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Re: Reminder: Maunakea 146.72- MHz (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for tomorrow, Saturday, 1/4/2020 1200-1300 HST.

April K. Lee, Broker, BA, CCIM, ABR, E-Pro
 

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From: HiCoAres@groups.io <HiCoAres@groups.io> On Behalf Of Kevin Bogan
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2020 2:11 PM
To: Kevin Bogan <kevin.bogan@...>
Subject: [HiCoAres] Reminder: Maunakea 146.72- MHz (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for tomorrow, Saturday, 1/4/2020 1200-1300 HST.

 

 

 

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

 

We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

 

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday January 4, 2020, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to insure that it is operational.

 

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72- MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea, Saturday, January 4, 2020  1200-1300 HST.

 

When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically, your name and location. 

We will not require power, antenna, rig, etc. information at this time.

 

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

 

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., Hawaii County VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

 

Thanks,

 

Kevin, AH6QO

ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison

Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii

 

Cell: 808.778.4697

Other: (720) 235-8172

Reminder: Maunakea 146.72- MHz (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for tomorrow, Saturday, 1/4/2020 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 



To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday January 4, 2020, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72- MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea, Saturday, January 4, 2020  1200-1300 HST.

When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically, your name and location. 
We will not require power, antenna, rig, etc. information at this time.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., Hawaii County VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

Thanks,

Kevin, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii

Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172
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Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for tomorrow, Saturday, 12/7/19 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday 12/7/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72- MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea, Saturday, December 7, 2019,  1200-1300 HST.

When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically, your name and location. We will not require power, antenna, rig, etc. information at this time.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., Hawaii County VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
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Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 11/2/19 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday 11/2/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea, Saturday, November 2, 2019,  1200-1300 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

A continuing request: 
As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and others on what communications would be like from their location.  

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., Hawaii County VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii

Fw: please spread the word Next NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training North side.

Leslie Hittner
 

From Michael Reilly:
 
Next NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training is scheduled for the North side on 30th of October (Wednesday). Class will run from 10:00 am till 12:00 pm at the W. M. Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea.
 
We have limited seating to 19 total, so it’s important that people
signup through eventbrite in case we get too many people and have to
turn some away..(hopefully not)
 
A notification has been posted on the NWS Hilo Facebook page as well.
 
Please sign up quickly.
 
Signup here:
 
 
 
Michael Reilly
Meteorological Technician
Data Collection Office
Hilo, Hi 96720
Tel: 808-933-6941
 

Reminder: monthly test and Sim. Severe WX Reports on Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, set for Saturday, 10/5/19 1200 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational. Operators on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu are encouraged to involve member agencies in this test. Coverage does extend to east facing coastlines of Maui and Oahu and other areas with the greatest coverage on the Big Island.

This month during the test, we will continue the spirit of the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) by accepting voice reports of simulated Severe Weather Reports after initial check ins.  If an actual event occurs, you may report it as a Real-World Severe Weather Report.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the test on Saturday 10/5/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea on this coming Saturday, October 5, 2019,  1200 HST.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g.,(BI) Hawaii VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii

Kevin, AH6QO
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172

NWS SkyWarn Spotter training, 10/16/19 space limited, register now.

Kevin Bogan
 

Interested in Skywarn training?

The National Weather Service (NWS) will hold a training session for Skywarn from 1000 - 1200 HST on October 16, 2019 at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center.

  • Maximum of 25 students in the class.


The presentation and its scheduling is solely the product of NWS. I am just passing on the information.
For parking and other arrangements, I suggest that it would be best to contact the Mokupapapa Discovery Center directly.  

This registration process may be offered to non-hams directly by the NWS.  I suggest registering now if you are interested. 

If I receive additional information or updates, I will pass it along to you. 

On October 8, 2019, I will confer with the NWS staff as to the number of slots still open.  At that time, I may provide this opportunity to the VOAD member agencies if they have not received it through other means already.

Please pass this on to other interested operators.

NWS Skywarn HAM Coordinator for Hawaii.

Kevin, AH6QO
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172




Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 9/7/19 1200 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

The duration of the net maybe limited this month due to operator scheduling difficulties. However, we will test the repeater enough to ensure it is operational and ready. Thank you for your patience.

