Hudson Division Beacon – August 2003

ARRL Hudson Division
August 2003
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition
By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
516) 746-7652
Hudson Division Home Page –

ARRL Members

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receive the next bulletin sent.  Past Bulletins are available at


We hear much about young people not joining our ranks.  But they are
there.  Some times we just do not see them.  Certainly we would like to
see more of them.  Take a look at the September 2003 QST soon to arrive
in your mailbox.  The article “An Easy to Build, Dual-Band Collinear
Antenna” on page 28 was written by an Extra who is a seventeen-year-old
high school student licensed for three years.  I’m considering building
the antenna and taking it to England next time I visit my daughter.  I
think I can fit it in my luggage provided I wait to purchase the PVC
pipe and glue it together after I arrive.  I hope it will do well from
the third floor bedroom.


Items about the July ARRL Board meeting will appear in the August issue
but you can read the minutes in their entirety at

WORLD RADIO CONFERENCE 2003 – The Board reviewed progress made at WRC
2003 and started the planning cycle for the next WRC in 2007. One key
item on the 2007 agenda is a review of 4-10MHz frequency allocations
(Recent amateur gains at 7.0 – 7.2 MHz are excluded from this review.)
There is a six page article by K1ZZ in the August QST.

BAND PLANNING – The Board conducted an in-depth review of the amateur
bands from 902 MHz to 24 GHz, with emphasis on defense strategies and
deployment (usage) levels. Board action was taken to create an ad-hoc
committee to recommend updates to the ARRL band plans.

BAND SEGMENTATION – The Board received an interim report detailing
technical studies of amateur frequency band segmentation based on
emission bandwidth rather than mode. This study is necessary because of
the emergence of new digital modes, including digital voice and
voice-bandwidth digital data modes. This study could lead to replacing
the familiar CW/Phone segmentation with Narrowband/Voiceband

ELMERS TO THE FORE – What changes in licensing structure are in store
for Amateur Radio in the USA? How will the Morse Code testing issue be
resolved? Is there a new entry-level license in our future, perhaps
modelled after the UK Foundation License? Regardless of how these issues
are resolved, Amateur Radio needs a corps of Mentors (or Elmers, if you
prefer) to help guide newcomers through the early rites of passage in
Amateur Radio – especially the oft daunting transition from license
study to on-the-air communications. In recognition of these concerns,
the Board commissioned its Volunteer Resources Committee to develop a
national mentor (Elmer) program for consideration at the ARRL Board’s
January 2004 meeting.

FIELD ORGANIZATION ENHANCEMENT – The Board approved the following
measures intended to strengthen the League’s Field Organization: a)
Provide leadership training for Section Managers b) Develop and release
Section Emergency Plans c) Improve long-haul ARES communications
capability d) Implement other actions per the Board Report

SO WHAT’S THE FIELD ORGANIZATION? – The ARRL Field Organization consists
of regional cadres of volunteers under the leadership of Section
Managers.   In the Hudson Division, our Sections are:

Eastern New York (ENY),  Northern New Jersey (NNJ),  New York City Long
Island (NLI)

Section Manager contact info is listed on page 16 of QST.

What to Do About Morse? Code Requirement Remains on the Books in US,
Canada (Jul 22, 2003) — World Radiocommunication Conference 2003
(WRC-03) made optional the requirement to prove the ability to send and
receive Morse signals to operate below 30 MHz. While a Morse code exam
element remains on the books in the US, Canada and elsewhere, some
countries already have moved to drop their Morse requirements. In the
US, however, Morse will not go away that easily, since the FCC appears
unlikely to act on its own motion to make that happen.  See

Just in case you aren’t aware, the UK has dropped the Morse requirement
for access to the HF bands as from the 26th July 2003.

The ARRL Directors will begin to develop a position on the issue at a
Strategic Planning meeting to be held in Saint Louis, MO in September.

