Dr. Frederick M.K. Lam – KH6GG
Posted On November 16th, 2013 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Nov. 8, 2013
Dr. Frederick M.K. Lam, 90, of Honolulu, a physician, died at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son Frederick G., daughters Constance Clapp and Brenda Lam, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation: 11 a.m. Thursday (Nov 21) at Borthwick Mortuary (Mauna Kea chapel). Services at noon. Burial: 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to St. Francis Hospice. Online condolences: borthwickoahu.com.
Fred was KH6GG and a pioneer repeater operator in Honolulu. He worked with several crews over the years in putting in the first repeater on Diamond Head and then Haleakala. The Diamond Head machine on Oahu was the first repeater in the state. Haleakala is on the Island of Maui and was the first step in building the first statewide system. "Doc Lam" as he was known was very active in the Honolulu ARC and Emergency ARC in the mid 1960’s and 70’s. It is largely through his efforts we have a repeater system in Hawaii today. His 40 meter Cubical Quad antenna was a landmark in Manoa Valley. Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, San Francisco SM, remembers him as a mentor to many people and frequently visited his home. A posting on the Borthwick page says his wife, Marie, passed in October 2012.
Some people report they are not getting the SM report (probably because they are not an ARRL member) so the report is now being included on this website.
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This report is for October 2013.
As many of you know, your SM just returned from a three week trip to New Zealand. Upon our return there was a message on the answering machine from Bob Vallio; W6RGG & Pacific Division Director. He informed us that the nomination of Ron Hashiro, AH6RH, for Pacific Division Ham of the year was approved and an announcement was made at Pacificon during the weekend of October 11-13. Unfortunately, Ron Hashiro was unable to attend Pacificon to receive the award. He was on a trip. Also our Assistant SM, Kevin Bogan was unable to attend. Your SM will be making arrangements for Ron to receive his award in the near future. A big congratulation goes to Ron for receiving this award. As Bob Vallio, Pacific Division Director, said there was no question of who should receive the award this year after reviewing the many contributions that Ron has made to improving Amateur Radio.
It is my sad duty to report that Dennis Fumio Morisada, KH6NJ, became a silent key August 24, 2013. He was born May 20, 1947 and served in Viet Nam at the 36th evacuation hospital. He was a medical field per fusionist and died at Queens Medical Center. He was interred at Punch Bowl after a private service. He is survived by his brother Roy. (A per fusionist operates devices like the heart lung machine during operations.) The Honolulu Star-Advertiser posted his obituary Sept 10, 2013.
Kona Amateur Radio Society (KARS) webpage is: http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/~veillet/hwars.html. KARS has changed its meeting date. It now meets on the forth Sunday, which will be November 24, from 2PM to 5PM at Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA. The theme for the potluck will be Japanese. Please bring a favorite dish to share. For questions please contact Van NH7IT at 808-345-5008 or NH7IT@arrl.net
This year KARS was the primary host of The Hawaii International Hamfest / Swap Meet in Waimea Hawaii on October 5th. They report it was a huge success. Hams from all over Hawaii attended this annual event. There is a picture posted on the bottom of the SM webpage. There was food, prizes, testing and an excellent presentation on “CERT” and CD by members of KARS along with Bill Hanson, N0CAN, from Hawaii County CD. Bill announced that CD has just received several new repeaters that will be installed in the next several months. This will enhance our communications especially during times of emergency. More details on this project are expected in the near future. Testing resulted in several up-grades including two new extra class licenses.
ASM Stuart Johnson, KH7DX, the chair wanted to thank everyone for coming and helped especially members of BIARC for bringing refreshments and supplying the VE material. It is time to start planning for next year which will be hosted by Kohala Hamakua Radio Club.
Thank you all, and see you next year. 73, 88's Stuart KH7Dx
The Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC) website: http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc.htm
Their website has been updated and continues to be updated however some “lag” is to be expected in new happenings. The radio classes announced in the last SM report have finished and the class tested on October 27. Nine people took the test with six receiving a Technician license.
