LARG Monthly Meeting
April 19, 2003

A meeting of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group was held 4/19/03 in the fellowship hall of Leesburg's Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. President Larry McCaig, KCIYC, called the meeting to order at 8:45 a.m. and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Minutes of the March meeting were approved as read. Report of treasurer Gary Quinn, NC4S, was also approved. Larry welcomed the new members and guests among the 34 people present.

Committee reports

CONTEST - Chairman John Unger, W4AU, submitted 32 logs representing 35 operators for LARG's participation in 2003's VA 050 Party. Our claimed score is 1, 069, 323 points. Contest results and plaques will be presented at the Manassas hamfest on Sunday June 1st.

EMERGENCY SERVICES - Loudoun County ARES Coordinator Tom Dawson, WB3AKD, asked all in ARES to try to check in to one traffic net per week. All should also have an emergency pack containing gear such as soft cable, mast sections and a j-pole.

BALLOON - Tom, WB3AKD, noted that weather and winds so far this year have not been conducive for a launch, but should be okay by mid to late May. A motion was approved to set a balloon activity for 5/24/03. Check the reflector for flight news and pre-event meetings.

TRAINING - Coordinator Bill McCourt, WF1L, reported that the current Technician class has six students. Question pool for this exam will change at the end of June. Bill has reserved room at the Balch Library for a General class in the fall. An organizational meeting will be held in August.

PUBLIC RELATIONS - Larry Hughes, K3HE, commented on two short video tapes: a one minute ad for Adelphia Cable and a five minute ARRL tape on Amateur Radio Today.

FIELD DAY - Chairman for the 2003 event is Buddy Brewer, K4CJB. A decision was made at a meeting on 4/1/03 to go with a 5A set-up using the K4LRG call. A sign-up sheet was circulated for operating times. Buddy also asked those wishing to order t-shirts ($12.95 @) and pins ($5 @) to let him know. Ray Houff, K4AJA, will again serve as food chairman for the event. Cold-cut sandwiches will be served following antenna set-up Friday afternoon/evening, 6/27. Station set-up occurs late Saturday a.m. with operations commencing at 1400 local time and ending at 1300 local time Sunday, 6/29. New this year is a family oriented cook-out about 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

REPEATER - Chairman Dave Putman, KG4KZZ, reported on a recent committee meeting from which a recommendation was made to accept the offer from Evan Alford, KQ4CI. Dave put forward a motion - the exact wording of which I need to get for these minutes - seconded by Gary, NC4S. After some discussion the motion was approved. The committee has work to do to iron out details of the deal.

PROJECTS - Gary, NC4S, listed project selections and asked for a vote. The initial project will be a crystal transceiver; second, is a watt meter. Gary plans to obtain kits at Dayton.


A five minute break was taken for those wishing to hear, via equipment demonstrated by Allon Stern, KE4FYL, a satellite pass.

Carol, KF4TJJ, displayed the certificate received from ARRL for the $100 donation the club made this past winter to the spectrum defense fund.

Steve Hood, KB4WKK, displayed a tape measure dipole he built. Possibly another club project.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol L. Boehler, KF4TJJ