Hudson Division Beacon – August 2010

                     August  2010
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 110
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 –

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

+++  Please note there was no June or July Issue of  “Beacon.”   I had
planned to send out the June issue of
“Beacon” after I returned from Woodstock in mid June, but while in
Woodstock the dog knocked my wife off the porch steps and she wound up
with a broken right foot and subsequent surgery.  Kathleen is on the
mend now and hopping around the house. We expect/hope that she will
have the cast off by the end of August.  Hopefully I will soon be an
unemployed cook and dishwasher.  It has also been too hot most days to
spend time in the shack/office putting a “Beacon” together.  There is
no air-conditioner in the radio room as I do not spend much time there
in the summer months.

Please excuse the interruption in delivery.  Your free subscription
will be extended for an additional two months.

BTW:  We also missed Field Day and thus the Owls/Radio Central station
had no six meter operation this year.

ARRL President Kay Cragie informs me that Vice Director Joyce
Birmingham, KA2ANF did a great job filling in for me as director at the
July ARRL Board meeting in Hartford.  Thanks Joyce.  I never doubted
your ability to do a great job.

===> FCC to Allow Government Drills Without a Waiver as of September 3

In July, the FCC released a Report and Order (R&O) that amended Part 97
— more specifically Section 97.113 — stating that government entities
sponsoring disaster and emergency drills will no longer need to apply
for a waiver to hold these drills.

Additionally, employees who wish to participate in
non-government-sponsored drills and exercises may do so under certain

Part 97 is the portion of the Commission’s rules that govern the
Amateur Radio Service. In the August 4th edition of the Federal
Register, the FCC issued a summary of the R&O entitled Amendment of the
Commission’s Rules Regarding Amateur Radio Service Communications During
Government Disaster Drills — noting that the effective date of these
new rules will be September 3, 2010.

==> Legislative Action Alert  –  Please remind those you see at club
meetings to get involved………..

At its January 2010 meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors voted to
support legislation that would increase the charitable deduction that
can be taken by charitable volunteers:

“Minute 54. On motion of Mr. Frenaye, seconded by Mr.
Bellows, it was VOTED that the ARRL supports efforts in Congress to
increase the charitable tax deduction for mileage used in support of
volunteer efforts and urges passage of legislation to increase the
amount to match the figure used for the business mileage deduction
($.50/mile in 2010). [H.R.345 and S.285 would accomplish this
objective; H.R. 524 and S.243 would be an improvement over the status

As there are several bills that would accomplish this goal, so instead
of asking for letters on a specific bill, we are asking for support of
the concept, with several possible bills included for the legislator to

We are asking that ARRL members in each state send a letter to their
district’s Congressperson and both of their Senators asking for support
of this increase of the charitable tax deduction.  A sample letter is
also included below.  As always the sample letters should be
personalized by each ARRL member for their own representatives.

In your letters we would like to suggest that you include at the
beginning a paragraph introducing yourself to them and explaining the
request.  Something along the lines of what follows, but as always,
edit to your style and preference:

“Dear Congressman ……r:

My name is Dan Henderson, N1ND, and I am the ARRL Division Legislative
Action Coordinator for the ARRL New England Division.  As a volunteer
appointee, my job is to contact ARRL members in my division from time
to time when the ARRL Board of Directors and Officers ask that ARRL
members such as yourself become involved in specific ARRL Grassroots
Legislative Action Program initiatives. I am contacting you today in
that role and ask for your help.”

Items that should also be included in your introductory letter to ARRL
members include:

As in the past, we are requesting that each ARRL member send their
letters to our Washington representative:

*       As a signed attachment to an email to
*       As a signed fax to 703-684-7594
*       As a regular letter to:

John Chwat
Chwat & Co.
625 Slaters Lane
Suite 103
Alexandria, VA 22314

If the member chooses to email the letter, please send it as an
attachment to the email instead of it being the text of the email. This
allows the letter to be easily printed and delivered.  Should they
decide to draft their own letter supporting an increase in the
charitable tax deduction for volunteers instead of editing the sample,
please remember a couple of things.

*       Identify the concept, referring to it as “increasing the
charitable tax deduction for volunteers”.  They should also reference
the three possible bills mentioned in the sample letter.
*       Keep the letter brief and on topic – one page at the most.
*       Ask them to consider supporting this topic.
*       Thank them for their consideration.

Simple is better when making this kind of request. They and their staff
are looking to gauge interest and support for the issue. A lengthy
letter that strays off topic can detract from the focus of asking for
support for the legislation.  And should members decide not to send
their letter to Chwat & Co but directly to their Senators /
Representatives it is still important that they send a copy of the
correspondence to Chwat & Co.  This allows our team to discuss
accurately with the Senators, Representatives and their staff the
amount of support for the bill in each state,

One thing to note: At this time, the new website does not include the
feature from the old website that displayed the contact information for
the ARRL member’s congressman. (That feature is pending on the project
punch list).  In order to assist members in finding their Member of
Congress’s contact information, they should be directed to
<>   >From that site they can
find their Congressman by inputting a zip code.  I apologize for this
feature not being functional on the ARRL Website at this time.

