Minutes of the OVH Meeting

August 15, 2005

Ruth/KU4WH called meeting to order at 2000 Eastern Time.

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


The minutes of the July 2005 meeting were approved.


BPL – GeorgeK4GVT - George met with officials of the City of Manassas on Tuesday, August 10 along with N3OH, K4GVT, W4HJL, W1CRO, and W4KRL. George noted that we need to file complaint letters with the FCC when we hear the BPL interference.

TREASURER’S REPORT - Bill/N3OH – Bill read the Treasurer’s Report.

REPEATERS – Butch/W4JHL – We are still waiting to get the antennas replaced, but the repeaters are working well.

HAMFEST – Keith/KM4AA – We had a meeting of the Hamfest committee. We’re looking into things to change next year. We need to review our security and traffic control situation. For now we’ll have it at the fairgrounds and the same day, but that could change in the future. Keith covered several issues regarding Hamfest.

JOTA – Paul/N2PJ - Paul wants to pull together a list of who has done what in the past to help coordinate the next JOTA, which occurs on October 15, 2005. Paul will be able to spend more time on JOTA this year.

ARES – David/KG4GIY - David thanked all who helped put up antennas on the Red Cross chapter house. Many folks have been trained in NIMS (National Incident Management System). David asked that we forward that information to him if you have passed the exam. NIMS is a requirement to work in an EOC. This is a county-level directive. The next training for ARES is on Sept 17. A drill will occur on October 19. Sept 10 is the "911 celebration" (meaning the 911 emergency system, nothing specific to the events of 9/11/2001). October 22 is the next Institute.

Howard Cunningham / WD5DBC gave a presentation on the Marine Corps Marathon. He needs 150 ham volunteers. This year there will be about 28,000 runners, more than twice the number as last year. The course has been changed a bit. We especially need some packet operators, but Howard needs hams who can do anything. NCACDC.com is the website to sign up. Information will also be on the ARES website. You need to sign up by October 1 to get credentials.

CLUB EC – David/KI4AZX – The Try-It-Now Triathlon is on September 21, and we will need volunteers for that.

FIELD DAY – Brian/WC4J - All went well. The total number of contact was down but total points were up because of the bonus activities.

SUNSHINE UPDATESteve/N4OGR – Two former OVH members passed away recently. Steve Meade’s wife (Brenda) had gall bladder surgery. If anyone has some more information, please pass it along. Doc’s (W1IMX’s) son had surgery as the result of injuries to his wrist, but should make a full recovery.

FAR – Ruth/KU4WH - Autocall will no longer exist as the situation currently stands. David/KG4GIY noted that new people are needed to do the work required to keep Autocall up and running. If by Sept 15 a new team can be pulled together, it will continue, but otherwise the winter issue will be the last. It takes one person about 50 hours of work per month to sustain Autocall. Regardless, the Hamfest will be Sept. 10 and 11 and volunteers are needed.


David/KG4GIY noted that the OVH annual dues ($10) are lower than those of most other AR clubs, and asked if we might considering raising the dues, and also asked what was necessary to do so. Bill/N3OH noted that the Club bylaws state that dues can be changed by a recommendation of the finance committee and a majority vote of a quorum at a meeting.

50/50 RAFFLE - $32 was collected and Dwight/AI4II won. Dwight donated his winning back to the Club. Thank you Dwight.

The meeting adjourned at 2127 Eastern time.