Hudson Division Beacon – October 2004

ARRL Hudson Division
October 2004
Hudson Division Beacon - e-mail edition  - # 43
by Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
516) 746-7652
n2ff@arrl.org

Hudson Division Home Page - http://www.hudson.arrl.org

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"Members Only" box click on "members data page" and then under email
notification options set "Division/Section notices" to YES.  You will
receive the next bulletin sent.  Past Bulletins are available at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org

* Is your club planning to be on the air for the Scouts Jamboree On The
Air (JOTA) event?

JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from all
over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur (ham) Radio.
Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves.
Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of
Scouts have met each other through this event.

With no restrictions on age or on the number of participants, and at
little or no expense, JOTA allows Scouts to contact each other by ham
radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed ham radio operators.
Many Scouts and leaders hold licenses and have their own stations, but
the majority participate in JOTA through stations operated by local
radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Some operators use television
or computer-linked communications.

If your club is planning a JOTA activity make sure that you go to this
web link and register it on the Youth Skeds Database.  This data base
allows kids and parents to search for scheduled on air activities to
participate in.
http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/youthskeds/

* ARRL PRESIDENT JIM HAYNIE TO BE AT HUDSON DIVISION AWARDS DINNER
NOVEMBER 13th

Jim Haynie will attend the 2004 Hudson Division Awards Dinner.  The food
will be good, the camaraderie is great and there are plenty of door
prizes for all.  Please consider taking an ad in the awards journal.  We
expect that attendance will again have be limited on a first come first
served basis, so please reserve early.  ARRL President Jim Haynie will
be there to help give out some five awards.  We have as usual many door
prizes and an opportunity for those present to go home with an Icom and
a Vertex HT for a small donation.  It's a fun evening

The 2004 Hudson Division Awards Dinner will be hosted by the Long Island
Mobile Amateur Radio Club on November 13 at the Maine Maid Inn in
Jericho, NY at 7 PM at $38 per person.  This was the site of our first
Awards Dinner in 1998.  Make checks to LIMARC and mail to Awards Dinner,
% LIMARC, Box 392, Levittown, NY  11756-0392.  Seating is limited to the
first 90 people.  Don't be left out.  Please let us know who you want to
sit with.  We should have a ticket application available at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org/ soon.

The 2004 committee selected for Grand OIe Ham George "Hank" Cooke,
W2LOP, of Morris Plains, NJ.  Amateur of the Year was awarded to Mike
Lisenco, N2YBB of Brooklyn, NY.  The 2004 Technical Achievement Award
was given to Jerry Sevick, W2FMI, of  Basking Ridge, NJ 

TICKET ORDER FORM  It now be available at the division site 
http://www.hudson.arrl.org/

Please send me ........ tickets at $38.00 per ticket for a total of $
........ 

for the Hudson Division Awards Dinner November 13th   7 to 11 PM
I want to sit with ...................................................

Name and call 

My Name ...................................................CALL 
............      

Address ............................................................ 

City .....................................................             

State .........                                                        

Zip Code ..............................................                

Telephone   (      )             -

Email .......................................................

Please mail to LIMARC, Awards Dinner, PO Box 392,  Levittown, NY 
11756

* LOCAL HAM, N2SWO, KILLED IN MISSOURI CRASH

For those of you who may have read the tragic story about the
twin-engine airplane crashing in Missouri, the pilot, Kim William Sasse,
was not only a Ramsey resident, but he was also an Amateur Radio
Operator, licensed as N2SWO.

De Michael F. Adams, WA2MWT

* Lew, W2BIE, is on the mend

I had a call the other morning from Lew.  He sounds like his old self. 
He is undergoing physical therapy to get him walking correctly again but
his speech sounds fine.  Hopefully he will soon be on the air from home.
God's speed, Lew.

