Potomac Station Safety Day - 2005
Loudoun County, Virginia
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Reported and Photographed by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia

LARG es Loudoun ARES at Potomac Station. Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C of Clarkes Gap, Virginia

With Participation and Demonstrations By The
Loudoun County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
and Loudoun Amateur Radio Group

     On a bright sunny Sunday afternoon, many community emergency services, public safety, police and fire fighting groups and representatives gathers at the John W. Tolbert, Jr. Elementary School to participate in the local Potomac Station's community Safety Day. The Loudoun Amateur Radio Emergency Service with members from the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group of Loudoun County established several emergency field radio stations and demonstrated emergency communication capabilities using High Frequency, Very High Frequency, and Ultra High Frequency Radios, including CW, Packet, and the Automatic Position Reporting System. There were plenty of kids with dad or mom but they got distracted by the Train Ride, the Moon Bounce and the Helicopter. So, not too many got to the radio stuff. Anyway, it was a great day to practice our deployment techniques. Best Regards, Norm Styer - AI2C.

Loudoun Amateur Radio Group Members In This Exercise:
AI2C - Norm Styer of Clarkes Gap - Mobile APRS es CW Gear
K3CN - Dale Harrison of Leesburg
K4ARP - David Mullins of Aldie - Packet Radio Station
KB3LVU - Alan Garies of Frederick, MD
KE4S - Dave Putman of Leesburg - APRS Station
KF4TJI - Denny Boehler of Leesburg
KF4TJJ - Carol Boehler of Leesburg
KG4KZY - Charlie Nelson of Lansdowne - Red Cross Representative
KI4FWB - Kurt Reber of Lovettsville
N4PD - Paul Dluehosh of Leesburg - Operating de Home QTH
NC4S - Gary Quinn of Lovettsville - Mobile Tower
W3EMH - Bill Frisbie of Sterling - Operating de Home QTH
WF1L - Bill McCourt of Reston - ICOM IC-706 40M HF Station

Photograph by Nrm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes  Gap, VA.

Alert and Call For Assistance

Gary Quinn - NC4S, Assistant Loudoun County ARES Emergency Coordinator
published the following alert and call for assistance on our local LARG and ARES Reflectors:

From: "NC4S" Date: Tue May 10, 2005 12:13 am

Subject:  Potomac Station Safety Day

We are a go for the Potomac Station Safety Day this coming Sunday May 15, 2005 at the Tolbert Elementary School. Participants helping LARG should arrive by 11:30 AM for set up. The program for the public runs from 1 PM to 3 PM. This is an outdoor event so if we have poor weather we will probably cancel and I would hope to confirm that the night before. I suggest that participants meet on the 146.700 repeater Saturday May 14, 2005 for a short net at 4:00 PM to confirm and coordinate any last minute issues. We will use this repeater for the event as a talk in and operations on 2 meters.

I will survey the site this week and coordinate the site with David Shearer who is an organizer of this event. He thinks that we can use a long extension cord to obtain power for our operation.

NC4S Gary will provide the trailer tower, (2) two-meter antenna, 40 meter inverted vee antenna, (2) 100' lengths of Coax, (2) 12-volt deep cycle batteries, tent, DC cord for Icom 706 and AC extension cord.

Dave KE4S is providing APRS demo with radio, tower and computer.

WF1L Bill is providing Icom 706, and HF antenna tuner.

K4ARP Dave is bringing pamphlets for hand out, packet station and card table.

We still need:
Operating tables
APRS mobile volunteers
Operators and volunteers to talk about ham radio to patrons of the event.

List to date of volunteers:
WF1L Bill
K4ARP David
KE4S Dave





The LARG Mobile Tower

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

Gary Quinn - NC4S of Lovettsville shows Alan - KB3LVU of Frederick, MD. the basic operation of the mobile tower. Alan plans to take the tower deep into West Virginia for the special operation from the "Quiet Zone" next month. WF1L - Bill and someone else looks on.



Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

Up She Goes !!

Superman Gary Quinn - NC4S


Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

The Full Set Up

Can You Tell What's All There ?

          From the top, antennas - the most important items in any station - are a 2-Meter J-Pole, a 440-Yagi, a 2M-Yagi and a 40M Dipole.

           On the right is the HF 40-Meter Station by Bill - WF1L

           On the left are APRS and Packet Radio Stations by Dave - KE4S and David - K4ARP; along with some more 2-Meter antennas.

           And walking around are several members with 2 and 440 handheld radios.

          And, we exercised the  WA4TXE Repeater that has recently relocated to the top of the 'old' Leesburg Hospital - it sounds very good!

APRS Demonstration
Do You Know Where Everyone Is?

          Dave Putman, KE4S of Woods Road - Leesburg had a full APRS Station and Server tracking Norm Styer - AI2C of Clarkes Gap in his mobile. For demo purposes an AC-Powered Display was also available; otherwise, everything was operated from deep-cycle 12-volt batteries.

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.
Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

The Packet Radio

          David Mullins - K4ARP (r) shows off his completely portable, 12-volt battery-powered Packet Station to Kurt - KI4FB.


Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

The 40-Meter Fone es CW Station
With Gary Quinn - NC4S and Bill McCourt - WF1L


Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

They Try Dueling 706s


Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

Clockwise From Bottom Left:  Kurt Reber - KI4FWB,  Dave Putman - KE4S,  Gary Quinn - NC4S,
Bill McCourt - WF1L,   Carol Boehler - KF4TJJ and   David Mullins - K4ARP



Mr. Mc Gruff says "Keep Your Guard Up !!"

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.

When this Baby Landed, Everything Stopped !

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.


As we 'Closed Station March Order,' the Kids were riding off into the sunset !

Photograph by Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, VA.