President’s Letter for January 2023

Happy New Year to All, I heard what I thought was a great story this week. It is the kind of story that you hope is true. It seems that back in the late 1800s or early 1900s there was a telegrapher’s job opening, and a man went down to the office to apply. When the man got there however, there were about seven applicants ahead of him. Unconcerned, he took his seat to wait his turn. It was a busy office with a lot of office noise, and this being the past, lots of heavy clicking and clacking from the telegraph equipment. After a few moments, this man got up from his seat, and strode purposefully into the back office whereupon the door closed. This, of course, upset the … Read more >>

H.A.M. Analyzed

Bruce KN4GDX presents on Quantum Computing

H.A.M. For 2023, rest assured a meaning has finally come into our hobby. After lengthy and never ending discussions on the meaning of ‘ham’, typically among oldies and newbies, and the assertions that it represents the initials of important people, the REAL answer has come to light (er, electromagnetic propagation). HAM stands for Heuristic Algorithmic Menagerie. (apologies to Arthur C. Clarke) Heuristic because … Heuristic — A heuristic, or heuristic technique, is any approach to problem solving or self-discovery that employs a practical method that is not guaranteed to be optimal, perfect, or rational, but is nevertheless sufficient for reaching an immediate, short-term goal or approximation. Wikipedia Algorithmic because … duh: algorithms are embedded in everything we do. Menagerie because … It’s obvious to any observer of the typical ham … Read more >>

Sunshine Corner

Bruce KN4GDX presents on Quantum Computing

Happy birthday wishes to our club members celebrating this month – Tony, KM4KLB; Ed, KK4PHO; Jay, NQ4T; Dianne, KI4FVV; Bill, N4SV; Kelly, (no call); Alan, KY4DN; Byron, AK4XR; David, KK4ZUU and Marwood, KL7AW. Hope you all end the year with lots of candles! On Saturday, December 3rd, we attended the Manassas Christmas Parade. Club members were along the parade route providing radio communications to net control (Wayne, N7QLK). Special thanks to Ken, KN4DD for pulling our club trailer thru the parade as one of the units. It started as a very dark, grey, rainy day but by the time the parade kicked off, the weather moved on. There will be other mentions in the newsletter along with photos by George, K4GVT. This is an event to consider for next year … Read more >>

President’s Letter for December 2022

Greetings to All, Well, here it is December. The year is winding down and the OVH event calendar is over for the year. Overall, 2022 has been a lot better than the last two years, and we continue to grow back into normalcy. We returned to Hamfest this year from last year’s Covid inspired Tailgate Party. We had excellent turn outs for Field Day this year as well as our Mini-Tri and Warrior Bike Ride events. Things will continue to improve in 2023 and I am counting on your continued support of club activities. Get ready to renew your membership. Your annual dues are $25 now, after a club vote at the October meeting. Please remember the new amount when you make your payment. See the mail in Flyer for … Read more >>

OVH Supports 76th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Santa & Mrs. Claus holding court

What a difference a year makes.  On December 3rd, the Ole Virginia Hams supported the 76th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. While just cloudy last year, this year’s forecast called for poor weather. They got it part right. While the weather was gloomy during the preparation phase or setup phase of the parade, the weather did improve as the day went on. John, KG4NXT, Theresa, KG4TVM and yours truly met at the Manassas City Yard at 6:30 AM to collect & decorate the OVH trailer. It was about 50 ° at that time. Overnight and that morning we had about .3” of cold rain, which made lying on the ground to hook up the trailer and electrical just miserable. It was too wet to put a lot of decorations on … Read more >>

OVH supports Turkey Trot

Duane KK4BZ and XYL were runners

Early in the morning of Thanksgiving Day, OVH did communications support for the Manassas Turkey Trot, which is a 5k race event. We provided communications. The OVH members helping where Wayne, N7QLK (lead); Ken, KN4DD; Theresa, KG4TVM and John, KG4NXT. The race went smoothly. We did notice a large number of participants whose philosophy was ” Walk, don’t run”. Nevertheless, we all got home in plenty of time for Thankgiving dinner.

OVH VE Session Nov 19, 2022

OVH VE examiners

On November 19, 2022, OVH sponsored a VE session at a Centreville Library. Byron, AK4XR had secured the space. The VEs assisting were John, KG4NXT; Al, KB4BHB; Ken, KN4DD; Luther, WA3FMO; James, KQ4CAX, and Mark, WA4KFZ. Theresa, KG4TVM assisted with registration and ID checking.  She also prepared a handout which included a club application and the steps to follow to check on the application and pay the new $35 FCC fee.  We had 7 applicants and all passed. We have 5 new technicians and 2 new Generals.

President’s Letter for November 2022

Greetings to All, I hope that everyone had a happy and safe Halloween. I was going to say something about leftover candy, as if there would actually be any candy left over. But, never mind. November 11th is Veterans Day. As you probably know, originally it was designated as Armistice Day in remembrance of World War I veterans. It has since evolved in the US to honor ALL veterans of our military services.  So, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our members who have served, and also all who are currently defending, those who have served, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank You. Our Former VP Jeff, WB6UIE, always a fine writer, has written another enjoyable article for Veteran’s Day, on our website. … Read more >>