June 2003 LARG Newsletter

Amateur Radio From Loudoun County VA

June 2003

The LARG Radio News - DE K4LRG

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

President Larry McCaig KC1YC (703) 443-2397
Vice-Pres. Dale Harrison K3CN (703) 777-6685
Secretary Carol Boehler KF4TJJ (703) 777-9427
Treasurer Gary Quinn NC4S (540) 882-3017
Editor John Unger W4AU (540) 338-4620
Training Bill McCourt WF1L (703) 467-9272

MEETING LOCATION: The June 21, 2003, LARG meeting will be at 8:30 in the Leesburg Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 605 West Market Street. The church is located at the intersection of Market Street and Catoctin Circle on the west side of town. It is just east of the bypass. From the Bypass, take the Leesburg exit at the west end of town and the church is on the right just past the stoplight. Please enter through the door on the east side of the building where you will see both steps and a ramp by the door.

June Club Meeting Plans - The main topic of discussion will be the club's plans for the 2003 Field Day. Our Field Day Chairman, Buddy, K4CBJ, will bring us up-to-date on the plans for this year's event. Don't forget to sign up for operating times if you haven't already done so. Tom, WB3AKD, will report on our successful balloon Memorial Day balloon launch and recovery operations and will tell us about the plans for the next LARG balloon launch.

May Club Meeting Report - After a final recommendation from Dave, KG4KZZ, Chairman of the LARG Repeater Committee, the club voted in favor of using Evan's, KQ4CI, 2-meter repeater for LARG on-the-air meetings and other events once he has acquired a coordinated frequency pair for his repeater.

Field Day 2003 - Buddy, K4CJB, reports that plans are proceeding at a good pace for 2003 FD to be held at Gary's, NC4S, QTH, Catoctin Hollow Farm. To refresh your memories, we will be setting up a 5A station with five HF stations and one VHF/UHF station.

Virginia QSO Party - Unless you've been hiding under a rock the past two weeks, you probably already know that LARG regained first place in the club competition in the VA QSO Party in 2003. Our total score of 1,067,163 put us almost 300,000 points ahead of our nearest competitors, the Central Virginia Contest Club. All 32 LARG members who submitted logs deserve congratulations for such an outstanding score. We must also recognize LARG individual plaque winners: Tom, WB3AKD, Virginia Mobile, and Norm, AI2C, Virginia Single Operator. Way to go, guys!

Club News - You have probable noticed the absence of Norm, AI2C, from club activities and from the local simplex 2-meter frequency for the past few weeks. It was great to see him at the Manasses Hamfest, though. Norm's brother passed away about a month ago and Norm has had to spend much of his time at his family's farm in Pennsylvania dealing with the estate. We all send our condolences to Norm and Kay and hope to see them back here more frequently before too long.

Calendar of Events:

Every Third Saturday 8:30 a.m. Club Meeting - 21 June 2003
Leesburg Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Weekday Mornings and Evenings Commuter Net, 147.480 MHz Simplex
Every Sunday 8:00 p.m. Club Radio Net, 145.310 MHz down 600 KHz
Every Tuesday 8:00 p.m. LARG Slow Speed CW Net - 28.150 MHz