Hudson Division Beacon – April 2005

ARRL Hudson Division
April 2005
Hudson Division Beacon - e-mail edition  - # 48

THE HUDSON DIVISION TEAM

Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue
East Williston, NY 11596
(516) 746-7652
n2ff@arrl.org

Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Vice Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
235 Van Emburgh Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450-2918
(201) 455-5924
ka2anf@arrl.org 

Hudson Division Home Page - http://www.hudson.arrl.org

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* HUDSON DIVISION AWARDS APPLICATIONS DEADLINE NEARS for 2005

It's time to start thinking about who should get an award.  Nominations
must be received by May 15th. Make a nomination, please.  Forms
available at ttp://www.hudson.arrl.org/hudawd05.htm  The 2005 Hudson
Division Awards Dinner will be held November 12th in NNJ and will be
hosted by the North Jersey DX Association.

The Hudson Division will present awards to outstanding amateurs
residing in the division in 2005.  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 May 15. The seven-member committee, composed of assistant directors
from each section, will announce the results in late June.

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.

* FIELD DAY INFO AVAILABLE ON LINE....

And please remember to make sure your club has a map to the Field Day
site available on line so folks can visit if they want.  Suppose a
Non-ham reads something in a local paper about field day and wants to
visit a site.  ARRL is holding "Bring an HT to Work Day" the week
before Field Day in hopes of stirring up interest in our emergency
communications and field day operations.  More information will be in
the next issue. Will interested folks find a map to the event on your
club site.  Why have a GOTA station if you are not getting visitors?

See http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms/05-fd-packet.pdf  for the
35 page Field Day package or
http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms/index.html#FD  if you just need
forms.

* ATLANTICON 2005 A SUCCESS AT TIMONIUM

If you are interested in QRP this was the place to be on April 1, and
2, 2005. AmQRP.ORG, the American QRP Club, formerly the New Jersey QRP
Group, again sponsored the event at the Timonium, MD Holiday Inn across
the road from the Timonium Hamfest.  It is undoubtedly the largest QRP
event on the East Coast with more than 150 attendees and some of the
biggest names in the QRP world.  For $10 you get a printed copy of the
proceedings, a snazzy nametag, the forums, a box lunch with a soft
drink and unlimited coffee. But the best value is a printed circuit
board kit with parts shipped out weeks before the event to participants
so they can build it and enter the contest build around the circuit at
the event.  This year's project was a 10Mhz oscillator that was judged
for accuracy and stability.  See http://www.njqrp.org/atlanticon/   At
http://www.njqrp.org/atlanticon/Atlanticon%202005/index.html you will
find a report of what transpired this year and soon there will be
pictures.

As one guy said during the weekend: "How on earth can you guys provide
all this for just the $10 registration fee??! We have incredible
facilities, outstanding speakers flown in from all corners of the
country, a free lunch provided for everyone, printed proceedings of all
the papers, and even a kit!" 

It really is an amazing high-powered event for QRP enthusiasts.  You
are not too late to plan for 2006. 

* SNOWED IN AT DENVER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

Perhaps you read about the storm that dumped two feet of snow on
Denver on Sunday April 10th? Well that's part of the reason I was not
at the Mt. Beacon Hamfest.  I was in Denver attending the the ARRL
Executive Committee meeting so there was no way I could be at the Mt.
Beacon Hamfest.  I thought I had seen all the snow I was going to see
for this season, but that was not to be.  We finished the EC meeting on
Saturday evening knowing that we were in for a big storm that would
start early Sunday morning and probably strand most of us at the hotel.
 Denver TV stations had been preparing the locals for the worst for
days.   By 7 AM Sunday morning there was plenty of snow, sleet, wind,
ice and stranded cars surrounding the hotel and a closed airport.  The
weather was much better at the Mt. Beacon Hamfest.  Instead of getting
home at 6 PM Sunday night I made it home a little after 1 AM on Tuesday
morning.

