Welcome To Amateur Radio Training

Be Part Of The Adventure

The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group of Loudoun County in Northern Virginia, conducts several training sessions each year based on the needs of our membership and the general interest from newcomers.

LARG Special Radio Class
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1300 Hours
Learn How To Operate Your Baofeng Radio
 Eastern Loudoun Sheriffs Office
DIRECTIONS 46620 E Frederick Dr, Sterling, VA 20164
From route 7, turn south onto Sterling Blvd.
Turn left at first traffic light onto E. Frederick Drive
Sheriffs Office is on the left
CONTACT: Henry - K2BFY


LARG Tech License Training
Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26, 2014




Saturday 0800 to 1700 Hours

Sunday 0800 to 1200 Hours

FCC License Exam: Sunday at 1300 Hours

LOCATION: Leesburg National Guard Armory NOW at VFW Post 1177, Leesburg, VA.

CLICK HERE FOR PDF OF K2BFY's STUDY GUIDE

(This guide was published on QST de K4LRG
By Henry - K2BFY on November 20, 2013)

Coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning and a light lunch at noon for $5 per day per student

Registration Form: Please Complete Form To Attend


No Nonsense Study Guide is at http://www.kb6nu.com/tech-manual/



Technician Class Training & Testing
   
Saturday - Sunday - August 17 & 18, 2013
                 Be Part Of The Adventure

(Purcellville, Virginia, July 26, 2013 REV. August 5, 2016))   The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group's Training Committee has announced plans for a two day FCC Amateur Radio Technician Class training and testing session for Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, 2013, at the Leesburg Armory at 41905 Loudoun Center Place, Leesburg, Virginia 20175.

The Training Committee expect about 20 soldiers and a few marines. They also recommend that students go online and look at no nonsense Technician Class Text Book as it will be a quick read and provide them the notes to help them study. Try these:

http://www.w8mhb.com/exam/
http://www.eham.net/exams/
http://www.arrl.org/exam-practice

The session on Saturday will run from 0800 to 1600 hours. On Sunday training will begin at 0800 and testing will begin after lunch at 1300 hours. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Those passing their Tech exam and obtaining an amateur radio license will be offered an opportunity to obtain for a $40.00 charge a new Dual-Band 2-M and 70-CM Hand-Held transceiver.

For additional information and to register, please contact Jay Greeley - KI4UTB at (Cell) 703-473-8015 or (Home) 703-779-3508 or eMail at jay@pegasusinfogroup.com.

CALL FOR SUPPORT: Tech Training August 17-18 at VFW
The Training Committee could use a little help. Just take a 45-minute session.
Teach What You Know & Like !!!

Basic Tech Training & Testing Schedule (de eMail Message by Henry - K2BFY, 1212 HRs, July 31, 2913)
Sat - 0800 HRs: T1 - FCC Rules, descriptions and definitions for the amateur radio service, operator and station license responsibilities - [6 Questions] - INSTRUCTOR: K8SYH - Bill
Sat - 0900 HRs: T2 - Operating Procedures - [3 Questions]
Sat - 0930 HRs:T3 - Radio wave characteristics, radio and electromagnetic properties, propagation modes [3 Questions] (15-Minute break at 1000 HRs.)
Sat - 1015 HRs: T4 - Amateur radio practices and station setup [2 Questions]
Sat - 1045 HRs: T5 - Electrical principles, math for electronics, electronic principles, Ohms Law [4 Questions] - INSTRUCTOR: K0BRA - Frank
Sat - 1300 HRs: Films - INSTRUCTOR: K2BFY - Henry
Sat - 1330 HRs: Baofeng Radios -INSTRUCTOR: K0BRA - Frank
Sat - 1400 HRs:T6 - Electrical components, semiconductors, circuit diagrams, component functions [4 Questions] - INSTRUCTOR: KD7UIY - Ben
Sat - 1445 HRs: T7 - Station equipment, common transmitter and receiver problems, antenna measurements and troubleshooting, basic repair and testing [4 Questions] 15-minure break aa 1530 HRs)
Sat - 1545 HRs:T8 - Modulation modes, amateur satellite operation, operating activities, non-voice communications [4 Exam Questions] - INSTRUCTOR: K2BFY - Hanry
Sat - 1630 HRs: T9 - Antennas, feed lines [2 Questions]
Sat - 1700 HRs: T0 - AC power circuits, antenna installation, RF hazards [3 Questions]
Sun - 0800 - 1200 HRs: Review - INSTRUCTORs: WA3VEW - Dale and K2BFY - Henry
Sun - 1400 HRs: Testing