Hurricane Season is here and more cyclonic activity is headed our way.
We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the test on Saturday 9/7/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea on this coming Saturday, September 7, 2019,  1200 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

A continuing request: 
As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and others on what communications would be like from their location.  

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g.,(BI) Hawaii VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
Kevin, AH6QO
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172

Fw: EMCOMM: ACS HF/VHF NETs

Tony Kitchen
 

Aloha,

Please refer to the chart above and the information below that I've received from Doug Wilson, KH7DQ about ACS. ACS will be the CERT and amateur radio portal to the HC EOC during grid/internet/phone outage, so this information is critical for all amateur radio operators to know.

I also want to invite everyone to participate in the informal EMCOMM discussion group happening Tomorrow (Tuesday 8/20) at 7:00 PM on the Hawaii / Mainland AllStar network, and Brandmeister Talkgroup 31158. 

Tony Kitchen
WH6DVI


From: douscelle@... <douscelle@...>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 1:46 PM
To: TonyEliasHi@... <TonyEliasHi@...>
Subject: Re: RFA to Police/Fire/EMS during a grid down/phone/internet outage emergency

ACS and CERT have three portals for emcomms traffic into HCCDA.  One is the internet through www.hawaiicert.org  The other two are through the ACS VHF and HF Nets when ACS is stood up before, during and after a disaster.  One part of the ACS Ham Radio Net operates on local VHF repeaters.  In past events the Kulani Repeater (146.760) has been used for this purpose as well as the Mauna Loa Repeater (146.820).  ACS also runs an HF Net concurrently.  In past events the ACS HF Net has operated on 7.190 MHz and 3.895 Mhz. The frequencies used for the HF Net ultimately will depend on propagation conditions at the time the Net is stood up.  There are no restrictions as to who can participate in the ACS Nets.  The only caveat is that radio operators will be asked to follow the protocols established by the NCS.  I have attached the ACS flow chart for your reference.  Let me know if you have any further questions about ACS and how it functions during an emergency.
73
Doug

Big Island EMMCOMM Round Table Discussion

Tony Kitchen
 

Aloha,

I would like to invite Big Island ARES members to participate in an informal round table type discussion on Tuesday, August 20th from 7-8 PM, on the Hawaii / Mainland AllStar network. This EMCOMM related discussion is not affiliated with any particular group, and will be focused  on coordinating, sharing ideas, and best practices for amateur radio operators on the Big Island to effectively work together.  I am hoping that the Big Island ARES District Emergency Coordinators and other ARES volunteers are willing to participate.

In east Hawaii we are attempting to coordinate a hub and spoke type setup, with hub stations that have emergency backup power, UHF, VHF, HF, WINLINK, and possibly FLDIGI capabilities in each subdivision or community. We wish to encourage each district to develop and share their ICS 217A Communications Resource Availability Worksheet with the Amateur Radio Community and include on it frequencies and plans to be used to interoperate with various other groups involved in emergency response. My goal is to be prepared to create and distribute completed ICS 201, 205, and other forms to radio operators in the community via WINLINK when needed, as well as to share these plans with the other districts around the island. An island wide group can help us all realize potential problems and shed light on possible solutions.

Please join us on any AllStar repeater or node on the Hawaii / Mainland network. You can find a list of currently connected stations at http://wh6av.org. This website lists the stations connected to the network in real time as well as the frequency, and the offset for repeaters. However it does not show the PL tone for access. If you do not know the PL tone for the repeater or simplex node you wish to use then go to https://web-tpa.allstarlink.org. Click on the link at the top titled 'Lists & Stats' and choose the link 'Node status and maps.' From this page you can use Ctrl+F to search by node number (or station call sign) and find the PL Tone and other details about the station. You can also find a google earth map of Big Island repeaters at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yzLw8DZxYvQRL4lJKmA-KGpMn3aH4Ch_&usp=sharing

This google map is not updated in real time, and some of the station information may be out of date. Double check the link at http://wh6av.org to make sure the station you select is on the list and try out the repeater or simplex node to confirm that you have access through it to the AllStar Hawaii / Mainland network. 

