The Ole Virginia Hams is a non-profit Amateur Radio club organized for the educational and
scientific study of electronics and communication, and to provide amateur
radio communication services for the public.
Never Forget 9-11
The OVH is associated with the
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
THE MANASSAS HAMFEST
"The Second Sunday in June"
Manassas, Virginia - Hamfest Calendar
8 June 2014
NOTE THE DATE ABOVE FOR THE NEXT MANASSAS HAMFEST
Latest Announcements and Events:
NEXT REGULAR OVH MEETING: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 19:30.
OVH's 39th Manassas Hamfest successfully completed! Come back
next year (June 8, 2014) for the 40th Manassas Hamfest!
The OVH / ARRL Field Day event this year will occur on Saturday
and Sunday, June 22nd - 23rd at the same location as last year,
next to the Central Community Library at the corner of Conner Dr.
and Centreville Road, Manassas. This is a major "fun" event and
all OVH members (and non-members) in the area are invited to
stop by. More details about this below and more will be posted.
A new link to downloadable and printable PDF file with summary
information about the OVH is now posted here. This is intended
primarily for new visitors to this web site.
OVH members - the Club Members page here has a hyperlink to
a "Members Only" web page which has separate lists of all active
members, with detailed contact information for each. The separate
lists are collated by FirstName, CallSign, and LastName, making
it very easy to find anyone, and were last updated in mid-May.
New OVH members or members with new email addresses: be sure to
register your email address for the "closed" OVH email reflector
system. How to do that is explained are on the OVH Nets page here.
Membership Application and Renewal Forms for 2013 are posted
and downloadable on the OVH Membership Application page here.
Details are also provided there for a new procedures for paying
renewal dues online. There is now a link on OVH Members page
with additional information available for active Members Only.
Summary Information for new Visitors
Attention: new Visitors to this web site looking for printable summary info.Click here to download PDF file with summary information about the OVH
OVH / ARRL Field Day - June 22 - 23rd!
This will be a major FUN demonstration of capabilities and operating and social event for 2013All are invited to attend: OVH members, non-member hams and any & all other interested folksLocation: Central Community Library, corner of Conner Dr. and Centreville Rd, Manassas, VACheck back here again for more info: remember Saturday, June 22nd & Sunday, June 23rd!Setup Saturday at 9:00 am, radio operating begins 2:00 pm, non-stop until Sunday afternoon. We expect to have an air conditioned operating tent again, snacks, food and refreshments too!
Confused or uncertain about how to operate OVH's FD equipment? New this year: PDF user
manuals can be downloaded and studied in advance! Click here for user manuals.
For lots more information about this National event, check out http://www.arrl.org/field-dayContact Randy/WB7RAV, Field Day chairman at: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 703-393-1494.Everyone should plan to attend, even if just for a few hours, non-members & non-hams welcome!
DSTAR Forum Presentation given at the
39th Manassas Hamfest!
Mark / WA4KFZ prepared an excellent tutorial on DSTAR basics using PowerpointMark presented this tutorial at the DSTAR Forum at the 39th Manassas Hamfest on June 9, 2013If you weren't able to attend the Forum, you can download a PDF of Mark's presentation here.
OVH Members: don't forget to RENEW
your Membership for 2013!
Memberships usually expire at the end of each calendar year.Click to download a PDF file of the OVH Membership Renewal Form for 2013Fill in the Form and bring it to the next OVH meeting or mail it in with your dues.Something NEW on the OVH Membership Applications page: Renew Online!Go to the OVH Membership Applications here to Renew Online.
Training Course in April 2013 for your
General Class Ham Radio License!
This General Class course is designed for individuals who already have a Technician Class License
Upgrading from the Technician Class to the General Class results in much greater operator privileges.
The course is scheduled for four evenings, beginning 4/2/2013 and ending on 4/30/2013
Classes will held from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm on each of four Tuesday evenings
The evening classes are on: 4/2/2013; 4/9/2013; 4/23/2013 and 4/30/2013
Classes will be held at the Red Cross Training Center, 9930 Liberia Avenue, Manassas
No charge to attend, but attendees will need to purchase or borrow a copy of the ARRL guidebook
A VEC examination for the FCC license upgrade will be given about a week after the course ends
The VEC examination (open to the public) for the FCC exam is now tentatively scheduled for May 7, 2013
Download this flyer for more details; also contact Mark, WA4KFZ at email@example.com for more information
HSMM Presentation by Bill Fenn / N4TS at
the 2/18/2013 OVH Meeting!
