Hudson Division Beacon – October 2007

                             October 2007
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 79
FROM THE HUDSON DIVISION ARRL TEAM
Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
(516) 746-7652            n2ff@arrl.org
Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Vice Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
235 Van Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-2918
(201) 445-5924   ka2anf@arrl.org  and  http://www.ka2anf.com
Hudson Division Home Page – http://www.hudson.arrl.org

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Hudson Division Award Recipients have been selected for 2007.   See
list below.

===>  Contests Anyone?

Be warned that this coming weekend – October 27. 28, 29 is the CQWW SSB
Contest.  The bands will be busy.  If you a non contest SSB operator
you might be wise to use the WARC bands.  If you are a new operator on
HF and want to get a few QSL cards, here is your chance.  It will be
easier on Sunday, provided propagation cooperates, to work the DX as by
then they will have worked many of those calling and you will have a
better chance of snagging them.

I will be in Vermont operating from K2LE’s big station.

===>  THE BIG STORY  —- ARRL Faces FCC in Federal Court over BPL
Issues
(Oct 25, 2007) — On Tuesday, October 23, the ARRL faced the Federal
Communications Commission in the US Court of Appeals over the
continuing debate concerning harmful interference to licensed radio
services from unlicensed Broadband over Powerline (BPL) systems. BPL is
the delivery of broadband Internet communications using unshielded
electrical wiring to conduct high-speed digital signals to homes and
businesses. BPL systems are designed to conduct RF energy through
unshielded, medium voltage power lines, using some or all of the HF
spectrum between 1.7-80 MHz. At those frequencies on unshielded
overhead power lines, the electrical wiring not only conducts the
signals, it radiates them very efficiently for very substantial
distances from the power lines.

See http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/10/25/102/?nc=1 for details

==> FCC’s Riley Hollingsworth to Retire in January 2008 (Oct 24, 2007)
— Riley Hollingsworth, Special Counsel in the FCC’s Enforcement
Bureau, announced his retirement this week, effective Friday, January
3, 2008. While his successor has not been named, Hollingsworth was
quick to point out that the FCC’s Amateur Radio enforcement program
will continue.

See http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/10/24/102/?nc=1 for more
details.

Comment:  I don’t plan to loose any sleep over this as Riley has said
that the FCC plans to fill the position with a qualified person.  I
wish Riley well.  From my  point of view he has a done a great job and
I am sure he will continue to be seen at ham radio events around the
country.

+++++   Hudson Division Awards Dinner Nears   ++++++

November 10 is getting closer.  Get your ads and ticket money in very
soon!   BARA will once again host The 2007 Hudson Division Awards
Dinner on Saturday night, November 10, at the Holiday Inn, Saddlebrook,
NJ.   See http://www.hudson.arrl.org/pages/awardsdinner2007.htm for
ticket info.

If you or your club want to place an ad in the Awards journal, please
visit the division web site for forms.

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

For Grand Ole Ham – Van Field – W2OQI from Center Moriches, NY – Member
of the Peconic Amateur Radio Club.  Nominated by:  Robert Napoli –
K2LGO from Riverhead, NY

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

Vincent Mattera – WB2AAP from Brooklyn, NY – Member of Kings County
Repeater Assn. and Kings County Radio Club in NY.  Nominated by:
Michael Patino – N2BMU of Brooklyn, NY,  Laura Rudin – KB2VDV of
Brooklyn, NY and  Herbert Klein – W2NCM of Brooklyn,

Hudson Division Special Achievement Award will  to Tony Izzo – K2AMI
for his work and service on the ARRL Hudson Division Awards Dinner.

===> Travels – From the ARRL Hudson Division Vice Director
Greetings, Hudson Division Members and Friends!  It’s almost time for
the ARRL Hudson Division Awards Dinner!  Have you gotten your tickets
yet?  Gosh, I hope so!  Tickets have been going fast, but the cut-off
is fast approaching!  November 2nd is the last day for ticket sales.
Please get your money in now.  Also, if you haven’t taken out an ad.,
help us by supporting the Journal Ad Sales.  Information is on the
Website:  www.hudson.arrl.org

I haven’t been traveling as much as I usually do, with my hectic work
schedule and just not feeling 100% and the fact that by the time you
all read this column, my Daughter, Holly – KB2ZMM will have gotten
married.  It’s been a very busy couple of months, but now things are
easing up a little in our house.
In June, I was not able to visit any Field Day operations, due to the
fact that I was working on Field Day weekend.  But, I did hear from
several in the Division and received a good amount of traffic messages.
Congratulations to all who participated!

