Welcome to a “Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio” news update from Big Island ARRL News. Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondent. Content provided by Joseph Speroni (AH0A), the ARRL Pacific Section Manager. Accessed on 08 June 2019, 1540 UTC, Post 997.
After Joe’s report, I’ll provide the latest Propagation analysis from Tad Cook (K7RA) and HQ ARRL.
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Hurricane season and Amateur Radio
Jun 7, 2019, 5:54 PM (11 hours ago)
A control operator of one of the Hawaii HF Winlink gateways passed this
message along as an example of planning for Hurricane season. It was
originated by an HF session on 80-meters. The author exhibits good
planning for the loss of Internet on his island. Hawaii gateways that
lose Internet automatically forward messages on HF to a gateway that has
it. And as the author points out there are many other gateways
To be prepared for a major communications outage, equipment and
procedures have to be frequently tested and practiced. Preparation,
like the author of this email (see below) demonstrates, is “good
engineering and good amateur practice”. Installing equipment and
software for the first time is better not done in an emergency. This
applies to all modes of Amateur communications, not just the new digital
Here is an excerpt of the Winlink email message,
This is an email account which I can use to send and receive emails by
using my ham radio and my laptop. Should what happened last year in
Puerto Rico ever happen to my island, this is the method with which I
will use to communicate, since with it I can send email without an
Internet connection of any kind, by skipping my signal to any available
continent. I do not check this account every day. However, during an
emergency I will.
. . . .
Communications is just one aspect of planning, albeit one an Amateur
Radio licensee is equipped to provide for family, friends and
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has a well-organized web site that
reminds us of steps to be better prepared. It is worth checking out.
ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A
ARLP023 Propagation de K7RA
Content supplied by Tad Cook (K7RA) and HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111.
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ARLP023 Propagation de K7RA
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 23 ARLP023
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA June 7, 2019
To all radio amateurs
SB PROP ARL ARLP023
ARLP023 Propagation de K7RA
According to http://www.spaceweather.com, as of June 5 there have
been no sunspots for 17 days in a row. Average daily solar flux went
to 69.5 this reporting week (May 30 through June 5) from 67.4 in the
previous seven days. Average daily planetary A index declined from
7.3 to 5.6, while mid-latitude A index went from 8.1 to 5.
Last week I mentioned that sunspots should return soon, based on the
predicted solar flux, but those projections have softened. On June 6
the 45-day predicted solar flux was 70 on June 7-14, 72, 72 and 71
on June 15-17, 70 on June 18-29, 71 on June 30, 72 on July 1-13, 71
on July 14, and 70 on July 15-21.
Predicted planetary A index is 8, 10 and 8 on June 7-9, 5 on June
10-22, then 8, 10, 12 and 8 on June 23-26, 5 on June 27-29, 8 on
June 30 through July 2, 5 on July 3-4, 8 on July 5-6, 5 on July
7-19, then 8 and 10 on July 20-21.
Spaceweather.com sent this alert on June 5: “A DAYTIME METEOR SHOWER
IS UNDERWAY: Radars in the northern hemisphere are pinging with
activity as one of the strongest meteor showers of the year takes
place in broad daylight. The source of the shower is sungrazing
Dick Bingham, W7WKR alerted us to this, and wrote: “What a fine
6-meter opening this afternoon! I copied many of you on FT8 working
across the country. The one I really would have enjoyed capturing
was NW1P in FN67 – probably the only person in the USA there.
Listening to all the meteor-echoes was impressive. Seemed like up to
10 per MINUTE for a while.”
Jon Jones, N0JK wrote:
“I enjoyed reading N8II’s detailed report of his activity in the WPX
CW this year.
“Especially noted his rare Hawaiian contact on 10M in this contest
in http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLP022/2019 .
“6 meters was also open from Hawaii to the mainland USA May 25.
“At almost the exact same time Jeff worked WH7V on 10, VE2XK worked
NH6Y on 6 meters:
“NH6Y 19/05/25 1859Z 50313.0 FN07 ES BL10 TU FT8 qso & grid VE2XK
NH6Y 19/05/25 1857Z 50313.0 DN70MQ ES BL10TS K0GU
“No Hawaii from Kansas, but logged KP4EIT and KP4AJ on 50 MHz FT8
about 2000z May 25.”
Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period June 7 to July 3, 2019
from F.K. Janda, OK1HH.
“Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on June 13, 16-18, 28, 30, July 1, 3
Quiet to unsettled on 8, 10-11, 14, 19-22, 27, 29
Quiet to active on June (12, 15,) 26, July 2
Unsettled to active on June (7, 9,) 23-25
No active to disturbed days expected.
“Solar wind will intensify on June 10-14, 24-27
“Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.”
Lance Collister, W7GJ of Frenchtown, Montana is interested in 6
meter moonbounce, and runs a Magic Band EME email group, which you
can subscribe to via his web site:
Dr. Tamitha Skov’s latest video can be found at:
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bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.
Sunspot numbers for May 30 through June 5, 2019 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, and 0, with a mean of 0. 10.7 cm flux was 68.7, 68.7, 69.7, 69.9,
69.8, 70, and 69.8, with a mean of 69.5. Estimated planetary A
indices were 8, 5, 4, 4, 5, 8, and 5, with a mean of 5.6. Middle
latitude A index was 8, 5, 3, 4, 4, 7, and 4, with a mean of 5.
Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:
Members of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club will meet today, 1400
HST, at the Keaau Community Center. Mel will be giving a live digi
presentation. Don’t miss it.
“Grid Madness 2019”, the Hawaii Island-based simplex VHF/UHF Contest
is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, 1300-1700 HST. For details, go here:
https://gridmadness.blogspot.com. Also, you can contact Stan (AH6KO),
the event coordinator, at email@example.com.
For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check
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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
Public Information Coordinator
Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section