Hudson Division Beacon – November 2009

                   November 2009
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 103
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 Division Team, N2FF and KA2ANF, Happy Thanksgiving
Be warned,  the BIG CQ WW CW Contest is the weekend.  It is also a
chance for new HF hams to work a few new entities, especially on Sunday
when the pile-up has shrunk and DX super-stations begin to beg for more

===> – Fairlawn ARC Auction…. Friday after Thanksgiving, November 27,
Doors open at 5:30pm for sellers. 6:00pm for Buyers and the Proceedings
start at 7:00pm promptly. Auctioneer: Pete Adely, W2HP.  What to
expect: Lots of laughter and good deals.  What to bring: Anything
Amateur Radio related and cash to buy a few items.  SPECIAL AUCTION
ANNOUNCEMENT – KJI ELECTRONICS, your neighborhood amateur radio store,
at 394 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ will be at THE FAIR LAWN RADIO
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB AUCTION.  Refreshments will be available.
Telephone 201-791-3841 and leave your name, number and short message or
e-mail . We will get back to you ASAP.
Location: Fair Lawn Senior Center, located on the corner of 11th Street
and Gardiner Road – 1-05 Gardiner Rd.,         Fair Lawn, N.J. 0741

==> George Smith, AA2EJ, Wins Nobel Prize
(Nov 3, 2009) — Around 5:30 on the morning of October 6, George E.
Smith, AA2EJ, of Barnegat, New Jersey, got a phone call that changed
his life: He had just found out he had won the Nobel Prize in Physics
for 2009 “for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit — the
CCD sensor.” Smith will share the prize money with two other
recipients: Charles K. Kao, of Standard Telecommunication Laboratories
in the United Kingdom and Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong,
China, and Willard S. Boyle, of Bell Laboratories. Each recipient will
receive a diploma, a medal and a document confirming their share of SEK
$10 million (about $1.4 million US dollars); Kao will receive 50
percent, while Smith and Boyle will each receive 25 percent the
monetary award.

Full story at:

==> The Hudson Division Awards Luncheon A Success….Again…..

Despite a poor economy almost 80 people attended our 2009 event and had
a good time and good food.   It was fun and a number of attendees went
home with not only good memories but a few nice door prizes thanks to
ARRL, CQ, KJI, Oasis Radio, and Command Radio. While we do not yet have
the final figures, it was again a financial success.  We expect that
the hosting club, Metroplex will in January or early February take a
trip to Newington with a nice check for the Spectrum Defense Fund.
Missing from the event this year was MC Jim Joyce, W2ZO, who underwent
successful by pass surgery a few days prior to the event.  Jim plans to
be back in 2010 as MC according to Hudson Director, Frank Fallon, N2FF
who filled in for him. Mary Hobart, K1MMH, ARRL’s Chief Development
Officer was again present and thanked those attending for their
continued financial support of ARRL programs.

Grand Ole Ham  –  Diane Ortiz, K2DO, gave a great speech after being
introduced by George, N2GA, her husband and Rich Rosner, N2STU who had
long lists of accomplishments for Diane.  Now Diane has another, “First
YL to be Named Hudson Division Grand Ole Ham.”  The Technical
Achievement award was presented to David Struebel, WB2FTX who was
introduced by Greg Szpunar – N2GS who shared some stories of all the
reasons why he nominated award winner Dave for the 2009 award.  Amateur
of the Year – James Mezey, Jr. –  W2KFV of Carle Place, NY was unable
to attend as he was on a long planned, and probably well deserved,
Caribbean cruise.  Jim will be presented with his award at HRU in
January.  Richard Cetron – K2KNB took the microphone serving as the
stand-in for 2009 Amateur of the Year award winner Jim Mezey and had
some very nice things to say about him.
There are some 19 pictures of the event on the division web page with
captions.  See them at and be sure to click
on “See more pictures.”

