Hudson Division Beacon – May 2007

May  2007
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 74
FROM THE HUDSON DIVISION ARRL TEAM
Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
(516) 746-7652            n2ff@arrl.org
Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Vice Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
235 Van Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-2918
(201) 455-5924   ka2anf@arrl.org   and  http://www.ka2anf.com
Hudson Division Home Page – http://www.hudson.arrl.org

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Please start thinking about who you would like to nominate for a Hudson
Division Award in 2007.  Forms are now available at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org/#HudsonAwards   Deadline for submission is
May 25th.

+++++   Hudson Division Awards Deadline Looms   ++++++

Nominations must be received by May 25th!

Forms available at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org/pages/awardsdinner2007.htm

BARA will once again host The 2007 Hudson Division Awards Dinner on
Saturday night, November 10, at the Holiday Inn, Saddlebrook, NJ.
Thanks BARA.  We now can assure everyone the dinner will once again be
a success.

The Hudson Division will present awards to outstanding amateurs
residing in the division in 2007.  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 on the web site at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org
Please return completed applications to
Hudson Division Vice Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF by May 25. The
seven-member committee, composed of assistant directors from each
Section, will announce the results in 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.

===> Hudson Division Cabinet and Club President’s Meeting – June 2nd

Saturday June 2nd 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@arrl.org

Coffee and bagels will be provided and I plan to start the meeting
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 me an e-mail at n2ff@arrl.org

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, and a revised regulation by bandwidth
proposal. 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 second
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.

===> Of “Dumbing Down,” CW Testing and FCC Exams

I continue to see a trickle of comments from those dissatisfied with
the FCC dropping the CW testing requirement.  This leads me to make the
following comments:

While I can understand that some of us who have been around a long
time, like me, might be unhappy that the FCC has changed the right of
passage into a life in ham radio, I really do not believe the
originators of the comments have though through the implications of
some of the statements or suggestions they are making .  I am not
unhappy with the FCC decision.  I was certain that this is what they
would do and I told many people just that.

I took my first FCC exam in 1961 and received my license in January
1962 because the ham who administered the exam neglected to sign it.
Those were the days before VE testing teams.  I was fresh out of
college with a BA in English.  I thought the exam was hard because I
knew almost nothing about radio and electronics.  I was like many of
those getting into ham radio today.   I got on the air with a single
6AG7 that I had constructed on my own with the aid of an ARRL Handbook
and used a folded dipole for 40 meters and made a few contacts from
Brooklyn. I felt a great sense of accomplishment but this was no major
construction or engineering feat.  My contacts were actually very few,
for in those days you had to deal with broadcast QRM between 7100 and
7150 and drifting gear.  You also had to tune up or down the band to
find a station calling you or a station to call.  Stations working each
other could be separated by almost 10 KHz.  I have no memory of a crowd
of signals calling.  It was years before I would hear a pile up calling
someone. And many more years before the pileup would call me. To make a
QSO in the days before transceivers you had to deal not only with your
drifting transmitter and receiver but the other guys.  There were in
each QSO at least four different pieces of equipment all drifting but
not necessarily in the same direction.  It was a challenge. In
addition, although it would take me years to realize it, I was
operating QRP with less than 5 watts output from the 6AG7.  Therefore
each contact I made was in itself a small miracle.

Today, because of technological improvements it is night impossible to
build your own first rig.  I have not heard of anyone doing it about
thirty years.

