ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. in the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends tooperate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar. The contest part is simply… Read more »
Members of the Old Virginia Hams participated in the Manassas Airshow on May 5th, 2018 at the Manassas airport by setting up a booth to show off some of the many activities in amateur radio to the attendees. There is much cross over between air enthusiasts and amateur radio. The club saw this as an opportunity to introduce the hobby to those who may not fully understand the various aspects and opportunities in the hobby. This public outreach was also provided a chance to not only educate but to make the community aware of our club and what we do. The club displayed five different items: A homemade crystal radio using soda cans as capacitors, made by Al, KB4BHB SDR CW radio built by John, KG4NXT 2 meter Fox and hound, build using a Raspberry Pi made by John, KG4NXT… Read more »
Members from the Old Virginia Hams will have a display at the Manassas Airshow to inform the public of all things amateur radio!
On a weekend already busy with Virginia QSO party and Winterfest, the OVH also presented “Amateur Radio in the Maker Spirit”. The Faire included such exhibits as telescope making, The Thomas Jefferson Group making a cubesat and high power rocket stabilization. see more at https://nova.makerfaire.com/makers-exhibitors-2018/ Headed by Don Meyerhoff, WA2SWX, the OVH exhibit included 1) an eco friendly crystal radio; 2) a SDR cw rig; 3) a 2 meter Fox transmitter built from a rasberry pi and emitting voice; 4) a uBitx 10 watt SSB transceiver with a case 3D printed by son-in-law Nick , KG7SOM; 5) Tuna tin cw transmitter; 6) ICOM 7610 with LED display running FT8. Our exhibit was well received and we had lots of visitors. We allowed hands on operation of the SDR radio, the Fox transmitter and the 7610. When we showed one pair… Read more »
Its 2018 and the Ole Virginia Hams want to help you start the New Year off right by helping you join an exiting hobby and technology venue by helping you both learn and test for your own Amateur Radio Technician Class License. The W4OVH club will continue our offering of free Technician Class license preparation courses starting on January 29th at 7PM. There will be a total of 8 weekly sessions of 1 hour each. This year we are introducing new innovations to the course delivery. The course will be conducted by video teleconference so that you have the convenience of attending from your computer at home. We have class availability for 9 students using this format. The specific class schedule and dates will be added to this event calendar entry when finalized.
W4OVH’s annual year end Christmas / Holiday party was held on Sunday, December 10th at the Yorkshire restaurant in Manassas. The turnout was wonderful, the donations to Toys For Tots was outstanding, and the fellowship amazing! The food – well just WOW on that. No one there went away hungry. OVH wants to thank its members for their donations to Toys For Tots. Thanks to the United States Marine Corp for sending two of their best to attend, Sgt. Tucker Renckert and Lance Corporal Sydney Ally, and they did not leave our party hungry! Pinky, OVH’s mascot attended the party too and she has some words of her own! (see separate post). Also during the Year End party, Lifetime Achievement Awards were shown to everyone that go to Butch, W4HJL, and Art, W1CRO, both club members for decades and both… Read more »
Saturday, December 2nd was a grey, cold day in Manassas but the energy was electric. The 72nd annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade kicked off at 10 am. OVH club members came out to provide radio communications along the parade route. Also the club trailer was entered in the parade as a participant. Terry KC4DV pulled the trailer thru the parade with his truck. BUT before he could do that, we had to decorate! The Saturday prior to the parade Terry, Ray, Sandy, John and myself went to the utility yard to hang the Christmas lights on the trailer. Then the morning of the parade Terry, Rosalie and I finish decorating in the staging area. Pinky road shotgun in the truck during the parade waving the entire time. Seeing all the smiling faces watching the parade made the cold weather a… Read more »
I am mounting an Eclipsepedition August 21 to Lexington SC. Special Event Call Sign W4E has been requested. The center of Solar Eclipse Totality passes directly over Lexington. Eclipse QSO Party, HF Operation will be from a Public Parks or School. Planned Operation is from 11:00am to 4;06 EDST, details to follow. Checking Travel Velocity, I found a Limited number of budget Hotels in the Columbia Lexington area. Aiken SC currently has the best availability of Business Class rooms and Suites. I booked a room at the Aiken Hampton Inn for $84. Aiken is only 45 miles from the Eclipse Totality Center. Planned operation is on 20 meters and 40 meters. I provide the rigs and antennas., I encourage everyone travel to Lexington SC to witness the 2017 Great American Eclipse The last American Transcontinental pass was in 1918. General… Read more »