Kohala Hamakua Radio Club

 

MEETING MINUTES

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #136, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2017 Oct 11

 Meeting was called to order at 19:10 by President Steve Milner (WH6N)

Present were Co Vice-Presidents Rick Bowen (AH6RK) and Ceri Sanders (AH6CS), Secretary Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KH6L), Howard Hall (WH6EHJ) and Jim Sugg (WH6FOB)

 Old Business

1.         Steve M reported that equipment insurance renewal was $42.00 instead of $60.00.  The Treasurer will reimburse Steve M the difference.

2.         The Hamfest room has been reserved for Nov 4, 9am to noon, Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Rd.  More helpers are needed.  An announcer/Master of Ceremonies for the drawings is needed and someone to staff the entrance desk and log people in.  Please contact Steve M. or Steve D. if you are willing to help.  No speakers have been lined up.  It was noted that Kevin Bogan would be available, but it was unclear if there was a place for a speaker.  A table for Kevin will be set aside for ARRL information.  John might be doing testing as well. It was noted that a large CERT conference in Hilo was on the same date.  Alternative dates were discussed.   Possibly February or March.  Steve M thinks the scheduled room date can be changed.  It was suggested checking with Patti Cook and the WCA web page for conflicting events  http://waimeatown.org/

3.         Planning for SET, by ARRL and State Civil Defense continues with more people participating.  A night nurse in Honokaa who is an Extra wants to become involved.  CERT members in Pepeekeo and Honomu area are discouraged about Pauillo Mauka to Pepeekeo 2m repeater performance.  The status of the BIARC repeater was unknown.  Val Poindexter has expressed interest in SET.  Better outreach to the Hamuakua Times for next year was suggested.  Health and Welfare messaging exercises were discussed.  Also discussed was how Oregon has EOC set up and no field operations vs the situation Hawaii where it is quite different and rural, excepting Oahu.  Self-sufficiency for the Big Island was suggested.  Short tactical messages will be sent to NH7UA who will pass them onto the EOC.  Eric is seeking someone in North Kohala to pass traffic.  Neither Len nor Terry could help.

4.         During a recent power outage in North Kohala Terry D. remarked that he did not hear any traffic on 2m or 70cm.

5.         The Girl Scout repeater continues to work although there was a short glitch two weeks ago. (Terry has set up the packet radio to include radio voltage, battery voltage and temperature data.  Info is sent through a digipeater near Haleakala.   The data can be seen at KH6L.com.)

6.         Several hams were on Mauna Kea during Grid Madness with some unexpected and chaotic effects.

7.         The machine on Haleakala,146.94, 2 m input continues to exhibit desense symptoms and intermittently not working.   No progress reported.

 New Business

1.         John Buck administered the Extra license test to Jim Sugg, who passed with a perfect score!  Congratulations Jim!

 The meeting was adjourned at 20:30. 

Items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting should be sent to the Secretary.  Further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net).

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #135, Hawi, 2017 Sept 10 

Meeting was called to order at 14:05 by President Steve Milner (WH6N)  

Present were Len Winkler (KH7LW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Secretary Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Norm Cohler (NH7UA),  

Old Business 

1.      Portable Repeater status.  The portable repeater is at Steve Milner's house and working well.  Several tests were made between Don Holdener several miles away and from the summit of Mauna Kea.   It seems Terry Dowling's location prevents good operation.  Different antennas and cables were tried at Terry’s apparently without a change.   Eric G did an analysis of the site and it is a depression.  Different suggestions for a location for the portable repeater in North Kohala were suggested including at KNKR.  Steve M. reported that the spare duplexer from John is no longer needed for the portable repeater. 

2.      Eric G elaborated on plans for SET for Saturday Oct 21, 08:00 to 13:00.  The scenario is for this years SET is a tsunami.   Hub locations will talk to HTs in the field.  A hub location is lacking for North Kohala.  Eric is trying to coordinate something with John Winter.  Eric ask Len if a hub could be setup at KNKR, but it seems doubtful.  The hubs will talk by HF to Civil Defense via Auxiliary Communications System (ACS), co located to the Civil Defense but outside of the building itself.  It will gather all Ham, GMRS and FRS communications and pass that traffic to the Civil Defense.

3.      Steve D reported DX Engineering was not able to give KHRC a presentation due to the time difference between Ohio and Hawaii. 

4.      The machine on Haleakala,146.94, 2 m input continues to exhibit desense symptoms and intermittently not working.   Some report being able to use it with high power.  HTs do not seem to be able to use it.

New Business 

1.      The Club Treasurer Norm reported $279.53 in the account.   A motion for $60 equipment insurance renewal passed unanimously.  A motion for $200 liability insurance was defeated with 3 against, 1 in favor and 1 abstaining.

2.      NH7UA announced Grid Madness is next Sunday, September 17, from 13:00 to 17:00, on UHV and VHF simplex. See http://gridmadness.blogspot.com/ for more details.

3.      Hamfest is scheduled for November 4.  Same time and location.  KHRC is sponsoring it with some help from KARS.  A master of ceremonies is needed. The rental fee for the buidling is $100, plus an after hours fee of $6, and a $200 refundable security deposit. 

The meeting was adjourned at 15:00.   

Items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting should be sent to the Secretary.  Further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net). 

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #134, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2017 Aug 9 

Meeting was called to order at 19:11 by  President Steve Milner (WH6N)  

Present were Co Vice-Presidents Rick Bowen (AH6RK) and Ceri Sanders (AH6CS), Secretary Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Norm Cohler (NH7UA), John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KH6L), and Jim Sugg 

Old Business 

1.      The Club Treasurer Norm reported  $279.53 in the account. He will withdraw and deposit 25.00 to prevent bank charges for inactivity.

2.      Steve D. contacted Ed Texiera, former head of Civil Defense and invited him to a club meeting.  Ed had lots of good things to say about amateur radio.  Ed was given WH7TW's email address and info about the club meetings.

3.      DX Engineering gives a Skype presentation to ham clubs.  It is not known if the difference in time zones to Hawaii will prevent it Hawaii. Steve D has 3 suggested topics and will submit the form and see if they can accomodate Hawaii.  The topics are:  remote antenna tuners, remote operation of a radio and phased array antennas.

4.      Portable Repeater status.  Terry Dowling returned it to Steve Milner. It is nonfunctioning due to an apparent desense problem. Terry reports that reception is poor and has only a range of a approximately 1/2 mile. 

5.      The Girl Scout repeater continues to work. (Terry has set up the packet radio to include radio voltage, battery voltage and temperature data.  Info is sent through the Haleakala repeater.   The data can be seen at KH6L.com.)

6.      Planning for SET, by ARRL and State Civil Defense continues.  A scheme for each island to have an EOC, with Hawaii Island assigned analog, 7190, and digital, 7095, frequencies.  Also included is a VHF link.  SET date has changed to Saturday Oct 21, 08:00 to 13:00.  The scenario is for this years SET is a tsunami.   Eric G is contending with a large mass of paperwork to distill it into a working plan. Stan Froseth, AH6KO resigned as DEC  and is no longer in charge for Big Island.  The 3 current DECs for the Big Island are Kim Fendt, Rick Ward and Eric G.  The Kona DEC is vacant.

7.      The machine on Haleakala,146.94, 2 m input continues to exhibit desense symptoms and intermittently not working.   No progress reported.

New Business 

1.      John Buck admistered both the Technician and General license tests to Jim Sugg.  Preliminary info indicated he passed both.  Congratulations Jim!  

The meeting was adjourned at 20:11.   

Items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting should be sent to the Secretary.  Further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net). 

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #133, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2017 July 12 

Meeting was called to order at 19:20 by Co Vice-Presidents Rick Bowen (AH6RK) and Ceri Sanders (AH6CS)  

Present were Secretary Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Norm Cohler (NH7UA), John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KH6L), and Pete Matsunaga (KH6DK). 

Old Business 

1.      Minutes from May and March meetings are still pending.

2.      Portable Repeater status is that it is nonfunctioning. Terry reports that reception is still poor and has only a range of a approximately 1/2 mile.  A previous repair by Steve Milner and Don H apparently did not resolve all the problem.  The cavity was out of tune and was tuned. Tightening of the cavity adjustments is problematic and cannot easily be made permanent without it detuning.  Terry questioned the effectiveness of the repeater as a portable if any vibration will cause it to de-tuned. 

3.      The Girl Scout repeater is working and has been working for a short while now.  However not long enough that it can be declared with confidence as fixed.  A firmware update was made in a recent visit to the site by John and Terry.  (Terry has set up the packet radio to include another voltage reading in addition to battery voltage and temperature data.  Info is sent through the Haleakala repeater.   The data can be seen at KH6L.com.)

4.      The link repeater at Mauna Loa was reported as not working.

5.      The machine on Haleakala,146.94, 2 m input continues to exhibit desense symptoms and intermittently not working.   John reported that it was confirmed by Randy at the site and will be worked on. 

New Business 

1.      DX Engineering is willing to give a Skype presentation to ham clubs.  Steve D is following up and will determine a relevant subject for the club.

2.      It was suggested Steve D. contact Ed Texiera, former head of Civil Defense, and see if would like to attend a meeting as a prospective ham.  It could be discussed then if he would be interested in giving a talk.

3.      Maintenance activity on the Mauna Kea repeater was reported as being heard. 

4.      Planning for SET, by ARRL and State Civil Defense, was discussed.  A scheme for each island to have an EOC, with Hawaii Island assigned analog, 7190, and digital, 7095, frequencies.  Also included is a VHF link.  SET is Saturday Oct 7, 08:00 to 13:00.  Stan Forseth, AH6KO is in charge for Big Island.    More details will be forthcoming.

5.      Joe Speroni is proposing a training exercise for ham radio operators to be certified EMCOM operators.

6.      John Buck discussed digital repeater interference with Dewey's analog repeater.  Digital systems can interfere with the analog, but the digital operators may be unaware of this condition.

7.      Rick had everyone to discuss their current interesting projects or activities  -  

·         Pete discussed EARC and RF internet connected off grid communications. 

·         John discussed his meeting with Paul DeCasse on problems with the Mauna Loa repeater

·         Terry the data coming from the Girl Scout repeater.  You can see the data here: http://kh6l.com/

·         Norm Tuesday night net 7090, 20:00.  Computer repairs.

·         Steve, looking forward to repairing or replacing his fallen HF antenna

·         Rick and Ceri put up a multiband vertical dipole and is working with JT65 with a new computer.

The meeting was adjourned at 20:32W.   

Items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting should be sent to the Secretary.  Further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net).

 Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #132, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2017 June 14

 Meeting was called to order at about 19:15 by President Steve Milner (WH6N). 

Present were Secretary Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Norm Cohler (NH7UA), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KH6L), and Jim Sugg (formerly WN4KQW)

 Old Business 

1.      Minutes from the last month’s meeting are pending.

2.      Portable Repeater status has been returned to North Kohala for further testing.  The repeater is no longer working.  Steve Milner will request that Don H assist a repair with his test set.  Detuning of the cavity is suspected due to a problem with tightening after adjustments are made.

3.      The BIWARN link remains broken on the Hilo side as work continues on the Girl Scout repeater with 3 recent visits to the site by John and Terry.  Terry has set up the packet radio to include another voltage reading in addition to battery voltage and temperature data.  Info is sent through the Haleakala repeater. The machine state entered a invalid state of 3 and the repeater could not be contacted.  The information is being shared with the Repeater manufacturer Bridgecom to further isolate the problem.  The battery voltage was estimated to be able improved by approximately 300mV with better wiring and fuses.

4.      The machine on Haleakala, 2 m input is exhibiting desense symptoms and intermittently not working.

 New Business 

1.      John Vilburn is giving numerous classes for ham licensing.  Details are circulating on the reflector (groups.io/khrc).

2.      DX Engineering is willing to give a Skype presentation to ham clubs.  Steve D will investigate further and determine a relevant subject for the club.

3.      A request that a club reflector invitation be sent to Howard Hall.  The process of using the club reflectors was reviewed.  Anyone can send an email to the reflector requesting admission and one of the moderators will respond.

4.      Nixle is now Blackboard Connect.

5.      Eric uploaded a programming scheme to allow Beofeng radios to be easily tuned to a repeater by channel number, i.e. 032 to get the NHCH repeater.

6.      Steve Milner spoke Joe Speroni and Kevin Bogan about the Mauna Kea repeater and volunteered to be the liaison for the site since he is frequently on the mountain.  Steve Milner will work with the head of Mauna Kea Support Services (MKSS) to resolve maintenance and responsibility issues with the Mauna Kea repeater.  Steve took a short look with the ranger at the site and there are questions about the kinds of maintenance needed.  Other questions remain regarding call sign status, trustee status, license status, operational requirements and PL tones. 

7.      Status of a surplus Motorola radio at NHCH was discussed.  Eric requested assistance in obtaining parts or money to replace the mike.

8.      Motion was made and passed to cancel next month's meeting due to room key availability.

9.      Motion was made and passed to meet at Keck on the 2nd Wednesday in July. 

The meeting was adjourned at 20:45W.   

Items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting should be sent to the Secretary.  Further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net). 

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #130, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2017 April 8 

Meeting was called to order at 19:10W by President Steve Milner (WH6N).

Present were Secretary Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Norm Cohler (NH7UA), Treasurer, Rick Bowen (AH6RK) and Ceri Sanders (AH6CS) Co Vice Presidents, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KH6L), and Don Holdener (K6ATF) 

Old Business 

1.      Minutes from the last months meeting are pending.

2.      Portable Repeater status has been repaired.  Replacing cables did not help.  Instead the receiver was retuned with the service monitor of K6ATF.  It was found to be 30dB out of adjustment.  It then worked well from WH6N's QTH to either side of town.  One remaining problem is that the fans are putting out noise in to the transmitted signal.  The repeater will be returned to North Kohala for further testing. Kudos from KH7T and WH6N to Don (K6ATF) for his talents and use of service monitor that broke shortly after repairing the repeater. http://www.amtronix.com/ was recommended by Eric as a resource in repairing the service monitor.

3.      The BIWARN link remains broken on the Hilo side (John reports “don’t ask”).   Terry (KH6L) displayed data from the Girl Scout repeater.   He has set up a packet radio that is sending voltage and temperature data through the Haleakala repeater.  Possible sagging voltage is being explored.  Terry reviewed the dips and changes he had logged on his laptop. The battery cables could be shortened to improve the voltage as well as be made neater.  The batteries are 2 years old.  12.2V was the lowest voltage measured so far.  11.0 V is the minimum repeater voltage.  A Bridgecomm engineer reported to John B. a similar problem with a user with voltage issues.  A more efficient voltage controller is being explored.

New Business 

1.      It was reported that Harry Kim awarded hams for service to certain South Pacific Islands at the BIARC meeting.  Approx. 50 people attended.

2.      It was noted that Hawaii Island Police and Fire have been converted to digital on March 25.  They are using 800MHz backbone, 450 MHz for the vehicles and HTs,  P25, Phase 2 encoded.  Only 2 or 3 scanners are available for phase 2 Eric noted.

3.      The current ARRL repeater book ($17 plus shipping) was discussed. A cursory look by KH6CQ noticed several mistakes and omissions. Eric also noted that Ric Chang's Repeater listing for Hawaii has several mistakes and perhaps excludes repeaters less than 20 watts.  Dewy moved his repeater to prevent interference with a DMR repeater.  A strong signal is required to access the DMR repeater.

4.      Skywarn training was scheduled for Saturday, 12 to 2 pm.

5.      Keiki Fest in Waimea will have a ham presence and operate on 7088 and 2 meters Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  Hams are encouraged to support the event by making contact. 

6.      The Orange Pelican Case containing the HF rig (Icom 706) at NH7HI was hoped to be used for Keiki Fest.  It is owned by Hospital Assoc of Hawaii (HAH) and use for Keiki Fest requires permission paperwork.  Another rig will be provided by NH7UA if need be.

7.      "Freebies" were made available.  Including a run timer, wal wart, phone line simulator, cables and other misc. 

Items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s Kapa'au meeting should be sent to the Secretary.  Further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net). 

The meeting was adjourned at 20:15W.  Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #128, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2017 Feb 8  (Revised) 

Meeting was called to order at 19:03W by President Steve Milner (WH6N). 

Present were Secretary Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Norm Cohler (NH7UA), Treasurer, Rick Bowen (AH6RK) and Ceri Sanders (AH6CS) Co Vice Presidents, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KH6L), and Don Choquette (WH6FIV) 

Old Business 

1.      Moving the club reflector from Yahoo to Groups.IO was discussed with pros and cons.  It was requested by myself that members check out the new site and give feedback. I proposed that a vote be taken at an upcoming meeting to stay with Yahoo, move to Groups.IO or do something else such as enhance the web page.  See the message thread on the Yahoo reflector for more detail.

2.      The BIWARN link remains broken at an undetermined repeater location on the Hilo side.  The Girl Scout repeater is also broken.  John Buck, Eric and Terry discussed fixes of upgrading the solar controller, putting in an external power reset box that would reset it every night or attaching a Byonics packet transmitter to report on the voltage. There were concerns about the repeater voltage, possible “chugging”.

3.      Portable Repeater status was discussed.  It is working better, but still not as well as expected with a range of a few miles.  Possible fixes including using a communications monitor, checking that the internal cables between transmitter and receiver are double shielded and of optimum length.  Steve M and Terry D will continue troubleshooting. 

New Business 

1.      The Treasurer reported current funds stand at $254.53. 

2.  FEMA Region X (ten) Interop Exercise was announced by Norm. It takes place on 60 meters (center channels 5,332 and 5,348 kHz) on the third Wednesday of each month. FEMA Region X is made up of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, but all stations are welcome.

3.      Norm and Steve D. encouraged others to join in the 18th Annual Keiki Fest this year Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. At Parker Ranch Shopping Center in Waimea Hams are encouraged to support the even by making contact, specific frequencies TBD.
Any items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s Kapa'au meeting should be sent to the Secretary.  Any further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net).
 

The meeting was adjourned at 20:22W.   

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #127, Intergenerational Center, Kapa’au, 2017 Jan 8 

Meeting was called to order at 14:00W. 

Present were Steve Milner (WH6N) President, Steve Doyle (WH7TW) Secretary, Norm Cohler (NH7UA) Treasurer,) John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (DK6L), Len Winkler (KH7LW), April Lee (WH7WZ), Don Choquette 

Old Business 

1.      The type of insurance purchased was clarified.  Both two separate policies were purchased.  One is Liability and the other was Equipment insurance.  The cost of Liability Insurance is $200 per year.  Norm noted that it has an electromagnetic radiation exclusion.  Equipment insurance is $42.00 per year. It covers $3000 for the portable repeater. Both were paid for by WH6N who was reimbursed by the Treasurer.   Copies of the policy have been emailed to the Secretary who will place them on the reflector.

2.      WH7TW reviewed the issue of what constitutes a quorum and a member. Norm and Steve M reviewed the club rules and it was noted that a quorum is 1/3 of voting members.  A voting member is a licensed amateur radio operator who wishes to be a member.  An associate member It was suggested that this be changed to 5 voting members, since it’s not always clear how many actual members there are.  It was also suggested that to be counted as a member that they be active in at least 2 meetings in the last year.  WH7TW will solicit further suggestions and introduce a proposal for a Constitution change at the next meeting.  WH7TW will also draft an information sheet for potential and new members.

3.      WH7TW also discussed the issue of the club reflector and if alternative arrangements should be made instead of using Yahoo.  WH7TW presented his notes and argued that better use of a group reflector would reduce paperwork matters at the club meetings.  It could also encourage better communication between members.  Suggestions for Len to distribute the meeting announcements was made.  

New Business 

4.      Don Choquette took a technician test and passed.  Congratulations to Don!

5.      April discussed an HF antenna she had available for placement in the area. A place for it and a new venue for the Hawi meetings was discussed.  There were suggestions of the former club location, now Ace Hardware, as well as the radio station.  However, these were not seen as viable by other members.

6.      Terry (KD6L) reported that portable repeater was working.  A fix was made by Terry and Eric to reduce the power output on the transmitter to prevent de-sensing of the receiver.  Further tests will continue.  The frequency is 444.975 with a PL tone of 103.5. 

Items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting may be sent to the Secretary.  Any further inputs, corrections, and omissions may be directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net). 

The meeting was adjourned at 15:00W.  Next meeting will be Wednesday February 8, 2017, 7:00pm at Keck Observatory. 

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #126, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2016 Oct 12  

Last month’s meeting was preempted by Hamfest. Meeting was called to order at 19:18W by Secretary Steve Doyle (WH7TW) President Steve Milner (WH6N) was ill. 

Present were Norm Cohler (NH7UA) Treasurer, Rick Bowen (AH6RK), Ceri Sanders (AH6CS), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), and prospective hams Nina Kalckar, Tom and Thomas Wolfe. 

Old Business 

  1. Nominees for Officers were: Steve Milner President, Rick Bowen VP, Steve Doyle Secretary, Norm Cohler Treasurer.  All Officers were approved by acclamation with votes for and none against.
  2. Portable Repeater status was discussed.  It is presently located at Terry Dowling’s QTH, above Kapaau, at 1050 feet. It is on, works reasonably, but drops out more than expected.  Appears receiving radio is dropping out.  Squelch problem possible, it is set at 1, with 0 being open.  A de-sense test was proposed by Eric.  Swapping of radios did not help.
  3. The BIWARN link on the east side is nonfunctional.
  4. KH6CQ is still seeking DEC volunteers. 

New Business 

1.   Joe Speroni is renegotiating the VOAD agreement with 146.72 repeater on Mauna Kea.

2.   Ed Texeria is being sought as a speaker for the club meeting.  It was suggested Steve Milner could contact him.

3.  Topics of meteor bounce, radio programming, note taking and voice recognition were discussed.

4.  The Treasurer reported that KHRC paid a $10 bank fee for an inactive account.
Any items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s Kapa'au meeting should be sent to the Secretary.  Any further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net). 

The meeting was adjourned at 20:15W.   

