Hudson Division Beacon – November 2010

                     November    2010
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 113
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
Hudson Division Home Page –

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+++ The BIG CQWW CW DX Contest is this weekend  +++

CQWW CW DX Contest starts Friday night at 7 PM local –  New Low power
and QRP assisted category have been added this year.

If you are not a contester it is still an opportunity to work at DXCC.
Many of the DX contesters will be on the air both before and after the
contest.  So look for activity before and after the contest on 30, 17
and perhaps 12 (which has opened for short periods lately).  During the
contest you may find it easier to work the DX on Sunday.  Good hunting.

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving from our families (the N2FF’s and
the KA2ANF’s) to yours.  Have a good bird!  And have a nice visit with
the family.

+++   Hudson Division Award Luncheon held November 14th   ++++

Almost 75 attended the ARRL Hudson Division 2010 Awards Luncheon on
Sunday – November 14, 2010 hosted by The East Coast DX Association from
12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM held at Biagio’s Restaurant in Paramus, NJ.  The
key note speaker was ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN.  Kay, as usual
gave a great motivational speech which set the high tone for the event.
The food and the speeches were better than ever according to those long
term supporters attending this eleventh event.  Joyce Birmingham,
KA2ANF, outdid herself this year in that she was both the arranger and
the club sponsor.  The East Coast DX Association is a club she and her
late husband Andy Birmingham founded many years ago

Five awards were presented this year:  Amateur of the Year  –  Nancy
Rosner, N2TKA from NLI – Grand Ole Ham  –  Jerry Jankowitz, NO2T from
NNJ and Technical Achievement  –  Julius Jones, W2IHY from ENY

In addition President Craigie presented  the ARRL Board award, the 2010
ARRL Technical Service Award to Richard Knadle, K2RIW, of Dix Hills, New
York, for his service to Amateur Radio, serving as Net Control Operator
for 27 years for the Technical Net on the Long Island Mobile Amateur
Radio Club’s repeater.

She also presented the George Hart Distinguished Service Award honoring
longtime ARRL Communications Manager W1NJM, retired; and awarded to
amateurs who have a long history of public service communications, and
who have accrued lengthy exemplary records in multiple facets of public
service communications work.  The ARRL Board of Directors conferred the
inaugural George Hart Distinguished Service Award upon George W.
Hippisley, W2RU, William M. Smith, W7GHT and David Struebel, WB2FTX.
David, the only Hudson Division recipient, will be on hand to receive
his award.  This was the first time the award was presented.  David was
the recipient of the ARRL Hudson Division Technical Award in 2009.

Pictures with captions (thanks to webmaster/photographer George Sabbi,
KC2GLG, should now be available on the division web site at  and also thanks to George you
will find a button there which will enable you to see the pdf of the
2010 Awards journal of which George is the editor.  He has our thanks
for a job well done. You will find the bios of the recipients
interesting.  The introductions their received from those who sponsored
them for awards and the speeches the recipients gave were truly
inspiring.  In all it was a very uplifting event.

We hope you can be with us in 2011 when we again be at Biagio’s, god

At this point we are still not sure how much we will be contributing
ARRL Spectrum Defense.  We should have that figure for the December
issue of “Beacon.”

==> SKYWARN Recognition Day Set for December 4

The 12th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) Special Event will take
place Saturday, December 4, 2010. SRD is co-sponsored by the ARRL and
the National Weather Service (NWS) as a way to recognize the commitment
made by Amateur Radio operators in helping to keep their communities
safe. According to SRD Coordinator David Floyd, N5DBZ, Amateur Radio
operators can visit their local participating NWS office, working as a
team to contact other hams across the world throughout the 24 hour

See a list of participating offices at
Read more on the ARRL website at

For 2010, SKYWARN Recognition Day, is from 0000z thru 2359z on December
4 2010 (7:00 PM Friday, December 3 thru 7:00 PM on Saturday December 4

As you know the ARRL NNJ Section is covered by 2 local NWS Forecast
Offices, (NWS Upton NY and NWS Mt Holly NJ) and both will be fielding
full amateur radio operations for SKYWARN Recognition Day as they have
before. These operations will be from directly inside of their
respective operations centers.

