JUNE 2007 VOL. 80 , NO. 6 CIR
The ARRL has taken a strong stand
against BPL and has petitioned the FCC to prevent present operators and users
of BPL from continuing. To my knowledge,
this is the first time that the ARRL has so strongly critisized a decision of
the FCC, and has gone as far as to critisize the former FCC Commisioner and
others for approving BPL.. The FCC bases
its policy on the need to provide choices of ISPs and networking systems to as
many users as possible. This competition
may be required to reduce costs of connecting for a majority of users. BPL can only become a contender if it is
widely used, but it is presently only being tested and demonstrated here on
Many Hams have written e-mails to Mr Richard Kessel, the CEO of LIPA, requesting that LIPA not use BPL. In a letter that, I included in the May 2006 newsletter, Mr. Kessel said that LIPA and the BPL contractor would do all posible and stick to FCC rulres to minimize interference and that BPL could serve all on Long Island by helping to reduce the rates that we pay for electricity.
BPL is now in use at
Now let me talk about the present realities. According to reports from LIPA itself the initial BPL tests are to be run from specific sites. A map showing the site locations and the BPL paths may be found at: http://all4ham.com and clicking on BPL Test Area. The area involved, acording to LIPA, includes two circuits:- 6H-533 originating at the Hauppague substation and 6DL-841 originates at the Pilgram substation.
ASU number 1180, located at the
I have long complained of what I
believe is some type of data pulse transmission, possibly BPL, at the corner of
BPL Here and Now (continued)
I have been visited at my QTH by Michael Malinowski, N2QOY. Mike’s title, on his LIPA buisness card, is Investigator, Special Services. It is good to see that LIPA has employed a friendly ham to look into our problems. Mike does not want to be directly quoted, as he can not officially represent his employer, as far as official information releases go.
What is more important to us, Mike has helped Zack, WB2PUE and Dave, AB2EF with some of their local interference problems. Mike has benn a licensed Technician Class Ham for 16 years and has recently upgraded to General Class. Mike, at first look, believed the problem I had recognized to be the fault of arcing power distribution transformers, and he had recommended that LIPA maintenance people investigate and repair any offending transformer(s) or insulators.. I remained skeptical, as the pulse type interference had a definite blanking period, indicating to me that it was some form of data packet transmission.
I could be wrong, but my old ECM experience (recognizing
stretched radar pulses) told me that this was not just random arcing. On his most recent report to me, by e-mail, Mike concludeed that
the interference I had reported was probably coming from the Commack Library
(which is a branch of the Huntington Library), and that he would investigate
the library in order to find its source.
The library is on the
In all fairness, it is not the purpose of W2ILP, nor should it be of other hams, to go on frivilous witchhunts. The compatibility of amateur radio with modern wireless or digital communication techniques (such as BPL) must be investigated using common sense. It is also important that investigations point out interference to other users, and that is because excessibe interference may affect others besides hams (and also result in objectional BCI and/or TVI).
In addition to his critisism of the FCC, Dave
Summner, K1ZZ, had said in an “Its Seems to Us” QST editorial that hams have
never before been asked to share frequencies with other serevices. If my memory serves me, this is not entirely
true. Hams (particularly in the
On the other hand common frequencies, may not be the problem. If one gets very close to the source of any broadcasting station or any radiating digital pulse modulating system, interference by shock excitation can be troubling. This can also be true for interference from hams as well as interference to hams . .
CQ Field Day 2007 de WA2LQO
Field Day (FD) has been a tradition of Amateur Radio, shared
by most ham clubs and individuals in the
Location this year will be McKay Field. See the president’s page for more details….and
COME ON OUT FOR FIELD DAY.
As W2ILP notes in the newsletter above, we are going into our 2007 Field Day exercise. As usual, I sent a note to the Company people asking for space for the Club to operate during the June 23/24 activity. It turns out that there is no runway left for us anymore. The section we were on the last 2 years east of the water tower was sold. It now has heavy construction equipment and dumpsters on it. The new owner is ripping up the old tarmac, and carting it way. The piece of land west of the water tower has a building going up on it. Our Company doesn’t own anymore land in that area south of the tracks. They offered me the softball field near plant 30. This is the tract right next to the McKay Field picnic area where we operated in the 80s. There will be enough room there for a small radio operation, and there is a gate that’s wide enough for us to get our trailers into on the south side. I’ll be looking that over this week, and laying out the area. The grass was just cut, but it will need another cutting just before we arrive. We’ll talk about our operating schedule at the June Club meeting. I have already been told that one of our overnight CW guys can’t make it this year. Looks like we may be closing down Saturday night, and maybe not even operating Sunday. We’ll have to see what our volunteer list looks like. If we don’t get enough ops, we’ll be forced to cancel the activity. I have already asked N2SFT to acquire tents, and we have the generator in hand. We should be all set to go. We just have to sort out poles and cables, as usual.
The status on me these days, is that I did
sign a contract t sell my house a few weeks ago. We have to be out of the place
mid-July. I have about 4 weeks to empty the house, so I expect to make another
We are still making progress with getting the
That’s it for now. I hope to see you all at the next meeting, and at what might be our last Field Day.
GRUMMAN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING -5/16/07
Secretary, Karen KC2OPX
The meeting was called to order by Pat at .
TREASURERS REPORT – Ed, WB2EAV REPEATER REPORT – Gordon, KB2UB
(Not present) The
Finances continue to be in good shape PL259. There is a conflict that has not been solved by Motrocore.