But the EC meeting was very interesting and historic in a number
of ways.  We discussed our BPL strategy and came to consensus on a
"regulation by bandwidth" proposal that will be filed later this year
by ARRL, if the full ARRL Board votes to do that at its July meeting. 
If enacted by the FCC, after hearings, in about three years it will
shape the future of how we view and use our Amateur frequencies.  There
are five votes on the EC, only the directors set policy, and I was
proud to be one of those five votes.   We have been dealing with this
issue for almost three years at this point. We have vacillated and
changed our minds a few times on detailed issues after member comments
but the general consensus of the fifteen directors is that this is a
good idea that we need to do.  But we will not move forward until after
the July Board meeting.  We have asked twice for member comments on the
issue.

The proposal entails regulating by bandwidth rather than mode as
we currently do and comes about as a result of the growth of digital
modes and the threat this poses to legacy modes such as CW, which most
of us still love and use.  Under current regulations digital modes, no
matter how wide, are confined to frequencies shared with CW operations.
 On twenty meters digital operation is permitted between 14.000 and
14.150.  Through gentleman's agreements digital operators usually stay
above 14060 except during a contest.  There is currently no FCC rule
which forbids digital operators from going below any point in the CW
band.  Many FCC license holders do not realize this.  With the growth
of sound card software and some fairly wide new digital modes CW
operation faces a real threat of digital expansion in signal width and
frequency use.  Regulation by bandwidth is an effort to structure this
expansion and growth that will surely continue in future years.  It
means that you will have to paste a new chart at your operating
position to tell you where you can operate.

See http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/04/13/1/?nc=1  and  the
FAQ's at 
http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/bandwidth/bw-faq.html for more
details.  There is a lot of misinformation and half-truths floating
around various places on the Internet concerning this proposal.  The
FAQ's are almost must reading for this reason.

Here is what the ARRL Web had to say about the decision:
"Acting on the premise that the amateur bands must have flexibly and
comfortably accommodate present and future operating modes and
technologies over the long haul, the ARRL Executive Committee has
reached consensus on recommendations to the ARRL Board of Directors for
a regulation-by-bandwidth proposal. Meeting April 9 in Denver, the
panel adopted recommendations that will form the basis of a draft ARRL
petition to the FCC seeking to govern the usage of amateur spectrum by
emission bandwidth rather than by mode. The proposals remain only EC
recommendations at this point. Nothing will be filed with the FCC until
the ARRL Board of Directors gives its go-ahead. Five of the 15 voting
Directors sit on the EC. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, says a key
principle underlying the League initiative is that the amateur
community must shoulder the responsibility for resolving conflicts
among potentially conflicting modes and not expect--or wait for--the
FCC to impose its own solutions."

THE BPL SCENE......

Make sure you visit the ARRL Grassroots Booth at Dayton and pick
up a few STOP BPL bumper stickers.

From Texas comes news of a state bill to help BPL and utilities:
As drafted, the bill establishes a state regulatory framework for
electric utilities, municipally owned utilities and electric
cooperatives to develop and deploy BPL systems in Texas. It would allow
utilities to lease their power lines to other concerns to operate BPL
systems. The measure also would authorize a utility, should it chose to
do so, to recover its BPL investment from ratepayers. A utility
offering BPL would only have to consider 40 percent of its BPL revenues
as income in rate proceedings. Texas ARRM members are working hard to
stop this bill from being passed.  See
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/04/26/1/?nc=1  for details.

If you are not sure what BPL is all about visit
http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/  for a wealth of information
including video and audio files.  You could spend all week digesting
the information available there. Don't overlook the sidebar on this
page.

> WHAT'S THE HUDSON DIVISION VICE DIRECTOR BEEN DOING.......

For the past four months I have been busy traveling throughout the
Division.  January started with a trip to Long Island where I took in
Ham Radio University.  What a wonderful time!  This is not a hamfest,
this is a day of learning.  I truly enjoyed participating in the ARES
forum and the Skywarn Forum.  If you have never attended Ham Radio
University, plan to do it next year.  It's worth the trip!  Thank you,
to George Tranos, N2GA and Diane Ortiz, K2DO along with so many others
for making this event a success!

