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BIARC ARES 2019 SET Exercise


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Here’s some information on the upcoming (October 5) ARES Set Exercise for Hawaii Island radio amateurs:

[BIARC] ARES 2019 SET Exercise – a brief preview

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Tony Elias via BIARC biarc@mailman.qth.net

Sep 6, 2019, 8:17 PM (9 hours ago)

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Aloha all,

We expected that ARES Hawaii would have posted their 2019 SET scenario on the hawaiiares.info website by now. It isn’t there yet, so the following is a brief summary to help everyone make plans.

The scenario is that the grid, internet, and phones are down, from a slow moving hurricane with 150+ MPH sustained winds. King Tides and heavy rains contributed to severe damage and flooding in low lying areas.

Exercise activities will be done on Simplex VHF/UHF using a hub and spoke system. Cross band repeaters may be used where needed. We will not use any existing repeater infrastructure, as the exercise assumes that antennas have been taken out. The hub stations should also have at least 40 and 80 meter capability on voice. Winlink will also be used extensively. The exercise will be divided up into two operational periods on Saturday, Oct 5th. Frequencies and modes should be documented on an ICS 205 prior to the exercise. I’ll be sending out a DRAFT of East Hawaii’s proposed ICS 205 soon. Each district needs to prepare their own message traffic prior to the event based upon the more detailed scenario that ARES will soon publish. Hub stations are asked to produce ICS 309 forms and after the event forward copies to ARRL SEC.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

*   SITREPs, Damage assessment reports, and RFAs to be sent to HC CDA-ACS. We don’t know yet to what extent ACS will participate  but there will be a station for HF voice and peer to peer WinLink on 40 and/or 80 meters here on the East side, even if it ends up being a “simulated” ACS.
*   SkyWarn Net – KH6DL / AH6QO. Operation will be on 40m or 80m depending on propagation. Simulated damage reports will be received on Voice, FLDIGI, and Winlink. SkyWarn has asked that these simulated messages be sent in real time based upon the described hurricane path they will publish. In an actual event, the purpose for SkyWarn would be to use the actual ground reports from each area to predict storm movement, intensity, and effects. Therefore these reports need to be sent as quick as possible after the observation is received.
*   HealthCom – NH7J, KH6CQ.
*   HealthCom NCS KH6HC will relay traffic to HHEM WebEOC (NCS189)
*   KH6HC@winlink.org PACTOR III on Amateur Radio Frequencies
*   NCS145@winlink.org PACTOR III on SHARES frequencies.
*   Backup will employ Telnet in both modes.
*   NHCH operate a Winlink station from the gateway NH7HI (HF and VHF/VARA FM) The gateway will be available for set traffic when not being used P2P for HealthCom messagtes.
*   NHCH will operate a SHARES station form NCS461; Kauai from NCS458.
*   Hilo will operate HealthCom on VHF, and currently has no HF capability at the Hospital. Hilo will relay traffic received to local HF capable hub for transmission to HealthCOM NCS KH6HC via Winlink.

14:00 – 17:00 Amateur Radio operations

*   Hubs will receive health and welfare simulated messages from individuals to be sent to families and friends email addresses informing of participation in simulated test using Amateur Radio email.
*   Stations, using any Winlink mode, will forward messages addressed to destinations outside Hawaii to KH6YY@Winlink.org for manual relay to mainland Winlink gateways.
*   The HF Superstation (http://kh6yy.net/antennas/) will use high gain antennas to relay traffic. This will be an experiment to see how well various Winlink digital modes operate in poor propagation conditions.

These plans are preliminary and may be subject to change. ARES has asked us to reach out to other possible “customer” groups and ask for their involvement. In East Hawaii we are attempting to coordinate with local CERT. We are also attempting to reach out to adult care facilities, clinics, etc. They might be able to help to draft realistic HealthCom messages, and possibly allow field stations to stage at their facilities to pass this traffic from a realistic location.

