This report is for July 2015.
Fortunately this last month was relatively quiet. We had one mild earthquake on the Big Island, Hurricane season officially started June first, several unstable areas of weather are in the Pacific and there are quite a few wild fires throughout the state of Hawaii. The general weather has been hot and humid. As always, stay informed and alert. There were a couple earthquakes of 7 magnitudes around the rim of the Pacific however none created a tsunami. State officials inaugurated a second set of Tsunami warning signs on Oahu for an “extreme tsunami”. They expect to do the same for all the islands soon. FYI Hawaiian Standard time is the “W” time zone.
US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced H.R. 1301 on March 4 with bipartisan support.
US Sen Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S. 1685 on June 26, with Sen Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as an original cosponsor.
BOD meeting over the weekend of July 17-18 in Windsor, CT. (see ARRL webpages for details.)
1. The ARRL Board of Directors has approved a $10 increase in the League’s annual dues rate, effective January 1, 2016. In doing so, the Board adopted a recommendation of the Administration & Finance Committee. ARRL basic dues have been held at $39 a year since 2001.
2. BOD adopted amendments to the ARRL HF Band Plan — with some tweaks,
3. BOD Okayed an additional operating event: National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) operating event in 2016 to celebrate the National Park Service centennial. (This should make it easier to get approval to operate for events such as Field Day.)
4. BOD began the search for a successor to ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, who will retire May 1, 2016.
5. BOD named several ARRL award recipients.
6. BOD approved the 2016 ARRL National Convention for Feb 12-16, 2016 in Orlando, FL.
Sumner said the League has done as much as it can to hold off a dues increase for more than a decade, but now it’s a necessity, not an option.
More Comment from the Pacific SM:
With the coming rate increase now would be a really good time to get a life membership in ARRL before the rate change on January first. A life membership is 20 times the yearly rate. A second alternative is to renew for the maximum of three years before the change. At this time there is no option for only electronic QST except blind hams do have that option. A blind member also has the option of getting a life membership in ARRL for $200. (This will go up to $250 next year) To qualify for a blind membership a person must sign a certificate stating they are blind. Blind membership is $8. Students have the option of a $20 rate but for only one year at a time. Family membership is $8 per yeer. The regular membership form and life membership form explains all the options. They are available on line.
Urgent action needed:
We need to write letters to our senators to support this “second half” of the effort to get some relief from restrictive CC&R’s. Read the articles on the ARRL page and send your letters through ARRL so they can be hand delivered. Sending them directly to Washington has a built in delay because of the security screening all mail must now go through. Another option is to send it to the local office of the official or even by e-mail. A telegram also works. Whatever you decide, be sure to send it now rather than later. There are numerous suggested letter forms that you can use. Now that there is Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 legislation in both chambers of the US Congress, the League has a combined web page to accommodate activities on behalf of the two bills. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page provides a clearing house for all information on these identical pieces of legislation.
Conditions over Field Day weekend turned out to be not bad at all. The expected geomagnetic upset never really happened. On June 25-26, the Thursday and Friday before Field Day, the predicted planetary A index for the June 27-28 was 45 and 60, really bad conditions. The actual planetary A index on those dates was 9 and 13, and the mid-latitude A index was 8 and 12, nice moderate numbers. Most clubs reported relatively good conditions. Your SM spent most of Field Day at the South Point ARC site near Naalehu on the southern part of the Island of Hawaii. EARC/Koolau posted a series of pictures from Windward Oahu on their site.
A note from Doug Wilson, KH7DQ: (Doug is now the lead VE for BIARC)
We're beginning a new tech class on (Saturday) August 1 at the Kea'au Community Center. The classes will start at 9:00 a.m. The last class will be held on September 5 (First Saturday) and the exam will be given that afternoon at 2:00 p.m., again, at the Kea'au Community Center. If you know anyone that might be interested in taking the classes please have them contact me ASAP. I need to get a good count before the class starts so I have enough materials for everyone. Call 808-985-7570 or 808-222-0272. FYI we had 11 people test at BIARC FD with 9 passing. Tnx Doug.
