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Third Party Communications

KH6OWL Darren Holbrook
 

Everyone has a different opinion on what Third Party Communications means so I decided to look up the rules and refresh my memory on what the FCC says about Third Party Communications. It can be confusing. This is my opinion on what it means. I hope it clear up some confusion on Third Party Communications in Amateur Radio. This discusses what the FCC rules, Part 97.115 states you can and cannot do.







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Stacy
KH6OWL



Using Technology to Facilitate Contact Tracing and Contact Monitoring - COVID-19 Community Bulletin Issue #7

WH6ERV lynn b
 


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Community Bulletin 
May 8, 2020 
Issue #7
Using Technology to Facilitate
Contact Tracing and Contact Monitoring
A new online portal improves the state’s ability to monitor the daily health of those with close contact to COVID-19-positive individuals
 

By now, you may have seen the term “contact tracing” in everyday news about COVID-19. What it is and why it’s so important, however, are less clear. Contact tracing and contact monitoring involve some of the most critical daily tasks the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) executes. It refers to the methods used by DOH staff to follow up with and monitor the health of individuals in the community who have had close contact with a person identified as having COVID-19.

Until recently, DOH staff accomplished this element of contact tracing and contact monitoring largely through multiple phone calls daily to those at risk for infection. However, a new, secure portal recently implemented by the DOH is improving the efficiency of data collection by allowing individuals being monitored to input and upload their health status information on their own. A brief online survey allows them to submit their responses directly and securely to DOH daily. The survey asks if they’ve developed a fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms that may indicate signs of COVID-19. 

All information collected is encrypted to protect the privacy of those being monitored via a unique link that expires after 24 hours. If necessary, DOH staff follows up with those logging into the portal. Individuals who do not have internet access or opt out of the surveys will continue to be monitored by phone daily by DOH staff. 

“Having a well-developed contact tracing and monitoring system with timely investigations, especially in underserved areas, is one of the criteria for reopening our state,” said DOH Director Bruce Anderson. “The efficiency of this new system will increase our capacity to identify new cases and their contacts, and may allow us to monitor up to five times more new contacts than we could previously. This enhances our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Reopening of Hawaii's Economy Begins
with Safer-at-Home Order



As the first group of businesses in Hawaii begins to reopen under the guidelines set by the State of Hawaii’s Seventh Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, residents are reminded to continue to wear face masks, practice physical distancing by staying at least 6-feet away from others, and refrain from gathering in groups. To reflect the new approach called for in this most recent COVID-19 response from the State, the former Stay-at-Home order is now being referred to as the Safer-at-Home order. During his press conference on May 5, Gov. David Ige explained to the public, “Although we encourage you to patronize the newly reopened businesses and activities, you are safer at home.” Please continue to stay safe to protect your families and our communities, Hawaii. 
Open for Business: Hawaii Food Establishment
Pre-Opening Inspections Go Virtual
 
A Department of Health Food Safety Branch staff member conducts a pre-opening virtual inspection.

How does the DOH ensure food establishments readying to open in this time of physical distancing obtain the critical pre-operational inspections required to get up and running? The DOH’s Food Safety Branch recently turned to video-conference inspections, conducting its first virtual pre-opening inspection at a brand-new location of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers opening to drive-thru-only business in Hawaii Kai on Oahu.

Available to owners and operators of new food establishments that are not yet open, the
pre-operational inspections are conducted via video conferencing. In Hawaii’s current COVID-19-affected economy, continuing to expedite the inspection process and opening of new food establishments stimulates employment and business growth for the restaurant industry.

"We appreciate the Department’s innovative and timely use of technology to complete the process to safely open our Hawaii Kai drive-thru, allowing Raising Cane's to bring new jobs to the area and safely serve customers hot fresh chicken finger meals,” said Raising Cane's Area Operations Manager Ray Yeung. “The Food Safety Branch provided a clear and thorough procedure, which we were able to comply completely with, and we look forward to working with them in-person when the state fully reopens businesses.”
Everything You Always Wanted to Know
About Face Masks ... Explained
 

Face masks. It’s important to wear your mask whenever you leave your home for essential tasks or to be out in public. Masks are not required if you are out exercising and maintaining appropriate physical distancing from others, and there are exceptions for young children or anyone who has trouble breathing. Free multi-lingual resources encouraging social distancing are available for everyone to download and use. 

