June 1999 Amateur Radio From Loudoun County VA

The LARG Radio News


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

President Norm Styer - AI2C (540)338-2584
Vice-President Ray Houff - K4AJA (540)338-7297
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

NOTE: June Meeting Place

The LARG will hold its Monthly Meeting at 8:30 AM on Saturday, June 19, 1999, at the QTH of Amateur Radio Station NC4S - Gary Quinn at 14282 Rehoboth Church Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180, Phone: (540) 882-3017. See driving direction below. Talk-In is on 147.480 MHz Simplex. For those who wish, you may join others at the American Dinner in Leesburg for breakfast at 7:30 AM.

The main topic for our June Meeting will be our planning and preparation for the Annual ARRL Field Day Operation. We will also have a short work party after the meeting to prepare the barn ground cover and the tarp placed over the green house for a station shelter and to make the final measurements for the layout and orientation of our HF antennas. NOTE: If you plan to operate during Field Day but cannot make the June 19 meeting, contact John, W4AU, to sign up for a time slot for operating.

1999 Field Day Plans

The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group Field Day Committee, chaired by NC4S - Gary, has made the following assignments:

John Unger - W4AU is the Band Captain for our Field Day Operations and one of the HF Station Captains.

Tom Garasic - KF4FXT is a Station Captain providing his HF rig

Gary Quinn - NC4S is the Station Captain for our third HF station.

Tom Carney - WB9RXJ is the Station Captain for our VHF/UHF station.

Field Day Operations will take place at Gary's farm beginning with antenna set up and testing on Friday night June 25, 1999. The club as in years past will again operate Class 3A with a VHF/UHF station.

We will as in years past have the operations sign-up sheet at the club meeting so come soon to get the times you want. If you haven't had Ray's - K4AJA special Sunday breakfast you will want to be one of the night operators to get the special treatment.

LARG will need your support this year for equipment, setup, and operations so join us for the fun.

Driving Directions to NC4S: Take Route 7 West from Leesburg turning Right - North - onto Route 9 - Charlestown Pike, continue on Route 9 turning Right - Northeast onto Route 287 - Berlin Turnpike, continue on Route 287 about 2.3 Miles - just over the little bridge - turning Right - East onto Route 693 - Ash George Road, continue for about 1 mile turning Left - North onto Route 691 - Rehoboth Church Road, continue about 0.3 Miles to entrance on Right to Gary's Farm at 14282 Rehoboth Church Road. Talk-In on 147.480 MHz.


May LARG Meeting News

Ray, K4AJA, showed the video that he and others had taken of LARG balloon launch 99-1, and everyone renewed their enthusiasm for the next balloon launch, 99-2, currently scheduled for August 14. Dennis, KF4TJI, presented the status of equipment sign-ups for Field Day and got some more commitments of time and equipment for our big weekend activity. We will finalize the lists at the June 19 club meeting.

Club News

LARG had good representation at the Dayton Hamvention this year. Norm, AI2C, Gary, NC4S, and John, W4AU, and Bob, W4POF, and Shirley, KF4VBZ, made the long drive from Loudoun County to Dayton and spent two full days seeing more hams and more ham-related equipment than they thought existed! They also rubbed elbows with some of the big names in amateur radio at the DX and Contesting banquets held Friday and Saturday nights. A good time was had by all, but, boy, were we tired& Both John, W4AU, and Charlie, K4LJH, worked Tom, WB3AKD/KP2, on 20-meters SSB from his portable DX QTH on St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. Tom was only able to get on the air for two evenings with a marginal antenna, but he will be going back again the week of June 14, so other LARG members can catch him then.

