Hudson Division Beacon – April 2004

ARRL Hudson Division
April 2004
Hudson Division Beacon - e-mail edition  - # 37
By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
516) 746-7652
n2ff@arrl.org

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HAMFESTS This weekend -  Roseland Saturday in West Orange and Sunday,
Mt. Beacon in Poughkeepsie.  See info at the end of this issue

* ATLANTICON A BIG SUCCESS

More than 200 hams attended Atlanticon held in conjunction with the
Timonium Hamfest on March 26 through 28 sponsored by the NJQRP Group. 
Registration is only $10 and includes a kit of parts for the Saturday
night contest event where the projects are judged in a number of
categories plus a printed 95 page version of the proceedings.  This is a
quite a bargain especially when you add in the free coffee, friendliness
and high level technical topics discussed.  This year the project was a
low cost L-C Meter dubbed the Elsie, as in Elsie the cow.  Talks, which
went from 9 AM through 5 PM Saturday, included "Software Defined Radios"
with Bob McGwier and  Gerald Youngblood, AC5OG, of Flex Radio Systems. 
In addition Wayne Burdick, N6KR, Elecraft designer of the KX1 was on
hand most of the weekend to discuss the design philosophy behind his
products.  There was a great deal to see and learn at this event. If you
are interested in QRP, new technology and kit building Atlanticon should
be on your list for March 2005.

A number of Hudson Division members were in attendance.  Here is a list
of some: KB2TQX , his son Marcus,  KC2MLN, who won  an award for
"Creativity Under Fire"; KD1F and KC2KY from Radio Central and Howard
Brier, N2GOT, of KCRC.

See the following sites for more information:  http://www.njqrp.org   
http://www.flex-radio.com

* Scott Redd, K0DQ, named Coalition Provisional Authority deputy
administrator 

This story showed up on the ARRL web just as I released the March
"Beacon" for distribution. See 
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/03/11/4/ 

I first worked Scott just after he had graduated from the Naval Academy
when he was on a Fulbright Scholarship program in Montevideo, Uruguay in
1967.  I ran phone patches for him back to the homes of some of the
other students who lived in NYC.  I was fortunate enough to renew our
radio acquaintance with Scott and his lovely wife in Dayton last year. 
She was interested in hearing about some of the lovely coeds Scott ran
patches for.  That was all before she and Scott met of course.  It was
also thirty-seven years ago.  Stay safe in Iraq, Scott!

Retired Vice Admiral Scott Redd, K0DQ, has been appointed deputy
administrator and chief operating officer of the Coalition Provisional
Authority (CPA) in Baghdad, Iraq. Redd, an ARRL member who lives in
Marietta, Georgia, is one of two deputy administrators reporting to CPA
Administrator L. Paul Bremer. Redd will direct the CPA's programs for
the reconstruction of Iraq's infrastructure. That task includes awarding
$18.4 billion in contracts through the project management office for
major improvements to Iraq's electricity, oil, transportation, water
resources, education, housing and construction, and communications
networks, a CPA news release said. He also will be responsible for
policy affecting Iraq's security programs. Those include the new Iraqi
Army, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, Iraqi Border Patrol and Facilities
Protection Services. Redd retired from the US Navy in 1998 as director
of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During 36
years of active duty, he commanded eight organizations, founded the
Navy's Fifth Fleet--the first new US Navy fleet in more than 50
years--and served in several senior Pentagon positions. Redd also led
all U.S. Naval forces in the US Central Command from 1994 until 1996.
After retiring from the Navy, Redd served as chairman, president and CEO
of NetSchools Corp, a high-tech startup. He's a 1966 graduate of the US
Naval Academy and a Fulbright scholar. Last year, Redd was the keynote
speaker for ARRL's second donors' reception held in conjunction with
Hamvention. 

