Minutes of the OVH Meeting

18 February 2002

The meeting was called to order at 2005 by President Jeff Poulin (N1SN).

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

Welcome Randy Allen, N4TVC

Tonight's Program - Randy Allen NOVA QRP.

Building and designing kits. Small form, small power and easy to build - so what's your excuse for not doing it? NorCal does a lot of kit creation (Northern California QRP group). Northern Georgia QRP put out a kit ($12?) for two meters (measure, not band width). Things that are coming out in kit form now are old favorites from 1970's QST. Want an easy way to get started building? Try building cables rather than buying them? Where to get parts? Digi-Key (www.digikey.com) and Mouser (www.mouser.com). Some reading - Paul Hardin's Databook for Homebrewers and QRPers, Doug Demaul's Practical RF Design Manual (MFJ), Doug Demaul and Wes Hayward's Solid State Design (ARRL). If you are getting into it, by a comfortable soldering iron or a station if you build a lot, and good tools (needle nose pliers, good light) - a K2 will take about 50 hours. Randy uses two types of tips - a fine point conical that would prick your finger and about a 1/16" chisel at about 700 and 750 degrees. Atlanticon is coming in April in the Baltimore area for those who would like to know more about QRP and kit building.

Old Business

The Treasurer's report and the past month's minutes were passed.

Committee Reports

Technical: Art Whittum (KW4AW)

www.pwcweb.com - listing OVH and WWI. Ford Motor Company has a mobile install guide. Just in time for the 9V batteries - January World Radio has a battery saver kit using one chip and a couple of other parts. Repeater has a problem with the PL which is why it has occasionally been quiet in the mornings. Don't know what the problem is exactly yet. Some vandalism at the site, but our gear does not appear to have been affected. Our repeater is on the NOVEC emergency generator.

Membership: Susan Poulin (K3SSP)

John Harrell (KG4QXL) read in. Elizabeth Heartney (KG4NXV) voted in.

Charlotte, KG4QXO is taking over as the membership chairman from Susan (K3SSP)

Scholarship: Jack McDermott (N4YIC)

Paperwork will go out to the schools in March. Waiting on word from the finance committee for how many we will be giving out.

Ham Fest: Jack McDermott (N4YIC)

We are on track for this year. Jack is making the rounds. Vienna hamfest is 3 March 2002. OVH has a table - come by and see us.

Education: Bill Hinley (K9ZD)

Promotional literature is ready to go out. Class starts March 12 at Stonewall Jackson High School. Get the word out! Is anyone interested in providing classes for other license classes?

Packet: Bill South (N4WJN)

Packet working well. NIHRAC node has closed down the gateway between the Internet and the packet site. Still no easy route to the Internet though packet. Can still encapsulate. NIH is working on the gateway. OVH website is throwing strange errors - QSL.net is working on the problem. KPC3/3+ is the most economical TNC to get started with if you are interested in getting into packet.

New Business: Jeff Poulin (N1SN)

SERVE Bowl-a-thon March 9 at Bowl America on Mathis Ave in Manassas.

VA QSO party is looking for sponsors for plaques. If there is an interest, make a motion at the next meeting.

Elections Results:

President: Bill Hinley (K9ZD)

Vice President: Ruth Frock (KU4WH)

Treasurer: Bill South (N4WJN)

Secretary: Phil Colling (AC4PL)

Congratulations to the new officers and thanks to the out-going officers for all their hard work.

Meeting adjourned at: 9:40