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Feb 2021 Newsletter

KH6OWL Darren Holbrook
 


Very little interest and most likely last one as the effort and time to put it together seems to me lost time. Enjoy the read.
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AREDN MESH Comes to Hawaii

KH6FHI Joe Tabrah
 

From the ARRL Pacific Section for your information:
Aloha,
Joe
KH6FHI


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Joseph Speroni <joe@...>
Date: Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 12:06 PM
Subject: AREDN MESH Comes to Hawaii
To: <Joe.halasey@...>, <wh6fam@...>, <wh6n@...>, <TonyEliasHi@...>, Skawamae <skawamae@...>, Kimo Chun <kimochun@...>
Cc: Joseph Tabrah <joetabrah@...>, <william.polhemus@...>, Gescio Alpuro <wh6av808@...>, Clement Jung <chmjung4@...>, Jim Pilgram <jim.pilgram@...>


Aloha ARRL Affiliated Clubs

Please  pass this info  onto club members who may not be ARRL members.

Mahalo es 73 de Joe/AH0A
ARRL PACSEC SM

-----Original Message-----
From: ARRL Members Only Web site <memberlist@...>
Sent: Saturday, January 9, 2021 11:34 AM
To: joe@...
Subject: AREDN MESH Comes to Hawaii

In 2020, more than 80 AREDN MESH nodes were deployed in Hawaii.  As done
on the mainland, Amateurs connect their stations via a private Amateur
Radio network. Here’s a link to the current Hawaii network,

        https://tinyurl.com/y56ox3wu 

The AREDN MESH network is self-configuring.  A node added to the network
broadcasts its identity to all the other nodes.  Installation is truly
well designed and easy to use.  The ability to deploy go kits with AREDN
MESH radios that are added dynamically makes it one more digital tool to
pass traffic.

Mastering the technology allows us to build networks around our islands.
 We can be less dependent on access to high places.  Hawaii AREDN MESH
is not an Internet ISP.  We can ring our islands with many short hops
that provide multiple paths from one node to another.

The basic component needed for a short hop is the AREDN MESH router, a
MikroTik hAP.  The term hAP stands for home Access Point.  It is really
just an Internet home router that has been “flashed” to operate in
the Amateur Radio private network.  As Amateur Radio equipment goes, it
is inexpensive.  About $50 on Amazon!

With a hAP connected via Internet, Amateurs can begin learning about the
Hawaii network.  The next step is to add a microwave link to become more
independent of Internet.   A pair of MikroTik SXT 5.8 GHz radios can be
added to access a “sector node” in his area or interconnect two
Amateur’s stations via microwave.  One of these can be had for about
$70.

The IEEE recently hosted a ZOOM meeting that brought a lot of
information to Hawaii Amateurs.  Stephen Minakami (NH6XL) setup the
meeting.  We are fortunate that he was able to arrange a member of the
AREDN MESH organization, Orv Beach (W6BI), who gave a great overview of
mainland networks and the hardware and software components building the
network.  Here is a YouTube link to Orv’s talk,

                https://youtu.be/qVM4W_I8mx0

Following his talk, Gessie Alpuro (WH6AV) gave an overview of AREDN MESH
in Hawaii.  As of now AllStar repeaters and seventeen Hawaii gateways
are already connected via Hawaii AREDN MESH.  It is amazing how well
developed the network has become.

One of Gessie’s focus has been interconnecting AllStar and Winlink
gateways on the Big Island.  hAP, SXT and point to point hardware has
been donated to BIARC members to get the network started.  He is working
with Oahu as well as with his own island.  Jim Pilgram (NH6HI) is
driving the progress on Kauai.  This is truly an all-Hawaii project.

Here is a link to Gessie’s YouTube,

                https://youtu.be/U2_oHUJ2Nn4.

Hawaii ARES now supports Winlink and AREDN MESH use in its exercises.
Previously Clem Jung (KH7HO) made arrangements with the Hawaii Amateur
Radio Emergency Digital Radio Network, Inc. (HEARDn.org) a 501C3
corporation, to provide audio adapters and VARA software licenses at a
reduced cost to interested Amateurs.  He now also has HEARDn support for
AREDN MESH components.

