LARG Monthly Meeting
July 17, 1999

The July 17th meeting of the L.A.R.G. was held at The Leesburg Police Station on Plaza St., Leesburg at 8:30 A.M. The meeting was called to order by Norm Styer, AI2C, president, at 8:40 A.M. There were 16 members in attendance.

The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and a welcome to all newcomers.

The secretary's report was read and accepted. John Unger, W4AU, commented that the secretary's report was always well done and added an important dimension to the club and he wanted this noted in the secretary's minutes. (Thank you, John!!!)

Dale Cabaniss, treasurer, gave the treasurer's report and it was accepted as read. Miscellaneous Field Day expenses brought the treasury balance to $679.74.


Training Committee

Paul, N4PD, Training Committee Chairman said no Training Committee Meeting was held, but one was scheduled for later this month.

Norm, AI2C, suggested that for next month's meeting all CW operators bring in a key and explain in 10 sentences or less how they became involved in learning Morse Code.

Balloon Committee

Tom Dawson, WB3AKD, chairman of the Balloon Committee, was not present, but it was announced that the August 14th balloon launch has been postponed.

Contest Committee

John Unger, W4AU, chairman of the contest committee, gave a detailed Field Day report in the absence of the Field Day Chairman, Gary Quinn, NC4S. He summarized several charts showing Field Day information and said the club had a grand total of 7, 049 points with 2, 006 QSO's, significantly more than LARG's previous total of 1200 QSO's. There were 16 operators this year, twice the number in past years. Field Day was a huge success.

FAR Committee

John, W4AU, said he had looked into the FAR regulations and repeated that in order for a club to be an active member of FAR, a club must send a representative to two FAR club meetings a year and support the FAR hamfest. He said joining FAR would include publicity for LARG in the form of a club news column in FAR's monthly magazine, "Autocall". Membership would also mean news of FAR's scholarship endeavors.

John suggested that the club write a letter to FAR lamenting the fact that we can no longer be members because we cannot attend the required meetings. John further recommended that LARG ask FAR to consider rotating the club meetings. A motion was made and carried for John, W4AU, to write such a letter on behalf of the club.


Paul, N4PD, chairman of the By-Laws Committee, passed around a copy of page 3 of the Constitution with the recommended changes to the By-Laws. The changes will also be included in the monthly newsletter so that all club members will get a chance to see the changes before voting on them. Voting will be done at the August meeting. The changes would affect monthly meetings and dues.

Monthly Meetings

LARG's monthly meetings are to be held at The Leesburg Police

Station, Plaza Street, for the rest of the year. No meeting is scheduled for November.



Information about purchasing Skywarn patches was circulated and Dennis, KF4TJI, asked if any club member were interested in becoming Skywarn members. Only 3 showed an interest. Dennis said there was a class being given for anyone interested.

WEB Activities

Norm, AI2C, said that Pete, KF4HCW, had made a proposal to the club that LARG have their own web site with their domain name and e-mail services for club members. A motion was made to table this proposal until Pete could be here in person to explain the details.

Door prizes were awarded and the meeting was adjourned. The August meeting of LARG will be held at the Leesburg Police Station on Plaza Street, Leesburg, on Saturday, August 21st at 8:30 A.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Dluehosh, KE4RTP, Secretary

August 21, 1999