Hudson Division Beacon – December 2006

December  2006
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 69
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) 455-5924  and
Hudson Division Home Page –

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The ARRL Hudson Division ARRL Team (N2FF and KA2ANF) would like to wish
you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah.  Have a
great holiday season with the family!  Our Christmas Holiday started in
late August when our daughter and her family came across the “pond” on
the Queen Mary II.  They are living with us here in East Williston.  My
wife Kathleen and I now daily enjoy the company of eight year old
Georgia and three year old Delilah.  No trip to England this Christmas.

The year 2006 will go down in the books as a year ARRL sued the FCC in
Federal court over the flawed BPL rules.  It will also go down in
history as year the FCC announced that it would drop the CW testing
requirement.  They did that late on December 15th.   It certainly will
go down in the radio history books as the year of the BIG phone
spectrum expansion on 80 meters.  Both are controversial issues.    It
will go down in Division history as the most successful Awards Dinner
we have had so far.  It is going to be a hard act to follow.  See the
articles bellow for details.

The next big Division event is HRU 2006 on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at
Briarcliff College in Bethpage.  This is the seventh year the event is
being held and the team really has its act together.  You will learn
something or meet some interesting hams who have the same interests you
have.  Many local clubs will have displays.  Although it’s a NLI event
it is open to anyone interested in ham radio.  If you have a friend who
is interested in ham radio bring them along.   See  for details and a schedule of
forums.  Retiring NLI SM, George Tranos, N2GA and his team, this year
headed by Neil Heft, KC2KY, do a great job putting this event together
every January.   There are more than twenty-five different forums
scheduled.  You will have to make some choices as you will not be able
to see them all.  Admission is only $2.00.  This is not a flea market
but rather “a day of education about ham radio.”  I am going to have to
drag myself away from the ARRL RTTY Roundup, one of my favorite
contests, to attend. It is truly worth attending.  Not because N2FF
will be the keynote speaker at the event but because of what you can
learn and see that day.  It is, after all, Ham Radio University.

If you are looking for New Year’s Resolutions try:

Get one friend to join ARRL, bring at least one person into ham radio
next year, and make a contribution to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund.,
build a QRP rig, and get on Log Book of the World is you have not
already.  After that you can think about loosing weight, eating healthy
and exercising.

End of an Era: FCC to Drop Morse Testing for All Amateur License
(Dec 15, 2006 — NEWINGTON, CT, Dec 15, 2006 — In an historic move,
the FCC has acted to drop the Morse code requirement for all Amateur
Radio license classes. The Commission today adopted, but hasn’t yet
released, the long-awaited Report and Order (R&O) in WT Docket 05-235,
the “Morse code” proceeding. Also today, the FCC adopted an Order on
Reconsideration in WT Docket 04-140 — the “omnibus” proceeding —
modifying the Amateur Radio rules in response to an ARRL request to
accommodate automatically controlled narrowband digital stations on 80
meters in the wake of rule changes that became effective today at 12:01
AM Eastern Time. The Commission said it will designate the 3585 to 3600
kHz frequency segment for such operations, although the segment will
remain available for CW, RTTY and data as has been. In a break from
what’s been the usual practice in Amateur Radio proceedings, the FCC
only issued a public notice at or about the close of business today and
not the actual Report & Order, so some details — including the
effective dates of the two orders — remain uncertain. Currently,
Amateur Radio applicants for General and higher class licenses have to
pass a 5 WPM Morse code test to operate on HF. Today’s R&O will
eliminate that requirement all around.

See the full story at

Saturday January 13th 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.  Topics to be covered include Grassroots
Political Action, BPL Strategy, and the Demise of CW Testing. The last
hour of the meeting will be for club representatives to network and
help develop strategies for issues facing local clubs.

Paramus Congregational Church entrance is through 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
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.


The November 11th Hudson Division Awards Dinner held at the Holiday Inn
in Saddle Brook, New Jersey was a very big success socially and
financially.  Five award recipients, including one who could not be
present last year, were on hand to be honored by the more than 120
present and to give a short talk about their career in Amateur Radio.
They all gave informative, interesting and frequently humorous
speeches. All reports indicate that food was good too.   $2,177.280 was
raised for the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund through Award’s Journal Ads
and the raffle of two donated HT’s that evening.  BARA generously
rounded off that to $2,500 with some of its own money.  Again a BIG
thanks to BARA and its officers for their support of things ARRL!

