Minutes of the OVH Meeting

Jan. 19, 2003


The meeting was called to order by President Ruth Frock / KU4WH at 2001 Eastern time.

Following the Pledge of Allegience, all present stated their names and callsigns. There were 24 members present.


Wayne / AG4ZZ provided OVH a presentation on "The Joy of QRPing."

If you want build your own QRP rig, you need good vision, good lighting, good magnification and very tiny fingers.  You can throw a QRP rig and a small battery in your backpack.  Several vendors are coming out with QRP rigs.  Power can be adjustable by the power supply.  You need a real antenna that is pretuned to be effective.  The better the antenna, the better your results, especially if you lower your power.  Biggest threat is QRM and powerful signals booming in on top of you.  Another problem is the conditions themselves (propogation).  When you think about QRP, think about the power and think about the receiver.  Sometimes it’s better to wait for someone to call CQ and respond rather than to call CQ yourself. 


MINUTES: – The minutes of the December 2003 OVH meeting were approved as published.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Ruth / KU4WH – The Treasurer’s report was accepted as read.

REPEATERS: Art / W1CRO – The two-meter repeater is not receiving well because of the cold and it is too cold for the repair crew to go and find out what is wrong with it.  The 440 repeater will be linked with the two-meter repeater until the weather allows repairs to be made.

EDUCATION: Bill / K9ZD - Classes for 2004 are getting ready to go.  Classes start March 17 running to May 26, from 7 to 9 pm at Stonewall Jackson High School.

HAMFEST: David / KG4GIY - As Jack would say we are where we need to be.  We need folks to do some of the important jobs still.  John/KG4NXT has volunteered to head up the front gate and Brian/N8FK has stepped up for the overnight security shift. It is not too early to think about what you want to do to help out!  It is our hamfest - help make it a good one again this year!

FIELD DAY: Brian / N8FK – The park in Nokesville is secured.

MEMBERSHIP: Charlotte / KG4QXO is stepping down as Membership Chair, being replaced by John / WA1STU. Thank you Charlotte for your help as Membership Chair the last two years.

FAR: Ruth / KU4WH – There is nothing to report.  A new contest coming up – the Mid-Atlantic QSO party on May 8 and 9.

WEEKLY NET: Ruth / KU4WH - Thanks for all who are helping out with the weekly net.  The new rotation list has gone to those who have indicated interest.

CLUB EMERGENCY COORDINATOR: Brian / N8FK - Not much is going on at the moment.  A bike ride coming up in early spring.

ARES: David / KG4GIYBrian / N8FK is recognized as an Official Emergency Station.  Jeff / N1SN is recognized as an Official Emergency Station and an Official Relay Station.  Congratulations Brian and Jeff.

The MS Walk on the National Battlefield is set for the 17th of April.  A call for volunteers will go out in late February.  If you want to sign-up to help in advance, drop David / KG4GIY an E-mail (

The Dulles Drill is set for May 8th.  The following has been sent to all ARES members, as well as OVH members:

On Saturday, May 8, 2004, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) will be having a disaster drill at the Dulles International Airport.  This drill is a full dress rehearsal for a real event and will happen rain or shine.  The Amateur community has again been invited to participate in this drill. 

This is the first drill since the events of September 11, 2001 and as a result, security concerns are in place.  Because of this, the names of Amateurs who wish to participate, must be submitted to MWAA in advance of the drill.  The drill is open to all amateurs.  If you wish to participate, please send me (David/KG4GIY) an email indicating that you wish to participate, and include your full name, current call sign and a contact number where you can be reached.

If you wish to participate, you might want to consider that most of the communications work is manning the transportation buses from the "crash site" to area hospitals.  This means that you should possess or have access to a dual-band (2/440) mobile radio (capable of greater than 5 watts output), an antenna(s) with the ability to be mounted/secured to almost any surface (metallic, non-metallic, mirror mount), and a power source for a minimum of 3 hours of operation (assume 35% duty cycle at full output wattage).  Because personal vehicles will not be permitted beyond the staging area, all gear must be "portable."  Transportation will be provided from the staging area to the work areas.  It is advisable to bring a dual-band (2/440) HT as well, also with a minimum of 3 hours of power as well.  Some of the work may involve shadowing officials or providing communications for agencies that do not have their own.

There will also be a limited need for packet operators.  If you have a portable packet station that meets the voice requirements, please let me know as well.

I would like to submit the list of volunteers to the Loudoun County EC by Tuesday, February 17, 2004 so that he can combine it with the lists from the other jurisdictions and submit it as a unified whole.

This promises to be an exciting and educational drill and I hope you will take advantage of the training opportunity.

We will also be supporting the Hospital during this exercise.


Ruth / KU4WH – The OVH elections take place next month and the same cast of characters are running again for the same positions.

John / KG4NXT - Newsline is in trouble financially.  Do we want to send them money?  Put it on the list of things for the next term.

Art / W1CRO – Art nominated the existing slate of officers.  Motion carried.

Brian / N8FK - Brian nominated Dwight / N4GSD for Vice President.  Motion carried.  Dwight’s name will be added to the ballot.

George / KE2AM – George was contacted by Jim at Woodbridge Wireless Inc. about linking the repeaters.  Do we want to link the repeaters?  The technical committee is to take it under consideration.

Charlie / WA4YGI - Bob Weaver is still the point of contact at Urbana for JOTA this year.

Meeting adjourned at 2142 Eastern time.