Jan 29

ARRL Pacific Section Report for January 2014

Bob-Schneider (AH6J) | Photo Courtesy ARRLThis report is for December 2013 and January 2014. Happy Holidays and we hope your 2014 New Year will be great. Did you see the weather on the mainland? Lucky we live in Hawaii!

This July 2014 is the ARRL Centennial convention in Hartford CT. Your SM plans on being there. Is anyone else going?

This year’s, January 5, Kids day was somewhat of a disappointment. Maybe next year we can do better.

The K9W Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition Tops 100,000 Contacts.

There is a new Technician Class Question Pool Released. See the ARRL webpages for details.

From last month SM report we mourn the loss of Dr. Fred Lam, KH6GG on Nov. 8, 2103. Normally we wouldn’t repeat old news, however “Doc” was very important in Hawaii Ham Radio History.

W1AW/KH6 will be on the air from KH6LC’s location starting February 5 and August 20 for one week.

BIG NEWS!

Bob Vallio; W6RGG & Pacific Division Director, informed us that the nomination of Ron Hashiro, AH6RH, for Pacific Division Ham of the year was approved and an announcement was made at Pacificon during the weekend of October 11-13. Unfortunately, Ron Hashiro was unable to attend Pacificon to receive the award. Your SM presented the award to Ron at the January 21st meeting of EARC. A big congratulation goes to Ron for receiving this award. As Bob Vallio, Pacific Division Director, said there was no question of who should receive the award this last year after reviewing the many contributions that Ron has made to improving Amateur Radio. Your SM also made visits to the Waikiki ARC breakfast at Monterey Bay Cannery restaurant and the Battleship Missouri Amateur Radio Club, KH6BB. Be sure and look at the newest pictures on the Pacific Section Website.

After weeks of deployment the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) and HERO (Ham Emergency Radio Operations) Network stood down November 27, 2013. This means that avoiding 7.095 LSB is no longer necessary. Remember that good operating practice requires that you listen before transmitting to make sure the frequency is clear. Due to the extensive damage things will not be back to normal for a long time.

Kona Amateur Radio Society (KARS) webpage is: http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/~veillet/hwars.html. KARS has changed its meeting date. It now meets on the forth Sunday, which will be February 23, from 2PM to 5PM at Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA. The theme for the potluck will be Cajun (Mardi Gras) food. Please bring a favorite dish to share. There is a new picture of KARS on the Pacific Section webpage. Go to the bottom and click view all. For questions please contact Van NH7IT at 808-345-5008 or e-mail NH7IT@arrl.net

This year’s 2013 Big Island International Hamfest was hosted by KARS however the event is a co-operative affair with all Big Island clubs helping. ASM Stuart Johnson, KH7DX, this year’s chair wanted to thank everyone for coming and helped especially members of BIARC for bringing refreshments and supplying the VE material. It is time to start planning for next year which will be hosted by Kohala Hamakua Radio Club. Thank you all, and see you next year. 73, 88′s Stuart, KH7DX

The Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC) website: http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc.htm
Their website has been updated and continues to be updated however some “lag” is to be expected in new happenings. The radio classes announced in the last SM report have finished and the class tested on October 27. Nine people took the test with six receiving a Technician license. The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7PM (W) at the Conference Room, Keck Observatory, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743.

Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ, DEC for North Hawaii, has been sending out periodic reports on the North Hawaii repeater project and other happenings in his area. The repeater will be located on the northwestern slope of Mauna Kea at a Parker Ranch Pump site. The frequency 147.84/24 has been coordinated but is not published since the repeater is not yet in operation. In his report Eric details the hardware he already has and what he still needs. If you would like to donate or just get information contact Eric.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) School Radio Club received their ARRL affiliation during the last school year. Your Pacific Division Director and your Pacific Section Manager send their congratulations.

The Kauai ARC website is: http://www.kauaiarc.org/ See webpage for details of all events and a map.
Kauai Amateur Radio Club meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 PM. at KIUC Office, 4463 Pahee Street in Lihue. Their next meeting will be February 3, 2014 at 1800W at KIUC Main Office, 4463 Pahee Street in Lihue. Don’t forget the Saturday breakfast at The Feral Pig (formerly The Tiki Room and Main Street Diner) located in Harbor Mall at Nawiliwili. Folks begin arriving around 0730. Remember to get your parking ticket validated (while the attendant is hardly ever there for Saturday breakfast, it’s a good idea to validate just in case).

Saturday, February 8, 2014. 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Hale Halawai Ohana o Hanalei. Hanalei to Ha’ena Disaster Resilience Outreach event.

Saturday, February 22, 2014. 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Kauai Amateur Radio Club will be holding a one day study session followed by a License Exam under the auspices of W5YI-VEC.

Monday, March 3, 2014, 6:00 PM, Kauai ARC Monthly Meeting at KIUC Main Office, 4463 Pahee Street in Lihue.

The KARC 2014 officers are:

  • President – Randall Blake – WH7ZI
  • Vice Pres. – John Montalbano – KH6JMM
  • Secretary – Dick Olsen – KH6DO
  • Treasurer – Robert B Anderson – KH6AS
  • Repeaters – Ron Crown – KH6JI
  • ASM – Jerry Hill – KH6HU
  • Activities – Elaine Albertson – AH6TA

The Emergency ARC website is: http://www.earchi.org | EARC meets on the 3rd Tuesday (except June & Dec). The next EARC General Membership meeting will be February 18 at 7PM at the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 46, located at 891 Valkenburgh St. There is a Potluck. Contact G.Lo at wh7bte@yahoo.com and let her know what you are bringing. Results of Elections for 2014 held on October 15th. Their term starts January 1, 2014.

  • President: Chris NH7QH
  • Vice President: Wayne KH6MEI
  • Secretary: Gloria KH6GLO
  • Treasurer: Steve NH7ZD
  • Board Members: Jim KH6JKG – Darrell KH6XL – Trent N2OBM – Ralph NH6PY – Allen KH7AL – Steve KH6WG – Michael KH7DO

The Honolulu ARC website address is: http://ham.aditl.com/harc. A second website is http://www.dxzone.com/dx23796/honolulu-amateur-radio-club.html however it is more generic and sponsored by Dxzone. HARC meets on the 3rd Saturday at 9:00 AM on odd months (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov). They are now meeting at Monterey Bay Cannery which overlooks the watercress farm on the west side of the shopping center. There is lots of free parking and it is easy to reach. The next meeting is March 15, 2013.

The Koolau ARC website is: http://www.karc.net/. They meet on the second Saturday at 9:30 AM. At Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden Park in Kaneohe. The next meeting is going to be Saturday, February 8th

The Waikiki ARC seems to have only the ARRL club listing website at: http://www.arrl.org/Groups/view/waikiki-amateur-radio-club/type:club That site contains a lot of information. Their last report to ARRL was Aug 14, 2013 so it very current. They meet every Tue at 7AM for breakfast at the Monterey Cannery at 98-1005 Moanalua Road, Unit FSI in Aiea. Thanks to William N. Kendall KH6OO for the latest information and keeping the website up to date. Your SM was able to attend their meeting January 21 and had the Mahi with eggs. After all, the restaurant claims their specialty is fish.

The Maui ARC website is: http://www.kh6rs.org/  Thank you for the regular updates and especially the Field Day update and picture. See it at the bottom of the Pacific Section webpage in the picture section. Their regular meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month which will be February 12th at 7PM in the basement of the CD EOC in the Maui County building also known as 200 South High St.

The Maui Amateur Radio License Examination Schedule has been updated for 2014. Persons planning to take an Amateur Radio license examination should pre-register at least two weeks before the scheduled exam date. Send email to kh6h@arrl.net or call Mel, KH6H, at 250-4591 and leave voice mail, including your email address. If no one pre-registers, the exam session will be cancelled. Maui VE (volunteer examiner) sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui County Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center, 200 S. High Street in Wailuku.

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014
  • Saturday, August 2, 2014
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014

IMPORTANT: A new question pool for Technician Class exams will be used effective July 1,

The Big Island ARC website is: www.biarc.net . They meet at 2PM on the 2nd Saturday Monthly at 2 PM at the Keaau Community Center. Their next meeting is on February 8th. For the next license class and testing scheduled Contact Milt, AH6I, at 965-6471 for more information.

The 2014 Club Officers are:

  • President – Bill Hanson – N0CAN – 989-4700
  • Vice President – Milt Nodacker – AH6I -965-6471
  • Treasurer- George Bezilla – WH6EFN – 961-6323
  • Secretary – Leigh Critchlow – WH6DZX – 930-7330
  • Two Year Director – Toni Robert – N0INK – 937-2183
  • Two Year Director – Barbara Darling – NH7FY – 982-9126 resigned – position open
  • One Year Director – John Buck – KH7T – 885-9718
  • One Year Director – Mary Brewer – WH6DYW – 985-9595
  • One Year Director – John Bush – KH6DLK/V63JB – 935-5500

The Hilo ARC: They meet daily 6:30-8:30 AM at Jack in the Box Hilo. This club is actually the oldest on the Island of Hawaii however there was a break in existence of several years until former Section Manager Dean Manley, KH6B and several others reactivated it. They also sponsor the Council of Radio Club which meets once monthly at various restaurants in East Hawaii for breakfast.

Hawaii Council of Radio Clubs breakfast is on Saturday Feb 1 at 8AM at Lava Rock café in Volcano.

The Hawaii QRP club: They also meet daily with a listed time of 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM at “Jack In the Box” however the time varies depending on who comes. It is very informal.

The Marianas ARC website is: https://sites.google.com/site/ah2gmarc/home however it is out of date. They meet on for first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Their next meeting is February 4th. Beware of the dateline when figuring time and date as they are one day ahead of Hawaii. The meeting is at the KSTO radio studio on Nimitz Hill. There is plenty of parking behind the building on the lower level. Entry to the meeting room is from the south side of the building. There is also another website with some Guam information however it is also sadly out of date. MARIANA ISLANDS DX ASSOCIATION NH2DX The website www.guamham.com does not work. There is no testing scheduled for the next meeting.

The South Point ARC or “SPARC” meets on the first Sunday at Noon at Manuka State park. Their next meeting will be February 2. They are not affiliated with ARRL. They don’t have a website.

There has been no news from The American Samoa Radio club or Molokai Club in recent times.

