Big Island ARRL News, 10 October 2016, post #18.


http://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/pacific-seafarer’s-net-assists-in-rescue-of-sailors-from-a-sinking-sailboat.540323

Thanks to Oahu ARRL PIO Stacy Hollbrook for this story.

Once again, it shows how amateur radio operators help save lives on the high seas.

Thanks to Charles Houlihan (KD6SPJ), Fred Moore (W3ZU, Randy VanLeeuwen (KH6RC), and personnel from the Coast Guard 14th District In Honolulu for making the rescue possible.

The original distress call was received on 28 September 2016 at approximately 0300 hrs, UTC by Charles Houlihan (KD6SPJ, a net relay station for the Pacific Seafarer’s net which meets daily.

A Coast Guard helicopter an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 aircraft were dispatched to the “Rafiki’s” last position report.  A Jayhawk helicopter was able to pull the captain of the Rafiki and one additional crew member to safety aboard the helicopter.


Russell Roberts, KH6JRM

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

ARRL Letter


The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

Big Island ARRL News, 08 October 2016, Post #17

Source: ARRL Letter (http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2016-10-06).

Please click link to read the full article.

Comment:

Here’s the latest issue of the “ARRL Letter”, published 06 October 2016.

Some of the topics included in this issue are:

Statewide ARES activated in Florida for Hurricane Matthew.

ARRL gauging impact of revised California distracted driving law.

ARRL to be represented at IARU Region 2 Conference, Emergency Communications Workshop.

The Doctor Will See You Now podcast.

National Parks on the Air Update.

LoTW password checking change causes problems for some users.

“Overview of Army and Air Force MARS” webinar set for 25 October 2016.

AO-7 amateur radio satellite going strong after almost 42 years in space.

The K7RA Solar Update.

Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions.


Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net.  I will review them and send them on to our local newspapers and radio stations.

Thanks for joining us today!

Russ Roberts, KH6JRM

ARRL Public Information Coodinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section.

 

Big Island ARRL News, 07 October 2016, post #16.


http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-response-continues-as-hurricane-matthew-moves-up-east-coast

Accessed on 08 October 2016, 03:47 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  ARRL.

ARES volunteers in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas are supporting emergency communications as Hurricane Matthew sweeps past the northeast corner of Florida packing maximum sustained winds of 120 mph.  The storm is already a killer, leaving more than 800 dead in Haiti.  Almost 500,000 residents of Florida are without power as high winds and torrential rains pound the Sunshine State.

KX4EOC at the St. Johns County, Florida emergency operations center in St. Augustine, Florida is operational using auxiliary power.  North Florida ARES is active on 7.242 MHz and 3.950 MHz.  The Statewide Amateur Radio Network (SARNET) has been activated to assist emergency management personnel where necessary.  Please keep these frequencies clear for emergency traffic.

Hurricane Matthew is expected to turn northeast and eventually loop around where it could cause some problems for the Bahamas.

According to various news networks, many Floridians who chose to “ride out the storm” regretted that decision and wished they had left for evacuation centers before the storm arrived.

The months of practice drills and ARES training sessions are now proving their worth as radio amateurs continue their response to the communications emergency created by Hurricane Matthew.


Russell Roberts, KH6JRM

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

ARES Activates as Florida Girds for Hurricane Matthew


The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

Big Island ARRL News, 07 October 2016, 05:30 hrs, post #15.

Source: ARES Activates as Florida Girds for Hurricane Matthewm(http://www.arrl.org/news/ares-activates-as-florida-girds-for-hurricane-matthew).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 05:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  ARRL.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

Here’s a scenario none of us wishes to experience–the arrival of a powerful and devastating hurricane in a populous state with few natural barriers. This story is all too real for Florida residents who are evacuating to emergency shelters as the 140 mph winds of Hurricane Matthew threaten Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.  Matthew has already left 16 dead in Haiti as it heads for the United States.

ARES teams in Florida and surrounding areas have been  advised to stand ready if back up communications are needed.  FEMA may activate several frequencies on 60 meters to facilitate interagency communications.

As the old saying goes:  “This is not a drill.”  Those of us living in Hawaii know all too well the effects of strong tropical storms.  ARES teams are an important component of emergency communications not only in Hawaii but also across the nation.

Our prayers go with those enduring the forces of this huge storm and to the radio amateurs risking their lives to keep information flowing to emergency management agencies.

Are you prepared?  Be sure you have emergency equipment and antennas ready if the need arises.  Prepare for the worst; hope for the best.


Please send your Hawaii Island amateur radio club activities and events to kh6jrm@arrl.net.  I will then send your event calendar to the print and electronic media on Hawaii Island.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM)

Russ Roberts

ARRL PIO Hawaii Island

 

Big Island ARRL News, 02 October 2016, Post #14


Here’s the latest update on the 12 November 2016 Big Island Hamfest.

Press Release:

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

The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet will be held Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela), Hawaii.

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

A $5.00 donation per attendee at time of registration.

Schedule:

8:00 a.m.-breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe.

9:00 a.m.-vendor setup.

9:30 a.m.-Doors open to the public.  Be sure to get your raffle tickets for the “Big ticket items.”

12:00 p.m.-Setup for VE testing.  Guest speakers-Presentations in adjoining room.

1:00  p.m.-VE testing (a good time to upgrade your license).

2:00 p.m.-Event comes to a close.

Guest Speakers this year:

Joe Speroni, AH0A, is the ARRL Pacific Section Manager.  He will give a talk entitled “The ARRL in Hawaii, a Status Report.”  He will discuss current cabinet appointees, the two new Hawaii Web sites, overview of the training session he attended in Newington, CT, and some comments about the Pacificon.  This is a good opportunity to meet and greet our new Section Manager.