The next meeting will be in Kapa’au on the second Sunday at 1400W, which is November 10. The December meeting is scheduled for the second Wednesday (Dec 11) at 1900W at HPA. This information can change so be sure to check with either the website or an officer to verify
Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ, DEC for North Hawaii, has been sending out periodic reports on the North Hawaii repeater project and other happenings in his area. The repeater will be located on the northwestern slope of Mauna Kea at a Parker Ranch Pump site. The frequency 147.84/24 has been coordinated but is not published since the repeater is not yet in operation. In his report Eric details the hardware he already has and what he still needs. If you would like to donate or just get information contact Eric.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) School Radio Club received their ARRL affiliation during the last school year. Your Pacific Division Director and your Pacific Section Manager send their congratulations.
The Kauai ARC website is: http://www.kauaiarc.org/
Kauai Amateur Radio Club meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 PM. at KIUC Office, 4463 Pahee Street in Lihue. Their next meeting will be November 4 at 1900W at KIUC Main Office, 4463 Pahee Street in Lihue. Don’t forget the Saturday breakfast at The Feral Pig (formerly The Tiki Room and Main Street Diner) located in Harbor Mall at Nawiliwili. Folks begin arriving around 0730. Remember to get your parking ticket validated (while the attendant is hardly ever there for Saturday breakfast, it's a good idea to validate just in case). They report two new Extras and one new Technician at their last testing session.
There will be an EMCOM meeting Monday Nov. 18 from 1730W to 1900W at the Lihue Civic Center planning room 2A/B. It will be focused primarily to ARRL Emergency Coordinators (EC), however anyone with an interest in emergency communication is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information please contact Bob Anderson at KH6AS@att.net or Tad Miura at ZSSQ@hotmail.com.
On Thursday, November 28, 2013, the club will support the Turkey Trot – Kauai Bike Path at Kapaa Beach Park on Ke Ala Hele Makalae (East Side Bike Path) Details TBA.
The Emergency ARC website is: http://www.earchi.org
EARC meets on the 3rd Tuesday (except June & Dec). The next EARC General Membership meeting will be November 19th at 7PM at the (FRA) Branch 46, 891 Valkenburgh St. Honolulu. TOPIC: TBA. There is a Potluck. Contact G.Lo at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know what you are bringing. See you there!
Results of Elections for 2014 held on October 15th. Their term starts January 1, 2014.
President: Chris NH7QH
Vice President: Wayne KH6MEI
Secretary: Gloria KH6GLO
Treasurer: Steve NH7ZD
Board Members: Jim KH6JKG - Darrell KH6XL - Trent N2OBM - Ralph NH6PY - Allen KH7AL - Steve KH6WG - Micheal KH7DO
The Honolulu ARC website address is: http://ham.aditl.com/harc . A second website is http://www.dxzone.com/dx23796/honolulu-amateur-radio-club.html however it is more generic and sponsored by Dxzone. HARC meets on the 3rd Saturday at 9:00 am on odd months only (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov). They are now meeting at Monterey Bay Cannery which overlooks the watercress farm on the west side of the shopping center. There is lots of free parking and it is easy to reach.
The Koolau ARC website is: http://www.karc.net/ . They normally meet on the second Saturday at 9:30 AM. At Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden Park in Kaneohe. The next meeting is going to be Saturday, November 9th
The Waikiki ARC seems to have only the ARRL club listing website at: http://www.arrl.org/Groups/view/waikiki-amateur-radio-club/type:club . That site contains a lot of information. Their last report to ARRL was Aug 14, 2013 so it very current. They meet every Tue at 7AM for breakfast at the Monterey Cannery at 98-1005 Moanalua Road, Unit FSI in Aiea. Thanks to William N. Kendall KH6OO for the latest information and keeping the website up to date.
The Maui ARC website is: http://www.kh6rs.org/ .
Thank you for the regular updates and especially the Field Day update and picture. See it at the bottom of the Pacific Section webpage in the picture section. Their regular meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month which will be November 13th at 7PM in the basement of the CD EOC in the Maui County building also known as 200 South High St. (Except December).
The Maui Amateur Radio License Examination Schedule for this year is: Saturday, December 7, 2013. Persons planning to take an Amateur Radio license exam should pre-register at least two weeks before the scheduled exam date. Send email to email@example.com or call Mel, KH6H, at 250-4591 and leave voice mail, including your email address. If no one pre-registers, the exam session will be cancelled. Maui VE (volunteer examiner) sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Maui County Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center, 200 S. High Street in Wailuku. Exam dates and location are subject to change. Pre-registered candidates will be notified of changes in the exam date or location. Before the exam, you will receive a confirmation email with more information, including directions to the exam site. The 2013 ARRL/VEC exam fee is $15. Bring a check or cash.