The Novice license in 1961 was a one year non renewable license.  Many
of us were on the air and then never heard from again ever on the
bands.  We were unable to make the hurdle and get to 13 WPM within that
Novice year.  A few years later the FCC extended the Novice term to two
years.  All the other classes had a five year renewable license.  What
a dumb thing that was!   I am sure we lost a lot of potential hams
because of that feature of the early 1960’s license structure.  But
most hams in those days believed that you were not a real ham unless
you cold do 13 WPM and the FCC went along with that sentiment in their
regulations.   I spent six months of that Novice year in Kentucky and
Georgia on active duty with the Army Reserve.  It was the time of the
Berlin Crisis when the Berlin wall was built to keep people in.  I got
great technical training when I attended Field Radio repair school but
almost no air time.   At the end of my NOVICE year I was unable to pass
the 13 WPM General Exam. I was off the air for about two years before I
could pass the 13 WPM at the FCC office at 641 Washington Street.  It
was in the same federal building where my old Army Reserve unit met one
weekend a month.  Many era hams went there only once or twice.  I went
there a few hundred times until the Army reserve system was reorganized
and I found myself in a unit that met at Fort Tilden.   While the old
building is still there, it is now a condo, but CW testing and the
Berlin wall are both gone.  One kept people in and the other kept them
out.  On the wall in my shack I have a laminated blue stock certificate
style Extra Class License signed by the cigar smoking Mr. Henry Paulson
of the FCC.  It took three visits to him to get the General, two for
the Advanced, and an amazing one visit for the Extra.  Mastering CW was
always my problem.  I learned the code the wrong way from the Boy Scout
Manual when I was about ten years old by visualizing dots and dashes in
my mind.  That was fine for 5 WPM but not for the magic 13 or 20 WPM
which would let me play where the big boys went.

A few years ago I had occasion to look at those old tests with Dave
Sumner who had taken his Novice exam that same year in 1962. Actually
it was not an exam but a copy of the old ARRL license manual for all
the Amateur Radio exams of the day.   It now looked so very easy.  But
then like most of us I had learned a thing or two over the years.  I
think many of us have selective memory when it comes to those FCC exams
we took so many years ago.  The reality was that there were only 20
questions on that Novice exam and the question pool was small – a
measly 49 questions.  The license manual was anemic.  It was six by
nine inches and only 140 pages long including ads and the FCC rules and
regulations.  The question part of the manual containing the questions
and the answers was only 73 pages long and that included ALL of the
licenses – Novice, General, Advanced and Extra. Those of us just out of
college or graduate school, or even high school could memorize 73 pages
easily, especially as we could do it in bits.  There were seven pages
for the Novice, a whopping seventeen pages for the Technician, General,
and Conditional Class.  Those three exams were all the same exam except
for the code portion.  The Advanced was some twenty five pages long and
the Extra was 28 pages total.  Most of us memorized those pages and few
of us really understood them unless we had an engineering degree or
technical school training. Fess up, you memorized too!

My point here is that today’s question pool is gigantic compared to the
exams of the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s.  There were 20 questions on
the Novice test from a pool of some 49 questions.  The General or
Technician test had fifty questions from a pool of 63 questions or
subjects.  The manual did not contain the actual questions to be used
but rather covered the topics that would be questioned and explained
the possible answers in a short paragraph.  I believe that it is easier
to understand or even memorize a paragraph rather than the actual
questions we have today.

Today the Technician Class has a question pool of 395 questions and the
exam itself has 35 questions of which a candidate must answer 21
correctly.  The General also has 35 questions and the question pool
consists of some 416 possible questions.  That number will go to 470 in
July of this year.  The Extra exam has a pool of some 787 questions and
the test itself has 50 questions. Now that doesn’t seem easier to me
when compared to what existed in the "good old days." I
firmly believe that today’s test is much harder with more possible
questions and a greater range of knowledge required.  Most of us learn
a lot more as we operate and get experience on the air.  The license,
at any level, is really only a beginning point.

The old exams really did not fit the operating we would do.  I guess
the exam never has! There were questions about drifting X and Y cut
crystals and how far you could safely operate from the band edge
without risking a pink ticket from the FCC.  It would be another 15
years before I held a license that would let me near a band edge on the
low side and I had no need to go to high side to operate and was only
three or four years before I had a VFO rig and could forget about
drifting crystals forever except in exam nightmares. By the end of the
decade most of us had only transceivers and drifting problems were cut
in half as you had to worry about only two pieces of drifting gear
rather than four.

The reality is that over the years as we have gone to what was called a
no code tech license to a no CW test license there has been a cry to
stop dumbing down (by the way I have come to hate that term)  or to
replace the CW test with more questions.  Why we want to make the test
more difficult beats me!  The test is already more difficult than the
one we old timers took in the 1950’s through the 1970’s.  We seem
determined to make the Amateur Radio test so daunting that almost no
one takes it.  To me that is very bad idea.  Some might say, dumb, but
I won’t.  Do we really want to kill ham radio?  Increasing the question
pool is probably a very good way to do it. No one has every told me
that we have too many ham operators.  Have you heard otherwise?

