Hudson Division Beacon – April 2006

April 2006
         Hudson Division Beacon - e-mail edition  - # 61
         Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
          30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
                   (516) 746-7652  
          Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Vice Director, Hudson Division,
            235 Van Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-2918
          (201) 455-5924  and
             Hudson Division Home Page -

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ALERT!!!  Mt. Beacon hamfest this Sunday.  A good portion of it is
indoors so rain is no problem.

===> IT'S HUDSON DIVISION AWARD TIME AGAIN - Nominations Please!!!!!!

It's time to start thinking about who should get an award.  Make a
nomination, please.  Forms available at  The 2006 Hudson Division
Awards Dinner will be held Saturday night, November 11th in NNJ and
will be hosted by the Bergen Amateur Radio Association.
     The Hudson Division will present awards to outstanding amateurs
residing in the division in 2006.  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    Please return completed
applications to Hudson Division Vice Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF
by May 23. 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.


The Bergen Amateur Radio Association will host the 2006 Hudson Division
Awards Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Saddle Brook, New Jersey on
November 11th, a Saturday night.  We will have a very good view from
the 12 floor.  Some attendees may want to work a little HT DX.  The
location is at the junction of Route 80 and the Garden State Parkway. 
Ticket price will be the same as last year, $48 per person.  Please
join us to honor all those receiving a division award.  Ticket and ad
applications will soon be available on the division web site.  BARA
President Tony Izzo, K2AMI promises that tickets will be sold at the
BARA Hamfest.  No tickets will be sold the night of the event.  Ticket
sales will close October 27th.  Please don't leave it to the last

You can see the Holiday Inn from route 80.  It's the round building on
the south side of the road.  It will be pretty hard to get lost this

Thanks to the BARA board for taking on the host job in 2006 and a
special thanks to President , Tony Izzo, K2AMI and Jim Joyce, K2ZO for
doing the leg work.


Saturday June 3rd there will be a joint Hudson Division Cabinet and
Club Presidents Meeting starting at 9:30 at the Paramus Congregational
Church.   Bagels and coffee will be served at 9 AM.  Assistant
Directors and Club Presidents or their representatives are invited to
attend.  Please let Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Hudson Division Vice
Director know you are coming.  Send e-mail to:  ka2anf 

The main emphasis of this meeting is going to be clubs.  Vice Director,
Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF is going to put together a program for clubs
and the services that ARRL has for them.  There will also be an
opportunity for club leaders to network and discuss common issues.

Coffee and bagels will be provided and I plan to start the meeting
promptly at 9:30.  We will provide pizza for lunch. The meeting will
end by 2 PM.  Please bring your ideas and input.  If you have any
for the agenda please send me an e-mail at

All division affiliated clubs should send a representative if the
president is unable to attend.  Topics to be covered include Grassroots
Political Action, BPL Strategy, Regulation by Bandwidth Proposal, and
License Restructuring Part II. The last hour of the meeting will be for
club representatives to network and help develop strategies for issues
facing local clubs.

Paramus Congregational Church entrance is through the basement on the
side of the church - 205 Spring Valley Road Paramus, NJ 07652

1) From New York City GWB to NJ.  Take Route 4 West to the Paramus
area. Exit at the Spring Valley Road Exit (go right, toward
Oradell/River Edge).  Go through the light and the church is the second
one on the left almost across from the Middle school. Entrance is the
basement on side of the church.

2) From Route 17 North and South, Take the Century Road Exit and go
East toward River Edge.  Go up hill through light, down hill to next
light and turn Left. Paramus High School is on your left.  Go to second
church on the left.


Yes it is here!  NNJ is lucky.  No BPL tests there, yet.  But it is a
different story in New York.  Briacliff Manaor continues to be a
problem as the small test site there remains out of compliance despite
constant and repeated complaints from ARRL. (You did ask your
congressman to co sponsor H. Res. 230.?)  That may be our sole chance
to get the FCC to revisit their flawed BPL regulations and
implementation of them.) There is supposed to be a test site in
Manhattan at one apartment site.  We are not sure if it has yet gone
active.  Freeport is reported to have filed for a test.  Then there is
the planned LIPA test in Commack/Hauppague involving some 105 business
and residences.  LIPA will shortly announce who they will award the
contract to for the test.

