Hudson Division Beacon – July 2005

ARRL Hudson Division
July 2005

Hudson Division Beacon - e-mail edition  - # 51
By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
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Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Vice Director,Hudson Division
235 Van Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-2918
(201) 455-5924 

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NEXT DIVISION HAMFEST --  August 20th, Ramapo Mountain ARC
( at the American Legion Hall at 65 Oak
Street in Oakland , NJ.  Talk-In:  146.49 simplex

* 2005 Hudson Division Award Winners Selected
*       Awards Dinner November 12th
Be there with us on Saturday night, November 12th, at the Elk's Lodge
in Park Ridge, New Jersey to honor our recipients.  It promises to
again be a fun event with loads of door prizes.

The Awards Committee met via "ARRL Conference Bridge" on Friday, June
17, 2005.  Those asked to serve on the committee:  Diane Ortiz, K2DO;
Jerry Agliata, W2GLA; Dennis McAlpine, K2SX;  Kathy Thee, KT2F; Doug
Rue, W2EN, and Jim Jackson- NS2K selected the following:
 Amateur of the Year, Tom Raffaelli - WB2NHC (nominated by Lyle
Anderson, KC2LCA and Rich Sandell, WK6R)
Technical Achievement, Ulrich Rohde - N1UL (nominated by Mario Karcich,
K2ZD (2004)
Grand Ole' Ham, Frank Fix - K2AW  (Nominated by Bill Hellman - NA2M)
                                   Lew Malchick, N2RQ (Nominated by
Martin Smith - KA2NRR)
 The committee decided to grant two Grande Ole 'Ham awards this year. 
The Committee was unanimous about awarding both Frank Fix and Lou
Malchick the Grand Ole' Ham award.  

73,  Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Nominations Chair for the Hudson
Division Awards Committee, 2005
ARRL Hudson Division Vice Director

* Field Day 2005
Another hot and humid weekend was on tap for Field Day 2005.  I had the
pleasure of visiting several clubs which I will mention in my next
"Traveling With the Vice Director" column in an upcoming
Hudson Division Beacon. 

If you haven't submitted your Field Day Scores for this year, the
deadline is drawing near.  Also,  for all you clubs out there, why not
send your Field Day article to the ARRL for them to add it to the
"Soapbox"? This is an excellent opportunity to chronicle your
event for all to see and also to add some photos.
This is the link for submitting your Field Day information.  

Hope everyone enjoyed Field Day this year and are making plans for an
even better one next year.  

73,  Joyce KA2ANF,  Vice Director, Hudson Division,

(Editor's Note:  Although dropping the CW requirement completely was no
surprise, ignoring a request for a Novice type license and streamlining
the license structure was.  Apparently the FCC took the easy way out
here.  I'm disappointed.)

