[AMRadio] League Communications

peter markavage manualman at juno.com
Mon May 16 11:28:26 EDT 2005

Here's a sample of what my ARRL Director does every month to keep ARRL
members in his Division informed as to what's happening. A topic
"Regulation by Bandwidth" is roughly half-way down the Bulletin. Although
some of this information can be also found on the ARRL web site, my
Director adds his own impressions and thoughts. All Directors should be
doing something similar to keep members informed.

Quote from ARRL Hudson Division Director:

 ARRL Hudson Division
                        May  2005
        Hudson Division Beacon -- e-mail edition  - # 50
       Frank Fallon, N2FF, Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
        30 East Williston Avenue, East Williston, NY 11596
          (516) 746-7652        n2ff at arrl.org 
Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Vice Director, Hudson Division, ARRL
         235 Van Emburgh Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-2918
         (201) 455-5924                ka2anf at arrl.org 
     Hudson Division Home Page -- http://www.hudson.arrl.org
ARRL Members
Please continue to spread the word to others that may wish to receive
this information that they will need to access the ARRL members only
web site.  After becoming a member they must edit their profile and
elect to receive bulletins from the Section Manager and Director.  If
you are already a member on the ARRL site (http://www.arrl.org) from
the "Members Only" box click on "members data page"
and then under email notification options set "Division/Section
notices" to YES.  You will receive the next bulletin sent.  Past
Bulletins are available at http://www.hudson.arrl.org
*        See you in Dayton at the ARRL GRASSROOTS BOOTH
Saturday June 11th there will be a joint Hudson Division Cabinet and
Club Presidents Meeting starting at 9:30 at the Paramus Congregational
Church.   Bagels and coffee will be served at 9 AM.  Assistant
Directors and Club Presidents or their representatives are invited to
attend.  Please let Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF, Hudson Division Vice
Director know you are coming.  Send e-mail to:  ka2anf @arrl.org 
Coffee and bagels will be provided and I plan to start the meeting
promptly at 9:30.  We will provide pizza for lunch. The meeting will
end by 2 PM.  Please bring your ideas and input.  If you have any items
for the agenda please send me an e-mail at n2ff at arrl.org
All division affiliated clubs should send a representative if the
president is unable to attend.  Topics to be covered include Grassroots
Political Action, HR 230 and BPL Strategy, Regulation by Bandwidth
Proposal, and License Restructuring Part II.
Paramus Congregational Church entrance is the basement on the side of
the church.205 Spring Valley RoadParamus, NJ 07652
1)  From New York City  GWB to NJ.  Take Route 4 West to the Paramus
area. Exit at the Spring Valley Road Exit (go right, toward
Oradell/River Edge).  Go through the light and the church is the second
one on the left almost across from the Middle school. Entrance is the
basement on side of the church.
2) From Route 17 North and South, Take the Century Road Exit and go
East toward River Edge.  Go up hill through light, down hill to next
light and turn Left. Paramus High School is on your left.  Go to second
church on the left.
* Resolution Calls on FCC To Evaluate BPL Interference, Review Rules
* Let Your Congressman know you Support this Resolution  - Write  See
sample letter at http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/04/28/3/?nc=1
To expedite delivery, send all correspondence bound for Members of
Congress--preferably as an attachment--to hres230 at arrl.org or fax it to
703-684-7594. The ARRL will bundle correspondence addressed to each
Member of Congress for hand delivery. 
Here is the story:
Rep Michael Ross, WD5DVR, of Arkansas, has introduced a resolution in
the US House of Representatives calling on the FCC to "conduct a full
and complete analysis" of radio interference from broadband over power
line (BPL). The resolution, H. Res 230, says the Commission should
comprehensively evaluate BPL's interference potential incorporating
"extensive public review and comment," and--in light of that
analysis--to "reconsider and review" its new BPL rules, adopted last
October. If approved by the full House, the non-binding resolution,
introduced April 21, would express the requests as "the sense of the
House of Representatives."
"We are grateful to Congressman Ross and his staff for taking a
leadership position in recognizing that the BPL interference issue
deserves more careful consideration than the FCC was willing to give it
under former Chairman Powell," said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ.  The
resolution has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and
Commerce, on which Ross serves.
