Hudson Division Beacon – November 2004

ARRL Hudson Division
November 2004
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 44
By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
(516) 746-7652

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The two of us want to extend warm wishes for a blessed time of
Thanksgiving in your hearts and homes.

Let us be mindful of our blessings and freedoms. Amongst our many
blessings is the capacity to operate and be active in Amateur Radio. The
opportunity to provide public service via Amateur Radio is a wonderful
blessing of which we should cherish and cultivate.  And of course the
many friendships that we make along the way inspire us to continue our
pursuit of this great hobby.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Hudson Division!!
Frank, N2FF – ARRL Director
Joyce, KA2ANF – ARRL Vice Director


ARRL President, Jim Haynie, W5JBP, was on hand to make five awards to
Hudson Division ARRL members at the Maine Maid Inn in Jericho, NY on
Saturday night, November 13th.  It was a memorable and fun evening for
the more than eighty people on hand to see the ARRL President’s Award
presented for the first time.  Award recipient Gerry Agliata, W2GLA, was
unaware that he was to receive the award until it was announced that
evening by Hudson Division Director, Frank Fallon, N2FF.  The award was
created by the ARRL Board at the January 2004 meeting and W2GLA was
approved by the ARRL Executive Committee last March to be the first
recipient.  News of the award was held back in order to surprise the
recipient. The award is given for “enduring support and dedication to
the goals and objectives of ARRL.”  The award, containing a likeness of
Hiram Percy Maxim operating his station, was designed by ARRL staffer,
Sue Fagan, who does most of the ARRL book covers and QST covers.  (There
will probably be a picture in QST.)

Also present was Mary Hobart, K1MMH, ARRL’s Chief Development Officer.
Hudson Division officials present were Director Frank Fallon, N2FF, and
Section Managers, Pete Cecere – ENY, N2YJZ, George Tranos – NLI, N2GA,
and Bill Hudzik – NNJ, W2UDT.  Those present heard interesting comments
from President Haynie, Director Fallon, and the awardees.  Those
attending went home with a 28-page awards journal with pictures of those
receiving awards and biographical information.  Over thirty door prizes
were distributed among those who attended and there was a drawing for an
HT donated by KJI Electronics and two diplexers donated by K2ZD of
Command Radio Communications.  Thanks to those individuals and clubs who
either took ads or sponsored plaques.  When the accounting is complete
we expect that the sponsoring club, LIMARC, will be able to make a
sizable donation to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund.

Also on hand to receive the “ARRL Cover Plaque Award” for September 2004
was NLI author and Life Member Van Field, W2OQI, of Center Moriches, NY
for his article “HF Antennas 101.”

The three 2004 Hudson Division award winners previously announced were
Grand Ole Ham George “Hank” Cooke, W2LOP, of Morris Plains, NJ.  Amateur
of the Year Mike Lisenco, N2YBB of Brooklyn, NY.  The 2004 Technical
Achievement Award was given to Jerry Sevick, W2FMI, of  Basking Ridge,

It was a positive up evening and a chance to celebrate the
accomplishments of five division members and spend some time with area
hams and their guests.  Plans for next year’s November event to be held
in the NNJ Section are already underway.  Please start thinking now
about who you would like to nominate for an award.


In the New York City/Long Island Section, George Tranos, N2GA, of
Bellport, was re-elected to a new term of office when he received 534
votes, and his opponent, Steve Barreres, K2CX, received 351. George
Tranos has held the SM position since April 1998.   See

* Digital broadcast troublesome to some, experimental opportunity for

(Oct 26, 2004) — A digital broadcast signal on 3995 kHz has prompted
some members of the amateur community to contact ARRL to say it’s QRMing
the top 10 kHz of 75 meters and asking what can be done about it. In a
word: Nothing. The signal, from Deutsche Welle in Germany, is legal
since radio amateurs share that part of the band with broadcasters in
Region 1 (which includes Europe). Although the station has been
broadcasting for some time on the same frequency in conventional AM,
it’s attracted more notice from hams since July, when it began testing
using digital format–also referred to as “DRM,” (Digital Radio
Mondiale, French for “Digital Radio Worldwide”). Programming originates
from Deutsche Welle’s brand-new, all-digital broadcast center in Bonn
(photo). Of course, the vagaries of propagation will be a big factor as
to the amount of interference US hams experience at any given time.
“Digital shortwave will revolutionize cross-border broadcasts and will
initiate a worldwide renaissance of radio,” Deutsche Welle Director
General Erik Bettermann said this month during a panel discussion at
Munich Media Days. Bettermann says Deutsche Welle plans to gradually
shut down its analog shortwave transmissions as DRM receivers became
more available globally–something not anticipated until late 2005.
Meanwhile, radio amateurs have been experimenting with programs such as
HamDream, ( ),  a DRM program adapted
for Amateur Radio use by HB9TLK. It enables digital voice and data
transmissions using bandwidths on the order of 2.3 to 2.5 kHz.


Bus Leaves THURSDAY MAY 19 – SUNDAY MAY 22, 2005 (4 days)  VIA – Jersey
Coast Chapter of the North America DX Assoc.  (WR2DX)  16th Annual    BUS
Trip  To Ham Mecca! 3 days of Hamming, Talks, Demos & Forums  Ham Radio
& Computer gear – Old, New & what’s coming  Thousands of Dollars  worth
of door prizes 250 different companies manning 650 Exhibit Booths,
Indoors,  2,000 Flea Market & Tailgating spaces, Outdoors.  Included in
this Bus Trip for one Price:  Round Trip transportation, to and from
Dayton, Oh. + breakfast  each morning.   All Local transportation to and
from Hara’s Arena. Motel for the 3 nights and 4 days.   With use of hot
tub jacuzzi &  pool.   Admission Tickets to the Hamvention for the three
days. Other meals (lunch and dinners)  NOT included.

