LARG Monthly Meeting
May 16, 2009

Meeting was called to order at 8:40am 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 Antenna installation at EOC was delayed.

o County Emergency Exercise is scheduled for May 29.

o County proclamation for Amateur Radio Month will be given by Supervisors on June 1, 2009.
 The meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm. Any club members who can attend are encouraged to be there.
 We will have a display in the lobby.

o Clarke County Bike Ride is today.

Balloon Committee – Gary NC4S

o Battery has finally died and will be replaced.

Training Committee

o Mountain View Elementary School Science Olympiad – June 4.

o We have been invited and will be supporting it.

Contesting/Operating – John Unger, W4AU

o SPARC is recalculating VA QSO party scores with a new version of the scoring software.

o Next month is Field Day!

Website - Norm

o Everything is operating as normal.

o Not much has been submitted by members for posting lately.

Programs – Jay

o A SKYWARN presentation is scheduled for August..

o June will be about Field Day.

Public Relations – Randy

o New PR101 course is now available from the ARRL for those interested in Public Information.

Legislative Action Committee – Randy

o Things are quiet right now.

o New initiatives will probably be coming soon from ARRL HQ.

Field Day – Committee met on May 6

o We now have a youth leader who is going to coordinate youth events this year.

o Our four remaining vacancies have now been filled.
 20 voice Co-captain.
 VHF-UHF Co-captain.
 Captain for Sunday breakfast.
 Message relay Captain.

o T-shirts and pins are available at today's meeting.

Old Business

• Last month – Atlantic Division gave a webinar on Club Liability.

o PowerPoint presentation for the event is available on the Atlantic Division website.

• Jay KI4UTB - Our retirement home opportunity is still moving forward slowly.

o The VFW has approved the installation of a station at their facility. The station can be used for MARS and other operations as determined by the club.

• A motion was brought to the floor to loan the Club's TS-930 to the VFW Hall for setting up a station.

o Motion was made by Dave, KE4S and seconded.

o Discussion on how much the station will be used and storage options at the hall for equipment.

o Discussion on station license.

 The club may need to get a separate call for this station since it is in a different location.
 MARS operation is licensed differently and given by military.
 Jeff, KE5APC; Gary, NC4S; Norm, AI2C and Dave, KE4S will look into this.

New Business

• Gary, NC4S - Old Callbooks are available for anyone who wants them.

• Dave, KE4S – we now have a Versa tuner donated to the club.

• Jay, KI4TXP presented a special certificate from YL International Single Sidebanders recognizing his many years of involvement to Norm, AI2C. He joined the group in 1965.

The business meeting was adjourned at 9:20am and followed by a special program from Rick, KR9D on the ARRL VHF QSO party operation of W4IY.

Respectfully submitted, Randy Sly


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.