Hudson Division Beacon – June 2009

June 2009
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 97
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
Hudson Division Home Page –

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==> Field Day 2009 has come and gone…..
We hope you had a safe, fun time.  A sad note is that there are
accidents on Field Day.  A few hours ago Dave Sumner K1ZZ, posted this
sad note to the ARRL Director’s reflector, “We have learned that Larry
M. Prelog, KE4PM, age 57, of Niles, Michigan died in a tower accident
at the Field Day site of the Blossomland ARA, W8MAI, in Watervliet, MI.

Here in the Hudson Division the weather was great but some may have had
problems on Friday evening when a thunder storm moved across the area.
My club site, a merger of the Boiled Owls and Radio Central, at the
Maritime Museum in Sayville had completed some of their antenna
projects when the storm swept past.  On Saturday morning we were struck
with the site of our tribander healed over on its side.  The military
mast holding the beam at about 30 feet looked like a giant fishing rod.
None of the anchors pulled out and the beam came down on its side,
apparently slowly enough that the three tip sections were only slightly
bent.  After much gawking and picture taking it was decided to add a
fourth set of guy ropes and see if it could be pulled back up into
shape.  To everyone’s amazement we had a successful relaunching of the
beam.  There is talk of adding a guy set in 2010.

The Owls/Radio Central had  16 satellite QSO’s and about 60 VHF QSO’s
including the one we made with Dr. Robert Thirsk, VA3CSA, the physician
aboard the ISS.  We operated in the 2A Commercial category.

The camaraderie was great.  We had great crews both for setup and
teardown from both clubs, making everything go smooth and safe despite
the storm.  Luckily we had good weather for our setup and teardown so
we were able to stay dry.  We scored more than 1850 QSOs with 786 of
those QSOs being on CW.  After we rest up we will be ready to do it
again next weekend after I wash my green 2009 ARRL FD shirt a few

I hope you effort was as much fun and as successful.

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

==> ARRL Seeks Member Support for HR 2160 (May 12, 2009) –

Hopefully you already wrote.  If not, please do.  Thanks to CQ editor
Rich Moseson, W2VU for an analysis of the bill in June CQ.  At the
moment this bill is our best and only hope.
To support HR 2160 — The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Enhancement Act of 2009 — the ARRL is asking its membership to contact
their members of the US House of Representatives with a request to
become co-sponsors of this significant piece of legislation

For more information and a sample letter see:
Please write your congressional representative.

==> Hudson Division Cabinet and President’s Meeting was held June 6th

Saturday June 6th there was a joint Hudson Division Cabinet and Club
Presidents Meeting held at the Paramus Congregational Church.   Bagels
and coffee were served.    Some 35 assistant directors and club
presidents or their representatives attended.  It was an informative
meeting and those attending had a chance to share their views and
opinions on current amateur issues and developments.

A pod cast of that meeting is available at  thanks to George Sabbi,

==> Hudson Division Awards Deadline set –  Nominations, please!  By
July 6, 2009

Award Applications for the 2009 ARRL Hudson Division Awards Nominations
are now being accepted. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to
nominate that special someone who has contributed so much to the world
of Amateur Radio. The ARRL Hudson Division grants three Awards each
year to some very deserving Hams, in three categories: Technical
Achievement, Grand Ole Ham and Amateur of the Year.

Forms are available in both PDF and Word –

===> ARRL Seeks Court Action to Compel FCC to Comply with Ruling (Jun
26, 2009) — On June 24, 2009, the ARRL filed a petition with the
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
asking the Court to order the Federal Communications Commission to
comply with the Court’s 2008 decision that remanded the FCC’s ruling on
Access BPL for further action.

See more at :

===> It’s Official: Julius Genachowski Sworn In As FCC Chairman (Jun
30, 2009) — On the afternoon of Monday, June 29, US Supreme Court
Justice David Souter — in one his last official duties on the high
court — swore in Julius Genachowski as the new Chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission. Genachowski, who clerked for Souter after
finishing law school, will complete the four years remaining in the
term of outgoing FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. Both Genachowski
and current FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell — Genachowski for his
initial term and McDowell for his first full term — were confirmed by
the US Senate on June 25.

See more at:

===> Surfin’: Finding Missing Sunspots (Jun 26, 2009) — This week’s
Surfin’ discovers why the Sun’s spots are in hiding.  See:


Please take a look at

The June 2009 award goes to “The RePeeper” the newsletter of the Mount
Beacon Amateur Radio Club for their June   2009 edition.
Congratulations on a fine job to the editor W2BOS, Andrew and N2OXV,
John, Publisher who put this professional newsletter together.  I hope
the club appreciates the effort.

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!


12 Jul 2009+Sussex County Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 147.30 +600 (PL 151.4)
Contact: Dan Carter, N2ERH
8 Carter Lane
Branchville, NJ 07826
Phone: 973-948-6999
Email: Augusta, NJ
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

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

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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