Hudson Division Beacon – December 2004

ARRL Hudson Division
December 2004
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 45
By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
(516) 746-7652
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Both Joyce and I want to extend our best wishes to you and your family
at this time of the year for the best of Season’s Greetings.  Have a
good holiday with family and friends.  My wife Kathleen and I are once
again off to England to be with our daughter and her family.  These
holidays are great fun with the grandchildren at ages six and one year.
It will be fun to sign M/N2FF in the ARRL Ten Meter Contest.  I sure
hope that the band is open to the USA.  It will also be fun to operate
mobile while shopping in Belgium and France a few days before Christmas.


Have you thought about becoming a member of the ARRL Diamond Club?  As
the year ends, please take a minute to consider if you can afford to be
a member.  Diamond Club participants help the ARRL do more for Amateur
Radio while keeping membership as accessible as possible for everyone.
It’s a worthy and important program; if you can, please give it your

See Dave Sumner’s editorial on the subject:
Detailed information on membership can be found at:

JANUARY 15th 2005

Saturday January 15th there will be a joint Hudson Division Cabinet and
Club Presidents Meeting starting at 9:30 at the Paramus Congregational
Church.   Bagels and coffee will be served 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:  ka2anf

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 RoadParamus, 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 through light, down hill to next light
and turn Left. Paramus High School is on your left.  Go to second church
on the left.

* History Channel program to explore the annals, impact of radio

(Dec 4, 2004) — On Friday, December 10, at 1 PM and 7 PM EST/PST, The
History Channel will air a history of radio, “Radio: Out of Thin Air,”
as part of its “Modern Marvels” series. According to The History
Channel, the hour long program will examine “the long life of the radio”
and how its introduction “changed life in America nearly
overnight.”–submitted by John Dilks, K2TQN

> List of Frequently Asked Questions on BPL available

Via N2GA from Jim N2ZZ, the ARRL Section Manager from South Carolina.
It is an informative list of frequently asked questions about Broadband
over powerlines. Check it out at


With time still to spare and with the help of key “relay” service by
local radio amateurs the ARRL holiday toy drive has collected truckloads
of toys–1650 and counting. The drive, which is folding into the United
Way’s White Doves Holiday Project, aims to brighten the
holidays for children displaced or left homeless by the hurricanes that
ravaged Florida earlier this year.

“The toy drive has snowballed and taken on a life of its own,” says ARRL
Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, who spearheaded
the ham radio effort. “Hundreds of groups, clubs and individuals have
responded with such energy and cheer that it’s already a great holiday
season. People just kept going past Thanksgiving and provided more help
for the kids than initially imagined for such a simple enterprise.”
Pitts says the effort generated a lot of goodwill for the Amateur Radio
community as well.

Boxes full of toys from radio amateurs nationwide have been pouring in
to the United Way of Martin County office in Stuart, Florida. As of
November 23, more than 190 clubs, groups and individuals had contributed
either toys or checks. Cash donations total nearly $5000, and even more
toys and contributions continue arriving daily.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency
Service (RACES) members have helped transport toys from the United Way
office to a storage area at the Martin County Fairgrounds. There,
volunteers will sort the toys for distribution to needy families on
December 20 and 21.

“We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the ham radio
operators,” said Carol Hodnett, director of the United Way Volunteer &
Community Resource Center, which coordinates the White Doves Holiday
Project. “We cannot thank ARRL and its members enough for choosing to
support White Doves and the children it serves.”

Bill and Nancy Deacon, KD4HST and KD4HSS, are not only ham radio
operators but longtime White Doves Holiday Project volunteers and, this
year, hurricane victims as well. The Deacons will help to sort toys and
assist families on distribution days. Bill Deacon also will hand out
turkeys and hams (the White Doves Project also has collected some 20,000
pounds of food). The Deacons’ house was flooded during the storms, and
they have been living in a FEMA-provided mobile home while repairs are

From the “ARRL Letter”  See for pictures

* FCC’s Riley Hollingsworth to keynote Ham Radio University 2005

(Dec 4, 2004) — FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley
Hollingsworth will be the keynote speaker at the ARRL New York City/Long
Island Section Convention and sixth annual Ham Radio University (HRU).
The convention and HRU 2005 get under way Sunday, January 9, starting at
8 AM at Briarcliffe College, 1055 Stewart Ave, Bethpage, Long Island,
New York. A day of education about Amateur Radio, HRU 2005 will include
forums geared to new and experienced radio amateurs alike. The focus
will be “hands on,” featuring demonstrations by experts in many areas
including VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) authority Jonathan Taylor,
K1RFD, who will present a forum on EchoLink. New this year are forums on
“Urban Ham Radio” for those who live in neighborhoods that restrict
antennas, and “Contest Station Ergonomics” with Mel Granick, KS2G, to
help you set up your station for maximum comfort and performance. Other
forums topics include satellite communication, low-power (QRP) operating
and emergency communication. An amateur Radio examination session will
be held, and there will be a special event station on site. HRU 2005 is
sponsored by the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) in
conjunction with the Briarcliffe College Amateur Radio Club and is a
cooperative effort among more than 20 clubs and organizations in the New
York City-Long Island area. Representatives will be on hand from various
area Amateur Radio organizations and clubs as well as served agencies
including the Red Cross, The Salvation Army and the National Weather
Service. For more information, contact HRU 2005 Chairman George Tranos,
N2GA,; 631-286-7562, or visit the HRU 2005 Web site.

