Ole’ Virginia Hams supported the NOVA STEM Day event at the Manassas Northern Virginia Community College, running one of 35 information booths. Many ‘thanks’ go out to John (KG4NXT), Theresa (KG4TVM), Cat (KM4PBD), and Don (WA2SWX) who answered the multitude of questions from parents and kids regarding amateur radio. There were displays and demonstrations of digital radio, home-brew products (e.g., Raspberry Pi fox transmitter, crystal radio, WSPR, etc.), and other radio set-ups.
NOVA loaned us a 50 inch Screen which we used to display FT8 activity in real time and also to display a world map of stations hearing us from NOVA using the PSK reporter application. NOVA also provided us WI-FI which was need for the psk reporter application.
Three people were interested enough in our presentation that they asked for information on how to become a ham. We sent them emails with the flyer for the June 7 tech class by Woodbridge Wireless and also a link to hamtestonline and a link to the practice questions on QRZ.
OVH also recognizes and appreciates the excellent support of the NOVA SySTEMic cadre for the site set-up and equipment support.
The event was chaired by Wayne , N7QLK.