LARG Monthly Meeting
July 21, 2012

The meeting was called to order by President Bryan Stephens, KG4UPR, at 8:43 am, Saturday, July 21,, 2012, at the Leesburg Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 605 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA. Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Visitor: John Styer de Ft Belvoir, VA., Stave Saenz - KF5MLB de Grand Prairie, TX.

Elected Officers Present:
President, Bryan Stephens, KG4UPR
Vice President, K2BFY
Secretary, Norm Styer, AI2C
Treasurer, Denny Boehler, KF4TJI


Merc Skaggs, N4TGA
Bill Robbins, KJ4VTH
Henry Weidman - K2BHY
Luther Guise - K5NOB
Steve Saenz - KF4MLB
Steve Green - KS1G
Gene Harrison - N3EV
Bill Buchholz - K8SYH
Chris Patton - W3CUM
Mep Gentges - AI4UX
Frank Gentges - KØBRA
Jay Greeley - KI4UTB
Bob Geisler - N4RPG
Jim Stovers - K4FW
Dick Maylott - W2YE
Dennis Bouhler - KF4TJI
Mark Gillam - K4MDG
Bryan Stephens - KG4UPR
Eric Carlson - AJ4LN
Chris Williams - KK4DLP
Gary Quinn - NC4S
Carol Boehler - KFTJJ
Grant Russell - KB3EMT
Ken Sullivan - KJ4GYL
Jaff Crawfod - KØZR
David Boltson - WA4TXE
John Styer
Norm Styer - AI2C

General Announcements

Bryan Stephens - KG4UTP announced that he had D-Subminuture Connectors provided by John Leaharpt of Sterling for sale with proceeds going to the LARG.

Denny Boehler - KF4TJI has a 2012 FD Pin , LARG 2012 Calendars, and LARG Patches all for sale.

May 2012 Secretary's Report. The minutes for the June 2012 Monthly Meeting were written and posted to the K4LRG.ORG Internet Site by Norm Styer - AI2C. A motion by Merc - N4TGA and seconded by Jay - Greeley - KI4UTB to approve the minutes as posted was passed by voice vote.

April Treasurer's Report. Denny Boehler - KF4TJI reported the status of the treasury. See Treasurer's Reports at Members Only at K4LRG.ORG. A motion to approve the Treasurer's Report made by Jay- KI4UTB and seconded by Gary - NC4S was passed by voice vote.


Public Service Committee
. No report.

FIELD DAY Committee

FD After Action Meeting
. Gary Quinn - NC4S presented results of FD After Action Meeting held at his home in early July:

       O  It was noted that at least one station had trouble getting started at 1400 hours local; it was recommended that the Station Captain and the Co-Captain find a way to set up and test all their equipment prior to bring it to the site. And, then insure all is up and running by 1100 hours local on Saturday morning.


Balloon Committee. No report.

Training Committee. John Shell - K3US discussed the possibility of teaching "How To Operate Field Day." It was suggested that committee also focus on recruiting new members.

Contest Committee. John Unger - W4AU discussed the 160-Meter Stew Perry Contest schedule for the current weekend and its unique scoring system. Also, it was mentioned that the All Asian Contest was this weekend. You give an RST and your age.

Awards Committee. Norm -Styer - AI2C reported he was continuing to work on new cameras and photographs of Loudoun for the "The Chase" Award. He also discussed how his new Sony Hand Cam Video camera will handle 1080i formats directly to You Tube then imbed the on-line file into an Internet Site.

LARG Legislative Affairs Committee. It was noted that the new FCC commissioner took the Tech Exam. Gene May - WA8WKU reported he is working with his local home owners association on ways to update their rules to permit amateur radio antennas and stations. Chris Patton - W3CUM reported that Virginia Commonwealth legislative members were drafting some new or revised rules for amateur radio stations in communities with home owners associations or other restrictions. Chris also mentioned that operating in emergency, traffic handling and public service nets from your home helps to encourage communities to accept your antenna requirements.

Elmering Committee. Bryan discussed this new committee that's replacing the Interference Committee

YL Committee. Nothing to report by Carol - KF4TJJ.

Emergency Service Committee. No report. The chairman for this committee is open.

Program Committee. Bryan - KG4UPR indicated he had some videos lined up and a separate program on satellite communications.


Sunday Night FM Net. Bryan (KG4UPR) reported good participation with approximately 10 stations joining most Sunday nights. A new NCS Duty Roster will be published this month.

Sunday Digital Watering Hole. Bryan (KG4UPR) reported a recent lull in activity for the digital net.

Tuesday Night CW Net. John - W4AU reported good activity by K0ZR, N4PD, K8SYH and W4AU. All are welcomed to join in and the net will slow down to accommodate your speed.

Thursday Night HF SSB Net. See report below by Norm - AI2C:

Monday YL Net. It was reported the net still is still going but attendance is low.


W4DLS Repeater. Continues to have a long squelch tail.

WA4TXE Repeater. Dave Boltson - WA4TXE reported he had a new receiver and a 20-foot station master antenna for deployment. He also is working on an Internet connection for the main site in Leesburg. to support emergency services. The Sterling Remote is not active because of signal mixing with the Purcellville Remote signal. He also has acquired a replacement for the UHF repeater.



O  John Shell, K3US, suggested a QSLcard size card for Field Day visitors and GOTA operators.

O  Denny, KF4TJI, mentioned that the Field Day t-Shirt and Pin order to ARRL had been ordered as a the convenience for members and all agreed that no motion to authorize payment was required.

JUNE 2012 PROGRAM. None.

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Norm Styer - AI2C

[Prepared: 2012 07 09 by Norm - AI2C. Posted to K4LRG.ORG: 2012 07 10]


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.