Hudson Division Beacon – May 2010

May  2010
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 109
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
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Have a nice safe Memorial Day Weekend.  Perhaps we may run into each
other at the BARA Hamfest on Saturday or the CQ WPX CW Contest, also
held this weekend.  See

==> The Other Woman    – a nice Memorial Day weekend story……

By Douglas McCray, K2QWQ

Determination and hard work brings a WW II battleship back on the air.
The Other Woman – that is what she has become known as, at least by the
wives of those seduced by her charms. She is high maintenance to say the
least. She is a large, strong lady, with an unmistakable profile and an
insatiable need for attention from people to make her look good.

She is one of four sisters, called the Iowa Class Battleships, and she
is known to her friends as “Big J.” She is the ex-USS New Jersey,
berthed now in Camden, New Jersey, doing duty as a museum and memorial.
Conceived in the late 1930s and built during WWII, the four Iowa class
ships were, at the time, the most advanced collection of technologies
then in existence. Ship construction, weaponry, radar and
communications were all state of the art for that time and many years
thereafter. Three football fields long and 15 stories tall, she
dominates the waterfront. This is the story of how she acquired a new

Joe Duffin, W2ORA, is an old friend from the “Irish Hour Net” who has
worked on this project for many years.  When I visited his house more
than ten years ago there was an old Model 19 Teletype on his side porch
which I am willing to bet is now aboard BB-62.

==> It’s Time to Submit Nominations for Hudson Division Awards…..

Applications will be available shortly on the Hudson Division web site
and must be returned by June 15th.  If you know of a deserving
individual, please make a detailed nomination.  Please keep in mind the
panel of six division assistant directors who make the determinations
for awards are from all three sections (ENY, NNJ and NLI) and they may
not all know your nominee.  Therefore, your need to have the
information on your nomination applications which details all of their
ham radio activities and accomplishments that justify the award, if you
expect your nominee to be chosen as Grand “Ole Ham, Amateur of the Year
or recipient of the Technical Achievement Award.  Give us the facts and
details, please!

This year’s Hudson Division Awards Luncheon will be held on Sunday,
November 14, 2010 at 1:00pm at Biagio’s Restaurant, 299 Paramus Road,
Paramus,  NJ 07652.  This event is held annually, as a fundraiser for
the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund and also serves to honor those Amateurs
in our Division who have contributed greatly to our hobby.

==> Hudson Division Cabinet – Club Presidents Meeting set for Saturday,
June 5…….

If you are a Hudson Division club president or an assistant director,
please reserve the date.

Saturday June 5th 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
church on the left.

==> Dayton Report…

The BIG news at Dayton this year was that it did not rain!
Unbelievable but true.

Attendance did seem to be about the same as last year and there was a
lot of activity in the flea market.  Empty space appeared to be
organized into lanes that allowed for more movement between rows and
the creation of rest areas with benches.  It was a real treat for tired
feet, and a place to sit for a while and talk to your buddies.  And yes,
there were still command sets for sale and the antenna heads and space
men were still there as was the brat smoke.

I managed to run into two retired Navy admirals, one I met in 1966 on
15 meters just after he had graduated from Annapolis and when he was on
a Fulbright in Uruguay. At the time he was a lowly ensign.  Who knew!

In 1966 I had been a ham for only a few years and I was new to SSB and
phone patches.  Something now rarely, if ever, heard on HF these days.
Around 1998 I learned that Scott was a vice admiral in charge of the
5th Fleet.  A short time later I met he and his wife at an ARRL Donor
Reception in Dayton, which just happened to be in the same room where
they had signed the Dayton Accord.  In ham radio you never quite know
who you will meet and how they will figure into your life.  When Scott
and I became animated while talking about a “Monica,” Scott’s wife
became very interested in just who this Monica was. Monica, I must
confess, was a very pretty young lady who worked at CYO Day Camp in
Cresthaven with my wife, Kathleen.  She was also on a Fulbright in
Uruguay with Scott. My friend Sam Lane, W2BKU, who was Walter
Cronkite’s audio man at CBS was running phone patches for Monica Flynn
for months before we discovered the connection.  Monica looked much
like Suzi Parker.  Scott was manning the station in Uruguay originating
the patches into Jackson Heights.  A few months later there was an Inter
American States meeting in Uruguay and Sam went along with Walter
Cronkite and was able to meet Scott.  I think he also met Monica.
Accompanying Scott in the flea market was Ed, N4OC, who Scott quietly
told me was a “four star” before he retired.

We met back up with them again at the Contest Dinner on Saturday night
and I wound up sitting next to Scott and swapping more stores and lies.
You can read about Scott and Ed’s interesting careers on Wikipedia at  and

No, there will not be a test, but it is interesting reading and could
be the basis for a few movies. In many ways these two guys have played
a part in your life too and you may have worked them for a contest

While I spent little time this year at the ARRL Expo area that most
people found very interesting I did attend the SDR Forum, the Drake
Forum and the RTTY Forum – all very interesting.  Again there were more
old friends to see in each of these rooms.  It was great to see Don,
AA5AU, be given a bottle of wine by Ed Muns, W0YK at the RTTY Forum.
Don is a really great RTTY contester and the most helpful guy you ever
want to meet on RTTY.  He and his web sites have helped get many new
operators going on that mode.  Don has been known to operate SO3R in
RTTY contests from New Orleans.

