Minutes of the OVH Meeting

Oct. 20, 2003


The meeting was called to order by President Ruth Frock at 2000 Eastern time.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, all present stated their names and callsigns There were 27 members and two guests present.

We had two guests speakers.

Our first guest speaker was Lee Love, N2LEE. Lee gave us a very interesting presentation on EchoLink. The website is www.echolink.org. You can download the software from that website. Thank you Lee for your excellent discussion of EchoLink. Lee can be contacted at Lee@N2Lee.com.

Our second guest speaker was Frank Genchis, K0BRA. Frank gave us a discussion on Broadband over Powerlines (BPL). As we know, BPL is a very relevant topic for amateur radio and other forms of communication that utilize the 2 to 80 Mhz spectrum. Manassas is one of the test sights in the United States for BPL.

Thank you Lee and Frank to taking time to visit the Ole’ Virginia Hams and present very interesting and useful information.

MINUTES: The minutes of the September 2003 OVH meeting were passed with no corrections.

TREASURER’S REPORT: The report passed unanimously.

MEMBERSHIP: Charlotte / KG4QXO - Richard Betjlich / KD5PCD was voted into the club unanimously. Welcome to the Ole’ Virginia Hams, Richard.

FAR: Ruth / KU4WH gave us the unfortunate news that Autocall will suspend publication with the November issue because of financial constraints. They hope to be back.


REPEATERS: Art / W1CRO noted that we have a phone line into the repeaters that the level-one controllers can use to control the repeaters.

CLUB EMERGENCY COOREDINATOR: Brian / N8FK – The Manassas Christmas parade will happen in early December. Contact Brian if you can volunteer.

ARES: David / KG4GIY - Thanks go to all of the Hurricane Isabel volunteers. Thanks also to those who helped with the SET and the diabetes walk. There are no scheduled ARES events until the MS walk in April, but David suggests that we have everything (meaning our Ham gear) ready for the winter time and the possible events that winter can bring.

The Marine Corps marathon is this Sunday morning.

We need some more people for the "hospital team." Send David an E-mail if you can volunteer. There may be a drill at the hospital.

There will be some leadership changes in ARES, and David will have information on this as it arrives.


HAMFEST: Ruth / KU4WH - We need people to help with the Hamfest Committee.

Jack / N4YIC noted that there are some things that need to be done. We first need a point of contact, in other words a name of someone who can be contacted as the primary person regarding the Hamfest.

50/50: $36 was collected for the 50/50 drawing. Bill / N4WJN won. Bill collected $18 and the Club collected $18.

The meeting adjourned at 2137 Eastern time.