Respectfully submitted,Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #125, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2016 Oct 12  

Meeting was called to order at 19:07W by President Steve Milner (WH6N). 

Present were Don Holdener (K6ATF) VP, Steve Doyle (WH7TW) Secretary, Norm Cohler (NH7UA) Treasurer, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), John Buck (KH7T),  Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV). 

Old Business 

1.     Liability Insurance came up for review.  Any events would be covered by liability insurance at a cost of $200 per annum. A vote was taken and the option to purchase was defeated.  After further discussion and another motion and seconded to vote again it was a tie vote.  The President cast the deciding vote to obtain the insurance.

2.     Hamfest will be November 12.  Speaker will be Joe Speroni.  Last year KARS led the hamfest effort.  This year KHRC is taking the lead.  Rent is $160, with a refundable deposit.  There will be refreshments, a raffle for door prizes of 4 $50 Gift certificates from the ARRL and  a weather station from Costco has been purchased for the grand prize.

Group Updates 

Repeaters: The portable repeater is at Terry Dowling's place.  Problems with it are being troubleshot with John B and Eric G.

       Youth and Keiki Events: MS Bike Race will be Oct 29.  The .94 Repeater will be used.  Norm's crossband repeater will be turned off.

       Licensing and Training:  None noted.

Emcomm and CERT:    KH6CQ is seeking DEC volunteers.  Joe Crabel held a Go Tech Meeting in Kona.  The featured item was go kits.  Jim, WH6TAT demonstrated an impressive go kit with HF and 2m, laptop and  he built. Joe also brought an Halicraft K1 with an endfed antenna for emergency use.  He uses a slingshot to set it up and was successful.  Also SATERN, Salvation Army Emergency Network,   has a  bunch digital nets up. On 20m 14065, daily nets, at 0000 and 1600 hours Zulu, they use Olivia 8/500.  They also have a net on Saturday.   See the web site http://www.satern.org/  Concerns and Net use on the different bands and propagation characteristics.  There seems to be a lack of awareness of which bands are active during the night and day.  The Wilderness Protocol was also described as a technique for making contact.  Efficiencies in passing traffic, conflicts and techniques were discussed.  Coordination CERT was discussed and ACS, Auxiliary Communications Service. 

New Business

1.   John Buck discussed a wide range audio oscillator circuit appearing in October QST and a nonlinear device known as a mazda bulb, a tungsten bulb patented and originally made by GE.   

2.  Reverse beacons were discussed.  Also in an article in the October QST.  Recommended reading.

3.  Eric noted that two businesses using cell towers are going to back to microwave and moving away from internet, in an apparent trend reversal. 

It is requested that items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting be sent to the Secretary.  Any further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net). 

The meeting was adjourned at 20:44W.  Hamfest will be Saturday Nov 12.  Because of this our normally scheduled meeting on the 13th has been cancelled.  In addition, our VP Don Holdener (K6ATF) will have numerous items for sale and a list of the items will be posted. 

Respectfully submitted, Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #124, Intergenerational Center, Kapa’au , 2016 Sept 11 

Meeting was called to order at 14:00W. 

Present were Steve Milner (WH6N) President, Don Holdener (K6ATF) Vice President, Steve Doyle (WH7TW) Secretary, Norm Cohler (NH7UA) Treasurer, Dale Cox (W6KZL), Terry Dowling (DK6L),  Len W (KH7LW), April Lee (WH7WZ), Scott Bartlett 

Old Business 

None noted.  

New Business 

1.      The matter of paying for liability insurance was brought up.  Currently there is a balance of $424.53.  Insurance cost is $200.  The vote was deferred until next month.  It was also noted that a vote could be done by email.

2.      April (WH7WZ) gave a CERT training update.  She requested assistance in setting up two Baofeng radios.   Len (KH7LW) offered to assist.

3.      Participation in Hamfest was brought up by the President.  Hilo did not participate in the rotation last year. This leaves either the Hilo or KHRC to host the Hamfest.

4.      Dale sought more volunteers for MS Bike Race, Saturday Oct 29.  April volunteered.  Normally this event is held in August, but it has been changed this year in hopes of cooler weather for all participants.  Candice Schwalbach is asking local ham radio operators to assist with communications in the cell phone dead zone in N. Kohala.  Between mile markers 16-20, cell phone service is spotty or unavailable.  Amateur radio operators set up a communications net to send priority and emergency messages for participants needing technical repairs, first aid, or ambulance/police services should the situation arise.This event is a great opportunity to brush up on general operating procedures as well as operating in a controlled net.  We currently need 5 field units, a NCS, and one mobile unit.  I am planning on being the mobile unit on my motorcycle if we have all other positions filled.  Minimum requirements to participate are as follows:  A handheld dual band UHF/VHF transceiver capable of 5 watts output.  This has worked well enough in past events but a mobile dual band rig with external antenna works even better.  We have a few options as far as frequencies are concerned.  Simplex, the .94 repeater, as well as the portable UHF repeater from donated IronMan funds.  This will be worked out closer to race day once we see what size of "cell phone dead zone" crew we have this year.  Dale can be reached at 808-557-2217, rdalecox2@gmail.com, or kh7lz@arrl.net. Please forward this email to any hams you think might be interested.

5.      Norm (NH7UA) outlined Grid Madness, Sunday, Sept 18, 1 to 5 pm.  Details are at http://gridmadness.blogspot.com/ .

6.      Status of the portable repeater was updated.  It is currently at the Presidents QTH.  The motion was made that repeater be located to Terry's (KD6L) for testing and evaluation in Kohala.  Eric (KH6CQ) will be consulted  about it's frequency allocation. The motion passed unanimously.

7.      Terry (KD6L) gave a summary of the show and tell at the EOC in Hilo. 

Items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting may be sent to the Secretary.  Any further inputs, corrections, and omissions may be directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net). 

The meeting was adjourned at 15:15W.  Next meeting will be Wednesday October 12, 2016, 7:00pm at Keck Observatory. 

Respectfully submitted, Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #123, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2016 August 10
Meeting was called to order at 19:07W by President Steve Milner (WH6N).
Present were Steve Milner (WH6N) President, Steve Doyle (WH7TW) Secretary, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), John Buck (KH7T), Rick Bowen (AH6RK), Cari Sanders (AH6CS), Terry D (KD6CWF), Lorin C (WH6EHL), Jake (N6XIV), Tina (WH6ENJ), Scott Bartlett, Jade and Joel.
Old Business
1. The meeting agenda was available on the Yahoo Reflector.
2. Norm (NH7UA) borrowed the spare battery from the portable repeater from Steve M (WH6N).
3. The Kapa'au meeting continues to meet at it's present location.
Group Updates
1. Repeaters: New repeater is up and running at the Girl Scout camp.
2. Youth and Keiki Events: No report.
3. Licensing and Training: Introductions were given and questions fielded by club members to welcome two new potential hams, Jade and Joel. A test was given to Joel.
4. Emcomm and CERT: KH6CQ gave an update on his meeting with Red Cross and Debbie Weeks. Eric gave a summary of Debbie's background. She is actively addressing conflicts with Civil Defense and Red Cross. Issues with opening emergency shelters was also discussed.
New Business
1. A discussion and questions by Jade concerning licensing and radio use with Airsoft “warfare” (for more information see http://www.airsoftsociety.com/ or watch https://youtu.be/FGKFEdIyBe4).
2. The Secretary appends that any further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him (wh7tw@arrl.net) and that he forgot his Livescribe “crutch” and apologizes for the lack of detail in this month's minutes.
The meeting was adjourned at 20:25W. Next meeting will be Sunday, 2016 Sept 11, 14:00W Hisaoka gym in Kapa'au.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary
 

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #122, Intergenerational Center, Kapa’au , 2016 July 10

Meeting was called to order at 14:13W.

Present were Steve Milner ((WH6N) President, Steve Doyle (WH7TW) Secretary, Norm Cohler (NH7UA) Treasurer, John Buck (KH7T), Len W (KH7LW), April Lee (WH7WZ)

Old Business

  1. It was decided to continue with the meeting at the Intergenerational Center and use Terry Dowling's place another time.

Group Updates

  1. Repeaters: John reported the status of the Girl Scout camp repeater replacement. The BIWARN link has been restored between the east and west sides of the island. Hang time needs to be verified as zero. Monday morning net at 8am is active. John has been reimbursed for most of his expenses.
  1. Youth and Keiki Events: It was suggested a radio station tour would attract younger people, but could not be done due to problems with hosting a large outside group.
  2. Licensing and Training: No update at this time.
  3. Emcomm and CERT: CERT is looking for a place in Kapa'au to store equipment.

New Business

  1. It was noticed that a power outage and false siren event occurred in Waimea, however with no noticeable ham radio traffic. KH7LW noted that Twitter and media outlets were aware of these events.
  2. April (WH7WZ) requested assistance in setting up Yaesu four band rig (I believe an 8900). KH7LW offered to assist.
  3. WH7TW gave a brief report on Field Day activities at Hale Ho`ola Hamakua (Honokaa Hospital). Several suggestions were made to replace the Buddipole with a simple fixed 40m dipole or a magbase ham stick for simplicity. WH7TW posted a summary on the Yahoo reflector in the "Reports" area of files (Field Test of NH7HI Portable Setup and Buddipole.pdf) as well as setup notes for the Buddipole. A canopy tent purchased for the event courtesy of WH7TW, is available for use by club members for club activities.
  4. A question came up regarding the club's history. It was stated that it had been around for 12 years. There is a question whether it started in 2004 or 2006. More research will be needed to resolve the question.
  5. A spare idle battery for the portable repeater was suggested be made available for the repeater at NH7UA's QTH. Vote was taken and passed in favor of loaning the battery.

Items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting may be sent to the Secretary. Any further inputs, corrections, and omissions may be directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net). Minor corrections made 7/19/2016.

The meeting was adjourned at 15:14W. Next meeting will be Wednesday August 10, 2016, 7:00pm at Keck Observatory.

Minutes of June 8, 2016 KHRC meeting. #121

At Keck Observatory conference room

Meeting called to order at 7:10 PM

Attending:

Steve Milner

Don Holdener

John Buck

Bill Jacobowski

Rick Bowen

Ceri Sanders

John talked about repeater issues. The consensus is that the old Girl Scout Camp repeater is old and tired and probably can’t be fixed or at least be reliable. All the Big Island Clubs have agreed to chip in for a new repeater.

BIARC and KARS have agreed to chip in $400 each for the repeater.

Our club agreed to raise $200 for it. We raised $160 tonight but Steve will try to raise the additional $40 in contributions from members not present.

Jake gave an interesting talk about his job (bomb disposal)

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm

Steve Milner

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #120, Kapa’au , 2016 May 8

Meeting was called to order at 14:15W outside on the picnic table. Keys were unavailable for the conference room.

Present were Steve Doyle (WH7TW) Secretary, Norm Cohler (NH7UA) Treasurer, John Buck (KH7T), Len W (KH7LW),Dale Cox (W6KZL), Terry D (formerly KD6CWF, now KH6L).

Old Business

  1. A meeting agenda was made available to assist the attendees.

Group Updates

  1. Repeaters: John reported the status of the repeater repair. The link repeater at the Girl Scout camp continues to be out of service, BIWARN is not linked between the east and west sides. The repeater is back at John’s house after briefly working after the repair. The repeater was working after bad duplexer connector, solder joints and other repairs were made. John tuned the cavities using KH6ATF's service monitor. John B, Steve M, and Rick B went to the side Saturday, May 7 after getting the necessary permit, obtaining keys and providing a $60 deposit. The key didn’t fit at the site. Conservation police and DLNR showed up and let them in. After installation, NH7UA was able to connect for approx. 5 minutes and then it ceased working. Indications were that the controller was working but there was no RF. A different repeater was discussed, including recommendations made in an email by KH6CQ. Additional panels would be required if a repeater with low current is not found. They are approx. $300 for a 150W panel,excluding other changes that would be needed for the charger and batteries. Further questions regarding the portable system and what kind of specs it has and if something similar could be used. Additionally K6ATF has UHF repeater available.
  1. Youth and Keiki Events: A brief recap of Keiki Fest was made. A request for prior info to allow it to be put up on the web page This is why the issue of the calendar previously arose. Pictures from the event are being sent to put on the website: http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc.htm.
  2. Licensing and Training: Extra Class Licensing Manual is changing the first of July.
  3. Emcomm and CERT: No update at this time.

New Business

  1. Terry D suggested using a site available to him, mauka Kinnersly Road, for the repeater as well as possibly club meetings. Chairs, table, power and DSL are available. Further info from Terry will be provided. Ham radio and more website can poll members on the suggested change.
  2. Terry pointed out that a call sign change is not updated at ARRL email address automatically. Terry will update his email address (KH6L@arrl.net).

It is requested that items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting be sent to the Secretary. Any further inputs, corrections, and omissions may be directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net).

The meeting was adjourned at 15:15W. Next meeting will be Wednesday June 8, 2016, 7:00pm at Keck Observatory.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #119, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2016 April 13 

Meeting was called to order at approx. 19:15W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) with impressive authority thanks to a new gavel. 

Present were Don Holdener (K6ATF) VP, Steve Doyle (WH7TW) Secretary, Norm Cohler (NH7UA) Treasurer, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), John Buck (KH7T), Rick Bowen (AH6RK), Cari Sanders (AH6CS), Terry D (KD6CWF), Scott Bartlett.

 Old Business 

1.        A meeting agenda was made available to assist the attendees.

2.     The matter of having a club meeting in Waikoloa was discussed.   Several places were considered including Waikola Park Pavilion and Pu`u Nui Park.  The point was made that Waimea offers a central location.  No motion was made and the matter was tabled for now.  Eric will persue alternate meeting ideas with Sheldon Meir.   

3.        The matter of moving next month's meeting from Mothers Day, May 8 was discussed.  The motion was made to keep it on Sunday, May 8.  Motion passed by a vote of 8 for, 2 against.  

Group Updates 

1.        Repeaters: John reported the status of the repeater repair as working and he is tuning the cavities using KH6ATF's service monitor.  He found tired solder joints and a bad duplexer connector.

2.        Youth and Keiki Events:  Norm and Steve D. were ready for the 17th Annual Keiki Fest despite recent Norm's accident.  Public Service Activity Report, FSD-157, will be uploaded to the files area.

3.        Licensing and Training:  Scott Bartlett passed his Technician's test.

4.        Emcomm and CERT: KH6CQ gave an update on ARES appointments and changes.  Much effort is being made to bring ARES up to date, including improvements at the www.hawaiiares.info website.  Eric gave a brief review of the web site.  See addendum submitted by Eric at the end of these minutes for complete details.  

New Business 

1.   WH7TW discussed problems with using the KHRC Yahoo reflector.  Pros and cons with continuing using  Yahoo are summarized on a Power Point file uploaded to the files group.   

It is requested that items for inclusion in the Agenda for next month’s meeting be sent to the Secretary.  Any further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him as well. (wh7tw@arrl.net). 

The meeting was adjourned at 20:33W.  Next meeting will be Sunday, 2016 May 8, Hisaoka gym in Kapa'au. 

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #118, Kapa'au, 2016 March 13 

Meeting was called to order at 14:01W by VP Don Holdener (K6ATF), standing in for Steve M who was not able to attend, in the picnic area next to the Hisaoka gym and Integrational Room in Kapa'au.  The usual conference room was unavailable.   

Present were Steve Doyle (WH7TW) Secretary, Norm Cohler (NH7UA) Treasurer, John Buck (KH7T), Len W (KH7LW), and Scott Bartlett. 

Old Business 

1.         It was announced that Joe Speroni was the winner of the SM election.

2.         Steve D. updated his listing of “nano” committees or cognizant individuals for Repeaters, Youth/Keiki Events, Licensing and Training, Emcomm and CERT.  John Buck has a listing of VE personnel.   

New Business 

1.         Scott Bartlett needed to take Technician test, bu there were not enough VEs. John Buck explained the process and Don H said he would get his.

2.         Norm C brought up the question about the club library.  There are approximately 20 books, the listing is in the files area of the the Yahoo KHRC Reflector.  Choices were:

1.         Give to the public library, who would either keep/sell or give away at their discretion,

2.         Sell or give away to hams at hamfest.

3.         Don H offered to keep the books as such time it was further decided what to do with them.  This choice was what was agreed upon. 

3.         An alternate meeting place for the May KHRC was discussed.  It was noted that the May meeting falls on Mother's Day.  It was suggested a location in Waikoloa would be a good opportunity to include six members in Waikoloa.  It was left to the April meeting in Waimea, when more people from Waikoloa will be present to decide the matter. Len W., KHRC Webmaster, will write an editorial regarding the meeting location and geographical implications at the club web site at http://www.hamradioandmore.com/

4.         John B updated the group on the UHF Vertex VXR 5000 Girl Scout Camp Repeater (444.450 Mhz.).  The repeater has an intermittent problem with the power amplifier, but is now able to output 5 watts.  John would like to get a service monitor and circuit cooler to aid in troubleshooting.  John is working with Eric G to troubleshoot the problem.  Don H. offered to use his repeater to replace it, either temporarily or with compensation if needed permanently.  Don H and John B will coordinate on using the repeater or parts of the repeaters.  Related to this were discussions on using the removed or extra repeater in North Kohala.  Also borrowing the portable repeater for testing in North Kohala, possibly at Scott Bartlett's place or other location in North Kohala. 

5.         Len W. discussed the FM noncommercial radio station KNKR, North Kohala Radio, on 96.1 that he is involved with and showed some of the remote location gear they use.

6.         The Secretary appends that any further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him (wh7tw@arrl.net) and that the LiveScribe transcription pen again proved a pleasure to use, despite forgetting to turn the thing off until half way back to Waimea.

7.         The meeting was adjourned at 15:12W. 

8.         Next meeting will be Wednesday, April 13, at 19:00W W. M. Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea.  (even month,  the second Wednesday) https://www.google.com/maps/@20.0225508,-155.6653086,1204m/data=!3m1!1e3 

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #117, Keck Observatory, Waimea, 2016 February 10 

Meeting was called to order at approx. 19:05W by President Steve Milner (WH6N)  

Present were Don Holdener VP (K6ATF), Steve Doyle (WH7TW) Secretary, Norm Cohler (NH7UA) Treasurer, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), John Buck (KH7T), Rick Bowen (AH6RK), Cari Sanders (AH6CS), Terry D (KD6CWF), Bob Bonar, (WH6EYG) . 

Old Business 

1.        The Secretary summarized meeting notes from the last meeting.

2.        At the previous meeting Joe Speroni proposed attracting younger members be discussed, however due to meeting room time restrictions it was tabled until the next meeting. Steve D. suggested that to accomplish this several subcommittees be formed to discuss more routine issues separately, freeing up the main meeting for items of a more interesting nature to newer and younger members.  The committees would then make a report to the general meeting as time allowed.  Steve D. will endeavor to present a more concrete plan for discussion. There was then a discussion of what those items could be such as show and tell, interesting technology, projects and presentations.   

New Business 

1.        Terry D. gave a show and tell of packet and APRS.fi on the web site. Terry had lots to talk about with packet on balloons, drones, weather stations, aircraft and lots more.  Email Terry at terry@tdowling.com for more info or questions.

2.        John B. reported that the ARRL President David Sumner was retiring and a replacement hired.  ARRL had a reputation of being against “new things”, but has been doing better lately and the on line version of QST has gotten better.  John passed a QST article around that showed how to make a 2m antenna from a satellite dish antenna.

3.        Eric G reported the RACES 147.02 Haleakala repeater was repaired after being out for 9 to 12 months with difficulty with a power supply and a receiver not being sensitive.  However it quit working again sometime last Sunday night.

4.        John B mentioned the difficulty of getting to repeaters due to co-location restrictions.  Eric added that a lot of equipment is being removed due to security concerns and also interference due to poor equipment on Oahu. Rick B wondered how that will affect Emcomm capability.

5.        Saturday, April 16 the Keiki Fest will be at the Parker Ranch Center, Norm and Steve will firm up equipment and frequencies and advise.  They will be looking for some to make QSOs with at the Fest. Anyone else interested is welcome to join.

6.        It was reported that Rick B and Ceri S have been named ECs for Hamakua.

7.        The Secretary appends that any further inputs or corrections maybe directed to him (wh7tw@arrl.net) and that the LiveScribe transcription pen worked remarkably well despite a faulty display.

8.        The meeting was adjourned at 21:02W.  Next meeting will be Sunday, 2016 March 13, Hisaoka gym in Kapa'au. 

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #116, Kapa'au, 2016 January 10 

Meeting was called to order at 14:03W by VP Don Holdener (K6ATF), standing in for Steve M who was not able to attend, in the conference room at the Hisaoka gym in Kapa'au.   

Present were Steve Doyle (WH7TW) Secretary, Norm Cohler (NH7UA) Treasurer, John Buck (KH7T), Len W (KH7LW), Rick (AH6RK), Cari AH6CS Bob Schneider (AH6J), Joe Speroni (AH0A), Kim Fend (WH6KIM), John (KH6SF), John Bush (V63JB, KH6DLK), Henry Ahsam (KH6GQM) and Yoko the Service Dog. 

Old Business 

1.         Norm Cohler, Treasurer,  announced that the present balance of club funds was $424.53. This would be adequate for club insurance for the next 2 years if it was decided to use the funds in that manner.

2.         John Buck still had plans to create a one day review session some time this month, at an undetermined location, for CERT members who plan to take the FCC Technician exam.  Norm however would not be participating.

3.         Norm Cohler gave the new Secretary a packet of the previous minutes, saving the new Secretary considerable trouble at the meeting. 

New Business 

1.         Bob S announced that Doug Wilson was conducting tests for all class hams and a training class for Technician class in Hilo.  More info is available on the BIARC website, http://biarc.net/.

2.         John Buck and Bob S. noted that many hams have been limited in the ability to place an antenna up and that the Radio Parity Act endeavors to fix that.  Brian Schatz however has voted against the bill.   Several hams have received letters in the mail acknowledging the signing of a petition for the Act.  John also noted that antenna restrictions impede newcomers .   (John Bush later mentioned a class for new CERT members he held to build antennas.)

