Hudson Division Beacon – February 2010

                         February  2010
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 106
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
Hudson Division Home Page –

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Past Bulletins are available at

It’s never too early  —  2010 Field Day Packets Now Available  –  see
article near the hamfest list.

==> New ARRL Web Site Coming Soon!
(Jan 25, 2010) — After more than two years of planning, designing and
writing, the ARRL is anxiously awaiting the launch of the new ARRL Web
site. We’ve been able to make the online experience easier for our
members — from the online store, to registering for a class, to
finding a club — plus we’ve created a new, enhanced member profile
with many more options available. We’ve made improvements with you in
mind, making sure that we’ve created the easiest, most enjoyable online
experience possible. The new Web site will be available sometime in

==> HAITI Earthquake
ARRL Sends Ham Aid Equipment to Haiti (Jan 22, 2010) — Even though the
communications infrastructure in earthquake-ravaged Haiti is being
rebuilt, there is still need for Amateur Radio communications. To
assist in this effort, the ARRL’s Ham-Aid program is providing
equipment for local amateurs to use.

==> THE BIG STORY – The K7RA Solar Update (Feb 19, 2010) — We’ve now
observed sunspots continuously for the past 30 days — certainly a
turnaround from the quiet conditions of the past few years. In fact, in
10 weeks, we have seen only three days with no sunspots: December 25,
January 6 and January 19. This is a little more than 4 percent
no-sunspot days, a nice contrast with all of 2009, with more than 71
percent days with no sunspots. Sunspot numbers for February 11-17 were
64, 38, 37, 28, 27, 28 and 49, with a mean of 38.7. The 10.7 cm flux
was 94.2, 95.5, 94.1, 89.4, 87.6, 86.8 and 86.9, with a mean of 90.6.
The estimated planetary A indices were 5, 6, 3, 4, 14, 9 and 4, with a
mean of 6.4. The estimated mid-latitude A indices were 4, 4, 2, 3, 8,
11 and 2 with a mean of 4.9. Since the first of the year, the average
weekly sunspot numbers were 14.6, 26.4, 18.6, 28, 14.6, 43.3 and 38.7.

More at

==> Famous Hudson Division Ham makes front cover of February 2010 QST
and has article with OH2BH

What do you mean, “He’s not famous!” ?   He is now!

Cover Boy, Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, NLI Section Manager was pictured on the
front cover of the February 2010 QST next to Marti Laine, OH2BH.  Mike
is seen busy manning one of the radios at UN Headquarters station 4U1UN
during a week long ham radio event celebrating 46 years of the UN in
NYC in late September 2009.  You may have heard and worked 4U46UN
during that period.

Mike also has a short article on page 78 about that operating
experience.  I am sure Mike never thought that his byline would ever be
next to Marti Laine’s.   Mike’s secret wish is that he be selected as
the best article of the issue so that he can win the February cover
plaque award.  He has a place set aside on his mantel next to the empty
space for his anticipated Oscar.  He is also looking for extra copies
of the issue for his fan club.

(I’m just kidding about the Oscar and the extra copies for the fan
club.  But it might be fun to bombard Mike with extra copies of the
issue at the LIMARC Hamfest.)  Should you not be aware, Mike is, in
real life, an actor and has appeared in episodes of a number of TV
shows including outings on “Law and Order.” He has already had his 15

==> Bob Paulsen W2KPZ SK 1/23/2010      (While we do not usually print
obits, this one is unique.)
Robert Charles Paulsen, Sr. ROUND ROCK, TEXAS: It is with great sadness
that we inform you of the death of husband, father, grandfather,
brother and friend, Robert Paulsen, Sr. who passed away at age 91 on
January 23, 2010. He was born on January 18th, 1919 in Orange, NJ, the
son of Carl and Augusta Paulsen. Bob married Alice Repsher in 1942 and
together they raised five children. Bob served in the Army during World
War II in the Pacific and in Europe. He brought with him skills he
learned from his childhood working with homemade radios, skills that he
honed while working at IBM. While in Europe, Bob worked with a team of
German POWs installing radio towers. He became a favorite of these men
and their mothers. One of the mothers sent him a “thank you” note for
his kind treatment of her son.

After his Army service Bob returned to IBM to work with computers where
he was the first to build a transistorized (instead of tube) computer.
This was built with transistors personally fabricated by his own hand.
During these years he earned many patents related to the design of
computers. This work brought him to Poughkeepsie, New York in 1958.
Bob had creative talent and enthusiasm for building things. He made
deluxe homes for all our pets: a coop for the chicken, a hutch for the
rabbits, a kennel for the dogs. Hamsters and a parakeet had hand-made
cages, and two crows had a coop. For his daughter he made a doll house
with electric lights and for all his children, an outdoor clubhouse.
His reputation as someone who could fix almost anything spread far. One
day Bruce Springsteen came to Poughkeepsie for a concert and found his
guitar amp was not working. The local electronics store sent him to Bob
who fixed it on the spot. He had a basement full of tools and parts for
almost anything, especially electronics.