Mary Hobart, K1MMH, ARRL’s Chief Development Officer was on hand to
speak about the ARRL Foundation and the need for raising funds for
spectrum defense.  Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, presented Mary with a
check from members of the East Coast DX Association.

This year’s awardees were:

Amateur of the Year – Barry Cohen, K2JV  (from NNJ) nominated by K2AL,
WW2OLF, KC2KMK, N2VI, W2FMI and KC2ONP (New Providence ARC/Salt Brook
School ARC)

Grand Ole Ham – Bob Raffaele, W2XM (from ENY) nominated by K2XA Saul

Technical Achievement:  Elmer Sharp, WA2YSM (from ENY) nominated by:
KB2ZE – Donald Hitt

Special Recognition for Public Service Excellence:  Jeff Schneller,
N2HPO (NLI) nominated by  Mike Lisenco, N2YBB and Charles Gallo, KG2V

Also present and speaking were former Hudson Division Director Richard
Sandell, WK6R, who introduced the 2005 “Amateur of the Year” Tom
Raffaelli, WB2NHC, who was unable to be present last year due to a
death in his family.  Both gave great short speeches.  Former ARRL
First VP and Hudson Division Director, Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, was also
in attendance.

It was a fun evening and some thirty five people went home with door
prizes.  Many of those honored have been sending e-mails to friends
thanking them for the honor and promising to be back next year to see
others honored.

The icing on the cake was a trip to ARRL HQ on Wednesday, December 13th
by a contingent of BARA officers and The Hudson Division Director, N2FF
and Vice Director, KA2ANF to present the check to ARRL Chief
Development Officer, K1MMH, Mary Hobart.

This story appeared on the ARRL Web late last week:

* New Jersey club boosts Spectrum Defense Fund: Representatives of the
Bergen Amateur Radio Association (BARA) <> in
Northern New Jersey led by club president Tony Izzo, K2AMI, and a
Hudson Division delegation headed by Director Frank Fallon, N2FF,
traveled to ARRL Headquarters this week with a substantial ARRL
Spectrum Defense Fund donation in hand. Representing BARA, Hudson
Division Assistant Director Jim Joyce, K2ZO, presented a $2500 check to
ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ. This marked the third year in a row the
Spectrum Defense Fund has benefited from raffle and program advertising
proceeds from the Hudson Division awards dinner, which BARA
co-sponsored this year. Contributions are especially important this
year, ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, stressed, to
support the League’s federal court challenge of certain FCC broadband
over power line (BPL) rules. “We are making progress – good progress —
but there is always room for more,” she said. Hobart expressed the hope
that other clubs would follow BARA’s lead and support the Spectrum
Defense Fund by December 31. “Spectrum defense is a 365-day-a-year
operation,” she continued. “We hope you, either as an individual or as
a club, can help. The ARRL has always ‘had your back’ — now we need
you to have our back as we meet this challenge.” Members may donate via
the ARRL Development Department’s secure Web site

See also the Hudson Division page for more pictures of the group the
went to HQ

===> ARRL Members’ Donations Vital to Success of BPL Court Appeal
(Dec 7, 2006) — ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, is
urging League members to turn their outrage at the FCC’s unreasonably
favorable treatment of unlicensed BPL systems into generous donations
to the 2007 ARRL Spectrum Defense Campaign. The ARRL is suing the
Commission in the US District Court of Appeals — DC Circuit on the
ground the FCC concocted rules to — in Sumner’s words — “accommodate
a polluter of the radio spectrum” at the expense of the licensed users
it’s supposed to protect.  See full story at

See also K1ZZ’s January 2007 QST  “It Seems to Us” and his please for
support of the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund.  BTW much of the legal fees
have to be paid in 2006, so if you are in a position to support this
effort please try to do so- before the New Year.  Thanks de N2FF….

There were eleven monthly winners to choose from and the division
assistant directors choose as the best division newsletter the October
2006 “HOSASRC Newsletter,” of the Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club.
Congratulations to HOSARC and editor/photographer  Felix Lam, K2KHV for
a really nice newsletter.  In Second Place was the PACARA Newsletter
from the Peekskill/Cortland Amateur Radio Club and in Third Place the
Saratoga RACES Newsletter.

All the entrant newsletter are available on the division web page.
Editors would be wise to check out the competition.

Felix will be presented with a plaque at the January Hudson Division
Cabinet/President’s Meeting on January 13th.

