ARRL Hudson Division November 2005 Hudson Division Beacon -- e-mail edition - # 56 THE HUDSON DIVISION TEAM Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL 30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596 516) 746-7652 email@example.com Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Vice Director, Hudson Division, ARRL 235 Van Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-2918 201) 455-5924 firstname.lastname@example.org Hudson Division Home Page -- http://www.hudson.arrl.org
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The ARRL Hudson Division ARRL Team (N2FF and KA2ANF) would like to wish you and
your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Have a great day with the family! A reminder too that
Friday evening the CQWW CW Contest begins. If that is your cup of tea, have fun. I am
working away rebuilding my quad here and hope to get N2FF on the air for part of the event.
Remember Sunday will be a good day for the antenna challenged to work a few new countries
when the pile ups dwindle down. In any case, a happy holiday weekend to all.
While there are no division wide hamfests or events until January you might want to think about
attending the “Fourth Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend” at KJI Electronics on December
2, 3 and 4 at 394 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ 07006. Manufacturers reps from ICOM,
KENWOOD, WEST MOUNTAIN RADIO, MFJ, HEIL SOUND, and ALINCO will be on hand. There will be in-store demos and hourly drawings in addition to light refreshments. Friday 1 to 9 PM. Saturday 10 to 5 PM and Sunday 12 noon to 5 PM. See www.kjielectronics.com for directions.
SIXTH HUDSON DIVISION AWARDS DINNER A SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL SUCCESS
More than ninety people were at the Elk’s Lodge in Park Ridge, NJ on Saturday evening,
November 12th, to honor four award recipients. Mary Hobart, ARRL’s Development Officer
was on hand from Newington and spoke about her job at HQ and the importance of fund raising
to support all of ARRL’s projects and goals. Mary’s talk was both informative and inspiring.
The event was sponsored this year by the North Jersey DX Association and outgoing NJDXA
President Richard Gelber, K2WR, was on hand to welcome guests. Also on hand were Hudson
Director, Frank Fallon, N2FF and Hudson Vice Director, Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF. Joyce
worked with NJDXA and Hudson AD Mario Karcich, K2ZD, on tickets and dinner arrangements
The event will enable the NJDXA to give over $1,000 to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund for
Plaques were sponsored by WECA, LIMARC, The Order of Boiled Owls, Peconic ARC, and
NJDXA. Many clubs and individuals took ads in the twenty four page Awards Journal which
has pictures and text about the award recipients thanks to editor Roberta Keis, N2RBU,
President of Peconic ARC. MC for the evening was ARRL Assistant Director, Mel Granick,
KS2G, a former WCBS radio personality.
Bill Hellman, NA2M, introduced “Grand “Ole Ham” Frank Fix, K2AW. Frank, ninety one
years old, regaled the group with a history of his ham and aviation career which the audience
found very entertaining. Frank plays golf twice a week and still runs his business, “K2AW’s
Silicon Alley.” Marty Smith, KA2NRR, introduced the other “Grand ‘Ole Ham,” Lew
Malchick, N2RQ. Marty gave a fine summary of Lew’s career in Amateur Radio. Lew,
originator of the “School Club Roundup,” then did a splendid job of tying his ham experiences
together to some of the silent keys noted in the NJDXA pages in the Awards Journal and former
award winners. Technical Award recipient, Ulrich Rhode, N1UL, was unable to attend as he
was attending a board meeting of the Rhode and Schwarz Company in Germany but Mario
Karchich, K2ZD, spoke about him and for him detailing Ulrich’s many technical
accomplishments and his generosity to the amateur community. At the last minute “Hudson
Division 2005 Ham of the Year,” Tom Raffaelli, due to an illness in his wife’s family, had to
cancel but WECA Vice President, Jim Faulkner, N2WQG, gave a comprehensive view of Tom’s
accomplishments in ham radio and service to WECA. It was quite a speech as Jim had only a
few minutes to prepare his talk. Well done, Jim. Everyone attending was sorry that Tom was
unable to be on hand to receive a standing ovation. We plan to have Tom on hand next year for
The fine speeches, good food and camaraderie were topped off with the awarding of some
thirty door prizes to those on hand. Many went home with a big ARRL book to read and one
lucky lad, who shall remain nameless, won both a mag mount antenna and an HT. Thanks to
those clubs that sponsored plaques or took ads in the journal, and especially those who attended
for making the event both a social and financial success. Thanks to K2KJI and K2ZD for
providing some very nice prizes. Thanks to the many Hudson Division Assistant Directors who
made donations to underwrite the printing cost of the Awards journal. The NJDXA will shortly
make a nice big contribution to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund.
