Hudson Division Beacon – December 2009

                December  2009
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 104
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
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***** From the Division Team, N2FF and KA2ANF, *****
******   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year   *****
*****      Happy Chanukah    *****

May 2010 be a good year for you, your family and ham radio

==> Plan to attend Ham Radio University on Sunday, January 10, 1010 at
Briarcliffe College, Bethpage, LI, NY

See for details of this interesting
event – in its tenth year……

==> ARRL RTTY Roundup starts at 18:00 January 2, 2010 see rules at

==> Greetings and let me wish you all a very Happy Holiday, and a
Joyous and safe New Year!

This has been a very full year for the Hudson Division, topped off by
yet another great Awards Luncheon on November 8, 2009 at Biagio’s
Restaurant in Paramus, New Jersey. If you missed this one, you did
indeed miss some great food, and great speeches! It was nice to be able
to get together and honor our awards winners. I hope everyone who
attended had a nice afternoon, and will spread the word! Thank you
again, to the METROPLEX ARC for hosting this wonderful event and a
special thanks to members – John, Armand, Walter, Frank, Richard,
Josie, Paul and Sandra – you all did a magnificent job of making
everyone feel welcome!

We honored Grand Ole Ham, Diane Ortiz, K2DO – Amateur of the Year,
James Mezey, JR. and for Technical Achievement, Dave Struebel, WB2FTX.
It was great to welcome everyone and especially the award winner’s
families and friends!

This year, we were fortunate to have ARRL Chief Development Officer,
Mary Hobart, K1MMH join us for the Luncheon. Yes, there’s still time to
get you donation into the ARRL if you haven’t done so already.

Thanks to Gene Niemiec, K2KJI – for his attendance – and might I say he
was looking very fit and healthy after his heart surgery! Our Master of
Ceremonies, Jim Joyce K2ZO was not with us, but was home recovering
from the same surgery. Get well Jim, and continued good health to Gene,
as well. Our Director, Frank Fallon N2FF was kind enough to fill in as
Master of Ceremonies, with the promise that Jim will return next year!

Who won some of those fabulous door prizes, you ask?

N2UHT – Nissim Gershon- Yaesu HT (compliments of K2KJI Electronics)
N2GA – George Tranos – G5RV (compliments of Radio Oasis, LLC)
WA2SHA – Armand Lucchessi – gift basket (donation from Rachel, KC2SGF)
W2NSF – Jim Baker – 2010 ARRL handbook (from ARRL)
N2YBB – Mike Lisenco – 2010 ARRL Handbook (from ARRL)
BARA Box – won by BARA member: Denver – Auctioned for $50.00. Thank
Some Clubs represented: LIMARC. Order of Boiled Owls, Metroplex, BARA,
NJDXA, Raritan Valley, MetroCor and ECDXA

Thanks to Biagio’s fine staff for making us feel so welcome! Thanks to
Frank Ferrer, George Tranos and Walter Lange for the Photos. Check them
out on the website:

Thank you for your attendance and your support! 73 – de Joyce KA2ANF


Saturday January 9th there will be a joint Hudson Division Cabinet and
lub 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:

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. . 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.

==> Jerry Sevick, W2FMI, one of ham radio’s great technical
contributors, has passed away.

Jerry received the Hudson Division Technical Achievement Award in
November 2004 about seven months before he was given the Dayton Award.
Jim Haynie, W5JBP, ARRL President at that time, was on hand to make the
awards that year.  At that point Jerry was loosing his sight but he
most graciously attended and gave a very nice speech about his ham
radio career to almost 100 attendees.  I have always thought that our
division award had a great deal to do with the fact that Dayton gave
him the award the following year.

I received the following e-mail message alerting me to Jerry’s

I received word from his family that Jerry died peacefully this past
Sunday at the age of 90. I have known Jerry since 1995 while arranging
for continued publication of his classic book, Transmission Line
Transformers, after the ARRL decided not to do so. I was honored to be
his collaborator on the current edition of that book, and the editor of
several magazine articles and other manuscripts.

Jerry embodied the old-fashioned amateur spirit of innovation by
experiment, applying his many years of experience as a Bell Labs
researcher to a retirement project analyzing the performance of short
vertical antennas. That work led him to the study of transmission line
transformers, for which he became well-known in both the ham and
professional radio engineering communities. He brought a little-known
piece of technology to the forefront, and worried until the end whether
enough people understood the principles behind the operation of these

An excerpt from his obituary:

“…Jerry was a graduate of Wayne State University and a member of
their Athletic Hall of Fame. He was drafted by both the Chicago Bears
and Detroit Lions, but did not play professional football. He served as
a pilot in the US Army Air Corps in WWII. He graduated from Harvard
University, with a doctorate in Applied Physics.

