LARG Monthly Meeting
April 16, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 8:34 A.M. EDT by LARG President Luther Guise, K5NOB. There were 29 attendees present.

Minutes from the March 2011 meeting were approved without change.

Jeff, KE5APC, presented the posted treasurer report. The Treasurer's report was approved as presented/posted.

The following guests/new members were present:

Visitor, Heidi Painter (our FD Food Captain).

Committee Reports

Public Service: No report.

Balloon: No report.

Training: We need a Training Chairman to replace Jay Greeley.

Field Day: The club received a donation of $100 for Field Day expenses from Paul Bock K4MSG.

Interference: No report.

Contesting: John - W4AU had results from the VAQP. 5 members scored over 100,000. Norm >331k, Jeff and Gary >200k, John Unger >100k, Jay Ives 80k and Steve Green was QRP. John Unger was high score CW. LARG submitted 20 logs which is the second highest for the club.

Contests this weekend are the ARRL Rookie Roundup, Michican QSO and the Ontario QSO.

John Unger showed his ARRL "Clean Sweep Mug".

Website: No report.

Awards: Norm, AI2C, is taking photos and is working on the new certificate.

Legislation Affairs: Rick, AI1V, HR 607 concerning the 420-440 frequency auction. There is a write up in this months QST, Rick reports that this legislation is not expected to pass.

Programs: Brian, KG4UPR, today's program will be Field Day from Chris KB3RUR and Gary, NC4S. Next month's program has not yet been determined.

Repeater Status:

Dulles Repeater (145.310 MHz - W4DLS Repeater): Some intermod has been reported, overall good coverage.

Leesburg Repeater (146.700 MHz - WA4TXE Repeater): Dave Boltson - WA4TXE, the repeat is working well. The Sterling link is down.

443 Repeater: Is up.

YL Report: Nancy, N1NCY, several photos of LARG YLs appeared in the YL Harmonics publication. Photos are from Norm AI2C.

Checkins to the YL net include Nancy N1NCY, Marcy and Carol KF4TJJ.

Old Business:

Luther, K5NOB, is working on a Emergency Contact Card that club members can carry at Field Day and public service events.

Rick, AI1V, is working on a club pin. Nothing new to report.

Meg is investigating a club patch and is talking to vendors.

Luther, need to resolve the PO Box issue.

New Business:

Chris KB3RUR, will be participating in a Relay for Life special event station in the Pittsburg area on July 18.

Chris KB3RUR, Oct 20 there will be a special event station for the Battle of Balls Bluff.

HF Net: Norm reports 36 people from 10 states have checked into the net.

Bill Fenn, N4TS, reports that two special event stations will be set up at Manassas, W4C (Confederate) and W3U (Union). It's a 4 day event and operators are needed. Contact Bill for details.

The club collected a $54 donation to Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club for VAQP expenses.

A program suggest for a talk on broadcast station interference. (WCRW?)

Luther, Hagerstown Hamfest on the 30th.

Luther, will investigate a radio tower in Falls Church that the club has been asked to remove.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:11 A.M. EST.

After the formal close of the meeting, Chris – KB3RUR and Gary NC4S gave a presentation on Field Day .

Respectfully submitted,

Doug Johnson, KJ4BRN, LARG Secretary


A reminder to all about Holy Trinity's inclement weather policy: if Loudoun County Schools are closed (or would be if it were a school day), all activities at the church are cancelled – this includes outside groups. This policy allows for parking lot clearing so snow is not packed down; and it is also a safety issue.