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.
The menu on the left will take you to my regular web pages. The notes below capture recent activities and tell of upcoming events. You can also get news at the ARRL Pacific Section web page.
There's so much to write about amateur radio, and there's just not enough time to make all the web pages that I would like. Enjoy, and feel free to drop me an e-mail if you have any questions. -- Ron, AH6RH
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"Amateur Radio -- Staying connected in times of emergency." - Robin, AH6CP January 18, 2010
"Get knowledgeable and proficient in amateur radio now. There's not enough time to learn during an emergency." - Ron, AH6RH October 24, 2010
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.
SKYWARN, Big Island County and State RACES are scheduled to activate TBD. See the Hurricane Ana webpage.
The annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test is scheduled for Saturday, October 4 from 9:00 am to 12 noon. See the Hawaii SET 14 webpage.
The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet will be Saturday October 18th, 2014 at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off Kawaihae Road in Kameula, Hawaii. There will be a $10 donation per table per seller and a $5 donation per attendee at time of registration.. See the BIARC Swapmeet webpage and the KARS webpage.
- 8:00am Breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe
- 9:00am Vendor setup
- 10:00am Doors open to public ( be sure to get your tickets for the raffle )
- 11:00am Drawing for Major Door Prize
- 12:00pm Swap meet portion closes, setup for VE testing.
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch and cleanup.
- 1:00pm VE testing ( a good time to upgrade your license )
- 2:00pm Event comes to a close.
There will be qsl card checking, raffles, and surprise giveaways thru out the day.
Please note: This is a non commercial event that promotes the trading of equipment and information between hams and the general public and to promote the open exchange of exploring Ham Radio as a hobby. Talk in 146.940 Maui Repeater, 147.32 Waimea repeater and 443.650 ( 100hz tone ) Kona. Contact Steve Milner WH6N 808-938-8437 - PO Box 6573 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for supporting Ham Radio in the Hawaiian Islands
SKYWARN is scheduled to activate TBD. See the Hurricane Karina webpage.
SKYWARN is scheduled to activate TBD. See the Hurricane Julio webpage.
SKYWARN activated from Thursday, August 7 at 12:00 pm noon through Friday, August 8 at 5:40 pm. See the Tropical Storm Iselle webpage.
From Bill. KH6BB, the radio room of the USS Missouri will be open on Sept 2 to celebrate the Anniversary of the End of WWII. This is our day to show off the radio room and participate in events on board. Tours will be directed thru radio and we can tell our stories. kh6bb.org
Zeph N7WAP has a travel tip. If you're taking a radio on your travels, tape a photocopy of your amateur radio license onto the radio before you pack it in luggage. When TSA opens the luggage, they'll readily understand the nature of the radio.
The Kona Amateur Radio Society is sponsoring Big Island Grid Madness, a contest for all hams on the Big Island of Hawaii. This four hour event is designed for FUN, and to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex on 2 meters, 70 cm and 33 cm (900 MHz). The idea is to contact as many stations as you can in as many Grid Squares as you can during the contest, using SIMPLEX ONLY.
Mark your calendar! Sunday, September 21st from 1300 to 1700 HST. For all details, view/download the info packet here: Big Island Grid Madness
Please send questions to AH6KO at arrl.net
H.R. 4969 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 would extend the application of FCC's PRB-1 for reasonable accommodation antennas amateur radio communications to CC&Rs and private land use restrictions.
More details at arrl.org.
Amateur radio operators in Hawaii will conduct an annual radio exercise Saturday June 28 through June 29, 2014. Details are available at ARRL Field Day 2014 web page.
Mayors in the four counties have issued proclamations acknowledging Field Day and Amateur Radio Week.
Reid Wiseman KF5LKT was active aboard the International Space Station Saturday morning June 28 from 9:39 to 9:40 am on a 46 degree ascending pass east of Honolulu. Among the stations contacted was Amanda WH6DUB at the Maui ARC Field Day station KH6RS. They exchanged additional information and photos on Twitter.
Amateur radio operators in Hawaii will conduct an annual hurricane exercise Saturday May 31 through June 5, 2014. Details are available at Makani Pahili 2014 web page.
On Saturday May 31, amateur radio operators state-wide will be handling and exchanging simulated messages from 9:00 am to 12 noon. On Oahu, amateur radio operators will also be involved in a shelter exercise with the American Red Cross and Department of Emergency Management.
On Tuesday June 3 from 8:30 am to 12 noon, the State CD EOC and the four County EOCs will conduct a communications exercise.
On Thursday June 5, Maui County will be conducting an exercise.
