President’s Letter for June 2022

Well, despite a couple of really hot days in the beginning, June temperatures so far, are about average. We certainly couldn’t have asked for better weather for our Manassas Hamfest.  It was beautiful and with low humidity, too. It was our first full blown Hamfest since the beginning of the pandemic. You might remember that last year we did a Tailgate Party, in lieu of a Hamfest. We did it that way due to the Covid restrictions in place at that time. Outdoor space was all we could rent. So with the pandemic winding down & $5/gallon gasoline prices, we held our first post Covid Hamfest, and I call it a success. Our team was headed up once again by Don, WA2SWX. We were once again back in the Manassas … Read more >>

2022 Hamfest Recap

June 4th, – Manassas Hamfest. A beautiful sunrise. No humidity. The temperature just right for a spring day. OVH volunteers started arriving around 5 AM. Our doors opened at 6 AM for the vendors & general admission was 30 minutes later. After a 2 year hiatus, we were ready. Boy, were we ready. OVH members came out in droves to support us. What a tremendous amount of support. And this didn’t happen by accident. As usual, Theresa, KG4TVM, was the Head Talent Wrangler, the Chief Cajoler in Charge. After weeks of prompting, all of her efforts were paid back in spades. A veritable army of volunteers. Dr. Bob Heil was to be our featured speaker. However, due to the load on the Manassas Park Community Center’s wi-fi infrastucture by the … Read more >>

Sunshine Corner

Happy birthday wishes to our club members celebrating this month – Jan, KE4TMW; Jim, KM4SXM; Bob, W4PHX; Wayne, AG4ZZ; Gene, N4HFW; Bob, K4HJF; Robert, N0DGN; David, KQ4BDS and Ron, K3FR Hamfest 2022 is in the books! Thanks to our chair Don, WA2SWX for keeping us on track. Also thank you very much to all the club members and spouses that came out to volunteer at the event, we couldn’t have pulled it off without each of you. Please see the link to all the photos that George, K4GVT has posted! Next up Field Day at the end of this month. Contact Byron, AK4XR for information ak4xr@dillonelectric.com Condolences to Jeff, WB4TT on the passing of his mother on June 5th. Congratulations to one of our newer members on getting his ticket. … Read more >>

President’s Letter for May 2022

It’s hot. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s dry. Repeat. Often. Last winter’s schizophrenic weather just seems to go on and on. On the plus side, we certainly aren’t experiencing the drought the folks out west are experiencing. I am proud to report that The Ole Virginia Hams has selected 2 STEM students for the 2022 Steve Frick Scholarship. Additionally, I am very pleased to announce that for the first time ever, we have two young women as our STEM student scholarship winners. These young people will be present @ the beginning of our May 17th meeting for the award presentation. On May 8th, OVH supported our second Run, Bike, and Swim Mini Tri of 2022. Officially called “The Tri It Now – Ladies Choice”, there were also a number of … Read more >>

Sunshine Corner

Happy birthday wishes to our club members celebrating this month – Kenneth, KI4EOH; Lynn, KX4HR; John, KM4VCJ; David, KG4GIY; Bill, WA4FIC; Jack, N4YIC; Carl, KK4ZYX; Craig, WA3UFY; Roberto, KM4RIE; Dick, KM4UXE; Susan, K3SSP; Bruce, KN4GDX; Don, Wa2SWX; Robert, KJ4EOR and John, KG4NXT It’s crunch time! Hamfest is on Saturday, June 4th. Still time to volunteer to help on that day! In addition, tables are still available for inside sales. Please contact our Chairman, Don, WA2SWX if you can help with this event at wa2swxdm@gmail.com. Thank you to those that have already volunteered to help. Field Day 2022 planning meetings are under way; contact Byron, AK4XR for information at ak4xr@dillonelectric.com During the April meeting, Jay, NQ4T, was presented with an award for serving as the club president the last 2 years … Read more >>

Antenna Party

Gil KM4OZH and Byron AK4XR put on their climbing harnesses

Ken, Ke2n had determined that our old 2 meter repeater antenna had severe problems after a lot of rain. He ordered a new antenna but had a stroke before he was able to install it. Ken asked for members to come install it. The team consisted of Byron, AK4XR; Gil, KM4OZH; Al, KB4BHB; John, KG4NXT; Jeff, WB4TT and Cat, KM4PBD. Byron had previously climbed the water tower at Mount Pone. The first climb was cancelled because of a death on Byron’s family. On the second attempt, there was some sprinkles in the morning but the climb went on. Cat was unable to help because of work. The antenna was replaced on May 12, 2022 in a job that lasted from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The only lunch we had … Read more >>