The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Hamfest

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Accessed on 08 January 2020, 2340 UTC, Post 1271.

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Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest

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Steve Milner

10:13 AM (3 hours ago)

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet / Ham Fest

The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet will be Saturday January 25, 2020 at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).


There will be a $10.00 donation per table per seller.

There will be a $5.00 donation per attendee at time of registration.

One raffle ticket included with registration.  Additional tickets $1.00.



8:00 am – breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe

9:00 am – vendor setup

9:30 am – Doors open to public. Be sure to get your raffle tickets for the “Big ticket items”

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – EMCOMM forum – Presentations in adjoining room.

12:00 pm – Swap meet closes

1:00 pm – VE testing (a good time to upgrade your license)

2:00 pm – Event comes to a close


Guest Speakers this year:

This year we are again planning to have a forum about emergency communications on Hawaii Island.


Follow up on the Hamfest 2019 Roundtable has been challenging because the expressed needs of the contributors, in person as well as email, have been extremely varied.  The BigIslandRADIO reflector was begun as a method of addressing those requests but has had few ideas generated by the subscribers.  The 2020 Roundtable is organized in order to take a tally of what skills are currently present on the island, how they can be used in an emergency, and what we need to do to organize them in order to be effective in the coming year.


All Hams and others interested in emergency communications are invited.



Persons desiring to test for initial license or upgrade are asked to please bring a current drivers’ license or passport, a copy of their current FCC license or CSCE if applicable, and $15.00 in exact change (ARRL fee for 2020).  Any questions, please call Steve Milner, ARRL VE at 808-938-8437 before the test date.



There will be surprise giveaways throughout the day.


Please note: This is a non-commercial event that promotes the trading of equipment and information between hams and the general public and to promote the open exchange of exploring Ham radio as a hobby.


Talk in 146.940 Maui Repeater, 147.32 Waimea, and 443.650 (100 Hz tone) Kona

This is an event sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC).

This is an Island wide event, be sure to tell all your radio friends.


For more information contact: Steve Milner –


See you there!

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator.

Hawaii County/ARRL Pacific Section. (breaking amateur/ham radio news).



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Russ Roberts

Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amateur (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.