President’s Letter for June 2023

Hello Everyone,

The last few days in this, the first full week of June certainly has been different. The Canadian wildfires combined with an unusually low jet stream for this time of year has given us days of very bad air quality. In fact, the Washington, DC area reached the worst air quality in the world on Thursday, June 8th. We even had our first ever “Code Purple” day.

And yet, in this bad luck, I think I see some good luck.

We have just completed a successful Tailgate Party. If that bad air from those wildfires had reached us days earlier, I don’t think we would have had a successful Tailgate Party. The turnout would have been much lower, if any at all. So, I choose to be thankful for the good weather we did have on Saturday the 3rd, securing our funding for yet another year.

And again, I want to offer a huge heartfelt thank you to all of the 2023 Tailgate Party volunteers.

Once more we are proving that June is our busy season. With Tailgate over, next up was the Tri It Now – Manassas Mini Tri on June 11th.

Tri It Now – Manassas Mini Tri
The Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center
9100 Freedom Center Blvd
Manassas, VA 20110

At this time, I would like to acknowledge our 7 volunteer spotters:
Andy, KJ4MTP (as Shadow); Greg, KM4CCG; John, KG4NXT; Ken, KN4DD; David, KG4GIY; Jerry, KN4DWT & John, KK4TCE

Then, on Saturday, June 17th is our OVH Monthly Breakfast Get Together

Yorkshire Restaurant
7537 Centreville Rd
Manassas, VA 20111
(703) 368-4905

We usually have 6 to 10 people that show up. We hope to see you there.

The next monthly meeting of the OVH will be held on Tuesday, June 20th @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT.

Buckhall VFD Hall
7190 Yates Ford Road
Manassas, VA 20111

And lastly for June, the ARRL 2023 Field Day begins on Saturday, June 24th @ 2:00 PM and will run overnight, concluding on Sunday, June 25th @ 2:00 PM EDT.

We will be under the big pavilion at:

Nokesville Park
12560 Aden Rd
Nokesville ,VA 20181

Using GPS?        Punch in:   38° 41′ 07″ N     -77° 34′ 43″ W
We are Gridsquare:   FM18fq

This will be a rain or shine event, as we will be under the big pavilion.  Come on out and tune in the world.

If you are new to the hobby, I recommend that you come out Saturday morning to help with the setting up. It is truly a learning experience. Time will pass very quickly, and before you know it, we will be ready.

Again for those new to the hobby, once Field Day officially begins, we try to make as many contacts as we can in that 24 hour period, using phone, Morse code and the new digital modes. We do this either singularly dedicated to one mode only or by using any combination of those 3 modes. It’s all up to you.

Saturday Night will be our Pot Luck Dinner. Bring a favorite dish to share; dinner will be around 5 PM. After all, this is a family event. We will even have a Fox Hunt following the Saturday dinner, and of course all are welcome.

A reminder to check in to the OVH’s Thursday night VHF/UHF repeater net at 8 PM.
The details for that are on the OVH’s web site: This is a great way to stay in touch.

Questions, comments or war stories can be directed to my e-mail:
73, Ken / KN4DD

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