Also, in January, we had the Hudson Division Cabinet Meeting,
which unfortunately for me, I had to leave early due to a flood in my
basement caused by eager workers doing siding on my house! 
Representatives from every club in the Hudson Division were invited to
this Cabinet/Club Presidents meeting along with three Section Managers,
and the Assistant Directors.  Your Director, Frank Fallon, N2FF, is one
of the few ARRL Directors who holds these meetings.  We are very
fortunate in that respect.  Logistics is also on our side in the Hudson
Division.  We don't have very far to drive, compared to the other
Divisions.  

Following the Cabinet meeting, I was off to the ARRL Board Meeting
in Newington, CT.  Again, location is another plus for us in the Hudson
Division. We are lucky to have the ARRL Headquarters pretty much in our
backyard.  Its only a 2 1/2 hour drive (even if the return trip from CT
to NJ was during a Blizzard this year).

February found me hitting the road again, traveling to Long Island
for the LIMARC Hamfest.  A perfect day for the first hamfest of the
season!  It was nice to socialize with everyone.  The winter was
definitely too long for most of us and the attendance showed that
everyone was ready to get out and see what goodies awaited them at the
hamfest tables!

March found me in New Jersey, traveling to the Split Rock Hamfest
in Parsippany, NJ.  Familiar territory for me, and it was wonderful,
again, to see so many eager hams all in one place. What a nice turnout,
Spring must be on the way! Then, on the very next weekend, I was off to
the Cherryville Repeater Association Hamfest in Clinton, NJ.  The
morning started off in some areas of the Division with yet another
blast of winter, and more snow!  While I was able to brave the
overnight snow that covered the ground in northern NJ (interesting to
note was that at the hamfest in Cherryville there was NO SNOW to be
seen!), there was enough to keep our Director snowed in out on Long
Island that day.  Winter just seemed to want to keep hanging on!  

On the evening of March 14th, I visited the WECA club in White
Plains, NY as their evening's guest speaker.  Familiar territory for
me, as I had attended there before when they hosted the last
Convention/Hamfest back a few years ago.  It was good to meet and greet
everyone there.  Thank you for making me feel so welcomed!

Public Service work has been popping up on many repeaters and
frequencies as April has brought much in the way of rain.. Many of our
friends in Oakland and Wayne, NJ had to be evacuated due to several
days of flooding associated with over 6 inches of rain in a single
week. All this occurred around the same time of the TOPOFF III Drill,
in which local and regional ARES groups were active.  By working with
our served agencies, such as the American Red Cross, in times of local
disasters, like flooding, we are able to bring the presence of amateur
radio to those who might not know of us and our work within the
community.

A few radio clubs have recently hosted Auctions. In fact, some of
them were almost back to back, with the 10-70 Repeater Association
having one mid-week as part of their April Meeting, followed two days
later, by one at New Providence ARC in New Providence. NJ.  I was lucky
enough to be able to attend both of these fun-filled events; I was also
pleased to see such a nice turnout of people and equipment at both. In
fact, not only was there a great collection of equipment at bargain
prices to be found, the turnout at New Providence, was a record!  There
must have been close to, if not more than 100 folks in attendance! 
Congratulations!.(and thanks for letting me pick my own ticket for one
of the door prizes (no, I didn't keep the prize!!!)).

Today, as I write this, I have just returned from a wonderful
Sunday outing, to the Mount Beacon Hamfest in Beekman, NY.  Many thanks
to everyone in the ENY Section, especially, Colleen Scalia - KC2HUT,
for her hard work and dedication in making this Hamfest a success!  She
has a fine staff of dedicated volunteers helping her! Thank you all for
your hospitality and friendship.