The resolution's prime focus is on BPL's potential to disrupt critical
public safety radiocommunication. It cites National Telecommunications
and Information Administration (NTIA) studies that "have determined
that broadband over power line creates a 'high risk' of radio wave
interference, and that harmful interference to public safety mobile
radio receivers can be expected at distances of 75 meters from the
power line where broadband over power line is in operation, and at
distances of up to 460 meters from fixed stations, such as VHF police
or fire dispatch communications facilities."
The resolution notes that the same NTIA study determined that BPL
interference to aeronautical and airline travel communications "could
be expected at distances up to 40 kilometers from the center of the
broadband over power line system, and that interference to outer marker
beacons for airline instrument landing systems could be expected at
great distances as well."
Many public safety agencies and support services, including emergency
medical services, fire, and law enforcement, utilize Low-Band VHF
(30-50 MHz), the resolution points out. According to the resolution, at
least 13 states--California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana,
Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming--use the
band for state police operations. It's the primary public safety radio
band in nine states.
The resolution further notes that the Association of Public Safety
Communications Officials Inc (APCO), and the National Public Safety
Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), have urged the FCC to withhold
final action in the BPL proceeding for at least a year, pending a
"conclusive determination" of BPL's potential to interfere with public
safety and other licensed radio systems operating below 80 MHz. It also
cites comments filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which uses a
statewide radio system with more than 1400 Low-Band VHF users. The
Missouri State Highway Patrol commented that the overall effect of BPL
implementation would be "a potentially significant increase in
interference to the mission of critical public safety communications,"
the resolution says.
The resolution recounts that the FCC has struggled for years to resolve
widespread harmful radio interference to first responders on 800 MHz
and "should not have proceeded with introduction of a technology which
appears to have substantial potential to cause destructive interference
to police, fire, emergency medical services, and other public safety
radio systems" without first conducting a comprehensive evaluation.
A copy of HRes 230 is available on the ARRL Web site in .PDF format
http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/filings/hres230/HRes230.pdf.  See
the ARRL Web site, http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/04/28/3/?nc=1,
for more information.
* FIELD DAY INFO AVAILABLE ON LINE.... ( A second reminder.)  FD is
June 25-26
And please remember to make sure your club has a map to the Field Day
site available on line so folks can visit if they want. Maps and GPS
coordinates are nice and also helpful.   Suppose a Non-ham reads
something in a local paper about field day and wants to visit a site. 
ARRL is holding a "Take Your Handheld to Work Day" the week
before Field Day, on June 21, in hopes of stirring up interest in our
emergency communications and field day operations.  It might get people
interested in ham radio. See page 45 of June QST. Will interested folks
find a map to the event on your club site.  Why have a GOTA station if
you are not getting visitors?
     See http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms/05-fd-packet.pdf  for the
35 page Field Day package or
http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms/index.html#FD  if you just need
Hams nationwide are being asked by those involved in severe weather
spotting to write in opposition to Senate bill S 786.  This is a
measure introduced by Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is pushing
what some fear would restrict what information the National Weather
Service provides to the public.
Under the proposed legislation the N-W-S would  be allowed to offer
particular types of services only if the private sector does not offer
them in a given geographic area.    According to Santorum's office, for
many years the N-W-S was restricted by just such a law.  When the rule
was finally changed in 2003, the N-W-S and its parent agency, the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expanded into areas
already served by the commercial weather industry.
The senator's office does not deny that the bill is intended to protect
private weather service companies in Pennsylvania including industry
leader AccuWeather.  Santorum's spokesman says that the measure is
about job retention in Pennsylvania.
But S 786 has already drawn criticism from those who say it unfairly
favors private weather providers, and would endanger the public by
preventing the dissemination of certain weather data.  A  spokesman for
the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says that  the bill as
written  could prevent the N-W-S from distributing weather data to the
Federal Aviation Administration for pilots to use.
Several on-line ham blogs have also picked up on the Santorum bill. 
While on the surface it seems to mean little to radio amateurs, some
believe that their participation in Sky Warn activities might be
limited or curtailed if S 786 passes.  Others fear that the information
that they supply to the N-W-S could be delayed or not disseminated to
the public by commercial weather providers.  All are urging the ham
community to write their legislators asking them to vote against this
measure if and when it reaches the Senate floor.