If you would like to take part in these operations, in these locations,
please use the following information to contact the appropriate person
for each operation. NOTE: since the NWS Upton NY is located on the
grounds of the Brookhaven National Labs, you must have previously
arranged clearance, from the NWS to gain access….contact info for
that is also below.

SKYWARN Recognition Day Direct Contact info for local operations:
NWS Upton NY SKYWARN Recognition Day Coordinator: Walter Wenzel (  )
NWS Upton NY NWS Contact for getting access onto the site: Brian
Ciemnecki (  )
NWS Mt Holly NJ SKYWARN Recognition Day Coordinator: Lou Ruh
( )

Both locations plan, if enough operators are available, to be on the
air for the full 24 hours of the event.

Driving Directions to the NWS Offices:
NWS Upton NY: (once on Brookhaven Ave, drive
East to the NWS office (approx 1 mile East of Buckner Hall)
NWS Mt Holly NJ:

You can also operate this event from your home station, full
information on operations, QSLs, Certificates, etc is here:

Additional info is also here:

Good luck to all during this important event for amateur radio, the NWS
and its SKYWARN Program…and best wishes to all, you, your family and
friends, for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

George Sabbi
Section Emergency Coordinator
ARRL Northern New Jersey Section

==> New Section Manager Appointed in Western New York

While the Western New York section is not part of the Hudson Division
(it is in the Atlantic Division) many members of the ENY section do
have close contacts with the neighbor hams in WNY and may be interested
to know the following.

Steve Ryan, N2ITF, of Ashville, New York, has been appointed Section
Manager of the ARRL Western New York Section, effective November 2.
ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Department Manager Dave Patton,
NN1N, made the appointment in consultation with Atlantic Division
Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, after Scott Bauer, W2LC, announced his
resignation for personal reasons on October 31. Bauer had served as
Section Manager since January 2000.

==> 2011 ARRL Handbook — Limited Time Offer

It’s not too late to order the new 2011 ARRL Handbook with the limited
time offer to receive the handsome hardcover edition at the soft-cover
price (while supplies last). This 88th edition of The Handbook features
many new projects, up-to-date treatments of radio communication theory
and practical applications. Included at no extra charge is a fully
searchable CD-ROM with the entire contents of the book and
supplementary resources.

==> ARISS Aiming to Raise Its Educational Profile

NASA, the US space agency, will assume more direct sponsorship of the
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program as an
educational project. Among its activities, ARISS oversees the project
that enables schoolchildren to speak via ham radio with astronauts
aboard the International Space Station. NASA also will embrace ARISSat
as an educational project for the ISS National Lab. A reconfigured,
yet-to-be-named education planning group will pick up the mission of
the ARISS Communications Council (ACC). These changes were among the
outcomes of a meeting of NASA and ARISS-International officials, who
gathered November 12-13 at ARRL Headquarters.

Full story at

==> Ham Radio in the Big Apple

I work in New York City, where I have a one bedroom apartment. Although
it is 843 square feet, huge by New York City standards, wanting a full
size kitchen and a full size bedroom and 2 bathrooms left little room
for an office or a radio room. To complicate things, I happened to fall
in love with a converted church built in 1839 that was not only in a
landmark area of Greenwich Village, but was also a landmark building.
So now both antennas and radio space was a problem, compounded by the
fact that I love to entertain and an unsightly array of ham radio
equipment and cables was not going to cut it.

Read the rest of Bob Kittine, WA2YDV’s web story on the ARRL web at


W3KV, John H. Possehl, Jr. recently became a Silent Key.  He was 92.
John was a long time Frankford Radio Club (FRC) member and a very
serious RTTY DXer and Contester with 303 countries confirmed at the
League.  His mixed DXCC had 355 countries confirmed.  He was also the
DX Editor of the “original” RTTY Journal back in the 60’s and 70’s.

