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Topics in this digest:

1. Digital communications talk for Hawaii hams (2)

2. Emergency Proclamation issued by Gov. Ige for H. Douglas; MK repeater to be turned on.

3. Skywarn HAM has not been activated, Spotter can call in observations anytime.

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1a. Digital communications talk for Hawaii hams
From: joe Tabrah <joetabrah@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 17:05:53 PDT

For your consideration…
Aloha,
Joe
KH6FHI

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Date: Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 1:08 PM
Subject: Digital communications talk for Hawaii hams
To: <joetabrah@gmail.com>

Aloha,

Lots of education opportunities popping up on ZOOM these days.  Joe
Tabrah (KH6FHI) has stepped forward to organize a session on high speed
VHF/UHF FM digital communications.  It is headlined by an overview of
adapters by the designer of the cards many Hawaii hams are using in
repeaters and Winlink equipment.  Here’s the announcement of what’s
planned to help help more Hawaii stations get on digital.

QUOTE
Aloha all,

ARES is planning a zoom information and training session for Saturday, 8
August at 10:00 AM to help local amateurs equip and program their
VHF/UHF radios to operate Winlink and other digital modes.

For many of us connecting our radios to a computer to use Winlink seems
like a major project.  On the HF side, transceivers with inbuilt sound
cards make it simpler. Most ham software operates with audio frequencies
in the range of voice communications; A good match with HF Winlink!

Amateur Radio FM VHF/UHF equipment is capable of “Hi-Fidelity” audio
but most transceivers have audio circuits to optimize voice
communications.  This removes high frequencies unwanted for
person-to-person communications.

There is a class of Japanese transceivers designed for VHF/UHF packet
radio with an audio path that skips the voice optimization allowing
“Hi-Fi” frequencies to be transmitted.  It is called 9600-baud
packet, a name that was suitable when hardware TNC modems were used.
With today’s computer sound card modems, more appropriate names for
the two modes would be NARROW (voice) and WIDE (high speed digital).

ARRL ARES has arranged for Masters Communications to give us an overview
of the Digital Radio Adapter (DRA) series used by many for Winlink
communications.  Kevin Custer (W3KKC), the designer of these cards, will
meet with interested Hawaii hams on ZOOOM Saturday, August 8th, at 10:00
AM.  Interested? Send an email requesting an invitation to,

dra-zoom@hameducation.org

For Amateurs wanting to know what audio adapters and cables to use with
their VHF/UHF equipment, advice can be useful. To help with that,
attending the session will be four Hawaii Amateurs with digital adapter
experience.

Kauai
Jim Pilgram (NH6HI), who recommended Kevin’s repeater adapters
as a candidate for Winlink audio.

Oahu
Van Malan (NH7IT), a member of the Winlink Development Team
Peter Matsunaga (KH6DK), a BETA tester for these adapters

Big Island
Jim Huntley (WH6FQI), a BETA tester for these adapters

These guys are already helping many Hawaii hams get on Winlink.
Attendees will have an opportunity to meet them and discuss
implementation.

73 de Joe Tabrah, KH6FHI
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Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A
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1b. Re: Digital communications talk for Hawaii hams
From: Joseph Rosenbaum <joseph.rosenbaum@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 20:05:33 PDT

For those unable to attend will there be a recording of the Zoom session
that can be made available?

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2a. Emergency Proclamation issued by Gov. Ige for H. Douglas; MK repeater to be turned on.
From: Kevin Bogan <kevin.bogan@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 20:43:31 PDT

To: MKSS,OMKM, IfA, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC,  DECs, BIARC,
BigIslandRADIO, 40meter.net, bigislandarrlnews, others

Please review the attached Emergency Proclamation signed by Governor Ige
for the State of Hawaii that is in effect today.
I will turn on the Hawaii VOAD Maunakea repeater, possibly on Saturday at
noon, July 25,2020, in time for testing and confirming availability and
coverage and pre-landfall support.

The Maunakea repeater is for Emergency Communications only and the limited
necessary testing to ensure the repeater is functioning properly. Please do
not conduct social chatting on the repeater.

If there are plans for teams to provide logistical support for relief
efforts prior to the arrival of storm force winds from Hurricane Douglas
that need the coverage that the MK repeater provides, please let me know. I
believe noon on Saturday, July 25, 2020 should provide enough time for the
pre-landfall comms support.

Please remember that our transmissions have an impact on MK observatory
operations.

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Hawaii VOAD Comms Working Group Chair

Website: http://www.protopage.com/ah6qodashboard
Skywarn info: http://www.protopage.com/ah6qodashboard#Skywarn
Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
<https://hivoad.communityos.org/cms/home>
*Cooperation*Communication*Coordination*Collaboration
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172

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3a. Skywarn HAM has not been activated, Spotter can call in observations anytime.
From: Kevin Bogan <kevin.bogan@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 22:16:44 PDT

Skywarn Spotters and others,
NWS has not activated the Skywarn HAM component. They may still do so.
However, the NWS staff know that we would not be at the NWS radio room
because of COVID-19 concerns, but operating individually from a
shelter-in-place station.
The goal of Skywarn is to provide timely observations to the meteorologists
to aid them in alerting and warning the public.  The Skywarn HAM component
assists in moving the message forward to NWS.

The primary method for Skywarn Spotters to report to the NWS
Honolulu Forecast Office (HFO)  the Severe Weather Reports (SWR) is by
phone using the 1-800- number for Spotters.  Other operators who wish to
report SWR may use the *1-808 973-5286 regular phone line. *
Please use the best method to report the SWR to NWS,first, by calling in
by phone, if that is not available, you can use radio to an unaffected
local friend or hub and have them call it in. Lastly, you may try using
other nets and routes that we typically use. The Skywarn HAM operators are
working on arrangements to provide support through the DEM RACES repeaters,
HF, simplex, DMR MARC, Winlink. More information will be sent out before
landfall, aiming for sometime on Friday.

Again, we do not have authorization to call it a Skywarn HAM operation, but
we can still help each other.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

Kevin, AH6QO
Website: http://www.protopage.com/ah6qodashboard
Skywarn info: http://www.protopage.com/ah6qodashboard#Skywarn
Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
<https://hivoad.communityos.org/cms/home>
*Cooperation*Communication*Coordination*Collaboration
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172

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