Hudson Division Beacon – April 2008

                     April 2008
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 84
FROM THE HUDSON DIVISION ARRL 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) 445-5924   ka2anf@arrl.org   and  http://www.ka2anf.com
Hudson Division Home Page – http://www.hudson.arrl.org

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REMINDER: This year’s Dayton HamVention is May 16, 17 and 18 at the
Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio. See
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/04/26/10062/?nc=1

===>  THE BIG STORY
===> Court Finds FCC Violated Administrative Procedure Act in BPL
Decision

In October the court heard oral arguments and we have been waiting for
results for months.  Fortunately the news is good.  Last Friday the US
Court of Appeals for the district of Columbia released its decision on
the suit the ARRL had filed on the matter of the FCC’s regulations
concerning BPL..  For details see
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/04/25/10064/?nc=1  where you will
find a link to the  full text of the decision.

The Court agreed with the ARRL on two major points and remanded the
rules to the Commission. Writing for the three-judge panel of Circuit
Judges Rogers, Tatel and Kavanaugh, Judge Rogers summarized: “The
Commission failed to satisfy the notice and comment requirements of the
Administrative Procedure Act (‘APA’) by redacting studies on which it
relied in promulgating the rule and failed to provide a reasoned
explanation for its choice of the extrapolation factor for measuring
Access BPL emissions.”

The decision validates ARRL claim that the decision process and perhaps
the decision was seriously flawed and basically requires the FCC to go
through the process again.

There are a number of possible outcomes here and they are:

The FCC could seek a rehearing before a panel of all nine Circuit
judges.
The FCC could petition the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari
The FCC could do what the Court ordered and reopen the proceeding on
BPL regulations

The bottom line is that whatever they do, it will mean additional work
and expense for ARRL.

Thanks for your support and contributions to the ARRL Spectrum Defense
Fund over the last few years.
Here are some independent assessments of the Court’s decision:
http://spectrumtalk.blogspot.com/2008/04/appeals-court-sends-bpl-decision-back.html
(Mike Marcus, N3JMM)
http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/28/fccs-broadband-over-power-lines-expansion-hits-major-snag/

http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9930223-7.html?tag=cd.blog
I am sure there will be more news or opinions in time.

===>  Hudson Division Awards Deadline Nears.   Nominations, please!

The 2008 ARRL Hudson Division Awards Nominations are now being
accepted. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to nominate that
special someone who has contributed so much to the world of Amateur
Radio.    The ARRL Hudson Division grants  three Awards each year to
some very deserving Hams, in three categories: Technical Achievement,
Grand Ole Ham and Amateur of the Year.

Last year there were 22 nominations for the three awards.  Take
some time, to review the photos on the website from the 2007 awards
dinner!  I think everyone had a great time!  I certainly hope we can
repeat that again this year.  The deadline for submission of all
material is May 30, 2008.

At this time, there has been no decision on the location of the
dinner in November.

Forms are available in both PDF and Word.at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org

73,  Joyce – KA2ANF

===>  Antenna Expert L. B. Cebik, W4RNL (SK)
Apr 25, 2008 09:22 ET]) — L. B. Cebik, W4RNL, ARRL Technical Adviser
and antenna authority, passed away last week. He was 68. An ARRL Life
Member, Cebik was known to many hams for the numerous articles he wrote
on antennas and antenna modeling. He had articles published in most of
the US ham journals, including QST, QEX, NCJ, CQ, Communications
Quarterly, Ham Radio, 73, QRP Quarterly, Radio-Electronics and QRPp.
Larry Wolfgang, WR1B, QEX Editor, called Cebik “probably the most
widely published and often read author of Amateur Radio antenna
articles ever to write on the subject.”   See
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/04/22/10059/?nc=1 for more
details.

===>  Japanese Amateurs Receive More Privileges on 75/80 Meters
(Apr 28, 2008) — Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and
Communications (MIC) announced that Japan’s Table of Frequency
Allocations and the Japanese Amateur Bandplan have been amended, giving
amateurs in that country more privileges on certain frequency blocks in
the 75/80 meter band. Japanese amateurs are now allowed to operate the
following additional frequencies on the 75/80 meters: 3.599-3.612 MHz,
3.680 to 3.687 MHz, 3.702-3.716 MHz, 3.745-3.747 MHz and 3.754-3.770
MHz.  See http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/04/28/10066/?nc=1 for a
full list of the frequencies.