http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/05/23/100/

* FCC Okays RF Identification Tags at 433.5 to 434.5 MHz 

(Apr 15, 2004) -- The FCC has adopted a somewhat limited proposal to
permit deployment of RF Identification (RFID) tags in a segment of the
70-cm band at much greater duty cycles than current Part 15 rules permit
for such devices. Among other applications, RFID tags are used to track
shipments and packing containers. A Third Report and Order (R&O) in ET
Docket 01-278--approved today but not yet released--follows a 2000
proposal by SAVI Technology to revise its Part 15 rules to accommodate
such devices in the vicinity of 433 MHz. The ARRL has consistently
opposed the proposal, but FCC just as unfailingly has gone along with
it. FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Chief Ed Thomas said
RFIDs provide important public benefits.  For more details see:
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/04/15/103/?nc=1 

* FCC Proposes Wide-Ranging Changes to Amateur Service Rules

(Apr 15, 2004) -- The FCC has released an "omnibus" Notice of Proposed
Rule Making (NPRM) that seeks comments on a wide range of proposed
Amateur Service (Part 97) rules changes. The FCC also denied several
petitions for rule making aimed at altering portions of the Amateur
Radio regulatory landscape and ordered minor changes in Part 97.
Comments on the proposals put forth in ET Docket 04-140 are due by
Tuesday, June 15, with reply comments by Wednesday, June 30. Among other
changes, the FCC has recommended adoption of the ARRL's "Novice
refarming" plan.
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/04/15/102/?nc=1  for more
details.

AMENDMENT OF PART 97 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES GOVERNING THE AMATEUR
RADIO SERVICES, ET AL. Proposed to revise operating privileges for
amateur radio service licensees as well as to eliminate obsolete and
duplicative rules in the Amateur Radio Service. (Dkt No. 04-140). Action
by: the Commission. Comments Due: 06/15/2004. Reply Comments Due:
06/30/2004. Adopted: 03/31/2004 by NPRM. (FCC No. 04-79). WTB
FCC-04-79A1.doc
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-79A1.doc>
FCC-04-79A1.pdf
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-79A1.pdf>
FCC-04-79A1.txt
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-79A1.txt>

* THANKS TO W2VU - Rich Moseson, editor of CQ Magazine for BPL letters
and articles

A special thanks this month to former ARRL NNJ Section Manager and long
time ARRL member Rich Moseson for his continuing efforts to help ham
radio. Rich is also a long time member of the ARRL PR Committee which
will be holding a forum at the Dayton Hamvention.  Rich has a great
editorial supporting the ARRL restructuring position in the April issue
of 'CQ Magazine" and also spent time writing a response to the recent
Wall Street Journal article on BPL.  Some of you may have seen that
piece on some ham radio reflectors.  It was a great answer to the flaws
in the WSJ article and the FCC's bad decision.  Unfortunately the WSJ
choose not to print it and other letters sent by knowledgeable hams on
the subject.

Hopefully Rich will print his response to WSJ in an upcoming "CQ"
editorial.

Keep it up Rich!  AND THANKS!

* HUDSON DIVISION AWARDS APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Please start thinking about who should get an award.  Make a nomination,
Please.  Forms available at http://www.hudson.arrl.org 

The Hudson Division will present awards to outstanding amateurs residing
in the division in 2004.  We hope many of you will make nominations and
bring a deserving Hudson Division ham to the attention of the Awards
Committee.  Forms are available (or will be shortly) on the web site at 
http://www.hudson.arrl.org    Please return completed applications to
Hudson Division Vice Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF by June 1. The
seven-member committee, composed of assistant
directors from each section, will announce the results in late June.  An
Awards Dinner will be held in Northern New Jersey on November 13 with
ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP in attendance.  Please plan to be
there.

Awards will be given for the Hudson Division Amateur of the Year, Grand
Ole Ham, and Technical Achievement.  Please make a nomination for each
of these Awards. 

If you have made a nomination in the past and your candidate was not
chosen, please file again as the committee does not keep a file of past
applications.

>  COMMENT PERIOD OPENS ON FCC BROADBAND NPRM  

Dateline Washington  DC where CQ reports that the FCC's Notice of
Proposed Rule Making Broadband over Power Lines -- ET Docket 03-104 --
has been published in the Federal Register. This starts the clock on the
comment deadline. Comments are due by May by 3rd. Reply comments due by
June 1.

