Hawaii Island Ham Radio Notes

Here’s a summary of upcoming Hawaii Island Amateur Radio activities.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 01 December 2022, 1501 UTC.

1.  The Mauna Kea VOAD repeater test is set for Saturday, 03 December 2022, 1200-1300 HST (WH6FIU, 146.72-MHz, PL 100.0 Hz).  Test conditions may change, depending on the lava flow from Mauna Loa.

2.  The Big Island Amateur Radio Club (BIARC) will hold its Christmas Party on Saturday, 10 December 2022, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center.

3.  The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest will be held on Saturday, 28 January 2023, 0930-1400 HST, at the Waimea Community Center.  Guest speaker will be Craig Bledsoe (KL7H), who will “give a situation report and demonstration of AMSAT…in addition, he will talk about his work in restoring tube radios which are donated to scouts.”  For details, contact Steve at wh6n@gmail.com


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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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Mauna Kea VOAD Repeater Test

The monthly test of the VOAD Mauna Kea Repeater is set for Saturday, 03 December 2022, 1200-1300 UTC.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 30 November 2022, 0323 UTC.

Content provided by Kevin Bogan (AH6QO).

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Kevin Bogan

5:02 PM (23 minutes ago)

to Kevin, bcc: me
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. 
To: CMS,  Big Island, BigIslandARES, KHRC, DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO, 40meter.net, bigislandarrlnews, others
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.

 
  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. 
  3. If time permits, we will practice message handling. 
  4. 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.” 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. 
 
Thanks,
 
Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Chair, Hawaii VOAD Communications Working Group 
Hawaii Kai Strong
ARES emcomm operator
DEM RACES
HI-EMA RACES
_._,_._,_
Kevin, AH6QO
Personal Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172
Standard Operating Guide_._,_._,_

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=8f7f0bdc77&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1750888423721286422&th=184c67bea9403b16&view=att&disp=inline&realattid=f_lb3258bz0

According to Kevin Bogan (AH6QO), the “Draft version of the SOG was validated as the current version and so labeled”.  ‘Sorry for the confusion.


Reminders:

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 wh6n@gmail.com

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

https://www.simplehamradioantennas.com

 

 

Big Island Swap Meet/Ham Fest

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is set for 28 January 2023 at the Waimea Community Center.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 29 November 2022, 2112 UTC.

Content provided by Steve Milner (WH6N) and the Kohala-Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC).

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The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet / Ham Fest

 

The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet will be Saturday January 28, 2023, at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).

There will be a $10.00 donation per table per seller.

There will be a $5.00 donation per attendee at time of registration.

One raffle ticket included with registration.  Additional tickets $1.00.

Schedule:

8:00 am – breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe

9:00 am – vendor setup

9:30 am – Doors open to public. Be sure to get your raffle tickets for the “Big ticket item”

12:30 pm – AMSAT Presentation

2:00 pm – Event ends

Guest Speaker this year:

Our guest speaker is Craig Bledsoe, KL7H.  He will be giving a situation report and demonstration of AMSAT.  In addition, he will talk about his work in restoring tube radios which are donated to scouts.

Information:

There will be surprise giveaways throughout the day.

Please note: This is a non-commercial event that promotes the trading of equipment and information between hams and the general public and to promote the open exchange of exploring Ham radio as a hobby.

Talk in 146.940 Maui Repeater, 147.32 Waimea, and 443.650 (100 Hz tone) Kona

This is an event sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC).

This is an Island wide event, be sure to tell all your radio friends.

For more information contact: Steve Milner – wh6n@arrl.net


Reminder:  The Big Island Amateur Radio Club will hold its Christmas Party on Saturday, 10 December 2022, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

https://www.simplehamradioantennas.com

 

Giving Tuesday Alert

HQ ARRL is asking you to support Young Hams today on “Giving Tuesday.”

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio appeal are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 29 November 2022, 1520 UTC.

Content provided by HQ ARRL.

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Here’s the complete message from HQ ARRL:

Help ARRL Support Young Hams!
Dear Russell, KH6JRM

 

Today is #GivingTuesday! Every donation, no matter the size, will help ARRL get closer to our $25,000 goal to help support and expand our programs and initiatives for young hams.

