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. read more

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). read more

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”. read more