Again thanks to Hudson Division Vice-Director, Joyce Birmingham, KA2NAF
for putting the event together and to George Sabbi, KC2GLG for a great
job editing the Awards Journal and then getting it and the pictures
from the event and captions on line.  Also, a big thanks John Acivino,
KB2VVO, president of MetroPlex and its other friendly officers for
hosting the event.

If you want to see the Awards Journal you can go to the 2009 Awards
Webpage and click on the Link there for the Program.  It’s up and
working…a bit of a large file, but you don’t have to download it.
Just load it up into Acrobat and page down through the individual

===>  The 2009 ARRL Spectrum Defense Campaign Needs Your Support (Nov
19, 2009) — ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH reports
that the ARRL has raised $126,828 toward the goal $310,000 for the 2009
Spectrum Defense Fund. “The messages I receive from the ARRL members
and hams who contribute to this much needed fund are heartening,” she
said, “expressing appreciation for all the work ARRL does for the
Amateur Radio community to protect our frequencies. And we can all be
proud of the successes that have come from the work of ARRL leadership
— the Board and staff here at HQ. But there is always more to do.”
Hobart said that year after year, ARRL members tell her that the
League’s representation of radio operators — both in Washington and on
the international stage — is one of, if not the most important
activities that the ARRL does. “The cost of that representation at
meetings in Washington, at IARU gatherings and working party meetings
to prepare for world telecommunications conferences is the key to the
continued success of our defense efforts,” she said. “Spectrum Defense
is one of those areas that is not covered completely by member dues. So
we ask ARRL members to do what they can to help cover those expenses.”
Amateurs wishing to make a contribution may do so easily online, via
postal mail or by calling the ARRL Development Office at (860)

==> ARLX011 Former Hudson Division Director Paul Vydareny, WB2VUK, SK

Paul Vydareny, WB2VUK, of Tarrytown, New York, passed away Thursday,
October 22, from a brain aneurysm. He was 65.

An ARRL Life Member and member of the ARRL’s A-1 Operator Club,
Vydareny served as Director of the ARRL’s Hudson Division from
January-September 1996.

Vydareny had a long record of volunteer service with the ARRL: Prior to
becoming Director, he served as Section Manager of the Eastern New York
Section from 1980-1996 and as Vice Director from 1987-1996 (Vice
Directors were once allowed to serve simultaneously as Section

Vydareny — who was elevated from Vice Director to Director when
then-Director Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML (ex-WA2DHF), was elected ARRL
First Vice President — resigned as Director in 1996, citing job and
church obligations as preventing him from doing what he considered “a
proper job of fulfilling his duties as Director.”

Vydareny’s three daughters — Alyssa, Karyn and Sylvie — are also
licensed amateurs.

==> Ham Radio Operators Assist in Catalina Island Rescue

(Oct 31, 2009) — Around 9:45 on the night of October 23, while
attending an overnight event at the Boy Scouts’ Camp Emerald Bay on
Santa Catalina Island, Karl Tso, KI6PCW, and his wife, Deborah Ava,
KJ6CRZ, of Topanga, California, decided to climb a hill to check out
the view — and to see if they could get into the repeater on the
island with their handheld transceivers. As they climbed the hill, the
two radio amateurs heard a sound; Tso turned his high-powered
flashlight on the source, only to discover a man who had fallen 48 feet
to the rocks below, bleeding and severely injured.

Full story at:

===> ARRL, McSnyder Software Team Up to Provide iTunes Apps (Nov 25,
2009) — ARRL is pleased to announce the availability of a new suite of
Amateur Radio mobile software — designed specifically for use with the
Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. The applications — or “apps” — are
named ARRL Technician, ARRL General and ARRL Extra and function as an
electronic version of practice exam flash cards.  Full story:

==> Changes for the 2009 November Sweepstakes
To make this faster turnaround possible, logs must be received at ARRL
HQ within 15 days of the end of the contest, not 30 days, as it has
been for years. Log submission deadlines are 0300 UTC Tuesday, November
24 for CW and 0300 UTC Tuesday, December 8 for Phone. Kutzko said that
the preferred method of log submission is the Cabrillo electronic
See for more

