Hudson Division Beacon – April 2007

                                        April  2007
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 73
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, ARRL
235 Van Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-2918
(201) 455-5924  and
Hudson Division Home Page –

ARRL Members

Please continue to spread the word to others that 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 ( 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

OMARC and Mt. Beacon hamfests this weekend see listing at the bottom.

Please start thinking about who you would like to nominate for a Hudson
Division Award in 2007.  Forms are now available at   Deadline for submission is
May 25th.   Awards dinner in November.

New Jersey was particularly hard hit by recent rain and high tides.  I
hope by now you have begun to dry out.  Kudos to BARA and Tony Izzo,
K2AMI, for jumping in and providing Ham operators for a number of Red
Cross shelters in the Paramus/Bergen County area.  I hope that those
other clubs and groups that helped out had PIOs feed the story to the
local media.  We do need to blow our horn here so the public knows that
we have not been replaced by the Internet.

A BIG THANKS to BARA and NYC ARES for their response to this


Latest update on this issue at

ARRL releases statement on Red Cross background check policy (Mar 9,
2007) — ARRL — the National Association for Amateur Radio, has
released a position statement regarding the implementation of a
background check procedure by the American Red Cross.  See:  The statement was
released to address ARRL members’ concerns prior to a March 31, 2007,
compliance deadline the Red Cross has set. The application of the
background check policy to Amateur Radio operators providing
communication services to the Red Cross — either as Red Cross
volunteers or as Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) members — is
the subject of continuing discussions between the ARRL and the Red
Cross. Therefore, the position statement is subject to change. The ARRL
will announce any such revisions and updates on this Web site.

(N2FF comment: The bottom line is that the Red Cross still does not
have it right.  So think very carefully before you decide to comply
with their current version of the security check.)

==> ARRL Aiding Effort to Mitigate Repeater Interference to Military
(Apr 17, 2007) — The ARRL has been working with the US Department of
Defense to develop a plan to mitigate alleged interference from 70 cm
ham radio repeaters to military radar systems on both coasts. Amateur
Radio is secondary to government users from 420 to 450 MHz and must not
interfere with primary users. Citing an increasing number of
interference complaints, the US Air Force has asked the FCC to order
dozens of repeater systems to either mitigate interference to the “PAVE
PAWS” radars or shut down. The Commission has not yet responded. The
situation affects 15 repeaters within less than 100 miles of Otis Air
Force Base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and more than 100 repeaters
within some 140 miles of Beale Air Force Base near Sacramento,
California. ARRL Regulatory Information Specialist Dan Henderson, N1ND,
stresses that the Defense Department acknowledges Amateur Radio’s value
in disasters and emergencies and is being extremely cooperative — and
a wholesale shutdown of US 70 cm Amateur Radio activity is not in the
offing.  See full story at:

===> 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 2007 Hudson
Division Awards Dinner will be held on a Saturday night in mid November
in NNJ.

The Hudson Division will present awards to outstanding amateurs
residing in the division in 2007.  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 25. The seven-member committee, composed of assistant directors
from each section, will announce the results in  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.

===> NLI ARES Reacts to the Sunday Storm
New York, April 18, 2007 – In what many have called the worst
rain-storm to hit the New York metropolitan region in over 100 years,
the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) of the ARRL New York
City/Long Island Section responded to the call en masse.

ARES in the NLI Section is comprised of organizations in the five
boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.
The population in the region is over 16 million individuals. With the
weather forecasters of the NWS in Upton, NY expecting an event of
historic proportion, ARES began to hear from our clients early on
.Section Emergency Coordinator Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, explains that “all
ARES members throughout the Section were placed on stand-by on Saturday
in expectation of the Nor’Easter that was due to hit sometime near
midnight, Sunday morning.” His three District Emergency Coordinators
began feverish work in preparation for the expected call-out.

In New York City, the American Red Cross in Greater New York called
upon District Emergency Coordinator John Healy, KA2ABV, to staff an
expected 9 shelters. Salvation Army SATERN also asked that New York
City District ARES place themselves on stand-by. The shelter operations
began at 0800 local time Sunday morning at the request of the New York
City Office of Emergency Management. By the
time the shelters opened, John said that “my 5 Borough Emergency
Coordinators, were able to fully staff the shelters, as well as the
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Red Cross. We put together a
staff of 30 ARES volunteers for the first 24 hour period, with more to
come if needed.”

