Hudson Division Beacon – November 2007

                       November 2007
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 80
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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From the Hudson Division ARRL Team and their families,  best wishes for
a great Thanksgiving weekend with your family!  Have a good bird!

Beware, this will be a contest weekend – The CQ WW CW Contest.  Even if
you are not a contester you may be interested in this Icom video about
K3LR’s station which can been seen from Route 80 in western PA just
before the Ohio border.  It’s on the south side of the road.  Thanks to
Steve Holton, N1NB, for pointing out this great video.  Eat your heart
out about those antennas and towers.

===> Belay the Riley Retirement Story…. Riley has decided NOT to
retire….  (Yes, we hear the cheers!)

===>Philadelphia Inquirer has Thanksgiving ham story

Thanks to Matt,WV1K for alerting us of this gem on the YCCC reflector.
It’s really worth a read and a pass on to friends……

===>  Hudson Division Awards Dinner Once Again a Social and Financial

See pictures at

While a guest or two including Ham of the Year, Larry Lutzak, WA2CNV,
and his wife were delayed for more than an hour by a serious accident
that forced a closing on Route 80 a mile ahead of them the evening was
a resounding success.  Just talk to any of the many attendees that went
home with a great door prize.  Attendance this year was nearly 110 at
the Holiday Inn in Saddle Brook, NJ.   BARA successfully hosted the
2007 dinner on November 10, at the Holiday Inn, Saddlebrook, NJ.   Mary
Hobart, K1MMH, ARRL Chief Development Officer and Katie Breen, W1KRB,
ARRL Membership Manager were both on hand from HQ to help out and meet

The 2007 Awards Journal had more ads and pages than ever before and
attendees were most generous in contributions to the raffle drawing.
While the treasurer’s report is still not complete we appear to once
again be in a position to make a large contribution to the ARRL
Spectrum Defense Fund.

This year’s honorees were for Technical Achievement Walter Legowski –
WA1KKM from Schenectady, NY – a member of the Albany Amateur Radio
Assn. nominated by:  George Wilner, K2ONP from Troy, NY.  Walter also
recently received a QST Cover Plaque Award for an article in QST.

For Grand Ole Ham – Van Field – W2OQI from Center Moriches, NY a member
of the Peconic Amateur Radio Club was nominated by  Robert Napoli –
K2LGO from Riverhead, NY and Steve Barreres, K2CX of Plainview, NY.
Both gave excellent speeches about Van who was unable to attend due to
health reasons and was presented with the award a few weeks previous to
the event.

For Amateur of the Year – Larry Lutzak – WA2CNV from Bellerose, NY a
member of the ARC-ECS Amateur Radio Club in Queens, NY  was nominated
by:  George Sau – WB2ZTH of Huntington, NY

Vincent Mattera – WB2AAP from Brooklyn, NY a Member of Kings County
Repeater Assn. and Kings County Radio Club in NY was nominated by
Herbert Klein – W2NCM of Brooklyn.  Walter was unable to attend but his
wife Felicia, KB2NYF, was on hand to receive the award.

Hudson Division Special Achievement Award was presented to  Tony Izzo –
K2AMI for his work and service on the ARRL Hudson Division Awards
Dinner.  He was introduced by Jim Joyce, K2ZO, a long time friend, BARA
member, and experienced Hudson Division Awards Dinner MC.

===> Hudson Division Director Presents ARRL Presidents’ Award to Walter

Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD, was presented with the ARRL President’s Award
on November 16th, 2007 at the Radio Club of America Dinner during the
cocktail party.  Mr. Cronkite was present at the dinner to receive the
prestigious “Armstrong Medal” from the RCA.  With the cooperation of
Radio Club of America officials Hudson Division Director Frank Fallon,
N2FF, was able to make the presentation prior to the dinner.  Cronkite
was given the award for the generous use of his time, his voice and
himself in narrating two of ARRL’s videos which have been used to
present ARRL’s legislative program to the public.  Mr. Cronkite has
long been recognized as the “most trusted man in America” so lining our
causes to his face, name and voice has been a great help.

The ARRL Executive Board granted the award in 2005 and a plaque was
made up in 2005 when it appeared that we would have an opportunity to
grant the award at a public ceremony.  Those plans fell through and it
was not until now that an opportunity presented itself, thanks to the
cooperation of officials in the Radio Club of America, to make the

The video presentation, “Amateur Radio Today,” tells Amateur Radio’s
public service story to non-hams. Directed by Dave Bell, W6AQ, and
narrated by former CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD.  Alan
Kaul, W6RCL, authored the script, and Keith Glispie, WA6TFD, edited the
production.  A second video, in DVD format, title “ARRL Goes to
Washington” was created to help tell of the problems we faced from BPL
interference and poor FCC regulations.  Cronkite appeared in and
narrated both videos.

“It was quite a thrill to make this presentation to Mr. Cronkite,” said
Director Fallon. “I was really not sure that it was going to happen
until the very last minute,” he added.  Also present at the event was
ARRL Roanoke Director Dennis Bodson who was at the RCA Dinner to
receive the Sarnoff Citation for a “significant contribution to the
Advancement of Electronic Communications.”

