Moving Pictures?! Blasphemy! It’l never catch on..

Well as previously reported, the 2019 OVEC Winter Field Day Festivities went well, and everyone had a fine time. Thanks to the aerial videos courtesy of KD8FYT and his DJI Spark, and all of the other footage supplied by KF7IJZ, Jeremy (KF7IJZ) was able to put together a very fine montage of our experiences.

Check back later when we should have another longer video put together to show off the event!

WFD2019, No Deaths Reported

N8BD, KD8RAP, K8HUB, KD8GQW, KD8FYT, KF7IJZ (Not necessarily in that order…)

And just like that the 2019 Winter Field Day event has come to a close. Hams all over the country (and perhaps world) have started thawing out from their operating stations, finished eating their sandwiches, and commenced the long trek back to their respective QTH’s and personal bathrooms.

This year the OVEC group decided to hold their event in two cabins out at Cowan Lake State Park, located near Wilmington Ohio, and it was a great success. With sleeping accommodations that were more in line with a 4 star hotel room than what the mind thinks of when you say “cabin”, everyone involved came away from the event feeling spoiled.

Our station included an Icom 7300, multiple OCF and CF dipoles, a dedicated Icom commercial radio with a home built collinear antenna on 440, and plenty of warm bodies to keep everything running between 95% and 98% of the time. Could we have been more strategic and planned out all of the best ways to earn multipliers, placed antennas at optimal heights for correct takeoff angles, and made up an operating roster? Yeah probably. Heck we could have even given everyone yellow vests and assigned important jobs for the event! But honestly, every member who participated in this year’s event had an absolute blast, and that is what we all consider most important for a successful event. Spending time with friends, cooking up good foods that you will regret eating later, losing your voice from belting out terrible 80’s songs, and maybe even squeezing in a little bit of ham radio for good measure. That’s what we all find most important to us during Winter Field Day. read more

Fast Radio Bursts and OVEC

So what is the deal with these fast radio bursts, or “FRBs” from space? It’s been reported that a repeating source of these signals has been discovered and identified by the CHIME observatory located at the University of British Columbia. (BBC Story Here) So what does that mean to the Ohio Valley Experimenters Club?

Well to be perfectly honest, aside from being a pretty neat story, it doesn’t mean a whole lot to us unless they can speak PSK31, CW, RTTY, or DMR (even though that’s “not really ham radio” so I hear..). And although it would be pretty great to have one of our members make contact with the source of these radio signals for the first time, I have a feeling that the people of earth could probably find another more suitable resident smart person to ask the good questions. And lets just be brutally honest here, would we REALLY want our first contact with extra-terrestrials to be made by a ham radio operator? Although imagine the irony if the first contact was between a local ham here on earth, and some random alien-ham doing his/her thing on their planet. What do you think they would discuss? Because I’m fairly certain it would go something like this:

Earth Ham – “The weather here is pretty nice. We had rain yesterday, but it has since cleared up. I was able to pick up my medication from the Walmarts yesterday between rain storms which is good, but the XYL was pretty unhappy that I couldn’t get those gutters cleaned. Back to you Alien Ham”
Alien Ham – “Yeah its been pretty nice here too. But it rained acid for a bit, which hurt. My XYL was also unhappy I couldn’t clean the florp from my florpkens, but I’ll just have to do that another day.. 73 Earth Ham, and keep doing that hammy thing you do…”
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January 2019 Club Meeting

Tonight OVEC held it’s first club meeting to kick off 2019, and the hot topic at this month’s meeting was Winter Field Day planning!

Some of the topics covered include:

  • 1 Station to be operated
  • Multiple antennas to be used
  • The club repeater will be monitored
  • Will use N3FJP logger or KC8QCH’s custom made logger
  • KD8GQW will bring “THE SANDWICH”
  • There will be coffee

In other news due to a scheduling conflict and internet issues at our meeting location we were forced to start an hour later than normal, and I also misspelled “Vetoed” in the minutes.

