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Pacific

Contact Information

Section Name:
Pacific
Contact:
Bob Schneider, AH6J
Daytime Phone:
808-966-8146
Evening Phone:
808-966-8146
Email:
ah6j@arrl.0rg

Basic Information

Division:
Pacific
Description:

 This report is for August 2014.

As this was first being written Hurricane Iselle was just beginning to affect the Island of Hawaii.  We went from tropical storm warning to a Hurricane Warning.  Most people are aware of the extensive damage in the South side of the Island of Hawaii especially the Puna district.  The damage was mostly from trees falling with some flooding in low areas.  There was also some damage in Maui.  Experts say this was somewhere between either a strong tropical storm or a weak Hurricane.  The bottom line is this could have been much worse.  You’re SM and others report that Hurricane Iniki on Kauai was much worse.

All night long on the night of the storm we could hear what sounded like thunder.  First a loud bang followed by a “sizzling” sound.  There was no flash so we knew it was not lightning.  It was trees breaking and falling.  This was really bad in Hawaiian Paradise Park (HPP).  It was mostly Albizia trees but some other types also went down.  A lot of utility poles also broke.  There was one fatality from flooding on Kauai

Ron Hashiro has the most complete report of the actions of Hams.  We refer you to his website which is: 

http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/in-hawaii.html  

His website is extensive with many subsections so to get to the “meat” go to:

http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/hawaii/ts-iselle-after-action-report-v1.pdf

Sat June 28 and 29, 2014 was ARRL Field Day.  There are several Field day pictures posted on the Pacific Section Webpage.  The official results will be out soon.  Your SM was out of state and visited the Northern Colorado club.

Your SM attended the ARRL National convention in Hartford, CT.  See some of the pictures posted on the Pacific Section Webpage and also read some of the articles on other ARRL pages.  This July 17 to 20, 2014 was the ARRL Centennial convention in Hartford CT. 

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. 

The Hawaii QSO party was from 04:00 UTC Aug 23 to 04:00 UTC Aug 25, 2014.  In our time zone it is Friday August 22, 2014 at 6PM for the start.  The Hawai`i QSO Party is an event to promote HF operation from the unique Hawai`i destination in the Pacific. Hawai`i is an ARRL DXCC entity as well as the nation's 50th state needed for the ARRL WAS Award.  Your SM did get on but was stopped by severe electrical interference.  For more information see:    http://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/

Saturday October 4, 2014 is the annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test or “SET”.  See Ron Hashiro’s webpages for the latest update.

The EARC annual swap meet is now set for October 18th.  The previously tentatively date of September 13, 2014 is not correct.  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.  Come early or double up if possible.

Saturday October 18, 2014 is also the Big Island International Hamfest.  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.  It is at the Waimea Community Center as in the past. Steve Milner, WH6N, (president) reported that the Waimea Hamfest will occur on the optimal date of Saturday 18 October 2014.  The announcement was made at the meeting of KHRC on May 11th so this is the latest information. Doors open at 8 AM HST for setup. Trading starts at 9AM.  Waimea is also known as “Kamuela” to distinguish it from the other Waimea(s) in the state of Hawaii.  Parking is limited but we expect a couple spots will be coned off for loading only.  In the past there have been ball games in the next door field which makes parking will be even tighter.  Come early if possible.

The Kohala-Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC) website:   http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc.htm

Check the website for more information.  Their last meeting was Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7PM at the HPA Energy Lab.  Their next meeting is:  Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 2PM at the Conference Room, (Enter in rear of Gym Building), at Hisaoka Gym, King Kam Park, Kapa'au

Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) School Radio Club does not have a separate webpage however their main school webpage is:  http://www.hpa.edu/ .   They have already starting school so check the calendar for the schedule.

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 September 10 at 7PM.

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 kh6h@arrl.net 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 September 2, will be the next monthly meeting of the Marianas Amateur Radio Club however that has already passed so the next meeting will be October 7. This will be 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. 

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 September 28th

from 2 to 5 PM at the south end of Wawaloli Beach Park at NELHA.  For questions please contact Van NH7IT at 808-345-5008 or e-mail NH7IT@arrl.net  this month’s food theme is Mediterranean food in celebration of the end of Ramadan. Please bring a favorite dish to share.

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. 

Please note the date of the 2014 Big Island Hamfest while not given but is Saturday October 18th at Waimea.  In addition the EARC Hamfest is on the same day in Honolulu.

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 but because of the Labor day Holiday will be September 8th.  Congratulations to the folks who passed their FCC exams on June 28th.  The next License Study Sessions and Exams is Saturday Sept 6th

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 meets on the 3rd Tuesday at 7PM at the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 46, located at 891 Valkenburgh St.   Come early as parking is always tight.  The next meeting is September 16th.

Their Mini Field Day will be on September 20, Saturday at the Maunalua Bay(Hawaii Kai) Boat Ramp.

The annual EARC Swap Meet is set for October 18th.

The EARC resumed testing for Amateur Radio Licensing before the club meetings. Those wishing to test, please contact Wayne KH6MEI to confirm. Testing will start at 1830. We will also look into providing a Saturday or Sunday date in the future. Special testing sessions may be set up by inquiring with KH6MEI ahead of time and provided enough VE's can be available on the dates requested.

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 September 20th.

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 September 13th.

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 .

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 next meeting is September 13th. Contact Milt, AH6I, at 965-6471 for more information about testing. 

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. 

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

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