You can read the text of S 786 along with a lot of comments -- on line
at www.qrz.com.  (Amateur Radio Newline)
See K1ZZ June QST editorial on page 9 See also 
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/04/13/1/?nc=1  and  the FAQ's at
http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/bandwidth/bw-faq.html for more
Here are a few points that may be helpful in understanding this issue:
* The ARRL Board has not decided what changes in the rules, if any, to
propose to the FCC. The Board is looking at a committee recommendation
and is open to comments and suggestions.
* Current rules set no real bandwidth limits for HF digital signals. A
digital voice or data station could occupy 10 or 20 kHz and still be
within FCC Part 97 rules!
* The communication world is "going digital," and this trend
already is carrying over into Amateur Radio, which must be ready to
deal with analog vs digital voice in the present phone bands. The
tradeoff is between future flexibility through voluntary band planning
on the one hand, and the potential for competition for spectrum among
incompatible modes on the other, if things stay as they are.
* Regulation by bandwidth is not new. Section 97.307(a) already limits
bandwidth, and FCC Part 2 rules define the necessary bandwidth of a
commercial-quality SSB signal at 2.7 kHz. Hams are limited to 2.8 kHz
bandwidth on 60 meters. So, the proposed 3 kHz bandwidth limit--with an
exception for double-sideband AM phone--is actually less restrictive
than current rules!
* While the FCC restricts phone emissions to certain sub-bands, it does
not restrict RTTY or data to protect CW, or SSTV and AM to protect SSB.
RTTY, SSTV and AM operators voluntarily limit the frequencies they use.
* In much of the rest of the world, voluntary band plans, not
government rules, separate the various emission modes. The band plans
don't have the force of law, but there is a lot of peer pressure to
* Today's FCC puts a premium on fewer rules, not more. The goal is to
embrace new technologies and maintain existing privileges without
making the rules more complicated. It makes better sense for radio
amateurs to have maximum (and voluntary) flexibility in the future
instead of being stuck with obsolete, hard-to-change rules as
technologies develop and are adopted.
* The line between "data" and "image" is becoming
increasingly blurred. The rules now require digital data--which could
include an image--in one part of the band and digital voice and image
in another. 
* The ARRL has heard the amateur community's concerns and suggestions
and made changes to its draft proposals as a result. The League is
still listening! Share your specific concerns with your Director. The
ARRL Board of Directors will not act on these proposals any earlier
than its July 2005 meeting.
* No one at ARRL has a vested interest in the outcome of this
discussion. The ARRL Board believes that part of its job is
anticipating future challenges and opportunities. HF digital
technologies offer both. Doing nothing is still an option, but it won't
prevent change.
A Bell, California man who was convicted five years ago of interfering
with police radio transmissions was arrested this morning on federal
charges of " jamming" radio f requencies being used by the
United States military, the United States Coast Guard, and other law
enforcement and public safety agencies.
Jack Gerritsen, 68, was arrested without incident at his residence by
special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who received
the support of the Federal Communications Commission. Gerritson is
scheduled to make his initial appearance this afternoon in United
States District Court in Los Angeles.
The Federal Communications Commission has been investigating illegal
radio transmissions linked to Gerritsen for the past four years.
According to a criminal complaint filed in this case, an FCC
investigation revealed that Gerritsen " of ten transmits his
prerecorded political messages, and real-time harassment and profanity,
for hours at a time, often making it impossible for licensed radio
operators to use the public frequencies."  See
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/05/06/100/?nc=1 for more
If you have traveled on the Palisades Parkway you have seen this
The original Armstrong tower at Alpine New Jersey will celebrate the
75th anniversary of Edwin Armstrong's first experimental FM broadcast
with a commemorative broadcast on 42.8 MHz.  This, thanks to the
efforts of Steve Hemphill, owner of equipment maker Solid Electronics
Laboratories, and Charles Sackermann Jr., who is the C-E-O of the
company that owns the Alpine Tower.
Hemphill and Sackermann say that they have received Special Temporary
Authority from the FCC to conduct the broadcast on Armstrong's original
FM frequency of 42.8 MHz under experimental call sign WA2XMN.  They
plan to be on the air from the site from June 11th to the 12th with
programming that includes a dramatic production of the Tom Lewis book
"Empire of the Air."   Also planned are excerpts from a 1941 test
broadcast between stations of the original New England Yankee Network,
featuring recordings of Edwin Armstrong, Paul deMars, the Yankee
Network Chief Engineer and others. The planners said they'll also
rebroadcast the final signoff of Major Armstrong's pioneer FM station
W2XMN which went dark in 1954 after his death.
