Hudson Division Beacon – October 2010

                   October   2010
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 112
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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+++ Two Events this Weekend +++

CQWW SSB DX Contest starts Friday night at 8PM local –  New Low power
and QRP assisted category added
LIMARC Hamfest this Sunday –  the last division hamfest of 2010

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

This is the last opportunity to order tickets and ads or sponsor a
plaque.

No tickets will be sold at the door.  They must be preordered.

The East Coast DX Association will host the ARRL Hudson Division 2010
Awards Luncheon On Sunday – November 14, 2010 from 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM
the 2010 ARRL Hudson Division Awards event will be held at Biagio’s
Restaurant in Paramus, NJ.  The key note speaker will be ARRL President
Kay Craigie, N3KN.  Five awards will be presented this year:

Amateur of the Year  –  Nancy Rosner, N2TKA – (NLI)
Grand Ole Ham  –  Jerry Jankowitz, NO2T – (NNJ)
Technical Achievement  –  Julius Jones, W2IHY – (ENY)

In addition President Craigie will present 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 will also present 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 is the first time the award is being
presented.  David was the recipient of the ARRL Hudson Division
Technical Award in 2009.

See http://www.hudson.arrl.org/#HudsonAwards for details on journal ads
and tickets.

==> New 2011 ARRL Handbook — Limited Time Offer
10/20/2010
•         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
softcover 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.

==> Living On the Edge

With the big CQ World Wide SSB Contest coming up and the 40 meter band
allocations having evolved rapidly over the past couple of years, it’s
worth taking a few minutes to review some do’s and don’ts, particularly
for US operators.

First, the lower edge of the US phone band is 7.125 MHz – not 7.100
MHz. The requirement is for you to keep your signal above 7.125 – all
of it. If you are using LSB, the frequency display of your radio shows
the carrier frequency and that has to be high enough that the sidebands
of your signal are all inside the phone band. What does that mean?
According to the FCC in Part 97.3a, everything stronger than 26 dB
below the mean power of the signal counts as the signal’s
bandwidth.

Without getting into a huge derivation of carrier suppression and the
effects on bandwidth of audio and RF compression and distortion, let’s
just say that you should tune no lower than 7.1275 or 7.128 MHz to be
sure of “coloring inside the lines.” I’m sure some enterprising contest
station outside the US will set up shop with a carrier frequency of
7.125 MHz, but just don’t call them. If you have a connection to the
spotting network, you can always post a spot that says, “XYØZZ 7.125
Not Legal for US Phone Band” and perhaps they (and those calling) will
see it and move.

A similar problem over the past couple of years has been stations at
the top end of 20 meters with their USB carrier frequency above 14.3475
– you’re out of the band, folks! Again, just don’t call them – these are
not the usual frequencies for rare stations. Another “gotcha” is caused
by jumping to that freshly posted spot and giving your call without
looking closely at the frequency. DX stations can operate well below
7.125 MHz, 14.150 MHz, and 21.200 MHz – don’t call them there! In every
contest, you can hear a steady stream of US stations well outside the US
band who should know better. If you can program your radios not to
transmit outside the US segments or set up your spotting network
filters or logging program not to tempt you with out-of-band spots, do
so. That way, in the heat of battle, you won’t make a mistake. Or be
tempted to “make a mistake.”

Finally, before sending in your log – make sure it states the right
category for your entry. If you receive ANY spots from the spotting
networks by any means, you must enter in the Single- Operator, Assisted
category (SOA). Most logging programs now automatically connect to the
Internet and then to a spotting network, so you have to disable that
feature if you are going to enter Single-Operator.

Make sure your signal is clean and that the rig’s displayed frequency
of your carrier is far enough from the edge of the band to stay legal!
As you get ready for radiosport’s Big One, remember to play nice. Have
fun, definitely, but be sure to set good examples for good operating
and clean signals. The world does listen – especially when you’re
living on the edge!
73, Ward NØAX

==> Surfin’: Missing the Netherlands Antilles
By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Contributing Editor

This week, Surfin’ waxes nostalgically about Bonaire and the dissolved
Netherlands Antilles.