The Civil Defense Amateur Radio Club’s mission is to provide ARRL Volunteer Examiner testing services for amateur radio operators and test takers residing on the island of Oahu. The goal is to continually build up the pool of available emergency communicators available during times of emergency. Testing is usually on the third Wednesday at 6:30 PM however contact Ray Moody, AH6LT moody at hawaii.edu or phone 941-9239. Advance registration is required to pass building security.

Next exam is: Tuesday (?) March 18, 2014 – 6:30 pm, American Red Cross HQ at Diamond Head Road.
This is probably Wednesday March 19th since all exams are on Wednesday. Check with Ray to be sure.

  • June 18, 2014, 6:30 pm, American Red Cross HQ on Diamond Head Road
  • August 20, 2014, 6:30 pm, American Red Cross HQ on Diamond Head Road
  • November 19, 2014, 6:30 pm, American Red Cross HQ on 4155 Diamond Head Road

Cal-Pac RC recently upgraded the Mauna Loa site antennas and temporarily took the six meter beacon off the air. It will be back shortly however it has not been decided if it will be put back at Mauna Loa. The picture of the KH6HME memorial brick at ARRL HQ is in the photo files at the bottom of the Pacific Section website along with other pictures of the Mauna Loa site. The brick was donated by BIARC member Chuck McConnell, W6DPD of Fresno.

REPEAT OR REFERENCE INFORMATION:

The Pacific Section webpage is: http://www.arrl.org/Groups/view/pacific-section. It now contains this SM report. Each affiliated club should fill in an activities report to ARRL at least once every year. For more information go to: http://www.arrl.org/club-update . Your SM is always looking for news so be sure to update him too. Even if your group is not ARRL affiliated, send a report. If you have notable activities send along a jpeg picture and description (please). At the bottom of the Pacific Section webpage is a picture gallery.

Hawaii’s Official Amateur Radio Repeater Coordination Site is: http://www.hawaiirepeaters.net/

Ron Hashiro’s webpage always has a good collection of news of local happenings. See:
http://www.qsl.net/a/ah6rh/am-radio/in-hawaii.html

73,
Bob Schneider – AH6J
ARRL Pacific Section Manager
ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio™

Sep 22

ARRL Pacific Section Report for August 2013

Bob-Schneider (AH6J) | Photo Courtesy ARRLThe following is the ARRL Pacific Section Manager report for August 2013 by Bob Schneider (AH6J).

The Pacific Section webpage is here. It now contains this SM report. Each affiliated club should fill in an activities report to ARRL at least once every year. Inactive clubs need only send in an activities report to be current. For more information go here. Your SM is always looking for news so be sure to update him too. At the bottom of the Pacific Section webpage is a picture gallery with some new pictures. Even if your group is not ARRL affiliated, send a report of your activities directly to your SM. If you have notable activities send along a jpeg picture and description (please).

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: For those of you in the Keaau area on August 31, there will be a Puna Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair. It will be held at Keaau High School from 9AM to 3PM. There will be many exhibits by various organizations. There should be food and door prizes. The main goal is to teach things that can be done in case we have an emergency, especially a widespread events such as a large earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, hurricane or whatever. We (hams) will be located just outside the screened in recreation area. As you know we recently had a brush with Tropical Storm Flossie. The entire state was put in a Tropical Storm Warning. Fortunately at the last moment it veered and lost strength. There was some damage from power outages, lightning, wind and flooding. It could have been a lot worse.

Kona Amateur Radio Society: KARS meets on the third Sunday, which will be Sept 15, from 2PM to 5PM at Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA. The September theme is Mediterranean (end of Ramadan). Please bring a favorite dish to share. For questions please contact Van NH7IT at 808-345-5008 or NH7IT@arrl.net

This year KARS (Kona Amateur Radio Society) will be Hosting the next Big Island International Hamfest in Waimea (aka Kamuela on Hawaii Island), on October 5th. 2013. They will be forming a planning/working group from club members to organize the event; parking, vendor placement, set up, testing, refreshments etc. Kohala – Hamakua Radio Club (Waimea) will be joining them on this project. Of course, they will also be getting help from BIARC and SPARC (Hilo and Kau) as well as other groups on Hawaii Island. The venue is the Waimea recreation center, which is the same location as in several past Swap Meets. The tentative schedule will be as follows:

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hawaiian Style Café (come early as they tend to be crowded)
  • 9:00 am Vendor setup
  • 10:00 am doors open
  • 12:00 pm guest speakers, forum, presentations (we need your input)
  • 1:00 pm license testing
  • 2:00 pm wrap up clean up

There is always a good turnout from both sides of the island for this as well from off Island. There is always a lot of great used ham radio gear, meeting old friends and meeting new ones. Contact Stuart, KH7DX 808-896-1290 or kh7dx@arrl.net or via this group with your offer of assistance for this, all ways fun project. More updates as they come in, and thanks for supporting HAM Radio in these Hawaiian Islands. This comes from Stuart, KH7DX.

The Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC): The next club meeting will be in Kapa’au on the second Sunday which is Sept 8 at 1400W (2:00PM) in the Conference Room, (Enter in rear of Gym Building), Hisaoka Gym, King Kam Park, Kapa’au.

Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ, DEC for North Hawaii, has been sending out periodic reports on the North Hawaii repeater project and other happenings in his area. Eric lives in Waikoloa and the repeater will be located on the northwestern slope of Mauna Kea at a Parker Ranch Pump site. The frequency 147.84/24 has been coordinated but is not published since the repeater is not yet in operation. In his report Eric details the hardware he already has and what he needs. For those of you unfamiliar with how to put up a repeater, this planning, permission and general paperwork part of the process can be harder than actually putting up the machine. He is still short money to complete the project. If you would like to donate or just get information contact Eric.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) School Radio Club ARRL affiliation has been approved by the ARRL board of directors and the certificate has been mailed to the club. We would like to do a formal presentation however HPA is now on summer break. While HPA has several pages of website there is none specifically for the School Radio Club (yet). Kohala Hamakua club meets on alternate months at the alternate energy building on the HPA campus.

The Kauai ARC: Monday, September 2, 2013, 7:00 PM, is the Kauai ARC Monthly Meeting at KIUC Main Office, 4463 Pahee Street in Lihue.

Don’t forget the Saturday breakfast at The Feral Pig (formerly The Tiki Room and Main Street Diner) located in Harbor Mall at Nawiliwili. Folks begin arriving around 0730. Remember to get your parking ticket validated (while the attendant is hardly ever there for Saturday breakfast, it’s a good idea to validate just in case). Saturday, August 31, 2013. 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Kauai Amateur Radio Club will be holding a one day study session followed by a License Exam

The Emergency ARC: Check this website for more information.

EARC meets on the 3rd Tuesday (except June & Dec). The next EARC General Membership meeting will be September 17th at 7PM at the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 46, 891 Valkenburgh St. Honolulu. TOPIC: TBA. There is a Potluck. Contact G.Lo at wh7bte@yahoo.com and let her know what you are bringing. See you there!

EARC/ARRL HAMFEST & Swap Meet will be on Saturday September 14, 2013 at the FRA. It will open at 8 am for buyers, 7 am for sellers. Seller’s tables will be a donation of $10.00. More info posted soon. This is the same day as the Koolau and BIARC regular meetings. The word is this was the only day available.

The Honolulu ARC: Their website is down again. The only website we could find was here and the generic ARRL site given to each affiliated club but there is very little new information in them.

HARC meets on the 3rd Saturday at 9:00 am on odd months only (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov). There normal meeting place of Sizzlers and then GoCo in Aiea have both shut down. Their next meeting will be Sept 21. John Peters, K1ER, president of Honolulu ARC, suggested that for its next meeting they go to Monterey Bay Cannery which overlooks the farm on the opposite side of the shopping center. There is lots of free parking and it is easy to reach. They have a similar Meeting room, similar menu, and similar prices.

The Koolau ARC: They meet on the second Saturday at 9:30 AM. At Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden Park in Kaneohe. The next meeting is Saturday, September 14 starting at 9:30AM.

HAWAII QSO PARTY: There has not been enough time to get the results of the Hawaii QSO party. From what we have heard, it was a success with propagation up and down. Joe, AH0A, said that the latest version of HI QSO Rules is on line. If you want to use any of these programs, down load it now and get your gear ready for next year. In addition to the N1MM logging program, two new ones are being adopted: SD and Genlog. The contest website is http://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/ . Logs should be submitted by September 30, 2013.

The Waikiki ARC seems to have only the ARRL club listing website here. That site contains a lot of information. Their last report to ARRL was Aug 14, 2013 so it very current. They meet every Tue at 7AM for breakfast at the Monterey Cannery at 98-1005 Moanalua Road, Unit FSI in Aiea. Thanks to William N. Kendall KH6OO for the latest information and keeping the website up to date.

The Pacific Radio Amateur Transmitting Society no longer has an ARRL club listing so we will drop it from our list.

The Maui ARC: Thank you for the regular updates and especially the Field Day update and picture. See it at the bottom of the Pacific Section webpage in the picture section. Their regular meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month which will be September 11th at 7PM in the basement of the CD EOC in the Maui County building also known as 200 South High St. (Except December).

The Maui RACES repeater on 147.02+ MHz requires a sub-audible tone of 103.5 Hz for access. The 146.94- MHz repeater requires a 110.9 Hz tone. There is a repeater map on the MARC website. This is a good source of repeater information for Maui County.

The Maui Amateur Radio License Examination Schedule for this year is: Saturday, December 7, 2013. Persons planning to take an Amateur Radio license exam should pre-register at least two weeks before the scheduled exam date. Send email to kh6h@arrl.net or call Mel, KH6H, at 250-4591 and leave voice mail, including your email address. If no one pre-registers, the exam session will be cancelled. Maui VE (volunteer examiner) sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui County Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center, 200 S. High Street in Wailuku. Exam dates and location are subject to change. Pre-registered candidates will be notified of changes in the exam date or location. Before the exam, you will receive a confirmation email with more information, including directions to the exam site. The 2013 ARRL/VEC exam fee is $15. Bring a check or cash.

The Big Island ARC: They meet at 2PM on the 2nd Saturday Monthly at 2 PM at the Keaau Community Center. Their next meeting is on September 14th. On August 31 BIARC will be participating in the first ever Puna Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair (PREP) at the Keaau High School from 9 AM to 3 PM. Bob, AH6J and Gregg, WH7FC are the co-leads. If you can be of assistance please help as much as you can.