A Voice digital test bridging DMR Brandmeister, All Star, and DMR Hawaii c-bridge may also be setup, as RF linking IP based methods (non-internet) are being planned and will be implemented in the future to improve resiliency in the event of a major emergency. Groups maintaining these networks are being invited to form a bridge linking them to provide the widest possible coverage. The digital mode test will not be used for message traffic, just the logging of call sign, equipment type, power, antenna, repeater and mode being accessed and perceived audio quality. Stations are encouraged to check-in to as many repeaters and digital modes as available to them. The NCS will summarize the information in Excel and report it to the ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) and others interested in the results.
More information will follow.
73
Tony Kitchen
WH6DVI
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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news:

Hawaiian Grid Madness 2019, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest, is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can find the revised contest package here:  https://gridmadness.blogspot.com

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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The ARRL Letter for September 5, 2019


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Storm Watch Continues Along Southeastern US Coast

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) teams from Florida to Virginia went on alert this week, even before Hurricane Dorian left the Bahamas and started making its way up the southeastern US coast. As of 1800 UTC on September 5, Dorian was back to a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 110 MPH. It was 115 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving north-northeast at 8 MPH.

The Florida ARES Net and the statewide SARnet repeater system were to remain activated until Florida emergency managers considered the storm no longer a serious threat. The three ARRL Florida Sections conferred daily this week to assess the situation and coordinate support.

In Georgia, an ARES Emergency Net activated on HF, with a variety of coastal, hospital, emergency operations center (EOC) on frequency, and other stations with Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). ARES Mutual Assistance Teams are standing by.

ARES operators were deployed to two GEMA sites to listen for assistance calls on HF and monitor several frequencies as well as the D-STAR and *Georgia* EchoLink conference node 4544. They were also accepting assistance requests via Winlink.

In South Carolina, ARES has been at the ready. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) radio room was operating 24/7, and Section leadership has been having regular conference calls.

In North Carolina, emergency managers are anticipating the worst effects of the storm on Thursday and Friday. Evacuation routes have been established, and North Carolina National Guard personnel activated, along with high-water vehicles and aircraft.

Rain and storm surge have been the primary threats, with extensive flooding reported in coastal counties of Georgia and the Carolinas, coupled with high winds that downed trees and caused power outages.

FEMA announced earlier that channels 1 and 2 of the 60-meter band are available, as necessary, for interoperability between federal government stations and US Amateur Radio stations involved in Hurricane Dorian emergency communications. Channel 1 (5332 kHz channel center) is reserved for primary voice traffic on the 5332 kHz channel center, 5330.5 kHz USB, and channel 2 (5348 kHz channel center) for digital traffic, 5346.5 kHz USB with 1.5 kHz offset to center of digital waveform.

The ARRL Emergency Response Team remains activated in monitoring mode, as is W1AW.

WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced formal activation plans for Thursday and Friday. The VoIP Hurricane Net activated Thursday in support. The net asked radio amateurs in affected areas, or who can relay traffic from affected areas, to provide surface weather data and damage reports for relay to WX4NHC.

Visit the National Hurricane Center website for the latest official storm information.

Tracking Dorian: Hurricane Watch Net Hunkers Down for the Long Haul

As of September 5, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has been in continuous operation for Dorian since last Saturday at 2100 UTC, and it plans to remain in operation on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz until further notice, HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. The storm made landfall on Grand Bahama Island as a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 MPH, stalling over the northern Bahamas for a day and a half before slowly starting to move away.

“Members of the Hurricane Watch Net have been reading the latest bulletins and updates as well as making calls to the islands for any reports,” Graves said on Wednesday. “However, when a storm is stalled over an area beginning with sustained winds of 180 MPH and slowly dropping to 110 MPH, major catastrophic damage is to be expected.” The hurricane claimed at least 7 lives in the Bahamas.

“The Hurricane Watch Net will continue to make calls to the Bahamian Islands for survivors and to collect and pass any and all emergency or priority traffic from the area,” Graves said on Wednesday.

“We are also available to provide back-up communication to official agencies such as emergency operations centers, the Red Cross, and storm shelters in the affected area,” Graves said. “We will also be interested to collect and report significant damage assessment data back to FEMA officials stationed in the National Hurricane Center.”

