Hudson Division Beacon – August 2003

ARRL Hudson Division
August 2003
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition
By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
516) 746-7652
n2ff@arrl.org
Hudson Division Home Page – http://www.hudson.arrl.org

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* THERE IS HOPE FOR HAM RADIO!

We hear much about young people not joining our ranks.  But they are
there.  Some times we just do not see them.  Certainly we would like to
see more of them.  Take a look at the September 2003 QST soon to arrive
in your mailbox.  The article “An Easy to Build, Dual-Band Collinear
Antenna” on page 28 was written by an Extra who is a seventeen-year-old
high school student licensed for three years.  I’m considering building
the antenna and taking it to England next time I visit my daughter.  I
think I can fit it in my luggage provided I wait to purchase the PVC
pipe and glue it together after I arrive.  I hope it will do well from
the third floor bedroom.

* ARRL JULY BOARD MEETING

Items about the July ARRL Board meeting will appear in the August issue
but you can read the minutes in their entirety at
http://www.arrl.org/announce/board-0307/

WORLD RADIO CONFERENCE 2003 – The Board reviewed progress made at WRC
2003 and started the planning cycle for the next WRC in 2007. One key
item on the 2007 agenda is a review of 4-10MHz frequency allocations
(Recent amateur gains at 7.0 – 7.2 MHz are excluded from this review.)
There is a six page article by K1ZZ in the August QST.

BAND PLANNING – The Board conducted an in-depth review of the amateur
bands from 902 MHz to 24 GHz, with emphasis on defense strategies and
deployment (usage) levels. Board action was taken to create an ad-hoc
committee to recommend updates to the ARRL band plans.

BAND SEGMENTATION – The Board received an interim report detailing
technical studies of amateur frequency band segmentation based on
emission bandwidth rather than mode. This study is necessary because of
the emergence of new digital modes, including digital voice and
voice-bandwidth digital data modes. This study could lead to replacing
the familiar CW/Phone segmentation with Narrowband/Voiceband
segmentation.

ELMERS TO THE FORE – What changes in licensing structure are in store
for Amateur Radio in the USA? How will the Morse Code testing issue be
resolved? Is there a new entry-level license in our future, perhaps
modelled after the UK Foundation License? Regardless of how these issues
are resolved, Amateur Radio needs a corps of Mentors (or Elmers, if you
prefer) to help guide newcomers through the early rites of passage in
Amateur Radio – especially the oft daunting transition from license
study to on-the-air communications. In recognition of these concerns,
the Board commissioned its Volunteer Resources Committee to develop a
national mentor (Elmer) program for consideration at the ARRL Board’s
January 2004 meeting.

FIELD ORGANIZATION ENHANCEMENT – The Board approved the following
measures intended to strengthen the League’s Field Organization: a)
Provide leadership training for Section Managers b) Develop and release
Section Emergency Plans c) Improve long-haul ARES communications
capability d) Implement other actions per the Board Report

SO WHAT’S THE FIELD ORGANIZATION? – The ARRL Field Organization consists
of regional cadres of volunteers under the leadership of Section
Managers.   In the Hudson Division, our Sections are:

Eastern New York (ENY),  Northern New Jersey (NNJ),  New York City Long
Island (NLI)

Section Manager contact info is listed on page 16 of QST.

What to Do About Morse? Code Requirement Remains on the Books in US,
Canada (Jul 22, 2003) — World Radiocommunication Conference 2003
(WRC-03) made optional the requirement to prove the ability to send and
receive Morse signals to operate below 30 MHz. While a Morse code exam
element remains on the books in the US, Canada and elsewhere, some
countries already have moved to drop their Morse requirements. In the
US, however, Morse will not go away that easily, since the FCC appears
unlikely to act on its own motion to make that happen.  See
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/07/22/1/?nc=1

Just in case you aren’t aware, the UK has dropped the Morse requirement
for access to the HF bands as from the 26th July 2003.

The ARRL Directors will begin to develop a position on the issue at a
Strategic Planning meeting to be held in Saint Louis, MO in September.

* HUDSON DIVISION AWARDS DINNER  November 8th in Paramus

The Hudson Division Awards Dinner is again being sponsored by the 10-70
Repeater Association and will be held on November 8th in Northern New
Jersey at Biaggio’s Resturante in Paramus, NJ by popular request.  The
food is good, the camaraderie is great and there are plenty of door
prizes for all. Tickets are limited to the first 100 at $38 per person.
Send ticket requests to 10-70 Repeater Association, Inc., 235 Van
Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ  07450-2918

2003’s Technical Achievement Award winner is Len Signoretti Jr, N2LEN,
of Brooklyn, New York.  The specific achievement Len was recognized for
was the unique Echolink repeater/internet linking system he has
implemented, one of the first in the New York City area.

The 2003 Grand Ole Ham is Jim Joyce, K2ZO, of Washington Township, New
Jersey.  A 30 year member of the Bergen Amateur Radio Club, Jim has
devoted most of his free time to the club and to making Amateur Radio
operators more knowledgeable in the hobby.  He has spent two decades as
an Elmer, founding the club’s “kit night” in which hams could learn the
basics of building electronic equipment, how to solder, or how to
troubleshoot and repair their own equipment.

The 2003 Hudson Division Amateur of the Year is Bruce Lordi, N2XP, of
Flanders, New Jersey. A well rounded Amateur, Bruce has been described
as “Mr. Fixit”.  From HTs to Mobile equipment to repeaters, Bruce is
always ready to help hams with their technical problems.  Bruce gives
countless hours to helping hams and teaching others about technology.
He Elmers local Amateurs on the technology behind packet, PSK31, APRS,
HF, VHF and UHF techniques.

Please join with us to honor these outstanding Hudson Division hams.
You will also have a good time and perhaps take home a door prize.  Plan
on being with us on November 8th in Paramus.

* WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THE BLP THREAT:

On Saturday, August 9th Frank Fallon, N2FF attended a meeting of the
Ocean Monmouth ARC in Bradley Beach, NJ and spoke on a number of current
issues that the ARRL have been dealing with including the Broad Band
over Power Lines (BPL) issue.  Frank detailed the threat and gave
examples of what ARRL is doing to fight the FCC effort to change Part 15
regulations.

After N2FF’s talk a motion was made by Ron Oleander, WA2HZT, OMARC
President regarding an OMARC donation in the sum of $150.00 to the ARRL
Spectrum Defense Fund specifically for the BPL fight that was
unanimously approved by all the club members present.   After the
meeting members gave N2FF a tour of the Diana Site where the first moon
bounce signals were transmitted in the 1940’s and presented a check to
assist in the this effort against BPL.  See  N2FF thanked the club for
its generosity and encouraged all members who had the ability to also
consider a personal contribution. “It’s important that we get squarely
behind this effort,” he said.  “BPL has the ability to change the HF
bands as we currently know them by filling them with noise and at the
same time puts us in the position of having a great potential for
interfering with our neighbors who use the new technology.  It’s a
double whammy and a very bad idea.  I sure would like to shake a little
sense into Chairman Powell.”

Here is what one group in the division has to say about the problem.

Special Edition, Newsletter, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service of
the Chathams  August 2, 2003

BPL potential serious threat to Amateur Radio

Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) is a very serious threat to Amateur
Radio. BPL is a proven technology to bring broadband Internet service to
homes and offices on AC power lines. It could very inexpensively replace
DSL, cable, WiFi and other broadband services. Sounds like a “natural”
for inexpensive broadband, right. But now get this . . .

BPL uses the spectrum from 2.0 MHz to 80 MHz for broadband signals on
the power lines going to homes and offices. This just misses our 160M
band but includes our, 80-to-75M, 40M, 30M, 20M, 17M, 15M, 12M, 10M, and
6M bands. In other words, all our prime long-distance HF bands. BPL
would likely kill all weak-signal contacts on these bands. What can you
do about this?

Learn more about BPL
The best source is the ARRL web site <http://www.arrl.org>. On the home
page click on either “Band threats,” or on the first item titled
“Attention all Amateurs.” In addition the site has the 120-page package
of comments the ARRL filed with the FCC by the original deadline of July
7 at http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/et03-104

File you own comments

The FCC just extended the deadline for comments to August 20. For
details go to
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2590A1.doc>. I
just managed to get my comments to the FCC by the original July 7
deadline.

Donate to the ARRL fund to fight BPL.

The goal is $300,000. By the end of July 3690 hams had donated $193,000,
which included mine. For details on donations go to
<https://www.arrl.org/forms/development/donations/bpl/>

Please do your part to fight this serious threat to our HF bands.

de O. Paul Schreiber, W2UH, w2uh@arrl.net    (A BIG THANKS, Paul, for
helping spread the word!)

Here is an email about Ed Hare’s efforts:

Gentlemen,

As I had mentioned previously, Ed Hare W1RFI and ARRL Lab Manager, was
stopping over in the Lehigh Valley, PA on Wednesday as part of a three
state sweep to monitor and collect data about BPL. I had the pleasure of
meeting and spending time with Mr. Hare on Wednesday morning and had the
opportunity to witness the effects BPL has on the Amateur HF bands.