Comments may be filed electronically via the FCC's Electronic Comment
Filing System at http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload.  More information
on BPL and its potential impact on hams and other HF spectrum users is
available on the ARRL website at www.arrl.org.  Also see the "VHF-Plus"
column in the April issue of CQ magazine. (CQ)

* ARRL Requests Filing Deadline Extension in BPL Proceeding
(Apr 13, 2004) -- The ARRL has asked the FCC to extend the deadline for
comments and reply comments by 45 days in the Broadband over Power Line
(BPL) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in ET Docket 04-37. Comments
now are due by May 3 and reply comments by June 1. Although the FCC does
not routinely grant such extensions, the League said it wants to allow
time for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(NTIA) to conclude its study at BPL field trial locations. The ARRL said
it anticipates the NTIA's report to go public on or around April 16,
thus allowing only a couple of weeks at best to evaluate the study's
results and incorporate the study's findings into comments in the
proceeding

See http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/04/13/2/?nc=1  for more
details and a link to the text of the filing. 

* HAM RADIO ARTICLES IN NEW YORK TIMES

The Thursday April 15th New York Times "Circuits" Section has two
articles concerning ham radio. The first on page G3 of the section is "@
Issue: Long Code for a Small Symbol." The article quotes both Rick
Linquist and Larry Price and Hudson Division member Herb Sweet. Herb
gave me a heads up concerning the article after a NYT photographer
visited him last week and took over fifty pictures. Well, Herb's right
hand and his J38 key is having its fifteen minutes of fame in today's
Times. The only negative about the article is the slant the reporter
chose to give at the end that a 78 year old W.W.II operator says, "Now
that I have a computer, I'm not active." Well a lot of 78 year olds are
a little tired and not too active. This may not have anything to do with
the decline of ham radio. Oh well ! 

The second article on page G4, "A Man, a Plan, A Can: Boosting Wireless
Signals" is more troubling for hams in the 2.4 Gig band. The article
lets the genie out of the Pringles can. It's almost a how to
construction article as there are enough references for the curious to
try rolling their own. The Times does say below the can, "... But
experts warn that some homemade antennas may violate FCC regulations and
cause interference with other Wi-Fi systems." I think "may" is probably
the wrong word here. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/15/technology/circuits/15comm.html?8dpc

> THANKS TO PUMPKIN PATROL VOLUNTEERS

Once again Sgt. Shawn Garrison of the NY State Police attended the last
Mt. Beacon Amateur Radio club in-person quarterly meeting on Sunday, 28
March. He handed out the Pumpkin Patrol 2003 participation certificates
for those in attendance from the October public service event.  You'll
remember we had 35 participants this past Halloween eve and Halloween
night covering 27 of the 28 bridge assignments in Dutchess County. 

Again, here were the participants in 2003: John (son of K2ROB),
K2CSS, K2ROB, KB2TJJ, KB2WGC, KC2AFK, KC2CPO, KC2EKI, KC2HEE, KC2HUT,
KC2HUV, KC2LIV, KC2LXY, KE2FI, KL7JCQ, Keith (father of N2XUB), N2CS,
N2DXL, N2FTR, N2JBA, N2JOM, N2LLS, N2MWE, N2OBY, N2SGT, N2SPF, N2TTO, 
N2XE,N2XUB,N2ZKX, N2ZON, W2AWX, W2PTF, WB2UWU, and WN2Y.

Thanks for your public service!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!  - Andrew, N2FTR@arrl.net

>  NPARC AUCTION date Changed!!

New Providence ARC Annual Club Auction. Friday, May 7, 2004 7PM-10PM.
Location: Salt Brook School Cafeteria on Maple St., New Providence, NJ
07974
Details and directions on club website http://qsl.net/nparc/
Thanks es 73
Al Hanzl
K2AL
k2al@arrl.net

>   TATA SKIRMISH COMING UP

Just a friendly reminder that the "TARA Skirmish" - Digital Prefix
Contest is coming up on April 17.

