Author Archives: Andy - KJ4MTP

Follow Up to 13 Colonies Event

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This is a short follow up to the recent article posted by John Heartney, KG4NXT, regarding the working of the 4th of July Independence Day “The Original 13 Colonies Special Event. John was kind enough to provide us with a image of his earned certificate for the special event. A number of our Ole Virginia Ham club members worked the Original 13 Colonies special event and earned the respective certificates.  As Kevin Utzy, KX4KU responded, Got mine too plus two qsl cards.  Only difference between yours and mine is you have NRA endorsement, so we will go with yours!  🙂 The Ole Virginia Hams Amateur Radio Club is fortunate to have members that enjoy working or even hosting events like Terry, KC4DV (Eclipsepedition 2017), and sharing the information with the rest of the club. 73, Andy KJ4MTP

Sunshine Corner July

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SUNSHINE CORNER Happy middle of the summer Birthday wishes for: Steve / KB4OF, Ken / WB4ZOH, Philip / KI4WGC, Jeff / KB4TT, George / K4GVT, Michael / KC4ZNQ, Sandy / KM4JUS, Dwight / N4GSD, Bob / KI4IST, Mary / KK4GOW, James / AA4KG, Jeff / K9VEG, Richard / KJ4ZIH, Luther / WA3FMO and Tony / KK4YZK. Congratulations to the whole OVH club for a great participation during June – which is always the busiest “ham” month of the year for the club! Hamfest, meetings, Mini-Tri, Field Day, these events would not have been so successful if so many club members did not actively participate; during June, you all came out in great numbers. Thanks to everyone including the Chairperson for each event! Special thanks to Phil / AC4PL for feeding everybody at during Field Day, master chef Phil again did a tremendous job, certainly no one… Read more »

VP’s Corner

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VP’s Corner Jeff Fuller WB6UIE Well done to Byron, AK4XR, and his team for a very successful Field Day. We had a good turnout, the weather was nice, and the food superb. If you’re interested in getting involved with amateur radio public service activities, upcoming events like the Mini Triathlons are a great place to get your feet wet. Keep an eye out for Andy’s posts for more info.  For those with more experience, the Prince William Half Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon will be here soon. Polos are here!  For those who were part of our second order, I’ll have your OVH club polo at the next meeting.  If you would like a polo but weren’t on the list, I’ll also have a number of basic (no name or callsign) club polos for purchase. Our program for the July… Read more »

W4OVH Eclipsepedition 2017

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Eclipsepedition 2017 I am mounting an Eclipsepedition August 21 to Lexington SC.  Special Event Call Sign W4E has been requested. The center of Solar Eclipse Totality passes directly over Lexington.  Eclipse QSO Party, HF Operation will be from a Public Parks or School. Planned Operation is from 11:00am to 4;06 EDST, details to follow. Checking Travel Velocity, I found a Limited number of budget Hotels in the Columbia Lexington area. Aiken SC currently has the best availability of Business Class rooms and Suites. I booked a room at the Aiken Hampton Inn for $84.  Aiken is only 45 miles from the Eclipse Totality Center. Planned operation is on 20 meters and 40 meters. I provide the rigs and antennas.,  I encourage everyone travel to Lexington SC to witness the 2017 Great American Eclipse The last American Transcontinental pass was in… Read more »

W4OVH in the 13 Colonies Special Event

13 Colonies Special Event 1300 UTC on July 1 until 0400 UTC on July 7 OVH was well represented in the 13 Colonies special event.    I probably do not have a complete listing but wanted to recognize those who I know about.  The object of the  13 Colonies special event is to contact designated stations in each of the original 13 colonies.   Each State has it own special 1 by 1 call – Virginia was K2B. I believe the following stations had a “Clean sweep” : Al, KB4BHB,  Byron, AK4XR,  Terry,  KC4DV, and Gil, KM4OZH.   Other club members participating were John , KG4NXT,  David, KK4ZUU,  Kevin , KX4KU, and Wayne N7QLK.   Some of the members were actively sharing spots on the difficult to work stations. Our own David, KK4ZUU, was one of the official Virginia stations – K2B.    David went out… Read more »

Field Day Interference Signal Hunting

2017 W4OVH Field Day On Saturday night of 2017 Field day,   Gil , KM4OZH ,  and John , KG4NXT,  noticed severe buzzing interference on 80 M phone. We could only make out a few strong stations. Some of the other operators had noticed it on 20M CW and 20 M phone.  We started to hunt for the interference.  We tried turning off computers one by one.  We turned off the hf rigs one by one.   We turned out the lights one by one. We turned off one generator and then the other.   We still had the interference. Some one suggested we check the lights in the bathroom which were a good 250 feet away.   Byron, AK4XR, found an electrical panel at the bathroom which controlled the pavilion as well as the bathroom.    One by one, he turned off the circuit and it… Read more »

W4OVH Member Wins a Virginia QSO Plaque

Congratulations to David Morris, KK4ZUU David Morris, KK4ZUU ,  was the first OVH member to win a Virginia QSO Plaque. David and his son  won the High Multiple Operator Single Transmitter plaque plaque in VAQP this year and they only operated on Saturday! 2017 Virginia QSO Party Awards Ceremony Apparently it’s the first time anyone from OVH has won a plaque from the VAQP effort per the sponsor’s statistics (2006-2017) here: 2017 Virginia QSO Party Awards Brief OVH did better for log submissions in 2017, 15 logs vs 11 in 2016. David wants to mobile OPS next year with my son (and his license) and we can get more people involved from the club. 73, John Heartney KG4NXT

W4OVH Field Day 2017

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Another Successful Field Day… A successful 2017 OVH / ARRL Field Day event took place at the Pavilion at the Nokesville Community Park, 12560 Aden Road, Nokesville, Virginia on Saturday / Sunday June 24/25, 2017 attended by many OVH members with family members and other visitors. An excellent technical training program about coaxial cables, SWR and designing and implementing matching networks was presented by Ken / KE2N.