* ON THE BPL FRONT

North Carolina Utility Decommissions BPL Field Trial (Oct 4, 2004) --
Progress Energy Corporation (PEC) has shut down its BPL field trial in
the Raleigh, North Carolina, area and removed all system hardware. The
utility's action last week came just as local amateur Tom Brown, N4TAB,
had filed a Response and Further Complaint about the system with the
FCC.  The details of the story makes for interesting reading at
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/10/04/1/?nc=1

IN NY STATE (Atlantic Division)

Wired to expand - $300,000 state grant will help broadband company grow

Wednesday, September 22, 2004 

By Tim Knauss 

Staff writer 

A start-up Syracuse company that can deliver Internet and telephone
service via electric lines to household wall sockets will get a $300,000
state grant after promising to grow from five employees to 158 in three
years, Gov. George Pataki announced Tuesday. 

New Visions PLC LLC will invest $1 million to build a network operating
center at its offices in Armory Square and to install equipment on
electric lines throughout the village of Solvay, said Carmen Branca,
founder and chief operating officer. 

New Visions plans to offer service in Solvay by the first of the year,
then to move on to other utility territories. 

ARRL Repeats Call for Shutdown of Arizona BPL Field Trial (Oct 21, 2004)
-- The ARRL again has asked the FCC to immediately shut down a broadband
over power line (BPL) field trial in the Cottonwood, Arizona, area that
it says is interfering with Amateur Radio communication. The League's
second shutdown request, sent October 11, accuses the FCC of doing
"absolutely nothing" to enforce its rules or to protect licensed
services from interference. See the full story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/10/21/1/?nc=1

* NOTES from Australia on BPL.

This VK website offers a clearly written explanation of BPL and another
interesting item....an evaluation tool.  With the recent FCC decision,
we may all have need for this tool.  In addition, it does make an
impressive presentation for a ham club. 
http://www.vk1od.net/bpl/bplch.htm

BIG BPL NEWS:  FCC to permit BPL - FCC Acknowledges Interference
Potential of BPL as it Okays Rules to Deploy It

(Oct 14, 2004) -- As expected, the FCC has approved revised Part 15
(unlicensed services) rules to specifically regulate the deployment of
broadband over power line (BPL) technology. The Commission adopted a
Report and Order in ET Docket 04-37 when it met in open session today.  
See
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/10/14/1/?nc=1 for details.  The
Report and Order, which will spell out the details, may not be available
for another two weeks.

The R&O will look very much like the Notice of Proposed Rule Making in
ET Docket 04-37. For example, there will be no change to existing Part
15 radiated emission levels, nor any change in the absolute obligation
for BPL device operators to resolve interference problems.  BPL
operators would be required to "notch" certain bands, such as those used
for life and safety communications, such as aeronautical mobile or US
Coast Guard communications.  There was no mention of any particular
preventive measures, such as notching, for the Amateur Radio bands. BPL
systems will be subject to certification, not verification. Remarks made
by the Office of Engineering and Technology staff after the FCC meeting,
suggested that certification--which requires outside verification of
rules compliance--would apply to individual BPL system components, not
to entire BPL systems in place.  The R&O will require that the BPL
industry maintain a public database giving at least the locations of BPL
installations by ZIP code and a telephone number to contact the BPL
operator. 

As far as ARRL is concerned the matter is still not settled.  The ARRL
Executive Committee at a meeting in Dallas last weekend, (N2FF was there
as a member of the EC) ARRL decided to appeal this bad decision and to
continue to strive to get protection from BPL interference.  The BPL
industry is not happy with the results as they did not get higher power
limits as they wanted and the must do notching and make sure that their
boxes can be shut off remotely is there is interference to emergency
services.  These features are not currently built into most of the boxes
now deployed.  Thus any large-scale deployment of BPL is more than a
year away.  A lot can happen in that time period.  The battle is
certainly not over.

Meanwhile we have learned that some of the test sites around the country
have apparently decided to notch the Amateur frequencies so as not to
have to deal with our interference complaints.  That's good news.

