Hudson Division Beacon – August 2005

ARRL Hudson Division
August  2005

Hudson Division Beacon -- e-mail edition  - # 53
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 

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LAST CALL FOR ANTENNA WORK:  It's time for antenna work.  While for the
past month it has been almost too hot and humid to even think of hours
outside readying the station for the winter months, those cold winds
and snow are not all that far away.  Plan now for those projects that
can be completed during the cool days of September and October. If you
wait too long you may well be limping trough the winter radio season
with a less than optimum antenna system.  Think 160, 80 and 40 as we
head toward the bottom of the cycle.  It's time to work those "band
countries" on those low bands during this contest season.


September 10th Saratoga RACES at County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa, NY
September 25th LIMARC at Briacliffe College, Bethpage, NY
October 2nd  OMARC Tailgate Hamfest - Project Diana Site, Wall, NJ 
October 2nd HOSARC Hamfest - NY Hall of Science Parking Lot Queens, NY
October 8th BARA Annual Fall Hamfest -- Westwood Regional - Washington
Township, NJ
October 23rd TOBARES Hamfest - Knights of Columbus Hall Lindenhurt, NY

The division website has a new section entitled "Newsletter of the
month" with an attached PDF file of a club newsletter.  The first award
goes to the Peconic Amateur Radio Club and Editor Paul Birman, WA2JPJ
for their August 2005 issue.  Keep up the good work, Paul.  We
especially liked the obit of John Rieger, K2JRR, but it's a newsletter
that is always interesting and has pictures.  Our plan is to select a
best newsletter each month and post it on the division web page.  Only
division newsletters that are in PDF files will be eligible. (PDFing
files can save a club a lot of postage.)  Make sure your club is
sending a newsletter each month to .  Yes, it is possible
that a club can be selected for "Newsletter of the Month" more than
once in any year.   In September 2006 we will announce the winner for
the "Newsletter of the Year" from among the twelve monthly awards. 
Division Assistant Directors will be asked to vote on the issue they
liked best. The club editor of the issue with the most votes will be
awarded a plaque for his or her efforts at keeping the club and the
division informed and entertained.  Thanks to webmaster Tom Carrubba,
KA2D, for the suggestion.

> 2005 Hudson Division Award Winners Selected  -  
Awards Dinner November 12th
Be there with us on Saturday night, November 12th, at the Elk's Lodge
in Park Ridge, New Jersey to honor our recipients.  It promises to
again be a fun event with loads of door prizes.

Here is a list of those getting awards this year:
Amateur of the Year, Tom Raffaelli - WB2NHC 
(nominated by Lyle Anderson, KC2LCA and Rich Sandell, WK6R)
Technical Achievement, Ulrich Rohde - N1UL 
(nominated by Mario Karcich, K2ZD (2004)
Grand Ole' Ham, Frank Fix - K2AW  
(Nominated by Bill Hellman - NA2M)
Lew Malchick, N2RQ 
Nominated by Martin Smith - KA2NRR)
The committee decided to grant two Grande Ole 'Ham awards this year. 
The Committee was unanimous about awarding both Frank Fix and Lou
Malchick the Grand Ole' Ham award.  

See for an answer.

On Labor Day Monday, there will be a special event at the Liberty
Science Center in Liberty State Park, and Ham Radio will be part of

NPARC has taken a "proactive" stance to get Ham Radio into the programs
and exhibits at the Science Center. They have agreed that they want a
Ham Station set up and operating in the Front Lobby of the Museum
(through which all visitors must pass) from 10 AM to 5 PM on Monday -
Labor day.

This will be a great Public Relations opportunity.  Not only will there
be thousands of visitors to the Museum on that one day, but we'll
probably be able to get intensive Press and Video coverage of the
event, and particularly of the Ham Radio Activities.

Now comes the main point:  We want this to be an NPARC, and Ham Radio
sponsored event, we support the LSC, not the other way around!  So all
Club Members and friends are being asked to help. We will need
operators and people to explain Ham Radio to visitors at the Museum,
who will commit to a few hours from 10AM till 5 PM. We will use local
and NYC repeaters, so we'll need operators to get on these repeaters
and talk with the kids. 

