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Hurricane Karina - August 23, 2014+

Amateur radio operators throughout Hawaii responds to Hurricane Karina that is estimated to arrive in Hawaiian waters on Saturday August 23, 2014.

Activities are chronicled here. It's not a question of "If", it's a question of "When".

Enjoy, and feel free to drop me an e-mail if you have any questions.

Amateur radio operators responded to Hurricane Karina starting Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center issued Advisory xx on xxxday, August xx, 2014 at x:00 pm HST announcing that Karina had crossed Longitude 140 into the Central Pacific hurricane region. Karina approached from the east, heading steadily west-northwest at xx knots.

Hurricane Karina information

Information on Hurricane Karina and personal preparations can be found at these links:

Plans were underway with the amateur radio leadership of NWS SKYWARN and Hawaii State Civil Defense RACES and DEM (Department of Emergency Management) RACES to coordinate a joint net on the state-wide VHF Repeater system for passing storm information to the National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast office at HIG Building, University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, with supplemental traffic for SCD and DEM. The repeaters of DEM RACES (Oahu County) and SCD were linked using ALL-STAR VOIP linking to create a eight node repeater cluster of both State-wide and around-the-island repeaters for Oahu for reporting and monitoring purposes.

The repeaters linked from State Civil Defense

  • 147.02+ PL 103.5, Mt Haleakala, Maui 9,769 ft
  • 147.04+ no PL, Mauna Loa, Big Island 8,200 ft
  • 147.04+ PL 103.5, Lihue, Kauai
  • 147.06+ PL 103.5, Diamond Head, Oahu
  • 444.325+ PL 103.5, Waimanalo, Oahu
  • 444.350+ PL 103.5, Diamond Head, Oahu

and Department of Emergency Management, Oahu County

  • 146.76- no PL, Mokuleia, Oahu
  • 146.98- PL 88.5, Frank Fasi Municipal Building, Oahu

Big island operations scheduled for:

  • 146.82-, BIWARN Mauna Loa
  • 146.76-, BIWARN Kulani Cone is currently stand-alone
  • 146.86- PL 100.0, Naalehu
  • 146.72-, HSVOAD Mauna Kea

HF operations are scheduled for:

  • 3888 kHz LSB, Hawaii County
  • 3993.5 kHz LSB, State Civil Defense RACES
  • 7080 kHz USB, SKYWARN (Monitor this frequency first)
  • 7088 kHz LSB, State Civil Defense RACES
  • 7095 kHZ LSB, Hawaii County
  • 7195 kHZ LSB, Hawaii County
  • TBD, American Red Cross
  • TBD, Healthcomm


SKWARN operation are not scheduled at this time.

Amateur radio operators should listen for the update from the NWS meteorologist scheduled for TBD.

Hawaii State

State CD amateur radio operations will monitor the NWS SKYWARN net remotely from work and home ready to provide additional assistance and relays of messages from SKYWARN to the SCD EOC. Operations is scheduled to transfer to the SCD EOC in Diamond Head at TBD.

Hawaii County

CERT operations will start at TBD. Operations expected on the BIWARN repeater system. The BIWARN link into Hilo is inoperative.

HSVOAD Mauna Kea Repeater 146.72 MHz has been turned on. Primary use is by HSVOAD and its member agencies including the local chapters of HSVOAD. Additionally, HCCDA has been granted secondary use on the 147.62 MHz repeater. The repeater worked well for Tropical Storm Iselle.

Maui County

Oahu County

DEM RACES activating TBD.

Plan is to follow SkyWarn protocol where they have precedence over the linked network. However, we will break in if an urgent DEM message needs to be passed absent commercially available comms.

Kauai County


Healthcomm is not scheduled to activate.


A reminder: Being prepared is a personal responsibility. Stock up ahead of time, and don't get caught in the mad rush to the store to buy stuff.

A reminder for the general population (and amateur radio operators alike) that the primary means of timely notification of an alert is via the NOAA National Weather Service Weather Alert radios.

The Star-Advertiser Reporting

August 12, 2014

These are links to articles from The Star-Advertiser.

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