Update July 8–Sussex Hamfest et al

The Sussex County ARC Hamfest will be at the Sussex County Farm & Horse
Show Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

270,000 square feet (that’s Six Plus Acres!) of outdoor tailgate space
and 10,000 square feet of indoor space.  Food, Door Prizes and Ample
Parking too!

KJI Electronics, a major dealer at the Hamfest, has indicated they will
supply a significant door prize.

ARRL will be represented by Director Mike Lisenco N2YBB and Vice
Director Bill Hudzik W2UDT.  Come join the League or renew your ARRL
membership and receive a gift.  Or just stop by and find out the latest
ARRL news.

Gates open at 6:00 am for sellers/tailgaters and 8:00 am for buyers.

Overnight camping is available.
Acres of Tailgate space available. No electricity outdoors.
Bring your own tables and chairs. Saturday setup ok after 6PM

The club is excited to report that this year they will be holding VE
sessions at the SCARC HAMFEST.

When you enter follow the signs for the VE Sessions.

VE session will start at 10am at the Fairgrounds Administration
building outside the gate area.

For Hamfest information and reservations please contact

Phone: 973-862-8197
Talk-In is 147.300 (+) pL 151.4
Latitude and Longitude is 41o 08’ 10.2” x 74o 43’ 01.9”
(decimal 41.136200 x  -74.717233)

Physical Address:

37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ 07822

And don’t forget to stop by the ARRL table and say “Hi.”

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Nominations for the 2015 Hudson Division Awards are now being accepted.
This is a wonderful opportunity for you to nominate someone who has
greatly contributed to Amateur Radio in our Division. The ARRL Hudson
Division typically grants awards each year to some very deserving
members of the ARRL in the following (but not limited to) categories;
Technical Achievement, Grand Ole Ham, and Amateur of the Year.

Last year there were fewer nominations for awards than we’ve had in
past years. In fact, there were no nominations for any award from the
Northern New Jersey section. I know there are deserving hams throughout
the entire Hudson Division.  We are asking you to make submissions for
this year’s awards by taking the time to fill out the award nominations
form, include any supporting documentation that bests represents the
candidate, and write a few paragraphs describing why you think they
deserve the award. Have others in your organization write up a
nomination as well. The more supporting documents, the better.

Please visit the Hudson Division Website to view the gallery of photos
from previous years dinners.  The deadline for submission of all
nomination materials is August 15, 2015.

The Awards Luncheon, sponsored this year by the Bergen Amateur Radio
Association (BARA), will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at:

343 Bergen Blvd
Palisades Park, NJ 07650

The catering hall is located just south of the George Washington Bridge
and is easily accessible.

Information on ticket sales and journal advertising are available on
the Hudson Division website: http://hudson.arrl.org

Tickets will be priced at $42.50 this year, a decrease in price from
last year.  Advertising for the Journal will remain the same.

All proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to the ARRL Legislative
Issues Advocacy Fund.  Donations to this fund are used specifically to
support the efforts to promote, inform, and advocate to Congress on
behalf of Amateur Radio, including our efforts for HR-1301 and S.

Nomination forms are available in PDF format at:


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The Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act has reached the
floor of the Senate.  S. 1685 was introduced in the Senate by Senator
Wicker (R-MS) and co-sponsored by Senator Blumenthal; (D-CT).  This
bill is a companion bill to HR-1301, and is identical in language and
intent.  Both Senators are on the subcommittee which will hear the
bill, and, in fact, Senator Wicker is the Chairman of the


Please use this template, inserting your Senator’s name in the address
and you name and address in the closing.  A separate letter should be
prepared for each Senator.

New York:
Charles Schumer, 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Kirsten Gillibrand, 478 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC

New Jersey:
Robert Menendez, 528 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Cory Booker, 359 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


Attn  S. 1685 grassroots campaign
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111

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<insert date>

<insert Senator’s Name>
<insert Senator’s address>

Dear Senator  _____________:

I am a constituent in your state and wish to bring an issue to your
attention. I am a federally licensed Amateur Radio operator, one of
nearly three-quarters of a million licensees of the Federal
Communications Commission in the United States.

We provide communications support for, and participate in public
service events on behalf of our communities. During and in the
aftermath of disasters and emergencies, when other forms of
communications are unavailable, we provide communications for first
responders and Federal, state and local governmental agencies and
non-governmental agencies, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army;
for the United States Military through the Military Auxiliary Radio
System (MARS); and to our neighbors when communications systems are
overloaded or fail. Radio Amateurs contribute to the future of
telecommunications as we participate in the development of innovative
technology in this digital age. Amateur Radio is non-commercial, and we
provide our services at no charge to anyone.

We cannot do any of these things, however, unless we can erect an
outdoor antenna at our residences.  Recently, a bi-partisan Bill, S
1685 – The Amateur Radio Parity Act, was introduced by Senator Wicker
(MS) and co-sponsored by Senator Blumenthal (CT).  S 1685 directs the
FCC to extend their existing PRB-1 regulations of “reasonable
accommodation” of Amateur Radio communications to include private land
use regulators. This would afford us the ability to negotiate with
homeowner associations in residential developments. Private land use
regulations routinely include restrictions that completely preclude
Amateur Radio communications operators from installing any type of
outdoor antenna system. The “reasonable accommodation” policy has for
almost 30 years applied to municipal zoning ordinances. This Bill would
extend the policy to operators living under private land use
restrictions. The FCC has asked Congress for guidance in this area and
this Bill provides it.

As your constituent, I am asking that you support the bill by
signing-on as a cosponsor. Please contact Senator Wicker’s office to do
so. If you have any questions, please contact ARRL Division Director
Mike Lisenco N2YBB at 917-865-3538.

Thank you.


<your signature>
<your name>
<your address>

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Our efforts with House Bill 1301 are continuing very well with your
support.  As of today, we have reached 84 cosponsors.

http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act  contains the complete
text of both bills as well as instructions on how to send letters.

The following Congressmen/women have not yet signed on to the Bill.
Please write them using the template on the ARRL website.

Scott Garrett (NJ-5)
Albio Sires (NJ-8)
Bill Pascrell (NJ-9)
Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)

Lee Zeldin (NY-1)
Kayhleen Rice (NY-4)
Gregory Meeks (NY-5)
Nydia Velazquez (NY-7)
Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8)
Yvette Clarke (NY-9)
Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)
Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Charles Rangel (NY-13)
Joseph Crowley (NY-14)
Jose Serrano (NY-15)
Elise Stefanik (NY-21)

Thank you!

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Vy 73 de Mike N2YBB  See you at Sussex!

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