In the 1960’s there were two ways to hurt a fellow or sister ham.  You
could call l them a “communist” or an “appliance operator.”  Many of us
had built very simple one or two tube cw rigs to get on the air and it
was a great feeling of accomplishment.  But the reality is that these
were simple rigs and circuits and  nothing like what is in a modern
transceiver or even on old clanker from the 70’s or 80’s.  Today it is
nigh impossible to build your own rig unless it is a QRP rig and most
of don’t have the skill, patience, and eyesight to deal with SMT parts.
Technology has forced us all to become appliance operators.  Yes,
there are a lot of Extra class hams who cannot trouble shoot or repair
a rig.  A lot of hams who bemoan that fact seem to have forgotten that
we now live in a throw away society.  Most companies, even electronic
companies, no longer bother to trouble shoot down to the component
level.  They simply replaces modules or in most cases just replace the
entire piece of equipment.  Hams are no different.  Yet some few of us
continue to bemoan the fact that our ham brethren, even Extra Class
license holders, don’t know how to repair a rig.  The reality is that
very few of us ever did.  In most cases we took the rig to an Elmer who
did.

So, if you must, remain unhappy with the FCC decision to drop the CW
test as a license requirement. (That was not what ARRL suggested.  It
was the FCC’s idea.)  But please let us not belittle the accomplishment
of the newer hams who did not take the same test we took.  In many ways
it is a much harder exam today.  There is a much larger and broader
base of questions – including RF safety and digital communications that
was not there 25 years ago.  Resist the urge to make the test harder as
it is already difficult.  Talk to a VE and find out what their pass
fail rate. Not everyone passes the test.

And whatever test you passed, please continue to enjoy ham radio and
get out with a group for Field Day 2007.

===> THE BIG STORY…….  This is Dayton Week !!!!!!!!   and BS7H

The BS7H DXpedition to Scarborough Reef is over.  I have to brag here.
I got very lucky and worked them on 20M SSB with 100 watt.  That was
due to my trusty MFJ 434 voice keyer.  I found a clear spot and kept
pushing the button until they called me.  I really did not expect to be
successful and jumped when the operator finally said my call.  The
operator then worked two more stations on the frequency and moved on.
That contact not only made my day, it made the month or perhaps my ham
radio year.

You can see a photo of the entire team on one rock at the BS7H web page
at: http://www.scarboroughreef.com/.
More photos can be seen at
http://www.scarboroughreef.com/srphotos.html.
Log search is now up and running at: http://dx.qsl.net/logs/index.html
or on
http://www.scarboroughreef.com/srlog.html   QSL BS7H via KU9C

Comments from Joyce, KA2ANF, on the BS7H operation:
On Friday, May 4, 2007, I tuned in on 20 meters to find BS7H (I think
it was Martti Laine, OH2BH, but I’m not sure) on 14.185 listening up.
He was working US Call area – 3’s.  While I aimed the beam, brought up
DXbase and kicked on the Amplifier, I heard him work a few familiar 3
callsigns, like W3UR – Bernie, our friend from “The Daily DX”.

I flipped the VFO and heard Bernie as they exchanged signal reports and
pleasantries.  There was a bit of noise on the band that I could not
filter out.  I was working the Kenwood TS940S, not the ICOM 7000…and
there’s something to be said for the new technology in the ICOM!  But
regardless, I heard both conversations about 57.

I sat and waited…praying that this OP at BS7 would work backwards to
the ‘2’s’.  After about 15 minutes of “I’ll take a few more 3’s”, my
patience had been rewarded!  He was going to work 2’s.  He was
listening from 14.265 to 14.280.  I picked a spot around 14.266 and
began calling. ‘KILO-ALPHA-TWO-ALPHA-NOVEMBER- FOXTROT’ – I CALLED –
OVER AND OVER AGAIN!! As I flipped back and forth between VFO’s, I
heard familiar calls that were well over 5 9 plus, plus!  One of them
was my neighbor and good friend up the street, Dick, K2ZB.  I could
hear others that I recognized as well…perhaps a few NJDXA members
were in there, too!  I could hear friends from Eastern NY as well as
Long Island.

