Minutes of the OVH Meeting

20 November 2000

The meeting was called to order at 8:02 PM by John Fritsch (N4YOB) acting as Chair.

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

Attendance: 16 Members.

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

Committee Reports

JOTA: John Fritsch (N4YOB)

This year's JOTA was held at the Urbana swim club. Good facilities and good turn-out. 15 scouts participated and included a QRP rig. Next year, we are expecting the same group, along with members of the Girl Scouts. Contacts were made with sites in New York, New Jersey, Richmond and Texas. Thanks all around to all who helped out. Pictures to come to the web site and we got press in the Journal Messenger.

Hamfest: Jack McDermott (N4YIC)

Contracts for the out years (beyond the next two) still pending. The recommendation is not to move the date of the Hamfest from the current date. The county will not allow any signs.

Packet/Web: Bill South (N4WJN)

The radio repaired at club expense is back up on 220 and the forwarding is back in gear. There are good links on 10m through Arizona (N7OO). You can link through Bill by telneting to n4wjn.ampr.org. The connection is still running at 1200 baud so it is a little slow.

Repeater: Art Whittem (KW4AW)

Paging company has finally fixed their node - cracked antenna housing. Butch (W4HJL) and Art (KW4AW) went out to the site to figure out why the 440 was tripping after being moved to its own circuit. Receiver crystal was tuned low and after some field tuning, it seems to be back in tune and working. Currently the crew is "redecorating" and dressing cables so that the door can be closed without crimping or crushing the cables. Modules for PL are currently on the bench and are next to be installed so that we will have tone on all three nodes for both send and receive. Art is also scanning around to find packet activity. He has three bands to go.

ARES: Brian Cochran (KE4NFK)/Steve Frick (N4OGR)

ARES regional meeting is set for December 2, 2000. Price William needs an Emergency Coordinator.

The Christmas parade is being run by a different group this year, and as such, there are some changes. Most know about the under 8 years old will ride rule, but they are also hoping to cut the parade time from 4 hours to 90 minutes. They have requested to borrow our amplifier and horns for the judges review stand. John (N4YOB) and Jack (N4YIC) have volunteered to set it up. Brian needs more help. Members and other Amateur's wishing to help should give Brian a call soonest.

Membership: Jeff Poulin (KV4AP)

Nothing is pending

Scholarships: Jack McDermott (N4YIC)

Waiting on the end of the school year.

Next meeting is December 18 2000. Don "Butch" Blasdell (W4HJL) is chair.