Author Archives: John Heartney

Gil, KM4OZH, taking down beam and tower

OVH Minutemen

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In late August, Butch, W4HJL, got a call asking that a beam and tower of a deceased member be taken down – IN ONE DAY.  The beam and tower had belonged to Milt, N4SN,  a long time member of OVH.   His estate was selling the house and was going to closing. The OVH got the beam and tower down in one day.   The crew consisted of Gil, KM4OZH, Al, KB4BHB, John, KG4NXT, and Bob, W4HJF.    Gil did the tower work and the rest were ground crew.   Gil had never operated a Gin pole before but did a superb job.   A Gin pole is a pole the clamps to the tower with a pulley on top to lift off the beam and tower segments one at  a time. There was a problem with the Gin pole.   We had lifted the… Read more »

Byron (AK4XR) and Duane (KK4BZ) at Deep Cut turnaround

UPCOMING HALF MARATHON

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On Sunday, September 29,   the OVH will again be running communications for the 4th Annual Prince William Half Marathon.    Last year,  the race had 1400 runners and an additional 500 runners for an included 5K race.    The OVH had 18 members participating.     The event can be done either with a 2 meter handheld or with a mobile.   Loaners are available.   Please save the date and volunteer to Wayne Phillips , N7QLK at (571) 237-0520 or at w99phi@gmail.com.

13 colonies contest certificate

13 Colonies Certificates Arrive

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Over the 4th of July week,  many club members participated in the 13 colonies special event.  The object was to work some or all of the 13 colonies special event stations.  Our own David Morris, KK4ZUU, was one of the Virginia operators with  call  K2B.    There were bonus stations for the Liberty Bell (WM3PEN)  and England ( GB13COL)   click the image for a bigger picture.

OVH NEW HAMFEST LOCATION A SUCCESS

After decades at the fairgrounds, we moved the hamfest to the Manassas Park Community Center and to a new date – June 15.    After a lot of hard work and some weather luck,  it was a big success.   Special thanks to the parking crew headed by Jim O’Rourke,  KM4SXM,  and the food crew headed by Phii,  AC4PL.

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James Morris with the fox he found

James Morris wins Fox Hunt

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At the 2019 OVH field day,   Cat, KM4PBD,  ran the fox hunt as the educational activity.   Cat was the fox hunt winner in 2018.    There were five 440 M yagis available which had been constructed by Gil, KM4OZH.   Each of the yagis was put to use by fox hunters.  One of the fox hunters was our guest Lee J. Carter,  member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 50th District. The fox hunters started from the park pavillion and their first job was to find Cat, who then gave them the fox’s frequency.    The fox hunt was won by young James Morris, who is the son of David Morris, KK4ZUU.

New Field Day Loggers

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The old XP loggers are gone ! We now have windows 10 laptops with solid state drives and the latest N3FJP field day software. This is being done at no cost to the club. Jim O’Rourke, KM4SXM, donated the first laptop. John, KG4NXT, donated the second one. Don, WA2SWX, donated 3 laptops. Our club has a comprehensive license on the N3FJP software so that was updated at no cost.

Byron on tippy toes but with safety harness on and attached

New Antenna for 146.97 repeater

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Our repeater committee decided to replace the 2 meter repeater antenna to fix the noise problems that have occured when there is a lot of precipitation.  Ken, KE2N, had run a separate transmit antenna and the results appear to validate the theory that the antenna was the problem. When the new antenna arrived, it was decided to do an immediate installation because of national weather service warnings of a storm the next day.   With only a few hours notice,  Ken had a team of 4 club members :  Byron, AK4XR,  Gil, KM4OZH, John,  KG4NXT,  and Ken himself.    The team arrived and installed the antenna without notable problems.   Byron ,who learned safe tower climbing in Iraq,   climbed the tower and installed the antenna with the rest of the team as support. Ken inspected the old antenna and reported “The old… Read more »

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