Bob was a life-long HAM radio enthusiast (W2KPZ) and made many friends
in that community. It was through this activity that Bob met some very
close friends from Germany, the Zöllers. Alice and Bob made a number of
trips to Germany and the Zöllers in turn visited us in Poughkeepsie.
They now seem very much like family. Several of them were able to come
for a visit just this past December. Bob’s ancestry is from Germany and
Denmark and in the 1980s while visiting the area he and Alice met many
other descendants from the same extended family. Bob even went to
school and learned to speak German.

After 46 years in Poughkeepsie, Bob and Alice moved to Texas in 2004.
Bob asked that there be no memorial service and that in lieu of flowers
donations be sent to the SPCA in Dutchess County New York or an SPCA in
the Austin area. Bob and Alice have often made donations to the
Dutchess County SPCA at 636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park, NY 12538. See Bob is survived by
his wife Alice, his three natural children Robert, Richard and Kathryn,
two adopted nephews, John and Steve Repsher, eight grandchildren and
his brother Carl.

From QSY Society website at
The site has an interesting feature not seen on other club sites – a
silent key section.

==> ARRL Board Changes after recent retirements and board elections

Kent Olson, KA0LDG, Appointed Dakota Division Vice Director
(Jan 25, 2010) — In one of her first actions as ARRL President, Kay
Craigie, N3KN, has appointed Dakota Division Assistant Director and
former North Dakota Section Manager Kent Olson, KA0LDG, as the new
Dakota Division Vice Director. The position became vacant when Dakota
Division Director Jay Bellows, K0QB, was elected International Affairs
Vice President at the 2010 ARRL Board of Directors Annual Meeting and
Vice Director Greg Widin, K0GW, moved into the Director position.

Full story and picture at

Grant Hopper, KB7WSD, Appointed Northwestern Division Vice Director
(Feb 17, 2010) — ARRL President, Kay Craigie, N3KN, has appointed
Grant Hopper, KB7WSD, of Everett, Washington, as the new Northwestern
Division Vice Director. The position became vacant when no one
submitted the necessary election materials needed to run for the Vice
Director position. Hopper is an attorney and serves as an ARRL
Volunteer Counsel (VC).

Full story at

Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, Appointed Midwest Division Vice Director (Feb 16,
2010) — ARRL President, Kay Craigie, N3KN, has appointed Rod
Blocksome, K0DAS, of Robins, Iowa, as the new Vice Director in the
Midwest Division. The position became vacant when Midwest Division
Director Bruce Frahm, K0BJ, was elected ARRL Vice President at the 2010
ARRL Board of Directors Annual Meeting and Vice Director Cliff Ahrens,
K0CA, moved into the Director position.

More at

==> Ham Radio University took place on Sunday, January 10 at
Briarcliffe College, Bethpage, LI, NY

Correction on last month’s article on HRU:  This year HRU celebrated
its 11th birthday and not ten.  Sorry.

==> Attention All new Contesters

NPARC will be running a VHF/UHF simplex only – FM only, contest in
coordination with the MRAC FM Simplex Contest on Sunday Feb 21st. Our
object is to get young people and new hams, who frequently only have
2M/440 FM communication gear on the air to try a contest mode as
separate from repeaters.

We have modeled this, with the “blessing” of the MRAC group, after
their contest and we will be running at exactly the same time as they
are, and on the same frequencies. Since there is little chance of any
QSOs with Wisconsin, NPARC will have it’s club station N2XJ on the air
on all bands to supply bonus QSOs to whomever works it. This will be a
“potent” station manned by Bill Hudzik W2UDT.

Logs will be sent to K2JV in New Jersey for tabulation, and there will
be Certificates given to all entrants. There will be first and second
place endorsements in 6 different categories – we will separate the
Kids from the Adults, and also separate HT only entrants from Base
Stations and Mobile stations.

See the attached Flyer posted on the NPARC website
<> along with the contest rules.

73 es CUL de Barry K2JV
Dr. Barry G. Cohen
39 Cromwell Court
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

==>  Some Recent Books for Suggested Reading:

A few months back the NY QSO Party was held and one of my contacts was
with K1NSS in Ulster County.  Imagine my surprise when a week later I
received a cartoon QSL card personally created by Jeff, K1NSS
confirming the contact.  The color card shows Jeff as Dash, the dog
faced ham sitting in front of his rig.  It’s a very unique card
deserving a place of pride on the shack wall display.  A few e-mails
later I had a chance to meet Jeff Murray in Woodstock the day after
Christmas and that led to him sending me a copy of his self published
cartoon book, lid, kid, space cadet: First Book of Dash! The Dog Faced
Ham.  The whimsy of it really caught me and I thoroughly enjoyed
reading it and look at the great cartoons.  It was a great bit of
nostalgia, taking me back to my early days in ham radio.  I have looked
through it a number of times and it never fails to bring a smile to my
face.  This is not a kid’s cartoon story book like ARRL’s Zack and Mack
this is for us adults.  There is a drawing of Santa smoking, but some
of us older folk remember the olden days when many of us actually did
that.  The bottom line is I really like the book and showed it around
at the ARRL Board meeting.