VA QSO Party Results (see table on next page)

LARG had a tremendous turnout for the VA QSO party this year with 24 club members participating and submitting 31 logs, but, alas, our valiant effort to win the club category fell short of its mark. Our score of 458,138 was a tremendous improvement over last year's ~285,000 total, but the Central Virginia Contest Club was victorious again and set a new VA QSO Party club record of 630,052. We did have some outstanding individual efforts, though, and LARGers won some handsome plaques at the Manasses Hamfest award ceremonies. Norm, AI2C, was the high individual all-mode winner; Carol, KF4TJJ, was first in the single operator VHF category, and Dennis, KF4TJI, won the novice/tech division for the second year in a row. A number of other club members were awarded certificates for first, second, or third place finishes in other categories. As club President AI2C says, "Wait until next year; all we need is about 7,500 more points from each LARG entrant, and we'll be in first place!"

For Sale Items:

Complete Bound Sets of QST's from 1930 to present for sale $1100.00 for the set or trade for late model Kenwood or Icom etc. HF transceiver. Contact John Boyd, W4WG, (540) 338-5725 said he had some coax to get rid of if anyone needed it. It is one reel of RG-8 and one of RG-14

DRAKE TR-4CW & RV4C remote VFO & AC4 Power supply & DC 4 D. C. Power Supply + Astatic D-104 Mike. All are in excellent shape. Rig has new finals. Asking $700 for all. Ask around. This is a deal!!

200 w. output and narrow CW. filter, remote VFO and 200 w. mobile capability! All manuals included. I am the original owner. Also:

DRAKE T4XB/R4B twins. Receiver just received back from Drake factory with full update. Absolutely mint

condition. With matching MS4 speaker and AC-4 power supply. Asking $500 for all. All manuals included.

I will guarantee all of this gear for 30 days. Reason for selling: I live in Hungary and the gear just sits there, unused. If you are interested in it, please contact Mike, W0YR, by e-mail: [email protected]

WANTED: Used HF transceiver, with digital readout. If you have one for sale, please call me at 703-779-0113. Thank you. Larry, KG4CGR

Calendar of Events:
Every Sunday 8:00PM Club Radio Net, 147.480 MHz simplex
Every Third Saturday 8:30AM

Club Meeting, 6/19//99 - NC4S QTH

Weekday Mornings and Evenings Commuter Net, 147.480 MHz Simplex


LARG VA QSO Party Scores (from the official SPARC summary sheets)

Name          Call        Award       Mode        Score

Norm Styer      AI2C         Plaque       All         137,216
John Unger      W4AU         Cert.        All         130,476
Gary Quinn      NC4S                      All          44,156
Paul Dluehosh   N4PD                      All          40,590
Charlie Preston K4LJH                     All          22,814
Temp Titus      W4HZV        Cert.        Phone        22,176
Paul Bock       K4MSG        Cert.        CW           12,495
Bob Bee         W4POF        Cert.        Phone        11,076
Carol Boehler   KF4TJJ/M     Plaque       VHF/M         5,272
Dennis Boehler  KF4TJI/M     Plaque       VHF/M         5,178
Don Nicholson   KC1AT                     All           4,130
Tom Garasic     KF4FXT/M                  VHF/M         3,124
Tom Garasic     KF4FXT                    All           2,552
Chester Kmak    WA9LAZ                    Phone         2,542
Mary Oliphant   KF4UUY/M                  VHF/M         2,370
Temp Titus      W4HZV/M                   All/M         2,177
Bob Oliphant    KF4VBM/M                  VHF/M         2,040
Larry Hughes    KG4CGR/M                  VHF/M         1,878
Tom Dawson      WB3AKD/M                  All/M         1,844
Angie Brown     KG4AVR/M                  VHF/M         1,668
Ray Houff       K4AJA                     VHF             832
Nancy Dluehosh  KE4RTP/M                  VHF/M           380
Bob Bee         W4POF/M                   VHF/M           340
Craig Saverine  N4OHE/M                   VHF/M           272
John Unger      W4AU/M                    VHF/M           250
Paul Dluehosh   N4PD/M                    VHF/M           113
Charlie Preston K4LJH/M                   VHF/M           110
Tom Carney      WB9RXJ                    Phone            24
Mark Gillam     N3GMW                     VHF              20
Angie Brown     KG4AVR                    VHF              12
Nancy Dluehosh  KE4RTP                    VHF              11