ARRL Foundation scholarship application window open
The application period for ARRL Foundation scholarship
opened on October 1 and will close February 1, 2006. The ARRL Foundation has announced
the addition of the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) scholarship
to the list of those available. This award will provide $1000 to a student attending a junior/
community college, college, university or trade school in the US. Preference goes to students
showing interest and activity in DXing, but there is no limitation on the field of study. The ARRL
Foundation is offering this scholarship for the first time this year, and the initial award will be
made in spring 2006. The NCDXF award brings the total number of ARRL scholarships to 41.
Following its evaluation of all applications, the ARRL Foundation scholarship committee will
announce the 2006-2007 school year ARRL Foundation scholarship recipients next spring.
Foundation for Amateur Radio announces scholarships
The Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) plans to administer 54 scholarships for the
2006-2007 academic year to assist Amateur Radio licensees attending institutions of higher
education full-time. A non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, FAR is
composed of more than 75 area Amateur Radio clubs. FAR fully funds three of these
scholarships, while 10 are funded with income from grants and FAR administer the remaining
41 without cost to the donors. Radio amateurs may compete for these awards if they plan to
pursue a full-time course of studies beyond high school and are enrolled in or have been
accepted for enrollment at an accredited university, college or technical school. The awards
range from $500 to $2500 with preference given in some cases to residents of specified
geographical areas or to those who are pursuing certain courses of study. Clubs, especially
those in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, are
encouraged to announce these opportunities. For additional information and an application form, send a letter or QSL card postmarked prior to April 30, 2006, to: FAR Scholarships, PO Box 831, Riverdale, MD 20738. FAR is an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. It is devoted exclusively to promoting the interests of Amateur Radio and those scientific, literary and educational pursuits that advance the purposes of the Amateur Radio Service.
Holiday Toy Drive video announcements now available
Video public service announcements (PSAs) now are available to promote the ARRL/The
Salvation Army 2005 Holiday Toy Drive. Available in three formats, these clips feature 2005
Holiday Toy Drive National Chairperson and country music artist Patty Loveless, KD4WUJ.
The goal of the ARRL/The Salvation Army 2005 Holiday Toy Drive is to brighten the holidays
for youngsters displaced or left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. PSA versions are
available for television broadcasters as well as for Web, club and meeting presentations.
There’s a 3 MB MP4 file, a 9 MB .wmv file and a 480 MB .mov file (for TV broadcasters).
Between now and December 10, radio amateurs from all across the US will be collecting new
unwrapped toys for boys and girls aged 1 to 14 and sending them with a QSL card (or a card
bearing their call sign) to: ARRL Toy Drive/The Salvation Army, 1775 Moriah Woods Blvd
–Suite 12, Memphis, TN 38117-7125. ARRL invites its members to send cash donations, if they
prefer, to: ARRL Toy Drive, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. The ARRL asks all radio
amateurs to make the holiday season a little bit brighter for kids affected by hurricanes Katrina
and Rita. Maybe it can’t be a new home to live in, but knowing that someone “out there” cares is
a start for these children.
Meaningful Entry-Level License Privileges are Top Priority, ARRL Says
— The ARRL again has urged the FCC to provide meaningful operating privileges to entry-level
Amateur Radio licensees, including access to HF, even if it doesn’t want to create a new
license class. Commenting in response to the FCC’s July 9 Notice of Proposed Rule Making
and Order in WT Docket 05-235, the League also stood by its stance that the Commission
retain the 5 WPM Morse code requirement for Amateur Extra applicants, but do away with it
for General applicants.
