Date   

Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Saturday, October 3, 2020 Communications Exercise

Jim Sugg
 

Here are the instructions for the October SET, as sent by Hawaii State ARES:

Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Saturday, October 3, 2020 Communications Exercise

 

·      Held from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon HST, Saturday, October 3, 2020;

·      Shelter exercise working from designated private shelters (if available) or from radio operator’s home, because of the COVID-19 situation, safety of the radio operators will be paramount; it is suggested for this exercise, radio operators to operate from their homes;

·      Participation is open to all amateur radio operators;

·      Scenario:  Hurricane radio shelter operations prior to hurricane landfall;

·      Purpose:  To support American Red Cross, Pacific Islands Division that ARES is capable of mobilizing a force of radio operators to assist in an emergency and able to pass the two designated American Red Cross messages as required.

·      Two Parts:

o   Part 1 – Shelter Operations: 

§  At approximately 8:00 a.m. or earlier, amateur radio operators to setup their radio equipment at designated private shelters or from their homes;

§  Radio operators are requested to use emergency power, i.e., batteries, solar panels, generators, instead of working with the electrical power grid.  However, if they do not have emergency power can still operate from the grid;

§  Request if working from home, to operate from outside their ham shack, i.e., in their back yards, etc. to simulate deployment to a shelter;

§  Each radio station will transmit two Winlink templated (messages forms)

·      First message (to be transmitted between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.):  ARC 213 General Message (can be found in Winlink under Standard Forms, ARC Forms) – message to include the shelter is operational with the name of shelter manager, etc. (see sample attached).  In a real-world activation, have a printed blank ARC 213 form for the shelter manager to fill out and sign.

o   Incident Name:  Hurricane Makani Pahili 2020

o   Precedence:  Routine

o   To: Paul Klink / ARC Sheltering Lead

o   From:  (Name / Position) Simulate a shelter manager name / (Put in a Private Shelter Name or simulate a shelter name) Shelter Manager;

o   Subject:  Shelter Activation;

o   Date and Time:  Date and Time will automatically fill in if using Winlink. Otherwise manually fill it in;

o   Message:

§  Precede the body of the message with “THIS IS AN EXERCISE MESSAGE”;

§  The (Shelter Name), i.e., Kailua High School Shelter, has been activated at 9:00 a.m. HST.  Shelter Manager is Jane Doe, cell phone (808) 234-5678.;

§  List the following (simulate the numbers):

o   # of Red Cross volunteers present, including the shelter manager, i.e., ARC – 2;

o   # of County workers present, i.e., C&C of Honolulu – 5;

o   # of National Guard, i.e., NG – 5

o   # of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, i.e., MRC – 1;

o   # of Humane Society volunteer, i.e., 

       Humane Society – 1;

o   # of Ham shelter radio operator(s), i.e., Shelter radio operator – 1.

§  End the body of the message with “THIS IS AN EXERCISE MESSAGE.”

o   Approved by:  The simulated name you use as the shelter manager;

o   Position / Title:  Shelter Manager.

·      Second message (to be transmitted between 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon):  ARC Hawaii Hurricane Daily Shelter Report (new form for only Hawaii; found in Winlink under Standard Templates, HI STATE Forms).  Fill in the information as you see below (see sample; in real-world shelter activation, check with the shelter manager for the information using a printed ARC Hawaii Hurricane Daily Shelter Report blank form and have shelter manager sign it):

o   Date:  Click for the Date or manually input;

o   Shelter Name / County:  Use the assigned Private Shelter name or simulated one / Use the county you are located, i.e., Hawaii, Maui, Honolulu, or Kauai;

o   Shelter Manager:  Fill in a simulated name;

o   Phone:  Fill in a simulated phone number;

o   Total Number of Sheltering Workers:  Total number to include, all ARC volunteers, County workers, NG personnel working at the shelter, MRC volunteers, Humane Society volunteers, shelter radio operators, to include # of Disaster Health Services workers and # of Disaster Mental Health workers in the shelter (Note:  in a real world situation, all the above categories may not be represented; for this exercise, suggest you use all);

o   # Disaster Health Services:  Simulate the number, 0 or 1; in reality, most hurricane evacuation shelters may not have a Disaster Health Services worker (check with the Shelter Manager);

o   # Disaster Mental Health:  Simulate the number, 0 or 1; in reality, most hurricane evacuation shelters may not have a Disaster Mental Health worker (check with the Shelter Manager); 

o   SHELTER POPULATION:

§  For the exercise, we will only fill the in the date for the 12 noon Count;

§  Simulate the following categories with your simulated number:

·      Age 0-3 years old;

·      Age 4-7 years old;

·      Age 8-12 years old;

·      Age 13-18 years old;

·      Age 19-65 years old;

·      Age 65+ years old.

o   OPERATONAL REPORTING:  Leave blank;

o   NOTES:  Type/write in “THIS IS AN EXERCISE MESSAGE.”;

o   Preparer Name:  The simulated Shelter Manager’s Name used above;

o   Preparer Signature:  /s/ Type/write in the simulated Shelter Manager’s Name.