Bill Fenn / N4TS from AMRAD gave a short presentation about HSMM at the 2/19/2013 OVH Meeting
HSMM is a high speed mesh network system which can be implemented with off the shelf routers
Custom HSMM software (open source) is also required to implement such a system.
Ham radio operators have been experimenting with HSMM systems for about 10 years.
Download here a PDF file (1.5Mb) of N4TS's Powerpoint slides for his 2/18/2013 presentation.
Download here a PDF file (4.4Mb) of an earlier talk (by K7GJT) with links to many HSMM resources.
Low Cost Software Defined Radio Presentation
by Mark/WA4KFZ at 11/19/2012 OVH Meeting!
Download here a PDF file of Mark's Powerpoint slides for his presentation.
Contact Mark, WA4KFZ at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
Prince William County Fleet Watch/Neighborhood Watch information
and the "McGruff Speaks / Watchdog Observer" newsletter, click HERE.
Also Prince William County Commuter Lot Watch, info HERE
OVH LOGO, What's your choice?
Do you prefer The Pig?
or our Historic Letterhead?
Make you feelings known at the next OVH Meeting
OVH Club History
See this great picture from the OVH of 1958See if you recognize anyone,
let us know if you do!
Click here to see OVH 1958 1/3 size picture
Click here to see OVH 1958 full size picture
OVH Newsletter "Ole Virginia Times" Now on the OVH WEB!Click the "About the Club" link in the frame at the left.
Remembering Harry Vorhauer, W4PVA (sk)
|OVH Event Hats Now Available
Perfect for Hamfest or Field Day
Thanks to Kittiz Kreations EmbroiderySpecial pricing of $15 per hatIn Neon Green for stand-out consistencyFine quality embroidery; no silk-screeningKittiz Kreations supports the Manassas Hamfest
To order OVH Hats, with either the identifier "STAFF" or your callsign,
send e-mail to Bill, N4SV at email@example.com
Here are other examples of Kittiz Kreations fine embrodiery work
Both OVH logos on fileMany other fine apparel products available from her catalog at www.accinfo.com
Broadband over Power Lines
Facts, figures, photos and general info
Links to BPL info, articles on BPL
Sample letters you should consider
sending to congress and city/BPL officials
BPL CLEARINGHOUSE Enter here.
VHF/UHF Operation New to You?
Check these suggested operating practices.
Interested in PSK-31?
Take a look at Karl, W4KRL's
informative presentation.Created for the OVH license training classInformative for the novice or experienced PSK-31 userView his PowerPoint presentation here
Excellent 802.xx and WiFi Primer
Thanks to David, KI4AZX, for finding it. Read it here
The Missing Q Signals?
Good for a chuckle :-)
RVARC - Worked All Virginia Award Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring
the Worked All Virginia award. Click Here
Excellent article by Karl, W4KRL, on using a
Sound Card Interface to do VHF Packet!
Read this fine article here.
An exciting example of this
wireless technology in action.
See a Point-to-Point 802.11b link in the
world's worst weather conditions on
Mount Washington, New Hampshire!
Can you assist in the D.A.R.E. program?
D.A.R.E. is the Drug Abuse Resistance Education programIt's goal is to keep kids from getting involved in illegal drugs.Visit the D.A.R.E. web site for more info on D.A.R.E
Great basic Packet information can be found at
(Tucson Amateur Packet Radio) Virtual Library! Check it out.
ARRL National Traffic System RadioGram Forms
Available here to download Radiogram #1 Radiogram #2
Check out all of the New PSK31 links in HAMLINKSSee info on hardware (RGIBlaster and Warbler and more)
and software (DigiPan and WINPSK and more) for PSK31 fun
Want to build a J-Pole antenna?
Check the following link provided by Art W1CRO:
F.A.R. Sponsors Many
College Scholarships for HAMS! Click here for details.
Check the University of Arkansas Callsign Lookup database
for that new upgrade!!Updated every morning! Click here!
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