===> 2006 Wrap-Up: Views from KA2ANF
Wow, can you believe another year has gone by? I don’t know where time
goes, but I realize that as I get older, the years seem to go by so
fast. It seemed like yesterday when I had gotten my Novice License, was
newly married and enjoying casual operating on the bands. CW and Phone
were my primary modes, later we added RTTY, Satellite, Slow Scan TV and
even discovered life on VHF/UHF repeaters! Boy, have things changed!
The excitement created by the newer Digital Modes, such as PSK31 seem
to bring new life to some of us. Even my daughters have enjoyed
contesting with this new mode and even gained a renewed interest in
DXing…go figure?! As Technology takes steps into the future, more and
more new and exciting modes of operation are sure to capture our
interests. Yes, it’s a good time to be a HAM! So, do your part, and go
out and show the world that Amateur Radio is alive and well!

Thank you to all who made the 2006 ARRL Hudson Division Awards Dinner
so special! It was a fun evening, full of great surprises, and it was
especially wonderful to have so many clubs represented that evening!
Just off the top of my head – I think we had about 24 clubs represented
that evening! Attendance was the highest ever at about 120 people!
Congratulations to you all!

And a BIG THANK YOU goes to BARA for hosting the evening. BARA’s own,
Jim Joyce – K2ZO was our Master of Ceremonies. You can always be
guaranteed a good time, when Jim is hosting your event! My deepest
gratitude goes out to Tony Izzo, BARA President, who along with Jim
Joyce worked very hard to make the entire evening a success. Thanks
also goes to the members of BARA for showing their support! And last,
but not least, thanks to KJI and Command Communications, for their
generous doorprizes along with thanks to Kathy from Sauder Electronics
and John Bee from Quicksilver for their generous donations, as well.

We were all pleased to be able to honor such wonderful Amateurs, such
as Barry Cohen – K2JV – Amateur of the Year, Bob Raffaele – W2XM –
Grand Ole Ham, Elmer Sharp – WA2YSM – Technical Achievement and Jeff
Schneller – N2HPO – Public Service Excellence. A wonderful addition
this year was Tom Raffaelli – WB2NHC who was the Amateur of the Year
for 2005 and because of a family matter, couldn’t make the dinner last
year to receive his award. People such as these are indeed our leaders
in Amateur Radio!

Special guests for the evening included: Mary Hobart – K1MMH, who was
on hand to speak to us about the beneficiary for our Annual Awards
dinner, the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. Thank you Mary for being a part
of the evening’s festivities. Also, on hand, to complete the foursome
of the now well-known “BARA Babes” was ARRL Membership Manager, Katie
Breen – W1KRB! Katie has made such a hit with the BARA club, that they
couldn’t imagine doing the dinner without her present. Thanks, Katie
for all you do! In case you are wondering, Katie – W1KRB, Barbara –
KC2KLF, Heidi – KC2LEQ and myself – KA2ANF, are considered the “BARA
A special word of thanks to all of our Assistant Directors who worked
hard selling ads for the journal…this years journal being the largest
ever! Thank you also, to George – KC2GLG who produced and edited this
years Journal! (George also has assumed the role of ARRL Hudson
Division Webmaster. You can read more about the changes to the Website
elsewhere in this issue of the Beacon.)

It’s time to start thinking about the next ARRL Hudson Division Award
nominations. We had over 19 nominations this past year and I hope that
we have even more for 2007. Now’s a good time to start thinking about
who you’d like to see receive an award. Nomination Forms will soon be
available on the Hudson Division Website
On Friday, December 1st thru Sunday December 3rd, Customer Recognition
Day was held at KJI Electronics in Caldwell, NJ. Thanks to Gene for
always taking care of us hams, bringing us the latest and greatest in
the industry of Amateur Radio. Gene, MaryAnn and Randy were on hand
when George – KC2GLG and I arrived on Sunday to share some refreshments
and good conversation about radio. Gene and his fine staff have worked
tirelessly over the years, helping new hams and some of us older
“seasoned” hams by providing good, honest service and the latest in
Amateur Radio equipment.

On Sunday, December 10, 2006, Frank, N2FF and I attended the North
Jersey DX Association, annual Holiday Brunch. It was held at a new
place, Allie’s American Grille at the Marriott Hotel in Hanover, NJ.
Thanks to Ron – K2CO and Doug – W2EN, we enjoyed a wonderful time, with
some great food. I even got Bureau cards confirming some RTTY contacts
I had recently made! We were fortunate to have on-hand, ARRL CEO, Dave
Sumner – K1ZZ and his lovely wife, Linda – K1ZD who shared their DX
experiences from 4O3T territory, Montenegro. Thank you to both of them
for spending a few hours with us!