A BIG THANKS to all the LI ARRL members who became involved and wrote
letters to LIPA officials and others.  It paid off!  We have had a very
positive response from LIPA chairman, Richard Kessel, who I am told was
a ham while in high school.  We are in the process of arranging a
meeting with LIPA technical staff and our BPL team and Ed Hare, W1RFI.
As a result of those letters and some behind the scenes work on the
part of five LI hams who knew LIPA board members we have made contact
with LIPA technical staff and are in the process of setting up a
meeting with them before May 15th.   Your letters proved to LIPA that
there was a lot of concern among hams who are also LIPA rate payers.
We might not have been successful in getting a meeting without those

I have asked ARRL Assistant Director, Richard Rosner, N2STU, to chair
our Division BPL effort.  Rich is a PE, an electrical engineer and a
master electrician who will coordinate the effort to monitor the
various test sites in the division and lead the teams which will work
with the various utilities to make sure they deploy systems that are
ham friendly.  While we are not out to stop BPL in its tracks, we do
want utilities to employ a technology that is not going to pollute our
precious RF spectrum.

If you are not sure what BPL is please visit the ARRL web site where
there is a wealth of information -

Ed Hare, W1RFI,  ARRL's Lab Director has organized a massive amount of
information there.  It's actually "BPL 101" and you should get college
credit if you read all the technical information there.  The video and
recording are very interesting.


The ongoing BPL battles in Manassas, Virginia, and Briarcliff Manor,
New York, underscore the need for better FCC rules to protect
radiocommunication systems from BPL interference. House Resolution 230
(H Res 230), introduced by Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR, of Arkansas, calls on
the FCC to "conduct a full and complete analysis" of radio interference
from BPL, particularly with regard to public safety radio systems.

"Members of Congress need to hear constituents' concerns about BPL
interference while they are in their home districts this week and
next," ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, observed this
week. "Rep Ross has been joined by six co-sponsors, but more support is
needed to move this legislation along."

H Res 230 recently received a boost when the March issue of NPSTC
Spectrum, the newsletter of the National Public Safety
Telecommunications Council, carried an article, "Ham Radio and Public
Safety Ask for FCC Reevaluation of Broadband over Power Lines." The
article notes "significantly high levels of potential interference in
the VHF low band 30 to 50 MHz range" in several test locations.

A sample letter
is available for ARRL members to use as a starting point in contacting
their congressional representatives. ARRL members logging onto the
Members-Only portion of the ARRL Web site
<> will see contact information for
their Member of Congress. Alternatively, visit

When writing, please send a copy of your letter to ARRL's Government
Relations firm: Chwat & Company Inc, ATTN: Eric Heis, KI4NFC, 625
Slaters Ln--Suite 103 Alexandria, VA 22314; Fax 703-684-7594;

==> NPSTC and APCO (FINALLY) Speak OUT on BPL and supports H. Res. 230

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (pronounced
nipstick) or as they call themselves "the collective voice of public
safety communications"  has come out in support of H. Res. 230 and
wants the FCC to "revisit and revise" its BPL rules. So has APCO, The
Association of Public Safety Officials International.  This is an
important event in support of ARRL's push to get the FCC to revisit BP
See also the NPSTC newsletter at


The ARRL VEC now can process license renewals for vanity call sign
holders for a modest fee. The service is available to ARRL members and
nonmembers, although League members will pay less. Routine, non-vanity
renewals continue to be processed at no cost for ARRL members. In
addition, ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, points out that trustees
of club stations with vanity call signs may renew either via the
Universal Licensing System (ULS) or through a Club Station Call Sign
Administrator, such as ARRL VEC.

"2006 is an appropriate year for the ARRL VEC to implement this
service, since the licenses of the many radio amateurs who obtained
their vanity call signs as a result of the FCC program that went into
effect in 1996 will expire this year," Somma said. The first of those
licenses are due to expire in June.

"As the FCC has already noted, licensees who want to keep their vanity
call signs must pay the regulatory fee, currently $21.90 for the
10-year license term, when renewing their licenses," Somma noted.
"Licensees who don't want to pay the mandatory regulatory fee to retain
a vanity call sign may request a sequentially issued call sign at the
time of renewal."

