Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

The Lights of the Leesburg Town Government Center

First    Night
Leesburg


December 31, 2007

Photographed and reported by Norm Styer - AI2C of  Clarkes Gap, Virginia

Another Public Service Communications Operation
By
The Loudoun Amateur Radio Emergency Service
&   The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group


Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

The Most Enjoyable Public Service Event  Of   The  Year

         Eighteen members of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group and Loudoun Amateur Radio Emergency Service, along with family members, assembled in Leesburg on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2007, for the annual emergency communications exercise for First Night Leesburg. Twenty-one operational sites throughout downtown Leesburg were supported by our super communicators. Actually, it was more than an exercise; it was the real thing. We had one 911 support mission to the Cornwall Campus of the Loudoun Hospital. Tom Dawson - WB3AKD went to the assistance of these folks. But most of the night was very uneventful and peaceful.

First Night Leesburg is conducted by Bluemont, the Cultural Spirit of Our Communities. First Night ® is a registered trademark of First Night Inc., P.O. Box 203, Leesburg, Virginia 20178.   For more information - click here.

The LARG and Loudoun Amateur Radio Emergency Service volunteer their communications services to the Committee.



Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

We assembled on top the Leesburg parking garage at 1630 hours to install the WB3AKD 443-Repeater

(L-R) Jay - KI4TXP, Kurt - KI4FWB, Carol - KF4TJJ, Denny - KF4TJI, and Bill - WF1L



AMATEUR RADIO ACTUAL OPERATIONS PLAN
FIRST NIGHT LEESBURG
31 DECEMBER 2007
LEESBURG, VA
Date of This Plan 29 December, 2007

Situation:

LARG will provide communications for First Night Leesburg on 31 December, 2007. LARG support usually begins with portable repeater deployment at about 1630 and continues until about 2330.

Mission:

Amateur Radio Operators will Provide Communications support between the event headquarters, and various venues including downtown Leesburg, County Government center and others. Generally all venues are within walking distance of headquarters. Support consists of relaying needs of the venue volunteers for supplies, personnel and information to the headquarters station, and occasional transfer of supplies between HQ and various venues.

Leesburg Police Auxiliary handle cash transport and escorts.

Execution:

Approximately 1630, the UHF portable repeater will be deployed on top of the town parking garage. Denny, KF4TJI, will lead the repeater deployment effort. The net control station will be set up at the event headquarters. Event HQ is at 1 East Market St., Second Floor. Tom, WB3AKD, will lead the HQ installation.

By 1800 at least three portable radio-equipped hams should be available with remaining volunteers arriving by 1900.

Early children’s shows will begin at 1800 with the rest of the venues opening at 1900.

NOTE: SEE ATTACHMENT ONE for Schedule and List of Venues is Attached.

SEE ATTACHMENT TWO FOR LIST of AMATEUR RADIO VOLUNTEERS

About 15 minutes into the performance, a head count from each venue will be taken. Head Counts will be held until you are polled by Net Control.

Headcounts need not be exact, it is sufficient to estimate number of seats per row and multiply by number of rows.

Service and Support:

Participating LARG members should insure that they have extra batteries, and cold weather clothes and shoes for this event.

While food and drinks for volunteers are available at the event headquarters, each Amateur Radio Volunteer should be self sufficient as far as equipment, batteries, antennas, headsets and any individual needs like medications, hand warmers, etc.

Weather is expected to be dry, but brisk. Check weather conditions on the 31st and equip yourself accordingly.

Command and Communications:

Peter Dunning or Lily Dunning will be the overall event lead.

Tom Dawson, WB3AKD, will be Amateur Radio Support lead.

Net Control (K4LRG) will be established at event headquarters, 1 East Market St., 2nd Floor.

Primary Net frequency will be 443.225 (+5MHz Offset) PL tone 103.5 Hz.

Talk-around frequency in the event of a repeater failure is 443.225 MHz simplex.

Be prepared to relay if the repeater is down and net control cannot hear a calling station. To relay, call net control and say “This is K4XYZ, may I relay, OVER” and follow net control’s instructions.

Wear headphones so as not to disrupt the performances.

Expected traffic levels are such that the net will start out as a free net, although if traffic increases, it will be changed to a directed net.

Emergencies will be passed directly to 911 via cell phone, if available, otherwise to net control. Note the location, and nature of the emergency before calling it in.

When making an emergency call, so specify in your first transmission i. e. “This is K4XYZ, EMERGENCY, OVER”. If an Emergency call is sent the net will automatically become a directed net with K4LRG as Net Control. Stations not involved in the emergency will stand by until Net Control terminates the emergency.

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The Net Control Station - K4LRG
Operating Out Of The Old Leesburg Today Offices
At 1 East Market Street, Leesburg

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

Jay Greeley - KI4UTB, Tom Dawson - WB3AKD
and John Unger - W4AU at Net Control - K4LRG


 



Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

The WB3AKD Portable 443 MHz Emergency Repeater
Installed On Denny and Carol Boehler's Pick-Up
On The Top Of The Leesburg Parking Garage


AFTER ACTION REPORT

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 12:43 PM

de Tom Dawson - WB3AKD
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Emergency Coordinator, Loudoun County, Virginia

Thanks to all for their support of First Night Leesburg. Please, see Roster of Volunteers below.

