Hudson Division Beacon – August 2007

                    August 2007
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 77
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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Hudson Division Award Recipients have been selected for 2007.   See
list below.

===> ARRL NEEDS PIO’s – Public Information Officers

In the July issue I sent the message below and a number of you
responded.  Unfortunately I seemed to have lost that series of e-mails.
Please resend and I will contact you.

This is a vitally important job.  During the 9/11 incident in NYC in
2001 we had not one PIO to feed stories to the media and as a result
our horn was not blown very loudly despite all the work area hams had
done in responding.  We still have too few PIOs.  If you are looking
for a way to be involved and give back this important job may be for
you.  Contact me at or your SM.

===> September QST Honors Top 25 ARRL VEC Volunteers

On page 40 of the September 2007 QST there is a list of the top 25 VEC
in the US.  These are the volunteers who have served at the most
sessions over many years.  Thanks to them all and those who did not
make the unique “Honor Roll List of Volunteer Examiners.”

Sadly at least one of those volunteers listed is now a silent key.
Emily Maytan, AC2V, with 276 sessions since 1984 when the program
started passed away earlier this year.  She was the wife of Paul
Maytan, AC2T, and a stalwart member of the Yonkers Amateur Radio Club.
Paul is also listed with one more session than Emily, probably when she
was hospitalized.  It is very hard to think of YARC and not think of
Emily.  She was always there all their events.  We all miss her.

Also listed with 243 sessions is Dan Calabrese, AA2HX, who is also a
member of YARC and a fixture at meetings.

To all those on the list and those who did not make the top 25 but who
perform a very valuable service to insure the growth and continuance of
this great hobby/service – THANKS.

===> September Is National Preparedness Month  – Plan – Be Prepared –
Stay Informed
by George Sabbi – KC2GLG, ARRL NNJ Section ARES DEC –

Go to to not only read about how you, your family and
business can be prepared for emergency situations, but also to download
several useful forms and informational sheets that can assist you in
preparing your personal Emergency Plan.

The time to start education and preparation is well before there is an
emergency situation at hand or even close. Noted among the important
items to include in your personal emergency kit are: a radio able to
receive standard broadcast frequencies and a radio able to receive the
NOAA All Hazards Radio frequencies (both radios should have an amble
supply of spare batteries). FYI…during an emergency, the NOAA
frequencies will be used to disseminate important and possibly vital
information and alerts for your area and not just for Weather related

Additional recommended items to include in your personal emergency kit
are: non-perishable food, sealed containers of clean drinking water, a
first aid kit and a flashlight (again, remember to include spare
batteries). A more extensive list of the basic items to have in your
kit is on this Website:

In addition to the Emergency Kit items and forms, there are special
sections on the website that fully address preparations
and needs for children as well as for people with disabilities and even
for your business. Please take the time now to review and then
implement this important information. Don’t forget to also contact your
local ARES and RACES team leaders to see how you can take part in their
preparations and operations.

Remember, When All Else Fails…Amateur Radio Works…so be sure to
have your HT and/or Amateur Radio Go Kit ready to include as part of
your plan. Now is the time to make sure that you have not only your
local repeaters, simplex and emergency communications frequencies
pre-programmed, but also to make sure you have a way to power your HT
or other Amateur Radio equipment beyond the initial few hours of a
situation. Remember: Plan – Be Prepared – Stay Informed

+++++   Hudson Division Awards Announced   ++++++

November 10 is getting closer.  Get your ads and ticket money in soon!
BARA will once again host The 2007 Hudson Division Awards Dinner on
Saturday night, November 10, at the Holiday Inn, Saddlebrook, NJ.   See for ticket info.

This year’s honorees are for Technical Achievement Walter Legowski –
WA1KKM from Schenectady, NY – Member of the Albany Amateur Radio Assn.
Nominated by:  George Wilner, K2ONP from Troy, NY

For Grand Ole Ham – Van Field – W2OQI from Center Moriches, NY – Member
of the Peconic Amateur Radio Club.  Nominated by:  Robert Napoli –
K2LGO from Riverhead, NY

For Amateur of the Year – Larry Lutzak – WA2CNV from Bellerose, NY –
Member of the ARC-ECS Amateur Radio Club in Queens, NY  Nominated by:
George Sau – WB2ZTH of Huntington, NY

Vincent Mattera – WB2AAP from Brooklyn, NY – Member of Kings County
Repeater Assn. and Kings County Radio Club in NY.  Nominated by:
Michael Patino – N2BMU of Brooklyn, NY,  Laura Rudin – KB2VDV of
Brooklyn, NY and  Herbert Klein – W2NCM of Brooklyn,

Hudson Division Special Achievement Award will  to Tony Izzo – K2AMI
for his work and service on the ARRL Hudson Division Awards Dinner.