The Big Island ARC website is: www.biarc.net . They meet at 2PM on the 2nd Saturday Monthly at 2 PM at the Keaau Community Center. Their next meeting is on November 9th. Testing is scheduled for December 5th at the Kilauea St. LDS church. Contact Milt, AH6I, at 965-6471 for more information.
The Hilo ARC: They meet daily 6:30-8:30 AM at Jack in the Box Hilo. This club is actually 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 at various restaurants in East Hawaii for breakfast.
The Hawaii QRP club: They also meet daily with a listed time of 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM at “Jack In the Box” however the time varies depending on who comes. It is very informal.
The Marianas ARC website is: https://sites.google.com/site/ah2gmarc/home
However it is out of date. They meet on for first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Their next meeting is November 5th. Beware of the dateline when figuring time and date as they are one day ahead of Hawaii. The meeting is at the KSTO radio studio on Nimitz Hill. There is plenty of parking behind the building on the lower level. Entry to the meeting room is from the south side of the building. There is also another website with some Guam information however it is also sadly out of date. MARIANA ISLANDS DX ASSOCIATION NH2DX The website www.guamham.com does not work.
The South Point ARC or “SPARC” meets on the first Sunday at Noon at Manuka State park. Their next meeting will be November 3, 2013. They are not affiliated with ARRL.
There has been no news from American Samoa in the last several months.
The Civil Defense Amateur Radio Club's mission is to provide ARRL Volunteer Examiner testing services for amateur radio operators and test takers residing 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 usually on the third Wednesday at 6:30 PM however contact Ray Moody, AH6LT moody at:
hawaii.edu or phone 941-9239. Advance registration is required to pass building security. Next exam is:
November 20, 2013, 6:30 pm, American Red Cross HQ on Diamond Head Road
Be sure to ask Ray for complete instructions and what you will need.
Cal-Pac RC have recently upgraded the Mauna Loa site antennas and temporarily took the new 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. It was donated by BIARC member W6DPD.
According to the K9W, Wake Island DX-pedition webpage, http://www.wake2013.org/ they will arrive in Hawaii Oct 30 and be on Wake Nov 2. Operations will go from Nov 3 to Nov 15. Departure will be Nov 16. No other information is available.
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/ .
Sat November 2, 2013+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest - CW
Sat November 16, 2013+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest - Phone
Fri November 23, 2013+ CQ World Wide Contest - CW
Fri December 6, 2013+ SKYWARN Recognition Day
Sun December 8, 2013 Communications for Honolulu Marathon. Email Greg NH6ZS for more details.
Fri December 13, 2013 ARRL 10 Meter Contest
Ron Hashiro’s webpage always has a good collection of news of local happenings. See:
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The Pacific Section of the Pacific Division includes Hawaii and the United States possessions in the Pacific. While it includes small possessions like Wake, it mainly means Hawaii, Guam, CNMI and American Samoa. In this report we also focus on some other Pacific Areas that are not officially included such as the former US Trust Territories of the Pacific. Trusteeship was dissolved in 1986 and the area was divided into four entities. They are the Republic of the Marshall Islands, The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of Palau and The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). CNMI, which is north of Guam, is still included.
The ARRL Board of directors has awarded the 2012 International Humanitarian Award to John Bush, KH6DLK aka V63JB of Hilo, HI and Federai Island, Ulithi Atoll, Yap State, of the Federated States of Micronesia at their January meeting. The award was presented at the May meeting of the Big Island ARC.
NEW CLUB FORMED TO SUPPORT KH6HME BEACONS
The unexpected death of Paul Lieb, KH6HME in July 2012 was a shock to the VHF/UHF weaksignal community. For more than twenty years, Paul’s Hawai`i-Island beacons, at 8,200 feet on Mauna Loa, have lighted the tropo path from the Big Island to the Pacific Coast of North America.
A group of local Big Island hams and other supporters have pledged to keep Paul’s legacy alive. This group formed the California-Pacific Amateur Radio Club. It is committed to keeping the beacons operational and continuing Paul's tropo work. With the support of Paul’s family, the KH6HME call sign has been transferred to the new club. The core beacons are operational on 2m, 70cm, and 23cm, as well as the 6m beacon near sea level. The Club will soon add a westward-looking antenna to the 2m beacon to support exploring possible tropo paths into the western Pacific. As in the past, from time to time KH6HME beacons will be operational on other bands, in the continuing effort to extend the horizons through 10 GHz and beyond. Club members continue to monitor the spots on the KH6HME reflector at: http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/tropo.php .
