Laupahoehoe ham deploys to Puerto Rico–update


Big Island ARRL News, 02 October 2017, 0145 UTC, Post #328.


Personal e-mail from Stacy (Darren) Holbrook (KH6OWL), ARRL PIO-Honolulu.

On Sunday, 01 October 2017, I received this e-mail from Stacy (KH6OWL) concerning the arrival of Laupahoehoe radio amateur Bill Kollenbaum (KH7XS) to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He will be assisting the hurricane relief efforts of The American Red Cross on that hurricane-devastated island.  Stacy has included a link to his full report, including additional information from Bill’s wife, WH7YL, and Hawaii Island radio amateur Lloyd Cabral (KH6LC).

Here’s the text from Stacy along with the link to his report:

— On Sun, 10/1/17, Darren Holbrook <> wrote:

> From: Darren Holbrook <>
> Subject: Big Island operator deploys to Puerto Rico for ARRL and Red Cross
> To: “” <>
> Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 10:25 AM
> Aloha,As
> you maybe aware the Red Cross reached out to the ARRL in
> an unprecedented request and asked for 50 amateur operators
> who could deploy to Puerto Rico.An
> operator from the Hawaii has deployed in support of that
> mission, Bill Kollenbaum, KH7XS / K4XS of Laupahoehoe.
> Below is an email from Lloyd, KH6LC, letting us now about
> the deployment.  Below that is an email from Holly, WH7YL,
> the wife of Bill KH7XS / K4XS, his wife I received this
> morning letting us know he is on the island of Culebra and
> is safe. He is expected to return to Hawaii on the 18th of
> October.To
> read more about this story please visit the link below. Upon
> BIll’s return we hope to do a more detailed story of his
> mission.
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Just a quick reminder for Hawaii Island radio amateurs:

Hawaii Amateur Radio operators will participate in the 2017 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on Saturday, 21 October 2017, from 0800 to 1300 HST. Licensed radio amateurs will be working with the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and The American Red Cross.  Teams of amateur radio operators will be deployed to various locations throughout the county.  The goal of SET 2017 is “to exercise…emergency communications capabilities” and “to provide reliable communications when normal means of communications fail or become overloaded.”  All amateur radio operators are invited to participate in this exercise. For more information, please contact

For the latest Amateur Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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