NEWINGTON, CT, July 20, 2005 -- The FCC has proposed dropping the 5 WPM
Morse code element as a requirement to obtain an Amateur Radio license
of any class. The Commission recommended the change to its Part 97
Amateur Service rules in a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT
Docket 05-235. See:  
Any rule changes proposed in the NPRM would not become final until the
FCC gathers additional public comments, formally adopts any changes to
its rules and concludes the proceeding by issuing a Report and Order
(R&O) spelling out the changes and specifying an effective date. That's
not likely to happen for several months. The FCC declined in its NPRM
to go forward with any other suggested changes to Amateur Service
licensing rules or operating privileges beyond elimination of the Morse
"Based upon the petitions and comments, we propose to amend our amateur
service rules to eliminate the requirement that individuals pass a
telegraphy examination in order to qualify for any amateur radio
operator license," the FCC said in its NPRM, released July 19. This
week's NPRM consolidated 18 petitions for rule making from the amateur
community--including one from the ARRL--that proposed a wide range of
additional changes to the amateur rules. The FCC said the various
petitions had attracted 6200 comments from the amateur community, which
soon will have the opportunity to comment again--this time on the FCC's
proposals in response to those petitions. 
The Commission said it believes dropping Element 1--the 5 WPM Morse
examination--would "encourage individuals who are interested in
communications technology, or who are able to contribute to the
advancement of the radio art, to become amateur radio operators." The
FCC said it also would eliminate a requirement it believes "is now
unnecessary and that may discourage" current licensees from advancing
their skills, and that it would "promote more efficient use" of current
Amateur Radio spectrum. 
The FCC cited changes in Article 25 of the international Radio
Regulations adopted at World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 as the
primary reason to go forward with eliminating Morse code as an Amateur
Radio licensing requirement in the future. Among other changes, WRC-03
deleted the Morse testing requirement for amateur applicants seeking HF
privileges, leaving it up to individual countries to determine whether
or not they want to mandate Morse testing. Several countries already
have dropped their Morse requirements. 
ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, said he was not surprised that the FCC
proposed altogether scrapping the Morse code requirement. The League
and others had called for retaining the 5 WPM requirement only for
Amateur Extra class applicants. Sumner expressed dismay, however, that
the FCC turned away proposals from the League and other petitioners to
create a new entry-level Amateur Radio license class. 
"We're disappointed that the Commission prefers to deny an opportunity
to give Amateur Radio the restructuring it needs for the 21st century,"
he said. "It appears that the Commission is taking the easy road, but
the easy road is seldom the right road." 
Sumner said ARRL officials and the Board of Directors would closely
study the 30-page NPRM and plan to comment further after they've had
the opportunity to consider the Commission's stated rationales for its
In 2004, the ARRL filed a Petition for Rule Making asking the FCC to
amend Part 97 to complete the Amateur Service restructuring begun in
1999 but "left unfinished." The League called on the FCC to create a
new entry-level license, reduce the number of actual license classes to
three and drop the Morse code testing requirement for all classes
except for Amateur Extra. Among other recommendations, the League asked
the FCC to automatically upgrade Technician licensees to General and
Advanced licensees to Amateur Extra. In this week's NPRM, the FCC said
it was not persuaded such automatic upgrades were in the public
The FCC said it did not believe a new entry-level license class was
warranted because current Novice and Tech Plus licensees already can
easily upgrade to General. "We also note that, if our proposal to
eliminate telegraphy testing in the amateur service is adopted," the
FCC continued, "a person who is not a licensee will be able to qualify
for a General Class operator license by passing two written
examinations, and that a person who is a Technician Class licensee will
be able to qualify for a General Class operator license by passing one
written examination." The FCC said it does not believe either path to
be unreasonable. 
The FCC also said that it's already addressed some of the other issues
petitioners raised in its "Phone Band Expansion" (or "Omnibus") NPRM in
WT Docket 04-140. In that proceeding, the Commission proposed to go
along with the ARRL's Novice refarming proposal aimed at reallocating
the current Novice/Tech Plus subbands to provide additional phone
spectrum. (See: ) Under
the plan, Novice/Tech Plus licensees would be granted CW privileges in
the current General CW subbands. 
A 60-day period for members of the public to comment on the FCC's NPRM
in WT 05-235 will begin once the NPRM appears in the Federal Register.
Reply comments will be due within 75 days of the NPRM's publication in
the Federal Register. 
NOTE:  Old Tech licensees.  The magic date is actually March 21, 1987.
That's the date that old Element 3 was split into 3A and 3B. The 1991
date is the date before which the Tech license required a Morse exam.
If you had a Technician license issued before that date and haven't let
it expire, you can upgrade to General administratively by simply
bringing the evidence to a VE session.  
Technician Plus is post-1987. It is no longer maintained in the FCC
database. If you have a Tech Plus license and renew it, you get a Tech
license back (97.21(a)(3)). It's up to you, the licensee, to maintain
the evidence that you ever passed a Morse exam.     (Note from Dave

* H.Res 230  -  Let Your Congressman know you Support this Resolution 
- Write     
* See sample letter at

To expedite delivery, send all correspondence bound for Members of
Congress--preferably as an attachment--to or fax it to
703-684-7594 also send me a copy at
 The ARRL will bundle correspondence addressed to each Member of
Congress for hand delivery. 

