Hudson Division Beacon – February 2006

ARRL Hudson Division
February 2006

Hudson Division Beacon -- e-mail edition  - # 59
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 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Mr. ROSS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the contributions of
American citizens who are members of the American Radio Relay League,
known as HAM radio operators. Citizens throughout America dedicated to
this hobby--a hobby that some people consider old fashioned or
obsolete--were true heroes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as
they were often the only line of communication available into the storm
ravaged areas. 

Amateur radio operators are often overlooked in favor of flashier means
of communication. As communities across the gulf coast and America
learned this year, technology can be highly vulnerable. HAM radios,
entirely self- contained transmitters, require no cell towers or
satellites, simply a battery and a strip of wire as an antenna. 

Just as after major earthquakes, tornadoes, and the terrorist attacks
of 9/11, HAM operators around the country received an alert to stand by
their radios to listen for calls for assistance. Following Hurricane
Katrina, when cell phones and e-mail were useless, a HAM operator
located in Connecticut alerted authorities about a woman trapped for 4
days without food or water and a Coast Guard Auxiliary in Cleveland
arranged for a medevac for a woman in labor in New Orleans. These are
just a few examples of the many lives that were saved with the critical
intervention of HAM operators throughout the country. 
Now more than ever, I am proud to be a licensed amateur radio operator.
It is important to realize that every HAM radio operator in the Amateur
Radio Emergency Service is a volunteer. This year, when disaster
struck, hundreds of HAMs moved to the gulf coast to help in every way
they could. Every one of which did so on a volunteer basis and their
only goal was to assist in what became one of the worst natural
disasters in America. 

The dedication displayed by HAM radio operators in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina sets a tremendous example for us all. The people
whose lives were rescued as a result of the tireless dedication of HAM
radio operators will forever be grateful to these selfless public

(Note:  Mike is a ham who introduced H. Res. 230.  You did write your
congressman about H. Res. 230 ?) 

==>  ARLB003 FCC noncommittal on ''Morse code'' proceeding

Just when the FCC will act on the ''Morse code'' proceeding, WT Docket
05-235, remains hazy. The Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rule
Making and Order (NPRM&O) last July proposing to eliminate the Element
1 (5 WPM) Morse code requirement for all license classes. The Amateur
Radio community filed more than 3800 comments on the proceeding, and
additional comments continue to show up, even though the formal comment
deadline was last fall. The next-and most-anticipated--step for the
Commission is to formally adopt any revisions to its rules and conclude
the proceeding with a Report and Order (R&O) that spells out the
changes and specifies their effective date.

''There really is no news,'' an FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
(WTB) staffer told ARRL this week on background. ''We certainly hope to
release WT Docket 05-235 sometime this year, but we're not making any
predictions at this time.'' The WTB staffer indicated there would be no
''big announcements'' at the Dayton Hamvention FCC Forum either.

Beyond eliminating the Morse requirement, the FCC declined in its
NPRM&O to go forward with any other suggested changes to Amateur
Service licensing rules or operating privileges.

The proceeding began with 18 petitions for rule making--many just
calling for the elimination of the Morse requirement but some asking
for more far-reaching changes in the Amateur Service rules. The various
petitions attracted a total of some 6200 comments. The FCC subsequently
consolidated the petitions--including one from the ARRL asking the FCC
to establish a new entry-level license class and to retain the Morse
requirement for Amateur Extra class applicants--into a single
proceeding designated WT 05-235.

