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This archive of 2000 through 2003 lists the past items of interest to the general amateur radio community in Hawaii.

Arrangements for Hurricane Jimena

Sept 1, 2003

These arrangements are underway for RACES/ARES in Hawaii regarding Hurricane Jimena, 9/01/2003 7:20 am HST.

  • HF stations are encouraged to monitor 40 meters and 75/80 meters for inter-island traffic.
    • 7.088 Interisland Frequency
    • 3.888   Big Island
    • 3.905   ARES
    • 3.993.5 State RACES
    If events warrants activating ARES/RACES, monitoring stations are encouraged to notify their local ARES/RACES coordinators.
  • Jimena was downgraded to a tropical storm at 4:45 am. The 5:30 am position of Jimena was past due south of South Point.
  • Per JTWC Bulletin #19, the closest approach to Honolulu is forecasted 251 nm at 1:00 pm Monday. Jimena has moved south from previous tracks forecasted over the weekend.
  • Big Island ARES have been notified to report to their designated shelters and hospitals. They will come up on 7088 or 3905 if an emergency is declared. Local traffic is on 2m simplex and repeaters.
  • Big Island report as of 7:45 pm Sunday. Hilo has heavy sporadic showers and very light winds. Kau is very humid, has no winds, heavy low cumulus clouds. When there is a break in the low clouds, high cirrus clouds are visible.
  • Skywarn is collecting weather reports from the Big Island via the Internet.
  • Skywarn nets to appear on IRLP linked repeaters on the Western Reflector #4.
    • KH6SW NWS Honolulu 147.44 simplex
    • AH6GR/R Maui 147.18+
  • Skywarn (National Weather Service, UH Manoa) has net control running starting Sunday afternoon. This is an excellent chance to practice handling the radio operator position and net control station.
  • Oahu Civil Defense Agency will run nets on 146.88- repeater on this schedule:
    • Sunday 7:30 pm.
    • Monday 7:30 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm.
  • OCDA RACES is looking for stations to monitor 7088 or 3993.5 and relay messages as needed. Contact Ray Moody, AH6LT at [email protected].
  • State RACES is monitoring the course of Jimena and may activate accordingly on HF.  The links on the State-wide VHF repeater system are currently down for maintenance.
Other sites:

Human Powered 12 Volt Generator


You might find this page of interest. Human Powered 12 Volt Generator

Bencher Mercury Paddle

Aug 2003

It's the CW operator's dream paddle.  Find out why.


AH6RH wins 2002 ARRL 10 Meter, Oceania QRP Phone

June 2003

Not bad for one day's mobile/portable operation with an FT-817, 10 m Maldol antenna, Hustler mobile antennas, a magnetic mount and the Alpha Delta Outpost Tripod. Operations were from (a) the summit of Diamond Head, (b) the Windward Coast of Oahu, and (c) Makakilo. The result was completely unexpected and a pleasant surprise.


Inter-island 1.2 GHz Contact

July 1, 2001

1.2 GHz pioneers Dean Tanimoto, AH6IF and Ron Hashiro, AH6RH completed a Hawaii terrestial record for 1.2 GHz QSO. The QSO was from Wailuku, Maui to Makakilo, Oahu on July 1, 2001. The signals travelled over 120 miles.

The QSO was made by bouncing the signals from Maui off of the volcanic mountain Mt. Haleakala to Oahu. The ferrous and basaltic content of the cinders made it an ideal natual passive reflector.

1.2 GHz is alive on Oahu

June 17, 2001

Oahu 1.2 GHz pioneers Rick Ching, KH7O and Ron Hashiro, AH6RH completed an Oahu terrestial record for 1.2 GHz QSO on June 17, 2001. The great circle distance was 28.58 km (17.79 mi) between Palolo and Kapolei with one watt at each end.

The QSO was made by bouncing the signals from Palolo off of the volcanic mountain Diamond Head to Kapolei. The ferrous and basaltic content of the crater wall made it an ideal natual passive reflector.

More testing efforts continue.

2m SSB is back!

June 17, 2001

Tuned into 144.200 lately? You can start to hear activity again.

ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course is filled

Jan 17, 2001

The online course of emergency communications was announced on Jan 16,2001 and filled within 24 hours with its next 45 students. The students have up to eight weeks to complete the study. See: http://www.arrl.org

ARRL Certification Discussion on Emergency Communications

March 2000

ARRL has proposed having a national certification program on a number of areas within amateur radio. One of the areas of discussion is in emergency communications. View the current outline at http://home.earthlink.net/~w0ipl/emcom-rd.htm

International Space Station is here!


Here's your chance to work the International Space Station. See Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

Emergency Amateur Radio Club wins fifth place nationally!

November 4, 2000

The Emergency Amateur Radio Club (EARC) won fifth place nationally for it's submission to the "Frequency" movie promotion contest. See details at http://www.arrl.org and http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/hawaii/freq-movie.html

Richard LaChance, WH6T

May 1, 2000

Richard, a fixture in amateur radio on Oahu, passed away on May 1. Brec, WH6EU, has a write-up at his web page. Click here to see it.

Icom RAM board from IK2RND

May 1, 2000

If you own one of the older ICOM HF, VHF, UHF, 1.2GHz and R-71 family radios and would like to get a non-volatile RAM board instead of replacing the lithium RAM battery, check out this page

Find out more by contacting:  rhashiro(remove this part)@hawaiiantel.net
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