Amateur Radio From Loudoun County VA

January 1998

The LARG Radio News - DE K4LRG

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

President John Unger (W4AU) (540) 338-4620
Vice-Pres. Gary Quinn (NC4S) (540) 882-3017
Secretary Tom Dawson (WB3AKD) (540) 338-4905
Treasurer Dale Cabaniss (KD4LSL) (540) 338-3521

NOTE: Next Meeting, January 17, 1998, 8:30 at the El Rancho Plus

Notes for the January Club Meeting:

The club’s Nominating Committee, Charlie, K4LJH, and Ray, K4AJA, have put together a fine slate of officers for 1998. Their nominations are: Gary, NC4S, for President; Norm, AI2C, for Vice-President; Nancy, KE4RTP, for Secretary, and Dale, KD4LSL, for Treasurer. We will hold election of officers at the January meeting, and, of course, consider other nominations from the floor… We will discuss looking into incorporating LARG; Ray, K4AJA, has had some experience in this procedure and has volunteered lead the effort to complete this process… Also, our QSL card committee - Gary, NC4S, Tom WB9RXJ, and Paul, N4PD - has come up with some designs for a K4LRG QSL card and will present at the January meeting… John, W4AU, has gotten a video from ICOM describing the features of their latest rig, the IC-756, which covers 160 to 6 Meters at 100 watts! We will view this video after the business meeting.

Gary, NC4S, has volunteered to organize a LARG effort in the Virginia QSO Party this year. This event is the weekend of March 21 and 22, and we need as many club members as possible to participate. Gary will be explain the contest rules and getting information to everyone interested in helping the club to move up to the top of club scores for 1998. We finished in third place last year, and from looking at the other scores LARG stands an excellent chance at second place and even first, if we get a good turnout.

Club News

Paul, N4PD, reports that two more graduates of our novice/tech course have passed their FCC exams, bringing the total to six new Technician class hams in western Loudoun. The latest two are Shirley Bee, KF4VBZ, and Bob Oliphant, KF4VBM; we welcome the both of you to the world of Amateur Radio!! As the 10-meter band warms up, we are seeing more activity and may have to move our Sunday evening net higher in the band. Speaking of 10-meters, LARG had a good turnout for the annual ARRL 10-meter contest in December. Norm, AI2C, John, W4AU, Gary, NC4S, Paul, N4PD, and Ray, K4AJA all participated and will be part of our club’s entry. It’s nice to hear Bob, W4POF back on the air with good-sounding rig and a new antenna; maybe he’s inspired now that his XYL has a ham ticket!!

And, speaking even more about 10-meters, Norm, AI2C, has kindly designed some tables to help you track your progress during the year-long 1998 LARG 10-Meter DX Trophy Count competition. These table are included with this copy of the newsletter, and we think that all club members will find them useful, whether they intend to be part of this competition or not.

Dues, Dues, Dues…

Remember, if you haven’t paid up yet, your annual dues of $12.00 for 1998 are payable at the January club meeting, or you can mail your dues using the self-addressed envelope that was included with last month’s newsletter.


LARG had an excellent turnout for Leesburg’s First Night celebration again this year. Our club provided communications for the event’s organizers and managers, and we were able to help with some crucial problems during the evening as they arose. Net control duties at K4LRG located in the Leesburg Town Hall were ably handled by Ray, K4AJA. The rest of the crew included the organizer, Paul, N4PD, Tom, KF4FXT, Dale, KD4LSL, Norm, AI2C, John, W4AU, Tom WB9RXJ, Nancy, KE4RTP, Mary, KF4UUY, and Bob, KF4VBM. All of us enjoyed being able to see the various shows that are part of the First Night celebrations, the good food provided to all the volunteers, and the great ham fellowship. Join us next year!

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Calendar of Events:

Every Third Saturday 8:30 a.m. Club Meeting, El Ranchero Plus Restaurant, Purcellville
Weekday Mornings and Evenings Commuter Net, 147.480 MHz Simplex
Every Sunday 8:00 p.m. Club Radio Net, 28.360 MHz USB