Welcome to the 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 correspondents.

Content provided by the “BIARC Newsletter”, August 2019.

Accessed on 28 August 2019, 0515 UTC, Post 1094.

Now that the Hawaii QSO Party is over, we can draw out attention to two upcoming events that will involve many of our Hawaii Island radio amateurs:  Grid Madness 2019 and the final free Technician License Class of 2019.

1.  Stan Froseth (AH6KO) invites all Hawaii radio amateurs to participate in the sixth annual Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Contest.  The popular event is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.

Stan says “Grid Madness 2019” is for all hams in the State of Hawaii, with the accent on fun.  Stan adds that the contest “is designed to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm.”

Grid Madness 2019 “offers a great ‘Get on the air’ operation for new hams and good emergency practice for responder groups.”

You can download the revised contest package here:  https://gridmadness.blogspot.com.  For more details, send a note to Stan at ah6ko@arrl.net

2.  Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering a final free Technician License Class at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, beginning Thursday, 17 October 2019.  According to Doug, “The six-week course includes five training sessions, with licensing exams given on the final week.”  Although the class is free, there is a $15 testing fee which goes to the ARRL. Current licensees wanting to  upgrade may take tests for higher licenses at that time.  For more information, contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section