Minutes of the OVH Club Meeting

July 17, 2006



John / KG4NXT called meeting to order at 2000 Eastern Time.


Following the Pledge of Allegiance, all presented stated their names and call signs.  There were 22 OVH members present.




Bob Laine with the National Park Service – Bob works as a volunteer at the Manassas National Battlefield Park.  He regularly gives historical overviews of the 1st and 2nd Battles of Manassas / Bull Run to visitors to the Park.  He gave us a general overview of the Park.  He also provided some specific information on the “Brownsville” area, the newest area of the park.  Bob tried to get us a fee waver for the OVH Special Event, but was not able to do so.  The OVH thanks Bob for his presentation and his efforts, and said that he will try to stop by to visit us during the Special Event.  He passed out envelopes for the fees.  He also explained the various National Park passes that are available.  Thank you Bob for your presentation.


Ron Paine / WA6YOU gave a presentation on connectors.  Ron demonstrated the installation of several types of connectors and gave recommendations on products to use.  Ron’s skills at installing connectors quickly, and also making them look as if they were produced in a high-tech factory, were very impressive to all present at the meeting.  Thank you Ron for your very interesting presentation.





John / KG4NXT noted that the latest QST has an article regarding the work that the OVH has done regarding BPL.


John / KG4NXT noted that over $300 was collected from the OVH Hamfest bake Sale.  A motion was made for OVH to donate $400 to Mend a House at the request of John / WA1STU.  The motion passed.


John / KG4NXT moved that we reserve the Nokesville Park for the 2007 Field Day.  The motion passed.


MINUTES: The minutes from the June 2006 OVH meeting were approved.


TREASUERER’S REPORT: The Treasurer’s report was presented by Bill / N3OH.


MEMBERSHIP: Joe / KI4OHR - Four new members of OVH were voted in, all by unanimous votes: Judith Grass / KE4IUJ, Michael O’Dell / N4NLN, Gary Gilham / WG4ARC, and Patricia Gilham / KI4FQF.  Welcome to the OVH Judith, Michael, Gary and Patricia.


BPL: George / K4GVT - George reviewed the survey with Comtec which was ordered by FCC.  The BPL system was quiet one day, but the noise was back the next day.  George read a draft letter to FCC that He wrote regarding this issue.  The bottom line is that the FCC directed Comtec to do the survey with OVH during peak usage time, but they did not.  A second survey is coming up.


WEBSITE: Bill / N3OH – There are some problems with the website, and Bill is working with the vendor to resolve the issue.  Bill is moving so his packet node is down, but other packet nodes are still working.


John / KG4NXT noted that David / KI4AZX will chair the Tri-It-Now Triathlon.


Bill / N3OH noted that the OVH Special Event will take place on August 26 on the Manassas National Battlefield Park.  It will take place during most of the day, but we need to be finished by dusk.


SUNSHINE: Steve / N4OGR – Steve noted that we received a thank you note from Mattie Parrish thanking OVH for our condolences.


Steve / N4OGR noted that National Night Out will take place on July 29.  It will take place at the Gateway Shopping Center in Gainesville.


50/50: Butch / W4HJL won the 50/50 raffle.  $37 was collected, and Butch donated his winnings back to the Club.


The meeting adjourned at 2130 Eastern time.