Hudson Division Beacon – July 2008

.                     July 2008
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 86
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
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***  There was no “Hudson Division Beacon” published in June.
A three week long computer failure kept us from getting out a bulletin
that month. The fact that it occurred during the period of Field Day
was no help is solving the Windows related failure.  This month we
therefore have two newsletter winners.  See below.   ***

===> ARRL Board of Directors Plans for League’s Future at Second 2008
Meeting (Jul 25, 2008) — The ARRL Board of Directors held its Second
Meeting of 2008 July 18-19 in Windsor, Connecticut, under the
chairmanship of President Joel Harrison, W5ZN. Radio Amateurs of Canada
President David Goodwin, VO1AU/VE3AAQ, was a guest of the Board

Full story at

===> You Have to Get on the Air to Experience the Magic of Ham

The July 2008 issue of QST has a number of articles on 6 Meters that
you might want to look at:  “Summer E-Skip and the Magic
Band” on page 55 by W3ZZ is a good short tutorial that will get
you up to speed quickly.  W3ZZ “The World Above 50 MHz” on
pages 88 through 90 while mostly about 2 meter WAS activity does have
application to 6 meter activity and the use of grid squares.  While
W3UR’s “How’s DX?” column contains some info about 6 meter DX
and CYO — Sable Island.

Interestingly enough my first Field Day contact this year was with
Sable Island.  Unfortunately I did not have the sense to work them with
my own call for a new band mode.  Six was hot FD weekend.  Our normal
30 or 40 contacts on the band went to 180 QSOs in 26 sections.   Had we
not stopped to use the station as part of our GOTA set up the QSO total
would have been even higher.

This led me to set up the club’s 6 meter FD station here at the house
last week.  I now have a guyed military mast at 20 feet with a 2
element six meter beam to catch some of the action.  The rig is a Icom
7000 at 100 watts.  Although it is late in the season there has been
action and the band is magic.  The other evening I heard only one
station on but he was a W6 in Idaho.  More magical, I worked him!  This
is my best DX so far.   But since May this year some east coast
stations have worked Europe and at least one lucky lad I know, N4MM,
worked JA.  John mentioned in an e-mail that this was the first time in
n19 years that he worked JA on six.

So, if you need a little radio magic in your life, try six,

===> TARA “Grid dip RTTY PSK Shindig” contest this weekend

The Troy ARA is one of only two clubs in the division that runs
contests.  If you operate RTTY or PSK check out the rules for this
August 2nd contest at

Interestingly, the contest has an SWL category!

===> Foundation for Amateur Radio Announces 2008 Scholarship Winners
(Jul 19, 2008) — The Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) has announced
the 2008 winners of the 55 scholarships it administers. The
scholarships were open to all licensed radio amateurs who met the
qualification and residence requirements of the various sponsors.


For a list of ARRL Foundation Scholarship winners for 2008 see

===> ARRL, FCC, Meet in Washington to Discuss BPL Remand (Jul 15, 2008)
— On July 9, ARRL officials — President Joel Harrison, W5ZN; Chief
Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, and General Counsel Chris Imlay,
W3KD — met with members of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and
Technology to discuss the recent US Court of Appeals decision regarding
broadband over power lines (BPL). In that case, the Court agreed with
the ARRL on two major points and remanded the rules to the Commission.
According to Imlay, the meeting was convened to discuss “a possible
regulatory approach” to BPL with the FCC. Suggestions put forth by ARRL
“would address the needs and concerns of Amateur Radio operators in
avoiding harmful interference from [BPL systems] while imposing the
minimum necessary regulatory obligations on BPL deployments.” The ARRL
understands, Imlay said, that “there are at this point rules that could
be adopted which would, at once, (1) protect Amateur Radio
communications from predictable harmful interference from BPL; and (2)
permit broadband over power line systems to operate in the 3 to 80 MHz
range without significant constraint and without substantial redesign
or retroactive build outs.”

Court of Appeals: FCC Must Reimburse Fees Stemming from BPL Challenge
(Jul 14, 2008) — The United States Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia Circuit has ordered that the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) reimburse ARRL for the docketing fee and the cost of
reproducing copies of briefs and appendices in the ARRL’s successful
challenge of the FCC’s broadband over power line (BPL) rules. The
Order, issued on July 9 following review of an opposition from the FCC
and a reply from the ARRL, awarded the ARRL’s full claim of $6,096.18.
Commenting on the Order, ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner,
K1ZZ, observed: “While this is just a small fraction of the cost of our
judicial appeal, the Order is significant because the Court did not buy
the FCC’s arguments that the ARRL had only achieved ‘partial success’
in its appeal and that our claim of costs was excessive. In addition,
the FCC falsely claimed that the ARRL ‘was unsuccessful in persuading
the Court to vacate the rules it challenged.’ In fact, the ARRL never
sought to do so since the BPL rules adopted by the FCC, inadequate as
they are, were still better than nothing. The award of these fees
affirms that, contrary to the ‘spin’ the FCC has tried to put on the
Court’s remand, the ARRL substantially prevailed in its appeal.”

