LARG Monthly Meeting
July 18, 2009

Meeting was called to order at 8:30am by President Rick Miller, AI1V with 25 members present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

The Minutes of the previous meeting were distributed and accepted as written.

The Treasurer's Report was presented and accepted.

Committee Reports

Public Service – Gary, NC4S

o The Reston Bike Ride is August 23 this year.
 Gary is looking for NCS's and Station captains.
 This is a great event for new operators.
 He is also looking for SAG communicators.
 Town Center, Ashburn, Hamilton – station locations

o EOC – final installation items still underway

Balloon Committee – Tom WB3AKD

o Still working on building new payload
o Need a mission control person
o Now is the time to think about a launch campaign, no date yet but looking at August or September o If you want to build something for the payload, please let Tom know.

o Shepherd University has a space grant and may be working with us on a project. Still in the early stage

o Have no balloons that can lift the load at this time.

o Rick, AI1V, is interested in putting together a GPS team that can track and take a picture of the payload with parachute open.

Training – Denny KF4TJI

o On track for a Tech Class – October 3, 4, 2009

o Event will again be held at the VFW Hall

Interference – no report

Contest – no report

Website – Norm AI2C

o Working on Field Day Report section
 Looking for pictures and stories
 20 sections of the report
 Waiting for the final logs

o Reston Bicycle Club material is now up

o Apollo 11 Broadcast streaming information is posted

o GOES – 6 hour sunspot activity information available

Public Relations – Randy W4XJ

o Proclamation from the Loudoun Co Board of Supervisors
o Great PR for Field Day

Legislative Committee – Randy W4XJ
o Tom Dawson – being contacted by LOCO Supvrs
o Text Bill now in effect

Programs – Jay KI4TXP

o August – Jeff Fletcher from EOC
o Sept – Jeff KE5APC on MARS
o Oct – Rick AI1V on APRS
o Nov – Gary AF4IN on Digital

 Motion by Jay KI4UTB, second by Rick, AI4V, that Riley Hollingsworth be scheduled as a speaker and invite other groups to participate. Fee is $250 will be given to the speaker. Discussion on the content of the talk. Recommendation to check with other clubs on what they are interested in hearing about. Also, we can check with him.

Field Day

o 60% of the club participated
o Scouts made a great contribution to the event
o Earned the maximum bonus points
o Jay, KI4UTB, came through in taking over food at the last minute
o No accidents during the event, some bee stings were encountered, however, at Gary NC4S's barn
o Station captains did a great job
o Grant, KB3EMT, brought an EMT kit with him, so we were covered medically
o Final QSO scores are now in and will be distributed
o More information yet will be coming soon

Old Business

• MOU with the VFW still in the works

• Thank you from LOCO Board of Supervisors, Stevens Miller, to Rick, AI1V

New Business

 Motion by Tom WB3AKD, second by Carol KF4TJJ, to move $350 to the Balloon Fund from the main club fund to purchase balloons.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:25.

SKYWARN presentation followed by Randy Sly W4XJ and Virginia Legowik AK4EA.


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.