Amateur Radio From Loudoun County VA

August 2002

The LARG Radio News - DE K4LRG

The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group, P.O. Box 1004, Purcellville, VA 20134

President Mark Gillam N3GMW (540) 822-5690
Vice-Pres. Larry McCaig KC1YC (703) 443-2397
Secretary Carol Boehler KF4TJJ (703) 777-9427
Treasurer Tom Garasic NA4MA (703) 753-0568
Editor John Unger W4AU (540) 338-4620
Training Bill Buchholz K8SYH (540) 338-6928

The next LARG Club Meeting will be on August 17, 2002, in the Conference-Training Room at the Leesburg Police Station on Plaza Street at 8:30 a.m. The facility is located on Plaza Street between East Market Street and Edwards Ferry Road. Talk-In is on 147.480 MHz. You can join other LARG members for breakfast (~7:30) before the meeting at the International House of Pancakes located in the Shopping Center with Walmart, just off of Rt. 15, north of Leesburg.

July Club Meeting (Balloon Launch...) News - Unless you have been out of town or are completely cut off from email service, you are probably aware of the fact that our July 20 "Sky-Eye-2X " launch was a tremendous success, reaching about 110,000 feet before bursting and parachuting back to earth. The balloon launch, flight, tracking, and recovery went very smoothly, and the balloon committee is already planning a fall launch - stay tuned!

August Club Meeting Plans - Julie, KG4RKI, will go over the final plans for our participation in the upcoming Public Service event, the American Red Cross - Reston Bike Club Century Bike Ride Across Loudoun County. This event will take place on August 25, and LARG is responsible for communications and will set up four fixed sites, will operate from two Red Cross mobile units, and will also have bicycle-mobile riders on the route. Contact Julie or Mark, N3GMW , or visit the LARG website for more information or if you want to help out during this event.

Field Day 2002 - The final results were computed and sent to the ARRL. We made a total of 2464 valid QSO's, 1468 on CW and 996 on phone using K4LRG for the main stations and KF4TJI for our GOTA operations. When combined with our bonus points, the final score for LARG's 4A station on FD-2002 was 9064. Congratulations to everyone (all 52 members and friends ) who contributed to this fine effort.

Club News - LARG has been the beneficiary of some generous contributions recently. First, LARG member, Paul, K4MSG, donated some of his surplus equipment to the club. The coax cable and rope were welcome additions to this year's and to future Field Day operations. The antennas and various electronics were sold at the June club meeting and brought a welcome influx of cash to the club coffers. Thanks, Paul... Also, the Rust estate in Leesburg very generously donated a large amount of miscellaneous radio equipment to the club; much of it left over from commercial AM and FM operations of the previous owner. After a lot of hard work by club members picking up the equipment (it filled a trailer and a couple of pick-ups...), cleaning it up and pricing it, and transporting it to the Berryville Hamfest, the club's treasury is now about $470 fatter. Thanks for all the hard work, guys. We still have a lot left over, which will go to other hamfests this fall... LARG members who recently upgraded to Extra now have some new callsigns, too. Bill, ex-KG4OHE is now WF1L, Larry, ex-KG4CGR is now K3HE, and Dale, ex-KG4OTI, is now K3CN. Way to go!

Calendar of Events:

Every Third Saturday 8:30 a.m. Club Meeting - 17 Aug 2002 - Leesburg PD
Weekday Mornings and Evenings Commuter Net, 147.480 MHz Simplex
Every Sunday 8:00 p.m. Club Radio Net, 147.480 MHz simplex
Every Tuesday 8:00 p.m. LARG Slow Speed CW Net - 28.150 MHz