Loudoun Amateur Radio Group Operation
Loudoun Amateur Radio Group
LARG OPLAN 2001-4
Mission: Members of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group operate Amateur Radio Station K4LRG at the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Of America Camp at the Flying Circus Aerodrome near Bealeton, VA on Saturday, September 8, 2001.
Location and Directions: The Camp Site is at the Flying Circus Aerodrome (See Aerial Photo) southeast Bealeton, Virginia at 38 Degrees 32.945 Minutes North and 77 Degrees 42.918 Minutes West on Virginia Route 644 about 1.5 miles northeast of US Route 17. The station will be established at Site #1 shown on this aerial photograph provided by Aviation Coordinator and Scouter Joe Gallen. The site is adjacent to Troop 982's camp and uses the last 2 or 3 table spaces at the northwest end of the camping area. Members traveling from south should take US Route 15 to US Route 29 and then southeast on Route 17 to Route 644. See Area Maps.
Weather: This is a NO-THUNDERSTORM
weather operation. If very heavy rain or the threat of thunderstorms
exist then this demonstration operation will be delayed or cancelled.
1. On-Site Operators and equipment will depart the Leesburg Church of the Nazarene on Route 15 By-Pass at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, September 8, 2001. Road distance is about 48 miles and travel time is a little over an hour. Radio antennas, equipment, and shelter facilities will be set up on site starting at about 7::30 A.M. Priority will be to installation of HF antenna and the shelter The Amateur Radio Demonstrations will start about 9:00 A.M. and continue through about 4:00 P.M at which time all stations and facilities will be closed.
2. Throughout the demonstration periods, Scouts will visit the Radio Site individually or in patrol size units of 8 to 10. LARG Operators will explain what Amateur Radio is and demonstrate their radio equipment. The Scouts will be invited to Sign In on the Radio Visitors Log and will be invited to operate the radio equipment under the direct control of a LARG Radio Operator. Contacts will be made with LARG Out-Stations and other Amateur Radio Stations and the Scouts will exchange information about their troop, their name and other interests. Each contact should take about 3 to 4 minutes. Each radio contact will be entered into the K4LRG Radio Station Log. Out-Station Operators should encourage the Scouts to communicate by asking them good questions about their activities and interests.
Radio Demonstrations: Each station will
be under the direct control of at least one LARG member. The LARG
Amateur Radio Callsign K4LRG will be used. Each group should be told how
amateur radio works and something about the radios and antennas being
demonstrated and the call signs of the LARG Out-Stations that are standing
by on frequency. The LARG operator should call one of the Out-Stations and
establish radio contact then allow each Scout to call the Out-Station and
talks briefly to the Out-Station Operator.
WARNINGS: Some snakes have been found in the area and they are definitely at home in wood, leaf and debris piles. Please encourage people to stay away from these potential problem areas. Also, the ticks are appearing and are hungry. Please be sure you do tick checks on Saturday evening. There are some holes in the camping and display areas so be careful walking.
Close Stations - March Order: After the Demonstration Period #2 the on-site LARG members will assist each other to close stations and pack for the march order.
Radio Station Configurations and LARG Operators:
General: This is planned as a two Station-Band Operation. The LARG will operate an HF and a VHF/UHF radio station.
Station Site: The Radio Station Site was selected on Saturday, September 1, 2001, during a recon of the site by Norm Styer, AI2C and Kay Styer, KA2IJU. Two station positions will be established. The AI2C-Flyer will be used to cover the operating tables. Two tables will be provided by Norm Styer, AI2C. One large table will be used for the HF station and the Morse Code Demonstration Station provided by Norm Styer, AI2C.. The second large table will be used for the the VHF/UHF Station provided by Art Laurent, KD4CSO. Several Terrain Profiles from the Aerodrome to several LARG Members have been developed. Ropes for flyers and antennas will be marked with engineering tape.
