Hudson Division Beacon – September 2008

                     September  2008
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 88
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) 445-5924   and
Hudson Division Home Page –

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All of us who are HF operators await the return of sunspots and good dx
conditions with crossed fingers.  One of the two big RTTY DX contests
of the year, the CQ WW RTTY, is slated to take place next weekend –
September 26 and 27.  This one brings out a lot of juicy DX.  It is
rumored that Willis Island, VK9W,  will be on for this one.  With only
25 RTTY entities left to go before I make it to Honor Roll (sorry I
just had to brag about that) I will be looking for Willis and a new
one.  I hope there will be others.  You may want to get on for this one
and up your RTTY country total.

BTW: Despite low sunspot number there has been some good openings to
Asia around 1200 UTC.  Last weekend I managed with 100 watts to work
five different YB0 in Indonesia on 14 MHz in less than two hours plus a
Chinese Olympic station. (Sorry for the additional bragging!)

The last round of division hamfests are in October.  See the listings
at the end.

At the end of August I spent an day at Long Island Jewish Hospital to
correct a deviated septum and a blocked sinus passage.  Back in
February I had oral surgery which let to a chronic sinus infection and
eventually the surgery.  I am happy to report that the folks at LIJ
took great care of both me and my sinus problem and I am now well on my
way to recovery.  I am happy to report that there was no pain and very
little discomfort after the surgery.  In fact, I am very happy to
report that fact.

===>  Hudson Division Awards Dinner Set….. It’s actually a luncheon
this year…..

This year’s event will be held on Saturday – November 8 2008 from 12:00
Noon Thru 4:00 PM at Biagio’s Restaurant,  299 Paramus Road,  Paramus
NJ.  Tickets are $50 each and order forms are available on line at  The event is graciously
hosted by the Metroplex ARC of Ft. Lee, NJ.

If you are unable to attend please help support the event by having
your club or business take an ad in the Awards Journal which help
defray the expenses of  the dinner and award plaques.  That information
is also available on the division site.

We having a luncheon this year as costs have risen for an evening
event.  We also hope that this day time event may enable more members
to attend..

Again, those we plan to honor this year are:

2008 Technical Achievement

Adam Feuer – N2ACF of  Stony Point, NY  who was nominated by:  Robert
Brennen – WA2HNG

2008 Grand Ole Ham

George Gluck – WA2WKV of  Plainview, NY  who was nominated by:  Richard
Cetron – K2KNB

2008 Amateur of the Year:

David Mutterer KC2H   of  Belford, NJ who was  nominated by:  Chris
Esser – KC2RGW

2008 Special Recognition Award    for his his work regarding BPL and

Richard Rosner N2STU   of   West Sayville, NY
Nominated by:  Richard Cetron  – K2KNB


Please take a look at

The September  2008 award goes to  “Up Link”  of the Cherryville
Repeater Association and their editorial team – Marc Lees KC2MTR &
Glenn Bukowski KC2NXZ for their July August issue which was sent out in
September.  Well done, lads..

Clubs please make sure that you continue to send a copy of your pdf
file to .  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!

===> Membership Manager to Leave ARRL (Sep 6, 2008) — On Friday,
October 3, the ARRL HQ family will say goodbye to Membership Manager
Katie Breen, W1KRB, as she moves away from her native Connecticut. In
her short time here, Breen quickly became popular as she travelled to
hamfests and conventions around the country — as well as making videos
that have been posted online — promoting the League to members and
non-members alike; she headed up the ARRL team at the 2008 Dayton
HamventionA(r) this past May.  See  for more

We will be very sorry to see Katie leave ARRL but hope that she will be
able to attend our Awards event in November.  It seems Katie is
planning to marry a lucky ham and move to Wyoming.  We wish her well.

===> ARRL Presents New Membership Benefit (Sep 9, 2008) — With just a
mouse click or two, ARRL members can now access the online QST magazine
archive. This new benefit — a service of the ARRL Technical
Information Service (TIS) — provides PDF copies of all QST articles
from December 1915 through December 2004, enabling members to view and
print their favorite article, project and more. For many years, the TIS
has provided members with assistance researching ARRL periodicals and
publications, as well as providing members and non-members with article
reprints for a small fee. Access to the new online digital QST archive
is free for ARRL members.  See  for details.