Jerry taught at Wayne State University and worked as the local weather
forecaster at WXYZ TV in Detroit. He worked for Bell Laboratories in
Murray Hill, NJ and retired as the Director of Technical Relations. An
avid Ham radio operator (W2FMI), Jerry was renowned for his research
and publications related to short vertical antennas and transmission
line transformers…”

Rest in Peace, Jerry,   from Gary Breed  –  K9AY

See full story at

===> FCC Dismisses Two Amateur Radio-Related Petitions (Dec 10, 2009)
— On Wednesday, December 9, the Federal Communications Commission
dismissed two separate Petitions for Rulemaking: One filed by Murray
Green, K3BEQ, concerning the operation of repeater stations in the
Amateur Service, and one filed by Glen Zook, K9STH, requesting amending
Section 97.119(a) to change how often stations must identify

Full story at

===>  The 2009 ARRL Spectrum Defense Campaign Needs Your Support (Nov
19, 2009) — ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH reports
that the ARRL has raised $126,828 toward the goal $310,000 for the 2009
Spectrum Defense Fund. “The messages I receive from the ARRL members
and hams who contribute to this much needed fund are heartening,” she
said, “expressing appreciation for all the work ARRL does for the
Amateur Radio community to protect our frequencies. And we can all be
proud of the successes that have come from the work of ARRL leadership
— the Board and staff here at HQ. But there is always more to do.”
Hobart said that year after year, ARRL members tell her that the
League’s representation of radio operators — both in Washington and on
the international stage — is one of, if not the most important
activities that the ARRL does. “The cost of that representation at
meetings in Washington, at IARU gatherings and working party meetings
to prepare for world telecommunications conferences is the key to the
continued success of our defense efforts,” she said. “Spectrum Defense
is one of those areas that is not covered completely by member dues. So
we ask ARRL members to do what they can to help cover those expenses.”
Amateurs wishing to make a contribution may do so easily online, via
postal mail or by calling the ARRL Development Office at (860)

==> Log Book of the World Status Report….

253,642,820  QSO records have been entered into the system.
25,346,352  QSL records have resulted.
30,380      Users are registered in the system
46,172       Certificates are active
1,210,000    User files have been processed

Since its inception on September 15, 2003, more than 30,000 hams have
signed on to Logbook of The World (LoTW), ARRL’s online logging program
— an increase of more than 7000 hams since 2008. These 30,000 hams
have made upwards of 250 million QSOs — more than 58 million QSOs in
2009 alone. In 2009, there was an increase of more than 24 percent for
both the number of registered users and the number of QSOs over 2008.
See full story at

HQ staff are planning an update of the TQSL certificate process
sometime in February.  Personally I now have over 31,400 QSO uploaded
with just over 11, 400 QSL records.  That’s a return rate of 36% with
no cards, envelops or stamps used in the process.   (N2FF)

==> Major Computer Publication Devotes January 2010 Issue to Amateur
Radio (Dec 9, 2009) — Emergencies may get all the attention in the
press, but lately, the technological side of Amateur Radio has been
showing up a lot in places that are read by the people who make next
year’s trends.

For the full story about Linux Journal’s January issue see

==> ARRL Licensing Study Guides Coming to an eBook Reader Near You (Dec
9, 2009) — ARRL is pleased to announce that owners of Kindle — an
electronic book reader sold by — can now download ARRL’s
Tech Q&A directly from the online bookseller for use on their Kindle.
Kindle is shaped much like a book with a paper-like screen that
displays text and pictures. Those who have the Kindle application
installed on their Apple iPhone or iPod touch can also download the
book to be used on these devices. When you download the Tech Q&A, you
can gain access quickly and easily, smoothing the path to your first
ham radio license within minutes. This ideal study tool — whether
you’re at home, in the office, traveling or just on the go — lets you
review the questions and answers from the entire Technician question
pool so you can pass the 35-question exam. Kindle versions of the
General Q&A and the Amateur Extra Q&A will be available sometime in
January. All three can be purchased from  for $9.99 each.


Please take a look at

The December 2009 award goes to “The W2MPX Repeater Newsletter” the
newsletter of Metroplex..  Congratulations to the editor Walter Lange,
AE2AA for some really great pictures taken by Frank Ferrer,  KB2VVP in
this issue.

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 send a PDF you can’t win!



While not a hamfest …. but a series of forums on many ham subjects to
choose from. The Next division event is HRU on January 10 2010 see:

QST editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, will be the keynote speaker.

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