Hudson Division Beacon – June 2003

ARRL Hudson Division
June 2003
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition
By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
516) 746-7652
n2ff@arrl.org
Hudson Division Home Page – http://www.hudson.arrl.org

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> SCAM WARNING *****

I had the following e-mail from QST Publisher, Mark Wilson, K1RO:
Several members have called this week to say that they have received
telephone solicitations to renew their “ham radio magazine subscription”
before a price increase. One caller said he receives several magazines
and asked if it was QST and was told “yes.” The solicitor then attempted
to get name, address and credit card info.

We have published a story on the Web site warning members that such
calls are not legitimate and asking anyone who receives such a call to
let us know in as much detail as possible.

>  FIELD DAY THIS WEEKEND

I hope you all have a GREAT Field Day although the long range weather
forecast is showing rain and lightening.  We have had enough of that
stuff.  I’ll be with the Boiled Owls – KW2O – on NLI.  Please work our
2A commercial group.

Some of you I am sure had a smile of the headlines associated with the
rock concert event in Calverton which said, “Field Day Cancelled.”
Despite threats of rain etc. we will be there having a good time.

> HOLD NOV. 8th

The Hudson Division Awards Dinner will be held on November 8th in
Northern New Jersey at Biaggio’s.

>  FEMA AND ARRL PARTNER IN PREPAREDNESS THROUGH CITIZEN CORPS

Washington, DC — Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security
for Emergency Preparedness and Response, today announced an official
affiliation between the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and President
Bush’s Citizen Corps initiative. At the ARRL National Conference,
sponsored by “Ham-Com,” celebrating its 25th anniversary in Arlington,
Texas, an affiliate partnership was signed between ARRL and Citizen
Corps. The signed partnership will raise public awareness about the use
of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource, provide training and
accreditation for Amateur Radio Emergency Communications, as well as
assist Citizen Corps Councils with public education, training and
volunteer service opportunities that support first responders, disaster
relief organizations, and community safety efforts.    For more details
see http://www.fema.gov/nwz03/nwz03_138.shtm   from “FEMA News”

A lead up to the event story can be seen at
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/06/06/4/?nc=1

NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 24, 2003–ARRL now is an official affiliate program
of Citizen Corps, an initiative within the Department of Homeland
Security to enhance public preparedness and safety. ARRL President Jim
Haynie, W5JBP, signed the formal Statement of Affiliation between DHS
and ARRL during the ARRL 2003 National Convention June 21. Chief
Operating Officer of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate
(FEMA) Ron Castleman represented Under Secretary for Emergency
Preparedness and Response Michael D. Brown at the signing. Citizen Corps
Liaison to the White House Liz DiGregorio called ham radio operators the
“first of the first responders.”     ARRL Web Page

See http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/06/24/2/?nc=1 for more details
and pictures.

> New 60-Meter Band to Become Available July 3!

NEWINGTON, CT, Jun 3, 2003–The new five-channel 60-meter amateur
allocation becomes available to US Amateur Radio operators at midnight
local time on July 3.

ARRL has posted a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) concerning 5
MHz operation on the ARRL Web site,
www.arrl.org/fandes/field/regulations/faq.html#sixty .

The new band will be a secondary allocation–federal government users
are primary–and the first on which the only permitted mode will be
upper-sideband (USB) phone (emission type 2K8J3E). The FCC last month
announced it would grant hams access five discrete 2.8-kHz-wide channels
in the vicinity of 5 MHz instead of the 150 kHz-wide band ARRL had
requested–and which the FCC initially proposed more than a year ago.
The ARRL remains optimistic that Amateur Radio eventually may be able to
enjoy a band segment with multiple mode privileges at 60 meters, but
ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, has said that in the meantime hams will
have to be on their best behavior when taking advantage of the limited
channelized allocation.

“In terms of Amateur Radio spectrum, we usually say, ‘Use it or lose
it,'” he said. “The watchword for 60-meter operators should be, ‘Misuse
it and lose it.'” Sumner has predicted that, over time, amateurs can and
will “develop a record of disciplined, responsible use of the five
channels in the public interest that will justify another look at these
rather severe initial restrictions.”

