Hudson Division Beacon – July 2006

July 2006
     Hudson Division Beacon - e-mail edition  - # 64
   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  and  ttp://
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===>  Boxboro August 25, 26 and 27

The ARRL New England Division Convention in Boxboro is New England's
largest ham radio event, featuring thousands of hams, dozens of
vendors, over 30 talks and seminars, and a giant two-day fleamarket!
While it is not a Hudson Division event you may be interested in
attending.  It's a great hamfest.  See details at


Order you tickets for the Amateur Radio Social event of the year at

The Bergen Amateur Radio Association will host the 2006 Hudson Division
Awards Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Saddle Brook, New Jersey on  a
Saturday night, November 11th ,  at 7 PM.  We will have a very good
view from the 12 floor.  Some attendees may want to work a little HT
DX.  The location is at the junction of Route 80 and the Garden State
Parkway.   Ticket price will be the same as last year, $48 per person.
Please join us to honor all those receiving a division award.  Ticket
and ad applications will soon be available on the division web site.
BARA President Tony Izzo, K2AMI promises that tickets will be sold at
the BARA Hamfest.  No tickets will be sold the night of the event.
Ticket sales will close October 27th.  Please don't leave it to the
last minute!

This year's awardees are:

Amateur of the Year - Barry Cohen, K2JV  (from NNJ) nominated by:
K2AL, WW2OLF, KC2KMK, N2VI, W2FMI and KC2ONP (New Providence ARC/Salt
Brook School ARC)

Grand Ole Ham - Bob Raffaele, W2XM (from ENY) nominated by: K2XA Saul

Technical Achievement:  Elmer Sharp, WA2YSM (from ENY) nominated by:
KB2ZE - Donald Hitt

Special Recognition for Public Service Excellence:  Jeff Schneller,
N2HPO (NLI) nominated by:  Mike Lisenco, N2YBB and Charles Gallo, KG2V

The awards will be presented at the 2006 Hudson Division Awards Dinner
hosted by the Bergen Amateur Radio Association at the Holiday Inn in
Saddle Brook New Jersey just off Route 80 on Saturday night, November
11th at 7 PM.   Please attend to help us honor these outstanding
Amateur Radio operators who truly make us all proud to be part of the
Amateur Radio Service.  Tickets are $48 and an application form is
available at

We hope to see you there.

==> Club Field Day Project Anyone?
Here is an interesting web article with pictures that your club might
want to replicate for Field Day 2007.
A Tower Trailer that goes the Distance (Jul 19, 2006) -- Field Day
means lightweight, portable equipment. Putting a tower on a trailer
makes it portable, but is it really lightweight? A few hams made such a
tower on a trailer that met both requirements, all within a reasonable
budget, and just in time for Field Day  See for the details.

===> Full US House Okays Telecoms Bill with BPL Study Language Intact
(Jun 9, 2006) -- On a 321 to 101 vote, the US House of Representatives
on June 8 passed the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and
Enhancement (COPE) Act of 2006. The House-passed bill, HR 5252, left
intact language that required the FCC to study the interference
potential of BPL systems. US Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR (D-AR), one of two
radio amateurs in Congress, sponsored the BPL study requirement, "Study
of Interference Potential of Broadband over Power Line Systems,"
contained in Title V, Section 502 of the complex bill. HR 5252 now goes
to the US Senate, where a separate--and very different--telecoms bill,
the Communications, Consumer's Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of
2006 (S 2686) is still in committee.

SEE for details.

ARRL will probably be making a grassroots push in August to get an
amendment to the Senate bill which does not have the "BPL study
language."  Stayed tunned!


Although there has still been no official announcement from LIPA, BPL
trade journals are reporting that LIPA has chosen as their
equipment provider for the Copiague/Hauppauge test.

This is NOT good news.   This is the same company that has provided
equipment for the Manassas BPL implementation. At every test deployment
where DS2 or architectures are used, and therefore where HF is
used, there have been complaints. That is a telling statistic, given
that BPL systems have not been deployed extensively and where there are
650,000 Amateur Radio licensees of the FCC. My first reaction, on
hearing that LIPA had picked, was to ask myself if LIPA staff
have lost their senses? sent its US CEO to HQ to talk about interference, and although
they agreed that we needed to meet in Manassas, that never happened.
Apparently the meeting was just for show and intended mostly to buy
some time.  Meanwhile problems continue in Manassas.

