The monthly test of the Maunakea VOAD Repeater will be held Saturday, 04 June 2022, 1200-1300 HST.
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11:36 AM (7 hours ago)
June 1 is the beginning of hurricane season in the central Pacific. Now is the time to prepare for strong winds and flooding. Trim trees. Secure what you can now to lessen the work when a hurricane approaches. Stay Safe.
Part of staying safe is knowing what hazards you might encounter and who can help. Since hurricane season is here, perhaps you can obtain your Skywarn Spotter number and assist the National Weather Service by giving them ground-truth Severe Weather Reports. These reports assist the NWS in issuing timely Warnings, Watches and Advisories. Information about this training is in the blue signature block below.
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The Hawaii VOAD repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday, June 4, 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 June 4, 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 (if none, just use the suffix of your 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.” For example:”Send ambulance.” “Need 20kw genset by 1200 HST Sunday.”)
- 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.
Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Chair, Hawaii VOAD Communications Working Group
Hawaii Kai Strong
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
ARES emcomm operator and trainer
VIDEO: NWS Honolulu SKYWARN Spotter Training 2021
Skywarn info: http://www.protopage.
Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Other: (720) 235-8172
Communication is like breathing. You don’t think about it until you can’t and then it is too late. ~BaoDz 包開文
Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
Public Information Officer
Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section