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FCC Grants Temporary Waiver for Use of PACTOR 4 for Hurricane Response and Relief

The FCC has granted ARRL’s emergency request for a temporary waiver to permit only those radio amateurs active and involved in Hurricane Dorian response and relief efforts to use the PACTOR 4 digital protocol on HF. The waiver is valid through 2100 UTC on Friday, September 6. Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Radio Service rules limits digital data emissions of amateur stations operating below 28 MHz to a symbol rate not to exceed 300 baud, and stations operating in the 10-meter band (28.0 – 28.3 MHz) to a symbol rate not to exceed 1200 baud, which precludes PACTOR 4 emissions.

“PACTOR 4 is a data protocol that permits relatively high-speed data transmission in the HF bands, and many amateur stations active in emergency communications preparedness are capable of using this protocol,” ARRL explained. The higher-data rates offered by PACTOR 4 are “critical to sending hurricane relief communications, including lists of needed and distributed supplies,” ARRL told the FCC.

The waiver only applies to radio amateurs directly involved in the hurricane relief efforts involving the US mainland. It does not extend to non-emergency communications.

ARRL pointed out that stations involved in Hurricane Dorian response and relief efforts must be able to communicate with one another as well as with federal stations on the five channels on the 5 MHz band involved with the SHARES network and other interoperability partners on those frequencies.

ARRL noted that its PACTOR 4 waiver request to the FCC was “without prejudice to the resolution of Docket 16-239 which is presently pending and addresses the rule section discussed herein.”

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Different Types of Grounds” is the topic of the current (August 29) episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast. Listen…and learn!

Sponsored by DX EngineeringARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also email your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.

Just ahead: “Coaxial Cable Connectors.”

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QST Congratulates its Key Competition Winners

Ingenuity and craftsman abound within the Amateur Radio community, as shown in the results of the 2019 QST Key Competition. Hams have been building their own Morse keys since the dawn of Amateur Radio, and some creations have become legend. The competition sought Morse key and paddle designs in four categories: Straight key, semiautomatic key (bug), paddle, and sideswiper.

The winning straight key by Ron Spooner, W6FIF, was inspired by “steampunk” aesthetics.

Each was a mechanical work of art, but there could only be four winners, who were chosen based on ingenuity of design, ergonomics of operation, and overall craftsmanship.

Juergen Malner, NV1Q, won his category with these skillfully machined paddles.

Gary Johnson, NA6O, topped the field with his semi-automatic key (bug) design.

Participants had to submit their individual keys, which were returned following judging, as well as detailed construction

Stan Levandowski, WB2LQF, won in the sideswiper category.

drawings with dimensions, lists of materials, photos, and written descriptions.

More than two dozen entries were submitted, and the judges gathered in late July to evaluate them.

The winner in each category will receive $250.

The key competition winners’ creations will appear in the October 2019 issue of QST.


144 – 146 MHz Removed from French Proposal for Additional Aeronautical Applications

The 144 – 146 MHz Amateur Radio segment has been removed from a French proposal to study additional spectrum for Aeronautical Mobile Service (AMS) applications. France had included the band, which comprises the entire 2-meter band in ITU Region 1, for consideration as a European Conference of Telecommunications and Postal Administrations (CEPT) position for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). Heading into a CEPT Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) meeting in Turkey last week, France was holding firm on the proposal to have AMS share 144 – 146 MHz with Amateur Radio. The CPG meeting considered CEPT ECC positions on this and other issues for WRC-19.

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) had called the French proposal for 144 – 146 MHz “unsound” and contended that sharing of the current amateur allocation with AMS radio systems would not be possible “without a significant likelihood of mutual interference.”

The French spectrum study proposal would have had to gain approval from at least 10 CEPT countries at the CPG meeting — with not more than 6 opposing — to appear on the agendas of WRC-19 and WRC-23, where a final decision would be made.

Other Amateur Radio-related issues addressed at the CEPT CPG included:

  • Agreement to a European Common Proposal (ECP) on allocating 50 – 52 MHz to the Amateur Service in Region 1 (Europe, Africa, and the Middle East) on a secondary basis, with a footnote listing those countries where the Amateur Service will have a primary allocation in the band at 50 – 50.5 MHz (WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1).