Please, contact Bob – KJ4NXG, Henry – K2BFY or Jay – KI4UTB.
You support will be appreciated. Hope To See You There !!!
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LARG Tech Class License Training
                   Spring 2013

(Purcellville, Virginia, March 10, 2013)   Tentative Dates: Friday, May 17 - 1900 to 2100,
                                                                                                Saturday, May 18, 0800 to 1630,
                                                                                                Sunday, May 19, 0800 to 1200
TRAINING SUPPORTS EARNING BOY SCOUT RADIO MERIT BADGE

Testing
: 1300 on May 19, Sunday

Meeting Place: VFW Post 1177, Leesburg, VA.

INFORMATION: Jay Greeley - KI4UTB at jay@pegasusinfogroup.com or 703 473 8015

REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED WITH: Jay Greeley - KI4UTB at jay@pegasusinfogroup.com or 703 473 8015.

BOY SCOUT RADIO MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR: Bob Rodriguez at bob.rodriguez85@gmail.com or 540-454-2913.

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A Loudoun Amateur Radio Group 2013
Technician Class Amateur Radio Training Event

Friday, Saturday & Sunday - January 11, 12, and 13, 2013
                                    Rported by Bob Rodriguez, KJ4NXG

        (February 12, 2013, Purcellville, Virginia) On January 11 through 13, 2013, the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group of Northern Virginia sponsored another of its popular amateur radio licensing preparation classes for Technician Class operators. The class was held at the VFW Post 1177 Hall in Leesburg, VA.

        Class attendees numbered 33. These included members of the Civil Air Patrol, the Virginian Defense Force, Boy Scouts, and no-affiliated persons. Four members of LARG, Jay Greeley, KI4UTB, Henry Weidman, K2BFY, and Bob Rodriguez, KJ4NXG, and Sean Sheedy, AI4ID, served as instructors; other LARG members assisted with photography by Norm Styer, AI2C, public address system by Paul Dluehosh, N4PD, and other essentials. A guest Instructor, Mark Braunstein, WA4KFZ, from the Old Virginia Hams Radio Club, W4OVH, in Manassas, VA., helped teach the course and answer the more technical questions.




Bob Rodriguez, KJ4NXG





Jay Greeley, KI4UTB
Robert Maguire, General Counsel, Civil Air Patrol, wrote on January 14,


Robert Maguire
Sterling, Virginia
January 14, 2013

Gentlemen:

Kindly accept my heartfelt thanks for the brilliant, erudite lectures you provided to Civil Air Patrol over the last three days. While your objective was to introduce the audience to your amateur radio hobby, my own goals were somewhat higher.

I hoped to deepen the knowledge of the Senior members in radio communication which is so essential for conducting search & rescue operations. This is too often taken for granted in conducting searches up and down Virginia's valleys - the adverse effects of weather or the time of day on radio reception, the importance of the type of antenna and location, and the like.

For the younger members, it was more Machiavellian. I hoped to provide good role models and encouragement for them to pursue the hard subjects of engineering and science; and to demonstrate the benefits of electricity and some of the fundamentals of why communications actually work. You all filled this role - professional, knowledgeable about your area, making the subjects exciting but comprehensible. If some of these cadets go on to pursue careers in engineering or physics, and continue to be our next generation of astronauts, it will be in part due to your good example.