Milt Nodacker, AH6I, is now the lead examiner and instructor for BIARC. Another set of Technician classes’ starts Thursday September 5 at 6:30 PM for two hours each for 6 weeks at the Orchidland LDS meeting hall. Contact Milt Nodacker, AH6I, at 965-6471 for more information or write nodacker@gmail.com

The Hilo ARC: They meet daily 6:30-8:30 AM at Jack in the Box Hilo. This club is actually the oldest on the Island of Hawaii however there was a break in existence of several years until former Section Manager Dean Manley, KH6B and several others reactivated it. They also sponsor the Council of Radio Club which meets once monthly at various restaurants in East Hawaii for breakfast.

The Hawaii QRP club: They also meet daily with a listed time of 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM at “Jack In the Box” however the time varies depending on who comes. It is very informal.

The Hawaii DX Association has become less active with the loss of several key members. These two websites are still active however the tripod site has an excess of advertisement and is almost unusable. They both contain good information.

The Marianas ARC: However it is out of date. They meet on for first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Their next meeting is September 3, 2013. Beware of the dateline when figuring time and date as they are one day ahead of Hawaii. The meeting is at the KSTO radio studio on Nimitz Hill. There is plenty of parking behind the building on the lower level. Entry to the meeting room is from the south side of the building. There is also another website with some Guam information however it is also sadly out of date. MARIANA ISLANDS DX ASSOCIATION NH2DX The website www.guamham.com does not work.

The South Point ARC or “SPARC” meets on the first Sunday at Noon at Manuka State park. Their next meeting will be September 1, 2013. They are not affiliated with ARRL.

There has been no news from American Samoa in the last several months.

Hawaii’s Official Amateur Radio Repeater Coordination Site is:

http://www.hawaiirepeaters.net/

Coming events:

  • Sat August 31, 2013 Puna Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Fair
  • Sat September 14, 2013 EARC Hamfest
  • Sat October 5, 2013 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test
  • Sat October 5, 2013 Big Island International Hamfest in Waimea (Kamuela)
  • Fri October 25, 2013+ CQ World Wide Contest – Phone
  • Sat November 2, 2013+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest – CW
  • Sat November 16, 2013+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest – Phone
  • Fri November 23, 2013+ CQ World Wide Contest – CW
  • Fri December 6, 2013+ SKYWARN Recognition Day
  • Sun December 8, 2013 Communications for Honolulu Marathon. Email Greg NH6ZS for more details.
  • Fri December 13, 2013 ARRL 10 Meter Contest

Ron Hashiro’s webpage always has a good collection of news of local happenings. See:

http://www.qsl.net/a/ah6rh/am-radio/in-hawaii.html

The Civil Defense Amateur Radio Club’s mission is to provide ARRL Volunteer Examiner testing services for amateur radio operators and test takers residing on the island of Oahu. The goal is to continually build up the pool of available emergency communicators available during times of emergency. Testing is usually on the third Wednesday at 6:30 PM however contact Ray Moody, AH6LT moody at hawaii.edu or phone 941-9239. Advance registration is required to pass building security. Next exam is November 20, 2013, 6:30 pm, American Red Cross HQ on Diamond Head Road. Be sure to ask Ray for complete instructions and what you will need.

Cal-Pac RC members Jim, K6MIO, Dean, KH6B and Fred, KH7Y, put the KH6HME memorial station on the air from Mauna Loa 8,200 foot level during Field Day. We have confirmation that the memorial brick for Paul Lieb, donated by W6DPD, is now in place at the ARRL HQ patio. See the picture on the bottom of the Pacific Section webpage.

Check the ARRL webpages for news about the Wake Island DXpedition. The Daily DX reports that two Pacific Island DXpeditions are preparing to activate in October and November. The much-anticipated K9W Wake Island DXpedition has announced its tentative operating schedule, with times based on Wake Island times and dates (Wake is 12 hours ahead of UTC). According to its website, the team expects to kick off operations on or about October 7 and operate until October 18. Check the K9W operating plan for specifics. Wake Island is number 14 on the ClubLog Most Wanted list.

Aug 06

Hams Mobilize for Tropical Storm Flossie

Hawaii Hams Muster to Help Forecasters Track Tropical Storm Flossie

Tropical Storm FlossieAmateur Radio operators in Hawaii kept National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists and local emergency operations centers up to date on changing conditions and power outages, as Tropical Storm Flossie pounded parts of Hawaii and Maui counties July 29-30 with heavy rain and lightning. Radio amateurs organized a joint SKYWARN/ARES/RACES operation using eight VoIP and microwave-linked VHF and UHF repeaters from state and county RACES to serve the NWS, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) and state and county officials.

Over its 12 hours of activation, the net recorded 67 check-ins and reports from hams in all four Hawaii counties. Net control stations received reports from throughout the state via Amateur Radio as well as by cell phones and even social media. [Full Article]

Jul 24

ARRL Pacific Section Report for July 2013

Bob-Schneider (AH6J) | Photo Courtesy ARRLThe following is the ARRL Pacific Section Manager report for July 2013 by Bob Schneider (AH6J).

We are sad to report Alexander “Alex” Miguel, KH6HE, 81 of Wailuku became a silent key on July 12, 2013. He was born in Kohala, Hawaii. A Korean War veteran, Alex was buried at the Maui Veteran’s Cemetery on Wednesday July 24. Alexander retired as an Executive Chef with Intercontinental Hotel. Alex was an Extra Class licensee and an ARRL Volunteer Examiner.

The Pacific Section webpage now contains this SM report. Each affiliated club should fill in an activities report to ARRL at least once every year. Inactive clubs need only send in an activities report to be current. For more information go to: http://www.arrl.org/club-update . Your SM is always looking for news so be sure to update him. At the bottom of the Pacific Section webpage is a picture gallery with a lot of new pictures.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: For those of you in the Keaau area on August 31, there will be a Puna Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair. It will be held at Keaau High School from 9AM to 3PM. There will be many exhibits by various organizations. There should be food and door prizes. The main goal is to teach things that can be done in case we have an emergency, especially a widespread events such as a large earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, hurricane or whatever. This was again brought home because as this is being written there was a large earthquake in Cook Strait between North and South Island New Zealand.

Kona Amateur Radio Society: KARS meets on the third Sunday, which will be Aug 18, from 2PM to 5PM at Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA. The food theme is Indian to celebrate India Independence Day. Last month’s theme was American in celebration of July 4th. Please bring a favorite dish to share. For questions please contact Van NH7IT at 808-345-5008 or NH7IT@arrl.net

BIG NEWS! This year KARS (Kona Amateur Radio Society) will be Hosting the next Big Island International Hamfest in Waimea (aka Kamuela on Hawaii Island), on October 5th. 2013. They will be forming a planning/working group from club members to organize the event; parking, vendor placement, set up, testing, refreshments etc. Kohala – Hamakua Radio Club (Waimea) will be joining them on this project. Of course, they will also be getting help from BIARC and SPARC (Hilo and Kau) as well as other groups on Hawaii Island. The venue is the Waimea recreation center, which is the same location as in several past Swap Meets. The tentative schedule will be as follows:

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hawaiian Style Café (come early as they tend to be crowded)
  • 9:00 am Vendor setup
  • 10:00 am doors open
  • 12:00 pm guest speakers, forum, presentations (we need your input)
  • 1:00 pm license testing
  • 2:00 pm wrap up clean up

There is always a good turnout from both sides of the island for this as well from off Island. There is always a lot of great used ham radio gear, meeting old friends and meeting new ones. Contact Stuart, KH7DX 808-896-1290 or kh7dx@arrl.net or via this group with your offer of assistance for this, all ways fun project. More updates as they come in, and thanks for supporting HAM Radio in these Hawaiian Islands. This comes from Stuart, KH7DX.

The Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC):  Their next meeting will be Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 7PM at the Hawai`i Preparatory Academy (HPA), Energy Lab, in Waimea. Adjacent parking is available. The street address is 65-1692 Kohala Mountain Rd (Hwy 250). If you haven’t been there give yourself extra time as it is not easy to find.

Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ, DEC for North Hawaii, has been sending out periodic reports on the North Hawaii repeater project and other happenings in his area. Eric lives in Waikoloa and the repeater will be located on the northwestern slope of Mauna Kea at a Parker Ranch Pump site. The frequency 147.84/24 has been coordinated but is not published since the repeater is not yet in operation. In his report Eric details the hardware he already has and what he needs. For those of you unfamiliar with how to put up a repeater, this planning, permission and general paperwork part of the process can be harder than actually putting up the machine. He is still short about $500 to complete the project. If you would like to donate or just get information contact Eric.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) School Radio Club ARRL affiliation has been approved by the ARRL board of directors and the certificate has been mailed to the club. We would like to do a formal presentation however HPA is now on summer break. While HPA has several pages of website there is none specifically for the School Radio Club (yet). Kohala Hamakua club meets on alternate months at the alternate energy building on the HPA campus.

The Kauai ARC: Monday, August 5, 2013, 7:00 PM, is the Kauai ARC Monthly Meeting at KIUC Main Office, 4463 Pahee Street in Lihue.

On Monday, August 19, 2013 there will be an Emergency Communications class from 5:30 PM to7:00 PM (Promptly) at the Lihue Civic Center, Planning Room 2A/B. This meeting is focused primarily to ARRL Emergency Coordinators (EC), however anyone with an interest in emergency communication is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Bob Anderson at KH6AS@att.net or Tad Miura at ZSSQ@hotmail.com.

Their last study session and exam was Saturday May 11, 2013 in which they got two new Technicians and two Generals. The next exam is August 31. Congratulations to all.

Don’t forget the Saturday breakfast at The Feral Pig (formerly The Tiki Room and Main Street Diner) located in Harbor Mall at Nawiliwili. Folks begin arriving around 0730. Remember to get your parking ticket validated (while the attendant is hardly ever there for Saturday breakfast, it’s a good idea to validate just in case).

