September 2003 LARG Newsletter

Amateur Radio From Loudoun County VA

September 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 September 20, 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.

September Club Meeting Plans - Denny, KF4TJI, will give a short report on the very successful LARG communications effort made for the 21st Annual Reston Century Bike Ride event. We should all be proud of the fine representation made by our club to help out during this event. Bill, WF1L, will bring us up-to-date on the Fall General Class training session being planned. We will have a J-pole antenna construction session for anyone interested in one of these 2-meter antennas right after the regular club meeting. Also, Larry, K3HE, will be bringing his Radio Shack FM antenna that is modified for 2-meter operation. Depending on Isabel's actual path, we may have a report on LARG's activity in response to this hurricane. Of course, we may not even be having the regular meeting if Isabel doesn't follow the weather service's plans correctly! Keep you 2-meter rigs on for the latest news.

August Club Meeting Report - We discussed the latest improvements made to the LARG 70 cm repeater by Evan, KQ4CI. It seems that more and more hams are making use of this repeater, so be sure to have it programmed into your radio's memory.

Fall / Winter Contests - We are beginning to enter the end-of-the-year contesting season, when the noisy summertime band conditions improve and we can again think about hearing something other than static crashes on 40 and 80 meters. Here are some of the contests coming up that have club categories which LARG can enter; more details to come in the next newsletter:

CQWW DX SSB: 10/25 - 10/26
CQWW DX CW: 11/29 - 11/30
ARRL Sweepstakes CW: 11/1 - 11/3
ARRL Sweepstakes SSB: 11/15 - 11/17
ARRL 10-meter contest : 12/13 - 12/14

Club News - Mark, ex-N3GMW, now K4MDG, not only has a neat new callsign, but also has a new QTH with plenty of room for antennas. Way to go, Mark! If you ask him, Gary, NC4S, will give you a report on the exciting LARG canoe trip made by some of your fellow hams down the Shenandoah recently. And if you see John, W4AU, smiling at the meeting, ask him about the new constellation that has entered his shack...


Calendar of Events:

Every Third Saturday 8:30 a.m. Club Meeting - 20 September 2003
Leesburg Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Breakfast At 7:30 a.m. at IHOP
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