===> Frank Stone, KB2YUR – SKA  ‘A great Friend and superb
I will miss his smile, his laugh and his incredible sense of humor.
I’m sure many of you share that feeling.  Frank Stone, KB2YUR was ENY –
SEC, coordinator of the Empire State Games in 2005 and a good friend
and mentor to everyone.  He passed away on July 17, 2007 after a long
battle with cancer.

I first met Frank at the Mt. Beacon Hamfest back in 2004 after I became
Vice Director, so I did not have the pleasure of knowing him as long as
many others had.  But, in an instance, I knew he would be a great
friend.  Someone you always wanted to hang out with, or someone you
knew would be there for you if you ever needed anything.  That was

At a WECA meeting, Frank put me on the spot, as I was there that night
as the Guest Speaker.  Frank was there to promote the Empire State
Games for New York.  I guess, I hadn’t really thought about doing any
Public Service in NY State at that time, but there was something about
the way he talked about the games, I came away with the feeling, that I
wanted to be a part of those games.  I figured, since Frank was there,
it would be fun.  And fun, it was!  He made everything fun!

I last saw Frank and his lovely wife Sylvia, K2SLY at the ARRL Hudson
Division Dinner last November.  It was a surprise to see them, as I
knew he was ill. I was very pleased to see them both, but had this
strange feeling I was seeing him for the last time.
I guess I was right.

I will miss him, and I know all too well exactly what Sylvia is feeling
right now. There is nothing that anyone can say that will offer more
comfort than by telling ‘Frank’ stories!  Our memories are the greatest
comfort that we will have together. I tell and hear from those who
tell, ‘Andy’ stories often. Great people, like Frank (and Andy, and
others), are never forgotten.

If you have any Frank stories, I invite you to share them with me…and
in time, share them with Sylvia.

Frank, we miss you, my friend. Rest peacefully – de KA2ANF


The current issue of CQ Magazine has an interesting editorial by editor
Rich Moseson, on ham radio success at grassroots lobbying.  I applaud
Rich’s support of this important effort.  Rich certainly understands
the problems we face.  He was for a number of years the NNJ Section
Manager  and did a great job of running the ARRL Field Service
organization.  It’s my hope that his focus on this issue may lead even
more of you to write to your congressional representatives and senators
asking for their support on our BPL bill.

Here is the information on that effort that was in the July “Beacon.”

By now you should be aware that ARRL has had a bill introduced in the
House and Senate requiring the FCC to study the “interference
potential” of BPL.  These are H.R. 462 and S 1629 both named “The
Emergency Amateur Radio Interference Protection Act of 2007.  See and

This is our major legislative trust at the moment.  At this we are
asking members to write to KEY legislators in both the Senate and House
to get them to co sponsor and push this bill through the Commerce
Committee.  PLEASE NOTE:  At this point we are contacting ONLY the
following legislators:

In New Jersey – Senator Frank Lautenberg and Congressman Frank Pallone
and Congressman Mike Ferguson

In New York – Congressmen Eliot Engel, and Congressman Edolphus Towns

Congressman David Israel has already signed onto H.R. 462

If you are in contact with the above legislators or have a relationship
with any of them please let me know at

You can find a suggested draft letter to the congressman at
Please personalize the letter with specifics about yourself and your
involvement in Amateur Radio, especially if you are or have been
involved in emergency communications, the thrust of both bills.

Please DO NOT email the letters, use USPS, all sources we talk to tell
us that e-mails are only counted.  They are not read!  To be effective
a letter must not appear to be a form letter but must be personalized.

Once you have mailed off your letter please send me an e-mail copy at and to our lobbyist in Washington DC at

Please get involved in this legislative effort if your are concerned
about BPL interference.

===>  BPL in Briarcliff

If you live in Westchester please drop a note of thanks to legislator
Bill Burton.  He did ham radio a BIG favor with a letter to the FCC on
the issue of the renewal of the Briarcliff experimental license
renewal.  If you see him at event or in a shopping center, please
identify yourself and thank him.  Very few people seem to thank
legislators when they do a good deed.