I hope as many of you as possible will join us for TARA's first running
of this contest and I really think you'll enjoy this contest a lot. 
Don't forget, this is the final contest for this year's "Four Season's

Tour'ney." It's going to be interesting to see who is going to take top
honor's in this year's Tour'ney. The results so far can be seen at: 
http://www.n2ty.org/seasons/tara_tourney_results.html 

If you want to learn more about the Tour'ney please go to:
http://www.n2ty.org/seasons/tara_tourney.html

Below I have sent you the official announcement for the TARA Skirmish,
please review if carefully!=20

73 de NY2U Bill Eddy
President of Troy ARA0
_ny2u@n2ty.org_ (mailto:ny2u@n2ty.org)

TARA Skirmish--Digital Prefix Contest--sponsored by Troy ARA,0000Z-2400Z
April 17.

Frequencies: 160-6 meters, work stations once per band. Categories:
High, Low (<100 W), Great (<20 W), QRP (<5 W), SWL. Exchange: Name and
Prefix.
Score: QSOs =D7 WPX prefixes =D7 power multiplier. (High =D70.5, Low
=D71, =Great =D72, QRP =D73) Multipliers count once per band. For more information:=20
_http://www.n2ty.org/seasons/tara_dpx_rules.html
(http://www.n2ty.org/seasons/tara_dpx_rules.html) or
_skirmish-manager@n2ty.org (mailto:skirmish-manager@n2ty.org)

Logs due May 15 via the contest score entry form at=20
_http://n2ty.org/seasons/tara_dpx_score.html_
(http://n2ty.org/seasons/tara_=dpx_score.html) 

> OPERATING TID BITS PICKED UP ON THE WEB

You might also consider SpotCollector, which is free via
www.qsl.net/dxlab .

SpotCollector can connect to up to 4 telnet clusters, the DX Summit
cluster (via the #CQDX IRC channel), and a local packet cluster (via 
a TNC). Duplicate spots are automatically discarded, and spots of the
same DX station in the same mode on the same frequency are combined 
into a single entry with "first heard" and "last heard" times; you can 
specify what "same frequency" means. Filters for Callsign, DXCC entity,
Band, Mode, Continent, and Origin (spotter location) are available, and
can be used in combination. See 
http://www.qsl.net/spotcollector/spotdatabase.jpg for a screenshot.

SpotCollector automatically interoperates with other members of the
DXLab Suite. It color-codes spots based on award progress in DXKeeper,
it will QSY your transceiver via Commander when you double-click on a
spot and will rotate your beam to the correct SP or LP heading via
DXview, it will plot spots on DXView's world map, it will set WinWarbler
to the correct digital mode (PSK31, PSK63, or RTTY) and audio offset,
and it will perform QSL route lookups via Pathfinder.

73,  Dave, AA6YQ

The Turtle Beach Santa Cruz is the best 16 bit sound card I have ever 
tested. What did I mean when I posted this sentiment? I meant that as a
tool for the transfer of analog signals using 16 bit A/D and D/A

1) It had the highest SNR of any tested
2) It had the lowest IMD of any tested
3) It had the lowest stereo cross-talk of any tested
4) It had the least disparity between published A/D, D/A rates and
reality of any tested
5) It had the largest total dynamic range of any tested.

I have used it repeatedly and for extended periods of time as my RTTY
card.  I do not do SO2R and never considered the lack of a mute on the
SHARED !! Line In/Mike circuit to be a problem since I only use hard
keyed FSK. There are separate plugs for Microphone and Line/In, but they
different only by the Microphone plug is followed by a microphone
amplifier.

I will put the results for this card on my home web page and then
publish the link here.