Hawaii Revised Statues (State law) 847-2.7(36) and (37) effective July 1, 2014 requires volunteers working with emergency management agencies at the State and County level submit to a criminal background check. HRS 847-2.7
Those working with emergency management agencies have already been notified of the upcoming requirement and deadline through the respective agencies.
From: Julio Ripoll Architect WD4R
Announcement from WX4NHC
Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, Miami Florida
WX4NHC will be On-The-Air for the Annual Station Test on
Saturday, May 31st, 2014 from 9AM-6PM EDT (1300z - 2200z, 3:00 am - 12:00 pm HST)
VoIP Net 4PM-6PM EDT (2000z - 2200z, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm HST)
This will be our 34th year of public service at NHC.
The purpose of this event is to test Amateur Radio Station equipment, antennas and computers prior to this year's Hurricane Season, which starts June 1st and runs through November 30th.
This event is will be good practice for Ham Radio Operators world-wide as well as NWS Staff to become familiar with Amateur Radio communications available during times of severe weather. WX4NHC will also be performing operator training.
We will be making brief contacts on many frequencies and modes, exchanging signal reports and basic weather data exchange ("Sunny", or "Rain", etc.) with any station in any location.
WX4NHC will be On-The-Air on HF, VHF, UHF , 2 & 30 meter APRS and WinLink email@example.com subject must contain "//WL2K". We will try to stay on the recognized Hurricane Watch Net frequency 14.325 MHz most of the time and announce when we QSY.
Due to space and equipment limitations, we will have 2 to 3 operators per shift, we can not be everywhere and every mode at the same time. You may be able to find us on HF by using one of the DX Spotting Networks, such as the DX Summit Web Site
We will also be on VoIP Hurricane Net 4pm-6pm EST (2000-2200z) (IRLP node 9219 / EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203). http://www.voipwx.net/
Local South Florida area VHF & UHF Repeaters will be contacted.
QSL Cards are available via WD4R. Please send your card with a S.A.S.E Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope. Please do NOT send QSLs directly to the Hurricane Center address, as it will get delayed.
For more information about WX4NHC, please visit our website www.wx4nhc.org
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Honolulu is offering two SKYWARN training sessions for amateur radio weather spotters. The sessions are: (a) Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and (b) Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon The class will be held at the NOAA/NWS Honolulu Forecast Office at the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus. Following the two hours of SKYWARN training, there will be a tour of the forecast office and the ham radio station, KH6SW. Email Clem Jung KH7HO firstname.lastname@example.org as which date you want to attend or if you have questions.
Amateur radio operators were on standby for the April 2, 2014 Chilean tsunami. The tsunami advisory did not result in formal amateur radio activations.
This month's featured web article is the phrasing and on-the-air communications during an emergency radio net. Developing the HABIT of using certain key words BEFORE an emergency will greatly help you in the critical minutes, hours or days that you may be passing vital messages via the radio.
This month's featured web article is the past and modern history of the Emergency Amateur Radio Club (EARC) Diamond Head 146.28/146.88 MHz repeater — the first two meter repeater in Hawaii. I'd like to thank Bob Schneider AH6J and Robin Liu AH6CP for information that went into the web article. It's a means for living amateur radio operators to acknowledge the past contributions and benefits of other hams that have gone before us, and to give perspective and insight for the up-and-coming generation of technicians and operators.
Jeff AH6IX and Ron AH6RH encourage amateur radio operators in Hawaii to participate in the annual ARRL January VHF Contest.
ARRL's VHF contest for January 2014 is scheduled for the weekend of Sat January 18 9:00 am to Sunday January 19 6:00 pm. It was a good way to get into the spirit of Field Day and contesting in general. Click here for more details.
Suggested frequencies for the state of Hawaii:
- 50.120 SSB
- 52.525 FM
- 144.200 SSB
- 146.55 or 146.58 FM
- 223.500 FM
- 446.00 FM
- 1294.500 FM
Grid squares scheduled to be active for the event are BL11 (East Oahu) and BL01 (West Oahu). Other grid squares throughout Hawaii are being sought. You can get a map of the grid squares in Hawaii by clicking on this link.
Most participating stations would probably be (a) FM-only, if operating from home or (b) Limited Rover, if operating mobile/portable. If you operate above the 420-450 MHz band, you'd be a (a) Low Power or (b) Rover station.
As a follow-on to the presentation at the EARC General Membership meeting May 17, 2011 and as a teaching aid, you can view a copy of the paper log to get an idea of how to log, then score for the event as a Rover station. If you intend to submit a paper log, remember that the log has to be hand-written according to the rules.
If you are submitting a paper log, make sure to check the ARRL web page. complete both the log sheet and the summary sheets for submission.
If you wish to make an electronic submission of the log via a web form, check the ARRL web page.
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