Minutes of the OVH Meeting

21 August 2000

The meeting was called to order at 8:05 PM by John Fritch (N4YOB) acting as Chair.

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

Attendance: 21 Members and 2 guests

The past month's minutes and current financial status were approved by the membership.

Committee Reports:

Hamfest: Bakesales monies are outstanding.

Repeater: Art Whittem (KW4AW)

440 is still not on-line, but the gear works off line. No progress has been made on a new power supply/modem/battery on the 2m repeter yet.

Packet: Bill South (N4WJN)

Bill requested the club cover repairs on the radio, belonging to him, that is used as a primary packet node upto the budgeted limit. Funding was approved. Bill mentioned that the costs for getting into packet are coming down rapidly and demonstrated "the world's smallest" packet radio station - a Kenwood HT with a built in TNC and an HP handheld CPU. Joe (N6GDX) mentioned that he was trying something similar with a 3Com Palm.

ARES: Erv Whalen (KT4DS)

Prince William County Bike Tour is the 30th of September and all support is requested. Brian (KE4NFK) is heading up the recruting. There are 3 routes - 8 mile walk and a 13 and 20 mile ride. Setup is scheduled to start around 7:30 am, and is scheduled to start at 8:00 am

License Classes: Bill Hinely (K4WRG)

There were some discussions about whether there was interest or desire to hold a class during the fall. There is a desire and we will be holding a class to start around October 1st.

JOTA: John Fritch (N4YOB)

Scheduled for the 21st and 22nd of October. We did four radios last year and expect to have that this year.

Membership: Jeff Poulin (KV4AP)

James Daniel, Worth Anderson, Michael Jacoby were voted in! Welcome! David Worthington (WW4MM) and Susan Poulin (KG4JBD) was read in and will be voted on at the next meeting.

New Business

Art (KW4AW): N4BXA has some NICAD battery packs available. Also Art brought in a WWII era manual of Z signals. Just to let us know that there are more to Q signals than what we thought we knew. There were some pieces missing in last months kit, and he has them.

Bill (N4WJN): Bill brought up the issue of new OVH shirts. We need a logo, and whether to put it on the front, back, embroidered or silkscreened. Comments and suggestions to Bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 PM. Don "Butch" Blasdell will chair the next meeting.