Hudson Division Beacon – September 2010

                 September  2010
Hudson Division Beacon – e-mail edition  – # 111
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

ARRL Members
Past Bulletins are available at http://www.hudson.arrl.org

+++   2010 Hudson Division Award Recipients Selected   ++++

The 2010 Hudson Division Awards Committee consisting of the following
Assistant Directors:

Roberta Keis, N2RBU
Jim Jackson, NS2K
Steve Saposnik, KB2ENF
Bob Chamberlain, N2KBC
Walter Lange, AE2AA

met via the ARRL Tele-Conference Bridge on Thursday evening, September
9, 2010 and selected the following as recipients for the 2010 division
wide awards:

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

Congratulations to the recipients and a BIG thanks to those who made
the decision and also to those who took the time to make the
nominations.

We hope many of you will be present on Sunday, November 14th when the
awards will be presented.

==> 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.  At least five awards will be presented this year for Amateur of
the Year, Technical Achievement, and Grand Ole Ham.

In addition President Craigie will present the ARRL Board awards,  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.
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 get his
award.  Note: 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.

===> Attention VHF/UHF Contesters!!!!!!!

ARRL VHF/UHF Advisory Committee Survey requests your help….
Send your response to Fred Lass at felasstic@yahoo.com

The ARRL’s VHF/UHF Advisory Committee (VUAC) has been tasked by the
ARRL’s PSC to review the current definition for the Single Operator Low
Power (SOLP) contest category and to recommend to them if any change is
needed. Towards this task, below you will find four different proposals
for SOLP – Proposal A through D. Proposal D is “no change”, while
Proposal A through C offer different levels of change.

These three proposals are based on several months of informal input
from members and discussion within the VUAC.   Common to Proposal A
through C is a clarification that has been added that indicates that
output power for ALL operating categories, not just SOLP, is measured
at the output of the transmitter. While we recognize that in the
professional world that power is measured at the feed point, we believe
that for amateur operation that measurement of power at the transmitter
is more appropriate and is the intent of the rule from day one.

Here is a summary of the changes for each proposal –
Proposal A – Increases the allowable SOLP power on 902 and 1296
from 10 watts to 50 watts.
Proposal B – Sets the allowable SOLP power on 50 through 432 to 100
watts and raises the power on 902 through 1296 to 50 watts. The intent
here is to define SOLP as a stock transmitter with no brick.]

This proposal goes towards the core question as to what is low power –
is it a stock rig that many who enter VHF+ contesting start with, or is
it a stock rig with a brick, and given that definition, are we
encouraging newcomers to the sport.]

Proposal C – Creates a third operating class that we simply called
“Stock” for now. Rather than two single-op categories (SOLP & SOHP)
there would be three – Stock, SOLP, and SOHP. Stock class is limited to
100 watts on 50 through 432 while SOLP is no more than 400 watts on 50
through 432. There would be no power restrictions on 902 and up – your
operating class is defined by the amount of power you run on 50 through
432.

Please review these proposals carefully and give them some thought
before you reply. Change is often a hard agent for us to accept, so
think about this for a little bit and think about what is best for VHF+
contesting before you reply.  If you don’t know who your VUAC division
rep is you can find them listed at
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-staff-vuac-cac and scroll down under the CAC
to the “Special VUAC”.

Thanks to Fred Lass, K2TR, the Hudson Division member of the committee
for forwarding this information.

==> CQ WW DX RTTY Contest set for September 25th……..

This is one of the two largest RTTY contests held each year.  The other
one is the ARRL RTTY RoundUp held in January.   The September CQ RTTY
draws out more DX than the January ARRL event but they both have high
activity.  You will find 40 and 20 very crowded that weekend with RTTY
signals.  At the moment I have 311 countries on RTTY and working toward
getting them all.  The “Daily DX” reports that ST2 will be on for the
contest.  I need that for a new one.  The CQWW RTTY Contest does draw
them out.]

I had hoped to be on from Jamaica once again but we were unable to get
the rate we wanted from the hotel and canceled the flight.  Perhaps
next year we will once again be 6Y0FF.  I did a certificate for first
place for Jamaica.  Imagine being the top station for your country.
Actually it was easy and no big deal!  I was the only station operating
from Jamaica!  That makes it a lot easier to be the top station.

If you are new to RTTY or looking for WAS on RTTY or the Triple Play
Award the CQWW RTTY Contest will be a big help.  If you are looking to
get on RTTY, take a look at the info below as provided by Tom, KA2D.
Please work KA2D and N2FF if you do get on.
Here is the link for getting MMTTY going
http://www.aa5au.com/rtty.html

Here is a webinar from NCCC “Webinar: RTTY for Newbies”

Hi RTTY list viewers,

The Northern California Contest Club is pleased to make the following
webinar available for viewing.