See full story at http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/11/01/101/?nc=1
From the Warner Communications News’ “Communications Daily” for November 2:
The amateur radio community urged the FCC to modify an entry level license to include limited
high frequency (HF) operating privileges permitting long distance communication. A July
Commission rulemaking launched in response to 18 petitions proposed to kill a requirement that
individuals pass a telegraphy test to qualify for any amateur radio operator license. But the
agency denied the community’s request for a new introductory class of operator license. “We
are shocked the FCC didn’t understand the need for an entry level license exam,” said American
Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) Frank Fallon. He said HF privileges would attract new entrants
by enabling ham operators to participate in long distance communication, which he called “the
fun part of amateur radio.” Fallon said ham operators’ need for access to the HF band was
illustrated clearly after Hurricane Katrina, when many communications systems went down and
ham operators filled in. “VHF [very high frequency] and UHF [ultra high frequency]
communications didn’t cover long distances, where HF would. So amateur radio operators had
to get waivers from the FCC to operate in the HF bands,” Fallon said: “We are surprised that
the FCC doesn’t see the need for HF for the good of the country.”
ARRL WEB SITE GOOGLEIZED
Improved search capability debuts on ARRL Web site: A new search engine now is active on the ARRL Web site, Webmaster Jon Bloom, KE3Z, <email@example.com> has announced. "The ARRL Web site's search capability has long been a weak spot of the site," he allowed. "To address that problem, we've replaced the site's search engine with an entirely new search page that uses a Google <http://www.google.com> search appliance--a separate computer running Google's search system--that indexes and searches the ARRL Web site." Bloom says the change means that those using the "Search" box atop any page on the site not only will obtain more comprehensive and accurate results but will get them much faster than previously. "We hope our site users enjoy the new search capability, which was instituted largely at the request of numerous ARRL members," Bloom added. (ed note: A number of ARRL Directors, yours truly included, were very vocal on this issue.)
Hurricane volunteers to be honored in QST — Amateurs who provided communication
support during recovery efforts for hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma will be honored with a
special listing, including names and call signs, in the February issue of QST. To be eligible for
the list, complete the ARRL Hurricane Relief Volunteer Service Report on the ARRL Web site
at http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/agencies/vol-report.html The reporting deadline for the
QST list is December 9. You do not have to be an ARRL or ARES member to be included in the
ARRL “Public Service Stories” page debuts — The ARRL’s new “Public Service Stories”
page now is open. See http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/PublicServiceStories/ It’s a place
where Amateur Radio volunteers can tell the world about their public service contributions
during recent events. Both text and photos can be entered and will appear on the Public Service
Stories page for all to see. The ARRL currently is soliciting stories from those providing service
in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Submissions from ARRL members who
are logged onto the League’s Web site will be published immediately. Others’ submissions will
be reviewed before posting. It’s a place where Amateur Radio volunteers can tell the world
about their public service contributions during recent events. Both text and photos can be entered
and will appear on the Public Service Stories page for all to see. The ARRL currently is
soliciting stories from those providing service in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and
Wilma. Submissions from ARRL members who are logged onto the League’s Web site will be
published immediately. Others’ submissions will be reviewed before posting.
Amateur Radio Antenna “CC&R Bill” Reintroduced in Congress — New York Congressman
Steve Israel has reintroduced legislation that could make it easier for radio amateurs living in
communities with deed covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) to erect suitable
antennas. Arkansas Congressman Mike Ross, WD5DVR, signed aboard as an original cosponsor
of the “Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Consistency Act” (HR 3876). ARRL
Hudson Division Director Frank Fallon, N2FF, who attended Israel’s public announcement of the
bill September 19 on Long Island, pointed out the Amateur Radio volunteers always fill the gap
after other communication systems fail in an emergency or disaster. He notes the bill’s
introduction comes in the immediate aftermath of positive media coverage of Amateur Radio’s
response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. For details and pictures (by N2FF) see:
for some of the coverage the story received.
Comments on antenna regulations and CC&Rs from the Writelog reflector:
I can attest first hand to the different attitudes of people to property rights in different countries. When I lived in Canada, I put up towers on two houses. Building permits were very simple proforma documents and easy to get. The first house was 15' 9" wide and 30' high - a typical row house. I had a 70' tower on the roof with a TH6DXX on it that had a 24' turning radius.. needless to say it totally covered both house that were attached to mine.
The second house was on a 50' wide lot in a very exclusive neighborhood. It had a 100' guyed tower sporting a huge menagerie of beams, quads and verticals... the largest of which had a turning radius of 55'. In neither case did any neighbor ever complain or even comment on the towers or antennas... except to say glad they were here in case of an emergency. People clearly felt that you had a right to use your own property however you wanted to.
