Hudson Division Beacon – October 2005

ARRL Hudson Division
October  2005

Hudson Division Beacon -- e-mail edition  - # 55
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) 455-5924 

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FALL HAMFEST SEASON:   Next event after TOBARES is in January  HRU 2006
in NLI  October 23rd TOBARES Hamfest - Knights of Columbus Hall -
Lindenhurst, NY

for spotting this one.

> Last Call for Ads and Tickets
Tickets and Ad forms are available for the 2005 Hudson Division Awards
Dinner to be held Saturday night November 12th, at the Elk?s Lodge in
Park Ridge, New Jersey to honor our recipients.  Visit
http/  We hope to see you there!!  Besides good food
and friendly people we have loads of good door prizes and a rig raffle
or two.  Please join us!  NO tickets will be sold at the door.

It was my pleasure to collaborate with Dakota Division Director, Jay
Bellows, K0QB, who will shortly present this "Lifetime Service Award"
to Jules.  Jules, an ARRL member for 70 years, was a longtime resident
of Lynbrook, Long  Island and an AIL employee.  Jules  is still a very
active RTTY operator now residing in Minneapolis, MN. While here on
Long Island he was for a number of years, president of LIDXA.  To those
of us who knew him while he was here on the East Coast, he was and is a
great guy and a class act.  Congratulations Jules!


The ARRL officially kicks off its 2006 Spectrum Defense Fund campaign
Monday, October 10, by once again emphasizing that Amateur Radio
spectrum is one of our nation's most valuable assets. Amateur Radio and
everything it accomplishes during disasters and emergencies would cease
to exist without access to the range and variety of frequencies it
enjoys, says ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH. "Public
service is number one on the FCC's ?97.1 hit parade of reasons Amateur
Radio exists," Hobart said. "The events of September 2005?like those of
September 2001--demonstrate the power of Amateur Radio in spades." She
says ham radio volunteers who've been taking part in the hurricane
Katrina and Rita relief and recovery, whether on the Gulf Coast or from
home, "testify to what hams have known for years--the value of Amateur
Radio frequencies when disaster strikes."

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer Christy Hardin, KB7BSA, just
returned home to Alabama after two duty tours in southern Mississippi
following Hurricane Katrina. "This is the essence of why we need to
fight for our frequencies and maintain what we have," she said, looking
back on her experiences of the past several weeks. "This is what it's

Amateur Radio volunteers have employed a wide range of modes and
capabilities to provide needed communication support following the Gulf
Coast hurricanes, Hobart points out. The mix includes extensive use of
HF, VHF and UHF as well as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems
such as EchoLink and IRLP, and data modes--primarily Winlink 2000.

In a 2006 Spectrum Defense Fund appeal going out to ARRL members, ARRL
CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, calls the past month "a challenging one" for
those directly affected by the twin Gulf Coast hurricanes. Amateur
Radio was in the forefront of those responding to help, he said, from
the time Amateur Radio nets began tracking Katrina's course as a
tropical storm to the response on the ground in Louisiana, Mississippi
and Alabama. "Amateur Radio operators continue to do what no one else
can do--provide reliable emergency communications."

"In recent weeks the demand for information about ham radio from the
press, and the helping hands extended by official Washington and our
Amateur Radio industry have validated what hams have been doing for
decades," Sumner's appeal goes on to say, "using our treasured
frequencies to save lives, move emergency resources and relay messages
across the country."

Amateur Radio's spectrum is available because the League works hard
every day to protect and enhance it, Sumner noted. "Each year ARRL
expends thousands of staff hours and provides funding to work with
agencies and organizations to protect Amateur Radio spectrum," he said.
"Amateur Radio volunteer operators are always glad to help . . . to
ensure that our frequencies are there for disasters, drills, nets and
just plain fun, we must continue to protect them."

Donations to the League's Spectrum Defense Fund give the League the
means to represent Amateur Radio at critical meetings in official
Washington and at international conferences, prepare FCC filings and
presentations and even to work to eliminate harmful interference from
such sources as BPL and power line noise.

Hobart says every radio amateur has reason to feel proud of the service
that ham radio volunteers have provided in the most recent disaster. "I
hope that every ham, active or not, ARRL member or not, will translate
that pride into a contribution to support defense of our frequencies,"
she said.

