Hudson Division Beacon – September 2009

                September 2009
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 101
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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==> CQ WW RTTY Contest this weekend.  I will be signing 6Y5/N2FF if all
goes well or some 6Y call if a local Jamaican ham comes through.  Thus
the short issue this month as the deadline catches up with us once

==> BIG Reminder –  Hudson Division Awards Luncheon Nears…. Did you
and your club take an ad in the journal or sponsor a plaque?
Deadlines are at the end of October.

The 2009 Hudson Division Awards Committee selected the following
recipients for the 2009 awards:

Amateur of the Year   –   James Mezey, Jr. –  W2KFV of Carle Place, NY

Technical Achievement  – David Struebel WB2FTX of Butler, NJ
Grand Ole Ham  –  Diane Ortiz, K2DO of Copiague, NY

Recipients will receive their awards at the Hudson Division Awards
Luncheon to be held on Sunday, November 8th  2009  from noon to four at
Biagio’s Restaurant in Paramus, NJ hosted by MetroPlex ARC.  Please
plan to be there with us that day.  Ticket information at

The 2009 Buffet Luncheon Menu Includes:

Appetizers: Assorted Fresh Vegetable Crudités And Cheese

Penne Vodka, With Grilled Chicken
Beef Stroganoff
Veal Parmigiana
Cavatelli Broccoli
Seafood Paella with Rice
BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Chicken Marsala

2 Carving Station Selections:  Both Roast Turkey and Roast Beef Sliced To Order

Side Items:  Roasted Potatoes & Vegetables

Desserts:  An Assortment Of Pastries and Cookies

Beverages: Coffee, Tea and Soda (along with a Cash Bar)

Ticket and ad forms are available on the division web page.

Please help us make the event a success.

We wish to again thank those who took the time to make the nominations
and we congratulate the winners.  Remember, Ham radio works because
hams volunteer!

==> Boy Scout Event in NNJ October 3

The Sussex Club ARC will be assisting with the celebration of the BSA
100th Year – Boy Scout Centennial Jamboree

We are about 2-weeks away from the start of the Centennial
Jamboree. I was at meetings on Sunday regarding the near-final plans
for the Jamboree, and have the following items:

* The good news: we can set up anytime after 10:00 AM on Wednesday

9/30. It would be VERY NICE to get the tower trailers (and
perhaps antennas) sited Wednesday or Thursday afternoon/evening.

I am looking for those available.
* The ham radio setup location is slightly to the north-east of
the Fairgrounds administration building, unless of course, that
changes. The land is relatively flat, and we should be able to
separate the towers by approximately 100-125 feet.
* It is possible for ham volunteers to set up their tents proximal

to the ham towers/tent area to camp overnight. We can also set
up our grill, etc.
* Volunteer hams will park in the “day parking” area, which is
down near the green houses and exhibition arena,
* The current plan is for two tower trailers: the SCARC trailer
with a tri-bander and the SP tower with a 6-meter beam. We hope
to stretch a 80-40 meter wire antenna between the towers. There
is room on the towers for other antennas, but I will need to
know. I need a list of Hams that will be attending so that I can

submit it to the Jamboree Committee.
* We have room under the 30×20 tent for a VE session, but I have
no way of knowing how many Scouts/Leaders would be attending,
let alone prepared. I need some input on this aspect.
* SCARC will have the HF and 6M stations, but we can adapt. As an
example, perhaps 80M and 20M could operate concurrently. Some of

the contributing clubs/groups/individuals can contribute
demonstrations of alternate modes & operations. I know that the
Greg N2GS was proposing some NTS ops on 80M & Dave N2KTO was
looking at D-Star demonstrations.
* If there is enough staffing, SCARC will operate the Special
Event overnight into Sunday AM.
* The Salvation Army SATERN group will also be onsite, and hopes
to provide ham radio demonstrations. We should look for some
form of coordination.
* On the day of the event (Saturday), there will be no cars near
the station, except perhaps one car/truck bringing in gear. This

car/truck will essentially be “trapped” onsite for the entire
* The Scouts break camp after morning services on Sunday. Figure
all Scouts out by noon. No Scouts will be touring on Sunday.
BTW, the Scouts do Tour after Saturdays opening ceremony (about
9 AM) until 4:00 Pm or so.

Thanks for your interest and support!

73,    Jack N2NHN

*/Jack Rueckel/*
*/Scoutmaster, Troop 48 /*
*/Hamburg, NJ/*

==> Nominations Now Being Accepted for the George Hart Distinguished
Service Award (Sep 15, 2009) — At its July 2009 meeting, the ARRL
Board of Directors established the George Hart Distinguished Service
Award to be given to an ARRL member whose service to the League’s Field
Organization is of the most exemplary nature. The Distinguished Service
Award is named in honor of George Hart, W1NJM. Hart was a long-time
Communications Manager at ARRL Headquarters and chief developer of the
National Traffic System (NTS). Upon learning that the ARRL Board of
Directors had established this award named after him, Hart called his
namesake award “a great honor.”