§  Use whatever Winlink mode to send your messages, i.e., Telnet, VARA FM, VARA HF, Pactor, packet, etc.  Also voice and Fldigi will also be permitted but the messages eventually need to be sent to ARC and Cc radio operators (KH7HO and KH6FHI) by Winlink; 

§  Depending on your location and situation, may need to use hub and spoke concept, peer to peer, or simplex voice to a hub which will need to transpose the message to the two ARC forms mentioned above;

§  Each ARES District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) and other organizations to have control how they want to organize their portion of the exercise.

§  Message handling:

·      Honolulu and Kauai county simulated shelter operators will send messages to:

o   To:  Paul Klink, ARC Sheltering Lead; email:  paul.klink@... 

o   Cc:  KH7HO

·      Maui and Hawaii county simulated shelter operators will send messages to:

o   To:  Paul Klink, ARC Sheltering Lead; email:  paul.klink@...

o   Cc:  KH6FHI

·      Message data processing:

o   Messages received by Joe (KH6FHI) and Clem (KH7HO) will summarize the following information we received:

§  Total number of radio operators participating;

§  Number of messages sent;

§  Any problems.

o   Joe will forward his completed summary to Clem; 

o   Clem will combine the summary totals and submit to the ASECs, DECs and to Joe Speroni (AH0A) to be added to the hawaiiares.info and to other websites, as requested.

 

o   Part 2 – SKYWARN (Optional):  

§  Held from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon HST, Saturday, October 3, 2020;

§  Exercise information will simulate a severe weather report;

§  Used Winlink ICS-213 template with the required essential elements of information (see attachment);

§  At least one ICS-213 should be sent; more if you want to;

§  Information to be sent via Winlink to KH6SW with a Cc to AH6QO;

§  Use Telnet, VARA FM, VARA HF, Pactor, packet, etc.

§  Form:

·      1.  Incident Name:  Use for the exercise, Hurricane Makani Pahili 2020;

·      2.  To (Name/Position):  Skywarn Ham;

·      3.  From (Name/Position):  Kevin AH6QO / Ham ;

·      4.  Subject:  SKYWARN Weather Report (SWR Where the severe weather location, i.e., SWR Heavy rain 3in/hr. Hahaione Valley);

·      5.  Date:  October 3, 2020;

·      6.  Time:  Whatever time between 9 a.m. and 12 noon;

·      7.  Message:  Message format – use the same format as you would call on the telephone to NWS; include the following elements of essential information (EEI).  (For this exercise include in the body of the ICS-213 before the message “THIS IS AN EXERCISE MESSAGE.”  Also, after the message “THIS IS AN EXERCISE MESSAGE.” (See attached sample):

o   Your Call Sign;

o   Your Name; Your SKYWARN Spotter Number (if you have one);

o   Location of Observation;

o   Time of Observation and Date;

o   Metrics (No guessing!  No estimating.  If nothing measured, move on to impacts);

o   Impacts, i.e., blown roofs, trees, blown over, etc.;

o   What to Report: 

§  ANY tornado, funnel, or waterspout;

§  Heavy rain at a rate of an inch per hour or more lasting more than 15 minutes;

§  ANY type of flooding that is threatening or causing damage;

§  ANY hail and the size, i.e., penny size, quarter size, etc.;

§  High winds strong enough to cause property damage;

§  ANY weather-related death, injury, or significant damage.

o   NOTE:  In case of a real severe weather situation and a real severe weather report is generated, include “THIS IS A REAL WEATHER REPORT.”

 

To get the ARC templates in Winlink, open Winlink Express, click on Message, click on New Message, click on Select Template, click on Standard Templates, scroll down to ARC Forms, click on the ARC 213 General Message.  To get the ARC Hawaii Hurricane Daily Shelter Report, do the same above but scroll down and click on the HI STATE Forms, and click on HI Hurricane Shelter Daily Report.

