This report is for October 2014.
We are sad to report the passing of Larry G. Sell, AH6SK, on October 11, 2014. Larry was formally WB0RQL. He was 74 years old. He was a US navy radio operator in Viet Nam. Service is at 9AM Friday October 18 at Bailard Family Mortuary with burial at noon at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery No 2.
The front of the lava flow is still stopped however there are now several breakouts along the side and the first house has been distroyed.. There is no forward movement today, Nov 12. One is heading for the abandoned transfer station. The result of the side breakouts is that the flow is getting wider. See the HVO, CD and other websides for the latest information. Lava is still being fed into the system at the same rate so it has to go somewhere.
Pahoa Road has been and is very congested and expected to get worse. Monday was the "effective" first day for combining schools into Keaau resulting from the threatened lava flow. Your SM reports from personal experience that driving in Keaau in the afternoon has become very congested. Give extra time to compensate for the extra-large school crowds.
Hawaii's second week of participation in the W1AW Centennial Celebration,
signing W1AW/KH6, is Dec 17th through Dec 23rd. The format will be the
same used during our first week in February. For those wishing to participate,
a computer logging program is required as is being able to handle the large pileups
generated by the W1AW event. The coordinated event operates on all bands
and modes. Those wishing to participate should contact Lloyd Cabral KH6LC,
W1AW/KH6 Coordinator, as soon as possible at: KH6LC@Hotmail.com
For complete info please visit: http://www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party
As was mentioned last month we are looking for someone to be the Section Youth Coordinator (SYC). It is a brand 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.
Saturday October 4, 2014 was the annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test or “SET”. See Ron Hashiro’s webpages for the latest update. http://www.qsl.net/a/ah6rh/am-radio/in-hawaii.html . Each year, amateur radio operators in Hawaii participate in the annual Simulated Emergency Test or SET. The national organization ARRL sponsors it for the first Saturday in October. The scenario for 2014 was a simulated tsunami.
The EARC annual swap meet is now set for November 15th . Keep your eye on the EARC webpage for the latest news. It starts at 8 AM at the Navy Reserve Center. Caution; parking is always a problem.
The Big Island of Hawaii International Swap meet will also be Saturday November 15th , 2014 at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off Kawaihae Road in Kamuela, Hawaii. The Kohala-Hamakua Radio Club or “KHRC” is the lead this year however other clubs such as BIARC, KARS, SPARC and others will be assisting. Caution; parking is always a problem here too.
There will be a $10 donation per table per seller and a $5 donation per attendee at time of registration.
8:00am Breakfast at Hawaiian Style Café
9:00am Vendor setup
10:00am Doors open to public ( be sure to get your tickets for the raffle )
11:00am Door Prize Drawing
12:00pm Swap meet portion closes, setup for VE testing.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch and cleanup.
1:00pm VE testing ( a good time to upgrade your license )
2:00pm Event comes to a close.
There will be QSL card checking, raffles, and surprise giveaways thru out the day.
Please note: This is a non-commercial event that promotes the exchange of Amateur Radio equipment and information. It is open to both hams and the general public. Talk in 146.940 Maui Repeater, 147.32 Waimea repeater and 443.650 ( 100hz tone ) Kona. These are part of the BIWARN system.
Contact Steve Milner WH6N 808-938-8437 - PO Box 6573, Kamuela, 96743, email@example.com
WARNING: BOTH HAMFESTS HAVE LIMITED PARKING SO COME EARLY OR DOUBLE UP IF YOU CAN.
The Kohala-Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC) website: http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc.htm
Their last meeting was Sunday November 9, in Kapaau. Your SM was able to attend.
2014 Club Officers are:
President, Steve Milner, WH6N
Vice President, Bill Wiecking KH6BI
Secretary-Treasurer, Norm Cohler, NH7UA
Technical Advisor: John Buck, KH7T
Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) School Radio Club does not have a separate webpage however their main school webpage is: http://www.hpa.edu/ . Their HPA Energy lab is the only one of its kind in the world. Once in a while HPA invites the KHRC to hold their meeting at the lab. Watch the KHRC webpage and try to be at the next meeting held there. It is a magnificent facility. Since HPA is a private school, it is not usually open to the public.
MARC (Maui ARC) new website is: http://www.kh6rs.org/ . It looks really good! Their regular meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month which will be November 12th at 7PM. Their December meeting will be their annual Christmas party. See the website for the information.
The Maui Amateur Radio License Examination Schedule has been updated for 2014. Persons planning to take an Amateur Radio license examination should pre-register at least two weeks before the scheduled exam date. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mel, KH6H, at 808-250-4591 and leave a voice mail, including your email address. 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. Their next exam is Saturday, December 6, 2014
MARC (Marianas ARC of Guam) has an updated website. http://www.ah2g.net/ .
