Update Sept. 8, 2016

Now that summer is officially over, it’s time for Hamfest Season.  And
what a way to kick it off.

The Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association proudly presents their
31st annual hamfest
“HAMFEST 2016” on Sunday, September 11th;  Gates open at 7:00 am

Are you going to Boxboro but saw it all on Saturday?
Make it a ham’s dream weekend – 2 Hamfests!
Bring your Saturday ticket stub from Boxboro

Don’t want to schlep to MA this weekend for a hamfest?  Then head on
over to the:

Saratoga County Fair Grounds
162 Prospect St
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

• Delicious Food served all day
• More major prizes; more hourly prizes
• Hourly demonstrations: What’s hot in ham radio now?
• Lots of gear and accessories to haggle over
• Fox-hunt on the fairground property
• Under-cover tables available
• Reservations and prepay welcome and encouraged

Schedule of Hamfest Demos and Activities:

9 am—Raspberry Pi and DVMega Projects and Beyond
10:30 am—Intro to ARES, RACES and EmComm
11:15 am—NBEMS and FLDIGI operation for emergency situations
12 noon—Foxhunt on the Fairgrounds
12:30 am—Olympics of Antenna-Launching Devices

VE exam to be held at 9:00am (off site):
Cornell Co-Op Ext. (Solar Bldg)
50 W. High St / Rt 67 west
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Door Prizes and Raffles donated by:
N3FJP/Scott Davis
KJI Electronics
Radio Oasis
RF Adapter Guy
Ham Call/Buckmaster
Diamond Antennas
True Ladderline

For Information or reservations contact:
Jim Polewczak – KG2H
231 Northline Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Email: kg2h@arrl.net
Phone: 518-703-9558
For directions to the Hamfest, go to the club website at:

K2DLL Repeater System
147.000 or 147.240
PL = 91.5 Hz

Audust 31, 2016 FCC Issues Notice of Apparent Laibility to NYC Offender

Hello –

By now many of you have read the ARRL news regarding the issuance by
the FCC of a Notice of Apparent Liability to Daniel Delise of Astoria,
N.Y.  The fine, in the amount of $23,000, was for unlicensed operation
on Amateur frequencies as well as illegal broadcasting on NYPD

Although the article is right on spot, there are some things I’d like
to bring out and people that should be recognized.

First, it was the direct assistance of Congressman Peter King (R NY-2)
who responded to my request for help.  By giving us his support, he got
the issue that had been plaguing us for a decade to the attention of FCC
Chairman Wheeler.  His letter got us off the backburner and up to the
front of the line.

Second, it was the direct involvement of David C. Dombrowski, Regional
Director of the FCC Region One Enforcement Bureau and his willingness
to work with us and to use information we provided as potential leads
as he developed his own investigation.

Third, it was the development of a system of grass-roots reporting that
depicted the current pattern of intentional interference with legitimate
Amateur communications on local repeaters.  The collection of data
through the facilities of the Hudson Division, which was forwarded to
the authorities, was coordinated by Richie Cetron K2KNB in his joint
roles of both an Official Observer as well as Assistant Director.

Finally, we received assistance from FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith
who has been a great help in keeping us informed and in the loop.

I want to thank all of you who helped me in this effort.  When we work
together as a group, it’s amazing what we can accomplish.  (Of
course, a little luck doesn’t hurt either.)

The text of the FCC NAL can be found here:


The ARRL news article can be found here:


73 de Mike N2YBB

August 26th-Nominations Closed

Nominations for the 2016 Hudson Division Awards are now closed!

This year we’ve received a record number of nominations.  At the
close of the nominating period 25 nominations were received for the
following awards:

Technical Achievement, Grand Ole Ham, and Amateur of the Year.

This exceeds the amount of nominations received last year ad is, in
fact, the most nominations we’ve ever received!  We hope to announce
the awardees soon.

