Hudson Division Beacon – August 2009

                        August 2009
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 100
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
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==> BREAKING NEWS –  Hudson Division Awards Recipients Selected….
The 2009 Hudson Division Awards Committee, consisting of the following
Assistant Directors met in conference using the ARRL Conference Bridge
on Thursday evening August 27, 2009:

Roberta Keis, N2RBU (NLI);  Jerry Agliata, W2GLA (ENY);  Nancy Rosner,
N2TKA (NLI);  Bob Chamberlain, N2KBC (ENY); Walter Lange, AE2AA, (NNJ)
and Steve Saposnik, KB2ENF, (NNJ).

The committee selected the following recipients for the 2009 awards:

Amateur of the Year   –   James Mezey, Jr. –  W2KFV of Carle Place, NY
Technical Achievement  – David Streubel, WB2FTX  of Butler, NJ
Grand Ole Ham  –  Diane Ortiz, K2DO of Copiague, NY

Recipients will receive their awards at the Hudson Division Awards
Luncheon to be held on Sunday, November 8th  2009  from noon to four at
Biagio’s Restaurant in Paramus, NJ hosted by MetroPlex ARC.  Please
plan to be there with us that day.  Ticket information at shortly.

We wish to thank those who took the time to make the nominations and we
congratulate the winners.  Remember, Ham radio works because hams

==> ARRL Vice Director Elections Set for November (Aug 26, 2009) —
Responding to solicitations in the July and August issues of QST, ARRL
members in the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern and Roanoke
Divisions have nominated 11 candidates for the 10 positions of Director
and Vice Director of each of the five divisions. Seven incumbents have
been declared elected without opposition, while there will be balloting
for Vice Director in the Central and Roanoke Divisions; ballots will be
counted on Friday, November 20, 2009, and those elected ( N2FF and
KA2ANF in the Hudson Division) will serve three-year terms beginning at
noon on January 1, 2010.


==> FCC to Utilities: Don’t Look to Hams to Pay for Your Testing (Aug
27, 2009) — In a case that goes back at more than 10 years, the FCC
has told a Pennsylvania utility that the utility is responsible for
paying for “efforts to locate and correct instances of [power line]
noise.” At least one amateur has been complaining to the FCC since 2000
regarding harmful radio interference possibly caused by power line
equipment that is maintained by Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Light Company

For more details see:

==>The Diary of a Mad Ham’s Wife.   See

==> HPM/140 Birthday Celebration Event Coming Next Month (Aug 17, 2009)
— The Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday celebration is back! This year, the
ARRL is honoring the 140th anniversary of the birth of the League’s
first president and cofounder. Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, was born
September 2, 1869 and died February 17, 1936, in a Colorado hospital of
complications stemming from a throat infection; his widow died just
nine days later.  See event details at

Event dates are September 2 through 8.  I will be signing N2FF/140

==> 7O1YGF Operation Approved for DXCC Credit (Aug 13, 2009) — On
August 12, ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, announced that after
more than eight years, the 7O1YGF operation in 2000 from Yemen has been
approved for DXCC credit. Moore cited a review of “recently received
information,” as well as “additional dialogue” with the leader of the
7O1YGF DXpedition, as reasons for the approval.

Note: This was a real present.  It is very nice to get a LoTW QSL from
2000 that gave me a another “Challenge” QSL.    Apparently CW logs were
uploaded to LoTW at the same time as the announcement.
My paper log from that period indicates that I also had a RTTY QSO.
That would be a new for RTTY and would put me at 305 for that mode.
With DX conditions as they are, new ones have been non existent.  My
fingers remain crossed de N2FF……..

==> Scott Redd, K0DQ: The Biggest Gun of All (Aug 5, 2009) — Vice
Admiral John Scott Redd, K0DQ (US Navy, retired) has, throughout his 36
year military career, helped to make the world a safer place. From
postings in Uruguay to Iraq to serving as Commander of the Navy’s Fifth
Fleet as a naval officer, to becoming Director of the National
Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Redd has served his country with
distinction. Earlier this year, President George W. Bush presented him
with the National Security Medal in a White House ceremony for “his
more than 40 years of exceptional service to the Nation, strengthening
its intelligence capabilities and improving national security.”
President Bush called Redd “an innovator, a strategic thinker, an
inspirational leader and a dedicated servant to the Nation, respected
for his vision, courage and integrity.” But intermingled in his Navy
career was Amateur Radio. This year, Redd, an active DXer and
contester, became the first person ever to win all six of the major HF
contests: The ARRL International DX Contests (SSB and CW), the CQ World
Wide Contests (SSB and CW) and the CQ Worked All Prefix (WPX) Contests
(SSB and CW).

More at

Note: And to think I ran a few phone patches (few remember what those
were) back in 1967 when he was CX2CO.  Perhaps I can get him into RTTY
now.  De N2FF……

==> New York State QSO Party – October 17th at 1800 – Twelve hour all
mode contest…..


Please take a look at

The August 2009 award goes to “W2MPX Repeater Newsletter”  the
newsletter of the Metroplex ARC for their August  edition.
Congratulations on a fine job to News Letter Editor: Walter Lange,

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!


12 Sep 2009+Saratoga County Races
Talk-In: 147.000
Contact:Al Margadonna, KA1IEG
924 Chestnut Hill Road
Cambridge, NY 12816
Phone: 518-677-3316
Email: Ballston Spa, NY
Saratoga County Fairgrounds
Fairground Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York
13 Sep 2009+JCDXA Hamfest
North America DX Association
Talk-In: W2NJR-449.525, 448.128, 146.490 (PL 141.3)
Contact:Mike DiPersio, KC2Q
PO Box 357
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
Phone: 908-415-6162
Email: Tinton Falls, NJ
Luigi’s Restaurant
5119 Asbury Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
3 Oct 2009+Tailgate Hamfest
Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3)
Contact:Jeff Harshman, N2LXM
5 The Arborway
Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: 732-996-0637
Email: Wall Township, NJ
Infoage Learning Center (Project Diana Site)
Marconi Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
10 Oct 2009+Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.790 (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 Jr/Sr High school
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
11 Oct 2009+HOSARC Hamfest
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
25 Oct 2009+LIMARC Indoor 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: Hicksville, NY
Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island

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