3.     Len W., KHRC Webmaster,  reminded members of the club site at http://www.hamradioandmore.com/  where meeting notes are kept, and that other info can be submitted to be included on the web site, including info for nets, NTS etc. Steve D.  volunteered to determine club members.

4.          Bob S. announced dues for ARRL have increased by $10 to $49 per year, and that in light of considerable lobbying efforts, increases were justified.  Len and John had a small side discussion over that last point.  But since it was out of order, I have not included who won the argument.

5.         Kim Fendt gave a presentation for her candidacy for ARRL Section Manager.  It included her background experience and philosophy., directions that the ARRL should go, including improved NTS support, grants and donations, cultivate relationships with other organizations,  proper training and redistricting.

6.     Joe Speroni gave a presentation for his candidacy.  It included SM responsibilities, PACSEC organization, state of Amateur radio, SM plans, youth in radio and new technologies.  His info is available on the web at www.AH0A.org/4SM

7.          There was a general discussion concerning problems with organizational coordination and involving younger members.  Joe S moved that a committee be formed to find ways to attract young members, however due to meeting room time restrictions it was tabled until the next meeting.

8.         The meeting was adjourned at 15:50W.  Next meeting will be Wednesday, 2016 February 10, at 19:00W W. M. Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea. 

Respectfully submitted, Steve Doyle, WH7TW, Secretary

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #114, Waimea, 09 December 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 1906 hours by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea in a smaller Keck conference room. Also present were Rick Bowen (AH6RK), John Buck (KH7T), Lorin Clifford (WH6EHL), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Don Hardener (K6ATF), John Kennedy, Ceri Sanders (AH6CS), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).  

Old Business

1. Norm gave Steve Milner $200 from the club treasury as reimbursement for the annual liability insurance premium. 

2. Steve Milner ran the annual club officer election. Don was nominated as Vice-President, and Steve Doyle was nominated as Secretary. There were no other nominations. Steve Doyle declined his nomination for re-election as Vice-President. The entire slate of nominees was elected by unanimous voice vote.  

New officers for 2016 will be: President, Steve Milner; Vice-President, Don Hardener; Secretary, Steve Doyle; and Treasurer, Norm Cohler. 

Steve Milner proceeded immediately to appoint John Buck as Technical Advisor, and Len Winkler (KH7LW) as webmaster. 

3. Steve Milner announced that he has donated $3.50 to the club for the renewal fee of our non-profit business registration with Hawai`i DCCA. 

4. Norm noted that the club now owns considerable assets, among which are the new UHF portable repeater, various electronic equipment, and the club library, which is currently stored at Norm's QTH. Eric reiterated that the club does NOT own the VHF repeater, which is currently at his QTH.  

New Business 

5. John Buck has requested there be a one-day review sesssion some time in January 2016, at an undetermined location in Waimea, for some CERT members who plan to take the FCC Technician class license exam. Norm agreed to conduct the session. 

6. Eric reported on his recent visit to O`ahu and discussion with Kevin Bogan (AH6QO), our ARES Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator. Eric was shown the Hawai`i State Civil Defense EOC at Diamond Head, and saw that there was an approximately 7m by 7m room for 4 people, including two ham operators and two CD officers. Eric learned that the reason we do not currently enjoy the use of State RACES repeater KH6HPZ (147.020 MHz) is that some other department (not SCD) bureaucrat is blocking permission to go to the station atop Haleakala with the needed  replacement power supply. No reason was given. 

Eric also handed out copies of two documents he obtained from Kevin. They are supposedly the correct SCD forms to use for (1) ARRL radiograms and (2) ICS-213 messages.  One document has the radiogram form on its front side and a list of the ARL abbreviated messages (numbers one through sixty-nine) on the reverse side. This is supposed to assist non-hams in creating health and welfare messages in an emergency. The other document has the same radiogram form on one side and the "approved" SCD version of the ICS-213 form on the other side. 

7. Norm mentioned that there will be a recycle opportunity this coming Saturday at the Waimea Transfer Station for electronic equipment. John added this event occurs monthly on the second Saturday. 

8. The meeting was adjourned at 1940 hours.  There will be a Tech class FCC exam following. Next meeting will be Sunday, 10 January 2016, at 1400 hours (2:00pm HST) in Kapa`au. 

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, Secretary-Treasurer

 

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #114, Kapa`au, 08 November 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 14:00W by President Steve Milner (WH6N), under the eaves of the Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au.  Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Steve Doyle (WH7TW),  and Norm Cohler (NH7UA) . 

Old Business 

1. Steve Milner announced that funds from our half of the Waimea Hamfest proceeds were $98.41, and he presented Norm a check in that amount for deposit in KHRC's treasury. 

2. Steve Doyle still has one J-pole antenna for sale at $39. Two people who pledged to buy antennas (Chris Langan and Paul Darryl) have not done so as yet. 

3. Steve Milner announced that he had paid the $200 annual premium for our club liability insurance in October. Treasury will reimburse him for same. 

New Business 

4. Steve Milner opened the floor for nominations for club officers for 2015-16. Steve Milner was nominated for President, and Steve Doyle was nominated for Vice-President. Norm declined to run again for Secretary-Treasurer, but he was kindly coerced into being nominated for Treasurer. Nobody has yet been nominated for Secretary. Nominations for all offices are now open until the next annual election meeting on 09 December 2015. The (current) Secretary-Treasurer will email to all members soliciting more nominations before the next meeting. 

5. John (and Terry) announced that there would be a scheduled power mains outage in North Kohala (Hawi substation) this coming Wednesday night (11/11/2015 at 2300W) thru Thursday morning (11/12/2015 at 0500W). 

6. John also told us of a recent release from the US Coast Guard of news that there is a fully operating statewide network dubbed the "Anuenue (rainbow) Interisland Digital Microwave Network". It supports first responders, search and rescue, law enforcement, emergency services, and critical government operations.

7. John described the MARS activity now in process thru Monday 11/09/2015 to simulate emergency conditions after a CME (coronal mass ejection) event, which could very adversely affect communications and silicon-based devices. Traffic (voice and MT63 digital) for the Air Force MARS rep (NH7J) will be taken this afternoon on the Hawaii Afternoon Net (7.088MHz at 1600W). It may be possible to protect radios from damage due to CME effects by placing them inside a microwave oven as a shield. 

8. John gave us a BIWARN VHF repeater status report. UHF link is broken between Hilo and Mauna Loa; West Hawaii and Haleakala links are still functional.  

Also John is in the process of redesigning the Girl Scout camp UHF link to avoid the need for an extra crossband link between Mauna Kea and Haleakala. He encouraged anyone wanting to assist him to get in touch. This project is a feasible performance improvement which is neither critical nor mandatory. KARS and/or BIARC may fund the endeavor. 

9. The meeting was adjourned at 15:03W.  Next meeting will be Wednesday, 09 December 2015, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea. 

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #113, Waimea, 14 October 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 1922 hours by Vice-President Steve Doyle (WH7TW) at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea in the Keck conference room. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Lorin Clifford (WH6EHL), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), and Dan Manuel (WH6EPD). Ceri Sanders (AH6CS) and Rick Bowen (AH6RK) joined us via cell phone.  

Old Business 

1. There was a short discussion about the IRONMAN bike race. We did not provide communications for that event this year, even though they donated money to KHRC to build a portable repeater. That repeater was used to support the BikeMS event on 01 August 2015. 

2. WH7TW reported that he still has two J-pole antennas for sale at $39 each. No one who purchased these antennas has installed theirs yet. KH7T mentioned that BIARC had a club project to build roll-up J-pole antennas from twinlead. 

New Business 

3. Dan Manuel, a Waimea CERT member, joined ARES. 

4. WH7TW programmed the HCCDA handheld radios for Dan and Lorin. 

5. There was a brief discussion about DMR (digital mobile radio). There was a good introductory article in the September issue of QST magazine starting on page 30. A few amateur radio operators on Oahu are in the process of implementing a back channel for emergency communications using DMR. Carter KH6FV, Robin AH6CP, and Clem KH7HO are driving this effort. KH6CQ is participating in the testing using a Motorola XPR4300 UHF radio.   

6. There was a lengthy report by Ceri and Rick of a meeting held at the Hilo EOC on Monday 12 October regarding the creation of an amateur radio station and training classes at the Laupahoehoe Charter School. The meeting was called by Valerie Poindexter (Honoka`a councilperson) and included Gregor Iligan (Puna councilperson), Judi Steinman (Laupahoehoe Charter School), Bob ?? (Laupahoehoe CERT), John Bush (KH6DLK, ARES EC), and Darryl Oliveira (HCCDA Director). Bill Hanson was specifically asked not to attend. The gist of the meeting was to find a way for the school to acquire generators, radios, and license manuals so they could function as an emergency communications facility. The result of the meeting was that none of the participants had a good grasp of what was going on; so another meeting has been scheduled for January 2016. 

It wasn’t clear what Darryl’s position is on opening up CERT-only emergency nets to ARES since he believes that there have been no non-CERT participants in the last two hurricanes and the CERT hams were involved  by invitation only. Even so, he appeared to take notice when Les, who appears to have no past history on the issues enthusiastically endorsed the use of “radio nuts” who have experience and equipment to participate in emergencies rather than the “rubber-duckie” people. We intend to follow-up with him to clarify. 

John Bush, who was only recently appointed EC for East Hawaii ARES following the sudden departure of DEC Kim Fendt, claimed he has been working on emergency communications issues with Darryl Oliveira for many years. 

7. Ceri and Rick also reported that Troy Scott has now returned to his original mission of updating the HCCDA five year plan. Apparently he was taken off that assignment to manage a shake up at Civil Defense. At this time, we do not know what the shake-up involved. 

8. John (KH7T) reminded us that the upcoming hamfest would be at Waimea Community Center on 24 October 2015. Admission is $5 donation, and sellers pay $5 per table (reduced from the $10 per table as previously stated). 

9. The meeting was adjourned at 2052 hours.  Next meeting will be Sunday, 08 November 2015, at 1400 hours (2:00pm HST) in Kapa`au. 

Respectfully submitted,

Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ, acting secretary

 

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #112, Kapa`au, 13 September 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 14:08W by Secretary-Treasurer Norm Cohler (NH7UA) in the parking lot near the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au.  Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Vahan Chertavian (WH6ETM), Lorin Clifford (WH6EHL), Terry Dowling (KW6CWF), Steve Doyle (WH7TW),  Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Don Holdener (K6ATF), Tina Stuart (WH6ENJ), and Len Winkler (KH7LW) 

Old Business 

1. Vahan told us about the Kohala High School group of potential ham radio operators he is organizing. Its membership went from 7 down to 1, so far, but there will be a Tech class licensing study group, using ARRL literature. KHRC Library books and other materials are still on hold pending future needs, the entire complement residing at the Secretary-Treasurer's house.  Tina recommended hamstudy.org as a useful website for license testing practice. 

2. After the Bike MS race on 01 August 2015, in which the KHRC UHF portable repeater was tested, we decided that the antenna location was not well chosen. There were only four operators on the course, so there was no possibility of having an NCS up above the highway on Maliu Ridge. Further compounding the difficulty was that the station at MM16 had only a 5W handheld transceiver and no gain antenna.  

3. The two netbook PCs (Dell Latitude 2100s) provided to Terry and Norm by Eric have been loaded with a Linux OS (as well as a non-standard version of Windows 7) and the FLdigi suite. Hardware interfaces for each will have to use one of the USB ports to activate PTT, since there is no Com port. 

4. Norm reported on the recent use of FSQ ("Fast Simple QSO") digital mode software, running under FLdigi. It was tested after the HealthComm net and again after the monthly statewide HF NBEMS-HI net. It is somewhat difficult for first-time operators to get used to, and there will need to be more testing under adverse conditions to see if it performs OK. 

New Business 

5. There will be a second annual Grid Madness contest on VHF and UHF simplex this coming Sunday, 20 September 2015, from 1300-1700W. This time the whole state of Hawai`i is invited to participate in the activity, both for the thrill of winning the contest (most QSOs with most grid squares) and for the useful purpose of determining which grid squares can reach each other directly. The event is under supervision of Stan Froseth, AH6KO, of Aulani Hui in Kailua-Kona. 

6. Tina reported for the Waimea CERT that she has several HTs (Verotek E5 MkII) donated by Margaret Wille and Hawai`i County Civil Defense. She thanked John and Steve Doyle for their services in programming the frequency memories. She has also given 8 Motorola SP50 HTs (2 channel UHF business band) to Alan Robins at University of Nations. 

Terry suggested that it would very useful to program an unused frequency memory location in each Verotek HT with a version number identifying the other memory contents. 

7. Len reminded us that the upcoming hamfest would be at Waimea Community Center on 24 October 2015, with KARS in charge. Admission is $5 donation, and sellers pay $10. 

8. Steve Doyle arrived to take over the chair and also to distribute to those who ordered them the J-pole antennas he had recently received from Arrow Antennas (model OSJ 146/440). 

9. John announced an upcoming meeting with Councilperson Valerie Poindexter, Rick Bowen (AH6RK), Ceri Sanders (AH6CS), and himself, regarding the Laupahoehoe charter school support for ARES and CERT, possibly with another radio club or ham station. 

10. Norm repeated some unsubstantiated gossip that Kim Fendt (WH6KIM) had been demoted from DEC for East Hawai`i County to EC. And she is planning to run for ARRL Section Manager when Bob (AH6J) retires in the near future. Mystery and intrigue continue to prevail.  

11. Steve Doyle introduced Don Holdener (K6ATF), who has recently returned to Hawai`i full time. Don works at Keck Observatory with the Steves. 

12. The meeting was adjourned at 15:17W.  Next meeting will be Wednesday, 14 October 2015, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea. 

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #110, Kapa`au, 12 August 2015

Meeting was called to order at 1905 hours by Vice-President Steve Doyle (WH7TW) at the W.M.Keck Observatory HQ in Waimea. President Steve Milner, WH6N, and Secretary/Treasurer Norm Cohler, NH7UA, were not present. Eric, KH6CQ, volunteered to stand in for Norm and take the minutes. In attendance were: John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Lorin Clifford (WH6EHL), John Carr (WH6JC), Bill ("Jake") Jakubowski (N6XIV), Rick Bowen (AH6RK), Ceri Sanders (AH6CS), Christopher Langan (WH7BJ), and Tina Stuart (WH6ENJ). 

Old Business: 

The club's portable UHF repeater was set up at about 0.6 away from mile post (aka MM) 18 on Akoni Pule Highway for the Bike MS event. While the repeater performed flawlessly, it was not suitable for the event because of its location so the 146.94 repeater was used instead. Terry was not able to get into the portable repeater from mile post 16 using an HT and mag mount antenna on his Suburban. Because of the limited number of operators available, the repeater was not able to be located on Maliu Ridge where it would have provided the desired coverage. Participating members were: Dale, KH7LZ, Terry, KD6CWF, Norm, NH7UA, and John, WH7RE. Special thanks to Dale for coordinating this event. 

At the last club meeting, this repeater was set up behind the Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au for a test and John KH7T was able to use the repeater from the lookout at the end of Honoka`a-Waipio road using 50 watts from an FT8900 and the Larsen dual band vertical on the roof of his Ranger. The signal was full quieting both ways. 

New Business: 

Eric, KH6CQ, brought ARES badges for Lorin, WH6EHL, Steve, WH7TW, and Marc, WH7CA. Now all three Assistant Emergency Coordinators have official ARES badges. Marc was unable to attend the meeting due to a family obligation. 

The CERT response to Guillermo was discussed.  There were some issues regarding repeater also linking and using the 146.94 repeater. The use of the 147.32 repeater was discussed.  Problems with the chain of command structure were discussed. 

Tina reported that at the present time the Waimea CERT has 10 active members and 6 waiting to take the next series of classes which are not scheduled to take place until next year. 

There was a lengthy discussion of the Kawaihae fire by John, KH7T, Eric, KH6CQ, and Christopher, WH7BJ, and the response to it. This was a significant event and it was handled much differently than incidents like this in the past.  

Christopher, WH7BJ, asked about the status of the 2 meter repeater on Hualalai. This is the repeater that has been off the air for several years after the solar panels were stolen. There are no plans to return this repeater to that site; however, the Kona Amateur Radio Society (KARS) is currently building a small UHF repeater which will be located there. Christopher mentioned that KARS might consider installing a hunter style camera to thwart, or at least capture a picture of, future thieves. He said the cameras are relatively inexpensive. 

Paul Darryl, who is a resident of Paradise Park and one of the Chopper One pilots, passed his Technician and General class exams. He told us about the chopper he flies, an MD500E, and how it's used for fire department rescue operations. Tim Gaffney, one of the Chopper Two pilots programmed 146.52 and 446.000 into the Chopper Two radio several years ago. Paul will see if he can program 146.52 into the Chopper One radio as well. The reason for having this capability is so that the chopper pilot can communicate with ground-based amateur radio operators if necessary. 

Eric, KH6CQ, delivered one of the Dell Latitude 2100 netbook computers to Terry, KD6CWF, who is gearing up for digital operations on HF. Since no one requested the other netbook, it will be given to Norm, NH7UA, upon his return. 

Recently, Eric, KH6CQ was in communication with the owner of Arrow Antennas regarding their OSJ dual-band base station antennas. Eddie, WH7DG, bought one several years ago for Waikoloa CERT and it's been working fine at the CERT 16 headquarters station. Reviews by owners on the mainland say the antenna has survived hurricane force winds without damage. The list price on this antenna is $49 plus $15 for shipping to Hawaii. Arrow offers a discounted price if purchased in quantities of ten and agreed to charge only $15 total for the shipping if we decided we wanted to order 10 of them. The price comes to $39.00 each delivered. A show of hands indicated that many attending the meeting were interested in buying one, so Steve, WH7TW, volunteered to place the order. [This was done the next day.] There still may be one available, so contact Steve if you're interested. Details on this antenna can be found here:

http://www.arrowantennas.com/osj/j-pole.html 

For show-and-tell, Rick, AH6RK, brought in an Ameritron RCS8V remote antenna switch that he's planning to install soon. This device allows eight antennas to be connected to the station via a single coax run. 

The meeting was officially adjourned at 2045 hours but several discussions continued both inside an outside until about 2130 hours. 

Respectfully submitted, Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ 

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #110, Kapa`au, 12 July 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 14:04W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) in the parking lot near the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au.  Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Van Chertavian (WH6ETM), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Steve Doyle (WH7TW),  Loretta Milner, Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA). 

Old Business 

1. Steve Milner (WH6N) brought the KHRC UHF repeater, set it up in the adjacent basketball court, with Loretta's assistance, and conducted an operational test before the meeting. All local comms had full quieting signal reports, and one "DX" contact with John (KH7T), mobile in Honoka`a, yielded only slight noise. Steve had found one coax connector which he repaired temporarily to improve performance since last test in June. We will test the repeater further on the MS Bike race day (01 Aug 2015) along the race course. 

2. Dale asked for more volunteers to cover the August 1st Bike MS race in the cellphone dead zone. So far besides himself, his team consists of Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Mike Sumja (WH7WW), and John Winter (WH7RE). 

3. Regarding the VHF repeater being built and stored at Eric's (KH6CQ) house, a discussion arose as to who legally owns the repeater. Nothing conclusive was determined. In order to give the repeater some usage, as vehemently requested by Len, given the inaction of Parker Ranch, we have at least two possible operating locations. One is at Terry's (KD6CWF) property in Kapa`au and one may be at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi (with permission of Sunshine Hardware). Neither of these places is expected to be optimal, but they are better than no deployment at all. Dale said that the present frequency assignment (147.24 / 147.84) has been lost. If true, the duplexer cans would need retuning. Subsequently Eric denied this assignment change. This repeater issue is tabled until further discussion with Eric. 

New Business 

4. Norm announced that the KHRC Library has recently been audited and found to be missing 4 of the ARRL books purchased in 2010, worth about $100 originally. It is not clear where they were lost, since no audits have occurred before. He recommended that we close the library and sell or give away the books at the next hamfest. Van is presently teaching at Kohala HS and will inform KHRC if and when he will organize a ham club there. If so, he would like to have the library. No financial terms for the transfer have been discussed. 

5. Steve Milner reminded us that the annual liability insurance premium of $200 is due in October. Full theft, fire, and damage coverage for the new UHF repeater would be about $42 per annum, based on a premium of $1.40 per $100 value (estimated at $3000). The treasurer reminded us we have $526.12 in the treasury, which would pay premiums for the next two years. 

6. The meeting was adjourned at 15:31W.  Next meeting will be Wednesday, 12 August 2015, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea. 

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #109, Waimea, 10 June 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 19:12W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (AH6RK),  John Buck (KH7T), John Carr (WH6JC), Lorin Clifford (WH6EHL), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Howard Hall (WH6EHJ), Bill ("Jake") Jakubowski (N6XIV), Loretta Milner, Ceri Sanders (AH6CS), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA). 

Old Business 

1. Steve Milner brought and assembled the portable club UHF repeater, KH6KCC, including its 20 ft vertical antenna and solar PV panel, operating on 444.975+. Several of us did a quick test in the Keck parking lot, from 1800 to 1900W. Some minor adjustments may be required, but it basically worked FB. Lots of club members got more familiarity with their HTs as a result of the testing. It also gave us something to do while waiting for the Toastmasters to have their meeting. 

2. No further discussions between Eric and Paul Agamata on recent CERT radio operations have occurred as yet.  

3. Likewise nothing further has been heard from Parker Ranch employees Brandi or Dutch on the subject of our VHF repeater. Eric said he is presently working on debugging a set of backup modules for the repeater, so it is currently disassembled. 

New Business 

4. Steve Milner reserved the Keck meeting room (again) for our use on even 2nd Wednesdays at 1900W through December 2016.  

