Hudson Division Beacon – April 2010

                     April  2010
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 108
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

ARRL Members

Please continue to spread the word to others who may wish to receive
this information that they will need to access the Members Only portion
of the ARRL web site to supply their email address. Once they are logged
in they should click on “Member Data page” and then on “Modify
membership data” at the top of the page. After they have filled in a
valid email address in the “Email” block they should scroll down and
make sure that the box next to “News and information from your Division
Director and Section Manager” is checked. Then, once they click on
“Submit modification” the job’s done!

Past Bulletins are available at http://www.hudson.arrl.org

==> It’s Time to Submit Nominations for Hudson Division Awards…..

Applications will be available shortly on the Hudson Division web site
and must be returned by June 15th.  If you know of a deserving
individual, please make a detailed nomination.  Please keep in mind the
panel of six division assistant directors who make the determinations
for awards are from all three sections (ENY, NNJ and NLI) and they may
not all know your nominee.  Therefore, your need to have the
information on your nomination applications which details all of their
ham radio activities and accomplishments that justify the award, if you
expect your nominee to be chosen as Grand “Ole Ham, Amateur of the Year
or recipient of the Technical Achievement Award.  Give us the facts and
details, please!

This year’s Hudson Division Awards Luncheon will be held on Sunday,
November 14, 2010 at 1:00pm at Biagio’s Restaurant, 299 Paramus Road,
Paramus,  NJ 07652.  This event is held annually, as a fundraiser for
the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund and also serves to honor those Amateurs
in our Division who have contributed greatly to our hobby.

==> Hudson Division Cabinet – Club Presidents Meeting set for Saturday,
June 5…….
If you are a Hudson Division club president or an assistant director,
please reserve the date.

==> New ARRL Web Site is Here!   Finally…..

04/13/2010
We’d like to welcome you to the new ARRL Web site. After more than two
years of work, the staff, officers and Board of Directors are excited
to show you what’s in store.

As you peruse the site, you’ll notice it’s set up a bit differently
than the previous site. With the new site, we chose to focus on how you
use Amateur Radio, instead of by departments here at HQ. For instance,
in the “On the Air” section, you’ll find information on contesting,
awards, Logbook of The World, international…

We’d like to welcome you to the new ARRL Web site. After more than two
years of work, the staff, officers and Board of Directors are excited
to show you what’s in store.

As you peruse the site, you’ll notice it’s set up a bit differently
than the previous site. With the new site, we chose to focus on how you
use Amateur Radio, instead of by departments here at HQ. For instance,
in the “On the Air” section, you’ll find information on contesting,
awards, Logbook of The World, international operating, special events,
the QSL Bureau (both Incoming and Outgoing) and more. And in the
“Public Service” section, you will find information on emergency
communication, as well as served agencies and involvement
opportunities. We are aware that some parts of the site, such as the
QST Archive, are not yet available. We ask that you be patient while we
try to bring everything over to the new site.

So go ahead — take a look around! Make yourself at home on the Web
site. We invite you to go ahead and set up your member profile while
you’re here. Once you log in, click on “Edit Your Profile” — it’s
located right under the log-in area. Let us know what Amateur Radio
activities you enjoy (and once you do, you’ll see information about
your chosen activates on our home page, personalized just for you).
This is also the place where members can sign up to receive The ARRL
Letter and other e-newsletters, W1AW bulletins, license renewal
notices, messages from your Section Manager and Director and more. You
can join groups, add friends and even add a picture of yourself!

If you ever need help finding anything, look for the “Having Trouble?”
link at the bottom of each page. Click it and report your problem; you
will be contacted shortly with a solution.

We hope you will enjoy this new Web site as much as we do here at ARRL
Headquarters. Remember — this is your Web site. Have some fun with
it!

When the new ARRL Web site launched on April 13, we received an
overwhelming, enthusiastic response to it. But along with that, we have
also received a few questions on how to find certain features on the new
site. Here is a quick guide to find some of the more popular features on
the new ARRL Web site.

* ARRL Periodical and Archive Search: This can be found in the
“Technology” section of the Web site. Once you are in the “Technology”
section, look on the left-hand side of the screen for “ARRL Lab” in a
grey-blue box; click it. On the left-hand side of the screen, you’ll
see another grey-blue box listing eight items, beginning with “The Lab
Staff.” On that list you will see “ARRL Periodicals Archive Search.”
When you click it, you will be taken directly to the QST, QEX and NCJ
electronic archives (see photo). You can also click here to go there
now.