The FCC has granted amateurs 5332, 5348, 5368, 5373 and 5405 kHz–the
last channel common to the amateur experimental operation under way in
the United Kingdom. The channels will be available to General and higher
class licensees. In terms of day-to-day operation, use of the new band
is expected to resemble the sort of channel sharing typical on local
repeaters.

The NTIA selected the channels the FCC authorized to minimize the
possibility of interference to federal government users. The NTIA also
dictated the use of USB only as an interoperability convenience, so that
federal government users–who also use only USB–could readily identify
amateur stations if necessary.

ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, says hams hoping to operate on
the new allocation need to be very careful if they’re considering
modifying their current transceiver or transmitter. The ARRL recommends
that members check with the manufacturer of their equipment regarding
specific modification information. Some modifications not only might
void the warranty on a piece of equipment but could affect or alter a
transmitter’s operation in unpredictable ways.

“Hams need to be sure that any modifications put them right on the
desired channel,” Hare said. The FCC, following the lead of the NTIA,
has said that the channel frequencies in the R&O are all “channel-center
frequencies.”

“Most hams are used to just having to think about band edges, so on
other bands, if a mod were a bit ‘off,’ all operators would need to
ensure is that they are not transmitting outside the band.” But, Hare
recommended, on 5 MHz, amateurs must be within “a few tens of Hertz” of
suppressed-carrier accuracy, and, he points out, amateurs have a mandate
not to have any of signal occupy spectrum outside the assigned 2.8 kHz
channels. Additionally, hams need to make sure before they go on the air
on 60 meters that any mods they’ve made do not have unintended
consequences, such as spurious emissions on non-amateur frequencies.

The NTIA advised in a letter to the FCC Office of Engineering and
Technology (OET) that users of 60 meters should set their carrier
frequency 1.5 kHz lower than the channel center frequency, according to
this NTIA chart:

Channel Center           Amateur Tuning Frequency
5332 kHz               5330.5 kHz
5348 kHz               5346.5 kHz
5368 kHz               5366.5 kHz
5373 kHz               5371.5 kHz
5405 kHz common US/UK) 5403.5 kHz

Noting that high-frequency audio response can vary considerably from
radio to radio, Hare has suggested a more conservative approach. He
suggests restricting audio bandwidth to 200 Hz on the low end, and 2800
Hz on the high end–for a total bandwidth of 2.6 kHz. Hare notes that
some transmitters that the Lab has looked at are capable of bandwidths
of 3.0 kHz or greater.

In its letter to the FCC, the NTIA also stipulated that radiated power
should not exceed “the equivalent of 50 W PEP transmitter output power
into an antenna with a gain of 0 dBd.” The FCC R&O set the requirement
at 50 W ERP and said it would consider a typical half-wave dipole to
exhibit no gain.

Hare said that amateurs’ willingness to adhere to the channel-bandwidth
and power constraints imposed on 60 meters will be an important factor
in ham radio’s use of this band–now and in the future.

> BROADBAND OVER POWER LINE” POSES HF INTERFERENCE THREAT

(This could be a bigger threat than the “Little Leo” proposals of as few
years back.  While “Little Leo’s” would have meant the possible loss of
one band, the “BPL” proposal may mean a much higher noise level on a
number of our bands in the 2 to 80 MHZ range.   It may also put us in
conflict with some of our neighbors who would be using these devices.
It appears that there is a huge potential for two way interference here.
See http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2003/06/19/2/?nc=1  de N2FF)

The FCC soon will invite public comment on the concept of using existing
electrical power lines to deliver Internet and broadband service to
homes and offices. The Commission initiated a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) in
ET Docket 03-104 when it met April 23. What the FCC calls “Broadband
over Power Line” (BPL) is a form of carrier-current technology typically
known as power line communication (PLC). Whatever its name, the
technology is raising serious interference concerns within the Amateur
Radio community, since BPL would apply high-frequency RF to parts of the
power grid. One aspect of the NOI is to gather information on potential
interference effects on authorized spectrum users.