  • Agreement to an ECP on spectrum to be considered for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), which does not now include the primary Amateur Radio band at 47 – 47.2 GHz (WRC Agenda Item 1.13).

  • No change in the Radio Regulations to address the question of operating frequency for wireless power transmission for electric vehicle charging (WPT-EV), leaving open the question of spurious emissions from WPT-EV (WRC Agenda item 9.1.6).

CEPT is one of the six regional telecommunications organizations and is viewed as the most influential. The issues now move to WRC-19 in Egypt this fall for final resolution. IARU will be represented at the international gathering, which gets under way in late October. Read more.

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The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Cycle 24 sunspots returned this week, but only for 2 days — Sunday and Monday — for a sunspot number of 12. Average daily solar flux increased from 66 last week to 67.4 this week.

Radiation from a coronal hole increased the average planetary A index from 5.7 last week to 19.9 this week, with the level on Saturday and Sunday at 38 and 45. The Fairbanks, Alaska, College A index reached 59 and 86, and at one point on Sunday the K index was 8. Measured every 3 hours, and used to calculate the daily A index, the K index had not previously reached 8 since August and September in 2018.

Predicted solar flux is 69 on September 5 – 11; 67 on September 12 – 22; 68 on September 23 – October 6, and 67 on October 7 – 19.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on September 5 – 8; 5 on September 9 – 22; 8 on September 23; 5 on September 24 – 25; 10, 35, 44, 24, and 8 on September 25 – 30; 5 on October 1 – 3; 8 on October 4 – 5, and 5 on October 6 – 19.

I will be giving a talk at the Western Washington DX Club in Seattle on Tuesday, September 10.

Sunspot numbers for August 29 – September 4 were 0, 0, 0, 12, 12, 0, and 0, with a mean of 3.4. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 65.9, 66.5, 66.4, 67.1, 68.8, 68.6, and 68.6, with a mean of 67.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 10, 38, 45, 21, 10, and 12, with a mean of 19.9. The middle latitude A index was 4, 10, 29, 33, 19, 11, and 11, with a mean of 16.7.

A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read “What the Numbers Mean…,” and check out K9LA’s Propagation Page.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. Monthly charts offer propagation projections between the US and a dozen DX locations.

Share your reports and observations.


Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • September 7 — Ohio State Parks on the Air (Phone)

  • September 7 — AGCW Straight Key Party (CW)

  • September 7 — Russian RTTY World Wide Contest

  • September 7 — Wake-Up! QRP Sprint (CW)

  • September 7 – 8 — All Asian DX Contest (SSB)

  • September 7 – 8 — SKCC Weekend Sprintathon (CW)

  • September 7 – 8 — Nebraska QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)

  • September 7 – 8 — IARU Region 1 Field Day, SSB

  • September 7 – 8 — RSGB SSB Field Day

  • September 7 – 8 — PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial 80-Meter Sprint (Digital)

  • September 8 — North American Sprint, CW

  • Ending September 8 — Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration

  • September 8 — WAB 144 MHz QRO Contest (Phone)

  • September 9 — 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint (CW, phone)

  • September 9 — RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Series, SSB

See the ARRL Contest Calendar for more information. For in-depth reporting on Amateur Radio contesting, subscribe to The ARRL Contest Update via your ARRL member profile email preferences.

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FlexRadio Teams with Raytheon to Develop Airborne HF Radio

In a strategic partnership with Raytheon, US Amateur Radio equipment manufacturer FlexRadio has been selected by the US Air Force to adapt its off-the-shelf SmartSDR/FLEX-6000 architecture for HF modernization of airborne communications platforms. The new radio will provide beyond line-of-sight, long-distance communications for air crews.

“We are excited to convey that our proven modular direct sampling hardware, Open Waveform API, and IP-based architecture provide a ready platform for agile development to meet 21st century communication needs,” FlexRadio CEO Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, commented. “Throughout FlexRadio’s history, commercial amateur products have been leveraged into defense products, which in turn, have been leveraged back into commercial products. We are certain that these efforts will cycle back again.”

