The ARRL Letter for October 20, 2016 – Inbox – Yahoo Mail

Regulatory Issues Top ARRL Executive Committee AgendaBidding Kicks off on October 21 in Annual ARRL On-Line AuctionMARS-Amateur Radio Interoperability Exercise to Test “Very Bad Day” ScenarioIARU Region 2 Emergency Communications Workshop Covers Wide Range of TopicsThe Doctor Will See You Now!National Parks on the Air UpdateIARU Honors Past ARRL President Rod Stafford, W6RODComplete Sweepstakes Records Now Available, Operating Guide UpdatedTime to File Your JOTA Station ReportARES/RACES Featured at Joint Tribal Emergency Management ConferenceThailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, HS1A, SKGetting It Right!In Brief…The K7RA Solar UpdateJust Ahead in RadiosportUpcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions

Source: The ARRL Letter for October 20, 2016 – Inbox – Yahoo Mail.

Reference address:  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/?issue=2016-10-20.

Editor:  Rick Lindquist (WW1ME).

BIG ISLAND ARRL NEWS, 20 October 2016, 23:59 hrs, UTC, Post #24.

Accessed on 20 October 2016, 23:59 hrs, UTC.

Please click link or insert title URL into your browser search box to read the complete “ARRL Letter” for 20 October 2016.  There is an interesting article regarding ARES/RACES in the current issue of the “Letter.”
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Here’s the latest update on the 12 November 2016 on “The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet”.  Thanks to  Stacy (KH6OWL), ARRL Public Information Officer-Honolulu.

Text summary:

THE ORIGINAL BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII INTERNATIONAL SWAP MEET AND HAMFEST

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

Schedule:

8:00 am-breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe.

9:00 am-vendor setup.

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

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

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

2:00 pm–Event comes to a close.

For more details, contact Steve.  His email is–wh6n@arrl.net.

I’ll have complete news release shortly. I’ve already contacted Hawaii Island’s two major newspapers.

Please send your newsworthy items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks before the event date.  That will give me time to send press releases to the print and electronic media.

Thanks for joining us today!

Russell Robert (KH6JRM)

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

 

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ARES E-Letter Issues

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, 19 October 2016, Post # 23.

Source: ARES E-Letter Issues (http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=current).

Accessed on 19 October 2016, 23:55 hrs, UTC.

Editor:  Rick Palm (K1CE).

Please click link to read the full article.

Comment:

Here’s the latest edition of the “ARRL E-Letter.”

Contents include:

IARU Region 2 Emergency Communications Workshop held in Chile.

Dual exercises in Missouri:  ARRL Field Day 2016/Infrastructure Support Exercise.

Texas hams drill with Public Safety officials in major emergency exercise.

Letter:  On CERT.

Tips:  Net Protocols for practice.

Third annual Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference held in ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.


The “ARRL E-Letter” contains a wealth of practical information and tips for Hawaii ARES members.  Please add this publication to your reading list.


In other related emergency communications news, the “CQ Amateur Radio” magazine for October 2016 contains an interesting summary of recent ham radio emergency assistance following natural disaster in Louisiana and Italy. The full article is posted on page 3 of that issue.

Text excerpt:

Amateur radio operators responded to provide emergency and backup communications for Red Cross shelters throughout the flooding in Louisiana and a magnitude-6.2 earthquake in Italy.

According to the “ARRL Letter”, hams from Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas provided communications for Red Cross shelters throughout the flood area for six days.  In Italy, amateurs were providing unspecified communications chores in accordance with “their planned response with their government”, according to the International Amateur Radio Union. The earthquake claimed hundreds of lives and was responsible for significant damage centered on the tourist town of Amatrice.

Thanks to “ham radio news” contained in the October 2016 edition of “CQ-Amateur Radio” magazine.


Please send your newsworthy items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to  your event.  I will then send them to Hawaii Island print and electronic media.

Thanks for joining us today!

Until next time,

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

 

Big Island ARRL News, 17 October 2016, post #22

Emergency communications training through ARES, CERT, Emergency Management personnel, and local Civil Defense agencies can make radio amateurs more valuable and useful in times of emergencies.  In the following two stories, we learn more about Amateur Radio Clubs and organizations that actively participate in training to serve their communities.

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS ON AMATEUR RADIO ROUNDTABLE

Source: http://www.eham.net/articles/ 37778.

Accessed on 18 October 2016, 01:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Medlin ( W5KUB).

Message text:

Emergency communications will be the topic on Amateur Radio Roundtable at 8:00 PMCT on W5KUB.COM this Tuesday, October 18.

Carlos Cardon, W7QL, the President of the Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club (CHARC), will describe how (his) group provides emergency communications to the city of Cottonwood Heights, Utah.  The group works closely with the city and the CERT response teams to provide the city with voice, data, and video information when all other communications (are) out.

Watch the show on w5kub.com.  Our chat room and telephone lines will be open for viewers to call in and ask questions. This show is also simulcast on famous international shortwave station WBCQ on 9330kHz.

ARRL PARTICIPATES IN THE KAHALA-EAST OAHU PREPAREDNESS FAIR.

Source:  e-mail from Stacy (KH6OWL), ARRL Public Information Officer-Honolulu, dated 15 October 2016.

Reporter:  Stacy (KH6OWL).

