Hudson Division Beacon – March 2009

                        March 2009
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 94
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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The Hudson Division Cabinet/Club Presidents meeting took place on
Saturday, February 7, 2009.  We had a great meeting, viewed a few power
points and heard from many of our concerned club leaders.

Information on the meeting is available as a Podcast of the Hudson
Division Cabinet Meeting in MP3 Format, suitable for playing on any MP3
capable device. The Podcast and more information is available on the
Hudson Division Website:

****  CQ WPX SSB Contest this weekend.  It may be a something to do to
avoid the rain and make sure the HF rig still works as we await some
sun spots.   *********

==> Hudson Division Awards Luncheon set for Sunday November 8th 2009

Save the date.

Metroplex ARC will again host the event at Biaggio’s from noon to 4 PM
on November 8th.

Start thinking about who you would like to nominate for awards – Ham of
the Year, Grand Ole Ham, and the Technical Award.  Applications will
soon be available on the division web site.

==> Metroplex ARC Visits ARRL Headquarters

On Thursday, March 6, 2009, members of the Metroplex ARC who hosted the
Hudson Division Dinner in November 2008, met Director Fallon and Vice
Director Birmingham at ARRL headquarters in Newington, CT.

The reason for this visit was two-fold –  first to present to the Chief
Development Officer, Mary Hobart K1MMM and CEO, Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, a
check for $2041.29 from funds raised at the 2008 Hudson Division
Luncheon (to benefit the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund) and second to tour
the ARRL Headquarter and W1AW facilities.

Frank and I were very surprised and delighted that this was the group’s
first visit to the ARRL and of course, none of them had ever operated
W1AW.  The Metroplex visitors –  Walter Lang, AE2AA; Frank Ferrer,
KB2VVP; Armand Luchessi, WA2SHA and John Acovino, KB2VVO, who is club
president  –   had a chance to meet Dave Sumner, Mary Hobart, Dave
Patton, Ed Hare, Maria Somma, Amy Hurtado, and Dennis Dura plus other
ARRL staff members.

We had a wonderful time, with our guide and former ARRL staffer, Mary
Lau, N1VH (now a volunteer tour guide) who showed everyone around the
ARRL building.

After a quick lunch in the early afternoon, the group converged on
W1AW, where we were greeted by W1AW Manager, Joe Carcia, NJ1Q.  What a
thrill to operate from Headquarters!

There were an abundance of photos taken and I think that everyone had a
great time!

KA2ANF   (pictures soon to be available on the division web site.)

==> Get Ready for ARRL Field Day 2009 (Mar 23, 2009) — The official
2009 ARRL Field Day Web page is up and running. This page includes a
summary of available resources, with links to Field Day forms and
rules, logos and reference links. The page also includes a quick link
to the map-based Field Day Station Locator where users can search for
public Field Day sites. “Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating
event,” said ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. “The event
draws tens of thousands of radio amateurs to the airwaves over a single
weekend.” This year, Field Day is June 27-28.
More information and links at:

==> FCC Has Done “Literally Nothing” to Comply with Court Ruling (Mar
4, 2009) — On February 25 — 10 months to the day that the US Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit released its decision on
the ARRL’s Petition for Review of the FCC’s Orders adopting rules
governing broadband over power line (BPL) systems — ARRL General
Counsel, Chris Imlay, W3KD, sent a letter to FCC Acting Chairman
Michael Copps, requesting that the Commission “revisit the BPL rules
without further delay, and to comply with the obligations placed on it
by the Court.” In its April 2008 decision, the Court agreed with the
ARRL on two major points and remanded the rules to the Commission.
According to Imlay, “to date, literally nothing has been done by the
Commission to comply with these instructions.”

For more see:

==> FCC Denies Petition to Increase Size of Amateur Radio Question
Pools (Mar 19, 2009) — In April 2008, Michael Mancuso, KI4NGN, of
Raleigh, North Carolina, filed a petition with the FCC, seeking to
increase the size of the question pools that make up the Amateur Radio
licensing exams. Mancuso sought to increase the question pool from 10
times the number of questions on an exam to 50 times more questions. On
March 19, 2009, the Commission notified Mancuso that it was denying his
petition.  More at:

N2FF Comment:  I think it is great that the FCC shot down this bad
idea.  Enlarging the question pool is not a good idea.  If you are
looking to make sure that we have very few new hams entering Amateur
Radio and almost no young people this is a great way to accomplish that
goal.  I am happy to see that in this instance the FCC did the right

While we may want to change some of the questions or add new material,
I do not think we should want to increase the size of the license
manual so that it begins to look like the Handbook and weighs about the
same.  Increasing the size of the question pool from 10 to 50 or even
increasing the number of questions on the test is not the way to go.

Please, let’s not loose sight of the fact that when we take the FCC
Amateur Radio OPERATORS License exam it is just that, an operator’s
license.  It is not now and never was an engineer’s or designer’s
license.  While some of who pass the exam may go on to be engineers or
designers that is part of the ham tradition.  But we should not expect
or require it of newbies of any age.

