Maunakea Repeater Test

The regular monthly test of the Maunakea VOAD Repeater is set for Saturday, 03 July 2021, 1200-1300 HST.

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NB: “The Office of Maunakea Management merged with Maunakea Support Services in August 2020, creating the Center for Maunakea Stewardship, which is responsible for UH-managed Maunakea lands.” ~CMS
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To: CMS, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO,, bigislandarrlnews, others
Hurricane season has passed one month with no cyclonic activity for the central Pacific ocean.
Lower than normal to normal number of cyclonic events are expected (2-5), but it only takes one! Get ready today! Be ready tomorrow!
Please stay alert for unstable air masses in your area. Please review your Severe Weather Report criteria and procedures.
The Hawaii VOAD repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday, July 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, WH6FIU, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea, Saturday, July 3, 2021  1200-1300 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.  
  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 and their emcomm operators (e.g., Big Island COAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARESHawaiian Humane Society 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 Communications Working Group 
Hawaii Kai Strong
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
ARES emcomm operator and trainer

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