The Awards Luncheon, sponsored this year by the Orange County Amateur
Radio Club (OCARC), will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016  from 12
noon to 4:00 pm at the Ramada Cafe International in Newburgh, N.Y


Go to the OCARC website:


Tickets can also be ordered by mail.  Get the order form at:

http:// hudson.arrl.org/2016-ticket-order-form/

All proceeds this year will be donated to the ARRL Legislative Issues
Advocacy Fund. Donations to this fund are used specifically to support
the efforts to promote, inform, and advocate to Congress on behalf of
Amateur Radio.

Most money is raised by advertising sales.  Please consider taking an
ad this year in the Awards Journal.  The prices are $30 for a quarter
page, $50 a half page and $100 a full page.  To take an ad, please
print out this form and mail it with a check as instructed on the form.
Here is the link:


The form is available in either a PDF or Word format.

The past 3 years we have raised nearly $15,000 that has been donated to
the ARRL.  The money this year will once again be used to help offset
the expenditures made in support of our HR-1301 advocacy effort

New Speakers Bureau

I’m pleased to announce the reformation of the Hudson Division’s
Speakers Bureau.   The goal is to create an up to date listing of
speakers and topics that Amateur Radio clubs in the Division may use to
obtain an interesting speaker or topic for an upcoming club meeting.

If you’d like to obtain the current copy of the list (referencing
topic, speaker, contact info, etc.), send our Speakers Bureau
coordinator Andrew Schmidt W2BOS an email at w2bos@arrl.net requesting
the list.

Equally important, if you ARE a speaker with a topic you’re willing
to share in the Division, WE WANT YOU!  You do not need to commit to
traveling any further than you’re comfortable with.

If you would like to share your expertise and/or experience and would
like to sign up for our clubs to know about you and your topic(s),
please register at: http://hudson.arrl.org/speakers-bureau-sign-up/

Andrew will also be monitoring club websites for speakers as well.  If
you happen to get a personal invitation from him to be added to the
list, please consider doing so as a service to your fellow Hudson
Division hams.

73 de Mike N2YBB

Update July 28, 2016

Good Day –

I hope all are staying cool during this hot summer season.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

I will be holding Cabinet meetings the first two weekends in August.
August 6th in NLI, August 7th in ENY, and August 13th in NNJ.

Recently an email went out to all section managers, club presidents,
assistant directors, and field organization managers, with information
as to location, time, and date (by section).

Since we use contact information that is often out of date, please let
me know if you fall into one of these categories and haven’t yet
received an email.  We will be discussing the recent Board meeting, the
Parity Act, and your concerns.  Please contact me and rsvp right away.

By the way, if you can’t make the meeting in your section, please feel
free to go to one of the others instead.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Now that Congress has gone on hiatus for the summer, I thought it would
be a good time to bring you up to date on the Amateur Radio Parity Act
(H.R. 1301 / S. 1685).

As you may know, ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI)
reached an agreement in June that allowed for the bill to unanimously
move peacefully through the full House Energy and Commerce Committee
just before the summer break.  The amended bill keeps existing PRB-1
intact for those living in communities under the aegis of governmental
zoning boards while at the same time establishes ground rules which
will allow for an effective outdoor amateur radio antenna for those
living in deed-restricted communities.

Simply put, the amended bill came about as a necessity as legislators
from both parties came to the realization that the bill would never get
out of committee to the floor for a vote UNLESS all could reach a
consensus.  We believe that the bill, as amended, gives all the ability
to be satisfied that both the Amateur and the HOA can get what they need
when negotiating an application for an antenna.  You can see the
amendment here:


I believe that the amended bill is more objective and more beneficial
to Amateurs than the original bill.

Now that there is no opposition to the bill that we are aware of, it is
our hope that the bill passes the House soon after Congress returns in
September and gets sent to the Senate for approval shortly thereafter.

I will continue to keep you up to date on the progress of the bill as
it journeys through the legislative process.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Nominations for the 2016 Hudson Division Awards are now being

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to nominate someone who has
greatly contributed to Amateur Radio in our Division. The ARRL Hudson
Division typically grants awards each year to some very deserving
members of the ARRL in the following (but not limited to) categories;
Technical Achievement, Grand Ole Ham, and Amateur of the Year.

Last year was a banner year for award nominations!  We hope to get as
many nominations this year as well.