If interested in adding digital modes to your Amateur Radio station,
contact Clem to see how ARES can help Amateurs interested in either of
these digital technologies.

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AREDN MESH Comes to Hawaii

KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

Aloha all,
You may be interested in the AREDN technology.  Please feel free to join.

Aloha
de KH6WG

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Joseph Speroni <joe@...>
Date: Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 12:06 PM
Subject: AREDN MESH Comes to Hawaii
To: <Joe.halasey@...>, <wh6fam@...>, <wh6n@...>, <TonyEliasHi@...>, Skawamae <skawamae@...>, Kimo Chun <kimochun@...>
Cc: Joseph Tabrah <joetabrah@...>, <william.polhemus@...>, Gescio Alpuro <wh6av808@...>, Clement Jung <chmjung4@...>, Jim Pilgram <jim.pilgram@...>


Aloha ARRL Affiliated Clubs

Please  pass this info  onto club members who may not be ARRL members.

Mahalo es 73 de Joe/AH0A
ARRL PACSEC SM

-----Original Message-----
From: ARRL Members Only Web site <memberlist@...>
Sent: Saturday, January 9, 2021 11:34 AM
To: joe@...
Subject: AREDN MESH Comes to Hawaii

In 2020, more than 80 AREDN MESH nodes were deployed in Hawaii.  As done
on the mainland, Amateurs connect their stations via a private Amateur
Radio network. Here’s a link to the current Hawaii network,

        https://tinyurl.com/y56ox3wu 

The AREDN MESH network is self-configuring.  A node added to the network
broadcasts its identity to all the other nodes.  Installation is truly
well designed and easy to use.  The ability to deploy go kits with AREDN
MESH radios that are added dynamically makes it one more digital tool to
pass traffic.

Mastering the technology allows us to build networks around our islands.
 We can be less dependent on access to high places.  Hawaii AREDN MESH
is not an Internet ISP.  We can ring our islands with many short hops
that provide multiple paths from one node to another.

The basic component needed for a short hop is the AREDN MESH router, a
MikroTik hAP.  The term hAP stands for home Access Point.  It is really
just an Internet home router that has been “flashed” to operate in
the Amateur Radio private network.  As Amateur Radio equipment goes, it
is inexpensive.  About $50 on Amazon!

With a hAP connected via Internet, Amateurs can begin learning about the
Hawaii network.  The next step is to add a microwave link to become more
independent of Internet.   A pair of MikroTik SXT 5.8 GHz radios can be
added to access a “sector node” in his area or interconnect two
Amateur’s stations via microwave.  One of these can be had for about
$70.

The IEEE recently hosted a ZOOM meeting that brought a lot of
information to Hawaii Amateurs.  Stephen Minakami (NH6XL) setup the
meeting.  We are fortunate that he was able to arrange a member of the
AREDN MESH organization, Orv Beach (W6BI), who gave a great overview of
mainland networks and the hardware and software components building the
network.  Here is a YouTube link to Orv’s talk,

                https://youtu.be/qVM4W_I8mx0

Following his talk, Gessie Alpuro (WH6AV) gave an overview of AREDN MESH
in Hawaii.  As of now AllStar repeaters and seventeen Hawaii gateways
are already connected via Hawaii AREDN MESH.  It is amazing how well
developed the network has become.

One of Gessie’s focus has been interconnecting AllStar and Winlink
gateways on the Big Island.  hAP, SXT and point to point hardware has
been donated to BIARC members to get the network started.  He is working
with Oahu as well as with his own island.  Jim Pilgram (NH6HI) is
driving the progress on Kauai.  This is truly an all-Hawaii project.

Here is a link to Gessie’s YouTube,

                https://youtu.be/U2_oHUJ2Nn4.

Hawaii ARES now supports Winlink and AREDN MESH use in its exercises.
Previously Clem Jung (KH7HO) made arrangements with the Hawaii Amateur
Radio Emergency Digital Radio Network, Inc. (HEARDn.org) a 501C3
corporation, to provide audio adapters and VARA software licenses at a
reduced cost to interested Amateurs.  He now also has HEARDn support for
AREDN MESH components.

If interested in adding digital modes to your Amateur Radio station,
contact Clem to see how ARES can help Amateurs interested in either of
these digital technologies.