Remember, please that Amateur Radio operators are not opposed to BPL
per se. They are opposed to interference and to the rules the FCC
adopted in 2004 that "did not do anything to prevent inevitable,
harmful interference from BPL systems" that employ HF spectrum on
unshielded, overhead medium-voltage lines.

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.

Our Hudson Division BPL Task Force along with Ed Hare, W1RFI, met with
three LIPA staff at LIPA headquarters in Uniondale, NY to present our
concerns and issues with the proposed LIPA BPL test to be conducted in
the Hauppague/Copague area.  The BPL team consisted of Hudson Division
Director, Frank Fallon, N2FF; Hudson BPL Coordinator, Rich Rosner,
N2STU, and Joe Alburtis, KB2JOE.  The meeting was a result of the many
letters written by ARRL members in the NLI section to the LIPA
Chairman, Riitchie Kessel (a former ham) and some of  the thirteen
members of the LIPA Board and some direct behind the scenes contacts by
hams who had personal relationships with LIPA board members.  Thanks to
all those who wrote these important letters and the four members of The
Order of Boiled Owls who contacted their LIPA director friends. 

I have asked ARRL Assistant Director, Richard Rosner, N2STU, to chair
our Division BPL effort.  Rich is a PE, an electrical engineer and a
master electrician who will coordinate the effort to monitor the
various test sites in the division and lead the teams which will work
with the various utilities to make sure they deploy systems that are
ham friendly.  While we are not out to stop BPL in its tracks, we do
want utilities to employ a technology that is not going to pollute our
precious RF spectrum.  If you think you can be of assistance in
monitoring interference in the project area, contact Rich at

If you are not sure what BPL is please visit the ARRL web site where
there is a wealth of information -

Ed Hare, W1RFI,  ARRL's Lab Director has organized a massive amount of
information there.  It's actually "BPL 101" and you should get college
credit if you read all the technical information there.  The video and
recording are very interesting.

==> ARRL Lab chief to address interference issues at BPL conference
 (Jul 25, 2006) -- ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, will be
among the presenters July 26 at "Broadband Over Powerline 2006," a
two-day conference in Dallas, Texas. The sponsoring International
Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC) is billing the conference as
"the BPL event of the year." In his remarks, Hare will discuss various
aspects of investigating and mitigating the RF interference issues
associated with BPL systems. According to the meeting program, Hare
"will describe the specific progress being made with some vendors,
utilities and technologies to resolve EMC [electromagnetic
compatibility] issues and responsibilities." His remarks will explore
the interference issues, what can be done to mitigate interference from
BPL, practical measurements in BPL deployments, what's needed to
achieve "compatibility" (eg, with licensed radio services), and
practical experience with cooperation and solutions. IQPC indicates the
confrence will focus on "unleashing the full potential" of BPL.

==> Emergency Communications Bill Includes Amateur Radio as
Interoperability Agent
 (Jul 27, 2006) -- A bill to enhance emergency communication at the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) includes Amateur Radio operators
as part of an overall effort to provide interoperability among
responders. The 21st Century Emergency Communications Act of 2006 (HR
5852), an amendment to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, passed the US
House this week on a 414-2 vote and has gone to the Senate. Its
sponsor, Rep David G. Reichert (R-WA) -- who chairs the Subcommittee on
Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology -- says his legislation
is designed "to improve the ability of emergency responders to
communicate with each other" -- interoperability.  See  for more


The ARRL VEC now can process license renewals for vanity call sign
holders for a modest fee. The service is available to ARRL members and
nonmembers, although League members will pay less. Routine, non-vanity
renewals continue to be processed at no cost for ARRL members. In
addition, ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, points out that trustees
of club stations with vanity call signs may renew either via the
Universal Licensing System (ULS) or through a Club Station Call Sign
Administrator, such as ARRL VEC.

"2006 is an appropriate year for the ARRL VEC to implement this
service, since the licenses of the many radio amateurs who obtained
their vanity call signs as a result of the FCC program that went into
effect in 1996 will expire this year," Somma said. The first of those
licenses are due to expire in June.