Please feel free to email me at this address if you have any questions or comments.
73
Tony Kitchen
WH6DVI

Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for today, 8/3/19 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

I have been out of the country since 7/14/19 and no one put out the reminder. Here it is.

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

Hurricane Season is here and more cyclonic activity is headed our way.
We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test on Saturday 8/3/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea on this coming Saturday, August 3, 2019,  1200-1300 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

A continuing request: 
As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and others on what communications would be like from their location.  

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., East Hawaii VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

DECs please acknowledge receipt of this message.

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii

Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for tomorrow, Saturday, 7/6/19 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

DECs please acknowledge receipt of this message.  

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test tomorrow, Saturday 7/6/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea, tomorrow, Saturday, July 6, 2019,  1200-1300 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

A continuing request: 
As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and others on what communications would be like from their location.  

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., Hawaii County VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii

June 2, 2019 SKYWARN “Simulated Hurricane” Net

Kevin Bogan
 

To all,

The annual Makani Pahili “Simulated Hurricane” Net will be held Sunday, June 2, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

The purpose of the net is to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season and test the NWS Ham station, KH6SW.

We will be on the following DEM and State RACES repeaters as well as HF for voice and FLDigi for real world weather messages.  Please give your call sign, name, SKYWARN ID number (if you have one).  Keep  messages short with a few words.

We encourage those operators who can to send a Winlink report, please use the Hurricane Report template and include the word SIMULATED in the message.  For this exercise, please address your Winlink message to ah6qo@...

We can take 
  • "Real World Fair Weather Report" and 
  • "Simulated Severe Weather Report" 
for practice. 
  •  If you are giving a "Real World Weather Report" you can report it as where you are calling from, for example, "I’m in Kaimuki and it is sunny and 80 degrees."  Please keep it short.
  • You can simulate a "Severe Weather Report" using the criteria given by NWS Skywarn. https://www.weather.gov/hfo/skywarn

Skywarn will be focusing on the use of "metrics" and "impacts" in reporting.  For example, if you are reporting Heavy Rain, please report your measured rain rate such as 
".45 inches for fifteen minutes at 0945 HST in Hahaione Valley and continues."  This report indicates a rain rate that meets the criteria of one inch per hour. Indicate impacts, especially if you cannot measure it, for example, "ponding covering road at Keahole and Hawaii Kai Drive."

Please review criteria at https://www.weather.gov/hfo/skywarn

You can use one or all the following repeaters to call and/or send your FLDigi message:
- 146.760 no pl (Peacock Flat)
- 146.860 pl 88.5 (Maunakapu)
- 146.880 pl 88.5 (Diamond Head)
- 146.980 pl 88.5 (Downtown Honolulu)
- 146.680 pl 88.5 (Waimanalo Ridge)
- 444.350 pl 103.5 (Diamond Head, if linked in)
Also on:
- HF:  7.080 USB for voice & Fldigi

We encourage all licensed Amateur radio operator, whether you are a SKYWARN weather spotter or not, to participate.

Skywarn NCSs, if you wish to be at the NWS HFO Skywarn station to participate, 0800-1200 HST, June 2, 2019, please let me (AH6QO) know since the area can become cramped. The HF system has been worked on and improved. Parking is free.  0800 HST for prep, 0900 HST start.

Request widest distribution of this email.

Kevin, AH6QO
State SKYWARN Ham Coordinator     
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172

Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for this Saturday, 6/1/19 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test on Saturday 6/1/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea on this coming Saturday, June 1, 2019,  1200-1300 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

A continuing request: 
As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and others on what communications would be like from their location.  

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., East Hawaii VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

DECs please acknowledge receipt of this message.

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii

Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for this Saturday, 5/4/19 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test on Saturday 5/4/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea on this coming Saturday, April 6, 2019,  1200-1300 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

A continuing request: 
As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and others on what communications would be like from their location.  

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., East Hawaii VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

DECs please acknowledge receipt of this message.

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn Amateur Radio Coordinator

Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for this Saturday, 4/6/19 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test on Saturday 4/6/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea on this coming Saturday, April 6, 2019,  1200-1300 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  

A request: 
As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and others on what communications would be like from their location.  

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g., East Hawaii VOAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARES and more) and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.) 

Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 

DECs please acknowledge receipt of this message.