Youngblood said the deal could boost its Amateur Radio and commercial products and services. “While I can’t go into all the details, the positive impact to our business processes, infrastructure, intellectual property, and human resources will enhance our amateur/commercial products and services,” he said. “So, stay tuned for more amateur product announcements coming soon.”

Raytheon received a $36 million Project Agreement through an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with Consortium Management Group (CMG) on behalf of Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace, in support of requirements from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, to develop and qualify an HF radio. CMG’s mission “is to speed development of technologies to improve US government capabilities required to sustain US military supremacy in weapon systems information technologies.”

The Raytheon-FlexRadio partnership is one of two recipients for this development program. After the 31-month period of performance, one team will be named to move on to production.

“Worldwide high-frequency communications is what our commercial customers do every day, using virtually every mode of operation and type of propagation,” Youngblood said. Read more.

Concerns Aired that 5G Spectrum Expansion Could Affect Weather Data Collection

An April report in Nature magazine says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA are asking the FCC to work with them to protect frequencies used for Earth observation from interference as 5G rolls out. The FCC in April auctioned the first block of 5G spectrum with minimal protection to other users. The sale reaped nearly $2 billion. Some of the 5G-bound frequencies are close to those used by satellites for Earth observations, and meteorologists have expressed fears that 5G transmissions could interfere with their data collection.

The worry is that NOAA won’t be able to detect concentrations of water vapor in the atmosphere accurately. Meteorologists rely on those data to feed into their models, and without it, weather forecasts worldwide could suffer.

“Because the United States is such a large communications market, the decisions the government makes about how to deploy 5G are likely to influence global discussions on how to regulate the technology,” the Nature article said. The article noted that telecommunications regulators will gather in Egypt in October and November for World Radiocomunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), where delegates will “hammer out international agreements for which frequencies companies will be able to use for 5G transmissions, and what level of interference with Earth-observation frequencies is acceptable,” the magazine said.

“Astronomers, meteorologists and other scientists have long worked to share the spectrum with other users, sometimes shifting to different frequencies to prevent conflicts,” the article points out. “But ‘this is the first time we’ve seen a threat to what I’d call the crown jewels of our frequencies — the ones that we absolutely must defend come what may,'” said Stephen English, a meteorologist at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in the UK.

The recent FCC auction focused on two bands of spectrum — between 24.25 and 24.45 GHz and between 24.75 and 25.25 GHz. Wireless equipment transmitting near the lower end of that range could interfere with the 23.8 GHz water-vapor measurement. Nature said the FCC did not respond to its request for comment on the matter.

The FCC auction set a noise limit on the US 5G network of -20 dBW, much noisier than thresholds under consideration most other systems around the world. The European Commission has settled on -42 dBW for 5G base stations; the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is recommending -55 dBW.

“NOAA and NASA have reportedly finished a study on the effects of differing levels of noise interference, but it has not been made public, despite at least one formal request from Congress,” Nature reported. The Department of Commerce, which oversees NOAA, “strongly supports the administration’s policy to promote US leadership in secure 5G networks, while at the same time sustaining and improving critical government and scientific missions.”

In Brief…

September is National Preparedness Month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month each year to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning throughout the year. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.” FEMA is a long-time ARRL partner agency. This year, FEMA wants participants — which include Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers — to share their activities and success stories, as well as brief descriptions of their National Preparedness Month plans (include “NPM” in the email subject line). An appropriate submission would be your ARES team’s planned or conducted ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) activity. The SET is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of ARES and other organizations involved with emergency/disaster response, and the 2019 SET is scheduled for the October 5 – 6 weekend. Guidelines and specific SET reporting forms for Field Organization leaders are on the ARRL website. Download and send completed forms to Steve Ewald, WV1X, at ARRL Headquarters. See page 71 in the September 2019 issue of QST for more information on the 2019 SET.

Applications for the 2020 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted until December 31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are eligible. If you complete an online application, you must also email a PDF of academic transcripts from your most-recently completed school year by January 13, 2020. Applications that are not accompanied by transcripts will not be considered. The ARRL Foundation Scholarship Committee will review all applicants for eligibility and award decisions. Scholarship recipients will be notified in May 2020 via USPS mail and email. For more information, visit the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program page.

