The Art of Making a Contact By Radio
While "amateur" means "for love", many amateur radio operators approach the pastime and contributions of amateur radio with as much zeal and passion as their professional interests. It is more than a hobby. It's a world of continual discovery, knowledge, and friendships beyond compare. Lifetime friendships and knowledge that enhance careers, families, your community.
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"Amateur Radio -- Staying connected in times of emergency." - Robin, AH6CP January 18, 2010
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Amateur radio clubs and organizations around Hawaii sponsor or participate in a variety of operating events and meetings. This is a list of key events around the state.
On February 27 and 28, 2015, the Telecomm section of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency will conduct a voluntary test of its emergency backup communications systems as a Winter Communications Exercise.
The purpose of the exercise is to functionally test the availability of the various systems in advance of the annual Makani Pahili exercise scheduled for June 2015. For this exercise some pre-planning will be required – primarily scheduling of participating personnel – but will consist of minimal preparation as the exercise is intended to simulate a "standing-start". The heart of the exercise will be to simply make one-to-three "calls" on each identified piece of equipment to test equipment availability and user familiarity.
The Friday morning portion of the exercise will be primarily for participating State and County agencies. The Saturday morning portion of the exercise will be for RACES elements unable to participate on Friday.
The exercise objectives for Saturday February 28 from 9:00 am to 12 noon are:
- Update the Fldigi Flmsg software in the two computers in the State EOC amateur radio station KH6HPZ.
- Check and operate the State EOC amateur radio equipment
- Practice the sending and receiving of FL messages and the printing of the messages in the State EOC.
- Generate a report of the communications exercise and what needs to be fixed prior to the start of Makani Pahili 2015.
Operations will be on the State RACES linked VHF/UHF repeater system for voice and Fldigi as well as from 7088 kHz LSB for voice and Fldigi. The Fldigi mode will be initially be on MT-63 1KL. Depending on propagation the frequency may be higher or lower than 7088 kHz LSB and other modes and speed may be used.
All stimulated messages will be begin and end with "This is an exercise message."
All messages will be stimulated for situation reports (SITREPs), requests for assistance (RFAs), damage reports, and stimulated weather messages.
Ron Hashiro AH6RH and Jack Tsujimura KH6DQ will be at the State EOC. The neighbor island State RACES members will participate from their home location to simulate the county EOCs and may invite other radio operators from their counties to participate. Oahu ARES members will also participate.
From ARRL News. The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has announced the recipients of several awards and monetary grants. The Foundation named four individuals to receive the Yasme Excellence Award for 2014 as well as eight specific grant recipients. Kimo Chun KH7U was recognized for his contributions to DXpeditions and Dick Flagg AH6NM was recognized for his contributions to the ARISS and SAREX programs and the Radio Jove project. See the ARRL News for more information.
The 2015 SKYWARN radio operators took a tour of the new NOAA Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island as guests of acting NWS Regional Director Ray Tanabe. See the NOAA Inouye Regional Center webpage for highlights.
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