Thank you for your time and effort.
Best regards, Robert Maguire

Our Other Great Instructors


Sean Sheedy, AI4ID


Henry Weidman, K2BFY


Mark Braunstein, WA4KFZ
       Four meals, breakfasts and lunches, were provided partly as a courtesy by Bob Evans in Leesburg. Over 40 people at each meal were served for less than 400 dollars, offset in part by checks and cash from the Civil Air Patrol, the Boy Scouts and Virginia Defense Force enlisted personnel.

        An FCC VE exam was administered by Jorge Thevenet, KD4DGQ, on Sunday Jan 13. Of 31 individuals who took the exam, 30 passed the exam to become licensed as Technician Class amateur radio operators. On January 19th another VE session was held for attendees where three who had earned their licenses at the January 13th session passed their General class exam. In all, 33 attendees participated with 31 passing their Technician and General Class exams; some took both.

        By all accounts, this was a very successful training session. LARG will follow up with attendees and invite them to participate with future LARG meetings, field events and activities. LARG members are encouraged to Elmer the newly licensed operators.



Veterans of Foreign War Post 1177, Leesburg, Virginia




2012 Technician License Training Class Report

By Bob Rodriguez, KJ4NXG



On Friday evening January 13 and Saturday January 14, 2012, a Technician Class amateur radio operator class sponsored by the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG) was held at the Winmill Carriage Museum on the historic grounds of Morven Park in Leesburg VA. The purpose of the class was to:

1) Assist local Boy Scouts in earning the Radio Merit Badge, and

2) Familiarize all attendees with the material which could be covered in the Technician Class amateur radio license exam.

The VEC exam session will be held on Saturday January 21, 2012 in Morven Park's Hofmann Building at the Equestrian Center.

Five Boy Scouts and 10 adult trainees participated. The class was taught by instructors Henry Weidman (K2BFY), Jay Greeley (KI4UTB) and Bob Rodriguez (KJ4NXG).

ARRL produced PowerPoint and film clip presentations were used as the backbone training materials for the class. The PowerPoint material "teaches to the test" by familiarizing class attendees with the ~400 questions in the item (test question) pool, from which 35 are used in various versions of the Technician Class License exams.

LARG member (and trainee) Judy Wodynski provided the Morven Park training site and served as the training class hostess. Additional LARG members Norm Styer, Paul Dluehosh, Jay Ives, Sean Sheedy and others supported class logistics.

Serving as the BSA Radio Merit Badge Counselor, trainer and LARG member Bob Rodriguez will continue to assist those scouts who desire to complete their merit badge requirements, which include a mock QSO and a visit to a (ham) radio station.

  Respectfully submitted, Bob Rodriguez - KJ4NXG


The Winmill Carriage Museum




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Radio Merit Badge and Amateur Radio Exam Training
Winter 2012 Tech Training Class

By Bob Rodriguez, KJ4NXG

Click For PDF Version

Click For Printable MS Document Version



To "Be Prepared" means being able to communicate with family and friends during an emergency. One way is to have an amateur "ham" radio, and a license to operate it. Earning your BSA Radio Merit Badge takes you well on your way to becoming licensed as a "ham" radio operator.

A free Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG) sponsored class is being held this Friday evening (January 13th) and Saturday (January 14th). The class is designed for anyone desiring to take the required FCC exam to operate on amateur radio. There is no fee for the class, and all responsible youth and adults are invited. Scouts who attend can all but complete the requirements for the Radio Merit Badge by bringing the Radio Merit Badge worksheets and a signed Blue Card with them. Download the Radio MB worksheet at: http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/1/10/Radio.pdf A BSA Radio MB Counselor and other LARG members will help scouts with their worksheets and with requirement #7.

