Hudson Division Beacon – May 2006

May 2006
   Hudson Division Beacon -- e-mail edition  - # 62
      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) 455-5924  and
  Hudson Division Home Page --

ARRL Members

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this information that they will need to access the ARRL members only
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ALERT!!!  The Dayton HamVention is this week!!!!  Joyce and I will both
be there.  Please say, hello.  The next issue of  the "Beacon" will be
edited by Vice Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, as the director will
be England.

PLEASE BECOME AN ARRL "WEB" MEMBER -  If you are getting this bulletin
you are an ARRL web member but not every ARRL member receives this and
other important bulletins.  Some of your friends may not be getting
these bulletins.   Recently I have been sending out important messages
via the same software that send this monthly bulletin about our
legislative effort.  ARRL is trying to generate letters to congressman
and senators to get support for language in the 2006 Telecommunications
Bill which is now in the draft process. Our aim is to get language in
there that will have the FCC revisit the BPL interference issue.  Not
every ARRL member in the Hudson Division got these bulletins.  Some of
them because their congressman or senator was not a member of the key
committee involved.  BUT some, who should have received it, did not
because they had never visited the ARRL web system and became a member
and elected to receive bulletins. 

Please ask your friends who are ARRL members if they are getting
bulletins from the SM and the Director.  If they are not, please
explain what they need to do as outlined above.


===> IT'S HUDSON DIVISION AWARD TIME AGAIN -- Nominations Please!!!!!!

The DEADLINE is fast approaching -- May 23rd.

It's time to start thinking about who should get an award.  Make a
nomination, please.  Forms available at  The 2006 Hudson Division
Awards Dinner will be held Saturday night, November 11th in NNJ and
will be hosted by the Bergen Amateur Radio Association.
     The Hudson Division will present awards to outstanding amateurs
residing in the division in 2006.  We hope many of you will make
nominations and bring a deserving Hudson Division ham to the attention
of the Awards Committee.  Forms are available (or will be shortly) on
the web site at    Please return completed
applications to Hudson Division Vice Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF
by May 23. The seven-member committee, composed of assistant directors
from each section, will announce the results in late June.
      Awards will be given for the Hudson Division Amateur of the Year,
Grand Ole Ham, and Technical Achievement.  Please make a nomination for
each of these Awards. If you have made a nomination in the past and
your candidate was not chosen, please file again as the committee does
not keep a file of past applications.


The Bergen Amateur Radio Association will host the 2006 Hudson Division
Awards Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Saddle Brook, New Jersey on
November 11th, a Saturday night.  We will have a very good view from
the 12 floor.  Some attendees may want to work a little HT DX.  The
location is at the junction of Route 80 and the Garden State Parkway. 
Ticket price will be the same as last year, $48 per person.  Please
join us to honor all those receiving a division award.  Ticket and ad
applications will soon be available on the division web site.  BARA
President Tony Izzo, K2AMI promises that tickets will be sold at the
BARA Hamfest.  No tickets will be sold the night of the event.  Ticket
sales will close October 27th.  Please don't leave it to the last

You can see the Holiday Inn from route 80.  It's the round building on
the south side of the road.  It will be pretty hard to get lost this

Thanks to the BARA board for taking on the host job in 2006 and a
special thanks to President , Tony Izzo, K2AMI and Jim Joyce, K2ZO for
doing the leg work.


Saturday June 3rd there will be a joint Hudson Division Cabinet and
Club Presidents Meeting starting at 9:30 at the Paramus Congregational
Church.   Bagels and coffee will be served at 9 AM.  Assistant
Directors and Club Presidents or their representatives are invited to
attend.  Please let Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Hudson Division Vice
Director know you are coming.  Send e-mail to:  ka2anf 

The main emphasis of this meeting is going to be clubs.  Vice Director,
Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF is going to put together a program for clubs
and the services that ARRL has for them.  There will also be an
opportunity for club leaders to network and discuss common issues.
Joyce is going to be hosting this meeting as I will be in the UK for my
granddaughters first holy communion.  We are a team and I am sure Joyce
will do a great job.

Coffee and bagels will be provided.  The meeting will start promptly at
9:30.  We will provide pizza for lunch. The meeting will end by 2 PM.
Please bring your ideas and input.  If you have any items for the
agenda please send Joyce an e-mail at
All division affiliated clubs should send a representative if the
president is unable to attend.  Topics to be covered include Grassroots
Political Action, BPL Strategy, Regulation by Bandwidth Proposal, and
License Restructuring Part II. The last hour of the meeting will be for
club representatives to network and help develop strategies for issues
facing local clubs.

Paramus Congregational Church entrance is through the basement on the
side of the church - 205 Spring Valley Road Paramus, NJ 07652

1) From New York City GWB to NJ.  Take Route 4 West to the Paramus
area. Exit at the Spring Valley Road Exit (go right, toward
Oradell/River Edge).  Go through the light and the church is the
one on the left almost across from the Middle school. Entrance is the
basement on side of the church.