When reception reports are received, members will endeavor to man the site as quickly as possible. (It is a long drive up the mountain.) Look for KH6HME de KH7Y and K6MIO/KH6
The Mauna Loa Repeater has been in operation on 146.82- from the early1970's so the site has been active for over 40 years. The present repeater is on the WIN system with the call WH6FM. See the picture gallery below for some pictures of the site at 8,200 foot elevation of Mauna Loa.
According to the agreement between American Red Cross (A 501 C3 member of VOAD) and the UH astronomy we may activate the Mauna Kea Repeater only once a month for one hour of testing or whenever the Governor declares a state of emergency. This will be done on the First Tuesday of each month from noon to 1PM. Since the Governor had declared a state of emergency in March 2012 due to the flooding on Kauai, Oahu and Maui, the Mauna Kea Repeater was activated. It is on 146.72(-) MHz (no tone). It has now been turned off since the state of emergency has expired. The repeater and permissions were obtained through Hawaii State Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD).
The solar panels, batteries and charge controller were stolen from the Hualalai repeater a couple years ago. As of now the 147.16 machine is at a temporary location above Kailua-Kona. The Kona club has not made a final determination if the repeater will be put back on top of the mountain. Work is in progress. Police and FBI have been notified however no updates have been given. Your SM will try to keep everyone updated if anything changes.
There are several organizations that support the Amateur Radio efforts such as Hawaii State VOAD, various county VOADs, MARS and other organizations. If you have news from these groups please forward it to your SM.
If you are interested in an appointment please let your SM know.
List of Staff Appointments as listed by ARRL
Kevin C. Bogan, AH6QO, ASM, SEC
Stuart E. Johnston, KH7DX, ASM (West, South & East HI)
Wayne O. Greenleaf, KH6MEI, ASM (Oahu)
Gerald W. Hill, KH6HU, ASM (Kauai)
Joseph Speroni, AH0A, ACC (all clubs)
Roland Spoon AH6RR, STM (all nets)
Dewey D. Proietti, NH6M, TC (coordinates TS), DEC (West HI), TS
Russell R. Roberts, KH6JRM, PIC (all publicity)
The HealthComm net is on the 1st Saturday of each month. April 6 at 9AM is the next one. They normally start on 3.888 MHz SSB, next 7.080 MHz SSB, last 5.371.5 MHZ USB 50w PEP. Of course this depends on band conditions. Lately they have been starting on 7.080 MHz.
Ron Hashiro, AH6RH, has an extensive website with information on many subjects including descriptions of EMCOM in Hawaii, the Hawaii QSO party, Cell phone laws, Field day locations, the tsunami warning and much more. Ron was featured on Newsline report 1740 on December 17 and he published an article on the tsunami. Some of the direct pages are:
http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/emcomm/makani-pahili-11.html - Makani-Pahili http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/in-hawaii.html . - Coming events list http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/cellular-phone-ordinance.html - Cell phone http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/hawaii/fd.html – Field Day
Check out the courses available from ARRL and FEMA to upgrade your EMCOMM knowledge.
Since the National Traffic System is not as strong in the Pacific Section as it could be, I have asked to be informed of nets, scheduled contacts, or regular chats that exist in the Pacific. Thanks to many operators for sending in their information. Below is a listing of the nets. If you have an emergency and the only way to request help is by radio, please check in on any of these nets to pass your emergency traffic. Don't wait for an emergency, but try checking in and testing conditions. Also, get to know the great folks on these nets. Please let me know of corrections and of any more nets, skeds, chats, etc. Kevin
D=Daily, Z=UTC time aka Zulu, W=Hawai'i Standard Time zone, Frequency is in MHz. Note that some days may be different in Z and W time. )0000Z=1400W(+1day)
1730(Z)/0730(W) D 21.355 Afrikaner Net Jimmy NX5B, NCS
1800(Z)/0800(W) First Sat 3.888 HealthComm HF net. NVIS ant works best. NCS Jack, KH6DQ
1800(Z)/0800(W) D 14.273 Ohana Net KH6LJ Hawaiian Isles & W. Coast
1900(Z)/0900(W) D 7.088 Friendly Net Hawaiian Isles Alternate frequency is 3888 khz.
