Hudson Division Beacon – September 2004

ARRL Hudson Division
September 2004

Hudson Division Beacon - e-mail edition  - # 42

By Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
516) 746-7652
n2ff@arrl.org

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It's time for antenna work before the leaves drop and the snow begins to
fly.  Take a look at this site for an ambitious project.  The antennas
belong to 7J4AAL in Japan. 
http://www.netaro.net/~ja4xgc/75m/monster.htm 

* SOME SAD NEWS....

At the LIMARC hamfest  I learned that Lew Reinberg, W2BIE, had suffered
a stroke and was in intensive care.  Lew is a good friend and a long
time DXer and member of LIDXA.  Lew has been very supportive of my
efforts as Hudson Director. At last report Lew is recovering and is
going to a rehabilitation center. I pray for a speedy recovery.

At the WECA meeting in White Plains I was shocked to learn that Sandy
Fried, N2SF, had passed away earlier that day.  Sandy, a retired Navy
Master Chief Petty Officer and Westchester County Communications Officer
for many years, was a regular on our 3792 net and I would frequently
meet him at the Thursday Briarcliff breakfast events.   There are a lot
of hams in Westchester who knew Sandy and who will miss him.  Sandy ran
the WECA VE group for many years and despite poor health in the last few
years he moderated an on line license course.  Twelve local hams and two
ARRL directors were on hand at the graveside services in Elmont, Long
Island.

On Friday I learned that former Owl, LIMARC and PARC member Karl
Johnson, K2KM (ex-W2YJD), passed away peacefully Thursday, 16 September.
 Karl, a resident of Cutchogue, NY, had not been well for the last few
years. Cards of condolence may be sent to Karl's wife and family at:

Mrs. Paula Johnson 
2375 Harbor Lane 
Cutchogue, NY 11935-1431 

That was not a good week for good news.

* HUDSON DIVISION AWARDS DINNER NOVEMBER 13th

We have had to make some last minute changes here as a result of number
of dropped balls.  Our three choices for the event in NNJ were not
available.  Please note none of the balls were dropped by NJDXA.  None
of the three sites we had selected were available for the date we
needed.  We were about to call it off for 2004 when a few LI people
stepped in to offer help this year.  NJDXA President, Rich Gelber, K2WR
has agreed that NJDXA will host the event in 2005.  We needed to keep
that November 13th date.

So, the 2004 Hudson Division Awards Dinner will this year 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.

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 has promised to be on hand for the event. 

* HUDSON DIVISION AWRDS WINNERS SELECTED

The 2004 Hudson Division Nominations Committee, chaired by Vice
Director, Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF met via ARRL Conference Bridge in
late August to select awardees for this year.  

The 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. 

The committee chaired by KA2ANF consisted of K2ZO, Jim Joyce - Assistant
Director in NNJ, W2GLA, Jerry Agliata - Assistant Director in ENY, K2YM,
Dan Moses - Assistant Director in ENY, K2DO, Diane Ortiz - Assistant
Director in NLI, K2YEW, Norm Wessler - Assistant Director in NLI, N2PVP,
Mario Selletti in NNJ.  Thanks to all who made a selection.  The
committee pointed out that no nominations were received from the ENY
Section this year. 

* BBC RADIO 9/11 Documentary

Please check out a touching radio documentary produced by BBC called
"Unsung Heroes" which is about the Amateur Radio response to the 9/11
terrorist attacks on NYC. I promise you will know and recognize at least
half of the voices and names in this documentary. The link will be good
for a short time. You will need an audio program capable of playing the
.RAM stream such as Real Audio.
http://www.bbc.co.uk./radio4/factual/rams/sat1030.ram

* 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. 

* Industry Canada soliciting comments on Morse requirement, other
issues

(Sep 1, 2004) -- Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) says Industry Canada
(IC) is seeking comments from Canada's amateur community on recent RAC
proposals dealing with Morse code as a qualification for Amateur Radio
HF operation. RAC has proposed that IC delete the mandatory requirement
for Morse testing but leave it as a voluntary qualification, since some
countries retaining a Morse requirement may require Morse credit for
reciprocal operation. The RAC recommends that Canadian amateurs endorse
the proposal, Gazette Notice DGRB-003-04, Consultation on
"Recommendations from Radio Amateurs of Canada to Industry Canada
Concerning Morse Code and Related Matters," released August 28. Canadian
amateurs have 60 days to comment. 