The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California will host the 20th annual Route 66 On the Air Special Event, September 7 – 15. The event commemorates the 1926 construction of the famous Route 66, the country’s first major improved highway linking the US heartland with the west coast. Twenty stations will be on the air along the route, two of them as rovers on the highway between Santa Monica, California, and Chicago, Illinois. All 20 stations will employ 1 × 1 call signs. Operating frequencies will be: CW — 3.533, 7.033, 10.110, 14.033, 18.080, 21.033, 24.900, 28.033, and 50.033 MHz; SSB — 3.866, 7.266, 14.266, 18.164, 21.366, 24.966, 28.446, and 50.166 MHz, and digital — 3.573, 7.074, 10.136, 14.074, 18.100, 21.074, 24.915, and 28.074 MHz. Radio amateurs traveling on Route 66 are encouraged to take part. Participating clubs will have their own distinctive commemorative QSLs. Visit the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club website for more information.


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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Hawaiian Grid Madness 2019, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can download the revised contest package here:  https://gridmadness.blogspot.com

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class this year.  The class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keeau.  For details, contact Doug here:  douscelle@aol.com

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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Mauna Kea Repeater Test on Saturday


Just a reminder that the monthly test of the Mauna Kea repeater will be held this Saturday.

Message accessed on 05 September 2019, 1450 UTC, Post 1105.

Source:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwDqxRlPTNGKlNrlBRSzkVdDvSD

Here’s the complete text from Kevin Bogan (AH6QO):

“Topics in this digest:

1. Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 9/7/19 1200 HST.

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1a. Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 9/7/19 1200 HST.
From: Kevin Bogan <kevin.bogan@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:34:09 PDT

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

*The duration of the net maybe limited this month due to operator
scheduling difficulties. However, we will test the repeater enough to
ensure it is operational and ready. Thank you for your patience.*

Hurricane Season is here and more cyclonic activity is headed our way.
We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the test on Saturday
9/7/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis
(1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal
conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to
insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz)
Maunakea on this coming Saturday, September 7, 2019,  1200 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by
checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the
NCS when operating on the repeater.

A continuing request:

*As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our
Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your
local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and
others on what communications would be like from their location.  *

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g.,(BI) Hawaii VOAD, American
Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team
Rubicon, ARES and more <https://hivoad.communityos.org/cms/membership>) and
their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.)

Please give this notice the widest dissemination.

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
Kevin, AH6QO
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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FCC Grants Temporary Waiver for PACTOR 4 in Hurricane Relief Efforts


Welcome to the Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio update from Big Island ARRL News.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content supplied by Leslie Hittner and the FCC.

Accessed on 03 September 2019, 0445 UTC, Post 1102.

Source:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwDqxPRrdxzvTKBHTTMrbNwgZDv

Those monitoring the progress of Hurricane Dorian as it approaches Florida should be aware of a special temporary waiver granted by the FCC for the use of PACTOR 4 in Hurricane relief efforts.  Please click the above link or scroll down for the summary from Leslie Hittner:

Leslie Hittner via BIARC biarc@mailman.qth.net

3:50 PM (2 hours ago)

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FCC Grants Temporary Waiver Permitting Use of PACTOR 4 for Hurricane Response and Relief
09/02/2019
The FCC has granted ARRL’s emergency request for a temporary waiver to permit only those radio amateurs active and involved in Hurricane Dorian response and relief efforts to use the PACTOR 4 digital protocol on HF. The waiver is valid through 2100 UTC on Friday, September 6. The waiver request was necessary because Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Radio Service rules limits digital data emissions of Amateur stations operating below 28 MHz to a symbol rate not to exceed 300 bauds, and in the 10-meter band (28.0 – 28.3 MHz) to a symbol rate not to exceed 1200 bauds, which precludes PACTOR 4 emissions.“PACTOR 4 is a data protocol that permits relatively high-speed data transmission in the HF bands, and many amateur stations active in emergency communications preparedness are capable of using this protocol,” ARRL told the FCC. The FCC granted a waiver for the use of PACTOR 4 during the 2017 Hurricane Maria relief effort, and more recently in preparing for typhoon relief communications in Hawaii. ARRL told the FCC that the higher-data rates offered by PACTOR 4 are “critical to sending hurricane relief communications, including lists of needed and distributed supplies.”The PACTOR 4 waiver only applies to radio amateurs directly engaged in hurricane relief efforts involving the US mainland. It does not extend to non-emergency communications.