Class Details:
"Technician Class" license exam preparation training is being held this Friday and Saturday at Morven Park's Winmil Carriage Museum off of Old Waterford Rd. on Southern Planter Lane in Leesburg. The Morven Park Mansion and Winmil Carriage Museum address is: 17263 Southern Planter Ln., Leesburg, VA 20176. Go here for directions: http://www.morvenpark.org/directions.php
The training class runs from 6:30 pm until 9 pm on Friday, and 8:30 am until 4 pm on Saturday. The Friday session will be repeated at 1 pm on Sunday.

There is no fee for the class, but attendees should either bring a lunch or $5-$8 for carryout which will be ordered during Saturday's class. Please note: There will not be time for leaving and returning to Morven Park during the lunch break. LARG will supply bottled water.

Attendees can be dropped off at the Winmil Carriage Museum, however there is no parking at the museum itself. Park in lot #3. Signs to the "LARG Class" will be posted and a ride to the Museum (about 2-3 blocks walk) from the parking lot will be provided before class (please be prompt).

The 35 question "Technician Class" amateur radio license exam will be given at Morven Park on the following Saturday (January 21st). A donation of $15 is requested for taking the exam. All exam questions can be previewed on-line, and practice exams can be taken on the Internet without cost. Learning Morse Code is NOT a requirement. (A 7 year old girl recently earned her license!)

Please refer to LARG's website under "Ham Training" for the latest info at http://www.k4lrg.org/Training/index.html or have them email bob.rodriguez85@gmail.com .

Winter 2012 Tech Training Class
by the LARG Training Committee
Chairman, Jay Greeley, KI4UBT

January 13 and 14, 2012 to be held at Morven Park
A VE test session will take place the following Saturday, January 21.
The tests will follow LARG's regular meeting date.

For Further Information: KJ4NXG - Bob Rodriguez at bob.rodriguez85@gmail.com
"QST de K4LRG" de Bob KLJ4NXG, Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Amateur Radio Volunteer Examiners To Administer Amateur Radio license Exams - Winter 2012

The following from Jorge - KD4DGQ  as received 6 January 2012 de Jay - KI4UTB:

"We will be running an open session in support of the LARG so will accept any walk ins.

Date : Saturday January 21st, 2012
Time : 0900 to 1200 with new registration closing at 1100
NEW LOCATION: Hofmann Center (building "F") at Morven Park's Equestrian Center, which is accessed via Tutt Lane from Route 15.
The test session will NOT take place at the historic Manor House (accessible from Southern Planter Lane), as announced earlier, due to other events taking place there.


73 de Jorge, KD4DGQ

Meeting People with Ham Radios
Nice Work By Abby

http://www.webstudies.org/
April 13, 2011

Hello,

Happy Wednesday (We're half-way there haha!)

I just wanted to say that I found your page (http://k4lrg.org/Projects/Where_To_Get_Stuff/index.htm) when looking for resources on amateur radio - As a tutor who's working with science students, the page has been helpful. Thanks for making it!

Right now, the kids are learning all about Ham radios and how they work. They really seem to be interested in them...I think it's because they've never really seen them before haha! One of my students found a really good page that's not listed on your site:

"Meeting People with Ham Radios" - http://www.datehookup.com/content-meeting-people-with-ham-radios.htm

I was wondering if you could include it for her? I'd like to show her that her extra work is paying off. Her name is Abby and she's in 7th grade, if you would like to add that. It might give her some extra confidence for her upcoming test ;)

Thanks again and have a great week!

Sincerely, Sarah Cogan


Technician Class License Training - Spring 2010
May 7 & 8, 2010

(Loudoun ARG, Purcellville, VA., July 18, 2010)  The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG) hosted a special Friday evening - Saturday class to help individuals prepare to take the FCC's 35 question Technician Class License (beginners) exam. Passing the exam entitled persons to get on the air, take part in the fun, and Be Prepared in case of emergencies.

Emphasis was placed on the FCC exam requirements, as well as, requirements for the Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge and the (retro) Signaling Merit Badge. However, all persons desiring to earn a Technician Class License were encouraged to attend.






