The OVH ARC Newsletter


Post Office Box 1255, Manassas, Va. 20108

Repeaters -- W4OVH -- 146.970- & 224.660- & 442.200+

OVH Nodes -- 145.030 Port 2: 223.660 (SysOp Use Only) Port 3: 223.540 MHz



MARCH 2000

Next meeting: 20 March 2000

Committee Chairperson's!!!! Need your input for the Newsletter!!!


Greetings OVH,

Here it is March of 2000 and OVH continues to have many "irons in the fire." You are reading this from an OVH Director, (not a Club President), because no member has stepped forth to volunteer their services for this important job. The three Directors will take turns conducting the meetings in the interim until a Club President can be found.

At this month’s meeting, Art, KW4AW, will demonstrate a Pixie II QRP rig and some QRP Test Equipment. Some club members have recently built these little "rigs" and are enjoying their use.

We want to say Thank You to the Outgoing Club Officers for their unselfish dedication to the club over the past year – or two in some cases. Cathy/AE4UM, Steve/N4OGR and Lloyd/N4OOM spent many hours arranging for programs and fulfilling club activities – their efforts were greatly appreciated. JOB WELL DONE!!! We also want to say thanks to Bill, N4WJN for staying on as Treasurer for another year – his expertise is certainly welcome.

We’re looking forward to another great year ahead for OVH and it’s many upcoming activities such as the Manassas Hamfest, Field Day, License Classes, VE Testing, etc. The new club officers will be beginning their duties and participation with this month’s meeting – good luck to them and let’s give them all the support that we can.

Butch Blasdell



Post Office Box 1255

Manassas, VA. 20108



Vice Pres: John Palcer K4KGU 540-347-3391

Secretary: David Lane KG4GIY 361-3042

Treasurer: Bill South N4WJN 590-9562


Don (Butch) Blasdell W4HJL 369-2877

Art Whittum KW4AW 791-4330

John Fritsch N4YOB 791-5995


Thursdays - 8:00 PM KV4AP (Jeff) 361-5865

Sundays - 8:00 PM


Jack N4YIC 335-9139


Bill N4WJN 590-9562

Wes N5RTY 368-8544


Blaine KB4RKL 369-2877


Charlie WA4YGI 361-3091

Bill K4WRG 754-7913


Brian KE4NFK 257-9545


Erv KT4DS 335-1029


Ruth KU4WH 331-1234

Mary Lu KB4EFP 369-2877


Mike WV3H 753-9346

Pete KB4RME 369-2436

Mary Lu KB4EFP 369-2877

Bill N4WJN 590-9562


Tommy KA4AFU 369-2741




Bill N4WJN 590-9562

Blaine KB4RKL 369-2877

J.O.T.A. (Scouts)

John N4YOB 791-5995


Jeff KV4AP 361-5865


Steve KB4OF 368-6901



Jeff KV4AP 361-5865


Alan KD4KBX 330-8844

Bill N4WJN 590-9562


Ellie KF4NBO 361-8059




Steve N4OGR 361-0008


Jim N3ODZ 361-2543


Art KW4AW 791-4330

Butch W4HJL 369-2877

Milt N4SN 369-7265

Mike WV3H 753-9346

Steve N4OGR 361-0008

Alan KD4KBX 330-8844

Steve KB4OF 368-6901


Art KW4AW 791-4330


Jack N4YIC 335-9139


Jan KE4TMW 257-0897


Art KW4AW 791-4330

Alan KD4KBX 330-8844

Bill N4WJN 590.9562

Butch W4HJL 369-2877

Mike WV3H 753-9346

Jimmy WA2QEJ


The OVH Times is the official publication of the "Ole Virginia Hams" ARC, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of Amateur Radio. The OVH ARC meets at 8:00 PM every third Monday of the month at the NOVEC Tech Center in Gainesville. Prospective members are invited.

Local information can always be obtained, at any time, through the usage of the OVH repeaters (146.97- & 224.660- Mhz). All are welcome.

Permission is hereby granted for the reprinting of articles and quotations in this letter, provided full credit is given to the OVH ARC, and the author of the article. Contribution of printed articles by both members and non-members is encouraged. The deadline for submissions is the 5th of each month. Submissions should be forwarded to OVH TIMES EDITOR: Steve Meade KB4OF, PO Box 1418, Manassas, VA 20108-1418, or to

Letters to the Editor and Classified Ads are accepted and welcome. Approx. Circulation - 170


Happy March Birthday to our fellow Hams: Matthew/KC4ZPM, Scott/KE4LYN, and Rita/KE4TMU!

