Just a short note to remind that we have several operating events coming up.
ARRL Field Day
ARRL Field Day is June 24–25. Information on the event is at
Three Hawaii clubs have posted operating plans on the ARRL FD locator. If your club plans an operation, take the opportunity to share information with visitors to the ARRL site.
Remember too, Field Day is a practice of emergency operations, not just a contest event. The rules allow bonus points for originating up to 11 messages. Hawaii Winlink servers offer an easy way to send traffic. Last year Hawaii had one dedicated server operating WINMOR – KH6SP. This year NH6NN has been added on Oahu and we hear rumors KH6SF may be operational on the Big Island by Field Day. Both NH6NN and KH6SF add 80M capability to Winlink in Hawaii.
Hawaii QSO Party
The Hawaii QSO Party is fast approaching too, it’s August 24-25th. Alan, AD6E on Maui is managing the event this year. Updated rules have been posted on the event web site at
With the higher bands on the sunspot down swing look to 40/80M for scoring this year. Still time to get your low band antennas “optimized”.
The Grid Madness VHF/UHF s Sunday, September 17th the year. The event continues to build interest in VHF simplex with many stations making antenna and equipment improvements. Participation is making a real contribution to EMCOMM readiness in Hawaii. If you missed it in past years, why not plan to join in this year to learn the limits of your station. With so many stations active, you may be surprised to learn how effective simplex VHF/UHF can be in EMCOMM.
There are now five active Winlink Packet servers in Hawaii – WH6FG-10 on Kauai; KH6HPZ-10 and NH6NN-10 on Oahu; KH6SP-10 and AH6JA-10 on the Big Island. WH6DEW-10 is planned for the Kona side soon. What makes this even more interesting is experiments show that our old packet digipeaters on Maui and Moana Loa have been successfully used to extend access to these Winlink servers. Big Island VHF stations have conducted Winlink sessions with Oahu VHF servers using the digipeaters. Another interisland EMCOMM mode developing!
QSL Service for Clubs
Thanks to Barbara Darling’s (NH7FY) help, Ned Conklin (KH7JJ) is off to a smooth start delivering QSL cards for all Amateurs that have postage accounts with the bureau. In addition agreements are in place with several clubs for bulk delivery to club meetings for interested members. If your club would like to participate, contact Ned at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Section Appointments
We welcome Brad Hokanson (NH2CY) as the Assistant Section Manager for Guam. Brad is active on HF bands and experimenting with DMR with a new UHF repeater on Guam. His extensive experience in EMCOMM will be an asset to the section as he helps us expand the Amateur Radio presence on Guam.
Sean Fendt (KH6SF) has agreed to become the Assistant Section Manager for the Hilo side on the Big Island. Sean’s engineering skills will help us promote the developing digital modes in Amateur Radio. His knowledge will help our application of digital technologies to Amateur Radio; another way to interest new applicants to our radio service.
Stan Froseth, (AH6KO), has been appointed to the new position of Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator for the Big Island. Stan will be assisting Clem Jung with emergency communications working with the District Emergency Coordinators in Hawaii County. Stan is very active on HF and VH and is well known for his promotion of the VHF Grid Madness event that is developing Hawaii Amateur’s VHF and UHF skills. He knows the people and the challenges of the Big Island and will be a big asset to the ARES/RACES/AUXCOM organization.
Look for more information about these appointments in separate stories on this blog.
Aloha es best 73
ARRL Pacific Section Manager