 

To get the ICS-213 General Message Form, go above and scroll down to ICS USA Forms and click on ICS213 Form.

 


Reminder: Maunakea 146.72- MHz (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 9/5/2020 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 


To: HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO, 40meter.net, bigislandarrlnews, 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 September 5, 2020, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to ensure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72- MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea, Saturday, September 5, 2020  1200-1300 HST.

When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically. After the check ins are taken, we will take power, antenna length and antenna elevation above MSL. If time permits, we will practice message handling in preparation for the October 3, 2020 Simulated Emergency Test (SET).
 
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., Big Island 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. 

Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.


Thanks,

Kevin, AH6QO
Chair, Hawaii VOAD Comms Committee 
Hawaii Kai Strong
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
ARES emcomm operator and trainer

Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172
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Re: EHRTN Aug 8

Mel
 

Please discard my last.  Address auto-fill made an error which I did not catch.


Mel
KH6EKD


EHRTN Aug 8

Mel
 

East Hawaii Radio Training Net

1900 -1922  Simplex

WH6GBS  NCS
WH6FSI
KI6HBZ
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WH6GIM
WH6FIQ
KK6GM
WH6FSD
KH7LM
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WH6FSM
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WH6FSE
KH6EKD
AH6V



Hawaii QSO Party

joe Tabrah
 

Please participate in the Hawaii QSO Party if at all possible!  It is great fun, helps us improve our station capacity, and helps keep Hawaii on the map as an active area for Ham radio.
Aloha,
Joe
KH6FHI


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From: Alan Maenchen <ad6e@...>
Date: Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 2:01 PM
Subject: Hawaii QSO Party
To: AD6E <ad6e@...>


Please save the dates: Aug 22-24 for the Hawaii QSO Party

https://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/

The HQP will run from 0400Z 22 August to 0359Z 24 August. Work as many stations on as many bands and modes as you can.

The biggest complaint I heard last year was “Where were all the Hawaii stations?” We really need YOU to get on the air and make some QSOs. This is our one big HF event of the year and there will be a LOT of folks out there looking for HI. This event will be active for 48 hours, but no one has to be active the whole time. Think of it as a 48 hour window of opportunity. Play radio as much as you like during those hours. Make one QSO, two QSOs, 10, 100, 1,000 .. whatever. Just get active!

A map of the Hawaii multipliers can be found here: https://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/mult-map/

While most QSO parties use their counties as multipliers, here in Hawaii we only have five counties so we've expanded the multiplier list to use “districts” instead .. roughly following the ancient Moku.

All digital modes (RTTY, FT8, FT4, PSK, whatever) are considered “digital” so there are three modes to use: CW, Phone, Digital.

Hopefully, the WX will cooperate and we'll have some excellent conditions.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions or suggestions.

Also, please let other hams know about this Party. My list of hams with HF ability is quite limited.

With Aloha,

Alan AD6E / KH6TU

HQP Chairman



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Aloha,
Joe
KH6FHI


Reminder: Maunakea 146.72- MHz (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 8/1/2020 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO, 40meter.net, bigislandarrlnews, 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 August 1, 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, August 1, 2020  1200-1300 HST.

When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically. After the check ins are taken, we will take power, antenna length and antenna elevation above MSL.
 
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 Island 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. 

Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.


Thanks,

Kevin, AH6QO
Chair, Hawaii VOAD Comms Committee 
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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Skywarn HAM operations for Hurricane Douglas 7/26-27/20

Kevin Bogan
 

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has not activated the Skywarn HAM net at the NWS Office.
The Skywarn HAM effort will be conducted at Shelter-in-place stations in the operators' home or elsewhere.
Please forward to interested parties.

Skywarn Severe Weather Spotters and others,

Because of the complications in operating brought on by COVID-19, we ask that you continue to use the telephone as the primary method of filing a Severe Weather Report. 
Please have your Skywarn number available when you call in on the special 1-800 number. 
If you do not have a Skywarn number, please call in your severe weather observations that meet the Skywarn criteria (https://www.weather.gov/hfo/skywarn) to the office number 1-808-973-5286. 
If you cannot use the phone to file your report, please use the best method to file it. 
From approximately 0500 HST on Sunday, 7/26/20 to 0900 HST, Monday, 7/27/20. Skywarn HAM operators will be monitoring to take your Severe Weather Report message that cannot be called in by phone. The tactical callsign is Skywarn.
Skywarn operators will be monitoring:
  • Hawaii VOAD Maunakea 146.72 MHz (PL100.0) Repeater, 
  • DEM RACES Repeaters system, 
  • HF 7.080 MHz USB, 
  • DMR MARC, Hawaii-1 TG, 
  • WINLINK (kh6sw@...) and 
  • 146.58 MHz Simplex and relay your message.
The DEM RACES Repeaters are (PL88.5 except Peacok Flats-no tone):