I understand Congratulations are in order for Alan/KD4KBX, for upgrading to General, but I don't find evidence of it on Buckmaster! I've also heard rumors that others have upgraded, but again, can't find the evidence, and haven't been notified.

Please notify me of any events in your Ham life, certainly, but also in your "other" life -- birthdays, births, deaths, marriages, upgrades, anything you'd like your fellow Hams to know! (Birthdates are no longer posted by the FCC, so I don't have them for many of you -- you might want to check with me, so you aren't disappointed when your birthday rolls around, and I don't let folks know!)

You may contact me by phone at 703.257.0897, on email at, or on the radio, of course!

73 de Jan KE4TMW

Overdue Credit!

The following dedicated OVH members need to be 'exposed' for helping in the '99 club year:

The Directors, The '99 Officers, All Committee members, Especially: Steve/KB4OF: our OVT's editor, Jack/N4YIC: HFest, Scholarship, Butch/W4HJL & MaryLu/KB4EFP: who are THE HELP, Art/KW4AW: Rptr Trust, Tech, behind-the-scenes detail, Steve/N4OGR: multi-faceted talents, Bill/N4WJN: Hpage/packet, Fday, Ruth/KU4WH: FAR Rep, advertsg, education, finance. And.......... all the other hard-working OVH folks who gave their time and abilities to make the Club Year a GO!

In appreciation, and 73 to all,

Cathy/AE4UM J

Marker Generator Project

Some OVH members will soon be constructing another solid state project for the shack. A marker generator to provide test signals for receiver calibration and general frequency checks. The ARRL Handbook and QST have published several designs for marker generators, and they are good ones. But the VE3DNL Marker Generator kit is a neat project because it uses only one IC, one resistor, three capacitors and a crystal to accomplish its purpose. Which is to generate marker signals at 40 kHz, 20 kHz, 10 kHz or 5 kHz intervals throughout the HF spectrum.

One IC! Well, the IC is a CD4060B (or equal) which consists of an on-board oscillator/buffer and fourteen master-slave flip-flops. We get the appropriate marker signals by providing a "binary-friendly" crystal frequency to the oscillator then feeding it to the chain of fourteen flip-flops. The frequency gets divided by two through each flip-flop in ripple fashion. This provides a halved frequency at each flip-flop output and it is just a matter of picking the outputs desired and connecting them to a convenient output lug. Digging deeper, the IC has 397 FETs to "make it happen!" Try getting that all done with discrete components and a sixteen pin outline! Back in the old days, enough vacuum tubes to make an oscillator, buffer and 14 flip-flops would fill several drawers in an equipment rack - and keep you fairly warm to boot.

The only thing to be careful about is the battery voltage for this little dude. The kit version and several other chip variations will work anywhere from 3 to 18 Vdc, but some chip versions have a max voltage (Vcc) of 6 volts (e.g., MC74C4060A). In that case just add a simple 78L05 voltage regulator, two bypass capacitors and a nine volt battery to provide regulated 5 Vdc for those ICs.

The logic diagram next shows how a signal fed from the oscillator stages would propagate down the chain of flip-flops. Different frequencies can be picked off the output from each flip-flop as shown. Halving is binary, of course, and so it goes 2-4-8-16-32-64-128 etc. Hope this scratches your itch and gets a discussion going. How many useful signal "pick-offs" would we have if we used a 1 MHz crystal, or a 4 MHz crystal? What would the ubiquitous color burst crystal give us (3.579545 MHz).

Armchair General

In the 1930s and 1940s, many radio consoles included shortwave bands. During the war, news from the front and battle reports could often be picked up on shortwave receivers before they were carried by the American news media. Thousands of people across the country stayed up into the wee hours, hoping to catch information about a battalion or division that included a friend or loved one.

Thousands of others, like this senior citizen portrayed by Rockwell for the April 29, 1944 cover of The Saturday Evening Post became devoted "Armchair Generals." Surrounded by newspapers, maps and charts, he strains to hear the faraway voices as they fade in and out on the airwaves. Photographs of General MacArthur and General Eisenhower appear on the wall behind him, and a glass of milk and a midnight snack are at hand.

Permission to transmit, as well as to receive, on a shortwave radio can be obtained from the government. Anyone, regardless of age, who applies for a license and passes a written test covering the Morse Code and federal rules and regulations, can become an amateur radio, or "ham" operator.

This stamp, honoring America's 250,000 amateur radio operators, was issued at Anchorage, Alaska on December 15, 1964, to pay tribute to the crucial emergency communications service provided by "ham" operators after the Alaskan earthquake of 1964. Amateur operators are often called upon to relay emergency messages. The design of the stamp combines a stylized radio wave with a portion of a radio tuning dial.