Big Island ARRL News

Hawaii State VOAD Maunakea 146.72-MHz Repeater test on Saturday, 31 August 2018

Accessed on 01 September 2018, 0548 UTC, Post #675.


Email message from Ceridwen Sanders (AH6CS).


The regular monthly test of the RACES/VOAD Maunakea Repeater (146.72- MHz, PL 100.0 Hz) is set for Saturday, 01 September 2018 from 1200 to 1300 HST.  It’s important to keep this repeater alive and available for emergency use. Here are some comments from Ceridwn Sanders (AH6CS):

Ceridwen Sanders

3:53 PM (3 hours ago)
to DaleJimCindySheldonJohnMarkJamesmeBeboDonaldJohnHowardTinaJimNormSteveAprilJoeEricSteveJohnTerenceVictorFrancineRobertJimKerryLovingceridwen
We’re in danger of losing the Big Island VOAD repeater.
The basic info about the repeater and how it’s used have not been clear to us before this but what we’ve learned recently  is this:
>  in an emergency, this is the only way for VHF operators to connect with each other directly throughout the island
> there is no  agency, state or county, overseeing our island’s use of the repeater during emergencies and during our monthly comms check
>  BI hams are responsible for overseeing its use,  its maintenance,  and establishing protocols for its use
> if we don’t use it more effectively, we will lose it
Please call in tomorrow, Saturday, 12:00-1:00 when the repeater  will be available  for a test of how many North Hawaii hams want VHF connection in an emergency.
Kevin Bogan is correct:  if we don’t use it, we’ll lose it.
  • Hawaii State VOAD Maunakea 146.72- MHz repeater (PL 100.0Hz)
  • 1200 – 1300 HST 
Please help.  This is our VHF  lifeline.
73, Ceri
Ceridwen Sanders AH6CS
Richard Bowen AH6RK
PO Box 138
43-1781 Manienie Road
Paauilo, HI 96776


Hawaii Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The Fifth Annual Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness is coming to Hawaii on Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  The Aulani Repeater Club sponsors the annual VHF/UHF event “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using SIMPLEX FM ONLY on 2 meters and 70 cm.”  For details, visit

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section