As the storm intensified, over 8 inches of rain fell in New York City.
As luck would have it, the expected winds (50 mph gusts) did not
materialize and the danger to the City passed by midnight. At that
time, New York City District ARES was able to stand down and secure.

In Nassau County, District Emergency Coordinator Jim Mezey, W2KFV,
explains that “Nassau ARES ramped up for the Nor’easter on Saturday
April 14 with a check of our communication systems at the Nassau Red
Cross Chapter. We had to replace an antenna as we found it to be water
logged. Members were asked to double check their equipment and make
sure their “Go Bags” were ready.”

We were very lucky as this storm did not wreak the havoc that was
expected. Rain totals were three to five inches in Nassau County and
wind speeds estimates were up to 40 mph sustained with higher gusts.
There was a good amount of coastal flooding causing roadway damage and
many trees came down. There were scattered power outages. Normal
communications were not interrupted, and there were no evacuations.”
The Red Cross set up three shelters staffed with ARES personnel. Some
Fire Battalion EOC’s were also manned. Nassau OEM was staffed, and all
ARES frequencies were monitored. OEM was briefed with updated
conditions throughout the day and night .SKYWARN was activated.”

In Suffolk County, District Emergency Coordinator Bill Scheibel, N2NFI,
explains that although ARES was placed on stand-by, they were allowed
to stand down relatively quickly as there was no communications mission
on a County level. His 10 township Emergency Coordinators kept a close
eye on their watch. There were some minor flooding and storm related
issues, but most of Long Island was spared the brunt of the storm.

Section Emergency Coordinator Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, would like to thank
the following
emergency communications trained amateur radio operators (ARES members)
for their response and
support in this effort.

New York City:
Nassau County:
Suffolk County:

From Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, New York City/Long Island ARES Section
Emergency Coordinator

==> Georgia Ham Wins 2007 William Goldfarb Scholarship
(Apr 12, 2007) — Seventeen-year-old Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM, of
Grayson, Georgia, is the winner of the prestigious William R. Goldfarb
Memorial Scholarship for 2007. The ARRL Foundation Board voted
unanimously to name Andrea, who will graduate from Grayson High School
next month with a 96.05 grade point average and is ranked 13 in a class
of 577 students. Awarded to one high school senior each year, the
Goldfarb Scholarship enables the recipient to receive a four-year
undergraduate degree in engineering or science or in the medical or
business-related fields. Andrea says she was “excited, honored and a
little surprised” to be this year’s Goldfarb Scholarship recipient.

Some of you may remember seeing Andrea in Dayton or in QST pictures.
See the full story at:

The scholarship is the result of a generous endowment from the late
William Goldfarb, N2ITP. Before his death in 1997, Goldfarb set up a
scholarship endowment of close to $1 million in memory of his parents,
Albert and Dorothy Goldfarb. See the interesting story of this Million
dollar gift to the ARRL Foundation in 2003 at

You might also be interested in what the first recipient of the
Goldfarb Scholarship, Ben Schupack, NW7DX the 2003 ARRL Goldfarb
Scholarship winner, is up to these days.  See:


Ben notes that he brings a radio to all his field locations.

==> BPL News:  The good news is that there is no BPL in New Jersey.

===> LIPA BPL Test in Commack-Hauppague is NOT Yet underway

LIPA has not yet started it BPL test on LI in the ten plus square mile
test site the Commack Industrial site.  There have been a number of
staff changes and a new person is slated to take over as head of the
organization.  Also the state has not yet given its okay for the
project.  Rumors are that it will be another 90 days at least before
the start.  It could be much longer.  With a new governor its possible
it might never happen.  Meanwhile the LI BPL team headed by Rich
Rosner, N2STU, is assembling a team to make noise level measurements in
the area BEFORE the test begins.  If you are interested in helping out
please contact Rich at


The April 2007 award goes to “W2MPX Newsletter” the newsletter of
Metroplex Amateur Radio Club for their April issue.  Walter Lange,
AE2AA, is the editor.  Nice pictures!  Runner up this month was “Rips
Report” of the Rip Van Winkle ARC which is already in the running for
this year’s award.  I love their articles, with picture, of old rig
restoration.  Thanks to both editors for a great job and making the
club more interesting.

