President’s Letter for September 2022

Well, it’s half past September. Cooler weather and less humidity is on the way. I’m a big fan of that. The sun will be going down sooner too. I’m not much of a fan of that, however. And, to borrow a phrase from “The Game of Thrones”, winter is coming. Summer activities are winding down too.  Off of the top of my head, we have 2 Tri-It-Now events, the Manassas Christmas parade and our annual OVH Christmas Party left on 2022’s To-Do List. While I am on the subject of activities, let us not forget that this is National Preparedness Month. I am a huge fan of being self contained. I probably got that from my old man. As a kid, 5 of us, a dog and a parrot (with … Read more >>

Sunshine Corner

Happy birthday wishes to our club members celebrating this month – Gus, N4MLE; Scott, WB6EFW; Al, KB4BHB; Jim, WE4JJ; Maury, W4HYB; Ron, N4RDZ; Bill, AF4LL; Mark, WA4KFZ; Steve, WB0AOD; Kyle and Lori, KC0EWN. Happy wishes for a great year. Several of our club members have been participating in Parks on the Air (POTA). Jeff, K9VEG has just received a certificate for activating at Prince William Forest Park 20 times. (Certificate follows) Jeff is trying to get 1,000 QSO’s at the same park. Good luck Jeff! POTA – For anyone interested in more info, check out Parks on the Air | POTA You can also request information at the club meeting or on the email reflector. Please watch the reflector and club website for upcoming events, as there is always an … Read more >>

Sunshine Corner

Happy birthday wishes to our club members celebrating this month – Ken, KD4VA; John, KK4TCE; Karl, W4KRL; Matthew, KK4SYM; Stu, W4PR; Ronnell, KK4ZUR; Vern, K0LVS; Chick, KC1PIA; Duane, KK4BZ; Raymond, KK4AQR and Andy, KJ4MTP. Hope each of you has a wonderful day! John, KG4NXT and I did go to the Berryville Hamfest on August 7th, great turnout there. Saw quite a few OVH members! Best wishes to all our club members kids, grandkids, etc. that are going back to school this month. Good luck on a successful school year! In 2021, we found out that Charles Murphy, WA1FFX had passed away. Charlie was a long time member of the club and very active for many years. Sadly, his wife Claire passed away in July. I thought I would share her … Read more >>

President’s Letter for August 2022

Location, location, location.   As a Florida boy, I know that Hurricane Season officially starts on June 1st. However, here in the Mid-Atlantic region, it unofficially begins in a few weeks. Now would be a good time to check your emergency communications equipment, supplies, including batteries. It would also be a good time to verify the integrity of both your antenna(s) and the guy wires. I’m reminded that 3 years ago George, K4GVT suffered a lightning strike around this time. It completely obliterated his antenna & damaged his radios & other electronics. So I think it would also be good to review your safe grounding & isolation setups. Back on July 24th, the OVH supported The Tri It Now – Summer Super Sprint at the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center in … Read more >>

13 Colonies Certificates arrive for 2022

13 Colonies 2022 certificate

The certificates from The Annual 13 Colonies Special Event are arriving.   If you get all 13 colonies, it is called a “CLEAN SWEEP”.   There are also bonus stations for the Liberty Bell, a station in England and a station in France.  Known club members participating include Al, KB4BHB;  Wayne, N7QLK; Ken, KE2N; Byron, AK4XR; Jim, KM4SXM and John, KG4NXT. Click on the small image of the certificate to see it bigger.

President’s Letter for July 2022

Finally, our busy season is winding down. It’s been a whirlwind for some time now. On June 25th & 26th the OVH took part in ARRL Field Day 2022. Under the guidance of returning Field Day Chairman Byron, AK4XR, we had our best Field Day in 20 years.  We claimed 5,266 points. Preparation started the day before, on Friday. Lines were shot in trees Friday afternoon, everyone started showing up early Saturday, and we were ready to go long before things got started. We also had the return of the Pot Luck Supper on Saturday; there was no shortage of camaraderie. You can read more about it in John, KG4NXT’s excellent article:  https://w4ovh.net/ovh-field-day-best-in-20-years/ Back on the 4th of July, OVH supported The Freedom Firecracker 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run Mini-Tri … Read more >>

The Freedom Firecracker 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run

A lot of different running garb

The Ole Virginia Hams once again provided support for a 4th of July “Mini-Tri” marathon for Prince William County, led by Wayne, N7QLK, code named “Shadow”.  As with most of our Mini-Tri’s, this was held at The Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center, in Manassas, VA. Officially titled The Freedom Firecracker 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, the race was started about 8:30 AM & had about 200 participants. The runners went first, followed by the walkers about 10 minutes later. It was a very colorful event. If you look closely at the photos, while running attire was the norm, tutus (with and without deely bobbers) and patriotic garb were also quite popular. Complementing race officials, we also had a Course Marshal on a bicycle assisting us. At this time, we would … Read more >>

Sunshine Corner

Happy birthday wishes to our club members celebrating this month – Jack, KN4HHQ; Ken, WB4ZOH; Philip, KI4WGC; Jeff, KM4FTK; Bruce, KN4TS; George, K4GVT; Sandy, KM4JUS; Rosalie (AKA Pinky), KN4ZLY; Dwight, N4GSD; Mary, KK4GOW; Jeff, K9VEG; Richard, KJ4ZIH; Luther, WA3FMO; Tony, KK4YZK; William, WB4KLC and Stephen, KO4GOR. WOW, that is a lot of candles. ENJOY! Congratulations to the club on a successful Field Day event. Special thanks to Byron, AK4XR and John, KG4NXT for pulling the event together. SUPER thanks to everyone that came out and operated! Article and photos are on our website at w4ovh.net POTA – John, KG4NXT has been hunting stations and activating a few parks. He just hit 500 contacts as a hunter – Click to see certificate. Anyone interested in doing Parks on the Air, if … Read more >>