“Entire communities will be affected, so every amateur in that community
could have part of the radiating system ‘next door’ on the power wiring
on his or her street,” cautioned ARRL Lab Supervisor Ed Hare, W1RFI.
Hare chairs the PLC Work Group of the IEEE C63 Accredited Standards
Committee on Electromagnetic Compatibility http://c63.ieee.org/.

So-called “access BPL” would use medium-voltage (1 kV to 40 kV) power
lines to deliver Internet and broadband applications. Hare says access
BPL is likely to be a more significant interference source than
in-building PLC technology “because overhead electrical wiring is a much
better antenna than the electrical wiring within a building.”

ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, editorialized on the subject of PLC in “It
Seems to Us . . .” in the October issue of 2002 QST. “Is it possible to
do power line communications without causing interference to
over-the-air communications?” Sumner asked. “Count us among the
skeptics. What may be a fine transmission line at 60 Hz looks more like
an antenna at HF.” Hare said his own computer analyses of interference
potential from access BPL/PLC suggest “a significant increase in noise
levels” from deployed systems.

Ed Hare and others on staff have done a remarkable job of pulling
together in one place information that puts the lie to industry claims
that “no interference has been reported” from PLC/PLT/BPL tests to
date.

This link takes you to the news story posted on ARRL Web today:
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/04/30/2/?nc=1

This link takes you to an introduction to the detailed information:
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/04/30/2/more.html

This link takes you directly to the detailed information:
http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/

More is at the FCC’s website at:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-233537A1.doc
and
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-100A1.doc
(CGC Communicator)

> President Haynie Testifies on Behalf of Amateur Radio Spectrum
Protection Act

ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, testified June 11 on Capitol Hill on
behalf of the Spectrum Protection Act of 2003, HR 713. The ARRL
initiative would require the FCC to provide “equivalent replacement
spectrum” to Amateur Radio if the FCC reallocates primary amateur
frequencies, reduces any secondary amateur allocations, or makes
additional allocations within such bands that would substantially reduce
their utility to amateurs. Haynie was the last of 11 scheduled witnesses
to speak during the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
hearing, “The Spectrum Needs of Our Nation’s First Responders.”

Check the story on the ARRL web site and also find an audio link which
will enable you to listen to Jim’s testimony.  You will be impressed.
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2003/06/11/101/?nc=1

> A VERY BAD IDEA IN NJ ASSEMBLY

If you want to stop this bad idea contact your New Jersey Assemblyman.
A2798 is a proposed Bill which attempts to define a distracted driver
who may be charged with reckless, careless or unsafe driving.  It seeks
to amend existing statutes on reckless and careless driving with the
following paragraph: “When so warranted, a law enforcement officer may
charge a person with a violation of the provisions of this section if
that person, while operating a motor vehicle, engages in distracting
behavior including but not limited to the use of communications
technology such as wireless telephones, pagers, facsimile machines,
locator devices, AM/FM radios, compact disc players, audio cassette
players, video players, citizens band radios, and dispatch radios;
engaging in personal grooming, consuming food or beverages; reading; or
tending to unsecured pets.”

This NOT ABOUT HAM RADIO.   The State already has statues in effect that
define reckless and careless driving. If you feel strongly about this
proposed Bill PLEASE write your State Representative and/or the sponsors
and let them know your feelings.  The Bill can be found at:
www.state.nj.us   Click on NJ Legislative, go to “find Bills” and follow
the directions. E-mail links are there to the sponsors.

Please remember, legislators listen to their constituents if they want
to get re-elected.     73, Bill Hudzik, W2UDT SM NNJ

> NEW YORK LEGISLATIVE SESSION ……

Thanks for your support, but we were not successful.  But we will, with
your support, be back at it again next year.  We have a very difficult
project here.  Yes, other states have been able to get bills enacted,
but please be aware that very few of them talk about the issue of
height.  Our bills in New York and New Jersey deal with the issue of
height.  We remain committed to getting a bill in both states that
specifies a height below which local government may not regulate.

