LARG Monthly Meeting
November 17, 2001

The November 17, 2001 meeting of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group, held at the Leesburg Public Safety Building, was called to order at 8:36 a.m. President Denny Boehler, KF4TJI, welcomed all to the meeting, which was begun with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Minutes of the October meeting and report of treasurer Tom Garasic, NA4MA, for the previous month were read and approved.

Tom Dawson, WB3AKD, announced a Balloon Committee meeting for 11/28 at the Purcellville Library to look at the 2002 calendar for possible launch dates in late March or early April. A motion was approved to allocate an additional $350 to the balloon fund.

John Unger, W4AU, applauded LARG's fourth place national finish in Field Day 2001's 5A category. He also encouraged participation for club entries in the November SSB Sweep-stakes and December's ARRL 10 M contest.

Mark Gillam, N3GMW, asked for help in communications for First Night Leesburg, which is scheduled for 12/31. Tom, WB3AKD, will again operate as net control.

Dave Putman, KG4KZZ, is coordinating the newly formed Repeater Committee in collecting suggestions and recommendations from all club members.

Norm Styer, AI2C, reported on input he's received to date on the Morse Code issue. Jim Banks, W0MAZ, expressed his view on CW as "a good basic communication system" that can serve as a contingency in many situations. Much more will be forthcoming on the philosophical approaches to this topic over the next few years.

Norm also encouraged checking into the web site often and contributing ideas and help as you can.

Denny, KF4TJI, re-addressed the new ARRL format for sharing dues with clubs for signing up new ARRL members. A motion was approved for participation in the program with any money so received to be added to LARG's general fund.

Carol, KF4TJJ, announced the Fourth Annual LARG Holiday Dinner on 12/7/01.

The nominating committee for club officers for 2002 was appointed: John, W4AU; Paul Dluehosh, N4PD; and Charlie Preston, K4LJH.

On behalf of the Loudoun County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Charlie Nelson, KG4KZY, expressed appreciation to LARG for all assistance given in the aftermath of events of September 11th.

Following adjournment at 9:44 a.m. there were meetings of the Repeater and Executive committees. Tom, WB3AKD, also had equipment available to do radio checks.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol L. Boehler,
KF4TJJ, Secretary