* 10-70 HAM OPERATOR JOINS FEMA HURRICANE EFFORT

The request was received at the Ramsey Office of Emergency Management's
Emergency Operations Center, on the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency was seeking local volunteers to
assist in Florida, with the damage from Hurricanes Charley and Frances.
The summons read:

"In coordination with the Department of Homeland Security's Citizen
Corps and FEMA, you are being requested to deploy to Florida and
potentially other affected states to respond to Hurricane Frances as a
Community Relations Officer. You should travel from your home base to
Atlanta, GA where you will be sworn in as a FEMA employee, receive an
orientation and training on Community Relations, and receive your
assignment."

Since Ramsey is one of the 20% of New Jersey Communities, which has a
local Citizens Corps, OEM Coordinator Michael Adams, WA2MWT, 10-70 OEM
Liaison, could serve as the Point-of-Contact (POC) to recruit, screen
and file for the government orders to be deployed. FEMA was paying
$19.00 an hour, with a lodging allowance of $112.00 per day, and a meals
and incidentals allowance of $43.00. 

"Within 10 minutes of posting the government's request on the Ramsey OEM
reflector group, one of our members, Matthew Ryffel, K2NUD, came forward
to volunteer," Adams relates, "Calls were made at midnight to Bergen
County OEM and New Jersey OEM and the orders to deploy were faxed in the
middle of the night."

During the next couple of days, Ryffel had to fill out paperwork, take
care of the obligations, which would have to be put on hold, and get
psyched for an experience, which would be a first for him. Fortunately,
Adams had worked with FEMA Community Relations Officers, after Tropical
Storm Floyd and the Presidents' Weekend Blizzard.

"The orders to deploy were received at the Ramsey Police Department and
they passed them on to us," Adams commented, "Each volunteer contacted
the National Travel Service, which arranged for them to receive a plane
ticket for Delta Airlines flights from Newark and reservations for The
Courtyard at Marriott" at Hartsfield International Airport."

In order to qualify, each member had to commit to a four to six week
field assignment, have written approval of his or her employer for
extended stay, must be 25 years of age, a United States citizen who
could complete a government background check and had to be sponsored by
the local Citizen Corps Council.

Other more stringent requirements included: must be physically able to
work in a disaster area without refrigeration, work long hours under
rigorous conditions, may be exposed to mold, high heat/humidity and
insects and must be able to work in the vicinity of disaster debris,
damaged facilities and "related adverse conditions'.

"The conditions of employment did not faze this group one bit," Adams
reported, "They were told for personal supplies to bring sunscreen,
baseball cap, sun glasses, walking boots, "lots" of socks, mosquito
repellant, several forms of positive identification and any medication,
needed. They would be issued government equipment (cellphones,
blackberries, etc., a DHS FEMA shirt and rain gear." Once "The Ramsey
Brigade", of which Matthew is a part, was trained, in Atlanta, they
moved out to Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Ohio. Before they
left, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge stated, "The DHS/FEMA and
Citizens Corps wish to thank the 2,000 individuals who responded and
were deployed from the first callout of volunteers. As you are aware,
two major hurricanes have impacted Florida and a third hurricane, Ivan,
is also expected to impact the Gulf States. FEMA will be requesting
assistance if this occurs or if other hurricanes strike the area."

The six Ramsey Community Relations Officers were then given their job
description: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with
disaster-affected communities and the citizens of those communities;
Collect and disseminate information and make referrals for appropriate
assistance; Identify potential issues within the community and report to
appropriate authorities; Convey a positive image of disaster operations
to government officials, community organizations and the general public;
Perform outreach with community leaders on available Federal Disaster
Assistance.