Despite our letter writing efforts and visits to Albany our antenna
bills were not voted on in the legislature this year.  W2GLA and I made
two visits to Albany in June during the last two weeks of the
legislature to talk to the sponsors and key members of Speaker Silver’s
staff.  The legislature was very distracted this year with other issues
and problems – overriding the governor’s veto of the budget, brownfields
legislation, and Rockefella drug laws  – and finally the arrest of a key
aide to Speaker Silver on rape charges only ten days before the session
ended. The interesting sidelight here is the individual arrested is
someone we had been dealing with on the telephone and that W2GLA and I
were in the building when he was arrested.  In the final days new staff
people were brought in to fill his place but Silver’s office never
really caught up and our bill never came to the floor.  Knowing that the
bill was not going to pass in the Assembly the senate sponsor, Dale
Volker, never brought our bill to the floor.  It would have been a waste
of time and we understood his action.

It is frustrating but not surprising that our legislation did not get
the attention it needed.  Should the legislature go back into session
later in the year they will not deal with our bill.  They will deal only
with specific legislation.  We are disappointed but not discouraged.

We had letters from two US Congressional representatives supporting our
bill – Congressman Steve Israel and Congresswoman Nita Lowey.  We will
be working on gaining additional support between now and next January
when the next session opens.                de Frank Fallon   N2FF

> WANTED – Assistance with Central New Jersey Repeater Interference:

In September 2002 at the direction of William Hudzik, W2UDT, ARRL
Section Manager, Hudson Division, NNJ Section, the Monmouth County Local
Interference Committee (MCLIC) was formed in response to a rise in the
number of incidents and complaints of repeater station jamming,
especially to ARES, RACES and NTS nets.

The main focus of MCLIC is the geographic area of Monmouth County, New
Jersey. It exists to address the problems with interference to Amateur
Radio Service Repeater Stations in accordance with the Amateur Auxiliary
to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As a component of the
Amateur Auxiliary program, Local Interference Committees (LIC) are
commissioned by the ARRL Section Manager with an OO as the Chairman to
investigate and resolve repeater interference problems.

The functions of the MCLIC shall include, but not be limited to:
response to complaints/allegations emphasizing cooperative “no fault”
solutions; signal identification/source location, liaison with Official
Observer Coordinator and ultimately, ARRL Headquarters in difficult
cases.

The MCLIC will operate at all times in accordance with the procedures
stated within the “Amateur Auxiliary Training Guide” and/or other
guidelines developed by the ARRL with complete impartiality to any
individual or group involved in any investigation.

The MCLIC will act as a direct liaison to the Amateur repeater station
sponsors within Monmouth County with programs to foster public relations
between the MCLIC and the area repeater station sponsors to educate the
Amateur community regarding the proper ways to deal with various types
of general interference, deliberate interference and obscenity.

The MCLIC functions as both an advisory committee to the Monmouth County
repeater sponsors on specific cases of Repeater Station Jamming as a
technically proficient committee of investigators gathering and
achieving data.

All repeater sponsors are urged to contact the MCLIC regarding
interference problems to register official interference reports to bring
the particular situation to the attention of the Section Manager.

In addition, in order for MCLIC to carry out is focus, MCLIC is in need
of additional, dedicated volunteers. Especially needed are those
Amateurs that have experience with and the needed equipment for radio
frequency monitoring, recording and Radio Direction Finding (RDF).

For more information or to access the on-line complaint or membership
application forms please visit:
http://www.qsl.net/mclic/