On Tuesday night, my cell phone rang and when I answered, it was Mr.
Hare. He was in the Valley, in Dorneyville, and wanted to touch base
with me before our meeting the following morning. I was in West Chester
at the time visiting my son, but Mr. Hare had mentioned that he had
already swung through Emmaus that evening to make a preliminary
assessment of the area.

On Wednesday morning, I met Mr. Hare at the Comfort Suites in
Dorneyville.  After the introductions, during which he presented me a
copy of the “ARRL RFI Book”, we discussed a rough agenda, then loaded
into his well-used Subaru wagon replete with measuring equipment and a
Buddi-pole portable compact dipole strapped to the roof rack, and headed
off towards Emmaus. The area in Emmaus that is being used by PPL for the
BPL test is in the area of Pine St. just behind Emmaus High School and
the East Penn School District Administrative building. We drove around
to find a spot were we could setup to do some measurements. Mr. Hare had
selected a spot the previous evening that he thought might be a good
area to listen to and measure BPL’s radio signature. We parked outside a
residence and he began setting up his equipment.

Mr. Hare is using a very simple set-up in order to make an estimate of
the field strength of signals that he is interested in. Strapped to the
back seat of the Subaru was a wooden palette that contained a deep cycle
battery, an inverter, a step RF attenuator, an ICOM PCR-1000 receiver,
and his laptop computer running custom data acquisition and processing
software that Mr. Hare authored. As mentioned before, he used a
Buddi-Pole compact loaded dipole mounted in a tripod strapped to the
roof rack as the antenna. The

measurement process involves using the sound card in the laptop PC as an
audio voltmeter. It is first desirable to calibrate the system by first
measuring the noise generated by the soundcard and the receiver without
the antenna attached. The antenna is attached, and the attenuator is
adjusted until the desired signal is audible just above the noise floor.
The software is then used to sample the audio an that is processed to
determine the RMS value based on the 9 kHz bandwidth that the FCC
specifies for emissions from Part 15 devices in the HF band. A
calculation is then performed against this value taking into account the
parameters of the receiver system (radio, feed line, and antenna) to
determine the dbuV/M fields strength of the signal. It is a simple and
elegant system that Mr. Hare feels will produce the consistent and high
quality data that will be needed to address the Amateur Radio
communities about BPL to the FCC.

The real eye-opening part of the day was to listen to BPL in action on
the HF bands. Mr. Hare disconnected the PCR-1000 and replaced it with a
Kenwood TS-440 and we listened to several amateur bands. The type of BPL
used in the Emmaus area (there are several “flavors” which Mr. Hare
showed later) creates an impulse type noise on the bands. It sounds very
much like a Geiger counter. The noise generated is very broad banded and
can be heard continuously up-and-down the bands. It seemed to be
strongest on 21 MHz and faded below 5 MHz and a little above 24 MHz, but
this may have been due to our receive antenna not being optimized for
those frequencies. BPL created a consistent S5 to S7 noise level on the
bands. We listened for a while to 14.060 Mhz to hear what it would sound
like on a popular frequency.  Some faint CW stations in the background
could be heard, but the opinion was that they would be “un-copyable”
under the circumstances. We then got back in the car and began driving
around the area listening to the radio and the noise. As we got farther
away from the test area, the noise faded  dramatically. A few blocks
from our initial location, the noise level had dropped dramatically to
S1 to S2, the typical “quiet band” conditions.

We then drove to an area that had BPL, but had it’s electrical service
delivered through underground feeds. In this case, we pulled up outside
a residence that was owned by an engineer Mr. Hare had contacted about
BPL and who had an Amateur Radio operator living near him. In this case,
the noise generated was somewhat reduced, but still around the S5 level
outside the residence. It was clear from this example, that if you were
a ham living next door to this person, your operating conditions would
be greatly compromised.

Later, we drove around again to attempt to find a “hot spot”. In the
areas that had BPL, it was interesting to note the changing profile of
the noise as we roved around the area. Every time we passed a utility
pole, the noise level peaked dramatically. We arrived at one area that
exhibited a significant increase over neighboring areas. This area
happened to be a pole that contained a BPL injection point. The noise
present at this location was unprecedented. On the Kenwood, I noted a
consistent S9 to S9+10 noise level. I tuned up to around 14.200 and
found a 5 call area station in QSO with CY9A. The five was copyable, but
CY9A was much weaker, and the noise would have rendered a QSO with the
station unmanageable.  Mr. Hare then disconnected the TS-440 and made
some field strength measurements. His measurements revealed field
strengths well in excess of FCC limits.

We then packed up and stopped for lunch. During lunch, we discussed the
ARRL ARIA project and BPL. Mr. Hare explained that while the aim of the
ARIA project is much broader than BPL, it will be instrumental in
gathering evidence to support the ARRL’s position on BPL. He also
touched on some ancillary issue regarding BPL. On of the interesting points regarded the
limits on conducted signals versus radiated signals from BPL. He
explained that some BPL systems are looking to use very high power
levels and that these levels could exceed the design limits of other
devices plugged into electrical outlets. Another point was that the FCC
mandated field strength levels were specified under certain conditions.
The vagaries of the various BPL schemes and implementations can provide
“wiggle room” for BPL implementers pass the FCC requirements while still
creating systems that will adversely affect amateur communications. As
Mr. Hare pointed out, an overhead electrical line is just a large
radiator of an arbitrary size.  The radiation pattern developed by such
a line could take the main lobe outside of the test measurement area,
but still present a significant problem for amateur radio signals.
Therefore, an integral part of the project is to gain “real world”
experience about the affects of BPL on amateur ommunications. Still
another question is how BPL will affect other users of the HF radio
spectrum. Right now, the Amateur Radio community is the only organized
response to BPL. Mr. Hare hopes that when the data he and others are
gathering is made public, other organizations will come on-board and
voice their concerns about BPL.

After lunch, we went out to the parking lot of the hotel and talked some
more. Mr. Hare showed me a video tape he had made of his visit to Briar
Cliff Manor, NY (near White Plains), another BPL test site. In that
video, he is shown driving around with the TS-440 tuned to the 20m
amateur frequencies. As he drives around the area, he tunes around the
band.  It can be heard clearly that on frequency after frequency, block
after block, the band is filled with extremely loud “birdies”. It almost
made the Emmaus experience seem bearable. The frightening thing about
what I saw was that the situation will only get worse. The interference
that I heard in Emmaus is directly related to the amount of internet
activity. As more and more users come on-line, the crackling of the
“Geiger counter” will get more and more persistent. We saw BPL in the
day at low usage levels. I can only imagine what it might be like at
peak usage hours.

All-in-all, it was on of the most enlightening experiences I have ever
had. I am extremely thankful to Mr. Hare for inviting me along. I hope
that in the near future, I can organize my material for the purposes of
making a presentation to the DLARC and possibly the LARC.

If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact
me. Thank you for your time.

Regards,
Joel M. Gilly
AKrion, LLC.

If you are interested in reading all or part of ARRL’s 120 page comments
filled with the FCC on this issue check
http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/et03-104/

See also http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/08/08/2/?nc1  for some
of Ed’s video.

* FIELD DAY COMMENTS AND CORRECTIONS

If you want to have the world see you 2003 Field Day comments and
pictures visit
http://www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox/editsoap.html?con_id=49
and click on ” Add your 2003 ARRL Field Day Soapbox comment.”

Rich Gelber saw a familiar call sign in the write up and sent the
following:

W2KN was the callsign of Buddy Robins, who was a friend of Bill Hellman,
John Burgio and others. I knew Buddy when he lived in Riverdale (the
Bronx) in the 1960’s and one of his sons was a classmate of mine
(Buddy’s callsign at the time was W2JKN).  Buddy was in the sweater
importing business and a member of the Explorer’s Club and had many
articles published in WorldRadio.  He was also a regular on the 3840
Sapphire Net

Much later, Buddy and his son Tony, who was not a ham, moved into a
building on West 67th Street that is literally next door to ABC.

About every 10 years, I would run into Buddy either on the street, or
stopped at a traffic light, or (once), on a DX trip. I once heard Buddy
operating on the French side of St. Maarten (FS) while I was on the
Dutch side (PJ7), so I went over to visit. (NA2M pointed out that Buddy
use to operate mobile while there and give out the FS and PJ7 while on
the road.) That was over 20 years ago. Once or twice I drove him to an
NJDXA meeting to see his friend Burgio and others.  But Buddy was around
80 by then and not doing real well. He died about 3-4 years ago. Buddy
owned a house on the Isle of Man, and had a GD0 callsign as well. I
think his other son, who lives in San Francisco, has a long-disused
Novice license, but didn’t do anything about the callsign.  (NA2M points
out that Buddy’s son in San Francisco now has Buddy’s original call –
W2JKN (ex KA2MLM – Donald Robins.)

