July 1998 Amateur Radio From Loudoun County VA

The LARG Radio News


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

President Gary Quinn (NC4S) (540)882-3017
Vice-President Norm Styer (AI2C) (540)338-2584
Secretary Nancy Dluehosh (KE4RTP) (703)771-9284
Treasurer Dale Cabaniss (KD4LSL) (540)338-3521
Editor John Unger (W4AU) (540)338-4620
Training Paul Dluehosh (N4PD) (703)771-9284

June Club Meeting Report
Final preparations for Field Day activities consumed most of the time at June's club meeting.

July Club Meeting Notes
The big event for our July meeting will be a Fox Hunt. For those of you who have never participated in this type of event, let me assure you that it is a lot of fun. Basically, the "Fox" hides in some secret location and broadcasts an ID signal on a pre-designated 2-meter frequency. The rest of the participants use their 2-meter rigs and directional antennas to try and find the "Fox". You don't have to have any special equipment to participate; the hams with HT's and directional antennas will need plenty of help with navigation and other chores as they hone in on the hidden transmitter. This Fox Hunt will be an especially interesting one because it's rumored that there will be TWO "Foxes" to find! Also, I'm sure there will be lots of war stories from Field Day told over breakfast.

Club News
Although John, W4AU, missed this year's LARG Field Day at Ida Lee, he was able to participate in FD while in California at the Northern California Contest Club's site at W6ZM for a few hours. He looked for K4LRG on 20 meters, but didn't have any luck contacting the LARG group. Congratulations to Jason, KE4GUK, who was not only student of the week last month, but who also took a first place in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills Contest. We're pleased to hear that Otto's, W4QDP, recent knee surgery went well and that he's at home recovering.

Well, another Field Day has come and gone. This year's event was especially challenging, and included thunder storms, variable height beams, high-voltage generators, sick tranceivers, and collapsing tables. The amazing thing is that through it all LARG managed to score a new high point total; this result is in spite of being forced off the air for 4 hours Saturday night during thunder storms! We also appear to have had the highest level of FD participation ever from club members, both helping out and operating. Over 20 people operated one or more of our stations during Field Day making a total of about 1060 QSO's, and we had about 30 LARG members show up either to operate or help out during the weekend. One special highlight was some nice openings on 6-meters, where we worked as far west as Wyoming, and up into New England and down to Texas! Next month's Newsletter will have more detailed FD results and stories.

Calendar of Events:
Every Sunday 8:00PM Club Radio Net, 147.480 MHz simplex
Every Third Saturday 8:30AM Club Meeting, El Ranchero Plus Restaurant, Purcellville, Va
Weekday Mornings and Evenings Commuter Net, 147.480 MHz Simplex