>  ARDF TEAM USA GOES TO THE 2004 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

If your looking for a new Amateur Radio activity and one that will keep
you in good shape at the same time, you will be interested in this
information:

A 21-member delegation is returning from the Czech Republic after
representing USA and ARRL at the Twelfth World Championships of Amateur
Radio Direction Finding (ARDF). This year's championships attracted 327
competitors from 28 countries to Brno, a town about 110 miles southeast
of Prague.

In ARDF championships, each entrant competes on two meters and on 80
meters, on separate days. The two competition days were Thursday,
September 9 and Saturday, September 11. There are five age categories
for males and four age categories for females, in accordance with ARDF
rules of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Each country may
to have up to three persons per category on its team. Medals are awarded
to best individuals and best teams in each age/gender division and on
each band.

The World Championships of ARDF take place in even-numbered years. This
was USA's fourth trip to the World Campionships. Our team members ranged
in age from 19 to 62 and came from nine states. This year's Team Captain
was Harley Leach KI7XF of Bozeman, MT. Also in the delegation were Dale
Hunt WB6BYU of Portland, OR and Marvin Johnston KE6HTS of Santa Barbara,
CA, representing USA and IARU Region 2 on the International Jury
overseeing the competitions. Each was assigned to be a Course Marshall
at one of the radio foxes.

The competition areas were very large (about 4800 acres) and forested,
with occasional thickets, slopes, and cliffs. One Team USA member
described the Saturday course as the toughest he has ever done. A
shallow river ran through the middle of that site. It was in a deep
ravine that had to be scaled to cross it.

ARDF is sometimes called fox-tailing or radio-orienteering. A course
consists of 3, 4, or 5 radio foxes (depending on category) that must be
located with portable radio direction finding equipment as the foxhunter
travels between the starting point and the finish line. Total course
length in a championship hunt is 5 to 10 kilometers. Orienteering maps
are provided and a beacon transmitter on a separate frequency near the
finish assists hunters who get lost. This year's course time limit was
2-1/2 hours. The gold medal winner in the five-fox prime age category
for men completed the 80-meter course in less than 53 minutes.

Two Team USA members had top-ten individual finishes in their
categories. Nadia Scharlau of Cary, NC placed 6th out of 22 on Thursday,
despite losing ten minutes when the battery fell out of her receiver and
she had to backtrack to retrieve it. Her Saturday time was much better,
only 10 minutes above the first place finisher in her category. But
other D35 hunters also did better on that day, putting Nadia into 11th
place. Bob Cooley KF6VSE, age 62, of Pleasanton, CA placed 9th out of 34
on his two-meter run.

European and former Soviet countries have been holding ARDF events for
over 30 years, so it is no surprise that they dominated in the
standings. Nine of these nations garnered all of the individual and team
medals. The total medal count was led by Czech, Russia, and Ukraine with
34, 28 and 26 respectively.

USA, Australia, and Great Britain were among the 19 nations that won no
medals. Nevertheless, the teams of these three English-heritage
countries enjoyed a friendly rivalry as they shared living quarters in
the same corridor of the host facility. Each is relatively new to the
sport and is building a national ARDF program.

The ARRL Foundation and the Colvin Award Fund provided a portion of the
entry fees and in-country expenses of the USA team. The remainder of
these fees, along with training expenses and domestic/international
airfares, were paid by the individual team members.

More about ARDF, the Championships and Team USA, including a member
roster and team category standings, are online at www.homingin.com.
Photos will be added when available.

Team members greatly appreciate the efforts of stateside supporters who
have organized practice sessions for them and others.

Joe Moell K0OV, ARRL ARDF Coordinator

>  ARRL Gets Federal Grant to Tell Amateur Radio's Story to Communities

(Sep 8, 2004) -- 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 for more
details. 

* HAMS AGAIN INVOLVED IN MIDDLETOWN DAY

The Middletown Amateur Radio Club--W2MAR--in New Jersey will take part
in Middletown Day activities September 18 with a public ham radio
display, information table, traffic handling and ARES/RACES displays.
The club expects some 3000 visitors in town, including state and local
officials.

