Big Island ARRL News, 06 September 2017, 2250 hrs, UTC, Post #304.


Reporter:  Stacy Holbrook (KH6OWL), ARRL Public Information Officer-Honolulu.

Accessed on 06 September 2017, 2250 hrs, UTC.

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Thanks to Stacy (KH6OWL) for this story of how radio amateurs are providing emergency communications backups for first responders in the hurricane-ravaged Texas Gulf Coast and the soon-to-be affected state of Florida from super storm Irma.  Hawaii amateur radio operators, like their counterparts across the nation, have prepared themselves for all kinds of natural disasters, including hurricanes which seem to thrive in the late summer and early fall.

According to Stacy, radio amateurs, by virtue of their training, can provide vital links between communities and emergency management personal should the need arise:

“When communications fail, radio amateur can get through. From a simple speaker wire used as an antenna to a store purchased antenna, hams can talk around the world when cell phones fail. When the power fails, radio amateurs have back up power systems to send email, fax, or voice communications through their radio systems. Most amateur radio operators have their own power for the equipment needed to operate. Generators, solar, wind and batteries are items brought along by amateur radio operators with their equipment to the site that is in need of communications help. The State or City and Country tell operators where to go and set up and provide needed communications for those sites.”

Hopefully, all Hawaii amateur radio operators can take note of what’s happening in Texas, the Caribbean, and Florida and learn from these disasters.  The old Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared” rings true during hurricane season.

Don’t forget two important events involving Hawaii radio amateurs:

Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness 2017 set for 17 September 2017 from 1300 to 1700 HST.  All Hawaii radio amateurs are invited to participate in this VHF/UHF event.  For details, visit

Radio Day II is coming on 30 September 2017 at the “Great Organic Lava Farm”, otherwise known as GOLF or the Kopua Farm Lots Golf Course.  An array of operating techniques and equipment will be available for this educational and networking event.  For details, contact Kim at

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section