* HUDSON DIVISION AWARDS DINNER  November 8th in Paramus

The Hudson Division Awards Dinner is again being sponsored by the 10-70
Repeater Association and will be held on November 8th in Northern New
Jersey at Biaggio’s Resturante in Paramus, NJ by popular request.  The
food is good, the camaraderie is great and there are plenty of door
prizes for all. Tickets are limited to the first 100 at $38 per person.
Send ticket requests to 10-70 Repeater Association, Inc., 235 Van
Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ  07450-2918

2003’s Technical Achievement Award winner is Len Signoretti Jr, N2LEN,
of Brooklyn, New York.  The specific achievement Len was recognized for
was the unique Echolink repeater/internet linking system he has
implemented, one of the first in the New York City area.

The 2003 Grand Ole Ham is Jim Joyce, K2ZO, of Washington Township, New
Jersey.  A 30 year member of the Bergen Amateur Radio Club, Jim has
devoted most of his free time to the club and to making Amateur Radio
operators more knowledgeable in the hobby.  He has spent two decades as
an Elmer, founding the club’s “kit night” in which hams could learn the
basics of building electronic equipment, how to solder, or how to
troubleshoot and repair their own equipment.

The 2003 Hudson Division Amateur of the Year is Bruce Lordi, N2XP, of
Flanders, New Jersey. A well rounded Amateur, Bruce has been described
as “Mr. Fixit”.  From HTs to Mobile equipment to repeaters, Bruce is
always ready to help hams with their technical problems.  Bruce gives
countless hours to helping hams and teaching others about technology.
He Elmers local Amateurs on the technology behind packet, PSK31, APRS,
HF, VHF and UHF techniques.

Please join with us to honor these outstanding Hudson Division hams.
You will also have a good time and perhaps take home a door prize.  Plan
on being with us on November 8th in Paramus.


On Saturday, August 9th Frank Fallon, N2FF attended a meeting of the
Ocean Monmouth ARC in Bradley Beach, NJ and spoke on a number of current
issues that the ARRL have been dealing with including the Broad Band
over Power Lines (BPL) issue.  Frank detailed the threat and gave
examples of what ARRL is doing to fight the FCC effort to change Part 15

After N2FF’s talk a motion was made by Ron Oleander, WA2HZT, OMARC
President regarding an OMARC donation in the sum of $150.00 to the ARRL
Spectrum Defense Fund specifically for the BPL fight that was
unanimously approved by all the club members present.   After the
meeting members gave N2FF a tour of the Diana Site where the first moon
bounce signals were transmitted in the 1940’s and presented a check to
assist in the this effort against BPL.  See  N2FF thanked the club for
its generosity and encouraged all members who had the ability to also
consider a personal contribution. “It’s important that we get squarely
behind this effort,” he said.  “BPL has the ability to change the HF
bands as we currently know them by filling them with noise and at the
same time puts us in the position of having a great potential for
interfering with our neighbors who use the new technology.  It’s a
double whammy and a very bad idea.  I sure would like to shake a little
sense into Chairman Powell.”

Here is what one group in the division has to say about the problem.

Special Edition, Newsletter, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service of
the Chathams  August 2, 2003

BPL potential serious threat to Amateur Radio

Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) is a very serious threat to Amateur
Radio. BPL is a proven technology to bring broadband Internet service to
homes and offices on AC power lines. It could very inexpensively replace
DSL, cable, WiFi and other broadband services. Sounds like a “natural”
for inexpensive broadband, right. But now get this . . .

BPL uses the spectrum from 2.0 MHz to 80 MHz for broadband signals on
the power lines going to homes and offices. This just misses our 160M
band but includes our, 80-to-75M, 40M, 30M, 20M, 17M, 15M, 12M, 10M, and
6M bands. In other words, all our prime long-distance HF bands. BPL
would likely kill all weak-signal contacts on these bands. What can you
do about this?

Learn more about BPL
The best source is the ARRL web site <>. On the home
page click on either “Band threats,” or on the first item titled
“Attention all Amateurs.” In addition the site has the 120-page package
of comments the ARRL filed with the FCC by the original deadline of July
7 at

File you own comments

The FCC just extended the deadline for comments to August 20. For
details go to
<>. I
just managed to get my comments to the FCC by the original July 7

Donate to the ARRL fund to fight BPL.

