Hudson Division Beacon – January 2006

ARRL Hudson Division
January 2006

Hudson Division Beacon -- e-mail edition  - # 58
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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Saturday January 14th 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:  ka2anf  

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.  Topics to be covered include Grassroots
Political Action, BPL Strategy, Regulation by Bandwidth Proposal, and
License Restructuring Part II. 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.

===> FCC Invites Comments on League's "Regulation by Bandwidth"
 (Jan 9, 2006) -- The FCC is inviting public comments on the ARRL's
Petition for Rule Making that asks the Commission to regulate the
amateur bands by necessary bandwidth rather than by mode. The petition
recommends what the ARRL calls "a shift in regulatory philosophy" to
encourage and enable development and refinement of digital techniques
and advanced technologies. It has been designated as RM-11306, and
comments are due by Monday, February 6.  
Full story at"nc=1
A copy the ARRL petition is at"native_or_pdf=pdf&id_document=6518181567

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"nc=1

===> ARRL Cautiously Optimistic about Texas BPL Deployment
 (Dec 28, 2005) -- The ARRL is viewing cautiously the recent
announcement of a commercial broadband over power line (BPL) deployment
by the largest electric power utility in Texas. TXU Electric Delivery
and BPL manufacturer Current Communications Group have partnered to
establish "the nation's first broadband-enabled Smart Grid" that will
cover most of TXU's service area. That includes some two million homes
and businesses in the Dallas-Forth Worth area as well as other Texas
Full story at"nc=1

===> Response to Virginia BPL Interference Complaints an "Illusion" of
Resolution, ARRL Says
 (Dec 19, 2005) -- In a strongly worded letter to the FCC, the League
has once again asked the Commission to shut down the Manassas,
Virginia, BPL system because it's still causing harmful interference to
Amateur Radio and otherwise does not comply with FCC Part 15 rules.
Today's letter from ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay was in response to
a November 30 letter from Spectrum Enforcement Division Chief Joseph
Casey, who suggested further cooperation between the complaining radio
amateurs and the city-owned BPL system. Imlay said it's no longer
productive to hold more meetings and discussions about ongoing
interference while "this hopelessly flawed BPL system" is allowed to
continue operating.
Full story at"nc=1

==> Assistant Editor position available at ARRL HQ
 (Jan 11, 2006) -- The ARRL has a full-time opening for an Assistant
Editor at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The successful
candidate will work on a variety of material for publication in QST and
for the League's Web site. Primary responsibilities include preparing
general interest and some technical material for publication, writing
articles for publication, and ensuring that manuscripts are well
written and engaging and conform to the rules of grammar, spelling,
usage and ARRL style. Applicants should hold an Amateur Radio license
and have on-the-air experience. Paid experience in an editorial field 
and a college degree in a related field are preferred, as are a
demonstrated ability to work effectively as part 
of a team and under deadline pressure, proficiency in Microsoft Word,
ability to use the Internet for research, experience with a digital
camera and attention to detail. Some weekday and weekend travel may be
required. Send cover letter and resume to LouAnn Campanello, ARRL, 225
Main St, Newington, CT 06111. No telephone calls please! ARRL is an
Equal Opportunity Employer.

===> ARRL announces new policy for deployed members of the US military

(Jan 10, 2006) -- In support of deployed US armed forces, the ARRL has
adopted a new policy. ARRL members in active US military deployment
outside the US and its territories may request to temporarily suspend
ARRL dues payments and/or delivery of QST for the duration of their
deployments. The objective is to ensure that members in active duty and
deployed overseas can maintain their League memberships. 
The ARRL recognizes that members deployed away from their homes or
permanent duty stations may experience difficulties with, or
interruptions in, mail delivery or other disruptions. To apply, members
should e-mail ( or send a copy of their
deployment orders or a verification letter to ARRL, Attn:
Circulation/Military Deployment, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA;
fax 860-594-0303.