The class was held the evening of Friday May 7 from 7 - 9 pm, and all day Saturday May 8 from 8:00 - 5 pm. Refreshments and lunches were available or participants can BYO. There was no charge for this event, but donations to LARG are welcomed to help cover expenses. The classes were held at the Leesburg VFW Hall (behind Morven Park) at 401 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg, VA 20176-2120. FCC License Exam: LARG hosted an FCC license exam session the following weekend on May 15th. The majority of the class of 15-plus students earned their license.

Download Spring 2010 Training Flyer

Loudoun Amateur Radio Group's Training Committee members participating or supporting this event were:

AI2C - Norm Styer
AI4ID - Sean Sheedy
K2BFY - Henry Weidman
K4RWK - Bob Kemner
K5NOB - Luther Guise
KD4CSO - Arthur Laurent
KE5APC - Jeff Slusher
KI4TXP - Jay Ives
KI4UTB - Jay Greeley
KJ4NXG - Bob Rodriguez
N4PD - Paul Dluehosh

LARG Training CMTE Chairman, Jay Greeley - KI4UTB recognized the following special community support and volunteer duties which made this a very successful training session:
          -  Jay Ives - KI4TXP reviewed and supplied materials
          -  Sean Sheedy - AI4ID Taught some classes and assisted in explaining Radio Wave theory
          -  Henry Weidman - K2BFY Head Master of Instructors
          -  Luther Guise - K4NOB Assistant Head Master and set up support
          - Arthur Laurent - KD4CSO operated His New Flex Radio on 40-Meters Phone
          -  Loudoun County Red Cross - Jorge & his Wife
          -  DAILY GRIND - Mike Vogt Supplied Juice, Coffee, Bagels
          -  Soldier Fuel / HOOAH BARS - Paul D'Andrea 60 HOOAH Bars for the Scouts
          -  Virginia Defense Force - 1SGT Chris Howlett - Supplied Visual Aide Equipment
             Screens from the Leesburg Nation Guard ARMORY
          -  VFW Post 1177 supplied the use of the Post at No Charge - Jim McQuary, Post Officer,
             assisted in set up
          -  Dons Jon's Supplied porta poties at a fraction of the contract cost


Demonstration Radio Station
KD4CSO - Arthur Laurent Operated His New Flex Radio on 40-Meters Phone

Technician Class License Training - Fall 2009
Rev 1: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:46 PM

Announcing Fall - 2009 FCC Amateur Radio
Technician Class Operator License Boot Camp

(Purcellville, VA., September 6, 2009)The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group's Training Committee has announced the Fall 2009 FCC Amateur Radio Technician Class Operator Boot Camp to be held at the VFW Post # 1177 in Leesburg, VA., on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2009 from 8 AM to 5 PM both days.


Pre-registration is not necessary; just show up on Saturday morning. For more information contact our Training Committee Chairman, Steve Reed at (703) 753-1495 (H),(703) 606-4895 (C), or via eMail at KW4H@arrl.net .

Watch this site and Announcements at K4LRG.ORG for further information. 


Be Part Of The Adventure !!!!
  Hope to see you there.

Saturday, October 3rd
(Times other than starting time are approximate, additional breaks will be provided as needed)

0730 - VFW Hall open for breakfast (coffee, bagels, donuts, etc).
0800 - Opening comments by LARG club president (Rick, AI1V)
0815 - Class introduction & intro to Ham Radio (Steve, KW4H)
0845 - BREAK
0900 - Segment 1: About Ham Radio, licensing & callsign's (Steve, KW4H)
1030 - BREAK
1045 - Segment 2: Rules & Frequencies (Zbigniew, KU1T)
1200 - LUNCH
1230 - Overview of the Ham Exam process (Jorge, KD4DGQ)
1245 - Segment 3: Radio Basics, On The Air, Repeaters (Rick, AI1V)
1430 - BREAK
1445 - Segment 4: Emergency Communications (Cheryl, K0CJB)