The goal is $300,000. By the end of July 3690 hams had donated $193,000,
which included mine. For details on donations go to

Please do your part to fight this serious threat to our HF bands.

de O. Paul Schreiber, W2UH,    (A BIG THANKS, Paul, for
helping spread the word!)

Here is an email about Ed Hare’s efforts:


As I had mentioned previously, Ed Hare W1RFI and ARRL Lab Manager, was
stopping over in the Lehigh Valley, PA on Wednesday as part of a three
state sweep to monitor and collect data about BPL. I had the pleasure of
meeting and spending time with Mr. Hare on Wednesday morning and had the
opportunity to witness the effects BPL has on the Amateur HF bands.

On Tuesday night, my cell phone rang and when I answered, it was Mr.
Hare. He was in the Valley, in Dorneyville, and wanted to touch base
with me before our meeting the following morning. I was in West Chester
at the time visiting my son, but Mr. Hare had mentioned that he had
already swung through Emmaus that evening to make a preliminary
assessment of the area.

On Wednesday morning, I met Mr. Hare at the Comfort Suites in
Dorneyville.  After the introductions, during which he presented me a
copy of the “ARRL RFI Book”, we discussed a rough agenda, then loaded
into his well-used Subaru wagon replete with measuring equipment and a
Buddi-pole portable compact dipole strapped to the roof rack, and headed
off towards Emmaus. The area in Emmaus that is being used by PPL for the
BPL test is in the area of Pine St. just behind Emmaus High School and
the East Penn School District Administrative building. We drove around
to find a spot were we could setup to do some measurements. Mr. Hare had
selected a spot the previous evening that he thought might be a good
area to listen to and measure BPL’s radio signature. We parked outside a
residence and he began setting up his equipment.

Mr. Hare is using a very simple set-up in order to make an estimate of
the field strength of signals that he is interested in. Strapped to the
back seat of the Subaru was a wooden palette that contained a deep cycle
battery, an inverter, a step RF attenuator, an ICOM PCR-1000 receiver,
and his laptop computer running custom data acquisition and processing
software that Mr. Hare authored. As mentioned before, he used a
Buddi-Pole compact loaded dipole mounted in a tripod strapped to the
roof rack as the antenna. The

measurement process involves using the sound card in the laptop PC as an
audio voltmeter. It is first desirable to calibrate the system by first
measuring the noise generated by the soundcard and the receiver without
the antenna attached. The antenna is attached, and the attenuator is
adjusted until the desired signal is audible just above the noise floor.
The software is then used to sample the audio an that is processed to
determine the RMS value based on the 9 kHz bandwidth that the FCC
specifies for emissions from Part 15 devices in the HF band. A
calculation is then performed against this value taking into account the
parameters of the receiver system (radio, feed line, and antenna) to
determine the dbuV/M fields strength of the signal. It is a simple and
elegant system that Mr. Hare feels will produce the consistent and high
quality data that will be needed to address the Amateur Radio
communities about BPL to the FCC.

The real eye-opening part of the day was to listen to BPL in action on
the HF bands. Mr. Hare disconnected the PCR-1000 and replaced it with a
Kenwood TS-440 and we listened to several amateur bands. The type of BPL
used in the Emmaus area (there are several “flavors” which Mr. Hare
showed later) creates an impulse type noise on the bands. It sounds very
much like a Geiger counter. The noise generated is very broad banded and
can be heard continuously up-and-down the bands. It seemed to be
strongest on 21 MHz and faded below 5 MHz and a little above 24 MHz, but
this may have been due to our receive antenna not being optimized for
those frequencies. BPL created a consistent S5 to S7 noise level on the
bands. We listened for a while to 14.060 Mhz to hear what it would sound
like on a popular frequency.  Some faint CW stations in the background
could be heard, but the opinion was that they would be “un-copyable”
under the circumstances. We then got back in the car and began driving
around the area listening to the radio and the noise. As we got farther
away from the test area, the noise faded  dramatically. A few blocks
from our initial location, the noise level had dropped dramatically to
S1 to S2, the typical “quiet band” conditions.