"As the FCC has already noted, licensees who want to keep their vanity
call signs must pay the regulatory fee, currently $21.90 for the
10-year license term, when renewing their licenses," Somma noted.
"Licensees who don't want to pay the mandatory regulatory fee to retain
a vanity call sign may request a sequentially issued call sign at the
time of renewal."

The FCC has proposed to reduce the vanity call sign regulatory fee to
$20.10 for the 10-year license term. The new fee, if adopted, would go
into effect in August or September.

Amateur Radio licensees may file for renewal only within 90 days of
their license expiration date. All radio amateurs must have an FCC
Registration Number (FRN) before filing any application with the
Commission. Applicants can obtain an FRN by going to the ULS
<> and
clicking on the "New Users Register" link. You must supply your Social
Security Number to obtain an FRN.

Those holding specifically requested call signs issued prior to 1996
are exempt from the vanity call sign regulatory fee. That's because
Congress did not authorize the FCC to collect regulatory fees until
1993. Such heritage call sign holders do not appear as vanity licensees
in the ULS Amateur Radio database.

Somma says the ARRL's new license renewal/modification Web pages
contain complete information on license-filing procedures, including
step-by-step instructions on how to renew or update a license using the
FCC's ULS site and a schedule of fees.

League members should visit the "ARRL Member Instructions for License
Renewals or Changes" page
<>. The
"Instructions for License Renewals or Changes" page
<> covers general
renewal procedures for nonmembers. There's additional information on
the ARRL VEC's "FCC License Renewals and ARRL License Expiration
Notices" page <>.
Hello" Campaign Provides Rallying Point to Promote Amateur Radio
(Mar 15, 2006) -- The first components of the ARRL's "Hello" Amateur
Radio public relations campaign now are available. "This campaign will
give hams the tools they need to reach out in their communities to
non-hams and influence their perception of Amateur Radio," says ARRL
Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, who conceived
the campaign and is its principal Headquarters contact. The "Hello"
campaign is aimed at recasting Amateur Radio in the light of the 21st
century and focus on its universal appeal. At the same time, it will
mark the 100th anniversary of what many historians consider the first
voice radio broadcast in 1906 by Reginald Fessenden.
For more details see:
===> Swain's Island is newest DXCC entity (Jul 24, 2006) -- A recent
addition to the DXCC rules has led to the designation of Swain's Island
(KH8) as the 337th DXCC entity. A brief inaugural DXpedition operating
under the call sign KH8SI was to get under way this week. In June, the
ARRL DXCC Desk announced the addition of a Paragraph (c) under Section
II, DX List Criteria, 1. Political Entities of the DXCC Rules: "The
Entity contains a permanent population, is administered by a local
government and is located at least 800 km from its parent. To satisfy
the 'permanent population' and 'administered by a local government'
criteria of this subsection, an Entity must be listed on either (a) the
US Department of State's list of 'Dependencies and Areas of Special
Sovereignty' as having a local 'Administrative Center,' or (b) the
United Nations' list of 'Non-Self-Governing Territories.'" The new
language reclassified American Samoa as a political entity for DXCC
purposes. Subsequently, the DX Advisory Committee and the Awards
Committee concurred with a request, accompanied by substantiating
evidence, and added Swain's Island to the DXCC List as the first
"separation entity" from American Samoa. "The distance between American
Samoa and Swain's Island has been determined to be in excess of 350 km
as required by DXCC Rules Section II, Paragraph 2, Section b)," the
DXCC Desk said. Contacts made with Swain's Island on or after 0001 UTC
on July 22, 2006, will count for DXCC credit. For more information,
including the DXCC Reference Number for Swain's Island, contact the
DXCC Desk.  See for links.
===> New Jersey Tech+ scores WAS on 40 CW in her first year on the air
(May 11, 2006) -- ARRL member Jane Tymko, KC2OBS, of Bartley, New
Jersey, managed to work all states during her very first year as a
radio amateur. The kicker is that Tymko, a Technician with Element 1
credit--what used to be called a "Tech Plus" ticket--worked all 50
states on the often broadcaster-plagued 40-meter Novice/Tech Plus band
segment, 7100-7150 kHz. "I'm working on my General, now that I've
accomplished this," Tymko told ARRL when she visited Headquarters to
get her cards checked for the Worked All States (WAS) Award. ARRL
Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG, presented her WAS
certificate on the spot (photo). Tymko says Alaska was her hardest
state. She set up schedules with an Alaska station, and eventually
everything clicked. Hawaii and North Dakota were tough too. Most of the
time, though, she simply called "CQ," and says most ops slowed down to
match her 12-14 WPM CW copying capability. Her setup is modest: 100 W
to a dipole. Tymko got interested in ham radio by watching Scott
Leyshon, WA2EQF, and his friends contesting. She studied for her
license entirely on her own, using a Morse training program to learn
the code. In addition to the ARRL, Tymko is a member of the YLRL and
F.I.S.T.S. Congratulations, Jane!