A copy of HRes 230 is available on the ARRL Web site in .PDF format
at,  See
the ARRL Web site,,
for more information.

* ARRL Board Adopts Modified Regulation by Bandwidth Proposal 
(Jul 19, 2005) -- Following considerable discussion and debate, the
ARRL Board of Directors has approved a modified set of recommendations
to regulate the use of amateur spectrum by emission bandwidth rather
than by emission mode. Last April, the ARRL Executive Committee reached
consensus on a set of regulation-by-bandwidth proposals to serve as the
basis of an FCC Petition for Rule Making. Following additional fine
tuning based on hundreds of comments from the amateur community, the
Board formally adopted a further-modified plan at its July 15-16
meeting. The revised plan includes a stipulation that the League "will
promptly undertake a procedure to establish a band plan to be utilized
with the proposed subband allocation petition, and, until such time as
that band plan is in place, the existing band plan will be in force."
ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, remarked after Board's 12-3 vote that
improved band planning is critical to the success of the League's
regulation-by-bandwidth proposals and will require the support of the
amateur community at large.   For more details see:  N2FF, a member of
the ARRL Executive Committee, voted for the proposal.

* New ARRL Goes to Washington video available for download   (Ed: A
(Jul 20, 2005) -- The ARRL is making available a 10-minute video, The
ARRL Goes to Washington, that documents the League's activities on
behalf of Amateur Radio on Capitol Hill and at the FCC. Produced by
Dave Bell, W6AQ, Alan Kaul, W6RCL, and Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, The ARRL
Goes to Washington now is available for downloading from the ARRL Web
site. Because it typically occurs behind the scenes, ARRL's advocacy in
"official Washington" in support of Amateur Radio receives little
fanfare compared to its importance and significance. This video offers
an opportunity to call attention to this critical ARRL function in an
entertaining and informative way. ARRL members often say that
legislative and regulatory advocacy is very important to them. Now
clubs, public information officers and others will be able to witness
the League's leadership in action in the nation's capital for
themselves. Featuring ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, and narrated by
former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD, the presentation's
debut at Dayton Hamvention was resoundingly positive. Now you can
download this video and save it on your computer or on a CD. It makes a
great centerpiece for an Amateur Radio club program or meeting too.
This video is not intended, nor available, for telecasting or
broadcasting in any manner. It may be shown to groups or at hamfests,
forums and clubs. The file is 95 MB, so a high-speed connection is
necessary. The video runs 10:42. A higher-resolution DVD will be
available in a few weeks.  

(More editors' notes:  The video is also a great lobbying tool to be
used in BPL presentations.)


Always a good question; there is never an "exact" answer. 
The British may soon have a similar problem getting a straight answer
if they move to a lifetime license as opposed to the yearly system they
now have.  Their license is 15 Pounds per year which is about 28 US

As of June 2005, K3UD says that there were 28,151 Novice Class
operators, 317,655 Technicians, 136,435 holding a General, 75,812
Advanced and 106,852 Extra Class.  That makes for a grand total of
664,905 United States license holders as of June 30th.  And while a
respectable figure, it is down by 550 license holders since the last
reporting period.

Total number of USA Licensed Amateurs by Class

As of May 14, 2000:

Novice     -  49,329
Tech/+     -  334,254
General    -  112,677
Advanced   -   99,782
Extra      -    78,75....

Total all classes      - 674,792

But the real question is:  How many of those are real active hams? 
Remember, we have a 10 year license period with a grace period of two
years plus.  In all that's 13 years.  How many of the total number are
silent keys or folks who have left ham radio?  Your guess is as good as

* NEW NASSAU CONTY DEC (District Emergency Coordinator)

NLI SM George Tranos N2GA and NLI ASM/SEC Tom Carrubba KA2D are happy
to announce following...