The Emergency ARC: Check this website for more information. There will be a Mini Field Day – Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Hawaii Kai Boat Ramp from 1600-2300

EARC meets on the 3rd Tuesday (except June & Dec). The next EARC General Membership meeting will be August 20th at 7PM at the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 46, 891 Valkenburgh St. Honolulu. TOPIC: SOTA (Summits on the air) Presented by Allen KH7AL. There is a Potluck. Contact G.Lo at wh7bte@yahoo.com and let her know what you are bringing. See you there!

A BIG MAHALO to Greenpath Technologies a local solar company who provided power for EARC field day operations, it was a resounding and amazing success.

EARC/ARRL HAMFEST & Swap Meet will be on Saturday September 14, 2013 at the FRA. It will open at 8 am for buyers, 7 am for sellers. Seller’s tables will be a donation of $10.00. More info posted soon. This is the same day as the Koolau and BIARC regular meetings. The word is this was the only day available.

The Honolulu ARC: Thanks to Jim, WH6GS for the updated information on the HARC website. Jim also said that a good website for Hawaii Amateur Radio information in general is: http://ham.aditl.com. HARC meets on the 3rd Saturday at 9:00 am on odd months only (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov). They meet at GoCo in Aiea. Their next meeting will be Sept 21. The Sizzler has been sold and the new name is GoCo but the staff and menu are the same. Note the name change

The Koolau ARC: They meet on the second Saturday at 9:30 AM. At Ho’omaluhia Park in Kaneohe. The next meeting is Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 9:30AM at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden in Park in Kaneohe.

HAWAII QSO PARTY: Joe, AH0A, said that the latest version of HI QSO Rules is on line. In addition to the N1MM logging program, two new ones are being adopted: SD and Genlog. The contest website is http://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/ . He also noted that financial support of HI QSO Party is needed and being solicited from any interested individuals or Clubs.

  1. The contest 48 hour operating period will be from 04:00 UTC Aug 24 to 04:00 UTC Aug 26, 2013.
  2. Single operator categories are restricted to a maximum of 18 operating hours during the period.
  3. Stations may be worked only on the 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160 meter bands.
  4. Each station may be worked in 4 modes on one band – SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK.
  5. Multi-op station operators may also operate from their home station.
  6. Use of spotting websites is permitted and encouraged. Click here for recommendations.
  7. Operation must conform to FCC and station home country regulations.
  8. Logs should be submitted by September 30, 2013.

The Waikiki ARC: That site contains a lot of information. Their last report to ARRL was May 21, 2013 so it very current. They meet every Tue at 7AM for breakfast at the GoCo in Aiea. Thanks to William N. Kendall KH6OO for the latest information.

The Pacific Radio Amateur Transmitting Society has only the ARRL club listing website however that website says their regular website is under construction. Their last report was Sept 15, 2008 so they are overdue for a report to ARRL HQ. Contact KH6BZF for more information about the club.

The Maui ARC: Thank you for the regular updates and especially the Field Day update and picture. See it at the bottom of the Pacific Section webpage in the picture section. Their regular meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month which will be August 14 at 7PM in the basement of the CD EOC in the Maui County building also known as 200 South High St. (Except December).

The Maui RACES repeater on 147.02+ MHz requires a sub-audible tone of 103.5 Hz for access. The 146.94- MHz repeater requires a 110.9 Hz tone. There is a repeater map on the MARC website. This is a good source of repeater information for Maui County.

The Maui Amateur Radio License Examination Schedule for this year is: Saturday, August 3, 2013 – Saturday, December 7, 2013. Persons planning to take an Amateur Radio license exam should pre-register at least two weeks before the scheduled exam date. Send email to kh6h@arrl.net or call Mel, KH6H, at 250-4591 and leave voice mail, including your email address. If no one pre-registers, the exam session will be cancelled. Maui VE (volunteer examiner) sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui County Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center, 200 S. High Street in Wailuku. Exam dates and location are subject to change. Pre-registered candidates will be notified of changes in the exam date or location. Before the exam, you will receive a confirmation email with more information, including directions to the exam site. The 2013 ARRL/VEC exam fee is $15. Bring a check or cash.

The Big Island ARC: They meet at 2PM on the 2nd Saturday Monthly at 2 PM at the Keaau Community Center. Their next meeting is August 10th. Their Field Day was at the Wailoa Visitors Center as in several past years.

Milt Nodacker, AH6I, is now the lead examiner and instructor for BIARC. A class is now underway that started June 13th for 2 hours on Thursdays which end July 18th. Another set of Technician classes’ starts Thursday September 5 at 6:30 PM for two hours each for 6 weeks at the Orchidland LDS meeting hall. All Thursday classes are at The Office of aging at 1055 Kinoole Street at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and all Saturday classes are at the LDS Church at 1373 Kilauea Avenue at 8:30 AM going until 2:30 PM.

There were three techs one Gen and one extra that passed at the July 20th exam. Another testing session is scheduled for Thursday July 25th at the office of aging at 6:30 PM. Contact Milt Nodacker, AH6I, at 965-6471 for more information or write nodacker@gmail.com

Ted NH6YK who has been teaching at the Kau High School for a number of years has signed a contract to spend two years teaching in South Korea. He will be leaving Volcano the end of July.

The Hilo ARC: They meet daily 6:30-8:30 AM at Jack in the Box Hilo. This club is actually the oldest on the Island of Hawaii however there was a break in existence of several years until former Section Manager Dean Manley, KH6B and several others reactivated it. They also sponsor the Council of Radio Club which meets once monthly at various restaurants in East Hawaii for breakfast.

The Hawaii QRP club: They also meet daily with a listed time of 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM at “Jack In the Box” however the time varies depending on who comes. It is very informal.

The Hawaii DX Association has become less active with the loss of several key members. These two websites are still active however the tripod site has an excess of advertisement and is almost unusable. They both contain good information.

The Marianas ARC: They meet on for first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Their next meeting is August 6, 2013. Beware of the dateline when figuring time and date as they are one day ahead of Hawaii. The meeting is at the KSTO radio studio on Nimitz Hill. There is plenty of parking behind the building on the lower level. Entry to the meeting room is from the south side of the building. There is also another website with some Guam information however it is also sadly out of date. MARIANA ISLANDS DX ASSOCIATION NH2DX The website www.guamham.com does not work.

Your SM last visited the South Point ARC or “SPARC” near South Point on Dec 2. They meet on the first Sunday at Noon at Manuka State park. Their next meeting will be August 4, 2013. They are not affiliated with ARRL.

There has been no news from American Samoa in the last several months.

Hawaii’s Official Amateur Radio Repeater Coordination Site is: http://www.hawaiirepeaters.net/.

Coming events:

  • Fri August 23, 2013 Hawaii QSO Party
  • Sat August 31, 2013 Puna Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Fair
  • Sat September 14, 2013 EARC Hamfest
  • Sat October 5, 2013 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test
  • Sat October 5, 2013 Big Island International Hamfest in Waimea (Kamuela)
  • Fri October 25, 2013+ CQ World Wide Contest – Phone
  • Sat November 2, 2013+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest – CW
  • Sat November 16, 2013+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest – Phone
  • Fri November 23, 2013+ CQ World Wide Contest – CW
  • Fri December 6, 2013+ SKYWARN Recognition Day
  • Sun December 8, 2013 Communications for Honolulu Marathon. Email Greg NH6ZS for more details.
  • Fri December 13, 2013 ARRL 10 Meter Contest

Ron Hashiro’s webpage always has a good collection of news of local happenings.

The Civil Defense Amateur Radio Club’s mission is to provide ARRL Volunteer Examiner testing services for amateur radio operators and test takers residing on the island of Oahu. The goal is to continually build up the pool of available emergency communicators available during times of emergency. Testing is usually on the third Wednesday at 6:30 PM however contact Ray Moody, AH6LT moody .at. hawaii.edu or phone 941-9239. Advance registration is required to pass building security. Exams are:

  • August 21, 2013, 6:30 pm, American Red Cross HQ on Diamond Head Road
  • November 20, 2013, 6:30 pm, American Red Cross HQ on Diamond Head Road

Be sure to ask Ray for complete instructions and what you will need.

Cal-Pac RC members Jim, K6MIO, Dean, KH6B and Fred, KH7Y, put the KH6HME memorial station on the air from Mauna Loa 8,200 foot level during Field Day. They made about 100 contacts. It was mostly on 15 meters but they did make some QSO’s on 6 meters, 2 meters, 432 MHz and 1296 MHz. See the picture in the photo section of the Pacific Section web page.

Check the ARRL webpage for news about the Wake Island DXpedition. At this point no news has been sent to the SM so we are clueless about progress.

Jun 29

ARRL Pacific Section Report for June 2013

Bob-Schneider (AH6J) | Photo Courtesy ARRLThe following is the ARRL Pacific Section Manager report for June 2013 by Bob Schneider (AH6J).

The Pacific Section webpage now contains this SM report. Each affiliated club should fill in an activities report to ARRL at least once every year. Inactive clubs need only send in an activities report to be current. Your SM is always looking for news so be sure to update him. At the bottom of the Pacific Section webpage is a picture gallery with a lot of new pictures.

Your SM visited the Emergency ARC and Koolau ARC Field day sites on Oahu. See the media part of the Pacific Section Webpage for pictures. EARC had their FD at Bellows AFB beach and KARC had theirs at Kuuloa Beach Park (AKA Chinaman’s Hat). Thanks to Big Island ARC, Maui ARC, Kauai ARC and Cal-Pac RC for sending pictures from their Field Day.

Volcano area Hams will be putting on a demonstration in conjunction with the July 4th parade in Volcano Village starting around 8AM or so. It will be like a mini-Field Day with several working rigs. The main purpose is to raise public awareness of possible hazards on the Island of Hawaii. Parking will be very tight and traffic restricted due to the parade so try to come early. Contact KH6I or KH7BR for details.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: For those of you in the Keaau area on August 31, there will be a Puna Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair. It will be held at Keaau High School from 9AM to 3PM. There will be many exhibits by various organizations. The main goal is to teach things that can be done in case we have emergency, especially widespread events such as a large earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, hurricane or whatever (?). We expect to have more information in the next SM newsletter. There will be exhibits, presentations, games, prizes, food etc. We will need a lot of help.

Kona Amateur Radio Society: KARS meets on the third Sunday, which will be July21, from 2PM to 5PM at Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA. The food theme is American in celebration of July 4th.