Tuesday November 4th was the last meeting. It was at the usual time and place, 7:00 p.m. at the KSTO studio on Nimitz Hill. We have had several new members join recently, please come meet our new Hams. 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 Americas Day begins. Check the website for news about the December meeting or contact one of the members. They usually have a party in place of the meeting.
At the October 7 meeting of the Marianas Amateur Radio Club, a new slate
of Club Officers were elected. My congratulations to:
Ed Poppe KH2L - President.
Brad Hokanson NH2CY - Vice President.
Jim Ditty AH2JD - Secretary.
Darren Caldwell NH2FZ - Treasurer.
There is another website with Guam information however it is out of date. MARIANA ISLANDS DX ASSOCIATION NH2DX. It does have some really nice pictures on its slideshows.
W1AW/KH6 was on the air for one week starting February fifth from various locations around the state. Hawaii will be on the air again starting Dec 17 for one more week. Contact KH6LC if you want to participate.
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 is Sunday November 23rd from from 2 to 5 PM at the south end of Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA. Your SM was able to attend the last meeting. For questions please contact Van NH7IT at 808-345-5008 or e-mail NH7IT@arrl.net . Please bring a favorite dish to share at the potluck.
In addition to the regular KARS monthly meeting we will now have a (HAM) breakfast at 808 Grindz restaurant in Kopika Plaza on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 8:30am. All club members and guest are welcome to attend this informal gathering. For additional information contact Stuart KH7DX at 808-896-1290 or see their website.
The Kauai ARC website is: http://www.kauaiarc.org/ See webpage for details of all events and a map. Kauai Amateur Radio Club meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 PM which was November 4th . The next meeting will be in December. Please 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).
The Emergency ARC website is: http://earchi.org/event_listing.html EARC normally meets on the 3rd Tuesday at 7PM at the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 46, located at 891 Valkenburgh St. (Parking is always tight). The next meeting is still scheduled for November 18th. It will be the Annual Holiday Party and the last meeting for the year. Special testing sessions may be set up by inquiring with KH6MEI. The Party is a pot Luck, Please contact Gloria kh6glo if you're going to bring something to share. See you at the Party/meeting. Remember the Swap meet is scheduled for the Saturday before the meeting on Saturday November 15th.
Elections were completed at the annual meeting on Oct. 21, 2014 for the calendar year 2015. Here are your officers and board members for 2015:
President: Chris, NH7QH
Vice President: Wayne, KH6MEI
Secretary: Gloria, KH6GLO
Treasurer: Steve, NH7ZD
The Honolulu ARC website address is: http://ham.aditl.com/harc . HARC meets on the 3rd Saturday at 9:00 AM on odd months (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. Their next breakfast is November 15th. You will have to choose if you want to participate in the HARC breakfast or have breakfast at the EARC swapmeet. Maybe you can do both if you eat fast.
The Koolau ARC website is: http://www.karc.net/ . They meet on the second Saturday at 9:30 AM. At Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden Park in Kaneohe. This will be December 13th.
The Waikiki ARC seems to have only the ARRL club listing website at:
The ARRL web-page contains the club information. They meet every Tue at 7AM for breakfast at the Monterey Cannery at 98-1005 Moanalua Road, Unit FSI in Aiea.
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 last meeting was canceled due to the threatened hurricanes and lava flow. The next meeting will be Saturday November 22nd at the Keaau Community Center at 2PM. Election of officer is the main topic. The weekly Friday lunch at Kow’s has been canceled for the time being. There will be license testing on Thursday November 13 at 6:30PM at Orchid land LDS church. There will also be testing at about 1PM on Saturday November 15th at the annual Big Island International Hamfest in Waimea.
The Hilo ARC: They meet daily 6:30-8:30 AM 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.
The South Point ARC or “SPARC” meets on the first Sunday at Noon at Manuka State park. They are not affiliated with ARRL. They don’t have a website (yet).
The Puna Emergency Radio Club (PERC) has applied for ARRL affiliation. They will be considered during the next meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors. Their website is: http://perchawaii.com/ their regular monthly meeting is now going to be held on the 4th Saturday of each month at 10:00AM at the Hilo Coffee Mill.
There has been no news from The American Samoa Radio club or Molokai Club in recent times.
The Civil Defense Amateur Radio Club’s (Honolulu) 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 of selected months 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 at the Red Cross building. The next exam is listed as Nov 19 at American Red Cross HQ at Diamond Head Road at 6:30 pm.
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.
Ron Hashiro has the most complete report of the actions of Hams. We refer you to his website which is:
His website is extensive with many subsections so to get to the “meat” go to:
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