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Having a Field Day, 2012 – decisions, decisions

Jun 10 2012

It’s time once again for that wonderful ham radio gathering known as Field Day, which takes place from 8:00 a.m. June 23, 2012 to 8:00 a.m. June 24. Hams from all over the U.S. and other countries will gather on the airwaves to try to make as many contacts with each other as possible. Although there are likely going to be numerous places from which hams will be operating, for hams on Oahu looking for lots of hams to meet and lots of activity, they’ll have some choices to make.

At the invitation of the University of Hawaii, the Emergency Amateur Radio Club will be holding its Field Day activities on the Bachman Hall lawn at UH-Manoa. (Yes, that does mean that visitors to the university and people passing by into Manoa will likely be treated to the sight of tall HF antennas…and what says ham radio more than big antennas?)

For those who prefer a day at the beach, the Koolau Amateur Radio Club will be holding their annual Field Day celebration, as they’ve done in past years, at Kualoa Regional Park on the windward side.

Both events will be open to the public and hams will be available to answer questions. Both clubs will also need people willing to camp out on Friday, June 22, to help setup antennas. Check each club’s website for more information.

For an idea of what happens on Field Day, check out my YouTube video from last year’s combined EARC/KARC Field Day.

Filed Under: Ham news, Ham Radio 101

Makani Pahili 2012

May 28 2012

Every year, at the beginning of hurricane season, the emergency management agencies across the state participate in an annual exercise of emergency preparedness called Makani Pāhili (hurricane or cyclone in Hawaiian), testing the worst-case scenario – what if a category 4 or 5 hurricane made a direct hit on Oahu?

Amateur radio operators play an important role in the exercise, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 2, 2012, hams are asked to participate in the communications exercise by formulating and passing simulated traffic on the ICS-213 form. State RACES coordinator Ron Hashiro, AH6RH, has more details on his website. Also on his site is more information on passing ICS-213 traffic.

Participate, get involved, and be prepared – an emergency is not the time to be learning how to pass traffic.

Having a Field Day

Jul 8 2011

Most people are familiar with the phrase “to have a field day” in various contexts – in some cases meaning experiencing freedom from responsibility, in other contexts referring to criticism, but in all cases to appear to enjoy oneself doing it.

However, when ham radio operators in the United States and Canada have a Field Day, it actually has a more specific meaning. It refers to the ARRL and RAC Field Day, held every year on the last full weekend of June (June 25 and 26 in 2011). On that day, thousands of amateur radio operators get out from their home locations (hence the name – getting out “into the field”), set up stations running on emergency power, and operate for a 24 hour period. In its basic form it’s an emergency communication exercise – you never know where you’ll be setup in a communications emergency; you probably will not have commercial power readily available; and you want to be able to operate for as long as possible with the equipment you have.

But while Field Day serves an important role in preparation for emergencies, hams have a whole lot of fun as well. Here are some clips of the last Field Day the Emergency Amateur Radio Club had with their sister club, the Koolau Amateur Radio Club.

EARC/KARC Field Day 2011 on YouTube


Filed Under: Ham news, Ham Radio 101

He’s been a ham for longer than most people are alive

Feb 25 2011


George Bollas, VK3LA of Melbourne, Australia has this year achieved a remarkable milestone. First licensed in April 1931 he has marked 2011 as his 80th year of continuous amateur radio operation. That is surprising in itself but as well, at 95 years of age, George is still regularly on the air and actively home constructing.

His latest project just completed was the building of a batch of three 23cm 2C39 valve amplifiers to compliment his already comprehensive home built ATV station. He can still be heard on 20M working his old friends overseas using his beloved Collins “S”-line. As always he is ready with advice and encouragement to younger hams both in club activities and individually. If ever a voice has echoed through the generations of amateur radio it is that of our friend George Bollas VK3LA.


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Calendar of Hawaii ham events

Feb 23 2011

Lots of stuff on tap for Hawaii hams. Hat tip to Ron AH6RH for the information.

Date Event
Sat January 22, 2011+ ARRL VHF Sweepstakes
Fri February 18, 2011+ ARRL DX Contest – CW
Fri March 6, 2011+ ARRL DX Contest – Phone
Sun March 13, 2011 EARC Swapmeet
Fri March 25, 2011+ CW WPX Contest – Phone
Sun April 17, 2011 Geek Meet IV
Fri May 27, 2011+ CW WPX Contest – CW
Sat May 28, 2011 Makani Pahili – Annual Hurricane Exercise
Sat June 11, 2011+ ARRL VHF QSO Party
Sat June 25, 2011+ ARRL Field Day
Sat August 27, 2011+ Hawaii QSO Party
Sat September 2011 Big Island International Hamfest
Sat October 1, 2011 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test
Fri October 28, 2011+ CW World Wide Contest – Phone
Fri November 4, 2011+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest – CW
Fri November 18, 2011+ ARRL Sweepstakes Contest – Phone
Fri November 25, 2011+ CW World Wide Contest – CW
Filed Under: Ham news

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