As I reported earlier the Westchester County Legislature’s Public
Service Committee helda hearing last March on the Con Edison/Ambient
BPL deployment in Briarcliff Manor.  That hearing has born fruit in the
form of a letter from the chairman of the committee to the FCC
requesting that the experimental license not be renewed until provision
are made to address interference complaints.

I want to again thank Alan Crosswell, N2YGK, DEC for Westchester and
Briacliff Manor resident, for his persistence over too many years in
filing his complaint;   Tom Raffaelli, WB2NHC, Westchester County
Communications Officer who lent support with his attendance at the
hearing.  I wish also to give a big thanks to Assistant Director Dan
Moses, K2YM, who approached legislator Burton on the issue and who
followed though in coordinating the hearing and the eventual letter.

That letter became part of ARRL’s filing by Chris Imlay to the FCC and
Dave Sumner’s recent response to FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein
testimony at a House Subcommittee on Telecommunications.  See  Sumner quotes
large portions of the Burton letter in his response.  A BIG thanks to
the Westchester team for this effort.

===> TRAVELS WITH JOYCE, KA2ANF – Hudson Division Vice

As I travel from one end of the Hudson Division, to the other, it’s so
good to see the nice crowds gathered at the Club functions and
Hamfests!  I started my Spring Season, by traveling to the Albany
Amateur Radio Association, annual dinner.  Held in the beautiful Shaker
Country Club up in the Albany, NY area, we were greeted by our friend,
George Wilner – K2ONP, President of the AARA.  George also holds a
position on the ARRL Hudson Division Advisory Committee.  What a
wonderful time we had, visiting with all of our friends from the
various clubs in the area.  It seems as though many hold
dual-memberships.  That’s a good thing!  Dinner was wonderful…great
food and the company was fabulous!  Thanks to Fred Fitte, WA2MMX for
the invitation!

George, KC2GLG and I also attended a rather large SKYWARN training
class at Bergenfield High School, back in April.  Spring is the time
when these classes are given, so I urge you to take advantage of the
training.  It’s free and always wonderful knowledge to have and you
don’t have to be an Amateur Radio operator to be a SKYWARN Spotter.

Talk about travel, well, I did a bit of that visiting the bottom of the
NNJ Section when I attended the Ocean-Monmouth ARC hamfest.  Held on
the Project Diana Site, you couldn’t have asked for a better day or a
better turnout.  Ron, WA2HZT, President of OMARC, reported, the April
21st Tailgate Hamfest was attended by over 200 people and 40 sellers! I
had the pleasure of meeting OMARC’s youngest Ham, Nick, KC2QNA.  It’s
good to get the young folks involved in radio! OMARC held a VE Session
which produced 5 Techs and 5 Generals.

While at OMARC, I ran into a couple celebrating their Honeymoon.  AE2X
and his lovely bride were kind enough to work the food table after
“tying the knot” the day before the hamfest!  I didn’t ask their age,
but I can tell you that they were very happy! Congratulations!

On Sunday, April 22nd, I traveled to Mt. Beacon for their annual
hamfest.  Again, the weather was beautiful, and even though I was a bit
late, there was quite a crowd.  Andrew N2FTR reports wonderful results
from their VE Session, as well.  They had 26 Candidates – 9 Techs, 5
Generals and 1 Extra. Congratulations!  No trip to Mt. Beacon could
ever be complete without visiting with those wonderful “Hudson Valley
Contestors and Dxer’s” and at Ray – W2RE and Lori’s – KB2HZI house, of
course!  And it didn’t rain out the BBQ this year! Thanks for your
hospitality! This was a great opportunity to gather some contesting
technique’s from these guys!  I certainly can use some from the
experts, but most importantly, it’s nice to hear that they are having
fun with Ham Radio!   Traveling back up to Eastern New York the next
week, George, KC2GLG and I attended the Orange County hamfest at the
Wallkill Community Center  and I think we are on a roll with the
weather!  I just hope it continues to be as nice all through the
hamfest season.  It was good to see another nice turnout and I got to
see my good friend Marty, W2MI. Marty and I worked at Western Union
together, many years ago!

Dayton Hamvention 2007 found me working the Public Relations booth with
the ARRL PR Committee.  It was a very busy time and the weather was
great!  It was nice to hear from everyone all across the county and
hear about their many adventures in Amateur Radio. I saw quite a few
young people, and many newly licensed, as well.  I didn’t come home
with a new rig, but there were many things that caught my eye!