==> More SS Info
Thanks to all those in the division who worked me in recent contests.
It helps the score.  Last weekend was the SSB segment of the ARRL
Sweepstakes, a contest that goes back many years and is based on
traffic handling which explains the long involved exchange – QSO
number, precedence or category, Call, check (year first licensed), and
section.  The exchange really tests your CW skills.  Getting all 80 US
and Canadian sections earns you a “clean sweep,” something I have yet
to attain.
This year I did not get started until past 8 PM Saturday night after a
2 hour and fifteen minute trip from Newington at pretty high speed most
of the way.  I was low power and telnet.  I was out to get a sweep.  I
was a Q man with 100 watts.  I got on the air about 8:30 local time and
hit the sack after some 64 pouncing QSOs and 35 mults on 40 and 80.

I was back on the air Sunday morning at 12:30 UTC and worked a few
stations on 80 and 40.  I had a small run starting at 13:26 on 7229 for
some 24 QSOs.  I had two more small runs and then at 20:18 a guy in WNY
heard me call another station and asked me to move up so he could get
NLI for a sweep and then said, “Hey, you should run here!” So I did and
he posted me.  I was on 7156 for some 67 hectic QSOs.  My temperature
went up and I wanted my short sleeve shirt.  I did not see any green
bugs crawling the walls but I sure thought I was back in Grenada.  It
was wild.  DX in NLI.  In all I had almost 80 QSOs in that hour. I
called CQ only once but eventually the run died.  I think someone moved
in close to me that I could not hear.

I threw in the towel at 0202 after working W2XA who told me that he was
going to retire in two weeks –  he is lawyer for NYS in Albany.  I
worked a lot of ARRL friends – N4MM, K1ZZ, W0CP, WY0SS (Katie Breen),
W0HB, W1AW, N6BV, and W3IZ.  I heard and worked many of the Owls, KS2G,
N2MUN, KA2D and N2YBB, who had a nice run going but was too weak here
to work on 80.  I wound up with 430 QSOs and 77 Sections.  I was 3
short of the “clean sweep.”  I threw in the towel as I realized in the
time remaining in the contest that I would not get ND, MS, and a weird
one, WCF.  I heard only one of them and that was ND on 40, weak and
covered in QRM on Sunday. A Sweep continues to elude me, but perhaps
next year.

I am constantly amazed at how rare NLI is in this contest.  I believe
it is even rarer in the CW portion. I worked a lot of very excited guys
who told me I was their Sweep – the last section needed to have them
all.  I think most of them were telling the truth.  Near the end of the
contest I worked a guy in NLI who said I was his only NLI. It is really

QSO   Sec
80   105      25
40   201      29
20    87      17
15    37       6
430      77    66220 points
73 de Frank…N2FF………

===> Log Book of the World Renewals….
If any of you have expired LoTW certificates which need renewal see the
information below.  As you may be aware there has been a glitch in the
renewal process and many of us, I (N2FF) included, have not been able
to upload files since October when the problem was discovered.  Only
those who have certificates that expired from October 2009 are
affected.  The program is working fine except for those who needed to
renew have not, until now, been able to renew or upload.  They still
continue to get QSL matches for previously uploaded logs and can use
those credits for any awards.

Discovery of the glitch came at a very bad time as ARRL staff is
currently heavily involved in a complete web page update which they
plan to begin beta testing in early December and hopefully roll out in
January.  You may have read a recent QST article featuring this web
update.  I saw a demonstration of it last Saturday and it is very cool.
I think you will like it.  By mid February ARRL staff hope to be able
to launch a new and much improved TQSL program.