5. He also reported on the annual Hamfest, which we will sponsor with Kona Amateur Radio Society, on 24 October 2015. He has placed a deposit for the building at Waimea Community Center. Details of the event were given in a recent email from Stu Johnston (KH7DX). 

6. Jake was visiting briefly from Guam, where he has been working on UXO recently. He also described some of his bomb work at PTA (Pohakuloa Training Area), near Mauna Kea at 7000 ft elevation. 

7. Norm briefed us on the recent Makani Pahili exercise, held from 30 May to 06 June. There was plenty of HF digital (NBEMS) message handling activity for Skywarn on Sunday 31 May, inter-EOC operations on 3 June, and HealthComm (between statewide hospitals) on 6 June.  

Both the VHF repeaters on Mauna Loa (147.04, AH6JA) and Haleakala (147.02, KH6HPZ) were down for this exercise, but at least as of today, 11 Jun 2015, KH6HPZ is working OK once again.  AH6JA is linked but behaving strangely (self-kerchunking at about 1Hz rate for several seconds, and voice self-identifying with low volume). 

During this period there was a backup work-around plan for state VHF comm. The KH6COM repeater on Haleakala at 444.225 (110.9 Hz) is working and is linked to 146.94 (110.9 Hz), which links to BIWARN. The UHF repeater is accessible to Honolulu.  

8. The Waikoloa marathon and Field Day will both be on 28 June 2015. KHRC has no plans to do an organized activity. 

9. There is an All-Star link now established in Waikoloa by John Vilburn (WH6EUX) and Jim Williams (WH6TAT). It provides linking to other repeaters, such as in Hilo, and operates on 147.420 MHz. West side hams can now monitor (if not transmit) on Lava Net, which is held every Friday night at 20:00W, between Puna and other East side hams. 

10. A discussion of telephone, TV, and internet service providers and media options (e.g. cable versus satellite) ensued. 

11. Eric is collecting ARES Registration Forms (fsd98.pdf) from all N Hawai`i ARES hams.  

12. The meeting was adjourned at 20:22W.  Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 12 July 2015, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au. 

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer 

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #108, Kapa`au, 10 May 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 14:07W by Vice-President Steve Doyle (WH7TW) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au.  Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA). 

Old Business 

1. Steve Milner (WH6N) was unable to attend the meeting and commence testing of the new portable UHF repeater, due to an emergency plumbing problem. Several of us were disappointed. Repeater test is obviously postponed. 

2. Steve Doyle reported on the recent Keiki Fest in Waimea. Pictures are posted on both websites. He noted there were lots of kids present who seemed to enjoy making CW tones and learning to send their own names. There was a successful HF radio test using the Buddipole antenna configured as a loaded dipole with wire elements tuned for 40m. Norm talked on the SSB Aloha Net with Glenn (AH6IO) and others. Steve talked with his home VHF packet station using his portable station. Many different hula groups entertained the audience, with audio interference (music) often disturbing the code practice. Better earphones with more padding would have been desirable. 

3. Junk was available for swapping or purchase from Steve Doyle and Norm (Dell Inspiron laptops and accessories) and Herb (about 50 feet of LMR-400 coax cable @ $0.70 per foot). 

New Business 

4. Eric reminded us of the marathon to be held on Saturday, 28 June 2015, at the Waikoloa Marriott. Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is tr ying to find volunteers for various radio posts. 

5. Eric also reported on a recent CERT communication class he attended in Kona. The morning session (Comms I) was a summary of the normal Tech class information. But the afternoon session (Comms II) described a potentially incendiary plan by Hawai`i County Civil Defense Agency (HCCDA). He described a MARS-like militaristic organization for net activity during emergencies in which CERT members would be able to join closed directed nets to the exclusion of non-members. HCCDA has created a hierarchical structure with head at Hilo EOC, and with 2 middle Net Control Stations on both sides of the island. Eric will be negotiating with Paul Agamata (WH6FM) and others to promote ARES members' less extreme methods. This plan may be appropriate for a new island-wide repeater network proposed by HCCDA but currently unimplemented.  

6. Eric was able to provide positive news about his XYL Mary Kay (NH7ZF), who has gotten back pain treatment using RF radiation. We wish her continued success and recovery. 

7. Norm asked for any contact info for two N Kohala hams, Steven Hood (WH6EUP) and Rick Colleado (WH6EUQ). He has NTS radiogram traffic for them.  

8. The meeting was adjourned at 15:33W.  Next meeting will be Wednesday, 10 June 2015, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea. 

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #107, Waimea, 08 April 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 19:12W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (WH6BO),  Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Howard Hall (WH6EHJ), Ceri Sanders (WH6SA), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA). 

Old Business 

1. Steve Milner reported on his completion of the portable UHF repeater. Thanks to Steve for his hard work on the project and for completing it under budget. During testing the antenna was damaged, and Steve has a new one on order. We will soon be hearing KH6KCC on 444.975 MHz. No word on how this portable repeater will share the frequency with the proposed Waikoloa UHF fixed repeater NH6EE. 

New Business 

2. Howard brought some interesting inductors and capacitors which he gave away, and he mentioned his barn has lots of other items,  including CB equipment, a long coil of RJ-11 (75 Ω) coax, which all have to be removed to a good home. 

3. Steve Doyle reminded us of the upcoming Keiki Fest on Saturday, 18 April, from 0900 to 1300, in Waimea. All are welcome to join him and Norm in their annual ham radio exhibition and code practice session for kids. They expect to be on 7.088 MHz (voice) as well as 145.09 MHz (packet), borrowing and activating the NHCH radio and antenna. 

The same day is also designated World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) by the IARU. "It was on April 18, 1925, that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded in Paris, with ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, as its first president. The primary purpose of World Amateur Radio Day is to highlight Amateur Radio and its benefits to countries and communities. The IARU said World Amateur Radio Day is an opportunity for IARU member-societies to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the public and make friends with other amateurs around the world." -- ARRL Letter for April 9, 2015 

4. Eric gave us an update on Dorothy Vasquez (KE6QCL), Ed's (WH7DG) XYL. She is presently out of the hospital near Oxnard, California, where she went originally for a heart arrythmia. She had a Medtronics pacemaker installed and then suffered a subsequent stroke, for which she is now in rehab. We wish her a complete and speedy recovery. They are planning to move back to California from Waikoloa soon. 

5. Rick and Norm and others discussed various digital modes and operating methods. 

6. Norm made a brief Treasurer's report. We have $526.12 in the account at First Hawaiian Bank. 

7. The meeting was adjourned at 19:52W.  Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 10 May 2015, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au. 

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #106, Kapa`au, 08 March 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 14:04W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were Rick Bowen (AH6RK), John Buck (KH7T), Vahan Chertavian, Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Ceri Sanders (AH6CS), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Len Winkler (KH7LW), John Winters (WH7RE), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA). We decided to improve acoustics by sitting outside under the eaves, despite the precipitation. 

Old Business 

1. Steve reported that the portable UHF repeater has one small correction needed, a digital inverter for the Signal Active level from the receiver to the controller. He will install an appropriate circuit (approximately a one-transistor breadboard) somewhere in the controller vicinity.

Norm mentioned that Eric (KH6CQ) has informed us of his Aulani Hui group in Waikoloa, which is presently intending to move their (non-portable) UHF repeater to the Waikoloa Stables and utilize a nearby former cellphone tower for the antenna. The new station will have callsign NH6EE.  This is significant because the new Waikoloa station's 444.975 MHz frequency is the same as the one which the KHRC portable repeater was intending to use. Steve will obviously need to negotiate with Eric. Time-sharing the frequency on days when the portable repeater is running may be all that is required. Otherwise another frequency will need to be coordinated and the duplexer will need to be retuned. 

New Business 

2. Len raised some technical questions to the group and specifically to John Buck, our Technical Adviser, regarding a proposed omnidirectional antenna at Len's new broadcast station KNKR (FM 96.1 MHz). It was concluded that a single antenna rather than a stack would suffice. They will output 100W ERP by running the transmitter at about 130W. Some alternative antenna designs were briefly discussed. 

3. Rick had a different technical question for the group. He is considering a remote antenna coax switch and wanted to know whether it was preferable to control the switch with signals sent via low frequency along the coax feedline or simply with cable. All agreed a CAT5 cable was a better method, especially in view of the available room in the conduit for same.

4. Vahan was ready for his Tech license exam, and there were 6 VEs at the meeting. John Buck will give the test today after we adjourn. 

5. The meeting was adjourned at 14:38W.  Next meeting will be Wednesday, 08 April 2015, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #105, Waimea, 11 February 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 19:07W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (WH6BO),  John Buck (KH7T), Lori (WH6EHL) Clifford, Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Loretta Milner, Ceri Sanders (WH6SA), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA) . 

Old Business 

1. Len announced that the KHRC website now has the old club minutes viewable. 

New Business 

2. John told us of the new FCC policy regarding licenses. Henceforth they will not be available in printed form, but rather downloadable from the FCC website and home printable. As previously one's actual license is not the paper copy, but the electronic database entry at FCC. 

3. John also showed us a document he printed from the ARRL testing lab, which shows CW transmission bandwidth for several popular new transceivers. Elecraft K3 had the best data. 

4. Steve Milner reported on the portable UHF repeater. It is now completely wired, and it only lacks controller programming. 

5. Steve Doyle and Terry reported on their use of APRS and VHF packet. Terry has a mobile rig which can provide position reports from a GPS "hockey puck" receiver driving a TinyTrak TNC, which in turn drives his HT to a roof-mounted mag-mount antenna. Terry also has a home base "I-Gate" which connects APRS packets to the internet, and a third station which provides continuous weather reports. Steve displayed website aprs.fi and showed us a typical map of stations on Hawai`i Island, including his own and Terry's.  APRS can also provide emergency VHF communications when regular repeaters are down, with a 64-byte instant message capability. 

6. Len described some of the anticipated operations of the neighborhood non-commercial FM station he is working on. Its callsign is KNKR, frequency 96.1 MHz, power 100W, and expected on-air date is 11 June 2015, King Kamehameha Day. Kohala High and Middle School students will be providing inputs, and Len will be doing news broadcasts and other business. Much rollicking frivolity and wordplay accompanied his report.  

7. The meeting was adjourned at 20:23W.  Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 08 March 2015, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au. 

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #104, Kapa`au, 11 January 2015 

Meeting was called to order at 14:04W by Vice-President Steve Doyle (WH7TW) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Vahan Chertavian, Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA). We decided to improve acoustics by sitting outside. 

Old Business 

1. Norm reported that the club treasury has $526.12 in the checking account. Treasurer's report is posted on the reflector. Here is the 2014 summary: 

              Balance               Date                    Event                                                                                                                                                                               

              526.12                  12-12-14                            $134.00 cash deposit; net from Hamfest proceeds (1/3 share), insurance premium, portable UHF repeater

              392.12                  11-17-14                            $93.00 cash deposit, 2014 Hamfest sales (10m beam etc, from W0DW)

              299.12                  08-18-14                            $200.00 cash deposit, member donations for liability insurance premium

                99.12                  06-17-14                            Check #007 to Steve Milner, $3000.00, advance for portable UHF repeater expenses           

              3099.12                02-18-14                            $3000.00 check deposit, Ironman, for portable UHF repeater

                99.12                  12-05-13                            $83.33 check deposit, KH7DX, 2013 Hamfest proceeds (1/3 share) 

2. Vahan is back from Florida, and his cancer is in remission. He has a new group of high school students to mentor, and he is ready for his Tech license exam. John will arrange a test for him (and anyone else) on 11 February 2015, at 18:00W (6:00pm HST), at the W.M.Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea, prior to our club meeting.  

3. Len mentioned that the KHRC website he administers (hamradioandmore.com) has got all the club minutes available for viewing, but they need approval for making them public. The group voted unanimously to do so. 

New Business 

4. Discussion of VHF repeater KH6BI. Still unknown is when (or if) Parker Ranch will approve our use of their land. A move is afoot to test the repeater at some as yet undetermined location soon. If it performs not as well as expected then we can tell the Parker Ranch people that we need the use of their property. Terry proposed that he would build a simple repeater (no solar panel or battery) in order to use his own property site as a test location. By telephone Eric, owner of the repeater as well as designer and builder, said the last remaining connector has been fitted, so it is ready. The antenna is 23ft tall, and John mentioned that we have a 30ft telescoping mast, which could be used for testing. Nothing concrete has been determined as yet. 

5. The meeting was adjourned at 15:17W.  Next meeting will be Wednesday, 11 February 2015, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea.

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #103, Waimea, 10 December 2014 

Meeting was called to order at 19:05W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (WH6BO),  John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Ceri Sanders (WH6SA), Bob Schneider (AH6J), Tina Stuart (WH6ENJ), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA) . 

Old Business 

1. Steve M. announced the Hamfest 2014 proceeds to be $291 gross, and $76 net. KHRC will receive $26, and BIARC and KARS will each get $25. The Community Center rent went up to $136; food, door prize and supplies were $79. Norm gave Bob $25 cash for BIARC, and Norm will send a check for $25 to Van Malan for KARS.

    Norm later announced that he sold equipment at the Hamfest donated by Bruce and Barbara Miller (W0DW and KE5TWP) for $93, and he will post the latest Treasurer's Report soon. The club has $526.12 now in cash, plus several tangible physical assets. 

New Business 

2. Steve M. passed the gavel to John in order to run the election. We had 3 nominees to fill the 3 offices. They were elected by acclamation. The new officers for 2015 are

              President: Steve Milner (WH6N); Vice-President: Steve Doyle (WH7TW); and Secretary-Treasurer: Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Steve M. then appointed John Buck (KH7T) as Technical Advisor and Len Winkler (KH7LW) as Webmaster. 

3. Eric gave three of the Dell Inspiron laptops donated by Hawaii Department of Health to the three ECs for North & South Kohala and Hamakua, so they can be used readily by local N Hawaii hospitals for digital comm. They will use built-in CD ROMs to boot, and then run Puppy Linux (5.28) OS, with flash drives as HD replacements. DOH had to destroy the HDs for HIPPA compliance. It is assumed these laptops will be useful to run FLdigi and related NBEMS modes at three hospitals (Kohala, North Hawaii Community, and Hale Ho`ola Hamakua).      

    Bob donated a 16GB USB flash drive to the cause. We still need two more similar drives for the remaining laptops, plus 3 digital interfaces to join laptops to radios. Acoustic coupling may be the choice of expediency for the time being. 

4. Steve M. showed us the almost fully-built portable UHF repeater. It is well thought out mechanically, and only needs two connectors to be wired to join the transceivers to the controller. There have yet to be comm tests. The antenna is mounted on a tripod with 10 ft mast, which may be extended to 20 ft with additional support. 

5. Bob invited us all to the BIARC holiday potluck this coming Saturday, 13 December 2014, at 1400 (2pm HST), at Puna Covenant Church, S. of Kea`au on the old Volcano Highway. This month Hawai`i gets to be host W1AW/KH6 Centennial callsign stations. Lloyd KH6LLC will be main operator. Bob also reported that there are 2 Go-Kits supplied from ARRL now residing in Opihikao (on the Puna coast). 

6. Eric donated a 2ft tall cabinet from DOH to Tina, who will give it to the Waimea CERT.   

7. Norm announced he had relayed NTS traffic to and from Kentucky and California, using CW and Winlink (packet). There is virtually zero traffic nowadays, but at least there is a contact point here and in California for future ARRL Radiogram messages. He hopes to use NBEMS modes in future. 

8. John donated several PC magazines [from Bill Jakubowski (N6XIV)] to the group. He also offered several General and Extra Class license manuals for sale at reduced rates.

    Then John showed us a critical element of his home air purifier and asked if anyone could figure out how it worked. Apparently it uses AC to attract dust particles, and they assemble in standing waves on the plates (3 each, about 3cm. by 60cm.). The wavelength of the patterns on the metal plates seems to be about 1cm long, so the implied frequency is 30 GHz.

     Finally John demoed his new HP "Stream" laptop PC. It runs Windows 8 OS, costs $200, and has many features (but not full touch-screen) and lacks many previously standard peripherals and connectors. Battery is pretty inaccessible but stays charged for about 6-8 hours.  

9. Bill reported on the latest Ubiquiti gateways with performance of 450 Mbps. And also several members told of recent drone (small 4-blade helicopter types, no munitions) activities. 

10. The meeting was adjourned at 20:21W.  Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 11 January 2015, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #102, Kapa`au, 09 November 2014 

Meeting was called to order at 14:28W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Bob Schneider (AH6J), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA). 

Old Business 

1. Steve reported on the progress of the club UHF portable repeater project. The repeater and antenna have been assembled and are awaiting test. 

2. Steve also mentioned that the upcoming Waimea Hamfest next Saturday, 15 Nov 2014, would not be accompanied by any adjacent soccer games whose participants' cars might compete with us for parking space. There will be a donation requested at the Hamfest. He and Loretta will take care of providing refreshments. Bob brought a box full of ARRL literature and membership applications for use at the Hamfest. 

3. John reported on the KH6BI VHF repeater status that Parker Ranch management has had lots of organizational business in the last year, and that he had told Brandi Beaudet that we would appreciate a firm acceptance or denial from Parker Ranch soon, so we can seek alternative sites for the repeater if necessary. A short discussion of possible locations for test and burn-in of the repeater ensued. 

New Business 

4. Dale had some queries on the repair of an Icom IC-746 Pro transceiver, which he brought in. Roland Spoon (AH6RR), of Kailua-Kona, was mentioned as a possible repair person. 

5. Bob reported on his trip as Section Manager to the ARRL Convention in Connecticut. He received several commemorative ARRL coins which he distributed to those present. Also in a recent FCC exam session in Hilo, there were 20 new licensees, based on classes taught by Milt Nodacker (AH6I), who is moving out of state. 

6. Norm demonstrated use of FLdigi and FLmsg for digital "NBEMS" (Narrow-Band Emergency Messaging System) communication between two computers. His test setup used no radios, only acoustic coupling between soundcards. One PC operated under Windows XP SP3 while the other used Puppy Linux 5.2. Several messages were passed back and forth, thus showing the capability of the software to operate quickly and accurately on a large number of message formats. Received messages can be displayed in either FLmsg-formatted windows or by html output files suitable for reading by various browsers and then for subsequent printing.  Norm showed the use of Reed-Solomon ID for automatic detection of operating mode. The FLdigi suite of software will work with a large number of operating modes, which is useful for optimization under different ionospheric conditions (in the case of HF). It also works successfully over VHF/UHF voice repeater networks and is quite immune to voice interference.  

Norm may also demo this NBEMS software at the Hamfest and/or at local venues like North Hawai`i Community Hospital.  Currently there are 3 monthly statewide nets (1 on HF, 2 on VHF/UHF) as well as 2 monthly West Hawai`i UHF nets for practicing and learning use of NBEMS communications. Norm is usually available for questions and assistance.  

7. Thanks to Bob for driving all the way up from Hilo, and for bringing us some very large avocados from his yard. 

8. The meeting was adjourned at about 15:30W.  Next meeting (including our annual election of officers) will be Wednesday, 10 December 2014, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea.

 Minutes, KHRC Meeting #101, Waimea, 08 October 2014 

Meeting was called to order at 19:00W by Norm Cohler (NH7UA) at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (WH6BO),  John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Bill Jakubowski (N6XIV), Tom Martin, Valerie Poindexter, Ceri Sanders (WH6SA), and Troy Scott [formerly Kindred]. 

Old Business 

1. Dale announced that there would be no club participation in the Ironman bike race this coming Saturday. Apparently the race organizers have hired a company to provide this service, with HTs for race people and a repeater on Haleakala.  

2. Dale also announced another upcoming work session for the portable UHF repeater to happen at 0900W on Saturday 11 October 2014, at Keck HQ. The group expects to complete assembly and preliminary testing soon.  

3. Norm mentioned that Eric is hoping to refurbish the laptops donated by Hawaii Department of Health so they can be used readily by local N Hawaii hospitals for digital comm. Both Steve Doyle and Norm are assisting. 

New Business

4. We all introduced ourselves, including Tom Martin, who is a former US Air Force comm specialist and repairman; Valerie Poindexter, who is Hawaii County Councilor for District 1 (Hamakua); and Troy Scott, who was previously HCCD Administrator (then named Troy Kindred), and who is now working for HCCD to write a county Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

5. We discussed HCCD Administrator Darryl Oliveira's concern with the performance of the ham community at the recent hurricane Iselle event. CERT competition with ARES for use of our VHF repeaters is not good for the emcomm effort and could be a problem for us if it recurs. Dale and John expressed their opinions and gave Valerie and Troy some background info about our local ARES activities. Troy said he would ask Darryl what exactly he was concerned with regarding amateur radio, and inform us.  

There is presently no Hawaii County comm plan, even though our ARES comm plan has existed and been updated since 2006, when Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ) and Rick Ward (WH6FC) authored it.  The county is apparently leery of CERT organizations because, unlike Volunteer Firemen who have county funding, CERT is independent and unfunded. Discussion with Bill Hanson (N0CAN) of HCCD and ARES representatives would presumably be helpful. 

6. Valerie mentioned that Principal Alapaki of Laupahoehoe High School is interested in promoting amateur radio for his students. Norm mentioned that there is an extensive network of material and support for education from ARRL. He and John are both instructors and can obtain reduced rates on ARRL textbooks. 

7. The meeting was adjourned at 20:00W.  Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 09 November 2014, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

 

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #100, Kapa`au, 14 September 2014

Meeting was called to order at 14:05W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Stan Froseth (AH6KO), Tina Stuart (WH6ENJ), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA). 

Old Business 

1. Steve Milner reported on the progress of the club UHF portable repeater project. He has had one mechanical assembly session at Keck, assisted by his crew of Dale Cox, Steve Doyle, and Marc Maloney (WH7CA). There is one more power connector now than originally designed. Steve showed us the bussed Anderson PowerPole unit from West Mountain Radio. 

2. John passed around his Elecraft KX-3 transceiver and power supply for show and tell. He has not heard any feedback from Parker Ranch personnel on our VHF repeater site issue. 