ARRL pointed out that stations involved in Hurricane Dorian response and relief efforts must be able to communicate with one another as well as with federal stations on the five-channels on the 5 MHz band involved with the SHARES network and other interoperability partners on those frequencies, ARRL told the FCC.

FEMA has announced Channel 2 (5348 kHz channel center) of the 60 meter band will be made available, as necessary for digital interoperability between federal government stations and US Amateur Radio stations involved in Hurricane Dorian emergency communications. (Channel 1 will be available for SSB interoperability.)

ARRL noted that its PACTOR 4 waiver request to the FCC was “without prejudice to the resolution of Docket 16-239 which is presently pending and addresses the rule section discussed herein.”

ARRL had requested a 30-day waiver, but the FCC said it would entertain requests for an extension of the waiver on an as-needed basis.

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Hawaiian Grid Madness reminder


Welcome to the Labor Day Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News update from Big Island ARRL News.

Views expressed are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by Stan Froseth (AH6KO).

Accessed on 02 September 2019, 1730 UTC, Post 1101.

Source:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#label/Grid+Madness+VHF%2FUHF+Simplex+Event/FMfcgxwDqxNJzLbjZfPKbfWWlLGkMmpp.

Stan reminds all Hawaii radio amateurs that “Grid Madness 2019” is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  Here are some of the details:

Please click link or scroll down to read the complete update.


* * * * * Details * * * * *

Time to finalize plans for your Sunday afternoon on the radio…will you operate from home, go to a pu’u with your mobile or HT, or play the rover to multiple Grid Squares? Grid Madness is a single operator event, but you can join with other hams. Take your radio to a popular spot in your area — great time for a tailgate party! Or jump in a truck with a ham friend, and two radios. You can even share a radio, each using your own call sign.

Don’t forget to contribute your score to your club on your Entry Form. Now is a good time to contact other club members and encourage them to get on the air! Here’s more info on theClub Award.

The idea is to contact as many stations as you can in as many Grid Squares as you can, using SIMPLEX FM, 2 meters and 70 cm. Get complete details and the info packet athttp://gridmadness.blogspot.com/

Never tried it? Make this the year! Go to the blogspot and poke around a little to get an idea what it’s all about. Ask other hams on the radio. Give it a try and send in your log, with photos and comments if ya got emYou will probably enjoy it, and you will get a pretty good certificate.

New this year:

  • Madness Mitigation — More Working Frequencies/Suggested Island Meeting Channels
  • Kauai, Molokai and Lanai — If this is you, please join us this year. Announce your Island often. You will get a big welcome!

Special reminder from Tom, NH6Y: People! Turn off your squelch to hear the weak stations!

Comments and questions to AH6KO@arrl.net


For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio Club News” update from Big Island ARRL News.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 01 September 2019, 1505 UTC, Post 1100.

Source:

http://www.southgatearc.org/

Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.

This report covers the period of 30 August 2019 to 01 September 2019.

News for Sunday 1 September

French ham radio societies to meet
A meeting of France’s national Amateur Radio Societies is planned for September 22, societies represented will include DR@F, Union of Radio Clubs, AMSAT-F and REF

Ham radio operators stand ready in case of disaster
British Columbia local news reports amateur radio may be the only communication left after a major calamity

SARL attended ATU APM19-4 meeting in East London
SARL News reports the fourth and final African Telecommunications Union WRC-19 Preparatory Meeting was held in East London (South Africa) from August 26-30, 2019

GB8NCI at Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution
The Exmouth Journal reports amateur radio enthusiasts across Europe learnt about the work of the National Coastwatch Institution thanks to an Exmouth station’s annual radio event on August 24-25