There are deserving hams throughout the entire Hudson Division.  We are
asking you to make submissions for this year’s awards by taking the time
to fill out the award nominations form, include any supporting
documentation that best represents the candidate, and write a few
paragraphs describing why you think they deserve the award. Have others
in your write up a nomination as well. The more supporting documents,
the better.

The deadline for submission of all nomination materials is August 22,

The Awards Luncheon, sponsored this year by the Orange County Amateur
Radio Club (OCARC), will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the
Ramada Cafe International in Newburgh, N.Y

All proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to the ARRL Legislative
Issues Advocacy Fund.  Donations to this fund are used specifically to
support the efforts to promote, inform, and advocate to Congress on
behalf of Amateur Radio.

Nomination forms are available in PDF format at:


Tickets can be ordered at:

http:// hudson.arrl.org/2016-ticket-order-form/

(We hope to have PayPal connectivity soon.)

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

That’s it for now.  Stay cool and enjoy the summer.

73 de Mike N2YBB

Field Day 2016

Good Evening –

This weekend is Field Day.  Those two words say it all!

If you’ve never participated in Field Day, please, go to the Field
Day Site Locator at


Find a site nearest to you and go out and meet some hams.  Have a great
time.  And most of all, OPERATE!

As an aside, I’ve received many invitations from clubs this year from
all over the Division.  Unfortunately, we’re having some work done in
the house to replace a dining room ceiling that decided it was time to
die.  As such, I will only be able to make some short trips locally to
me, if at all.  At the very least I’ll work 1D from the house.

To those many clubs who’ve extended an invitation to me this year,
please accept my apologies.
See you on the air!

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Today was somewhat disappointing as H.R. 1301 was due to be marked-up
by the House Commerce and Energy Committee.  Unfortunately, due to the
events on the House floor (literally) on Wednesday evening, Speaker
Ryan decided to adjourn the session until after July 4th.

We expect the bill to be moving forward after the break.  The next
step, after getting through the Commerce Committee, will be a vote by
the House of Representatives to pass the bill.  Should the bill pass,
it would then move on to the Senate for consideration.

I’ll continue to keep you informed about the progress of the

– – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Vy 73 de Mike N2YBB

Update June 10, 2016

The LIMARC Annual Spring Outdoor Hamfest that was rained out last week
is rescheduled for this Sunday, June 12th

Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Ave.
Bethpage, NY 11715

Doors Open at 9:00 AM to Buyers – Vendors Set Up at 7:30 AM

Amateur Radio Dealers & Equipment • Tune-Up Clinic (Get your Rig
Television, Computer, CB Equipment
ARRL Information
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club Information
DXCC and WAS Card Checking

Talk-In on W2VL Repeater 146.850 (136.5 PL)

For more information, go to the club website: www.LIMARC.org
or contact :
Hamfest Co-Chairs at 516 694-4937
or email them at Hamfest@limarc.org
Dave AK1NS and Richie K2KNB

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) — the national
association of homeowners associations (HOAs) — have reached
consensus on provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301.
ARRL and CAI have worked intensively since February to reach agreement
on substitute language for the bill in an effort to move it through the
US House Energy and Commerce Committee and to overcome objections to the
companion US Senate bill, S. 1685. Along the way, the offices of U.S.
Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Greg Walden, W7EQI, (R-OR), and
Anna Eshoo (D-CA) mediated and offered assistance.

ARRL Hudson Division Director and Legislative Affairs Committee
Chairman Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, called the agreement “a significant
development in the League’s 30-year pursuit to secure the ability to
erect Amateur Radio antennas in deed restricted communities.”

ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the League was pleased to
have reached an agreement with CAI over new proposed language in this
legislation that both ARRL and CAI endorse and support. “We agree
with CAI that the substitute amendment is balanced, and we think that
this bill’s language is more objective and offers perhaps more
guidance to HOAs than would the PRB-1 ‘reasonable accommodation’
test for municipal land use regulations,” he said.