New Business 

3.  Steve voiced some of Eric Grabowski's (KH6CQ) concerns about a new load of equipment acquired by KHRC from the Hawai`i State Department of Health. Several Motorola HTs and accessories need disposition, such as sale at the Hamfest. John thought that the battery packs needed testing prior to sale, and he volunteered to do so. The radios are programmed in business band and MURS frequencies, and can't be reprogrammed, according to Eric. If they can't be sold at the Hamfest, it was suggested they be given to local CERTs. 

4. Tina told us of a $10K grant being held presently by Bill Hanson for CERTs in Margaret Wille's District 9 (N Kohala, S Kohala). List of equipment purchased under this grant is unknown. Tina also reminded us of the upcoming Tech licensing class to be taught by Milt Nodacker (AH6I) on 9/27/2014 and 10/11/2014 at the Annunciation Church in Waimea. Ten people have registered and new people can sign up with her until 9/22/2014. 

5. Dale brought up the issue of emcomm behaviour at the T.S. Iselle event. Apparently CD Agency head Darryl Oliveira was upset with the ham performance, for some unknown specific reason. Also there was difficulty using BIWARN and confrontation between CERT usage and general usage of the Mauna Kea repeater (146.72), which needs to be discussed island-wide. 

6. Stan reminded us of the KARS-sponsored upcoming "Grid Madness" contest next Sunday, 21 September 2014, from 1300-1700W. It will be a VHF/UHF simplex contest, but people can pre-arrange QSOs by any means available (e.g., repeaters, HF, email, telephone). The objective, besides having fun seeing who you can work locally, will be to provide useful information for local emcomm use as to who can talk to whom (VHF/UHF connectivity) if repeaters are down. Find out your Maidenhead grid square coordinates by going to qrz.com (among others). 

7. Steve Milner mentioned that nobody had as yet volunteered to take over the refreshments at the Hamfest. A $5 donation will be requested for entry, and a $10 donation (fee?) will be charged to vendors (except clubs such as KHRC, selling club equipment)

8. Norm forgot to mention (except to Stan) that this was our Hundredth (100th) meeting of KHRC. Congratulations to us all! 

9. The meeting was adjourned at 15:47W.  Next meeting will be Wednesday, 08 October 2014, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M.Keck Observatory HQ, in Waimea. 

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #99, Waimea, 13 August 2014

Meeting was called to order at 19:00W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the Energy Lab of Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (WH6BO), John Buck (KH7T), Jake Clifford, Lorin Clifford (WH6EHL), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Ceri Sanders (WH6SA), Tina Stuart (WH6ENJ), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve Milner announced an upcoming work session for the portable UHF repeater to happen at 0900W on Saturday 16 August 2014, at Keck HQ. Steve will be assisted by Steve Doyle, Dale Cox, Mark Maloney (WH7CA), and Bill Wiecking to complete assembly and preliminary testing.

2. John read his briefing document (edited and improved by Eric [KH6CQ] ) on our club and its VHF repeater project for Parker Ranch management. He mentioned support for KHRC and the project by Hawaii County Civil Defense Leader Darryl Oliveira and HCCD CERT coordinator Bill Hanson (N0CAN). Hopefully in the next month they will be making a legal agreement with us, to replace the Memorandum of Agreement. Backup repeater plans in the event that coverage of the repeater is not adequate for North Kohala were discussed. If the Parker Ranch decision is to proceed with our repeater project, they will have some requirements of our liability insurance, and this may differ from our present insurance policy.

New Business

3. Since our present liability insurance policy has lapsed, Steve collected donations from those present. Norm will deposit $200 in our bank account to cover the annual premium. Further donations are also requested from the other members. KHRC does not charge membership dues, but does collect donations as needed for various reasons. The KHRC treasury will have only $99.12 after Steve pays the insurance premium.

4. Tina joined us from the Waimea CERT, and she announced an upcoming Tech Class licensing preparation class in Waimea. It will be on two Saturdays, 27 September and 11 October, at the Annunciation Catholic Church parish hall, from 0800 to 1545 (8am to 3:45pm). Milt Nodacker (AH6I) will teach the class gratis, and the license exam session at 1400 (2pm) on 11 October will cost $15. Please tell interested prospective hams to register with Tina, by calling (808) 333-2250.

5. Norm reminded us of the Kona Amateur Radio Society-sponsored VHF/UHF Simplex contest "Grid Madness" to be held from 1300-1600W (1-4pm HST), 21 September 2014, as organized by Stan Froseth (AH6KO) of Kona. Please refer to the KHRC message posting for further details.

• Enter in HT, Mobile, or Base class.

• Contact as many stations as you can in as many Grid Squares* as you can during the contest, using SIMPLEX ONLY.

• Exchange call sign and Grid Square.

• Score 1 point for each contact, 2 points if you serve as a relay station. Score = Total Points × Total No. of Grid Squares.

• Awards for highest score in each class, and for highest overall score.

*Grid Squares: Find your 6-character Maidenhead Grid Square on the map at www.qrz.com/gridmapper.

6. The members present voted to sell some of the items donated to us by Bruce (W0DW) and Barbara (KE5TWP) Miller at the upcoming hamfest. The items include a 10m beam, a VHF bumper-mounted whip, and a box of random parts. The subject of auctioning items arose, and Steve Milner will provide auction sheets to hamfest participants if they wish to use this method. Norm's garage thanks you for alleviating some crowding. The VHF yagi will be used to replace one in Norm's attic (so John can use it) for the KH6COM-BIWARN link.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 20:36W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 14 September 2014, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #98, Kapa`au, 13 July 2014

Meeting was called to order at 14:00W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Joe Speroni (AH0A), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Norm brought up the issue of our club VHF repeater, which was first discussed on 12 December 2012, according to Len. It is currently assembled and partly tested and languishing at Eric's (KH6CQ) house, for want of an agreement with Parker Ranch to locate it at the site chosen by us on the side of Mauna Kea. John said he would make one more attempt to get an agreement from Parker Ranch to allow our use of their property. We need to discuss various options to dispose of the repeater if Parker refuses.

2. Steve told us that the usual conference room for our meetings at Keck HQ is scheduled for use by someone else on the date of our next Waimea meeting, 13 August 2014. He suggested either using a smaller room, such as the one we met in previously, or going back to HPA Energy Lab. Bill agreed we could use his lab conference room, and there was a unanimous vote to go to HPA.

3. Steve showed us the major components (except the antenna and feedline) in his current design of the portable UHF repeater. He has all the items needed except the PowerGate (battery/power supply switch), a PowerPole crimper, and some PowerPole connectors. Total spent to date is $2463, of which $280 was for shipping. We saw the Pelican case, two Alinco DR435T transceivers, duplexer (programmed for 444.975 / 449.975 MHz), repeater control board, Astron RS-20A power supply, and 100W foldable photovoltaic panel. The mechanical framework to mount parts inside the case is yet to be designed. No completion date or other schedule has been mentioned, but the purchased items are within budget. Assembly work will be done at Keck Headquarters, who has donated space.

4. Norm mentioned that nothing has been firmed up with National MS Society about our participation in the next Bike MS race, which will be on 02 August 2014. Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), who has most recently handled this detail, is out of state. Dale said he would contact Ed and find out what our status is.

New Business

5. Joe Speroni, AH0A, updated his previous talk of 10 April 2013 about Remote Amateur HF Radio Stations. He covered changes to the technology of remote HF operation that occurred in the last year. The new Elecraft K3/0 Mini, several PC-only interfaces, and a web- based technology forum to assist those building stations are some of the new developments. Joe was not able to demo the remote capability at the North Kohala venue. One service provider, Remote Ham Radio.com, charges about $1800 per annum for 5 hours per month of operating time at $0.55 per minute. Another provider, WebDX, charges only $0.15 per minute, but has queues for getting online. Joe showed us his Elecraft K3/0 digital box, which interfaces thru a USB port to your internet PC. It is identical to the front panel of a "regular" K3.

6. The meeting was adjourned at 15:22W. Next meeting will be Wednesday, 13 August 2014, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at Hawaii

Preparatory Academy Energy Lab., in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #97, Waimea, 11 June 2014

Meeting was called to order at 19:05W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the Hualalai Conference Room of W.M.Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (WH6BO), John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Dave Esquer (K6WDE), Ceri Sanders (WH6SA), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve Milner described his current view of the portable UHF repeater which he is building for KHRC with Ironman Triathlon funds to provide cellphone deadzone emergency coverage for North Kohala bike racers. The bill of materials is now fixed.

The two UHF transceivers are Alinco DR435s. The repeater frequencies for tuning the duplexer are those Eric got assigned for a planned station in Waikoloa. There will be a 100W solar PV panel with charge controller for portable battery charging, and an Astron power supply with PowerGate PG40S for fixed charging use. Repeater control will be an NHRC-4. The main unit will be housed in a wheeled Pelican case, with 2 cooling fans. Coax feedline will be RG214. Steve expects to borrow Keck facilities to assemble and test the repeater.

The club voted unanimously to approve the latest bill of materials, and Norm will give Steve a check for $3000 to proceed to buy parts.

New Business

2. Bill showed us his amazing UHF repeater inside a small irrigation control box. It consists of two Baofeng HT transceivers with wired coupling in one direction and acoustic coupling in the other. It uses the built-in VOX capability and the standard "rubber duckie" antennas. At only 5W transmit power it can reach 46 miles line-of-sight one way. A lack of duplexer caused some to scratch their heads.

3. John told us of repairs to his broken tower and antenna system. Expenses have not been very great, disregarding his labor, and some discussion occurred as to the design of the holding mechanism which keeps the tower erect.

4. Dave has already moved to Na`alehu in Ka`u. He came by to visit, and he is always welcome to join our club meetings or functions. We will miss him on the Cellphone Deadzone course. Apparently house prices are very attractive at the furthest south point in the US.

5. Norm summarized the latest Makani Pahili emcomm exercises. There were ham events on 6 different days, sponsored by Hawai`i State Civil Defense, Hawai`i County Civil Defense, CERT, Skywarn, Healthcare Association of Hawai`i, and HealthComm. Messages were passed and received on FM and SSB voice and on NBEMS digital modes (primarily MT63). Steve Doyle and Eric sent the only hospital message to HAHEOC in digital mode from North Hawai`i Community Hospital. We expect other hospitals to follow suit soon with digital traffic.

6. Ed mentioned that Bill Hanson of HCCD has asked Paul Rollman (KB2RUZ) to assist him by providing advice on making CERT amateur communications more "military". It was suggested that MARS (Military Amateur Radio Service) is a good source of information for this purpose.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 20:56W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 13 July 2014, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #96, Kapa`au, 11 May 2014

Meeting was called to order at 14:02W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Scott Marshall (N6SDM), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve reported that the Waimea Hamfest will occur on the optimal date of Saturday 18 October 2014.. He has permission for us to use the Waimea Community Center.

2. Steve's current design of the portable UHF repeater which he is building for KHRC has not changed much since last month. Environmental concerns are still unsettled, and details of the power supply method are not finalized. He has a budgetary cost estimate of $2453, well within our $3000 grant from Ironman. A 100W PV panel with charge controller is $270. Money saved from choosing lead-acid over lithium-ion batteries will allow for better quality coax cable. Distance from electronics to antenna is up to 60 feet. Use of a Power Gate diode switch is under consideration to allow battery (solar charged) or AC power supply to power the repeater.

3. Dale is still working on meeting and talking with the owner of the property on the knoll near MM19, on the bicycle race course in North Kohala. We would like to use that location for our repeater.

4. John has spoken to Dewey Proietti (NH6M), who is currently linking his WH6DEW repeater (147.16) to Haleakala for the benefit of West Hawai`i hams to connect to BIWARN. Dewey approved our removing the crossband link from 444.450 to 146.94 on bike race days, if necessary.

5. John mentioned that there is a discussion amongst all the repeater owners on Hawai`i Island to ban Todd Wilson (WH6DWF) from using their facilities, for his unacceptable behavior.

6. John has passed the task of accessing the Girl Scout Camp UHF link repeater (444.450) to Paul DuCasse (WH7BR), in the event of servicing needs. The DLNR once required a special access permit, but now the person who was a stickler for protocol has left, so our original credentials should suffice. John will test this premise in the next 30 days.

7. Norm announced that the Waimea Healthy Keiki Fest activity was successful, with an unknown number of kids observing our KHRC station and learning to send their names in Morse Code. He and Steve Doyle (WH7TW) avoided setting up the HF station and Buddipole this time, but did do some VHF packet operations between themselves and Steve's home QTH.

New Business

8. Dale will be running the KHRC ham coverage for the Ironman Honu bike race on Saturday 31 May 2014. That day is also the start of Makani Pahili emcomm exercises. Dale has many possible choices for operating modes, including (1) no changes to BIWARN VHF link [leave as is], (2) VHF or UHF simplex [possibly with NCS at Pu`u Mamo location], (3) remove 146.94 link to BIWARN, or (4) borrow Puna Emergency Radio Club's UHF repeater for the day. Final choice will be determined by traffic and interference. Many options can be selected quickly if needed.

9. Terry announced he has installed a pair of Ubiquiti microwave (5 GHz) gateways at his home for inter-building PC linkage. They are cheap and easy to install, work at 100Mbps, and are available from Amazon. He has his own intranet, and if other stations want to link up with him, they have a 15° beam width in which to manuever.

10. Len noted that KHRC now has a reserved slot on the water company's new 80' radio tower in North Kohala. How high it will be (or if it will be used) is not yet determined.

11. Ed informed us that Hawai`i County Civil Defense will be trying to get CERTs to participate in ham exercises for a hypothetical scenario on Monday-Wednesday 2-4 June 2014. This would be a good way to see how well the ham and CERT communities can coexist. KHRC has several members in different CERTs and supports their activities.

12. The meeting was adjourned at 15:11W. Next meeting will be Wednesday, 11 June 2014, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M. Keck Observatory HQ, Hualalai room, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy., in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #95, Waimea, 09 April 2014

Meeting was called to order at 19:03W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the Hualalai Conference Room of W.M.Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (WH6ECR), Dave Broyles (KH7SO), John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Dave Esquer (K6WDE), Roberta Garcia, Bo Kyler (KJ6MSJ), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Ceri Sanders (WH6ECS), Bob Schneider (AH6J), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve Milner described his current view of the portable UHF repeater which he is building for KHRC with Ironman Triathlon funds to provide cellphone deadzone emergency coverage for North Kohala bike racers. The bill of materials is still in flux, with some items firm and others not. Steve has rejected use of a lithium-ion battery due to cost. The two UHF transceivers are Alinco DR435s. The repeater frequencies for tuning the duplexer are those Eric got assigned for a planned station in Waikoloa. There will probably be a 100W solar PV panel for battery charging, and the main unit will be housed in a wheeled Pelican case. Having cooling fans is still a contentious issue. The stand-alone antenna mount and PV panel mount are not settled. Steve expects to borrow Keck facilities to assemble and test the repeater.

One promising site for locating the repeater is on a knoll just makai of the highway by Coast Guard Road. Dale will check with the owner for permission to use the location temporarily.

2. Ed spoke with Parker Ranch Land Manager Brandi Beaudet regarding our use of Parker Ranch land for our VHF repeater. He said things were still "on track".

3. Ed also mentioned that Candice Schwalbach of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society told him the Bike MS race will be held on 02 August 2014. We hope to have the new portable UHF repeater up and running then.

4. Norm received back the ham radio licensing DVD and book loaned to the four Kohala High School students ("Planet Pioneers") from Janette Snelling, thanks to Dale's retrieval service. Vahan Chertavian is on extended sick leave in Florida, but expects to be back in a couple of months. His cancer treatment seems to be working.

New Business

5. Bob told us about his difficulties with Waikiki ham Todd Wilson (WH6DWF). Todd has annoyed and disrupted several Hawai`i nets and has been banned from use of all O`ahu repeaters. We discussed how best to handle this for BIWARN and KH6COM (Haleakala) repeaters. Nothing concrete was determined. Repeater owners can ban anyone from use of their repeater for any reason.

6. Norm delivered one of the club's loaded dipole HF antennas to Rick and Ceri, who will install same on their Pa`auilo property. We hope to hear them on the HF bands soon.

7. Bob asked for information on this year's Waimea Hamfest. It is presently scheduled for 18 October 2014, assuming Steve can obtain the Waimea Community Center building for that date. This will not interfere with the SET (10/4/2014), Ironman Triathlon (10/11/2014), or Pacificon (10/10-12/2014).

8. Bob announced that BIARC will participate in Field Day this year by setting up a station at Hilo Wal-Mart. KHRC has no club sponsored activity planned for Field Day, but members are free to join any other clubs.

9. Norm announced the annual Healthy Keiki Fest will be in two weeks, on Saturday, 26 April 2014. Anyone is welcome to join Steve Doyle and Norm at the club station in Waimea Parker Ranch Center from 0900-1300.

10. John described the traumatic event which damaged his tower and antenna recently. A stainless steel guy snapped while the tower was extended, causing bending of the boom and fracture of one element, among other things. John's PV panel array was hit by falling items but undamaged. He is working to repair the system.

11. The meeting was adjourned at 20:09W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 11 May 2014, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #94, Kapa`au, 09 March 2014

Meeting was called to order at 14:05W by Secretary-Treasurer Norm Cohler (NH7UA) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Len Winkler (KH7LW).

Old Business

1. Discussion of the Waimea Hamfest yielded the optimal date to be 18 October 2014.. It is assumed that the Simulated Emergency Test will occur on 04 October, and the Ironman Triathlon will be on 11 October 2014. KHRC will be hosting the event this year, at the Waimea Community Center.

2. Norm stated that he has not been able to contact any of the four "Planet Pioneers" at Kohala High School, but he did talk to Jeanette Snelling, Principal. She will email Vahan Chertavian about his plans for the group and their ham licensing.

New Business

3. Ed mentioned the activity he attended at Hilo on 08 March 2014. There was a practice communication setup for the Volcano Run. Other attendees included Cory Allen KN6ZU, Michael Haight AE5LR, David Ratzlaff WH6EHG, Blake Steen KH7MS, Corey Connell WH6DVD, Paul Ducasse WH7BR, Robert Gomez WH6EGA, Kim Fendt KD0QLR, Gregg Datloff and Sean Fendt KN6SF. Kim is the new DEC for East Hawai`i County. She is also the author of a very detailed ICS201 Incident Plan and ICS205 Comm Plan to document the radio assistance of the Volcano Run. The Puna Emergency Radio Club (PERC) will be using a portable UHF repeater system.

4. Len announced there will be a new 80' tower installed near his North Kohala house on Ka`auhuhu Road at elevation 800', in order to accommodate three new VHF/UHF antennas. One will serve the water company, one will provide broadcast service for the new FM station (96.5 MHz) discussed in January by Bob Martin, and one will be available for use by an amateur repeater.

Further discussion of the existing VHF repeater (147.24 MHz machine) and the new UHF portable repeater to be built with $3000 in Ironman funds recently deposited in the club treasury ensued. One suggestion to evoke a decision from Parker Ranch for use of their land was to tell them that we now have an alternative location for our repeater. Various statements of antenna coverage have yet to be proven by experiment.

An impromptu comm test was organized by John, in order to see where the portable repeater could be optimally located to serve the Ironman bike race course. Previously a site on Pu`u Mamo Drive was used for Net Control, since it could "see" from Mile Markers 16 through 20, and it had cellphone access (to call MM 21 for ambulance activation).

5. The meeting was adjourned at 15:06W. Next meeting will be Wednesday, 09 April 2014, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M. Keck Observatory HQ, Hualalai room, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy., in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #93, Waimea, 12 February 2014

Meeting was called to order at 19:00W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the Hualalai Conference Room of W.M.Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (WH6ECR); John Buck (KH7T); Jay Clifford; Lorin Clifford (WH6EHL); Steve Doyle (WH7TW); Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ); Howard Hall (WH6EHJ); Bo Kyler (KJ6MSJ) and Honoka`a Boy Scout Troop 18 members Ali`i, Jace, Dale, Patrick, Brandon, and Larson; Chris Langan (WH7BJ); Marc Maloney (WH7CA); Jim Ryan (KD7HTG); Willy Ryan (KE7JTX); Ceri Sanders (WH6ECS); Ed Vasquez (WH7DG); and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. John reported he spoke with Parker Ranch Land Manager Brandi Beaudet. Nothing has been decided regarding our request to use Parker's land, facilities, and antenna mast at Station 8 for the KH6BI repeater. But he was confident that things are "still in the mill".

2. Norm will contact the four Kohala High School students ("Planet Pioneers") regarding their aspirations to become hams and find out when they plan to take the FCC exam, since their leader Vahan Chertavian is on extended sick leave.

3. Marc told us that the Ironman Foundation, who has taken over from Ford Motor Company in administering the Ironman Triathlon, has sent a check to KHRC. It is for an estimated $3000, and is to be used for a portable repeater system to cover the North Kohala Cellphone Deadzone during Ironman (and other ) bicycle races.

New Business

4. Bo Kyler, a relatively new ham and recently transplanted Californian, introduced himself and the group of six middle and high school boys from Honoka`a that he was leading. They are interested in emergency communication and generally all of the many facets of amateur radio. Several club members described their own experiences and special interests. They are too young for CERT membership (age limit is 18 minimum), but there may be a new group forming to address the need for younger CERT-type participation.

5. John announced he is placing at the club members' disposal a special adjunct to the KHRC Library, in the form of 7 volumes of the ARRL Antenna Compendium.

6. Rick and Ceri, who live in Pa`auilo, discussed with various members some of the details regarding their search for an appropriate HF antenna, for use primarily on 80m, 40m, and 20m. They got lots of suggestions. Norm offered to let them borrow the club-owned loaded dipole all-band antenna (a clone of the B&W 90-foot antenna on the roof of NHCH).