The Space Weather Woman
Hurricane Dorian & Smart Space Radiation Medicine – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Digicel makes donation to Amateur Radio Club
Dominica News reports Digicel recently donated 150 batteries to the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc

The September/October 2019 Communicator
Projects, News, Views and Reviews… Back after Summer break, here is the September / October SARC Communicator newsletter

G2-class geomagnetic storm in progress
A solar wind stream blowing faster than 700 km/s is lashing Earth’s magnetic field on Aug. 31st. This has sparked a G2-class (moderately strong) geomagnetic storm

The satellite phone you already own: From orbit, UbiquitiLink will look like a cell tower
For anyone that’s ever been broken down along a remote stretch of highway and desperately searched for a cell signal, knowing that a constellation of communications satellites is zipping by overhead is cold comfort indeed

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

 

News for Saturday 31 August

CEPT CPG decides position on 144, 50 and 1240-1300 MHz
At the insistence of the European Commission, a WRC-23 agenda item was considered necessary to address the world-wide protection of Regional Navigational Satellite Systems from amateur emissions in the band 1240-1300 MHz

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Gate-keeping, special people and bullies
One of the recurring topics in my experience of amateur radio is that associated with people who use the hobby as an excuse to sow discontent. That comes in many forms, at the extreme end it’s harassment, but it also comes in the form of gatekeepers and nay-sayers 

RSGB release Mock Exam papers
The RSGB has released 2019 syllabus mock papers for the Foundation, Intermediate and Full amateur radio exams

160th anniversary of the Carrington Event
Michael Marcus N3JMM reports that Sunday, September 1 is the 160th anniversary of the Carrington Event – the largest documented solar storm and the beginning of understanding how it affects terrestrial systems

Celebrating 90 years of Baldock Radio Station
In 1929, Baldock Radio Station opened its doors for the first time. That was the start of a nine-decade journey (and counting) that would see it evolve from a radio receiving station to the home of Ofcom’s work on managing the airwaves

Chance of Aurora Saturday evening
The British Geological Survey has issued a Space Weather Alert. A high speed solar wind stream is expected to arrive today, August 31, Aurora possible in the evening

Packet Radio (Post Apocalyptic Internet?) – Computerphile
Prehistoric WiFi? Converting bits into audio and broadcasting them via radio – Dr Aaron Jackson demos packet radio

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 1st September is the Club Focus edition.  In this edition we  give over as much space as is needed so that clubs can promote themselves and what they do

Propagation de K7RA
The current stretch of spotless days is now over three weeks, according to spaceweather.com. The continuing quiet seems eerie.

 

News for Friday 30 August

New ham radio youth group in Spain
The president of Spain’s national society URE has accepted an offer to take over the URE Youth leadership

VDSL: PTA imposes restrictions on Radio Amateur
Iceland’s national society, the IRA, reports on a case of a VDSL system allegedly failing in the presence of an amateur radio signal

Telford Hamfest at new venue
This Sunday is Telford HamFest and it is at a new venue, the Harper Adams University Telford TF10 8NB

Amateur Radio Alliance Web
The Amateur Radio Alliance Inc. invites all hams to visit our web page. There is nice information and software to download and many other tools to be used by radio operators around the world

Eddie De Young, AE7AA, named CQ Awards Editor
Eddie De Young, AE7AA, of Clearwater, Florida, has been named Awards Editor of CQ Amateur Radio magazine, Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today. His first Awards column appears in the September 2019 issue

RSGB release Board Proceedings for June
The RSGB Board Proceedings for the June 2019 meeting have been released but the Proceeding for May are not yet available

Geomagnetic storm warning
A large hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth, spewing a stream of solar wind in our direction

DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

“Grid Madness 2019”, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest, is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can download the revised contest package here: https://gridmadness.blogspot.com

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links,  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

ARRL News-Features 08/29/2019


Welcome to the “ARRL News-Features” update from Big Island ARRL News.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111.

Accessed on 29 August 2019, 2205 UTC, Post 1095.

Source:

http://www.arrl.org/news-features

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