The Ramsey emergency services and family members have been able to stay
in contact with the six volunteers. The six report a tremendous
satisfaction of being of assistance, especially as federal employees.
Their living conditions leave a great deal to de desired, especially
since hundreds of utility workers are occupying most of the nicer hotels
and motels. As with any large and rapid mobilization, there have been
frustrations and the entire contingent has been asked to remain
"FEMA-flexible." "Some of the members of The Ramsey Brigade, like
Ryffel, have been gone a month, already. Eighteen individuals from all
of Bergen County were deployed and six were from Ramsey," Adams
concluded, "Fair Lawn sent five, and Ridgewood, Paramus and five other
municipalities each sent one. I think the members of the 10-70 Repeater
Association should be extremely proud of the job Matthew Ryffel has been
doing."

Submitted by Michael Adams, WA2MWT Wa2mwt@arrl.net

* YOU'RE INVITED TO USE THE NEW PROVIDENCE ARC'S 440 REPEATER

You are all invited to give WC2CMK/R, the new 440 repeater in Chatham a
try this Thursday evening, October 14, starting at 8:00 PM.  We are
doing this to make you aware of the repeater's capabilities, and invite
you to use it more frequently.  It is an open repeater except for drills
and emergencies.

The net will be informal.  I will start calling for check-ins at 8:00
and request call sign, name, location, and repeater signal report.  I in
turn will give you a report on your signal into the repeater.

Output 449.175 MHz, input 444.175 MHz, PL 141.3.  Scanner listeners tune
to 449.175 MHz, no PL.

We hope WB2CMK/R will gain more regular users.  De Paul, W2UH, President
NPARC

* OF RTTY CONTESTS, FILTERS IN ICOM 706's, and LOCAL DEALERS WE KNOW AND
LOVE

From the RTTY reflector (rtty@contesting.com) comes the following:

Message: 1
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 21:33:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Bill Barnes, N3JIX" <n3jix@palink.net>
Subject: Re: [RTTY] Filters for an ICOM 706
To: rtty@contesting.com
Message-ID: <1434.192.168.1.10.1096680790.squirrel@192.168.1.10>
Content-Type: text/plain;charset=iso-8859-1

>> Hi All

>> During the CQ WW RTTY Contest I found the bands very congested, which
was  to expected, however with no filters in my ICOM 706 I was getting
clobbered  by other stations and could not print while they were
transmitting.  So it is time to buy a filter, ICOM has 4 to choose
from:

>> 500 hz & 250 hz for RTTY / CW and

>> 1.8khz & 3.3 khz for SSB.

>>

>> Does anybody have any experience using these or suggestions on the 1
or 2  that I should pick to solve my problem.  Also can you get them
used as  they are really expensive.

Reply:

Very timely question.  Friday night, I couldn't copy much of anything,
and my 706 was getting clobbered...  I just wasn't getting any good copy
out of anyone close together.  So saturday AM, I went to a hamfest, and
ran into an Icom dealer (KJI electronic), asked about the FL-232 350Hz
IF filter for my Icom 706MKIIG.  After talking to him for a few minutes,
I talked myself into it and bought a brand new FL-232 for $95.00.

I got home later in the afternoon, put it into my 706, told it was there
in the setup menu.  Went to 15m, couldn't copy a station, hit the FIL
button, and boom, instant copy.  To re-add effect to how dramatic a
change this was: BOOM, INSTANT COPY!

I was so impressed, after working about half a dozen stations, I e-mail
Don, AA5AU and thanked him for the suggestion.

So, to summarize, I'm convinced that a 350hz IF filter is very very very
important for an Icom 706MKIIG to be useful during crowded rtty contest
conditions.