Worth noting is that the FCC did not propose in WT 05-235 to extend HF
privileges to current Technician licensees who have not passed a Morse
code examination. In its NPRM&O the FCC suggested that in a
no-Morse-requirement regime, such ''codeless Techs'' would be able to
gain HF access by taking the Element 3 General class written

Before it releases an R&O on the Morse code proceeding, however, the
WTB wants to wrap up action in another Amateur Radio-related
docket--the ''Phone Band Expansion'' (or ''Omnibus'') NPRM in WT Docket
04-140, released last April 15. A dozen petitions for rulemaking, some
dating back to 2001, were consolidated in the Omnibus proceeding. In
that NPRM, the Commission proposed to go along with
the ARRL's Novice refarming plan aimed at reallocating the current
Novice/Tech Plus subbands to expand portions of the 80, 40 and 15 meter
phone bands. The FCC also agreed with an ARRL proposal to extend
privileges in the current General CW-only HF subbands to present Novice
and Tech Plus licensees (or Technicians with Element 1 credit).

Any FCC decision to eliminate the 5 WPM Morse code requirement for HF
access would have no impact on either the current HF CW-only subbands
or on the CW privileges of Amateur Radio licensees. The Morse code
proceeding neither put forward nor recommended any changes in CW
allocations or privileges.

BPL News =====

===> ARRL Renews Interference Complaint Against Ambient Corporation BPL
 (Jan 6, 2006) -- In the wake of continued FCC inaction in response to
several previous complaints, on January 5 the ARRL filed a renewal of
the complaint against the Ambient Corporation's Broadband over Power
Line system in Briarcliff Manor, New York. The BPL system is operated
by Ambient, on power lines owned and operated by Consolidated Edison,
under an experimental FCC authorization.
Details at

A reminder to NY ARRL members.  Please write letter to the Governor and
Smith in the PSC.  See for sample letters and info.

To those who have already written a BIG THANKS.  Please remind others
to do so as not all ARRL Hudson Division members get this newsletter.

==> LIPA to test high-speed Internet service On LONG ISLAND     Warning
Danger !!!!!

BPL may be coming to a community near you.  There is still time to
write a letter?

for the full article.

On February 15, Newsday printed an article about LIPA's plans for a BPL
test announcing that on Feb. 21 it will ask companies to bid on a
broadband-over-power lines and wireless Internet "demonstration"
project to 105 homes and businesses in the Hauppauge/Commack area later
this year. LIPA plans to test the Broadband Power Line system, which
will allow Internet access via electrical lines and outlets, as well as
wirelessly, over the next two years. Companies in the Hauppauge
Industrial area will be a focus of the test, LIPA said Tuesday.

LIPA chairman Richard Kessel urged patience. He said LIPA doesn't want
to proceed with a wider rollout until it has fully tested the
technology and makes certain it can offer it without interruption to
its power services, or tax-exempt status.

Kessel also said the project, if rolled out profitably, has the
potential to help offset soaring electric rates.

Editor's Comment:  I hope this causes ARRL members to take action and
write a letter to Kessel and LIPA Board members to warn them of the
interference potential of some of the systems hams have run afoul of
across the US.  We will shortly begin a letter writing campaign in

==> ARRL Field Day 2006 packages, rules now available (Feb 6, 2006) --
The 2006 ARRL Field Day package at (
  and rules (HTML version) (PDF version) now are available on the ARRL
Web site. "The only rule change in 2006 involves the GOTA ('Get On The
Air') station bonus-point structure," says ARRL Contest Branch Manager
Dan Henderson, N1ND. "An individual operator may earn a 50-point bonus
for completing 50 QSOs at the GOTA station. They may earn an additional
50 bonus points when they reach 100 QSOs." Henderson notes there's a
100-QSO cap for bonus points per individual GOTA operator, but
additional GOTA operators may earn the bonuses for the club, up to a
maximum of 500 GOTA bonus points. "Additionally, Field Day operations
can double their GOTA bonus points by having a designated GOTA
Coach/Mentor supervise the station whenever it's on the air," Henderson
notes. "The GOTA Coach/Mentor may talk the participants through the
QSOs and serve as control operator, but GOTA participants must make and
log all QSOs themselves." This means that if a Field Day group has a
GOTA Coach/Mentor, the 50 and 100-point bonuses GOTA operators earn
will double to 100 and 200 points respectively, while the maximum GOTA
bonus increases to 1000 points. ARRL Field Day 2006 will be Saturday
and Sunday, June 24-25.