I had a chance to drool over the new Elecraft P3 and a 500 watt linear
that reminds most operators of a small Alpha with a $2,000 price tag.
Neither was yet available but orders were being taken.  I managed to
resist but I think I will melt some plastic in 2011.  A mock up of a
new Kenwood transceiver was seen and looked like a slightly bigger and
heavier K3.  We did pick up a few copies of “Sky Buddies,” Jeff
Murray’s, K1NSS, trip down memory lane with “Dash, the dog faced ham”
comic.  This is book two in the series and another whimsy adventure for
older hams.  When I read the Dash books I seem to hear the voice of the
late Jean Shepard, K2ORS, reading the words to me.  Jeff had a nice
banner poster of Dash behind him and a Skybuddy receiver on his table.
See   Club editors may want to us some of Jeff’s free
clip art in the editions –!clipsl.html
But make sure to read and follow his directions about no modifications.
Take a look at the tee shirts and coffee mugs at

We flew into Dayton Wednesday afternoon with friend Bill, NA2M, so we
could attend Contest University for the third time (they have done
four) and found it once again interesting and informative. Tim, W3LR,
and his team do a great job and attendance shows it.  My only problem
is that I also want to be at “Four Days In May,” the QRP event held at
the same time in another hotel nearby.  Oh, to be able to be in two
places at the same time!  But that is the perennial Dayton problem.
You just cannot see it all or do it all even if you are there for five

On Thursday evening we attended the ARRL Donor Reception, a class event
that Mary Hobart organizes each year for those who support ARRL’s
Diamond Club with donations.  Kay Craigie, N3KN gave a terrific
inspirational speech at the event which had all those present talking.
I am really glad I was able to attend and hear that speech with some of
my OBONY buddies.  Kay will be at two future Hudson Division events –
the Awards Luncheon on November 14th, 2010 and the NLI Ham Radio
University in January 2011.  You should plan to hear her at both

By Sunday afternoon I was talked and walked out from meeting old and
new friends and walking the halls and flea market so the wait for the
flight from Columbus to LGA was a nice break.  I sat next to Bill,
NA2M, who still had enough energy to play with his netbook and the
airport wifi and Skype to talk to some relatives and ham friends in
Sweden.  Such is the science fiction world we find ourselves inhabiting
these days!   On the final approach to LGA at a few minutes past eight
Sunday evening I was able to get a nice picture of Forest Hills High
School and the Flushing Meadow Lakes from the old World’s Fair site.
It looked great!

ð       SKYWARN Spotter Training Mahwah, Bergen County NJ  June 8 2010
On Tuesday, June 8 2010, from 7:00 thru 10:00 PM, the NWS Upton NY will
conduct a Basic SKYWARN Spotter Training Class in the Hall of Heroes
Auditorium, located at Bergen County NJ Law and Public Safety Institute
in Mahwah NJ. (GPS Coordinates: N 41.056 – W 74.182).

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED for this Class and available at or

Anyone interested in becoming a NWS SKYWARN Spotter is welcome to
attend this Class, no matter what their county of residence. Also all
previously trained NWS Trained SKYWARN Spotters are reminded that they
need to retrain at least once every 3 years to remain on the Active
Roster with the NWS, as well as to keep up on new severe weather
criteria (yes, there are some new things to learn for 2010 in regard to
severe weather criteria) and new weather related technologies.

Complete information on the Class, including Driving Directions, is
available on the BergenSkywarn Website at:

SKYWARN Spotter Training is offered Free of Charge by the NWS and is
open to all. There is NO requirement that a Spotter also be an amateur
radio operator (there are over 280,000 trained SKYWARN Spotters across
the US with 40% of them being amateur radio operators). Please pass
this information along to anyone you feel would be interested in
joining the Team

For those unaware of the Program:

What t Is A NWS Trained SKYWARN Spotter?

There are nearly 280,000 NWS trained volunteer SKYWARN Storm Spotters
who help keep local communities safe by providing reports of severe
weather directly to NWS Offices.

“Their real-time descriptions of tornadoes, hail, wind and significant
cloud formations provide a truly reliable information base for both
severe weather detection and verification,” said John Robinson, Warning
Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Forecast
Office in Little Rock, Arkansas

“Their reports becomes part of the warning decision making process,
and when combined with radar data and other information, are used by
National Weather Service forecasters to decide whether or not to issue
a new Warning, cancel an existing Warning, continue a Warning, and/or
issue a Warning for the next county.” Trained spotters perform an
invaluable service to their communities.

