September 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: September Meeting Place

The LARG will meet in the Conference-Training Room at the Leesburg Police Station on Plaza Street at 8:30a.m., Saturday, September 18, 1999. 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).

August Meeting News

Everyone was invited to bring in their favorite CW key, bug, or paddle and to give a short talk about how they got started with CW and how they overcame some of the hurdles about learning this new "language". The vote on the proposed amendments to the By-Laws of the LARG Constitution was postponed because the meeting did not have a quorum in attendance. Nancy, KE4RTP, gave a very interesting presentation, about the YL Convention she attended on the Queen Mary this summer in California. The club also approve an expenditure of $70 for having Pete, KF4HCW, set up a www page exclusively for LARG as The club approved the proposed budget for our balloon flights: $150 for the October 1999 launch and $300 for two launches to take place in 2000. The Oct. 2 launch date is still a go!!

September LARG Meeting Plans

The featured event at our September Meeting will be a Fox Hunt organized by the balloon committee. This activity will give us a good opportunity to test our skills for recovering the instrument package from out next balloon launch. Our "fox" will be in motion and we will use some fixed observers, just as if we were trying to track a balloon instrument package. Several club members have built some new RDF equipment to test out, so be sure and come to see some of these in action. Also, bring your own direction-finding gear and come prepared to track down the elusive "fox".

Club News

REMINDER -- It's not too late to sign up for the LARG GENERAL CLASS AMATEUR RADIO COURSE. Our Education Committee, chaired by Paul, N4PD, will conduct a six-session General Class Amateur Radio We will have six, 2-hour class sessions starting on Thursday, September 23, 1999. These classes will be held in the Leesburg Police - Safety Center Conference Room on Plaza Street starting at 7:00 PM. The other five sessions are: Sep 30; Oct 14, 21, 28; and Nov 11. LARG finished in 3rd place in the "small club" division of the 1998 ARRL 10-Meter Contest. Congratulations to AI2C, W4AU, N4PD, and KF4FXT - Great Job, guys!

Calendar of Events:
Every Sunday 8:00PM Club Radio Net, 147.480 MHz simplex
Every Third Saturday 8:30AM Club Meeting, 9/18//99 - Leesburg Police Station
Weekday Mornings and Evenings Commuter Net, 147.480 MHz Simplex