We had some errors in the report of The Cherryville ARC site.  It
appears that we picked up some “old info” from the club website.  Sorry
about that! The prime movers this year were NJ3A, Charile, Club Pres.,
and W2CGX, ex club pres., and the food was handled by a group of people.
Thanks to W2GD for setting the record straight.

* Deadline Nears for Filing Ground Zero-Related Compensation Claims

Many former Ground-Zero volunteers who have developed health conditions
as a result of their efforts may not be aware that there is Federal and
New York State financial assistance available for their care, even care
that is long-term or chronic in nature. VOLUNTEERS, as well as
employees, are specifically included in these programs. Nobody should
have to be out-of-pocket, or exercise the claims procedures for their
private or employer-provided medical insurance as long as government
funds are available. Please give this information the widest possible
dissemination among the amateur radio volunteers. NYCOSH has already
done the heavy lifting as far as getting these programs set up; there’s
no good reason for anyone to suffer in silence.

de Rich Gelber, K2WR,  Assistant Director, Hudson Division

If you sustained an injury or illness as a result of working or
volunteering in the vicinity of Ground Zero in 2001, you may qualify for
medical care and/or compensation.

There are two distinct programs that offer compensation for injuries,
illnesses and ill-health resulting from work or volunteer work in the
vicinity of Ground Zero. One is a state program, New York State Workers’
Compensation. The other is a federal program, the September 11th Victim
Compensation Fund. Workers and volunteers who are eligible for
compensation from one program may also be eligible for compensation from
the other.

Anyone who may be eligible should consider the eligibility requirements
of both programs, as explained in a new NYCOSH fact-sheet posted on the
Internet, before deciding where to apply, or call NYCOSH for
assistance.  Anyone with the symptoms of an illness that was caused by
exposures in  the vicinity of Ground Zero may be eligible for
compensation. Many  medical conditions may result from World Trade
Center exposures,  including respiratory, nasal and sinus,
gastrointestinal and  psychological conditions.

For a comprehensive NYCOSH factsheet concerning both compensation
programs, visit http://www.nycosh.org/911WorkersCompGZ2.pdf

Jonathan Bennett, the  Public Affairs Director, New York Committee for
Occupational Safety and Health,  275 7th Ave., New York, N.Y. 10001   jbennett@nycosh.org
Tel: 212-627-3900 ext. 14 Fax: 212-627-9812

Please visit our website: http://www.nycosh.org. Subscribe to our free biweekly Update on Safety and Health by sending
an  e-mail message to subupdate@nycosh.org

NYCOSH is a non-profit provider of occupational safety and health
training, advocacy and information (including technical assistance and
industrial hygiene consultation) to workers and unions throughout theNew York metropolitan area.  Our membership consists of more than 250
union organizations and 400 individuals: union members, health and safety activists, injured workers, healthcare workers, attorneys, public
health advocates, environmentalists and concerned citizens.

>   DRIVING PROBLEMS

From time to time we get reports of someone who gets into problems with
the local police in New York State over having a radio capable of
listening to public service frequencies or for violation of the new
hands   free law.  Although these reports are few and far between they
are bothering.  There is really little we can do to protect ourselves
from a “poorly informed local police-officer.”  But it would be wise to
have a copy of  your FCC license and both laws in your glove compartment
should the need arise to explain your legal activities to the local
police.  Be aware that while it is legal to have a ham radio rig which
can listen to public services (police) frequencies it is not at all
clear that you may posses a separate scanner for those frequencies nor a
radio capable of transmitting on those frequencies.

You can find PR Docket 91-36 in two different formats on the ARRL Web at
http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/additional.html. This
states that amateurs can possess a transceiver which has “extended
receive”, but not transmit capability. This docket does not appear on
the FCC Web page.   For the NYS law go to
http://www.senate.state.ny.us/  and select bills and laws and then
select VAH and scroll down to section 397 which is the specific law and
print a copy.  You will need to do the same for the hands free bill.

* SHOWING OFF HAM RADIO – Roseland ARC does it

Getting exposure for ham radio is vital to recruiting new hams of all
ages.  Here is a note from one division club.

Just a note to let you know about the Club’s recent activities with the
Roseland Recreation Department. The Club put on a demonstration of Ham
Radio before about 60 participants (ages 6-12) in the Borough’s summer
recreation program. We demonstrated repeater operations and had them
talk one of the members who was standing by at home on the repeater. We
also brought them into the shack in groups of about 10 and worked Hams
in Maryland and Ohio, letting them talk to hams and giving names, ages
and schools. Very exciting for them. Finally, we had many of them send
their names in CW, on a monitor. Lots of fun for all.     de Harvey,
W2YWC, President, Roseland (NJ) Amateur Radio Club

* QSL ADDRESSING THE EASY WAY

It’s nice to see someone you know well appear as a writer on the ARRL
web with an interesting tip on QSLing.  Long time LIDXA member Lou has
beaten me out in all too many RTTY pile ups.  As the blurb says:  Lou
Dietrich, N2TU, of Massapequa, New York, was first licensed in 1962 as
WN2RNW and then WA2RNW, but marriage, kids and a career in the
telecommunications industry curtailed his hamming. He got back into the
hobby in the early 1980s and later became an avid and expert DXer,
concentrating on Morse and RTTY operating.

See Lou’s article at
http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~blagger/the_duel.html

* ARRL/TAPR DIGITAL CONFERENCE IN SEPTEMBER IN HARTFORD

The 22nd annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference will take
place September 21-23 in Hartford, Connecticut. Guest speaker is Alex
Mendelsohn, AI2Q, senior technology editor at ChipCenter and the author
of “NASA, NORAD, Amateur Radio, and Me”. His article notes how amateurs
are the movers and shakers in many levels of industry, from top-level
management to engineers and technicians. Many on Long Island will
remember Alex from the early days of packet radio and the POLI
organization before Alex moved to Maine.  In the 1980’s Alex helped me
get a TAPR One board going to get on packet.

Introductory seminars will include “Intro to WSJT” by Del Schier, K1UHF;
“Intro to EchoLink and VoIP” by Jon Taylor, K1RFD; “Intro to PSK31” by
Steve Ford, WB8IMY; and “Intro to APRS” by Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, who
also will moderate an APRS networking mini-seminar. Matt Ettus, N2MJI,
will lead a four-hour Software Defined Radio Sunday Seminar.  This might
warrant a trip to Hartford in September.

The program looks interesting –
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/07/30/2/?nc=1

You can find Alex’s article at
http://www.chipcenter.com/TestandMeasurement/ed024.html

>>>>>APPROVED HAMFESTS:

16 Aug 2003 + Ramapo Mountain ARC
Oakland, NJ
Sect: Northern New Jersey
http://www.qsl.net/rmarc
Contact:Bob Anderson, K2BJG
69 Page Drive
Oakland, NJ 07436
Phone: 201-337-6945
Fax: 973-962-6210
Email: rmarc@qsl.net

6 Sep 2003 + Saratoga County RACES Assn.
Ballston Spa, NY
Sect:Eastern New York
http://www.capital.net/~lake/
Contact:Darlene Lake, N2XQG
314 Louden Road, #84
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-587-2385
Email: lake@capital.net

7 Sep 2003 + Long Island Mobile ARC
Bethpage, NY
Sect: New YorkCity-Long Island
http://www.limarc.org
Contact:Brian Gelber, WB2YMC
46 Forest Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone: 516-822-0673
Email: hamfest@limarc.org

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ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF
n2ff@arrl.org
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Hudson Division Beacon – July 2003

ARRL Hudson Division
July 2003
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition
By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
516) 746-7652
n2ff@arrl.org
Hudson Division Home Page – http://www.hudson.arrl.org

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notification options set “Division/Section notices” to YES.  You will
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Items about the July ARRL Board meeting will appear in the August
issue.

* HISTORY MADE AT WRC 2003

Radio History is Made at WRC-03 with 7-MHz Realignment Compromise (July
3, 2003) — There’s good news from World Radiocommunication Conference
2003 (WRC-03) for 40-meter enthusiasts. In an 11th-hour compromise,
delegates to WRC-03, which wraps up officially July 4, agreed to move
broadcasters out of 7100 to 7200 kHz in Regions 1 and 3 to make room for
the Amateur Service.

The agreement eventually will mean a 200-kHz worldwide allocation at 40
meters. Although the change does not go into effect until 2009, that’s
considered speedy in International Telecommunication Union (ITU) terms.
Some of the timelines proposed during discussions on the 7 MHz agenda
item would have held off the changes until 2033! The WRC-03 action on 7
MHz makes no change in the exclusive US 40-meter allocation. US amateurs
will continue to enjoy the full 7000 to 7300 kHz band they now have.”

