Amateur Radio From Loudoun County VA

November 2002

The LARG Radio News - DE K4LRG

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

President Mark Gillam N3GMW (540) 822-5690
Vice-Pres. Larry McCaig KC1YC (703) 443-2397
Secretary Carol Boehler KF4TJJ (703) 777-9427
Treasurer Tom Garasic NA4MA (703) 753-0568
Editor John Unger W4AU (540) 338-4620
Training Bill Buchholz K8SYH (540) 338-6928

NOTE: The November 16, 2002, LARG meeting will be A BALLOON LAUNCH!!!! Unless the weather is uncooperative, we will not have a regular meeting in November. Check in to the on-the-air balloon committee meeting on November 13 to see if the flight is a GO - details below. If the balloon flight has to be scrubbed for some reason, we will have our regular meeting at the Leesburg Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

November Club Meeting Plans - Plan A - We will be out launching, tracking, and retrieving the latest LARG high altitude balloon instrument package. Plan B - normal club meeting.

December - Annual LARG Holiday Dinner - Be sure to fill out and submit the attached form to reserve your meal at the Annual LARG Holiday Dinner, which will be at the Tuscarora Mill restaurant this year. The dinner will be in lieu of a club meeting for December.

Balloon Committee - The committee met at the Purcellville Library on October 30. John, KG4L, reported that the new payload with three cameras will not be finished in time for the November 16 launch. John said that the two-camera payload that was used on the last flight will be refurbished, tested and will be ready to fly instead. Craig, N4OHE, has very graciously agreed to make his station available to us to use for Mission Control duties. This location is an ideal spot for this purpose; it is situated on the top of the Blue Ridge near Mt. Weather. Denny, KF4TJI, has lined up the tracking/recovery teams and it looks like we have enough personnel to accomplish that task. Tom, WB3AKD, has noted that the upper level winds are much stronger this time of year, which may necessitate launching from much further west than we have previously done, in order to have a landing zone in the Shenandoah Valley region. On-the air balloon committee meeting on November 13 at 1900 EST, 147.480, simplex to make final plans / decisions about the flight. Stay tuned!

Calendar of Events:

Every Third Saturday 8:30 a.m. Club Meeting - 16 November 2002
Balloon Flight or Meeting See Above
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

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Tuscarora Mill Restaurant

Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Cocktails at 6 PM, Dinner at 7 PM

Please Select Your Meal Choice For The LARG Holiday Dinner 2002. The cost of this year's party is $42.75 per person*. The meal includes appetizer salad, entree, and dessert.

_____ Chicken Wellington with mushrooms, roasted pepper sauce and whipped potatoes
_____ Grilled Filet Mignon cooked medium rare, wild mushrooms and vegetables
_____ Vegetarian selection (vegetables only)
The overall winner for dessert choices is:

_____ Double Rich Chocolate Torte

Please send your paid reservation by December 2nd to:

Bill and BA Buchholz 10 Asbury Way Potomac Falls, VA 20165

Please make checks payable to Bill or Bettieanne Buchholz

*Price includes $33 for meal, plus 8% tax and 20% gratuity. Tuscarora Mill has waived the $500 room fee and the $60 bar fee for LARG.