BIG NEWS! This year KARS (Kona Amateur Radio Society) will be Hosting the next Big Island International Hamfest in Waimea (aka Kamuela on Hawaii Island), on October 5th. 2013. They will be forming a planning/working group from club members to organize the event; parking, vendor placement, set up, testing, refreshments etc. Kohala – Hamakua Radio Club (Waimea) will be joining them on this project. Of course, they will also be getting some help from BIARC and SPARC (Hilo and Kau) as well as other groups on Hawaii Island. The venue is the Waimea recreation center, which is the same location as in several past Swap Meets. The tentative schedule will be as follows:

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hawaiian Style Café (come early as they tend to be crowded)
  • 9:00 am Vendor setup
  • 10:00 am doors open
  • 12:00 pm guest speakers, forum, presentations (we need your input)
  • 1:00 pm license testing
  • 2:00 pm wrap up clean up

There is always a good turnout from both sides of the island for this as well from off Island. There is always a lot of great used ham radio gear, meeting old friends and meeting new ones. Contact Stuart, KH7DX 808-896-1290 or kh7dx@arrl.net or via this group with your offer of assistance for this, all ways fun project. More updates as they come in, and thanks for supporting HAM Radio in these Hawaiian Islands. This comes from Stuart, KH7DX.

The other news is that Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) School Radio Club ARRL affiliation has been approved by the ARRL board of directors and the certificate has been mailed to the club. We would like to do a formal presentation however HPA is now on summer break.

The Kauai ARC: Their last study session and exam was Saturday May 11, 2013 in which they got two new Technicians and two Generals. The next exam is in August. Congratulations to all. Don’t forget the Saturday breakfast at The Feral Pig (formerly The Tiki Room and Main Street Diner) located in Harbor Mall at Nawiliwili. Folks begin arriving around 0730. Remember to get your parking ticket validated (while the attendant is hardly ever there for Saturday breakfast, it’s a good idea to validate just in case).

The next meeting of Kauai ARC is Monday, July 1, 2013, 7:00 PM, is the Kauai ARC Monthly Meeting at KIUC Main Office, 4463 Pahee Street in Lihue.

On Monday, July 15, 2013, there will be a special meeting on Emergency Communications from 5:30 PM-7:00 PM (Promptly) Lihue Civic Center, Planning Rm 2A/B. This meeting is focused primarily to ARRL Emergency Coordinators (EC); however anyone with an interest in emergency communication is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Bob Anderson at KH6AS@att.net or Tad Miura at ZSSQ@hotmail.com.

The Emergency ARC: Their meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday at 7 pm (except June & Dec) at the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 46, 891 Valkenburgh St. Honolulu. Their next meeting is July 16st. The great news is Field Day was at Bellows on June 21, 22 & 23 this year. Mahalo to Trent, N2OBM, for his diligent in getting the site.
Next meeting is: July 16, 2013 at 7 pm. A BIG MAHALO to Greenpath Technologies a local solar company who provided power for EARC field day operations, it was a resounding and amazing success.

The Honolulu ARC: Thanks to Jim, WH6GS for the updated information on the HARC website. Jim also said that a good website for Hawaii Amateur Radio information in general is: http://ham.aditl.com. HARC meets on the 3rd Saturday at 9:00 am on odd months only (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov). They meet at Sizzlers (GoCo) in Aiea. Their next meeting will be July 20. The Sizzler has been sold and the new name is GoCo but the staff and menu are the same.

The Koolau ARC: They meet on the second Saturday at 9:30 AM. At Ho’omaluhia Park in Kaneohe. The next meeting is Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 9:30AM at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden in Park in Kaneohe.

NEW REPEATER: Kimo, KH7U, and Clem, KH7HO, announced the installation of a new repeater at Puu Papaa (makai end of Oneawa Hills) in Kailua. Freq. is 147.0+ MHz with 103.5 Hz PL tone. It is hoped that this repeater will give Windward coverage from Makapuu to Laie, and possibly Kahuku. Eventually this repeater will be linked with others, so upon accessing please give it a second or two to link. (This is good advice for any linked system. SM note)

HAWAII QSO PARTY: Joe, AH0A, said that the latest version of HI QSO Rules is on line. In addition to the N1MM logging program, two new ones are being adopted: SD and Genlog. The contest website is http://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/ . He also noted that financial support of HI QSO Party is needed and being solicited from any interested individuals or Clubs.

  1. The contest 48 hour operating period will be from 04:00 UTC Aug 24 to 04:00 UTC Aug 26, 2013.
  2. Single operator categories are restricted to a maximum of 18 operating hours during the contest period.
  3. Stations may be worked only on the 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160 meter bands.
  4. Each station may be worked in 4 modes on one band – SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK.
  5. Multi-op station operators may also operate from their home station.
  6. Use of spotting websites is permitted and encouraged. Click here for recommendations.
  7. Operation must conform to FCC and station home country regulations.
  8. Logs should be submitted by September 30, 2013.

The Waikiki ARC: That site contains a lot of information. Their last report was May 21, 2013 so it very current. They meet every Tue at 7AM for breakfast at the Sizzlers (GoCo) in Aiea. Thanks to William N. Kendall KH6OO for the latest information.

The Pacific Radio Amateur Transmitting Society has only the ARRL club listing website however that website says their regular website is under construction. Their last report was Sept 15, 2008 so they are overdue for a report to ARRL HQ. Contact KH6BZF for more information about the club.

The Maui ARC: Thank you for the regular updates and especially the Field Day update and picture. See it at the bottom of the Pacific Section webpage in the picture section. Their regular meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month which will be July 10 at 7PM in the basement of the CD EOC in the Maui County building also known as 200 South High St. (Except December).

The Maui RACES repeater on 147.02+ MHz requires a sub-audible tone of 103.5 Hz for access. The 146.94- MHz repeater requires a 110.9 Hz tone. There is a repeater map on the MARC website. This is a good source of repeater information for Maui County.

The Maui Amateur Radio License Examination Schedule for this year is Saturday, August 3, 2013 – Saturday, December 7, 2013. Persons planning to take an Amateur Radio license exam should pre-register at least two weeks before the scheduled exam date. Send email to kh6h@arrl.net or call Mel, KH6H, at 250-4591 and leave voice mail, including your email address. If no one pre-registers, the exam session will be cancelled. Maui VE (volunteer examiner) sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui County Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center, 200 S. High Street in Wailuku. Exam dates and location are subject to change. Pre-registered candidates will be notified of changes in the exam date or location. Before the exam, you will receive a confirmation email with more information, including directions to the exam site. The 2013 ARRL/VEC exam fee is $15. Bring a check or cash.

The Big Island ARC: They meet at 2PM on the 2nd Saturday Monthly at 2 PM at the Keaau Community Center. Their next meeting is July 13th. Their Field Day was at the Wailoa Visitors Center as in several past years.

Milt Nodacker, AH6I, is now the lead examiner and instructor for BIARC. A class is now underway that started June 13th for 2 hours on Thursdays which end July 18th. The next Technician Classes will be Saturday July 13 and July 20 for 6 hours each starting at 8:30 AM and ending about 2:30 PM.

Another set of Technician classes’ start Thursday September 5 at 6:30 PM for two hours each for 6 weeks at the Orchidland LDS meeting hall. All Thursday classes are at The Office of aging at 1055 Kinoole Street at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and all Saturday classes are at the LDS Church at 1373 Kilauea Avenue at 8:30 AM going until 2:30 PM.

Exams for all classes of licenses will be held Saturday July 20th at 3:30 PM at the LDS Church on Kilauea Ave. Another testing session is scheduled for Thursday July 25th at the office of aging at 6:30 PM. Contact Milt Nodacker, AH6I, at 965-6471 for more information or write nodacker@gmail.com

Ted NH6YK who has been teaching at the Kau High School for a number of years has signed a contract to spend two years teaching in South Korea. From the sounds of it he will be leaving Volcano the end of July, but he will return…

President Barbara, NH7FY, reported on the condition of Rob Van Geen, NH6V. He had been recovering at Queen’s Medical Center after an accident but is now recuperating at his mother’s house.

At the April meeting of BIARC there were two main presentations of awards: On behalf of the ARRL, SM Bob Schneider, AH6J, presented the first. This one went to Richard Darling for achieving an impressive milestone: his first 60 years as an amateur radio operator. The ARRL sent Richard a certificate acknowledging his six decades as a ham, a letter of congratulations and the official ARRL 60-year pin. “It’s been the best 60 years of my life,” said Richard, holding his award.

The second award was the day’s main event, which was presented to John Bush by Bob, along with a County Council letter and personal congratulations conveyed via Bob Schneider from Mayor Billy Kenoi. The Humanitarian of the Year is a big deal inside and outside the world of ham radio. There is only one such award given each year, and the ARRL Board of Directors voted unanimously to give it to John Bush. Volcano Rotarian Charlene Meyers along with Rotary International Hawaii District Governor Chet Dal Santo were also at the presentation to applaud him. Chet Dal Santo said he was especially proud to be present at the presentation. Later in the meeting Bill Hanson presented John with a letter of congratulations from the head of County Civil Defense Darryl Oliveira. He congratulated Bush on winning the humanitarian award, and praised him for his work in helping to “bridge critical communications gaps.”

The Kohala Hamakua RC (KHRC): Their next meeting will be Sunday July 14, 2013 at 2pm at the gym conference room, (enter in rear of gym building), Hisaoka Gym, King Kam Park, Kapa’au.

Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ, DEC for North Hawaii, has been sending out periodic reports on the North Hawaii repeater project and other happenings in his area. Eric lives in Waikoloa and the repeater will be located on the northwestern slope of Mauna Kea at a Parker Ranch Pump site. The frequency 147.84/24 has been coordinated but is not published since the repeater is not yet in operation. In his report Eric details the hardware he already has and what he needs. For those of you unfamiliar with how to put up a repeater, this planning, permission and general paperwork part of the process can be harder than actually putting up the machine. He is still short about $500 to complete the project.

