Monthly Archives: February 2017

WIRES-X Repeater Information

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“WIRES” capabilities of the new OVH repeater: although the OVH’s new WIRES-X repeater is still not fully operational, those who intend to use it will need to spend some time learning and reviewing how to use its capabilities effectively.  The November 2016 meeting presentation slides by Ken / KE2N posted on the W4OVH.NET web site provide a very good starting point. One of the online PDF references buried within Ken’s presentation https://www.hamoperator.com/Hamoperator/WiRES-X_Bible/WiRES-X_Bible.html  sometime referred to as the “WIRES-X Bible” is worth special attention for learners. The likelihood of “in shack” RF is always an issue, particularly when transmitting at higher power levels.  Who hasn’t gotten a mild, but startling “hot” RF burn or “shock” just from touching some metal object near his/her operating position while transmitting? In-Shack RFI also can play havoc with computers in your station.  There are many actions one may take… Read more »

Presidents Letter Feb 2017

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Greetings one and all, and I hope this message finds you all healthy and well. The Richmond Frostfest has come and gone, and a thank you is owed to Terry / KC4DV for arranging a table, along with Ray / KM4EKR, Sandy / KM4JUS, and Theresa / KG4TVM for supporting. Up next, the Vienna Wireless Winterfest on March 19th in Annandale. It’s close by and easy to attend. Another “What Now?” session led by Mark / WA4KFZ was held on Monday of this week, with good interest in antenna building. Mark did an excellent job as usual in answering the questions of many of the attendees. From this, we may hear more check-ins on our weekly net??? It’s time again for club elections and we will be voting at the February meeting for president and vice president; the newly elected officers will be seated at the March meeting.  If you… Read more »

Sunshine Corner February

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SUNSHINE CORNER Happy birthday to Roland WB4NWG, David W5DRR, Scott KK4GWU, Gavin KK4MXT, Dick WN7S, Stephen KK4UZC, Patty KI4FQF, Norman KK4HDL, Art W1CRO and Katie, best wishes for a warm, happy day! Good to see some of our club members at the Richmond Frostfest the first weekend in February, looked like there was a great turnout! Congratulations to Robert KK4MXU, he is the President of the Buckhall Fire Department. Congratulations to Bill KM4KWX and his family on the birth of his 2nd grandchild. Special thanks to our officers as their current term of office ends, Wayne N7QLK, Ray KM4EKR, Terry KC4DV and Byron AK4XR, great job! Hamfest & Field Day planning meetings are under way, jump in and help make it another great event! Happy Valentine’s Day! 73 Theresa KG4TVM