This is a webinar that concentrates on some practical aspects to get
your station up and running for RTTY contests.  It is not intended to
be an all-encompassing video about all details of RTTY and contesting.
It should hopefully be just enough to make you dangerous.  Most of you
on this list do not need this webinar at all.  Perhaps this video would
be helpful for your friends who are new to RTTY contesting, or for your
local club that might be interested to participate next month in CQWW
WPX RTTY or as a team entry in NAQP RTTY.

RTTY Contesting for Newbies
A. RTTY fundamentals
B. RTTY interfaces
C. Common RTTY problems for newbies
D. MMTTY and N1MM RTTY setup with live demos for both programs
E. Writelog RTTY setup with a live demo and live RTTY QSOs

Presenters: Dean N6DE, Iain N6ML, John K6MM, Fred K6DGW
Length of recording: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Recording: of webinar
http://bit.ly/rtty-recording

This file size is 115MB.  The recording is in .WMV format.  This should
make it easy to view, as most of you already have a .WMV player on your
computer (i.e. Windows Media Player).  The file should automatically
start to play while still downloading.  In Windows Media Player, the
dark blue line at the bottom (barely visible) indicates the download
status.  The light blue line indicates what part of the recording
you’re currently viewing.  After the file has finished  downloading
(dark blue line scrolled all the way to the right and then
disappeared), if you want to save it on your computer for future
viewing, just go to the top of the Windows Media Player window, right
click, select File, Save As, and type a filename with a .WMV extension
(such as rtty.wmv).

73… -Dean – N6DE

==> SET Nears

The 2010 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is just around the corner
and ARRL Field Organization leaders are planning an event that will
actively involve members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service(r)
(ARES(r)), the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), the ARRL
National Traffic System (NTS) and many other related groups that
prepare for and respond to emergencies. Public service and emergency
response agencies and organizations in your community, ARRL Section
Leaders and/or local and state officials will also be invited to
participate. You, too, are invited to be a part of this annual tune-up
for emergency response.

More information at
http://www.arrl.org/news/get-ready-for-the-2010-simulated-emergency-test

===>   Contest Rookies: Late breaking news!

The Rochester DX Association wants to thank all for their support and
participation in the 2009 New York QSO Party. Now it’s time to start
planning for the 2010 NYQP. Rovers should check out the NYQP County
Activity Map to see if any of those sparsely activated counties can be
heard!
Check out www.nyqp.org  for all details!

(September 3, 2010) The New York QSO Party announces Rookie Operator
class!
The NYQP has instituted a new entry class for operators that have
received their Amateur Radio ticket since January 1, 2007. The Rookie
Operator Award will feature a NYQP plaque to the operator with the best
NYQP score for 2010.

Compete with others rookies that are also new to our great hobby. Let
the folks with towers, amps and experience fight among themselves! Just
follow the NYQP rules (http://www.nyqp.org/rules.php) and enter as a
Single Operator using Low Power. We will take care of the rest. If you
use N1MM, just click on ROOKIE in the OVERLAY CATEGORY when setting up
the program. If not using N1MM please add ROOKIE along with your call
in the subject line of the log submission. Ex: W1TY ROOKIE

With a QSO Party primarily for US/Canadian stations, signals are sure
to be strong. See if radio contesting is for you (it was for me!).
Learn about propagation, search & pouncing, running, logging software
and more. You will finish a better operator… guaranteed.

This award can only be presented to an operator once. Will the very
first honor be yours? Learn more at: http://www.nyqp.org/faq.php
Get ready for the NYQP! October 16, 2010.
73 de Paul K2DB & Rick W1TY

=> They Did Not Get it Right But…. New York Judge Declares Amateur
Radio Is Not a Cell Phone

Persistence pay off, sort of………
In many states and localities, it is illegal to talk on a cell phone
(without a hands-free device) while behind the wheel — doing so can
result in a ticket and possibly a large fine. But on May 30, 2010, when
a New York ham was talking on his mobile rig, he didn’t think he was
doing anything wrong. Except that the officer who pulled him over and
cited him with a $100 fine didn’t quite see it that way.

Steve Bozak, WB2IQU, of Clifton Park, told the ARRL that when he was
pulled over while driving to Troy — about 16 miles away — he assured
the officer that he was not speaking on a cell phone, but on his
handheld transceiver. But according to Bozak, the officer said “it was
all the same to him.” So Bozak decided to fight the ticket in court.

