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1. EmComm discussions going forward after Hamfest roundtable
2. Group Name (2)
3. Served Agencies


1a. EmComm discussions going forward after Hamfest roundtable
From: Ceridwen Sanders <cerisanders@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2019 12:52:55 PST

After a very energetic, positive, and well-attended roundtable at Hamfest on Sat. Feb. 2, suggestions from the more than 25 participants are beginning to be sorted and posted.

Eric KH6CQ:  I would suggest that we use the message subject line to qualify comments to a single subject

Steve WH7TW: I went ahead and made a folder in https://groups.io/g/HiCoAres/files/EMCOMM_Roundtable. Also I have a raw audio of the meeting, 26MB in size.  It’s a bit faint in spots but not too bad.   I should be able to email it, if anyone is interested.  It’s a .3gp file, which seems to play just find in Windows Media player (much to my surprise).

Other suggestions:

> Schedule a Big Island emergency radio exercise soon so that hams can start preparing

> Since our only served agency on the island is HCCDA, we’d like them to be included in the exercise

> We need a name for the group, as well as the exercise, that doesn’t allow it to be confused with ACS-managed or ARES-managed plans.  Perhaps the reflector that we use should also differentiate us from the other organizations.

> Some of the attendees aren’t on the reflector that we’re using to post.  How do we include those attending as well as other interested hams who weren’t able to be at the meeting?

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2a. Group Name
From: Eric Grabowski <ejgrabowski@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2019 13:24:39 PST

> We need a name for the group, as well as the exercise, that doesn’t allow it to be confused with ACS-managed or ARES-managed plans.  Perhaps the reflector that we use should also differentiate us from the other organizations.
Having a new name for this group sounds like a great idea. I think it would go a long way toward mitigating the issues of territorial identity.

Since we’re all about using amateur radio for providing information about catastrophic events to served agencies as well as other Hams, I would like to propose the name RADIO — Radio Amateur Disaster Information Operators.

73 and aloha, Eric KH6CQ

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2b. Re: Group Name
From: April K. Lee, Broker, BA, CCIM, ABR, E-Pro <april@kre2.com>
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2019 16:15:03 PST

Even though it’s a little long, I really like it👌🏾❗️Great activists in Service to All❗️I am recharged in the Spirit & less fearful about what I intuitively perceive happening in the future💙🌏💠 MAHALO!

April K. Lee, Broker RB-19294, BA, CCIM, ABR, E-Pro
Kohala Real Estate & 2nd Home Services
In beautiful Hawi, Hawai’i
Cell: 808-989-5995

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3a. Served Agencies
From: Eric Grabowski <ejgrabowski@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2019 14:03:11 PST

> Since our only served agency on the island is HCCDA, we’d like them to be included in the exercise.
Although HCCDA is the primary agency we have worked with in the past, I don’t agree that it’s the only agency we should serve. Shouldn’t we figure out ways to support other organizations on the Big Island like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Big Island Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, Medical Reserve Corps, National Weather Service (SKYWARN), local hospitals, and possibly others?
In other communities where I’ve lived there were amateur radio operators who were dedicated to individual groups. After a few tornadoes and floods, we learned this strategy was flawed on several levels. The aha moment came when two amateur radio teams were dispatched to the same fire station that was being used as a staging area and field commend post. Setting up two field stations equipped with HF and VHF radios was redundant and a waste of valuable communication assets, plus they interfered with each other. The only reason two separate stations were required was because the two served agencies had privacy restrictions so Hams representing one group could not share information with the Hams in the other group without violating their agency’s rules. After that event, we changed our strategy.
Here on the Big Island we don’t have enough amateur radio operators trained in emergency communication operations to be able to segregate them by agency; and, there really is no valid reason to do so. I’ve operated from several field stations since 1969 and can say with confidence that our operators were never so busy passing traffic for one served agency that they didn’t have time to pass traffic for any others. Each field team frequently supported county civil defense, red cross, and the weather service without feeling overloaded.

73 and aloha, Eric KH6CQ

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