After about 20 minutes, I heard the BS7 Op call W2BIE.  He called him
out of the pileup and asked him to work him on 14.271.  The BS7 Op said
” W2BIE, the Gentleman, and friend, please work me on 14.271″. “All,
please stand-by for our Gentleman friend, Lou, W2BIE…”

As I switched my VFO to hear Lou, I could indeed hear him about S 3,
and heard him finally make the contact. That brought a huge smile to my
face! But, I was a little annoyed that no one else would stand-by and
let Lou make the contact with the BS7!  Others were calling right on
the same frequency! Now, I know that others in 2-land had to hear this
exchange. And yes, I understand how coveted the BS7 contact is, and no
I’m not blaming anyone. But, as anxious as I was to work this new
entity, I got more of a thrill out of hearing the BS7 Op identify a
Grand Gentleman, like Lou, W2BIE.

For those of you who know Lou, you know what I mean!  I applaud W2BIE!
The BS7 Op was even listening for W2BXA in the pileup, another Grand
Gentleman of Amateur Radio, and a member of NJDXA. Ben, W2BXA was not
heard by me making the contact, but I would have loved to have heard
that too!  Ben has been my idol for years and a great DXer!

Some might not call me a good DX’er, and, well, maybe I’m not, but I
have worked 331 countries and confirmed them, and yes, I’m still
looking for my last 5 or so. But just to hear the Grand Gentlemen of
Amateur Radio work the ‘new’ one, made my day!  I stood by and
listened, I didn’t throw my callsign in as many others had done; I
simply enjoyed their contacts just as though they were my own.

Congratulations to all who have worked BS7H.  Congratulations to the
OPS of BS7H and may there be another operation there soon!!

73, Joyce KA2ANF,  ARRL Vice Director, Hudson Division,
ka2anf@arrl.org

As a post-script to this story, here are some words from Bernie, W3UR:

“..QSL Joyce, Yes that was Martti.  Sorry you did not work BS7H.  It is
a tuff path from the East Coast.  Yes, that was Lew’s last country.  He
was so excited after the QSO that he called me.  I was taking my kids
to school so I missed the call.  But he did leave a message on my
recorder.  He was so happy that he worked Martti (his idol and friend)
from the last DXCC entity needed by W2BIE. In fact he was crying on the
phone of joy!  See you later this month in Dayton!  Bernie W3UR”

WOW!!!  What more can I say….de KA2ANF

Now for the rest of the story:  Here is an e-mail from WB2ZHB which
explains the back story:

Dear Martti,

Right now you are sitting out on a rock in the South China Sea.  God
should see that you get home safely when the last Q is made.  There is
a power that watches over us and guides us in this life.  God has
watched and maintained your friendship with Lew W2BIE.

Two years ago, when Lew was lying in the hospital in a diabetic coma
near death I grabbed his hand, and as tears rolled down my cheeks, I
told him he had to wake up because Martti Laine was calling him from
Scarborough Reef and wanted to talk to him.  I told him he had to get
up and get on the radio.  Lew’s entire family was standing around me
and they can verify that this is actually what I said to him.  The next
day I arrived at the hospital and there was Lew sitting up, reading the
sports sections of the paper, and watching a ball game on TV.  I was
shocked at his overnight recovery.

Yesterday I suggested to Lew that he get up early and get on the radio
to work BS7H.  I had no idea who the operator was going to be.  I got
down to my own shack just in time to turn on the radio and hear you
work Lew and stop the pileup to ask him how he was feeling.  You made
my story come true two years later.  How strange is that?  I have tears
in my eyes again.  This time they are happy ones.

Next time you are here in New York please allow us to take you to
dinner.  Lew and I would like that very much.

Love, your friend, Steve Hass, WB2ZHB, Long Island, NY

Now, that’s what ham radio is all about!  Be aware that the last time
there was activity from BS7H it was 1997.  It’s a VERY rare place in
the South China Sea and hard to work from the East Cost of the USA even
when the sun spots are high.

