Hudson Division Beacon – December 2003

ARRL Hudson Division
December 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
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The BEST of Holiday wishes to all.

My wife Kathleen and I are off to England for Christmas and the New Year
with the family. Please look for M/N2FF in both the ARRL Ten Meter
Contest and the ARRL RTTY Roundup.

Our BIG news here is the arrival of a second grandchild – Delilah Violet
at 7 lbs. 14 oz born November 6th at Chichester, England.  Mother and
child both doing very well and home less than twelve hours after the
event.  The grandparents are already practicing their coos.

You did send the ballot back, didn’t you?

Well, some 48.96 % of division members did return their ballots and
Frank Fallon N2FF was reelected as ARRL Hudson Division Director!
Incumbent Director Frank Fallon, N2FF, of East Williston, New York,
defeated his current Vice Director and former Director Stephen A.
Mendelsohn, W2ML, of Dumont, New Jersey, in the recently concluded
election. See full story at

Ballots were counted on Friday, November 21st at HQ.  Participation was
only three tenths of a percent greater than a division election held
three years ago in 2000 for vice director.


Saturday February 7th there will be a joint Hudson Division Cabinet and
Club Presidents Meeting starting at 9:30 at the at the Paramus
Congregational Church.   Bagels and coffee will be served at at 9 AM.
Assistant Directors and Club Presidents or their representatives are
invited to attend.  Please let Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Hudson Division
Vice Director know you are coming.  Send e-mail to:

Coffee and bagels will be provided and I plan to start the meeting
promptly at 9:30.  We will provide pizza for lunch. The meeting will end
by 2 PM.  Please bring your ideas and input.  If you have any items for
the agenda please send me an e-mail at

All division affiliated clubs should send a representative if the
president is unable to attend.

Paramus Congregational Church
Entrance is the basement on the side of  the church.
205 Spring Valley Road, Paramus, NJ 07652

1)  From New York City  GWB to NJ.  Take Route 4 West to the Paramus
area. Exit at the Spring Valley Road Exit (go right, toward
Oradell/River Edge).  Go through the light and the church is the second
one on the left almost across from the Middle school. Entrance is the
basement on side of the church.

2) From Route 17 North and South, Take the Century Road Exit and go East
toward River Edge.  Go up hill thru light, down hill to next light and
turn Left. Paramus High School is on your left.  Go to second church on
the left.


FEMA to FCC: BPL will “Severely Impair” Mission-Essential HF Operations

Dec 8, 2003) — Expressing “grave concerns” about likely interference
from unlicensed Broadband over Power Line (BPL) systems, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has told the FCC that BPL could
“severely impair FEMA’s mission-essential HF radio operations in areas
serviced by BPL technology.” FEMA filed comments December 4 in response
to last April’s FCC BPL Notice of Inquiry, ET Docket 03-104. FEMA
expressed primary concern over BPL’s potential impact on the FEMA
National Radio System (FNARS), which operates on HF and serves as the
agency’s primary command and control backup medium as part of the
Federal Response Plan.



The ARRL’s Logbook of the World secure contact-verification database
continues to grow. So far, reports ARRL Membership Services Manager
Wayne Mills, N7NG, nearly 5000 users have uploaded logs containing some
25.4 million Amateur Radio contacts. This has resulted in more than 1
million QSL records.

“The key is participation, and it doesn’t cost a thing to get the
software and upload logs,” Mills pointed out. “We’re encouraging all
hams to participate in Logbook, whether the ham is a casual operator,
contester, ragchewer or DXer.” To further expand the database and
generate more confirmed contacts for all LoTW users, Mills is calling on
everyone to sign aboard and submit as many logs as possible.

Once LoTW programming is complete, users will be able to redeem credits
for ARRL awards without having to go through the expense and trouble of
obtaining hard-copy QSL cards. Mills emphasizes that LoTW is not meant
to replace paper QSL cards but supplements traditional QSLing.

Signing up as a new LoTW user is simple. Visit the Logbook of The World
Web site <> and read the “Getting Started”
document, Mills said. He advises new users to print it out to have the
instructions handy.

