Hudson Division Beacon – July 2009

                         July 2009
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 99
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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==> Yes, Field Day 2009 has come and gone…..  did your club upload
pictures and an article?

Please be aware that you can upload info about you Field Day operation
along with PICTURES to the ARRL site at     They might even decide to use
one of your pictures in QST.  Show off your Field Day.

Send Us Your Field Day Photos (Jun 26, 2009) — Along with the bug
spray and toolbox, don’t forget your camera when you head out to Field
Day this weekend. We are looking for good-quality photos — well lit,
in focus, action-oriented subject matter — of your Field Day
operation. A few tips: Be sure your photos are high-resolution; remove
the date stamp; if you have more than two, send them two at a time to
avoid overloading the e-mail system; when you e-mail them to, use the subject line FD09 Photos, and include complete
caption information — and the photographer’s name and call sign! Thank
you! We’re always on the lookout for good Field Day photos for possible
use in QST, in other ARRL publications or on our Web site

==>Board Discusses Inappropriate Use of Amateur Radio, Strategic
Planning, Other Issues at Second 2009 Meeting (Jul 24, 2009) — The
ARRL Board of Directors held its Second Meeting of 2009 July 17-18 in
Windsor, Connecticut, under the chairmanship of President Joel
Harrison, W5ZN. On Friday, the Board considered and acted on a number
of recommendations from committees as well as motions by Directors.
Saturday was devoted to reviewing and revising the ARRL Strategic Plan
that was adopted in October 2006.

See for

==> FCC Continues BPL Debate (Jul 22, 2009) — On July 17, the FCC
issued a Request for Further Comment and Further Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking (FNPRM), addressing the issues remanded to them by the US
Court of Appeals. In October 2007, the ARRL took the Commission to
court concerning the Commission’s Orders adopting rules governing
broadband over power line (BPL) systems. In April 2008, the Court
agreed with the ARRL on two major points and remanded the rules to the
Commission. Writing for the three-judge panel of Circuit Judges Rogers,
Tatel and Kavanaugh, Judge Rogers summarized: “The Commission failed to
satisfy the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative
Procedure Act (‘APA’) by redacting studies on which it relied in
promulgating the rule and failed to provide a reasoned explanation for
its choice of the extrapolation factor for measuring Access BPL

The details of the saga are at
There is a tremendous amount of detail in this report and it does
appear to back up ARRL’s claim that the FCC incorrectly (perhaps
illegally?) withheld information during the previous proceeding.  It is
interesting summer ham reading.

Earlier this month, the FCC released the redacted portions of the
studies on which they relied with regard to its Broadband over
Powerline (BPL) rulemaking in 2004 after ARRL filed a Freedom of
Information Act request on March 31 for the studies. In October 2007,
the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard
ARRL’s case against the Commission, stating, among other things, that
the FCC not only withheld the internal studies until it was too late to
comment, but had yet to release portions of studies that may not
support its own conclusions regarding BPL. The FCC claimed that the
studies were “internal communications” that it did not rely upon in
reaching its decision to adopt the BPL rules. In its April 2008 ruling,
the Court ordered the FCC to release the studies.
See  for links
to the FCC documents which were withheld from ARRL and the public.

==> Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD (SK) (Jul 18, 2009) — Legendary CBS
newsman Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD, who held the title of “Most Trusted
Man in America,” passed away Friday, July 17 after a long illness. He
was 92. The avuncular Cronkite anchored CBS Evening News for 19 years
until 1981 when he retired. During that time, he reported on such
subjects as the Kennedy assassinations, the Civil Rights movement, the
Apollo XI lunar landing, Vietnam and the Vietnam-era protests, the
Arab-Israeli Six Day War, Watergate and the Begin-Sadat peace accords.

N2FF comment: Walter Cronkite was very generous to ham radio.  He lent
his face and voice to two DVD’s that ARRL has used and will continue to
use for years to come to push its legislative agenda forward.  His
generosity here is real gold.  I am proud and happy that I was able to
present him with an ARRL award before he passed on.  Presenting that
small token is one of the highlights of my life in ham radio.

==> I AM a D Rat    by Rick Palm

Note:  Rick is a retired ARRL employee who for many years ran the Field
Services department at HQ and retired early and moved to Florida.  He
edits and writes the ARRL ARES e Newsletter.  Rick comments below are
from the July 2009 issue.  I found them very thought provoking and hope
you will too.  If you are interested in emcom you can get on the
mailing list at

The View from Flagler County

Here in Flagler County, Florida, as we head into the crux of hurricane
season, we have no EC. We are looking for a new one.