Giving is easy. Radio amateurs may contribute online via the ARRL's
secure donor Web site>. Those
contributing $50 or more may request a gift as a token of the League's

The ARRL has been included in the 2005 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
National/International list <>. This means
federal government civilian employees as well as postal workers and
members of the military can designate their CFC pledges to the ARRL
during the campaign season, which ends December 15. The League's CFC
donor code is 9872. Federal employees who 
participate in the CFC can donate all or part of their CFC contribution
to the League to support ARRL's efforts on behalf of Amateur Radio.

For more information about the 2006 Spectrum Defense Fund or to discuss
other ways you can support the ARRL's continuing work on behalf of
Amateur Radio, contact ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart,
K1MMH <>; 860-594-0397.

HURRICANE KATRINA NEWS:  And now we have Wilma on the way!
Our twin hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, and the Amateur Radio response
to them continue to be the big ham radio news item and the big news
item in the media as well.  I met Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio
Network (SATERN) volunteer Jeff Schneller, N2HPO, at the HOSARC Hamfest
after he had spent 10 days in Mississippi responding to Katrina.  Jeff
would have been there longer but his job called him back to NYC to
solve a client problem.  Jeff's comment, "It was like Field Day for
real.  We were camping out."

The message is a very loud "Ham radio is alive and well and once again
still there when all else fails!"  If you have not already done so
visit the ARRL site for information, pictures and stories.  QST will
eventually have detailed coverage of the ham response.  Feel proud even
if you have never been involved in public service and emergency
communications.  Once again it was the ARES and RACES operators who
activated who did us all proud and who have provided a positive PR
environment that will for years help us move our legislative agenda and
gain tower permits.  A BIG thanks to our ARES and RACES ops!

Thanks also to Rich Ulrich, K2KOQ, better known as ?Johnny Donovan? at
WABC (770 AM) and Howard Price, KA2QPJ, of WABC-TV (Channel 7), both in
New York City for a great Katrina PSA.  

> Federal Grant Augments "Ham Aid" Fund for Hurricane Volunteers
(Sep 27, 2005) -- The Corporation for National and Community Service
(CNCS) will provide the ARRL with an additional $77,000 to support
Amateur Radio operators volunteering in the field in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. The latest grant augments the recent $100,000 CNCS
made available immediately following the Katrina disaster. The grant
money, supplemented by contributions from individual donors, will
subsidize "Ham Aid," a new League program to help defray out-of pocket
expenses of Amateur Radio volunteers deployed in the field in
disaster-stricken areas.  See:


ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, testified on behalf
of the League September 29 before the US House Subcommittee on
Telecommunications and the Internet. Addressing the hearing topic,
"Public Safety Communications from 9/11 to Katrina: Critical Public
Policy Lessons," Kramer reiterated and amplified comments ARRL
President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, delivered earlier this month to the House
Government Reform Committee. As Haynie did on September 15, Kramer
testified on the successful efforts of Amateur Radio operators who
provided communications during the Hurricane Katrina response. 

"Amateur Radio was uniquely suited to this task by virtue of the
availability of HF communications covering long distances without fixed
infrastructure," Kramer pointed out in his testimony. In addition to
those who responded to support relief agencies in hurricane-devastated
areas, thousands more radio amateurs outside the affected area
monitored radio traffic and relayed health-and-welfare messages, he
said.   See full story at

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) has suspended the
processing of Amateur Radio vanity call sign applications. A WTB staff
member, speaking to ARRL on background, said the FCC halted vanity
processing on or about September 23 after realizing that filing and
regulatory deadline extensions for hurricane-affected licensees in
certain states could adversely impact the vanity system. The WTB
staffer pointed out that the filing extensions announced this month
also apply to Amateur Radio's two-year "grace period."   See for details.

> Katrina radio public service announcement available!
 (Sep 8, 2005) -- ARRL is making available a 30-second radio public
service announcement (PSA) to highlight that ham radio has been on the
air throughout the Hurricane Katrina crisis, passing emergency
communications when other systems failed. Dozens of stations across the
country already are playing earlier ARRL "mini-commercials" for ham
radio, and the numbers keep growing. You can help by listening to, then
downloading, the latest PSA from the ARRL Web site here onto a CD and
taking it to your local 
radio stations. To download the MP3 file, right click on the above link
and choose "Save Target." The latest 
30-second PSA was made possible by Johnny Donovan at WABC (770 AM) and
Howard Price, KA2QPJ, of WABC-TV (Channel 7), both in New York City.
Price is acting president of the Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio
Society (BEARS), the ham radio organization at ABC TV and Radio in New
York City and 
an ARRL Special Service Club. Donovan voiced the PSA.

