Hudson Division Beacon – September 2003

ARRL Hudson Division
September 2003
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition
By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
516) 746-7652
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* ARRL remembers victims of September 11

— On the second anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror
attacks, the ARRL remembers those who lost their lives.  They included
seven Amateur Radio operators who died in the World Trade Center and
Pentagon disasters: Steven A. “Steve” Jacobson, N2SJ, 53, an ARRL member
and a WPIX transmitter engineer from New York City; William V. “Bill”
Steckman, WA2ACW, of West Hempstead, New York, a WNBC transmitter
engineer; Michael G. Jacobs, AA1GO, 54, an ARRL member from Danbury,
Connecticut; Robert D. “Bob” Cirri Sr, KA2OTD, 39, an ARRL member from
Nutley, New Jersey, and ARRL Hudson County District Emergency
Coordinator.  A Port Authority Police officer, Cirri was helping to
evacuate occupants from the World Trade Center when it collapsed;
William R. “Bill” Ruth, W3HRD, 58, of Mt Airy, Maryland, an ARRL member,
who died in Pentagon attack.  He was a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran and
worked in the Pentagon; Gerard J. “Rod” Coppola, KA2KET, 46, of New York
City; and Winston A. Grant, KA2DRF, 59, of West Hempstead, New York.


Ballots for the Hudson Division Director election will begin arriving in
your mail-box around October 1.  As ballots are sent bulk mail some may
take weeks to dribble out to you.  Please make your decision and send
you ballot back in time to be counted in late November.  If you have not
received a ballot by November 1, please contact HQ for a replacement.


The Hudson Division Awards Dinner is again being sponsored by the 10-70
Repeater Association and will be held on November 8th in Northern New
Jersey at Biaggio’s Resturante in Paramus, NJ by popular request.  The
food is good, the camaraderie is great and there are plenty of door
prizes for all. Tickets are limited to the first 100 at $38 per person.
Send ticket requests to 10-70 Repeater Association, Inc., 235 Van
Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ  07450-2918

2003’s Technical Achievement Award winner is Len Signoretti Jr, N2LEN,
of Brooklyn, New York.  The specific achievement Len was recognized for
was the unique Echolink repeater/internet linking system he has
implemented, one of the first in the New York City area.

The 2003 Grand Ole Ham is Jim Joyce, K2ZO, of Washington Township, New
Jersey.  A 30 year member of the Bergen Amateur Radio Club, Jim has
devoted most of his free time to the club and to making Amateur Radio
operators more knowledgeable in the hobby.  He has spent two decades as
an Elmer, founding the club’s “kit night” in which hams could learn the
basics of building electronic equipment, how to solder, or how to
troubleshoot and repair their own equipment.

The 2003 Hudson Division Amateur of the Year is Bruce Lordi, N2XP, of
Flanders, New Jersey. A well rounded Amateur, Bruce has been described
as “Mr. Fixit”.  From HTs to Mobile equipment to repeaters, Bruce is
always ready to help hams with their technical problems.  Bruce gives
countless hours to helping hams and teaching others about technology.
He Elmers local Amateurs on the technology behind packet, PSK31, APRS,
HF, VHF and UHF techniques.

Please join with us to honor these outstanding Hudson Division hams.
You will also have a good time and perhaps take home a door prize.  Plan
on being with us on November 8th in Paramus.

*  LogBook or LoTW has ARRIVED

On Monday September 15, 2003 Logbook of the World opened for business.
See  It will eventually offer a new way to get
credits for awards like DXCC, WAS and the DXCC Challenge.  October QST
has information about the program on page 46.

Step by step instructions are found on the Getting Started section.

If you used the Beta system, it’s important to remember that the
sequence of events is different because the full security protocol is in
effect.  In the Beta test, you received your password and digital
certificate via email shortly after submitting the request.

In the final production system, after you upload your certificate
request you will receive an acknowledgement, and your request will be
sent to the Logbook administrator in the DXCC branch for approval. Once
approved, a unique password will be printed on a postcard and mailed to
your FCC database address. With that password, you can receive your
digital certificate via Web or email, install it on your computer, and
begin signing logs and submitting them to the system as before.

