The Maunakea VOAD Repeater will be on-air for testing, Saturday, 01 January 2022, 1200-1300 HST.
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2:31 PM (5 hours ago)
Winter weather may affect the repeater. Please be aware that your propagation may be different from usual usage.
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The Hawaii VOAD repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday, January 1, 2022, 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, January 1, 2022 1200-1300 HST.
- When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically.
- After the check ins are taken, we will take, by roll call:
- your callsign,
- tactical callsign,
- 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.
- Follow the directions of the NCS.
- 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.
- No small talk. No sidetalk (unless following Directive #2 above.)
- Stick to the EEI (Essential Elements of Information).
- 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.” )
- 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.
- If you are asked to report in a particular format, please comply to help speed up the process. If you arrive after the net starts, listen to the net and adhere to the net reporting format heard.
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, ARES, Hawaiian 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. And….
Happy New Year!
Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Chair, Hawaii VOAD Communications Working Group
Hawaii Kai Strong
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