Hudson Division Beacon – April 2009

                   April 2009
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 95
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) 445-5924   and
Hudson Division Home Page –

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The Hudson Division Cabinet/Club President’s meeting took place on
Saturday, February 7, 2009.  We had a great meeting, viewed a few power
points and heard from many of our concerned club leaders.

Information on the meeting is available as a Podcast of the Hudson
Division Cabinet Meeting in MP3 Format, suitable for playing on any MP3
capable device. The Podcast and more information is available on the
Hudson Division Website:

*******  BIG Breaking NEWS !!!!!!

I received the following e-mail from Dave Sumner a little after mid
day, Thursday, April 30th, 2009:

President Harrison and I were just advised by John Chwat that Rep.
Jackson-Lee has come through for us and has introduced H.R. 2160 with 5
co-sponsors, including the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland
Security, Rep. Bennie Thompson.

It has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. We will
have the text of the bill as introduced shortly.

73,  Dave Sumner, K1ZZ

By Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas (for herself, Ms. BORDALLO, Mr.
LUETKEMEYER, Ms. KILROY, Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California, and Mr.
THOMPSON of Mississippi):

H.R. 2160. A bill to promote and encourage the valuable public
service, disaster relief, and emergency communications provided on a
volunteer basis by licensees of the Federal Communications Commission
in the Amateur Radio Service, by undertaking a study of the uses of
amateur radio for emergency and disaster relief communications, by
identifying unnecessary or unreasonable impediments to the deployment
of Amateur Radio emergency and disaster relief communications, and by
making recommendations for relief of such unreasonable restrictions so
as to expand the uses of amateur radio communications in Homeland
Security planning and response; to the Committee on Energy and

N2FF Comment:  ARRL has been working on getting this bill introduced
for more than a year.  As the bill has just been introduced the text is
not yet available.  That will take a few days.  More information later
when it becomes available.  I am sure the ARRL web site will have a
reference to it and the text once it is made public. This announcement
is now available on the ARRL site:

****   Dayton Hamvention May 15 to 17 see

===>  It is again time to make a Hudson Division Award Nomination…..

Please remember, if there are no nominations there will be no awards.
Also, the nomination needs to detail the many reasons the nominee
should get the award.  Those who make the nomination need to explain to
the committee why the individual deserves the award.  Be sure to give a
number of reasons the individual should get the award.  Please feel
free to use additional pages or space.

The form will soon be available on the division page.

===> Visalia Antenna Propagation Available on web site…..

Dean Straw has always been one of my ham radio heroes.  A number of
years ago he traveled from Newington on his own buck to testify at an
LI ZBA hearing.  His self published book “All the Right Angles” is very
informative reading on stacking antennas.

The pdf of Dean’s recent presentation in California is now on OH6BG’s
excellent web site:

Scroll down to subtitle: “3. VOACAP-related Papers”.

==> Hudson Division Awards Luncheon set for Sunday November 8th 2009

Save the date.

Metroplex ARC will again host the event at Biaggio’s from noon to 4 PM
on SUNDAY, November 8th.

Start thinking about who you would like to nominate for awards – Ham of
the Year, Grand Ole Ham, and the Technical Award.  Applications will
soon be available on the division web site.

==> Get Ready for ARRL Field Day 2009 (Mar 23, 2009) —  We are running
this one again – in case you missed it last month —-  The official
2009 ARRL Field Day Web page is up and running. This page includes a
summary of available resources, with links to Field Day forms and
rules, logos and reference links. The page also includes a quick link
to the map-based Field Day Station Locator where users can search for
public Field Day sites. “Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating
event,” said ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. “The event
draws tens of thousands of radio amateurs to the airwaves over a single
weekend.” This year, Field Day is June 27-28.
More information and links at:

==> Legislation Introduced in US Senate to Inventory Radio Spectrum
(Mar 25, 2009) — Two US Senators — Democrat John Kerry of
Massachusetts and Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine — have introduced
a bill in the Senate that would mandate an inventory of radio spectrum
bands managed by the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission. The
inventory would include those frequencies between 300 MHz-3.5 GHz
managed by the two agencies  For details see:

