The Eleventh Annual
Loudoun Amateur Radio Group

Holiday Dinner

Photographed by Denny Boehler - KF4TJI, Jeff Slusher - KE5APC, and Norm Styer - AI2C.   Reported by Norm Styer, AI2C.
Loudoun ARG, Purcellville, Virginia,   published @ K4LRG.ORG January 23, 2009
Right Click Photograph For Credits In Property Tag of .jpg File

A Very Special Thanks to BA Buchholz - KI4WSO, John Unger - W4AU,
Jeff Slusher - KE5APC, and Allon Stern - KE4FYL for arranging this outstanding event !

Happy Holidays To All !!!

         The Eleventh Annual Loudoun Amateur Radio Group's Holiday Dinner was very special with plenty of fine food, great friends, old friends, new friends, many special awards, great door prizes and another very deserving Outstanding Member Of  The Year Ceremony.

         We all met at the Harmony Hall in eastern Hamilton, Virginia on Friday, December 12, 2008. BA Buchholz arranged the invitations and dinner selections, John Unger secured the Harmony Hall, and Allon Stern provided the audio system. Thanks for a great job of  setting everything up. We all brought our favorite dish. There was more then plenty for all.

         The evening awards program by Gary Quinn, John Unger, and Dick Maylott was special with many deserving receiving recognition.

         Jeff Slusher did an outstanding job on selecting gifts and running the door prize program.

         And, finally, we held our Outstanding Member of the Year Ceremony for Jay Ives - KI4TXP of Lucketts, Virginia.

         All fifty of us will remember this one. Thanks to all who pulled this one off !!!

Plenty Of  Fine Food & Fancy Holiday Flowers

Great Friends, Old Friends and New Friends

Alex Kelly - WU2W

Of Leesburg, Virginia

Allon Stern - KF4FYL

Of Leesburg, Virginia

Jay - KI4TXP and Sue Ives

Of Lucketts, Virginia

Allon Stern - KF4FYL

Of Leesburg, Virginia


Henry Weidman - K2BFY

Of Sterling, Virginia

Chris - KT9N and Janice - KI4NAP Fristad

of Leesburg, Virginia

CW de LR:   Paul Dluehosh - N4PD of Leesburg, Nancy Dluehosh - KE4RTP of Leesburg, Kay Styer - KA2IJU,
Norm Styer - AI2C of Clarkes Gap, Gary Quinn - NC4S of Lovettsville, Patty Quinn of Lovettsville,
John Unger - W4AU of Hamilton, and Carolyn Unger of Hamilton

Dick Maylott - W2YE

Of Leesburg, Virginia

Don Jones - K8DSJ

Of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Marcy - KJ4GYH, Dodson - AJ4EY, and Patrick - KJ4GYI Brown

of Leesburg, Virginia

Randy Sly - W4XJ

Of Potomac Falls, Virginia

Gary - NC4S and Patty Quinn

Of Lovettsville, Virginia

Merc - N4TGA and Kay Skaggs

of Leesburg, Virginia

Steve Reed - KW4H

of Sterling, Virginia

And His Fiancee

Marcy Simon

of Haymarket, Virginia

Paul - N4PD and Nancy - KE4RTP Dluehosh

Of Leesburg, Virginia

Grant Russell - KB3EMT

Of Purcellville, Virginia

Henry Weidman - K2BFY

Of Sterling, Virginia

Norm - AI2C and Kay - KA2IJU Styer

of Clarkes Gap, Virginia

Dave - KE4OKY and Joan Wendland of Sterling,
Sharon - KI4BAA and Buddy - K4CJB Brewer of Round Hill, Virginia

Denny - KF4TJI and Carol - KF4TJJ Boehler

Of Leesburg, Virginia

Bonnie - KJ4BRH and Jay - KI4UTB Greeley

Of Leesburg, Virginia

Sharon - KI4BAA and Buddy - K4CJB

Of Round Hill, Virginia

Rick - AI1V and Kris Miller

Of Reston, Virginia

Frank - K0BRA and Meg - AI4UX Gentges

Of Great Falls, Virginia

Jeff - KE5APC and Patti Slusher

Of Leesburg, Virginia

John - W4AU and Carolyn Unger

Of Hamilton, Virginia

Sally and Luther - K5NOB Guise

Of Leesburg, Virginia


Bill - K8SYH & BA - KI4WSO Buchholz

Of Potomac Falls, Virginia

The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group Recognizes
Special Support For 2008 K4LRG Field Day

Jay Greeley - KI4UTB


LARG's 2008 K4LRG Field Day Certificate of Commendation

        COMMENDATION: "For providing liaison with the Army National Guard who set up and tore-down a military shelter used to house five Field Day stations. This asset was critical to the success of Field Day."

Luther Guise - K5NOB


LARG's 2008 K4LRG Field Day
Certificate of Appreciation
Virginia Defense Force, A Company, 33rd Battalion, Black Horse Brigade

        COMMENDATION: "For providing a large military shelter and the labor and expertise to erect the structure and remove it at the end of the exercise. Special thanks to 1SG Christopher C. Howlett and Mr. Giles F. Howell for their support. This contribution was a key factor in our success during this year's operation."

