Grid Madness 2020 Press Release


The 7th annual Hawaii Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF simplex event is now in the record books with more operators and surprises than before.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content supplied by Stan Froseth (AH6KO).

Accessed on 02 October 2020, 0414 UTC, Post 1655.

Source (email from Stan Froseth-AH6KO).

Please click link or scroll down to read the full report.  You can view the photos by going to the above URL.

Here is the report sent to me by Stan:

Stan Froseth via 

Attachments1:35 PM (4 hours ago)

Hi Russ, here’s info for you to use if you wish. This is also going to
the BIARC newsletter, Stacy Holbrook, and Joe Speroni. Couple of photos
attached. Thank you and 73~ Stan AH6KO

Photo by KH6WG “Gus NH7J flying, Steve KH6WG on the radio over BL01XJ”
Photo by WH6CPH “Pono WH6CPH made a successful mobile effort, including
contacts on 220 MHz”

*****Begin Press Release 10/1/2020*****

2020 Grid Madness: More Ops, more “Firsts”

Hawaii amateur radio operators did it again. The seventh running of Grid
Madness saw more activity and more surprises. Event manager Stan AH6KO
is still madly sorting data from 63 logs (still coming in — do we have
yours?).  The Summary and Results will be posted in late October. Until
then, here’s a preview of some of the “Firsts:”

<<First Aeronautical Mobile>> Gus NH7J piloted his Cessna 150 around the
entire island of Oahu while Steve KH6WG activated 18 grids. Twenty two
lucky hams on Oahu and Maui made contact with the dynamic duo. You had
to be quick! Details and video in the Summary.

<<First log from Kauai>> Tad NH7YS made history with a log that shows
three contacts, all on the Island of Kauai. So we know that at least
four hams on the Garden Isle tried Grid Madness this year. No evidence
(so far) of the Kauai hams contacting other islands…thanks Tad!

<<First 220 MHz contacts>>  William NH6ET contacted Craig KH6CP and
Bernard KH6MOI, both in BL11CH on Oahu. William was on the Big Island in
BK29BR — that’s 125 miles across the water! Other ops on the Big Island
and Oahu also reported contacts on 220 MHz.

<<First ham radio contact>> Abraham WH6GKW wrote on his log: “Just got
my ticket and managed to make my first qso during the contest!” Thanks
for sharing that Abraham; you will enjoy ham radio on Maui!

<<Third Puna contact with Maui>> Okay, it’s not a First, but a
remarkable 2 meter contact between Tom NH6Y on Haleakala, Maui and Leigh
WH6LC in Mountain View on the Big Island. A line drawn between them
passes almost over the summit of Mauna Kea, 108 miles. Way back in 2015,
Tom made a similar contact with Gary WH6EPS (Puna), and Arch AH6U (Maui)
connected with Sean KH6SF (Puna). Definitely some interesting 2 meter
propagation over the mountain!

Stan summarizes by saying “Grid Madness is a fun way to spend a Sunday
afternoon with friends on the radio. It is also a very challenging
exercise in radio communication!”

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*****End Press Release 10/1/2020*****

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Just a reminder:  The regular monthly test of the Mauna Kea VOAD repeater (146.72-MHz) (PL 100.0 Hz) will happen this Saturday, 03 October 2020, 1200-1300 HST.

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio News and Information, please visit this blog daily.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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