1900(Z)/0900(W) Sun 14.282 AmSat Net NCS: W5IU, W7LB
2200(Z)/1200(W) D 21.402 Pacific Maritime Net NCS: KK7PR (Splinter group at 21.412)
0200(Z)/1600(W) D 7.088 Hawai'i Afternoon Net
0300(Z)/1700(W) D 14.313 Pacific Seafarer's Net NCS: KK7PR Ralph Aloha, OR
0400(Z) Sat(Z)/1800(W) Fri(W) 14.291 ERRS Emergency Response International Communications Net
0445(Z)/1845(W) D 21.205 ANZA net
0500(Z) Mon(Z)/1900(W) Sun(W). 28.485 Aloha 10-10 International Net
0500(Z) Wed(Z)/1900(W) Tue(W) 7.080/7088 MHz or 3.905/3888 MHz or 1.870 MHz PacSecARES HF Net.
0500(Z) Sun(Z)/1900(W) Sat(W) Big Island ARES net on the BIWARN repeater network.
0515(Z) F.Sat.Sun.Mon.(Z)/1915(W) Th.F.Sat.Sun.(W) 14.183 ANZA net ZL1ANF Maurice (actually starts after the 15m net)
0630(Z)/2030(W) D 7.088 Hawai'i Late Net
0700(Z)/2100(W) D 7.235 HHH Net
0800(Z)/2200(W) D 14.315 Pacific Interisland Net
2000W Monday 146.92-/147.16+ Kauai ARC net.
City and County of Honolulu (Oahu):
1930W Daily 146.88+/444.50 EARC/OCDA/RACES (Honolulu)
1200W Tue 147.02/04/06- VOAD Net (originates on Maui)
Maui County: (Includes Maui, Molokai & Lanai)
1200W Tue 147.02/04/06- VOAD Net (originates on Maui)
0800W M,W,F 146.76-, 146.82-, 146.88-, 146.92-, 147.16+ and 147.32+ Hawaii County Net
0800W M,W,F 146.76-, 146.82-, 146.88-, 146.92-, 147.16+ and 147.32+ (BIWARN System) Hawaii County Net
1900W Saturday ARES emergency Net. BIWARN System
1200W Tue 147.02/04/06- VOAD Net (originates on Maui)
2000W Sun 146.52 Simplex South Kohala ARES
0830Z Mon/2230W Sun/(1830 Guam Time Monday)146.91- RACES
0900Z Mon/2300W Sun/(1900 Guam Time Monday)146.91- MARC
These can be accessed on IRLP Reflector 9254
Please let me know about your local VHF/UHF nets. The latest repeater listing for the State of Hawaii can be found at:http://www.hawaiirepeaters.net/
Barbara Darling, NH7FY is the overall QSL manager for Hawaii however distribution takes place at many club meeting. Check your local club for details. If in doubt send several SASE envelopes directly to Barbara. Remember the postage rate will increase (again) on Jan 1, 2013.
We need to emphasize that one of the major reasons Amateur Radio exists is because of backup emergency services. Two major programs are RACES and ARES. RACES is primarily a CD or government responding group. It was RACES people that were first with responders during Hurricane Iniki on Kauai. ARES is an ARRL sponsored program that supports numerous emergency agencies. While some responders have their own programs, most have letters of agreement with the local ARES group and/or ARRL national. The official head of the ARES program is the elected Section Manager (SM) with the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) being the action person. Appointments such as District Emergency Coordinator, Emergency Coordinator, assistant DEC, assistant EC and Official Emergency Station are available. Contact your SM, SEC or consult the ARRL webpages for more information. Organizations such as ARES, VOAD, CERT, RACES and others need help however training and equipment upgrades are very important. If you haven’t completed the basic ARES and ICS courses, now is the time to take them. ARRL offers several courses. The basic Course is EC-001. EC 016 is the new course and is a combination of the old EC-002 and EC-003. EC-016 requires you to complete the following: ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700, IS-800, IS-240, IS-241, IS-250, IS-1, IS-288, IS-244, IS120, IS-130 and IS-139. It is also recommended that classroom course IS-300 be taken however it is not a requirement. ARRL charges $35 each for its courses. The good news is the FEMA/ICS courses are free and take only a couple hours each.