There will be a special 90-minute net for the Maunakea Repeater (146.72-MHz-PL100.0) on Saturday, 03 April 2021, 1200-1330 HST.

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Special Event: 90 minute test net, Saturday, 4/3/21 1200-1330 HST
To: HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO,, bigislandarrlnews, others
ONE TIME ONLY: IfA has allowed VOAD to test for 90 minutes this Saturday, 4/3/21, 1200 – 1330 HST to give us extra time to test and to practice in preparation for Hurricane Season 2021, June 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021.
Please review your Severe Weather Report criteria and procedures.
The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the 90 minutes test and practice, Saturday, April 3, 2021, 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, APRIL, 2021  1200-1330 HST.
When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically. After the check ins are taken, we will take callsign, name, location, power, antenna model number and antenna elevation above MSL. If time permits, we will practice message handling. Please make note of the transmission quality of the stations to handle traffic and let me know at the end those stations that would not have a good enough signal to adequately pass traffic.
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. This is a directed net. All transmissions must be directed to the Net Control Station (NCS) unless given specific permission to go direct with another station.  When the conversation is finished, make sure you announce to the NCS “back to net control, followed by your callsign (e.g., “back to net control, NH7PO.). 
  3. No small talk. No sidetalk (unless following Directive #2 above.)
  4. Stick to the EEI (Essential Elements of Information).
  5. 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.” )
  6. 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 FCC timer counting down.
  7. 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 Bogan, AH6QO
Chair, Hawaii VOAD Comms Committee 
Hawaii Kai Strong
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
ARES emcomm operator and trainer

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