If you are interested in helping out contact:
Barry G. Cohen K2JV, 39 Cromwell Court, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922 
TEL: 908-464-1730

ARRL Goes to Washington video now available in DVD format (Aug 18,
2005) -- A DVD version  ( )  of
the League's 10-minute video The ARRL Goes to Washington now is
available from the on-line catalog. The cost is $5. Produced by Dave
Bell, W6AQ, Alan Kaul, W6RCL, and Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, this video
documents the League's activities on behalf of Amateur Radio on Capitol
Hill and at the FCC. Because ARRL's advocacy to support Amateur Radio
in "official Washington" typically occurs behind the scenes, it
receives little fanfare in relation to its importance and significance.
This video offers an opportunity to call attention to this critical
ARRL function in an entertaining and informative way. ARRL members
often say that legislative and regulatory advocacy is very important to
them. Now clubs, public information officers and others will be able to
witness the League's leadership in action in the nation's capital for
themselves. Featuring ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, and narrated by
former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD, the presentation's
debut at Dayton Hamvention was resoundingly positive. The video makes a
great centerpiece for an Amateur Radio club program or meeting, and
it's ideal for showing at hamfests, forums and even civic group
meetings. It is not intended, nor available, for telecasting or
broadcasting, however. The ARRL Goes to Washington remains available
for downloading  (See ) , free of
charge, from the ARRL Web site. Additional video programs are available
through the ARRL Video and Multimedia Library. These free download and
low cost offerings are great for use at club meetings or for other
Amateur Radio presentations.

(Note:  You will probably want to right click when downloading and save
as a target.)

> H.Res 230  -  Let Your Congressman know you Support this Resolution 
- Write please!
> See sample letter at
To expedite delivery, send all correspondence bound for Members of
Congress--preferably as an attachment--to or fax it to
703-684-7594 also send me a copy at
 The ARRL will bundle correspondence addressed to each Member of
Congress for hand delivery. 

A copy of HRes 230 is available on the ARRL Web site in .PDF format
at,  See
the ARRL Web site,,
for more information.

> Rosalie White, K1STO, departs ARRL Headquarters, keeps connection
 (Aug 22, 2005) -- ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager Rosalie
White, K1STO, is leaving ARRL Headquarters as a full-time staff member
on August 19. She is returning to her home state of Indiana due to
family medical issues. But she won't be severing ties with ARRL
Headquarters altogether. "I'm going to miss the ARRL staff terribly,
because they all care so much about Amateur Radio and its future,"
White said. "I'm proud to be able to continue working with them,
though, and handling some neat programs." Among other projects, White
will continue her work on the Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) program (she's ARISS International
Secretary-Treasurer), the new ARES E-Letter, the ARES Digital Network
Management Team, relationships with served agencies and some work with
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), among other
responsibilities. She'll also help ease the transition for Dave Patton,
NN1N, who will be taking over as Acting Manager of Field and
Educational Services. "Rosalie has worked for us for 24 years," said
ARRL CEO Harold Kramer, WJ1B. "She has been both a valued and valuable
employee with her expansive skill set in Amateur Radio, our Field
Organization, emergency communications, education, and aviation along
with her knowledge of ARRL history and traditions." Kramer said that
although he's only been with the ARRL for six months, he'll greatly
miss her knowledge and insights as well as her perspective and advice.
"I know that all of us will miss her both personally and
professionally," he added.

> Sign up for The ARES E-Letter 
(Aug 17, 2005) -- Since 9/11, interest within the Amateur Radio
community in emergency communication and public service has greatly
increased. More than ever, hams are volunteering to help meet the
communication needs of our nation, states and communities. The ARES
E-Letter is a response to this expanding awareness. Any ARRL Member
with an interest in emergency communication or public service
activities can sign up online to receive The ARES E-Letter via e-mail,
and anyone can read it on the Web site. Each issue will contain a
wealth of after-action reports, editorials, technical tips, news and
views--information you'd otherwise have to wait for in QST. Timeliness,
utility and inspiration are the goals of this informative publication
that's devoted entirely to Amateur Radio emergency communication and
public service. 