Countless lives have been saved because of the unique partnership
between NWS trained volunteer SKYWARN Storm Spotters, emergency
management and NOAA’s National Weather Service. Become part of this
valuable Team!

==> Some Area Silent Keys –

Linda Ferdinand, N2YL, passed away May 4 due to complications from
chronic heart failure. She was 63. Ferdinand served as Hudson Division
Vice Director from 1980-1982, and as Division Director from 1985-1987.
She was an extremely proficient Morse code operator and was active in
the ARRL National Traffic System at the local, section, region and area
levels, as well as serving in the Transcontinental Corps. An ARRL Life
Member, Ferdinand received an advanced degree in computer science and
worked for IBM, transitioning their mainframe computers to large
computers based on small microprocessors running in parallel. She was
also a member of the ARRL A-1 Operator Club, FISTS and the Six Meter
International Radio Club (SMIRK). Ferdinand was an avid quilter and
lover of cats. She is survived by her husband Gary, W2CS, and son
Brian, N2EKS, daughter Lauren and two grandchildren. Services are
scheduled for 1 PM on Friday, May 7 at Medway Congregational Christian
Church in Climax, New York. The family requests that contributions be
made in Ferdinand’s memory to Animal Lovers (The Animal Welfare League
of the Greater Capital District).

W2MUM, Elliott Wolheim, became a silent key Thursday (May 13) at the
age of 91.  Elliott was a member of the A1 Operators Club and had 360
confirmed at the ARRL DXCC Desk.  His wife of 67 years, Gladys, two
daughters and a granddaughter mourn his passing.  W1JR describes
Elliott as one of his mentors, “surely one of the last members of the
“Old School of DXers.'”  Licensed before World War Two, Elliott used
his Morse skill as an Army officer during the war.  On ham radio, he
always used a bug and never over 100 watts.  He did all his DXing by
listening and tuning patiently, not by taking packet or internet spots.
A Charter Member of the Order of Boiled Owls, Elliott was the longest
North American member of FOC.  W1JR says when he was operating as
W2HQL/KC4 on Navassa in the 1950s, Elliott tried to work him on AM
Phone, which would have been Elliot’s first phone QSO.  All Joe heard
was a carrier; Elliott discovered he had never put the modulator tubes
in his Johnson Viking transmitter.  Joe says Elliott never missed an
opportunity to tell a funny story.  (from W1JR as printed in The Daily
DX Vol. 14 No. 092 – May 17, 2010.

Ken Denston, WB2RYC, long time member of Peconic ARC and former LIMARC
Director died Tuesday, May 11 at Stonybrook, after having fallen asleep
in a stuffed armchair while smoking at 3 AM Sunday morning. He was 86.

While not from this area I do want to note that Bob Brown, NM7M, of
Anacortes, Washington, passed away Sunday, May 23, from cardiac arrest.
He was 87. Brown, the husband of former ARRL Northwestern Division
Director Mary Lou Brown, NM7N (SK), was known worldwide for his
contributions to the propagation studies on 160 meters. Brown wrote 12
articles for the ARRL from 1998-2001 that appeared in QST, QEX and NCJ,
most of them — such as this December 1999 QST article — dealing with
propagation and contesting on the low bands. He also authored an HF
propagation tutorial that is available online. Brown was retired from
the University of California where he was a physics professor at the
Space Sciences Lab (SSL) in Berkeley; he also served as interim dean of
UC’s graduate school. A memorial service is planned in Anacortes for
Wednesday, May 26. A private burial service is planned for a later


The May 2010 award goes to “The Compass” the newsletter of the Great
South Bay Radio Club for their picture filled May issue.   The issue
has a nice variety of articles and even a home-brew article.

Please take a look at for a good read.

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 in this case send a PDF you can’t


* 05/29/2010 | BARA Annual Spring Hamfest
Location: Township of Washington, NJ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Location: Westwood Regional High School
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Sponsor: Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.19/79 (PL 141.3)
Public Contact: Jim Joyce , K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
* 06/06/2010 | LIMARC Outdoor Hamfest
Location: Bethpage, NY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Location: Briarcliffe College
Bethpage, NY 11714
Sponsor: Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.850 (PL 136.5)
Public Contact: Richard Cetron , K2KNB
198 Haypath Road Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
* 06/13/2010 | HOSARC Hamfest
Location: Queens, NY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Hall of Science ARC
Location: New York Hall of Science Parking Lot (Flushing Meadow Corona
Queens, NY
Sponsor: Hall of Science ARC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5) or 145.270 -600 (PL 136.5)
Public Contact: Stephen Greenbaum , WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323 Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
* 06/19/2010 | W2QW Hamfest
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Raritan Valley Radio Club
Location: Plainfield High School (Lots 11&12)
Behmer Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Sponsor: Raritan Valley Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.625 & 442.250 (both PL 141.3)
Public Contact: Eldred Moore , W2OU
30 Ethel Road Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 732-801-4654

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