LARG Monthly Meeting
September 15, 2007

The meeting was called to order by President Dave, KE4S, at 8:45 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. No new members or visitors were in attendance. Twenty-five hams signed in during the morning.


The minutes of the August meeting were approved as read.

Treasurer Jeff, KE5APC, reported a current balance of $4,337.08 which includes $337.08 in the Balloon Fund and $500.00 in the Emergency Equipment Fund. The report was approved as presented.


Committee Reports


Contesting - John, W4AU, announced there would be a Sprint contest from 8:00 p.m. - midnight, local time, the evening of the Sept. club meeting. A few state QSO Parties are occurring in the next few weeks, including the PA QSO Party on October 13 & 14.


Training - Meg, AI4UX, noted there are several women and a few youth in the Technician class LARG member Steve, WB4EZM, is offering in his Sterling home. Meg asked anyone who wants to take an Extra class in the spring to let her know so she can organize one if interest warrants. Grant, KB3EMT, indicated interest by a few Blue Ridge Middle School teachers; BA, KI4WSO, suggested contacting the Boy Scout Round Tables; and Jay, KI4UTB, noted the VFW Hall would probably be available as a training site.


There were no reports from Balloon, Emergency/Public Service, and Interference Committees.


Old Business


Holiday Dinner - Meg, AI4UX, reported that the dinner would be catered at the VFW Post sometime during the first week or two of December. Watch for more info next month and on the reflector.


DARG Repeater - Frank, K0BRA, reported on the state of the equipment and access limitations for repair and/or upgrade work. He has talked with Craig, N4FSC, who built and has maintained the repeater. There was considerable discussion about what may be needed, who may help with work, and even if relocation is warranted. Dave, KE4S, asked Frank to post an approach to fixes as help is needed.


New Business


1) Dave, KE4S, read a short letter from Bill, WF1L, who has resigned as LARG Vice President. Dave noted a slate of 2008 officers will soon be needed. Contact him to serve on the Nominating Committee.


2) Chris, KT9N, suggested the formation of a group to look into design and purchase of banners LARG could use when participating in Public Service events. Additional input was given by David, K4ARP; Denny, KF4TJI; and Jay, KI4TXP. Jay agreed to serve as chair for this ad-hoc committee. A motion was approved to allocate up to $500.00 for banners pending report from the committee.


3) John, W4AU, volunteered to be responsible for obtaining door prizes for the Holiday Dinner.


4) David, K4ARP, announced the October 13th Ride for the Red motorcycle event to benefit Loudoun's Red Cross Chapter; no radio support is needed. He also requested reimbursement for Field Day signs.


5) Jeff, KE5APC, still had several Field Day pins and one kit available. He also presented a few more certificates to those who headed up activities, stations, etc. for LARG's June, 2007 Field Day.


6) Dave, KE4S, read an invitation from Holy Trinity for the new addition dedication service on 9/23/07.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol L. Boehler, KF4TJJ