Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition – # 91
FROM THE HUDSON DIVISION ARRL TEAM
Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
(516) 746-7652 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Vice Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
235 Van Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-2918
(201) 445-5924 email@example.com and http://www.ka2anf.com
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From Joyce and I and our families best wishes for a Merry Christmas, a
Happy Chanukah, and a Happy New Year 2009. May you get a new K3 under
the tree or the gelt to order one! Enjoy the time with friends and
family. Best Wishes to ALL!!!!
Plan to attend HRU 2009 on Sunday, January 11, 2009. at Briarcliffe
College Bethpage, NY
New ARRL Triple Play WAS Award starts January 1 see
The ARRL RTTY Round-Up is January 3-4.
Condolences from us all to Tom Carrubba, KA2D, outgoing NLI Section
Manager, whose wife Barbara passed away on December 17th after a long
====> S.O.S. from HOSARC – Please help
Dear Fellow Amateur,
The Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club- WB2JSM is putting out an SOS
(save our station) call for your help. The Hall of Science Amateur
Radio Club has been demonstrating amateur radio to the visiting public
for over 35 years as an independent exhibit at the New York Hall of
Science Children’s Museum located in Queens, New York. The museum is
undergoing a major renovation project and wants us out for good. We
have started a petition which we want you to sign and circulate for us
in order to help preserve a great ham radio asset by showing officials
at the museum that you value what we do. Please visit
http://tinyurl.com/6ljost to read more about our plight and sign our
petition. We have logged over 10,000 contacts from the station and even
if you’re not in our log your help will let us continue to talk up
amateur radio and create the next generation of ham radio operators.
===> DIVISION CABINET AND PRESIDENTS MEETING SET FOR February 7, 2009
Saturday February 7th 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
All division affiliated clubs should send a representative if the
president is unable to attend. . 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 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.
===> Congressional Committee Members Release Report Lambasting FCC
Chairman Kevin Martin
Dec 12, 2008) — On Tuesday, December 9, the House Committee on Energy
and Commerce — the congressional committee that oversees the Federal
Communications Commission — released its majority staff report “on the
bipartisan investigation of the FCC’s regulatory processes and
management practices.” The report — Deception and Distrust: The
Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Kevin J. Martin —
stated that the investigation was prompted “by allegations to the
effect that [FCC] Chairman Kevin J. Martin has abused FCC procedures by
manipulating or suppressing reports, data and information.”
For details see:
===> HRU 10th Anniversary Recognition Award
Object: to recognize stations who have contributed to the growth of the
Ham Radio University concept by working them on the air. An award
certificate will be given to those stations with a minimum number of
five contacts with these stations.
Dates: December 1, 2008, through January 11, 2009.
Modes: All bands and modes. Count stations once per band and mode.
Points: Contact with all stations are worth 1 point except W2V HRU
special event station is worth 2 points.
Exchange: Callsign and name.
Log entries: Date, UTC time, Band, Mode, Callsign, Name.
Log submission deadline: March 1, 2009.
HRU Contributors who may be worked for credit:
K1RFD K1ZM K2BJG K2CX K2DCD K2DO K2KJI K2KV K2LJH K2RBU K2WR K3UFG
KA1CVV KA2D KA2EJD KA2NRR KA2RGI KB2IRH KB2SCS KB2TQX KC2GOG KC2JCB
KC2KY KC2LIM KC2LSB KJ2V KS2G N1XL N2FF N2GA N2GYI N2HPO N2IMF N2MUN
N2NFI N2QHV N2RQ N2STU N2TKA N2TX N2YBB NA2P NY2L W1AGP W1RFI W2FX W2GW
W2ILP W2IRT W2KRM W2QUV W2TLC W2UQ W2VU WA2CDL WA2CNV WA2GUG WA2KWP
WA2RMZ WA2SUH WA3PZO WB2AMU WB2BEZ WB2CIK WB2LUA WB6NOA WY2U
Submissions: Please email all logs to N2MUN@arrl.net
===>HAMS AT OPERATION SANTA AT JFK
Last Wednesday, the Community Mayors hosted their annual Operation
Santa program at JFK airport. It was quite an event. Several thousand
special needs kids were brought in to hangar 19 where tables and chairs
were waiting. Box lunches were served. 7 NYC high school marching
bands performed. There were clowns and decorations from Macy’s. The
highlight was Santa arriving in the cockpit of a 757 that entered the
hangar from one end. There were bags of gifts for all the kids.