The first of the postcards will to be processed and mailed later this
week, and after that QSOs can start flowing into the system.

* CW TESTING Petitions at FCC

A number of petitions to drop or maintain cw or Morse testing as a
license requirement have been filed with the FCC as a result of action
taken at WRC 2003.  The decision of WRC-03 in late July to eliminate
Morse Code proficiency as a international requirement for amateur access
to frequencies below 30 MHz has left it to each country to decide
whether to retain Morse Code proficiency as a requirement for access to
HF frequencies.

For details see
ARRL policy is not to comment on other’s proposals unless they involve
spectrum issues and these proposals do not.  ARRL has begun the process
of developing its own proposal.

Once the process of collecting comments on all Morse code-related
petitions is completed, the FCC may determine that a Notice of Proposed
Rule Making (NPRM) is in order. The Commission at that point could
incorporate all Morse-related rule making petitions into a single
proceeding. The NPRM would get a docket number, and the comment process
would begin anew.  A good guess is that this will happen about
Hamvention time next spring.

Meanwhile the ARRL Board has begun formulating its own proposal.  A
committee headed by ARRL First Vice President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has
been tasked to develop a set of proposals to be set before the ARRL
Board by December 2003 and voted upon at the January 2004 ARRL Board
meeting.  The resulting proposal will then be filed with the FCC a month
or so later and certainly before the FCC concludes action on the
petitions already before it.  Whatever the ARRL proposes and the FCC
eventually determines to implement will probably be put into effect by
mid 2005, about two years away.

In order to help me decide how I will vote I need to get input from
Hudson Division ARRL members.  This will help determine how I will vote
in January.

Though license structure and exam content are not directly part of the
Morse issue several petitions suggest that the current license structure
and exam content should also be changed.  Those petitions that discuss
license structure generally suggest a three-tier license structure of
Entry, General and Extra licenses. Proposals as to content vary from
suggestions to make the Entry level license a simple written exam of
perhaps 25 questions, concentrating on operating practice, essential
rules, and very basic technical matters on one hand to increasing
emphasis and difficulty of technical content on the other.

So far I have received very few comments from members in the Hudson
Division on these questions.  As we have the ability to send information
to Division member it seemed like a good idea to get member opinions on
these issues.

I have prepared a short questionnaire. You shouldn’t feel limited to the
questions and alternatives in the questionnaire. Feel free to add your
comments. Hearing the reasons why you prefer one alternative is even
more helpful.  Your answers will help me reach a decision as to how I
will vote on the ARRL proposal in January.

Please cut and paste the survey below and send your replies to me at

1. Do you think ARRL should fight the elimination of Morse Code
requirements for licensing?

___Yes                    ___No

2. Do you think ARRL should petition FCC to abolish Morse Code
requirements for licensing?

___Yes                     ___No

3. Provided you think ARRL should fight elimination of Morse Code
requirements (see No. 1, above) please select either a, b or c to
indicate how hard we should fight to keep the code requirement:

___ a. Drop everything else (e.g., the fight against BPL, the fight to
pass legislation to protect our frequencies, the fight against
restrictions on antenna structures).

___ b. Drop all but the most important projects (e.g., the fight against

___ c. File a petition with FCC to keep the code requirement, but do
nothing else.

4. Entry level Amateurs should pass a Morse Code test to have HF
frequency privileges.

__ Strongly Agree

__ Agree

__ No Opinion

__ Disagree

__Strongly Disagree

5.      General Class Amateurs should pass a Morse Code test to have HF
frequency privileges.

__Strongly Agree


__No Opinion


__Strongly Disagree

6.    Extra Class Amateurs should pass a Morse Code test to have HF
frequency privileges.

__Strongly Agree


__No Opinion


__Strongly Disagree

7.    If the Morse Proficiency requirement is eliminated there still should
be portions of each band limited to CW and narrow band data.