John Unger - W4AU Receives PVRC 5-Million Award

John Unger - W4AU


The Prestigious
Potomac Valley Radio Club's
5-Million Award

Presented By Dick Maylott - W2YE

Earned When All Your Contest Scores
Reach 5-Million Points

Norm Styer - AI2C Presented Plaque
2006 Pennsylvania QSO Party W3ZI Multi-Multi 1st Place Station

        In the Fall of 2006, with the encouragement and leadership of Bill Buchholz - K8SYH, a group of eleven members of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group of Northern Virginia organized and executed a Field Day style operation in the October 2006 Pennsylvania QSO Party. For many years, Bill - K8SYH had operated as a portable station in the PAQP from a campground in the rare Somerset County; John Unger - W4AU had operated out-of-state from Virginia for many years; and Norm Styer - AI2C, operated /3 from his family farm in Berks County in 2004 part time.

This plaque proudly resides at the farm house on Red Hill.
Someday, we'll all return for another fun operation.

        Originally, we thought it would be fun to mount a mini-M/M or M/2 operation from that same location in Somerset, but as interest was generated and it looked like we may have as many as a dozen operators, Norm - AI2C, generously offered to let us use his family farm in Berks for our 2006 PAQP operation. However, we were not going to have the luxury of just showing up and operating at a "real" M/M station. The only permanent antennas at Norm's farm are 40 and 80 meter dipoles.

( Read More About This Record Setting Operation On K4LRG.ORG )

Norm Styer - AI2C


American Radio Relay League's National Contest Journal Issue Featuring Cover Story Of 2006 W3ZI Multi-Multi PA QSO Party Operation On His Farm In Pennsylvania

Norm Styer - AI2C
For 10 Years Of K4LRG Field Day Support & Operations

        COMMENDATION: "For serving as Field Day Captain for 10 years, logging thousands of contacts for the club, chronicling ten years of Field Day operations on the club's web site, including write-up's, photos, site planning, operations plans, and in-depth analysis of logs. In addition, he has mentored and passed his vast amateur radio experience and knowledge on to many beginning & intermediate Field Day operators who are now operating at a higher level as a result of their association with him."

The Door Prizes

        Jeff Slusher - KE5APC arranged for a super selection of varied and interesting door prizes. This was a nice surprise for all. He even had a scheme for the Ladies to take home the Poinsettias table decorations. Buddy Brewer - K4CJB pulled some lucky numbers. Jeff, thanks for a great job.

#1 Door Prize:
Yaesu FT-7800R
144 & 430 MHz High Power Mobile Unit

Read About The FT-7800R

And The Winner Is:

Merc Skaggs - N4TGA
of Leesburg, Virginia

The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group's Outstanding Member of 2008 Awards

The Outstanding Member Of The Year Award is voted upon by all previous recipients and is presented at our annual holiday dinner.

The Annual Outstanding Member Award Recognizes Individual Dedication, Singularly Valuable and Innovative Contributions to the Furtherance of the Goals and Ideals of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group of Virginia.

Selected By The Outstanding Members Committee
The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group
December 12, 2008

Paul Dluehosh, N4PD Outstanding Member for 1998
Gary Quinn, NC4S Outstanding Member for 1999
Tom Dawson, WB3AKD Outstanding Member for 2000
Norm Styer, AI2C - Outstanding Member for 2001
John Unger, 2002 Outstanding Member for 2002
Carol Boehler, KF4TJJ Outstanding Member for 2003
Tom Garasic, NA4MA Outstanding Member for 2004
Dennis Boehler, KF4TJI Outstanding Member for 2005
Charles Preston, K4LJH Outstanding Member for 2006
Jeff Slusher, KE5APC Co-Outstanding Member for 2007
Dave Putman, KE4S Co-Outstanding Member for 2007.


Jay Ives - KI4TXP of Lucketts

~~~  The Citation   ~~~

     "The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group hereby recognizes the outstanding contributions of Jay Ives - KI4TXP of Lucketts, Virginia, for his outstanding support, attention to detail, and invaluable dedication as Co-Captain 2008 K4LRG Field Day best ever 40-Meters Phone station, member of the 2008 LARG Training Committee, Incorporation Task Leader, Banner Leader, and Net Control Station on many LARG weekly radio nets. He is also recognized for his consistent, steady support to the annual Reston Century Ride, First Night Leesburg, the Voice of Mission Control for K4LRG Balloon Flight 2008A, and the LARG preparation for the Manassas Hamfest, and for his superb technical skills in operating his station to a 60,000 point score as High Rookie in 2008 Virginia QSO Party and as the YL ISSB System 40-Meter System Coordinator."


We all had a great ride in 2008
and we all resolve that 2009 will even be greater.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all !!! Best Regards, Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia