Maunakea VOAD Repeater Test


The regular monthly test of the Maunakea VOAD repeater is set for Saturday, 06 May 2023, 1200-1300 HST.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM), Public Information Officer, Hawaii County (ARRL Pacific Section. and

This SOG (HVOAD Maunakea SOG 20221129.pdf) is in effect as a guide. 
To: CMS,  Big Island, BigIslandARES, KHRC, DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO,, bigislandarrlnews, others
Report readability (Loud & Clear, Some Static, Weak Signal, etc.) after the Elevation (see below).
The Hawaii VOAD repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday, May 6, 2023, 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 May 6, 2023  1200-1300 HST.

  1. When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically
  2. After the check ins are taken, we will take, by roll call:
    1. your callsign, 
    2. tactical callsign (if none, just use the suffix of your callsign)
    3. name, 
    4. location, 
    5. power, 
    6. antenna model number and 
    7. antenna elevation above MSL. 
    8. Readability 
    9. example: WH6FIU, CONTROL, Kevin, Mariner’s Ridge, 10, CSB770A, 620
  3. If time permits, we will practice message handling. 
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.” For example:”Send ambulance.” “Need 20kw genset by 1200 HST Sunday.”)
  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. 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, ARESHawaiian 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
Kevin, AH6QO
Personal Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172




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