What makes a good EC? Perhaps heretical, but the official ARRL
qualifications and job description do not go far enough in determining
who will be an effective EC. Granted, all of the elements of the list
are important, but more critical is the character of the individual and
his or her true understanding of what motivates people and how they can
be led by example and good people skills. With a grasp of what the EC’s
role is, and indeed what the ARES role is in supporting agencies like
the EOC and Red Cross, it’s the intangibles that make or break an EC,
not the tangibles.

And, paramount to all of this is the single, most-important tenet: We
serve the agencies. They do not serve us. That’s why we call them
“served agencies.” We are there to be an asset to them, not a
liability. We are there to make their jobs of providing professional
emergency and disaster management to the public easier if we can. We
are there to try to provide a seamless, almost transparent
communications service. We do not force ourselves on them. Agency
officials must know our limitations and capabilities, and we most know
our own limitations and their expectations. The EC has a realistic

We are not in the EOC to tell emergency managers how to do their jobs.
Nor are we there to demand things like – and this is no joke – flashing
emergency lights and sirens for the roofs of our vehicles. We are not
there to demand that we be deployed as we see fit. We are not there to
bring our internal disputes and petty one-upsmanship to them to deal
with or sort out. A good EC understands this.

A good EC also is a “uniter,” not a divider. Inter-association
rivalries are as old as Amateur Radio itself, are almost inevitable,
and are part and parcel of human and organizational behavior. A good EC
understands this as well, but is able to transcend superficial
boundaries to enfranchise all radio amateurs in the county for ARES,
regardless of affiliation. Because when it hits the fan, we are all in
it together. A good EC gets everybody together first, before the fur

A good EC is a careful listener, weighing all input, discussing it with
the parties that will be affected by a decision, then making it and
issuing an explanation for the reasons why it was made. Not everybody
will agree with the decision, but they will know that it was based on
care and deliberation, with all opinions considered.

A good EC is intelligent, well-educated, experienced and has a
professional, friendly demeanor. The EC presents himself or herself in
a professional manner; e.g., wearing a pair of khaki pants and ironed
polo shirt. The EC should be physically fit. He or she is cool, calm
and collected under fire, and never a hothead, whiner, argumentative,
nor demanding. He or she leads by example, and consequently earns the
respect of all parties. A good EC is not simply the one who has the
most “toys” in town.

A good EC respects the chain of command from the DEC, to the SEC and
finally to the SM. A good EC may respectfully disagree with his senior
officials, but gets behind their decisions and meets their requests,
once they are made. A good EC understands the need for tolerance,
understanding and acceptance of other points of view.

There are more, but it seems to me that the above characteristics
should be among the first to be considered as we search for a good
candidate for the EC position, the most critical position in the entire
ARRL Field Organization, in my opinion. The EC is where the rubber
meets the road in the ARES program, and we need one that has a good
deep tread. – K1CE


Please take a look at

The July 2009 award goes to “PARC Serves” the newsletter of the Peconic
ARC for their July 2009 edition.  Congratulations on a fine job to the
editor Paul Birman, WA2JPJ  who put this professional newsletter
together. Paul’s effort in 2008 won him the Hudson Division editor of
year title.  I know the club appreciates his efforts.

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!


15 Aug 2009+Ham Radio & Computer Flea Market
Ramapo Mountain Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 147.490/146.490 (PL107.2) & 441.175/446.175 (PL107.2)
Contact:Robert Kogan, KB2KQO
c/o Ramapo Mountain ARC
PO Box 364
Oakland, NJ 07436
Phone: 973-896-3909
Email: Oakland, NJ
Oakland American Legion Hall
65 Oak Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

12 Sep 2009+Saratoga County Races
Talk-In: 147.000
Contact:Al Margadonna, KA1IEG
924 Chestnut Hill Road
Cambridge, NY 12816
Phone: 518-677-3316
Email: Ballston Spa, NY
Saratoga County Fairgrounds
Fairground Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York

3 Oct 2009+Tailgate Hamfest
Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3)
Contact:Jeff Harshman, N2LXM
5 The Arborway
Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: 732-996-0637
Email: Wall Township, NJ
Infoage Learning Center (Project Diana Site)
Marconi Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

10 Oct 2009+Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.790 (PL 141.3)
Contact:Jim 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 Jr/Sr High school
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

11 Oct 2009+HOSARC Hamfest
Hall of Science ARC
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5) or 145.270 -600 (PL 136.5)
Contact:Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
Email: Queens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot
47-01 111th Street
(Flushing Meadow Corona Park)
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island

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