There is a fix for those with expired certificates.  ARRL staffer, Norm
Fusaro, W3IZ has provided directions.  Here is what you do:

Delete any and all TQ5, TQ6 and TQ8 files that may reside in your
folders. (All of them)
2. If there are any lines with a callsign please delete them.
(Highlight callsign line then select CERTIFICATE – DELETE or right
click on the line and select DELETE.)
3. In the menu bar select FILE – NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST
4. Request a new UNSIGNED certificate for your call
Beginning Date
O      Be sure to use the correct BEGIN when this call was issued to
O      DO NOT use the default date of 1945-11-01.
Ending Date
O      Enter the ending date when you retired this callsign.
O      If the call is still current then leave the end date open.
O      Passwords are optional.  Unless you use a shared public computer
there really is no reason to password protect your private key.
O      If you choose to use a password be sure you record it.  We
cannot assist with lost or forgotten passwords for your private key.
On the last window you will be asked to SIGN or UNSIGNED the
certificate request.  Because this is a PRIMARY CALLSIGN the request
will be UNSIGNED.
7. Save the TQ5 file to your folder.
8. e-Mail to me the TQ5 file that you saved.
9. Stand by for your TQ6.  (Next business day if this is a weekend or
Once you have the gold ribbon certificate installed for your primary
call you will then be able to request SIGNED certificates for your
other calls if you have any.  You will also once again be able to
upload your logs to LoTW and get new QSL matches.
be combined with personal calls.

==> Before You Make Up Your Christmas list for Santa….
Check out QRZ. Com and W9EVTs pictures of his shack.  George has some
neat collection of old rigs there.  It looks like George has adopted
too many orphans at local flea markets.  If you are a long time ham his
pictures on QRZ are a real interesting stroll down memory lane.

George Ulm, W9EVT was born in the Free City of Danzig in 1930. In the
mid-1930s he moved to Chicago with his family. After W.W.II, he
produced some of the first convention exhibits for the Radio Parts Show
in the Windy City. His business later expanded to world’s fairs and
conventions such as the CES in Las Vegas and Chicago. George is a
Korean Conflict veteran, taught electronics in the Navy Air Corps,
developed and put on air the first two meter amateur repeaters in the
mid west.

George has lived in Mexico, Europe, Africa and Australia with ham calls
associated with each part of the world. In the early 1960s he purchased
an apple and cherry farm on Washington Island, WI. At retirement he
decided to raise antennas on the property instead of fruit. He lives
there year round with his wife, Susan, his dogs, Ivan and Bosun and a
very talkative African Gray Parrot, B.B.              Web Page
Thanks to Bob, W2II for bringing this to our attention.

==> FCC Issues Public Notice on Amateur Service Communication During
Government Disaster Drills (Oct 20, 2009 [REVISED Oct 22, 2009 13:51
ET]) — On Tuesday October 20, 2009 the FCC released a Public Notice
clarifying the Commission’s rules relating to the use of Amateur Radio
by licensed amateurs participating in drills and exercises on behalf of
their employers. Entitled Amateur Service Communications During
Government Disaster Drills, the Public Notice addresses participation
by paid employees of organizations taking part in drills.

Full story at:

Please read the Public Notice, DA-09-2259.  It is available in the site
listed above.

==>   Hiram Percy Maxim and the W1AW Station
More than 1000 visitors come to see ARRL and operate W1AW each year.
Each visitor has a chance to tour ARRL HQ and meet and talk with staff,
and see all that the League does to promote the Amateur Radio Service.
When they go over to W1AW, some guests want to know if the station was
once the home of Hiram Percy Maxim, cofounder and first President of
the ARRL.