We then drove to an area that had BPL, but had it’s electrical service
delivered through underground feeds. In this case, we pulled up outside
a residence that was owned by an engineer Mr. Hare had contacted about
BPL and who had an Amateur Radio operator living near him. In this case,
the noise generated was somewhat reduced, but still around the S5 level
outside the residence. It was clear from this example, that if you were
a ham living next door to this person, your operating conditions would
be greatly compromised.

Later, we drove around again to attempt to find a “hot spot”. In the
areas that had BPL, it was interesting to note the changing profile of
the noise as we roved around the area. Every time we passed a utility
pole, the noise level peaked dramatically. We arrived at one area that
exhibited a significant increase over neighboring areas. This area
happened to be a pole that contained a BPL injection point. The noise
present at this location was unprecedented. On the Kenwood, I noted a
consistent S9 to S9+10 noise level. I tuned up to around 14.200 and
found a 5 call area station in QSO with CY9A. The five was copyable, but
CY9A was much weaker, and the noise would have rendered a QSO with the
station unmanageable.  Mr. Hare then disconnected the TS-440 and made
some field strength measurements. His measurements revealed field
strengths well in excess of FCC limits.

We then packed up and stopped for lunch. During lunch, we discussed the
ARRL ARIA project and BPL. Mr. Hare explained that while the aim of the
ARIA project is much broader than BPL, it will be instrumental in
gathering evidence to support the ARRL’s position on BPL. He also
touched on some ancillary issue regarding BPL. On of the interesting points regarded the
limits on conducted signals versus radiated signals from BPL. He
explained that some BPL systems are looking to use very high power
levels and that these levels could exceed the design limits of other
devices plugged into electrical outlets. Another point was that the FCC
mandated field strength levels were specified under certain conditions.
The vagaries of the various BPL schemes and implementations can provide
“wiggle room” for BPL implementers pass the FCC requirements while still
creating systems that will adversely affect amateur communications. As
Mr. Hare pointed out, an overhead electrical line is just a large
radiator of an arbitrary size.  The radiation pattern developed by such
a line could take the main lobe outside of the test measurement area,
but still present a significant problem for amateur radio signals.
Therefore, an integral part of the project is to gain “real world”
experience about the affects of BPL on amateur ommunications. Still
another question is how BPL will affect other users of the HF radio
spectrum. Right now, the Amateur Radio community is the only organized
response to BPL. Mr. Hare hopes that when the data he and others are
gathering is made public, other organizations will come on-board and
voice their concerns about BPL.

After lunch, we went out to the parking lot of the hotel and talked some
more. Mr. Hare showed me a video tape he had made of his visit to Briar
Cliff Manor, NY (near White Plains), another BPL test site. In that
video, he is shown driving around with the TS-440 tuned to the 20m
amateur frequencies. As he drives around the area, he tunes around the
band.  It can be heard clearly that on frequency after frequency, block
after block, the band is filled with extremely loud “birdies”. It almost
made the Emmaus experience seem bearable. The frightening thing about
what I saw was that the situation will only get worse. The interference
that I heard in Emmaus is directly related to the amount of internet
activity. As more and more users come on-line, the crackling of the
“Geiger counter” will get more and more persistent. We saw BPL in the
day at low usage levels. I can only imagine what it might be like at
peak usage hours.

All-in-all, it was on of the most enlightening experiences I have ever
had. I am extremely thankful to Mr. Hare for inviting me along. I hope
that in the near future, I can organize my material for the purposes of
making a presentation to the DLARC and possibly the LARC.

If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact
me. Thank you for your time.

Joel M. Gilly
AKrion, LLC.

If you are interested in reading all or part of ARRL’s 120 page comments
filled with the FCC on this issue check

See also  for some
of Ed’s video.


If you want to have the world see you 2003 Field Day comments and
pictures visit
and click on ” Add your 2003 ARRL Field Day Soapbox comment.”

