear, being amateur radio operators and members of our association can be added to the list.

Along with our association members were some members of the Red Oaks Amateur Radio Group – our seasonal friends who come down each year and reside at the Red Oaks RV Resort in Bushnell.

Part of this year’s get-together was also to celebrate that the Association has reached our official status as an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Affiliated Club – a Charter Party as they call it.

While most people believe that amateur radio is antiquated, that is far from the truth. Amateur Radio is still a very vibrant hobby where amateurs talk to others in many different modes around the neighborhood, across the world, and even to the International Space Station. The hobby also crosses over into community service as well, here locally we provide communication support for bicycle ride events and parades. As well as a select few assist with what we call EmComm, or Emergency Communications, assisting during situations like Hurricanes, Severe Weather, and other potential disasters.

If you would like more information on becoming an FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operator send us an email at K4HOGFL@gmail.com.

Gene King – KI4LEH

Members of the Hog County Amateur Radio Association and the Red Oaks Amateur Radio Group – displaying our ARRL Affiliated Club Charter.