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn Amateur Radio Coordinator

You, too, can have the inside info!

Ceridwen Sanders
 

We’re hearing that there’s some conversation going on among hams about the BIRadio group's activities, much of it speculation and hearsay.  If you want to have the REAL scoop firsthand, not gossip, send an empty message to BigIslandRADIO+subscribe@groups.io or attend the KHRC club meeting in Waimea at the library at 2:00PM tomorrow, Saturday. We’ll tell all!
 

Clem Jung clarifies state and county EmComm

Ceridwen Sanders
 

 
I am a volunteer CERT instructor for City & County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and a retired State Civil Defense (now called Hawaii Emergency Management Agency) as the acting branch chief for plans and operations during the last three months before I retired December 2011, after twelve years.  I took CERT in 1997 and have been a volunteer CERT instructor since 2012.  With this background, I teach the CERT students about the difference between the county emergency management agency or Civil Defense Agency and the State in the CERT Unit 1 - Disaster Preparedness.  All disasters are local and in Hawaii, the county takes ownership of the disaster.  If their county resources are overwhelmed and need additional help, the county would ask the State via HI-EMA for help.  And if the state is overwhelmed, the request goes to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The State and FEMA are there to support the county in a disaster.
 
The State Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), a volunteer group under HI-EMA (which I am the assistant coordinator) provides amateur radio communications between the State EOC and the four county EOCs when normal communications fail, i.e., landline and cell phones, satellite and internet communications.  State RACES also is there to assist state agencies with communications to the state EOC.  State RACES members have to have back ground checks, are issued ID badges and are activated by HI-EMA. 
 
DEM has two volunteer groups that members also need to have back ground checks, are issued DEM ID badges and are activated by DEM.  They are the Emergency Management Reserve Corps.  They work together with Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and assist with road blocks and evacuations.  They are issued city radios and can communicate with HPD as well as with Honolulu Fire Department, EMS and the DEM EOC.
 
The second volunteer group is the DEM RACES (which I am a member and I help coordinate training and exercises) provides amateur radio communications between the Oahu EOC (DEM) and shelters, with American Red Cross HQ at Diamond Head, The Salvation Army, any other county agencies needing amateur radio communications when normal communications have failed in a disaster or DEM RACES members may be deployed to an area or a community to provide communications back to the EOC, etc.
 
Oahu CERT teams are self activated when there is a major disaster, i.e., a destructive tsunami or hurricane.  We are not directed nor badged by DEM.  However, neighbor island CERT are activated and directed by  their county EMA/CDA.  As an example, the Kailua CERT (which I am a founding member) will activate per our operations plan (which has been reviewed and approved by DEM) will use our Ham radio team to notify DEM or Oahu EOC (the tactical call sign) that we have been activated, etc.  we use VHF and HF for voice and ICS-213 FLDigi to send SITREP, damage reports (DR), RFA, etc. messages to the Oahu EOC.  We can also use Winlink.  We keep Oahu EOC informed on what is happening in Kailua.  We also used the Hams in the team to provide communications between the search teams and the Kailua CERT operations center.  We use FRS radio for intra team communications. 
 
Both the State and DEM encourage all Hams, whether RACES, ARES, Red Cross, The Salvation Army, HealthComm, SKYWARN members, CERT and unaffiliated Hams to participate in their emergency practice nets as well as in a real emergency net.  As FEMA has mentioned, and we talk about it in the CERT Unit 1 - Disaster Preparedness, the ”whole” community needs to get involved in preparing and also to respond to a disaster.  There may be an unaffiliated Ham in a community requesting help and he/she may be the only means of communications from that isolated community.  Both State and DEM RACES will accept the call, whether it is a SITREP (situation report) a RFA (request for assistance) or a RFI (request for information) and State RACES will forward the message to the county EMA/CDA.  The message received may be an ICS-213 form using digital (FLDigi or via WinLink) or just plan voice in a proper format or not and the Ham may not be properly trained as an EMCOMM radio operator, both State and DEM RACES will accept the call.  My understanding is Kauai and Maui counties will also accept these calls.
 
