Minutes of the OVH Meeting

19 March 2001

The meeting was called to order at 2003 by President Jeff Poulin (KV4AP).

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

Attendance: 20 members and 3 guests

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

Committee Reports


Hamfest: Jack McDermott (N4YIC)

Planning - Going well. We are where we should be.

Still needed: a "trainee" to learn the tailgate parking skills from Steve (N4OGR). A couple of people are also needed for the security detail. All interested parties to let Jack know soonest.

Updates: A/C is 99 99/100% guaranteed to be installed by the hamfest. There is some question about whether or not there will be a bake sale.

VE Session: Jeff is getting the paperwork for the use of the Bennett School.


Jean Morris (KB3COE) of the Hagerstown Hamfest is inviting all to attend the Hagerstown Hamfest on the 6th of May. OVH has been offered a table.


Education: Bill Hinely (K4WRG)

Stonewall Jackson School has given us Room 3A for the Technician's training, due to start on the 20th. Estimated numbers are between 5 and 10 so far. Now You're Talking 4th ED is the text book.


Repeaters: Art Whittum (KW4AW)

Status: running.


Packet: Bill South (N4WJN)

Nothing new to report. For those that would like an introduction to Packet, please talk to Bill. For those with packet gear, let's get it back up and running. Also there is a node on 220.


Membership: Susan Poulin (KG4JBD)

The membership drive is getting into gear. Thanks for your comments on the mailer. There are approximately 216 hams in the area that are not members of the OVH.

Paul Richter (W4ZB) was voted in. Welcome Paul! Ron Perry's (WS1B) nomination was read in. It will be voted on in the April meeting.


Banner: David Lane (KG4GIY)

A change in the dimensions of the banner were suggested. New dimensions are now 5' x 2.5' Banner will be ready by the next meeting.


ARES: David Lane (KG4GIY)

Bull Run Run - April 7 2001

MS Walk (Manassas) - April 21 2001

Dogwood 1/2 Hundred - April 21 2001

MS 150 Bike Race - May 19/20 2001. If you are interested, drop an email to Bo Pierce (bpierce@cox.rr.com)

RACES Training. Date is TBD (looking like June). If you are interested in getting the state RACES training, please contact David Lane (bag_end@clark.net).


New Business

Presidential Initiatives: Jeff Poulin (KV4AP)

Special Event Station: July 21 2001 for the Battle of Manassas

- Jack has a station available but is unable to man the radio due to other commitments.

- we are going to use the club call (W4OVH).

- Tech's can get the experience of working HF with a higher class as Control Operator.

- Club will arrange for and cover the costs a QSL card.

Field Day: June 23-24

- We need a Field Day leader soonest (NOW!!!)

- need to decide on gear, modes, and power.


Meeting adjourned at 2120. Next meeting is Monday April 16, 2001.