>  AMSAT Lab building is Hurricane Charley victim

Structural damage to the airport hangar housing the AMSAT Laboratory in
Orlando--caused when Hurricane Charley made its way across Florida
August 13--has led authorities to condemn the building. The storm, with
winds of 100 MPH or greater, passed directly over the Orlando Executive
Airport, which is home to the Lab. AMSAT now must begin a search for a
new facility to support development of the Eagle satellite project. On
the plus side, the Lab's equipment and inventory are in good shape, and
AMSAT members in the vicinity weathered the storm with relatively minor
damage. On the minus side, AMSAT has little time to move out and find
temporary storage for its belongings so the building can be razed, and
its insurance does not cover the costs of temporary storage or moving to
another facility. AMSAT-a 501(c)(3) organization--invites tax-deductible
donations to its "Hurricane Fund" to get the AMSAT Lab back in operation
as soon as possible <http://www.amsat.org>. Photos by Lou McFadin,
W5DID, are on the AMSAT Web site
<.--Rick"http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/lab/>.--Rick Hambly, W2GPS, via
AMSAT News Service

* ARRL Has Role in Maryland Amateur Tower Case Victory

(Sep 15, 2004) -- ARRL member John Evans, N3HBX, says he'll go forward
with plans to erect four 192-foot towers on a 44-acre farmland tract he
owns near Poolesville, Maryland. ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD,
testified as an expert witness on Evans' behalf September 9 when a
Montgomery County Circuit Court judge denied a request for a preliminary
injunction brought by Evans' neighbors in an effort to have his building
permits for the structures rescinded.
See http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/09/15/101/?nc=1 for details.

>  KB2BLX, SK

I just received news of the passing of Theodore Wolf, Jr., KB2BLX
earlier today.  Ted was hospitalized for several weeks after
complications from his diabetes, which required a surgical procedure. He
was a life member of the ARRL and served as the District Emergency
Coordinator for Passaic County ARES for many years. Prior to that, Ted
volunteered his time and efforts with the Passaic County Office of
Emergency Management.  He was a volunteer EMT with the West Milford
First Aid Squad, and held office within the organization for several
years, as well as being a volunteer with New Jersey Search and Rescue.

Many of us hams knew Ted to be the coordinator of ham volunteers for
local bike tours, like the MS-150 and MS-100, where many of you probably
met him.  He was also a ham radio mile captain, and most recently a net
control operator for the New York City Marathon.  On September 11, 2001,
Ted was one of the primary coordinators of the New Jersey emergency
medical services response at the Liberty State Park and Hoboken triage
areas, treating victims transported to those locations by boats and
ferries. I could fill a book listing Ted's public service training and
proud, distinguished service accomplishments.

Ted is survived by his two sons.
73,  Mike K2MPH

* DXCC dropping Annual List deadline, adding real-time standings 

Sep 1, 2004) -- The ARRL DX Century Club Program (DXCC) has announced
that, effective immediately, there no longer will be a submission
deadline for the DXCC Annual List. "We have been working toward this end
for several years," says ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L. In the
past, September 30 has been the traditional cutoff date to compile
entity totals for the DXCC Annual List, published in the DXCC Yearbook.
Over the years, DXCC participants have tended to collect their cards and
submit them once a year in September, to ensure the highest possible
total for the listing. A major downside of the deadline system is that
DXCC typically has received more than 25 percent of annual credit
submissions during September. That, in turn, created a huge increase in
workload and lengthened processing time. Under the deadline-free system,
complete lists on the ARRL Web site will replace the lists of DXCC
standings that customarily have appeared in the DXCC Yearbook. The new
Web-based lists should be on-line early in the first quarter of
2005--about the time the DXCC Yearbook typically publishes. After an
initial posting, DXCC will regularly update the Web lists. These
listings also will include the standings of all DXCC members, not just
those who made a submission in the previous year, as had been the
practice. ARRL will publish a scaled-down version of the DXCC Yearbook
that will contain highlights of the standings, along with other
features. For more information on the DXCC program, visit the DXCC Web
page. 

* Pumpkin Patrol 2004

Again, for the 13th year, the Mt. Beacon Amateur Radio Club will be
happy to participate in Pumpkin Patrol 2004. I will be the liason to the NY
State Police; info below.

Andrew D. Schmidt
19 Gerry Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-5614
(w) 845-435-6134 (h) 845-462-7539

- Andrew, N2FTR@arrl.net 
Co-Coordinator, Mt. Beacon Amateur Radio Club Pumpkin Patrol

* Significant changes for packet  (reprinted from the Chatam RACES
newsletter)

You may be interested in the following piece from the Chatam, RACES
newsletter (NJ):

Packet, sending errorless text messages by radio, is an important
emergency communications mode. As such Chatham RACES has used packet in
virtually all its drills and Simulated Emergency Tests. Three changes in
packet over the summer should improve how Chatham RACES uses packet for
emergency communications.

