Hudson Division Beacon – December 2010

                     December   2010
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 114
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 2011 be a good year for you, your family and ham radio.

==> KJI Ninth Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend is Taking Place

It’s this weekend in Caldwell, NJ  –  Gordon West is in attendance.
See for details

==>  Hudson Division Cabinet/Club Presidents Meeting set for January
15th – details below…..

+++ The BIG CQWW CW DX Contest is OVER  +++

Yes, I know not everyone is a contester. If you are not a contester you
should pay attention to when the BIG ones are scheduled so that you
don’t try to make skeds with friends on the contest bands those
weekends.  Those are the times to go to the non contest mode.  If the
contest is a CW or RTTY contest plan to go on SSB, or vice versa.
Please remember the WARC bands are non contest bands.  You can use 30,
17 and 12 meters and NEVER run afoul of a contest.

Those who did get involved over the Thanksgiving weekend with the CQWW
CW Contest reported that although the SFI was only at 77 conditions
were great.  There were limited openings on 10 meters to South America
and Africa.  With only 100 watts I was able to work 25 countries and 12
zones on ten.  I also managed to work 100 countries on 20.  It has been
a number of years since I have been able to accomplish that feat.  I
had a lot of company as many other stations had as many.  Quite a few
did much better.

Below is the summary from KC1XX who has a super station in New
Hampshire.  Matt, who is in the tower business, does the tower work for
W1AW.  Just two years ago an ice and wind storm took down all of his
many beams and towers forcing him to work for months rebuilding his own
antenna farm in addition to other stations in New England.  With nine
operators, KC1XX ,  apparently, has set a new all time high score for
USA multi/multi stations while getting DXCC on five bands in a single
weekend.  A multi station can have one transmit signal at a time on
each band. At some big M/M stations there may actually be one station
calling CQ while another is looking for multipliers – new countries or
zones – on the same band.  Imagine working 98 countries in one weekend!

Call: KC1XX
Operator(s): KC1XX, K1FWE, K1TR, N1KWF, W1FV, WA1Z, W2RQ, KM3T, N9NC
Station: KC1XX

Class: M/M HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48

Band  QSOs   Zones  Countries
160:   598    27       98
80:  2020    34      133
40:  2734    40      163
20:  2561    38      163
15:  1834    36      153
10:   491    25      108
Total: 10238   200      818  Total Score = 29,169,772

Congratulations to the KC1XX team!

+++   Hudson Division Award Luncheon held November 14th   ++++

Almost 75 attendees were at the ARRL Hudson Division 2010 Awards
Luncheon on Sunday – November 14, 2010 hosted by The East Coast DX
Association from 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM held at Biagio’s Restaurant in
Paramus, NJ.  The key note speaker was ARRL President Kay Craigie,
N3KN.  Kay, as usual gave a great motivational speech which set the
high tone for the event.  The food and the speeches were better than
ever according to those long term supporters attending this eleventh
event.  Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, outdid herself this year in that she
was both the arranger and the club sponsor.  The East Coast DX
Association is a club she and her late husband Andy Birmingham founded
many years ago

At this point we are still not exactly sure how much the event will be
able to contribute to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund but Joyce thinks
it will be about $1,000.

==>  NLI SM in for another term….

The following incumbent ARRL Section Managers did not face opposition
and were declared elected for their upcoming terms of office beginning
January 1, 2011: Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, Nebraska; Mike Lisenco, N2YBB,
New York City-Long Island; Thomas Dick, KF2GC, Northern New York;
George Strayline, W2GSS, Southern New Jersey; and Dee Turner, N4GD,
West Central Florida.

(N2FF Comment:  Thanks for serving and again good luck.   Mike also has
a new two element HF beam.)

The entire web article on recent SM election nationwide is at

 ==> Division Cabinet and Club President’s Meeting to be held January

Saturday January 15th there will be a joint Hudson Division Cabinet
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:

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
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
church on the left.

==> FCC Issues Retailer Second Citation in 18 Months for Marketing Non
Compliant RF Devices

On November 23, the FCC issued a Citation to Hobby Lobby International
(HLI) for marketing non-compliant radio frequency devices. According to
the Commission, these devices were in violation of Section 302(b) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as Amended and Section 2.803(a)(1) of the
Commission’s Rules. In July 2009, HLI was also issued a Citation for
the same reason. This time, HLI was found to be selling an unauthorized
radio frequency device, specifically, the JETI Duplex 2.4 GHz System for
radio-controlled models; this system consists of a transmitter and
receiver used for remote control of model aircraft, boats, and cars.
The FCC Citation warned that if, after receipt of the Citation, HLI
violates the Communications Act or the Rules “by engaging in conduct of
the type described herein, the Commission may impose monetary
forfeitures…as well as criminal sanctions, including imprisonment.”
HLI has 30 days to respond to the Citation, either through a personal
interview at the FCC office in Atlanta or via a written statement.

