A Celebration of Scouting Camporee
Loudoun Amateur Radio Group
LARG OPLAN 2001-1
Mission: Members of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group operate Amateur Radio Station K4LRG at the Boy Scouts Of America Goose Creek District Spring Camporee at 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Virginia on Saturday, April 21, 2001.
Location and Directions: The Camporee Site is at the Northeast Service Center of the National Recreation and Park Association, at 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, Va 20145-4501. The site is about 3 miles south of the Greenway Overpass on Route 659 - Belmont Ridge Road. Western access is also available from Route 15 south to Route 772, Ryan Road, then north on Route 659 to the site.
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. Radio antennas, equipment, and shelter facilities will be set up on site starting at about 3:00 P.M., Friday, April 20, 2001. Operational tests will be conducted following installation of all equipment. If some members of the LARG do not remain on site throughout the evening of Friday, April 20, 2001, then the radio equipment will be removed and reinstalled on Saturday morning, April 21, 2001. The Amateur Radio Demonstrations will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2001, starting at 9:00 A.M.and will continue until about 5:00 P.M. At which time all stations and facilities will be closed. LARG members will be on site by 8:30 AM Saturday morning.
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
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 each evening and morning. 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 Band Operation. The LARG will operate an HF and a VHF/UHF radio station.
Station Site: The Radio Station Site was selected on Saturday, April 15, 2001, during a recon of the site with Dale, KD4LSL. Two station positions will be established. Flyers will be used to cover the operating tables. Two tables and 2 flyers will be provided by Norm Styer, AI2C. One large table will be used for the HF station provided and operated by Larry McCaig, KC1YC and also 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. Ropes for flyers and antennas will be marked with engineering tape. The following LARG members will assist in installation of antennas and equipment on Friday, April 20, 2001: Larry Larry McCaig, KC1YC, Bob Oliphant, KF4VBM, and Norm Styer, AI2C.
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 and 146.580 MHz Simplex.
The latter will be used during the morning hours to avoid conflict with the
LARG Fox Hunt also scheduled for Saturday morning..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
LARG Out-Stations On VHF/UHF:
The HF Station. This station will operate on several HF Amateur Radio Bands including the LARG Club Frequency of 28.360 MHz and on the 40 Meter Band. This station is an FT-100 Transceiver provided and operated by Larry McCaig, KC1KY. Antennas will include Larry's Outbacker , a 40 Meter and a 10 Meter Dipole. Power will be provided by a 12-volt deep cycle battery provided by Larry McCaig.
On-Site Operators for the HF
LARG Out-Stations On HF:
The Morse Code Demonstration Station: This station will consist of two Morse Code Generators 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. A small AI2C-Special 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: Sodas and sandwiches 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 behind 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:
Dale Cabaniss - KD4LSL, Camporee Director, telephone (540)338-3521 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Loudoun Amateur Radio Group Liaison:
Denny Boehler, KF4TJI, telephone (703) 777-9427 or
The Camporee Tent City Site On Belmont Ridge Road
This Plan Released: 6:00 P.M. Monday, April
16, 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