__Strongly Agree


__No Opinion


__Strongly Disagree

8.    Entry level licenses should include access to

__ VHF and UHF frequencies only

__  Limited portions of one or two HF bands and VHF and UHF frequencies.

__  Limited portions of three or four HF bands and VHF and UHF frequencies.

__  Limited portions of all HF bands and VHF and UHF frequencies.

__  All General Class portions of two HF bands and VHF and UHF frequencies.

9.       Entry level licenses should be limited to
__  5 Watts on HF
__  50 Watts on HF
__  100 Watts on HF
__   250 Watts on HF
__   Normal amateur power limits

10.     Entry level licenses should be for a term of
__  Two years  non-renewable
__  Two years  but renewable
__  Ten years renewable

11.    I have been a Ham for  ____ years

12.    I took my last Amateur license exam
__  from a VE Team
__  from an FCC Examiner

13.       How important is the Morse Issue to you?
……  Crucial
……  Very Important
……  Somewhat Important
……  Not Important
…..   Unimportant

Please add any Comments.

Thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts.

73,  de Frank Fallon  N2FF,  Hudson Division Director

* 27th NEW YORK CITY MARATHON – November 2nd

Once again The New York Road Runners Club will host the 27th annual New
York City Marathon on November 2nd. And, for the 27th year, Amateur
Radio operators are being asked to provide communications.

This race is the largest “people’s” event that the city hosts each year
and requires over 400 Amateur Radio operators to fulfill the unique
requirements set forth by the race officials.

This is the largest public service event in America each year. Come and
be part of a world class event while helping over 30,000 runners achieve
their dream.

Operations will take place on Staten Island from 4 AM to 11 AM,
Brooklyn, and Queens from 6 AM to noon and in Manhattan and the Bronx
from 7 AM to 3 PM. We are looking for those who have done public service
events for years and those who have never been involved before.

Everyone receives training and a manual to help prepare for the day.  If
you have never done an event like this before you will be surprised at
how much fun it is. The tee shirts will make you the envy of your club.

For further information, to get questions answered or to volunteer
please contact the Communication Coordinator, Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML,


Correction:  Some folks had trouble getting to the NYS law which covers
“extended receive” capabilities. This is not easy and obvious but if you
follow the directions you will get there.

For the NYS law go to  and select “Bills
and Laws” which is the third item down on the left side.  Then under
Legislative Session Information select Laws of New York which is the
fifth item in the list.  Under “Consolidated Laws” select VAT (for
Vehicle and Traffic Laws) and scroll then down to section 397 which is
the specific law and print a copy of New York State Vehicle and Traffic
Laws Title 3 Article 12 Section 397.

You will need to do the same for the hands free bill. It is on the same
site under Article 33 “Miscellaneous Rules” and is Section 1225C, which
is the provision covering the use of mobile telephones.  The operative
word you will see is telephone.

You will now feel like a legal scholar.  Print out both sections and put
them in your glove compartment.

*   Court kicks New York ham’s “police radio” case:

A New York court has dismissed a misdemeanor charge against ARRL member
Richard C. “Dick” Lalone, KC5GAX, for violating §397 of that
state’s Vehicle and Traffic Law. That section prohibits individuals
other than law officers from equipping their vehicles with radios
“capable of receiving signals on the frequencies allocated for police
use” without first securing a permit. The section, which also prohibits
knowingly interfering with police transmissions, contains an explicit
exemption for “any person who holds a valid amateur radio operator’s
license . . . and who operates a duly licensed portable mobile
transmitter and in connection therewith a receiver or receiving set on
frequencies exclusively allocated . . . to duly licensed radio
amateurs.” In his nearly 1300-word decision, Judge John J. Hallet called
§397 “probably the most poorly drafted section of the Vehicle and
Traffic Law.” While noting that the rationale behind the statute was to
keep criminals from monitoring police calls, he said it was clear the
legislature never intended the provisions of §397 from applying to
licensed Amateur Radio operators, and he dismissed the charge August 5.
Susan Terry, KF4SUE, a former New York assistant attorney general,
represented Lalone.  ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, ARRL General
Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, and ARRL Regulatory Information Specialist
John Hennessee, N1KB, provided advice or assistance to Lalone.    (from
the ARRL Web Page)


Some of you may get an ARRL Survey in the mail.  Please answer it.  Some
folks will get them and others will not.  Please don’t feel bad.  I have
been an ARRL member for 39 years and only once did I get one in the

A Readex Survey is in the Mail

Materials for the first of two Readex surveys we are conducting this
Fall are in the mail. We typically receive a few questions from members
asking if ARRL really commissioned the survey. If anyone asks, please
tell them that we did indeed commission Readex to conduct a survey, and
ask that they take a few minutes to complete and return it. Each
response is important.

