Radio amateurs worldwide are urged to contact K6K: The King Kamehameha Celebration Special Event Station on Friday, 11 June 2021, 0600 HST to 2200 HST.
Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.
Content supplied by Michael Miller (KH6ML) and ARRL Pacific Section Manager Joseph Speroni (AH0A).
Accessed on 11 May 2021, 2139 UTC, Post 2033.
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Friday, June 11, 2021 06:00am HST – (16:00 UTC) Till 10:00pm HST
Amateur Radio Operators will activate special-event station K6K to
celebrate King Kamehameha the Great and Hawai’i’s rich history. K6K
special event station will give HAMS a chance to add Hawaii to their
logs to earn WAS or DCXX awards.
After hearing about the cancellation of all King Kamehameha Celebration
parade events statewide, Michael Miller – KH6ML, a community emergency
coordinator, spoke with amateur radio operators and a few people with
the Commission to see if there was a level of interest to make the event
This station is authorized by the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission
as an official event. The event will give volunteer Hawaii Operators the
chance to test their communications equipment and skills and be ready to
assist when the cell phone and Internet fail.
Successful radio contacts are eligible to receive a special and
inscribed certificate bearing the full-color rendition of K6K: King
The Kamehameha Day Holiday was proclaimed by King Kamehameha I’s
grandson, Lot Kapuāiwa – King Kamehameha V, in 1871, followed by an
inaugural celebration of events on June 11, 1872. Years later, in 1939,
the Commission was formed under the Hawai‘i Territorial Legislature.
The FCC allows special-event stations to recognize and promote
activities, services, or events of a historical or uniquely appealing
nature. A special call sign is issued for a limited duration to identify
the station. K6K was requested and granted. During this time, stations
from around the islands and the world will try and make contact.
TO VIEW A SHORT CLIP OF 2020 lei draping and short history
This is not a contest. The idea is to allow as many operators
as possible to reach the contact station operators and learn
about King Kamehameha the Great and why he is celebrated
All radio operators must operate their stations strictly in
accordance with their countries’ or FCC regulations. Any
authorized amateur radio frequency may be used.
Stations should listen for K6K calling “CQ K6K”
The main modes will be SSB, FM, FT-8, and Winlink.
Other Modes maybe be added.
QSLS: eQSLs are available via LOTW. NO Paper QSLs.
CERTIFICATES: Are self-printed (by you) for contacts with
our Special Event Station. If you contact our Special Event
Station, look up your call sign on the following link and print
your own certificate: Link to follow. Please allow 30 days for
all logs to be processed.
For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio — also called ham radio — has
allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and
communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to
their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without needing a
cell phone or the Internet. 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the US,
and an estimated 3 million worldwide. Throughout COVID-19, HAMS around
the world have continued to be on the air practicing their skills, in
part as a way to help stay connected.
MAHALO NUI LOA,
Michael Miller KH6ML
ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A
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