The FCC has proposed to reduce the vanity call sign regulatory fee to
$20.10 for the 10-year license term. The new fee, if adopted, would go
into effect in August or September.

Amateur Radio licensees may file for renewal only within 90 days of
their license expiration date. All radio amateurs must have an FCC
Registration Number (FRN) before filing any application with the
Commission. Applicants can obtain an FRN by going to the ULS
<> and
clicking on the "New Users Register" link. You must supply your Social
Security Number to obtain an FRN.

Those holding specifically requested call signs issued prior to 1996
are exempt from the vanity call sign regulatory fee. That's because
Congress did not authorize the FCC to collect regulatory fees until
1993. Such heritage call sign holders do not appear as vanity licensees
in the ULS Amateur Radio database.

Somma says the ARRL's new license renewal/modification Web pages
contain complete information on license-filing procedures, including
step-by-step instructions on how to renew or update a license using the
FCC's ULS site and a schedule of fees.

League members should visit the "ARRL Member Instructions for License
Renewals or Changes" page
<>. The
"Instructions for License Renewals or Changes" page
<> covers general
renewal procedures for nonmembers. There's additional information on
the ARRL VEC's "FCC License Renewals and ARRL License Expiration
Notices" page <>.


ARRL recently began to put some pressure on a key congressman in New
Jersey to sign onto H. Res. 230. 
As one part of our efforts to combat the interference potential of
broadband over power lines (BPL), the ARRL is supporting House
Resolution 230. H. Res. 230 (note that it is not abbreviated H.R. 230 -
that's a different piece of legislation) was introduced last April by
Congressman Mike Ross of Arkansas. It expresses the sense of the House
of Representatives that the FCC should reconsider and revise its rules
for BPL "based on a comprehensive evaluation of the interference
potential of those systems to public safety services and other licensed
radio services."

Congressman, Mike Ferguson, is a member of the House Subcommittee on
Telecommunications and the Internet. He will play an important role in
deciding whether H. Res. 230 will be considered. Therefore, it is
especially important that ARRL members in the 7th District contact Rep.
Ferguson to ask for his support.

Emails were sent to all ARRL members in the congressman's district with
copies of sample letter.  Our Washington lobbyist is about to make a
visit to congressman's DC office to ask for support.  He needs to be
able to show that there is support for the measure among constituents
in New Jersey.  You did write a letter to your congressman on this
issue, I hope? 

== Hello" Campaign Provides Rallying Point to Promote Amateur Radio
(Mar 15, 2006) -- The first components of the ARRL's "Hello" Amateur
Radio public relations campaign now are available. "This campaign will
give hams the tools they need to reach out in their communities to
non-hams and influence their perception of Amateur Radio," says ARRL
Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, who conceived
the campaign and is its principal Headquarters contact. The "Hello"
campaign is aimed at recasting Amateur Radio in the light of the 21st
century and focus on its universal appeal. At the same time, it will
mark the 100th anniversary of what many historians consider the first
voice radio broadcast in 1906 by Reginald Fessenden.
For more details see:

==> Vanity call sign fee poised to drop slightly later this year

The FCC wants to reduce the Fiscal Year 2006 regulatory fee to obtain
an Amateur Radio vanity call sign to $20.10 for the 10-year license
term. The current vanity fee is $21.90. The Commission proposed the new
fee in a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), "Assessment and
Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2006," in MD Docket
06-68, released March 27. If ordered as proposed, the new vanity fee
would become effective in August or September. The FCC is obligated to
collect nearly $289 million in regulatory fees during FY 2006 to fund
its operations.

Comments on the proposed fee schedule are due Friday, April 14. Reply
comments are due Friday, April 21. The FCC has projected collecting
$171,188 in vanity call sign fee receipts from 8500 applications in FY

The vanity call sign fee has assumed somewhat greater significance this
year as the renewal window is about to open for the first Amateur Radio
licenses assigned vanity call signs in 1996. Applicants who wish to
keep their post-1995 vanity call signs must pay the vanity call sign
regulatory fee in effect at the time the renewal application reaches
the FCC. Any Amateur Radio renewal application may only be filed within
90 days of the license expiration date.