===>Vietnam Era Radioman
(Sep 17, 2008) — A tour of duty with a navy radioman during the 1960s.
See  for the story
by Hudson Division member John Smale, K2IZ.  John was first licensed as
WB2CHY in 1971 and upgraded to Extra class and K2IZ in 1977. He
graduated from Rutherford B. Hayes High School in Delaware, Ohio and
enlisted in the Navy in August 1965. John left the Navy in 1968 and
started working at Western Electric Company. He later moved to New York
Telephone Company in 1970 where he continues to work as a field
technician doing installation and repair of computers and networks.
John married in 1970 and has two boys, two girls and five
grandchildren. To his dismay none have gotten involved in ham radio —
yet! He spent 10 years as Section Communications Manager/Section
Manager for the New York City-Long Island section. John lives in
Copiague, New York.

Thanks for sharing the article with ARRL members, John.

===> Brennan Price, N4QX, Returns to ARRL Staff (Sep 17, 2008) —
Brennan Price, N4QX, returned to the ARRL Staff as the League’s
Technical Relations Manager on September 15, filling the vacancy
created by the retirement of Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, earlier this summer.
From 2000-2004, Price served as Field and Regulatory Correspondent and
Assistant Technical Editor at ARRL Headquarters. As Technical Relations
Manager, he will be responsible for representing the ARRL’s interests
to federal government agencies, the International Telecommunication
Union (ITU) and other international organizations, and regional
telecommunications organizations, personally and through the
supervision of other Technical Relations Office staff.   See

===> Many Hurricane related stories posted on ARRL web page  visit
Once again our many ARES operators have done us proud.  Thanks guys and
gals.  Apparently a number of division hams volunteered to travel to
the affected area and serve.  See Website:

While we continue to seek specific Sections to collect information from
volunteers, we are not moving any personnel into Texas from other
Sections at this time. Needs are currently being met locally, however
local hams are beginning to come up against many days on the job. We
may have a change in staffing needs in the very near future, so please
check your messages and the Volunteer Web Page often.

All Sections should continue to assess their volunteers for potential

Dennis C. Dura, K2DCD
Manager, Emergency Preparedness & Response – ARRL, The national
association for Amateur Radio

The course (no fee) will be held in six sessions beginning Wednesday
October 15th , 2008 and will run October 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 12,
19. Classes will begin at 7pm and run till 10pm if needed. The course
will be held at The American Red Cross, Westchester County Chapter,
located at 106 North Broadway (Route 22), White Plains, NY 10603.

If you and or someone you know would like to get your FCC Amateur Radio
Technician license, contact me to reserve a spot in the class. The cut
off date for signing up for this course is October 8th or when the
class is full, which ever comes first. Once registered in the course I
will provide you with information to purchase the required book ($24.99
+ S&H). Please contact me by email at  today.


4 Oct 2008
BARA Fall Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/146.79 (PL 141.3)
Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Fax: 201-265-1366

Township of Washington, NJ
Westwood Junior/Senior High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
4 Oct 2008
Tailgate Hamfest
Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3)
Jeffrey Harshman, N2LXM
5 The Arborway
Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: 732-996-0637

Wall Township, NJ
Project Diana Site
Marconi Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey
5 Oct 2008
HOSARC Hamfest
Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5); 145.270 -600 Khz (PL 136.5)
Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599

Queens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot
47-01 111th Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
19 Oct 2008
Town of Babylon Amateur Radio Emergency Services
Talk-In: 146.685 W2GSB/R (PL 110.9)
Walter Wenzel, KA2RGI
PO Box 1222
West Babylon, NY 11704-0222
Phone: 631-957-0218
Fax: 631-957-0218

Lindenhurst, NY
Lindenhurst Fireman’s Memorial Park
Hartford Street
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island
26 Oct 2008
LIMARC Indoor Hamfest
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.850- (PL 136.5)
Richard Cetron, K2KNB
198 Haypath Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
Fax: 631-574-4851

Hicksville, NY
Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island

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