> Amateur Radio Antenna "CC&R Bill" Reintroduced in Congress 
(Sep 23, 2005) -- 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.

Many thanks for mentioning the FEMA COURSES ON AMATEUR RADIO RESOURCES;
ICS/NIMS TRAINING.  I've had quite a few inquiries about it!  However
several hams were unable to drill down through all the government web
sites to get to it.

For further information about the FEMA COURSES ON AMATEUR RADIO
RESOURCES; ICS/NIMS TRAINING G250.6 government training course, please
go to: 
This course is designed to train government employees about the mission
of amateur radio operations.

De Carl, AA4MI, ARRL Assistant Director, Southeastern Division 

The division website has a new section entitled ?Newsletter of the
month? with an attached PDF file of a club newsletter.  The October
award goes to PCARA and  Malcolm Pritchard, NM9J, the editor of the
October 2005 issue of the "PCARA Update" newsletter.  PCARA is
Peekskill / Cortlandt Amateur Radio Association, Inc. and they have a
snazzy monthly newsletter with many really good color pictures and
cartoons.  It a great example of what a club can do with a little
creativity, hard work and the use of PDF files for distribution.

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 .  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
informed and entertained.  Thanks to webmaster Tom Carrubba, KA2D, for
the suggestion.

> H.Res 230  -  Let Your Congressman know you Support this Resolution 
- Write please!
> See sample letter at
To expedite delivery, send all correspondence bound for Members of
Congress--preferably as an attachment--to 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 delivery. 

A copy of HRes 230 is available on the ARRL Web site in .PDF format
at,  See
the ARRL Web site,, for more


In the April issue of the Hudson Division Beacon, I reported on my
travels throughout the Division for the 
first 4 months of this year.  In this issue, I thought I had better
take the opportunity to fill you in on my 
latest travels.

April was a pretty full month for Frank, N2FF and myself.  We took the
opportunity to visit the Troy Amateur Radio Association on Tuesday,
April 19th. They were celebrating their 14th anniversary of the club. 
Frank had almost forgotten until I called him a few days before to ask
if he wanted to travel together.  We didn't even tell them we were
coming as we wanted to surprise them?and we sure did surprise them! We
arrived just in time for the start of their meeting. TARA club
President, Bill Eddy, NY2U and Vice President, Sharon Smith, KS2O were
delighted, but not as much as Frank and myself, as we had arrived just
in time to share some wonderful food from some of the finest cooks in
the Northeast!  Thank you all for your hospitality.

In April and May, I took the opportunity to speak at some Skywarn
training sessions given by the National Weather Service. These were
very well attended by both hams and non-hams. Speaking of Skywarn
activities, I was able to accompany one of our local Skywarn
Coordinators on two different post-severe weather event surveys this
Summer.  Those of you who participate in Skywarn Spotting would be
pleased to know that many of your reports result in follow-up site
surveys during which photographs of the damage 
and interviews are often conducted.  

May 1st found me at the Bergen Amateur Radio Club in Ridgewood, NJ.
There's something really special about speaking at a club in "your own
backyard." We did some reminiscing of the past, I told some "Andy"
stories and we had a wonderful time.  It's good to have so many

Did you get to Dayton this year?  Well, if you didn?t you missed a
great time.  Three days packed with all kinds of fun things to do and
all that great equipment too! I was asked to do a presentation at the
ARES Forum, where I spoke on Skywarn activity in Northern New Jersey.
It was a great deal of fun.  I even got to help with the ARRL Expo. 
The ARRL did something a little different this year.  They pretty much
brought the whole headquarters to Dayton with each department
represented.  It was a perfect opportunity to meet the staff.  

I also was able to get to a few Hamfests in May, one of them being,
again in my "backyard," as I attended BARA in Washington Twp, NJ.  It
was a beautiful day for it.  