Message Text:

Honolulu, Hawaii.  The American Amateur Radio League of Oahu participated in the East Oahu Preparedness Fair on October 15th, 2016 at the Kahala Maull, Kahala, Oahu, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event supported the 3 National Level ARRL campaign themes of fun & friendship, emergency communications, and technology and science.

Local ARRL members were on hand to answer questions, demonstrate radios, and hand out information of the ARRL and local Amateur Radio Clubs on Oahu.

Thanks to Steve, KH6WG, Raleigh, KH7EN, Fred, KH7CH, for setting the ARRL booth and passing out information and answering questions throughout the events.


If you and your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio Club are involved in similar events, please let me know.  Upcoming events should be sent to me at least two weeks before the program, so I can notify local Hawaii Island media.  Please send your news items to:  kh6jrm@arrl.net.

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, 14 October 2016, post #21.

Source: ARRL Letter (http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/?issue=2016-10-13).

Accessed on 14 October 2016, 19:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  ARRL.

Please click link to read the full article.

Comment:

Here’s the latest edition of the “ARRL Letter”, dated 13 October 2016.

Published articles include:

Amateur Radio volunteers mustered in response to Hurricane Matthew.

Current rules holding back hams from adopting state-of-the-art technology.

The Doctor will see you now!

National Parks on the air update.

Pacific Seafarer’s Net assists in maritime rescue of sailors on a sinking sailboat.

Donations of unwanted Amateur Radio and test gear supports ARRL’s mission.

New ARRL Handbook and Operating Manual are available.

Get set for School Club Roundup.

U.S. JOTA registrations reach 340 this year.

ARRL invites nominations for the 2016 International Humanitarian Award.

IARU Administrative Council establishes WRC-19 priorities and strategies.

“Best 6 Years of my life”–round-the-world-cyclist–OZ1AA back in Denmark.

The K7RA Solar Update.

Just Ahead in Radiosport.

Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions.


For the latest updates from the ARRL, please visit the righthand sidebar of this blog.  I’ve also included a link to my Amateur Radio Antenna Blog.

Please submit your club’s upcoming activities and events at least two weeks ahead of time to:  kh6jrm@arrl.net.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts, KH6JRM

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

 

 

Amateur Radio support for Atlantic hurricane

Hurricane Matthew began as a tropical storm near the Windward Islands, but intensified several days later to be a Category 4 Hurricane, unleashing its fury and resulting in hundreds of deaths and widespread damage

Source: Amateur Radio support for Atlantic hurricane (http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2016/october/amateur-radio-support-for-atlantic-hurricane-html).

Big Island ARRL News, 13 October 2016, 19:45 hrs, UTC.

Accessed on 13 October 2016, 19:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jim Linton (VK3PC), IARU Region 3 Chairman, Disaster Communications Committee.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

This article from Jim Linton (VK3PC) provides a lot of background information about Hurricanes Matthew and Nicole which has not been previously released in the media.  This report is a valuable supplement to the ongoing hurricane coverage provided by the ARRL (see righthand sidebar for the ARRL press release).

Jim does an excellent job of describing the actions of ARES, ARRL, the Salvation Army’s SATERN program, and even Cuban radio amateurs during the current storm emergency.

As the death toll from these powerful storms passes 900 (mostly in Haiti), the emergency continues for Bermuda, which is now being impacted by the 120 mph winds of Hurricane Nicole.  ARES, ARRL, and SATERN teams are standing by to render assistance if needed.  Nicole has pulled away from the continental U.S. and doesn’t pose a threat to the eastern seaboard. Bermuda is directly in the path of Nicole and expects between 4 and 8 inches of rain as well as higher than normal surf.

I found Jim’s report interesting because it gives another perspective on how radio amateurs serve their communities in times of disaster.  Our prayers are with the citizens of Bermuda during this time of need.


For the latest ARRL news, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Be sure to send your club activities and events to kh6jrm@arrl.net.

Thanks for joining us today!

Aloha es 73,

Russell Roberts, KH6JRM

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

 

KSC ‘lucky’ Hurricane Matthew damage wasn’t worse

Hurricane Matthew caused millions of dollars of damage at KSC, but major facilities are in good condition.

Big Island ARRL News, 11 October 2016, post #19.

Source: KSC ‘lucky’ Hurricane Matthew damage wasn’t worse (http://www.floridatoday.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2016/10/11/kksc-lucky-hurricane-matthew-damage-wasnt-worse/91907558/).

Accessed on 12 October 2016, 02:11 hrs, UTC.

Please click link to read the full story and to view the storm damage video.

Comment:

Now that Hurricane Matthew has passed by Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, the recovery effort begins.  According to “Florida Today”, damage estimates may exceed $6 billion.  Hurricane Matthew killed over 900 people, including 19 in the United States (that number is subject to change).

During the state-declared emergency, radio amateurs working with ARES, the Salvation Army’s SATERN Network, and local emergency management personnel kept communications channels open and relayed emergency traffic on both VHF/UHF and HF nets.

The work of Amateur Radio operators in the southeastern states isn’t over. Another potentially dangerous storm is brewing off the Florida coast and ARES volunteers are expecting activation soon.

For a complete update on ARES and ARRL participation in this newest emergency, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.


Please send your Hawaii Island amateur radio activities and events calendars to kh6jrm@arrl.net.

Until next time,

Russell Roberts, KH6JRM

ARRL Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section