Imlay explained that ARRL did not have the final language for the
substitute amendment until late last week, and the amended bill has not
been introduced in the House as of yet. ARRL planned no announcement
about the text of the amended House bill until it was introduced.
However, because the text became available from the House Office of
Legislative Counsel, and as CAI released the text to its members, it
was decided to release the amended text now.

“The bottom line,” Imlay said, “is that if the bill is enacted,
it would allow every amateur living in a deed-restricted community —
for the first time in the history of Amateur Radio in the U.S. — the
ability to install an effective outdoor antenna.”

“That would benefit thousands of current and future hams living in
deed-restricted communities,” Lisenco added.

Imlay explained that the substitute bill would guarantee that a radio
amateur living in a deed-restricted community — including condominium
or townhouse communities — could install and maintain an “effective
outdoor antenna.” Achieving the agreement came without disrupting 30
years of zoning case law that has interpreted the PRB-1 federal
preemption and protected radio amateurs from overregulation by zoning
authorities. The bill incorporates the basic tenets of PRB-1.

According to the substitute bill’s language, the FCC would enact
rules prohibiting the application of deed restrictions that preclude
Amateur Radio communication on their face or as applied. Also
prohibited would be deed restrictions that do not permit an Amateur
Radio operator living in a deed-restricted community to install and
maintain an effective outdoor antenna on property under the
licensee’s exclusive use or control.
The substitute bill would prohibit deed restrictions that do not impose
the minimum practicable restriction on amateur communication to
accomplish the lawful purposes of a homeowners association (HOA)
seeking to enforce the restriction. Amateurs wishing to install an
antenna in a deed-restricted community would have to notify and obtain
prior approval of the homeowners association. HOAs would be able to
preclude the installation of antennas in common areas — ie, property
not under the licensee’s exclusive use.

The substitute measure provides that HOAs could enact reasonable
written rules governing height, location, size, and aesthetic impact of
outdoor antennas and support structures, as well as installation
requirements. Those rules could not preclude amateur communication nor
restrict the absolute entitlement of each amateur living in a
deed-restricted community to an effective outdoor antenna, however. The
amended measure reiterates the strong federal interest in Amateur Radio
communication in a licensee’s residence.

“Community associations should fairly administer private land use
regulations in the interest of their communities, while nevertheless
permitting the installation and maintenance of effective outdoor
Amateur Radio antennas,” the negotiated language states. “There
exist antenna designs and installations that can be consistent with the
aesthetics and physical characteristics of land and structures in
community associations while accommodating communications in the
Amateur Radio services.”

Lisenco cautioned that getting the Amateur Radio Parity Act signed into
law still remains a long process. “Much work needs to be done,”
Lisenco said.  “ARRL will still need to call upon the entire
membership to contact their elected officials, especially in the
Senate, to ask for their affirmative vote on this bill,” he

More information on the Amateur Radio Parity Act, including a copy of
the complete substitute amendment agreed to by ARRL and CAI, is
available on the ARRL website.

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Mike Lisenco, N2YBB

Update June 3, 2016

Hamfests this Sunday?  Maybe.  It is quite literally “up in the
air.”  Some other things happening as well.  Read on!
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
As part of its 60th Anniversary Speaker Series, The Fair Lawn Amateur
Radio Club will feature a presentation from one of the leading
contesters in the world — Bob Shohet  (KQ2M).  Come and see and hear
the tales and secrets of one of the best…more details to follow.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 4th at 11 AM at the Fair Lawn
Community  Center, 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn. Minutes from the
George Washington Bridge and close to Routes 4,17,208, I-80 and the
Garden State Parkway.
As part the event, the club will hold an open house from 10 AM – 2PM.
Come and help the club celebrate its anniversary!! The event is open to
the public.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Mt. Beacon Amateur Radio Club Annual Spring Hamfest
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016
8 am – 3 pm

Same easy-to-access location! Non-Ham Spouses & Kids FREE!