I now live in the USA in La Jolla CA which is equivalent to my old neighborhood in Canada. I put up a MonstIR Antenna with a 40' turning radius on a 85' Crank Up tower which normally nests at 25'. My lot is ½ acre - 150' x 150' and heavily treed so the MonstIR is invisible to almost every house on the street when nested. It took me over a year and many many $ to get a building permit. Ironically we are on Mt Soledad which sprouts 94 commercial towers which are fully visible to all houses on our street. So relative to my old houses and to that vast array of commercial antennas around here, my antenna is much less obtrusive.
As soon as it went up, the neighbors began screaming. They have posted signs all around that say..."It's our neighborhood too firstname.lastname@example.org " Everyone seems to be of the opinion that they have the right to tell me what I can do on my property. They have claimed that I don't need the antennas or that I could use smaller antennas....or a lighter weight tower...or that I should not work DX.
One neighbor was rather upset with me when I helped out during Katrina on the 40 M SATERN Net. She claimed my building permit only permitted me to work local emergencies and I should not help people outside of La Jolla. She could not comprehend that people outside of La Jolla might be called on someday to help us..
For the "Land of the Free" it seems that the freedom does not extend to individual property rights.
I suggest you support the HR 3876 Bill to protect us from CC&R's http://www.arrl.org/govrelations/hr3876/
Howard S. White Ph.D. P. Eng., VE3GFW/K6 ex-AE6SM KY6LA Website: www.ky6la.com
A few years ago a relative was asking me about what it took too get a license as he had a mild i interest. I told him about the VEs and question pool etc. He asked if the exam pool questions delt with how to actually get on the air and operate. I had to admit that it didn't but certainly should.
In recent years I've noticed that when listening to field day SSB ops that there is lots of CB lingo and generally clueless ops. In my opinion there is a group of poor ops that have been taught by poor ops so we are at least in the 2nd generation of this. Unfortunately due to CC&Rs many US hams are unable to put up meaningful antennas to get on HF and FD is the only time of the year they operate HF. I've traveled a bit and when talking to hams in other countries I find that CC&R and similar things are pretty much strictly a US deal. Most people in other countries feel that what ever you do on your property is your business and you can pretty much do as you please. I visited a ham in The Netherlands and he lived in a typical Dutch row house and his lot was about 25 ft wide. He had a tower in the back yard that had been approved by the authorities.
Never were his neighbors asked if they had any comments or objections. It was approved even though his HF beam antenna overhangs the neighbors property on each side and a city park on the back. Ham HF activity (cw too) is alive and well in other parts of the world. In last November's CQWW CW contest there was a record number of logs submitted (4040) with conditions well off the cycle peak.
73 Phil N0KE
DIVISION NEWSLETTER OF THE MONTH
The division website has a new section entitled “Newsletter of the month” with an attached PDF
file of a club newsletter. The November award goes to the Rip Van Winkle Amateur Radio
Society Newsletter, “Rips Report” editedby David Clapper WA2FTI, who is also the club
president. Nice job, David, with a grest deal oflocal news about club activities and projects with
pictures. I am sure club members appreciate the time editor David takes in producing the nice
newsletter. It is another great example of what a club can do with a little creativity, hard work
and the use of PDF for distribution. Take a look at http://www.hudson.arrl.org/newsawd.htm
to see this newletter.
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 email@example.com .
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.
Thanks to webmaster Tom Carrubba, KA2D, for the suggestion.
New Hudson Division Advisory Committee Members Selected
Each of the fifteen divisions has a member serving on the DX and Contest “advisory committees”
to the ARRL Board. Their job is to give advice to the ARRL Board on issues that come before
them on these two special operating categories.
Both of our current advisory committee members have informed me that they are moving out of
the Hudson Division and have tendered their resignation. Hudson Division DX Advisory
Committee member Angel Garcia, WA2VUY, of Long Valley, NJ has retired and will shortly set
off for Italy where he plans to live and work DX. Well known Contester and Hudson Division
Contest Advisory Committee member John M Crovelli, W2GD of Frenchtown, NJ is moving
off to the Atlantic Division and Pennsylvania. John very recently had a “note from heaven” in
the form of a slight heart attack and now has a new stent and a new life style. He will be at
P40W for the contest this weekend. Lucky John!