$335.00 pp/dbl.occ.   (if needed, we will book U with a  roommate)_

$475.00 single person, _own_ room alone.

$575.00 OM & XYL  Family Special

(NADXA members & Last year (2004) Bus Trip Participants, Deduct

Previous years Bus Trip attendees, Deduct $ 10.00 )

Bus leaves:  NJ – Thurs. May 19th 2005 7:00 AM from GSPky.  Rest Area

Leave, Bordentown, NJ 8:00 AM Ramada Inn Rt. 206. just off exit 7 of
NJ Tpk.

Leave, Downingtown, PA. *9:30 AM* Chester Sprg. Inn, formerly  (Best
Western Motel)

Rt. 100, 1/2 mile South off Exit 312 (old exit 23) of  the  PA Tpk.

Return Sunday night, late (approx. 1:00 AM) May 22, 2005

Reservations: Deposit of $50.00 or full payment now. Bal. by  March 15,

Contact:  Mike DiPersio, KC2Q P.O. Box 357 Bradley Beach, NJ  07720
Telephone: – cell # (908) 415-6162
e-mail: <> or> or <>

* Survey Indicates That Hamfests Are Fun Social Events

(Nov 8, 2004) — The Hamfest or swap meet has long been a big part of
the fabric of Amateur Radio. We thought it would be interesting to find
out what it is that draws people to these events and what clubs are
doing to attract the folks.

* Con Ed to Expand BPL Testing in Manhattan

Consolidated Edison announced it will do further testing on broadband
over power lines (BPL) technology by wiring a high-rise apartment
building in Manhattan, the New York Times reported. ConEd decided to
continue testing after a successful pilot program in Westchester

Con Ed spokesman Chris Olert said: “Our aim is definitely not to become
an Internet service provider. The technology offers a chance for a
partnership where Internet providers and utilities can both benefit.”

The Times reported that George Jee, Con Ed’s director of resource
planning and project manager for power line communications, said the
company “may be able to read meters remotely, to pinpoint the locations
of cable problems, and to catch power surges and cascading blackouts as
they approach.”

—   New York Times, Metro, pg. B-8
Oct. 21.

* Another Google Hint

By the way, if you’re not already aware of it, this is a great tool for
keeping up on media reports about just about anything. Go to Google,
click on News, then sign up for Google Alerts. You can specify the
keywords (I did amateur radio) and whether you want to be alerted as
something is picked up by Google or in a daily digest format. It scans
news media sites as well as the ARRL website and

Thanks to Rich W2VU, Editor CQ Magazine for this hint.


Skywarn Recognition Day 2004 will begin at 700 pm on Friday December
3rd, and end at 7pm on Saturday December 4th.  SRD is a Special Event
co-sponsored by the ARRL and National Weather Service to celebrate the
contributions of the amateur radio community to the SKYWARN program
nationwide.  This year, nearly 100 NWS Canadian Weather Service offices
will participate.  Included are the NWS offices in and near the Hudson
Division: WX2OKX (NWS Upton NY/Long Island), WX2ALY (Albany NY), WX2PHI
(Mt. Holly NJ), WX2BGM (Binghamton NY), WX1BOX (Taunton MA) and
W1BOS/MQE (Blue Hills Observatory, Milton MA).

WX2OKX is planning on being on the air for the entire 24 hours
(hopefully, we won’t lose operators to yet another early December
snowstorm!).  We will operate mostly HF (10 through 80 meters), but we
are planning on running several local VHF/UHF nets as well, including
Echolink and IRLP links. Contact format will include your call sign,
name, QTH and brief weather report (i.e. “cloudy with light snow, 25
degrees, 2″ of snow since 7pm”).

For those amateurs near the Upton office, we are looking for operators.
If you are interested in operating, please contact Scott KC2JCB at by COB Tuesday November 30th.   This deadline is due to
security clearance requirements at Brookhaven National Labs.

For more information before and during the event, including frequency
plans and local net times and repeaters, please go to

73 de Scott KC2JCB, Skywarn Program Leader, NWS Upton NY

* Operating HF and VHF in a Retirement Apartment

(Oct 28, 2004) — How to keep “amateur active” on 75 meters with a
bedroom corner antenna. Here is an interesting feature article about
operating in a retirement complex.


DXKeeper, a free logging application, correctly synchronizes with LotW –
it independently tracks the confirmation of each QSO via paper,,
and LotW, and automatically updates its status based on information
downloaded from LotW. By default, only paper and LotW confirmations
count towards DXCC/Challenge/TopList award progress.
DXKeeper is available via . It’s a member
of free ware DXLab Suite, which provides transceiver control, rotator
control, digital modes (PSK31/PSK63/RTTY/CW), voice keying, DX spot
collection and display, propagation forecasting and monitoring, and QSL
route discovery.

73,   Dave, AA6YQ


The sixth annual Ham Radio University will be held this year at
Briarcliffe College, 1055 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, Long Island, NY
11714. It will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2005, from 8 AM to 4 PM. It
is also the ARRL New York City / Long Island section convention. Ham
Radio University is all about Spreading Ham Radio Knowledge and

HRU is a day of education to share ideas, experiences, knowledge and
fellowship among Amateur Radio operators. HRU 2005 will feature 25
different forums covering all areas of ham radio, Amateur Radio
demonstrations, an area for clubs and organizations, a special event
station (W2V) and a VE session. Our keynote speaker will be Riley
Hollingsworth of the FCC.

For more information about HRU including an up-to-date forum schedule,
see the HRU 2005 website at
or e-mail HRU Chairman George Tranos N2GA at
ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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