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Skywarn HAM Skywarn Recogmition Day 12/4/20 1400-2200 HST (0000-2400Z 12/5/20)

AH6QO Kevin Bogan
 

SRD  SKYWARN™ Recognition Day  instructions  for both National level and Hawaii.

Skywarn info: http://www.protopage.com/ah6qodashboard#Skywarn  This webpage has the the contents of this email.
NWS https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition  See the NWS SRD page for info on Echolink participation.

Please register and participate. Nationally, 12/5/20 0000-2400 Zulu.
Our instructions are below followed by the instructions for national participation
 
To all,

Please participate in this year's Skywarn Recognition Day (SRD) by sending in your FAIR-WEATHER REPORT OF ONE OR TWO WORDS). 
During our time on the air, we will take messages as noted below.  There will be no net initiated, just the Skywarn HAM station standing by for the Fair-Weather Reports. We will make periodic announcements.

Please Note: If you have a real-world Severe Weather Report, we will take it.  Please be sure to identify it as REAL-WORLD.

  • Date: 12/4/20
  • Time: 1400 - 2200 HST (which is 12/5/20, 0000 - 0800 Zulu)
  • DEM RACES repeaters (if operational):
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  • IRLP linked repeaters will be available during our time on the air:
    • Round Top, 443.425 pl 114.8 node 3080 
    • Waimanalo, 444.375 pl 114.8 node 3197
    • Waialua 443.400 pl 114.8  node 8843
  • HF
    • 7080 kHz USB for voice and FLDIGI (on the hour and half hour)
    • 3880 kHz LSB phone (voice) (a quarter of and after the hour)
  • Winlink messages to kh6sw@... and a copy to ah6qo@ winlink.org
  • Format for real-world Severe Weather Report  (same as what you would do on the telephone call to NWS):
    • call sign
    • first name
    • Spotter number (if you have one)
    • location of observation
    • time of observation
    • Metrics (no guessing! No estimating. If nothing measured, move on to Impacts)
    • Impacts
  • Severe Weather Report (SWR) Criteria ( https://www.weather.gov/hfo/skywarn ) :
    • What to Report (and use EXERCISE and SIMULATED as descriptors for any practice messages):
      ANY tornado, funnel, or waterspout
      Heavy rain at a rate of an inch per hour or more lasting more than 15 minutes
      ANY type of flooding that is threatening or causing damage
      ANY hail
      High winds strong enough to cause property damage
      ANY weather related death, injury, or significant damage
December 5, 2020 from 0000z to 2400z

SKYWARNTM Recognition Day Operating Instructions

 

1. Object SKYWARNTM Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.

  • Amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
     
  • Non-Amateur Radio Spotters to exchange weather information as often as possible via Social Media with NWS Offices. 

2. Date NWS stations may operate at any time during December 5, 2020 from 0000 - 2400 UTC.

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site ("sunny", "partly cloudy", "windy", etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append "NWS" to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24 hour period. 

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.



Please be flexible as parameters may be adjusted.

Please pass this email on to other interested parties.

Thank you,
Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Skywarn HAM Coordinator for Hawaii
Chuck Malefyt, KH6DL
Deputy Skywarn HAM Coordinator
Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
 *Cooperation*Communication*Coordination*Collaboration
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172


SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020

KH6OWL Darren Holbrook
 

Aloha,

I put this together from open source materials. I have not seen any plans for Hawaii but there may be plans but you can still get on the air Saturday. It will actually start in Hawaii on Friday at 1400 and go to Saturday at 1400.
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SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020 (SRD 2020)

2020 Saturday, December 5th SKYWARN Recognition Day

24-hour period

Starts 00z Dec 5, Ends 24Z Dec 5th

 

1. Object SKYWARN Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.

  • Amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
     
  • Non-Amateur Radio Spotters to exchange weather information as often as possible via Social Media with NWS Offices. 

