Minutes of the OVH Meeting

16 April 2001

The meeting was called to order at 2001 by President Jeff Poulin (KV4AP).

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

Attendance: 16 Members and 3 Guests

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

Committee Reports

Repeaters: Art Whittum (KW4AW)

A fact finding letter went out to the Repeater Trustee of the York, PA repeater. There has been no response as of yet. The 440 repeater is drifting and a new crystal is on order. An upgrade has been put on the 2M repeater in the way of putting of the modem on battery backup. Tone is pending on 220 and 440 machines.

Membership: Susan Poulin (KG4JBD)

The membership drive is getting into gear. 216 membership flyers went out and there have been few bounced.

Ron Perry (WS1B) was voted in. Welcome Ron. The following were read in: Keith Coghill (WB4ZOH), Charlotte Coghill (no call), and Phil Colling (KG4MJR) They will be voted on at the next meeting.

ARES: David Lane (KG4GIY)

Upcoming events:MS 150 Bike Ride - May 19/20 - Contact Bo Pierce (bpierce@nova.org)

MMT 100 - May 12/13 - Contact Howard Cunningham (howardc@macrollc.com)

VA ARES Training - June 9 starting at 8:30 - Contact David Lane (kg4giy@arrl.net)

Hamfest: Jack McDermott (N4YIC)

School room is booked per Jeff Poulin (KV4AP).

The Wickfords will be doing the bake sale again this year.

Table sales are moving slowly but normal for this time of year.

A vendor from Lynchburg is looking for help (he is willing to pay) in the form of two strong individuals to help him set up and tear down as well as help watch the goods during the hamfest.

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.

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.

Presidential Initiatives: Jeff Poulin (KV4AP)

Heritage Railroad Days in Manassas on June 2nd (yes, that June 2nd). Those not helping with the Hamfest setup are encouraged to come out. It is a rain or shine event.

Special Event Station: July 21 2001 for the Battle of Manassas. Operations will be between 1300-200 UTC (9:00 - 18:00 EDT). Suggested frequencies are 7.2xx, 14.2xx, 28.3xx and the OVH repeater at 146.970 -.

Scholarships: Jack McDermott (N4YIC)

The first one for this year is in. We had 17 last year. The deadline is May 1st.

Insurance: Jack McDermott (N4YIC)

The repeater and associated gear has been added to the Insurance coverage.

Red Cross Statement of Understanding: Jeff Poulin (KV4AP)

A statement of understanding between the PWC Red Cross chapter and OVH and WWI (Woodbridge Wireless) is on the table. Jeff objects to the wording of the current version and will be taking another look at it from a wording and grammar perspective. He also expects the appropriate bodies to eventually sign it (PWC ARC, OVH, WWI).

John Fritsch (N4YOB) also mentions that the original letter was drafted with the participation of the OVH Board, Barbara Burns (ARC) and Keith Bennington (KM4AA) and would "split" response duties between OVH and WWI depending on the area of the county or the size of the call out. If additional support was required it would be elevated to the ARES network.

Dick Miller (WD4AZG/SK): Art Whittum (KW4AW)

Art has the sad duty to report the passing of Dick Miller. As a member of OVH he was very involved with the club and with Amateur Radio in general. He is credited with creating the Total Ham program. His family asks that a donation instead of flowers be sent in Dick's name. The club voted to donate $100 to the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He died of cancer.

The evening program was a brief introduction to the National Traffic System, give by our local NTS guru Jeff Poulin (KV4AP). For those who are interested, the local Northern Virginia traffic net can be heard nightly at 7:30pm on the 147.300 (Skywarn) repeater. [Sec's Note: The ARRL has a created two PDF files for download that contain the official Radiogram form. I will pass both on to Bill South (N4WJN) for posting on the OVH web site].

The meeting was adjourned at 2130. The next meeting is May 21st 2001 at 2000 EDT.