Class will probably end around 3:30 - 4:00pm

Sunday, October 4th

(Times other than starting time are approximate, additional breaks will be provided as needed)

0730 - VFW Hall open for breakfast (coffee, bagels, donuts, etc).
0800 - Segment 5: Signals, Digital & Space, Bandwidth & Interference (Paul, N4PD)
0945 - BREAK
1000 - Segment 6: Volts & Amps (Jeff, KE5APC)
1200 - LUNCH
1230 - Special presentation (Sean Sheedy)
1300 - Segment 7: Antennas & Safety (Henry, K2BFY)

(Class will probably end around 2:30 - 3:00pm)

LOUDOUN AMATEUR RADIO GROUP
TRAINS NEW HAMs IN 2008

Group photograph of students and instructors during Loudoun Amateur Radio Groupís 28-29 March 2009 General Class Boot Camp, held at the Leesburg, VA. VFW Post. Sitting, L to R: Cheryl J, Beuning K0CJB, Karl Hamilton KI4BDS, LTC Jay R. Greeley KI4UTB, Brennen R. Ernst KI4PRK, Lloyd Harting KJ4BXA, Nancy Dluehosh KE4RTP, Scott Brody KJ4GXZ. Standing, L to R: Paul Dluehosh N4PD, Sean Epperson WL7HC, Richard Cody KB3MLA, John Elliott N3NFY, Greg Jablonski KJ4GZX, Doug Johnson KJ4BRN, Steve Reed KW4H, Don Swanson N3EVF, Henry Weidman K2BFY, Dennis Mirr KJ4BRZ, Grant Russell KB3EMT, Jim Dyal, Rick Miller AI1V, Jas Jamwal KG4YIQ

(Purcellville, VA., April 3, 2009 News Release Published by Jeff Slusher - KE5APC.)The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG), K4LRG, a leading Northern Virginia ARRL-affiliated club successfully conducted a General Class Training "Boot Camp" in late March. Eighteen students participated with ten earning their General Class licenses the following week, with others scheduling testing sessions at later dates. This was the first "boot camp" session for General Class, although the club operated two Technician classes for eighty-four (84) students in 2008 of which at least sixty (60) have earned their licenses - with several of those students working their way up to General during the March training session. At left, group photograph of students and instructors during Loudoun Amateur Radio Group's 28-29 March 2009 General Class Boot Camp, held at the Leesburg, VA. VFW Post. Sitting, L to R: Cheryl J, Beuning K0CJB, Karl Hamilton KI4BDS, LTC Jay R. Greeley KI4UTB, Brennen R. Ernst KI4PRK, Lloyd Harting KJ4BXA, Nancy Dluehosh KE4RTP, Scott Brody KJ4GXZ. Standing, L to R: Paul Dluehosh N4PD, Sean Epperson WL7HC, Richard Cody KB3MLA, John Elliott N3NFY, Greg Jablonski KJ4GZX, Doug Johnson KJ4BRN, Steve Reed KW4H, Don Swanson N3EVF, Henry Weidman K2BFY, Dennis Mirr KJ4BRZ, Grant Russell KB3EMT, Jim Dyal, Rick Miller AI1V, Jas Jamwal KG4YIQ.

Club Training Officer Steven Reed, KW4H instituted a "game show" format for the two-day weekend sessions in which other club members served as the "game show hosts" for a particular block of questions. Following the training, students were encouraged to take on-line practice exams during the week and return to Leesburg, Virginia on April 4th to take their Element 3 Exam.