==> NASA honors TV journalist, anchor Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD

(Feb 16, 2006) -- NASA is honoring legendary CBS TV news anchor Walter
Cronkite, KB2GSD, for his coverage of the US space program. Cronkite,
who has narrated two ARRL Amateur Radio videos, will receive the
Ambassador of Exploration Award February 28 during a ceremony hosted by
the University of Texas at Austin Center for American History at the
studios of KLRU-TV. "His marathon, live coverage of the first moon
landing brought the excitement and impact of the historic event into
the homes of millions of Americans and observers around the world,"
NASA said in a news release announcing the award. NASA is presenting
the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the 38 astronauts and other key
individuals who participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space
programs for realizing America's vision of space exploration from 1961
to 1972. Cronkite is the first non-astronaut and only NASA outsider to
receive the award, which consists of a small sample of lunar material
encased in Lucite and mounted for public display. The material is part
of the 842 pounds of moon rocks brought back to Earth during the six
Apollo expeditions between 1969 and 1972. Cronkite will, in turn,
present the lunar sample to University of Texas President William
Powers. He will accept the award on behalf of the Center for American
History, the archival home of the Walter Cronkite papers, and the
sample will be on display in the Center's exhibit gallery. Cronkite is
the best-remembered journalist for his commentary and enthusiastic
coverage of the historic progression of missions from the early Mercury
launches, through the ground-breaking Gemini missions, to the Apollo 11
and subsequent moon landings. 

Sorry, we got so busy this month with Grassroots, snow, BPL, contests
and rebuilding a quad reflector so we could work the 3Y0X on 12 meters
and enter the ARRL CW contest that we forgot to pick a winner.  We will
have one for March. 

Some clubs are still not sending me PDF file!

Only division newsletters that are in PDF files will be eligible.
(PDFing files can save a club a lot of postage.)  Make sure your club
is sending a newsletter each month to .  Yes, it is
possible that a club can be selected for "Newsletter of the Month" more
than once in any year.   In September 2006 we will announce the winner
for the "Newsletter of the Year" from among the twelve monthly awards. 
Division Assistant Directors will be asked to vote on the issue they
liked best. The club editor of the issue with the most votes will be
awarded a plaque for his or her efforts at keeping the club and the
division informed and entertained.  

The Albany Amateur Radio Association is proud to announce its 2006
annual dinner.  This dinner is open to all radio amateurs (and their
spouses/significant others).  Our guest speaker will be Julie Murphy
from the NYS Police Counter Terrorism Intelligence unit.  She will be
discussing "Operation Safeguard & Counter Terrorism Awareness". the
role of Amateur Radio in counterterrorism.  Details are as follows: 

Date:  April 7, 2006 at the Shaker Ridge Country Club, Albany, New
Time: Cash Bar at 6:00 PM with Dinner to start at 7:00 PM 

Dinner Choices (select 1 per person): 
                      Prime Rib of Beef 
                      Cranberry Harvest Chicken 
                      Potato Crusted Halibut 

                       Dinners include salad, vegetable, potato and

Price: $30.00 per person 

Those interested are requested to  pay in advance by March 10th. 
Please send a check made out to AARA and your dinner choice(s) to: 
Harry Hovey WF2B 
15 Sylvan Lane 
Troy, NY 12180-8542

==> LICENSE CLASSES ARE IMPORTANT  a big thanks to all who give them!