See you all on the air in a few weeks!

Winter Field Day 2019!

It’s that time again folks, for us hams to freeze our modulators off by operating Winter Field Day! This year OVEC has reserved two cabins to be used by club members at Cowan Lake State park, and we are looking forward to the event as always. Good times will be had and one station is to be operated.

Look for us on the bands, we will be operating as KD8LBS. And if you are local or passing through, hit us up on our club repeater AND/OR our DMR talk group for a chat! (Information provided below)

444.9750 MHz +5, Tone 162.2 Hz (W8SDR)

DMR: OVEC Talkgroup 3110683

Not sure what “Winter Field Day” is all about? Check it out here!


High Altitude Balloonacy

Well it looks like OVEC has come up with another crazy idea to give a go, we are going to send some manner of balloon up toward space.

Our illustrious president, NF6H, put together a fine presentation describing the finer points of sending “lighter than air” craft into the earth’s atmosphere at last night’s October 2018 club meeting. With the enthusiastic roars of all those in attendance, it was decided that this project received approval from fellow OVEC members.

Initial planning shows that this balloon will do MANY THINGS, such as recording atmospheric temperatures and pressures, transmit real-time telemetry, take 1080p video and HD picturegraphs of our earth from the edge of space, and possibly even provide a temporary cross-band repeater for those interested in seeing how far one can talk using a 100,000ft high repeater location.

Planning has begun, and initial roles have been taken on by those interested in participating. Please feel free to check out the power point presentation below if you would like to see just how large of a taskt we are planning to accomplish. Failure is not an option…

Balloonacy Powerpoint Presentation

2018 Hamvention, ~Fin~

Well it looks like Hamvention just came to a close for the 2018 year. All prizes have been handed out, and all hams will start filing out of the building. Thanks to all of the DARA members that worked hard to put it on, everyone that attended, and to our OVEC members that were able to participate in the badge printing process to help fund the club for another year.

A special thanks goes out to our Vice President Ben, N8BD, for keeping everything moving in a forward direction and helping to resolve any issues that came up over the duration of the event.

I hope everyone had a great time, and look forward to doing it again in 2019!

73 Everyone

Craig H, KD8FYT, OVEC El’ Presidente

An Update From the Treasurer….

All –

First off I wanted to state that I am extremely excited about our new website and the new look.  It looks quite polished and I am happy to see a lot more multimedia content (read pictures, text, member blogs, email, etc.) being displayed.  A major kudos and props should go to Craig H. (KD8FYT) as he has done a really wonderful job!

I wanted to also provide an update to our wonderful group of club members from the treasurer’s perspective.  Several of the action items that were on my agenda have been or are in the process of being completed.  I know that I am being a bit cryptic but since this is a public blog I don’t want to share to much (once we perhaps have a members only area of the site that may be where I post this information).

I am also excited to start preparing for our upcoming 2018 Hamvention shindig.  Keep an eye out for more information on the site regarding our Hamvention preparations.

Well; that’s all I have time for – Catch you later!

– 73s – KD8GQW; Craig K.

 

Upcoming Club Meeting…

The planning for Hamvention continues, and shall be the hot topic for our upcoming monthly club meeting on Wednesday, 4-11-2018. We plan to cover our badge printing procedures in order to speed up the process, and to prevent any long wait times like we experienced last year. Thanks to everyone that bought a badge from us at the 2017 Hamvention, and for your patience while we tried it out for the first time!

Unfortunately there is no power for us to use in the outdoor flea market area, so OVEC solved the problem by building our own power system! It consists of 4 deep cycle marine batteries, a battery monitoring system, and an inverter system to run the printers and laptops. At night we wheel the entire power cart over to the booth of our friends at the HamRadio360, and The Workbench Podcasts where it gets a good recharge for the next days activities! Thanks KF7IJZ for the literal “hookup”.

Thanks and hope to see you there!