In February 1936, when Maxim died of pneumonia on his way back from
visiting Lick Observatory on Mt Hamilton in San Jose, California, the
ARRL HQ station — W1MK — was located at Brainard Field in Hartford.
In March 1936, the Connecticut River flooded and the building where the
station was housed was destroyed by the flood waters. The League’s
Board of Directors decided that a new station be built on a more
suitable site in memory of Maxim. In December 1936, the FCC — in the
first action of its kind — assigned the call W1AW to ARRL in memoriam.
The ARRL purchased a 7 acre site in Newington, about 5 miles southwest
of Brainard Field. From the flood until September 1938, W1MK operated
from ARRL Headquarters, then on LaSalle Road in West Hartford. On
September 2, 1938 — what would have been Maxim’s 69th birthday —
W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, was dedicated, with the
ceremony broadcast across the country by CBS Radio. So, no, the
building where W1AW is located was never home to Hiram Percy Maxim; in
fact, he never saw it. But even so, we know that his spirit lives on
every time we sit down at a radio. Now you know!     (From ARRL web

==> CW Practice Anyone?
Starting Monday November 2, the QSY CW Net will be back. The QSY CW NET
had been dormant for the past year due to lack of check-ins. A net only
works and stays on the air if people participate and check in.
The QSY CW NET is a CW training net meeting most days at 9:00 PM
Eastern Time on 3576 KHz. Everyone is warmly invited to check in, this
means if you’re not a member of the QSY Society you still can
participate. The Net operating speed is 10wpm but every effort possible
to accommodate those requiring a slower speed will be made.  (Operators
doing 5wpm ….HAVE NO FEAR!!!!!)
We hope to give you the opportunity to learn and practice CW operating
To help the newcomer, a few of the basic procedures are briefly
outlined on the  website.
See you there…  Scott Dunlavey  ……KC2NTY……..

==>Pumpkin Patrol Report…..
This year, 2009, we had 22 individuals assist (20 hams, 2 XYLs).  The
program that Mt. Beacon ARC has been doing with NY State Police Troop
“T” (Thruway) and the NY State Thruway Authority has seen 128 unique
individuals assist over the 18 years that MBARC has been assisting.
Besides the obvious hams, we’ve had XYLs, OMs, kids, friends all
participate in the cars as well (all part of that 128 individuals).
Looking forward to 2010!
de Andrew, ,
If you are not familiar with the Pumpkin Patrol public service, please
read the article in a local newspaper in this link :

In cooperation with the NY State Police, Mount Beacon Amateur Radio
Club (MBARC) in Dutchess County, NY (146.97) sponsors the annual
Pumpkin Patrol which is coordinated by Andrew Schmidt, W2BOS and
monitored by State Trooper Brian Kieckhafer. Andrew has coordinated
this public service event for the past 18 years and can give you
information about the number of participants and their call signs and
other statistics.    The service consists of watching the
seven overpass bridges across interstate 84 in Dutchess county, and
covers Halloween eve and Halloween night, each in two shifts, 7-9 PM
and 9-11PM.

Although we are never to get involved in any actual or suspicious event
other than to call the net control, who then reports to the police
about the event, Andrew requires that two adults are in each car. We
park the cars as close to the overpass as we can, always off the
driving lanes, on the shoulder or in the breakdown lane.

This year I decided to be a little more conspicuous for a couple of
reasons. It serves to warn passing traffic of a parked car, and it may
inform local residents that we are doing a service, and most important,
it shows a potential prankster that we are watching.  This is the 94
cent plastic pumpkin basket with a “stick-up” battery light and a
cookie tin cover that I made and will be using on future Pumpkin Patrol
assignments.  Since the second person in the car does not have to be a
ham, I bring Lilli, my XYL of almost 60 years to meet the safety
requirements and to keep me pleasant company for the two, 2-hour shifts
I signed up for.

==> Solution for the low sunspot problem
See  Try it on your
antenna at your own risk.
(Designed especially to get a smile out of you.  A joke!)


Please take a look at

The November 2009 award goes to “Compass, ”  the newsletter of the
Great South Bay ARC for their November issue.  Congratulations to the
editor for some really great pictures in this issue but no name is
listed or credited for the editor.

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 Season is OVER….

The Next division event is HRU in January 2010 see:
QST editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, to be the keynote speaker.

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