When I started out as a shortwave listener (SWL) with my Hallicrafters
S-200 receiver and 35 feet of copper wire strung between my bedroom
window and the telephone pole that supported my family’s clothesline,
one of the first foreign stations I logged and sent me a QSL card was
Trans World Radio on Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles.

Wow! They had a strong signal in the South End of Waterbury,
Connecticut.
That log entry seemed so exotic to me because until then, I had never
heard of the Antilles or Bonaire.

It was the beginning of my shortwave radio geography lesson. Fast
forward 15 years: I had become a geography expert by working contests
and chasing DX on HF and could tell you the location of every country
on the DXCC list and then some.

Getting back to the Antilles, the dissolution of the Netherlands
Antilles last week was good news on the DX front because the break-up
adds four new entries to the DXCC list, but I felt a little pang of
sadness. It is something else from my radio youth that is no more.  The
dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles has caused changes to the DXCC
List. As per the DXCC rules, the two Netherlands Antilles DXCC entities
will be deleted and moved to the Deleted Entities List. Four new
entities will be added to the DXCC List: (1) Curaçao; (2) Sint
Maarten; (3) Saba and St Eustatius, and (4) Bonaire. The event date and
time for these changes was 0400 UTC, October, 10 2010. Confirmations for
these new entities will be accepted for credit starting January 1, 2011.
Other administrative changes and actions will be announced as they are
finalized.

Sometimes I wish I could do like Dennis Quaid in the film Frequency —
that is, power up that Hallicrafters receiver and hear those same
stations I heard back then.

==> ARRL DXCC Desk Approves Six 2010 Operations

ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, reports that six 2010 operations,
including four from Burundi, have been approved for DXCC credit. They
are:
A51A – Bhutan,  T6MB – Afghanistan, 9U1RSI – Burundi, 9U4T – Burundi,
9U1KI – Burundi and 9U1VO – Burundi

If you had cards that were recently rejected for this operation, please
send an e-mail to the ARRL DXCC Desk,” Moore said. “Results will appear
in Logbook of The World (LoTW) accounts, as well as online on the daily
listings.”

==> 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 www.arrl.org/shop.

==> AUCTION

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
items.

KJI ELECTRONICS, YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AMATEUR RADIO STORE IS COMING TO THE
FAIR LAWN RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE AUCTION

Refreshments will be available.        Telephone 201-791-3841 and leave
your name, number and short message

E-Mail w2npt@arrl.net . We will get back to you ASAP.
Location: Fair Lawn Senior Center, located at 11-05 Gardiner Road, Fair
Lawn, N.J. 07410

==> DIVISION NEWSLETTER OF THE MONTH

The October 2010 award goes to “RANDOMOccilations,” the newsletter of
the Radio Central ARC, for their October issue.   The issue has a nice
variety of articles and pictures.  It is well worth reading.  What
really got my attention was a hombrew construction article with
pictures titled “A Homebrew Tube Transmitter for 80, 40, 30, and 15
meters” by Steve Sussman-Fort, AB2EW.  It’s vintage radio with a few
good tips on how to cure chirp.  There is also  a tip for using modern
HC-49 crystals, intended for use in solid state designs, in a higher
voltage tube rig such as the one described in the article.  I never ran
across that one before.  Thanks for the article and the pictures,
Steve.

To find the cure read the issue on the division web site.  If you are
building cw rigs, QRP or high power, this is a must read article.  A
winner! Congratulations once again for another great issue.  I asked my
wife to hide my chassis punches so I won’t start building this project.
The editor is Neil Heft, KC2KY, who is also the club president and
apparently a glutton for work as he also heads up the team for HRU 2011
to be held in January.

Please take a look at
http://www.hudson.arrl.org/pages/newsletterawards.htm 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!

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HAMFEST:  The is your last list before the snow flies.  LIMARC Indoor
Oct. 31 is the last event of 2010.

* 10/31/2010 | LIMARC Indoor Hamfest
Location: Hicksville, NY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio
Website: http://www.limarc.org
Location: Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Hicksville, NY 11801

Website: http://www.limarc.org
Sponsor: Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.850 (PL136.5)
Public Contact: Richard Cetron , K2KNB
198 Haypath Road Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
Email: k2knb@limarc.org


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