Still, relatives or friends may have given you a mask. Maybe you’ve bought one from a local designer or received one for free. Maybe you’ve been crafting face masks for yourself and loved ones. But how do we properly take care of our masks? Do face masks protect us or protect others from coronavirus? What are the dos and don’ts of putting on, taking off and wearing our masks? And what types of masks are out there for us to use? We found The New York Times feature “A User’s Guide to Face Masks” a pretty cool equivalent of a Face Masks 101 course. A practical, easy-to-reference guide to everything face-mask related, the guide presents answers to all of the above questions and more. If you need another mask while one’s in the wash, it has links to multiple instructional videos on making your own face mask at home.
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What does your Radio Dial tell you?

KH6OWL Darren Holbrook
 


Re: General Exam Log Math 80 second video.

R Rogers
 

Thanks



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: KH6OWL Darren Holbrook <handymanowl@...>
Date: 5/5/20 12:52 PM (GMT-10:00)
To: main@earchi.groups.io
Subject: Re: [earchi] General Exam Log Math 80 second video.

Updated video that maybe of better quality.



On Mon, May 4, 2020 at 9:33 AM Stacy Holbrook <handymanowl@...> wrote:

General Exam. Here is a video that might help you out with the log scale math.

https://youtu.be/4GL7NKAXCjU

Hope it helps.

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KH6OWL




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KH6OWL



Re: General Exam Log Math 80 second video.

KH6OWL Darren Holbrook
 

Updated video that maybe of better quality.



On Mon, May 4, 2020 at 9:33 AM Stacy Holbrook <handymanowl@...> wrote:

General Exam. Here is a video that might help you out with the log scale math.

https://youtu.be/4GL7NKAXCjU

Hope it helps.

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Stacy
KH6OWL




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Stacy
KH6OWL



General Exam Log Math 80 second video.

KH6OWL Darren Holbrook
 

General Exam. Here is a video that might help you out with the log scale math.

https://youtu.be/4GL7NKAXCjU

Hope it helps.

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Stacy
KH6OWL



Configure for FM, push 1 button to "go digital"

KH6CP Craig Paul
 

Configure the radio for FM use (VHF/UHF) and push 1 button to "go digital".

The entry level radio sells for $155 (DX Engineering) FM/YSF
Yaesu FT-70dr

Craig/KH6CP


Re: 1.25m/220MHz usage

WH6OHM Kevin Brammer
 


Thanks for the replies, everyone! I'll update my programming and give these a try soon.

Kevin


Re: 1.25m/220MHz usage

WH6DWF Todd
 

Aloha Kevin,
We had up to nine 220mhz repeaters here on Oahu last year but I’ve noticed that some of them have become offline recently, maybe due to the Coronavirus and where they were located during the massive shutdown.
Below is a map of several repeaters around the island but only lists two 220 mhz machines but only one is currently working, the 224.500 mhz -1.6 no PL WH6PD, which I use often.
The second image is from a list of 220 mhz repeaters I’ve used while driving on the Leeward side of the island. Program all of these and give them a try...
Todd Wilson WH6DWF


Re: 1.25m/220MHz usage

WH6ECG Evan Esaki
 

Hi Kevin, 

I have 220 as ht triband and I have a 25w mobile triband. I also have a yagi.  I think Jim KH6JQD in Waipahu is the most known on 220.  St. Francis medical center in Nuuanu had a repeater, don't know if still true. There were repeaters in Ewa and Pearl City, but unknown status.

Good job exploring. 

Aloha,
Evan WH6ECG 
Windward Oahu ARES District Emergency Coodinator


-------- Original message --------
From: WH6OHM Kevin Brammer <wh6ohm@...>
Date: 4/27/20 21:53 (GMT-10:00)
To: main@earchi.groups.io
Subject: [earchi] 1.25m/220MHz usage


A couple of years ago I was given a KST v6 handheld by a friend on the mainland. After finally getting a new battery and scouring the Internet for programming software I think I finally have the hang of it. The only thing is the radio is programmed for 1.25m/220MHz.

