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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™

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