For the first time, organizers did not attempt to use Nextel and relied
on amateur radio entirely. The NYC ARES group asked for additional
operators from nearby counties. We had about 30 operators. Since it
was on Wednesday morning, nearly all were retirees. Three were also
members of our UFT-ARC group.
Lew, N2RQ, Jerry, WB2ZEX and Al, W2QZ were among the hams at the
73 de Lew – firstname.lastname@example.org
===> Winter Weather Gets N.E. and Hams Respond to Calls for Assistance
as Ice Storms Pummel New England (Dec 15, 2008) — As a major ice storm
— accompanied by freezing rains, flooding and strong winds — severely
impacted New England on Thursday evening into Friday morning, ARES(r),
RACES, SKYWARN and MARS operators worked together to respond to calls
for assistance from served agencies and to participate in the recovery
phase of the storm. As the storm progressed into the weekend, ice
accumulations up to 1.5 inches were common throughout a very large area
of Western, Central and Northeast Massachusetts, as well as parts of
New Hampshire and Maine. For more see:
And we thought we had the only weather event affecting ham radio this
month…scroll down to bottom of picture page to see the ham shack of
V73NS, Neil Schwanitz, world traveler, ham radio operator and
photographer. Neil is on Roi-Namur in the Marshall Island, which is
only 6 feet above sea level. (Thanks to the YCCC Reflector and Bill,
NE1B for the following information and site.)
A strong tropical depression (not a typhoon) north of the atoll
generated swells that were 2.5 – 3 meters in height and when we had our
high tide (+1 meter) on the afternoon of 8 Dec around 0030Z the shore
line could not hold back the water. Remember, the island of Roi-Namur
sits just 2 meters above sea level.
Typically all surf comes from the same direction as the trade winds,
out of the NE. These waves came from the North and Northwest and that
is the worst possible direction for them to come from. The outer edge
of the reef protects us from the worst of the surf, causing it to break
farther out, but all that water still has to go somewhere.
You’ll see a photo of the flooding of the building which the shack was
located in. This was after the first overtopping event on Day 1. Power
was still on and it was not safe to attempt to enter the building to
rescue gear. I just held my breath and waited.
Later that night (8 Dec 1200Z) the tide was +1.25 meters and the swell
had increased to over 4 meters. The shoreline was no match for this and
vast portions of the island flooded with seawater. The ham shack is one
of the lowest buildings on the island and is located ~80 meters from
the shore. The north exterior wall of the building was pushed in by the
second event and the level of water rose to over 2 feet. (Bottom of the
top desk drawer!) The south walls were pushed out by the force of the
water too. The shack does not occupy the whole building, just a space
on the south side of it. The shacks northern interior wall held, but at
this point that’s all moot anyway.
It’s still standing, but not for long. Waters went down today and I was
able to recover my station equipment which remained above water. I did
lose two 50Amp Astron’s which were in the rack a foot off the ground. I
also lost some books, manuals, cables, spare parts, 500′ of RG-58, 500′
of RG213 etc which were either in drawers or on the floor of the
closet. The gear I recovered still needs to be tested and cleaned up. I
don’t look forward to the shipping cost of 50 Amp linear power
The three Collins 30S1 amps all were filled with water to just below
the RF decks. They are still in the shack and I hope to recover them
before the building falls. I need help and a forklift to get them to a
safe place. It will be a lot of work to restore them now.
The housing area where the trailers are was hard hit, many off their
foundations, by the second event and many will be condemned as a
result. The amount, and size, of rocks carried far onto the island from
the shore line is amazing. The first event brought many, the second
filled the entire area with rocks! There are even fish on the middle of
the golf course.
===> 75th Sweepstakes Mug, Pin Orders Accepted Through January 31,
(Dec 17, 2008) — The dust has settled from the 2008 ARRL November
Sweepstakes and the log submission deadline has passed. How did you do?
