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Gus (NH7J) passed on this information yesterday. The last Amateur Radio
gateway (KH6SP) from the Navy site in Wahiawa will go silent on August
1st. This site housed two Amateur Radio gateways until recently – KH6UL
and KH6SP. For over 8 years the high gain log periodic arrays with low
angle radiation provided the Maritime community email service across the
Pacific and later handled interisland traffic.
Gus introduced and demonstrated the stations to local Amateur Radio
operators about five years ago. It was a real awakening; a significant
demonstration of the future of Amateur Radio digital EmComm. I still
look back on that visit to the Navy site as our introduction to Amateur
Radio digital communication. From his truck equipped with a Winlink
station Gus sent Clem (KH7HO)an email to his phone over HF!
There are many Amateurs who contributed to the construction of the
station. Their work demonstrated the practicality of HF digital
communication for the Pacific. Gus McFeeley (NH7J), Tom Overman (W2AIT)
and Warren Munro (KH6WM) are a few of the guys I know who built the
facility. It is an amazing off-the-grid station running 24x7x365.
DHS took possession of the site through an agreement with NAVFAC HI a
few years ago and is extending its intergovernmental use. All of the
antenna quadrants are now needed by the government, including SHARES
Since Gus introduced the Hawaii Amateur Radio community to Winlink, the
Hawaii network has grown to five HF gateways providing interisland
digital communications and eighteen VHF gateways serving local
communities. Many more are planned. During the last few years, the cost
of interfacing Amateur equipment to Winlink has dropped significantly
with the development of PC software sound card modems. These software
solutions now rival the performance of the expensive PACTOR modems that
have been an impediment to using Winlink.
Recent successes on the west coast have demonstrated the ability to
deliver messages using templates directly into served agencies. Here is
a link to a story that shows an Innovative Partnership with the United
States Geological Survey (USGS), a scientific agency of the US
Department of the Interior. Hawaii played an important role in this
development with its growing number of Winlink trained Amateurs.
We can expect to see an explosion of applications in the future making
Amateur Radio increasingly relevant to our communities. Clem (KH7HO,
our Section Emergency Coordinator) is already working on digital
templates supporting the Hawaii State Red Cross.
A fond farewell to KH6UL and KH6SP and the group of Amateurs that
started this revolution in Hawaii.
ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A
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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
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