Members of the North Hawaii ARES team provided communications support for the bike race segment of the Ironman Honu 70.3 mile event in the “cell phone dead zone” along the sparsely populated six mile stretch of Akoni Pule highway in the North Kohala district. AEC Marc, WH7CA, was the event coordinator and AEC Steve, WH7TW, was the NCS. Other team members included EC Dale, KH7LZ (motorcycle mobile), AEC Eddie, WH7DG, Michael, WH7WW, and Dorothy, KE6QCL. There were no major mishaps this year, just a few minor problems for which technical and medical assistance was called for. In summary the entire operation went very smoothly. Tnx to Eric KH6CQ

The Hilo ARC: They meet daily 6:30-8:30 AM at Jack in the Box Hilo. This club is actually the oldest on the Island of Hawaii however there was a break in existence of several years until former Section Manager Dean Manley, KH6B and several others reactivated it. They also sponsor the Council of Radio Club which meets once monthly at various restaurants in East Hawaii for breakfast.

The Hawaii QRP club: They also meet daily with a listed time of 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM at “Jack In the Box” however the time varies depending on who comes. It is very informal.

The Hawaii DX Association has become less active with the loss of several key members. These two websites are still active however the tripod site has an excess of advertisement and is almost unusable. They both contain good information.

The Marianas ARC: They meet on for first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Their next meeting is July 2, 2013. Beware of the dateline when figuring time and date as they are one day ahead of Hawaii. The meeting is at the KSTO radio studio on Nimitz Hill. There is plenty of parking behind the building on the lower level. Entry to the meeting room is from the south side of the building. There is also another website with some Guam information however it is also sadly out of date. MARIANA ISLANDS DX ASSOCIATION NH2DX The website www.guamham.com does not work.

Your SM last visited the South Point ARC or “SPARC” near South Point on Dec 2. They meet on the first Sunday at Noon at Manuka State park. Their next meeting will be July 7, 2013. They are not affiliated with ARRL.

There has been no news from American Samoa in the last several months.

Hawaii’s Official Amateur Radio Repeater Coordination Site is: http://www.hawaiirepeaters.net/

Reminder of coming events:

  • Thur July 4, 2014 Volcano Independence Day parade and Ham Radio Display.
  • Fri August 23, 2013 Hawaii QSO Party
  • Sat August 31, 2013 Puna Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Fair
  • Sat October 5, 2013 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test
  • Sat October 5, 2013 Big Island International Hamfest in Waimea (Kamuela)
  • Fri October 25, 2013+ CQ World Wide Contest – Phone
  • Sat November 2, 2013+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest – CW
  • Sat November 16, 2013+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest – Phone
  • Fri November 23, 2013+ CQ World Wide Contest – CW
  • Fri December 6, 2013+ SKYWARN Recognition Day
  • Sun December 8, 2013 Communications for Honolulu Marathon. Email Greg NH6ZS for more details.
  • Fri December 13, 2013 ARRL 10 Meter Contest

Ron Hashiro’s webpage always has a good collection of news of local happenings. Look especially at the 2013 events.

The Bill 980, Hawaii State Cellular telephone law was signed by the governor May 20. Go to Ron Hashiro’s webpages to download a copy to keep with you in case you are stopped since all police officers may not be aware of the exemption for Amateur Radio Operators.

The Civil Defense Amateur Radio Club’s mission is to provide ARRL Volunteer Examiner testing services for amateur radio operators and test takers residing on the island of Oahu. The goal is to continually build up the pool of available emergency communicators available during times of emergency. Testing is usually on the third Wednesday at 6:30 PM however contact Ray Moody, AH6LT moody .at. hawaii.edu or phone 941-9239. Advance registration is required to pass building security. Exams are:

  • August 21, 2013, 6:30 pm, American Red Cross HQ on Diamond Head Road
  • November 20, 2013, 6:30 pm, American Red Cross HQ on Diamond Head Road

Be sure to ask Ray for complete instructions and what you will need.

Cal-Pac RC members Jim, K6MIO, and Fred, KH7Y, put the KH6HME memorial station on the air from Mauna Loa 8,200 foot level. They made about 100 contacts. It was mostly on 15 meters but they did make some QSO’s on 6 meters, 2 meters, 432 MHz and 1296 MHz. See the picture in the photo section of the Pacific Section web page.

Jun 21

Field Day 2013 Underway

Ham Radio Field Day

The annual, international ham radio “Field Day” is now underway. Promoted by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), it brings together “more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.”

On O’ahu, the Emergency Amateur Radio Club is staging its field day events at a Bellows Air Force Base camp site. Setup began this afternoon, and the hams will be making long-distance contacts, tinkering with gear, and talking story through Sunday morning.

Whether you’re an active ham or not, and especially if you’re interested in getting into ham radio operation, Field Day is a great opportunity to learn more and connect with the local ham community.

This year, the EARC operation will be a green one, with on-site solar power provided by Greenpath Technologies. Greenpath connected with the local ham community at the Hawaii Geek Meet in April.

Meanwhile, the Koolau Amateur Radio Club will be out at Kualoa Park. Here’s Hank Kaul (KH6HAK) on KITV4 talking about Field Day:

For more details on the EARC campsite, check out this page on the EARC website.

Last year’s EARC Field Day was staged at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. Check out the photos here, and the video below, to get a sense of what it’s like!

Jun 05

ARRL Pacific Section Report for May 2013

Bob-Schneider (AH6J) | Photo Courtesy ARRLThe following is the ARRL Pacific Section Manager report for May 2013 by Bob Schneider (AH6J).

The big news is that Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) School Radio Club ARRL affiliation has been approved by the ARRL board of directors and the certificate has been mailed to the club. We would like to do a formal presentation however HPA is now on summer break.

Field day is June 22 this year. Information is available including maps to FD sites on the ARRL website. Several sites now appear under Hawaii State. Your SM will be on Oahu for FD.

This year The Kona Amateur Radio Society will be Hosting the next international Ham Swap Meet in Waimea (aka Kamuela on Hawaii Island), on October 5th. 2013. They will be forming a group from club members to organize the event; parking, vendor placement, set up, testing, refreshments etc. Kohala – Hamakua Radio Club (Waimea) will be joining them on this project. Of course, they will also be getting some help from BIARC and SPARC (Hilo and Kau) as well as other groups on Hawaii Island. The venue is the Waimea recreation center, which is the same location as in several past Swap Meets.

The tentative schedule will be as follows:

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hawaiian Style Café (come early as they tend to be crowded)
  • 9:00 am Vendor setup
  • 10:00 am doors open
  • 12:00 pm guest speakers, forum, presentations (we need your input)
  • 1:00 pm license testing
  • 2:00 pm wrap up clean up

There is always a good turnout from both sides of the island for this as well from off Island. There is always a lot of great used ham radio gear, meeting old friends and meeting new ones. Contact Stuart, KH7DX 808-896-1290 or kh7dx@arrl.net or via this group with your offer of assistance for this always fun project. More updates as they come in, and thanks for supporting HAM Radio in these Hawaiian Islands.

The Pacific Section webpage is here. It now contains this SM report. Each affiliated club should fill in an activities report to ARRL at least once every year. Inactive clubs need only send in an activities report to be current. For more information go to www.arrl.org/club-update. Your SM is always looking for news to be sure to update him.

Kauai ARC

Their last study session and exam was Saturday May 11, 2013 in which they got two new Technicians and two Generals. Congratulations to all. Don’t forget the Saturday breakfast at The Feral Pig (formerly The Tiki Room and Main Street Diner) located in Harbor Mall at Nawiliwili. Folks begin arriving around 0730. Remember to get your parking ticket validated (while the attendant is hardly ever there for Saturday breakfast, it’s a good idea to validate just in case). Monday, June 3, 2013, 7:00 PM, is the Kauai ARC Monthly Meeting at KIUC Main Office, 4463 Pahee Street in Lihue.

Emergency ARC

Their meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday at 7 pm (except June & Dec) at the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 46, 891 Valkenburgh St. Honolulu. Their next meeting is July 16th. The great news is Field Day will be at Bellows on June 21, 22 & 23 this year. Mahalo to Trent, N2OBM, for his diligent in getting the site. There is no meeting in June. Operations at Field Day start at 8:00 am on Saturday and last to Sunday June 23 08:00 am. Set up on Friday June 21 starting at 1:00 p.m. Open to the public from 8:00 am to 6 pm Saturday.

Honolulu ARC (HARC)

Thanks to Jim, WH6GS for the updated information on the website. Jim also said that a good website for Hawaii Amateur Radio information in general is ham.aditl.com. HARC meets on the 3rd Saturday at 9:00 am on odd months only (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov). They meet at Sizzlers in Aiea. Their next meeting will be July 20.

Koolau ARC

They meet on the second Saturday at 9:30 AM. At Ho’omaluhia Park in Kaneohe. The next meeting is Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 9:30AM at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden in Park in Kaneohe.

NEW REPEATER:

Kimo, KH7U, and Clem, KH7HO, announced the installation of a new repeater at Puu Papaa (makai end of Oneawa Hills) in Kailua. Freq. is 147.0+ MHz with 103.5 Hz PL tone. It is hoped that this repeater will give Windward coverage from Makapuu to Laie, and possibly Kahuku. Eventually this repeater will be linked with others, so upon accessing please give it a second or two to link. (This is good advice for any linked system. SM note)

HAWAII QSO PARTY:

Joe, AH0A, said that the latest version of HI QSO Rules is on line. In addition to the N1MM logging program, two new ones are being adopted: SD and Genlog. The contest website is www.hawaiiqsoparty.org. He also noted that financial support of HI QSO Party is needed and being solicited from any interested individuals or Clubs.

  1. The contest 48 hour operating period will be from 04:00 UTC Aug 24 to 04:00 UTC Aug 26, 2013.
  2. Single operator categories are restricted to a maximum of 18 operating hours during the contest period.
  3. Stations may be worked only on the 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160 meter bands.
  4. Each station may be worked in 4 modes on one band – SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK.
  5. Multi-op station operators may also operate from their home station.
  6. Use of spotting websites is permitted and encouraged. Click here for recommendations.
  7. Operation must conform to FCC and station home country regulations.
  8. Logs should be submitted by September 30, 2013.

Waikiki ARC

Seems to have only the ARRL club listing website. That site contains a lot of information. Their last report was Mar 27. They meet every Tue at 7AM for breakfast at the Sizzlers in Aiea.

The Pacific Radio Amateur Transmitting Society has only the ARRL club listing website, however that website says their regular website is under construction. Their last report was Sept 15, 2008 so they are overdue for a report to ARRL HQ. Contact KH6BZF for more information about the club.