Thanks also to all the Clubs throughout the Hudson Division for the
invitations sent to Frank and I to attend your Holiday gatherings, due
to work and travel I was only able to attend a few of these events this

Well, what’s next? A new year-definitely, and perhaps working a new
country or two for some of us (oh please, oh please, Santa I want the
VU7 – in fact – I need it!!!!). Frank and I will continue to work hard
for all of you in the Hudson Division, as we start our new 3-year
terms. But, we can’t do it alone. It takes all of us to keep our hobby
alive, well and growing

Please consider making a donation to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund, to
help in our fight to protect amateur access to the radio spectrum.
Remember, it’s YOUR Hobby, YOUR Public Service and yes, YOUR Amateur
Radio! Share it with someone new today! Have a Safe and Blessed Holiday

73 – Joyce KA2ANF

===> Special Event station W1F to be active December 29 and 30

The ARRL will conclude their HELLO Campaign with special event stations
operating on December 29 – 30. See

The Peconic Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring one of the Special Event
Stations, W1F will be operated from the same location that Reginald
Fessenden made his Christmas and New Years Eve voice broadcasts in
1906, the 100th anniversary of a great radio event.
ICOM, Stepp IR as well as Heil Audio have graciously donated loaner
facilities for this event. Additionally, there is a good chance that
“Good Morning America” will do a live segment from our station the
morning of December 29.

It would be nice if you could notify the membership of our Section and
Division of the festivities, many might like to contact us. As in any
event this large, there will be plenty of work to do. Would you please
distribute this information, along with the request that anyone
interested in assisting setting-up and/or operating W1F, to please
contact me at my ARRL E-mail address.
REGARDS, Steve Barreres, K2CX

The ARRL Legislative Action Program wants you!
(Nov 9, 2006) — The ARRL Legislative Action Program wants League
members who are willing to get directly involved in promoting and
protecting Amateur Radio through coordinated, legitimate political
action at the “grassroots level.” The program is being staffed to
prepare for the 110th Congress, which convenes in January. ARRL Great
Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, who heads up the Legislative
Action Program, says members of Congress often base their votes upon
their understanding of what their constituents — the voters who put
them in office — want. “As a consistituent, your opinion is important
to them,” Weaver says. “Constituent input helps lawmakers gauge
positions on legislation and determine how a particular bill might
affect voters in their states or districts.” He says radio amateurs can
be a valuable resource to members of Congress, who may have only a
limited knowledge of Amateur Radio. “Your combination of being a
constituent and a federal licensee can help make a difference by
ensuring that your member of Congress and staff receive the balanced
information they need to make good decisions on Amateur Radio-related
legislation,” Weaver adds. A new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on
the ARRL Legislative Action Program now is available for ARRL members
and others interested in this ARRL grassroots effort. Contact your ARRL
Division Director for additional information or to volunteer. There’s
more information on the ARRL Government Relations page.

===> The Newly Revised Hudson Division Website  —
by  George Sabbi – KC2GLG – Hudson Division Webmaster

During the last few months, the Webmasters for the various ARRL Hudson
Division Websites have been working to revise and update their
respective Webpages.  Starting with a complete overhaul of the main
Website, which also included a move to a new server, the three Section
Websites were also moved to this same server and are now undergoing
their own revisions by their individual Webmasters.

The ARRL Hudson Division main Website is located at: . Here ARRL Members and others can find
information on how to contact the elected ARRL Hudson Division
Officials, as well as links to other important and informative
information of concern and interest to all Amateur Radio Operators.
Links to the latest information on BPL and how to respond to any
implementation in your local area is prominently featured, as are links
to the individual ARRL Hudson Division Section Websites as well as the
to the Hudson Division Section Managers Webpages.

On the Section Manager Webpages, along with news about activities in
each of the Sections, you will find complete contact information, for
the many ARRL Appointees in each of the 3 Sections (such as: Section
Emergency Coordinators, Section Traffic Managers, Official Observer
Coordinators, etc) as well as links to find Local Hamfests, Amateur
Radio Exam Sessions, ARRL Affiliated Clubs and more.