* A “BIG” Thanks to Ron Levy, K2CO, W2 QSL Bureau Manager

A Gigantic “Thank You” to W2 Bureau Manager Ron Levy K2CO. After a 24
year involvement and 16 years as Manager, Ron is stepping down on
December 31st. Under Ron’s leadership the W2 Bureau has made many
positive changes and accomplishments. “Thanks Ron!”  I hope you enjoy
your retirement.

Effective January 1, 2005 the New W2 Bureau Manager is Doug Rue, W2EN,   A Grateful thanks to ALL the elves at NJDXA who keep
those QSL presents coming all year long.  Your hard work and dedication
make the W2 Incoming Bureau system the best in the world.

* SCAMP On-Air Testing Commences

(Dec 7, 2004) — The Sound Card Amateur Message Protocol–or SCAMP–is
not just a conference paper topic anymore. On-the-air testing of the
digital communication protocol began in late November, and the first
transcontinental communication using SCAMP occurred on December 4.  See:

* DXpedition on the air from rare Andaman and Nicobar Islands (VU4)!

(Dec 6, 2004) — The National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR)
sponsored DXpedition to Andaman and Nicobar Islands (VU4) took to the
air December 2 at 1831 UTC. The five-member NIAR team, headed by
Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI (center in photo, wearing fuchsia sari), will
operate as VU4RBI and VU4NRO from the capital city of Port Blair through
the end of December. Andaman and Nicobar Islands is considered among the
top most-wanted DXCC entities–some listings put it at number 1. The
DXpedition’s first activity was on 20 meter SSB, and stations in the US
Pacific Northwest reported that both stations had good signals and were
easy to work up until 2100 UTC, The Daily DX reported. DX spots December
6 indicated the stations were active on 12, 17 and 15 as well as 20
meters, SSB only at this point. VU4RBI and VU4NRO are the only call
signs authorized from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In addition to
VU2RBI, operators include D. N. Prasad, VU2DBP, S. Ram Mohan, VU2MYH, R.
Sarath Babu, VU3RSB, and D. Varun Sastry, VU3DVS. QSL to NIAR, Rajbhavan
Road, Hyderabad-500 082, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA. More information is
available on the NIAR Web site.


Halloween has come and gone.  We’ve done this for so long, the State
Police and Amateurs, have kept company for many years.  ( 20 years and

Amateur Radio Operators, Citizen Band radio operators, and members of
the GMRS services all volunteered to take part in the annual Pumpkin
Patrol in cooperation with the New York State Thruway Police on the
evenings of October 30th and 31st.  Both nights were at a comfortable
weather condition although there were some sprinkles of rain on Sunday.
The evenings went by without any problem areas.

On both nights, Sue, KB2IBI and Ray, N2ZQF visited all the locations on
both sides of the river, giving all the volunteers a choice of goodies –
coffee, HOT cider, soda, cookies, etc.  Thanks Sue and Ray, it was very
much appreciated by all.

Again this year, there wasn’t any vandalism in all the areas covered by
these various groups.  The State Police and all the volunteers have
arrived at the same conclusion – our presence is the deterrent – lets
keep it that way.

The following volunteers too part in this year’s “Pumpkin Patrol”: Tony,
W2BEJ, our net control on Sunday, Jack, WA2YBM, Debbie Mariani, John
Batchler, Steve Marsh, Ken, WA2TQK, Ken, KB2KFV, Mitch, KC2MAT, Marilyn,
KB2JZI, Frank, W2FPG, June, KB2JTG, Dave, WB2VXS, Tom, KC2FCR, Ed,
KC2HNC, Dave, KB2HPW, Margaret, N2PEK, Kathleen (Beth), KC2BSC, Mitch,
N2JVE, Joe, KC2HLC, Mac, KB2SPM, Karen, KB2UUC, Ray, N2ZQF, Sue, KC2IBI,
George, W2XBS, Dick, N2TZQ, Dick, WA2COI, Tom, N2SQO our Net Control on
Saturday, Andy, KB2TSA, Kathy, N2XKF, Don, W2CJO, Barry, WA2CW, Tim,
WA2QAC, Randy, KA2TJZ, Bill KA2OWW, Ken, AA2CW, Dave, N2SBA, and Dave,

Rensselaer, Albany, and Schenectady counties were represented for a
total of 37 volunteers. Thanks Guy and Gals.  You’re all great.

I’d like to thank Sgt. Anthony Miserendino for appearing at the AARA
club meeting in October.  He gave a great presentation as to how and why
the amateur radio and other radio groups are so valuable.  Thank You.