Comment:  We have had a number of dissenters and critics who said this
would never come about.  It is really great to see them be wrong.  This
is the first time that the broadcasting service has been moved for
another service.  It is also the result of many years of cooperation
among the IARU representatives worldwide.  There is also the possibility
that in 2007 the allocation for countries in regions 1 and 3 will be
increased further.  The item is on the agenda for that meeting.   de
N2FF

What to Do About Morse? Code Requirement Remains on the Books in US,
Canada (Jul 22, 2003) — World Radiocommunication Conference 2003
(WRC-03) made optional the requirement to prove the ability to send and
receive Morse signals to operate below 30 MHz. While a Morse code exam
element remains on the books in the US, Canada and elsewhere, some
countries already have moved to drop their Morse requirements. In the
US, however, Morse will not go away that easily, since the FCC appears
unlikely to act on its own motion to make that happen.  See
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/07/22/1/?nc=1

The ARRL Directors will begin to develop a position on the issue at a
Strategic Planning meeting to be held in Saint Louis, MO in September.

HUDSON DIVISION AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Just before July 4th the ARRL Hudson Division Awards Committee met to
select the annual division award winners for 2003.

Each year, the Committee selects the Technical Achievement and Ham of
the Year winner as well as the Grand Ole Ham.

The Committee found all nominees qualified in their respective
categories.  The discussions could be characterized as quite animated
before the Committee reached its conclusions.

2003’s Technical Achievement Award winner is Len Signoretti Jr, N2LEN,
of Brooklyn, New York.  The specific achievement Len was recognized for
was the unique Echolink repeater/internet linking system he has
implemented, one of the first in the New York City area.  That system
was used to link repeaters across the world to form a special “9/11
commemorative net” on September 11th, 2002.  Over 1000 stations,
worldwide, connected to commemorate the victims and heros of 9/11
including ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP.  Continued work bringing
Echolink to Amateur Radio made Len the Committee’s choice for the
Technical Achievement Award.

The 2003 Grand Ole Ham is Jim Joyce, K2ZO, of Washington Township, New
Jersey.  A 30 year member of the Bergen Amateur Radio Club, Jim has
devoted most of his free time to the club and to making Amateur Radio
operators more knowledgeable in the hobby.  He has spent two decades as
an Elmer, founding the club’s “kit night” in which hams could learn the
basics of building electronic equipment, how to solder, or how to
troubleshoot and repair their own equipment.  Jim has been club Hamfest
chairman for a decade, a leader of the club’s yearly Field Day efforts
and always finds time to help others on a one-to-one basis.  Decades of
service to others made Jim a unanimous choice for Grand Ole Ham.

The 2003 Hudson Division Amateur of the Year is Bruce Lordi, N2XP, of
Flanders, New Jersey. A well rounded Amateur, Bruce has been described
as “Mr. Fixit”.  From HTs to Mobile equipment to repeaters, Bruce is
always ready to help hams with their technical problems.  Bruce gives
countless hours to helping hams and teaching others about technology.
He Elmers local Amateurs on the technology behind packet, PSK31, APRS,
HF, VHF and UHF techniques.

Bruce’s interest is not just in the technical side of radio.  He is very
involved in his club’s Field Day activities and works with his OEM,
keeping Flander’s EOC radio equipment up to state and federal standards.
The Committee felt, because of the wide range of his volunteer
activities, Bruce was a unanimous choice for Amateur of the Year.

The Hudson Division Awards Committee consists of two Assistant Directors
from each ARRL Section.  The Chairman is the Hudson Division Vice
Director, Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML.  This year’s Committee consisted of
NLI members Mel Granik, KS2G and Larry Lutzak, WA2CNV, ENY members Bob
Chamberlain, N2KBC and Dennis McAlpine, K2SX and NNJ members Joyce
Birmingham, KA2ANF and Mario Karcich, K2ZD.

There are many Amateurs worthy of recognition at the Division level.
Next year the submission process will be streamlined to make it easier
for such recognition to be given.  The Chairman would like to thank all
of those who submitted nominations.

-73- Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, Chairman, 2003 ARRL Awards Committee

* HOLD NOV. 8th

The Hudson Division Awards Dinner will be held on November 8th in
Northern New Jersey at Biaggio’s.

* FIELD DAY TOUR AND COMMENTS

If you want to have the world see you 2003 Field Day comments and
pictures visit
http://www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox/editsoap.html?con_id=49 and click
on ” Add your 2003 ARRL Field Day Soapbox comment.”

A last minutes look for directions on a number of club web sites
revealed that most clubs did NOT have directions to their Field Day
sites available.  Pleased don’t take for granted that all those wishing
to come visit know where you are.  Both Bill Hudzik, W2UDT, NNJ SM and I
encountered the same problem: No site information and directions for a
number of clubs.  Think about the inactive ham or local resident who
knows of the club and wants to come visit and get those directions ready
for next year.

It was a little difficult this year to get to see many Field Day sites
because I was heavily involved with the Order of Boiled Owls at
Caumsette State Park on Lloyds Neck.  I missed a meeting and they made
me the Field Day chairman.  Seriously they did.  Nice guys!  So I did my
bit negotiating arrangements with a new park superintendent and getting
insurance for the first time.  The club has only 15 members and about
ten participate at FD in our 2A Commercial effort.  On Friday, remember
that hot afternoon, I was there with about five other Owls to set up
five masts for our wires.  A few years ago we cut back because of
manpower problems and stopped using beams.  By 5:30 we had all but one
mast in place.  When I came back at 7 AM Sunday morning after a 45
minute drive to the site (due North of Huntington) with bagels and lox
for breakfast all the towers were up and both stations manned. Our
90-year old cook K2AW, Frank Fix of “Silicon Alley” fame, was frying
eggs for all present.  Frank participated in the First Field Day in
1932.

In addition I brought with me my trusty Icom 706 and a fan dipole for 10
and 6 meters that I bring to England when I visit my daughter’s and her
family.  Les, W2LK, helped me get it up to the top of one of the 20 foot
masts and run the coax into an operating position.  Using paper logging
I managed about 35 QSOs to stations in NLI, EMA, WPA, NNJ and ENY in a
period of about two hours.  N2GA worked a few more on cw but we shut
down due to a phase noise problem interfering with operation on 20 and
15. ( If anyone has a cheap fix for the problem let me know .
Commercial bandpass filters cost over $300.) When FD ended we had about
half the number of QSOs we had last year when we came in number one USA
in our category.  Band conditions were not good this year, but anyone
who was at Field Day knows that propagation conditions were poor this
year.  Nevertheless the Owls had a great HOOT and a big meal after take
down.  These guys are pretty smart birds and make anyone who eats work
first.

The Tour:  At the last minute I decided to visit a few Field Day sites.
My wife, Kathleen, and our blind twelve year old pug dog, Izzy, went
along for the ride.

The first stop was YARK – the Yonkers ARC at Redmond Field, Yonkers.
You really need a map to get there.  Arriving about 11 AM I was in time
to watch club members assembly a new two element 40 meter beam led by
Richard Kautz, KC2HZW and his able crew.  I would love to have that at
my home QTH as we head into the low spot in the eleven year cycle.  Post
FD reports indicate the beam worked very well. Very friendly folks at
YARK especially W2CZ, Paul Maytan, AC2T, Bob Lisnak, AC2G, and  Dan
Calabrese, AA2HX,  was ready with a much appreciated cup of coffee.  Too
bad Emily was not able to make it to Field Day this year but hope she
will be back next year.

From there we headed off to NNJ for a visit to the 10-70 Repeater
Association site and our good friends there.  We arrived just as they
broke for lunch at about noon.  Good planning on our part as they had a
very nice lunch laid on at the ski lodge at the Campgaw Ski Area site.
Special thanks to Paul Beshlian KC2CJW and Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF and
the three young ladies we had lunch with: Amanda Beshlian, Tracey
Sonnenwald, and Nicole Joyce.

When we left at about one we headed for GSARA but never got there.  Our
intentions were good but we made the mistake of taking the Garden State
parking lot rather than Route 287.  We “bailed” at route 202 and headed
for WJDXG.  Apologies to Bob Buus, Jack Keating  and Bruce McLeod,
K2QXW, who had sent directions. It looked like we would not make it to
Tatum Park by 6 PM.

We had a nice visit with Larry Puccio, K2QDY, Paul Franson W2LE, Douglas
Rue W2EN and Marty Grozinski, W2CG  and others at the West Jersey DX
Group site at a 4 H location off route 202.  Larry, who was a classmate
of mine in high school had Matt Rozea, KC2IGE, his teen-age grandson
from Long Island visiting and operating.  Matt is an Extra and quite a
good cw operator.  We liked the ncie air-conditioned van the group used.
Also on hand were: Chuck Fainsbert KC2NB, Vito Mistretta N2VM, Peter
Pellack NO2R, Steve Silberman W2KN, and Tony Ricicki N2VRK Their GOTA
station was going full blast with three operators when we left.