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FORMAT:

The format for the SWR is header, metrics then impacts.  If you do not have measured metrics observed; for example, a rain gage or anemometer, just give the impacts. The header is your callsign, your name, Spotter number, then observed information of location, time and measurements, then impacts.


Skywarn Criteria:

ANY tornado, funnel, or waterspout
Heavy rain at a rate of an inch per hour or more lasting more than 15 minutes
ANY type of flooding that is threatening or causing damage
ANY hail
High winds strong enough to cause property damage
ANY weather related death, injury, or significant damage
Any questions regarding Skywarn HAM operations, Please email me: kevin.bogan@....

Kevin, AH6QO
Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
 *Cooperation*Communication*Coordination*Collaboration
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172


Update: MK 146.720 MHz repeater WILL be turned on, Emergency Proclamation issued by Gov. Ige for H. Douglas.

Kevin Bogan
 

The Hawaii VOAD Maunakea 146.720- MHz repeater (PL100.0) will be turned on tomorrow, Saturday, noon, 7/25/20 and shut down when the Emergency Proclamation expires or the need for the repeater for emergency communications ceases.
It will be used for emergency communications only which is to include those communications necessary to fulfill this mission such as radio checks, logistics coordination of relief operations and the like. Please, no social conversations
Please keep a record of its use. I am required to provide a log of its use to IfA. Blocks of time transmitting are acceptable rather than each transmission.  Our transmissions affect the observatory operations.
Support of shelter operations is encouraged.  The MK repeater coverage allows shelter and other relief operations in various areas easy coordination of deliveries, pick ups, requests and collaboration.
This information will be updated as needed.

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Comms Working Group Chair
Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
 *Cooperation*Communication*Coordination*Collaboration
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172


On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 5:43 PM Kevin Bogan <kevin.bogan@...> wrote:
To: MKSS,OMKM, IfA, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC,  DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO, 40meter.net, bigislandarrlnews, others

Please review the attached Emergency Proclamation signed by Governor Ige for the State of Hawaii that is in effect today.
I will turn on the Hawaii VOAD Maunakea repeater, possibly on Saturday at noon, July 25,2020, in time for testing and confirming availability and coverage and pre-landfall support. 

The Maunakea repeater is for Emergency Communications only and the limited necessary testing to ensure the repeater is functioning properly. Please do not conduct social chatting on the repeater.

If there are plans for teams to provide logistical support for relief efforts prior to the arrival of storm force winds from Hurricane Douglas that need the coverage that the MK repeater provides, please let me know. I believe noon on Saturday, July 25, 2020 should provide enough time for the pre-landfall comms support.

Please remember that our transmissions have an impact on MK observatory operations.

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Hawaii VOAD Comms Working Group Chair

Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
 *Cooperation*Communication*Coordination*Collaboration
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172


Skywarn HAM has not been activated, Spotter can call in observations anytime.

Kevin Bogan
 

Skywarn Spotters and others,
NWS has not activated the Skywarn HAM component. They may still do so. However, the NWS staff know that we would not be at the NWS radio room because of COVID-19 concerns, but operating individually from a shelter-in-place station.  
The goal of Skywarn is to provide timely observations to the meteorologists to aid them in alerting and warning the public.  The Skywarn HAM component assists in moving the message forward to NWS.

The primary method for Skywarn Spotters to report to the NWS Honolulu Forecast Office (HFO)  the Severe Weather Reports (SWR) is by phone using the 1-800- number for Spotters.  Other operators who wish to report SWR may use the 1-808 973-5286 regular phone line. 
  Please use the best method to report the SWR to NWS,first, by calling in by phone, if that is not available, you can use radio to an unaffected local friend or hub and have them call it in. Lastly, you may try using other nets and routes that we typically use. The Skywarn HAM operators are working on arrangements to provide support through the DEM RACES repeaters, HF, simplex, DMR MARC, Winlink. More information will be sent out before landfall, aiming for sometime on Friday. 