As many clubs do not meet or print a July and August newsletter our
next award will be made in September.

Bronx, N.Y. - The lessons learned during last year's horrendous
hurricanes in the Gulf Coast have not been lost on those in the
Emergency Response community in New York City. In preparation for the
upcoming storm season, Bronx County and New York County ARES members
recently participated in a drill sponsored by The American Red Cross in
Greater New York. Code-named "The Bronx Storm Rehearsal", the drill was
designed to prepare volunteers by giving a hands-on experience in
emergency shelter operations.
The drill, held Sunday, April 30, 2006 in the Grace Dodge Career and
Technical Education High School on Crotona Avenue in the Bronx, also
utilized the Emergency Operations Center (E.O.C.) at Red Cross
Headquarters in Manhattan, activating the amateur radio station for the
purpose of passing emergency traffic between the shelter an Red Cross
ARES is relied upon by our clients, like the Red Cross, to be able to
quickly, adequately and professionally set up and run a portable
communications system to help those affected by a disaster. In order to
provide that service, ARES members participate in drills such as this
to hone our skills.
The event lasted throughout the morning.  Many "monkey-wrenches" were
incorporated into the drill scenario. To that end, ARES volunteers
needed to be on their toes at all times. During the drill, the script
changed the situation to insure a complete breakdown in "conventional"
forms of communication.  From that point on, the ARES team provided the
ONLY communications from the shelter to the EOC in Manhattan.
ARES was represented by the following members:
Gabe Cuebas, N2PQT; John Romano, N2NSA; Noel Rodriguez, N2YGW; Sebio
Rodriguez, WB2SEB; Rich Grover, W2RAG; Brian Wruble, W3BW; David
Ellenberg, WA2KWP; Jim Finder, N2TAW; Stu Siet, WA2JNF; and Mike
Lisenco, N2YBB.

De Laura Rudin, KB2VDV - KB2VDV@ARRL.NET

 HAMFESTS ============== 

19 Aug 2006+Ramapo Mountain ARC
Talk-In: 146.490 + 1 MHz & 446.175 - 5 MHz (both PL 107.2)
Contact:Anthony Cassera, N2KDZ
72 Smokey Ridge Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456
Phone: 973-839-3564
Email: anthonycassera@netscape.comOakland, NJ
American Legion
65 Oak Street
Sect: Northern New Jersey
9 Sep 2006+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
Email: dar@saratogaspringsny.usBallston Spa, NY
Saratoga County Fairgrounds
Prospect Avenue
Sect: Eastern New York
 10 Sep 2006  LIMARC HAMFEST Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.850 (PL 136.5)
Contact:Rick Bressler, K2RB
50 Lindbergh Street
Locust Valley, NY 11560
Phone: 516-526-6975
Fax: 516-756-2921
Email: kc2tt@aol.comBethpage, NY
Briarcliff College
1055 Stewart Avene
Sect: New York City-Long Island
30 Sep 2006+Annual Fall Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/.79 (PL 141.3)
Contact:Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Email: k2zo@arrl.netTownship of Washington, NJ
Westwood Regional High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Sect: Northern New Jersey
1 Oct 2006+HOSARC Hamfest
Hall of Science ARC
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5) or 146.52 Simplex
Contact:Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
Email: WB2KDG@arrl.netQueens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
47-01 111th Street
Sect: New York City-Long Island
Ocean-Monmouth ARC
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3) & 443.00 +5MHz (PL 127.3)
Contact:Jeff Harshman, N2LXM
OMARC, Inc.,
PO Box 267
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Phone: 732-922-0816
Email: n2lxm@juno.comWall Township, NJ
InfoAge Project Diana Site
Marconi Road, Camp Evans
Sect: Northern New Jersey

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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