2021 OVH Tailgate Party Preparation

VP – OVH After months of planning, three planning meetings (one virtual and two in person) Ole Virginia Hams finally held its first Tailgate Party. I wanted to share with you the amount of work that went into this event and to acknowledge the incredible amount of effort of the planning and implementation crews. From the Tailgate event planning committee, we would like to recognize the following people: With John, KG4NXT; Theresa, KG4TVM; Sandy, KM4JUS; Ray, KM4EKR; Don, WA2SWX; Ken, KN4DD; Ron, K3FR; Tony, KM4KLB & Gil, KM4OZH. We would especially like to recognize Tony for the amount of effort he put into planning the layout of our Tailgate Party. Below, I have capsulized Tony’s nine page project plan in PDF format. I think this one page demonstrates the incredible amount of detail he put into his work.   However,… Read more »

Hannah receives OVH scholarship

OVH Scholarship awarded

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For 2021, OVH renamed the scholarship in memory of OVH Club Member Steve Frick, N4OGR, who passed away in January.  Many of Steve’s friends contributed to the scholarship fund, which raised $4400.  This provided the opportunity to have 2 $1000 scholarships.  The remaining donation funds will be used as part of the scholarship for 2022. On Wednesday, June 2nd, Jay Moore, NQ4T, OVH Club President, Sandy Knight, KM4JUS, OVH Scholarship Chair, and Jan Frick, KE4TMW, Steve’s widow, presented 1 of the scholarships to Hannah Palmer, at her home in the Dale City area. Hannah graduated from CD Hylton High School and will be attending University of Virginia, majoring in Chemical Engineering. She ranked #3 in her class of 537 and loves math & science.  She hopes to use her skills in manufacturing materials to help save the planet, as well… Read more »

Sunshine Corner

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SUNSHINE CORNER – JUNE, 2021 Happy Birthday wishes to Jan, KE4TMW; Jim, KM4SXM; Bob, W4PHX; Derrick, KV4SH; Wayne, AG4ZZ; Gene, N4HFW and Bob, K4HJF. Happy Father’s Day to all our club members, hope you get to enjoy the day! Last month I posted congratulations to Wayne on his daughter’s college graduation. Turns out both daughter’s had graduations in the same weekend. So double congrats to the Phillip’s family! Thank you again to everyone that contributed to the Steve, N4OGR Memorial Scholarship. The committee led by Sandy, KM4JUS was able to award two scholarships this year! OUTSTANDING! The OVH Tailgate Event is Saturday, June 12th from 8 AM to 2 PM. To all the members who have volunteered to help, thank you very much! We will have a club table and we are once again asking for donations of baked goods…. Read more »

Sunshine Corner

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Happy Birthday wishes to John, KM4VCJ; David, KG4GIY; Bill, WA4FIC; Jack, N4YIC; Carl, KK4ZYX; Craig, WA3UFY; Roberto, KM4RIE; Dick, KM4UXE; Susan, K3SSP; Terry, KC4DV; Bruce, KN4GDX; Don, WA2SWX; Robert, KJ4EOR, and John, KG4NXT Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms – club members and family members. Our VE Session on May 8th went well; we have a new General and 5 new Techs. Congratulations to everyone. Thank you to the VEs who attended to get the tests graded. Pictures are on our website – www.w4ovh.net Condolences to Jay, NQ4T, whose grandfather passed away last week. Congratulations to Wayne, N7QLK on his daughter’s college graduation! Congratulation to Duane, KK4BZ. He will be taking care of Father of the Bride duties in June. Best wishes to the bride & groom. Congratulations to Jack, KN4HHQ for receiving his WAS Certificate – Worked all… Read more »

Test grading

OVH VE session and …. all pass

On May 8, 2021, OVH held a VE session at the Nokesville Community Park. Our Volunteer Examiners were Al, KB4BHB; Ken, KN4DD; Mark, WA4KFZ; Tony, KM4KLB; Ray, KM4EKR; George, K4GVT and John, KG4NXT. Additionally, OVH members Theresa, KG4TVM and Eric, KO4MBI came to the session to assist. All 6 of the applicants earned a new license. There are 5 new Technician licensees and one new General, OVH’s own Harry Zint, KN4IJY. One new twist for this VE session was that all of the applicants had to have an FRN (FCC Registration Number) before testing. You can no longer come to the VE session with just a social security number. Surprisingly, all applicants came with an FRN. Ken, KN4DD was prepared to apply on-line for any applicant that arrived without an FRN, but he had no takers. As most of us… Read more »

Jan, Jay and Sandy with the plaque

Steve Frick, N4OGR Memorial Scholarship Plaque

As we know, Steve, N4OGR because a silent key because of Covid 19.  Covid also shut down the club’s fundraising.   We established a Steve Frick scholarship funded by personal donations.  The fund raised over $4,000.00, which will be awarded to two recipients this year and next year.  Some of the donations came from the square dancers in the club that Steve and Jan, KE4TMW belonged to.  To memorialize Steve and the scholarship fund, George, K4GVT donated a very nice blank plaque. George has recently retired and is starting an engraving business. George did the engraving, which consisted of a separate engraving job for each donor and another engraving job for the top of the plaque. There is also a photo of Steve at the top of the plaque. Jan is Steve’s widow and was unaware of the plaque.  OVH members… Read more »

Mark Woodruff N3HF

Mark Woodruff, N3HF – Silent Key

I want to extend my thanks and gratitude to the following ham radio operators – John O’Mara, W4NF; Mike Trowbridge, KA4RRU; John Elgin, WA3MNN and Stuart Mitchell, WAODJY.   My dear husband Mark Woodruff, N3HF, passed away in August, 2019.  These men have spent countless hours breaking down Mark’s ham station, going through many boxes of equipment, checking the equipment to make sure it still worked, removing antennas from the house and tower and then finally taking the tower down.  W4NF was instrumental in selling most of the equipment to other hams, locally and across the country.  WA3MNN is a friend of Mark’s who spent a lot of time traveling to help with all these endeavors.  Additionally, he and John Creel, WB3GXW are maintaining the N3HF repeater in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The other N3HF repeater in Ocean City, Maryland is… Read more »

Ken KE2N links up repaired 220 repeater

OVH D-STAR and 220 repeaters are back on the air

Last year,  NOVEC rearranged  the ac power feed to our repeaters hosted at their Lomond Drive location.    When lightning stuck the NOVEC tower next to our repeater shack, some of our equipment was damaged.  Here is the damage that Ken, KE2N found : The D-STAR gateway computer had failed (power supply) The mini-PC we were using for 224.66 Asterisk had failed (judged not repairable) The USB audio interface for 224.66 had failed The aux port on the 224.66 repeater had failed. The existing ac power surge arrester (20+ years old) had both of its “healthy” lamps off Ken found the reasons for why we suffered lightning damage: What I observed was that NOVEC had re-arranged our power feed since my last visit.  The feeder cable (previously underground) was now in a plastic conduit running in an overhead cable tray,… Read more »