Presidents Letter: I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and is recovered from all the festivities. We tend to overdo it so if you are like my family, you were probably looking forward to going back to work or school. It being a new year I want to remind you to send in your membership dues. It completely slipped my mind and I just recently sent them in. I also wanted to mention that elections are coming up next month and you need to be a paid member to vote or to run for office. Since I am also the Field Day chairman I wanted to mention that we will be holding our planning meetings starting next month. Check on the reflector for the upcoming meeting dates. We already have our location reserved thanks to Butch / W4HJL. On the radio… Read more »
As we enter the new year, I’m reminded of a quote my faculty adviser kept posted on his wall: “We are surrounded by insurmountable opportunity.” Opportunities abound at OVH for programs, projects, and people. Based on your inputs, here are some ideas for programs and projects. I’ve added a couple of threads (links) to tug on for each so you can explore them further online. (1) Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) http://www.arrl.org/direction-finding http://www.homingin.com/ (2) Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS) http://www.arrl.org/aprs-mode (3) Digital Modes http://wb8nut.com/digital/ (4) Morse Code http://www.arrl.org/learning-morse-code Jeff, K9VEG, has established a weekly CW net for those interested in polishing their skills. See the OVH reflector for details. (5) 6 and 10 meter FM and Digital Anyone interested in exploring the acres of unused RF spectrum there for mobile,portable, and emergency use? Interested in giving a presentation or chairing… Read more »
Presidents Letter: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family members. I wanted to get that in first! And please don’t forget to renew your OVH membership for 2019 now! Use the form at the end of this Newsletter or do it online at w4ovh.net. Speaking of forgetting, every time I try to get on the air with the “new” FT8 mode, I have to try to remember what I did last time which didn’t work. One of these days I’ll get it working; and now I see that a new FT8 version has come out so I will have to download that and get up to speed with it. The recent, big FT8 contest with a lot of FT8 activity on HF provided a good incentive for me to get this working at last! I… Read more »
At the popular OVH holiday party, the club gave out several awards. There were several people getting awards who did not make the party. These awards will be given out at the January meeting. Awards given at the party were: Steve Frick N4OGR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Al Dugas KB4BHB LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Jay Moore NQT4 CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION Wayne Phillips N7QLK HALF MARATHON CHAIRMAN shirt (custom embroidered) Don Meyerhoff WA2SWX Large bottle of Ginger Wine for taking on Treasurer and Hamfest Chair John Heartney KG4NXT VE shirt for being VE liaison Yorkshire Restaurant Certificate of Appreciation There were also lots of toys for tots donated.
As we know, the sun bleaches things. The OVH trailer and its decals are no exception. Therefore, we now have a reflective 9 mil tarp over the trailer. It should also reduce the heat in the trailer. The tarp was donated by John , KG4NXT. The tarp was installed by John , KG4NXT, and Al, KB4BHB. AL, KB4BHB paid for the installation supplies.
The 2 meter repeater had become very noisy several times after we have had a lot of rain. After testing for noise in the repeater shack, the technical committee decided the noise source was between the antenna and the outside of the repeater shack. Ken , KE2N, decided we should replace the generic LMR 400 coax with hardline. On December 3, 2018, an OVH team replaced the coax to both the 2 Meter and 440 antennas with 7/8 inch hardline. This hardline has a loss of only .7 db per 100 feet at 440 MHZ. Our climber was Byron AK4XR. Ken directed the operation and Gil , KMK4OZH and John KG4NXT assisted. We are hopeful that the noise will not return. In addition, the repeater receiver should be just a bit more sensitive and there will be… Read more »
The approaching holiday season and year’s end are traditionally a time for reflection and giving thanks for our many blessings. This Veteran’s Day, lets take a moment to express thanks to our veterans – the young ones who are in harm’s way today defending our freedoms, and those who have gone before, sometimes giving all. Amateurs have a proud history of contributions during our nation’s conflicts. This Veteran’s Day I’ll cover a fascinating but little known part of that history – radios built by American and Allied prisoners of war. For a moment, imagine yourself as a WWII POW. You’re injured, on short rations, and living in primitive conditions. How will you find parts for even a basic receiver? And, of course, the design will be yours (no references or tube manuals). Since consequences of discovery by your captors will… Read more »
Our Treasurer Don, WA2SWX, has found a painless way to help the club: Amazon Smile. When setup, Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to OVH. There are two steps: 1) Add the OVH as your charity on your amazon account ; 2) When buying, buy on smile.amazon.com instead of www.amazon.com. Adding OVH as your Amazon Charity Click to add OVH as Amazon Smile Charity Getting your Amazon purchase to count and make a contribution There are several ways to get your purchase to count. The first is to simply get into amazon with the following URL http://smile.amazon.com One you succeed, you can make a bookmark and use that. If you go to www.amazon.com, your purchase will not count. You can tell that you are in Smile because your Amazon page shows it as shown below. … Read more »