The “Getting Started” page offers step-by-step instructions for getting
a secure digital certificate from ARRL and preparing and uploading logs.
Mills noted that most new user problems result from failing to
specifically follow the instructions outlined on the “Getting Started”

Amateur Radio software developers are starting to include direct support
for Logbook of The World in their programs. Most logging software allow
users to export a log in ADIF format, which LoTW will accept. A few
programs incorporate the ARRL’s TQSL file-generation and digital
certificate code, which simplifies the process of digitally signing logs
and exporting them in a separate e-mail.

For more information, visit the Logbook of The World Web site
<>.(de The ARRL Letter, Vol. 22, No. 48, December 5, 2003)

* International Morse Code Gets a New ITU Home, New Character

(Dec 10, 2003) — The 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-03)
may have eliminated the treaty requirement for prospective amateurs to
demonstrate Morse code proficiency to gain HF access,but the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) hasn’t forgotten Morse code
altogether. In Geneva on December 5, the ITU Radiocommunication Sector
(ITU-R) Study Group 8 agreed on the wording of a Draft New
Recommendation ITU-R M.[MORSE] that specifies the international Morse
code character set and transmission procedures. It also includes a new
Morse code character to cover the “@” symbol used in e-mail addresses.
See for more

To keep up with the times, however, the IARU proposed adding a new
character–the commercial “at” or @ symbol-to permit sending e-mail
addresses in Morse code. The draft new recommendation proposes using the
letters A and C run together (.–.-.) to represent the @ symbol.


Section hams come through at Riverhead Town Variance Hearing

On Thursday, November 13, 5 hams from the NLI section testified at the
variance hearing of Sal Console in the town of Riverhead, Long Island,
NY. Mr. Console, also known as “Ted” holds the callsign K2QMF and has
been a ham since 1956. He moved to Riverhead in May, 2003, and submitted
plans for a 70 foot crank-up tower. Norm Wesler, K2YEW, a professional
engineer in NY state, testified on the need for the height. Richard
Knadle, K2RIW testified about RF emission and safety. Howard Liebman
,W2QUV testified about television and telephone interference. George
Tranos, N2GA testified on the value of Amateur Radio. Frank Fallon N2FF
was on hand to testify about the national organization for Amateur
Radio, the ARRL. The town board, in an unusual decision, decided to
issue a variance that night and included Mr. Console’s tower under the
town’s existing 50 foot Amateur Radio exemption. The town issued the
variance with the proviso that the tower can only be cranked up above 50
foot for 1500 hours a year. Congratulations to K2QMF and to the entire

Comment:  We spent about fifteen minutes in a sidebar with the town
attorney over the issue of how often the tower would be at heights above
fifty feet.  We were told that the town wanted to grant the permit for
the structure but wanted to show the neighbors that the town did still
have some control over the heights.  At first they suggested a schedule
for hours per week which we felt would allow some neighbor to bring the
ham back to the zoning board.  The town finally agreed to the year
formula.  We don’t believe anyone is going to be keeping a log of the
hours the tower is above 50 feet.  The provision is actually


Perhaps you have seen pictures of this monster 80 meter beam on a
massive tower in Japan?  A number of people sent me the url and I found
it hard to believe.  Quite frankly I thought it was trick photography.
How often do you see someone walking on the boom of a beam and look so
small in comparison?

Assistant Director Herb Sweet sent the following e-mail:


The monster ant looks legitimate. The owner is well known and this is
the third person that has confirmed the antenna to me. K2JMY, a local
avid 75 meter DXer told me that this ham previously had a 3 element beam
on 75 meters but that wasn’t good enough for him!


——– Original Message ——–


Remote Access by SSH.


Thu, 20 Nov 2003 19:26:37 +0900


Hisao Okumura <>


Of course I saw your mail about big monster.

7J4AAL made a road to build a 75m/80m full size 5 ele Yagi on the
hill near the hospital.

He is a director of the hospital.

Hisao Okumura,


At the League of Municipalities Convention on November 18 at Atlantic
City a group of NJ hams made a presentation to local government
officials.  The Emergency Communications Workshop came off with much
success! Of the four presenters three were hams: W2UDT, NNJ SM, K2SO,
NNJ SEC, and N2HX (from the State Police OEM Office). There were over 70
attendees for the workshop and passed out some thirty Cronkite videos as
well as some fifty ARES brochures to the various elected officials
there.  Both Steve, K2SO and Bill, W2UD spent some time answering
questions even after the session was over. Looks like we scored a very
positive media hit!