Are there any 220MHz users out there? Does anyone have a list of known good frequencies/repeaters?

73,

Kevin
WH6OHM


Re: 1.25m/220MHz usage

KH6CP Craig Paul
 

Hi, Tim,

I'm only aware of a single 220 MHz repeater on island and I haven't tried to use it yet.
It's in the vicinity of Diamond Head. Look for NH7ZD on the map.

I can duct to the KH6MP digipeater by Diamond Head using the same HT that does 220, so I might try that repeater sometime.

I live in Kaneohe and my discone doesn't have an element for 220, so it'd just be the rubber-duck antenna at 5 watts.

If you'd like to set up a sked e-mail me. We can coordinate on the 147 repeater when we attempt a QSO.
Craig/KH6CP



On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 9:53 PM WH6OHM Kevin Brammer <wh6ohm@...> wrote:

A couple of years ago I was given a KST v6 handheld by a friend on the mainland. After finally getting a new battery and scouring the Internet for programming software I think I finally have the hang of it. The only thing is the radio is programmed for 1.25m/220MHz.

Are there any 220MHz users out there? Does anyone have a list of known good frequencies/repeaters?

73,

Kevin
WH6OHM


1.25m/220MHz usage

WH6OHM Kevin Brammer
 


A couple of years ago I was given a KST v6 handheld by a friend on the mainland. After finally getting a new battery and scouring the Internet for programming software I think I finally have the hang of it. The only thing is the radio is programmed for 1.25m/220MHz.

Are there any 220MHz users out there? Does anyone have a list of known good frequencies/repeaters?

73,

Kevin
WH6OHM


YSF simplex QSOs yesterday and what YSF is

KH6CP Craig Paul
 

If you're not interested in digital voice on FM, delete this message now.


A few of us on Oahu had QSOs yesterday. We enjoyed digital's clarity and superior reach, compared to other digital modes.

The frequency was 145.5625 MHz. 

We press a single button to "go digital" and start the QSO.


It's really not hard to use. A fusion of analog and digital, just push a button once and leave it, and the radio will automatically select analog or digital depending upon what it "hears".

That's AMS - Automatic Mode Selection.


FM and digital automatically selected you say? Yes, the radios are programmed as though they are analog. If you want to enforce only digital as the originator of the QSO just push the button again to select narrow band (DN - digital narrow, the default),

or press again for wide band (VW - voice only wideband,higher fidelity, not Volkswagen!). The radios in AMS mode will automatically configure.


Want to share the frequency in digital mode? It's exactly like DCS 

in analog mode, where you set a code number to transmit.

The System Fusion equivalent to DCS is the

DG-ID - Digital Group IDentifier.


(Contrast this to DMR talk groups - you can't even hear what the other talk group is saying. Doesn't this violate amateur radio regulations?)


Repeater use is exactly the same as analog.

It's programmed into your radio exactly the same as an analog repeater split.


If an analog repeater has no tone access (KH6AZ on Oahu) then different conversations can use different DCS codes.


Hence multiple people can have separate conversations with those they choose.

Everyone can hear, but not transmit and be heard by those using the same privately shared DCS code.


Again, it's exactly the same with the DG-ID in the digital mode of System Fusion.


DG-IDs can be used to control repeater control access or link to other networked repeaters.


Rooms are the YSF equivalent of DMR networked talk groups,

whether they be Brandmeister, DMR+, etc.


Want to find out what networked talk groups there are in

YSF? If the repeater you're using is registered with Yaesu

to participate in the "rooms" around the world all you

have to do on your radio is hit the "Wires-X" button.


The repeater will download what rooms are available into your rig. You select a room and connect to it.


There are YouTube tutorials about YSF, if you're interested.

You could start by viewing reviews of radios (FTM-100dr, FTM-400xdr, FTM-3200dr)

or look at Yaesu's Education Series.