Retirement of PC PAKRATT. This oddly named packet system has served
Chatham RACES well since both the Borough and Township OEM's approved
its purchase in the late 1980's. PAKRATT was easy to learn but included
a bulky external TNC (roughly equivalent to a modem for the Internet).
As a DOS program it is now incompatible with the latest Windows PCs. In
addition, two PAKRATT TNCs were recently irreparably damaged. But there
are several replacements.

Sound-card packet. A Greek ham, George Rossopulos, SV2AGW, developed
AGWPE which uses the sound card now found in virtually all PCs as a TNC.
Audio output from sound card connects to transceiver microphone input
through an in-line 1K/100K resistor voltage divider to reduce audio
level. Audio input to sound card connects directly to transceiver audio
output. PTT comes from pins 5 and 7 of transceiver's serial port through
a transistor switching circuit that fits inside DB9 connector shell. 

Several terminal programs work with AGWPE to display outgoing and
incoming text on a monitor, including:

- AGW Term, also developed by George Rossopulos, is the most basic.

- WinPack from Roger Barker, G4IDE, an English ham, is
user-friendlier.

- PacLink by Rick Muething, KN6KB, and Vic Poor, W5SMM, is a vital part
of WinLink described later.

All are free downloads on the Internet as follows: 

AGWPE and AGW Term, http://www.raag.org/sv2agw/inst.htm (For now,
download the free AGW Packet Engine program for testing; don't download
the $49 Packet Engine Professional Edition.)

WinPack, http://www.peaksys.co.uk/

PacLink, http://winlink.org/Client.htm#Te-Pac

See also Ralph Milnes' web site: www.qsl.net/soundcardpacket/

WinLink links ham packet stations to the Internet using the familiar
Microsoft Lookout Express to originate and send email. WinLink was first
described in the June 2002 QST. Articles in August and September QST
emphasized its emergency communications capabilities. Recently the ARRL
Board of Directors adopted a resolution encouraging further enhancement
of WinLink as a national emergency communications mode. For more details
go to http://winlink.org/Emergency.htm

Local tests. Ralph Milnes, KC2RLM and Paul Schreiber, W2UH are already
testing all this software, and it works well, after some configuration
which can be confusing. Not to worry, Ralph is the expert, and can help
with configuration; ralphmilnes@patmedia.net We plan to give a short
demonstration of these packet programs at the RACES of the Chathams
September 13 meeting.

Edited by O. P. Schreiber, W2UH, otmarpaul@cs.com

* Locally Funded College Scholarships for Young Hams

reported by Dan Whelan N2UD in SARA NEWS, the newsletter of the
Schenectady Amateur Radio Association

The September 2004 issue of QST on page 88 listed several college
Scholarships which were awarded to college bound hams that are of
importance to Schenectady Amateur Radio Association and local hams. The
Broughton Scholarships were established at the ARRL by SARA with funds
from the Broughton Award Funds. These scholarships are available to
college bound hams from the region. This year two Henry Prim Broughton
K2AE Scholarships were awarded.  The first one went to Daniel R.
Schwarting KB2ZVM of Ballston Lake NY for $1000. The second went to
Andrew Maroney W2AJM of New Windsor, NY for $1000 We believe the young
Mr. Schwarting is related to our long time SARA member Bill Schwarting
WR2L. Another scholarship named for prominent SARA member and nationally
known DXer and antenna expert Dr. Jim Lawson W2PV (sk) was awarded to
Andrew Schaefer KB2ZWZ for $500. All SARA members are reminded that
these scholarships and others are available through application through
the ARRL Scholarship programs. ARRL administers the application and
selection of these scholarships.

 So keep alert to announcements in your QST for next years round and
pass the word to prospective college bound licensed hams.

HAMFESTS: 

9 Oct 2004 + Bergen ARA
http://www.bara.org
Contact: Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Washington Township, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725 
Email: k2zo@arrl.net
Washington Township, NJ     
Sect: Northern New Jersey 

10 Oct 2004 + Hall of Science ARC
http://www.qsl.net/hosarc
Contact: Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599 
Email: wb2kdg@arrl.net
Queens, NY   
Sect: New York City-Long Island 

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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