Group photograph of the VE Team who administered 28 tests on 4 April 2009 at the Leesburg, VA VFW Post. SITTING (left to right) Ray Johnson K5RJ, Terry Hines N4ZH, Arthur Laurent KD4CSO, Alan Moeck WA2RPX, Gloria Borgrink KE4JEH, Lisa Thevenet KD4DGO. STANDING (left to right) Bob Kemner K4RWK, LTC Jay R. Greeley KI4UTB, VE Team Leader Jorge Thevenet KD4DGQ, standing behind LTC Greeley, Luther Guise K4NOB, Chuck Borgrink W4LFO, Carol Boehler KF4TJJ, and Jay Ives KI4TXP. Missing from the photograph is Larry Hughes K3HE.LARG's focus is on training, not testing - so the club again turned to Jorge Thevenet, KD4DGQ who brought his team of ten volunteer examiners to Leesburg on April 4th to conduct the exams. In addition to the LARG students trained the preceding week, sixteen (16) additional candidates took exams during the VEC session. Twenty-eight tests were conducted resulting in six (6) new Technicians, seventeen (17) new Generals and one Extra. At left, group photograph of the VE Team who administered 28 tests on 4 April 2009 at the Leesburg, VA VFW Post. SITTING (left to right) Ray Johnson K5RJ, Terry Hines N4ZH, Arthur Laurent KD4CSO, Alan Moeck WA2RPX, Gloria Borgrink KE4JEH, Lisa Thevenet KD4DGO. STANDING (left to right) Bob Kemner K4RWK, LTC Jay R. Greeley KI4UTB, VE Team Leader Jorge Thevenet KD4DGQ, standing behind LTC Greeley, Luther Guise K5NOB, Chuck Borgrink W4LFO, Carol Boehler KF4TJJ, and Jay Ives KI4TXP. Missing from the photograph is Larry Hughes K3HE.

The training and the exams were held at the historic Leesburg VFW Post in which General George C. Marshall was once a member and Arthur Godfrey (sk), K4LIB was a frequent guest.

LARG is planning additional boot camp sessions for 2009.

The 100+ member Loudoun Amateur Radio Group is a diverse, family oriented club with a wide variety of activities and interests including public service, emergency communications support, high altitude balloon radio, camera and video flights, fox hunts, contesting and DX-ing. Their premier events are the annual K4LRG operation in the June ARRL Field Day where they were a nationally ranked "5A station" in 2008, the Reston Bicycle Club Ride Communications Operation in August and First Night Leesburg in December. LARG launched and recovered a balloon in July 2008. A full report with audio from the event is available on the web. More about the club at http://k4lrg.org.

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LOUDOUN AMATEUR RADIO GROUP TRAINS NEW HAMS

Students and teachers at the recent Loudoun Amateur Radio Boot Camp are, from left to right (kneeling) Brennen Ernst KI4PRK, Charlie Hill, Connor Hill, Henry Weidman K3BRY, John Hill,  Scott Brody, Tommy Sheedy, Francine Sheehy, Samantha Sheehy, Jon Emch, Cassie Sheehy, Eric Carlson, Matt Stevens, Arlene Chapman

Standing , L to R: Steve Reed, KW4H and LARG Training Officer, Charlie Hill, John Riabtsev, Charlie Hill, Alex Riabtsev, Henry Weidman, K2FY, Kevin Blankenship, KG4HYG, Jay Greeley, KI4UTB, Bob Kemmer, K4RWK, Marcia Brown, Greg Jablonski, Craig Pinton, Chris John, Phil Rania, Mike Miller, Jay Slusher, KD8JJW, Steve Edwards, Albert Atkins, Ray Lombarrdi, Ken Sullivan, Cheryl Beuning, and Val Chapman. Photograph by Jeff Slusher - KE5APC of Leesburg, VA.

(Purcellville, VA., October 13, 2008)            NEWS RELEASE
The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group, P.O. Box 1004, Purcellville, VA 20134

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO PRINT & ELECTRONIC MEDIA

CONTACT: JEFF SLUSHER, 214-725-9099 or ke5apc@arrl.net

The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG), K4LRG, a leading Northern Virginia ARRL-affiliated club has set the bar exceptionally high for their 2009 training objectives given the high degree of success of their two "Ham Radio Boot Camp" programs held in Leesburg, Virginia during 2008. The club trained 84 prospective hams in 2008 - the vast majority of whom are now licensed. Of those newly licensed hams, 6 went to General Class and four went to Extra Class following the LARG training.

