Minutes of the OVH Meeting

15 January 2001

The meeting was called to order at 2002 by Art Whittum (KW4AW) acting as Chair.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, all present stated their names and call signs.

Attendance: 20 Members and 2 Guests

The past month's minutes were passed with corrections and current financial status were approved by the membership. Also, Bill South (N4WJN) reports that the three donations ($100 to ARRL for WRC, $100 to QSLNet and $100 to Newsline) have been made.

Committee Reports

Hamfest: Jack McDermott (N4YIC)

Fairground contract should be in hand soon for the out years. Preparations for this year are going well. Jack is sending flyers to the Richmond Hamfest. Tickets for this year will be printed on larger format stock. The mailing list generated from last year is in had and postcards will be going out soon.

WinterFest: Jim Parsons (W4JTP)

Two speakers of note at the Vienna WinterFest - Randy Hollingsworth, FCC Enforcement Office, and Mike Martin (K3RFI).

Education: Bill Hinely (K4WRG)

Everyone of the students from the winter course that showed up to take the test passed it - a total of four students. With the next VE session during Hamfest (June 3rd) the next class will have to start the 20th of March. Bill is contacting Stonewall Jackson to make arrangements. The message got out the last time, let's do it again.

At this point, the discussion turned to the issue of whether or not the club wanted or could pick up the tab on VE sessions and/or whether or not the Bennett school was a good location for the Hamfest VE session, or if we can host it on the site. These are the issues:

1) Are we loosing people because of the difficulties of getting across the street?

The number of people being lost are hard to quantify - if we are loosing people. Two things to consider for this year's VE session - one, have the police help folks get across 234 when the traffic is busy. Two, improve coordination between the VE session and the Hamfest, there should be at least one person at the session with a radio.

2) Can we host the VE session at the fairgrounds? Does it make sense to do so?

After much discussion, it was generally concluded that we cannot hold the VE session at the fairgrounds. Logistics, testing environment and running afoul of the "pay for exam" issues (you cannot charge admittance to a VE session) were some of the issues.

3) Can we offer the VE session for free and pay the costs to the ARRL out of our budget?

The general consensus is that the club can pay the fee to the ARRL. There is still a tasking to get the exact amount per examinee that the ARRL wants.

Dues: Mary-Lu Blasdell (KB4EFP)

Dues are due!

Nominations: Art Whittum (KW4AW)

The following are nominated for OVH Offices:

President: Jeff Poulin (KV4AP)

Vice President: John Palcer (K4KGU)

Treasurer: Bill South (N4WJN)

Secretary: David Lane (KG4GIY)

Further, nominations from the floor will be accepted at the next meeting. Nominees must give the permission to be nominated. The positions of President and Vice President can be filled by any member in good standing of Tech+ or better. The positions of Treasurer and Secretary can be filled by any club member in good standing.

Elections will be held at the February meeting.

Repeaters: Art Whittum (KW4AW)

ARRL is now a club sign administrator.

FAR: Ruth Frock (KU4WH)

Our World Radio ad expires in March, do we want to renew it? Cost is $65. Motioned, seconded and passed. Also, if anyone has a copy of March 1998's World Radio, Jack (N4YIC) would like a copy of it.

Membership: Jeff Poulin (KV4AP)

Two applications to read in: Dan Roberts (WB4KLC) and David French (N7FAN). Their applications will be voted on at the February meeting.

Member News: Art Whittum (KW4AW)

Dick (WD4AZG) is still hanging in. The week of the 15th of January will be his last week at work and then he will be out on disability.


Program: Antenna Construction (and plumber's nightmares...) - thanks Art.

The next meeting is Monday 19 February 2001. Don "Butch" Blasdell will chair until the new President is elected. No recounts are expected.

Meeting adjourned at 2122.