In 2003 the ARRL Board created The President’s Award to recognize an
individual or an ARRL member or members who “have shown long-term
dedication to the goals and objectives of ARRL and Amateur Radio” and
who have gone the extra mile to support individual League programs and
goals.  This is only the third time the award has been given and second
time a ham residing in the Hudson Division has been given the Award.
The first award went to Jerry Agliata, W2GLA, who received the award in
2004 at the Hudson Division Awards Dinner, held on Long Island for his
long time involvement in legislative efforts in New York State on
behalf of amateurs.  The second time the award was given was in 2005
when it was presented to Mary Ann Crider, WA3HUP, for her contributions
to the cause of international goodwill through her long service as QSL
Manager and Manager of the ARRL Third Call Area Incoming QSL Bureau.

Pictures will shortly be available on the division web page.

===>  Hudson Division “Best Club Newsletter for 2007” Selected – “The

The Troy Amateur Radio Association, newsletter “TARA News” was selected
by Hudson Division Assistant Directors as the best newsletter.  “The
TARA News” editor Ken “Chief” Davis, KB2KFV, will receive a plaque at
the December TARA meeting.  Weather permitting the Hudson Division team
will be on hand to present the plaque to hardworking and creative
editor, Ken Davis.  Editor in Chief, Perry White will be unable to
attend.  Well done, Ken.  Thanks for a great newsletter.

We had a number of other great newsletters than came very close this
time.  Keep up the good work.
Let those editors know you appreciate the work they put into your club

===> Special Offer for New or Renewing ARRL Diamond Club Members (Oct
30, 2007) — ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, reminds
League members that now is a great time to join the Diamond Club or
renew your Diamond Club membership. “For Diamond Club contributions of
$100 or more before December 31, you will receive a 2008 ARRL calendar.
This offer is good for new and renewing Diamond Club members. Please
keep the Diamond Terrace in mind as you plan your year-end giving.
There is still plenty of room for your personalized brick in the
Terrace — what a great legacy for yourself or a friend or loved one.”
Those who join the ARRL Diamond Club at the Brass level ($250) or
higher, will receive a brick (with engraving up to three lines) placed
in the ARRL Diamond Terrace.

===> ARRL and MFJ Team Up to Offer 40 Meter Transceiver Kits
(Nov 3, 2007) — Earlier this fall, ARRL introduced the third edition
of its Low Power Communication book, authored by Rich Arland, W3OSS.
This new edition includes the complete assembly manual for a 40 meter
transceiver kit produced by MFJ Enterprises. “ARRL has also bundled the
book with the kit, giving readers a firsthand experience at
project-building and operating,” said ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager
Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. This is the first time ARRL has offered a
publication bundled with a radio kit. Inderbitzen said orders for the
kit have been brisk. “We’re delighted that MFJ agreed to collaborate
with us on this unique publication and product undertaking. The initial
surge of interest exceeded our expectation, and we’ve already gone back
to MFJ a couple of times for more units.” With such a high demand for
these kits, the ARRL has experienced a large number of orders and the
League regrets any inconvenience with order delays. The kit selected
for this offering is the MFJ 40 Meter CW Cub Transceiver Kit. The
project includes some pre-assembled parts such as surface mounted
components. Kit builders get to solder on connectors, inductors,
trimmer capacitors and potentiometers. It takes only a few hours to
complete the kit and get it on the air. “Building the kit is a natural
application for someone enjoying this book,” said Inderbitzen. “ARRL is
committed to developing active radio amateurs. I can’t think of a
better way to encourage more hams to experience low-power operating and
building, as well as helping to grow the community of active QRPers.”
Visit the ARRL on-line catalog  at  for
more information about ARRL’s Low Power Communication–third edition,
the Cub Transceiver Kit and other new publications.


The ham who flew the aircraft that dropped the first Atomic Bomb in
combat has died. 92 year old Paul Tibbets, the former K4ZVZ, who
piloted the B-29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on
Hiroshima near the end of World War 2, passed away at his Columbus,
Ohio home Thursday. November 1st from what news reports describe as a
variety of health problems.

Tibbets’ historic mission in the plane named for his mother marked the
beginning of the end of World War II. More important, military experts
say that it eliminated the need for what military planners feared would
have been an extraordinarily bloody invasion of Japan.

The plane and its crew of 14 dropped the five-ton bomb nick named
“Little Boy” on the morning of August 6, 1945. The blast killed some
80,000 people and leveled the city of Hiroshima. Tibbets never
expressed regret over his role. He said it was his patriotic duty and
the right thing to do.

Tibbets kept a low profile in ham radio. Clyde L. Mings, AC4EY,
commenting in the West Florida Herald Tribune on-line edition said that
he worked for Tibbets for over a year on the B-47 jet bomber
project. Also that he later helped Tibbets set up his ham radio station
in his home at MacDill Air Force Base. Mings said that he found Tibbets
to be a perfectionist, but also a quiet, competent and
caring officer who knew war; he flew a B-17 combat tour and was wounded
over Germany. According to website, Tibbets held the K4ZVZ
call until 1998. Sources say he gave up the hobby when his
hearing failed.