* Logbook of The World: LoTW is located in the “On the Air” section.
Once in that section, look on the left-hand side of the screen for the
grey-blue box, listing 10 items, one of which is “Logbook of The
World.” When you click on it, you will be taken to the LoTW page. You
will see the LoTW logo on your screen; next to the logo, it says “Log
in to your Logbook Account,” accompanied with a hyperlink that says “Go
Now.” When you click on “Go Now,” you will be taken to LoTW’s log-in
page. Underneath the logo, you will see “Want to log into your LoTW
Account? Log in here” (see photo). By either clicking on “Go Now” or
Log in here,” you will be directed to the LoTW log-in page You can also
click here to go there now.

Have you forgotten your password? You can easily retrieve your password
by clicking on the “Forgot Password?” link, located directly under the
log-in box at the top of the page (see photo). You can either request a
temporary password via e-mail (you must use the e-mail you originally
used to register for the previous ARRL Web site), or you may retrieve a
temporary password immediately by providing your user name (your call
sign) and your ARRL member ID number (found on your QST mailing label).
You must also provide either your call sign or your last name. Click
here to receive a temporary password.

We have also received inquiries regarding the “Favorites” function on
the new Web site. Once you successfully log in to the Web site, you
will see a drop-down box that says “Your Favorites” right underneath
your name (see photo). Go to any page on the new ARRL Web site. Would
you like to find it in just one step? The “Your Favorites” feature will
do just that! When you are on the desired page, just click on the “Your
Favorites” drop-down menu, click “Add to Favorites” then click the “Go”
button. Now you have stored that Web page as one of your favorites; each
time you wish to go to that page, you can just access it through the
“Your Favorites” drop-down menu (see photo).

Of course, with a project as large as the new ARRL Web site, there are
still some bugs to be worked out. Our IT Department is busy fixing
them, so please know that we are trying to solve these problems as
quickly as possible. One such bug concerns ARRL Amateur Radio license
exam sessions. Unfortunately, all future exam listings will read “no
walk ins” and some contact information may be missing or be incorrect
until our programmers find a solution to the problem. In the meantime,
we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, your VE team or
your examinees.

==> Mike Corey, W5MPC, Joins ARRL Staff as Emergency Preparedness and
Response Manager
04/15/2010

The ARRL is pleased to welcome Emergency Preparedness and Response
Manager Mike Corey, W5MPC, to the Headquarters staff in Newington.
Corey’s major responsibilities include addressing the development and
implementation of an organizational disaster response plan as well as
an operational continuity plan, complete with supporting procedures and
training. Corey also will play an integral part in the management of
ARES(r), and in future negotiations with served agencies with whom ARRL
shares or…
The ARRL is pleased to welcome Emergency Preparedness and Response
Manager Mike Corey, W5MPC, to the Headquarters staff in Newington.
Corey’s major responsibilities include addressing the development and
implementation of an organizational disaster response plan as well as
an operational continuity plan, complete with supporting procedures and
training. Corey also will play an integral part in the management of
ARES(r), and in future negotiations with served agencies with whom ARRL
shares or creates Memoranda of Understanding.

An Extra class licensee and an ARRL Life Member, Corey comes to the
ARRL with almost 20 years of experience with emergency communications.
Licensed since 1988, he has been involved with SKYWARN since 1991 and
has attended basic and advanced SKYWARN training. He is the author of
the ARRL Storm Spotter’s Handbook, which was released last month.

Corey comes from a ham family: His grandparents, parents and uncle are
all hams. “I first went to the Dayton Hamvention(r) when I was eight
months old,” he said. “It was the family vacation every year. We would
drive out in the RV, camp out at the campground and fish a little if we
had time after exploring Hara Arena each day.” Corey is married to
Elizabeth: “She’s not licensed — yet! We’re working on that.”

After graduating from Indiana University, Corey embarked on a career in
law enforcement, working as the Communications Officer for the Howard
County Sheriff’s Department, where he was responsible for dispatching
law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire services and county
resources to calls for service, as well as operating and maintaining
the logs for the National Crime Information Center. Corey also served a
Project Manager for contingency planning for public safety
communications. While employed at the Sheriff’s Department, he also
volunteered at the Kokomo Howard County Emergency Management Agency,
serving as a Special Deputy Sheriff, and assisted with emergency
management response planning and local disaster response as part of the
Emergency Operations Center staff.

Corey left Indiana to pursue a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at
the University of Mississippi. While attending to his studies, he
joined the University of Mississippi Police Department as the
Communications Officer. Corey served as the primary contact for the
department, provided support training to new employees, coordinated
public safety communications during campus events and advised the
University administration on severe weather response. While part of the
University Police Department, Corey became a Mississippi Certified
Public Safety Communications Instructor.

During August and September 2008, Corey volunteered at the Saint Helena
Parish (Louisiana) Office of Homeland Security, providing support during
Hurricane Gustav. He helped to manage the Emergency Operations Center
and served as its liaison to local, state and federal agencies, as well
as to local private entities and the local evacuation shelters.

