This week we spotlight Paul Agamata, WH6FM.
Got my novice license in 1974 and spent a lot of time on my favorite mode which was CW. Upon getting my General class license, I was one of the few people in the Hawaii to work OSCAR Satellites on a regular basis. I had an array at our house in Pepeekeo, HI. I also during these early years got interested in Long Distance 6m/2m and found myself along with the pioneers in Hawaii, working Tropospheric Ducting to California from ontop Mauna Loa near the 2m repeater site.
During these years, I also became a member of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club where people that I associated with such as Paul Lieb (KH6HME) and Al Pacheco (KH6IAA) continued to prod me towards learning about high band communications and repeater operations. It was fun and I learned a lot.
As I got a bit older, real life kind of kicked in and moving away from home, I left the hobby for a little bit. I remained very close to the technology so I was never too far away. Living in California with my wife, I got bit by the Ham Radio bug again but because our house was in an area with CCNR’s I couldn’t erect a good antenna for HF so I instead got very deep into repeaters once more.
Today, I am a technical member of a large repeater group called the WIN System which ties together 90+ repeater systems in 17 States and 4 countries. I am the administrator for the WIN System Hawaii Repeater Systems. I am also very active in working with various group with their radio technology to include BIARC, County of Hawaii Civil Defense, Oahu Department of Emergency Management and State of Hawaii Civil Defense.
I am very active in working with VHF/UHF Digital P25 repeaters and one of my goals is to have P25 Digital modes linked across all the islands. Maybe my dream will come true soon.
For the balance of my Ham Radio life in California, I was very active in ACS which is Californnia’s version of RACES. When I moved back to Hilo, things were a bit different but I am starting to get involved wiith Emergency Services in Hilo and the State.
My professional background has always been in the Information Technology Industry for the last 30 years, spanning from WAN Engineering to Business Management. The natural progression of my career has moved me to management but I still find time to try and keep my technical skills as sharp as I can. Amateur Radio really helps me a lot with respect to this.
You can visit Paul’s QRZ page at https://www.qrz.com/db/wh6fm