Club Training Officer Steven Reed, KW4H instituted a "game show" format for the two-day weekend training in which other club members served as the "game show hosts" for a particular block of questions. Trainees took frequent breaks at which time they could participate in a variety of amateur radio-related on-going demonstrations including HF, EchoLink, APRS, and local VHF repeater operation.

Interesting guest speakers also spoke of their amateur radio experiences including Mona Singleton, NY7P, who gave an engaging presentation on her life and times in the Coast Guard radio service, and Brennen Ernst, KI4PRK, a teenage Extra-class licensee, who gave an informative presentation on propagation.

The LARG training scenario includes a two-day seminar followed by a week of home study using the various on-line sample tests.

LARG coordinated with area ARRL-affiliated VEC's who set up two testing dates - one week following the Boot Camp, and one a week later for those with schedule conflicts. Jorge A Thevenet, KD4DGQ assembled his team of VEC's from throughout the Northern Virginia area.

Members of other clubs also attended as observers, one of which has resulted in discussions focused on cross-state collaboration to expand the student pool in addition to spreading the workload with other clubs. Discussions between the Frederick (Maryland) Amateur Radio Club and LARG are underway.

Students came from a broad spectrum of interests including local Government first-responder volunteers, the Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts, and others. Some students traveled further than others to attend the Boot Camp. Jay Slusher, KD8JJW came the furthest, traveling 175 miles from Bruceton Mills, WV. When time came for testing, he found a VEC exam closer to home sponsored by the Uniontown ARC in Pennsylvania.

The 120 member Loudoun Amateur Radio Group is a diverse, family oriented club with a wide variety of activities and interests including public service, emergency communications support, high altitude balloon radio, camera and video flights, fox hunts, contesting and DX-ing. Their premier events are the annual K4LRG operation in the June ARRL Field Day, the Reston Bicycle Club Ride Communications Operation in August and First Night Leesburg in December. More about the club at http://k4lrg.org.

PHOTO CAPTION:

Students and teachers at the recent Loudoun Amateur Radio Boot Camp are, from left to right (kneeling) Brennen Ernst KI4PRK, Charlie Hill, Connor Hill, Henry Weidman K3BRY, John Hill, Scott Brody, Tommy Sheedy, Francine Sheehy, Samantha Sheehy, Jon Emch, Cassie Sheehy, Eric Carlson, Matt Stevens, Arlene Chapman

Standing , L to R: Steve Reed, KW4H and LARG Training Officer, Charlie Hill, John Riabtsev, Charlie Hill, Alex Riabtsev, Henry Weidman, K2FY, Kevin Blankenship, KG4HYG, Jay Greeley, KI4UTB, Bob Kemmer, K4RWK, Marcia Brown, Greg Jablonski, Craig Pinton, Chris John, Phil Rania, Mike Miller, Jay Slusher, KD8JJW, Steve Edwards, Albert Atkins, Ray Lombarrdi, Ken Sullivan, Cheryl Beuning, and Val Chapman.

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LARG Tech Boot Camp - January 2008

At the break, students try their hand at some Morse Code and operating the Loudoun ARG's K4LRG Amateur Radio Station at the Tech Boot Camp in January 2008. K4LRG operated on 20-Meters Phone and CW, 2-Meter FM on the 145.310 MHz N4FSC/R Repeater and on the KE5APC / EchoLink on 146.460 MHz. Many world-wide contacts were made.

Advanced Amateur Radio Training

Beside offering training to meet the need of our membership, many families and friends attend our training courses. At the end of session 5 of the Spring 2001 Tech Class, Carol Boehler - KF4TJJ and Gloria Borgrink - KE4JEH went to the Ole Virginia Hamfest in Manassas, VA. and earned their General Class, Element 3 - Very Cool !! They are both Amateur Radio Extra Class operators now.

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