Minutes of the LARC Business Meeting, 24 January 1996


- The meeting was called to order by President Jim/WI3N at 19:40L.


- WI3N welcomed members of the K3IO club who were invited to hear to presentation by Bob Bruninga/WB4APR, inventor of APRS software.


- WB4APR preceded with his talk before any further club business was discussed.


- The Washington's Birthday Marathon event was scheduled for 18 February, with members meeting at the USDA Log Cabin at 9:00.


- WI3N requested members to consider leadership roles for 3 upcoming events: Montpelier Festival, Main Street Festival, and Field Day; as well as a possible special event.


- The General Licensing Class will begin 12 February.

- At next month's meeting, KE3Q of the Potomac Valley DX Club is expected to speak.


- Meeting adjourned about 21:35L.



-Respectfully submitted, Tim/N3TZH

The February Feedback -by N3GXA


As promised last month, we have a short, but still humorous, article by Joe/NA3T. Most of you will recall that Joe recently relocated to North Carolina, and that has been the inspiration for his humor page.


Kevin/W3DAD, in his technical column, presents part 2 of SWR and Impedance Measurements. Bill/KI7AO has provided a part 2 of his own in this month's Northwest Notes. In the President's Ramblings, take note of the fact that the Woman's Club is aiming to provide us with a free meal next month. I think I'll go... it'll be nice to drop by the clubhouse without a hammer in my hand. (Besides, there's no reason to be shy; how would you feel if you gave a dinner and no one came?) Also, WI3N has made a chart of events we are likely to work in the coming year. This will be the back page so it's easy to bring to the meeting and refer to. For example, I'll probably try to do something on Field Day, so I'll just write my name down, check it off, and bring it to the meeting.


Speaking of scheduled events and such; Pud/W3DQI has compiled a page of pertinent information along with a report on the Washington's Birthday Marathon. He even included a 'Worthless Pearl of Wisdom'.


The Foundation for Amateur Radio will be administering 57 scholarships for the 96-97 academic year. Licensed Amateurs may compete for the awards, which range from $500 to $2000, if they plan to pursue a full time course of studies beyond high school. If you or a ham you know is interested, request an application by 30 April by writing to: FAR Scholarships; 6903 Rhode Island Avenue; College Park, MD 20740.


WANTED: A GOOD PLACE TO STORE THE CLUB'S RADIO EQUIPMENT:


ITEMS INCLUDE RADIOS, ANTENNAS, CABLES, GROUND RODS, CANDLES, A REALLY COOL TENT, AND ITEMS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION.


These items were stored in a variety of places, but most recently in the basement of the dental practice of Dr. Richard Downes, N3MJA. As many of you know, Dick sold his practice as of the first of the year and all our club equipment has become homeless. If you have a place to store something, please speak up; Dick will appreciate it.



President s ramblings


If you missed the last meeting, you missed an entertaining and informative presentation on the automatic packet reporting software written by Bob Bruninga/WB4APR. Some of the membership is already exploring it and I wouldn t be surprised if it gets wider use within the club. This coming meeting will have a guest speaker who will talk to us about the Potomac Valley Radio Club. They contest, sponsor a DX Cluster packet node, and have held international DX competitions. Even if you aren t into HF, you may find this aspect of the hobby interesting. The club or members can add their contest scores to this outfit s to try to win a category. At the March meeting we will be treated to a dinner by the Woman s Club. They will prepare a pot luck type meal as a way of thanking us for the work we are doing on their clubhouse. This is open to everyone, whether you have had a chance to help on the siding or not, and we ll need a head count at this meeting so they ll know how much to cook.

On the back page of this issue you will find a listing of the probable events we ll be helping with. I m hoping that lots of you will sign up to co-chair and help with the planning for the events. There really isn t anything very difficult about it, those of us who have done it before will tell you everything you need to know. I hope that this year we will finally write up each event we do and compile all our notes into a looseleaf notebook so that anyone can pick up the notebook each year and know exactly what is involved with each event, the names of the people we work with, the course, times, special equipment required, placement of net control, etc.


People join amateur radio clubs for many different reasons, and interest in the hobby waxes and wanes for individuals for reasons of work, family obligations, or other competing interests. I ran into a former club member the other day who I hadn t seen for months. He had been doing things with us but just dropped out. He felt kind of bad that not only was he not missed but no one called to see if everything was ok. For a bunch of communicators, we sometimes don t seem to have very good communications among us. I confess that there are some names on our membership list that I have never met or talked with. Maybe they don t want to be talked to, but I won t know till I ask.


If you have any particular topics you would like to see covered or if you would like to have a meeting to talk about something you are doing, please let me know.


Hope to see lots of you at the meeting.


73 de Jim/WI3N

The Great Seal -by N3GXA


I'm currently trying to design an official (more or less) seal to use on Club publications, certificates, and letterhead. I offer this month a sampling of my efforts to possibly get some suggestions from the membership before finalizing the seal.


The original idea was to make a seal for the VEC because of their load of official paperwork; so number 1 was made first. The Calvert Coat of Arms is, of course, borrowed from Lord Baltimore, the State of Maryland, and most importantly, the City of Laurel. In order to make a compatible seal for the club alone, the key, microphone, and globe were added to form seal number 2.


I then attempted to make a seal that didn't rely so heavily on the State Coat of Arms, so number 3 has the transceiver and dipole antenna added to make the whole shield. Then, to make the VEC seal, the shield was shrunken a bit, and the book and lamp were added as traditional symbols of wisdom and truth.


To my eye, number 1 looks best, but I think perhaps the number 3 is more appropriate. If you have suggestions or comments, note them down to me at the meeting. (Please keep in mind that these things aren't all that easy to make). I plan to put this into circulation in March.















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