Maui ARC

Their regular meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month at 7PM in the basement of the CD EOC in the Maui County building also known as 200 South High St. (Except December). The Maui RACES repeater on 147.02+ MHz requires a sub-audible tone of 103.5 Hz for access. The 146.94- MHz repeater requires a 110.9 Hz tone. There is a repeater map on the MARC website. This is a good source of repeater information for Maui County.

The Maui Amateur Radio License Examination Schedule for this year is Saturday, August 3, 2013 – Saturday, December 7, 2013. Persons planning to take an Amateur Radio license exam should pre-register at least two weeks before the scheduled exam date. Send email to kh6h@arrl.net or call Mel, KH6H, at 250-4591 and leave voice mail, including your email address. If no one pre-registers, the exam session will be cancelled. Maui VE (volunteer examiner) sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui County Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center, 200 S. High Street in Wailuku. Exam dates and location are subject to change. Pre-registered candidates will be notified of changes in the exam date or location. Before the exam, you will receive a confirmation email with more information, including directions to the exam site. The 2013 ARRL/VEC exam fee is $15. Bring a check or cash.

Big Island ARC

They meet at 2PM on the 2nd Saturday Monthly at 2 PM at the Keaau Community Center. Their next meeting is June 8th. They will talk about Field Day. Their Field Day will be at the Wailoa Visitors Center as in several past years on June 22 and 23. Milt Nodacker, AH6I, is now the lead examiner for BIARC. The next exam will be at the BIARC Field Day on June 22.

There will be two Technician classes beginning June13 and another on July 13 in different formats. The June 13 classes last six weeks for two hours each on Thursday night at 6:30 pm. The July 13 and July 20 sessions will be six hours each beginning at 8:30 am. The examination for both is on Thursday, 25 July at 6:30 pm. Classes and test will be at the LDS meetinghouse, 1373 Kilauea Ave in Hilo. Contact Milt Nodacker, AH6I, at 965-6471 for more information or write nodacker@gmail.com

Kona Amateur Radio Society

KARS meets on the third Sunday, which will be June 16th, from 2PM to 5PM at Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA. The potluck food theme is Mexican in celebration of Saint John the Baptist Day.

The Kohala Hamakua RC (KHRC)

Their next meeting will be Wednesday June 12, 2013 at 7pm at the Hawai`i Preparatory Academy (HPA), Energy Lab, in Waimea. Adjacent parking is available. The street address is 65-1692 Kohala Mountain Rd (Hwy 250). It is a little difficult to find if you have not been there before.

Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ, DEC for North Hawaii, has been sending out periodic reports on the North Hawaii repeater project and other happenings in his area. Eric lives in Waikoloa and the repeater will be located on the northwestern slope of Mauna Kea at a Parker Ranch Pump site. The frequency 147.84/24 has been coordinated but is not published since the repeater is not yet in operation. In his report Eric details the hardware he already has and what he needs. For those of you unfamiliar with how to put up a repeater, this planning, permission and general paperwork part of the process can be harder than actually putting up the machine.

Hilo ARC

They meet daily 6:30-8:30 AM at Jack in the Box Hilo. This club is actually the oldest on the Island of Hawaii however there was a break in existence of several years until former Section Manager Dean Manley, KH6B and several others reactivated it. They also sponsor the Council of Radio Club which meets once monthly at various restaurants in East Hawaii for breakfast. It will be at Lava Rock Café in Volcano this Saturday June 1 at 8AM.

Hawaii QRP Club

They also meet daily with a listed time of 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM at “Jack In the Box” however the time varies depending on who comes. It is very informal.

The Hawaii DX Association has become less active with the loss of several key members. These two websites are still active however the tripod site has an excess of advertisement and is almost unusable. They both contain good information:

http://hiqrpclub.homestead.com

http://hawaii.dx.tripod.com/

Marianas ARC

The website is out of date. They meet on for first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Their next meeting is June 4, 2013. Beware of the dateline when figuring time and date as they are one day ahead of Hawaii. The meeting is at the KSTO radio studio on Nimitz Hill. There is plenty of parking behind the building on the lower level. Entry to the meeting room is from the south side of the building. There is also another website with some Guam information however it is also sadly out of date.

Mariana Islands DX Association (NH2DX)

The website www.guamham.com does not work.

Your SM last visited the South Point ARC or “SPARC” near South Point on Dec 2. They meet on the first Sunday at Noon at Manuka State park. Their next meeting will be June 2, 2013. They are not affiliated with ARRL.

There has been no news from American Samoa in the last several months.

Hawaii’s Official Amateur Radio Repeater Coordination Site is www.hawaiirepeaters.net.

Coming events:

  • Sat June 1, 2013 Makani Pahili – Annual Hurricane Exercise
  • Sat June 1, 2013 Museum Ships Weekend (See USS Missouri)
  • Sat June 8, 2013 ARRL June VHF Contest
  • Sat June 22, 2013 ARRL Field Day
  • Fri August 23, 2013 Hawaii QSO Party
  • Sat August 31, 2013 Puna Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Fair
  • Sat October 5, 2013 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test
  • Sat October 5, 2013 Big Island International Hamfest in Waimea (Kamuela)

The annual hurricane exercise Makani Pahili starts on June 1 in conjunction with the Central Pacific hurricane season. Amateur radio nets are set for Saturday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 5. Other events are an FLDIGI MT63-2K practice net on Thursday, May 23 and a SKYWARN net on Sunday, June 2. Details are available at the Makani Pahili 2013 web page:

http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/emcomm/makani-pahili-13.html

Other upcoming events can be found at:

http://www.qsl.net/a/ah6rh/am-radio/in-hawaii.html

There are at least two conflicts with this coming June1 Makani-Pahili hurricane exercise. The Museum Ships weekend operating event is going on and Health com nets will also be operating that same day. This is actually very good since in a real emergency, conflicting demands are to be expected. What is your priority? There is no correct answer and there are probably other demands on everyone. For example your SM will be in an all-day class and unable to operate any of the on the air events. A Ham is balanced. Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

Battleship Missouri Amateur Radio Club will be operating during the Museum Ships next weekend, May 31, June 1 &2, 2013, according to the following schedule. (Of course they may also participate briefly in the Makani-Pahili exercise.)

  • Friday 2-6 PM: Ray AH6TY, Ned KH7JJ, Pete KH6GRT
  • Friday 6 PM – ??: Jim WH6Q, Tom KH6AAA, Ned KH7JJ, Mike N6GOZ
  • Saturday early – noon: Jim WH6Q, Tom KH6AAA, Bill KH6OO (probably start later), Pete KH6GRT
  • Saturday noon – 6 PM: Susan W7KFI, Jim WH6Q? (start later), Tom KH6AAA?, Pete KH6GRT (leaving early), Bill KH6OO (leaving early?), Ned KH7JJ
  • Saturday 6 PM – ??: Jim WH6Q?, Tom KH6AAA?, Ned KH7JJ, Mike N6GOZ
  • Sunday early – 2 PM: Pete KH6GRT, Ned KH7JJ

Above plan is not yet totally confirmed by all participants, and we always have drop-ins. So come if you want, anytime you want. ADVANCE NOTICE IS USEFUL but not totally required – extra bodies are always welcome. If the bands are dead we can always use relays of operators calling CQ, and if the bands are hot we’ll use loggers and take short turns operating because it can be exhausting dealing with the pileups. REMEMBER there are military gates to go through so if you don’t have military ID, arrangements must be made. This edited notice was sent out by Ned, KH7JJ. Email to ekc@forth.com

For those of you in the Keaau area on August 31, there will be a Puna Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair. It will be held at Keaau High School from 9AM to 3PM. There will be many exhibits by various organizations. The main goal is to teach things that can be done in case we have emergency, especially widespread events such as a large earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, hurricane or whatever (?). We expect to have more information in the next SM newsletter. There will be exhibits, presentations, games, prizes, food etc.

Ron Hashiro’s webpage always has a good collection of news of local happenings. Look especially at the 2013 events.

The Bill 980, Hawaii State Cellular telephone law was signed by the governor May 20. Go to Ron Hashiro’s webpages to download a copy to keep with you in case you are stopped since all police officers may not be aware of the exemption for Amateur Radio Operators.

May 28

Makani Pahili 2013

Operation Makani PahiliThis weekend brings Makani Pahili 2013, a weeklong scenario-driven hurricane preparation exercise coordinated by State Civil Defense and the Hawaii National Guard. Amateur radio operators are invited to participate, with nets scheduled for Saturday, June 1, and Wednesday, June 5.

For more information, visit the Makani Pahili 2013 page set up by Ron Hashiro (AH6RH).

“The Makani Pahili 2013 hurricane exercise is a major preparation for next year’s Makani Pahili 2014 exercise,” Hashiro notes. “Next year’s exercise will be a major and more extensive exercise because all four counties need to exercise their respective castastrophic plans.”

Last year, Makani Pahili (Hawaiian for “Strong Winds”) simulated a Category 4 hurricane with winds exceeding 135 miles per hour and a storm surge of 15 feet sweeping through the Hawaiian Islands. More than 150 National guardsmen from Hawaii, California, and Nevada worked with agencies such as the Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Police Department and FEMA. Key exercise objectives are to test disaster preparedness plans, procedures, and communications systems.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Lee Tucker, courtesy 154th Wing Public Affairs.

 

May 07

HamRadioNow Visits Hawaii

From HamRadioNow:

Since the early 80′s, Paul Leib KH6HME has been operating a beacon system from the 8200-foot level of the 14000-foot Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Every summer, band openings occur across 2500 miles of Pacific Ocean to the west coast of North America, and the beacons – at just the right altitude to enter the natural duct – tip off hams to this remarkable phenomenon. Then Paul would rush… make that crawl… up a rutted mountain road to make two-way contacts on bands from two meters through 10 GHz (well, they’re still trying on 10 GHz).

Paul passed away last summer, but the beacon lives on, supported by a new club, the California Pacific Amateur Radio Club. One of the club founders, Fred Honnold KH7Y, gave us an extensive tour of the beacon, and we talked about Ham Radio in Hawaii in general.

May 07

ARRL Pacific Section Report for April 2013

Bob-Schneider (AH6J) | Photo Courtesy ARRLThe following is the ARRL Pacific Section Manager report for April 2013 by Bob Schneider (AH6J).

