Sunshine Corner

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Starting the New Year with a birthday are John, KI4OWH; Justin, KJ4LAS; Elizabeth, KG4NXV; Joseph, KM4UYA; John, WA1STU; Ken, KE2N; Ken, KN4DD; Woody, N4MQ; John, KG4HZC; Fred, WD4ASP and Cat, KM4PBD. Hope you all were able to have a special celebration! Winter Field Day is January 29th & 30th this year, John, KG4NXT and I will be at Cabin #5 at Shenandoah River State Park just south of Front Royal. If you can come out and visit with us, please let us know ahead of the event. We will have our youngest grandson with us and he is not vaccinated due to age, so we want to keep him safe. Also, we don’t want him spreading something to anyone that might not be vaccinated. Any questions, or if you need more info on this event please reach out to John… Read more »

Member Spotlight – Mark Baker KO4MBN

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In January 2021, Mark Baker was not a ham. In December 2021, Mark is KO4MBN with a General ticket and has worked all 50 states and over 100 countries. Mark got his Tech ticket in February 2021. He joined the OVH in April 2021 and passed his General exam at an OVH VE session in October 2021. Zero to sixty in ham radio. Mark lives in Bristow, VA and is a Captain and Paramedic with the DC Fire Department. He has a number of other hobbies. He is an amateur astronomer. He does astrophotography and also landscape and nature photography. He is a pistol and rifle target shooter. He has three sets of dusty golf clubs as well as some bowling ball in the closet. Mark’s first exposure to radio was the father of one of his friends who was… Read more »

Lynn, KX4HC, Norma, John KG4NXT, Theresa KG4TVM, Don WA2SWX, Edith, Julie, Bill AF4LL

OVH Holiday Party 2021

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On Sunday December 12, we had our annual OVH Holiday party organized by Theresa, KG4TVM at the Yorkshire Restaurant. We had an excellent Club turnout with over 35 attendees. No tables were empty in our section of the restaurant. We had a renewed emphasis on the potluck part of the dinner with many wonderful dishes. Al, KB4BHB and Wayne, N7QLK worried that they would not be able to provide venison for the dinner. However, they suddenly were lucky and harvested two deer and then there was plenty of venison for the chili. Gil, KM4OZH made lemon cake which was so popular that Gil did not get a taste. Gil has previously made lemon cake for the Fauquier Club’s party and did not get to taste his own cake there either. Many other dishes were brought and were quite tasty. Theresa… Read more »

Tony KM4KLB receives award for his work on the tailgate

Sunshine Corner

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Happy Birthday wishes to Marwood, KL7AW; Rob, W4FSK; Tony, KM4KLB; Ed, KK4PHP;  Jay, NQ4T; Dianne, KI4FVV; Bill, N4SV; Alan, KY4DN; Bryon, AK4XR; David, KK4ZUU and George, N4XSL – have a great end of year celebration! On Saturday, December 4th, the City of Manassas held their 75th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. As we have done in the past, the club has supported this event by providing  radio communications facilitated by a dozen spotters along the parade route and at the Judges’ stand. We also had our Club Trailer entered into the parade as a unit. Special thank you to Gene, KN4JMB for using his truck to drive the trailer thru the parade. Gene also helped get the decorations on the trailer and his truck! Thank you to everyone that came out and helped, we had a beautiful weather morning and… Read more »

Michael, KO4HBU, Unity High School - Member Spotlight

Local (OVH) Boy Makes Good

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VP OVH OK, so Michael, KO4HBU, is not a boy. He is in fact, a Prince William County Public Schools science teacher. He is also a new ham and a new Ole Virginia Hams member. He was licensed at OVH’s VE Session @ the Nokesville Park on 8/15/20. All of us with children and grandchildren know that raising them and teaching them is difficult. But when you add-in teaching them during the age of COVID, and all of those inherent problems, this becomes much more formidable. We are talking about Michael, not just because he teaches physics, chemistry, biology, and earth sciences at Unity Reed High. We are also talking about what may very well be his greatest accomplishment in 2021. Michael was able to win a $5,000 grant from the Toshiba Corporation for his school. Specifically, for equipment for… Read more »

Christmas Parade 2021

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The Ole Virginia Hams supported the 2021 Christmas Parade in two ways. First, our trailer was decorated and became a float in the parade. Second, the club provided communications support for the event. Theresa, KG4TVM spearheaded the float effort.  She noticed the deadline and filed the paperwork – we got in the parade at no cost. Theresa, Ron, K3FR;  John, KG4NXT and Andrea, KI4SXM helped with the lights and decorations. Finally Gene, KN4JMB  pulled the trailer in the parade with his truck which was also decorated. Gene also helped decorate the trailer and the truck. George, K4GVT was our liaison for communications support with the parade.  We gathered for breakfast before the parade. The OVH members working the parade were John, KG4NXT; Theresa, KG4TVM; George, K4GVT; Ken, KN4DD; Dick, KM4UXE; Gene, KN4JMB; Andrea, KI4SXM; Sandy, KM4JUS; Ray, KM4EKR; Lynn, KX4HR;… Read more »

Ken's (KE2N) Award

2021 Turkey Trot

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VP – OVH November 25th, Thanksgiving morning was another beautiful day for a race. A 5k race to be specific. While a cloudy day, it was an above average 60° with low humidity. Perfect.   First off, and most importantly: Congratulations to our own Ken (KE2N) who not only participated in the race, he placed 2nd in his category. As he told me later, “ …. a post retirement personal best.”       Way to go, Ken! Ken’s (KE2N) Award Next up, what a difference race management makes. Our own Wayne (N7QLK) took the lead here, but he was frequently thwarted by the race’s management. Wayne organized his team of spotters – Wayne, N7QLK; Al, KB4BHB; Ken, KN4DD; Theresa, KG4TVM & John, KG4NXT only then to have the race’s management to drop off the face of the earth. Despite… Read more »

Sunshine Corner

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Happy Birthday wishes to Wayne, N7QLK; Kevin, KX4KU; Baofang, KK4JFK; Theresa, KG4TVM; Butch, W4HJL; Greg, KM4CCG; Jeff, WB4TT; Gene, KD4HRC; Charlie, WA4YGI; James, N5TE; James, KA4BOL; Paul, K4GZR and Allan. To all our Veterans, we thank you for your service, The Manassas Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, December 4th. We will need some help decorating our club trailer for the parade and George, K4GVT needs volunteers to provide radio support during this event. George can be reached at george@k4gvt.com We will be having the club Holiday Party on December 12th (Sunday) at Yorkshire Restaurant, 6 to 8 PM. This is a family event and we ask that you bring a covered dish to share. We will collect new and unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots and I have received confirmation that we will have 2 Marines attend our party!… Read more »

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