Hudson Division Beacon – May 2009

                    May 2009
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 96
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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==> ARRL Seeks Member Support for HR 2160 (May 12, 2009) — 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 – June 6th

Saturday June 6th 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:

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

All division affiliated clubs should send a representative if the
president is unable to attend. . 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.

==> 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.

Last year there were over twenty nominations for the three awards.
We are asking you to make submissions for this years’ awards, by taking
time to fill out the award nominations forms, include any supporting
documentation that bests represents the candidate and write a few
paragraphs describing why you think they deserve the award.  If you
nominee was not chosen last year, please do not be discouraged; file
again.  Have others in your organization write up a nomination as well.
Please be very specific as to why the person you are nominating should
get the award.  List the accomplishments, achievements, activities, and
or other awards the individual has received which would convince the
committee members that this is the best person to select for the award.
Keep in mind that the selection committee, composed of assistant
directors from all three sections, probably does not know the
individual you are nominating.  It is your responsibility to make them
aware of the many details of the individual’s career in amateur radio.

Please visit the Hudson Division Website to view photos from
previous year’s events.  I think you’ll agree, everyone had a great
time! I certainly hope we can repeat that again this year.

The Awards Luncheon sponsored again this year by the Metroplex ARC
will be held Sunday, November 8th at 12 noon at Biagio’s in Paramus,
New Jersey.  Please plan to attend.

Forms are available in both PDF and Word –

73,  Joyce – KA2ANF

===> Dayton Report 2009  …. From N2FF

The International Amateur Radio Union had an expanded space inside the
ARRL Expo area, led by incoming IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH.  At
the IARU booth was the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) representing
IARU Region 1 and the DARC representatives conducted a world flag
identification contest throughout the show.  ARRL, representing IARU
Region 2 sponsored a RUFZ, CW copying competition throughout the event
(see  The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL),
representing IARU Region 3 was on hand to check Worked All Continent
Award(WAC) and 5-Band WAC applications and QSLs, and issue the awards
on the spot.  Read the complete rules for the WAC award here   The JARL staff also checked  applications
and issed JARL awards at the Convention.

ARRL staff and DXCC Card Checkers offered full DXCC card checking and
award applications as always, and also to checked applications and QSLs
for WAS and VUCC.  I (N2FF) spent some time Friday checking DXCC
applications at the busy table.

There was a Logbook of the World “Callsign Lookup” available in the
Expo area that enabled anyone to see how many times a callsign appears
in the 222 million-QSO log database as submitted by users!  ARRL staff
were there to assist with LoTW signup and problems, throughout the

In addition to the BIG IARU presence this year, the ARRL Lab staff had
an area where they were melting a great deal of solder with a kit
building activity. It was great to see kids and older folks building
electronic devices all weekend long.  Kudos to the ARRL lab staff on
this idea.  I am sure it will be back again next year.

While in the ARRL area I did get a chance to meet the new FCC
enforcement person, Laura Smith,who is now occupying Riley
Hollingsworth’s old office.  When I told her that I had visited Riley’s
office, she assured me that she had done a great deal of housekeeping.
It did need “neating up.”  After telling her how important enforcement
was to ham radio, something I am sure she is well aware of and has
heard before, I wished her good luck in her new job. See:  for the full
Dayton FCC story.  Thanks to Rosalie White, WA1STO, I also had the
opportunity to meet the father-son astronaut team of Owen Garriott,
W5LFL and his son Richard Garriott, W5KWQ.  My regret is that I did not
hand my camera to someone to get a picture with them both.  I guess
that will be my Dayton regret for 2009.  I know that a lot of others
did have their pictures taken with them.  See

QSL Bureau drop-off service was allowed for the first time this year.
For more Outgoing QSL Bureau information please see    I attended Contest University
for the second year in a row and found it again very informative and
rewarding. See    I was afraid that
it would be a repeat of last year but it was not.  This was year three
for CU and all of the available spaces were taken at the event.  I
believe that there were 300 attendees this year which was more than
last year.  For another take on ‘CU” see