The Cherryville ARC, which always has a very impressive antenna set up,
had a very nice GOTA station operating right next to the local library
with its own tower and antennas.  This was the most impressive GOTA
station we have seen so far.  Cherryville gave each participant who made
a GOTA contact an attractive certificate.  Smart move.  The Cherryville
ARC is very organized. Everything including stoves and refrigerators are
stored in an 18 wheel trailer that is brought out to the site for Field
Day and then repacked and ready for next year or a big emergency. Duncan
MacRae, KE2HG and Rob France, N3QDC had quite an operation going there.
Charlie Kosman WB2NQVand his assistants Lisa France and Elaine Kita
N3ODB do put together a wonderful meal for the huge gang.

We had a very pleasant visit with lots of friendly folk and fine food.
Thanks again Cherryville.

The trip home was three hours long due to a big accident stalling
traffic on Staten Island.  Our dog Izzy slept all through the next
day.

I hope everyone learned something and had a good time at Field Day!

* DXCC LIST DEADLINE APPROACHES

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2003 DXCC Annual List
is rapidly approaching. Applications must be postmarked September 30,
2003.  Get those cards in on time!

* HOMELAND SECURITY HIGHLIGHTS METROPLEX FIELD DAY EXERCISE

The Metroplex Amateur Radio Club, based in Fort Lee, NJ, participated in
this year’s American Radio Relay League Field Day, on June 28 and 29.
The Metroplex group operated an “F” Class Station, transmitting from the
Ramsey Office of Emergency Management’s Radio Room.  This is the first
year that the ARRL has instituted an “F” Class Station, as part of its
commitment to Homeland Security and the Community Citizen Corps.

“For the past 75 years, all ham radio clubs have been encouraged to
conduct Field Day, outside, with emergency power and temporary
antennas,” stated Tom Bennett, N2IMG, President of MARC, “But this year
the emphasis was placed on working in cooperation with local OEM
agencies.  Many dignitaries were on-hand to kick-off the national
program.”

The Metroplex Amateur Radio operators utilized the Emergency Operations
Center, at the Ramsey Municipal Building. Additional radios and antennas
were installed for the event.   Michael Adams, WA2MWT, is the Ramsey
Emergency Management Coordinator as well as the Public and Governmental
Relations Officers with MARC.

“Ham operators continued the tradition of providing emergency
communications after Tropical Storm Floyd and the World Trade Center
Attacks,” Adams commented, “It is only logical that an emphasis should
be placed on conducting drills from EOC’s.”

Over a twenty-four hour period, local Amateurs made contact with other
hams from all over the United States.  Metroplex hams working under
Bennett’s supervision included Armand Lucchesi, John Ludewig and Dominic
Benjamin.

Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney issued a proclamation
recognizing M.A.R.C.’s participation:  “I hereby recognize the Metroplex
Amateur Radio Club for their emergency communications efforts and
proclaim June 28 and 29 ARRL Field Day in Bergen County.”

The Metroplex Amateur Radio Club has been designated, through formal
agreement, as the back-up repeater for the Bergen Emergency
Communications Association, The Bergen-Passaic SkyWarn Spotter Program
of the National Weather Service, and the Ramsey Office of Emergency
Management.

The group meets at the Red Oak Diner, in Fort Lee, every Saturday
afternoon, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.   They also maintain a website:
www.metroplex.org/   “Please feel free to stop by the Red Oak Diner or
contact us through our website,” Bennett added, “We will be happy to
discuss all aspects of Amateur Radio, ranging from the recreational to
the full emergency capabilities.”
De Michael Adams, 201-825-3400, ext.420 Wa2mwt@arrl.net

>  FEMA AND ARRL PARTNER IN PREPAREDNESS THROUGH CITIZEN CORPS

Washington, DC — Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security
for Emergency Preparedness and Response, today announced an official
affiliation between the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and President
Bush’s Citizen Corps initiative. At the ARRL National Conference,
sponsored by “Ham-Com,” celebrating its 25th anniversary in Arlington,
Texas, an affiliate partnership was signed between ARRL and Citizen
Corps. The signed partnership will raise public awareness about the use
of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource, provide training and
accreditation for Amateur Radio Emergency Communications, as well as
assist Citizen Corps Councils with public education, training and
volunteer service opportunities that support first responders, disaster
relief organizations, and community safety efforts.    For more details
see http://www.fema.gov/nwz03/nwz03_138.shtm from “FEMA News”

A lead up to the event story can be seen at
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/06/06/4/?nc=1

NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 24, 2003–ARRL now is an official affiliate program
of Citizen Corps, an initiative within the Department of Homeland
Security to enhance public preparedness and safety. ARRL President Jim
Haynie, W5JBP, signed the formal Statement of Affiliation between DHS
and ARRL during the ARRL 2003 National Convention June 21. Chief
Operating Officer of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate
(FEMA) Ron Castleman represented Under Secretary for Emergency
Preparedness and Response Michael D. Brown at the signing. Citizen Corps
Liaison to the White House Liz DiGregorio called ham radio operators the
“first of the first responders.”     ARRL Web Page

See http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/06/24/2/?nc=1 for more details
and pictures.

* ARRL FILES ON “BROADBAND OVER POWER LINE”  INTERFERENCE THREAT

“BPL is a Pandora’s Box of Unprecedented Proportions,” ARRL Tells FCC
(Jul 8, 2003) — Citing the potential for interference to and from
Amateur Radio, the ARRL has called on the FCC to “take no steps” to
permit Broadband over Power Line (BPL)–a form of power line carrier
(PLC) technology. The League has filed a 120-page response–including
studies–in response to the FCC’s BPL Notice of Inquiry (NOI) in ET
Docket 03-104, published May 23. The NOI asking how the FCC should
regulate the delivery of broadband services to homes and businesses
using electrical wiring to conduct high-speed digital signals attracted
some 1900 comments–many from the amateur community–by the July 7
comment deadline.  de ARRL Web site     For more details and a copy of
the comments see http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2003/07/08/1/?nc=1

Some of you had an opportunity to hear Ed Hare, W1RFI, talk about this
threat at the Sussex Hamfest.  Ed had an audience of over 50 hams at the
event.  Thanks to the Sussex folks for inviting Ed to speak.  It was, as
always a great hamfest with good weather.

* H.R.713 GAINS ADDITIONAL SPONSORS – OUR SPECTRUM PROTECTION BILL

Please read the letter “Pressing Our Case With Congress” from W4LTX in
the August QST on page 24.  Have you let your congressional
representative know how you feel about this bill?  Although the bill now
has 44 cosponsors it could use many more.  Have you done your bit?

Florida Republican Rep Michael Bilirakis filed the House version of the
bill, HR 713, on February 12. The measure’s most recent cosponsors
include US representatives JD Hayworth (R-AZ), Paul Gillmor (R-OH), Greg
Walden, WB7OCE, (R-OR), Rick Boucher (D-VA), John M. Spratt Jr (D-SC) ,
Sherwood L. Boehlert (R-NY), Robert Wexler (D-FL), Mike McIntyre (D-NC),
Ken Calvert, (R-CA), Joe Wilson (R-SC), John T. Doolittle (R-CA), Neil
Abercrombie (D-HI) and Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ).

Hudson Division Co Sponsors are:  Rep McNulty, Michael R. – 2/27/2003
[NY-21] Rep Boehlert, Sherwood L. – 6/17/2003 [NY-24] Rep Garrett, Scott
– 3/26/2003 [NJ-5] Rep Israel, Steve – 5/20/2003 [NY-2]   See
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/07/08/4/?nc=1 for more details

* Long Island amateur is part of tall ship’s crew –

QST “YL News” Editor Diane Ortiz, K2DO, of Amityville, New York was
among the crew members onboard the Jeanie Johnston, when the tall ship
sailed into New York Harbor July 3.  NYC Fire Department boats were on
hand to send up streams of colored water and many hoots as a welcome.
Also on hand to meet her were her husband N2GA, George Tranos, NLI SM
and N2FF, Frank Fallon, Hudson Division Director.  Ortiz, a member and
former chairperson of the ARRL Public Relations Committee, is Public
Information Coordinator for the ARRL New York City-Long Island Section
as well as a Public Information Officer. The three-masted, 123-foot
(LOA) barque is a replica of one of the so-called “famine ships” that
brought some 3000 Irish immigrants to the US during the 19th century’s
potato famine.  Ortiz operated Amateur Radio during the three-day sail
from Bristol, Pennsylvania, to the North Cove Marina off Battery Park
City in lower Manhattan. Ortiz is president of the Long Island Mobile
Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) in Levittown. Her husband is ARRL New York
City-Long Island Section Manager George Tranos, N2GA. The Jeanie
Johnston will remain in port at Lower Manhattan until July 14, when it
departs for Port Jefferson on Long Island. For more information, visit
the Jeanie Johnston Web page at
http://www.jeaniejohnston.com/home.asp?id=1

N2FF along with his wife had visited the Jeanie Johnston in
Blennerville, Co Kerry, Ireland in 1999 while it was being built.
Blennerville is only a few miles from where his wife’s parents were
born.  Fallon said, “I have been waiting for five years to see the
Jeanie Johnston in New York.  I never expected to know any of the crew
members; much less the only one of the crew with no Irish connections
and also to have worked that crew member on 40 meter phone at sea.  It’s
another of those great ham radio stories.”

