The Tech Class students visit the GOTO Station. Photograph by Meg Gentges - AI4UX of Great Falls, VA. Jay Greeley - KI4UTB watch Tom Dawson - WB3AKD fine tuning his SATCOM station. Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA. Meg Gentges - AI4UX and Frank Gentges - K0BRA of Great Falls, VA. Photogrpah by Denny Boehler - KF4TJI de Leesburg, VA. A great Saturday lunch provided by Mary and Charlie - K4LJH Preston of Hamilton, VA. Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.
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The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group
de Loudoun County,  Northern Virginia
 


Friday Night - Saturday - Sunday on June 22 - 23 - 24, 2007


An Introduction To A Fun Weekend

Paul Dluehosh - N4PD of Leesburg, VA. on 40-Meters CW. Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA. Some great fun on 40-Meters Fone by Grant Russell - KB3EMT of Round Hill, VA. and Art Laurent - KB4CSO. Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA. Gary Quinn - NC4S of Lovettsville, VA. on 20-Meters CW. Photograph by Paul Dluehosh - N4PD of Lessburg, VA. Dave Putman - KE4S of Woods Road - Leesburg, VA. on 20-Meters Fone. Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.


       A record group of over 66 Northern Virginia amateur radio operators, families and friends from Loudoun and surrounding counties enjoyed a fantastic Field Day operation set in the tradition of a portable emergency field environment. We talked to a lot of folks, we worked very hard and very smartly, we met some new friends and renewed many old friendships, and we had a lot of very fine food and drinks. We had Morse, fone, Automatic Position Reporting, HF digital messaging, and satellite communications running on most of the amateur radio band from 80-meters to 432 MHz. Oh yes, we had a lot of fun.

       Below is how it all got started in February and the Site Guide
at the bottom of this and every page will take you to each of our stations and our supporting operations. You'll also find reports on our pubic relations, our operating rates and our score.

       This year marks an influx of new operators and those yearning to be an amateur. It also marks the beginning of some fine operators; it's so nice to see the new folks stepping forward. The Charlie Whiskey guys are going to have to be on their toes in future Field Days for it is sensed that the fone folks have broke the Code. They have been "bitten by the bug!"

       We really appreciate Gary and Patty Quinn for hosting us; we all thank you. And, a special thanks goes to Mary and Charlie Preston for feeding us all weekend and a very special thank you is sent to Suzanne Grobbel for the great Sunday morning breakfast.

        It was nice riding with you all. Best Regards, Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.


The 2007 LARG - K4LRG ARRL Field Day Committee

Chairman: Jeff Slusher - KE5APC of Leesburg

Initial LARG Filed Day 2007 planning meeting on February 24, 2007. Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

It all began at the Kick-Off Meeting on February 24, 2007 (CW from left): Frank Gentges - KØBRA de Great Fall, Dave Putman - KE4S de Woods Road, David Mullins - K4ARP de Aldie, Charlie Preston - K4LJH de Hamilton, Randy Sly - W4XJ de Potomac Falls, Woody Ebersold - KCØTHS de Leesburg, Jeff Slusher - KE5APC de Leesburg, Dennis Boehler - KF4TJI de Leesburg, Carol Boehler - KF4TJJ de Leesburg, John Unger - W4AU de Hamilton, and photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap. Our Captains and Other Key Members are listed in the Org Chart and our Operators are listed in the Op Schedule

Kick-Off Of 2007 K4LRG - LARG Field Day Committee (Purcellville, VA. February 24, 2007)

        Our first organizational meeting on February 24, 2007 was a great success. Many of our key positions and needed resources were identified. We are organized to go 5A again this year. And, if possible we would like the newer amateurs to try their hand at a Get-On-The-Air Station. We are looking for folks to step forward. Please study the ARRL Field Day rules. There are many fine opportunities to work Field Day. See the Organization Chart. Several Station Captains are looking for Co or Deputy Station Captains. Please contact our Field Day Chairman, Jeff Slusher - KE5APC, and volunteer. Everyone is encouraged to operate at one or more of our stations; you need to coordinate your operating times, in advance, with the station captains. The latter will than inform the chairman and your sked will be posted to the Op Schedule. Please use the Site Guide at the bottom of this and each of the other sections of this report to read about our operation. More sections will be linked as we obtain information. You may wish to review our 2006 operation. If you plan to operate than study the Station Reports and Rate Charts for 2006.

       Hope to see you all at our next Field Day Committee Meeting. Please look for forthcoming announcements on the "QST de K4LRG" Reflector. 73 Jeff - KE5APC

The Emergency K4LRG - LARG Field Day Committee Meeting (Purcellville, VA. June 7, 2007)

       An emergency planning session was held Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Gary Quinn's house to adjust club plans for Field Day, 22-23-24 June 2007. For those of you who didn't see the earlier posting, we learned late Wednesday that we would not be able to use Banshee Reeks Nature Reserve (through NO fault of our own) this year, and have had to make alternative plans to hold the event at the Quinn Farm in Lovettsville.

       Attending were: Vic Carter, KB9WXV, Rick Denny, KR9D, Frank Gentges, KØBRA, Meg Gentges, AI4UX, David Mullins, K4ARP, Charles Preston, K4LJH, Gary Quinn, NC4S, Jeff Slusher, KE5APC, Norm Styer, AI2C, and John Unger, W4AU.

The June 7th Emergency FD CMTE meeting at NC4S's QTH. Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

(L-R) Rick - KR9D, David - K4ARP, Vic - KB9WXV,Gary - NC4S, Meg - AI4UX, Frank - KØBRA, Jeff - KE5APC, John - W4AU and Charlie - K4LJH (Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C)



Jeff Slusher - KE5APC of Leesburg, VA, our 2007 Field Day Chairman. Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

Jeff Slusher - KE5APC
2007 LARG Field Day Committee Chairman

 

       Thanks to our host, Gary, NC4S and further TNX to him and his XYL for allowing the club to use his farm on Field Day!!

The home of Patty and Gary - NC4S - Quinn near Lovettsville, Virginia. The location for the LARG - K4LRG 2007 ARRL Field Day Operation. Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

The 2007 LARG - K4LRG ARRL Field Day Site

14282 Rehoboth Church Rd Lovettsville, VA 20180      Get Map 
Click Here For Site Sketch   (in pdf format)

      The meeting resulted in a good plan for placement of all five stations plus V/UHF, APRS, GOTA/Non-traditional, and SATCOM in addition to food services, parking, etc. A sketch in Adobe Acrobat format shows the site layout - Click Here.

       There are still a lot of details to work out, but the big picture is starting to emerge. In the meantime, I ask EACH AND EVERY LARG member to consider signing up for 1 or 2 hours or more if you are so inclined as a primary and/or secondary operator on any of the many stations available. According to ARRL, the objective of Field Day is "to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness" You don't have to be a 35 wpm CW operator or a crusty, old voice contester to participate in field day! So, come out, sit in an operating position for an hour or so, enhance your skills and ENJOY the fun and excitement of Field Day!

       73, Jeff - KE5APC

 
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This report is written, edited and posted to the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group's K4LRG.ORG Internet Site by Norm Styer - AI2C of Clarkes Gap, Virginia. For photographic credit place your cursor over a photograph. Non-profit use of this material is granted if the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group of Northern Virginia, its internet writers, photographers and publishers are credited. Best regards, Norm Styer - AI2C.