See full story at

==> HR 2160 Gains Three More Cosponsors (Sep 11, 2009) — On September
10, three more Congressmen — Geoff Davis (R-KY-4), Bill Posey
(R-FL-15) and Michael Turner (R-OH-3) — pledged their support for HR
2160, The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of
2009, bringing the total number of cosponsors to 24, including original
sponsor Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18). HR 2160 is also sponsored by W.
Todd Akin (R-MO-2), Michael Arcuri (D-NY-24), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD-6),
John Boozman (R-AR-3), Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), Bob Filner
(D-CA-51), Bart Gordon (D-TN-6), Brett Guthrie (R-KY-02), Maurice
Hinchey (D-NY-22), Michael Honda (D-CA-15), Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH-15),
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-16), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-9), Thaddeus McCotter
(R-MI-11), Charlie Melancon (D-LA-3), Dennis Moore (D-KS-3), Bennie
Thompson (D-MS-2), Peter Welch (D-VT), David Wu (D-OR-1) and Don Young

More at

==> National Safety Council Responds to ARRL: No Evidence of
“Significant Crash Risks” While Operating Mobile (Sep 11, 2009) — ARRL
President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, wrote a letter to National Safety
Council (NSC) President Janet Froetscher in July expressing the ARRL’s
concerns that Amateur Radio not become an unintended victim of the
growing public debate over what to do about distracted drivers.
Froetscher has now replied, saying the NSC does not support bans or
prohibitions on the use of Amateur Radios while driving.

More at

===> Amateurs with General Class Licenses to be Granted Reciprocal
Licenses in Some CEPT Countries (Sep 10, 2009) — On Thursday,
September 10, the Federal Communications Commission released a new
Public Notice implementing changes in CEPT reciprocal operating
arrangements for US citizens who hold an FCC-issued General, Advanced
or Amateur Extra class Amateur Radio licenses. DA-09-2031 continues to
allows US licensees “to utilize temporarily an amateur station in a
European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations
(CEPT) country that has implemented certain recommendations with
respect to the United States,” subject to the regulations in that
country and implements recent changes in the agreement.

More at

N2FF Comment – General class licensees still do not have full access to
a CEPT license as ONLY some countries have signed on to the agreement.
Please check to see if the country you wish to operates is signed on.

==> Another Dayton Story – Feature: Reflections on My First Dayton
Hamvention (Sep 18, 2009) — I arrived on Friday afternoon and was
amazed at how big the Hamvention was. There were hundreds of commercial
vendors in the several indoor arenas and even more private vendors in
the outdoor flea market. In addition, there were numerous seminars
covering topics such as contesting, emergency communications, bicycle
mobile, spectrum enforcement, ham station audio, various digital modes,
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), amateur
satellite communication AMSAT and many more. The ARRL national
convention also took place at Dayton, making 2009 the year to attend.
You could even get your license or upgrade at Hamvention. Finally,
there were dinners, banquets, other gatherings and door prizes, and
many outside activities such as visits to the National Museum of the
United States Air Force.


==> 7O1YGF Operation Approved for DXCC Credit (Aug 13, 2009) — On
August 12, ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, announced that after
more than eight years, the 7O1YGF operation in 2000 from Yemen has been
approved for DXCC credit. Moore cited a review of “recently received
information,” as well as “additional dialogue” with the leader of the
7O1YGF DXpedition, as reasons for the approval.

Note: This was a real present.  It is very nice to get a LoTW QSL from
2000 that gave me a another “Challenge” QSL.    Apparently CW logs were
uploaded to LoTW at the same time as the announcement.

My paper log from that period indicates that I also had a RTTY QSO.
That would be a new for RTTY and would put me at 305 for that mode.
With DX conditions as they are, new ones have been non existent.  My
fingers remain crossed de N2FF……..

==> ==> New York State QSO Party – October 17th at 1800 – Twelve hour
all mode contest…..


Please take a look at

The September 2009 award goes to ” Rip’s Report ”  the newsletter of
the Rip Van Winkle Amateur Radio Society in ENY for their September
edition.  Congratulations on a fine job to News Letter Editor – David
Clapper WA2FTI .

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!

HAMFEST:  The LIMARC event on October 25th is the last event of 2009

3 Oct 2009+Tailgate Hamfest
Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3)
Contact: Jeff Harshman, N2LXM
5 The Arborway
Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: 732-996-0637
Email: Wall Township, NJ
Infoage Learning Center (Project Diana Site)
Marconi Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

10 Oct 2009+Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.790 (PL 141.3)
Contact: Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Fax: 201-265-1366
Email: Township of Washington, NJ
Westwood Jr/Sr High school
701 Ridgewood Road
Div: Hudson
Sect: Northern New Jersey

11 Oct 2009+HOSARC Hamfest
Hall of Science ARC
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5) or 145.270 -600 (PL 136.5)
Contact: Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
Email: Queens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot
47-01 111th Street
(Flushing Meadow Corona Park)
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island

25 Oct 2009+LIMARC Indoor Hamfest
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.850 (PL 136.5)
Contact: Richard Cetron, K2KNB
198 Haypath Road
Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Phone: 516-694-4937
Fax: 631-574-4851
Email: Hicksville, NY
Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway
Div: Hudson
Sect: New York City-Long Island

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