2. Date NWS stations may operate at any time during December 5, 2020 from 0000 - 2400 UTC.

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one- or two-word description of the weather occurring at your site ("sunny", "partly cloudy", "windy", etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append "NWS" to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24-hour period. (Most NW Offices won’t allow non workers inside because of COVID)

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.

On Echolink: https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarn_echolink

For information regarding *WX_TALK* Conference Node on Echolink please visit the Voipwx.net. Voipwx.net also lists the schedule for when a particular office will be the control operator.

Hawaii does not have a weather office node on Echolink listed.

DMR (I have not seen which TG yet), DSTAR

IRLP 9219

Echolink conference node: 7203, IRLP reflector 9219

ALLStar

 

Winlink email address: NOT A NATIONAL email address but if you want to try Winlink, you can send to Wx1box@... or wx4nhc@...

 

Submit Logs: https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

(there will be a link to submit logs on this page)

N1mm doesn’t really work well since this is not a contest.

Computer logs ok but add details to notes

Paper logs ok

Summary of your activities, only upload your summary

Online form, do not log every contact with this form, just a summary

Completed by JAN 31st, 2021

There will be a google form to submit to do the summary.

 

Operating Tips

Self-Spot, one place to do that is DX watch

Use Phonetics

Stay in General portion on HF

Be courteous on repeaters

Still not a contest

FT8/FT4

 

Event Specific Numbers, The #’s are only for SRD 2020

Individual SRD # will be posted at Skywarn Recognition Webpage https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

The NWS will issue to all registrants a number to be used during SRD contacts. This is not a spotter ID number for use during severe weather events, it’s for the 2020 SRD only. Each number will include the three-letter ID of the registrant’s nearest NWS forecast office. For example, a Fort Wayne spotter’s SRD 2020 number might turn out to be “IWX-123”.

 

There will be 4 groups, 1. NWS Offices, 2. Amateur Radio Licensed Spotters, 3. Non-Amateur Spotters and 4. Untrained spotters

 

SRD Event #, include when interacting.

 

NOAA SKYWARN Page:

https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

 

VOIP Hurricane Net:

http://voipwx.net/

 

Register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjTY8Cpa7b43CdUdgeBGRKcHlUv4FB86wVL7MpO19i2t7MBg/viewform

 

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/skywarnrecognitionday

NWS plans informative, live videos on the Facebook group during the 24-hour period of SRD. Live streams on Facebook Group page about different information.

 

In addition, NWS encourages SKYWARN spotters to watch Twitter and Facebook during the SRD 24-hour period for posts using the hashtag #SKYWARN20 and to reply with their SRD numbers.

Twitter, search and use #skywarn20 https://twitter.com/search?q=%23skywarn20&src=typeahead_click

 

https://rb.gy/8oeskq

 

Email list: SRD+subscribe@groups.io This is an announcement only email list, so posts are limited to moderators. If you need to contact a moderator or have a question about SRD please email  SRD+owner@groups.io.

 

SRD QSO’s

CQ SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020 de your callsign

-The basics,

·      RST,

·      QTH,

·      Name

-The SRD Stuff

·      Wx,

·      NWS Office (if you are affiliated with that office),

·      SRD # (use Phonetics)

 

Calling CQ on call CW SRD20

 

Forecast office 3-digit letters that id the office.

 

Example QSO:

CQ SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020 de KH6OWL

KH6OWL de callsign

Callsign this is KH6OW, you are 59, Honolulu, name is Stacy, WX clear 85 degrees, HNL, SRD #______ back to you callsign.

 

Remember to have fun and This is an annual event to recognize the contributions of radio amateurs to the NWS SKYWAN Program.

 


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Re: Thursday Net

KH6AAA Tom Seale
 

Happy Thanksgiving!
Tom, KH6AAA


Thursday Net

KH6EN Raleigh Ferdun
 

Since tomorrow, Thursday 11/26/20, is Thanksgiving, there will be no nightly net.  Everyone have a great thanksgiving and be thankful for those and what you have.