====> Attention 10-70 members and friends! Just a reminder……..

Saturday August 2nd, is the annual Amateur Radio Light House Society’s
“Lighthouses on the Air” national event.  For the second year running,
10-70, headed up by KC2GIK,  will be activating the little lighthouse
that could, the diminutive, historic  Stony Point Light located in the
Point NY Revolutionary Battlefield located about 20 miles up the Hudson
River from the NY/NJ border.

Like last year, we will be using the special 1 X 1 callsign N2S.

This is a strictly low key event, a real fun and interesting
undertaking. We operate from the pavilion located near the museum
building and just a few hundred feet from the light, from a beautiful,
high vantage point
overlooking the scenic Hudson River. IF you have never done such an
event, the 10-70 setup is one not to be missed. We operate simple radio
equipment and antennas, operating from a spectacular and historic
location, concentrating on the ham radio camaraderie and fellowship so
unique to 10-70 operations.  Newbie or seasoned veteran, you will have
a great time.

(Trust me, I was there last year, and that time ranks among the most
enjoyable I’ve spent in my 47 years as a licensed, active Ham. This is
ham radio at it’s finest. Don’t miss it!..WB2AWQ)

If you would like to participate, contact Justin,  KC2GIK  at  or .

Justin can answer any questions you may have. All are most welcome, the
more help the merrier.

Meet at KC2GIK QTH at 8:15 AM or at Stony Point Battlefield at 9AM. If
you are going directly to SP, when you get there tell the guard you are
with the ham radio group and you won’t need to  pay admission. Call-in
on 146.52 to N2S.  Or try the 10-70 2M repeater, although you will
probably not be able to access it near Stony Point.


10-70 Repeater Association, Inc.
C/O Howard Holden WB2AWQ
28 Molinari Drive
Wanaque, NJ 07465


Please take a look at

The July 2008 award goes to the BARA Bulletin of the Bergen Amateur
Radio Association and editor Phil Barber, WA2LXE.

The June 2008 award (the was no “Beacon ” published that
month) was  awarded to Walter Lange, AE2AA for the June issue of the
“W2MPX Repeater News” of the Metroplex  ARC of  Fort Lee,

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 send a PDF you can’t win!


16 Aug 2008     +       32nd Annual Ham Radio and Computer Flea Market
Ramapo Mountain ARC
Talk-In: 147.490/146.490 (PL107.2) & 441.175/446.175 (PL107.2)
Contact:        Robert Kogan, KB2KQO
9 Locust Lane
Ringwood, NJ 07456
Phone: 973-896-3909

Oakland, NJ
American Legion Hall
65 Oak Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
7 Sep 2008              Auction
Roseland ARC
Contact:        Richard Denby, AB2SV

Essex, NJ
Roseland Municipal Building
19 Harrison Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
13 Sep 2008     +       Saratoga County RACES Association
Talk-In: 146.40/147.00 (PL 91.5)
Contact:        Darlene Lake, N2XQG
314 Louden Road #84
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-587-2385

Ballston Spa, NY
Saratoga County Fairgrounds
Prospect Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York
4 Oct 2008      +       BARA Fall Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/146.79 (PL 141.3)
Contact:        Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Fax: 201-265-1366

Township of Washington, NJ
Westwood Junior/Senior High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
4 Oct 2008      +       Tailgate Hamfest
Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3)
Contact:        Jeffrey Harshman, N2LXM
5 The Arborway
Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: 732-996-0637

Wall Township, NJ
Project Diana Site
Marconi Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
5 Oct 2008      +       HOSARC Hamfest
Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5); 145.270 -600 Khz (PL 136.5)
Contact:        Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
Queens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot
47-01 111th Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
19 Oct 2008     +       Town of Babylon Amateur Radio Emergency Services
Talk-In: 146.685 W2GSB/R (PL 110.9)
Contact:        Walter Wenzel, KA2RGI
PO Box 1222
West Babylon, NY 11704-0222
Phone: 631-957-0218
Fax: 631-957-0218

Lindenhurst, NY
Lindenhurst Fireman’s Memorial Park
Hartford Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
26 Oct 2008     +       LIMARC Indoor Hamfest
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
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

Hicksville, NY
Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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