===> ARRL to Discontinue Web Classifieds
(Apr 21, 2008) — As of April 30, ARRL will cease listing classified
ads in Radios On-Line, the classified ad section on the ARRL Web site.
According to ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, the ARRL
has experienced an increased number of complaints by members and users
regarding postings and practices that do not conform to the Radios
On-Line Web site’s original intent: “Despite our efforts to monitor the
site regularly, these problems persist. These have included postings
for guns and ‘personal’ ads. Our staff that administers this service
has deleted items and notified the ‘poster,’ only to find the ad back
two days later, placed in every category. We are spending a
disproportionate amount of staff time dealing with this matter; it is
no longer worth the cost of maintaining the service when other online
services have been established to handle the specific need for online
person-to-person sales.”

===>  Field Day Station Locator Up and Running (Apr 5, 2008) — This
year, for the first time, the ARRL has put together a Station Locator
to help amateurs or those interested in Amateur Radio find a Field Day
site near them. According to ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson,
N1ND, many amateurs have been asking for something like this for many
years: “So far, 287 groups in 45 states and 3 Canadian provinces had
registered their Field Day site with the Station Locator.” If your
group would like to be a part of the Station Locator Service, it’s easy
to get started. Just go to the Field Day Station Locator Web site and
follow the instructions.  Link at   http://www.arrl.org/?artid=8126

===> Exhibit Kits Now Available for Field Day
(Apr 2, 2008) — Please visit our Field Day information page for all
the details on Field Day rules, frequencies, forms, pins, logos and T
shirts. The complete Field Day packet can be downloaded from the site
as well. If you have unanswered questions about Field Day, contact ARRL
Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, via e-mail or by phone at
860-594-0236. If you want to order exhibit kits containing printed
flyers about Amateur Radio, you may order these materials on the ARRL
Web site. The cost of the exhibit kits ranges from $8-$12 depending on
shipping. To make sure you’ll have the display material in time for
Field Day, your order must be received before June 13.  See
http://www.arrl.org/?artid=8075

===> NWS Upton NY Announces An Advanced Level SKYWARN(tm) Spotter
Training Class

The NWS Upton NY will conduct an Advanced Level SKYWARN(tm) Spotter
Training Class on June 11 2008. The Class will start at 7:00 PM and
conclude at 10:00 PM. The location will be in the Hall of Heroes of the
Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute, 281 Campgaw Road Mahwah
NJ (GPS Coordinates: N 41.056 W 74.182) .More information including
Driving Directions and Maps are available online at
www.bergenskywarn.org

To attend an Advanced Level SKYWARN(tm) Spotter Training Class, you
must be a currently NWS trained SKYWARN(tm) Spotter (that is, you have
been trained within the last 3 years). Pre-registration is MANDTORY and
can be done online at: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/okx/skywarn_form.html .
A short multiple choice/true false exam will be given at the conclusion
of the Class and those achieving a passing grade of 70% or higher will
be issued a new Spotter ID.

Please note, that attending and passing the post-class test at the
conclusion of a 2008 Basic Level SKYWARN(tm) Spotter Class, held before
June 11 2008, will also qualify you to attend the Advanced Level Class.

This Class is open to all Currently Trained NWS SKYWARN(tm) Spotters
and if offered free of charge. You do not need to reside in the County
or the even County Warning Area of the NWS Upton NY to attend this or
any SKYWARN(tm) Spotter Class.

Information on all (Basic and Advanced Level) NWS Upton NY lead
SKYWARN(tm) Spotter Training Classes is available here:
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/okx/Skywarn/spottertraining-08.htm

If there are any questions on SKYWARN(tm), SKYWARN(tm) Classes or NWS
matters in general please contact George Sabbi – KC2GLG
(KC2GLG@arrl.net ).

===> Walter Kenney, W2IZC – SK

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a very senior member
of Tri County Radio Assn (TCRA) and the Amateur Radio hobby in general.
Walt Kenney, W2IZC passed on March 19th.