VE REPORT – Bob, W2ILP (Not present) NET REPORT- Zack, WB2PUE
One Applicant passed a Technician test., Thursday night net, 745 still on simplex.
Another upgraded to General. A commercial The usual people checked in. 330 was good.
GROL license was earned by a third applicant. Sunday morning 40 Meters was open to
5 VEs were AB2EF, AB2NT, KB2QFT,
KC2OPX and W2ILP.
Andy, W2RNC has obtained an extra key for the TV cabinet.
We have a new dues paying member, John Jeavons, KA2YIY.
We watched a video from the Northern California DX Foundation. It covered education and sponsorship of DXpeditions and support for the World RadioSport Team Championship (WRTC)
The meeting was adjoined at .
40 Meters: 7.289 MHz at 7:30 AM EST Sundays.
2 Meters (via repeaters): 146.745 MHz (-.600)at Thursdays.
145.330 MHz (- .600) at Thursdays.
[Tone for both repeaters is 136.5 Hz] (ARES/RACES) Mondays
General Meetings of the GARC
are held on the third Wednesday of each month, starting at .
The meetings will be held at the
GARC WEB SITE
The web site of the GARC can be found at http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/ Webmaster is Pat Masterson KE2LJ. Pictures of GARC activities, archives of newsletters, roster of members, and other information about the GARC may be found there including Field Day pictures.
INTERNET LINK OF THE MONTH FOR INTERNERDS
Did you ever become frustrated by calling a toll free number (such as an 800) and being responded to by a machine? You press “1” if you can speak English and then you are given a number of options which might not include the reason that you are calling about. Dave Ledo, AB2EF gave us a web site where you can find out how to get to speak to a human rather than a dumb machine. It is: http://GetHuman.com
Did you know that if you type any telephone number on the Google search box you will get the name and address of the user of that phone number, as well as a link to a map of that phone number’s location? This is known as a reverse search. It gets not only a name and QTH, but a number of messages that you might have sent if and when you used your phone number in the message. A search for the name of the phone number user can then pick up many messages that the user of that phone has sent to websites. This is considered an invasion of privacy by many users, and that is why many have unlisted numbers that keep their names out of telephone books, and why many try to limit sending their phone numbers for open site chatting from their computers. I always allow listing of my number in the phone books and give my number out when advertising for ham license applicants. I don’t fear anyone…but that is me and I see that many hams don’t want their e-mail addresses made available on QRZ and other sites that can be searched for ham names, addresses as they would be listed in call books. Many use Box Numbers rather than street addresses on anything that gets sent to the FCC. I don’t expect all hams to agree with my open policies and I do agree that people are all entitled to keep their personal data private, if they so desire. They may also consider the possibility of identity theft, which may be the result of TOO MUCH INFORMATION that is easily available to anyone!
Here is another cryptogram. It is a short one for the experts
JYS SQMCGGCTTOEW JYOEW OT JYCJ QI TCDCN NGSTTOEW OT VBJWGVTTOEW QI
AODQT.. –FCBD ESCLQCEJ--
Solution to the May Cryptogram: IT MAY BE TRUE THAT YOU CAN”T FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME, BUT YOU CAN FOOL ENOUGH OF THEM TO RULE A LARGE COUNTRY.
FEEDBACK: Paul Chalson, WA2FOF, has brought an error to my
attention. The GARC’s box number was
wrong in some newsletters. This may have
caused Paul’s dues letter to bounce.
Sorry Paul. The address of the
GARC (for sending in dues or correspondence) is, as always: Grumman Amateur
Radio Club, P.O. BOX 644,
20 Years Ago- “CQ DE WA2LQO” – June 1987
Vol. 58 N0.6 CIRC 406
It was announced that the next meeting would be in Plant 14A, and that Hank W2ZZE would bring in the coffee, coke and buns.
Mendleshon, WA2DHF did not arrive at the
May meeting because he was working for CBS at that time and had to go to a
memorial for the men who were killed on the USS Stark. The meeting where President Reagan was to preside was in
GARC President Ken, KC2DH wrote a pep talk for the June Field Day. The June general meeting was to be held on the fourth Wednesday rather than the third so as to be close to the Field Day date and get a crew to move equipment.
WA2PYK was back in town and was to again run the FD commissary. A successful VE session had been held at the
An article by Bob DeCesari, WA9GDZ/6 from WorldRadio March 1987 was about experimental helical antennas.. The article showed how to build a 40 meter vertical dipole on an 8 foot tapered wood shaft. An impedance matching network was necessary because of the low impedance of this type of antenna and a circuit was shown that could match to 50 ohm coax. Another article from WorldRadio of May 1987, showed how to build a regenerative receiver. The article explained the theory of the quench oscillator. It included a circuit diagram of a super-regenerative VHF receiver that used only two MPF-102 FETs and an LM386 amplifier chip. A full page chart showed the GARC Net Schedules, detailing time, frequencies and regular participants. Our present 40 meter Sunday net was shown as well as our Thursday 2 Meter nets, but at that time there were also nine different 20 Meter nets, including 2 CW nets. There were also three 80 Meter nets. One of which was CW. At the bottom of the chart Public Service Nets which used GARC repeaters but not operators were the Nassau County VHF Traffic Net on .745 every day at 1930-2000 and the Suffolk County ARES Net on .330 on Mondays at 2100. The info for the schedule was provided by Hank, W2ZZE.