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Mel Fukunaga recognized for service to Volunteer Examiner Program

Big Island ARRL News, 01 February 2017, 15:45 hrs, UTC, Post #109.

Source:

http://www.mauinews.com/news/community-news/2017/01/mel-fukunaga-recognized-for-giving-100-amateur-radio-exams/

Accessed on 01 February 2017, 15:45 hrs, UTC.

Author:  Maui Amateur Radio Club

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Comment:

Congratulations to Maui Amateur Radio operator Mel Fukunaga (KH6Y) for administering his 100th Amateur Radio License exam.  The Maui Amateur Radio Club honored Mel for his service as a volunteer license examiner (VE) for FCC-issued amateur radio licenses. Mel has been the lead person in amateur radio license testing for many years.  These tests are given on Maui in April, August, and December.

As you can expect, Mel has been busy promoting amateur radio as a key communications back up for emergency services on the Valley Isle.  According to “The Maui News“, Mel has been the “go-to person” in this regard:

“Fukunaga was also for many years the amateur radio emergency communications lead on Maui until he retired from that position at the start of 2017. He organized and trained the ham volunteers, who are prepared to help with emergency communications in the event of a failure of other links such as landlines, cellphones and the internet.

Fukunaga has spent countless hours in the back room of the Civil Defense Emergency Operations center passing messages during drills and activations and was prepared to provide emergency communications between Maui and Oahu if necessary.

Amateur radio is the only communication method that does not depend on external infrastructure such as undersea cables, microwave links or satellites.”


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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii Island, ARRL Pacific Section

Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amateur (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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