If you are interested, take a look at the sample on the Amazon site

Real, tree-based books are available for $19.98 from Amazon and

Adobe Digital Editions E book copies are available for $3.73 from

Note: The Adobe E book reader software is a free PC/Mac download from

One of the Christmas presents I received was a copy of The Hudson: A
History by Tom Lewis which turned out to be a very interesting and fast
282 page history of the river, the people and the towns along the
river.  As we live in the Hudson Division it is helpful (even if we are
New Jersey residents) to know about the river.  The author, Tom Lewis,
is a professor of English at Skidmore College whose previous book Empie
of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio became an award winner documentary.
You may want to take a look at that book also and/or view the
documentary about the history of radio.

==> 2010 Field Day Packets Now Available (Feb 2, 2010) — It’s that
time of year again — time to start gearing up for ARRL Field Day, June
26-27, 2010! ARRL’s flagship operating event — always held the fourth
full weekend in June — brings together new and experienced hams for 24
hours of operating fun. Field Day packets are now available for
download at
and include the complete rules (including changes for 2010), as well as
other reference items such as forms, ARRL Section abbreviation list,
entry submission instructions, a Frequently Asked Questions section,
guidelines for getting bonus points, instructions for GOTA stations, a
kit to publicize your event with the local press and more.


Last month I complained that I had been recently been receiving too few
submissions.  I am happy to report that this month I have a bumper crop
to select from.  It was a very tough choice. I had two that were really
outstanding submissions.  In order to reward both equally I have
decided to make awards for both February and March this month.
(There will therefore be no award made next month (March) and in April
I will make an award for the April winner from those I have received in
the two month period.

The February 2010 award goes to “PARC Serves” and its editor Paul
Birman, WA2JPJ for its coverage of the Haiti earthquake and the ARISS
contact from the Riley Avenue Elementary School.  This issue has
Interesting reading and great pictures.  PARC has won for the month and
the year many times in the past.

Thus the March 2010 award goes to “PACARA Update” the newsletter of the
Peekskill/Cortland ARC for their excellent issue.  The story “Hunting
Pirates” by N2KZ is a real gem and must reading for those of us into
radio nostalgia.  This is to take nothing away for the constantly fine
job the editor, Malcolm Prichard, NM9J, does.

Please take a look at for a good read.

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 in this case send a PDF you can’t


HAMFEST:  Here come the 22010 Hamfests……Dayton is May 14 through
16……make reservations now……

28 Feb 2010+LIMARC Indoor Hamfest
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio
Talk-In: 146.850- (PL 136.5)
Contact:Richard Cetron, K2KNB
198 Haypath Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
Fax: 631-574-4851
Email: Hicksville, NY
Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
7 Mar 2010+BARA Annual Auction
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/147.79 (PL 141.3)
Contact:James Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Fax: 201-265-1366
Email: Township of Washington, NJ
Westwood Regional High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
10 Apr 2010+Hamfest, Auction & Breakfast
BSA Venture Crew 7373
Talk-In: 146.955 -600 kHz (PL 141.3) & 146.52 Simplex
Contact:Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
c/o St. John the Evangelist Church
29 North Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Phone: 201-314-6964
Fax: 201-387-8896
Email: Bergenfield, NJ
St. John the Evangelist Church Conlon Hall (Gym)
19 William Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
10 Apr 2010+Semi-Annual JCDXA Hamfest
Jersey Coast Chapter of the NADXA
Talk-In: W2NJR link system ( 146.52
Contact:Mike DiPersio, KC2Q
PO Box 357
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
Phone: 908-415-6162
Email: Tinton Falls, NJ
Luigi’s Restaurant
5119 Asbury Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
10 Apr 2010+Orange County Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.76 (PL 100)
Contact:Bruce Baccaro, K2ULZ
4 Taffy Lane
Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: 845-562-4226
Email: Middletown, NY
Town of Wallkill Community Center
2 Wes Warren Drive
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York
11 Apr 2010+North Jersey Hamfest
Splitrock ARA
Talk-In: 146.985 -600 (PL 131.8)
Contact:Dan Gruber, N2AB
c/o Splitrock ARA
PO Box 610
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Phone: 866-457-6687
Fax: 866-457-6687
Email: Succasunna, NJ
Roxbury Senior Center
72 Eyland Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

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