Again, we do not have authorization to call it a Skywarn HAM operation, but we can still help each other.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

Kevin, AH6QO
Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
 *Cooperation*Communication*Coordination*Collaboration
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172


Emergency Proclamation issued by Gov. Ige for H. Douglas; MK repeater to be turned on.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: MKSS,OMKM, IfA, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC,  DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO, 40meter.net, bigislandarrlnews, others

Please review the attached Emergency Proclamation signed by Governor Ige for the State of Hawaii that is in effect today.
I will turn on the Hawaii VOAD Maunakea repeater, possibly on Saturday at noon, July 25,2020, in time for testing and confirming availability and coverage and pre-landfall support. 

The Maunakea repeater is for Emergency Communications only and the limited necessary testing to ensure the repeater is functioning properly. Please do not conduct social chatting on the repeater.

If there are plans for teams to provide logistical support for relief efforts prior to the arrival of storm force winds from Hurricane Douglas that need the coverage that the MK repeater provides, please let me know. I believe noon on Saturday, July 25, 2020 should provide enough time for the pre-landfall comms support.

Please remember that our transmissions have an impact on MK observatory operations.

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Hawaii VOAD Comms Working Group Chair

Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
 *Cooperation*Communication*Coordination*Collaboration
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172


Re: Digital communications talk for Hawaii hams

Joseph Rosenbaum
 

For those unable to attend will there be a recording of the Zoom session that can be made available?


On Thu, Jul 23, 2020, 2:05 PM joe Tabrah <joetabrah@...> wrote:
For your consideration...
Aloha,
Joe
KH6FHI


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: ARRL Members Only Web site <memberlist@...>
Date: Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 1:08 PM
Subject: Digital communications talk for Hawaii hams
To: <joetabrah@...>


Aloha,

Lots of education opportunities popping up on ZOOM these days.  Joe
Tabrah (KH6FHI) has stepped forward to organize a session on high speed
VHF/UHF FM digital communications.  It is headlined by an overview of
adapters by the designer of the cards many Hawaii hams are using in
repeaters and Winlink equipment.  Here’s the announcement of what’s
planned to help help more Hawaii stations get on digital.

QUOTE
Aloha all,

ARES is planning a zoom information and training session for Saturday, 8
August at 10:00 AM to help local amateurs equip and program their
VHF/UHF radios to operate Winlink and other digital modes. 

For many of us connecting our radios to a computer to use Winlink seems
like a major project.  On the HF side, transceivers with inbuilt sound
cards make it simpler. Most ham software operates with audio frequencies
in the range of voice communications; A good match with HF Winlink!

Amateur Radio FM VHF/UHF equipment is capable of “Hi-Fidelity” audio
but most transceivers have audio circuits to optimize voice
communications.  This removes high frequencies unwanted for
person-to-person communications.

There is a class of Japanese transceivers designed for VHF/UHF packet
radio with an audio path that skips the voice optimization allowing
“Hi-Fi” frequencies to be transmitted.  It is called 9600-baud
packet, a name that was suitable when hardware TNC modems were used.
With today’s computer sound card modems, more appropriate names for
the two modes would be NARROW (voice) and WIDE (high speed digital).

ARRL ARES has arranged for Masters Communications to give us an overview
of the Digital Radio Adapter (DRA) series used by many for Winlink
communications.  Kevin Custer (W3KKC), the designer of these cards, will
meet with interested Hawaii hams on ZOOOM Saturday, August 8th, at 10:00
AM.  Interested? Send an email requesting an invitation to,

     dra-zoom@...

For Amateurs wanting to know what audio adapters and cables to use with
their VHF/UHF equipment, advice can be useful. To help with that,
attending the session will be four Hawaii Amateurs with digital adapter
experience.

Kauai
  Jim Pilgram (NH6HI), who recommended Kevin’s repeater adapters
  as a candidate for Winlink audio.

Oahu
  Van Malan (NH7IT), a member of the Winlink Development Team
  Peter Matsunaga (KH6DK), a BETA tester for these adapters

Big Island
  Jim Huntley (WH6FQI), a BETA tester for these adapters

These guys are already helping many Hawaii hams get on Winlink.
Attendees will have an opportunity to meet them and discuss
implementation.