> NY HOSTS PSK GRIDE SQUARE CONTEST

The TARA PSK Grid Square contest (The Grid Dip). Sponsored by Troy ARA,
0000z through 2400z, 2 August, PSK (and speed) and RTTY.
80,40,20,15,10,6 meters. Work stations once per band unless Rover has
changed Locator. Exchange name, 4 digit grid locator. Enter 1 of 5
categories. QRP, 5w max. Low, 20w max. High, 100w max. Rover, 50w max.
as a portable or mobile station operating from more than one Grid
Locator, or SWL. Single/single only. Call CQ Grid Dip. Final score is
QSO points * total different Grid Locators. Mults. count once per band.
To be valid, scores must be received via our online score submission
form found at http://www.n2ty.org/seasons/tara_grid_score.html or e-mail
Logs to grid-manager@n2ty.org, by the last entry date 23rd August 2003.
Logs must be available for review if requested. Please read web rules
for details on http://www.n2ty.org/seasons/tara_grid_rules.html for more
info e-mail to Bill Eddy, ny2u@n2ty.org or Ernie Mills, wm2u@n2ty.org

Originally announced for July 26, the test now occupies the 24 GMT hours
of 2 August.  Please note the change. This test is a wide-open
shoot-out. All bands are included (80 to 6) and PSK31/63 and RTTY are
the weapons available to the participants. There are some unusual rules
including an exchange that includes the 4 digit Grid Locator.  Note also
that only single/single ops are allowed.  Rules at
http://www.n2ty.org/sasons/tara_grid_rules.html

Jump into this one! Multiple mode contests may just be the contest of
the future. But that is not all TARA is doing.

This contest is but an integral part of the new TARA approach to their
contest schedule. After restructuring their calendar they came up with
one event for each season of the year Prefix contest for Spring, Grid
Shindig for summer, PSK Rumble for fall and RTTY Melee for winter. TARA
then decided to create a whole new class of shack wallpaper. Each year a
Digital King or Queen, whoever has the

highest combined score, will be crowned as the BIG ONE. Neat idea! I
trust they have ordered appropriate crowns.

>  DXCC Card Checkers for the Hudson Division

If you have cards to check for DXCC these individuals can do it for you
at hamfests or club meetings.  See http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/ for
information about the program.  The necessary application in PDF format
is at http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/dxccapp.pdf

James Burke WT4Q          NY        ENY
Ben Bond W2PS              NY    ENY
Emil Tillona KD1F        NY    NLI
Steven R. Adell    KF2TI        NJ    NNJ
Eugene M. Ingraham III    N2BIM    NJ      NNJ
Leonard Zuckerman    KB2HK    NY      NLI

> TELEPHONE INTERFERENCE

Do you have persistent telephone interference problems? The problem is
often the phone. “Try the RadioShack ET-296 series phones (e.g. 43-874,
white, $14.99). If this type of phone receives interference, try
unplugging all other phones in the house, including modems, answering
machines, satellite TV receivers, etc. One of these could be generating
AUDIO interference and putting it out onto the phone line. If so, an RFI filter on the offending unit should solve that
problem. RadioShack carries a telephone RFI filter (part number 43-150)
and you can also use the K-Com RF-1.” DSL filters may also work.
(Thanks, Dave K6LL via The ARRL Contest Rate Sheet)

>>>>>APPROVED HAMFESTS:

13 Jul 2003 + Sussex County ARC
Augusta, NJ
Sect: Northern New Jersey
http://www.sussexhamfest.org
Contact:Dan Carter, N2ERH
8 Carter Lane
Branchville, NJ 07826
Phone: 973-948-6999
Email: hamfest@scarcnj.org

16 Aug 2003 + Ramapo Mountain ARC
Oakland, NJ
Sect: Northern New Jersey
http://www.qsl.net/rmarc
Contact:Bob Anderson, K2BJG
69 Page Drive
Oakland, NJ 07436
Phone: 201-337-6945
Fax: 973-962-6210
Email: rmarc@qsl.net

6 Sep 2003 + Saratoga County RACES Assn.
Ballston Spa, NY
Sect:Eastern NY
http://www.capital.net/~lake/
Contact:Darlene Lake, N2XQG
314 Louden Road, #84
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-587-2385
Email: lake@capital.net

7 Sep 2003 + Long Island Mobile ARC
Bethpage, NY
Sect: New YorkCity-LI
http://www.limarc.org
Contact:Brian Gelber, WB2YMC
46 Forest Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone: 516-822-0673
Email: hamfest@limarc.org

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ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF
n2ff@arrl.org
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