Employee’s Recreation Center (near Downstate Correctional Facility)
83 Red Schoolhouse Rd (County Route 36),
Fishkill NY 12524
(At the intersection of Old Bedford Lane and Red Schoolhouse Road;
Parking on Red Schoolhouse Road is allowed, but be sure to park beyond
the white
Line to ensure traffic safety and avoid ticketing)

Talk-in on 146.97 –600 (tone 100) ; GPS N41 31.755, W73 56.518

There are some indoor table spaces.  For More Info Contact
Adam Nowik, KC2DAA
(845) 849-3666

FCC Exams—All License Classes!
Registration: 9am to 10am
Bring photo ID, original & photo copies of both your amateur radio
license and/or any CSCE’s, if any.
Contact Andrew W2BOS@arrl.net (845-462-7539)

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
The LIMARC Annual Spring Outdoor Hamfest is scheduled for Sunday, June

Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Ave.
Bethpage, NY 11715

Doors Open at 9:00 AM to Buyers – Vendors Set Up at 7:30 AM

Amateur Radio Dealers & Equipment • Tune-Up Clinic (Get your Rig
Television, Computer, CB Equipment • ARRL Information
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club Information • DXCC and WAS Card

Talk-In on W2VL Repeater 146.850 (136.5 PL)

For more information, go to the club website: www.LIMARC.org
or contact
Hamfest Co-Chairs at 516 694-4937
or email them at Hamfest@limarc.org
Dave AK1NS and Richie K2KNB

For the latest status of this Sunday’s LIMARC Hamfest, please visit
www.limarc.org  regularly.  Based upon actual weather conditions early
Sunday morning, the final decision will be made prior to 6:30 AM. You
can also call (516) 650-7581 Sunday morning for more information.
Details will also be announced on our talk-in frequency of 146.850 (-)
with a 136.5 tone.  Make sure any information that is announced comes
from a familiar callsign.  Thank you.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Have a great weekend!
73 de Mike N2YBB

I’m finally catching up on sleep after the Dayton Hamvention.  Thanks
to all who stopped by to say hi to me at the ARRL Expo.

For those of you who are not heading out of town this Memorial Day
Weekend, please take the time to make a trip this Saturday, May 28th,
to Washington Township, N.J., for the annual Bergen Amateur Radio
Association (BARA) Spring Hamfest.

The Hamfest will once again be at:
Westwood Regional Senior High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
GPS:  N40.58.823   W74.03.647

8:00 AM till 2:00 PM
– Rain or Shine- the Hamfest will have Indoor spaces and Outdoor
Tailgating spaces.
– Amateur Testing: Technician thru Extra class exams – 8:00 am –
10:00 am  (Please bring Photo ID and if previously licensed your
original FCC license and a photo-copy).  The fee for Amateur testing is
– DXCC Card Checking courtesy of North Jersey DX Association
– Lots of Parking
– The Hamfest is open for vendors at 6AM, and at 8AM for buyers.
– Rest Room Facilities
– Refreshments – Breakfast and Lunch
– Talk-in on 146.19/79 Repeater PL 141.3 & 146.52 Simplex

For more information and directions go to the club website:
or contact:
Jim Joyce K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Westwood, NJ 07676
(201) 664-6725

And stop by and say “Hi.”

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Put the date aside!  The Hudson Division annual awards luncheon will be
held this year on November 5th.  The event will be hosted by the Orange
County Amateur Radio Club and will be held in Newburg, NY.

More will follow in the coming months.  But make certain to mark it on
your calendar now!

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

That’s it for the moment.  Have a great holiday weekend!

73 de Mike N2YBB

May 17- Keep the reports coming

Our brief respite from the malicious interference seems to have ended
as the primary antagonist appears to have returned home from his brief

As such, once again I remind you that the daily monitoring and
reporting of  malicious interference on our repeaters is ongoing.  If
you hear malicious interference please, please, please fill out the
reporting form at:


The input and information is extremely important.  We need each and
every one of you who are on our repeaters to participate.

I must also remind you that you must not engage jammers in any way.
PLEASE IGNORE THEM.  I would also like current audio of the jamming
with recordings made from today forward.  When submitting the audio,
please submit it in conjunction with a report (date, frequency, time,
etc.) so that we can correlate the materials.

Please help me help you!  We still have work to do.  Please

73 de MIke N2YBB