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12:22 PM (3 hours ago)
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Stan (AH6KO) passed along his press release on the 2019 Grid Madness
activity.  The increased activity is encouraging.  Grid Madness is fun,
but it is also an opportunity to test and improve skills and equipment
for serious emergencies.  When disaster strikes, simplex, well tested
stations and our knowledge of propagation, operation skills and computer
technology may be important factors in our ability to serve affected

The annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is this Saturday, Oct
5th. Stations that participated in Grid Madness will be better prepared
to help us improve our communication skills.  It’s all about skills

See the ARES web site for the latest update on the SET plans,


Mahalo to all who contribute their time to these important EmComm

Here is Stan’s press release.

2019 Grid Madness: Another Crazy Success

Again this year, Hawaii hams made Grid Madness happen. Simplex event
manager Stan AH6KO is still processing 44 submitted logs, and expecting
more in the mail. We had 37 logs at this time last year, so it looks
like we may again see a modest increase in participation. Stan promises
lots of details in the Summary and Results (ETA late October). But in
the meantime, a few interesting factoids:

On the Big Island, hams activated the Hamakua Coast for the first time
in the history of the event, thanks to the organizing efforts of Ceri
AH6CS, Rick AH6RK and many others from the BigIslandRADIO group.

Around the state, many hams joined in for the first time. Brad N7BMD
sent in an impressive first log from Maui, including a contact with (old
timer) Steve KH6WG — 126 miles away on Oahu. Remember, this is simplex!

Another first timer, Mel KH6EKD was in the middle of the aforementioned
Hamakua activity. Mel also made several contacts with Maui (directly
with Tom NH6Y) and by relay to Oahu with yet another newcomer, Jason
WH6GBX. Good going, Jason!

The mountain-topping tradition continues. Steve KH6WG appeared again in
the mountains of BL01wj above Makakilo. Also on Oahu, a convivial group
set up in the switchback heights of BL11ch (Roundtop Drive, Tantalus
Lookout). This grid square was again the most active in the state, by
far. On Haleakala, Maui, Robert KH7FX had a superb radio view from
BL10uq. Nearby, Tom NH6Y set up on the boundary between BL10uq and
BL10ur, to great effect! (Details later.) On the Big Island, Darrell
KH6RDO mobiled mauka above Honomu to reach Hamakua, Hilo, and Upper
Puna, scoring twelve grids.

Finally, Big Island hams Jim WH6FQI, Richard WH6FLH, Tony WH6DVI and Joe
WH6FZH carpooled to the end of the Mauna Loa Observatory Road at 11,000
feet. The famous BK29fm was on the air once again — clear channel!

If you want to be added to the Grid Madness email list, send a note to
AH6KO@arrl.net. Stan says “Mahalo Nui to all!”

ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A

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