If implemented this request would have had some serious unintended
consequences.  Therefore it is nice to see it go away.

===> FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith Visits ARRL (Mar 7, 2009) — FCC
Special Counsel Laura Smith visited ARRL Headquarters on March 5 and 6,
her first official visit as Special Counsel. Smith was named to the
position earlier this year, filling the vacancy created when Riley
Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, retired in 2008; Hollingsworth served in that
position for more than 10 years as the Commission’s enforcement
watchdog over the Amateur Radio Service.

More details at:

==> Legislation Introduced in US Senate to Inventory Radio Spectrum
(Mar 25, 2009) — Two US Senators — Democrat John Kerry of
Massachusetts and Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine — have introduced
a bill in the Senate that would mandate an inventory of radio spectrum
bands managed by the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission. The
inventory would include those frequencies between 300 MHz-3.5 GHz
managed by the two agencies  For details see:

===> FCC Clarifies What Constitutes an Amateur Radio Repeater (Mar 23,
2009) — In December 2007, Gary Mitchell, WB6YRU, President of the
Northern California Packet Association (NCPA), filed a Petition with
the FCC, asking for the Commission to clarify the definition of a
repeater. According to Part 97, Section 3(a)(39), A repeater in the
amateur service is “[a]n amateur station that simultaneously
retransmits the transmission of another amateur station on a different
channel or channels.”   More at:

===> Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein to Leave FCC (Mar 23, 2009) — On
Friday, March 20, President Barack Obama announced his intention to
nominate Democrat FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein to serve as
Administrator for the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), of the United
States Department of Agriculture; the nomination will need to be
confirmed by the US Senate. It is speculated that Adelstein will not
leave the five-member Commission until at least one of the three
Commissioner vacancies is filled, since his departure would leave the
FCC without a quorum

More details at:


Please take a look at

The March 2009 award goes to The Troy ARC – TARA –  for the March  2009
edition of “TARA News”  Congratulations to the entire crew who puts
this newsletter together -.

Editor-in-Chief: Perry White
Editor: Ken “Chief” Davis, .. KB2KFV
Co-Editor: Marilyn Davis…KB2JZI  and Co-Editor: Karen Smith ……
Design/Layout: Ken Davis, KB2KFV
Columnists:  Joe Pasquini N2NOU, and Steve VanSickle WB2HPR
Cartoonist: Dave Leavenworth WB2TGN

I especially enjoyed “Frank’s Funnies” on page 8 – and no, I am not the
author.  Bill Continelli’s “Perfect for Pocket or Purse” is also an
interesting read.  Once again, This is a great newsletter.  You might
also want to visit the club’s very interesting web page at  It has a great deal of interesting information.

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!

HAMFEST: Get READY for the 2009 Hamfest Season……

Orange County Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.76 (PL 100)Middletown, NY
Town of Wallkill Community Center
2 Wes Warren Drive
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York Contact:Donald Sayre, AA2DS
38 Karen Drive
Middletown, NY 10940-6605
Phone: 845-342-2056

4 Apr 2009+North Jersey Hamfest
Splitrock ARA
Talk-In: 146.385/146.985 (PL 131.8)Succasunna, NJ
Roxbury Senior Center (Horseshoe Lake Park)
72 Eyland Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey Contact:Dan Gruber, N2AB
c/o Splitrock ARA
PO Box 610
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Phone: 866-457-6687
Fax: 866-457-6687
Email: hamfest@splitrockara.org18 Apr 2009+Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3)Wall Township, NJ
Infoage Learning Center, Project Dina Site
Marconi Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey Contact:Jeff Harshman, N2LXM
5 The Arborway
Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: 732-996-0637

26 Apr 2009+Mount Beacon ARC
Talk-In: 146.970 (PL 100)Lagrangeville, NY
Tymor Park
249 Duncan Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York Contact:James Capicotto, K2JIM
813 Heard Avenue
Maybrook, NY 12543
Phone: 845-427-2702
Fax: 845-999-9999
9 May 2009+Great South Bay ARC
Talk-In: 146.685 W2GSB/R (PL 110.9)Lindenhurst, NY
Fireman’s Memorial Park
Hartford Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island Contact:John Melfi, W2HCB
PO Box 1356
West Babylon, NY 11704-0356
Phone: 631-669-6321
Fax: 631-669-6321

9 May 2009+6th Annual Hamfest
East Greenbush Amateur Radio Association (W2EGB)
Talk-In: 147.27 (PL 94.8)Rensselaer, NY
East Greenbush Fire Company
68 Phillips Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Eastern New York Contact:Thomas Scorsone, KC2FCP
1310 10th Avenue
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: 518-272-1494

23 May 2009+BARA Spring Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/79 (PL 141.3)Township of Washington, NJ
Westwood Regional Jr/Sr High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey Contact:Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Fax: 201-265-1366

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