Reactions to the Saturday, 05 October 2019, Simulated Emergency Test (SET) are coming in.

Thanks to James Huntley (WH6FQI) for his observations and suggestions.


Here’s James’s analysis of the 2019 SET exercise:


Below are some of my thoughts on the set today.  I think this was a great
learning event.  I wish more people would have participated. Thank you to
everyone that put so many hours into the preparation for the set!

– No amount of planning is enough
– Ham community needs to become familiar with the ACS format for
messages.  This needs to be a partnership with ACS, Hawaii county ARES,
BIARC, and other clubs.
– The ham community needs to take part in ACS message handling practice.
It makes everything go faster when the voice protocol is followed.
– A hub is best manned by at least two people. One handling the VHF
interactions and the other transcribing the message or entering directly
into winlink.
– Ideally it would be helpful to have two HF rigs with two antennas. one
for voice and the other for winlink
– ACS needs to have a good antenna able to hear and be heard.

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The National Weather Service will hold a Skywarn Storm Spotter Class on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo, Hawaii.  To register for the class, please go here:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) will hold one more free Technician License Class this year.  The class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, contact Doug at

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