==> British Man Convicted for Deliberate Interference, Operating
Without a License

Clive McMurray of the British town of Hull (located about 45 miles
southwest of York) was convicted and sentenced on November 22 for
causing deliberate interference to Amateur Radio users and unlawfully
using radio equipment without a license. According to the Radio Society
of Great Britain (RSGB) — that country’s IARU Member-Society —
McMurray caused interference to operators in the Hull region of
Humberside between June-November 2009.

Ofcom — the British equivalent of the FCC — charged that McMurray
kept his radio equipment in his van and would drive all over the region
and park outside homes, jamming signals — and even broadcasting his own
material — in an effort to interfere with those amateurs who were
operating legally. He was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment
(suspended for 18 months) and a 12 hour curfew, as well as forfeiture
of his van and radio transmitters to Ofcom.

RSGB General Manager Peter Kirby, G0TWW, said that RSGB volunteers
“cooperated closely with Ofcom in gathering evidence for this case.
This conviction shows that deliberate interference will not be
tolerated and can have serious consequences for the perpetrator.”

Ofcom Head of Enforcement Paul Mercer concurred: “There are around 900
Amateur Radio users in and around the Hull area who have been
deliberately disrupted for more than four years. Ofcom is very pleased
with this result, which will hopefully give these users some welcome
relief, as well as sending a very strong signal to those that abuse the
airwaves.”  — Thanks to the RSGB and The Hull Daily Mail for the

==>     ARISS Aiming to Raise Its Educational Profile

NASA, the US space agency, will assume more direct sponsorship of the
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program as an
educational project. Among its activities, ARISS oversees the project
that enables schoolchildren to speak via ham radio with astronauts
aboard the International Space Station. NASA also will embrace ARISSat
as an educational project for the ISS National Lab. A reconfigured,
yet-to-be-named education planning group will pick up the mission of
the ARISS Communications Council (ACC). These changes were among the
outcomes of a meeting of NASA and ARISS-International officials, who
gathered November 12-13 at ARRL Headquarters.
Full story at

 ==> The 2010 ARRL 160 Meter Contest Will Warm Up Your Chilly December

The ARRL 160 Meter Contest — an all-CW event — is tremendous fun! As
the object of the contest is for DX stations to contact American and
Canadian stations (and vice versa), everyone will be seeking you
(especially if you live in a rare section like North Dakota, Nebraska
or any of the rare sections from November’s Sweepstakes contests).

In this contest, Alaska (KL7) and Hawaii (KH6) count as DX, as do the
Caribbean US possessions (KP1-KP5) and all of the Pacific Ocean
territories (KH0-KH9). According to ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean
Kutzko, KX9X, if you don’t have an antenna for 160, you should just
load up whatever you have through an antenna tuner and give “top band”
a try — even a 40 meter dipole through a tuner will make QSOs.

Since ARRL and RAC Sections are worth 2 points each and count as
multipliers, the ARRL 160 Meter Contest is a good way to begin working
— or finishing up! — your Worked All States (WAS) award. But don’t
forget about those DX stations — each DXCC entity is a multiplier and
is worth 5 points each.
The ARRL 160 Meter Contest runs from 2200 UTC Friday, December 3
through 1559 UTC Sunday, December 5. Logs must be e-mailed or
postmarked no later than 1600 UTC Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Paper logs
should be sent to ARRL 160 Meter Contest, 225 Main St, Newington, CT

==> Hams Invited to Listen for New Satellites

Five research satellites were recently carried to orbit aboard a
Minotaur V rocket from Kodiak Island, Alaska. All the satellites use
Amateur Radio frequencies and hams have been invited to participate in
their missions by monitoring and collecting data.

The FASTRACs are two relatively small “nanosatellites” built by
students at the University of Texas-Austin. They enter orbit as a
single spacecraft, but then separate into FASTRAC 1, known as “Sara
Lily,” and FASTRAC 2, referred to as “Emma.” Both satellites use 1200
or 9600 baud AX.25 digital communication and transmit at 1 W output, so
they should be receivable with omnidirectional VHF or UHF antennas and
decodable by ordinary packet radio hardware and software.

Downlink(1200/9600 Baud)   437.345 MHz    145.825 MHz
Beacon (1200 Baud)               437.345 MHz   145.825 MHz
Uplink (1200 Baud)                145.980 MHz    435.025 MHz
Uplink (9600 Baud)                145.825 MHz    437.345 MHz
Satellite Call Sign                   FAST1

After their scientific missions are complete, the satellites will be
reconfigured to function as digipeater relays for Amateur Radio use as
part of the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS).

