LARG Monthly Meeting
March 19, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 8:35 A.M. EDT by LARG President Luther Guise, K5NOB. There were 33 attendees present.

Minutes from the Feb 2011 meeting were approved without change.

Jeff, KE5APC, presented the posted treasurer report. The Treasurer's report was approved as presented/posted.

The following guests/new members were present:

Visitor, Don Baucom – K4YND.

Committee Reports

Public Service / Training: Jay Ives, KI4TXP reports that the Leesburg Airshow will occur in early October. Additional details to follow.

Balloon: No report.

Training: Jay Greeley, KI4UTB, is scheduled to deploy and will not be available for Training or Field Day. Bob Rodriguez, KJ4NXG, is planning a training class for the Boy Scouts.

Field Day: Chris Painter, KB3RUR was not present. Check the reflector for updates. A FD meeting will be held after next month's meeting. Gary, NC4S is organizing the Big Board, so signup for your operating slots! Jeff KE5APC is selling tee shirts, pins, and GOTA pins.

: Rick, AI1V, a tour of WAGE may happen in April. Discussion of possible GPS interference issues.

Contesting: John - W4AU spoke about the Virgina QSO party which begins today at 2:00pm and lasts 36 hours. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Decide on your class and organize your propagation chart, planning chart and various paper work. Be sure to check your computer's time. Please send your summary information to John.

Website: No report.

Awards: Norm, AI2C, is working on the new certificate.

Legislation Affairs: Rick, AI1V, HR 607 concerning the 420-440 frequency auction. Send your ARRL letter now. Spread spectrum rule changes are in the works.

Programs: Brian, KG4UPR, today's program will be Skywarn from Chris, W3CUM. Next month's program will be Field Day by Chris KB3RUR. Frank, K0BRA will be doing a SDR program.

Repeater Status:

Dulles Repeater (145.310 MHz - W4DLS Repeater): Frank Gentges – K0BRA reports that everything is working well. Rick, AI1V help with trouble shooting and it's up 20dB.

Leesburg Repeater (146.700 MHz - WA4TXE Repeater): Dave Boltson - WA4TXE, reports that the Sterling remote is down and that Echolink is also down. Dave is planning to replace feedline at the hospital and install a tower at the farm, stay tuned for details.

The 2M simulated VAQP simplex test went very well and had 18 people participate.

YL Report: Carol, KF4TJJ, no report.

Old Business:

Jeff reports that all the door prizes from the Holiday Party have been sold. Denny, KF4TJI has calendars available.

New Business:

The club has a PO box in Purcellville which costs us $26. Luther is looking into moving it to Leesburg which would cost $70 for a standard box and $90 for a commercial box.

Balloon fund, we need to ask Tom what supplies are needed and how much it will cost for the next launch.

Luther suggested that we collect emergency contact information to be used when the club does a community service event.

Rick, AI1V is getting quotes for the K4LRG pin. Approximately 1 inch for about $10. Looking to order 50 to 100 pins.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:03 A.M. EST.

After the formal close of the meeting, Chris – W3CUM gave a presentation on SKYWARN .

Respectfully submitted,

Doug Johnson, KJ4BRN, LARG Secretary


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.