7. Norm brought up the issue of protection for semiconductors in EMP (electromagnetic pulse) or CME (coronal mass ejections). Faraday cages (total metal enclosures or variants thereof made of alternating layers of aluminum foil and insulating material) are considered a reasonable safeguard method for those willing to build them. Refer to Milt Nodacker's (AH6I) discussion at recent BIARC meeting.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 20:40W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 9 March 2014, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #92, Kapa`au, 12 January 2014

Meeting was called to order at 14:01W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Bob Martin, Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Bob Martin, of the North Kohala Community Resource Center, informed the club about a proposed non-commercial low power FM broadcast radio station for North Kohala. The project is now in public review phase, having been issued an FCC building permit. The Community Development Plan for North Kohala has included such a station. Bob said it will require about $50-67 thousand to complete, plus maintenance and operating expenses. Money will be raised in the community, and articles in the Kohala Mountain News will be forthcoming in the next two months. There is a proposed antenna location about a mile up Hawi Road from "downtown". Bob says that a coverage survey has concluded that a 16W transmitter will cover Pololu to Mahukona.

Old Business

2. John had no new information on the Parker Ranch negotiations for our proposed repeater.

3. John reported that Vahan Chertavian , Kohala High School teacher of 4 students ("Planet Pioneers"), has moved to Florida for cancer treatment. He expects to return in a year. The students expect to take their FCC tests this month sometime.

New Business

4. Eric reported that he had attended an ARES meeting recently in Ocean View with South Hawai`i DEC Rick Ward (WH6FC) and newly-appointed East Hawai`i DEC Gregg Datlof (WH7FC). West Hawai`i DEC Dewey Proietti (WH6DEW) did not attend. Norm suggested that there be considered future ARES leadership meetings on Tuesday nights at 1900W on 7.088MHz.

5. Eric mentioned that the VHF repeater project is still short about $150, and is looking for donations. Also the Ironman bike race project may be able to get some or all of the needed $2500 for a UHF portable repeater from the new sponsor of the race.

6. The Puna Emergency Radio Club (PERC) is also seeking to install a similar portable repeater system for use in the Hilo marathon.

7. A brief discussion ensued on the subject of EMP (electromagnetic pulse) effects, based on some facts that Milt Nodacker (AH6I) introduced at the last BIARC meeting.

8. Steve gave us an impromptu view of some of the interesting engineering problems he receives and how he solves them at Keck Observatory.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 15:33W. Next meeting will be Wednesday, 12 February 2014, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M. Keck Observatory HQ, Hualalai room, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy., in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #91, Waimea, 11 December2013

Meeting was called to order at 19:01W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the Hualalai Conference Room of W.M.Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (WH6ECR), John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Howard Hall (WH6EHJ), Ceri Sanders (WH6ECS), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA) .

Old Business

1. Steve Milner asked for new nominations for officers for 2013-14. There was none. Norm said none was received via email or otherwise. Nominations were closed. A motion to re-elect the present slate of officers passed. New officers are President, Steve Milner; Vice-President, Bill Wiecking; and Secretary-Treasurer, Norm Cohler. Steve Milner then reappointed John Buck as Technical Advisor and Len Winkler as Webmaster.

2. Bill reported he will meet tomorrow with Parker Ranch board of directors. Nothing has been decided regarding our request to use Parker's land, facilities, and antenna mast at Station 8 for the KH6BI repeater.

3. John reported that the link repeater at the Girl Scout camp is now working well again. An antenna on Mauna Loa was fixed. He will be trying to get BIARC (especially Bill Hanson, their new president) to advocate for permanent approval of our repeater use on the DLNR property. This would alleviate the necessity to get annual permission to maintain the repeater.

4. Norm described his meetings with four Kohala High School students ("Planet Pioneers") as being one of lecturing on chapters from the Ham Radio License Manual and answering questions on Tech licensing. No discussion of ham radio station construction. He will continue meeting with them as requested. Five people (including math teacher Vahan Chertavian) expected to take the FCC exam in December, although nobody from the group has yet contacted John..

New Business

5. Steve Milner deposited $83.33 to the KHRC bank account on 9 December 2013 from our share of net proceeds of the annual hamfest. Norm reported our treasury now has $99.12. The next annual premium payment for liability insurance will be $200, due on 01 April 2014. Nothing has been spent on equipment insurance for the KH6BI repeater.

6. Eric reported on his repeater building project that he has discovered a small cabling problem which he will address, and that the promised packet equipment from New York will be shipped soon, probably after the new year.

7. Ed requested info on emergency comm responsibilities in Honoka`a. Steve Milner told him he is EC for the area, and Marc Maloney is AEC. There is a portable station at Hale Ho`ola Hamakua (hospital in Honoka`a). At a recent CERT meeting Ed reported there were roughly 80 hams in the group which totalled 125.

8. Steve Doyle demonstrated his Portable Packet Station (PPS) for us, and described the Icom 5W HT transceiver from Eric as an IC-2GAT. He used a 1/4l magmount antenna on his truck roof, and an IBM Thinkpad laptop PC. His interface uses a TNC-X, and AGW Packet Engine software. We saw him catch ID and Node packets from the state digipeater on Mauna Loa. He also connected to his home QTH (WH7TW-2) about a mile away and showed us some of its BBS features.

9. Norm announced the donation of several antennas and ancillary equipment to the club from Barbara (KE5TWP) and Bruce Miller (W0DW). They are selling their house in Kohala Estates and will now live fulltime in New Mexico. We now have a 10m beam antenna needing a home, and other gear was given to the NHCH station for backup use or for temporary loan to new hams in KHRC who want to familiarize themselves with radio gear. John would like the 2m yagi to be used in the crossband repeater at Norm's house, to free up one he lent.

10. Discussion followed on what equipment KHRC possesses and where it all resides. Norm will compile a list, with help from all those who have anything.

11. The meeting was adjourned at 20:26W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 12 January 2014, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #90, Kapa`au, 10 November 2013

Meeting was called to order at 14:08W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Ty Knudson (AH6EM), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Len Winkler (KH7LW), Toni Withington (WH6EHK), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve said he has not received the promised share of hamfest funds for KHRC yet, but Stu Johnston (KH7DX) has told him "the check's in the mail".

2. John reported on Parker Ranch negotiations that no decision had been made at the latest board meeting in October. Repeater site permission is still in limbo. Equipment is presumably ready to install.

3. Norm described his meetings with 4 Kohala High School students ("Planet Pioneers") as being one of lecturing on chapters from the Ham Radio License Manual and answering questions on Tech licensing. He will continue meeting with them as requested. Five people (including teacher Vahan Chertavian) expect to take the FCC exam in December.

4. The restoration by HELCO of proper 60 Hertz AC line frequency regulation was mentioned by Norm as having occurred within the last two weeks.

5. Dale told us about his Cellphone Deadzone operations during the 2013 Ironman bike race. No ham interventions were needed for medical reasons, only for some bike repairs. The lack of repeater connection between KH6COM (146.94) and BIWARN was accomplished by a lack of Girl Scout camp linkage, and also by a disconnect between WH6DEW (147.16) and KH6COM.

New Business

6. John attended the BIARC meeting and told us that their new president is Bill Hanson (NÆCAN), and vice-president is Milt Nodacker (AH6I).

7. Toni has rejuvenated her amateur license primarily for emergency comm reasons, and her husband Ty is an experienced mariner who relies on ham radio while at sea.

8. Steve reminded us that the next meeting will be the annual election of club officers. Nominations were opened with the present slate of officers. More names will be requested at the next meeting announcement.

9. Dale announced his need for a person to obtain the Hisaoka Gym meeting room keys prior to our meetings for the next four months. Len volunteered to do this.

10. Kevin Bogan (AH6QO), our Section Emergency Coordinator, has requested all hams to stay off 7.095 MHz (LSB) unless actively assisting the current Phillipine disaster effort.

11. John announced that an ARRL contest opportunity will occur next year (February and August) during their 2014 centennial. The plan is to allow several experienced hams to use special W1AW/KH6 callsigns as contest events occur. Information to sign up is available from Lloyd Cabral (KH6LC), kh6lc@hotmail.com, or 808-966-7782.

12. The meeting was adjourned at 15:15W. Next meeting will be Wednesday, 11 December 2013, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M. Keck Observatory HQ, Hualalai room, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy., in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #89, Waimea, 09 October2013

Meeting was called to order at 19:00W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the Hualalai Conference Room of W.M.Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea. Also present were Rick Bowen (WH6ECR), John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Lorin Crawford, Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Loretta Milner, Ceri Sanders (WH6ECS), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA) .

Old Business

1. John reported on his meeting with Parker Land Manager Brandi Beaudet, regarding the KH6BI repeater property agreement. Nothing will be settled until the next board meeting at the end of October. Dr. Sam Gingrich (KH6IPI) has been in contact with Monty Richards of Parker Ranch on our behalf as well. If the unthinkable happens and Parker Ranch denies our lease, Dale had some suggestions for other North Kohala locations as repeater sites.

New Business

2. Eric, our North Hawai`i DEC for ARES, gave a quasi-PowerPoint presentationand told us about his views for the future of local emcomm activity. See KHRC reflector or website for pdf version. A brief discussion about Self-Activating in emergencies for hams as well as for CERT members was sparked by Dale's interest. Eric has christened the new KH6BI repeater (147.24 MHz) the "North Hawai`i Community ARES (NHCARES)" Repeater, and he showed us its theoretical coverage map for our region. It is not planned to be linked to BIWARN. A co-located 1200 bps packet digipeater has been named "Big Island North (BIN)", and will operate on 145.07 MHz, where it will hopefully connect to the KH6HPZ-7 (MAUI) digipeater. Eric is hoping that new packet stations will arise in our area hospitals currently without them. An updated Emergency Response Plan for North Hawai`i has been released and posted on the reflector and website. See http://groups.yahoo.com/group/khrc/files/ and also http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc/.

3. Steve Milner reported on the annual hamfest, which occurred in Waimea on the same day as the Healthcomm net and the SET exercise. Steve will be next year's organizer and plans to hold the hamfest in September, so as to avoid all the other conflicting events. This year had 62 attendees and grossed 460 dollars. Expenses will be over $125, but KHRC should get one-third of a fairly sizable net income.

4. John mentioned that Bill Hanson (NÆCAN), of HCCD, was hamfest guest speaker. He now has his Extra Class license. Bill has received about $90,000 in grant money for building eight 2m repeaters, primarily for use of HCCD and CERTs in emergencies. If these repeaters are for digital voice, there will need to be follow-on funds to buy digital handheld transceivers. Discussion on CERT and ARES support predictably ensued.

5. Norm announced that Rick and Ceri have both gotten their General Class licenses and will be expanding their frequency capabilities accordingly. They are presently shopping for transceivers and studying antennas diligently.

6. Herb is back on-island for a while, and he donated a Kantronics KPC3 TNC for Eric to incorporate into the new BIN digipeater. Herb also gave the KHRC library a valuable set of six large-size volumes of antenna articles and information. These books will be placed up at HPA, where the KHRC Library currently resides.

7. It was moved and seconded that we meet at Keck Observatory Headquarters for all (even month) Waimea meetings in the foreseeable future. Motion was passed unanimously by voice vote. Steve Doyle suggested we review this meeting location issue every three to six months, and consider what an excellent alternative site the HPA Energy Lab is. Thanks to Bill for a great job hosting us at HPA.

8. Norm mentioned that he has agreed to assist Vahan Chertavian and the Kohala High School "Planet Pioneers" group. They are planning to build a ham radio station on campus. Some of the unstolen equipment from KH6KCC might be utilized there. More news to follow after the first meeting in one week.

9. Norm inquired if anyone else has noticed the extremely poor 60 Hz frequency regulation now being provided by Helco. He claimed to be losing about 1 second per hour on his AC-powered clocks recently. John reported that Helco is held to far looser standards than comparable mainland power providers. He measured as low as 59 Hz at one point recently.

10. The meeting was adjourned at 20:41W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 10 November 2013, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #88, Kapa`au, 08 September 2013

Meeting was called to order at 14:00W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), April Lee (WH7WZ), Bob Schneider (AH6J), Esther Schneider, Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve noted that our club license (KH6KCC) will expire on 25 July 2016, to mark KHRC's tenth anniversary. He affirmed that our next KHRC meeting will be hosted by W.M Keck Observatory at their Headquarters at 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy. in Waimea. Norm has provided newspaper releases to Kohala Mountain News, West Hawai`i Today, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, and the Hamakua Times.

2. John showed us several pictures he is planning to show Parker Ranch officials when he visits them to discuss the ongoing request for access rights to their Mauna Kea pumping site ("Station 8"). We will use it to house and power the new 2m FM voice repeater and packet digipeater which Eric is building. Installation issues were discussed briefly.

New Business

3. Eric reported again on the upcoming Hamfest at the Community Park in Waimea on 05 October 2013, which will unfortunately coincide with both the nationwide annual Simulated Emergency Test ("SET") and the monthly Hawai`i State Healthcomm HF net. The Hamfest organizers from Kona Amateur Radio Society are planning to request a $5.00 donation to enter, plus an additional $5.00 to sell gear. More details can be gotten from Stu Johnston (KH7DX) at 896-1290.

4. Dale called for more volunteers to assist the Ironman bike race cellphone deadzone crew on 12 October 2013 in North Kohala.

5. Bob, our ARRL Pacific Section Manager, gave a briefing on recent happenings in our section and showed a few pictures from the Puna Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair ("PREP") at Kea`au High School on 31 August 2013. This event was well attended and was clearly intended to foster strong support between HCCD, CERTs, and the ham community. He also had pictures from his original trek to the Parker Ranch "Station 8" site on Mauna Kea in 1982.

6. Eric asked Bob if he had received an After-Action Review from Darryl Oliveira of HCCD on the recent tropical storm Flossie landfall event on 29 July 2013. Bob will pass it on if he sees one. There was lots of statewide ham activity merged with island-wide CERT activity that day. Darryl has stated his desire to utilize ham radio as a valuable asset to assist Civil Defense.

7. Len reported on a request from Vahan Chertavian, a math teacher at Kohala High School, for information to assist him in establishing a new ham radio club there. KHRC co-founder Henry Ah Sam (KH6GQM) is talking with Vahan and Principal Snelling on this. Other North Kohala hams are requested to provide Elmering if possible.

8. April mentioned the upcoming Tech licensing class to be taught by Norm on 19 and 27 October 2013 at North Hawai`i Community Hospital in Waimea. There will be two free 8-hour sessions a week apart, and ARRL books will cost $24.00 each. John has scheduled VEs to provide a test session at 1700 (5pm HST), following the second class.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 15:46W. Next meeting will be Wednesday, 09 October 2013, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at W.M. Keck Observatory HQ, Hualalai room, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy., in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #87, Waimea, 14 August 2013

Meeting was called to order at 19:25W by Norm Cohler (NH7UA) at the HPA Energy Lab in Waimea. Also present were Ceri Bowen (WH6ECS), Rick Bowen (WH6ECR), John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), and Bill Wiecking (KH6BI).

Old Business

1. The Multiple Sclerosis MS Bike event was August 2-3, 2013. Everything went off without a hitch, under Net Control Ed Vasquez (WH7DG). We had new assistance from North Kohala hams John Winter (WH7RE), April Lee (WH7WZ), and Jeffrey Lee (WH7PG). Dorothy Vasquez (KE6QCL) provided excellent reporting, and Norm (NH7UA) was also there.

The link repeater between BIWARN and KH6COM (146.94) on Haleakala had been disconnected for the race.

2. John reported that the Hualalai repeater (147.16) is now residing at Dewey's (NH6M) house in Kona, where it is also linked to BIWARN via KH6COM (444.225). It has much poorer coverage northward than it used have.

3. John has repaired the BIWARN UHF link repeater at the Girl Scout camp. The most difficult part of the project was finally obtaining site access from DLNR.

4. Eric and Bill are both seeking contacts in North Hawaii who may be able to influence Parker Ranch to grant us permission to install the new repeater Eric is building. John may act as our liaison for this as well.

New Business

5. Bill has adjusted the Ubiquiti broadband link at North Hawai`i Community Hospital so that it now works, albeit slower than desired. He said there was lots of local interference traffic.

6. Tropical Storm Flossie hit Hawai`i on 29 July 2013, and did not do much damage to our island. It did provide an opportunity to practice various emcomm drills, including nets on BIWARN VHF, a Skywarn net on State VHF (147.02/04/06) with some digital traffic, and minimal use of HF (40m). CERTs were very active islandwide, checking into nets and providing weather updates.

7. Norm mentioned that NBEMS-HI now has regular monthly nets to practice digital messaging with FLdigi. HF nets are on second Tuesday nights at 2000W on 7.090 USB, and Clem Jung (KH7HO) is net manager. Norm was NCS for the 13 August net, and Gregg (WH7FC) will be NCS on 10 September. The VHF net is on fourth Thursday nights at 2000W on State RACES (147.02/04/06).

8. Norm has agreed to provide a Tech licensing class in the near future, to be held in either North Kohala or Waimea on two consecutive weekend days. He is awaiting prospective class rosters from April Lee (WH7WZ) or anyone else.

9. Kirk Nemzer (WB6EGR) is leaving the island, but he has passed the 443.650 repeater on to Glenn (unknown surname) of Kailua-Kona.

10. John provided copies of the email from Stu Johnston (KH7DX) explaining the details of the next hamfest in Waimea on Saturday, 05 October 2013.

11. Eric moved that we meet at Keck headquarters next Waimea meeting (09 October 2013), for one time only, and John amended the motion to require we notify the public (via newspaper). Motion was passed, and we await Steve Doyle's acquisition of a conference room for us.

12. Eric reported on the expected future receipt of old Motorola equipment useful for the digipeater portion of the new repeater from a ham in New York State who heard of our project via Len Winkler's (KH7LW) website.

13. Ceri and Rick told of their CERT group's interactions and concerns about being forced to embrace ham radio.

14. Norm mentioned that the FT-847 radio at NHCH is currently unable to transmit voice modes in SSB or AM. It will transmit CW. FM was not tested. He and John will troubleshoot.

15. The meeting was adjourned at 20:49W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 08 September 2013, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #86, Kapa`au, 14 July 2013

Meeting was called to order at 14:12W by Vice-President Bill Wiecking (KH6BI) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Roy DuNann (W7DOL), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), John Winter (WH7RE), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Ed reported that use of the KH6COM (146.94 MHz) repeater on the 6/1/2013 Ironman Honu bike race cellphone deadzone coverage was very useful and flexible The repeater was unlinked from BIWARN and did not cause any major disruption. It had been unlinked prior to the race due to problems with the Girl Scout camp link repeater.

2. Bill announced that he is still waiting for permission from Parker Ranch to install our new VHF repeater on their land. He is still negociating with them, and trying to stay "patient, polite, and persistent". Donations are still needed to complete the project. Eric has been diligently working on the repeater and testing at home. His progress reports are posted on the KHRC web site.

3. John Buck told us the Girl Scout camp link repeater (444.45 MHz) is still broken. He has been stymied in his attempts to access the repeater due to Hawaii State DLNR bureaucracy. It seems that a new access permit is needed, plus another permit for "Emergency Access".

New Business

4. Ed described the operating strategy for ham coverage of the upcoming Multiple Sclerosis BikeMS race thru the North Kohala cellphone deadzone. This will occur on Saturday, 3 August 2013, from 0700-1400W (7:00am - 2:00pm HST) and will preferably utilize 5 fixed portable stations, plus one motorcycle mobile station to cover the four-mile course on Akoni Pule Highway. Norm will announce on BIWARN prior to the race that KH6COM will be unlinked.

Ed will be NCS, located in Hawi, outside the deadzone. If Ed and his crew need to use their simplex backup plan, it will require using an off-course QTH on Pu`u Mamo Drive for the Net Control Station. Operators should stay flexible and "frequency agile" to go between 146.94 and 146.52 MHz. In order to assist new operators Dale will make up operating instructions for both repeater and simplex cases.

John Winter will announce the race and our need for operators to the North Kohala CERT. There are at least 4 North Kohala amateurs in the group besides John.

Ed showed us the highway sign which he created to announce the cellphone deadzone, and also the accompanying ARES ham radio sign to show our participation. It pays to advertise!

5. Bill showed us pictures of several of the sites where he has installed 2.4 GHz Ubiquiti internet gateways on the island.

6. John Buck mentioned that the repair of the Hualalai repeater (WH6DEW, 147.16 MHz) is presently stalled due to security concerns in the wake of the equipment theft.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 15:38W. Next meeting will be Wednesday, 14 August 2013, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at HPA Energy Lab in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #85, Waimea, 12 June 2013

Meeting was called to order at 19:08W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the HPA Energy Lab in Waimea. Also present were Ceri Bowen (WH6ECS), Rick Bowen (WH6ECR), John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), Matthew Wiecking, and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Ed reported on the Ironman Honu Bicycle Race held 6/1/2013 supported by himself and other KHRC members Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Michael Sumja (WH7WW), and Dorothy Vasquez (KE6QCL). There was one collision, but no ambulance call, just Med Services van. Tech Service van was called for 3 minor incidents. Marc was at MM20, in Command, with Steve at MM16 as NCS. The Haleakala repeater KH6COM (146.94) was unlinked from BIWARN for the event. This was briefly discussed.

The Multiple Sclerosis MS Bike event is August 2-3, 2013. Ed painted a large sign for mounting on the race course telling "CELLPHONE DEAD ZONE NEXT 5 [sic] MILES" with a large ARES sign underneath, to inform the racers of our ham radio presence. The sign will go up at MM16 and face north. The south-facing side says "END OF CELL DEAD ZONE".

2 John described the Makani Pahili emergency exercise that also occurred on 6/1/2013. This year it was strongly supported by Hawai`i County Civil Defense, had both voice and digital message traffic, and incorporated HealthComm stations (on 6/5/2013). Unfortunately HCCD neglected to publish any of their plans as to how the event would be staged, perhaps to keep it more realistic. Hilo hams operated nets from their homes, rather than the Hilo EOC, due to space limitations.