June 12th found me on the road again, this time visiting the Yonkers
Amateur Radio Club in Yonkers, NY. These folks do it right!  They have
their meetings in a Police Precinct! A bit intimidating maybe, but it
is nice to be so recognized by law enforcement.  Yonkers has the
distinction of having one of the finest VE teams in the Division. 
Congratulations to Paul, AA2HX, for 223 VE Sessions, Dan, AC2T for 259
and Emily AC2V for 256 total VE Sessions participated in.  Now that's

My Field Day travels took me on the road for 12 hours on Saturday. I
started with my own club, The 10-70 
Repeater Association, at their Field Day site in Mahwah, NJ.  I
visited, BARA in Paramus, Fairlawn ARC in Fairlawn, Ramapo Mountain ARC
in Oakland, then on to New Yorlk for Westchester Emergency
Communications Association in Mamaroneck and then back to Yonkers for
the Yonkers ARC.  A total of 7 Field Day Operations in one day and
night!  I had a wonderful time seeing everyone and was amazed at the
variety 0f setups.  And the food!  Yes, its true, WECA even has
lobster!!  And the homemade brownies at Yonkers were to die for!  But
the thing that struck me the most, was the good time that everyone was
having everywhere I went.

I had always thought that Field Day was a contest, but I realize now,
that it's a little bit of contest, a little bit of emergency preparedness, and a little bit of socialization. 
Everyone was having such a good time, eating and operating and showing off their setups to the "officials"
that stopped by to visit.  Thank you to all for making me feel welcome! 

July found me at the Sussex Hamfest, which was held on July 10th in
Augusta, New Jersey at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. This one is
always a big Hamfest for NNJ Section and as usual was very well

Also, in July both Frank and I attending the ARRL Board Meeting in
Newington, CT.  The hot topic on the Board's Agenda was the Bandwidth
Proposal. Frank had done a Power Point Presentation at the Hudson
Division Cabinet meeting outlining the proposal for the Assistant
Directors and Club Presidents.  While not directly connected to the
ARRL Board Meeting, on my drive up to Newington, I had the pleasure to
work Barry Cohen, K2JV and the Kids from the Camp at Salt Brook School
on two meters.  It was great to work them and tell them about Amateur
Radio!  And the most exciting part was that they were YL's! More about
kids and Amateur Radio further down the page.

George, KC2GLG and I took the opportunity to do some Public Service
duties and helped out at the Empire State Games in Poughkeepsie, New
York on July 29th.  Frank Stone, KB2YUR, SEC for the Eastern New York
Section did a fantastic job of organizing the communications for this
widespread out event. There were 145 Ham volunteers working this 5-day

August took me in many directions. After a VE session in New Jersey on
Saturday, August 6th, George, KC2GLG and I headed for Virginia to visit
my brother.  While there, we took the opportunity to attend the
Berryville Hamfest just east of my hometown of Winchester, VA.  I
surprised the Director of the Roanoke Division by showing up and also
my friend John Kanode, N4MM (also from the Winchester area). I had
forgotten how large that Hamfest was!  It took a few hours to see
everything and there were many in attendance.  Vendors were there from
as far away as Minnesota and Louisiana!  They even had good BBQ! It was

After my to short four-day vacation to Virginia, I received a phone
call from NASA, you know, the folks that run the US Space Program. 
They had asked if our VE team could help run a session to test Dr. Greg
Olsen, from Princeton, NJ.  Where had I heard that name?  Well, after
thinking about it, and doing a little research, I found out that he is
the next passenger who has paid his way to fly to the International
Space Station.  The 10-70 Team was very pleased to assist and Dr. Olsen
passed the test and now holds the Callsign, KC2ONX. Hopefully, we can
work him when he gets on board the Space Station. He has been in 
contact with me since his test and has even setup a schedule for
talking with three schools in the New York 
and New Jersey area while he is in space.  

George and I also attended the Ramapo ARC Hamfest in Oakland, New
Jersey on August 20th.  Not a large one, like the one in Berryville,
but it was good to be back home and see all the familiar faces!

Labor Day was the operating event from Liberty Science Center.  This
event came up so quickly, and it was great to have the New Providence
Amateur Radio Club able to establish a visible and audible presence
there for the day.  While I did not travel to the Science Center, I
felt I could help more by being by the microphone to answer questions. 
It was great to speak to the kids.

Although the Liberty Science Center is now closed for a two-year
renovation, there is hope for the future, as they will reopen with a
promise to have Amateur Radio as a planned program within the Science
and Technology Exhibit.  Now that's exciting!  Thanks to all the
operators that gave up their Labor Day to work with the kids.  They are
our future!