If you have any questions on this, please contact me.


Dan Henderson, N1ND
Regulatory Information Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio(tm)

==> The East Coast DX Association will host the ARRL Hudson Division
2010 Awards Luncheon
On Sunday – November 14 2009 from 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM the 2010 ARRL
Hudson Division Awards event will be held at Biagio’s Restaurant in
Paramus, NJ.  The key note speaker will be ARRL President Kay Craigie,
N3KN.  At least five awards will be presented this year for Amateur of
the Year, Technical Achievement, and Grand Ole Ham.

In addition President Craigie will present the ARRL Board awards,  the
2010 ARRL Technical Service Award to Richard Knadle, K2RIW, of Dix
Hills, New York, for his service to Amateur Radio, serving as Net
Control Operator for 27 years for the Technical Net on the Long Island
Mobile Amateur Radio Club’s repeater.
The George Hart Distinguished Service Award honoring longtime ARRL
Communications Manager W1NJM, retired; and awarded to amateurs who have
a long history of public service communications, and who have accrued
lengthy exemplary records in multiple facets of public service
communications work.  The ARRL Board of Directors confered the
inaugural George Hart Distinguished Service Award upon George W.
Hippisley, W2RU, William M. Smith, W7GHT and David Struebel, WB2FTX.
David, the only Hudson Division recipient,  will be on hand to get his
award.  Note: David was the recipient of the ARRL Hudson Division
Technical Award in 2009.

See for details on journal ads
and tickets.

==> ==> 08/30/2010 | Hurricane Earl Continues to Strengthen, Watch Nets

With Hurricane Earl now a category 2 storm — and expected to become a
major hurricane — WX4NHC and the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) —
activated at 8 AM EDT on Monday, August 30; WX4NHC is the Amateur Radio
station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
More at

==> 08/11/2010 | Authorities Believe Gary Haas, N5VGH, and Wife Killed
by Escaped Convicts

The burned skeletal remains of Gary Haas, N5VGH, and his wife Linda
were found in a charred camper on a remote ranch in eastern New Mexico
on the morning of Wednesday, August 4. Authorities believe they were
killed by three convicts, along with an accomplice.
More at:


Since we did not publish in June and July there are no awards for those
months.  The August 2010 award goes to “PACARA Update” the newsletter of
the Peekskill Cortland ARA for their picture filled September issue.
The issue has a nice variety of articles and even a home-brew article.
It is well worth reading.  Congratulations once again to editor Malcolm
Pritchard, NM9N, for another great issue.

Please take a look at for a good read.

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 in this case send a PDF you can’t


HAMFEST:  The is your last list before the snow flies.  LIMARC Indoor
Oct. 31 is the last event of 2010.

* 09/11/2010 | Saratoga County RACES Hamfest
Location: Ballston Spa, NY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Saratoga County RACES Association
Location: Saratoga County Fairgrounds
Prospect Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Talk-In: 146.40/147.00; 147.84/147.24
Public Contact: Al Margadonna , KA1IEG
924 Chestnut Hill Road Cambridge, NY 12816
Phone: 518-677-3316

* 09/12/2010 | Semi-Annual JCDXA Hamfest
Location: Tinton Falls, NJ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Jersey Coast Chapter of the NADXA
Location: MAECOM (Monmouth Adult Education)
100 Tornillo Way
Tinton Falls, NJ
Talk-In: 449.975-/448.125-/146.490+ (all PL 141.3) or W2NJR link
system; 146.52
Public Contact: Mike DiPersio , KC2Q
PO Box 357 Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
Phone: 908-415-6162

* 10/02/2010 | OMARC Tailgate Hamfest
Location: Wall Township, NJ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club
Location: Infoage Learning Center, Project Diana Site
2300 Marconi Road
Wall Township, NJ 07719
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3)
Public Contact: Jeffrey Harshman , N2LXM
5 The Arborway Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: 732-996-0637
* 10/03/2010 | HOSARC Hamfest
Location: Queens, NY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Hall of Science ARC
Location: New York Hall of Science Parking Lot (Flushing Meadow Corona
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY
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

* 10/09/2010 | BARA Fall Hamfest
Location: Township of Washington, NJ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Location: Westwood Regional High school
701 Ridgewood Road
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Talk-In: 146.19 /146.79 Repeater (PL 141.3)
Public Contact: Jim Joyce , K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725

* 10/31/2010 | LIMARC Indoor Hamfest
Location: Hicksville, NY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio
Location: Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Hicksville, NY 11801
Sponsor: Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.850 (PL136.5)
Public Contact: Richard Cetron , K2KNB
198 Haypath Road Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937

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