Russ Roberts, KH6JRM, is the ARRL Public Information Coordinator for Hawaii County in the Pacific Section.  He will explain what he is doing with information received from hams on the island and encourage us all to provide newsworthy items to the ARRL public information office.

Persons desiring to test for initial license or upgrade are asked to please bring a current driver’s  license or passport, a copy of their current FCC license or CSCE if applicable, and $15.00 in exact change (ARRL  fee for 2015).  Any questions, please call Joe Crable, the ARRL VE Liason at 808-987-1440 before the test date.

There will be qsl card checking and 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 promotes the open exchange of exploring Ham Radio as a hobby.

Talk in on the 146.940 MHz Maui Repeater and the 443.650 MHz (110 Hz tone) Kona Repeater.  This is a coordinated event of the Waimea and Kona Radio clubs.  This is an island wide event, so be sure to tell all of your radio friends. See you there!

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


If you have Amateur Radio-related news for Hawaii Island, please send it to:  kh6jrm@arrl.net.

Aloha es 73 de,

Russell Roberts, KH6JRM

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

ARRL Letter


The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

Big Island ARRL News, 01 October 2016, Post #13.

Source: ARRL Letter (http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter).

Accessed on 01 October 2016, 20:58 hrs, UTC.

Please click link to read the full letter.

Comment:

Each week HQ ARRL in Newington, CT issues a newsletter reviewing some of top events happening in Amateur Radio in the United States and around the world.

In the 22 September 2016 edition, The ARRL Letter covers several events, including:

Momentum building to urge U.S. Senate passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act.

AT&T’s news “Air Gig” is not your father’s BPL.

Get set for SET.  The Simulated Emergency Exercise runs from 01 to 02 October (Saturday and Sunday) 2016.

The Doctor will see you now!

National Parks on the Air Update.

“Cow of the World” DXpedition Tour to continue.

FCC updates notes on Amateur Radio Operation in CEPT countries.

K7RA Solar Update.

Just Ahead in Radio Sport.

Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions.


Don’t forget the Big Island Ham Fest, set for Saturday, 12 November 2016, 0900-1400, at the Waimea Park Facility on Kawaihae Road in Kamuela.  The event is a joint venture of the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club and the Kona Amateur Radio Society. In addition to displays, guest speakers, and door prizes there will be VE testing for amateur radio licenses.  More detailed information will follow as more details are confirmed.  For information, please call Steve Milner at 808-881-3783 at the Keck Observatory.

Please send your amateur radio announcement to kh6jrm@arrl.net. I will then send them to Big Island media outlets.

Thanks for joining us today!

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM)

ARRL PIO (Hawaii Island).

Amateur Radio Relay League Press Release #3 OCT16 Reminders.pdf


Source: Amateur Radio Relay League Press Release #3 OCT16 Reminders.pdf

Big Island ARRL News, 30 September 2016, Post #12.

Accessed on 30 September 2016, 06:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Stacy Holbrook (kh6owl@arrl.net).

Here’s the latest update of ARRL Pacific News from Oahu PIO Stacy Holbrook (KH6OWL).

Please click link to read the full report.

Comment:

Upcoming October 2016 Amateur Radio Related Events:

01 October 2016–Simulated Emergency Test.

01 October 2016–Boy Scout Camporee & Radio Scouting.

03 October 2016–Technician Course starts.

08 October 2016–ARRL License Test Session on the USS Missouri.

08 October 2016–KARC Club Meeting.

18 October 2016–EARC Club Meeting/

Nightly Nets.

For detailed information on these programs, please visit https://oahuarrlnews.wordpress.com.


Grid Madness Report from Stan (AH6KO).  The full report is in the October 2016 edition of the “Big Island Amateur Radio Club Newsletter.”

Here are some of the highlights of that event:

A handful of amateur radio operators on the Big Island started Grid Madness in 2014.  The event now includes all of the Hawaiian Islands.  Hams use their 2 meter and 70 cm radios to contact as many other stations as possible in a many locations (grid squares) as possible, in just four hours.  Only simplex FM voice is allowed.  This year, we ran the third annual Grid Madness on Sunday, September 18th.

For the first time, Grid Madness entrants experienced the “Madness”.  For a while, signals on 146.52 overwhelmed the channel, especially on Oahu and in the Hilo-Puna area.  Operators demonstrated great skills, staying calm, and patient in the pileup, working together, and moving to other channels.  Many contacts were made “across the water.”  At this writing, at least 52 stations participated, up from 27 last year.  About half of the participants submitted their logs.

Grid Madness operators achieved several “firsts” this year. First HT (Handheld) entries from Bob (KH6BE) and Konabob (AH6GT); first Moloka station (we think–still to be confirmed); and first contacts between Oahu and Maui.

Participating hams practiced using their equipment (base, mobile, and HT) and exchanged and recorded information in difficult conditions.  they also learned more about local and inter-island VHF/UHF propagation.  No doubt, knowledge and skills that will be very useful for the SET exercise on October 1s, and in a real emergency.

Mahalo Nui to all who joined in–especially to the many hams that helped with ideas and publicity.

If you missed this year, be sure to give ita try in 2017.  If you enjoyed this year, invite others!  If you know any hams on Kauai, invite them! Watch for detailed results in October at http://gridmadness.blogspot.com/.

73,

Stan (AH6KO).


If you have any announcements pertaining to amateur radio operations on Hawaii island (the Big Island), please send them to kh6jrm@arrl.net.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM_

ARRL PIO (Hawaii Island).

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