As was reported Last Month in the Pacific Section website preamble, we are sad to report that James Todd, KC7OKZ, age 76, passed away March 27. He was a retired Baptist pastor. He is survived by his wife Carol Todd, KC7TSX. There was a Celebration of life April 6. This SK report was not in the SM monthly letter that was sent out earlier in the month of April.

April 18 was World Amateur Radio Day and marked the 88th anniversary of the IARU.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Radio Club ARRL affiliation has been approved by the Pacific Section Manager & Pacific Division Director. It is set for action at the next ARRL BOD vote.

Dr. Bill Wiecking, Upper School science teacher and director of the Energy Lab at HPA, and six Upper School students (Luigi Balbo Bertone Di Sambuy, Bo Bleckel, Cat Bradley, Jessica Chow, Tori Massara, and Duncan Michael) did a presentation at the 2013 Macworld/iWorld conference in San Francisco. The January conference featured the students explaining the Emotiv brain wave headset. It is just one of the many advanced projects sponsored by HPA science department.

The ham club meets at the Energy Lab on the HPA campus. It is a very impressive building with its power independent of the power company and computer controls to adjust the building environment. See the “Science Fair” write up under EARC below.

Field day is June 22 this year. Information is available including maps to FD sites. Several sites now appear under Hawaii State.

The Pacific Section webpage is here. It now contains this SM report. Each affiliated club should fill in an activities report to ARRL at least once every year. Inactive clubs need only send in an activities report to be current. For more information go to “Club Update.”

The Kauai ARC website is here. During their last exam KARC had one Extra, 2 Generals and 4 Technicians pass their exam. We don’t normally list individuals by name or call to help cut down spam. Congratulations! Their next study session and exam will be Saturday May 11, 2013.

On April 15th KARC had a special meeting & study session on Emergency Communications. The presenter was Bob Anderson, KH6AS, the Kauai District Emergency Coordinator (DEC). For more information please contact him at KH6AS@att.net or Tad Miura at ZSSQ@hotmail.com.

On April 27 the club helped with the MS walk at Kapaa Beach Park.

They continue having weekly breakfast at The Feral Pig (Formerly: The Tiki Room) at 7:30 AM. Remember to get your parking ticket validated just in case there is a parking attendant.

Their normal monthly meeting will be 7:00 PM on Monday May 6 at the KIUC main Office located at 4463 Pahee St. in Lihue. Go to their website for a map.

The Emergency ARC website is here. Their meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday at 7PM (except June & Dec) at the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 46, 891 Valkenburgh St. Honolulu. Their next meeting is May 21st. Contact G.Lo at wh7bte@yahoo.com and let her know what you are bringing for the potluck. The theme is Pizza. The meeting topic is Field Day preparation. The great news is it will be at Bellows on June 22 & 23 this year. Mahalo to Trent, N2OBM, for his diligent in getting the site.

The annual Hawaii State Science Fair was April 7 to 9, 2013. The winners were:

  • $300 prize: BaoXin Liang and Anna Chen from McKinley High School for their project on Cell Phone RF Leakage. Their presentation on measuring the effects of cell phone RF leakage was well thought out and original out of the box. Congratulations to them all for a job well done.
  • $100 prize: Kaili Delo Santos from Hawaii Preparatory Academy. This 6th grader did an out of the box presentation on using coins to generate power, wow who would have thought you could generate power from a quarter, dime, nickels or penny. Very well put together.
  • $50.00 prize: Sophia Moser from Aikahi Elementary School; another 6th grader who did a project on wind power and the effects on blade design. Very well put together.

The Honolulu ARC (HARC) new website is here. Thanks to Jim, WH6GS for the updated information. Jim also said that a good website for Hawaii Amateur Radio information in general is here. HARC meets on the 3rd Saturday at 9:00 AM on odd months only (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov). They meet at Sizzlers in Aiea. Your SM was at the March meeting. Their next meeting will be May 18.

The Koolau ARC website is here. They meet on the second Saturday at 9:30 AM. At Ho?omaluhia Park in Kaneohe. The next meeting is Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 9:30AM at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden in Park in Kaneohe.

NEW REPEATER: Kimo KH7U and Clem KH7HO announced the installation of a new repeater at Puu Papaa (makai end of Oneawa Hills) in Kailua. Freq. is 147.0+ MHz with 103.5 Hz PL tone. It is hoped that this repeater will give Windward coverage from Makapuu to Laie, and possibly Kahuku. Eventually this repeater will be linked with others, so upon accessing please give it a second or two to link. (This is good advice for any linked system. SM note)

HAWAII QSO PARTY: Joe AH0A said that the latest version of HI QSO Rules is on line. In addition to the NiMM logging program, two new ones are being adopted: SD and Genlog. The contest website is www.hawaiiQSOParty.org. Also noted that financial support of HI QSO Party is needed and being solicited from any interested individuals or Clubs.

The Waikiki ARC seems to have only the ARRL club listing website. That site contains a lot of information. Their last report was Mar 27. They meet every Tue at 7AM for breakfast at the Sizzlers in Aiea.

The Pacific Radio Amateur Transmitting Society has only the ARRL club listing website however that website says their regular website is under construction. Their last report was Sept 15, 2008 so they are overdue for a report to ARRL HQ. Contact KH6BZF for more information about the club.

The Maui ARC website is here. Their regular meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month at 7PM in the basement of the CD EOC in the Maui County building also known as 200 South High St. (Except December).
The Maui RACES repeater on 147.02+ MHz requires a sub-audible tone of 103.5 Hz for access. There is an unconfirmed report that the 146.94- repeater now requires a 100 Hz tone. If that doesn?t work try 110.9 Hz. This is according to the repeater map on the MARC website. This is a good source of repeater information for Maui County.

At the April 2013 Meeting, Bob, N0DQD and Tom, NH6Y have been restoring a Heath SB200 and shared some of their experiences with us. Tom also gave a great talk on how the SB200 Works

The Maui Amateur Radio License Examination Schedule for this year is Saturday, August 3, 2013 and Saturday, December 7, 2013. Persons planning to take an Amateur Radio license exam should pre-register at least two weeks before the scheduled exam date. Send email to kh6h@arrl.net or call Mel, KH6H, at 250-4591 and leave voice mail, including your email address. If no one pre-registers, the exam session will be cancelled. Maui VE (volunteer examiner) sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui County Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center, 200 S. High Street in Wailuku. Exam dates and location are subject to change. Pre-registered candidates will be notified of changes in the exam date or location. Before the exam, you will receive a confirmation email with more information, including directions to the exam site. The 2013 ARRL/VEC exam fee is $15. Bring a check or cash.

The Big Island ARC website is here. They meet at 2PM on the 2nd Saturday Monthly at 2 PM at the Keaau Community Center. Their next meeting is May 11th. President Barbara Darling, NH7FY and her husband Richard, AH7G, are still talking about their extended vacation to the South Pacific and New Zealand. This next meeting will feature John Bush, KH6DLK / V63JB as the speaker on FSM trip.

Milt said a record 16 candidates tested Feb 21 with 14 passing including two who also took and passed the General. The new General class started March 14 with testing on April 25. Of that group three passed their General and one got the Extra. Congratulations to all. Milt, AH6I, is now the lead examiner for BIARC. There will be a Technician classes beginning June13 in Hilo. Contact Milt Nodacker, AH6I, at 965-6471 for more information or write nodacker@gmail.com

Kona Amateur Radio Society webpage is here. KARS meets on the third Sunday, which will be May 19th, from 2PM to 5PM at Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA. The potluck food theme is Thai food in celebration of Buddha Day.

The Kohala Hamakua RC (KHRC) website is here. Their next meeting will be Sunday, May 12 2013 at 2PM at the Conference Room, (Enter in rear of Gym Building), Hisaoka Gym, King Kam Park, Kapa’au.

Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ, DEC for North Hawaii, has been sending out periodic reports on the North Hawaii repeater project and other happenings in his area. Eric lives in Waikoloa and the repeater will be located on the northwestern slope of Mauna Kea at a Parker Ranch Pump site. The frequency 147.84/24 has been coordinated but is not published since the repeater is not yet in operation. In his report Eric details the hardware he already has and what he needs. For those of you unfamiliar with how to put up a repeater, this planning, permission and general paperwork part of the process can be harder than actually putting up the machine.

The Hilo ARC They meet daily 6:30-8:30 AM at Jack in the Box Hilo. This club is actually the oldest on the Island of Hawaii however there was a break in existence of several years until former Section Manager Dean Manley, KH6B and several others reactivated it. They also sponsor the Council of Radio Club which meets once monthly at various restaurants in East Hawaii for breakfast. The next will be at Ihop at the Mall on May 4th. The regular place was going to be the 50?s Restaurant in Laupahoehoe however it has closed.

The Hawaii QRP club also meets daily with a listed time of 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM at Jack In the Box however the time varies depending on who comes. It is very informal.

The Hawaii DX Association has become less active with the loss of several key members. These two websites are still active however the tripod site has an excess of advertisement and is almost unusable. They both contain good information.

The Marianas ARC website is here. However it is out of date. They meet on for first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Their next meeting is May 7, 2013. Beware of the dateline when figuring time and date as they are one day ahead of Hawaii. The meeting is at the KSTO radio studio on Nimitz Hill. There is plenty of parking behind the building on the lower level. Entry to the meeting room is from the south side of the building. There is also another website with some Guam information however it is also sadly out of date.

MARIANA ISLANDS DX ASSOCIATION NH2DX: The website does not work.

Your SM visited the South Point ARC or “SPARC” near South Point on Dec 2. They meet on the first Sunday at Noon at Manuka State park. Their next meeting will be May 5, 2013. They are not affiliated with ARRL.

There has been no news from American Samoa in the last several months.

Ron Hashiro’s webpage always has a good collection of news of local happenings. Look especially at the 2013 events.

Hawaii’s Official Amateur Radio Repeater Coordination Site is HawaiiRepeaters.net.

Coming events:

  • Fri May 24, 2013+ CQ WPX Contest – CW
  • Sat June 1, 2013 Makani Pahili – Annual Hurricane Exercise
  • Sat June 1, 2013+ Museum Ships Weekend (See USS Missouri)
  • Sat June 8, 2013+ ARRL June VHF Contest
  • Sat June 22, 2013+ ARRL Field Day and Hawaii Field Day
  • Fri August 23, 2013+ Hawaii QSO Party
  • Sat October 5, 2013 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test

 

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