ARES members are also allowed to be shelter radio operators by the American Red Cross (ARC) and DEM.  ARRL and ARC have signed a MOU at the national level.  The ARC Oahu shelter lead has agreed to use ARES members as shelter radio operators.  We used ARES members for Hurricane Lang last year.
 
We do not have enough RACES members at both the State and DEM as well as ARES members if the State is hit with a major disaster.  Many on Hams on Oahu wear many hats.  In the 2017 Hurricane Marie that caused major damages to Puerto Rico, only 3% of their 6,000 Hams in Puerto Rico we’re able to respond to the disaster (they were also victims).  When all communications, even the Puerto Rico Emergency Management and first responder communications failed, amateur radio was the only means of communications for seven weeks.  Hawaii is an island state and we are learning from the lessons from Puerto Rico and preparing for all disasters.
 
ARES members on Oahu may be activated and use the State and/ or DEM RACES linked repeaters before the State or DEM RACES members are activated.  If this becomes so, the ARES members who are RACES members will “switch” hats and will operate as RACES members.  If RACES members are demobilized and amateur radio operators are still needed in certain situations, they can operate as ARES members.  We can also separate the State RACES linked repeaters from DEM RACES linked repeaters so each organization can run their own net. 
 
We encourage all Hams in Hawaii to take the free FEMA independent study IC-100, 200, 700 and 800 via the internet.  Take the free AUXCOMM class when offered, take the now free ARRL EMCOMM 001 and 016 classes, take the CERT class (so they can be better prepared for themselves and their families), then they can do their function as EMCOMM radio operators.  Also learn how to use the ICS-213 general message form (which is now being used as the standard message handling form in EMCOMM and in the Incident Command System) and how to send it by voice and by digital format via FLDigi and Winlink (digital comms are faster, more accurate and the message can be stored and printed out).
 
So in summary, the county Civil Defense/emergency management agency determines who or what resources to use for their disaster response.  However, due to limited Ham resources, especially, in a major disaster, all amateur radio operators should be considered and encouraged when a major disaster occurred.
 
The Hams in each county in the state need to work together, as we do on Oahu.  We need to overcome our politics and set aside differences to assist our served agencies to do what is best FOR THE PEOPLE who will need our help in a major disaster.  We need to pass the message forward using whatever means and relays to whomever it needs to go to.  Make agreements to use/share linked repeaters, stand alone repeaters and be prepared and practice pre-arranged VHF and UHF simplex frequencies to pass messages in case the repeaters fail.  Incorporate HF as well.  Practice passing messages.  The more tools we have and train with the better we will be able to pass the message forward.  Meet and work with each other now so when a disaster occurs we already know each other and each other’s equipment and capabilities. 
 
I have instructed the the ARES DECs to help their communities with EMCOMM and if asked by their county EMA/CD for help, to do so.  Being an island State we cannot refuse any help that is available in a disaster.  We ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER to help our neighbors and our communities in a major disaster.
 
You are free to post this email in its entirety.
 
Clem Jung (KH7HO)
Pacific ARES Section Emergency Coordinator 
State RACES Assistant Coordinator
DEM RACES Member, Training & Exercises
SKYWARN Ham NCS
Kailua CERT Member
DEM Lead CERT Instructor & Windward Oahu CERT Advisor
ARC Volunteer

Bill Hanson, HCCDA, response to Hamfest Roundtable questions

Ceridwen Sanders
 

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Bill Hanson, HCCDA, has clarified several issues that seemed to cause confusion for the participants of the Hamfest Roundtable.  He is available to refine his responses, if requested, and answer any other questions.  Please send all questions to this site.  Thanks, Ceri
 
1) Who is allowed to participate in when ACS stands up for an event?
ACS is stood up for incidents and usually not events.  ACS can be considered as a dispatch unit is to Fire and Police.  ACS personnel are knowledgeable about handling traffic between field reporting personnel and Civil Defense, again, similar to a dispatch unit at Fire or Police and field personnel.
 
 
2) What is the relationship between ACS and CERT?
ACS is not a CERT Program.  Participants are sourced from multiple areas, one being CERT.
 
3) What is the relationship between HCCDA and ACS?
 HCCDA developed ACS.  HCCDA is an ACS primary client.  ACS’s sole goal is to service reporting needs of HCCDA.
 
