President’s Letter for January 2024

Happy New Year to All, A quick reminder: Because of the MLK holiday, this month’s meeting will be on WEDNESDAY, January 17th, and NOT Tuesday. If you took part in the annual ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN) on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, congratulations. I think we had a pretty good year last year.  In 2023, the OVH supported: 5 Tri-It-Now mini triathlons • A return to the OVH Tailgate Party (in lieu of Hamfest) • Another successful Field Day – This time with Cat, KM4PBD, in her inaugural sitting in the Chairwoman’s chair. And a fine inaugural event she produced, too. • Our annual support of The Freedom 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. • The OVH fielded 28 spotters for the 2023 Warrior Bike Ride, this year … Read more >>

Sunshine Corner

Sending Happy Birthday wishes to the following club members: Tony, KM4KLB; Ed, KK4PHP; Jay, NQ4T; Dianne, KI4FVV; Bill, N4SV; Kelly, (no call); Alan, KY4DN; Byron, AK4XR; David, KK4ZUU; Marwood, KL7AW and Matt, KE7EX. Thank you to everyone that participated in the Manassas Christmas Parade, great club support!   George, K4GVT, posted a link to photos from the parade. It looked like everyone had a good time.    Thank you to James, KQ4CAX, for pulling our club trailer through the parade as an entry.  Thanks to Daniela, KQ4IKQ and Luis, KQ4GBC for decorating the trailer and riding in the parade with James. OVH Holiday Party, well the weather was not great, but it didn’t snow, so that is plus in my book.   I am very grateful to the club members and significant others … Read more >>

President’s Letter for December 2023

Greetings to All, As 2023 winds down, it is customary to review where we have been this year. With the pandemic in our rear view mirrors for over two years now, we continue our return to normalcy. The Ole Virginia Hams participated in, and oversaw the final season of the Tri It Now mini triathlons. We wish Ina Nenninger, owner & organizer, a happy retirement. Don, WA2SWX, and his team oversaw another successful Tailgate Party. He is also currently planning the 2024 Tailgate Party. It will be his last this time, as his house on the water is ready for his well-deserved retirement. He says he will be leaving us before January 2025, possibly as early as this summer. Cat, KM4PBD, took the helm for her inaugural run as Field … Read more >>

Local Hams Help with Manassas Christmas Tree Lighting

On Dec 1, several local hams helped with the City of Manassas Christmas Tree lighting. They are members of CERT – Community Emergency Reaction Team. The tree lighting involved Santa arriving on a VRE train, and then Santa got on a hay wagon and went to the grounds of the Manassas Museum. At the museum, Santa then talked to the crowd and the tree was lit, complete with artificial snow. After the lighting of the tree, Santa went to the ice skating rink and visited with the children. While Santa was listening to the children’s Christmas lists, there were also free hayrides for everyone. The CERT team was there for safety and first aid and they were a direct report to a police officer. This year that was Lt. Barahona.  … Read more >>

2023 Turkey Trot

  On Thanksgiving morning, OVH did communications support for the 5k portion of the Prince William Turkey Trot (5k) & Mashed Potato Mile.  Their motto:  Trot, Eat, Sleep. It was a near perfect morning for a couple of foot races. Perhaps a bit cool and breezy with 44° temperatures at 8 AM, but it was still sunny, fair and clear. In short, excellent weather. It also may have been a PWC (Prince William County) record, attendance wise.  We had over 1,400 runners that day. The race itself went off without incident, I’m happy to report. It started @ 8:30 AM & was over for us by 9:15 AM. Much like Halloween, many participants were in costume. We had a few cowboys. We had some children in Princess garb. We had … Read more >>

OVH Holiday Party December 10

Enjoy a pot luck holiday dinner with OVH members and their family. Bring your family or people interested in the club. The party is again at the Yorkshire Restaurant, 7537 Centreville Rd, Manassas, VA 20111. The club will provide the main dishes of ham and turkey and drinks. Please bring a covered dish or dessert. The marines will be there to collect toys for tots. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for the tots.

President’s Letter for November, 2023

Greetings to All, On November 4th, the Ole Virginia Hams held a VE Session at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Clifton Campus. We had 7 candidates in total, 8 tests given as one gentleman took both the General Exam as well as his Extra. I am pleased to report that we had 6 new licenses or upgrades. I’d like to thank Lord of Life Church for once again allowing us space for our VE Sessions. The VEs who attended were:  Al, KB4BHB; John, KG4NXT; Jay, NQ4T; David, KY4MM; Byron, AK4XR and yours truly, Ken, KN4DD. Speaking of VE Sessions, John has been our Coordinator for years now, and has been wanting to take a break. I am pleased to announce that Mark, WA4KFZ, will be taking over that position … Read more >>

Sunshine Corner

SUNSHINE CORNER Sending Happy Birthday wishes to the following club members:  Wayne, N7QLK; Kevin, W4RKU; Baofang, KK4JFK; Theresa, KG4TVM; Butch, W4HJL; Greg, KM4CCG; Jeff, WB4TT; Charlie, WA4YGI; James, N5TE; James, KA4BOL; Paul, KO4GZR and Allan (no call).   Thank you to all of our Veterans for your service.                 Get well wishes going out to Wayne, N7QLK, celebrating his birthday with a new knee, hope your recovery goes smoothly. Saturday, December 2nd is the annual City of Manassas Christmas Parade.  The OVH will once again be supporting this event by providing radio communications at the judge’s stand and along the parade route.    If you can help, please contact George, K4GVT at  george@k4gvt.com and he will get you the detailed information for the parade.   … Read more >>