On Saturday, October 17, OVH ran Jamboree-on-the-Air (or JOTA) at Camp Snyder in Haymarket, VA. One of our members , ROB (W4FSK) was our liaison with the scout camp and was also in charge of the camp that day. We had a troop of boys, a second one of girls and a third troop of Muslim boys. Rob estimates the OVH volunteers worked with about 50 scouts and their leaders, just at Camp Snyder. The scouts that made contacts were given signed contact cards that they can then use for partial credit for several merit badges. John (KG4NXT) brought his IC-7610 so we could have a digital station and both Al, (KB4BHB) and “The Other Ken” (KN4DD) brought their 2 meter mobile stations. The digital station ran FT8 and worked European, Caribbean and US stations. Looking at PSKReporter, the digital… Read more »
Hello everyone! It’s that time of year again! Time to enjoy all the holiday festivities, and also to reflect on all the events of the past year. The club had an outstanding Hamfest in June! It was one of the best. We had a new location and everything worked out great! The weather was good for the Christmas parade. It was a bit cold and windy, but it wasn’t snowing! I got to “ham it up” and wave my little arms off! A good time was had by all! Our holiday party was a smashing success thanks to Theresa’s hard work and phenomenal planning skills! She’s wonderful at pulling these events together! She created and awarded trophies and certificates to John, Jeff, Don, Wayne, Gil, Byron and Cat for their achievements and contributions to the club, and I even got… Read more »
On October 19, OVH supported the JOTA event at Camp Snyder in Haymarket. Modes included: DStar, 2 meter FM, FT8, HF SSB and QRP SSB on a loop. Scouts contacted Germany, France, Portugal and Belgium as well as many stations in the U.S. We also had an oscilloscope on display and morse code keys with sound for the scouts. Duane, KK4BZ, was on horseback in the battle field and worked many of our scouts on 2 meters. We do not get a lot of horseback mobiles ! Scout Leader Rob, W4FSK, is a member of our club and was our sponsor at Camp Snyder. We got a scout lunch of hot dogs and baked beans. Participants included Rob, W4FSK; Al, KB4BHB; Don, WA2SWX; Duane, KK4BZ; Theresa , KG4TVM; Cat , KM4PBD; Bruce, KN4GDX; and John , KG4NXT. We had wonderful… Read more »
On Sunday, September 29, the OVH will again be running communications for the 4th Annual Prince William Half Marathon. Last year, the race had 1400 runners and an additional 500 runners for an included 5K race. The OVH had 18 members participating. The event can be done either with a 2 meter handheld or with a mobile. Loaners are available. Please save the date and volunteer to Wayne Phillips , N7QLK at (571) 237-0520 or at email@example.com.
On Saturday Oct 20, OVH members assisted with JOTA at Camp Snyder in Haymarket. On site members were Al, KB4BHB, Wayne, N7QLK, Megan Phillips (no call yet), Don, WA2SWX, Ron, N4RDZ (visiting from Seattle), Theresa, KG4TVM, Bruce, KN4GDX and John , KG4NXT. We also had club members contact our JOTA site and talk to our scouts on the air including David, KG4GIY, Charlie , W4YGI (using our repeater’s internet link from Lake Anna) , Ogre, N4OGR, and Jan, KE4TMW. At our next regular meeting, Rob, W4SFK , will present a JOTA report in more detail. If JOTA participant was missed, please contact John , KG4NXT, and a correction will be made.
Pinkie Pig here! The last few weeks have been rather hectic. The hams have been assisting at various events around the area, and then there was Hamfest! We had a light turn-out at the May meeting. Don M. gave a great presentation on UBITX, which went right over my little pink head. So, don’t ask me any questions! (I thought it was a new breed of dog, but what do I know? I’m only a pig!) Peaches did not attend, as usual. It was raining, and I think she’s afraid of rain! Perhaps it was for the best because I heard some talk about “bacon”! We also read in another club member for my fan club! Hamfest was upon us before I could pry Peaches off the couch. The day started off dry, and then It rained, and rained, and… Read more »
Wow… it has been a very busy weekend over the 5-6 May Saturday and Sunday! First the outstanding Manassas Air Show and W4OVH attending to promote our Amateur Radio activities on Saturday, coordinated by Kevin Utzy and then the 2018 Inaugural Warrior Bike Ride on Sunday. The 2018 Warrior Bike Ride was hosted by the Serve Our Willing Warriors (SOWW) organization which does such outstanding work in providing a much-needed break for our recovering service members at military hospitals in the National Capital Region. The average hospital stay is 300 days! The exhausting, daily routine of surgeries, procedures, therapies, and doctor appointments takes a heavy toll on everyone involved. SOWW provides their Retreat, where our “Willing Warriors” can get away from the hospital environment with family, caretakers, and friends to relax, enjoy quality time, and reconnect in a comfortable home-like environment…. Read more »
Members of the Old Virginia Hams participated in the Manassas Airshow on May 5th, 2018 at the Manassas airport by setting up a booth to show off some of the many activities in amateur radio to the attendees. There is much cross over between air enthusiasts and amateur radio. The club saw this as an opportunity to introduce the hobby to those who may not fully understand the various aspects and opportunities in the hobby. This public outreach was also provided a chance to not only educate but to make the community aware of our club and what we do. The club displayed five different items: A homemade crystal radio using soda cans as capacitors, made by Al, KB4BHB SDR CW radio built by John, KG4NXT 2 meter Fox and hound, build using a Raspberry Pi made by John, KG4NXT… Read more »