Corey said he would like to take his love for Amateur Radio and public
service “and bring in the education part of ham radio, training and
teaching and learning” to his position at HQ. “I’d like to work with
the existing relationships that the ARRL has with outside agencies. For
instance, I noticed that the ARRL’s contact at the National Weather
Service is the same person who reviewed my book for the National
Weather Service. So I already have a good working relationship with
him. Building on the strength and stability that we enjoy will be a
main focus of mine.”

Corey enjoys contesting — “I live for CW Sweepstakes” — DXing and
even a bit of QRP. “I hold DXCC (mixed) and am also working on DXCC for
RTTY. I’d eventually like to get DXCC using QRP, but I’m a long ways off
from that yet,” he said. He enjoys the public service aspect of Amateur
Radio, and has volunteered by providing communications support at many
events, such as the Run 4 Life, Double Decker Festival and the
Mississippi Diabetes Foundation.

“When I read the job description [of the Emergency Preparedness and
Response Manager], it fit me to a T,” Corey said. “This is what I do
professionally, it’s what I do as a hobby — it’s a perfect marriage. I
am very excited to be able to be here in Newington and be a resource for
all the hams out there in the field.”

==> ARRL Requests Support for Senate Bill 1755 (Mar 10, 2010 [REVISED
Mar 23, 2010 11:51 ET]) — Senate Bill 1755 — The Amateur Radio
Emergency

The Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 introduced in October 2009
by Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) — has
unanimously passed the US Senate and has been sent to the US House of
Representatives for consideration and now sits in the House Committee
on Energy and Commerce. The ARRL is asking its membership to contact
the leadership of the Energy and Commerce committee, requesting support
and action on moving S 1755 through the committee. S 1755 accomplishes
the same things as HR 2160; HR 2160 was introduced in April 2009 by Rep
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18). Since S 1755 has already been approved by
the Senate, moving it forward in the House will simplify the process.

S 1755 points out that “[t]here is a strong Federal interest in the
effective performance of Amateur Radio Service stations, and that
performance must be given — (A) support at all levels of government;
and (B) protection against unreasonable regulation and impediments to
the provision of the valuable communications provided by such
stations.”

If enacted into law, S 1755 would instruct the Secretary of Homeland
Security (DHS) to undertake a study — and report its findings to
Congress within 180 days — on the uses and capabilities of Amateur
Radio communications in emergencies and disaster relief.

The study shall:
* Include recommendations for enhancements in the voluntary deployment
of Amateur Radio licensees in disaster and emergency communications and
disaster relief efforts.
* Include recommendations for improved integration of Amateur Radio
operators in planning and in furtherance of the Department of Homeland
Security initiatives.
* Identify unreasonable or unnecessary impediments to enhanced Amateur
Radio communications, such as the effects of private land use
regulations on residential antenna installations, and make
recommendations regarding such impediments.
* Include an evaluation of Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of
1996 (Public Law 104-104, 110 Stat. 56 (1996)).
* Recommend whether Section 207 should be modified to prevent
unreasonable private land use restrictions that impair the ability of
amateurs to conduct, or prepare to conduct, emergency communications by
means of effective outdoor antennas and support structures at reasonable
heights and dimensions for the purpose, in residential areas. The
Secretary of Homeland Security shall utilize the expertise of
stakeholder entities and organizations, including Amateur Radio,
emergency response and disaster communications.

Please contact Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA-30) and Ranking
Member Joe Barton (R-TX-6), urging them to send this bipartisan bill to
the House floor for adoption. A sample letter can be found here. Send
your letters urging consideration of S 1755 by the House Committee on
Energy and Commerce to Rep Waxman via fax at 202-225-4099, and to Rep
Barton via fax at 202-225-3052. Also, please fax a copy of your letters
to the ARRL’s Washington representative, Chwat & Co at 703-684-7594.

For more information on S 1755, please visit the ARRL Government
Relations Web page.