 

Raleigh

KH6EN


Re: 17 November 2020 General Membership Meeting Minutes

KH6OWL Darren Holbrook
 

I had forgotten about that group other than emails. Thanks for the reminder of where it is posted.

KH6OWL


On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 6:22 PM Ronald Hamilton <ronaldhamilton@...> wrote:

On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 5:31 PM KH6FHI Joe Tabrah <joetabrah@...> wrote:
Please note that I have filed a copy of the minutes of the 17 November 20 General Membership Zoom Meeting in the "2020 GM Minutes Posted" folder under "Files" at main@earchi.groups.io.  
Aloha,
Joe
KH6FHI



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Ron Hamilton



Re: 17 November 2020 General Membership Meeting Minutes

wayne kh6in
 

Awesome Joe,

thanks for the update!

On 11/18/2020 5:31 PM, KH6FHI Joe Tabrah wrote:
Please note that I have filed a copy of the minutes of the 17 November 20 General Membership Zoom Meeting in the "2020 GM Minutes Posted" folder under "Files" at main@earchi.groups.io.  
Aloha,
Joe
KH6FHI


Re: 17 November 2020 General Membership Meeting Minutes

WH6GLO Ronald Hamilton
 

On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 5:31 PM KH6FHI Joe Tabrah <joetabrah@...> wrote:
Please note that I have filed a copy of the minutes of the 17 November 20 General Membership Zoom Meeting in the "2020 GM Minutes Posted" folder under "Files" at main@earchi.groups.io.  
Aloha,
Joe
KH6FHI



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Ron Hamilton


17 November 2020 General Membership Meeting Minutes

KH6FHI Joe Tabrah
 

Please note that I have filed a copy of the minutes of the 17 November 20 General Membership Zoom Meeting in the "2020 GM Minutes Posted" folder under "Files" at main@earchi.groups.io.  
Aloha,
Joe
KH6FHI


General Membership Meeting - Tue, 11/17/2020 #cal-notice

main@earchi.groups.io Calendar <noreply@...>
 

General Membership Meeting

When:
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
19:00 to 21:00
(GMT-10:00) Pacific/Honolulu

Where:
Zoom Meetings

Description:
General Membership Meeting 

Steve KH6WG is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86568096831?pwd=SmlWWXhYd3hHbThQZ2VOV21RRDM4QT09

Meeting ID: 865 6809 6831
Passcode: 068975

Short presentation on the EARC Mauna Kapu upgrades


General Membership Meeting - Tue, 11/17/2020 19:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: General Membership Meeting

When: Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 19:00 to 21:00, (GMT-10:00) Pacific/Honolulu

Where:Zoom Meetings

View Event

Description: General Membership Meeting 

Steve KH6WG is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86568096831?pwd=SmlWWXhYd3hHbThQZ2VOV21RRDM4QT09

Meeting ID: 865 6809 6831
Passcode: 068975

Short presentation on the EARC Mauna Kapu upgrades


General Membership Meeting - Tue, 11/17/2020 19:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: General Membership Meeting

When: Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 19:00 to 21:00, (GMT-10:00) Pacific/Honolulu

Where:Zoom Meetings

View Event

Description: General Membership Meeting 

Steve KH6WG is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86568096831?pwd=SmlWWXhYd3hHbThQZ2VOV21RRDM4QT09

Meeting ID: 865 6809 6831
Passcode: 068975

Short presentation on the EARC Mauna Kapu upgrades


General Membership Meeting - Tue, 11/17/2020 19:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: General Membership Meeting

When: Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 19:00 to 21:00, (GMT-10:00) Pacific/Honolulu

Where:Zoom Meetings

View Event

Description: General Membership Meeting 

Steve KH6WG is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86568096831?pwd=SmlWWXhYd3hHbThQZ2VOV21RRDM4QT09

Meeting ID: 865 6809 6831
Passcode: 068975

Short presentation on the EARC Mauna Kapu upgrades


Re: EARC Antenna

WH6ECG Evan Esaki
 

Stacy,

Thanks for sharing the video. Amusing how she pronounced EARCHI. Great to see the antenna and the G90 in action. 