“Honestly, it’s not the fine or the ticket, but that all the other hams
who use mobile radios have to hide the fact we are mobile in Troy,” he
told the ARRL just days after he was cited. “I will do my best to
settle this politely and correctly, for all of the ham community. So I
will follow the course and have my day in court, to ‘tell it to the
judge.’ This matter affects 38,000 hams in New York State.”

Unfortunately, when Bozak had his day in traffic court, he lost his
case. But he didn’t give up and took his case to City Court where, on
September 8, the judge dismissed the case in Bozak’s favor. Bozak
argued that his use “of a handheld Amateur Radio does not fit the
definition of a mobile telephone, and as such, the present charge
should be dismissed.” The prosecutor’s office did not submit a response
in opposition.

Saying that New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law defines a “Mobile
Telephone” as a “device used by subscribers and other users of wireless
telephone service to access such service,” and that a “Wireless
Telephone Service” is defined as “two-way real time voice
tele-communications service that is interconnected to a public switched
telephone network and is provided by a commercial mobile radio service,”
the judge decided that Bozak’s handheld transceiver did not fit that
description.

“A review of 47 C.F.R. 20.3 reveals that Citizens Band Radio Service is
defined under private mobile radio service not commercial mobile radio
service,” the decision read. “Therefore, the Court finds that the use
of an Amateur Radio device does not fit the definition of a mobile
telephone as defined under the Vehicle and Traffic Law” As such, the
judge dismissed the case in Bozak’s favor.

“While the court cited the Citizens Band Service instead of the Amateur
Radio Service, the ruling is favorable to amateurs on the precise point
of law raised,” said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson,
N1ND. “The principle of law is spot on. This is a great ruling in New
York and exactly what we had thought would happen.”

N2FF comment:  Thanks to Steve Bozak, WB2IQU, for pursing this. It is
not his fault that the police officer and judge did not get it 100%
correct.

==> Mark Grossman, K2CON is listed in the October QST SK column.

Old timers will remember Mark when he worked at Harrison Radio and
Arrow Radio in Radio Row.  He last worked at Edlie’s (sp?) Electronics
in Levittown until they went out of business.  NA2M reports he last saw
him at a QCWA meeting about two years ago in Westchester.  Mark was a
long time member of the Westchester FM Repeater Association and an avid
fly fisherman.  About ten years ago I met him while fishing on the
Willowemoc Creek in Sullivan County.

RIP Mark

==> North Arlington to Conduct Amateur Radio Technician License Radio
Classes

NORTH ARLINGTON, NJ— Emergency Management Coordinator Mayor Massa
announced that classes to prepare for the Amateur Radio FCC Technician
License will be held at the Knights of Columbus Council Hall, 194 River
Road on October 7, 21, 28 and November 3, 10, 24 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
The course is being offered free of charge to anyone who wishes to
obtain the first level license in the Amateur Radio hobby.
Pre-registration is required, and due to the materials required for the
course, no walk-ins to the class will be permitted.  Pre-registration
may be completed by phone, or by e-mail, rtarantula@yahoo.com .
Please call Robert R. Tarantula at 201 955-2244 for more information.

==> DIVISION NEWSLETTER OF THE MONTH

The September 2010 award goes to “Compass”  the newsletter of the Great
South Bay ARC for their picture filled September issue.   The issue has
a nice variety of articles and pictures.  It is well worth reading.
Congratulations once again for another great issue.

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

Clubs please make sure that you continue to send a copy of your pdf
file to n2ff@arrl.org .  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 in this case send a PDF you can’t
win!

==================================================================

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

* 10/02/2010 | OMARC Tailgate Hamfest
Location: Wall Township, NJ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://omarc.org
Location: Infoage Learning Center, Project Diana Site
2300 Marconi Road
Wall Township, NJ 07719
Talk-In: 145.110 -600 (PL 127.3)
Public Contact: Jeffrey Harshman , N2LXM
5 The Arborway Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone: 732-996-0637
Email: n2lxm@juno.com

* 10/03/2010 | HOSARC Hamfest
Location: Queens, NY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Hall of Science ARC
Website: http://www.hosarc.org
Location: New York Hall of Science Parking Lot (Flushing Meadow Corona
Park)
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5) or 145.270 -600 (PL 136.5)
Public Contact: Stephen Greenbaum , WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323 Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599
Email: WB2KDG@arrl.net

* 10/09/2010 | BARA Fall Hamfest
Location: Township of Washington, NJ
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://www.bara.org
Location: Westwood Regional High school
701 Ridgewood Road
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Talk-In: 146.19 /146.79 Repeater (PL 141.3)
Public Contact: Jim Joyce , K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725
Email: k2zo@arrl.net

* 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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