Big Island ARRL News, 27 January 2018, 1755 UTC, Post #441


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On 25 January 2018, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi discussed the response of Hawaii radio amateurs to the false missile alert sent by Hawaii Emergency Management officials.  Senator Wicker told ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco (N2YBB) that he was proud of Hawaii hams who confirmed the alert was false even before the Hawaii State government announced the mistake.

According to, here’s the gist of the conversation:


In a series of questions to Mike Lisenco N2YBB, a member of the Board of Directors for the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), Wicker underscored the rapid response of amateur radio operators to a false emergency alert that told Hawaii residents to seek immediate shelter from an incoming ballistic missile. As Lisenco told the committee, amateur radio operators were able to confirm within 13 minutes that the alert was false. An official retraction of the alert did not come until 38 minutes had elapsed.

Wicker also asked Lisenco about the role of amateur radio operators in disaster response, specifically in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and other widespread disasters. Lisenco noted the inherent resiliency of amateur radio as a distributed form of communications infrastructure that is easily adapted to changing emergency conditions.

Watch his Q&A with ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco N2YBB

Read the full press release

Senator Wicker’s Tweet

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Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section