Effective August 1, 2005, Jim Mezey W2KFV accepted the Nassau County
ARES District Emergency Coordinator appointment. Jim will succeed
George Gluck WA2WKV, who is retiring.

Jim is an active amateur, an ARRL member, officer in Nassau Amateur
Radio Club and Nassau County Police Amateur Radio Club, and an ARRL VE.
He is an ARES EC in Nassau County and a NC RACES member.  He has
completed all three ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications courses
along with his standard ARES, NTS, RACES and SKYWARN training.

Jim's non-amateur background includes 24 plus years in Police Service
and 42 years in the Fire Service which included Chief of Department.

Let's welcome Jim and give him our support.

* NPARC the Amateur Radio Club for the Watchung Hills Area Goes to
Summer Day Camp
   In cooperation with the New Providence Recreation Commission on
Monday and Tuesday July 11/12 at Jaycees Park near the Community Pool 
Licensed Amateur Radio Operators from NPARC set up a working, long
distance Radio Station. After event report:

SCRAM - No, I'm not telling you to go some where.  Rather, this was our
annual event with the  Roseland Recreation Department summer program.
It was held on Friday, July 22 and the word means Sports, Crafts,
Recreation, and Music for youngsters from 2nd grade to 9th grade.  They
changed the format  this year and kept the 7, 8, and 9th graders at
Bond Force Park next to the EM building.  The others, about 100, were
located at the recreation fields next to the Municipal Building. 
That's where we set up our operation.  (The we were Paul (WB2JVG), Dick
(AB2SV) and myself.)  We   brought out about 15 youngsters at a time,
split them into two groups and talked (briefly) about Ham Radio.  We
then  called on the HT's and the 2 meter transceiver we had set up
through  IRLP and contacted hams in N. Carolina, Valdez, Alaska, and
the Mohave Desert in California, over the two hours  we were set up. 
The kids gave them names, ages, and grades and the hams responded with
brief comments.  Then, we switched to CW.  Dick prepared and the Town
ran off code sheets containing the alphabet with code symbols.  All the
kids used the oscillators and tapped out their names in Morse code.  We
had to read the code.  Some were better than others.

I think the kids had a good time.  I know we did.  After one group
spoke to Valdez, the next group came out and wanted to talk to China. 
No luck.  Incidentally, we raised the western reflector and that's
where the Alaska and California hams were on.  The N. Carolina ham
raised WA2JSB to talk to his buddy in Bloomingdale.  The N. Carolina
ham was originally from W. Milford. 

 ( Editor's Note: Thanks to Barry Cohen, K2JV, and Al Hanzl, K2AL, and
other NPARC members for doing something constructive to get exposure
for ham radio and perhaps get some youngsters into ham radio. I
frequently hear complaints that "we are not getting enough young
people into ham radio."  Well, here is a club that has decided to
do something about it.  Thanks.  I hope you had fun doing it.)

* Some PR for Ham Radio


20 Aug 2005 Ramapo Mountain ARC
Talk-In: 146.49 simplex
Contact: Anthony M. Cassera, N2KDZ
72 Smokey Ridge Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456
Phone: 973-839-3564 
Oakland, NJ
American Legion Hall
65 Oak Street
Sect: Northern New Jersey 
10 Sep 2005 Saratoga County RACES
Talk-In: 146.40/147.00, 147.84/147.24
Contact: Darlene Lake, N2XQG
314 Louden Road, #84
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-587-2385 
Ballston Spa, NY
Saratoga County Fairgrounds
163 Prospect Street
Sect: Eastern New York 
25 Sep 2005 LIMARC Outdoor Hamfair & Electronics Flea Market
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.85 (PL 136.5)
Contact: Rick Bressler, K2RB
c/o Sign-A-Rama
34A Hempstead Turnpike
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: 516-526-6975 
Fax: 516-756-2921
Bethpage, NY
Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Sect: New York City-Long Island

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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