-- --- 73, de Bill, N3JIX ------------------

* ARRL RECEIVES GRANTS  - we covered part of this story last month, but
it's an important gain

The ARRL has received new funding of nearly $90,000 from the Corporation
for National & Community Service (CNCS) to execute a pilot program that
will enlighten localities about the value of Amateur Radio to community
safety and security. The one-year grant will enable ARRL to develop the
Community Education Project (CEP) and carry ham radio's message to a
dozen communities across the US. The CNCS also has renewed ARRL's
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications course tuition reimbursement
grant for a third--and final--year. The emergency training grant totals
$179,600. ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, says the
CEP will work with Citizen Corps--the League is a Citizen Corps
affiliate--and ARRL personnel.  See
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/09/08/100/?nc=1

One of the BIG stories this year is that ARRL has again received a
federal grant for it emergency communications courses.  What is less
well known is that this year's grant expects ARRL to get more hams over
55 taking and completing the course.  Should ARRL not make the goal in
2005 we may not get the grant the following year.  If you are 55 or
older and have the time please consider taking the course. Seniors (age
55 and older) are strongly encouraged to participate. The third-year
grant will place even greater emphasis on providing Amateur Radio
emergency communications training to licensees age 55 or older. The
final-year grant requires that the number of senior volunteers certified
rise from 50 percent to 75 percent. 

"This is a call to action to older hams who have not taken the ARRL
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications course to enroll," Hobart said.
The final-year emergency communications course grant will provide
training for 1700 volunteers.  Class begins Friday, October 8. Thanks to
our grant sponsors--the Corporation for National and Community Service
and the United Technologies Corporation--the $45 registration fee paid
upon enrollment will be reimbursed after successful completion of the
course. During this registration period, seats are being offered to ARRL
members on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more, visit the
Web page http://www.arrl.org/cce/

* Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration 

(Sep 17, 2004) -- Registration for the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications Level III on-line course (EC-003) opens Monday, September
20, at 1201 AM EDT and will remain open through the September 25-26
weekend or until all available seats have been filled. Seniors (age 55
and older) are strongly encouraged to participate. Class begins Friday,
October 8. Thanks to our grant sponsors--the Corporation for National
and Community Service and the United Technologies Corporation--the $45
registration fee paid upon enrollment will be reimbursed after
successful completion of the course. During this registration period,
seats are being offered to ARRL members on a first-come, first-served
basis. To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing
Education Web page. For more information, contact Emergency
Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, dmiller@arrl.org;
860-594-0340. 

* NEW OVERLAND NA RECORD ON 5.6 and 10 GHz.

Two weeks ago, W4DEX and K1WHS made a series of microwave contacts that
included setting new overland North American records of 755 miles on 5.6
and 10 GHz. Dex and Dave wrote up how they did it:
http://w4dex.com/microwave/k1whs/k1whs_w4dex_25sep04.htm

I thought this was worth sharing for several reasons. The antenna photos
and station descriptions show the enormous commitment that these
amateurs (and others, including our own W5ZN) have made to exploring
microwave propagation. Their descriptions of how they felt during and
after the contacts convey a sense of excitement that, we occasionally
need to be reminded, still exists abundantly in amateur radio.

It's nice to be able to share some good news.  De Dave K1ZZ

* SPURIOUS EMISSIONS TRACKED DOWM  

Found this article very interesting and think you will too.  You mever
know what can send a radio signal.  It's entertaining and informative.
http://www.gtconnect.com/articles/2004/10/17/news/top_story/gtsun01.txt

Thanks to Mike, W1NR, for spotting it.

HAMFESTS: 

++++++++++++++

This is the LAST Division event this year.  HRU is Sunday,  January 9th
at Briarcliff

This will be our 6th annual day of education for and about ham radio.
Ham Radio University is all about Spreading Ham Radio Knowledge and
Know-How. It is billed as "A day of education to share ideas,
experiences, knowledge and fellowship among Amateur Radio operators". 

24 Oct 2004 + Town of Babylon AR Emergency Services
http://www.tobares.org
Contact: Walter Wenzel, KA2RGI
373 15th Street
West Babylon, NY 11704
Phone: 631-871-6633 (days) or 631-957-0218 (eves until 10 PM) 
Email: ka2rgi@arrl.net

Lindenhurst, NY
Sect: New York City-Long Island
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ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF
n2ff@arrl.org

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