> OMARC 2003 Technician Theory, Morse Code classes and VE Testing
schedule

OMARC sponsored Amateur Radio Technician theory classes will again
commence beginning Tuesday, September 16th 2003 at 6:00pm with
orientation at the Diana site. These classes will run through November
with completion in time for the December VE test.

All classes and VE Testing will be held at the InfoAge Center OMARC
Diana site, building 9116 on Marconi Road, Wall Township, Monmouth
County, New Jersey.

For directions to the site visit: http://www.qsl.net/n2mo

All classes will be begin promptly each Tuesday night during the
duration of the course.

Morse Code classes will begin Tuesday, September 30th 2003 at 6:30p.m.

The course outline will be Technician Class studies with the option of
Morse Code classes currently provided. Study materials required will be
the latest copy of the ARRL “Now You’re Talking” which are available
direct from the ARRL or OMARC.

For additional details on the classes and to sign up in advance please
contact Larry, KB2RIS at kb2ris@wmconnect.com or his lovely XYL, Donna,
KC2GKQ at djwilkins59@wmconnect.com

VE Schedule: VE test sessions will be held at the Diana site every other
month during 2003 and 2004 per the schedule below. These VE sessions
will be open to the general public and will begin promptly at 10:00a.m.
at the Diana site.

All applicants should arrive by at least 9:45am to complete paper work.
Applicants with special requirements are asked to make contact prior to
the VE session.

August 2nd, 2003, October 4th, 2003 and December 6th, 2003

* A REPORT ON NYC ARES  from Charles J. Hargrove – N2NOV

NYC ARES has been in existence since 1994. It has taken many years of
hard work, training and meetings with our served agencies to get just
this far. While the 1990’s were a bleak period for NYC ARES as far as
acceptance as a dedicated volunteer group, the post-Y2K era has seen
some growth and changes. We entered late 1999 with 125 members on the
citywide roster, with many who did not check into the weekly net, attend
the one or two Citywide meetings or even participate in the singular
Citywide public service event (369 Parade).

Today, NYC ARES is a more vibrant group with 76 members on a roster that
has over 50% participation instead of the previous 15-20%. We now
participate in 15 events per year with over 1,600 man-hours! Our weekly
nets have over 30 check-ins each. 47 have completed their Red Cross DRPG
modules, 44 have taken the Skywarn certification and 22 have further
studied FEMA Independent Study courses to advance to RACES status.

Here is the breakdown of membership by Boro:
Manhattan 15,  Bronx 6,  Queens 15,  Brooklyn 25,  Staten Island 15

The breakdown of license classes of our members are:
Tech 29,  Plus 5,  General 18,  Advanced 3,  Extra 21

Our public service event venues are scattered across the City:
Manhattan 5 (plus 1 shared with Brooklyn)
Bronx 0
Queens 1 (plus 1 shared with Brooklyn)
Brooklyn 2 (1 shared with Manhattan; 1 shared with Queens)
Staten Island 6 (of which 4 originated from the 2 local clubs)
Citywide 1 (NYC Marathon not included)

They are also scattered across the calendar:
April (3), May (3), June (3), July (1), Sept (2), Oct (2), Dec (1)

The types of events are varied:
Walks – 4
Races – 6
Bikes – 3
Water – 1
Other – 1

The average event utilizes the services of 16 operators for 6.7 hours.

Obviously, not all 76 members are pulling their weight. 54 members have
done a least 1 event so far this year. Two have done 9 of the so far 10
events for a total of 62 hours each! With 5 more events for the rest of
the year, your EC hopes to see better participation from those who have
only done one or two this Spring.

The only things that will help NYC ARES to grow and thrive are
recruitment of more dedicated amateur radio operators and the commitment
to learn and practice what they are taught. Our practice keeps us ready
for any emergency while at the same time gives something back to our
communities.  At the same time, our exposure to the public during these
events can only be a positive thing!

73
Charles J. Hargrove – N2NOV/NNN0BCE (Navy MARS)
NYC ARES District Emergency Coord./RACES Radio Officer/Skywarn Coord.
NYDXA SWL & Scanner Net Wed. @ 9PM 147.000/136.5 PL\

>  NORTH AMERICA DX ASSOCIATION

NA2DX is the callsign of the JCDXA (Jersey Coast DX Association).  A
chapter of the NADXA (North America DX Assoc.) (WR2DX) All DXers are
welcome, especially those with DXCC, CQDX or WorldRadio 100 Nations
Awards. JCDXA Meets on the fourth (4th) Monday night of every month at
the Cobblestone Diner Restaurant Rt.35 & Clinton St. just south of Fort
Monmouth, NJ. at 7:30 PM…. Please feel welcome to come.

JCDXA was formed May, 2000 with roughly 12 hams interested in DX, DX’ing
and Contesting. We are of optimistic hope that there are DX’ers within
the area (Central New Jersey) who would like to add their input and
experience to our DX Assoc. and become a part of our group.

The Association in conjuction with the North America DX Association
(NADXA), sponsors a Bus Trip to the Dayton Hamvention in Ohio every
year.  May 13 – 16, 2004 will be the 14th year of doing this and all
Hams are welcome, its great for the NY, NJ and Eastern PA. Hams. send us
an e-mail na2dx@juno.com or nadxa@juno.com or kc2q@arrl.com.

The Officers for the year 2003 are: President: KC2Q, Mike DiPersio, Vice
Pres.: KG2NV, Don Pingitore, Secretary: KC2KWT, Joan Burns, Treasurer:
AB2N, Arnold Peterson.

>>>>>APPROVED HAMFESTS:

16 Aug 2003 + Ramapo Mountain ARC
Oakland, NJ
Sect: Northern New Jersey
http://www.qsl.net/rmarc
Contact:Bob Anderson, K2BJG
69 Page Drive
Oakland, NJ 07436
Phone: 201-337-6945
Fax: 973-962-6210
Email: rmarc@qsl.net

6 Sep 2003 + Saratoga County RACES Assn.
Ballston Spa, NY
Sect:Eastern New York
http://www.capital.net/~lake/
Contact:Darlene Lake, N2XQG
314 Louden Road, #84
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-587-2385
Email: lake@capital.net

7 Sep 2003 + Long Island Mobile ARC
Bethpage, NY
Sect: New YorkCity-Long Island
http://www.limarc.org
Contact:Brian Gelber, WB2YMC
46 Forest Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone: 516-822-0673
Email: hamfest@limarc.org

——————————————————————–
ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF
n2ff@arrl.org
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Hudson Division Beacon – June 2003

ARRL Hudson Division
June 2003
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition
By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
516) 746-7652
n2ff@arrl.org
Hudson Division Home Page – http://www.hudson.arrl.org

ARRL Members

Please continue to spread the word to others who may wish to receive
this information that they will need to access the ARRL members only web
site.  After becoming a member they must edit their profile and elect to
receive bulletins from the Section Manager and Director.  If you are
already a member on the ARRL site (http://www.arrl.org) from the
“Members Only” box click on “members data page” and then under email
notification options set “Division/Section notices” to YES.  You will
receive the next bulletin sent.  Past Bulletins are available at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org

> SCAM WARNING *****

I had the following e-mail from QST Publisher, Mark Wilson, K1RO:
Several members have called this week to say that they have received
telephone solicitations to renew their “ham radio magazine subscription”
before a price increase. One caller said he receives several magazines
and asked if it was QST and was told “yes.” The solicitor then attempted
to get name, address and credit card info.

We have published a story on the Web site warning members that such
calls are not legitimate and asking anyone who receives such a call to
let us know in as much detail as possible.

>  FIELD DAY THIS WEEKEND

I hope you all have a GREAT Field Day although the long range weather
forecast is showing rain and lightening.  We have had enough of that
stuff.  I’ll be with the Boiled Owls – KW2O – on NLI.  Please work our
2A commercial group.

Some of you I am sure had a smile of the headlines associated with the
rock concert event in Calverton which said, “Field Day Cancelled.”
Despite threats of rain etc. we will be there having a good time.

> HOLD NOV. 8th

The Hudson Division Awards Dinner will be held on November 8th in
Northern New Jersey at Biaggio’s.

