November 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


Instead, we will have a joint November/December meeting on Saturday, December 4, 1999 in the Conference-Training Room at the Leesburg Police Station on Plaza Street at 8:30a.m. The facility is located on Plaza Street between East Market Street and Edwards Ferry Road. Talk-In is on 147.480 MHz. You can join other LARG members for breakfast before the meeting at the Bob Evans Restaurant located Leesburg Corner Shopping Center (new Outlet Mall).

October Meeting News

We all enjoyed viewing the ZL9CI Campbell Island DXpedition video and were awed by the sounds of the incredible pileups that the operators had to contend with. The club appointed a nominating committee to present the club with a new slate of candidates for our officers at the January 2000 meeting, where we will vote. The committee consists of Ray, K4AJA, Chairman, Charlie, K4LJH, and Gary, NC4S. Please contact one of them if you want to serve as an officer or if you would like to nominate someone for an office. Paul, N4PD, reported that the class for the General License was going well with 6 students still hanging in. After the meeting, a last minute mini-hamfest, sponsored by John, W4AU, and Charlie, K4LJH, took place after the meeting, and a few club members walked away with some new treasures.

November/December LARG Meeting Plans

Norm, AI2C, will discuss Disaster Preparedness and Public Service including supporting video tapes from the ARRL. Each member should be prepared to describe his most important emergency or public service operation.

Club News

Paul, N4PD, is looking for some volunteers to help with communications during Leesburg's First Night New Year's Eve celebration, as we have done for the past 3 or 4 years. All you need to have is a 2-meter HT and some warm clothing. The organizers furnish ample food and warm drinks. The timeframe for this activity is from 5:00p.m. - 10:30 p.m., 12/31/99. Contact Paul if you want to help out.

There are two contests coming up in the next couple of months that have club entries: the SSB Sweepstakes, Nov. 21&22 and the ARRL 10-meter contest, Dec. 11&12. Please contact John, W4AU, or Norm, AI2C, if you entered (CW SS) or plan to enter any of these contests so that we can include your score for a club total score. Last year LARG finished 3rd in the "Small Club" category in the 10-meter contest. Even if you get on the air for only a few QSO's during the contest, please tell us and we will send in your log for you and count it for the club score.

Congratulations to John, W4AU, whose 1382 QSO's and score of 1,061,376 put him in 2nd place finish in Virginia for the ARRL CW DX contest. A number of LARGers took part in the recent Pennsylvania QSO Party. Bill, K8SYH, operated portable from a tent in a campground in rare Sommerset County and got a "sweep", working all 67 counties in the state; Tom, WB3AKD, operated mobile from at least 6 counties in the southern part of the state. John, W4AU, who also managed a "sweep", and Norm, AI2C, took part in the QSO Party from their home QTHs.

We have some success stories from our first General Class license class. Dennis, KF4TJI; Mary, KF4UUY; and Larry, KG4CGR have all passed their written exams - now on to the CW exam!

Calendar of Events:
Every Sunday 8:00PM Club Radio Net, 147.480 MHz simplex
Every Third Saturday 8:30AM Club Meeting, 12/4//99 - Leesburg Police Station
Weekday Mornings and Evenings Commuter Net, 147.480 MHz Simplex


Thanks to the hard work of Norm, AI2C, and Nancy, KE4RTP, the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group will hold its 1999 Christmas Party at the Laurel Brigade Inn, 20 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA, on Thursday, December 9, 1999. We will have a cash bar at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7:00. Members, their spouses and friends of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group are invited. Each attendee may choose among the following menu selection. The cost includes all taxes (8.5%) and service charges (16%).

A - Breast of Chicken in Wine and Mushroom Sauce . $21.00

B - Roast Prime Ribs of Beef au Jus ..... . . .............. . .$33.00

C - Filet of Salmon with Dill Beurre Blanc. ............. . .. $24.00

D - Vegetarian Dinner of the Day . . . . . ................ . . . $18.00

Entree includes appetizer, salad, vegetable of the day, hot rolls, desert, and coffee or tea.

Please mail your intentions and selections along with the correct amount by December 1 to: Nancy Dluehosh 1106 Rollins Place, SW Leesburg, VA 20175 Nancy's Phone is (703) 771-9284 and E-Mail: [email protected]

You may use the following form:


Dear Nancy, I will be attending the 1999 L A R G Christmas Party with the number of guests indicated. The menu selections are as follows:

____ A - Breast of Chicken in Wine and Mushroom Sauce @ $21.00

____ B - Roast Prime Ribs of Beef au Jus @ $33.00

____ C - Filet of Salmon with Dill Beurre Blanc @ $24.00

____ D - Vegetarian Dinner of the Day @ $18.00


MY NAME: ____________________________________ CALL: ________