As you may remember, in Late March to Early April 2015 Category 5 Typhoon Maysak ravaged many islands in the nation of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) causing major damage and some loss of life. After hitting parts of FSM, the typhoon weakened and proceeded on to parts of the Philippians. There was a write up of the FSM: Situation in a previous SM report. John Bush, KH6KLK, is now back from his deployment. He reports recovery is still very slow. The latest of many problems is getting roof iron for the schools. The temporary tarps are tearing. John does not know when new material will arrive as most must come through Guam.
The ARRL HF and VHF “Go Kits” are now back in Hawaii ready for deployment should another problem come up. As was commented in the first of this report, things are quiet at this moment.
The Pahoa Lava flow is still stopped and things are back to normal. Most businesses have reopened.
As was mentioned earlier, we are still looking for someone to be the Section Youth Coordinator (SYC). It is a new, section-level ARRL Field Organization appointment that is available and ready to be filled as soon as we have someone for the position. Here are the appointment guidelines that describe the requirements and responsibilities: http://www.arrl.org/section-youth-coordinator
If you are interested or know of someone who would be just right for the job, let the SM know.
The Hawaii HF “Go Kit” will be getting a new HF antenna since the original one is just too big and heavy. Temporarily the kit has the loan of a “tape antenna” from one of the BIARC members. It will have the tape antenna until the new antenna is sent from HQ. If you have a need for either the HF or VHF “Go Kit” let the SM know. We can deploy them for either an emergency or a large demonstration. Normally we won’t deploy them for just a “show and tell” at a club meeting.
Weekend of August 21, 2015 is the Hawaii QSO Party. Contact Joe Speroni, AH0A for details.
Tue Sept 2, the USS Missouri, KH6BB, will be active in celebration of the Anniversary of the End of WWII.
Sat October 3, is the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test.
Sat October 24, 2015 is the Big Island International Hamfest. It will be at the Waimea Community Center. It runs from 1000W to 1400W with early set up at 0900W for vendors. Cost is $10 for sellers and $5 for general admission. See the KARS website for details.
MEETINGS & CLUB NEWS:
SPARC – The South Point ARC or “SPARC” meets on the first Sunday at Noon at Manuka State park. It is potluck. They are not affiliated with ARRL. They don’t have a website (yet). Their next get together is August 2nd. There is no website. Their Field Day was at Whittington State Park. They were the southernmost FD site in the US. Your SM visited the site. They did well and ran 2A.
1st Monday - RACES – 1830W at DEM, Honolulu County Bldg basement. No other info available.
KARC – The Kauai ARC meets on the first Monday at 1800W. Website is: http://www.kauaiarc.org/ next meeting is August 3rd at the KIUC Conference Room, 4463. There is also a weekly Saturday breakfast. They use to meet at the Feral Pig however it will close July 30 and the breakfast meeting is now at Mariachi’s at 0730W. It is located in the same Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili but upstairs.
We note with sadness again the passing of John Montalbano, KH6JMM on March 28th. He was president of Kauai ARC. They have set up a repeater memorial fund in remembrance. If you would like to contribute contact Elaine Albertson, AH6TA or any of the members.
MARC – Marianas ARC of Guam normally meets on the first Tuesday at KSTO studio on Nimitz Hill at 1900 Guam time. It will be Tuesday Aug 4, 2015. Their last meeting minutes said they may be getting ARRL “Go Kits” to be stored at the KSTO studio. It would be a forward deployment in case of an emergency in the Western Pacific. Their website is http://www.ah2g.net/ . We learned during the recent Hawaii deployment to FSM that transporting the kits is not easy and expensive.
If you would like to take an Amateur Radio exam or have questions, call Mike Wendt, WH2M at 671-477-6737. Testing is by appointment and normally takes place before the monthly meeting about 5PM. Hafa Adai from Guam, where America’s Day begins.