This survey is going to a small selection of members, former members and
never members and covers their amateur radio interests and activity
levels, as well as their knowledge and perceptions of ARRL.

The second survey — a periodic QST Reader Survey — will be sent in a
few weeks to ARRL members only. That one focuses on QST content,
demographics and issues of interest to advertisers.

Each person in the survey sample will receive an “alert letter” saying
that the survey is coming, then the survey booklet itself, then
reminders and duplicate survey booklets as required to get to the needed

73, Mark K1RO

>  MCLIC assists with Central New Jersey repeater interference issues:

The Monmouth County Local Interference Committee (MCLIC) formed a year
ago at the direction of ARRL Northern New Jersey Section Manager Bill
Hudzik, W2UDT, in response to a rise in repeater jamming and
interference complaints, especially during ARES, RACES and National
Traffic System (NTS) nets. MCLIC’s primary geographical focus is
Monmouth County, New Jersey. A component of the Amateur Auxiliary, local
interference committees may be commissioned by an ARRL SM with an
Official Observer as chair to investigate and resolve repeater
interference problems. MCLIC functions as an advisory committee to
Monmouth County repeater sponsors in specific jamming cases and as a
technical and investigative resource. MCLIC also is in need of
additional, dedicated volunteers, especially those with experience in
radio frequency monitoring, recording and direction finding. For more
information, visit the MCLIC Web site.   (from “In Brief” on the ARRL
Web page )


The moral of the story here is: Beware E-mail requests for information,
even those from companies you deal with.  Here is a heads up that may
save you a great deal of grief.  The following is an e-mail from an
unnamed ARRL Vice Director who was bitten by this one:

The e-mail you received was not from eBay. It is a forged e-mail that
APPEARS to have come from eBay, and in fact was generated by a ring of
thieves who have been scamming eBay users who use their e-mail address
as their eBay user ID. The link in the e-mail APPEARS to go to eBay, but
in fact goes to a web page setup by the thieves to collect your
personal, credit card, bank account and PayPal account information.
Whatever you provide to them on that page will be used for theft. People
who have fallen for this have had credit cards maxed out, bank accounts
emptied out and PayPal accounts cleared out. I fell for one of them, but
only provided a credit card number… they compromised it within minutes
and tried to steal my identity (using the information to open a line of
credit in my name at Dell Computer so they could buy hundreds of
computers using my good name).

My first advisory is to change you eBay account name to something other
than your e-mail address (this makes it more difficult for them to send
you scam e-mails as your address will not be so readily known to them).
My second advisory is to never trust links in e-mails. If you think eBay
or PayPal or anyone else has asked you to update information, don’t
click on the link in the e-mail (the name displayed in the link may not
be where it really goes… the actual address it goes to is hidden in
the HTML for the link)… just open a new browser window and go to the
site the way you always do and use THAT page to see if there really is
an account problem.

By the way, eBay works hard to shut these guys down, but they just move
to another server and start again. You can forward notes like this to and they will investigate them.


We have all heard too often about the “dumbing down of ham radio,” well
get this:

According to author Ward Silver, N0AX, his manuscript for the new book
“Ham Radio for Dummies” will be completed by the end of 2003. This is an
addition to Wiley Publishing’s well-known “Dummies” series and stands a
good chance of getting wide distribution in the consumer book market.


>>>>>APPROVED HAMFESTS:  This is the last of the Hamfests for 2003.
Shop while you can!

5 Oct 2003 + Hall of Science ARC
Queens, NY
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
Contact:Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
5-10 34th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599

11 Oct 2003 + Bergen ARA
Washington Township, NJ
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
Contact:James Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd.
North Washington Township, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725

ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF

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