The only forum I attended was the RTTY Forum on Saturday.  I tried to
get a seat at the Antenna Forum but it was standing room only when I
arrived a bit late.  It was nice to see many of those who help my
scores in RTTY contests and to listen to some of the experts field

Good meals were had at the Pine Club, the Bonefish Grill in Miamisburg,
and the Contest Dinner.  ]

What was new?  The BIG Luso crank up tower.  I think everyone saw this
one.  While in the corner, a big corner, of one of the buildings it was
impossible to miss this 145 foot tower.  See:
and    For You Tube videos
Google “Luso towers.”  Joe Reisert, W1JR, told me this morning that the
demo tower at Dayton was SOLD.  I wonder who dragged that one home.
Perhaps we will soon see a You Tube video of the trip from Dayton.  It
just goes to prove that if you drag it to Dayton, you will sell it.

A perhaps little know fact according to Bill Pasternak:  “And for those
not aware, Henry Feinberg (K2SSQ) is a bit of an expert on the Dayton
HamVention Flea Market.  Back in 1982 he was commissioned by Hollywood
producer Steven Spielberg to design the umbrella communicator used in
the movie E T The Extraterrestrial. Henry found many of the parts used
in that device in the HamVention Flea Market, so you might say that
Dayton helped E-T to phone home.”  For Bill’s take on Dayton 2009 see  and his May issue of “AR Newsline.”

I renewed a few subscriptions and did order an LP-Pan Software defined
Panadapter from telePost Inc.( ) to use with my
new Elecraftt K3/100 which I have not yet had time to play with.  I am
looking forward to getting it all going here. Hopefully it will make it
harder for the juicy DX to elude me. After a recent 30 meter Mellish
Reef 30M QSO was confirmed on LoTW, I am now three away from having
them all.  (Sorry, I just had to brag!) I also bought a sling shot
device that launches tennis balls to help keep my wires up in the

I saw no one at Dayton selling sunspots or a device to increase the
SFI.  Were the FCC more responsive perhaps we could get a stimulus
package and buy a few sun spots.  It’s depressing to keep seeing SFI
numbers below 70.  Will Washington listen?  The economic news is bad
enough without this solar cycle forecast:

The panel predicts the upcoming Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013
with a daily sunspot number of 90. If the prediction proves true, Solar
Cycle 24 will be the weakest cycle since number 16, which peaked at 78
daily sunspots in 1928, and ninth weakest since the 1750s, when
numbered cycles began.

The perennial question is always about attendance at the HamVention.
While I have seen no official figures I believe the attendance was very
close to that of last year.  Yes, there were a lot of empty spaces in
the flea market but I was able to find a lot of friends there and even
found a few ARC 5’s for sale. They were still under $10.  I did not
buy.   I am able to report that the Dayton HamVention is alive and well
despite a terrible economy.  Just as a group of us were leaving a Bob
Evans restaurant before heading to the airport and our flight back to
LGA an older Dayton businessman stopped us and thanked us for coming to
Dayton and helping the economy there.  “It means a lot to us!” he said.
“It really helps Dayton financially.”  We all assured him that we would
be back next year.  Ham radio is after all about public service.
Dayton is also about meeting old ham friends and making new ones.  I
had a chance this year to personally thank a ham from MO who helped me
gain the TPA award in January. I had never met him face to face until
Dayton 2009.

I will, god willing, be back again in 2010.

===> Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Receives ARRL President’s Award (May 27,
2009) — On Saturday, May 16 during the the forum featuring Richard
Garriott, W5KWQ, at the Dayton Hamvention(r), ARRL President Joel
Harrison, W5ZN, presented former Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, with
the ARRL President’s Award. Bauer, who stepped down from ARISS and
AMSAT duties this past March, served as ARISS Program Leader and ARISS
International Working Group Chair. Since 1991, he served as the Radio
Amateur Satellite Corporation’s (AMSAT) Vice President for Human
Spaceflight Programs.