GIVE NOW
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ARRL is already doing so much to grow and encourage our community of young radio amateurs. Just imagine how much more we can do with your help!
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Reminder:  The Big Island Amateur Radio Club will hold its Christmas Party on Saturday, 10 December 2022, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center.

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Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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ARLP Propagation de K7RA

Here’s the latest Amateur Radio propagation forecast from Tad Cook (K7RA).

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 28 November 2022, 2013 UTC.

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SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP047
ARLP047 Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP47
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 47  ARLP047
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  November 28, 2022
To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP047
ARLP047 Propagation de K7RA

ARRL headquarters was closed for the holiday last Thursday and
Friday, so this bulletin is delayed until Monday, but has fresh
content from Sunday night.

At 2228 UTC on November 27 the Australian Space Weather Forecasting
Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning: “A coronal hole
wind stream is expected to induce G1 periods of geomagnetic activity
from mid 30-Nov to 01-Dec.”

Solar activity softened over the past reporting week, November
17-23. Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 72.3 to 66, and
average daily solar flux from 137.2 to 116.5.

In the four days since the end of the reporting week the average
daily solar flux sunk to 106. But we look forward to rising solar
flux, peaking at 135 on December 12 and again on January 8.

In 2021 Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP047 the average daily
sunspot number was only 30.9, and solar flux was 80.8, so we can see
Solar Cycle 25 is progressing nicely.

Average daily planetary A index rose slightly from 4.4 to 5.1, and
middle latitude numbers declined from 3.9 to 3.4.

Two new sunspot groups emerged on November 16, one more on November
17 and another on November 18. Two more appeared, the first on
November 21 and the second on November 23. No new sunspots appeared
in the following four days. The peak sunspot number was 83 on
November 21.

Predicted solar flux is 105 and 110 on November 28-29, 115 on
November 30 through December 3, 120 on December 4, 125 on December
5-10, then 130, 135 and 130 on December 11-13, 125 on December
14-17, 120 on December 18, 125 on December 19-24, and 120 on
December 25-31, then 125 on January 1-6, 2023 then 130 and 135 on
January 7-8.

Predicted planetary A index is 10, 15 and 18 on November 28-30, then
10, 18 and 10 on December 1-3, 5 on December 4-7, 8 on December 8-9,
5 on December 10-16, then 10, 26, 15 and 8 on December 17-20, then
10, 15, 8 and 10 on December 21-24, 8 on December 25-27, then 12, 18
and 8 on December 28-30, and 5 on December 31 through January 3,
2023, then 8 on January 4-5.

F.K. Janda, OK1HH wrote on November 24:

“Over the past seven days, I have been reminded again of the Woody
Allen quote, ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your
plans.’

“At first, the authors of the forecasts of the Earth’s magnetic
field activity (including Tomas Bayer of the Budkov Geomagnetic
Observatory) predicted an increase to the level of a disturbance on
November 17. After that, most of the authors already agreed on
November 19. In the following days, the forecasts were pushed
forward, finally to 21-22 November. And was there anything? Nothing!

“Solar activity dropped slightly. The geomagnetic field was quiet
except for November 18 and 21. The development of shortwave
propagation was erratic, but not bad, with improvements on November
17, 19 and 24.

“For forecasting, we can sometimes use observations obtained using a
technique called helioseismology. Its map of the Sun’s far side on
November 22nd showed a huge active region. The corresponding
heliographic longitude will appear at the eastern limb of the solar
disk in about 10 days. After that, we expect an increase in activity
and, of course, an improvement in shortwave propagation.”

Occasionally I see a solar report in overseas tabloids that makes me
laugh out loud, or LOL as they say.

Here is one. I love the part that says our Sun is the largest star
in our solar system. No kidding! Normal solar activity becomes an
existential threat.

https://bit.ly/3EK9R6o

That was published on November 25, and no doomsday yet.

More dire warnings from the same source:

https://bit.ly/3uc0uYd

This one is pretty deep, but is about real science:

https://bit.ly/3ODAKxs

I haven’t seen a new video from Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW, but you
can check our Space Weather Woman’s YouTube videos at
https://www.youtube.com/user/SpWxfx .

