Welcome to the Friday edition of “Big Island ARRL News.”  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics cited in this post come from Steve Milner (WH6N), who is the overall chairman of “The Original Big Island of Hawaii Swap Meet/Ham Fest.”

Accessed on 19 January 2019, 0205 UTC, Post 841.


Email message from Steve Milner (WH6N).

Here’s the latest update on the 02 February 2019 Swap Meet and Ham Fest  at the Waimea Community Center.

“The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet / Ham Fest

The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet will be Saturday February 2nd, 2019 at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).

There will be a 10.00 donation per table per seller.

A 5.00 donation per attendee at time of registration.


8:00am – breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe

9:00am – vendor setup

9:30am – Doors open to public. Be sure to get your raffle tickets for the “Big ticket items”

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – EMCOMM forum – Presentations in adjoining room.

12:00pm – Swap meet closes

1:00pm – VE testing (a good time to upgrade your license)

2:00pm – Event comes to a close

Guest Speakers this year:

This year we are planning to have a forum about emergency communications on Hawaii Island.  We will have moderated  round table discussions.  Among the topics for discussion: Exercise planning, community relationships, digital formats, repeater systems, and how better to organize our island communication resources.  All Hams interested in emergency communications are invited.


Persons desiring to test for initial license or upgrade are asked to please bring a current drivers’ license or passport, a copy of their current FCC license or CSCE if applicable, and $15.00 in exact change (ARRL fee for 2018).  Any questions, please call Steve Milner, ARRL VE  at 808-938-8437 before the test date.


There will be surprise giveaways throughout the day.

Please note: This is a non-commercial event that promotes the trading of equipment and information between hams and the general public and to promote the open exchange of exploring Ham radio as a hobby.

Talk in 146.940 Maui Repeater, 147.32 Waimea, and 443.650 (100 Hz tone) Kona

This is an event sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC).

This is an Island wide event, be sure to tell all your radio friends.

See you there!

For more information contact: Steve Milner – wh6n@arrl.net”

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section