(N2FF comments:  As a subscriber to the “RTTY Journal” in themed 1960’s
I got to know John and work him in many RTTY contests and in fact spoke
to him a number of times on the telephone.  On my first trip to Dayton
in 1985 I sat down to eat my lunch sandwich and there was big John
sitting next to me.  I finally got to have an eyeball.

===   Milton A. Sullivan Jr, ex-K8YDO, Former Chief Engineer at R. L.
Drake (SK)

Milton A. “Buddy” Sullivan Jr, ex-K8YDO, of Washington, DC — the
former chief engineer at the R. L. Drake Company — passed away from a
stroke on October 28. He was 85. Sullivan designed and oversaw the
designs of all the most significant Drake Amateur Radio products,
including the 1A, 2B and 2NT transmitter, all the 4 lines and the
beginning of the 7 line. After retiring from Drake in 1984, Sullivan
ran his own business selling and setting up satellite television
systems, an offshoot of his later projects at Drake that involved
designing satellite equipment. After that, he went back to work full
time as chief engineer for Lytton Electronics, where he worked until
his final retirement in 1990. In 1993, he and his wife Judith moved to
South Carolina where Sullivan worked for Alpha Delta, the small company
owned by his former Drake colleague and long time friend, Don Tyrrell,
W8AD. Sullivan donated his body to science. A US Navy veteran, he will
be interred at Arlington National Cemetery after a term with the
Georgetown University Medical School.

(N2FF comment:  I still have a few Drake rigs here.  They were great
and the “Sherwoodized” are still great! Buddy and his crew did a great

==> Two New ARRL Kits Coming Soon

Two new ARRL kits are in the final throes of production. The first is a
Morse code oscillator, produced for ARRL by MFJ Enterprises. The project
is a good “beginners” electronics kit. We expect the kit will be popular
with members, particularly newcomers, and with clubs, instructors and
teachers seeking a classroom kit-building experience.

A supplementary resource guide for students and educators will be made
available by the ARRL Education and Technology Program. The guide helps
cover the fundamentals of the working circuit and its components.

A second kit is a PIC programming lab and project, produced for ARRL by
Cana Kit (Canada). This more substantial kit is intended to be used with
ARRL’s PIC Programming for Beginners book (revised first edition). The
kit includes all the necessary components, parts and boards, and
follows the book’s step-by-step exercises and tutorial. The kit also
includes all the necessary parts to build a microprocessor-controlled
CW keyer, which is the book’s culminating project.

“We’re excited about these new projects, which help emphasize kit
construction, basic electronics, and the extraordinary potential of
microcontrollers,” said Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, ARRL Marketing Manager.
“There’s no better way to advance the radio art than by introducing
more hams to project building and homebrewing.” Both the ARRL Morse
Code Oscillator and ARRL’s PIC Programming Kit will be available later
this fall. Watch for details at .


The Friday after Thanksgiving – This year November 26, 2010.  Doors
open at 5:30pm for sellers. 6:00pm for Buyers. Proceedings start at
7:00pm promptly.  What to expect: Lots of laughter and good deals.
What to bring: Anything Amateur Radio related. Cash to buy a few

Refreshments will be available.        Telephone 201-791-3841 and leave
your name, number and short message
E-Mail . We will get back to you ASAP.
Location: Fair Lawn Senior Center, located at 11-05 Gardiner Road, Fair
Lawn, N.J. 07410

The November 2010 award goes to “PCARA Update” the newsletter of the
Peekskill / Cortlandt Amateur Radio Association Inc for their November
issue.   The issue, as always, has a nice variety of articles and
pictures.  It is well worth reading.  “PCARA Update: editor, Malcolm
Pritchard, NM9J, is once again to be congratulated on a great issue.
The mix of articles and pictures is very professional.  Well done.

Please take a look at for a good read.

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 win!


HAMFEST:  Flea Market/Craft Fair/Hamfest
Start Date: 12/11/2010
End Date: 12/11/2010
Location: Conlon Hall
19 North William Street
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Sponsor: Boy Scout Troop 139
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.955- (PL 141.3) & 146.52 Simplex
Public Contact: Gordon Beattie , W2TTT
c/o Troop 139 29 North Washington Avenue Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Phone: 201-314-6964

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