2) From Route 17 North and South, Take the Century Road Exit and go
East toward River Edge.  Go up hill through light, down hill to next
light and turn Left. Paramus High School is on your left.  Go to second
church on the left.


The moral of this story is twofold -- political action works and
writing letters pays off.

To those who wrote and got involved a BIG THANKS!!!!

On Monday, May 8th, our Hudson Division BPL group along with Ed Hare,
W1RFI, met with three LIPA staff at LIPA headquarters in Uniondale, NY
to present our concerns and issues with the proposed LIPA BPL test to
be conducted in the Hauppague/Copague area.  LIPA is currently deciding
which vendor to award the contract to.  The BPL team consisted of
Hudson Division Director, Frank Fallon, N2FF; Hudson BPL Coordinator,
Rich Rosner, N2STU, and Joe Alburtis, KB2JOE.  The meeting was a result
of the many letters written by ARRL members in the NLI section to the
LIPA Chairman, Riitchie Kessel (a former ham) and some of the thirteen
members of the LIPA Board plus some direct behind the scenes contacts
by hams who had personal relationships with LIPA board members.  Thanks
to all those who wrote these important letters and the four members of
The Order of Boiled Owls who contacted their LIPA director friends.
The series of events is a classic example of  "grassroots lobbying" and
shows what a few contacts and a few letters can do.  Chairman Kessel
got the message and made sure that we were able to make our concerns
clear to the LIPA staff.

We have no way of knowing what effect our meeting had on the LIPA staff
and the vendor decision they will make in the next few months.
Probably very little!  But we have opened up a direct line of
communication with them so as to be able to handle interference
complaints which will probably arise.  That's a good start. 

Getting involved early is important.  In only one other instance has a
group of Amateur Radio operators become involved with the utility
before a test started.  According to an ARRL web story, "Staff members
of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) in California announced
during a February 23 presentation to the San Diego DX Club that the
utility plans to deploy multiple broadband over power line (BPL) test
sites in San Diego County."  See the full story at

If you believe you can be of help as we go forward with the LIPA test
site in Copaigue/Hauppague please contact N2STU, Rich Rosner  at .  He is still putting his team together.

If you are not sure what BPL is please visit the ARRL web site where
there is a wealth of information --

Ed Hare, W1RFI,  ARRL's Lab Director, has organized a massive amount of
information there.  It's actually "BPL 101" and you should
get college credit if you read all the technical information there.
The video and recording are very interesting.

===> BPL News =====  Possible good news

Neither of these two developments would have been possible without
letters from ARRL members to legislators.  We are still in the process,
so you may soon be asked to write.  Please do.

ARRL Shifts Congressional BPL Focus to US Senate (May 12, 2006) -- With
an amendment requiring the FCC to study BPL interference now included
in Section 502 of the House telecom bill, HR 5252, the ARRL is shifting
its focus to the Senate. The Senate Commerce, Science and
Transportation Committee will conduct hearings on its own version of
telecom legislation, S 2686, later this month and will begin
consideration of the bill in early June. Between now and then, the ARRL
is urging members in the 22 states with Senators on the Commerce,
Science and Transportation Committee to write seeking support to
include similar BPL study language in the Senate bill.  See for details.

House Committee Okays Telecoms Bill with BPL-Interference Study
NEWINGTON, CT, Apr 27, 2006--The US House Energy and Commerce
Committee's version of the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and
Enhancement (COPE) Act of 2006 includes an amendment requiring the FCC
to study the interference potential of BPL systems. After spending two
days marking up (the Ross amendment is No 25) the measure, the panel
voted April 26 to send the much-talked-about "telecoms rewrite" bill to
the full House for its consideration. "Outstanding news!" was the
reaction of ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ.   See full story at

==> ARRL Field Day 2006 packages, rules now available (Feb 6, 2006) --
The 2006 ARRL Field Day package at (
  and rules (HTML version) (PDF version) now are available on the ARRL
Web site. "The only rule change in 2006 involves the GOTA ('Get On The
Air') station bonus-point structure," says ARRL Contest Branch Manager
Dan Henderson, N1ND. "An individual operator may earn a 50-point bonus
for completing 50 QSOs at the GOTA station. They may earn an additional
50 bonus points when they reach 100 QSOs." Henderson notes there's a
100-QSO cap for bonus points per individual GOTA operator, but
additional GOTA operators may earn the bonuses for the club, up to a
maximum of 500 GOTA bonus points. "Additionally, Field Day operations
can double their GOTA bonus points by having a designated GOTA
Coach/Mentor supervise the station whenever it's on the air," Henderson
notes. "The GOTA Coach/Mentor may talk the participants through the
QSOs and serve as control operator, but GOTA participants must make and
log all QSOs themselves." This means that if a Field Day group has a
GOTA Coach/Mentor, the 50 and 100-point bonuses GOTA operators earn
will double to 100 and 200 points respectively, while the maximum GOTA
bonus increases to 1000 points. ARRL Field Day 2006 will be Saturday
and Sunday, June 24-25.