The Alpine Tower that became a lifeline for New York City television
stations following the September 11th 1991  Al Quida terror attacks. 
If you are within range of the tower you can hear the programming live
at 42.8 MHz on any scanner radio with low-band capability.  Audio will
also be streamed on the Internet, world-wide.  More about the tower is
on-line at http://www.cscmgt.com/atc.html  (Thanks to Amateur Radio
Newsline for this story.)
* Cardinal Convicted in Environmental Case
They take RFI seriously in Italy.  ROME (AP) -- A Rome court convicted
a Vatican cardinal and a top Vatican  Radio official Monday of
polluting the environment with electromagnetic waves from a
transmission tower, an official from Vatican Radio said. (It sound like
an Internet joke but it's not.)  See
(Unless you are already registered on this AP site you may have to
first select a state and a newspaper and then go back and click again
on the above URL.)
Those of you who failed to watch the Jay Leno show on Friday, May 13,
missed a very funny sequence.  He had on two ham CW operators (dressed
as old time Morse code telegraph operators, visors, armbands, and
suspenders) and two young text messagers (over cell phones and dressed
as, well, the "normal" dress of young men today).  Each had to transmit
a message to their colleague.  Guess who won?  If you want to see the
sequence, click on www.KU3O.net and follow the instructions.  Lots of
fun.    (Thanks to Harvey, W2YWC, and IRAC News)  Other site with
See detailed story on the ARRL web at:
21 May 2005 +         East Greenbush Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.520
Contact:        Thomas Scorsone, KC2FCP
1310 10th Avenue 
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: 518-272-1494 
Email: kc2fcp at aol.com
East Greenbush, NY
East Greenbush Firehouse Dept. #3
Phillips Road
Sect: Eastern New York 
28 May 2005 +         BARA Annual Spring Hamfest
Bergen Amateur Radio Association
Talk-In: 146.19/146.79 (PL 141.3)
Contact:        Jim Joyce, K2ZO
286 Ridgewood Blvd. North 
Washington Township, NJ 07676
Phone: 201-664-6725 
Email: k2zo at arrl.net
Washington Township, NJ
Westwood Regional Jr. / Sr. High School
701 Ridgewood Road
Sect: Northern New Jersey 
5 Jun 2005 +         Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 444.200 (PL 136.5); 146.52 Simplex
Contact:        Stephen Greenbaum, WB2KDG
85-10 34th Avenue, Apt. 323 
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Phone: 718-898-5599 
Email: WB2KDG at arrl.net
Queens, NY
New York Hall of Science Parking Lot
47-01 111th Street 
Flushing Meadow - Corona Park 
Sect: New York City-Long Island 
12 Jun 2005 +         LIMARC Outdoor Hamfair & Electronics Flea Market
Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.85 (PL 136.5)
Contact:        Rick Bressler, K2RB
c/o Sign-A-Rama 
34A Hempstead Turnpike 
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: 516-526-6975 
Fax: 516-756-2921
Email: hamfest at limarc.org
Bethpage, NY
Briarcliffe College
1055 Stewart Avenue
Sect: New York City-Long Island 
18 Jun 2005 +          W2QW HAMFEST
Raritan Valley Radio Club
Talk-In: 146.625 (PL 141.3) & 442.250 (PL 141.3)
Contact:        Jim Roselli, N2GMA
60 Perrine Pike 
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Phone: 908-334-0197 
Email: jrkr at patmedia.net
Piscataway, NJ
Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Road
Sect: Northern New Jersey 
10 Jul 2005        +        Sussex County Amateur Radio Club
Talk-In: 147.30 plus 600
Contact:        Dan Carter, N2ERH
8 Carter Lane 
Branchville, NJ 07826
Phone: 973-948-6999 
Fax: 973-948-6999
Email: Hamfest at Scarcnj.org
Augusta, NJ  Sussex County Fairgrounds
Plains Road
Sect: Northern New Jersey
ARRL Hudson Division
Director: Frank Fallon, N2FF
n2ff at arrl.org

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