LARG Monthly Meeting
March 21, 2009

Meeting was called to order, with 27 members present, by President Rick Miller, AI1V at 8:30am.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited by the group.

Rick welcomed visitors and new members, who were introduced to the group.

The minutes were posted on the website. Motion to accept was passed.

Treasurer's report was posted this past week on the website and a report given.

Committee Reports

Public Service/Emergency Committee – John W4AU for Tom, WB3AKD

• John, W4AU, currently fabricating a mount for the antenna at the EOC.

Balloon Committee – no report

Contesting – John, W4AU

• John will be talking about the VA QSO party as the program later this morning.

Education – Steve, KW4H

• Next class – General Class weekend at the VFW Hall next weekend, March 27/28.

    o Room for more students as walk-ins
    o Going to need porta-johns for the class

 Motion to rent two for the weekend was made by Jay, KI4UTB and seconded by Dave, KE4S.
 Motion passed

    o "Elmers" are needed for the event

• Jay Greeley encouraged hams to set up a working station in the back room for times during the breaks.
Interference – Paul, N4PD, no report

• Reminder that engineers can sign up to be members of the IEEE BPL committee.

Website – Rick, AI1V for Norm, AI2C

• Norm is interested in photos and articles for the website.

Public Relations
– Randy, W4XJ

• No report at this time.
• We will soon be active in PR for Field Day.

Legislative Action Committee

• Assembly at the end of their session.
• No activity at this time.

Programs – Jay, KI4TXP

• April 18 – Jeff Fletcher, Deputy Coordinator of EOC.
• May 16 – Rick Denney, Woodbridge Wireless Association.
• June 20 – Field Day Preparation.

Field Day

• Jeff Slusher, KE5APC, has agreed to be the chairman of Field Day 2009.
• Jay, KI4TXP, will be the Ass't Chairman.
• Major decision = Field Day site.

    o Site selection committee was appointed.
    o Meeting scheduled soon to begin site selection.

• June 27, 28, 2009.

New Business

Carol, KF4TJJ, reported that a local retirement home contacted her and is interested in having a ham radio demonstration. Jay Greeley, KI4UTB, volunteered to coordinate the event.

One of the residents is a former ham radio operator and Rick mentioned it would be nice to have us set up a station for him as the facility has agreed to let him put up an antenna.

Dave, WA4TXE and Dale, K3CN, are working aggressively in establishing a western receiver site for the 146.700 repeater. The location will be in Purcellville. They are looking to do some site work at the main site next weekend and the western site the following weekend. Rick, AI1V, reported that they are looking for help.

Dave, KE4S, has contacted CQ magazine so that we would be listed as a club for their contests. All contestants should list us as Loudoun ARG when submitting logs.

Dennis, KF4TJI, has a few more 2009 calendars for sale.

SKYWARN classes – March 28 there will be a class at the Fairfax Fire and Training Facility.

Note: Regarding next month's meeting – the Leesburg Garden Show is the same weekend as our meeting and the downtown area will be closed.

Dave, KE4S, thanked club members who help him put up new 80 meter loop.

Next weekend is the greater Baltimore Hamfest.

Motion to dismiss was entertained. The meeting was adjourned at 9:05am.


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.