Walt got his ham ticket in 1935 at the age of 17.  He worked at the
Western Electric plant in Kearny, NJ for 47 years.  Born in Elizabeth,
New Jersey, Walt lived in Roselle and spent 20years in Cranford, New
Jersey before moving to Warren, New Jersey in 1963.

He was extremely knowledgeable in electronics and telephone systems.
Two home-made phone-patch units were found in his shack.  Walter’s QSL
collection is extensive and will take a long time to go thru. While I
was there, I did see several rare QSL Cards on the walls.  A Fifty Year
ARRL Membership Plaque was found among his awards.  He was an avid DXer
and Elmer to many.  The Ham community has lost an excellent
representative.

All of his usable radio equipment was donated to TCRA in addition to
many boxes of small parts.  Walter had a 40foot tower, a Triband beam
and rotor  – all available for the taking.  If interested, contact
Gerry Miller, AA2ZJ  – email:   aa2zj@juno.com

=====> DIVISION NEWSLETTER OF THE MONTH

The April 2008 award goes to the Peconic Amateur Radio Club for the
April issue of “PARC Serves”  with editor Paul Berman, WA2JPJ,
continuing to do a band job for club members.    Please take a look at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org/pages/newsletterawards.htm

Clubs please make sure that you continue to send a copy of your pdf
file to n2ff@arrl.org.  I have been missing some issues in the last few
months.  Not every division club is submitting each month.  It’s like
Lotto, if you don’t buy a ticket or send a PDF you can’t win!

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HAMFEST:

10 May 2008
+
5th Annual Hamfest
East Greenbush ARA (W2EGB)
http://www.w2egb.org
Talk-In: 147.27 (PL 94.8)
Contact:
Thomas Scorsone, KC2FCP
1310 10th Avenue
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: 518-272-1494
Email: kc2fcp@nycap.rr.com
Rensselaer, NY
East Greenbush Fire Company
68 Phillips Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York
===================================
31 May 2008
+
BARA 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
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Email: k2zo@arrl.net
Township of Washington, NJ
Westwood Regional Junior/Senior High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
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1 Jun 2008
+
LIMARC Outdoor Hamfest
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
http://www.limarc.org
Talk-In: 146.850 (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.org
Bethpage, NY
Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
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8 Jun 2008
+
HOSARC Hamfest
Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club
http://www.HOSARC.org
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5); 145.270 -600 Khz (PL 136.5)
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
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
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21 Jun 2008
+
Raritan Valley Radio Club (W2QW)
http://www.w2qw.org
Talk-In: 146.625/440 & 442.25 (PL 141.3)
Contact:
Eric Lund, NW2P
112 Rock Road
Greenbrook, NJ 08812
Phone: 908-251-3938
Email: nw2p@w2qw.net
Piscataway, NJ
Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
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13 Jul 2008
+
SCARC ’08
Sussex County Amateur Radio Club
http://www.scarcnj.org
Talk-In: 147.30 +600 (PL 151.4)
Contact:
Danial Carter, N2ERH
8 Carter Lane
Branchville, NJ 07826
Phone: 973-948-6999
Email: Hamfest@Scarcnj.org
Augusta, NJ
Sussex County Fairgrounds
Plains Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
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16 Aug 2008
+
32nd Annual Ham Radio and Computer Flea Market
Ramapo Mountain ARC
http://www.qsl.net/rmarc
Talk-In: 147.490/146.490 (PL107.2) & 441.175/446.175 (PL107.2)
Contact:
Robert Kogan, KB2KQO
9 Locust Lane
Ringwood, NJ 07456
Phone: 973-896-3909
Email: kb2kqo@gmail.com
Oakland, NJ
American Legion
65 Oak Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
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13 Sep 2008
+
Saratoga County RACES Association
http://wa2umx.net
Talk-In: 146.40/147.00 (PL 91.5)
Contact:
Darlene Lake, N2XQG
314 Louden Road #84
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-587-2385
Email: dar@saratogaspringsny.us
Ballston Spa, NY
Ballston Spa Fairgrounds
Prospect Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York


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