We will miss them both and wish them good luck in their new homes. We thank them for the
time and effort they have spent over the last number of years serving on these two committees
which advise the ARRL Board of Directors on these matters that eventually affect all of and our
contesting or DX operating.
To replace them we have selected John Sawina, NA2R, of Frenchtown, NJ, a long time member
of the North Jersey DX Association to serve as Hudson Division DXAC representative and
Dr. George D, Wilner, K2ONP, of Troy, NY to serve as Hudson Division Contest Advisory
Thanks and good luck gentlemen.
The guard has been changed but there is still someone from Frenchtown serving. de N2FF
Ø H.Res 230 – Let Your Congressman know you Support this Resolution – Write please!
Ø See sample letter at http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/04/28/3/?nc=1
To expedite delivery, send all correspondence bound for Members of Congress–preferably as
an attachment–to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 703-684-7594 also send me a copy at
The ARRL will bundle correspondence addressed to each Member of Congress for hand
A copy of HRes 230 is available on the ARRL Web site in .PDF format at,
http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/filings/hres230/HRes230.pdf. See the ARRL Web site,
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/04/28/3/?nc=1, for more information.
Breathing Life Back Into A Club (Oct 19, 2005) — Flashes of lightning illuminate a castle on a
distant hill. In a concealed laboratory within the stone walls of the castle, amidst the tables of
bubbling flasks of chemical concoctions and walls with flickering lights and buzzing electrical
apparatus, Dr. Frankenstein carries out his diabolical experiments in trying to give life to the
dead. See http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2005/10/19/2/?nc=1
AMATEUR RADIO DOES IT AGAIN SUCCESSFULLY…..
Hams from Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer Counties for the 21’st year provided volunteers
to assist the NYS Thruway Police on Halloween eve and night. They parked their vehicles at the
end of bridges that crossed the Thruway. The idea is to prevent items from being tossed on
vehicles using the Thruway. If you have never seen what an item does to your windshield it could
be fatal. Other Ham radio clubs provided assistance the entire length of the Thruway, from the
NYC line to Buffalo.
A report from the NYS Police stated again that the endeavor was successful. There were no
incidents according to Sgt. Charles Stumpf and Sgt. Anthony Miserendino. Sometimes it seems
as though we sit there for five hours each night and nothing takes place. Boring! That’s the way
it should be. It means that the Pumpkin Patrol was successful.
Our net controls for Sunday and Monday nights were Tom Woznak N2SQO and Tony Pazzola
W2BEJ. The rest of the crew were: Randy, KA2TJZ; Frank W2FPG; Ken AA2CW; Dick,
Margaret, and son Isaac, WA2NFD; Dave NF2G; Dave, KA2HPW; Jim K2ZP; Dave and June,
WB2VXS and KB2JTG; Dave KM2O; Tim, WA2QAC; Dick N2TZQ; Frank, KC2NDK; Craig,
N2UID; Mitch, KA2MAT; Tad, KC2OGL; Margaret, N2PEK; Beth, KC2BSC; June, KA2VEK;
Dwight, N2SDL; Ken, WA2TQK; Mike, N2JVE; Ken, KB2KFV; Marilyn, KB2JZI; Mac,
KB2SPM; Karen, KS2O; Richard, WA2COI and Jack, WA2YBM. Total participants for the
two nights were thirty two volunteers.
Jack Donnelly and Karen Smith coordinated the volunteers. Police officers from Bethlehem,
Colonie, Albany and Guilderland stopped at the various locations with the message of “good
work” to the participants. It is very much appreciated. Ray N2QZF and Sue KC2IBI made the
rounds to various bridges to provide coffee, soda hot chocolate and other goodies to the Hams.
Bless their hearts, it was so much appreciated. Dave N2SBA acted as our liaison to various
REACT and other Citizen Band radio personnel. They provided seven people to help in the
de Jack Donnelly, WA2YBM
Mt. Beacon Amateur Radio Club Assists NY State Police Troop “T” During “Pumpkin
If you don’t know what the “Pumpkin Patrol” is see
Over the two nights of Halloween Eve and Halloween night, the Mt. Beacon Amateur Radio Club
(MBARC) participated in “Pumpkin Patrol 2005”. Pumpkin Patrol is a state-wide program of the
New York State Thruway and the New York State Police begun in 1976 as an important element
of the State Police crime prevention effort. Assisting the NYSP Troop “T” (Thruway) in staffing
bridges over I-84 in Dutchess County to help ensure that no person throws debris over onto the
highway were the 35 members and friends of MBARC. The “ham” operators were linked to NYS
Thruway Headquarters through their mobile amateur radios and cell phones.
