First Night Leesburg
16th Annual Communications Support Operation
December 31, 2009 
  
 Reports By Jay Ives - KI4TXP - Photographs By Denny Boehler - KF4TJI



Karl Hamilton - KI4BDS mans Net Control at First Night Leesburg 2009. Photograph by Denny Boehler - KF4TJI of Leesburg, VA.


Karl Hamilton - KI4BDS of Purcellville
Operating K4LRG Net Control at First Night Leesburg 2009



        First Night was a very successful evening. Even with the rain and sometimes freezing rain there were no major incidents. Net Control was set up at 4:30 PM and ready for operation at 5:00 PM. We had a great group helping with the set up as well as the take down. Eighteen folks volunteered for this great event.

        I would like to thank all those that participated and I do hope you all had a good time.


Dodson
Patrick
Kurt
Carol
Chris
Sally
Paul
John
Karl
Marcia
AJ4EY
KJ4GYI
KI4FWB
KF4TJJ
KB3RUR
K4NOB
N4PD
W4AU
KI4BDS
KJ4GYH
Jay
Dennis
Hidi
Luther
John
Nancy
Bob
Kat
KI4UTB
KF4TJI
Chris wife
K5NOB
WB5ODJ
N1NCY
K4RWK
Jayís grand daughter
Thanks again for all your help. Best Regards, Jay - KI4TXP
Late Night Leesburg Streets with most folks inside enjoying the entertainment. Photograph by Denny Boehler - KF4TJI of Leesburg, VA.

Late Night Leesburg Streets With Most Folks Inside Enjoying The Entertainment



Jay - KI4TXP and grand daughter of Locketts, VA. at First Night Leesburg 2009. Photograph by Denny Boehler - KF4TJI de Leesburg, VA.

Jay Ives - KI4TXP of Lucketts with His Granddaughter




Jay - KI4TXP, Kurt - KI4FWB, and Dave - KE4S on stand-by at First Night Leesburg 2009. Photograph by Denny Boehler - KF4TJI of Leesburg, VA.

Jay Ives - KI4TXP of Lucketts, Kurt Reber - KI4FWB of Lovettsville
and Dave Putman - KE4S of Woods Road, Leesburg


It Was A Very Uneventful Evening



First Night Leesburg Operations Plan
Dated: December 17, 2009
Revision: 0551 hours, December 18, 2009
Issued By: Jay Ives KI4TXP  703-850-2821 at   jayson648@yahoo.com


Situation:

Loudoun Amateur Radio Group and Loudoun County Amateur Radio Emergency Service members will provide communications for First Night Leesburg, beginning with the set up of Net Control at 1630 and continuing until about 2330 on December 31, 2009.

Mission:

Amateur Radio Operators will provide communications support between the event headquarters and the various venues including downtown Leesburg, County Government center and other locations. Generally all venues are within walking distance of headquarters. Support consists of relaying needs of information to the headquarters station, and the occasional transfer of supplies between HQ and the various venues. Also, the amateur volunteers will pick up the large venue signs after the last event.

Leesburg Police Auxiliary handles cash transportation and escorts.

Execution:

At approximately 1630 Net Control will be set up at the Event Headquarters. To be announced. Jay, KI4TXP, will supply all equipment needed and will lead the HQ installation. By 1800 we will need at least 3 portable radio equipped hams to be available with all others reporting by 1900.

Early children shows will commence at 1800 with the other venues commencing at 1900.

A list of venues and the schedule will be posted at a later date.

About 15 minutes into the performance a head count will be taken. Net control will poll each venue for the total numbers at each venue. When reporting your count PLEASE do not disturb the performance, whisper, go into another room or out doors.

Head counts do not need to be exact. You may count the seats in a row and multiply by the number of rows.

Service and Support:

Participating LARG members should insure that they have extra batteries, and appropriate clothing for the evening.

Food and drink will be available at HQ . Each Amateur Radio Volunteer should be self sufficient as far as equipment, batteries, antennas, headsets, and any individual needs like medications, hand warmers , etc.

On December 31, 2009 check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

Command and Communications:

Peter Dunning or Lily Dunning will be the over all event lead.

Jay Ives KI4TXP will be the Amateur Radio Support lead.

Net Control (K4LRG) will be located at the event Headquarters. (to be determined)

We will be using the following repeaters thanks to Dave WA4TXE
The Primary Frequency will be 442.100 + offset no PL WX4TXE
The Secondary Frequency will be 146.700 Ė offset no PL WX4TXE
Talk around will be 147.480 simplex. No PL will be used.

Please be prepared to relay if the repeaters are down and Net Control can not hear a calling station. (This is KI4TXP may I relay, OVER) then follow Net Controls instructions.

Please wear headphones so you will not disturb the performance.

The plan now is to operate as an open Net but if we get a large amount of traffic we will become a directed net.

If you have an Emergency please use your cell phone and dial 911. Note the location and the nature of the Emergency. If you donít have access to a cell phone call Net Control who will then make the 911 call.

When making an Emergency call so specify in your first transmission. (This is KI4TXP EMERGENCY, OVER.) If an Emergency call is sent the net will automatically become a directed net with K4LRG as Net Control. Stations not involved with the Emergency will stand by until Net Control terminates the emergency.

First Night Volunteers as of Dec 17, 2009:

Jay KI4TXP
John W4AU
Dave KE4S
Luther K5NOB
Meg AI4UX
Frank K0BRA

Denny KF4TJI
Carol KF4TJJ
Kurt KI4FWB
Gene KD7IAV




Thanks to all who have volunteered and Iím looking forward to working with you New Years Eve.

Jay Ives - KI4TXP

703-850-2821
jayson648@yahoo.com

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