Aloha,
Evan WH6ECG 


Re: EARC Antenna

KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

Cool.  I saw that last week and watched.  Links also took me to some guy with a French accent.   They call it the err chee antenna.  Haha.

de KH6WG


Dec 2020 Ham newsletter

KH6OWL Darren Holbrook
 


EARC Antenna

KH6OWL Darren Holbrook
 


Event: General Membership Meeting - Tuesday, 17 November 2020 #cal-invite

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General Membership Meeting

When:
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
19:00 to 21:00
(UTC-10:00) Pacific/Honolulu

Where:
Zoom Meetings

Description:
General Membership Meeting 

Steve KH6WG is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86568096831?pwd=SmlWWXhYd3hHbThQZ2VOV21RRDM4QT09

Meeting ID: 865 6809 6831
Passcode: 068975

Short presentation on the EARC Mauna Kapu upgrades


14 November 20 ARC/ARES Exercise

KH6FHI Joe Tabrah
 

Please participate in the ARC/ARES Exercise scheduled for this coming Saturday, 14 November 20.  Instructions are as follows, and can also be found at the following link:

http://hawaiiares.info/ARC2020/ARC.html

American Red Cross EmComm Drill - November 14, 2020

This drill is an exercise in sending messages from local sites to a group of 
Divisional Clearinghouses to simulate and demonstrate the capability of amateur 
radio operators across the country to relay information in times of need. 

The drill will use the messaging program Winlink as the primary method
of delivering preformatted messages. Amateur radio operators will be free 
to utilize any connection mode available - HF, VHF, UHF and Telnet. 