===> ARRL Donors Gather in Dayton (May 27, 2009) — More than 100 ARRL
donors gathered to mix and mingle at the ARRL’s Eighth Annual Donor
Reception on Thursday, May 14, just prior to the 2009 ARRL National
Convention and Dayton Hamvention. Hosted by the ARRL as a way to thank
those who donated $1000 or more to the League in 2008, the reception —
held at the Meadowbrook Country Club — featured a sumptuous buffet and
a speech by new IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA.

N2FF Note:  Tim’s speech was quite interesting especially the point he
made about his early connection with ARRL.  As Tim told it part of his
Canadian Amateur license exam required that he draw a schematic of a
functioning piece of amateur equipment.  Initially he was told that he
had failed the exam because the keyer he drew cold not possibly work.
Tim, although not yet a lawyer, challenged the decision.  At his appeal
hearing Tim brought along a copy of the then current ARRL Handbook from
which he had memorized the diagram.  The adjudicator ruled that if it
was in the ARRL Handbook, it had to work.  Tim thus credits and thanks
ARRL with starting him in a life in ham radio.


===> CQ Announces 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees (May 15, 2009) — CQ
magazine today announced its 2009 Hall of Fame inductees, welcoming 15
new members into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, two new members of
the CQ DX Hall of Fame and one new member of the CQ Contest Hall of
Fame. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those individuals,
whether licensed hams or not, who have made significant contributions
to Amateur Radio; and those amateurs who have made significant
contributions either to Amateur Radio, to their professional careers or
to some other aspect of life on our planet. The CQ Contest and DX Halls
of Fame honor those amateurs who not only excel in personal performance
in these major areas of Amateur Radio but who also “give back” to
Amateur Radio in outstanding ways.

For more details and a list of recipients see:

==> Get Ready for ARRL Field Day 2009 (Mar 23, 2009) —  We are running
this one again – in case you missed it the last two months —-  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:

The following information, which you may find helpful, was sent to an
ARRL member by an ARRL staffer in response to a question about LEDs:
LEDs have a larger voltage-drop across them than regular diodes.
Depending on the LED, the drop can be between 1.5 to 2.5 volts. If you
have a DMM with a diode setting on the Ohms scale (see above), then you
may be able to test an LED as you test a standard diode. The difference
will be that the meter will read 1600 or 50 when the diode conducts
instead of the 600 you read on a silicon diode.
If you can’t use your multi-meter, then build the circuit shown in
Figure 4 and see if the LED light up. Click Here For ASCII Version of
Figure 4.
If the LED doesn’t light, reverse polarity on the diode. If it still
doesn’t light, it’s bad. (See Figure 4).
Figure 4 is this url   —

Zack Lau W1VT,  Senior Lab Engineer


Please take a look at

The May 2009 award goes to “The Compass” the newsletter of the Great
South Bay Amateur Radio Club for their May   2009 edition.
Congratulations on a fine job to the editor Kevin Morgan, AB2ZI  who
put this professional newsletter together.  I hope the club appreciates
the effort and the many pictures.

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: The 2009 Hamfest Season is now in full swing!

7 Jun 2009+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

14 June 2009  + LIMARC Outdoor Hamfest
The Long Island Mobile ARC
Talk-In: 146.850 (PL 136.5)
Contact:Richard Cetron, K2KNB
198 Haypath Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
Fax: 631-574-4851
Email: Bethpage, NY
Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island

20 Jun 2009+W2QW Techfest
Raritan Valley Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.625 -600 (PL 141.3)
Contact:Eric Lund, NW2P
112 Rock Road West
Green Brook, NJ 08812
Phone: 908-251-3938
Fax: 908-753-6153 (voice first)
Email: Piscataway, NJ
Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

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

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