> Does This Make Ham Radio Better ?  by Ward Silver

(Here is a thought piece from Ward Silver, N0AX, which makes a few very
interesting points.)

In preparing a presentation for the Pacific NW DX Convention on new
ways of visualizing radio information, I felt that it was important to
evaluate the ideas for their possible effect on ham radio.  After
all, if new technology, techniques, or activities don't make ham radio
"better", then why implement them?

The implied part of that question is that we actually know what
"better" is.  The quick reply is usually, "Well, of course I know!" 
But when pressed, it can be difficult to say exactly where the Good
Arrow points.  A legalistic definition would be to point to the FCC's
Part 97.1 - the Basis and Purpose for the Amateur Service, paraphrased
here as:
- Voluntary communications, particularly emergency communications
- Advancement of the radio art
- Advancing skills in the communications and technical phases of the
(radio) art
- Expansion of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts
- Enhance international goodwill

Those are a little dry, so translating those principles into more
personable statements in no particular order:
- Increase understanding of the physical environment of radio - Improve
an operator's efficiency, accuracy, and breadth of expertise
- Encourage technical learning about communications systems
- Develop new radio services and techniques
- Create new opportunities for building and innovation

These are pretty much where my particular Good Arrow points.  I don't
expect every possible change to ham radio to score a plus on every one
of those five points, but if a change can't muster a little enthusiasm
in any of those areas, then maybe it's not going in the direction of
the Good Arrow.  Conversely, the more goals a change promotes, the
better the change may be.

Some changes have uniformly good effects, but most will be of the "some
steps forward, some steps backwards" variety.  This leaves us to count
the steps, weigh them, and decide whether there is a net
benefit.  Things get even more complicated when combinations of changes
are occurring. Two rights might make a wrong!  Then there is the fact
of having thousands of humans all acting and reacting at once - that
makes life genuinely interesting, doesn't it?

When presented with such a rich and frothy brew of possibilities, it's
usually easiest to just pull the covers over one's head and reject them
all.  Better the devil you know than the devil you don't. If it's not
broke, don't fix it. Of course, this conveniently ignores the fact that
radio and radio operators are continually changing, whether we embrace
change or not.

Undoubtedly, amateur radio is in a watershed period, just as it was in
the years following World War II, a period of dramatic technical change
and a rapid change in the population of amateurs.  While there
was a lot of complaining, that upheaval seems to have turned out OK. 
Today, the rapidly hybridizing Internet-Radio combination, changing
license requirements, and accelerating technical evolution of radio
will probably transform ham radio to the same degree as before and
after WWII.  Radio in 1960 looked an awful lot different to an amateur
that got started in the 1930's - a situation in which many of  us find
ourselves today.

As you browse the Web, read the magazines, and kick things around with
your friends, you'll encounter divisive and difficult topics such as CW
testing, spotting networks, digital radios, bandwidth and band plans,
and on and on. Even in such an environment, where it's difficult to
know the long-term benefits and costs of changes, one can still apply
Good Arrow measuring sticks and support the aspects of change that line
up closest. Then it becomes a question of whether you choose to dwell
on features that measure up or the ones that don't. Ham radio is
molting - all we have to do now is decide which parts will make up the
new lobster and which parts the old shell.       .................  
73, Ward N0AX

The Tri-County Radio Association, W2LI, now has an Amateur Radio Forum
linked off its web site at The Forum is divided into
discussion topics such as UHF/VHF, HF, GENERAL including General
Discussions, Operating Practices and APRS/Packet and other Digital

> ARRL seeks dynamic individual for Membership Manager
 (Aug 11, 2005) -- The ARRL is looking for an individual with excellent
organizational, communication and customer-service skills to join the
ARRL Headquarters team as Membership Manager. The ideal candidate
should be detailed oriented with a proven record of accomplishment in
the field of membership recruitment and retention. This is a new
position, and the Membership Manager will be a key member of the
League's Sales and Marketing Department. "We need an experienced
professional to manage and focus only on membership recruitment and
retention," ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager Dennis Motschenbacher,
K7BV, emphasizes. Responsibilities include formulating and implementing
member-recruitment activities to expand ARRL membership, analyzing
growth patterns, supervising the membership renewal process,
recommending and implementing strategies to increase member retention
and growth, identifying recruitment targets and prepare analyses of
membership trends. The Membership Manager will direct the delivery of
all membership benefits as well as establish and monitor customer
service standards. The position entails some overnight travel. A
bachelor's degree or equivalent is required. Applicants should posses a
thorough understanding of association management, customer service and
programs. Knowledge of Amateur Radio or a ham radio license is a plus.
At least five years of member services and/or association experience is
preferred, with at least two years at the supervisory level. Complete
details and requirements are on the ARRL Web site Employment at ARRL
page. The ARRL is an equal opportunity employer. 