The VE team that I coordinate is now back in full swing as we assisted
at a "Ham Cram" session in September for the Hudson County OEM. My hat
is off to those who can sit through an entire day of Amateur Radio
learning.  I don?t think I could do that!  The session was a success
and there are even plans to do another in the near future. Thanks to
Mike Snuffer, W2MLS for all of his hard work on this project.

As I write this, I am resting a bit between contacts from the ARRL
September VHF QSO Party.  This was the first time contesting from a new
area for me as I recently moved from the Laundry Room in the basement
to the Family Room in the basement.  I no longer have the noise from
the Washer/Dryer 
interfering with my QSO's! I am working 2-meter SSB and have about 10
contacts so far. Not a great score, but considering conditions...I am
pleased to participate. I've even worked stations from Maine to
Virginia today!

Frank, N2FF and I were at the Saratoga Hamfest yesterday in Ballston
Spa, NY.  It was a perfect day weather-wise and the there were many out
enjoying the day! It was nice to meet the Club President, Jim, K2LM and
the Vice President, Darlene, N2XQG who was doing what we Vice
Presidents (and YL?s) do best COOKING! 

As I sit here, reading all the Newsletters from within the Division
that you send me and reading some from other parts of the country, like
the one from my good friends in Oklahoma, it's nice to see how Amateur
Radio is touching so many people's lives.  Not just Hams, but right
now, we are touching those who need us the most, namely those affected
by Hurricane Katrina.  Our fellow Amateurs are out there right now
helping and we are helping here as well, by keeping up-to-date on what
they are doing, going out promoting Amateur Radio where we can by involving ourselves in classes,
public demonstrations, and operating events.  Keep up the good work!

73, Joyce, KA2ANF, ARRL Hudson Division, Vice Director,

The Bergen ARES BEC is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew
Ryffel, K2NUD, as District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for Bergen
County.  Matthew was appointed by Steven Ostrove, K2SO, NNJ Section
Emergency Coordinator (SEC).

We are also quite happy to announce the appointment of Lou Janicek,
N2CYY, as an Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Bergen County.  He will
join current EC's Mike Adams, WA2MWT, and Jim Dockery, WB2HBZ on the
Board of Emergency Coordinators.

Matthew was instrumental in organizing and running the recent Simulated
Emergency Test (SET), held on October 1, at the Ramsey Emergency
Operations Center.  This was a three hour exercise planned by the New
Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management and consisted of a
dozen scenarios, which had to be reaolved.  This was the first time
that RACES and ARES had worked together in several years.

The exercise was designed to test the ability of Amateur Radio to
provide contingency networks to support simultaneous governmental and non-governmental emergency operations in
New Jersey.  It required each county to establish nets and deploy
mobile and portable radio stations to handle both tactical and formal
messages under emergency conditions.

It was a joint communications exercise of New Jersey RACES and NNJ &
SNJ sections of the Amercian Radio Relay League.

Michael F. Adams, WA2MWT  - Ramsey Office of Emergency Management 

Our 2005-2006 officers (starting term 10/1/2005) were just announced as
follows - one year terms:

PRESIDENT     Jim Capicotto, K2JIM
VP Rich Otis, N2ZKX
REC SEC'Y Jim Peterson, K2CSS
COR SEC'Y Beth  Nowik, KC2ITY
TREAS Noel Wheate, KE2FI
DIR ENG   John Davison, N2OXV

Two new directors (two year terms):

DIRECTOR Colleen Scalia, KC2HUT
DIRECTOR Tom Quackenbush, N2FZC

The two new directors join current directors KC2LUR, Janet Duffy, and
N2CSS, Tara Peterson, for two year terms.  N2JBA, Ed Rubin, was the
chairperson of the election committee, assisted by WA2BSS, Stu
Ballinger.  de N2FTR

HAMFESTS:  The Last One of the Season!!!!!!

23 Oct 2005
TOBARES Hamfest 
Town of Babylon Amateur Radio Emergency Services 
Talk-In: 146.685 / R (PL 110.9)
Walter Wenzel, KA2RGI 
373 15th Street 
West Babylon, NY 11704 
Phone: 631-957-0218  
Fax: 631-957-0218 (Call first) 

Lindenhurst, NY 
Knights of Columbus Hall 
400 South Broadway 
Div: Hudson 
Sect: New York City-Long Island

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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