If you submitted a log with more than 100 QSOs, you qualify for a
Sweepstakes Participation pin! If you submitted a log with a Clean
Sweep — working all 80 ARRL/RAC sections — you qualify for a Clean
Sweep coffee mug! See
==> A Little Radio Nostalgia – Would you like to see a dead
..Remember the Russian woodpecker? Some photos of the antenna.
===> Restrictive Local Zoning Ordinance Proposed as Court Date in
California Antenna Case Nears
(Dec 19, 2008) — As his February 2009 court date approaches, Alec
Zubarau, WB6X, of Palmdale, California, gets ready to battle his town
after being ordered to dismantle his previously approved antenna
system. The City of Palmdale has widened its opposition to Amateur
Radio antennas by proposing an ordinance written to thwart the
installation of antenna support structures throughout the city. See
full story at:
==> FT5W, CROZET ISLAND (Update). No QSNs reported yet for Florentin,
F4DYW, as FT5WO. He was expected to be on the air around December 10th
Florentin will be active on 40-10 meters SSB (and possibly 80m). He
will stay there until end of November 2009, and will return back home
in early 2010. QSL via F4DYW, direct or by the bureau after he returns
Look for updates on:
ADDED NOTE: While you are waiting for Florentin to hit the airwaves,
take a look at these great pictures of the Alfred Faure station and
Possession Island (Crozet archipelago) at:
=====> DIVISION NEWSLETTER OF THE MONTH
Please take a look at
The December 2008 award goes to “TARA News” of the Troy Amateur Radio
Association for their December issue. Congratulations once again to
the large group that puts this club newsletter together.
Editor-in-Chief: Perry White (Perry has been working with Clark for
years to get his license)
Editor: Ken “Chief” Davis, .. KB2KFV
Co-Editors: Marilyn Davis…KB2JZI and Karen Smith …… KS2O
Design/Layout: Ken Davis, KB2KFV
Columnists: Joe Pasquini N2NOU and Steve VanSickle WB2HPR
Cartoonist: Dave Leavenworth WB2TGN
Clubs please make sure that you continue to send a copy of your pdf
file to email@example.com. 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!
===> Bergen County Hams Join Forces
Amateur Radio Operators from the four major radio clubs in Bergen
County met at the Ramsey Office of Emergency Management, Ramsey, NJ, on
Saturday, December 6, for the annual SkyWarn Appreciation Day.
Eighteen licensed ham operators manned the OEM’s radio room and
attempted to contact National Weather Service offices throughout the
The hams were successful in reaching the following stations: K0MPX,
Minneapolis, MN; N0F, Sioux Falls, SD; N0GF, Grand Forks, ND; W0NWS,
Omaha/Valley, NE; WX1BTV, Burlington, VT; WX4JAX, Jacksonville, FL;
WX4PTC, Peachtree City, GA; and WX7LKN, Elko, NV.
“From 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM, we made two contacts,” commented Howie
Holden, WB2AWQ, Team Leader for the event, “Then the bands opened up
and we made six additional confirmations within a short period of time.
We received the temperatures and weather conditions from the NWS
offices and they also supplied us with a signal report on our
Officers and members of the Bergen Amateur Radio Association (BARA),
the Metroplex Amateur Radio Club (MARC), the 10-70 Repeater
Association, and the Ramapo Mountain Amateur Radio Club (RMARC)
participated. Amateur Radio operators included: Michael Adams,
WA2MWT; Stephen Adams, AB2XU; John Acovino, KB2VVO; Ronald Bosco,
WB2GAI; Mayor Christopher Botta, KA2CQH; Richard Busch, KC2PYB; Stephen
Goeller, K2BTP Bruce Greenwood, K3OEM; George Halpin, WA2HFH.
Also, Robert Halpin, KC2LOK; Paul Hennion, KC2FMJ; Howard Holden,
WB2AWQ; Lou Janicek, N2CYY; Walter Lange, AE2AA; Armand Lucchesi,
WA2SHA; Justin Mattes, KC2GIK; Herbert Van Den Houten, N2OPJ; and Ralph
Venturini, KC2RAH. Non-hams included Councilwoman Deirdre Dillon,
Nicholas Venturini, Ernest Larrat, DEMC Glen Karpovich, Margaret
Halpin, and Richard VanDerWall.
