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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

Presidents Letter June 2017

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PRESIDENTS LETTER: Now that the 43rd Annual Hamfest is in the books, time to start planning for next year. First though, I would like to commend Terry (KC4DV) and the committee on another great hamfest.  As you may know, Terry has decided to pass the baton over to Don WA2SWX for next year.  I am sure that the OVH can do attitude will continue. Due to the fairgrounds modifying their policy on vehicles in the building, OVH had to change the way vendors set up. For the first time,  OVH assisted with the unloading and loading of vehicles. This surprised all of the vendors. We had a lot of complements on this action. Most everyone said that we are one of only a very few to do this. This could have only been accomplished by a group of committed club… Read more »

VP’s Corner

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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 »

[W4OVH] Radio Support to Horseback Ride in GW National Forest

Want to operate your radio in the field? Want to work with some truly professional operators at a complex event? Want to see some of the most beautiful scenery in Virginia and WV? Why not do it all at once? The Old Dominion Endurance Rides is hosting a series of long distance horseback races in June. On Friday, June 9th riders and horses will compete in 25 mile and 50 mile races. On Saturday, June 10th will be a 100 mile race. Competitors have 24 hours to complete the 100 mile course and will finish in the early hours on Sunday morning. The start and finish will be at the base camp in Orkney Springs, near the Bryce Ski Resort in Bayse. Most of the trail is in the George Washington National Forest extending from base camp up to the… Read more »

Finally!  Sample club polo arrived UPS and it looks like they got it right this time … navy blue, gold embroidery, 60/40 breathable cotton/poly, stain release … pocket version for men, no pocket for women… Hopefully the rest of our order will be here in time for the Hamfest.

73,

Jeff

Presidents Letter May 2017

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PRESIDENT’S LETTER: Hello to all and I hope this message finds you all healthy and well. It has been a roller-coaster for weather so far.  Now it is time to get active and prepare for an exciting and prosperous year. Let the OVH activities begin!! First of all, the May 15th meeting will be the last one at the Manassas City Public Works Building for about a year.  They will be using the space to do computer training for some of the city employees. We are hoping to be back as it is a great place to hold meetings. Also on the down side, OVH did not take part in the 2017 Manassas Air Show. A number of factors came into play that did not bode well for us. On the upside, the weather didn’t cooperate that much. All in… Read more »

VP’s Corner

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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 »