Jon Jones, N0JK writes from Kansas:

“There was an extensive and unexpected sporadic-E opening November
19 early in the morning. I noted stations on Es about an hour after
local sunrise here in Kansas.

“I logged stations in W3 and W4 on 6 Meters on FT8. Signals were
good at times, the opening lasted here until about 1700 UTC.

“Sunspot AR3150 produced a M1-class solar flare at 1256 UTC. A
strong pulse of extreme UV radiation from the flare ionized Earth’s
upper atmosphere. The sporadic-E appeared around 30 minutes later.
Perhaps this helped spark the Es? This has been the only significant
sporadic-E opening on 50 MHz so far in November, 2022.

“The opening was fortuitous. Larry Lambert, N0LL was operating
portable from rare grid DN90. He made many 6 meter contacts on
sporadic-E.

“The ARRL Phone Sweepstakes was on and sporadic-E may have helped
contestants make contacts on 20, 15 and 10 meters.

“Today (November 27, 2022) I got on 10 meters Sunday afternoon of
the CQ World Wide DX CW contest. Stations in Hawaii were very loud
at 2240 UTC. I logged 4 Hawaiians in 6 minutes running just 5 watts
and a magnet mount whip on a BBQ grill. 10 can be amazing at times.”

N0JK writes the monthly VHF column, “The World Above 50 MHz” in QST.

Danny, K7SS reported on the Western Washington DX Club email
reflector that he worked single band 15 meters in the CQ World Wide
DX CW contest. “Great to have 15 open again. Not quite at its peak,
and never had a good opening to EU, except for OH, SM, and LA over
the top both days.

“Most EU worked scatter path to the E/SE. Thank goodness for Asia
action! Lots of JA, BY, and YB folks.”

Danny lives in Seattle, where I live, and we have always had an
amazing pipeline to Japan.

Send your tips, reports, observations, questions, and comments to
k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information concerning shortwave radio propagation, see
http://www.arrl.org/propagation and the ARRL Technical Information
Service at http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals . For an
explanation of numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere .

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation . More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/ .

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins .

Sunspot numbers for November 17 through 23, 2022 were 64, 55, 59,
72, 83, 61, and 68, with a mean of 66. 10.7 cm flux was 119.2, 116,
115.1, 119.1, 117, 115.7, and 113.3, with a mean of 116.5. Estimated
planetary A indices were 2, 7, 5, 6, 10, 3, and 3, with a mean of
5.1. Middle latitude A index was 1, 5, 4, 3, 8, 2, and 1, with a
mean of 3.4.
NNNN
/EX


Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

https://www.simplehamradioantennas.com.

 

Pacific Division Meeting 2022

The ARRL Pacific Division Meeting will be held on Saturday, 10 December 2022, 1830 UTC, via the Zoom conference protocol.

Views expressed in this Amateur Radio News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 28 November 2022, 1404 UTC.

Content provided by ARRL Pacific Division Director Kristen A. McIntyre (K6WX).

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Greetings Pacific Division members!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are prepared for getting
back to preparing for the Holidays.  I hope your bargain hunting has
gone well.

It is time for our Division-wide meeting.  It will be held on Zoom, as
it has the last few years.  I think our previous meetings have been very
productive, They give you a chance to interact and ask questions, and
they give me some great feedback for the upcoming ARRL Board Meeting in
January.  Of course, all of you are encouraged to contact me personally
with any issues you may have, even if you can’t make the meeting.

With that said, I would like to schedule the meeting one week later than
our usual date.  I have been under the weather and I also have a number
of other activities that fall on that day.  Sadly that next weekend
conflicts with the ARRL 10m Contest.  Despite that, we will meet on
Saturday December 10th at 10:30 AM PST (1830Z) via Zoom.  I will provide
the zoom link shortly.  Until then, have a great time getting ready for
the Holidays and don’t forget that the ARRL 160-Meter Contest is this
weekend.

——————————————————————–
ARRL Pacific Division
Director: Kristen A McIntyre, K6WX
k6wx@arrl.org