Amateur Radio licensees holding vanity call signs granted prior to 1996
do not have to pay a regulatory fee when renewing. This is because
Congress did not begin requiring the FCC to annually recover its
regulatory costs until 1993. Additionally, such licensees are not
specifically tagged as vanity call sign holders in the ULS.          de
ARRL Bulletin 5  ARLB005

===> BPL News =====


See  and for the latest

==> League Views BPL Manufacturer's Interference Abatement Efforts with
(Mar 22, 2006) -- A demonstration at ARRL Headquarters of DS2 BPL
equipment suggests the manufacturer is working to minimize--if not
altogether eliminate--interference from its products on amateur bands,
ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, says. Hare met with two DS2
officials earlier this month to discuss the company's improved approach
to Amateur Radio band notching techniques. Based upon his observations
during a demonstration of DS2's latest generation G2 technology, Hare
says he's cautiously optimistic. A spectrum analyzer check of the
modem's output showed the G2 modem could attain a notch depth of up to
40 dB.  Full story

==> ARRL Field Day 2006 packages, rules now available (Feb 6, 2006) --
The 2006 ARRL Field Day package at ( and rules (HTML
version) (PDF version) now are available on the ARRL Web site. "The
only rule change in 2006 involves the GOTA ('Get On The Air') station
bonus-point structure," says ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson,
N1ND. "An individual operator may earn a 50-point bonus for completing
50 QSOs at the GOTA station. They may earn an additional 50 bonus
points when they reach 100 QSOs." Henderson notes there's a 100-QSO cap
for bonus points per individual GOTA operator, but additional GOTA
operators may earn the bonuses for the club, up to a maximum of 500
GOTA bonus points. "Additionally, Field Day operations can double their
GOTA bonus points by having a designated GOTA Coach/Mentor supervise
the station whenever it's on the air," Henderson notes. "The GOTA
Coach/Mentor may talk the participants through the QSOs and serve as
control operator, but GOTA participants must make and log all QSOs
themselves." This means that if a Field Day group has a GOTA
Coach/Mentor, the 50 and 100-point bonuses GOTA operators earn will
double to 100 and 200 points respectively, while the maximum GOTA bonus
increases to 1000 points. ARRL Field Day 2006 will be Saturday and
Sunday, June 24-25.

You may want to invite your local congressional representative to Field
Day.  There are extra points for that activity and it's a chance to get
more co-sponsors for H. Res. 230.


Some clubs are still not sending me PDF file!

It was not easy coming up with a winner this month.  For some reason
(Easter/Passover holidays perhaps) very few PDF files were submitted
this month.  Some of the submissions had no pictures.  All the winners
so far have had at least one picture.  There has to be someone in the
club with a digital camera.  Pictures really tell a story and they make
people in the club feel good about themselves.  They are a win win.

The newsletter of the month is "The BARA Bulletin" from the Bergen
Amateur Radio Association and editor Phil Barber, WA2LXE for their
March issue.  One picture put them over the top.  Congratulations.

Only division newsletters that are in PDF files will be eligible.
(PDFing files can save a club a lot of postage.)  Make sure your club
is sending a newsletter each month to .  Yes, it is
possible that a club can be selected for "Newsletter of the Month" more
than once in any year.   In September 2006 we will announce the winner
for the "Newsletter of the Year" from among the twelve monthly awards.
Division Assistant Directors will be asked to vote on the issue they
liked best. The club editor of the issue with the most votes will be
awarded a plaque for his or her efforts at keeping the club and the
division informed and entertained. 

==> Military CW in 1925....

CW isn't history, but this Army CW Training Manual sure is!  Tree N6TR
has made the PDF version available on his Web site at And when they say to
copy the characters, you WILL copy the characters!  De ARRL Contest
Rate Sheet...

==> NNJ 2006 SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes

All Classes Are Free and are conducted by the NWS Upton NY.  See

1 - Union County NJ  Tuesday April 25, 2005 - 7:00 to 9:00 PM -
Location:  Kean University - University Center, 1000 Morris Avenue,
Union NJ 07083
For More Information: Kymm Balinth-Regan - KY2MMM - Union County NJ
SKYWARN Coordinator Email:
2. Passaic County NJ Tuesday - May 2 2006 - 7:00 to 9:00 PM Location:
Passaic County Public Safety Academy (Auditorium)
300 Oldham Road, Wayne NJ 07470 For More Information Ken Neiglos -
WX2KEN - Passaic County NJ SKYWARN Coordinator Email:

3. Bergen County NJ - Wednesday - May 3 2006 - 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute, 281 Campgaw
Road, Mahwah NJ 07430
For More Information - Mike Adams - WA2MWT - Bergen County NJ SKYWARN
Coordinator Email:

==> Major Marconi Exhibit Opens April 24 in the UK
 (Apr 21, 2006) -- Marconi's grandson Guglielmo and his daughter
Princess Elettra will attend the opening of a major new Marconi
exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, England
on April 24. The exhibition -- called "Wireless World: Marconi and the
Making of Radio" -- covers the history of radio from Marconi's early
demonstrations in the 1880s to the beginning of regular public
broadcasts in the 1920s. It will be open until October 1, 2006.  See
full story at

I hope to get to see this exhibit when I am in England in May.  Looks
interesting!  Remember also, Marconi's mother was Irish. 

==> YX0A operator reported SK, DXpedition adopts memorial call sign
(Apr 21, 2006) -- YX0A Aves Island DXpedition team member Jos‚ "Joe"
Manuel Vald‚s Rodriguez, YV5LIX, reportedly died on the tiny Caribbean
island April 21. He was 57. A radio amateur since 1987, Vald‚s was well
known around the world as a DXer and contester on HF and VHF. Esteban
Romagni, W4DTA/YV5DTA, reports in an e-mail shared with ARRL that his
longtime friend suffered a heart attack, and the two physicians with
the DXpedition team were unable to resuscitate him. Vald‚s' death, at
around 0400 UTC, occurred shortly after the YX0A DXpedition got under
way. Since the news began circulating, hams around the globe have been
posting condolence messages on the DX Summit Web site. The Aves Island
DXpedition reportedly has obtained permission to use the memorial call
sign YX0LIX until the DXpedition ends on or about May 1. Members of the
Association of Radioamateurs of Venezuela and the Grupo DX Caracas are
sponsoring the Aves Island (Isla de Aves) DXpedition. Vald‚s was the
DXpedition's digital modes coordinator and reportedly was planning to
concentrate on digital modes during the last few days of operation.

 HAMFESTS ==============   The Season is about to start.........

23 Apr 2006+Mt. Beacon ARC
Talk-In: 146.970 (PL 100) or (PL 123 North & West)
Contact:Rich Otis, N2ZKX
PO Box 4028
Middletown, NY 10941
Phone: 845-344-2720 or 845-649-8112
Email: n2zkx@arrl.netLaGrangeville, NY
Tymor Park
249 Duncan Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York
29 Apr 2006+OMARC Tailgate Hamfest
Ocean-Monmouth Radio Club
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3) & 443.00 +5 MHz (PL 127.3)
Contact:Jeff Harshman, N2LXM
PO Box 267
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Phone: 732-922-0816
Email: n2lxm@juno.comWall Township, NJ
InfoAge Project Diana Site
Marconi Road, Camp Evans
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey ===========================================
13 May 2006+W2EGB 3rd Annual Hamfest
East Greenbush ARA
Talk-In: 147.270
Contact:Thomas Scorsone, KC2FCP
1310 10th Avenue
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: 518-272-1494
Email: kc2fcp@aol.comRensselaer, NY
Phillips Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York  ============================================
27 May 2006+Anual Spring BARA Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/79 (PL 141.3)
Contact:James Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676

Phone: 201-664-6725
Email: k2zo@arrl.netTownship of Washington, NJ
Westwood Regional JR/SR High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
4 Jun 2006+HOSARC Hamfest
Hall of Science ARC
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5); 146.52
Contact:Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
Email: WB2KDG@arrl.netQueens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot
47-01 111th Street
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
11 Jun 2006+LIMARC Hamfest
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.85 (PL 136.5)
Contact:Rick Bressler, K2RB
50 Lindbergh Street
Locust Valley, NY 11560
Phone: 516-526-6975
Fax: 516-756-2921
Email: kc2tt@aol.comBethpage, NY
Briarcliff College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
17 Jun 2006+W2QW Hamfest
Raritan Valley Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.625 (PL 141.3); 442.25 (PL 141.25)
Contact:John Weber, WA2C
51 Stanton Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 609-636-7251
Email: johnwa2c@msn.comPiscataway, NJ
Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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