Eric monitored the BIWARN (VHF) part of the activities, and Vic (AH6WX) passed traffic on HF (7.088). Norm was simultaneously operating in the normal first Saturday HF HealthComm net on 6/1/2013. Then on 6/5/2013 he passed a message from North Hawai`i Community Hospital (NH7HI) to Hilo EOC (Tracy Aruga) . This message went via John on HF, who was stationed at Hale Ho`ola Hamakua , and Jim Kennedy (K6MIO), who passed it via VHF (BIWARN) to Hilo.

3. John reported on the less than perfect performance of the BIWARN UHF link repeater at the Girl Scout camp. He thinks the problem may be battery-related, but without access to the site it is not clear. Bureaucracy at DLNR has prevented his access until now.

4. Eric reported on the VHF repeater project to provide coverage for all of North Hawai`i. The repeater is assembled and awaiting installation, still not approved by Parker Ranch execs.

New Business

5. Eric showed us his 50 Year Membership certificate from ARRL. Well done!

6. Norm mentioned that a new resurgence of interest in digital operating modes has yielded a new Yahoo group (NBEMS-HI) and test nets on both HF and UHF, not to mention during the Makani Pahili exercise. Whether there will be weekly nets on HF (7.090 USB) is up to Clem Jung (KH7HO), but there were 6 hams from O`ahu, Kaua`i and Hawai`i at last Tuesday's net. The UHF net is on Kirk Nemzer's (WB6EGR) voice repeater on 443.650 MHz and allowed three Hawai`i County hams to pass ICS-213 messages successfully. We hope to continue nets on Thursday nights at 1930W. FLdigi and its associated software (FLmsg, FLwrap) has made all this simple and easy, and therefore attractive to more hams.

7. Field Day is Saturday 22 June 2013. The club has no plans for any activity in this event, but check with KARS and BIARC for their plans. Of course individual hams can participate.

8. Thanks again to Bill for his excellent job of hosting us with cookies and a great meeting room.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 20:53W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 14 July 2013, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #84, Kapa`au, 12 May 2013

Meeting was called to order at 14:10W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Norm reported on the Keiki Fest, which occurred in Waimea on 13 April. Steve Doyle (WH7TW) and he enjoyed talking to lots of kids, teaching them Morse code, and demonstrating their radios. The NHCH Buddipole was set up for HF NVIS operation on 40 meters by replacing the telescoping horizontal elements with 17-foot-long wires. The antenna loaded nicely, but no QSOs were made.

New Business

2. John reported on the recent BIARC meeting in Hilo. He spoke there with Bill Hanson, HCCD CERT coordinator, who is now a ham (NØCAN). Bill has been tasked by the new HCCD administrator Darryl Oliveira to enlist amateur radio as much as possible to facilitate CERT operations. John recommended that Dale, North Kohala EC, speak with Hanson to engage the help of HCCD with getting Kohala Hospital actively supporting ham operations.

3. Dale and several other KHRC hams will be assisting with emergency communications for the 2013 Honu Triathlon bicycle race to be held on 01 June 2013. He will again be operating motorcycle mobile, and the race will conflict with the statewide Makani Pahili emergency comm exercise. It has been decided to unlink the KH6COM (146.94 ) repeater from BIWARN, so the bike race network can use this repeater without interfering with Makani Pahili traffic. Previous simplex operations were possible with more volunteers, which aren't available. Norm will announce this unlinking prior to the event. Note that KH6COM has a linked UHF repeater on 444.225 MHz, which will still be linked to its 146.94 MHz repeater.

4. Steve announced that KHRC is now covered with $2 million worth of liability insurance, at a premium cost of $200 per annum. And the new repeater will require about $60 premium for additional equipment damage / theft insurance. We have received a total of $210 in donations so far, including $23 at this meeting and $37 at last month's meeting. Whether it becomes necessary to insist on dues payments or to rely on voluntary donations to cover these premiums will be tabled for now. We can vote on these issues any time.

5. The next Hamfest will be held in Waimea at the Community Center, where it has been held many times previously, on 05 October 2013. Stu Johnston (KH7DX) is handling the organization for Kona Amateur Radio Society. KHRC will be co-hosts.

6. Bill showed us the ARRL ham club certificate he received for the new HPA club which he sponsoring. He is still waiting for official approval from Parker Ranch management for our use of the "Station 8" property for our repeater. Because Parker Ranch is required to support schools and hospitals, Bill is hoping the HPA club may influence Parker's decision.

7. Eric reported that he needs a serial I/O cable with 9 pin 'D' connector (female) at one end and 25 pin 'D' connector (male) at the other, length unknown, for connecting the digipeater. Also the cost overrun on the repeater project which has occurred has been partially ameliorated by new donations. We are now only $300 in debt for the whole system, and this amount can be delayed if we hold implementation of the digipeater.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 15:33W. Next meeting will be Wednesday, 12 June 2013, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at HPA Energy Lab in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #83, Waimea, 10 April 2013

Meeting was called to order at 19:07W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the HPA Energy Lab in Waimea. Also present were Carrie Bowen (WH6ECS), Rick Bowen (WH6ECR), John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Bob Schneider (AH6J), Joe Speroni (AH0A), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Rick and Carrie introduced themselves as newly licensed Tech class hams who are also members of the Pa`auilo CERT. We welcomed them to the club, and mentioned that Waimea is quite a bit closer to them than Hilo, their other choice of ham club venues.

2. Steve Milner reported on the ARRL-sponsored liability insurance quote he received from Hays Affinity Solutions. It gives the club two million dollars coverage for an annual premium of two hundred dollars. We will also need to buy equipment coverage for about sixty dollars per year, once the antenna and repeater gear are installed. The club needs to receive at least $260 per year, which would probably be best handled by charging annual dues of $15 to $20. To date we have received $187 in cash and check contributions toward the insurance.

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3. Steve Doyle reported on the upcoming Keiki Fest this Saturday at Parker Ranch Center. He and Norm will be operating a booth with HF and VHF radios and CW practice oscillators for the kids to try. We would hope to be able to make some local QSOs on 7.088MHz and also over BIWARN via NH7HI, the nearby repeater. Members and others are welcome to stop by and talk to us and/or the kids about ham radio. The club booth is behind the Food Court in the same place as in previous years.

4. Eric reported on the VHF repeater project to provide coverage for all of North Hawai`i. We have received the matching grant from Google to the previous donation, so Eric is ordering the duplexer Friday, to complete the equipment inventory. We are still awaiting permission from Parker Ranch to proceed. Bob mentioned that he had worked on the previous Parker Ranch antenna installation with Mauna Kea Electric at this "Station 8" location, some 30 years ago.

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New Business

5. Joe provided an excellent demo in real time of a remotely controlled ham station in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. He spoke over the internet first to Lee, WW2DX, one of the founders of RemoteHamRadio.com, which provides facilities for remote users whose local antenna problems preclude direct control. The service costs upwards of $2000 per annum, but provides excellent world class radio facilities. While we watched, Joe had a QSO with an Egyptian ham in Cairo. Earlier today John had setup his own Elecraft K3 to use the New York antenna facilities, and he also had pileup operating conditions into Europe.

6. Bill gave us a quick description of his part in installing wireless facilities for the NASA Mars Lander "expedition". A small group of astronauts will be living in a simulated space station in a former quarry on the side of Mauna Loa. NASA will monitor all their physical and mental behavior while the astronauts are kept pent up for six months.

7. Thanks again to Bill for his excellent job of hosting us with cookies and grapes.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 20:43W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 12 May 2013, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #82, Kapa`au, 10 March 2013

Meeting was called to order at 14:14W by President Steve Milner (WH6N) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were Aurelio Asención, John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Gisele Garrity (KF7DTU), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), Matthew Wiecking, and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Norm announced that a new 40m dipole has temporarily replaced the 40/75m trap dipole at North Hawaii Community Hospital. It has been checked for loading with the FC-20 tuner and for receiving capability, but not for signal transmission. The trap dipole will be cleaned of copper corrosion before replacement. John recommended a method of strain relief for the center-fed coax by attaching tie-wraps. No further plans for a center mast have been made.

2. Bill explained that the present high-speed internet connection via Ubiquiti 2.4GHz NanoBridge to the NH7HI radio shack PC at North Hawaii Community Hospital is indeed functional, albeit not up to the speed which Bill considers adequate.

New Business

3. Aurelio Asención introduced himself as a guest and interested new member of North Kohala CERT.

4. Dale announced the 2013 Honu Triathlon bicycle race to be held on 01 June 2013. He has already received volunteer support for ham radio coverage in the cellphone deadzone from Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Kirk Nemzer (WB6EGR), Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Ed (WH7DG) and Dorothy Vasquez (KE6QCL), and possibly Norm. Dale will again be operating motorcycle mobile, and he is seeking more fixed portable operators. This race will again conflict with the monthly statewide HealthComm HF net, and also possibly with the statewide Makani Pahili emergency comm exercise.

Assuming the bike race net operates as in previous years, it will utilize VHF simplex on 146.52MHz. If it becomes necessary for the net to use Haleakala backup repeater KH6COM on 146.94MHz, then John recommended that we de-link said repeater from BIWARN for the duration of the net. Norm agreed to do this de-linking, along with three (3) preannouncements to warn local operators on the BIWARN 0800 net on the previous Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (27, 29, and 31 May 2013) about the possible curtailment of connectivity.

John also reiterated his protocol for assuring BIWARN peace and tranquillity: after previous operator stops talking, wait 2 seconds, key the PTT button, then wait 1 to 2 more seconds before speaking. Presumably this set of delays will prevent loss of information while the network link repeaters start and stop.

5. Bill announced that Parker Ranch management is requesting him to provide a suitable "entity" for them to interface with, in the agreement which allows a new VHF ham radio repeater to be located at their "Station 8" on the slopes of Mauna Kea near Waiki`i. Bill explained why he does not feel it would be appropriate to involve the HPA students and their new radio club in this role. Discussion of liability, insurance, and trespassing laws ensued. ARRL presumably sells insurance for $200 per annum which includes equipment damage and theft coverage, as well as $2M liability coverage. Steve Milner will research this insurance and its coverage.

6. John moved that we purchase such an insurance policy prior to our involvement with the new Station 8 repeater. Motion was seconded and approved unanimously. Several members donated cash and checks totalling $150. We will need further donations of $50 to cover the first year's premium. Future meetings may discuss whether or not to assess annual dues in order to cover this ongoing expense. Twenty members at $10 each will do it.

7. Bill moved that KHRC be nominated as the "entity" requested by Parker Ranch. Motion was seconded and approved unanimously.

8. We thanked Steve Milner for his contribution to the club by paying the $5 annual renewal fees for 2011 and 2012 for our Hawaii LLC (tax-deductible status) documentation.

9. Bill showed us all his new 4W Baofeng dualband HT, model UV5-RA, currently selling for $39 at Amazon. He also introduced his son Matthew, who has some sophisticated financial ideas and who will be nine (9) next Tuesday.

10. The meeting was adjourned at 15:23W. Next meeting will be Wednesday, 10 April 2013, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at HPA Energy Lab in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #81, Waimea, 13 February 2013

Meeting was called to order at about 19:05W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the HPA Energy Lab in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Gisele Garrity (KF7DTU), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), Len Wnkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Dale brought in the KHRC library books to be placed in their new location at HPA Energy Lab. They will provide lots of material for the talented students to digest, while still staying available for club members.

2. Bill provided an interesting electronic object: a vacuum tube high voltage regulator using a 1B3 diode and a 6BQ6 amplifier. It looked like it might be dangerous to turn it on.

3. John told us about the latest Hilo meeting on 2/9/2013 of people interested in strategic and tactical repeater operations under BIWARN. Apparently Bill Hanson, of Hawai`i County Civil Defense, who is their main liaison with the county CERTs, has been made aware of the importance of amateur radio to the interaction between CERTs and the Hilo EOC. The discussion of how to run the network and control its switchable UHF links, among other things, is ongoing and will involve representatives from each of the county's ham clubs. Email and VOIP discussions would be good for starters, given our large land mass.

New Business

4. Eric reported on the VHF repeater project to provide coverage for all of North Hawai`i from a site at 5800' elevation on Parker Ranch. While we are eagerly awaiting permission from Parker Ranch to proceed, Eric is trying to plan the antenna mounting part of the project. Even without full installation permission, Bill and a small group will drive to the Parker Ranch site and do some detailed inspections of the existing antenna, its mounting pole, the coax, and the radio shed. Dale has volunteered to climb the pole, with suitable safety harness, after we get the OK from Parker Ranch. Bill is going to provide them with more background information on CERT and ARES organizations. Eric believes it is highly likely that the repeater will provide good coverage of North Hawai`i, even up into the majority of North Kohala, based on preliminary receiving experiments with commercial FM station KWYI, whose antenna is near the proposed site for this repeater.

5. Bill would like to update the Eric's "Guide to Operations" brochure with some new repeater specs and a map of the county.

6. Norm reported that the trap dipole 40m/75m antenna ("A") at North Hawai`i Community Hospital is presently non-functional, but he has not isolated the problem to feedline, traps, or center insulator. It has been in place for at least 10 years in its present configuration. John last modified it in January 2003, and it was installed an unknown length of time prior to that. The "B" antenna, a loaded all-band dipole, is still fully operational.

7. Thanks again to Bill for his excellent job of hosting us with cookies, brownies, and hot drinks.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 20:32W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 10 March 2013, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #80, Kapa`au, 13 January 2013

Meeting was called to order at 14:06W by Vice-President Bill Wiecking (KH6BI) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ) ), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Gisele Garrity (KF7DTU), April Lee (WH7WZ), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Jesse Wells, Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. John brought up the subject of island-wide repeater linking and the various pros and cons of such operation. A recent BIARC meeting also discussed this topic and noted there were difficulties during the last Ironman bike race when some non-participating hams were asked to relinquish the frequency. Evidently there was a lack of forewarning, which may be possible to correct by more notification. The alternative, to disconnect the 146.94 repeater temporarily from BIWARN, was not taken in order to leave wider communication paths available. John suggested we try unlinking the '94 repeater next time, and having someone available for relinking it if an emergency arises.

Education of new hams regarding emergency comm procedures remains an incompletely addressed problem. Eric maintains the ARES EmComm Plan for Hawai`i County and has detailed several appropriate actions for us to follow. More information specifically related to repeater operations could be included, and Eric will collaborate with Milt Nodacker (AH6I), DEC for East Hawai`i, on this.

The further issue of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) communications was briefly discussed. Several hams are also CERT members, and the ability to contact each other as well as the Civil Defense headquarters at Hilo EOC requires their participation. Protocols for doing this can be detailed more fully, and education of CERT hams is yet to be completed. The fact that many island locations require HF NVIS communications in order to contact each other means that there is a deficit in the numbers of effective hams, since most new hams have only got Technician class licenses. It was suggested that the ARES plan include names and callsigns of CERT members, in addition to the ARES members already listed.

John mentioned that the head of Hawai`i County Civil Defense has been changed once again, the new administrator being Daryl Oliveira, formerly HCFD Chief. Ed described the fine local staging area and station he and other CERT members established in Waikoloa. While it has VHF and HF capabilities, there is still a need for a contact operator at Hilo EOC. Further discussion and decisions need to occur regarding a protocol for linking and unlinking various BIWARN repeaters. Publishing a list of hams with the linking code information would be valuable.

New Business

2. Eric made a status report on the ARES 2m repeater project he is leading. Crystals and duplexer have been ordered. Bill has submitted a proposal to Parker Ranch management describing the value of the repeater to the island and requesting approval of our use of their facility. The new repeater will operate on 147.84 Rx /147.24 Tx. It will normally NOT be linked to BIWARN. See earlier status reports published on the KHRC website, http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc.htm.

3. Bill reported that there will soon be a new internet link from Parker Ranch headquarters (old hill site, above the rodeo grounds) to both HPA and North Hawai`i Community Hospital.

4. Money for the repeater project has come in from local benefactors and is still needed. The club members voted unanimously to donate $90 from our treasury (of $95.79) directly to Eric, rather than through NKCRC. Norm will determine how much our bank account minimum balance requires and temporarily add his own funds if necessary.

5. April presented Eric with a gift from the North Kohala CERT, as a token of appreciation for his services to them. It is a beautiful koa wood serving platter. She and Jesse were the two NK_CERT members present. Congratulations, Eric!

6. Bill announced there will be a meeting of Hawaii Public Radio management, including director Michael Titterton, next Saturday, 19 January 2013, at 0900W at the HPA Energy Lab. The public is invited, and they will discuss expansion of more KIPO "sub-stations" in Hawai`i County.

7. Bill also announced that several of his students at the HPA Energy Lab are actively studying for FCC amateur licenses, and Bill would like assistance with setting up a club station and getting a club callsign. Dale will be delivering the KHRC library of ham radio literature to HPA at the next meeting. KHRC members can still take out books from the library, but their new location makes them available for HPA students as well.

8. Eric has spoken with Paul Eggel of NHCH once again, requesting ID badges for him and other hams on the list of emergency responders to the hospital, including Steve Doyle (WH7TW), who has operated several times from NHCH during HealthComm nets.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 16:04W. Next meeting will be Wednesday, 13 February 2013, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at HPA Energy Lab in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #79, Waimea, 12 December 2012

Meeting was called to order at 19:10W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the HPA Energy Lab in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Glen Morrison (WH6EBM), Kirk Nemzer (WB6EGR), Annette Simon (WA6SXY), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Election of Officers for the 2012-2013 year followed determination that a quorum of active members was present. One-third of active members is necessary for conducting business. Norm estimated there are 21-25 active members, so at least 7 would be required. There were 9 present. Dale resigned and nominated Bill in his place for Vice President, and Bill accepted the nomination. Steve M. and Norm accepted their nominations. Since there were no other nominations, the election was complete and was so designated by Steve M.

New officers for KHRC 2012-2013 are: President, Steve Milner (WH6N); Vice-President, Bill Wiecking (KH6BI); and Secretary-Treasurer: Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

2. Steve M. appointed John Buck as Technical Advisor.

3. Norm reported that the current KHRC treasury bank balance is static at $95.79, having received no funds from this year's Hamfest.

New Business

4. Kirk told us of some of his activities as both a ham and as a commercial AM and FM broadcast engineer. His wife Annette is both a ham and a cancer survivor, and it was her wish to relocate to Hawai`i that got them here.

5. Eric reported on his current repeater project to provide coverage for all of North Hawai`i from a site on Parker Ranch. An article in the December 2012 Kohala Mountain News will solicit funds of about $4000-5000 for purchasing a new duplexer and antenna. The repeater itself (Motorola MSR2000) was donated by Civil Air Patrol. Jeffrey Lee (WH7PG) is presently seeking government grant money also for this purpose. Tax deductible donations can be made thru North Kohala Resource Center. Eric has reserved 146.38/146.98 as Tx/Rx frequencies from KH7O, the state repeater coordinator. Refer to Eric's email "ARES BULLETIN 2012.11.28 --- New Repeater for North Hawaii" for more details.

6. Bill discussed his interest in covering the island with internet wireless service via Ubiquiti "NanoBridges". His network (presently containing 58 nodes) will include the location mentioned above at Parker Ranch, so that the proposed KHRC repeater may be internet-linked. He showed us some of the Ubiquiti 2.4 GHz radios and antennas, which are very intelligent, small, and cheap. Cf. http://www.ubnt.com/.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 21:20W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 13 January 2013, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #78, Kapa`au, 11 November 2012

Meeting was called to order at 14:12W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Dale suggested that the Ironman bike race could benefit from efficiency of making Marc Maloney (WH7CA) be NCS, in addition to his duties as race coordinator. He may require another ham as assistant for those times when Marc has other jobs at the turn-around point. Making Marc the NCS would eliminate the need for one contact in the chain of stations involved in an emergency situation. Dale will contact Marc and discuss this.

New Business

2. Norm passed around a copy of Eric Grabowski's (KH6CQ) email (entitled "Notes for November 2012 KHRC Meeting") for reading by the three other members present. This email is attached to the minutes below. Discussion ensued to Eric's items 1-5.

Item 4. Dale agreed with this observation Someone observed that there was no connection between BIWARN and State Civil Defense, so that even if there were a coherent response to the request for tidal information there would not have been a communication path for the data to follow further. Herb reported that at the BIARC meeting (10 Nov 2012) he attended, there was quite a disturbance after this item was read by John (KH7T), and BIARC President Barbara Darling had great difficulty restoring order.

Item 1. This was deemed largely a point of information, of little present utility. The HTs may be useful as backup radios for Ironman bike race monitors or for CERT use.

Item 2. We concluded that Eric would be the appropriate person to perform any modifications needed to the MSR2000 repeater, if it is deemed worth the cost of a duplexer and antenna. The club will have to debate this issue and decide on funding. Another possible use would be as a packet digipeater, which would not only obviate the need for a duplexer but would also provide a useful service for Waimea area packet communication needs.

Item 3. This was also deemed an interesting point of information. Clearly there is a problem with various state digipeaters and voice repeaters. It may take more than Harvey's expertise to solve this issue.

Item 5. Training BIARC members (as well as other Hawai`i County hams) is a great idea. Who will volunteer for the post and what will be the curriculum? Maybe each club in the county can train its own members in the proper etiquette and protocol for linked repeater systems.

3. Next month is the annual election of officers meeting. No new officers were nominated, although Dale had to defend vigorously his right to avoid the presidency. The entire membership is now on notice that new nominations are in order until next meeting.

4. Herb recalled that another ham club of which he is a member (in the San Francisco Bay Area) had dwindling membership. They seem to have turned around this problem by instituting periodic dues, which they had previously not collected. This may be a wise plan, and one which KHRC could consider. Perhaps only $10 per annum would make people take more interest in monthly ham activities.

5. Herb mentioned that he was cleaning out some of his stuff, and that he is giving monitors and Commodore 64 PCs, as well as some TNCs, to Bill Wiecking at HPA. Norm requested that at least one TNC be allocated to the possible use of the Waimea digipeater.