4) What is the relationship between ACS and ARES?
ACS welcomes ARES as a partner.  ARES may have other goals and objectives than ACS.
 
5) What message handling protocols and modes  are used by ACS?
 Those that are requested and required by HCCDA.  Information pushed through ACS mirrors HCCDA request/requirement.
 
6) What training, exercises does ACS offer to learn those protocols?
 HCCDA can set up training sessions to accomplish that.
 
7) Who is responsible for initiating the net when ACS stands up for an incident?
 HCCDA is.  The directive comes from HCCDA Administrator to me, then me to ACS.
 
8) Who determines what frequency is used?
 Repeater frequencies of course are issued by the coordinator on Oahu.  ACS does not only use radios to communicate information and data.  ACS leverages and uses other existing technologies as well as radio such as internet.  As for frequencies, HCCDA is still in the process of building out repeaters that HCCDA owns.
 
There was another question earlier regarding the general message form ICS-213.  Over the years and many incidents, HCCDA has streamlined the process of conveying information to the field and reporting from the field.  In short, the 213 is basically a blank piece of paper.  However, HCCDA knows what information it seeks and asks upfront for specific information to be reported on.  HCCDA determines specific information parameters and requests field personnel report accordingly.  There is of course more than just field reporting and that is also taken into consideration.  Those other considerations are primarily RFAs and RFIs that would come in from the field to HCCDA.  These parameters are no different than information and data HCCDA asks Fire, Ocean Safety, Police, and DPW to provide.  So, ACS reporting falls directly in line with how and what HCCDA askes of agency partners.  In a nutshell, this is very much a streamlined process and takes much of the guess work and question marks out of field reporting.  HCCDA welcomes its partners in the community, clubs, ARES and more to develop and have capacity.
 
Please let me know if you need me to explain any of the points.
Mahalo,
 
Bill


Re: Hamfest Roundtable was not short on enthusiasm and ideas!

Norm
 

Hi Ceri,

Now do we need to move "EMCOMM Roundtable" from Hicoares@groups.io to bigislandradio?

Aloha, Norm, NH7UA

On Sat, Mar 2, 2019, 11:46 Ceridwen Sanders <cerisanders@...> wrote:
After such an enthusiastic turnout and  patient waiting for the results, here are our conclusions:
 
Because of the varied needs, requests, and concerns of the participants, our suggestion is that the act of planning and carrying out a basic hub and spoke exercise islandwide would call out the many issues of practical  interest for us. Our preliminary intent is to include  any group, club, and individual who is willing to identify  functional methods that work  toward our goal of islandwide cooperative EmComm.
 
The reflector BigIslandRADIO@groups.io has been set up as a basic communication tool among us. It allows us to have separate topics whether it be technical info (repeaters, antennas, etc),  locations (Waimea, Hilo, etc.), or training. Please subscribe by sending an empty message to: BigIslandRADIO+subscribe@groups.io
 
RADIO is the easily-remembered  acronym for Radio Amateur Disaster Information Operators and is not a club, or a group, or a new organization, but simply a place to share information and exchange ideas relating to amateur radio communication activities during catastrophic events
 
The sheer volume of interest and energy is literally mind-boggling!
 
Building relationships
Linking of repeaters
Training, exercises, practice, fun events
Training and practice for all bands and modes
Simplex in neighborhoods
Determine frequencies accessible in event
Map of operator locations, repeaters
A method to exchange info among operators
Relationship to HCCDA and ACS 
What can ARES and REACT offer to a unique area like the BI with its restrictions?
Clarification of misunderstandings of responsibilities and resources  of ACS, ARES, HCCDA, CERT, REACT, KHRC, BIARC, PERC
Message handling practice for ACS and ICS formats
Antennas and what they can and can’t do and where
On-island links and off-island links
Served agencies
Available resources info
Uses of digital, when, where,  and how to learn and practice
Special needs of isolated areas (gulches, mountains, low population density)
Learn propagation  techniques
Use of portable and cross band repeaters
Nets, frequencies, uses
 
With all of this positive energy and interest, we’re well on our way to working together.  We’ll be looking forward to the next face-to-face meeting.
 
73, 
Ceri AH6CS 
Rick AH6RK
 


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Aloha, Norm, NH7UA