There is another website for Guam and the Northern Marianas (CNMI) with emphasis on HF operations. It is the Mariana Islands DX Association, NH2DX. It has many pictures as well as history stories. The population for the islands is small so they are to be congratulated for putting together such a nice webpage. http://www.guam.net/pub/midxa/ . They are not an ARRL affiliated club and they don’t have regularly formal meetings.
WHARG – West Hawaii Amateur Radio Group meets on the 1st Wednesday on even Months at 1930W at Waimalu Diners in the Waimalu Shopping Center. Their next get together will be August 5th. The WHARG is a “Hawaiian-style” group of hams interested in amateur radio and good fellowship. No rules, no officers, no dues. They are not an ARRL affiliated group.
KHRC– The Kohala-Hamakua Radio Club meets on two schedules. Odd months are 2nd Sunday in Kapa’au at 1400W. Even months are 2nd Wednesday in Waimea at Keck Bldg. at 1900W.
Next meeting: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 1900W at the Conference Room, Keck Observatory Headquarters, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743
The last meeting was Sunday July 12th at 1400 at the Conference Room, Hisaoka Gym, King Kam Park, Kapa'au. Webpage is http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc.htm .
In the past they have met at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab. KHRC helps sponsor the HPA school radio club. The school has a general webpage which is: http://www.hpa.edu/ . The HPA Energy lab is the only one of its kind in the world. Since HPA is a private school, it is not open to the public.
MARC – Maui ARC meets on the 2nd Wed. at CD Hq. at 1900W. Web is http://www.kh6rs.org/ . Next meeting is Aug 12th. Club meetings are held at the Maui County Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center (EOC) Conference Room. The EOC is in the basement of the County Building. The County building is located on High Street in Wailuku. Just come around the back of the building from Kaohu Street. Directions can usually be received on 147.020 (+600-no tone). Meetings start at 1900W.
Exam schedule: Saturday, August 1, 2015 @ 0900W and Saturday, December 5, 2015 @ 0900W.
For exams contact Mel, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-250-4591.
KARC – The Koolau ARC website is: http://www.karc.net/ . They meet on the 2nd Sat. at 0930W at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden Park in Kaneohe, Oahu. Next meeting will be August 8th .
BIARC – The Big Island ARC website is: www.biarc.net . They meet on the 2nd Sat. at 1400W at the Keaau Community Center. The next meeting will be August 8th.
EARC - The Emergency ARC (Oahu) website is: http://earchi.org/event_listing.html they normally meet on the 3rd Tuesday at the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 46 located at 891 Valkenburgh Street in Honolulu. This will be August 18th at 1900W. Parking is limited so come early.
HARC – The Honolulu ARC website is: http://ham.aditl.com/harc . They meet on the 3rd Sat. at 0900W on odd months (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov) at the Monterey Bay Cannery restaurant. The next meeting will be September 19th.
The Waikiki ARC meets s every Tue at 0700W for breakfast at the Monterey Bay Cannery in Aiea. It has only the ARRL club website: http://www.arrl.org/Groups/view/waikiki-amateur-radio-club/type:club .
KARS – Kona Amateur Radio Society webpage is: http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/~veillet/hwars.html. They meet on the 4th Sun. at 1400W in Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA. It is a picnic potluck. Next get together is August 23rd . Indian (like curry) is the food theme. For questions please contact Van NH7IT at 808-345-5008 or e-mail NH7IT@arrl.net . In addition to the regular KARS monthly meeting they now have a breakfast at 808 Grindz restaurant in Kopika Plaza on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 0830W. For additional information contact Stuart KH7DX at 808-896-1290.
PERC – The Puna Emergency Radio Club website is: http://perchawaii.com/ their meetings are irregular. They use to meet on the 4th Saturday at 1000W at the Hilo Coffee Mill. We will publish the new schedule when it becomes available. They have a net every Wednesday at 1900W on two meters.
