May 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

April Club Meeting Report
The April meeting saw an amazing influx of new members; it’s gratifying to see this increased interest in LARG. The Club decided to look into teaching a second class for ham license exam preparation; Paul, N4PD, volunteered to organize this effort, which will probably take place this fall. We had long discussion about using VHF for the weekly LARG net and finally decided to test the reliability of 2-meter simplex as a first step (see Club News, below).

May Club Meeting Notes
We will continue discussion and preparation for this year’s Field Day activities. We have not yet completed final arrangements with Ida Lee for use of that property; we are trying to have the use fee and liability insurance requirements waived. However, thanks to Ren, N4CRS, we have been offered an alternative site at the Glaydin School, which is located north of Leesburg, between Lucketts and Taylorstown. The Field Day Committee recently conducted a preliminary survey of this site, and it looks ideal for our purposes. It does not have access to the general public like Ida Lee, however. We have to make a final decision at the May meeting as to where we want to hold this year’s Field Day. Bring a list of your vacuum tube needs to the May meeting. We will be auctioning and selling a large collection of tubes that were generously donated to the club. The tubes include everything from antiques of the 20’s to modern miniatures. All proceeds will go to LARG, so don’t forget to bring a little extra cash!

Club News
The Club and all its members sends their deepest sympathies to Otto, W4QDP and Bob, KD4WNQ, who both lost their wives during the last month. Included with this month’s Newsletter is an updated copy of the 1998 LARG Membership Listing that was distributed last month; we had so many new members sign up at the last meeting that we thought we should publish an updated list. New frequency for the Sunday night LARG net: trial runs that past few weeks have shown that we can use 147.480 simplex and have reliable communications for everyone who is checking in; now all licensed club members can join us! Congratulations to the newest licensed ham in LARG; Gabe, KF4YBW, passed his technician test a few weeks ago! REMEMBER!: This newsletter still needs a name. Communicate your ideas for a name to the editor sometime before (or during) the May club meeting, where the club officers will figure out some equitable way to choose a winner (note: the editor’s vote counts extra 8-)…). p.s. the (blushing) editor finally got the club’s secretary’s phone number correct on the masthead, sorry Nancy…

The table included with this newsletter shows the final tally for LARG’s efforts in the VA QSO Party for 1998. Everyone who participated deserves a hearty “well done” just for getting on the air and contributing some points to the club’s score. Thanks to all of you! Norm, AI2C, and John, W4AU, hand-delivered the logs and summary sheets to the QSO Party Director; so we know that they had all the information before the deadline. Now we just have to wait for the results to be announced at the Manassas Hamfest in June.

For Sale / Wanted
This is a new section of the Newsletter. The ground rules are simple: the ads are only for members of LARG; don’t list something for a “friend”; and no commercial advertising.

WANTED: looking for a tower, any type, call Paul Supan, WB4JCY, 771-1220

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