Hi Ken,
 I believe you are the gentleman who inspired my son Nathan to earn his
first Ham license in Boy Scouts? Forgive me, but I couldn't remember
your name.
 I just wanted to let you know, I passed  the first 3 elements of the
exam last week and earned my general class license.
 Thanks Ken, you inspired Nathan, and he inspired me.
 Regards,  John   KC2PCX

 (Note: John is a professor at the USMA, West Point, NY and in a
position to inspire others)

==> Montclair State University, in Montclair, NJ.
An Amateur Radio license class is being given at Montclair State
University.  2006 MSU Technician Class is now available at
73 de Nathaniel, W2NAF


The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club will be holding a licensing
course where YOU will learn everything you need to earn your FCC
Amateur Radio license and begin to talk on the radio with other hams in
the area.  

All classes are held at the Emergency Operations Center located in the
basement of Babylon Town Hall which is at 200 E. Sunrise Hwy., N.
Lindenhurst, NY.

Extra Theory Classes Begin on April 4, 2006 at 7:30 PM.

Registration is not required. For more information please contact
Walter Wenzel, KA2RGI, at Phone: 631-957-0218 or via email:


Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that I was nominated by
WECA to be an ARRL Awards Manager. Currently I am able to check cards
for WAS and VUCC. I became interested in volunteering for this position
when I realized that there wasn't anyone in Westchester County area
checking cards. I am still a member of YARC as well and as you can
imagine, both clubs are busy. I would appreciate it if you would make
mention of appointment in the next issue of the Hudson Division
Newsletter so my fellow hams can take advantage of this service.

73 Richard Kautz, KC2HZW  - 343 Sixth Ave., Pelham, NY 10803, 914
738-4905  - 

 HAMFESTS ==============   The Season is about to start.........

Event and Contact
26 Feb 2006
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.85 (PL 136.5)
Rick Bressler, K2RB
50 Lindbergh Street
Locust Valley, NY 11560
Phone: 516-526-6975 
Fax: 516-756-2921

Hicksville, NY
Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island 
4 Mar 2006
North Jersey Hamfest
Splitrock ARA
Talk-In: 146.985 - (PL 131.8)
Mike Greenfeld, K8BQ
PO Box 610
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Phone: 866-457-6687 
Fax: 866-457-6687

Parsippany, NJ
Parsippany PAL Building
33 Baldwin Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey 
5 Mar 2006
Annual Auction
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/146.79 (PL 141.3)
James Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664 6725 

Township of Washington, NJ
Westwood Regional High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey 
11 Mar 2006
Cherryville Repeater Association II
Talk-In: 147.375 + (PL 151.4 Hz)
Barry Campbell, K2BC
PO Box 308
Quakertown, NJ 08868
Phone: 908-788-4080 
Fax: 908-788-9164

Clinton, NJ
North Hunterdon Regional High School
Route 31 South at Regional Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey 
18 Mar 2006
Orange County Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.76 (PL 100)
Edward J. Moskowitz, N2XJI
123 Harold Avenue
Cornwall, NY 12518
Phone: 845-534-3492 (after 8:30 PM) 

New Windsor, NY
Temple Hill School
525 Union Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York 
7 Apr 2006
Auction & Fleamarket
New Providence ARC
Talk-In: 145.75 MHz simplex
Al Hanzl, K2AL
3 Colony Court
New Providence, NJ 07974-2330
Phone: 908-464-1323 

New Providence, NJ
Salt Brook School Cafeteria
40 Maple Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey 
23 Apr 2006
Mt. Beacon ARC
Talk-In: 146.970 (PL 100) or (PL 123 North & West)
Rich Otis, N2ZKX
PO Box 4028
Middletown, NY 10941
Phone: 845-344-2720 or 845-649-8112 

LaGrangeville, NY
Tymor Park
249 Duncan Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York 
29 Apr 2006
OMARC Tailgate Hamfest
Ocean-Monmouth Radio Club
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3) & 443.00 +5 MHz (PL 127.3)
Jeff Harshman, N2LXM
PO Box 267
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Phone: 732-922-0816 

Wall Township, NJ
InfoAge Project Diana Site
Marconi Road, Camp Evans
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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