The annual election of officers of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group, Inc. is coming at our January meeting. All members present may vote, so please be prepared to pay your dues prior to the start of the meeting if you have not already done so, and you must be present in order to vote. Remember, too, that the dues for the 2020 calendar year are (generally) $25.00.
As our Constitution and Bylaws require, the Board of Directors of LARG met in November to identify and recommend a slate of Officer candidates for the election coming at our January meeting. Following our established practice, we will open nominations from the floor to permit write-in candidates in addition to the nominations offered by the Board. We will use written ballots, to be distributed at the meeting. As in the past, immediately upon completion of balloting and counting, we will announce the results.
It is my pleasure to announce the candidates nominated by the Directors.
President – Doug Coulter, K4AIU
Vice-President – Mike White, N4PDY
Treasurer – Steve Edwards, KN4HOZ*
Secretary = Jim Babcock, N4FAF*
We have accomplished many good things during the concluding year. I look forward to many more in 2020. To all of our members, families, and friends I bid you a joyous holiday season and prosperous New Year.
For the Board of Directors,
Dave Putman, KE4S
I started the 6-meter net tonight on 50.130 MHz a little after 8pm tonight. There were two people other than me who checked in: KN4BGW (Steve) and K9CQB (Damon).
It was nice to hear some familiar voices on 6 meters as it’s been a very long time since I’ve been home on a Wednesday evening where I could be around the radios locally.
Our next net is tomorrow evening at 8pm. Hope to see you on the air!
80m – 3675 KHz on 13 DEC 2019 Open 0100Z
Listening 3810 KHz for General class ops to check-in
KE4S Dave, net control
10m – on 28.405 MHz
No net tonight
KE4S Dave, ncs
Net convened on 3544.5 KHz at scheduled time. We were down from the normal frequency to avoid traffic on 3545. Only two of us tonight – Bill K3WD and Dave KE4S. Had a nice chat about our equipment before closing at 8:20PM. Please join us next Tuesday at 8:00PM. 73 de Dave KE4S
Sorry I was unable to join in tonight. I’m out of town again. Looking forward to seeing you as well as others at our upcoming party event this Saturday night. K0ZR
We meet every Sunday evening from 19:30 to 20:00 local time utilizing the Olivia 500/8 protocol at or about 7.07325 MHz.
This net was started a little early with W0MPM calling CQ to see who was out there. Three of us joined this net:
- W0MPM, John (NCS)
- W5ODJ, John
- W4PMP, Chris
We had a nice long net discussing various topics. The band was in good shape and the signals were strong and clear. 100% copy on all sides.
There is some discussion about using different protocols than Olivia. Some of the newer protocols are faster and use less bandwidth while at the same time provide similar or better low signal and high noise decoding. JS8 is one of those. These are still interactive protocols.
JS8Call 2.0 is now publicly available: Multiple transmission speeds, a new multi-decoder, typeahead functionality, and more. You can get the software here. Check out the latest information in the guide here. I’ve been in the beta testing program from the beginning and can tell you this software has really come a long way and very easy to use.
If you ever want to join we listen to both repeaters and can walk you through any troubleshooting you may be needing help with.
Everyone is welcome to join us and we hope to see you on the digital net.
For more information on this net please visit this page.
Have a great week!
Stations I recorded:
- W5ODJ John
- W4PMP Chris
- K0ZR Jeff
- K9CQB Damon
- KK4TO Chaz
- N1ESD Steve
NET CLOSED at 8:45
This was my first time hosting a 2m net! I was blessed that my first net was so small. Happy Turkey day!
80m – 3675 KHz on 22 NOV 2019 Open 0100Z
Listening 3808 KHz for General class ops to check-in
- K3WD Bill
- W5ODJ John
- N0JSD John
- W0MPM John
- KE4S Dave, net control
We discussed the ISS contact evolution in which NoJSD participated with the Farmwell Middle School.
10m – on 28.405 MHz open 0121Z
- W0MPM John
- N0JSD John
- W5ODJ John
- KE4S Dave, NCS
Please join us next Thursday (or any other Thursday!) 73 de Dave KE4S
The Nov 16th meeting files and ARISS presentation have been uploaded to the members area for those unable to attend yesterday.
Called the net schedule at 8:00PM with KT9N, W5ODJ, and KE4S in the conversation. Good signals from all, and I was happy to report I have put my SteppIR back in service after 6 months of making repairs and upgrades. Now I need to start work on my 160/80 meter inverted L – it still is giving problems, but at least I can get on the air on 80 with a G5RV. Chris reported some heavy QRM in northern Leesburg, but John and I had good copy on him. Thanks for checking in – others are welcome to join us each Tuesday evening, and we operate at the speed of the slowest participant. 73 de Dave KE4S
The Newsletter for November is now in the Members Only area. The newsletter can be found here.