You may want to invite your local congressional representative to Field
Day.  There are extra points for that activity and it's a chance to get
more co-sponsors for H. Res. 230.


Some clubs are still not sending me PDF file!

It was not easy coming up with a winner this month.  For some reason
(Easter/Passover holidays perhaps) very few PDF files were submitted
this month.  Some of the submissions had no pictures.  All the winners
so far have had at least one picture.  There has to be someone in the
club with a digital camera.  Pictures really tell a story and they make
people in the club feel good about themselves.  They are a win win.

The newsletter of the month is "Rip's Report"  from the Rip Van Winkle
ARS for the May 2006 issue.  Congratulations again to editor David
Clapper WA2FTI for fine job with pictures, graphics, and even
schematics. It is a really good looking and interesting newsletter.  It
was a tough choice this month as there were two close runner ups.
(BTW: We select a winner each month but the winner can be a newsletter
from the previous month that arrived after we went to publication.)

Only division newsletters that are in PDF files will be eligible.
(PDFing files can save a club a lot of postage.)  Make sure your club
is sending a newsletter each month to .  Yes, it is
possible that a club can be selected for "Newsletter of the Month" more
than once in any year.   In September 2006 we will announce the winner
for the "Newsletter of the Year" from among the twelve monthly awards.
Division Assistant Directors will be asked to vote on the issue they
liked best. The club editor of the issue with the most votes will be
awarded a plaque for his or her efforts at keeping the club and the
division informed and entertained. 

Bronx, N.Y. -- The lessons learned during last year's horrendous
hurricanes in the Gulf Coast have not been lost on those in the
Emergency Response community in New York City. In preparation for the
upcoming storm season, Bronx County and New York County ARES members
recently participated in a drill sponsored by The American Red Cross in
Greater New York. Code-named "The Bronx Storm Rehearsal", the drill was
designed to prepare volunteers by giving a hands-on experience in
emergency shelter operations.

The drill, held Sunday, April 30, 2006 in the Grace Dodge Career and
Technical Education High School on Crotona Avenue in the Bronx, also
utilized the Emergency Operations Center (E.O.C.) at Red Cross
Headquarters in Manhattan, activating the amateur radio station for the
purpose of passing emergency traffic between the shelter an Red Cross

ARES is relied upon by our clients, like the Red Cross, to be able to
quickly, adequately and professionally set up and run a portable
communications system to help those affected by a disaster. In order to
provide that service, ARES members participate in drills such as this
to hone our skills.

The event lasted throughout the morning.  Many "monkey-wrenches" were
incorporated into the drill scenario. To that end, ARES volunteers
needed to be on their toes at all times. During the drill, the script
changed the situation to insure a complete breakdown in "conventional"
forms of communication.  From that point on, the ARES team provided the
ONLY communications from the shelter to the EOC in Manhattan.

ARES was represented by the following members:
Gabe Cuebas, N2PQT; John Romano, N2NSA; Noel Rodriguez, N2YGW; Sebio
Rodriguez, WB2SEB; Rich Grover, W2RAG; Brian Wruble, W3BW; David
Ellenberg, WA2KWP; Jim Finder, N2TAW; Stu Siet, WA2JNF; and Mike
Lisenco, N2YBB.

De Laura Rudin, KB2VDV - KB2VDV@ARRL.NET

HAMFESTS ==============   The Season is about to start.........

27 May 2006+Anual Spring BARA Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/79 (PL 141.3)
Contact:James Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Email: k2zo@arrl.netTownship of Washington, NJ
Westwood Regional JR/SR High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Sect: Northern New Jersey
4 Jun 2006+HOSARC Hamfest
Hall of Science ARC
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5); 146.52
Contact:Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
Email: WB2KDG@arrl.netQueens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot
47-01 111th Street
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Sect: New York City-Long Island
11 Jun 2006+LIMARC Hamfest
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.85 (PL 136.5)
Contact:Rick Bressler, K2RB
50 Lindbergh Street
Locust Valley, NY 11560
Phone: 516-526-6975
Fax: 516-756-2921
Email: kc2tt@aol.comBethpage, NY
Briarcliff College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Sect: New York City-Long Island
17 Jun 2006+ W2QW Hamfest
Raritan Valley Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.625 (PL 141.3); 442.25 (PL 141.25)
Contact:John Weber, WA2C
51 Stanton Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 609-636-7251
Email: johnwa2c@msn.comPiscataway, NJ
Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Road
Sect: Northern New Jersey

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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