The goal is to encourage more operators to become familiar with Winlink and 
the message templates within.
  • First message (to be transmitted from 9am to 10am HST)
    ARC 213 General Message Template can be found in Winlink under Standard Forms, ARC Forms
    • DR#: Enter "ARCDRILL1120"
    • Message#: Enter "001"
    • Incident Name: Enter "Red Cross Message Drill"
    • Precedence:  Enter "Routine"
    • To (Name and Position):  Enter "ARCHI" (Hawaii Divisional Clearinghouse)
    • From (Name and Position): Enter Your First and Last Name and Callsign
    • Subject:  Enter "Red Cross Messaging Drill 11-20"
    • Date and Time: Winlink automatically fills in Date and Time.
    • Precede the body of the message with "THIS IS A DRILL**"
    • Message:
      • The Town and State that you are in. (Example: Hilo, HI)
      • Mode used to send the message TELNET, PACKET, PACTOR, ARDOP,VARA HF OR FM
      • Enter "Solo Operator"
    • Approved by:  Enter Your First and Last Name and Callsign
    • Position/Title: Enter All your affiliations, e.g., Red Cross, RACES, AUXCOM, etc If you are an ARES leader, add your title, ARES ASEC, ARES DEC, ARES ADEC, ARES CEC If none, enter "NONE"
    Click here for instructions on filling out the 213 form. First Message Completed Sample.
  • Second message (to be transmitted from 10am to 11am HST):
    ARC Hawaii Hurricane Daily Shelter Report Hawaii ARC forms can be found under Standard Templates, HI STATE Forms
    • Date: Click for the Date or manually input.
    • Shelter Name / County: Use the assigned Private Shelter name Add your county Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai or Maui
    • Shelter Manager: Fill in a simulated name.
    • Phone: Fill in a simulated phone number.
    • Total Number of Sheltering Workers: Total number to include, all ARC volunteers, County workers, NG personnel working at the shelter, MRC volunteers, Humane Society volunteers, shelter radio operators, to include # of Disaster Health Services workers and # of Disaster Mental Health workers in the shelter (Note: in a real-world situation, all the above categories may not be represented. For this exercise, we suggest you use all.
    • # Disaster Health Services: Simulate the number, 0 or 1; in reality, most hurricane evacuation shelters may not have a Disaster Health Services worker (check with the Shelter Manager).
    • # Disaster Mental Health: Simulate the number, 0 or 1; in reality, most hurricane evacuation shelters may not have a Disaster Mental Health worker (check with the Shelter Manager).
    • SHELTER POPULATION: For the exercise, we will only fill the in the date for the 12 noon Count. Enter simulated numbers for the following categories:
      • Age 0-3 years old.
      • Age 4-7 years old.
      • Age 8-12 years old.
      • Age 13-18 years old.
      • Age 19-65 years old.
      • Age 65+ years old.
    • OPERATIONAL REPORTING: Leave blank.
    • NOTES: Type/write in "THIS IS AN EXERCISE MESSAGE".
    • Preparer Name: The simulated Shelter Manager's Name used above.
    • Preparer Signature: /s/ Type/write in the simulated Shelter Manager's Name.
    After pressing SUBMIT the text you entered will be copied into the Winlink message. The TO field will be blank. Before posting it to the OUT BOX in preparation to START sending it, please address the message as follows: Oahu and Kauai radio operators send your message to KH7HO Maui and Hawaii radio operators send your message to KH6FHI Second Message Completed Sample
  • Event Pictures
    Radio operators are requested to take pictures of themselves with their radio station. Email not more than two pictures to Van at NH7IT@... so we can share the operating stations used in the exercise. Look for a collage after the event.
  • Event ZOOM Session
    There will be a ZOOM Tech Session, hosted by Joe (KH6FHI) and Van (NH7IT), from 9-11 AM during the exercise to answer questions about Winlink or the exercise. This will be followed by a quick hot wash at 11 AM to discuss what went well, what were the challenges, and what could be improved so we can share experiences. ZOOM Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82545963016?pwd=V2NMam5FeGY3MU0vajBlZjkrZTVsZz09
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DEM Repeater Linking

KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

To EARC All,
Apologies, I thought I sent this out earlier but checking my outbox, it was not to be found.  Lots of concurrent stuff happening.

The 146.980 FFMB, 146.860 Manawahua, 146.760 Mokueia (Peacock Flats), 146.680 Waimanalo repeaters have been relinked.  Thanks to the City and State entities who made this happen.  

Upgrades are needed for the 146.880 Diamond Head and 146.900 Kahuku repeaters prior to linking.  Works in progress.

We should all be grateful that even when the repeaters were not linked, we actually had repeaters in strategic places to use even though they were stand alone.  Before my time but there was a time when there was only one repeater on the whole Island.  Without the repeaters, each station is limited to Simplex.  Which is not a bad thing.  Much appreciation to the custodians of the repeaters and the network.  

Aloha,
de KH6WG


Write-up - Digital Signaling Fundamentals

KH6CP Craig Paul
 

I've written about digital signaling: including Frequency Shift Keying (including RTTY), Phase Shift Keying (PSK31 for example), Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK), and Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM).

I write about how weak signal modes (FT8 and related modes, FLDIGI's "Micro Modes",
and Multipsk's Lentus) work.

I cover Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) found in MT63, 8PSK multicarrier, and VARA.
This includes screenshots from an active high-speed VARA FM session showing how to interpret the
training sequence, constellation, and speed negotiation during the transmission.

I briefly cover Forward Error Correction (FEC).
FLDIGI has modes that provide FEC.

Digital signaling fundamentals - https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTOhfNAkQqNs6nO2HI1kuTtvBd7sWFD9xJtYQBWOp1DmI5X87CIPa1yg3Jr-LhkzXpUV1CPt2deQr6S/pub

Let me know what you think!

Craig/KH6CP

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