Paul Tibbets is survived by his wife, Andrea, and three sons – Paul,
Gene and James – as well as a number of grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. Fearing it would provide his detractors with a
place to protest he had requested no funeral and no headstone. Instead
he was cremated and his ashes spread across the English Channel, a
place that he said he love to fly across. (Published news reports re

===> SKYWARN Recognition Day 2007 –  December 1 2007 0000Z to 2400Z
By George Sabbi – KC2GLG – ARRL NNJ Section ARES DEC – SKYWARN
Starting at 7:00 PM EST on Friday, November 30 and running through 7:00
PM EST on Saturday December 1, amateur radio operators from across the
US will be operating from National Weather Service Forecast offices in
celebration of SKYWARN Recognition Day 2007.
A yearly amateur radio operating event, since 1999, SKYWARN Recognition
Day serves to highlight the unique and important relationship between
Amateur Radio and the National Weather Service. 2007 statistics show
that there are over 250,000 NWS trained SKYWARN Spotters across the US
of which more than 40% are also licensed amateur radio operators.
Amateur Radio operators operating from mobile as well as fixed
locations before, during and after severe weather events, provide the
needed ground truth data and reports that the NWS requires in order to
assist it with its Mission of protecting both US property and lives.
The ARRL has established a Memorandum of Understanding with the
National Weather Service that highlights the relationship between these
All amateur radio operators are encouraged to take part in SKYWARN
Recognition Day, from their home stations, club stations or at a
participating NWS Forecast Office. Both the NWS Mt Holly NJ and the NWS
Upton NY are expected to be on the air, along with more than 100 other
NWS locations, including the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL. To
be a part of the around-the-clock action at the NWS Mt Holly NJ contact
Lou Ruh WX3I via email at: and for the NWS Upton NY
operation contact Brian Ciemnecki via email at: .
Contact as many NWS stations as you can, and earn a certificate from
the NWS as well as receive individual QSL Cards from the stations
offering them. More information on getting your NWS SKYWARN Recognition
Day 2007 Certificate is available here: and QSL information
for the participating stations is available here: .
The list of 2007 participating NWS stations is continually updated and
is available here: Operations
will be on various bands and cover several modes, please refer to the
operations listing for per station details: .
BTW…for those of you working on your Worked All States (WAS) Award,
this is a good opportunity to add to your list of confirmed contacts!

===> Greetings NJ Traffic Handlers and friends……….

The summer 2007 edition of the NJ Traffic Bulletin is now available.
The newsletter covers the activities of all the traffic nets in New
Jersey during the 2nd quarter of 2007.  This newsletter is also
available on the NJ Traffic Handlers’ web at
We are now using the PDF format.  If you don’t already have Adobe
Reader, you can get it at

As always, constructive comments are welcomed.  Feel free to forward
this on to anyone who might be interested. .

73,   Dan K2UL,  NJTB Editor …. Section Traffic Manager, Southern NJ


The November 2007 award goes to the Peconic Amateur Radio ClubHall
newsletter, “PARC Serves” for their November issue.   Congratulations
once again to editor Paul Birman, WA2JPJ.  This is the first newsletter
winner for the 2008 award season.  PARC is once more in the running for
the award.   Please take a look at

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!

To All Licensed Amateurs:

All are welcome on any one of MBARC’s (Mount Beacon Amateur Radio
Club) repeaters!!!
We are always looking forward to a new QSO or catching up with an old
friend, so spin those dials to one(or more) of the following

6 meter:
53.310 – 114.8hz pl K2ROB

2 meter:
146.970 – 100hz pl KC2DAA
147.045 + 100hz pl N2OXV
146.895 – 100hz pl N2EYH

1.25 meter:
223.920 – 100hz pl W2GIO

70 centimeter:
449.575 – 100hz pl WA2GZW
449.975 – 88.5hz pl N2CJ
447.675 – 100hz pl WR2ABB

23 centimeter:
921.200 (-12mhz) 100hz pl N2HPA

APRS Digi:
144.390 K1DF-15

MRARC repeaters are open to all licensed Amateur Radio Operators 24
hours a day 7 days a week.

Don’t forget to stop by for one of  various nets, including:

Monday Night Net-every Monday at 8pm on 146.970
Hudson Valley Net- every night at 7:30pm on 146.970
Satcom Net-every other Thursday 8pm on 146.970
Sideband Net- every Wednesday 9pm on 144.225USB

HAMFEST:  Well, there are none.  The next ham event in the division is
HRU 2008 to be held January 13th at Briarcliff College on Long Island.
This is better than a hamfest.  You will see local hams and expand your
mind.  Real hams are always learning.   It does not stop with passing
that license exam.   With a “Suggested Donation of $2” it does not get
any better.  This is the NINTH year for the event.

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