===> The RED CROSS STORY……

Latest update on this issue at
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/04/16/100/?nc=1

ARRL releases statement on Red Cross background check policy (Mar 9,
2007) — ARRL — the National Association for Amateur Radio, has
released a position statement regarding the implementation of a
background check procedure by the American Red Cross.  See:
http://www.arrl.org/announce/ARRL-ARC-bg-check.html  The statement was
released to address ARRL members’ concerns prior to a March 31, 2007,
compliance deadline the Red Cross has set. The application of the
background check policy to Amateur Radio operators providing
communication services to the Red Cross — either as Red Cross
volunteers or as Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) members — is
the subject of continuing discussions between the ARRL and the Red
Cross. Therefore, the position statement is subject to change. The ARRL
will announce any such revisions and updates on this Web site.

==> BPL News:  The good news is that there is no BPL in New Jersey.

===> LIPA BPL Test in Commack-Hauppague is NOT Yet underway

Our Hudson Division BPL Team headed by Rich Rosner, N2STU, met twice in
the last month with LIPA officials and Main Net staff in the last
month.  The good news is threefold.  The system is not yet up and
running and probably will not be until October.  Also, LIPA has
directed Maine Net to notch all the amateur radio frequencies.  In
addition the technology they will employ has the latest chipset which
Ed Hare, W1RFI, says is much improved over earlier versions.

Present at the first meeting were Hudson Director, Frank Fallon, N2FF;
Ed Hare, W1RFI, ARRL Lab Director; Rich Rosner, Hudson Division BPL
Point Person; Tom Carrubba, KA2D, NLI SM and Steve Barreres, K2CX, NLI
Technical Coordinator.  At the second meeting were KA2D and W2XS.  If
you can assist with making noise measurements contact Rich at
n2stu@arrl.net

===> June 2007 QST a REAL Winner

The June 2007 QST is a real winner in my estimation.  I love that Field
Day Bug.  We should give him a name and use him again next year.  Check
out the Field day articles in this issue.  There is some real
interesting stuff in this issue.  There is even a list of ARRL Sections
that your Field Day team may want to make copies of for each of the
positions at your Field Day.

Please be sure to read the article on page 42 by Walt Legowski, WA1KKN,
about the Albany Amateur Radio Association Field Day and the computer
program, KB, written by  Walt just for Field Day.   It is well written
article by a Hudson Division member, with some good points about club
activity by George Wilner, K2ONP, who is not only the AARA club
president but also the Contest Advisory Committee Member for the Hudson
Division.  If you agree that this is the best article in the issue you
can vote for it to get the “Cover Plaque Award” at
http://www.arrl.org/members-only/qstvote.html or the article that you
think is best for June QST.

===> AARA Dinner in Clonie

A BIG Thanks to AARA for their recent invitation to their awards dinner
at the Golf Club in Colonie, NY.  Both Joyce and I and our significant
others had a great evening of fine food, camaraderie, and a great after
dinner speech by the Colonie police chief on how he spent his summer
vacation in 2005.  It was riveting!  The chief took his wife, daughter
and three of her friends on Gulf cruise for the daughter’s sixteenth
birthday.  It became an action adventure/horror when they arrived in
New Orleans two days before Hurricane Katrina hit the city.  In the
chaos of the evacuation their six seats on the last plane out turned
out to be two.  The chief sent two of the daughter’s girl friends, who
were already crying, home on the flight with everyone’s luggage.  At
that point he thought there would be another flight, later.  It took
the rest of them another six days to get home.  Fortunately they left
the airport and did not go to the dome and managed to ride out the
storm and the ensuing chaos safely.

Thanks to AARA for a memorable evening!

=====> DIVISION NEWSLETTER OF THE MONTH

The May 2007 award goes to the “LIMARC Log ” the newsletter of  the
Long Island Mobile Amateur radio Club for May issue.  Ray Taruskin
W2RFR, is the editor.  Nice pictures!  And there are lots of them in
color, in the e-mail edition.  Club members who did not get their
picture in May issue probably did not wear a hat to the meeting.

http://www.hudson.arrl.org/pages/newsletterawards.htm

Clubs please make sure that you continue to send a copy of your pdf
file to n2ff@arrl.org .  I have been missing some issues in the last few
months.