Thanks to Denny, KF4TJI, for his usual good work setting up the repeater, with assistance from Carol, KF4TJJ and Norm, again for the spare battery.

Several different operators took a turn at net control, and there was the usual swapping of assignments during the night.

We had some difficulty with the base station setup, and, given the shallow, standing water on the roof at HQ, which froze over during the operation, tear down was pretty hairy. Thanks to Norm, AI2C and Dave, KE4S, for helping me wrangle the cable and antenna from the roof, and Dave, Norm and Jay, KI4UTB, for helping with the toting of gear back out to the truck.

We had a good assortment of Old Hands, Not-so-old hands, and New Hands this year which is refreshing and healthful for the group.

Altogether, an Outstanding performance.

73, Tom Dawson
WB3AKD
ARES EC Loudoun County, VA
(540) 454-0520 (Cell)
wb3akd@earthlink.net



Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

Standing Tall - Look Mom, No Guys !!!

Roster of Volunteer Amateur Radio Operators


1. AI2C - Norm Styer of Clarkes Gap
2. K2BFY - Henry Weidman of Sterling
3. KE4S - Dave Putman of Woods Road
4. KE5APC - Jeff Slusher of Leesburg
5. KF4TJI - Denny Boehler of Leesburg
6. KF4TJJ - Carol Boehler of Leesburg
7. KI4FWB - Kurt Reber of Lovettsville
8. KI4IEO - Chuck Graham of Leesburg
9. KI4TXP - Jay Ives of Leesburg

 


10. KJ4AZX - Stephanie Reed of Sterling
11. KI4UTB - Jay Greeley of Leesburg
12. KW4H - Steve Reed of Sterling
13. NA4MA - Tom Garasic of Haymarket
14. N4PD - Paul Dluehosh of Leesburg
15. W4AU - John Unger of Hamilton
16. WA9LAZ - Chester Kmak of Leesburg
17. WB3AKD - Tom Dawson of Round Hill
18. WF1L - Bill McCourt of Reston



Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

The Skyline of Leesburg as we head down to the Net Control Station on Market Street


 

Some Of Our Volunteer Radio Operators    -  Mug Shot Style

 

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

Dave Putman - KE4S

Of Woods Road - Leesburg

Our Out Going 2007 President

Thanks For A Great Year

Henry Weidman - K2BFY

Of Sterling

A Really Happy Guy !!!

But

He Forgot His Altoid Tin Keyer !!!

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

Jay Ives - KI4TXP

Of Leesburg

Another Very Happy Fellow !!!

Kurt Reber - KI4FWB

Of Lovettsville

A Really Hungry Guy !!!

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.


Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

Norm Styer - AI2C

Of Clarkes Gap

A Really Scary Guy !!!

Paul Dluehosh - N4PD

Of Leesburg

A Really Funny Guy !!!

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 


Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

Roaming The Streets

Jay Greeley - KI4UTB

Of Leesburg

&

John Unger - W4AU

Of Hamilton

 

The Shows        Here are just a very few of all the shows

 

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.


The Old Hayride

Around Downtown Leesburg

Benders Circus Calliope

Terry Bender presented American music on a real circus calliope on
the streets of downtown Leesburg

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

Paul Hadfield

Another Really Funny Guy !!!

With unique family entertainment in the Board Room
of the Loudoun County Government Center

Beacon Jones

Rock and roll songs that everyone knew !!!

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.


Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.



The Animal Ambassadors

With Live Animals

They filled the old lobby at 1 East Market Street

John Flynn

Spellbinding and popular singer-songwriter and guitarist
from Philadelphia

At The Vault - 1 East Market street

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

The Seldom Herd

Milt Herd and olin Dunbar with old-time bluegrass and folk
in the Lovettsville Room of the Loudoun County Government Center

Marilyn Harrington

Weaver and Spinner

Demonstrated hand weaving in the Lobby
of the Loudoun County Government Center

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 

The Arcadians

Real Dixieland music in the Asbury Room
of the United Methodist Church

On A Cooler Night - Like Freezing By Midnight

On The Streets

There was always a line

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.





Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 



The Loudoun County Courthouse
On A Late Cold New Year's Eve


           This was a nice family event and it seemed more were here this year. All the kids were having a great time. The weather cooperated nicely except for the frozen icy roof where we had our antenna for the net control station. Tom was lucky to escape with only wet clothes and shoes.

           Our Loudoun Amateur Radio Group worked well together and it was great to see some of the new folks do some special things.

           By 2315 hours, we had called in our last set of attendance numbers and most were "Closed Station - March Ordered." Several of us helped Tom Dawson deinstall the net control station and wrestle the ice-bound antenna and coax off the roof.  We were all on the road by 20-minutes into the new year.

           It was nice riding with you all.
           Best Regards, Norm Styer - AI2C.

May 2008 Be Better
For All Of Us !!!

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