Sunshine Corner

SUNSHINE CORNER – October 2023

Happy Birthday wishes to our club members celebrating this October month: Chris, KN4IJF; Ray, KM4EKR; Rob, KC4VDN; Phil, AC4PLl and Richard Eisenhart, No Call.  Hope you all have wonderful birthdays with lots of candles!

Congratulations Corner:  Kudos to Gil, KM4OZH, our National Competitor as a rover in ARRL’s September VHF Contest. Little birdie told me that he was running up to Pennsylvania and down to southern Virginia to collect multiplier grids. So, with OVH’s outpouring, he achieved a personal best claimed score of 11,319.    WAHOO!!!!!!!

Help Needed:   Volunteers in the VA/DC/MD area to assist with the “X-STEM NOVA” event on Friday, October 20, presented by the USA Science and Engineering Festival.  The event is being held at the National Conference Center near Leesburg, VA.  We’re short of volunteers, so if you’re willing and able, it would be terrific. About the event: this 1-day event is for middle and high school students designed to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Attendees will be inspired by presentations from leading STEM role models, participate in Q&A sessions, learn by doing in hands-on workshops, interact with students from all over the county, and have fun while learning about exciting career opportunities in STEM!  More on the X-STEM NOVA itself is here:

Contact: KN4TS (I’m a Nat’s baseball fan)
703 774-4816

October OVH Meeting: If you want to know more about OVH, please attend one of our meetings that are held on the third Tuesday of the month. Our next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday 10-17-2023 at 7:30 PM at the Buckhall Volunteer Fire Department, 7190 Yates Ford Road, Manassas, VA 20111. You are welcome to attend without obligation. From the parking lot, you will see a wing wall projecting from the building with signage that reads “Training Room”. The single door to the room where we usually meet is at the left end of the wing wall on the corner of the building. If you are able to attend, we ask you to tell us a little about your amateur radio biography, but only if you are comfortable doing so. OVH is a friendly, welcoming club and we hope you will attend. Our meetings often start with a presentation on a radio-related topic and this may be my favorite part.   Please contact Luther WA3FMO with any questions or concerns.

TRI_IT_NOW:  The “Season Wrap Up”, this Sunday, October 15, 2023 (Manassas, VA) will be the last one. See link:   and Andy Gamponia at to sign up as a volunteer spotter.  Tri It Now events schedule should be on our W4OVH web site event calendar to show all Tri It Now mini triathlons and races and the calendar widget on the right side of our web site will show a link for our upcoming calendar events.

Amateur Events: December, 2023
Rookie Roundup is a contest aimed at Amateurs licensed for three years or less. This six-hour event is held three times per year (April, August and December). Rookies can contact anybody, while “Old Timers” make contact with only Rookies.
WHEN:  Sunday, December 17, 2023, using CW.
WHY:  Mentoring is a big part of this event! Please see

Concerns Corner:
Theresa lost a very close family member, and it is with our deepest sympathies and condolences.

NET NIGHT: Every Thursday at 8 PM, we have the club’s weekly net. Please join us, say hello and hear up-to-date information on club news. See W4OVH.NET web site for details. Having issues with your radio equipment or need help with anything ham radio? This is a great forum to ask questions and hear the latest news on current club events.

Andrea, KI4SXM is providing input to the Sunshine Corner. Please send your information to me at

Friendly Reminder!!! Happy Ham’in and Enjoy amazing solar activity and summer!
73, Andrea, KI4SXM


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