A recap of events in Hawaii for 2018.
EARC and KARC held their field day at Kualoa Regional Park on Oahu
EARC held a Mini Field Day in December 2018
The annual Makani Pahili “Hurricane” Net was held Sunday, June 3, 2018, from 9 a.m.to 12 noon. The purpose of the net was to get prepared for the upcoming hurricane season and test the NWS Ham station, KH6SW.
During the nightly EARC Hawaii net on 7 APRIL 2018, a station identifying themselves with the Civil Air Patrol broke in with Emergency Traffic and reported a Possible Aircraft in Distress Report.
Pacificon 2018, The Pacific Division Amateur Radio Convention was held Friday through Sunday, October 19-21, 2018 in San Ramon, Ca at the Marriott
The first public DMR repeater on Oahu was installed in 2018.
Hams supported events:
-Veterans Day 100th celebration; Armistice day marks the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. Honolulu, Hawaii celebrated this event on Sunday, 11 November 2018 – Veterans day. The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I was held at the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial.
-Great Aloha Run – Monday Feb. 19
-March 18 Hilo Marathon
Weather Events: In May of 2018 forecasters called for normal to above-normal tropical cyclone activity within the Central Pacific this hurricane season.
Tropical Storm Olivia, upgraded Hurricane Olivia, – SKYWARN activated September 11, 2018
Hurricane Lane in August 2018
Hawaii QSO Party 4 Aug 6 pm to 26 Aug 6 pm
Pacific Section hosted the Puerto Rico’s ARRL Regional Manager Oscar Resto (KP4RF) in August 2018. Mr. Resto, a professor of physics at the University of Puerto Rico, gave seventeen presentations about his experiences during Hurricane Maria to various groups on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.
Hawaii’s Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams (REACT) helps Big Island during Volcano Eruption
USNS Mercy Amateur Radio License Testing (Call Sign K6MRC): The USNS Mercy Hospital Ship docked in Honolulu on Saturday March 3rd with a plan to conduct VE sessions for 19 ship personnel.
Radio open house on The Battleship Missouri, The Battleship Missouri Memorial’s Amateur Radio Club was looking for new members to operate KH6BB in “Radio Central,” the principal radio compartment on the main deck of the Mighty Mo. New protective members were invited to join the club on board the Battleship Missouri Memorial every Saturday in April from 9 a.m. to noon for “Open House Radio Central,” where participants would learn about amateur radio while making contact with other stations.
Fifth Annual Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness was held in September 2018
CQ announced the induction of two new members to its CQ DX Hall of Fame, which honors those DXers who not only excel in personal performance, but also give back to the hobby in outstanding ways. Kimo Chun, KH7U, wasNominated by the Dateline DX Association, of which he is a founding member. Chun has operated on many major DXpeditions, including Kingman Reef, Christmas Island, Palmyra Atoll, Cambodia, and Midway Island.
Maui ARC held a 3A Field Day on all HF bands and maybe VHF at the usual site near Ho’okepa beach.
Big Island Amateur Radio Club Big Island Amateur Radio Club got the Pepeekeo repeater back on line after some much needed maintenance and upgrades.
The Big Island Amateur Radio Club invited folks of all ages to stop by between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.on Saturday, June 23, to watch amateur radio operators, aka “hams,” contact faraway operators from a temporary bivouac set up at the Reed’s Bay Hotel on Banyan Drive in Hilo. The oceanfront site was headquarters of the club’s annual Field Day event held concurrently with radio operators across the U.S. and Canada.
Everyone was invited to HPP Radio Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at the Hawaiian Paradise Park community center at 17th and Makuu.
Big Island Volcano Eruption. During the eruption and lava flow emergency, operators were asked to monitor the VOAD repeater atop Mauna Kea (146.70 MHz, 100 Hz tone) and the 40 meter interisland net frequency of 7.088 MHz (LSB).
Hawaii Amateur Radio in Media:
-Radio Interview on two NPR programs for SET
-Coast to Coast AM Radio show call in about the Hawaii false missile alert
Request from the Travel Channel if anyone can help them out. Hello, I am an associate producer on the long-running Travel Channel series, Mysteries at the Museum. We’re currently producing a standalone documentary special that will focus on the heroic story of Amelia Earhart. We are planning to travel to Hawaii in the next few weeks to film. A section of our story involves the use of a Radio Direction Finder
False Missile Launch alert January 2018: NBC Left Field did a story on the Hawaii’s ballistic missile false alarm showed us how reliant we are on cell phones and modern technology—and how unprepared we are if they become inaccessible. But in case the unexpected happens, such as the alert of an imminent nuclear attack, an unlikely group of hobbyists—ham radio operators—are standing at the ready and their frequencies may save us all.
Amateur Radio Operator numbers for 2018
Hawaii saw a 1.5% increase from March 2018 to end of December 2018. There are 59 new operators in Hawaii! The largest increase was in Tech license with a growth of 53. General license increased by 18 and Extra by 8. Thanks to all who volunteered to teach classes, encouraged others to get licensed or upgrade and the Volunteer Examer’s who volunteered to administer the exams.
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