Rich Gelber saw a familiar call sign in the write up and sent the

W2KN was the callsign of Buddy Robins, who was a friend of Bill Hellman,
John Burgio and others. I knew Buddy when he lived in Riverdale (the
Bronx) in the 1960’s and one of his sons was a classmate of mine
(Buddy’s callsign at the time was W2JKN).  Buddy was in the sweater
importing business and a member of the Explorer’s Club and had many
articles published in WorldRadio.  He was also a regular on the 3840
Sapphire Net

Much later, Buddy and his son Tony, who was not a ham, moved into a
building on West 67th Street that is literally next door to ABC.

About every 10 years, I would run into Buddy either on the street, or
stopped at a traffic light, or (once), on a DX trip. I once heard Buddy
operating on the French side of St. Maarten (FS) while I was on the
Dutch side (PJ7), so I went over to visit. (NA2M pointed out that Buddy
use to operate mobile while there and give out the FS and PJ7 while on
the road.) That was over 20 years ago. Once or twice I drove him to an
NJDXA meeting to see his friend Burgio and others.  But Buddy was around
80 by then and not doing real well. He died about 3-4 years ago. Buddy
owned a house on the Isle of Man, and had a GD0 callsign as well. I
think his other son, who lives in San Francisco, has a long-disused
Novice license, but didn’t do anything about the callsign.  (NA2M points
out that Buddy’s son in San Francisco now has Buddy’s original call –
W2JKN (ex KA2MLM – Donald Robins.)

We had some errors in the report of The Cherryville ARC site.  It
appears that we picked up some “old info” from the club website.  Sorry
about that! The prime movers this year were NJ3A, Charile, Club Pres.,
and W2CGX, ex club pres., and the food was handled by a group of people.
Thanks to W2GD for setting the record straight.

* Deadline Nears for Filing Ground Zero-Related Compensation Claims

Many former Ground-Zero volunteers who have developed health conditions
as a result of their efforts may not be aware that there is Federal and
New York State financial assistance available for their care, even care
that is long-term or chronic in nature. VOLUNTEERS, as well as
employees, are specifically included in these programs. Nobody should
have to be out-of-pocket, or exercise the claims procedures for their
private or employer-provided medical insurance as long as government
funds are available. Please give this information the widest possible
dissemination among the amateur radio volunteers. NYCOSH has already
done the heavy lifting as far as getting these programs set up; there’s
no good reason for anyone to suffer in silence.

de Rich Gelber, K2WR,  Assistant Director, Hudson Division

If you sustained an injury or illness as a result of working or
volunteering in the vicinity of Ground Zero in 2001, you may qualify for
medical care and/or compensation.

There are two distinct programs that offer compensation for injuries,
illnesses and ill-health resulting from work or volunteer work in the
vicinity of Ground Zero. One is a state program, New York State Workers’
Compensation. The other is a federal program, the September 11th Victim
Compensation Fund. Workers and volunteers who are eligible for
compensation from one program may also be eligible for compensation from
the other.

Anyone who may be eligible should consider the eligibility requirements
of both programs, as explained in a new NYCOSH fact-sheet posted on the
Internet, before deciding where to apply, or call NYCOSH for
assistance.  Anyone with the symptoms of an illness that was caused by
exposures in  the vicinity of Ground Zero may be eligible for
compensation. Many  medical conditions may result from World Trade
Center exposures,  including respiratory, nasal and sinus,
gastrointestinal and  psychological conditions.

For a comprehensive NYCOSH factsheet concerning both compensation
programs, visit

Jonathan Bennett, the  Public Affairs Director, New York Committee for
Occupational Safety and Health,  275 7th Ave., New York, N.Y. 10001
Tel: 212-627-3900 ext. 14 Fax: 212-627-9812

Please visit our website: Subscribe to our free biweekly Update on Safety and Health by sending
an  e-mail message to

NYCOSH is a non-profit provider of occupational safety and health
training, advocacy and information (including technical assistance and
industrial hygiene consultation) to workers and unions throughout theNew York metropolitan area.  Our membership consists of more than 250
union organizations and 400 individuals: union members, health and safety activists, injured workers, healthcare workers, attorneys, public
health advocates, environmentalists and concerned citizens.


