LARG Monthly Meeting
August 19, 2006

The meeting was called to order at 0835 by President Boyd Garret, N5CTI, and followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. We had previously decided to try a different approach at this meeting by holding the business portion after the guest speaker.

Gary, NC4S, provided a presentation on the FISTS CW club, dedicated to the preservation and use of Morse code. As a reminder, FISTS sponsors a rag chew net on 3720 KHz on Wednesday, 8PM ET, and a Tuesday-Thursday slow CW net on 3682 KHz (+ or -) at 9PM ET. Following the presentation, we voted to apply for a LARG membership in the FISTS club.

Old Business:

July minutes were read by Boyd, N5CTA and approved as corrected. The July Treasurer's report was read by Gary, NC4S, and approved as read.

Tom, WB3AKD, reported "Nothing to report" for the Balloon committee. From the ARES committee, Tom reported the assignment of a new Assistant Section Manager, and that we "are ahead of Section requirements" for assigned duties. Gary, AI4IN, reported that a STRONG Angel exercise, sponsored by OSD/NII as a demonstration of technology for humanitarian relief, will be conducted on 22 August.

Gary, NC4S, discussed the planning for the Reston Bike Club ride to be conducted on 27 August. A Friday evening check-in net will be conducted on Aug 26, 8PM, on the DARG repeater (145.31).

A group of LARG members is planning a multi-op expedition to participate in the PA QSO Party. Bill,, K8SYH, will organize a planning meeting at the Robey Room, Purcellville Library for Tuesday evening at 7PM.

Dennis, KF4TJI, discussed the planning for an Amateur Extra licensing class and CW training. The classes will commence September 29 and run through November 3. Merc, N4TGA has arranged to use the Harmony Church. Thanks, Merc.

New Business

Gary, NC4S, discussed a Fairfax EOC class on Sheltering. The club approved a motion to ask either Fairfax or Loudoun ARC to present a class to LARG. Gray will coordinate with Charlie, K4LJA, to try setting this up.

Merc, N4TGA, presented a laptop computer that was donated to LARG. The pc was assigned to Paul, N4PD, for caretaking.

Jeff, KE5APC, presented the final Certificates of Appreciation to Field Day participants.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:08

Submitted: Dave Putman, KE4S