The monthly test of the Maunakea VOAD Repeater will be held on Saturday, 05 December 2020, 1200-1300 HST.

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To: HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO,, bigislandarrlnews, others
Winter Storm Vigilence
Winter storms will be possible soon enough.  Please stay alert for unstable air masses in your area. Please review your Severe Weather Report criteria and procedures.
The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday, December 5, 2020, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to ensure that it is operational. 
Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea, Saturday, December 5, 2020  1200-1300 HST.
When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically. After the check ins are taken, we will take power, antenna length  antenna model number and antenna elevation above MSL. If time permits, we will practice message handling. 
This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  
  1. Follow the directions of the NCS.
  2. No small talk. 
  3. Stick to the EEI (Essential Elements of Information).
  4. Reports should be structured with the most important part first and not necessarily in chronological order. (“If it were a joke, the punchline comes first.” )
  5. End your transmission with your call sign (as much as possible.) This is not an FCC requirement, but a net request. Reason: You never know when the NCS is going to jump to another station and leave you hanging with a 10-minute timer counting down.
  6. If you are asked to report in a particular format, please comply to help speed up the process.
This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., Big Island VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.)
Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 
Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.

Kevin, AH6QO
Chair, Hawaii VOAD Comms Committee 
Hawaii Kai Strong
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
ARES emcomm operator and trainer

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