>  FEMA AND ARRL PARTNER IN PREPAREDNESS THROUGH CITIZEN CORPS

Washington, DC — Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security
for Emergency Preparedness and Response, today announced an official
affiliation between the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and President
Bush’s Citizen Corps initiative. At the ARRL National Conference,
sponsored by “Ham-Com,” celebrating its 25th anniversary in Arlington,
Texas, an affiliate partnership was signed between ARRL and Citizen
Corps. The signed partnership will raise public awareness about the use
of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource, provide training and
accreditation for Amateur Radio Emergency Communications, as well as
assist Citizen Corps Councils with public education, training and
volunteer service opportunities that support first responders, disaster
relief organizations, and community safety efforts.    For more details
see http://www.fema.gov/nwz03/nwz03_138.shtm   from “FEMA News”

A lead up to the event story can be seen at
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/06/06/4/?nc=1

NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 24, 2003–ARRL now is an official affiliate program
of Citizen Corps, an initiative within the Department of Homeland
Security to enhance public preparedness and safety. ARRL President Jim
Haynie, W5JBP, signed the formal Statement of Affiliation between DHS
and ARRL during the ARRL 2003 National Convention June 21. Chief
Operating Officer of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate
(FEMA) Ron Castleman represented Under Secretary for Emergency
Preparedness and Response Michael D. Brown at the signing. Citizen Corps
Liaison to the White House Liz DiGregorio called ham radio operators the
“first of the first responders.”     ARRL Web Page

See http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/06/24/2/?nc=1 for more details
and pictures.

> New 60-Meter Band to Become Available July 3!

NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 3, 2003–The new five-channel 60-meter amateur
allocation becomes available to US Amateur Radio operators at midnight
local time on July 3.

ARRL has posted a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) concerning 5
MHz operation on the ARRL Web site,
www.arrl.org/fandes/field/regulations/faq.html#sixty .

The new band will be a secondary allocation–federal government users
are primary–and the first on which the only permitted mode will be
upper-sideband (USB) phone (emission type 2K8J3E). The FCC last month
announced it would grant hams access five discrete 2.8-kHz-wide channels
in the vicinity of 5 MHz instead of the 150 kHz-wide band ARRL had
requested–and which the FCC initially proposed more than a year ago.
The ARRL remains optimistic that Amateur Radio eventually may be able to
enjoy a band segment with multiple mode privileges at 60 meters, but
ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, has said that in the meantime hams will
have to be on their best behavior when taking advantage of the limited
channelized allocation.

“In terms of Amateur Radio spectrum, we usually say, ‘Use it or lose
it,'” he said. “The watchword for 60-meter operators should be, ‘Misuse
it and lose it.'” Sumner has predicted that, over time, amateurs can and
will “develop a record of disciplined, responsible use of the five
channels in the public interest that will justify another look at these
rather severe initial restrictions.”

The FCC has granted amateurs 5332, 5348, 5368, 5373 and 5405 kHz–the
last channel common to the amateur experimental operation under way in
the United Kingdom. The channels will be available to General and higher
class licensees. In terms of day-to-day operation, use of the new band
is expected to resemble the sort of channel sharing typical on local
repeaters.

The NTIA selected the channels the FCC authorized to minimize the
possibility of interference to federal government users. The NTIA also
dictated the use of USB only as an interoperability convenience, so that
federal government users–who also use only USB–could readily identify
amateur stations if necessary.

ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, says hams hoping to operate on
the new allocation need to be very careful if they’re considering
modifying their current transceiver or transmitter. The ARRL recommends
that members check with the manufacturer of their equipment regarding
specific modification information. Some modifications not only might
void the warranty on a piece of equipment but could affect or alter a
transmitter’s operation in unpredictable ways.

“Hams need to be sure that any modifications put them right on the
desired channel,” Hare said. The FCC, following the lead of the NTIA,
has said that the channel frequencies in the R&O are all “channel-center
frequencies.”

“Most hams are used to just having to think about band edges, so on
other bands, if a mod were a bit ‘off,’ all operators would need to
ensure is that they are not transmitting outside the band.” But, Hare
recommended, on 5 MHz, amateurs must be within “a few tens of Hertz” of
suppressed-carrier accuracy, and, he points out, amateurs have a mandate
not to have any of signal occupy spectrum outside the assigned 2.8 kHz
channels. Additionally, hams need to make sure before they go on the air
on 60 meters that any mods they’ve made do not have unintended
consequences, such as spurious emissions on non-amateur frequencies.

The NTIA advised in a letter to the FCC Office of Engineering and
Technology (OET) that users of 60 meters should set their carrier
frequency 1.5 kHz lower than the channel center frequency, according to
this NTIA chart:

Channel Center           Amateur Tuning Frequency
5332 kHz               5330.5 kHz
5348 kHz               5346.5 kHz
5368 kHz               5366.5 kHz
5373 kHz               5371.5 kHz
5405 kHz common US/UK) 5403.5 kHz

Noting that high-frequency audio response can vary considerably from
radio to radio, Hare has suggested a more conservative approach. He
suggests restricting audio bandwidth to 200 Hz on the low end, and 2800
Hz on the high end–for a total bandwidth of 2.6 kHz. Hare notes that
some transmitters that the Lab has looked at are capable of bandwidths
of 3.0 kHz or greater.

In its letter to the FCC, the NTIA also stipulated that radiated power
should not exceed “the equivalent of 50 W PEP transmitter output power
into an antenna with a gain of 0 dBd.” The FCC R&O set the requirement
at 50 W ERP and said it would consider a typical half-wave dipole to
exhibit no gain.

Hare said that amateurs’ willingness to adhere to the channel-bandwidth
and power constraints imposed on 60 meters will be an important factor
in ham radio’s use of this band–now and in the future.

> BROADBAND OVER POWER LINE” POSES HF INTERFERENCE THREAT

(This could be a bigger threat than the “Little Leo” proposals of as few
years back.  While “Little Leo’s” would have meant the possible loss of
one band, the “BPL” proposal may mean a much higher noise level on a
number of our bands in the 2 to 80 MHZ range.   It may also put us in
conflict with some of our neighbors who would be using these devices.
It appears that there is a huge potential for two way interference here.
See http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2003/06/19/2/?nc=1  de N2FF)

The FCC soon will invite public comment on the concept of using existing
electrical power lines to deliver Internet and broadband service to
homes and offices. The Commission initiated a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) in
ET Docket 03-104 when it met April 23. What the FCC calls “Broadband
over Power Line” (BPL) is a form of carrier-current technology typically
known as power line communication (PLC). Whatever its name, the
technology is raising serious interference concerns within the Amateur
Radio community, since BPL would apply high-frequency RF to parts of the
power grid. One aspect of the NOI is to gather information on potential
interference effects on authorized spectrum users.

“Entire communities will be affected, so every amateur in that community
could have part of the radiating system ‘next door’ on the power wiring
on his or her street,” cautioned ARRL Lab Supervisor Ed Hare, W1RFI.
Hare chairs the PLC Work Group of the IEEE C63 Accredited Standards
Committee on Electromagnetic Compatibility http://c63.ieee.org/.

So-called “access BPL” would use medium-voltage (1 kV to 40 kV) power
lines to deliver Internet and broadband applications. Hare says access
BPL is likely to be a more significant interference source than
in-building PLC technology “because overhead electrical wiring is a much
better antenna than the electrical wiring within a building.”

ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, editorialized on the subject of PLC in “It
Seems to Us . . .” in the October issue of 2002 QST. “Is it possible to
do power line communications without causing interference to
over-the-air communications?” Sumner asked. “Count us among the
skeptics. What may be a fine transmission line at 60 Hz looks more like
an antenna at HF.” Hare said his own computer analyses of interference
potential from access BPL/PLC suggest “a significant increase in noise
levels” from deployed systems.

Ed Hare and others on staff have done a remarkable job of pulling
together in one place information that puts the lie to industry claims
that “no interference has been reported” from PLC/PLT/BPL tests to
date.

This link takes you to the news story posted on ARRL Web today:
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/04/30/2/?nc=1

This link takes you to an introduction to the detailed information:
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/04/30/2/more.html

This link takes you directly to the detailed information:
http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/

More is at the FCC’s website at:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-233537A1.doc
and
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-100A1.doc
(CGC Communicator)

> President Haynie Testifies on Behalf of Amateur Radio Spectrum
Protection Act

ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, testified June 11 on Capitol Hill on
behalf of the Spectrum Protection Act of 2003, HR 713. The ARRL
initiative would require the FCC to provide “equivalent replacement
spectrum” to Amateur Radio if the FCC reallocates primary amateur
frequencies, reduces any secondary amateur allocations, or makes
additional allocations within such bands that would substantially reduce
their utility to amateurs. Haynie was the last of 11 scheduled witnesses
to speak during the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
hearing, “The Spectrum Needs of Our Nation’s First Responders.”

Check the story on the ARRL web site and also find an audio link which
will enable you to listen to Jim’s testimony.  You will be impressed.
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/06/11/101/?nc=1

> A VERY BAD IDEA IN NJ ASSEMBLY

If you want to stop this bad idea contact your New Jersey Assemblyman.
A2798 is a proposed Bill which attempts to define a distracted driver
who may be charged with reckless, careless or unsafe driving.  It seeks
to amend existing statutes on reckless and careless driving with the
following paragraph: “When so warranted, a law enforcement officer may
charge a person with a violation of the provisions of this section if
that person, while operating a motor vehicle, engages in distracting
behavior including but not limited to the use of communications
technology such as wireless telephones, pagers, facsimile machines,
locator devices, AM/FM radios, compact disc players, audio cassette
players, video players, citizens band radios, and dispatch radios;
engaging in personal grooming, consuming food or beverages; reading; or
tending to unsecured pets.”