Submitted by Jack Donnelly WA2YBM

* College Scholarships are available   (Thanks to the Schenectady ARC)

It’s that time of year.  All amateurs and ARRL members should be aware
that there are a number of college scholarships available for licensed
Amateur radio operators. Here are the details of one of those
scholarships provided through the generosity of Hudson Division hams.
Henry Primm Broughton, K2AE Memorial Scholarship Terms of Reference
Established in 1997 by the Schenectady Amateur Radio Association, Inc.,
this scholarship is intended to honor the memory of Henry Primm
Broughton, K2AE, whose early work with Nikola Tesla exemplified the
pioneering efforts of early radio experimenters and Amateurs, and who
was a distinguished member of the Club. To further the intention of his
son, the late Bill Broughton, W2IR, also a distinguished member of the
Club, SARA has generously established this award.

Applicant Requirements

A. Applicants must be accepted at or attending a 4 yr. College or
university or in a college or university graduate program.
B. Preference shall be given to students whose home residence is within
70 miles of Schenectady, New York.
C. Applicant must be enrolled in a course of technical studies such as
engineering, sciences, or similar disciplines.
D. Applicant must hold a valid FCC General Class or higher amateur radio
E. Academic excellence, without consideration to financial need, and a
demonstrated interest in organized Amateur Radio will be considered
highly important in selecting a recipient.

Selection & Award

The ARRL Foundation shall consider all qualified applicants. Selection
of the applicant by the Foundation Scholarship Committee is final. The
scholarship is an annual award of $1000. More than one scholarship award
may be made if earnings permit. Last year two scholarships were granted.
Awards are granted from the earnings on the principal of funds on
deposit with The ARRL Foundation, Inc.

see:   and   for details on filing
for this and other scholarships available.


“The Sussex County Amateur Radio Club participated with Cub Pack 90 –
Franklin and the Sussex District Cub Scouts in this year’s Jamboree on
the Air (JOTA). On Saturday October 16th, we operated at the Sussex
District “Cub Family Camp” at Camp Allamuchy in Byram. The event had
over 500 Cubs and family members visited the amateur radio station set
up within the camp. The station made more than 85 contacts with other
hams around the world, including long QSOs with Scouts in other states
and countries. Participating form our area were Walt N2WM, Bruce KC2MCN,
Pat N2ZVT, and Jack N2NHN

There were several highlights, including QSOs with Cameroon on Friday
night, a 40-minute QSO with a NJ ex-patriot in Switzerland, and a Scout
group camping out (in tents!) in the Yukon. The Camp radio facilities
were excellent, ably maintained by Hank W2LOP and Bill K2WP. This
facility deserves the support of SCARC, and I hope we can help provide
activity for the Scouts in the future.

73, Jack N2NHN”   Secretary – Sussex County Amateur Radio Club

Also note that SCARC is attempting to increase Net participation on the
147.300 Sussex County repeater (151.4 tone). The net meets on Tuesday
evenings, at 8 pm local. The discussions may focus on local activity,
but all are welcome to check in.

* News From Mt. Beacon

First, local amateur K2AGP Bill Wilcox became a silent key two weeks ago
in Hyde Park. Bill was an active member of both Poughkeepsie (PARC)ARC
and Mt. Beacon (MBARC) club; condolences go to his widow Erna Wilcox,

Secondly, 2004-2005 MBARC held elections recently:

The following officers were all re-elected:
President: N2BZP, Bob Harris
Vice President: N2ZKX, Rich Otis
Treasurer: N2MCK, Arlene Harris
Recording Secretary: K2CSS, Jim Peterson
Corresponding Secretary: KC2ITY, Beth Nowik
Director Of Engineering: WA2AHR, Bill Svenson

The following are new club directors:

Director: WA2BSS, Stu Ballinger
Director: KC2LUR, Janet Duffy
Director: N2CSS, Tara Peterson

73 – Andrew,



While there are no hamfests in December, KJI Electronics, a loyal
supporter of the Hudson Division Awards Dinners, will be holding its
“Third Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend on December 17, 18 and 19.
This years plans include “in store equipment demos,” manufacturers reps,
prize drawings and light refreshments.  See for
details, times and directions.

On Jan, 9 2005 NYC/LI Section Convention/Ham Radio University will take
place at Briarcliffe College. The event is sponsored by the Long Island
Mobile Amateur Radio Club

Talk-In: 146.85 MHz with 136.5 PL – Event at Briarcliffe College 1055
Stewart Ave, Bethpage, NY 11714

Ham Radio University 2005 on Sunday, January 9, 2005 The sixth annual
Ham Radio University will be held this year at Briarcliffe College, 1055
Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, Long Island, NY 11714.  It will be held on
Sunday, January 9, 2005, from 8 AM to 4 PM.  HRU is a day of education
to share ideas, experiences, knowledge and fellowship among Amateur
Radio operators. HRU 2005 will feature 25 different forums covering all
areas of ham radio, Amateur Radio demonstrations, an area for clubs and
organizations, a special event station (W2V) and a VE session.  Our
keynote speaker will be Riley Hollingsworth of the FCC.  For more
information about HRU including an up-to-date forum schedule, see the
HRU 2005 website at    or
e-mail HRU Chairman George Tranos N2GA at

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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