==> Companion Bill Introduced in US House to Provide Technical
Resources to FCC Commissioners (Mar 16, 2010) —

Following the Senate’s lead, Representative Jerry McNerny (D-CA-11),
introduced HR 4809 — the FCC Commissioners’ Technical Resource
Enhancement Act — in the House of Representatives on March 10. Copying
the exact language from S 2881 (a bill with the same name) introduced by
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in December 2009, the bill seeks to provide
greater technical resources to FCC Commissioners.
At its 2010 Annual Meeting this past January, the ARRL Board of
Directors endorsed the proposal to add a technical engineer/scientist
to each FCC Commissioner’s staff, as described in S 2881.  You may see
messages on ham reflectors asking for support of this bill. These are
legitimate requests as we learned in the BPL experience it is a good
thing if the FCC has technical resources and listens to  its advisors
rather than lobbyists for commercial interests.
Full story at http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2010/03/16/11392/?nc=1

==> FCC Proposes to Eliminate Spread Spectrum APC Requirement, Reduce
Spread Spectrum Power Limit; Cleans Up Portions of Part 97

(Mar 18, 2010) — In response to a 2006 ARRL Petition regarding spread
spectrum issues, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making
(NPRM) on March 16 (WT Docket No 10-62), proposing to amend Part 97 to
facilitate the use of spread spectrum communications technologies by
eliminating the requirement that amateur stations use automatic power
control (APC) to reduce transmitter power when the station transmits a
spread spectrum (SS) emission and reducing the maximum transmitter
power output when transmitting a SS emission. Through an Order attached
to the NPRM, the Commission also made “certain non-substantive
revisions” to the Amateur Service rules.

Full story at http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2010/03/18/11396/?nc=1

==> FCC Releases National Broadband Plan (Mar 16, 2010) — This
morning, the FCC held an Open Meeting to introduce its report
Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan (NBP) that will be
delivered to Congress today. Calling it “an ambitious agenda for
connecting all corners of the nation while transforming the economy and
society with the communications network of the future — robust,
affordable Internet,” the Commission found the nearly 100 million
Americans lack broadband at home today and 14 million Americans do not
have access to broadband.

Full story at http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2010/03/16/11393/?nc=1

==> 2010 Field Day Packets Now Available  (repeat) — It’s that time of
year again — time to start gearing up for ARRL Field Day, June 26-27,
2010! ARRL’s flagship operating event — always held the fourth full
weekend in June — brings together new and experienced hams for 24
hours of operating fun. Field Day packets are now available for
download at   http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms/fd-2010-packet.pdf
and include the complete rules (including changes for 2010), as well as
other reference items such as forms, ARRL Section abbreviation list,
entry submission instructions, a Frequently Asked Questions section,
guidelines for getting bonus points, instructions for GOTA stations, a
kit to publicize your event with the local press and more.

=====> DIVISION NEWSLETTER OF THE MONTH

The April 2010 award goes to “Rag Chew” the newsletter of the Suffolk
County Radio Club for their April issue.  Editor Scott Conover, KC2OZM,
has a great looking newsletter here.  Layout design, a variety of
stories and pictures make it a very interesting read and a real visual
treat.

Please take a look at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org/pages/newsletterawards.htm for a good read.

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 in this case send a PDF you can’t
win!

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HAMFEST:  Here come the 2010 Hamfests……Dayton is May 14 through
16……make reservations now……

* 05/08/2010 | 7th Annual Hamfest
Location: Rensselaer, NY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: East Greenbush Amateur Radio Association (W2EGB)
Location: East Greenbush Fire Company
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Website: http://www.w2egb.org
Sponsor: East Greenbush Amateur Radio Association (W2EGB)
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.270 (PL 94.8)
Public Contact: Thomas Scorsone , KC2FCP
1310 10th Avenue Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: 518-272-1494
Email: kc2fcp@nycap.rr.com

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* 05/23/2010 | JCDXA
Location: Tinton Falls, NJ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: North America DX Association
Location: MAECOM
Tinton Falls, NJ
Website: http://nadxa.org
Sponsor: North America DX Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 448.825- / 449.925- / 449.975- / (all PL 141.3)
Public Contact: Mike DiPersio , KC2Q
PO Box 357 Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
Phone: 908-415-6162
Email: kc2q@nadxa.org

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* 05/29/2010 | BARA Annual Spring Hamfest
Location: Township of Washington, NJ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Bergen Amateur Radio Asociation
Location: Westwood Regional High School
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Website: http://www.bara.org
Sponsor: Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.19/79 (PL 141.3)
Public Contact: Jim Joyce , K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Email: k2zo@arrl.net


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* 06/06/2010 | LIMARC Outdoor Hamfest
Location: Bethpage, NY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Location: Briarcliffe College
Bethpage, NY 11714
Website: http://www.limarc.org
Sponsor: Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.850 (PL 136.5)
Public Contact: Richard Cetron , K2KNB
198 Haypath Road Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
Email: k2knb@limarc.org

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* 06/13/2010 | HOSARC Hamfest
Location: Queens, NY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Hall of Science ARC
Location: New York Hall of Science Parking Lot (Flushing Meadow Corona
Park)
Queens, NY
Website: http://www.hosarc.org
Sponsor: Hall of Science ARC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5) or 145.270 -600 (PL 136.5)
Public Contact: Stephen Greenbaum , WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323 Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
Email: WB2KDG@arrl.net


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