The moderator, Parsippany Mayor Marceil Letts, contributed accolades, as
well, from her experience with amateur radio volunteers. K2SO’s power
point presentation, which led off with the Cronkite video, equalled the
professional State Police one!

* ATTENTION CLUBS  –  Worthing club raises over £2000 for Children in

When I visit England the local amateur radio club there is the Worthing
club just a few miles from Brighton.  I usually try to get to a club
meeting or an event they are having.  It’s great to see how hams are
doing in another country or meet someone you have worked.  Last year at
Dayton I ran into a member of the Worthing club I had met the previous
December in England.

While browsing the RSGB members only site I found the following item
about the club.  Now, while you may never get to England, perhaps you
will find a gem of an idea here.  It appears the Worthing club managed
to kill two birds at once and get some great PR for amateur radio in the

On Friday and Saturday the 21st and 22nd of November, members of the
Worthing and District Amateur Radio Club operated a Special Event
Station to raise money for the BBC “Children In Need” appeal. GB2KIN was
located in the foyer of the Holmbush Shopping Centre, Shoreham, in West
Sussex, where members of the public watched the operators in action on
40 metres CW and phone. The station was organised by Chris Delhaye,
G3NDJ. Two Pudsey bears )probably some time of stuffed bear) were
raffled, one on each day, to raise even more money and the total raised
was over  £2300.   (That’s about $3,675 US)


The Order of Boiled Owls of New York, established in 1954 and dedicated
to Amateur Radio HF contesting and DX’ing, invites Radio Amateurs
worldwide to join the celebration of our Golden Anniversary in 2004 by
“Working The Owls” to obtain a handsome certificate for the  “OBO 50
Award”. See  for a picture of the award.

Eligibility:All government-licensed Radio Amateurs worldwide
Bands: All amateur frequencies below 54 MHz.
Modes: Any Mode – No band or mode categories or endorsements

To qualify: Accumulate a total of five “contact credits” by working
members of the OBO and/or the OBO’s club stations during calendar year
2004 as follows:

Two “contact credits” for QSO’s with club stations: KW2O W2OWL
One “contact credit” for QSO’s with club members (listed below).
Each callsign may be worked only once.
DX portable operations by these stations count as separate callsigns.
An endorsement is offered for accumulating ten “contact credits”
Award Period: All contacts must be made between 0000Z, 1 January
2004 and 2359Z, 31 December 2004. To receive an award certificate – Mail contact logs (no
QSL’s required) to:
Dennis McAlpine – K2SX
Secretary, Order of Boiled Owls of New York
12 Ridgecrest East
Scarsdale, NY 10583 USA

Enclose $3.00 (U.S.) or 4 IRCs to cover certificate and mailing

Award applications must be received by March 31, 2005
Questions?  E-mail:

Current Members (1 point each): N2GA  K2AW  W2AX  N2FF  K2DO

>>>>>APPROVED HAMFESTS:  There are none.  The next event will be:

HRU 2004 on Sunday, January 18, 2004 at Oyster Bay, New York Sponsored
by Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club.  The event will be held at the
East Woods School located at 31 Yellow Cote Road, Oyster Bay, NY

Although NOT a hamfest, this is a very worthwhile event being held for
the fourth year. Plan to be there.

You will meet a lot of hams and learn a thing or two at the forums.
Local clubs will be on hand showing off their activities and the price
is right at $2.00.

Directions: (The school is approximately 18 miles east of the
Queens/Nassau border in Nassau County)

Take the Long Island Expressway east to Exit 41 North (Rte 106/107). 106
and 107 will split about 1/2 mile north of the LIE, follow 106 north (to
the right). Go about 4 miles to Route 25A. Make a right and head east on
25A and go about 2 miles to Yellow Cote Road (on your left). Look for
the white sign which says “East Woods School”. Go another 1/2 mile and
the entrance to the school will be on your left at another white sign.
Go up the hill and park in one of the three designated parking areas.
Look for the HRU signs!

Special Features of Event: Ham Radio University 2004, forums on all
aspects of Amateur Radio, Special Event Station.  Exams being given:
ARRL Sponsored Exams

Talk-In Frequency: W2VL 146.850 -600 136.5 PL   Web URL:

THE BEST IN 2004!!!!!!!

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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