This report is for November 2014. This is an updated version since the original has gaps and we left out one story.
Happy Holidays to everyone. We are coming up on a new year and most club dues are payable. Check with your local club. If it is not affiliated with ARRL please do.
(see update in alert)
The closest front of the lava flow is still stopped however there are now several breakouts along the side and the first house has been destroyed. There is no forward movement however the result of the side breakouts is that the flow is getting wider and several “fingers” could advance and become a threat again. See the HVO, CD and other websites for the latest information. Remember the 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. This month several schools combined to Keaau. Your SM reports from personal experience that driving in Keaau and along the bypass road in the afternoon has become very congested. Give extra time to compensate for the extra-large school crowds.
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.
Sunday, Jan. 4, is the 2015 ARRL Kids Day. It starts at 8 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. If you have, or know of any, kids who might like to participate, please contact lloyde ASAP. He is located in Hawaiian Paradise Park. There will be adults on hand to coach the young ops as well as kids who have participated before. We can accommodate about 8-10 kids maximum with our 3 stations. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For official event info, please visit: www.arrl. org/kids-day We have many photographs of our past Kids Day events on our website: www.KH6LC.com. From the homepage, click on CONTESTS, then scroll down to our Kids Day results from past years. Please join us for this fun event. Thanks & Aloha, Lloyd Cabral, KH6LC
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.
November 30 was the last official day of hurricane season in the Central Pacific but remember hurricanes can’t read and have been known to form in the off season. Meanwhile in the Western Pacific Typhoon Hagupit, a category 5 storm, is heading in a direction that could take it over the Philippians. Should it go where predicted it could be a major disaster.
Both the EARC and Big Island had swap meets on November 15th. Let’s hope that next year they can be set for different days. Unfortunately your SM could attend neither one.
Saturday October 4, 2014 was the annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test or “SET”.
The Kohala-Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC) website: http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc.htm
Their last meeting was November 9, in Kapaau. Your SM was able to attend. They elected for 2014:
President, Steve Milner, WH6N
Vice President, Bill Wiecking KH6BI
Secretary-Treasurer, Norm Cohler, NH7UA
Technical Advisor: John Buck, KH7T
Their next meeting is Wednesday, December 10, at 7pm at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, Waimea.
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) website is: http://www.kh6rs.org/ . Their regular meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month which was November 12th. Their December meeting will be their annual Christmas party. Contact an officer for the information. It is not on the website.
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 email@example.com 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 get together or contact one of the members. They will have a Christmas Lunch at the VIP House Chinese Restaurant on December 6, starting at 12:00 noon. The VIP House is the Club's favorite eating location. They offer a reasonably priced buffet with an excellent selection. Please join us at 1000 Pale San Vitores in Tumon Bay. Each person is responsible for their own bill. There will be no gift exchange.
At the October 7 meeting of the Marianas Amateur Radio Club, a new slate of Club Officers was elected. 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 to the Fourth Sunday. We have no word about the December meeting or party so contact a member or officer for the latest information. For questions please contact Van NH7IT at 808-345-5008 or e-mail NH7IT@arrl.net . 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.
The Kauai ARC website is: http://www.kauaiarc.org/ See webpage for details of events and a map. Kauai Amateur Radio Club normally meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 PM which was November 4th. The next meeting will actually be Saturday December 6th and will be a party. Contact a member or officer for the latest word. It is not on the website.
Please don’t forget the regular Saturday breakfast (except Dec 6) 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 last meeting was November 18th. It was the Annual Holiday Party and the last meeting for the year. Special testing sessions may be set up by inquiring with KH6MEI.
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.
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 normally 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 last meeting was Saturday November 22nd at the Puna Covenant Church on Old Volcano Road. The party meeting will be Saturday December 13 at the Puna Covenant Church. We were unable to rent the Keaau Community Center in time. Elections took place at the Nov. 22nd meeting.
President: Ted Brattstrom
Veep: Robert Oliver – NH6AH
Sec: Beau Mills –NH7WV
Treas: Mike Last – NH7JT
Bill Hanson - N0CAN (past president)
Bob Schneider – AH6J
Dennis McCartin –WH6ELY
Gus Treewater – K2GT
Paul Ducasse – WH7BR
The weekly Friday lunch at Kow’s has been canceled for the time being. There will be license testing at 7PM on Friday December 19th at the Village Church on Wright Road in Volcano.
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 exams are not listed for 2015 yet.
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