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




Next meeting: 18 September, 2000

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


Message From One of the Directors




Greetings to All OVH Members:


The summer has come and gone. Fall is almost here and the year will be gone before we know it.

Well done, to Art, for getting the 440 Repeater up and running. I know he has spent many hours on this

endeavor. A special thanks to George, KE2AM, for his engineering support on this 440 project.


This monthís meeting on September 18th, will include voting on new members, gathering support for J.O.T.A., the Boys Scouts annual Jamboree on the Air, (which will take place in October) and a grab bag of parts and pieces of electronic equipment available for "adoption." Some club members are still working on building QRP equipment just for fun.

Come to the meeting and get together with other hams in the area and find out what Ole Virginia Hams has on the "burner" for the next few months of the year.



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


Jack N4YIC 335-9139


Butch W4HJL 369-2877


Blaine KB4RKL 369-2877


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

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How many times have we all driven our vehicles passed a pretty site in a park, and wondered what it would be like to be operating an HF station from that exact spot? Some of you may think that it would take too much time to set up a station, that it would be just too much of a bother. Others may think that the HF equipment is just too expensive to obtain. Not so!

On Friday morning of the 4th of July weekend, I took my QRP station (Norcal40, Emtech tuner, Norcal QRP dipole, MFJ paddles and battery; all of which fit into my undersized motorcycle bag) with me to Gettysburg National Park, and set up an operating station on Little Round Top. It took only 10 minutes to set up the station on a stone wall about 60 feet from the famous 20th of Maine's monument. During the next hour, I made four CW contacts reaching operators in PA, MI and MD with only 3 Ĺ watts. I think the most interesting was the groundwave QSO with W3MNE, who was 35 miles to the southeast of me. I had fun time expressing to the other operators that I was located at that exact location where Joshua Chamberlain made his well known bayonet charge to save the Union on the 2nd day of the 3 day battle. (Guess I should have picked up a few Civil War postcards to be used as QSLs.) After I finished transmitting, it took only 8 minutes to place everything back into my bag, and off I went to ride around the remainder of the battlefield.

Another pretty site that has seen my QRP station was Old Towne Manassas. I think we have all driven passed the single red caboose train car located in the park at the center of the town, but how many of you have ever stopped there? On a late Sunday morning, both Ruth KU4WH and I met to set up a dipole between a tree and a sign in that very park, running the feed line into the gazebo that's located across from the caboose. (For photos of the caboose and gazebo, see: The two of us then proceeded to make several CW contacts via our 40M and 20MQRP rigs, while sitting in the gazebo located along Old Towne's main drag Center Street. I think it only took 10 minutes to set up, and another 10 minutes to pack everything up after we were all through. While QRP operators seem to constantly harp on the low power aspect of their QRP rigs, I think the real benefit is that these stations are easily carried, quick to set up, inexpensive, and thus great to set up for short term use where you would not otherwise drag your Dxing/Contesting station to. The antennas and feed line may be very flexible insulated wire, whose ends may easily be tossed into a tree for elevation. No stiff/bare copper wire (for the dipole), no coaxial cable (for the feed line), and no slingshot (for the tossing) is desirable, let alone necessary. My rig, tuner and battery are individually very small, as no single element is larger than the size of two fists adjacent to one another. The cost of my equipment was minimal ($120 rig, $50 tuner, $1 antenna, free battery), and I've seen less expensive rigs out there than mine.

Any one of you can be doing the same thing if you like, even if it's in the local park down the street. The propagation is good, the outdoors is wonderful, and the temperature is perfect for operating the straight-key/paddles. Of course, if you don't have HF privileges, it only takes 3-6 weeks (of 20 minutes a day) for most students to successfully pass the 5 wpm CW test. (Incidentally, I know someone who will sell her MFJ Morse Code Tutor for $50.) Then, you may as well take a couple more multiple choice tests to obtain an Extra Class license. Any club member who has any questions regarding the general nature of this hit and run HF operating style may call me anytime. For technical questions though, you may want to consult your ARRL handbook, or one of our more technically oriented club members (like Frank AA4SZ or Tom N4BV). I'm not too sure about my next site of operation, but you can be pretty sure that it will have come and gone before you have read this small item.

Regards, Bob KT4KS/QRPer






Happy Birthday to our Ham friends born in September: Mary Lu, KB4EFP and Gus, N4MLE.

Welcome to our new members, Andy WB4ZIG, Dan AE4HS and Mike N3MA! We hope you enjoy our club, as we do.

Welcome too, to Susan KG4JBD, who hasnít been voted in yet, but will be at our September meeting, Iím sure! Nice to have another YL in the group.

Be watchful as the kids go back to school and enjoy the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Be sure to fit in some Ham activities!

73 de Jan KE4TMW




I wish to thank those that have helped me with chores I am at risk in attempting. Especially in light of an article in the July issue of QST (copied below). Thanks also to those that could not but wanted to give a hand.

73 and good dx

Harry, W4PVA



He was an older, widowed engineer who enjoyed ham radio

very much. It was his main contact with the world outside

his home. Despite his disabilities, he lived alone and was proud

of being able to care for himself.

Perhaps that pride was his undoing. Despite many offers

of assistance, this ham wanted to install new antennas alone.

Last March he slipped and fell off the roof to his death. He

Was found by a shaken neighbor, who informed us along with

the police.

We all love our radio hobby, but itís not worth dying for.

If you have any doubts about your ability to climb on your roof

or tower, please ask for assistance from your fellow amateurs.

And all of you able-bodied operators: offer to assist seniors and the

handicapped. Theyíll benefit from the association and so will you.