“When you have the Bergen County SkyWarn Coordinator, the BC National
Traffic System NJVN-L Net Manager, the interim BC Emergency Coordinator
for emergency communications, and several RACES Municipal Radio
Officers in one radio room, it shows that the public service aspect of
Amateur Radio is alive and well in Bergen County,” stated Michael
Adams, Ramsey’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
Submitted by Michael Adams, WA2MWT Wa2mwt@arrl.net
==> THE OLD BARNEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB www.obarc.org WILL BE OPERATING
AS N2OB/150 (or N2OB/LH) STARTING AT 0000 UTC DEC 27, 2008 THROUGH 2359
UTC JAN 4, 2009. OPERATION WILL BE ON ALL BANDS AND MODES AVAILABLE.
THIS WILL BE TO CELEBRATE THE RELIGHTING AND THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE BARNEGAT LIGHTHOUSE (NICKNAMED “OLD BARNEY”). YES, “OLD BARNEY”
WILL OFFICIALLY BE RELIT ON JANUARY 1, 2009 , WHICH IS THE 150TH
ANNIVERSARY OF IT’S ORIGINAL LIGHTING (JAN 1, 1859). THE LIGHTHOUSE WAS
OFFICIALLY SHUT DOWN IN 1944 AND BECAME A STATE PARK IN 1957. SINCE
THAT TIME, ONLY A 250 WATT LIGHT WAS LIT FOR AESTHETICS ONLY. ON JAN
1ST, A NEW LIGHT WITH A NEW FRESNEL LENS WILL BE LIGHTED AND OLD BARNEY
WILL ONCE AGAIN BE AN OFFICIAL (PRIVATE) NAVIGATIONAL AID. See
http://www.southjersey.com/articles/?articleid=19695 for info on the
relighting. N2OB/150 STATIONS WILL BE OPERATING FROM VARIOUS LOCATIONS
AROUND “OCEAN COUNTY”. SOME OPERATIONS FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE PROPERTY MAY
BE POSSIBLE AND WILL USE N2OB/LH WHICH WILL COUNT FOR WORKING THE
LIGHTHOUSE AND IOTA NA-111. A NICE COLOR PHOTO QSL IS BEING PLANNED
SHOWING THE RELIGHTING OF THE LIGHTHOUSE. QSL VIA N2OB (SASE REQUESTED)
OR VIA BUREAU IS OK.
De Bob Schenck, N2OO
==> Club Elections
MBARC Election Results
At the meeting today, we counted the ballots in plain sight of all who
attended, as well as offering anyone examination of the returned
ballots. The winners to serve the term are as follows:
Officers (1 year term):
President: Peter Cecere N2YJZ
Vice President: Phil Simonis KC2PNI
Recording Secretary: Janet Duffy KC2LUR
Corresponding Secretary: Scott Dunlavey KC2NTV
Treasurer: David Ruth KC2AFK
Director of Engineering: John Davison N2OXV
The two new directors (2 year terms):
Frank Simonis W2JVP and Ed Rubin N2JBA
Congratulations to the winners! From Andy Schmidt N2FTR
===>Need Tower Work ?
Ray Higgins, W2RE, a very competitive contester and member of HVCDXC
has an interesting web page at www.hudsonvalleytowers.com. Even if you
are not interested in having his firm do your tower work it merits a
look just for the video from the top of some of his towers.
Others who do tower work in the area are Mike Crawford, WA2VUN, see
Also Jeff Briggs, K2ZM (no web reference known) and Matt Strelow, KC1XX
Sensor-Tech is expanding in the amateur market by offering
antenna/tower installation services, maintenance work for your antenna
farm as well as handle insurance claim work due to storm damage. Plenty
of references are available. Cold weather work is okay. Competitive
rates are assured.
De Mark Pride of YCCC – As reported at the Marlboro meeting, my company
(Sensor-Tech) is in the business of repairing antennas, towers, etc.
for the amateur community. I can process Insurance Claims as well.
Since my office phone is still dead, recommend you contact me via cell
or email if you need this support. de Mark, K1RX
HAMFEST: see http://www.hamradiouniversity.org/