This was the 14th year that MBARC members participated in the program, led by Andrew D.
Schmidt and Brenda Lee Spagna, both of Poughkeepsie. Local liaison between the NY State
Police and the amateur radio operators was provided by State Trooper Brian Kieckhafer of the
NY State Police’s Newburgh barracks. Here’s a pointer to the Poughkeepsie Journal article:
Below are the participants with callsigns: Andrew D Schmidt, N2FTR; Bill Baker, KC2LIX; Brenda Lee M Spagna, N2TTO; Colleen M Scalia, KC2HUT; Dan Vrooman, KC2JTM; Dave Bogdan, N2NYS; David Ruth, KC2AFK; Caitlin A Peterson, KC2OAR; Don Hitt, KB2ZE; Elizabeth Hargrave, (nocall); Finn O Poulsen, WB2UWU; Frank E Johnson, WN2Y; Frank Rufino, KB2TJJ; Frank Szenher, W2GIO; James R Peterson, K2CSS; Jane Vrooman, (nocall); Janet Duffy, KC2LUR; John Ceccherelli, N2XE; Jonathan Mang, (nocall); Ken Akasofu, KL7JCQ; Kenneth F Gross, N2OBY; Lilli Poulsen, (nocall); Michael F Scalia, KC2HUV; Monika R Haas, KC2HEE; Noel Wheate, KE2FI; Orestes J Mihaly, Jr., KC2CPO; Parth P Dave, N2SGT; Paul J Burnham, N2DXL, Ray S Linton, N2SPF; Richard D Otis, N2ZKX; Robert Hargrave, KC2FEL; Robert J Mang, K2ROB; Scott I Kostenbauder, W2AWX; Stuart G Tucker, N2LLS; and Tara L Peterson, N2CSS
de - Andrew, N2FTR@arrl.net
DXCC Desk accredits operations: The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved these operations for
DXCC credit: 6O0JT, Somalia, September 30, 2004 through April 30, 2005; 5X1W, Uganda,
August 3-12, 2005; DX0K, Spratly Islands, February 1-April 30, 2005. For more information,
visit the DXCC Web page
http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/. “DXCC Frequently Asked Questions” can answer most
questions about the DXCC program. ARRL DX bulletins are available on the W1AW DX
Bulletins page <http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/dx/>.
INTERESTED IN CONTESTING?
K5ZD to provide chance to eavesdrop firsthand on contest operation: In what appears to be a contesting first, streaming audio <http://www.k5zd.com/live> from the Western Massachusetts contest station of Randy Thompson, K5ZD, will be available on the Internet during the CQ World Wide Phone Contest. Dave Pascoe, KM3T, a contest veteran, will be at the helm of K5ZD for a serious single-operator, all-band effort. "This will be a full blown SO2R [single-operator, two radio] effort, and the stream will be in stereo, so you hear exactly what he is hearing," Thompson said. He advises listeners to look for audio streaming to start a few hours before the contest. E-mail comments to K5ZD <email@example.com>.
Yes, we did archive the audio from the contest. You can listen to the contest in 30 minute increments and view the log for each segment at http://www.k5zd.com/live/wwph05/audio_wwph05.html. There is also a link where you can download the entire contest as one file. Dave has been listening to the contest through his Apple iPod! You may want to find your QSO in the recording and see how you sounded here in New England.
One local contester has already used some of the audio files as part of the contest presentation to his local club.
If you hear an interesting segment, let me know the times (in GMT) and I will try to pull it out into a "Greatest Hits" list so that it will be easier to find examples of particular operating events.
CQ WW CW
We plan to do it again for CQ WW CW! I will be operating single op all band with SO2R in a reasonably serious effort. Visit www.k5zd.com/live during the contest and click on the "Listen to Live Audio Now" link to share the experience.
Note: During the phone contest several people complained of slow start up or connection problems when using Microsoft Windows Media Player. RealPlayer works great and starts very fast.
Look forward to your comments. And see you in CQ WW CW.
From Randy, K5ZD and Dave, KM3T
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