From time to time we get reports of someone who gets into problems with
the local police in New York State over having a radio capable of
listening to public service frequencies or for violation of the new
hands   free law.  Although these reports are few and far between they
are bothering.  There is really little we can do to protect ourselves
from a “poorly informed local police-officer.”  But it would be wise to
have a copy of  your FCC license and both laws in your glove compartment
should the need arise to explain your legal activities to the local
police.  Be aware that while it is legal to have a ham radio rig which
can listen to public services (police) frequencies it is not at all
clear that you may posses a separate scanner for those frequencies nor a
radio capable of transmitting on those frequencies.

You can find PR Docket 91-36 in two different formats on the ARRL Web at This
states that amateurs can possess a transceiver which has “extended
receive”, but not transmit capability. This docket does not appear on
the FCC Web page.   For the NYS law go to  and select bills and laws and then
select VAH and scroll down to section 397 which is the specific law and
print a copy.  You will need to do the same for the hands free bill.

* SHOWING OFF HAM RADIO – Roseland ARC does it

Getting exposure for ham radio is vital to recruiting new hams of all
ages.  Here is a note from one division club.

Just a note to let you know about the Club’s recent activities with the
Roseland Recreation Department. The Club put on a demonstration of Ham
Radio before about 60 participants (ages 6-12) in the Borough’s summer
recreation program. We demonstrated repeater operations and had them
talk one of the members who was standing by at home on the repeater. We
also brought them into the shack in groups of about 10 and worked Hams
in Maryland and Ohio, letting them talk to hams and giving names, ages
and schools. Very exciting for them. Finally, we had many of them send
their names in CW, on a monitor. Lots of fun for all.     de Harvey,
W2YWC, President, Roseland (NJ) Amateur Radio Club


It’s nice to see someone you know well appear as a writer on the ARRL
web with an interesting tip on QSLing.  Long time LIDXA member Lou has
beaten me out in all too many RTTY pile ups.  As the blurb says:  Lou
Dietrich, N2TU, of Massapequa, New York, was first licensed in 1962 as
WN2RNW and then WA2RNW, but marriage, kids and a career in the
telecommunications industry curtailed his hamming. He got back into the
hobby in the early 1980s and later became an avid and expert DXer,
concentrating on Morse and RTTY operating.

See Lou’s article at


The 22nd annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference will take
place September 21-23 in Hartford, Connecticut. Guest speaker is Alex
Mendelsohn, AI2Q, senior technology editor at ChipCenter and the author
of “NASA, NORAD, Amateur Radio, and Me”. His article notes how amateurs
are the movers and shakers in many levels of industry, from top-level
management to engineers and technicians. Many on Long Island will
remember Alex from the early days of packet radio and the POLI
organization before Alex moved to Maine.  In the 1980’s Alex helped me
get a TAPR One board going to get on packet.

Introductory seminars will include “Intro to WSJT” by Del Schier, K1UHF;
“Intro to EchoLink and VoIP” by Jon Taylor, K1RFD; “Intro to PSK31” by
Steve Ford, WB8IMY; and “Intro to APRS” by Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, who
also will moderate an APRS networking mini-seminar. Matt Ettus, N2MJI,
will lead a four-hour Software Defined Radio Sunday Seminar.  This might
warrant a trip to Hartford in September.

The program looks interesting –

You can find Alex’s article at


16 Aug 2003 + Ramapo Mountain ARC
Oakland, NJ
Sect: Northern New Jersey
Contact:Bob Anderson, K2BJG
69 Page Drive
Oakland, NJ 07436
Phone: 201-337-6945
Fax: 973-962-6210

6 Sep 2003 + Saratoga County RACES Assn.
Ballston Spa, NY
Sect:Eastern New York
Contact:Darlene Lake, N2XQG
314 Louden Road, #84
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-587-2385

7 Sep 2003 + Long Island Mobile ARC
Bethpage, NY
Sect: New YorkCity-Long Island
Contact:Brian Gelber, WB2YMC
46 Forest Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone: 516-822-0673

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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