LARG Monthly Meeting
May 19, 2012

The meeting was called to order by President Bryan Stephens, KG4UPR, at 8:30 am, Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the Leesburg Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 605 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA. Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

New Members: Susanne Zimmermann, KK4EDV from Hamilton, and Derek Linden, AK4RA from Ashburn, VA.

Returning Member: Mark Gillam, K4MDG from Lovettsville, VA.

Elected Officers Present:
President, Bryan Stephens, KG4UPR
Vice President, Henry Weidman, K2BFY
Treasurer, Denny Boehler, KF4TJI

Jay Ives, KI4TXP
Bob Rodriguez, KJ4NXG
Bill Robbins, KJ4VTH
Merc Skaggs, N4TGA
Rick Miller, AI1V
Dave Putman, KE4S
Bryan Stephens, KG4UPR
Susanne Zimmermann, KK4EDV
Gary Quinn, NC4S
Chris Williamson, KK4DLP
Mark Gillam, K4MDG
Henry Weidman, K2BFY
Eric Carlson, AJ4LN
Derek Linden, AK4RA
Gene Harrison, N3EV
David Boltson, WA4TXE
Loyd Harting, KJ4BXA
Carol Boehler, KF4TJJ
Charles Nelson, KG4KZY
Judy Wodynski, K4LEK
Earl Haussling, KF4UUX
David Wendland, KE4OKY
Denny Boehler, KF4TJI

General Announcements

O LARG Special Event Station to be held during Governor's Country Fair Day on June 10, 2012, at Morven Park. Jay (KI4TXP) to issue details on the LARG reflector.

O The Old Dominion Endurance Ride is requesting amateur radio operators to support their 100 mile equine even on June 9, 2012. See announcement from Jay (KI4TXP) on the LARG reflector for details.

O LARG 2012 Calendars are available from Denny Boehler (KF4TJI) for $5.00. All proceeds go to the LARG.

O Denny (KF4TJI) advised that the FD 2012 items ordered from ARRL (shirts, hats, etc.) should be available for distribution at the LARG June meeting.

March 2012 Secretary's Report
. The minutes for the March 2012 Monthly Meeting were written and posted to the K4LRG.ORG Internet Site by Norm Styer - AI2C. A motion by Gary Quinn - NC4S and seconded by Judy Wodynski - K4LEK 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 was passed by voice vote.


Public Service Committee
. Jay Ives (KI4TXP) provided a report describing the LARG support provided to the Sadie Ablard 5K Run in Purcellville on May 12, 2012. Jay also mentioned that LARG should begin preparing for a possible role supporting the presidential inauguration in January 2013.

FIELD DAY Committee. Gary Quinn (NC4S) provided a report on the FD Captains meeting help May 12, 2012 at the Westerman farm. Gary discussed strategies for improving the utilization of the GOTA station for FD 2012. Chris Patton (W3CUM) is scheduled to present a FD training course on safe generator operation and fire extinguishing techniques at 10am on June 23, 2012. Gary detailed the maintenance work completed on the tower trailer in preparation for deployment to support FD operation. Gary discussed plans for meals throughout FD weekend.

Balloon Committee. No report.

Training Committee. Bob Rodriguez (KJ4NXG) reported on efforts to ensure Boy Scout attendance for FD.

Contest Committee. No report.

LARG Legislative Affairs Committee
. Rick Miller (AI1V) reported that the recent FCC restrictive covenants inquiry resulted in approximately 1500 responses. News reports indicate the company pursuing use of spectrum adjacent to GPS allocations for terrestrial services, Lightsquared, declared bankruptcy.

YL Committee. No report.

Emergency Service Committee. The chairman for this committee is open.

Program Committee. Henry (K2BFY) indicated that at a future meeting he would like to share a video about a teenager who developed an interesting electronic project. The story has been featured on network television.


Sunday Night FM Net. Bryan (KG4UPR) reported good participation with approximately 10 stations joining most Sunday nights. The net will be using the WA4TXE repeater on 146.70 MHz due to the lengthy squelch tail on the W4DLS repeater.

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

Tuesday Night CW Net. No report.

Thursday Night HF SSB Net. No report.

Monday YL Net
. No report.


W4DLS Repeater. Rick Miller (AI1V) advised that the prolonged squelch tail on the 145.31 repeater may be due to a faulty receiver. Replacement is under consideration.

WA4TXE Repeater. Dave Boltson (WA4TXE) reported plans to reactivate the Sterling remote later in the day. The outgoing PL remains off. The 146.85 repeater serving areas to the west of Leesburg is working well.


LARG contact information posted on the ARRL web site reflects updates submitted by Norm Styer (AI2C).




The meeting adjourned at 10:00am

Respectfully Submitted,

Bryan Stephens (KG4UPR)
on behalf of Norm Styer (AI2C)

[Prepared: 2012 06 14 by Bryan - KG4UPR. Posted to K4LRG.ORG: 2012 06 14]


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.