The monthly test of the VOAD Mauna Kea Repeater is set for Saturday, 03 December 2022, 1200-1300 UTC.
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5:02 PM (23 minutes ago)
An Emergency Proclamation from Governor Ige is in effect for the eruption and lava from Maunaloa. We are authorized to turn the MK repeater on if it is needed or is in imminent need. We need to give the Center for Maunakea Stewardship as much lead time as possible and, at least, 24 hours before turning it on if at all possible.
The attached, current SOG is in effect as a guide. There is no change from the draft version that went out with the reminder for the November test.
Please see the note at the bottom regarding the Standard Operating Guide (SOG) produced by the HVOAD Radio Sub-Working Group.
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The Hawaii VOAD repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday, December 3, 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 December 3, 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 CO
AD, 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
ARES emcomm operator
Standard Operating Guide_._,_._,_
According to Kevin Bogan (AH6QO), the “Draft version of the SOG was validated as the current version and so labeled”. ‘Sorry for the confusion.
The Big Island Amateur Radio Club will hold its Christmas Party on Saturday, 10 December 2022, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center.
The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Hamfest is set for Saturday, 28 January 2023, at the Waimea Community Center, 0930 HST to 1400 HST. For details contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
Public Information Officer
Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section