> New contest "Printable Line Scores" version available
 (Aug 8, 2005) -- A new, auto-updating HTML-version of the contest
"Printable Line Scores" now is available on the ARRL Contest Results
Web page. The new line scores document also automatically reflects any
corrections, something that didn't happen in the former PDF version,
where QST production staffers added the line scores to the QST version
of the article and had to make corrections manually. The HTML Printable
Line Scores for a given contest become available once the PDF of the
contest writeup has been posted. "The idea is to give you exactly what
used to be in QST," says ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson,
N1ND. ARRL members and non-members alike can access the line scores.
"The new system interactively uses the current on-line database to
generate the scores," Henderson explains. "When a change is made in the
database, the line score document will reflect it immediately. Click on
'Printable Line Scores,' and voíla, it's there!" Because it's an HTML
document, viewers no longer will have to use Adobe Reader to view or
print their scores, and the type font is a bit larger and easier to
read too. "This means it might take a couple of more pages to print the
scores, but they'll be more readable," Henderson said. Printable Line
Scores are available for any ARRL contest that includes an on-line
database for members. That's most ARRL Contests starting with the 2001
ARRL November CW Sweepstakes. 

> PARC Founder and Inspiration, John R. Rieger, K2JRR is a Silent Key

Peconic ARC Founder John Rieger, K2JRR, passed away August 2nd.   While
always interested in radio John came to ham radio late in life getting
his Novice license in 1993. Back in the 1950's John founded the first
FM broadcast station on Long Island, WLIR-FM, broadcasting from a
subbasement of the Garden City Hotel,  with its antenna concealed in
the hotel's cupola. John was a class guy and will be missed by more
than just the members of the Peconic Amateur Radio Club.  Visit  to see a copy of the PARC newsletter with
the obit and pictures.


10 Sep 2005+Saratoga County RACES
Talk-In: 146.40/147.00, 147.84/147.24
Contact:Darlene Lake, N2XQG
314 Louden Road, #84
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-587-2385 
Email: dar@saratogaspringsny.usBallston Spa, NY
Saratoga County Fairgrounds
163 Prospect Street

25 Sep 2005+LIMARC Outdoor Hamfair & Electronics Flea Market
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.85 (PL 136.5)
Contact:Rick Bressler, K2RB
c/o Sign-A-Rama
34A Hempstead Turnpike
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: 516-526-6975 
Fax: 516-756-2921
Email: hamfest@limarc.orgBethpage, NY
Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Avenue

Ocean-Monmouth ARC
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3) & 443.00 +5Mhz (PL 127.3)
Contact:Jeff Harshman, N2LXM
PO Box 267
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Phone: 908-922-0816 
Email: n2lxm@juno.comWall Township, NJ
Project Diana Site
Marconi Road, Camp Evans

2 Oct 2005+Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5); 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 Meadow Corona Park
47-01 111th Street

8 Oct 2005+BARA Annual Fall Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/.79 (PL 141.3)
Contact:Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Washington Township, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725 
Email: k2zo@arrl.netWashington Township, NJ
Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School
701 Ridgewood Road

23 Oct 2005+TOBARES Hamfest
Town of Babylon Amateur Radio Emergency Services
Talk-In: 146.685 / R (PL 110.9)
Contact:Walter Wenzel, KA2RGI
373 15th Street
West Babylon, NY 11704
Phone: 631-957-0218 
Fax: 631-957-0218 (Call first)
Email: tobares@optonline.netLindenhurst, NY
Knights of Columbus Hall
400 South Broadway

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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