A link to the latest Hudson Division Beacon and archived copies of all
past editions of the Hudson Division Beacon (issued monthly since April
2001) are available, as are links to the Award Winning Club Newsletters
selected as winners of the Hudson Division Newsletter of the Month

Additionally there is now a listing of the ARRL Hudson Division
Assistant Directors as well as the Appointees from the Hudson Division
to various ARRL Committees. We’ve also included links to many of the
ARRL Programs and Publications such as ARES, NTS, QST, QEX, NCJ,
Logbook of the World, ARRL QSL Card Services, the ARRL Diamond Club and

The ARRL Hudson Division Website also features information on the ARRL
Hudson Division Awards, including a list of all winners to date and
will soon include information on how to go about nominating someone for
the 2007 Awards!
Be sure to make the ARRL Hudson Division Website one of your frequently
visited places on the Internet. By doing this, it means that you are
up-to-date on both Division and Section news and events! Take a moment
now and Bookmark this important location:

==> BPL News:

League Faults FCC Chairman Re Biased, Inaccurate BPL Presentation
Information (Dec 6, 2006) — The ARRL has called on FCC Chairman Kevin
J. Martin and his fellow commissioners to employ “a more even-handed
approach” when promoting new broadband technologies. In a December 6
fax to Martin and the other four FCC members, ARRL CEO David Sumner,
K1ZZ, faulted the chairman for using broadband over power line (BPL)
deployment data from the BPL industry when speaking at Georgetown
University November 30. Martin’s presentation included a slide of a map
from the United Power Line Council (UPLC), a BPL proponent, purporting
to show current BPL deployments in the US.

See full story at

ARRL Outgoing QSL Service Announces Revised Rates (Nov 30, 2006) – The
ARRL Outgoing QSL Service has announced a new and simplified rate
structure, effective January 1, 2007. The new basic rate will be $5 per
one-half pound (8 ounces, or approximately 75 cards) or any portion of
a half-pound, a change from the current rate of $4 per half-pound or
any portion. A rate of $10 will be charged for full pounds. Packages
will be assessed $5 for each half pound (or portion thereof) over a
full pound. For example, packages containing 1.5 pounds of cards will
be charged $15, while packages containing 1.75 pounds of cards will be
charged $20.

For smaller packages, those submitting 10 cards (or fewer) will be
charged a fee of only $1.50. Eleven to 20 cards will cost $2.50, while
21-30 cards will cost $3.75. The new rate structure will help to cover
basic handling costs for smaller packages while actually offering a
price break to moderate-volume users submitting up to one-half pound of

The new rates are in response to the recent postal rate increase and
price restructuring. The ARRL Outgoing QSL Service is available to ARRL
members. The last rate increase was in March 2001.

==> From the YCCC Reflector

Here is a thought.  If you become a donor to the ARRL Diamond Club,
there is a donation level which allows the free use of the outgoing QSL
service.  This is worth looking into as it helps fund a lot of ARRL
activities and gives you a benefit as well.  I believe the level of
donation is $1000 per year but I’m not sure.

For those of us who have everything and no kids in college anymore and
have all this surplus cash around that we can’t use for booze and women
because we are too old, the Diamond Club is an excellent investment in
this great hobby.  Call or e-mail Mary Hobart or Debra Johnson at the
ARRL for the latest

De Kurt, W6PH (picking up speed on the downhill side of life)


I believe you are aware of the League’s final plans for their HELLO
Campaign that will take place on December 29 – 30.

The Peconic Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring one of the Special Event
Stations,  W1F will be operated from the same location (Brant Rock, MA)
that Reginald Fessenden made his Christmas and New Years Eve voice
broadcasts in 1906, the 100th anniversary of a great radio event.

ICOM, Stepp IR as well as Heil Audio have graciously donated loaner
facilities for this event.  Additionally, there is a good chance that
“Good Morning America” will do a live segment from our station the
morning of December 29.  It would be nice if you could notify the
membership of your club of the festivities, many might like to contact

As in any event this large, there will be plenty of work to do.  Would
you please distribute this information, along with the request that
anyone interested in assisting setting-up and/or operating W1F, to
please contact me at my ARRL E-mail address.


Steve Barreres, K2CX

CU -Tom KA2D


This might be it.  A new offering from Elecraft.. No price yet. See
Photos and information about the Elecraft KPA800 and KPA1500


Thanks Tony, N2UN


The December  2006 award goes to “Rip’s Report” December 2006 issue of
the Rip Van Winkle Amateur Radio Society with David Clapper WA2FTI as
editor.  David has done another great job with pictures, text, and fine
layout and graphics for his club members.  Thanks David.  You and your
club are in the running for the 2007 Hudson Division Newsletter of the
Year Award.

HAMFEST:  The next event is January  7th –  HRU 2007  Save the day for this very
interesting event.  Keynote speaker that day will be N2FF, ARRL Hudson
Division Director who is being dragged away for the 2007 ARRL RTTY
RoundUP for the HRU event.

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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