Hams are invited to create a free account at the FASTRAC Web page and
begin uploading telemetry data. Mission status information is also
available via the FASTRAC Facebook page.

The third satellite in the group is the University of Michigan’s Radio
Aurora Explorer (RAX) CubeSat. RAX was designed and built by University
of Michigan students and faculty in cooperation with SRI International.
The primary objective of the mission is to use an onboard radar
receiver in conjunction with a powerful radar station in Alaska to
study the formation of a plasma anomaly known for causing the
scintillation of radio signals in the UHF and higher bands. RAX carries
a 9600 baud UHF digital transceiver. Using the call sign RAX-1, the
satellite will send telemetry at 437.505 MHz. Amateurs are invited to
download the free telemetry decoding software (for Windows, Mac OS X,or
Linux) and submit reports at the mission Web site.

The Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses satellite, better
known as O/OREOS is a nanosatellite designed to study the growth,
activity, health and ability of microorganisms to adapt to the stresses
of space. It will also monitor changes in four classes of organic
molecules as they are exposed to space conditions. O/OREOS transmits
digital telemetry 437.305 MHz and hams are invited to submit raw
telemetry data at the O/OREOS Web site.

NanoSail-D2 is a solar sail experiment with an expected lifetime of
about 100 days. It carries a data beacon transmitting at 437.275 MHz.
Amateurs are asked to submit reports at the NanoSail-D2 Web site.
Although NanoSail-D2 was developed by NASA, mission control for this
satellite, as well as O/ORES, is being handled by students at Santa
Clara University.

==> Two New ARRL Kits Coming Soon

Two new ARRL kits are in the final throes of production. The first is a
Morse code oscillator, produced for ARRL by MFJ Enterprises. The project
is a good “beginners” electronics kit. We expect the kit will be popular
with members, particularly newcomers, and with clubs, instructors and
teachers seeking a classroom kit-building experience.

A supplementary resource guide for students and educators will be made
available by the ARRL Education and Technology Program. The guide helps
cover the fundamentals of the working circuit and its components.

A second kit is a PIC programming lab and project, produced for ARRL by
Cana Kit (Canada). This more substantial kit is intended to be used with
ARRL’s PIC Programming for Beginners book (revised first edition). The
kit includes all the necessary components, parts and boards, and
follows the book’s step-by-step exercises and tutorial. The kit also
includes all the necessary parts to build a microprocessor-controlled
CW keyer, which is the book’s culminating project.
“We’re excited about these new projects, which help emphasize kit
construction, basic electronics, and the extraordinary potential of
microcontrollers,” said Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, ARRL Marketing Manager.
“There’s no better way to advance the radio art than by introducing
more hams to project building and homebrewing.” Both the ARRL Morse
Code Oscillator and ARRL’s PIC Programming Kit will be available later
this fall. Watch for details at .

==> ARRL Strengthens the Case for Mandatory BPL Notching

On November 30, the ARRL filed an ex parte submission with the FCC,
providing additional support for its position that the FCC should
require mandatory notching of the amateur bands by Broadband over Power
Line (BPL). The ARRL’s filing stated such devices can cause harmful
interference to Amateur Radio operators, and requested that the FCC
“establish rules that are appropriate for unlicensed BPL systems and
which minimize the interference potential.”

More at:


The December 2010 award goes to the “LIMARC Log” the newsletter of the
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club.   The issue, as always, has a
nice variety of articles and pictures.  Congratulations to Rich Levow,
WA2NLL, Editor of The LOG.  The pictures this month include the
Division Awards Luncheon recipients and the K2LE contest station in
Vermont.  Good job.

Please take a look at for a good read.

Not every division club is submitting each month.  It’s like Lotto, if
you don’t buy a ticket, or in this case send a PDF, you can’t win!


HAMFEST:  Flea Market/Craft Fair/Hamfest
Start Date: 12/11/2010
End Date: 12/11/2010
Location: Conlon Hall
19 North William Street
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Sponsor: Boy Scout Troop 139
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.955- (PL 141.3) & 146.52 Simplex
Public Contact: Gordon Beattie , W2TTT
c/o Troop 139 29 North Washington Avenue Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Phone: 201-314-6964

New York-Long Island Section Convention
Ham Radio University 2011

Location: Briarcliff College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714
Sponsor: NLI Section
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.850 (PL 136.5)
Public Contact: Tom Carrubba , KA2D
226 Sheffield Avenue West Babylon, NY 11704
Phone: 631-422-9594

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