In July, Frank, George and myself were in Sussex for the ARRL Hudson
Division Hamfest and Convention better known as the Sussex Hamfest.
While we were there, members of the Morris Amateur Radio Club donated
$30,000.00 to the ARRL Scholarship Fund.  Mary Hobart, K1MMH was on
hand for the presentation of the Check, along with members of the
Morris Radio Amateur Radio Club. Thank you, Ron Levy K2CO for your help
in making this possible.

In August, I was able to attend the Ramapo Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
in Oakland, New Jersey.  It was good to see everyone even if I didn’t
buy much.
In September, we traveled to the East New York Section to visit the
Hamfest in Balston Spa, NY.  It was another wonderful weekend and we
enjoyed visiting with our friends in the various clubs up north.

Public Service opportunities are always fun to share in.  George and I
worked Rest Stop 2 and Lunch during the MS100 Bike Race in Northern
Jersey.  Thanks to all who participated and to Kathy KT2F and Karl
N2OYU for being Net Control.

On Saturday, October 6, 2007 the day of the Simulated Emergency Test
(SET), I traveled to the Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club (OMARC)
Hamfest located in Wall Township, NJ.  This club is located at the very
end of the Hudson Division.  One of the main reasons of visiting this
Hamfest was obviously to give support to the club, meet and greet club
members and friends and to observe the SET and the MARS setup at the
club station.

Travel time was over 1 hour and 10 minutes and along the way, I
participated in the NNJ SET net on the 146.895 Repeater, as run by
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, George Sabbi, KC2GLG from
Bergen County.

When I arrived at OMARC, I was greeted by Club President, Ron Olender,
WA2HZT.  Attendance was light during that time.  I surmise that the fog
kept attendance down quite a bit along with it being a holiday weekend,
most folks might have chosen to travel away from the area, as Monday,
was Columbus Day.

I greeted several club members and went in to view the VE Session that
was in progress. Congratulations to the candidates that passed!

I stopped in on the Club station, where the SET net on the MARS
frequency was just ending.  I got to speak to the operators of the
station and found that they had passed drill traffic digitally for the
MARS SET.  There was some discussion afterward about the slowness of
taking voice drill messages as opposed to drill messages taken via
digital transfer.

I’d like to thank all of the participants in the SET, especially the
DEC’s and EC’s and the many others who took time check in, run the
drill and pass traffic.
Until next time!  Have a great fall season and good DX and Contesting
to all!

73 – Joyce KA2ANF

===> Log Book of the World (LoTW) Update…..  comments by N2FF

If you are a DXer or contester looking for awards and certificates this
is fast becoming the way of the future. Almost 18,000 hams world wide
now use the system for confirming contacts.   While the North Jersey DX
Association is celebrating its 50th year in existence as the W2 QSL
Bureau many DXers are now getting their confirmations via LoTW rather
than the old paper QSL card.

Here is a recent report (Oct. 26, 2007) from the ARRL server software:

142,688,520QSO records have been entered into the system.10,032,759QSL
records have resulted.17,699Users are registered in the
system26,983Certificates are active448,984User files have been
processed
While not all of my logs have been uploaded, I have entered 17,200 QSOs
from my electronic logs (most of those are contest QSO’s) and more
importantly have received 3,963 matches or confirmations.  That’s
almost 4,000 QSL cards.  And none of them are cluttering up the shack
in shoe boxes or cigar boxes.  They are all on my computer and on the
ARRL servers.  And that says nothing about the savings in printing and
postage costs and the preparation time saved. Nearly all of us have a
computer in the shack and most have a computer logging program.  That’s
really all you need to get started – a computer logging program and an
Internet connection.  See http://www.arrl.org/lotw/ and read their
“Getting Started” information.  The might be a good cold weather
project.

While I certainly do not want to put NJDXA out of business and still
enjoy receiving cards via the bureau or direct, LoTW makes life much
easier.  Also, if you are working DX stations and want to receive cards
via the bureau, you need to become a member of the incoming W2 QSL
Bureau – see
http://www.njdxa.org/    You might even want to become a member and
help out sorting the incoming cards.  NJDXA is always looking for
members.  All the information is there on their web site.