This NOT ABOUT HAM RADIO.   The State already has statues in effect that
define reckless and careless driving. If you feel strongly about this
proposed Bill PLEASE write your State Representative and/or the sponsors
and let them know your feelings.  The Bill can be found at:
www.state.nj.us   Click on NJ Legislative, go to “find Bills” and follow
the directions. E-mail links are there to the sponsors.

Please remember, legislators listen to their constituents if they want
to get re-elected.     73, Bill Hudzik, W2UDT SM NNJ

> NEW YORK LEGISLATIVE SESSION ……

Thanks for your support, but we were not successful.  But we will, with
your support, be back at it again next year.  We have a very difficult
project here.  Yes, other states have been able to get bills enacted,
but please be aware that very few of them talk about the issue of
height.  Our bills in New York and New Jersey deal with the issue of
height.  We remain committed to getting a bill in both states that
specifies a height below which local government may not regulate.

Despite our letter writing efforts and visits to Albany our antenna
bills were not voted on in the legislature this year.  W2GLA and I made
two visits to Albany in June during the last two weeks of the
legislature to talk to the sponsors and key members of Speaker Silver’s
staff.  The legislature was very distracted this year with other issues
and problems – overriding the governor’s veto of the budget, brownfields
legislation, and Rockefella drug laws  – and finally the arrest of a key
aide to Speaker Silver on rape charges only ten days before the session
ended. The interesting sidelight here is the individual arrested is
someone we had been dealing with on the telephone and that W2GLA and I
were in the building when he was arrested.  In the final days new staff
people were brought in to fill his place but Silver’s office never
really caught up and our bill never came to the floor.  Knowing that the
bill was not going to pass in the Assembly the senate sponsor, Dale
Volker, never brought our bill to the floor.  It would have been a waste
of time and we understood his action.

It is frustrating but not surprising that our legislation did not get
the attention it needed.  Should the legislature go back into session
later in the year they will not deal with our bill.  They will deal only
with specific legislation.  We are disappointed but not discouraged.

We had letters from two US Congressional representatives supporting our
bill – Congressman Steve Israel and Congresswoman Nita Lowey.  We will
be working on gaining additional support between now and next January
when the next session opens.                de Frank Fallon   N2FF

> WANTED – Assistance with Central New Jersey Repeater Interference:

In September 2002 at the direction of William Hudzik, W2UDT, ARRL
Section Manager, Hudson Division, NNJ Section, the Monmouth County Local
Interference Committee (MCLIC) was formed in response to a rise in the
number of incidents and complaints of repeater station jamming,
especially to ARES, RACES and NTS nets.

The main focus of MCLIC is the geographic area of Monmouth County, New
Jersey. It exists to address the problems with interference to Amateur
Radio Service Repeater Stations in accordance with the Amateur Auxiliary
to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As a component of the
Amateur Auxiliary program, Local Interference Committees (LIC) are
commissioned by the ARRL Section Manager with an OO as the Chairman to
investigate and resolve repeater interference problems.

The functions of the MCLIC shall include, but not be limited to:
response to complaints/allegations emphasizing cooperative “no fault”
solutions; signal identification/source location, liaison with Official
Observer Coordinator and ultimately, ARRL Headquarters in difficult
cases.

The MCLIC will operate at all times in accordance with the procedures
stated within the “Amateur Auxiliary Training Guide” and/or other
guidelines developed by the ARRL with complete impartiality to any
individual or group involved in any investigation.

The MCLIC will act as a direct liaison to the Amateur repeater station
sponsors within Monmouth County with programs to foster public relations
between the MCLIC and the area repeater station sponsors to educate the
Amateur community regarding the proper ways to deal with various types
of general interference, deliberate interference and obscenity.

The MCLIC functions as both an advisory committee to the Monmouth County
repeater sponsors on specific cases of Repeater Station Jamming as a
technically proficient committee of investigators gathering and
achieving data.

All repeater sponsors are urged to contact the MCLIC regarding
interference problems to register official interference reports to bring
the particular situation to the attention of the Section Manager.

In addition, in order for MCLIC to carry out is focus, MCLIC is in need
of additional, dedicated volunteers. Especially needed are those
Amateurs that have experience with and the needed equipment for radio
frequency monitoring, recording and Radio Direction Finding (RDF).

For more information or to access the on-line complaint or membership
application forms please visit:
http://www.qsl.net/mclic/

> NY HOSTS PSK GRIDE SQUARE CONTEST

The TARA PSK Grid Square contest (The Grid Dip). Sponsored by Troy ARA,
0000z through 2400z, 2 August, PSK (and speed) and RTTY.
80,40,20,15,10,6 meters. Work stations once per band unless Rover has
changed Locator. Exchange name, 4 digit grid locator. Enter 1 of 5
categories. QRP, 5w max. Low, 20w max. High, 100w max. Rover, 50w max.
as a portable or mobile station operating from more than one Grid
Locator, or SWL. Single/single only. Call CQ Grid Dip. Final score is
QSO points * total different Grid Locators. Mults. count once per band.
To be valid, scores must be received via our online score submission
form found at http://www.n2ty.org/seasons/tara_grid_score.html or e-mail
Logs to grid-manager@n2ty.org, by the last entry date 23rd August 2003.
Logs must be available for review if requested. Please read web rules
for details on http://www.n2ty.org/seasons/tara_grid_rules.html for more
info e-mail to Bill Eddy, ny2u@n2ty.org or Ernie Mills, wm2u@n2ty.org

Originally announced for July 26, the test now occupies the 24 GMT hours
of 2 August.  Please note the change. This test is a wide-open
shoot-out. All bands are included (80 to 6) and PSK31/63 and RTTY are
the weapons available to the participants. There are some unusual rules
including an exchange that includes the 4 digit Grid Locator.  Note also
that only single/single ops are allowed.  Rules at
http://www.n2ty.org/sasons/tara_grid_rules.html

Jump into this one! Multiple mode contests may just be the contest of
the future. But that is not all TARA is doing.

This contest is but an integral part of the new TARA approach to their
contest schedule. After restructuring their calendar they came up with
one event for each season of the year Prefix contest for Spring, Grid
Shindig for summer, PSK Rumble for fall and RTTY Melee for winter. TARA
then decided to create a whole new class of shack wallpaper. Each year a
Digital King or Queen, whoever has the

highest combined score, will be crowned as the BIG ONE. Neat idea! I
trust they have ordered appropriate crowns.

>  DXCC Card Checkers for the Hudson Division

If you have cards to check for DXCC these individuals can do it for you
at hamfests or club meetings.  See http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/ for
information about the program.  The necessary application in PDF format
is at http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/dxccapp.pdf

James Burke WT4Q          NY        ENY
Ben Bond W2PS              NY    ENY
Emil Tillona KD1F        NY    NLI
Steven R. Adell    KF2TI        NJ    NNJ
Eugene M. Ingraham III    N2BIM    NJ      NNJ
Leonard Zuckerman    KB2HK    NY      NLI

> TELEPHONE INTERFERENCE

Do you have persistent telephone interference problems? The problem is
often the phone. “Try the RadioShack ET-296 series phones (e.g. 43-874,
white, $14.99). If this type of phone receives interference, try
unplugging all other phones in the house, including modems, answering
machines, satellite TV receivers, etc. One of these could be generating
AUDIO interference and putting it out onto the phone line. If so, an RFI filter on the offending unit should solve that
problem. RadioShack carries a telephone RFI filter (part number 43-150)
and you can also use the K-Com RF-1.” DSL filters may also work.
(Thanks, Dave K6LL via The ARRL Contest Rate Sheet)

>>>>>APPROVED HAMFESTS:

13 Jul 2003 + Sussex County ARC
Augusta, NJ
Sect: Northern New Jersey
http://www.sussexhamfest.org
Contact:Dan Carter, N2ERH
8 Carter Lane
Branchville, NJ 07826
Phone: 973-948-6999
Email: hamfest@scarcnj.org

16 Aug 2003 + Ramapo Mountain ARC
Oakland, NJ
Sect: Northern New Jersey
http://www.qsl.net/rmarc
Contact:Bob Anderson, K2BJG
69 Page Drive
Oakland, NJ 07436
Phone: 201-337-6945
Fax: 973-962-6210
Email: rmarc@qsl.net

6 Sep 2003 + Saratoga County RACES Assn.
Ballston Spa, NY
Sect:Eastern NY
http://www.capital.net/~lake/
Contact:Darlene Lake, N2XQG
314 Louden Road, #84
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-587-2385
Email: lake@capital.net

7 Sep 2003 + Long Island Mobile ARC
Bethpage, NY
Sect: New YorkCity-LI
http://www.limarc.org
Contact:Brian Gelber, WB2YMC
46 Forest Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone: 516-822-0673
Email: hamfest@limarc.org

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ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF
n2ff@arrl.org
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