Honolulu, Hawaii. The Amateur Radio Relay league of Oahu participated in the East Oahu Preparedness Fair on October 15th, 2016 at the Kahala Mall, Kahala Oahu, from 9 am to 2 pm.

This event supported the 3 National Level ARRL campaigns themes of fun & friendship, emergency communications, and technical and science.

Local ARRL members were on hand to answer questions, demonstrate radios, and hand out information on the ARRL and the local Amateur Radio Clubs on Oahu.

Thanks to Steve, KH6WG, Raleigh, KH7EN, and Fred, KH7CR, for setting the ARRL booth and passing out information and answering questions throughout the event.

About 24 different groups setup displays at the East Oahu Emergency preparedness fair inside Kahala Mall.  Represented were several CERT groups, the Salvation Army, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, National Weather Service, Hawaii Emergency Management, and American Red Cross to name just a few.

Among the various aspects of Emergency Preparedness, three local Hams manned the ARRL ARES information table.  Fred Fortin (KH7CR), Steve Kawamae (KH6WG) and Raleigh Ferdun (KH6EN) shared what HAM radio was about, with men, women and children alike. “When all else fails – amateur radio works” was the mantra to about 60 groups and families that wanted more information.

Pamphlets, brochures and cards were handed out disseminating information about classes, tests and general Ham Radio, ARES and ARRL information.  There were some who had never heard of Ham Radio, some were licensed but wanted more information and a few shared “my dad used to” or “my uncle used to”.  Steve, KH6WG, said “I got to meet eyeball to eyeball, two Hams who I’ve only heard on the radio.  It’s always great to be able to put a face to a voice coming out of my speaker.  I met a Business Acquaintance that wanted to take back information to the State Government.  Her thought was to possibly use in a 4 mile Tunnel on Molokai.”

There was a lady who saw the booth, whose father had just gone silent key and was looking for a lead to donate some old tube equipment instead of tossing.  Several youth were impressed when we shared that we can use the Internet to talk around the world.  A couple of wives wanted information that they thought their husbands would like.  Hopefully they’re okay with their spouses spending a little money but it’ll be worth it for their safety and security.  All in all it was a great day to share information and an opportunity to educate the public.  I think we did a good job.  Amateur radio is alive and well here in the Aloha State and will be for a long time coming.

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Photo is of Steve, KH6WG manning the ARRL Booth.

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