===> FCC Poised to Cut Vanity Call Sign Fee by More Than 40 Percent
(Apr 19, 2007) — The FCC has proposed reducing the regulatory fee to
obtain or retain an Amateur Radio vanity call sign by more than 40
percent starting later this year. In a Notice of Proposed Rule Making
(NPRM) released April 18, “Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees
for Fiscal Year 2007,” in MD Docket 07-81, the Commission is proposing
to cut the fee from its current $20.80 to $11.70. If ultimately
adopted, that would mark the lowest fee in the history of the current
vanity call sign program. The FCC proposed to collect nearly $290.3
million in FY 2007 regulatory fees.  Full story at:
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/04/19/100/?nc=1

===> FREE ENTRY LEVEL ONE DAY AMATEUR RADIO CLASS     ===

To be held on May 26, 2007 9 AM With testing afterward ($14.00 fee
required for test) Sponsored by Middletown R.A.C.E.S
CALL THE MIDDLETOWN O.E.M TO REGISTER Mon. to Fri. 9:30 AM to 1:30 P
(732)-615-2129

===>  MARS REGION 2 SPRING MEETING

Ft Monmouth NJ, Station AAR2USI, home of the Army Signal Corp, was the
site of the Spring Region 2 meeting. On April 22, 2007, 0900 hrs Mike
Reason, AAR2HR the Club Custodian, opened the station. The following
three hours, dubbed the “Informal Session”, was a lively exchange of
ideas amongst the 22 members of the different services represented, who
came from New Jersey and New York States.
At noon the group broke for lunch at a local restaurant. Returning,
promptly at 1300 hours all members reported back to the station for the
“Formal Session”. Dave Popkin, AAA2NJ, Army MARS NJ State Director,
briefed the membership on current initiatives and policies. Bill
Fitzsimmons, AAA2RD, Army MARS Region 2 Director, talked on Operation
Sidewinder, WL2K and its successful test in Florida.

Ft Monmouth NJ, Reported by Joe Squillace NYSAM Public Relations
Coordinator, PIO Hudson Division KC2HLC, May 7, 2007

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HAMFEST:  Now that spring is here, get these dates into you ham
calendar for 2007

+26 May 2007Annual Spring Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
http://www.bara.org
Talk-In: 146.19/146.79 (PL 141.3)
Contact:James Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Email: k2zo@arrl.net Township Of Washington, NJ
Westwood Regional Jr/Sr High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
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+3 Jun 2007LIMARC Outdoor Hamfest
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
http://www.limarc.org
Talk-In: 146.850 MHz (PL 136.5)
Contact:Richard Cetron, K2KNB
198 Haypath Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
Fax: 631-574-4851
Email: k2knb@limarc.org Bethpage, NY
Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
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+10 Jun 2007HOSARC Hamfest
Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club
http://www.HOSARC.org
Talk-In: 444.200 PL 136.5 or 146.52 Simplex
Contact:Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue Apt 323
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
Email: WB2KDG@arrl.net Queens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
47-01 111th Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
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+16 Jun 2007Raritan Valley Radio Club Hamfest
Raritan Valley Radio Club W2QW
http://www.w2qw.org
Talk-In: W2QW repeaters 2 mtrs 146.625 / 440 rptr 442.25
Contact:Eric Lund, NW2P
112 Rock Rd
Greenbrook, NJ 08812
Phone: 1-908-251-3938
Email: nw2p@w2qw.net Piscataway, NJ
Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey ==========================================
+8 Jul 2007SCARC 2007
Sussex County Amateur Radio Club
http://www.scarcnj.org
Talk-In: 147.30 (-600)
Contact:Dan Carter, N2ERH
8 Carter Lane
Branchville, NJ 07826
Phone: 973-948-6999
Fax: 973-948-6999
Email: Hamfest@SCARCNJ.org Augusta, NJ
Sussex County Fair Grounds
Plains Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
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+14 Jul 2007Oceanport Volunteer First Aid & Rescue Squad
http://oceanporthamfest.20m.com
Talk-In: 145.045R 67.0 + (pending)
Contact:Jonathan Ryan, KC2QVO
24 Willow Court
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Phone: 732-804-7421
Fax: 732-542-0689
Email: KC2QVO@aol.com Oceanport, NJ
Oceanport Volunteer First Aid & Rescue Squad
2 Pemberton Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey


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