73 de Joe Tabrah, KH6FHI
UNQUOTE

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Joe
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Digital communications talk for Hawaii hams

joe Tabrah
 

For your consideration...
Aloha,
Joe
KH6FHI


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: ARRL Members Only Web site <memberlist@...>
Date: Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 1:08 PM
Subject: Digital communications talk for Hawaii hams
To: <joetabrah@...>


Aloha,

Lots of education opportunities popping up on ZOOM these days.  Joe
Tabrah (KH6FHI) has stepped forward to organize a session on high speed
VHF/UHF FM digital communications.  It is headlined by an overview of
adapters by the designer of the cards many Hawaii hams are using in
repeaters and Winlink equipment.  Here’s the announcement of what’s
planned to help help more Hawaii stations get on digital.

QUOTE
Aloha all,

ARES is planning a zoom information and training session for Saturday, 8
August at 10:00 AM to help local amateurs equip and program their
VHF/UHF radios to operate Winlink and other digital modes. 

For many of us connecting our radios to a computer to use Winlink seems
like a major project.  On the HF side, transceivers with inbuilt sound
cards make it simpler. Most ham software operates with audio frequencies
in the range of voice communications; A good match with HF Winlink!

Amateur Radio FM VHF/UHF equipment is capable of “Hi-Fidelity” audio
but most transceivers have audio circuits to optimize voice
communications.  This removes high frequencies unwanted for
person-to-person communications.

There is a class of Japanese transceivers designed for VHF/UHF packet
radio with an audio path that skips the voice optimization allowing
“Hi-Fi” frequencies to be transmitted.  It is called 9600-baud
packet, a name that was suitable when hardware TNC modems were used.
With today’s computer sound card modems, more appropriate names for
the two modes would be NARROW (voice) and WIDE (high speed digital).

ARRL ARES has arranged for Masters Communications to give us an overview
of the Digital Radio Adapter (DRA) series used by many for Winlink
communications.  Kevin Custer (W3KKC), the designer of these cards, will
meet with interested Hawaii hams on ZOOOM Saturday, August 8th, at 10:00
AM.  Interested? Send an email requesting an invitation to,

     dra-zoom@...

For Amateurs wanting to know what audio adapters and cables to use with
their VHF/UHF equipment, advice can be useful. To help with that,
attending the session will be four Hawaii Amateurs with digital adapter
experience.

Kauai
  Jim Pilgram (NH6HI), who recommended Kevin’s repeater adapters
  as a candidate for Winlink audio.

Oahu
  Van Malan (NH7IT), a member of the Winlink Development Team
  Peter Matsunaga (KH6DK), a BETA tester for these adapters

Big Island
  Jim Huntley (WH6FQI), a BETA tester for these adapters

These guys are already helping many Hawaii hams get on Winlink.
Attendees will have an opportunity to meet them and discuss
implementation.

73 de Joe Tabrah, KH6FHI
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Reminder: Maunakea 146.72- MHz (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for tomorrow, Saturday, 7/4/2020 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO, 40meter.net, bigislandarrlnews, 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 July 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, July 4, 2020  1200-1300 HST.

When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically. After the check ins are taken, we will take power, antenna length and antenna elevation above MSL.

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

Get Ready Today. Be Ready Tomorrow.
 
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 Island 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. 

Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.


Thanks,

Kevin, AH6QO
Chair, Hawaii VOAD Comms Committee 
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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Charge your batteries, time to keep a low-key eye on weather in the eastern North Pacific.

Kevin Bogan
 

This is addressed to the Skywarn Spotters and anyone who is interested in weather and its power. I apologize if you receive more than one of these emails.

Right now there is nothing to worry about. The Central Pacific is relatively quiet. The eastern North Pacific is starting events off with three possibilities, two of which are forecast to parallel the West Coast. However, Low Pressure Area  #1, on the other hand, is forming up at about 130 degrees west, not far from our 140 west demarcation of our Central Pacific and is forecast to travel west. All of this may change, but the trained Severe Weather Spotters know to be vigilant.  I am using this time to clear debris and unwanted vegetation out, rescreen those screens that need it, check my shutters and plywood are still strong and leisurely run through preparations, including making sure I have the appropriate paperwork, gear and supplies freshened and ready. 
Here is some info quoted from the NHC website (BOLD text is important):
Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
1100 PM PDT Mon Jun 22 2020

For the eastern North Pacific...east of 140 degrees west longitude:

1. An area of low pressure located more than 1500 miles southwest 
of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula continues to 
show signs of organization. Environmental conditions appear 
conducive for gradual development, and this system is likely to 
become a tropical depression during the next few days while it 
moves slowly westward.
become a tropical depression during the next few days while it 
moves slowly westward.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.
Here is the link for the NHC's eastern North Pacific: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=epac&fdays=2

Stay Vigilant. Stay Healthy. 
As Ron Hashiro would say, "Get Ready Today - Be Ready Tomorrow" 

Kevin, AH6QO
Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
 *Cooperation*Communication*Coordination*Collaboration
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172


Reminder: Maunakea 146.72- MHz (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 6/6/2020 1200-1300 HST.