===> Bitten by an April Fool’s Joke leads to ……..  (please read and
California County Says “Ham Radio Operators Remain Active and
(Apr 9, 2009) — “The California county of San Luis Obispo was notified
by the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday, April 8 of a rumor
on an Internet group site stating that the San Luis Obispo County Board
of Supervisors passed an ordinance on March 31 which would ban Amateur
Radio operators — commonly known as ham radio operators — from
operating their transmitting stations. The rumor is posted as an
alleged news story from a non-existent Los Angeles news publisher. The
story alleges that the purpose of this false action by the Board was
due to supposed interference caused by ham radio transmitters, among
other reasons. The article has an online posting date of April 1,


===> FCC Denies Michigan Ham’s Request for Ruling (Apr 7, 2009) — In
October 2007, Christopher Kaczmarek, KB8MLC, of Saginaw, Michigan,
petitioned the FCC for a ruling regarding the installation of his
Amateur Radio antenna. Kaczmarek told the FCC that he received a notice
from the manager of his mobile home community stating the antennas were
not allowed and asked for “a ruling from the Commission recognizing
[his] right to an Amateur Radio antenna structure.” On April 6, 2009,
the FCC denied Kaczmarek’s request for a ruling in his favor, based on
the fact that PRB-1 protections do not extend to private homeowner’s


Comment from N2FF:  Here is the second recent example of “home-brewing”
an antenna appeal gone wrong.  A good lawyer would have advised against
this approach which has probably damaged any chance the ham had with
the mobile home association.  Recently an East Coast home owner
attempted unsuccessfully to enlist the FCC on his behalf.

=====> ARRL Foundation Announces 2009 Scholarship Recipients (Apr 28,
2009) — The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce
that they have awarded 52 scholarships to students in 21 states. Of
these awards, 48 are annual scholarships with a total value of $54,250.
In addition there are currently four holders of the William R. Goldfarb
Memorial scholarship for whom the awards vary based on the college or
university they attend, other awards they receive and other financial

Two of these awards go to Hudson Division members.  They are:

The Dr James L. Lawson Memorial Scholarship — $500  – Edward Schnell,
KC2TGD, Montauk, New York
The Bill Salerno, W2ONV, Memorial Scholarship — $1000 –  Scott Button,
KF3CP, Rifton, New York

The Henry Broughton, K2AE, Memorial Scholarship — $1000 – was not
awarded this year as there was no qualified recipient in the geographic
area.  On the other hand, The Scholarship of the Morris Radio Club of
New Jersey — $1000 – was awarded to Thomas Catanach, KD5HHZ, of
Trinity, Alabama

For more information and a complete list of recipients see

High school seniors who are hams file for the scholarships in January
of their senior year.  See
for more information on the program.

===> Internet Search Engine Celebrates Birthday of Samuel F. B. Morse
(Apr 27, 2009) — Internet search engine Google has reconfigured their
home page for April 27 to honor the 218th birthday of Morse code
creator Samuel F. B. Morse (April 27, 1791-April 2, 1872). Morse, a
native of Charlestown, Massachusetts, conceived the basic idea of an
electromagnetic telegraph in 1832. Experiments with various kinds of
electrical instruments and codes resulted in a demonstration of a
working telegraph set in 1836 and introduction of the circuit relay,
making transmission possible over any distance. With his creation with
Alfred Vail of the American Morse code, the historic message “What hath
God wrought?” was successfully sent from Washington to Baltimore.

====>  ARRL NNJ Section ARES Report 1st Quarter 2009
By George Sabbi – KC2GLG, ARRL NNJ Section Emergency Coordinator

ARES activities in the NNJ Section over the last few months have been
active. Several groups have used the colder months to reinforce their
personal and group training, with a few groups holding formal classes
as well as many individual ARES Members taking additional FEMA and ARRL
EmComm Classes. On the formal training note, please be aware that the
ARRL is soon moving towards a two-tiered setup with its EmComm Classes.
In the near future, what was a 3 level training program will be
condensed into a two level program. More information is available from
the ARRL at: .

