Minutes of the OVH Meeting

Nov. 17, 2003


The meeting was called to order by President Ruth Frock at 2002 Eastern time.

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

MINUTES: The minutes of the November 2003 OVH meeting were passed with one minor correction.

TREASURER’S REPORT: The report passed unanimously.


REPEATERS: Art / W1CRO – Art noted that some minor work has been done to the repeaters. We may want to put money in the budget for antennas. This will help with EchoLink. We will need to by a new "card" for EchoLink. Everthing is working now. Thank you Art, Butch, George, Karl and everyone else who assists with keeping our repeaters up and running.

EDUCATION: Bill K9ZD – Bill had to stop after the third class because he had surgery. Get well soon Bill, and thank you again for your generous help with amateur radio education.

HAMFEST: Ruth / KU4WH thanked Jack / N4YIC for all his very generous help with the Manassas Hamfest the last several years. Jack will be moving soon, and he will be missed.

Jack / N4YIC noted that we need a point of contact for the ARRL for Hamfest purposes. David / KG4GIY volunteered to be the point of contact. Jack has a chart that shows what needs to be done. Jack will turn over the files to the appropriate people.

SCHOLARSHIP: Jim / W4JTP agreed to take over as the Chairman of the Scholarship committee. Jack / N4YIC has headed that committee in recent years. Thank you again Jack for your support of the OVH.

MEMBERSHIP: Charlotte / KG4QXO – A family named Steven / KM4US, Julia / N4URG and Christopher / KI4AZN Moody were read in.

FAR: Ruth / KU4WH - Autocall publication has been suspended.

WEEKLY NET: Ruth / KU4WH - Ruth thanked everyone for their help who have hosted the weekly nets. The nets will be suspended for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, all of which occur on Thursdays.

ARES: David / KG4GIY – David had nothing tonight.

CLUB EMERGENCY COORDINATOR: Brian / N8FK – We need volunteers for the Manassas Christmas parade. This takes place Saturday, December 6. Volunteers need to be on sight by 8:00 A.M.

PACKET / HOMEPAGE: Bill / N4WJN – The OVH Homepage has been down briefly at times due to power outages. Bill is getting a UPS that will last longer. Otherwise the new OVH Webpage is working fine. Bill is going to change the server for the packet bbs. The current computer is getting somewhat old.

HISTORIAN: Theresa / KG4TVM - Theresa has a picture from 1958 that Harry / W4NUA gave her for Historian purposes. According to Harry, the picture was of all of the hams in Prince William County at that time.

SUNSHINE COMMITTEE: Steve / N4OGRTom / K4OPS had successful coronary bypass surgery recently, and is currently recovering. Get well soon, Tom. Milt’s (N4SN) wife passed away recently. Our heart-felt condolences go to Milt.


David / KG4GIY – IJ Hudson on Channel 4 does a program on digital technology. Ruth / KU4WH and others have been mentioned as possible people for interviews regarding BPL on channel 4.

Brian / N8FK - BPL testing has been done in Potomac Maryland. A report will be on ARRL.

George / KE2AM – Regarding Ole’ Virginia Hams Club logos, George suggested that we have two decals – one that is fun, and one that is more "professional." It was generally (though not unanimously) agreed by OVH members present at the meeting that "the pig" is fun. "Long Live The Pig" was the popular sentiment, though again, not quite unanimously.


Dwight / N4GSD – Dwight / N4GSD is going to have a Christmas party on Saturday December 20 at the Manassas Elks Lodge. There are currently no plans, but Dwight suggested that this be at least an informal OVH Christmas party, and asked anyone to please volunteer.


John / KG4NXT – After discussion during the break regarding having an official OVH Christmas / Holiday party, John made a motion that we move forward, and Dwight be the chairman, and that OVH add $200 for the Christmas party on December 20 at the Manassas Elks Lodge. The motion passed unanimously. Thank you Dwight for taking the initiative in planning this party.

Our program speaker Frank / N1BRA could not make the meeting. He did leave us information regarding BPL testing. Bill / N4WJN noted that the Club is currently formulating an official response regarding BPL. Despite no formal presentation, the OVH members present at the meeting had an excellent discussion of the issues surrounding BPL.

50/50: Theresa / KG4TVM won the 50/50 $31.00 was collected, Theresa won $15.50 and the OVH collected $15.50.

The meeting adjourned at 2130