Kevin Bogan
 

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO, 40meter.net, bigislandarrlnews, others

Hurricane season has begun in the Central Pacific.

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 June 6, 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, June 6, 2020  1200-1300 HST.

When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically.
If time allows, the NCS may take SIMULATED Severe Weather Reports. Please see previous emails sent out about the Hurricane Season and the Skywarn HAM effort. We have 3,600 seconds to practice on the repeater. Please make each second count. After Saturday, the next time it is turned on may be for real.

Get Ready Today. Be Ready Tomorrow.
 
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 Island 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. 

Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.


Thanks,

Kevin, AH6QO
Chair, Hawaii VOAD Comms Committee 
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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Skywarn reminder: June 1, 2020 is beginning of Hurricane Season in Central Pacfic

Kevin Bogan
 

  • Skywarn reminder: June 1, 2020 is the beginning of the Hurricane Season in the Central Pacific. It ends on November 30, 2020.
  • Why Skywarn? Because the Skywarn Spotters provide valuable and timely ground-truth to NWS allowing the meteorologists to issue Warnings and Advisories in a timely manner to save lives and property.
  • Near- or below-normal season predicted for the Central Pacific: Read the whole document here. Remember: "it only takes one." Get ready today, be ready tomorrow.  
  • GOT QUESTIONS? June 2, 2020, Please join the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) "Talk Story" by registering at: register.gotowebinar.com/register/4911336329128216588. This is a GOTOWEBINAR presentation online sponsored by AINAHAINAPREPARED. The flyer is attached.
  • Skywarn Training on the Web: Our Local Honolulu Forecast Office (HFO) has created a Youtube presentation that provides training in Severe Weather Spotting.  Find it at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlttvKlyPFk&t=5s then fill out the form and mail it to: SKYWARN PROGRAM, National Weather Service, 2525 Correa Road, Suite #250, Honolulu, HI 96822 to receive your Spotter number.
  • HOW TO REPORT A SEVERE WEATHER REPORT (SWR): Visit our local Skywarn page here to find the exact criteria that needs to be met before calling it in. This information is taken from the Skywarn page: To Call In A Report:
  • (808) 973-5286

    What to Report to Us:
    ANY tornado, funnel, or waterspout
    Heavy rain at a rate of an inch per hour or more lasting more than 15 minutes
    ANY type of flooding that is threatening or causing damage
    ANY hail
    High winds strong enough to cause property damage
    ANY weather related death, injury, or significant damage

    Separately from the NWS Skywarn Program is what the NWS calls "HAM" effort provided by the Amateur Radio community.  Those Skywarn Severe Weather Spotters with their spotter numbers and other weather-concerned Amateur Radio operators may report their Severe Weather Report (SWR) to the Skywarn HAM station when the HAM station has been activated by the NWS HFO. The Skywarn HAM operators will pass on the information to the meteorologists. Please be sure to use the proper format to speed its delivery. 
  • Please remember that the primary method of reporting your SWR is by phone directly to NWS. The Skywarn HAM station may provide the service during times of normal communications and is especially important when normal communications are impacted or disrupted.
  • The format is HEADER, METRICS, IMPACTS:
      • Format (same as what you would do on the telephone call to NWS):
        • call sign
        • first name
        • Spotter number (if you have one, if none, skip it and go to location)
        • location of observation
        • time of observation
        • Metrics (no guessing! No estimating. If nothing measured, move on to Impacts)
        • Impacts
        • On the radio, after establishing contact with the Skywarn Operator, it may sound like: "AH6QO, Kevin, 430, observed Hahaione Valley at 1433 HST, Heavy rain rate measured as 0.50 inches for 15 minutes and continuing. Impacts ponding on roads and yards, streams rising rapidly." REMEMBER TO SPEAK SLOWLY since it is being written down.
  • If activated and prior to impacts being reported in the Hawaiian Islands, operators may wish to practice. This practice will consist of a SIMULATED Severe Weather Report (SWR) being passed. Please be sure to announce it as SIMULATED and prior to and immediately after passing the SIMULATED SWR say, "This is an exercise message."  Since the focus is on SWR, "Fair Weather" reports are greatly discouraged and the operator may be asked to modify their "Fair Weather" report to meet the criteria and then passed as a SIMULATED SWR. If there is any doubt that your SWR may be misinterpreted as simulated, then identify it as REAL-WORLD. For instance, if you just passed a SIMULATED SWR and you have observed conditions meeting the criteria for a SWR, Then calling the Skywarn Operator may sound like, "Control, this is AH6QO with a REAL-WORLD Severe Weather Report." 
  • COVID-19: Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands often.  You know the drill. 
  • Until further notice, Skywarn Activations will be accomplished from home or other locations until NWS allows non-NWS Staff back into their offices. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