HARC – (The Hilo ARC): They meet daily 0630-0830W at Jack in the Box Hilo. This club is the oldest on the Island of Hawaii however there was a break in existence of several years until former Section Manager Dean Manley, KH6B and several others reactivated it. They also sponsor the Council of Radio Club which meets once monthly. Please contact Dean for more information.
There has been no news from The American Samoa Radio club or Molokai Club in recent times.
The Civil Defense Amateur Radio Club (Honolulu) has no regular meetings. Their mission is to provide ARRL Volunteer Examiner testing services for amateur radio operators on the island of Oahu. The goal is to continually build up the pool of available emergency communicators available during times of emergency. Testing is on the third Wednesday of selected months; however, contact Ray Moody, AH6LT moody at: hawaii.edu or phone 941-9239. Advance registration is required to pass building security at the Red Cross building. Schedule for 2015 can be found in the VEC page of ARRL. It is: 08/19/2015 and 11/18/2015 at 1830W at the American Red Cross building (in back of Diamond Head) AGAIN No walk-ins.
Cal-Pac RC upgraded the Mauna Loa site antennas and took the six meter beacon off the air. It will be back shortly however it has not been decided if it will be put back at Mauna Loa. The picture of the KH6HME memorial brick at ARRL HQ is in the photo files at the bottom of the Pacific Section website along with other pictures of the Mauna Loa site. The brick was donated by BIARC member Chuck McConnell, W6DPD of Fresno.
The USS Missouri BB-63, the world's last and most famous battleship, is moored on Pearl Harbor's historic Battleship Row. Today the Missouri is open to the public and serves as a reminder of America's proud legacy of strength, honor, sacrifice, and freedom. The official site of the "MIGHTY MO" can be found at www.ussmissouri.org
REPEAT OR REFERENCE INFORMATION:
The Pacific Section webpage is: http://www.arrl.org/Groups/view/pacific-section. It now contains this
SM report. Each affiliated club should fill in an activities report to ARRL at least once every year. For more information go to: http://www.arrl.org/club-update . Your SM is always looking for news
So be sure to update him too. Even if your group is not ARRL affiliated, send a report. If you have notable activities send along a jpeg picture and description (please). At the bottom of the Pacific
Section webpage is a picture gallery.
Hawaii's Official Amateur Radio Repeater Coordination Site is: http://www.hawaiirepeaters.net/ .
Ron Hashiro’s webpage always has a good collection of news of local happenings. See:
http://www.qsl.net/a/ah6rh/am-radio/in-hawaii.html . There is a new feature telling about the history of the early repeaters in Hawaii especially Diamond Head 146.88. Go to Ron’s page and click on The EARC Diamond Head 146.28/146.88 MHz Repeater
Message from ASM/SEC:
Hurricane Season in the Central Pacific begins June 1st and ends on November 30.
National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts an above average season with possibly five to eight tropical cyclones for Hawaii. "It only takes one."
Already there are two tropical cyclones (Andres and Tropical Depression two-E) in the Eastern Pacific from which we frequently see storms originating and heading into the Central Pacific.
If you have not done so already, now is a good time to finish preparing your Go-kits to allow you to last 7-10 days on your own before help can arrive.
Use Field Day (6/27 & 28/15) to test out your gear and plans. Talk to your local hams and/or Emergency Coordiantor (EC).
Another tool for EMCOMM has been updated. The ARES Manual has been updated and is available on line at http://www.arrl.org/news/updated-amateur-radio-emergency-service-manual-now-online. Also. it is available in the PacSecARES Yahoo group's file section. It has changes that we will discuss in the near future.
Please join us on the ARES EMCOMM practice net on the State RACES repeater system. Right now the neighbor islands are not linked to Oahu and we are working to reconnect the islands.
*For notes on the ARES EMCOMM Practice Net and links and info mentioned on the net, see my entries on "AH6QO's Journal" at http://ah6qo.blogspot.com.
Please forward this message as you see fit.
Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Section Emergency Coordinator, Pacific