The Amateur Radio Station Site
Electrical Power. All stations will be power from 12-volt deep-cycle DC batteries. There is no on-site commercial power.
The VHF/UHF Station. Operation
will be on the LARG Club Frequency of 147.480 MHz Simplex. ..The 440 MHz
and 6-Meter operating frequencies will be announced on the 2-Meter operating
frequency. This station and antennas are provided by Art Laurent, KD4CSO.
This station will be a Yaesu FT-836R Four-Band, All-Mode VHF Transceiver
operating on 6-Meter, 2-Meter, 70-Centimeters and 1.2 GHz Amateur Radio Bands.
For antennas, Art will provide his Diamond X-50 2-Meter and 440 MHz Dual-Band
Vertical Antenna and a Cushcraft 13B2 with 13 elements on 144-148 MHz Yagi
Antenna. He will also provide a 1/4-wavelength vertical for 6-Meter with
a magnetic mount. Antennas for 2-Meter and 440 MHz will go atop a 25-foot
Collapsible Portable Mast held in a roll-over ground mount and guyed in three
directions. Belton 9913-F coax cable will be used as feedline. This station
will be powered by deep-cycle marine battery that is kept charged by two
22-watt solar panels. Art will also install 2-Meter and 440 MHz Amplifiers
that include 15-dB Preamps.
The HF Station. This station will operate on several HF Amateur Radio Bands including 80-Meters at 3917 KHz and 40-Meters at 7280 KHz.. This station is an Kenwood TS-440 Transceiver provided and operated by Norm Styer, AI2C. The HF antenna is of the W3DZZ-Design with dipole elements for 40 and 80 Meters. A Johnson Matchbox will be used and thus operation is also possible on 15 and 10 Meters. Power will be provided by a 12-volt deep cycle battery furnished by Norm Styer, AI2C.
On-Site Operators for the HF
LARG Out-Stations On HF:
The Morse Code Demonstration Station: This station will consist of MFJ Grandmaster Morse Code Keyer and a Practice Key. Preprogrammed messages will be generated and the Scouts offered the opportunity to decode the messages. The key may be used by the Scouts to practice sending Morse Code. The LARG Morse Code Card will be provided each Scout.
On-Site Operators Morse Code
Amateur Radio Handouts and Radio Merit Badge Information: An ARRL Archie's Ham Radio Adventure Comic Book will be offered to each Scout. The Boy Scout Requirements for the Radio Merit Badge (Current Requirements August 1, 2008) will be explain by Norm Styer, AI2C who is a registered Radio Merit Badge Counselor.
Other Stations: Other LARG and Non-LARG Amateur Radio members and stations are encouraged to participate. Contact the liaison officers listed below or contact On-Site Stations directly on-the-air during the Demonstration Periods.
Radio Interference: This on-the-air activity will be on a non-interference basis. Change operating frequencies to avoid harmful interference.
On-Site Refreshments: Lunch will be provided LARG On-Site Operators by Joe Gallen. Sodas will be provided on-site by Norm Styer, AI2C. There is no water facilities.
On-Site Parking: Space is limited with space for two maybe three vehicles to the side of the stations. Others not required to support the operation will park in the consolidated parking area.
Official Pictures: Photographs will be taken throughout the installation and operation for posting to our K4LRG.ORG WEB Site.
Summary Of Operational
Additions and Changes: Additions and changes should be brought to the attention of Norm Styer, AI2C. Telephone (540) 338-2584 or Email: Ai2c@aol.com.
Boy Scout Liaison:
Joe Gallen, Scout Aviation Coordinator, telephone (703) 771-4985 or Email: email@example.com
Loudoun Amateur Radio Group Liaison:
President, Denny Boehler, KF4TJI, telephone (703) 777-9427 or
This Plan Released: 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, September
4, 2001 by Norm Styer, AI2C. This plan is released in summary form to the
L_A_R_G Reflector and posted in full on the LARG Reflector