Taking the ARRL EmComm courses, along with practicing and understanding
the items covered in them, is a good basis for getting all ARES members
on the same page operations-wise, which during an EmComm activation,
can be vital to having smooth and consistent operations. The NNJ
Section ARES Leadership has recently successfully tested and
implemented, an automated phone and electronic media alerting system,
similar to a reverse 9-1-1 system. This affords NNJ Section ARRL
Leadership the ability to quickly and efficiently contact local ARES
Leaders, in the event of a wide area Amateur Radio related EmComm

Several hospitals in the NNJ Section have already, or are now,
implementing plans for formalized amateur radio support during times of
communications emergencies. NNJ ARES Leadership throughout the Section
is working directly with these facilities to setup, not only complete
operation plans for staffing the stations, but also overseeing onsite
installations of equipment, including radios and antennas at many of
the hospitals.

As the Spring and Summer seasons arrive at long last, please remember
that its time for the severe weather potential to increase in and
around the NNJ Section. The NWS Mt Holly NJ and the NWS Upton NY will
both conduct SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes in various part so the
NNJ Section. Starting this year (2009) the NWS Mt Holly NJ, as was
previously implemented by the NWS Upton NY, will be asking all SKYWARN
Spotters to renew their formal training, at least once every 3 years in
order to be considered as a an active (listed in the SKYWARN Spotter
Database) SKYWARN Spotter. Remember, there is no requirement for a
SKYWARN Spotter to be an amateur radio operator (but it does help) so,
when there is a Class offered in your area, why not make it a full
family activity? Information on local SKYWARN Spotter Classes is
available online at: NWS Mt Holly NJ SKYWARN Program: and for the NWS Upton

For more information on these, and other activities related to ARES in
the ARRL NNJ Section, you can directly contact your local ARES Leader.
Information on who they are, and how to contact them, is available on
the NNJ ARES Webpage at: You can also
send me an email at: with any ARES questions, comment
or concerns…and remember to always…Stay Safe


Please take a look at

The April 2009 award goes to the Suffolk County radio Club for their
April  2009 edition of “Rag Chew”  Congratulations on a fine job to the
editor Scott Conocer, KC2OZM who put this professional newsletter
together.  I hope the club appreciates the effort!-.   It looks great
with pictures and how to articles.

Clubs please make sure that you continue to send a copy of your pdf
file to .  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!

HAMFEST: The 2009 Hamfest Season is now in full swing!

9 May 2009+Great South Bay ARC
Talk-In: 146.685 W2GSB/R (PL 110.9)
Contact:John Melfi, W2HCB
PO Box 1356
West Babylon, NY 11704-0356
Phone: 631-669-6321
Fax: 631-669-6321
Email: Lindenhurst, NY
Fireman’s Memorial Park
Hartford Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island

9 May 2009 6th Annual
East Greenbush Amateur Radio Association (W2EGB)
Talk-In: 147.27 (PL 94.8)
Contact:Thomas Scorsone, KC2FCP
1310 10th Avenue
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: 518-272-1494
Email: Rensselaer, NY
East Greenbush Fire Company
68 Phillips Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York

23 May 2009+BARA Spring Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/79 (PL 141.3)
Contact:Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Fax: 201-265-1366
Email: Township of Washington, NJ
Westwood Regional Jr/Sr High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
7 Jun 2009+Hall of Science ARC
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5) or 145.270 -600 (PL 136.5)
Contact:Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
Email: Queens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot
47-01 111th Street
Flushing Meadow Corona Park
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island]

14 Jun 2009+LIMARC Outdoor Hamfest
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
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: Bethpage, NY
Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island

20 Jun 2009+W2QW Techfest
Raritan Valley Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.625 -600 (PL 141.3)
Contact:Eric Lund, NW2P
112 Rock Road West
Green Brook, NJ 08812
Phone: 908-251-3938
Fax: 908-753-6153 (voice first)
Email: Piscataway, NJ
Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

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