Sunshine Corner

SUNSHINE CORNER – JUNE 2024   Happy Birthday wishes to these club members:  Jan, KE4TMW; Edward, KQ4DPP; Jim, KM4SXM; Robert, W4PHX; Wayne, AG4ZZ; Gene, N4HFW; Bob, K4HJF; Robert, N0DGN; David, KQ4BDS; Dana, KM4TTP; Ron, K3FR; William, KO4QDL; Sean, KO4ZTO and Seth, WA0FZY – Enjoy your day! Happy Father’s Day to all our dads! Congratulations to all the kids for making it thru another school year, let the summer begin! Tailgate – Congratulations to Don, WA2SWX, our Tailgate Chairman and all the other club members who helped to make this event a success. Great job by everyone, even Mother Nature, the weather was the best we could have had. On to Field Day, June 22nd & 23rd, Cat, KM4PBD, is our Chairperson for this and just chaired the last planning meeting … Read more >>

President’s Letter for June 2024

Hello Everyone, I’d like to start with our 2024 Tailgate Party (in lieu of Hamfest) on June 1st. Most importantly to me, a Big Thank You to all of our volunteers. Along with the good weather, you are the reason this event was so successful. And what a great capstone to Don’s career as Hamfest Chairman. After 5 straight Saturdays of rain, we had a 75° day with no rain and no humidity. We beat last year’s vendors & spenders headcount. Don’s XYL, Edith, ran the bake sale & it did quite well. Best of all, we cleared ~$1,500.00, after expenses. Way to go, Don! Last year we officially opened at 8 AM and many showed up 7-ish. So, this year we moved it up an hour earlier, and of … Read more >>

A Really BIG Antenna

By Steve Mollman – KD9HL As a teenager and adult living in the shadow of the US Navy Radio Station NSS-Annapolis, I was able to watch much of the development of this gargantuan antenna system. Such things as 800 and 1200-foot towers with supporting 600-foot towers.  A sight for an amateur operator to behold and drool over! NSS-Annapolis first came operational in 1918 with two 350 KW arc transmitters.  Annapolis was strictly a transmitting site-the receivers were originally located at the Navy Yard Annex in Washington, DC. Later the receiver site was relocated to Cheltenham, MD, about 30 miles from Annapolis.  Portions of the site, including some of the log periodic antennas mounted on wooden utility poles, were visible to motorists traveling on US 301. Over the years improvements were … Read more >>

Sunshine Corner

SUNSHINE CORNER – May 2024   Happy Birthday wishes to these club members:  John, KM4VCJ; David, KG4GIY; Bill, WA4FIC; Steve, N0DWB; Jack, N4YIC; Carl, KK4ZYX; Craig, WA3UFY; Roberto, KM4RIE; Dick, KM4UXE; Susan, K3SSP; Bruce, KN4GDX; Don, WA2SWX; Robert, KJ4EOR; John, KG4NXT; Kenneth, KI4EOH and Lynn, KX4HR.  Enjoy your day! Hard to believe our Tailgate event is only a few weeks away on June 1st.   Don’t forget the award ceremony for the Virginia QSO Party will be held during Tailgate. If you get an award, please make sure we get your photo for the next newsletter!   Also, this will be the last ham event that Don, WA2SWX, will chair, as he is moving with his YL Edith to Ecuador.  Edith has been running the bake sale table for the last several … Read more >>

President’s Letter for May 2024

Hello Everyone, Well, with regard to the beginning of May, it sure looked like we were going to go directly into summer. While I don’t mind the warm days, I do like it cooler in the evenings. I sleep better in the cooler evenings, and I tend to think of it as “free air conditioning”. Thankfully, we seem to have returned to seasonal weather.   Theresa, KG4TVM, is once again proving herself to be a force of nature. As if May and June aren’t already the busiest months of our club’s year, she has acquired a cache of very old OVH Newsletters, and has been scanning them into her computer and uploading them into our website’s Newsletter Archive. With John, KG4NXT, assisting with the scanning, our website now has issues … Read more >>

New OVH Warthog

On April 26, James, KQ4CAX, received the POTA Rover Warthog award from Parks on the Air. He earned this by activating 5 parks in a single UTC day.   His Parks were:   Prince William Forest Park, VA (U.S. National Park Service) Leesylvania State Park, VA Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (U.S. National Park Service – VA, MD, DE, DC, PA, NY) Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, MD (U.S. National Park Service) and lastly, The Washington–Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail (U.S. National Park Service – RI, MA, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA – A 680-mile series of roads used in 1781 by the Continental Army from Newport, Rhode Island, to Yorktown, Virginia.). Some of these parks were co-located.  John, KG4NXT, is also a POTA … Read more >>

George, K4GVT’s VE Session @ Cisco in Knoxville, TN

The same week the OVH held its VE session, our Christmas Parade Chairman, George, K4GVT, was at a Cisco internal conference in Knoxville, TN. George had three papers to present and he set up some ham gear to demo. While there, George and his team also held a Cisco internal only VE Session. George set up his demo station to attract candidates for ham testing. Additionally, George writes: “For my ham buddies: When I first set this up on the IC-7610, all bands were dead. I pulled the PL-259 out with only the center conductor connected, and the bands were alive. So, I had guys on the ground take an ohm meter and monitor the resistance while I went up onto the roof. I checked the feed line, all good. … Read more >>

Thawfest II

OVH had a table at Thawfest II in Ruckersville, Virginia on April 13, 2024. The first priority was to distribute OVH Tailgate flyers for our Tailgate Party on June 1. Theresa, KG4TVM, was able to distribute all but 5 of the flyers we brought, so that was a success. The second priority was to sell the TS-950SD HF radio and the SM-230 monitor that Bob Zaepfel, K4HJF, had donated to the club. We had brought them to two previous hamfests, but they did not sell. At Thawfest, we WERE able to to sell them. Jeff, K9VEG, also put one of his radios on the table and was able to sell it. Other OVH members at Thawfest included Bruce, KN4GDX; John, KG4NXT; Ron, K3FR and Woody, N4MQ.