==> Trying To S.E.T. A Severe Weather Scenario

“Be advised reports continue relating to ongoing seismic activity in
the Atlantic Basin.  Please stay alert and monitor your local media
sources, local and regional EmComm Frequencies as well as NOAA All
Hazards radio for further updates or any additional information,
including Watches or Warnings
“Due to the increase in and continuing of the seismic activity off the
East Coast of the US, NNJ ARES Team Leaders should consider advising
their local Teams and Served Agencies concerning preliminary
preparations for ARES Communications Support, similar to how they would
in association with a widespread severe weather alert in the event ARES
activation is needed in conjunction with any subsequent events relating
to this activity.
“Preliminary Earthquake Parameters:
Magnitude – 5.7
Time – 1120 EDT Oct 5 2007
1020 CDT Oct 5 2007
1520 UTC Oct 5, 2007
Location – 32.2 North 79.3 West
105 Miles SW of Myrtle Beach South Carolina
55 Miles SE of Charlestown South Carolina
Depth – 11 Miles
“This will be the only drill statement issued for this drill event
unless additional drill information becomes available.”

The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) was conducted on Saturday, October
6, 2007, with only the above bulletin information as a guideline for
developing a disaster drill design.  “In the past, we have relied upon
the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management or the American Radio
Relay League for a complete packet of directions,” stated Ramsey
Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Adams, WA2MWT, “Since they are
normally ‘storm-related’, we decided to proceed with the exercise,
using the information available.”

An earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean could very likely trigger
a tsunami, with a tidal wave striking the New Jersey Coast.  If it
occurred in an area such as The Canary Islands, there would be adequate
warning to evacuate the Jersey coastal population.  Since the displaced
residents would have to move to higher ground, some of the eleven
counties of Northern New Jersey (NNJ) would obviously be their
destination.

George Sabbi, KC2GLG, NNJ District Emergency Coordinator for
the SkyWarn program, became the acting Section Emergency Coordinator
for the 11 counties and would direct the exercise.  Matthew Ryffel,
K2NUD, Bergen County District Emergency Coordinator, would handle that
county’s drill.

The Ramsey Office of Emergency Management (OEM) opened its
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and activated its radio room.  “Since
we are a host community for Westchester County school kids, in the
event of a problem at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, we ‘opened
a shelter”, which was Don Bosco High School,” Adams said. The Fort Lee
and Woodcliff Lake OEM’s were also activated, as was the Bergen County
National Weather Service SkyWarn Point-of-Contacts.

The three hour exercise included two hours of
“traffic-handling” or exchanging messages between the NNJ Section and
the NNJ counties, which were participating.  Ramsey OEM had requested
permission from the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management to use
the event as a functional drill and issued several status reports on
their shelter.  A need for ham radio operators, a power failure and
other obstacles “dogged” the group as several buses of evacuees
“arrived” at the shelter.

A one hour critique followed, which is the main element of the
Simulated Emergency Test.  The ability to maintain emergency
communications during any type of severe weather from municipality to
county, and from county to county, and from county to state, while also
maintaining liaison with the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and
other served agencies was accomplished.

Other 10-70 amateur radio operators who participated, included
Bruce Greenwood, K3OEM, Deputy Ramsey OEM Coordinator; senior staff
members Bill Stagg, KC2BLN and Paul Hennion, KC2FMJ.  Additionally,
Woodcliff Lake OEM member Justin Mattes, KC2GIK and Fort Lee OEM member
Paul Busch, KC2PYB, operated.

“It is plausible that a tsunami could strike the New Jersey
coastline while northern New Jersey is in the midst of a blizzard.  The
combination of severe weather events that could occur with a tidal wave
is mind-boggling.  This was an initial exercise to address what has
become a fairly recent concern and we believe it was a success,” Adams
concluded.

Submitted by Michael Adams  Wa2mwt@arrl.net

=====> DIVISION NEWSLETTER OF THE MONTH

The October 2007 award goes to the Hall of Science  Amateur Radio Club
(HOSARC) Newsletter, “News Fuse” for their November issue.
Congratulations once again to editor Felix Lam, K2KHV.  Felix won last
year’s award for Best Newsletter of the Year 2006.  he is in the
running once again.  I am sure if they leave a few copies in the local
library and local town hall they may attract even more members..
Please take a look at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org/pages/newsletterawards.htm

Clubs please make sure that you continue to send a copy of your pdf
file to n2ff@arrl.org.  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!
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HAMFEST –  Season’s final hamfest! for 2007.  October 28th will be the
last one of the season.
28 Oct 2007 +
Long Island Indoor Hamfair and Electronics Show – LIMARC
http://www.limarc.org
Talk-In: 146.85 (PL 136.5)
Contact:Richie Cetron, K2KNB
198 Haypath Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
Fax: 516-694-4937
Email: hamfest@limarc.orgHicksville, NY
Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island


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