Memorial Day weekend was a great time for a Hamfest and the BARA club
in Northern New Jersey, certainly had a beautiful day for it.  It was a
large turnout of both Vendors and Hamfesters!  The VE session had a
great crowd and Bergen County ARES was on hand to provide information
on Emergency Communications and SKYWARN.

The ARRL Hudson Division Award Committee for 2007 met via conference
call, right before Field Day 2007 to chose a winner for the three
Division Awards, Grand Ole Ham, Amateur of the Year and Technical
Achievement.  As with previous years, there were quite a few candidates
to chose from.  But, the committee narrowed it down and made the
selection.  This years’ committee was comprised of Assistant Directors,
Jim Jackson, NS2K, Steve Saposnik, KB2ENF, Jerry Aliata, W2GLA, Fred
Fitte WA2MMX, George Tranos, N2GA and Bob Chamberlain, N2KBC.  I would
like to thank them all for their time and commitment to this effort.
Serving on this committee is no easy task!  We came away with 4 actual
awards.  This year the committee wished to also acknowledge Tony Izzo
for his hard work on the ARRL Hudson Division Awards dinner.  Bergen
Amateur Radio Club in New Jersey will again, play host to the ARRL
Hudson Division Awards Dinner in November.  Please join us as we honor
those in the Hudson Division that give so much to Amateur Radio and
this is also your chance to help support the ARRL Spectrum Defense
Fund.  This year for the first time, we are asking clubs to purchase
tables at a discounted price, to encourage greater club attendance and
participation.  This is a fun evening and you will get a chance to
visit with others throughout the Division, and share information, as
well as hear some great stories from our Award Winners. There are also
abundant door prizes!   Information on this as well as the Ticket order
forms is up on the website

Tickets sales have begun and we have even received some ad sales for
the Hudson Division Journal publication that is a part of the evening’s
event.  All clubs are encouraged to take out an ad in the Journal to
support the awards dinner.  We are also looking for Plaque sponsors
from the club, as well.

73 de Joyce KA2ANF


The August  2007 award goes to the  Cherryville Repeater Association’s
September newsletter “Up-Link.”      Congratulations to Editors Glenn
Bukowski, KC2NXZ and Marc Lees, KC2MTR.  Lots of information and
pictures put this effort above the competition.  Please take a look at

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!

===>  While you might have a bug in your computer, you could have a
mouse or mice in your rig —

My FT1000MP was DOA when I turned it on Saturday for the 10 GHz
contest.  I was amazed at what I found when I opened it up.  Mice had
gotten inside and chewed up several wires!

If you live in an area where there are mice, you should protect your MP
when its not in use by covering the rodent entry portals!

Details at

73,   W3SZ  –  Roger Rehr

Thanks to NA2M for spotting this one on the MP reflector.  It may not
be a good idea to eat food while operating the rig.  Remember how mom
told us not to eat in front of  the TV.  Well this may be what happens
when you eat in front of your rig.
HAMFEST –  Here are the remaining Hudson Division hamfests for 2007.
October 28th will be the last one of the season.

8 Sep 2007+Saratoga County RACES
Talk-In: 146.40/147.00 and 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
Prospect Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York
6 Oct 2007+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: 201-664-7625
Email: k2zo@arrl.netTownship of Washington, NJ
Westwood Junior/ Senior High school
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
6 Oct 2007+Tailgate Hamfest
Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3)
Contact:Jeffrey Harshman, N2LXM
PO Box 267
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Phone: 732-996-0637
Email: n2lxm@juno.comWall Township, NJ
InfoAge Learning Center (Project Diana Site)
Marconi Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
7 Oct 2007+Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5) or 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 Meadows Corona Park)
47-01 111th Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
21 Oct 2007xTOBARES Hamfest
Town of Babylon Amateur Radio Emergency Services
Talk-In: 146.685/R (PL 110.9)
Contact:Walter Wenzel, KA2RGI
PO Box 1222
West Babylon, NY 11704
Phone: 631-957-0218
Email: tobares@optonline.netLindenhurst, NY
Fireman’s Memorial Park
Hartford Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
28 Oct 2007+Long Island Indoor Hamfair & Electronics Show
Talk-In: 146.85 (PL 136.5)
Contact:Richie Cetron, K2KNB
198 Haypath Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
Fax: 516-694-4937
Email: hamfest@limarc.orgHicksville, NY
Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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