"An overview of Yaesu System Fusion II"

but that's nearly an hour and 5 minutes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiQcmAb_e70


Thanks!


Craig/KH6CP



Re: Yaesu System Fusion QSO day - April 25th

KH6CP Craig Paul
 

Hi, Dave,

Evan and I had the simplex QSO, exercised Group Mode (GM), and tested powers.

I was using 1 watt and the Yaesu FT-2dr's "rubber duck" antenna.

I was 5 feet below the terrain with some moderately tall deciduous trees, with few gaps in the foliage, on the path to Evan.

I know from experiments I've run that my home station running at 40 watts, here 1 block mauka of Windward Mall, can't be heard
across the mountains past 1/3 the way down Likelike until I get to Middle Street and H-1. Likewise, from my own experience YSF
has better fringe signal performance that D-Star and DMR.

We've had people in Mililani participate in our monthly FM net. He was running 75 watts with a Yagi, able to "hit" our 147.000 repeater,
at elevation, close to the Marine Base (MCBH).

If we can get some island-wide nets going I'm willing to get a YSF mobile rig!

Yes, please do send a signal report!

By private e-mail I'd love to know your rig and antenna set up!
73 de Craig/KH6CP


On Sat, Apr 25, 2020 at 7:11 AM VE3SDU Dave Kidd <kidd.dg@...> wrote:
I'm on the Leeward Side, in Mililani.  I have YSF because the group I'm involved with back home uses the technology, but haven't found much of it out here so far.  I'll be monitoring 145.5625!

Dave / VE3SDU


Re: Yaesu System Fusion QSO day - April 25th

WH6ECG Evan Esaki
 

Hi Dave, 

Craig KH6CP and I were in a QSO from 0900 to 0930 in YSF simplex.  

Please let me know if you heard anything. We varied power between about 1 and 5 watts.  

I could hear Craig no problem at any power he used.  Craig said my audio had a slight warble when I used 1 watt, but still no problem copying. We are nearly direct line of sight, but some slight terrain and wooded areas in between us.

Aloha,
Evan WH6ECG 
Windward Oahu ARES District Emergency Coodinator


Re: Yaesu System Fusion QSO day - April 25th

VE3SDU Dave Kidd
 

Between the low power of your transmitter and the mountains between us it's unlikely that I'll hear you, and I'm pretty sure that I don't hear the 147 repeater from here.  I'll at least be listening anyway, in case anyone else is on with YSF!

Dave / VE3SDU


Re: Yaesu System Fusion QSO day - April 25th

WH6ECG Evan Esaki
 

Hi Dave,

My HT is 5 watts so you might not hear me. 
My antenna and location are good, so I have a chance to hear you, though.

Craig and I will coordinate on our Windward 147.000 +pl 103.5 repeater. 

Aloha,
Evan WH6ECG 
Windward Oahu ARES District Emergency Coodinator


Re: Yaesu System Fusion QSO day - April 25th

VE3SDU Dave Kidd
 

I'm on the Leeward Side, in Mililani.  I have YSF because the group I'm involved with back home uses the technology, but haven't found much of it out here so far.  I'll be monitoring 145.5625!

Dave / VE3SDU


Re: Yaesu System Fusion QSO day - April 25th

KH6CP Craig Paul
 

Thanks, Evan!

See you on-the-air at 9. DG-ID 00. Shall we coordinate via the 147 repeater?

Craig


On Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 11:37 AM WH6ECG Evan Esaki via groups.io <wh6ecg=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Craig, 

My FT-70D HT can reach you.  Let me know what time.  

After 0800 HST I am available. I'm in the ARES LAX NE Zoom session before that.

Aloha,
Evan WH6ECG 
Windward Oahu ARES District Emergency Coodinator


Re: Yaesu System Fusion QSO day - April 25th

WH6ECG Evan Esaki
 

Hi Craig, 

My FT-70D HT can reach you.  Let me know what time.  

After 0800 HST I am available. I'm in the ARES LAX NE Zoom session before that.

Aloha,
Evan WH6ECG 
Windward Oahu ARES District Emergency Coodinator