===> D-Star ANYONE "

The February issue of QST has a number of items about D-Star, a new
protocol developed by JARL and employed in some Icom radios.     See
the letter on page 25 for some info about how the new Icom capable gear
is being deployed and local KJI Electronics involvement.  On page 86
you will find an article by none other than Steve Ford, WB8IMY, QST
editor.  I hear rumors that a D-Star repeater will shortly go live in
New York City.

Check out the following for more information:"act=ST&f=3&t=100243'DStar'
and for some really technical stuff'DStar'

===> Jules L. Freundlich, W2JGR/0 SK 

Freundlich, Jules L. age 88, of Mpls., on 1/9/06. Preceded in death by
wife, Miriam. Survived by children, Roger (Marja) of Helsinki, Finland,
Douglas (Margo) of Arlington, MA, Laura (Philipp) Muessig of Mpls., MN;
grandchildren, Thomas, Johanna, Mikael, Markus, Henri, Anna and Will.
Memorial service Friday 1/13/06 at 2:00 PM at the Kenwood, 825 Summit
Ave., Mpls. Memorials preferred to the Kenwood 
Employee Appreciation Fund or the Twin Cities DX Association. Cremation
Society of MN 612-825-2435 
Published in the Star Tribune on 1/11/2006.  (tnx to NA2M for the
forward. )

Jules spent most of his life here on LI where he was president of LIDXA
and an avid RTTY operator.  About fifteen years ago he moved to MN to
be near a daughter but managed to secure permission for a tower atop
one of the largest condos in town.  In the last few years as his sight
went he was not too active.  Many of us will have fond memories of
working him in a contest or meeting him at the RTTY Dinners at Dayton. 

My best memory of Jules will always be the trip to Dayton one year in
the late 1980's where Jules rode along with me.  The 14 hour trip
seemed to fly with the conversation with Jules both ways.  He was a
very interesting guy who had a very interesting life.  He has a
grandson who is a ham in Finland thanks to Martti Laine, OH2BH. Jules
was a Malvern, LI resident for many years, a former president of the
LIDXA and a world-known RTTY operator.  While on LI he worked for AIL. 
His daughter called me from MN to let me 
know of his passing stating that in his will he requested that I be
informed.  I feel that I have been honored.  
I will miss him and so will many others who met him and knew him.  

The division website has a section entitled "Newsletter of the month"
with an attached PDF file of a club newsletter.  The January award goes
to "TARA News," of the Troy Amateur Radio Association newsletter and
their editorial team of Editor: Ken"Chief"Davis, KB2KFV,
Co-Editor:Marilyn Davis KB2JZI, Co-Editor:Karen Smith KS2O, and
Design/Layout: Ken Davis, KB2KFV.  Again, a nice job, gang.  This is
the second time the newsletter has been selected.  Their 12 page issued
is crammed with information, pictures, cartoons and news all in a very
interesting colorful format. Take a look at  to see this 

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 Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club will be holding a licensing
courses 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.

General Theory Classes Begin On January 24, 2006 at 7:30 PM.  5 WPM
Code Classes Begin On January 28, 2006 at 12 Noon.  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  - 

==> A Few More Ham Sites to check out   Thanks to W2BIE for this one.    I think I heard two guys on 17 meters
talking about this one.  It"s great for looking up a US callsign.  It has a map feature and lists grid
coordinates.  Useful.   If you want to see how many hams
are in a particular zip code and what class license they hold.  Helps keep track of the neighbor
hams.  Thanks to NA2M for this one

HAMFESTS ==============

26 Feb 2006
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club 
Talk-In: 146.85 (PL 136.5)
Contact: 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 
4 Mar 2006
North Jersey Hamfest 
Splitrock ARA 
Talk-In: 146.985 - (PL 131.8)
Contact: 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 
5 Mar 2006
Annual Auction 
Bergen Amateur Radio Association 
Talk-In: 146.19/146.79 (PL 141.3)
Contact: 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 
11 Mar 2006
Cherryville Repeater Association II 
Talk-In: 147.375 + (PL 151.4 Hz)
Contact: 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 

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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