LARG Monthly Meeting
February 22, 2003

A meeting of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group, delayed one week because of snow, was held 2/22/03 in the fellowship hall of Leesburg's Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. After calling the meeting to order at 10:06 a.m., President Larry McCaig, KC1YC, welcomed all and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Minutes of the January meeting and report of treasurer Gary Quinn, NC4S, were approved as presented.

Training Committee coordinator Bill McCourt, WF1L, received info from former chairman Bill Buchholz, K8SYH, on times reserved for a Technician class in April and May at Thomas Balch Library. Bill, WF1L, asked for input on class format: are the extended week-by-week lessons best? Publicity is needed.

Public Relations chairperson Larry Hughes, K3HE, has many ideas for helping make LARG and amateur radio known. Meeting announcements are set for Adelphia Cable and WAGE radio. Bill, WF1L, asked him to also contact ComCast Cable in eastern Loudoun. Allon Stern, KE4FYL, designed a club card for members to hand out, post on bulletin boards, etc. Larry is working on a crew to film club activities and on radio and TV ham interviews to publicize as many perspectives on amateur radio as possible: all ages; female as well as male; those having experience in disaster situations, etc.

Balloon Committee chairman Tom Dawson, WB3AKD, stated that in light of all that is currently going on, we'll see what's happening in April and make some decisions then about any upcoming balloon flights.

For Emergency Services and ARES all involved are asked to check e-mail and listen to 147.30 for status of any emergency nets. ODIN was involved for snow measurements recently and will be activated as needed for flooding reports. Gary, NC4S, asks all ARES members to make sure he has your current regular and e-mail addresses, phone number, etc.

Repeater Committee chairman Dave Putman, KG4KZZ, asked all, if they have not done so already, to read the proposal posted on the website from Evan Alford, KQ4CI. Evan was prepared to come to the meeting had it occurred 2/15. Dave will ask if he can attend 3/15. Considerable discussion continues on the need for a K4LRG repeater and, if so, how this best should be accomplished.

Various club members have expressed interest in group building projects. Gary, NC4S, will chair a committee to set up a projects list from member suggestions.

Considerable time was devoted to a discussion of the VA QSO Party set to begin at 1:00 p.m. local time on Saturday, 3/15 and run until 9:00 p.m. EST Sunday 3/16. Contest Chairman John Unger, W4AU, was joined by Norm Styer, AI2C, and Denny Boehler, KF4TJI, in presenting plans, strategies and techniques to help LARG members have fun in the contest and regain the statewide title. John, W4AU, asks that you get summary sheets (marked as a "LARG" entry), log and dupe sheets (for 200 or more contacts) to him for checking as soon as possible after the contest.

Dates for Field Day 2003 are June 28 and 29. Gary, NC4S, offered his farm as a site. A chairperson is needed to organize LARG's participation in the operation for this year. No one volunteered.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:37 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol L. Boehler, KF4TJJ

Recording Secretary