After speaking with many of you at the Hamfest, I was lucky to
have the perfect top off to a perfect Sunday Hamfest.  That was a visit
to the contest station of Ray, W2RE.  Thank you to the Hudson Valley
Contesters for making me feel welcome.  Frank and I would love to come
and speak to your club soon!  Thank you to Ray, xyl, Lori KB2HZI and
his family for putting up with all of us as we enjoyed gawking at his 3
Towers of stacked monobanders and tribanders.  It's always a pleasure
to spend time with you! 

As I look to the future, I'm glad to see that there is even more
in the way of hamfests and club meetings on my horizon. It's always
nice to travel throughout the Division, meeting people and making new
friends.  Remember, I am seeking nominations for the Awards we will be
giving at the Hudson Division Dinner, in November 2005.  I have had a
few.but there's always room in my mailbox for more.  I need some more
nominations especially for Technical Achievement and Grand Ole Ham. 
Let me hear from you soon!  As always, info on this can be found on the
ARRL Hudson Division page www.hudson.arrl.org/

Also, in the coming months, there are many Skywarn Training
Classes being offered throughout the Division. If you are even just
slightly interested in Skywarn and/or Weather, now is a good time to
take advantage of these free classes offered by the National Weather
Service (the NWS is one of many officially served agencies of Amateur
Radio).  Not only are these classes fun to attend, they are highly
informative, and you can bring your friends and entire family too, as
even the non-hams among us can become Skywarn Spotters (and maybe see a
side of Amateur Radio they never saw before)!   And, as I found out
last September, weather not only can, but it usually does, play a major
role in our Public Service events.  

73,  Joyce, KA2ANF  - ARRL Hudson Division, Vice Director

* DXERS Visit NJDXA Web Site

There is a wealth of information on the NJDXA site if your are
interested in DX.  See http://usats.com/ce-dx.html for NA2M's DX tips.
Interesting stuff if you are chasing DX. For a picture of NA2M see 
http://www.njdxa.org/whats-new.php

Want to get your DX cards, see
http://www.njdxa.org/buro/paypal.php  You have to join to get the cards
sent to you.  The  bottom line is that http://www.njdxa.org/ is an
interest site.  It's also a great club to join if your are interested
in DX and QSLing.

HAMFESTS: 

21 May 2005 + East Greenbush Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.520
Contact: Thomas Scorsone, KC2FCP
1310 10th Avenue 
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: 518-272-1494 
Email: kc2fcp@aol.com
East Greenbush, NY
East Greenbush Firehouse Dept. #3
Phillips Road
Sect: Eastern New York 
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28 May 2005 +         BARA Annual Spring Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
http://www.bara.org
Talk-In: 146.19/146.79 (PL 141.3)
Contact: Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North 
Washington Township, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725 
Email: k2zo@arrl.net
Washington Township, NJ
Westwood Regional Jr. / Sr. High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Sect: Northern New Jersey 
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5 Jun 2005 +         Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club
http://www.HOSARC.org
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5); 146.52 Simplex
Contact: Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323 
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599 
Email: WB2KDG@arrl.net
Queens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot
47-01 111th Street 
Flushing Meadow - Corona Park 
Sect: New York City-Long Island 
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12 Jun 2005 +         LIMARC Outdoor Hamfair & Electronics Flea Market
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
http://www.limarc.org
Talk-In: 146.85 (PL 136.5)
Contact:
Rick Bressler, K2RB
c/o Sign-A-Rama 
34A Hempstead Turnpike 
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: 516-526-6975 
Fax: 516-756-2921
Email: hamfest@limarc.org
Bethpage, NY
Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Sect: New York City-Long Island 
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18 Jun 2005 +          W2QW HAMFEST
Raritan Valley Radio Club
http://www.w2qw.org
Talk-In: 146.625 (PL 141.3) & 442.250 (PL 141.3)
Contact:
Jim Roselli, N2GMA
60 Perrine Pike 
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Phone: 908-334-0197 
Email: jrkr@patmedia.net
Piscataway, NJ
Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Road
Sect: Northern New Jersey
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ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF
n2ff@arrl.org

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