Bob McGwier, N4HY

* RARITAN BAY RADIO AMATEURS CELEBRATE 50th YEAR 

Hudson Division Director Frank Fallon, N2FF and Hudson Vice Director
Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, attended the April meeting of the Raritan Bay
Radio Amateurs which is celebrating its fiftieth year in 2004.  Some
thirty members were on hand at the Perth Amboy Yacht Club when RBRA
president "Skip" Gracon, K3GNZ, presented a fifty-dollar check to the
ARRL Foundation earmarked for the W1AW Fund.   Many thanks to the club
members and our hosts at dinner Skip and Marian K Gracon, N2NQW for a
lovely evening. 

* BUS TO DAYTON ANYONE?     

Bus Leaves THURSDAY MAY 13 - SUNDAY MAY 16, 2004 
VIA - Jersey Coast Chapter of the North America DX Assoc. (WR2DX)
14th Annual BUS Trip To Ham Mecca! 3 days of Hamming, Talks, Demos &
forums

Ham Radio & Computer gear - Old, New & what's coming Thousands &
thousands of dollars worth of door prizes 250 different companies
manning 650 Exhibit Booths, Indoors, 2,000 Flea Market & Tailgating
spaces, Outdoors.  Included in this Bus Trip for one Price :  Round Trip
transportation, to and from Dayton, Oh. + breakfast each morning.  All
Local transportation to and from Hara's Arena.  Motel for the 3 nights
and 4 days. With use of hot tub jacuzzi & pool.  Admission Tickets to
the Hamvention for the three days.

Other meals (lunch and dinners) NOT included. 

$335.00 pp/dbl.occ. (if needed, we will book U with a roommate)

$475.00 one person, own room

$575.00 OM & XYL + (Family) Special 

(NADXA members & Last year (2003) Bus Trip Participants, Deduct $ 20.00

Previous years Bus Trip attendees, Deduct $ 10.00 ) 

Bus leaves: NJ - Thurs. May 13th 2004 7:00 AM from GSPky. Rest Area
100.

Leave, Bordentown, NJ 8:00 AM Ramada Inn Rt. 206. just off exit 7 of NJ
Tpk.

Leave, Downingtown, PA. 9:30 AM Chester Sprg. Inn, formerly (Best
Western

Motel) Rt. 100 = mile South off Exit 312 (old 23) of the PA Tpk.

Return Sunday night, late (approx. 1:00 AM) May 16, 2004 

Reservations:   Contact: Mike DiPersio, KC2Q P.O. Box 357 Bradley Beach,
NJ 07720 

Telephone: (732) 774-1095 - cell # (908) 415-6162   e-mail kc2q@arrl.net
or nadxa@juno.com .

HAMFESTS:  Reminder - DAYTON is May 14, 15, and 16
17 Apr 2004 + Roseland ARC
http://www.qsl.net/k2gq
Contact:
Harvey Moskowitz, W2YWC
7 Burlington Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
Phone: 973-994-0637 
Email: harvmosk@aol.com
West Orange, NJ
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey 
+++++++++++++

18 Apr 2004 + Mt. Beacon ARC
http://www.qsl.net/mbarc
Contact:
Ken Akasofu, KL7JCQ
8C Hudson Harbor Dr., Apt. #8C
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-485-9617 
Email: kl7jcq@arrl.net
Poughkeepsie, NY
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York
+++++++++++++++++

22 May 2004 + East Greenbush ARA
http://www.com-tech.org/EGARA.html
Contact:
Chris Linck, N2NEH
6 Park Avenue
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Phone: 518-477-6915 
Email: n2neh@arrl.net
Rensselaer, NY
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York 
++++++++++++++++++

23 May 2004 + Great South Bay ARC
http://www.gsbarc.org
Contact:
Walter Wenzel, KA2RGI
373 15th Street
West Babylon, NY 11704
Phone: 631-669-3714 (days) or 631-957-0218 (eves until 10 PM) 
Email: ka2rgi@arrl.net
Massapequa, NY
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island 
+++++++++++++++++++++

29 May 2004 + Bergen ARA
http://www.bara.org
Contact:
Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Washington Township, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725 
Email: k2zo@arrl.net
Washington Township, NJ
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
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ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF
n2ff@arrl.org

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