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VP’s Corner Jeff Fuller WB6UIE How many of you have mentioned your amateur radio hobby to family and friends? If so, I’ll bet you’ve heard comments like “Does anyone still do that?”, and “That’s so out of date. Everyone has cell phones and Internet now.” Well … if you’ve been following the news about the hurricane aftermath in Puerto Rico, you’ll know that two weeks after the storm most of the power is still out and less than 30 percent of the cellular network is working. The Red Cross went directly to ARRL and requested a deployment of 50 hams with equipment to support the relief effort. That “Force of Fifty” is now in place and providing communications support for hospitals and other key nodes [1]. So …keep those batteries charged and remember that we still have a very viable… Read more »

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VP’s Corner Jeff Fuller WB6UIE Many thanks to Rob Saul,KK4MXU, and the crew of Buckhall Volunteer Firestation for offering the use of their Training Room for our new OVH monthly meeting site. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 19 Sept at 1930 local. A map and imagery are shown here. Please use the guest parking area at the front of the station (near the flag pole).    Since this month is National Emergency Preparedness Month, it’s a good time for everyone to check their emergency kits and portable rigs and make sure your batteries are charged. NOAA’s prediction of an active hurricane season has come true in spades. Looks like amateur radio will be a valuable member of the Florida emergency response team. They’ve put out a call for assistance from local hams on government web sites and news… Read more »

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VP’s Corner Jeff Fuller WB6UIE Since many of you will be on travel to view the eclipse or off on vacation with your family, we’ve decided to postpone the club meeting until next month.  Our next meeting will be held on Monday 18 September in the Developmental Services Building at the Prince William County Center.  Map and details will be posted on the web page. Next month is National Emergency Preparedness Month.  This is a good time for everyone to check their emergency kits and portable rigs and make sure your batteries are charged.  NOAA is forecasting this year’s hurricane season to be an active one. Speaking of emergency power, how many of you are involved with solar backup or charging?  If so, let me know if you would like to give a presentation and demo at one of our club… Read more »

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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 »

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VP’s Corner Jeff Fuller WB6UJE Congratulations to Terry, KC4DV, and his team for yet another very successful Hamfest. And many thanks to all the club members who pitched in to help with vendor setup and the myriad of other tasks needed to make the Hamfest go smoothly. After many years as the driving force behind the Manassas Hamfest, Terry has decided to take a well deserved break from the heavy lifting. We thank him for his service as he passes the baton to our new Hamfest Chairman, Don WA2SWX. OVH has been quite active in a variety of public service roles, such as the Mini Tri communications support organized by Andy KJ4MTP and David KG4GIY.  Another opportunity is headed our way on October 22nd.  The Marine Corps Marathon typically attracts thousands of runners from all over the nation and world and… Read more »

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VP’s Corner Jeff Fuller WB6UJE As many of you are already aware, the May meeting will be our last one at the current location.  NOVEC, who had been kind enough to lend us their conference room, needs to reclaim that space for use as a computer training lab.  I was able to reserve the Community Room at the Manassas Central Library for our June and July meetings. It’s located at 8601 Mathis Avenue, not too far from NOVEC.  Meeting time will be 7-8:30 pm based on available reservation slots. June & July Club Meeting Location The library is a good short term fix, but for a variety of reasons won’t work long term. Ray and I are busy knocking on doors of Prince William County public conference rooms, schools, churches, and a number of other organizations in search of a new… Read more »

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VP’s Corner Jeff Fuller WB6UJE One of the more interesting things I’ve seen during my return journey to ham radio has been the marriage of the microprocessor and the radio.  It started with frequency synthesizers.  Easy to net everybody up on one frequency and no more drifting VFOs. And them came digital modes. All those nifty error correcting codes I studied years ago in school were once limited to pencil and paper exercises, or maybe a mainframe lab or two. Now they run on a laptop computer sound card, like the one I used last month in a transatlantic QSO running five watts of PSK31. And, ham radio has joined the Internet of Things (IoT) – a variety of unmanned systems and sensors for monitoring and reporting. Want to learn more about IoT ? Are you an Arduino programmer, Skywarn… Read more »

VP’s Corner – Jeff Fuller WB6UIE

I’m honored to have been elected OVH’s Vice President and I look forward to working with you and the other officers and directors in club activities and in the recruiting of new members. Like many of us, my interest in ham radio began when I was a youngster. In my case, that was over fifty years ago in junior high school. After passing our Novice exams which included a 5 wpm Morse code test, a couple of us pooled our very limited funds and managed to buy a World War II surplus ARC-5 receiver and enough parts to assemble a power supply and a 6L6 (vacuum tube) crystal oscillator. The total cost for these items was probably under $20 but that was a lot of money back then. I can still remember the smell of the solder melting as we carefully added each component. Antenna? Well, that was sort of a long wire –… Read more »