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EARC General Membership Meeting - Tue, 01/19/2021 19:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: EARC General Membership Meeting

When: Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 19:00 to 21:00, (GMT-10:00) Pacific/Honolulu

Where:via Zoom Meetings

View Event

Organizer: KH6WG skawamae@...

Description: Emergency Amateur Radio Club of Hawaii General Membership Meeting


DEM Repeater Linking - re-established

KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

All,
I tested the Waimanalo, FFMB, Manawahua and Peacock Flats repeater linking and they seem to be working for now.  Many thanks to the custodians of the repeater system.

Aloha
de KH6WG


Re: Repeater linking

wayne kh6in
 

ah the DEM system.  EARC sysops have no control over the DEM/State Allstar connected nodes.

On 1/2/2021 10:30 AM, KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae wrote:
Hi James,
Thanks for your email.  It's not just Waimanalo 146.680, it's all the DEM repeaters.  They are all functioning Stand Alone mode right now.  Thanks for your patience.

de KH6WG

On Sat, Jan 2, 2021 at 8:12 AM KG6CFC James Wong <jwongsf@...> wrote:
Waimanalo linkk has been down for a couple of weeks.
Mahalo
James
KG6CFC


Re: Repeater linking

KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

Hi James,
Thanks for your email.  It's not just Waimanalo 146.680, it's all the DEM repeaters.  They are all functioning Stand Alone mode right now.  Thanks for your patience.

de KH6WG

On Sat, Jan 2, 2021 at 8:12 AM KG6CFC James Wong <jwongsf@...> wrote:
Waimanalo linkk has been down for a couple of weeks.
Mahalo
James
KG6CFC


Re: Repeater linking

wayne kh6in
 

sorry which link are you referring to?

On 1/2/2021 8:12 AM, KG6CFC James Wong wrote:
Waimanalo linkk has been down for a couple of weeks.
Mahalo
James
KG6CFC


Re: Repeater linking

KG6CFC James Wong
 

Waimanalo linkk has been down for a couple of weeks.
Mahalo
James
KG6CFC


January 2021 Newsletter

KH6OWL Darren Holbrook
 


Christmas Eve Net

KH6EN Raleigh Ferdun
 

To All:

 

Since this Thursday, 12/24, is Christmas eve, there will be no EARC evening net.  Merry Christmas to all.

 

Don’t fry Santa with RF from your antenna when he lands on your roof.

 

Raleigh

KH6EN


Repeater linking

KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

All,
Thanks for everyone's patience.  The repeater links have been restored with the exception of 146.880 Diamond Head.  Thanks Robin.

Aloha
de KH6WG


AREDN Mesh Networks

KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

All,
Apologies for the late notice:

On December 5th from 10:00 to 12:00 HST the Hawaii IEEE Communications
Society Chapter is hosting a seminar Introducing the technologies behind
AREDN MESH and the possibilities and capabilities to serve counties and
state for backup emergency communications.

It will cover the concept, design, and implementation of an AREDN MESH
network in Hawaii, explain where things started, what are some of the
constraints and obstacles with the design, how far it has come so far
across the state, and how the future looks for this system to play a
role in EmComm.

Moderator:
Steven Minakami, NH6XL (Honolulu ARES/RACES, Honolulu DEM, IEEE Hawaii
Section Chair, Hawaii Chapter Communications Society Chair)

Presenters:
Orville ‘Orv’ Beach, W6BI (Ventura County ACS, AREDN MESH-Ventura &
Los Angeles Counties)
Gescio ‘Jesse’ Alpuro, WH6AV (Maui ARES, Hawaii AREDN MESH Group)

This will be a ZOOM meeting for IEEE members, the Hawaii AllStar
Repeater Group, the Hawaii Emergency Amateur Radio Network, Inc., Hawaii
Amateur Radio Clubs, Hawaii ARES, and Hawaii ARRL members.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/94802704253

Meeting ID: 948 0270 4253
Passcode: 521069 

Aloha
de KH6WG 


KH6JQD James Fernando - Silent Key

KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

All,
From a reliable source, I have learned of the passing of Jim Fernando, KH6JQD.  Please keep his family in your prayers.  Stay safe everyone, this virus is real.

Aloha
de KH6WG 


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

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