Subject: SM Report for January 2016
SM Bob Schneider, AH6J, is not running for reelection. The deadline for submitting Nomination petitions has passed and ballots sent out. The are expected to be counted on February 23, 2016. The new SM takes office on April 1, 2016.
Disclaimer: The SM is not allowed to reveal any election information about the candidates and is to remain neutral when using ARRL resources.
Reminder: ARRL Dues have increased to $49 per year with a three year membership going for $140. By far the best deal is still a Life Membership which is now $1225.
The Dengue Fever outbreak is ongoing on the Island of Hawaii. Several areas are now closed to non-residence. In addition there is now a worldwide alert for the Zika virus which causes a crippling birth defect. There is also another virus called Chikungunya, which is similar in outward symptoms, that is causing problems in some areas including Honolulu. All three are passed on by infected mosquitoes. Mosquito eradication is now a top priority. American Samoa (and many other non-US Pacific Islands) are now considered hot spots for mosquito infections. The outward symptoms (not counting the birth defects) are sudden onset of a high fever, severe headache, skin rash and pain in the muscles and joints. Nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite are also common. The illness usually lasts about ten days with lingering symptoms for weeks. Symptoms for Zika and Chikungunya are less severe than Dengue. Infection with a second or third type of Dengue can be very severe. Fortunately the other strains have not shown up in Hawaii.
Your SM tried to contact the various congressional offices during December and found most of them were on “Holiday” routine. Now that we are in a new year, please continue to contact them about supporting the Amateur Radio Parity act.
The “local” addresses of our congress people are below: Please write letters NOW and send them to ARRL who will present them to the congress people. You may also write to their “local” office(s).
Be sure to especially contact Senator Brian Schatz’s office to urge support of S-1685. A phone call or telegram also works. He voted against the bill in committee.
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm 7-212
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: (808) 523-2061 & Washington office (202) 224-3934
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
300 Ala Moana Blvd. Rm. 3-106
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: (808) 522-8970 & Washington office (202) 224-6361
Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
300 Ala Moana Blvd. Rm. 5-105
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: (808) 541-1986 & Washington office (202) 225-4906
Representative Mark Takai (D-HI)
300 Ala Moana Blvd Rm. 4-104
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: (808)-541-2570 & Washington office (202) 225-2726
Representative Amata Coleman Radewagen (AS)
1 Fagatogo Square
Fagatogo, AS 96799
Phone: (684) 633-3601 & Washington office (202) 225-8577
Representative Gregorio Sablan (I) CMNI
P.O. Box 504879
Saipan, MP 96950
Phone: (670) 323-2647/8 & Washington office: (202) 225-2646
If you write to Madeleine Bordallo of Guam be sure and thank her for being a co-sponsor of the House bill. Your SM already sent a certificate of Appreciation to her office. An outpouring of gratitude could go a long ways toward our goal.
Representative Madeleine Bordallo (D) Guam
120 Father Duenas Avenue, Suite 107
Hagåtña, Guam 96910
Phone: (671)-477-4272 & Washington office: (202)-225-1188
The ARRL HF and VHF “Go Kits” are now back in Hawaii ready for redeployment should another problem come up. A second HF and VHF “Go Kit” have been deployed to Guam.
As was mentioned earlier, we are still looking for someone to be the Section Youth Coordinator (SYC)
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. Their next get together is February 7, 2016th. There is no website.
RACES – 1st Monday starting 1830W at DEM, Honolulu County Bldg. basement.
KARC – The Kauai ARC meets on the first Monday at 1800W. Website is:
http://www.kauaiarc.org/. The next meeting is March 7th at the KIUC Conference Room, number 4463. There is also a weekly Saturday breakfast. They used to meet at the Feral Pig however it closed and the breakfast meeting is now “moving around” so check the website or a member for the latest update.
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
March 1st. Their website is http://www.ah2g.net/ . We learned during the recent Hawaii deployment of Go Kits to FSM that transporting the kits is not easy and can be expensive. (The Hawaii kits are now on the Island of Hawaii should the need arise.)
If you would like to take an Amateur Radio exam in Guam 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 Guam time. Hafa Adai from Guam, where America’s Day begins.
Representative Bordallo, Madeleine of Guam has signed on as a cosponsor of HR-1301 on 09/16/2015. We and all the Hams in the US want to say “THANK YOU VERY MUCH”.
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 February 3rd. 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. http://ham.aditl.com/ham-radio/ham-clubs/wharg/
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. The next meeting will be Wednesday February 10th at 7:00pm HST or 1900W.
In the past KHRC has 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 usually meets on the 2nd Wednesday at CD Hq. at 1900W. Web is http://www.kh6rs.org/ . Their next meeting will be February 10th. Directions can usually be received on 147.020 (+600-no tone).
The 2016 exam schedule is:
Saturday 4/2/2016, at 9AM (0900W) at Maui CD EOC.
Saturday 8/6/2016, at 9AM (0900W) at Maui CD EOC.
Saturday 12/3/2016, at 9AM (0900W) at Maui CD EOC.
No Walk-ins so Contact Mel, email@example.com or call 808-250-4591.
The 2016 ARRL/VEC exam fee is $15.00. Bring a check or money order made payable to
ARRL/VEC. The MARC team is not prepared to handle cash payments.
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 February 13th.
BIARC – The Big Island ARC website is: www.biarc.net. The website needs updating. They meet on the 2nd Saturday at 1400W at the Keaau Community Center. The next meeting will be February 13th at 1400W. They have not formed a new refreshment committee yet so bring a “finger food” to share during the break.
Doug Wilson, KH7DQ, is now teaching another Technician class. The exam, which is open to everybody, will be on Friday February 12 at 6:30PM HST (18:30W) at the Kea’au Community Center. Contact Doug for details.
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 February 16th at 1900W. Parking is limited so come early.
There is an exam session scheduled for 6:30 PM (18:30W before the meeting) however prior arrangements must be made as there will be no walk-ins for this session. Contact Wayne, KH6XP.
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 March 19th.
The Waikiki ARC meets 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 Sunday at 1400W in Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA. It is a picnic potluck. Next get together is February 28th. The food theme is Cajun (Mardi Gras) Food. For questions please contact Van NH7IT at 808-345-5008 or e-mail NH7IT@arrl.net. 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 used 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 0600-0800W (varies slightly) 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. They last met Dec 5th at Volcano’s Lava Rock Café. The 2016 schedule is March 5th, May 7th at IHOP Hilo and Feb 6th, Apr 2nd, & Jun 4th at Volcano Lava Rock. Please contact Dean for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org . Part of the Hilo ARC operations is also the Hawaii QRP Club (KH6AA). The website is: http://hiqrpclub.homestead.com/HIiloARC.html
There has been no news from The American Samoa Radio club or The Molokai ARC recently.
In Senator Schatz’s latest write up he said he visited Kalaupapa. If you have experience visiting “Kalawao” county, it would be a good subject to write to the senator in our effort to get him to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act.
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; contact Ray Moody, AH6LT, email@example.com or phone 941-9239. Advance registration is required to pass building security at the Red Cross building. Schedule for 2016 can be found in the VEC page of ARRL. It is: 03/16/2016 & 06/15/2016 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 sometime in the future 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 sites of the "MIGHTY MO" can be found at www.ussmissouri.org for general info and www.KH6BB.org for info on the radio room.
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:
Ron Hashiro’s webpage always has a good collection of news of local happenings. See: http://www.qsl.net/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
ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Robert L Schneider, AH6J