  • If you have any questions regarding the Skywarn HAM effort, please contact me, Kevin Bogan, AH6QO, Skywarn HAM Coordinator for Hawaii (kevin.bogan@...) or Chuck Malefyt, KH6DL, kh6dl.radio@... Deputy Skywarn HAM Coordinator for Hawaii.

Please forward this reminder appropriately. 
I apologize if you receive this more than once. 

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Skywarn HAM Coordinator for Hawaii
Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
 *Cooperation*Communication*Coordination*Collaboration
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172


Re: American Red Cross Exercise - 5/30/2020 - Registration info

Elisabeth Green
 

I just asked Darrell RDO May I use Pahoa Rec Center shelter?


On May 29, 2020, at 12:16 PM, Jim Sugg <Jimsugg7@...> wrote:

What are you going to use for a shelter name in tomorrow’s exercise?

Jim

On May 22, 2020, at 7:43 AM, Jim Sugg <jimsugg7@...> wrote:

1. I was also confused about team name. I assumed it meant something like the local team - i.e., shelter or shelter group??? - since every participant here represents a ‘shelter’. So I just made one up.
2. I assumed part A only, since the verbiage we have says 9-12 in the morning, and there is nothing for us about the afternoon.

I am told the most important part about this for ARC is the zip code, so they can do a rough geographic analysis of participation. Since they obviously aren’t explaining the other stuff, just fill out the other fields with your best guess. If they want better data, we need better explanations. 😀

If there is a chance, I will point out the confusion issues with the reg form in any follow up we do.

Jim

On May 22, 2020, at 7:30 AM, Steve Doyle <wh7tw@...> wrote:

Hi Jim,
 Two items on form could use clarification. 

1.  I am registering as an individual yet it requires a  "Team Name"  I guessed ARES?
2.  Asks if I will be participating in Part A AM, Part B PM.  No times given. I chose AM since I'm a morning person anyway.

In the name of expediency I went ahead with my assumptions and hoped for a passing score.

Aloha,
Steve D.
WH7TW



please send link to zoom meeting

Elisabeth Green
 

tony aired that theres a meeting going on right now to prepare for the red cross event
 


Re: American Red Cross Exercise - 5/30/2020 - Registration info

Timothy Bryan
 

6th Street Shelter

On May 29, 2020, at 12:16 PM, Jim Sugg <Jimsugg7@...> wrote:

What are you going to use for a shelter name in tomorrow’s exercise?

Jim

On May 22, 2020, at 7:43 AM, Jim Sugg <jimsugg7@...> wrote:

1. I was also confused about team name. I assumed it meant something like the local team - i.e., shelter or shelter group??? - since every participant here represents a ‘shelter’. So I just made one up.
2. I assumed part A only, since the verbiage we have says 9-12 in the morning, and there is nothing for us about the afternoon.

I am told the most important part about this for ARC is the zip code, so they can do a rough geographic analysis of participation. Since they obviously aren’t explaining the other stuff, just fill out the other fields with your best guess. If they want better data, we need better explanations. 😀

If there is a chance, I will point out the confusion issues with the reg form in any follow up we do.

Jim

On May 22, 2020, at 7:30 AM, Steve Doyle <wh7tw@...> wrote:

Hi Jim,
 Two items on form could use clarification. 

1.  I am registering as an individual yet it requires a  "Team Name"  I guessed ARES?
2.  Asks if I will be participating in Part A AM, Part B PM.  No times given. I chose AM since I'm a morning person anyway.

In the name of expediency I went ahead with my assumptions and hoped for a passing score.

Aloha,
Steve D.
WH7TW




Re: American Red Cross Exercise - 5/30/2020 - Registration info

Jim Sugg
 

Thanks all. I have most shelter names and sent this question to the group by mistake (lots of emails flying today...:) No more answers required.