===> FCC Poised to Cut Vanity Call Sign Fee by More Than 40 Percent
(Apr 19, 2007) — The FCC has proposed reducing the regulatory fee to
obtain or retain an Amateur Radio vanity call sign by more than 40
percent starting later this year. In a Notice of Proposed Rule Making
(NPRM) released April 18, “Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees
for Fiscal Year 2007,” in MD Docket 07-81, the Commission is proposing
to cut the fee from its current $20.80 to $11.70. If ultimately
adopted, that would mark the lowest fee in the history of the current
vanity call sign program. The FCC proposed to collect nearly $290.3
million in FY 2007 regulatory fees.  Full story at:

===> Hudson Division Looses a number of great and grand Ole hams

Over the last few months a number of long time amateur radio operators
have passed away.  First there was Harrison Moore Jr., W2JQS of
Bronxville, NY was one of the stalwarts of the CONARC and QCWA.  He had
just been reelected as a national director of QCWA.  Harry was a
regular at the Briarcliff ham breakfast Thursday meetings.

Then there was Ed O’Brien, W2EO, who had recently moved from Toms River
to Paramus, NJ.  Ed was a long time ham who was among the first troops
to be shipped to the Pacific Theater during WWII.  Ed was in India in
early 1942 as a radio operator with the Army Air Corps which was flying
the “Hump” into China.  Until Ed was diagnosed with ALS I worked him on
75 meter phone most mornings.

Finally, just this week I was saddened to learn of the passing of
Howard Lester, W2ODC, of Alplus, NY.   Thanks to Ray Wemple, KA2DVM,
and Tim Long,  W2UI for passing along the sad news.  Howard, a former
GE employee, was a real gentleman, a class act.  He helped get things
done in the SARA club for many years.  He will be missed by those of us
who knew him.  Our condolences to Howard’s son Carl, K2YR, and the rest
of the Lester family.  For W2ODC obituary see:


In case you haven’t already seen this … a DX Cluster Telnet

This file contains the node addresses for those who want to use telnet
or packet for DX spots.

Thanks to K2EWB and NA2M for the information.

HAMFEST:  Now that Spring is here, get these dates into you ham
calendar for 2007

21 Apr 2007+OMARC Tailgate Hamfest
Ocean Monmouth ARC
Talk-In: 145.110 ( -600 ) Pl 127.3 Hz
Contact:Jeff Harshman, N2LXM
5 The Arborway
Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: 732-922-0816
Email: n2lxm@arrl.netWall Township, NJ
Inforage Learning Center, Project Diana Site
Marconi Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
22 Apr 2007+Mount Beacon Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Mount Beacon Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.97 (100 Hz, 123 Hz, and 118.8 Hz)
Contact:Janet Duffy, KC2LUR
52 Osborne Hill Rd, Lot 41; Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Phone: 845 896-4721
Fax: 914-784-4803 (weekdays)
Email: kc2lur@arrl.netLaGrangeville, NY
Tymor Park
249 Duncan Rd.; LaGrangeville, NY
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York
28 Apr 2007+Orange County Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Orange County Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Talk-In: 146.76 PL (100 Hz) Repeater
Contact:Edward J. Moskowitz, N2XJI
123 Harold Avenue, Cornwall, New York 12518-1701
Phone: 845-534-3492 After 8:30 P.M.
Fax: 845-534-3492
Email: n2xji@arrl.netWallkill, NY
Wallkill Community Center
2 Wes Warren Road, Wallkill, N.Y.
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York
12 May 2007+W2EGB 4th Annual Hamfest
East Greenbush Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 147.270
Contact:Thomas Scorsone, KC2FCP
1310 10th Avenue
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: 518-272-1494
Email: kc2fcp@nycap.rr.comRensselaer, NY
Phillips Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York
26 May 2007+Annual Spring Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/146.79 (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
3 Jun 2007+LIMARC Outdoor Hamfest
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.850 MHz (PL 136.5)
Contact:Richard Cetron, K2KNB
198 Haypath Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
Fax: 631-574-4851
Email: k2knb@limarc.orgBethpage, NY
Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
10 Jun 2007+HOSARC Hamfest
Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 444.200 PL 136.5 or 146.52 Simplex
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 (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
47-01 111th Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
16 Jun 2007+Raritan Valley Radio Club Hamfest
Raritan Valley Radio Club W2QW
Talk-In: W2QW repeaters 2 mtrs 146.625 / 440 rptr 442.25
Contact:Eric Lund, NW2P
112 Rock Rd
Greenbrook, NJ 08812
Phone: 1-908-251-3938
Email: nw2p@w2qw.netPiscataway, NJ
Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

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