6. The meeting was adjourned at 15:28W. Next meeting will be the annual election meeting on Wednesday, 12 December 2012, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at HPA Energy Lab in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Notes for November 2012 KHRC Meeting

Eric Grabowski <ejgrabowski@yahoo.com> Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 2:21 PM

To: Norm Cohler <nh7ua@arrl.net>

Norm,

I'm not going to be able to attend the KHRC meeting. I would like you to read my comments that follow at the meeting on my behalf and then enter them into the minutes. Thanks.

Item 1. The Department of Health will be donating some equipment to KHRC for ARES use. They have about 30 Motorola handheld radios (some working, some not), both individual and gang chargers, and over-the-ear mics. I don't know if the radios are on VHF or UHF. We won't be receiving the equipment for several months because that's how long it will take to get the paperwork through the proper channels to dispose of the equipment.

Item 2. The Grabowski Garage recently received a Motorola MSR 2000 base station that was previously used as a Civil Air Patrol repeater. Initial checkout shows that while some work is required, it could be converted to a 2 meter stand-alone repeater serving the local area. In order to make this happen, we would need to acquire a duplexer and an antenna. Is there any interest in doing this?

Item 3. Harvey, AH6JA, is looking into the problem with the Mauna Loa digipeater. The SCD voice repeater is located at the same site and it too is not working properly. From what little I know, I suspect there is a problem with the antenna or feed line.

Item 4. I was extremely disappointed with the Big Island ARES response during the recent tsunami event. In particular, the use of BIWARN was an abomination. Instead of being a vehicle for providing island-wide communications relevant to the event, there was way too much idle chatter, incomplete and/or blatantly wrong information being shared, and an overall lack of network discipline. Among other deficiencies, this combination of poor practice resulted in stations on the Kona side not being able to use the system. In my opinion, BIWARN was a downright embarrassment and a black eye for ARES credibility especially because the county is seriously considering using ARES, and therefore BIWARN, as a communication backbone for the CERT mission.

As I've said many times before, I have little confidence that operator training alone can ever solve the wait 2 seconds before transmitting requirement. It is natural to hit the PTT button as soon as you hear the other station stop transmitting - just like in a stand-alone repeater or a well engineered linked repeater system - especially when emotions are running higher than normal.

The only work-around that comes to mind might be to put a courtesy beep on the Hilo machines - or maybe on all machines - about 4 seconds after COR drops, and instruct operators not to transmit until they hear that beep. That would provide a time delay of a few seconds which should be sufficient to let the links reset themselves before the next Hilo side transmission can monopolize the system. Thus, during that deadtime interval, non-Hilo stations might be able to capture the links.

Item 5. Maybe there should be training sessions after each BIARC meeting to teach Hams what is expected of them during emergency events. There needs to be a distinction drawn between how nets operate during emergency and non-emergency times. The behavior of net participants depends on whether the net is called for an emergency or for practice. This is an area that needs a considerable amount of work if ARES is to be taken seriously by the agencies we aim to serve.

73 and aloha, Eric KH6CQ

District Emergency Coordinator

Hawaii Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #77, Waimea, 10 October 2012

Meeting was called to order at 19:36W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ) at the HPA Energy Lab in Waimea. Also present were Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. We all spent some time before the meeting discussing Bill's SDR and Elecraft K3 radio setup at HPA, and just rag-chewing.

2. Dale showed us the Ironman Bike Race information he got during the Honu race. It pertains to Moped operators. There are also new plans to have "Regulators" on motorcycles separate from the ones with camera crews and separate from the mopeds.

3. Dale said to meet him and Marc at the Banyan Tree in Hawi at 0700 Saturday, 13 Oct 2012. We will use KH6COM (146.94) repeater as our primary comm link, with KH6HPZ (147.02) as secondary. Norm will be NCS, and stationed at MM16. Steve Doyle (WH7TW) will be at MM17; Dorothy Vasquez (KE6QCL) will be at MM18; Ed Vasquez (WH7DG) will be at MM19; Michael Sumja (WH7WW) will be at MM20; Dale (KH7LZ) will be Mobile One with radio. Matt will be another motorcyclist for the deadzone, but without a radio. Marc Maloney (WH7CA)will be part of the race communication team at the turn-around point (MM21.5 roughly) in Hawi. He will have a cellphone and will monitor our net.

New Business

4. Norm has learned that Don Broadston (K7NGK) has moved back to the mainland. He left Waikoloa due to the current vog epidemic, after being there 7 years. He is planning to visit Hawai`i next year.

5. Ed showed us part of a construction project he is doing for Civil Air Patrol. He brought a wooden cabinet containing several switches and ammeters for monitoring the charging current in a Photovoltaic system to convert solar energy to current for charging large batteries, which in turn drive an inverter to provide AC for powering laptop computers and for powering a battery charger for several HT radios.

6. Norm reported that club president Steve Milner (WH6N) was absent tonight due to his recovering from hernia surgery. We all wish him well and a speedy return to normal.

7. Thanks to Bill for hosting this meeting and for the refreshments of fruit, muffins, and cookies.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 20:43W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 11 November 2012, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #76, Kapa`au, 09 September 2012

Meeting was called to order at 14:15W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. None was discussed.

New Business

2. Norm annoyed John and Herb with his request to assist him evaluating his Motorola GMRS/FRS HT radios. Conclusion was that they lacked a stiff enough power supply (i.e. weak batteries).

3. John and Herb brought up the issue of improving the acoustics of the present venue, since its echo-chamber effect is harsh for some of the members' ears. We moved the tables together and talked in higher voices, and that seemed to help a little for a short-term solution. Michael mentioned that the former Bank of Hawai`i building is going to become another government asset which we may be able to utilize, if necessary.

4. Ed requested we consider asking the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for some money to compensate for our recent Bike MS services, especially in view of the money which Ford IronMan is presumably giving us to buy a repeater. We voted 4 against, 1 for, 2 uncounted. So we will not be asking NMSS for money, but will provide them our bike race services gratis.

5. Norm brought up the issue of dealing with the portable repeater which Eric is presumably going to put together when and if the money for it arrives from Ford Ironman. He is concerned not with its usage on the 3 race days of the year, but on the 362 non-race days. Items were presented for consideration, such as

a. Ownership,

b. Callsign

c. Location testing

d. Power

e. Security

John advocated using simplex as we have been, with backup from KH6RS (146.94- repeater). He said that repeater is no longer linked to the Maui repeaters, and that Norm or anyone with the proper DTMF tones can disconnect it from BIWARN. Another option worth trying is a crossband repeater, which can be done without any expense using a Kenwood TM-D700 or a Yaesu FT-8800, among many mobile radios.

We talked a lot, but concluded little. The consensus was that we would like to have Ford purchase a cellphone tower(s) to supply that need and thereby keep KHRC out of the bike race business. If they do not, we will probably reluctantly continue doing our service for the bicyclists.

6. Ed showed us a power relay he is using at the CAP radio station to switch out batteries if they drop too low in voltage.

7. Thanks to Howard for the delicious bananas he brought from his home bunch.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 16:08W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at HPA Energy Lab in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #75, Waimea, 08 August 2012

Meeting was called to order at 19:00W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at the HPA Energy Lab in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Dave Esquer (K6WDE), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Loretta Milner, Bill Wiecking (KH6BI), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Permanent venue for the KHRC regular monthly meetings in Waimea was discussed. Steve recommended we choose one site to avoid scheduling confusion. We decided to make the choice of venue with the 6 members present as the only voting members. It was unanimously voted to meet at HPA Energy Lab (on those alternate months when we meet in Waimea) for the foreseeable future.

2. Dale reported on the recent BikeMS bicycle race on 04 August, in which several KHRC club members provided radio support. Ed Vasquez (WH7DG) was Net Control Station, operating from the site on Pu`u Mamo Drive, above the race course on Akoni Pule Highway, in order to be able to use his cellphone. Dale drove his motorcycle and provided mobile communication in addition to the five fixed-portable stations (Norm Cohler, Dave Esquer, Cindy Kennedy, Howard Olsen, and Dorothy Vasquez) on the Cellphone "Deadzone" portion of the course.

The poor coverage of GMRS radios was discussed, although it was necessary to use one non-ham on a GMRS radio at Mile Marker 20, since we did not have enough ham volunteers. The requirement of 50W mobile rig (not HT) and fixed whip antenna for the motorcycle station was also discussed. It would be very useful to be able to hear the mobile conversation at all of the fixed stations. Eric has provided lots of specific information to Marc Maloney (WH7CA) regarding new off-the-shelf repeaters which we could use, if provided by Ford Ironman. We hope not to have to boycott the fall bike race due to lack of support from Ford.

3. Bill has installed a new 2.4GHz antenna on the Kawamata tower in Waimea which communicates with a similar antenna he installed on the roof of North Hawai`i Community Hospital. Unfortunately the signal strength is not sufficient for usable communications. We will try to improve things by raising the tower antenna an additional 20 feet.

New Business

4. We welcomed Dave Esquer, K6WDE, a former aerospace engineer and math teacher, who has moved to Waikoloa part-time from southern California. He is excited to be getting credentialed for online teaching, which is clearly becoming more popular.

5. Ed Vasquez (WH7DG) donated a large sign saying "Kohala Hamakua Radio Club FBI (From Big Island)".

6. Steve discussed the problems of erecting ham antennas in a community with strong anti-antenna restrictions. This is true in Waikoloa and Waiki`i, among other places. Assistance from the ARRL may be helpful to force easing of restrictions for the purpose of emergency communications.

7. Thanks to Bill for hosting this meeting and for the refreshments of fruit, muffins, coffee, and tea.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 20:36W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 09 September 2012, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #74, Kapa`au, 08 July 2012

Meeting was called to order at 14:00W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowlilng (KD6CWF), April Lee (WH7WZ), Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Venue for the next KHRC regular monthly meeting in Waimea was discussed. The issue is whether to alternate between Keck and HPA or choose some other schedule. Nobody has contacted Norm since last meeting regarding this. Group present agreed to pass the buck to a joint committee of Dale and Steve Milner, who will presumably announce their determination in about a week.

New Business

2. Ed reported that Jeffery Lee (WH7PG) is investigating establishment of a N Kohala repeater, using Hawai`i County CERT (or HCCD) funds. We'll see how this progresses.

3. Dale is still choosing a night to call for local N Kohala hams to join his simplex VHF net. He is leaning toward Wednesday or Thursday. Hopefully some NK_CERT hams can join this.

4. John mentioned there may be enough members in N Kohala to split off a separate club, so that meetings could occur monthly in both Waimea and Kohala. Nothing further discussed.

5. Terry is back this year from California for a while. He has been working on spectrum management issues and such things as ARRL deals with, like the ongoing competition between hams and the US military on the 70cm (420-450MHz) band. The PAVE PAWS project is an over-the-horizon defense radar used to locate incoming missile threats, and it happens to like our 70cm frequencies. It also has primary frequency precedence, whereas hams are only secondary in that band. No new 70cm repeaters being allowed in the area W of Beale AFB.

Terry is also doing lots of APRS packet communication, 13000 packets per day!

6. Ed discussed the upcoming BikeMS race which we are assisting for communication and safety. Today's experiment using KH6EJ (146.72) repeater was a valuable lesson, but a failure as far as usability during the race. It seems the cellphone deadzone is coincidentally about the same as the KH6EJ "weakzone" in N Kohala. We will need to use the KH6RS (146.94) repeater or simplex therefore. It has not yet been determined whether or not to unlink this repeater from BIWARN, but this can be decided ad hoc. We will announce to BIWARN users the possibility of disconnecting a week or so ahead of the race, which is Saturday, 04 August 2012.

A net control station will be helpful to remind BIWARN traffic that the race is happening and to keep transmissions short. Ed proposed we each have a spare radio as backup for the race. Details of how our participation will manifest itself have yet to be worked out by Ed and Candice, the National MS Society lady.

7. Ed brought in an interesting 1883 Hawaiian coin for show and tell. It has King Kalakaua's image and is stamped with "Akahi Dala" (One Dollar).

8. John showed us his new very small emcomm go-kit, about the size of an airline pillow. It contains an HF rig (Elecraft KX3) and a VHF/UHF HT, longwire antenna, and batteries. Great way to stay connected. He also recommended use of "Corrosion Block" for minimizing outdoor (or indoor) humidity problems with radio contacts. It is sold at Big Island Marine supply store on Kanalani St. near Maiau St. (Costco) in Kona, as either a liquid or a sprayable foam.

John also announced another UHF repeater is up on Haleakala, not associated with KH6RS. It is at 444.775+ MHz, with 123.0Hz tone. Not sure it is operational.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 15:51W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 08 August 2012, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), somewhere in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #73, Waimea, 13 June 2012

Meeting was called to order at about 19:00W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ) at the HPA Energy Lab in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking (WH6DZA), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Norm congratulated Bill on his recent achievement of obtaining his new Extra Class license as WH6DZA. His hosting of the meeting was well appreciated, especially the refreshments of fruit, cookies, coffee, and tea.

2. Eric reported on the recent Makani Pahili exercise on 02 June 2012. Technical problems occurred with the State RACES repeater KH6H (147.02) being different strength than usual, and with various stations unable to operate. Human logistics problems occurred with the HAH Healthcomm net, in which none of the member hospitals supplied the requested Facilities Status Reports to the associated hams in order to test their message passing abilities. One station manufactured his own report data, which is generally frowned upon. There was good participation on both VHF and HF, however, and plenty of opportunities to improve. It was suggested to have a preliminary exercise just to get the radios working prior to the actual exercise.

3. Dale reported on the recent 02 June 2012 Ironman Honu bicycle race, in which several KHRC club members provided radio support. He was self-assigned to ride his motorcycle and provide mobile communication in addition to the 5 fixed-base stations on the Cellphone "Deadzone" portion of the course. It is very hard to ride in bad weather (rain) and also use a handheld HT radio. He concluded it is better to avoid any transmission from the mobile stations unless there is an emergency, and then the operator would stop the motorcycle before transmitting.

The NCS would still poll the fixed stations, who had good coverage of the other stations including the mobile ones. The NCS was positioned off the race course in a place with cellphone coverage, in order to alert race committee members to obtain ambulance service if it became necessary. With Marc Maloney (WH7CA) as a race coordinator volunteer (not a paid Ford Motor employee as previously reported), it is possible to avoid the need for cellphone calls and use ham radio exclusively. Presumably Marc would be in a position to get the ambulance started as needed.

Ed recommended that hams requiring bathroom facilities be positioned nearest to Mile Marker 18, since the Puakea Bay subdivision guard shack (at MM 18.5) has these facilities.

The need for a local North Kohala repeater will still be requested from the Ironman sponsors, in order to simplify race communications. This repeater would also benefit the North Kohala community during the rest of the year and eliminate dependency on State RACES or BIWARN repeaters for local needs.

4. John reported that various locations for re-establishing repeater WH6DEW (147.16) are being considered, following the theft of its solar panels last year.

New Business

5. Bill suggested one possible solution to the lack of internet access at NHCH would be for him to mount a 2.4GHz antenna on the "Kawamata tower" in Waimea, and a corresponding antenna on the hospital roof. This would avoid firewall and security problems. The cost is roughly $60 per antenna. Bill demonstrated his Software Defined Radio for us and lamented the lack of good coverage for the receiver. We will be assisting with antenna discussions in the near future.

6. The annual ARRL Field Day event will be on 23 June 2012. No KHRC sponsored events are planned, but various members will participate with BIARC in Hilo or elsewhere.

7. It was decided that Norm would email club members in advance of the next meeting in Kapa`au on 08 July 2012, so they could come to the meeting and vote on whether to change the Waimea meeting venue permanently from Keck HQ to the HPA Energy Lab. Proxy votes of full members would be allowed.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 20:57W. We were then treated to an excellent lab tour and description by Bill, its director. It has some amazing features and is a techie's dream facility. All the club members present were wondering how to become students at HPA.

Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 08 July 2012, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #72, Kapa`au, 13 May 2012

Meeting was called to order at 14:11W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Loretta Milner, Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Bill Wiecking, and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Norm and Steve Doyle reported on the Keiki Fest which they attended and enjoyed, processing perhaps 30 to 40 youngsters thru spelling their names in Morse code and talking on HT radios. The HF rig (TS-120S) did not work well with the Buddipole. It was later determined to be OK, so an opportunity to rig up the Buddipole properly still exists. One attendee named Zack, who rides the bus up to Waimea from Kawaihae with Norm, was particularly interested in all the items we showed him.

2. Herb's 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass is still for sale to a good home.

New Business

3. Saturday 02 June 2012 will be a conjunction of three events: the 2012 Ironman "Honu" half-triathlon, the annual Makani Pahili statewide comm exercise, and the regular monthly HealthComm HF network for June. It will be interesting to observe how all three radio events interact with each other. Frequency agility may get tested.

The Honu half-triathlon includes a bicycle race through North Kohala and the cellphone "Dead Zone". Our club has a team prepared to assist with comm thru that area. Last October one of the racers was injured and our assistance in getting the ambulance deployed was useful. All interested hams are welcome to assist or observe. Usually the KHRC "Deadzone Crew" uses 146.52 MHz for their net frequency. Testing of Norm's "Cheap Yagi" will be conducted post-meeting today to improve comms from Maliu Ridge (NCS QTH) to MM16. Last October this was a difficult path for Dale to Norm and vice versa. (Test was successful between Steve Doyle at MM16 and Norm on Pu`u Mamo street, with Dale's support.)

The Makani Pahili exercise affords all Hawai`i hams an opportunity to participate in a mock hurricane emergency and to send test messages to State Civil Defense and Hilo EOC. Both HF and VHF bands are utilized. Expect to utilize 7.088 MHz (LSB) and 147.02 MHz (State RACES VHF), among other frequencies. Norm reported that KH6H repeater (147.02) was down this afternoon. (But it was operational Sunday night.)

4. Norm reported on a VHF packet experiment he ran pre-meeting from the King Kamehameha Park location. He used his "Cheap Yagi" to connect successfully to KH6HPZ-7, the MAUI digipeater atop Haleakala (145.070 MHz). Then successive connects to MLOA digipeater and to RMS Gateway AH6JA-10 allowed him to send email to two different destinations. Strangely the received signal strength from MAUI changed from S4 to S7 (full strength) during the experimentation.

5. Bill Wiecking was introduced by John as the FCC Technician Class (and possible General Class too) test taker for today's post-meeting session. Bill teaches at HPA and runs their Energy Lab, to which he has invited us all at our next Waimea meeting in June. VEs John, Herb, and Steve Milner will provide testing oversight.

6. Michael reported that there is a new cellphone tower in North Kohala, but it has had little effect, at least to his cellphone coverage. The "Deadzone" is still present.

7. Ed is providing a backup rig for NCS (or other fixed portable station) use during the Ironman Honu race this time, hopefully preventing the difficulties which occurred last October.

8. This year, as a direct result of last October's ambulance experience, we will try a new comm modality. The two scooter operators who have previously patrolled the "Deadzone" visually, looking for bike problems, will have the added assistance of ham radio mobile equipment to improve their efficiency. Dale and Howard (KD4ML) will be the "Mobile 1" and "Mobile 2" stations. The fixed stations will be Phil Fernandez (WH6DWM), Steve Doyle, Ed & Dorothy Vasquez (KE6QCL), and Michael. Norm will be NCS. Marc Maloney (WH7CA) will be participating as a paid employee of Ford, the race sponsor, and so will be unable legally to use his ham radio.

9. Ed brought in two impressive items for "show and tell": a trophy and a certificate from the Civil Air Patrol, for his outstanding work as "Senior Communicator of the Year" for 2011. Well done, Ed!

10. Dale brought in his new Goal Zero model Guide 10+ portable solar battery charger and set of handy charging tools for cell phones and other small batteries.

11. The meeting was adjourned at 15:01W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 June 2012, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Hawai`i Preparatory Academy Energy Lab in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #71, Waimea, 11 April 2012

Meeting was called to order at 19:05W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at W.M.Keck Observatory headquarters in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Elsie Dela Cruz, Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Jim Efstation, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Loretta Milner, Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. The Hualalai repeater (147.16MHz) is working at sub-optimal performance, and parameter changes at the crossband repeater at Norm's may possibly be required to mitigate same.

2. Club radio assets from station KH6KCC are all distributed and partially in use. The PG-40S PowerGate battery controller and a marine deep-cycle battery are functional as an emergency power source in the crossband repeater (BIWARN to KH6RS) at Norm's house. The HTX-242 2m transceiver is in use in the NH7HI station at North Hawai`i Community Hospital. The TS-120S transceiver and the MFJ tuner are available for loan to new General class licensees. Steve Milner is custodian of the 30 foot telescoping mast.

New Business

3. The video of emergency communication interest found by Eric was not played, due to technical difficulties.

4. Elsie Dela Cruz and Jim Efstation were club guests following their FCC license exams under supervision of Volunteer Examiners John, Herb, and Dale. Jim will receive his new Tech class license soon, and Elsie plans to keep studying to pass her exam. Both are members of North Kohala CERT.

5. Herb is planning to continue living alternately in Palo Alto, California, and in Waimea, as a snowbird. But he will rent out his Waimea house as best he can, following some clean-up. He also has a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass for sale.

6. Norm mentioned the upcoming Keiki Fest this Saturday, 14 April 2012, from 10:00 to 14:00W at the Parker Ranch Center in Waimea. Steve Doyle and he are planning to operate a booth with Morse code oscillators and HF and VHF rigs being demonstrated for the kids.

7. Saturday 02 June 2012 will be a conjunction of three events: the 2012 Ironman "Honu" half-triathlon, the annual Makani Pahili statewide comm exercise, and the regular monthly HealthComm HF network for June. It will be interesting to observe how all three radio events interact with each other. Frequency agility may get tested.

The Honu half-triathlon includes a bicycle race through North Kohala and the cellphone "Dead Zone". Our club has a team prepared to assist with comm thru that area. Last October one of the racers was injured and our assistance in getting the ambulance deployed was useful. All interested hams are welcome to assist or observe.

The Makani Pahili exercise affords all Hawai`i hams an opportunity to participate in a mock hurricane emergency and to send test messages to State Civil Defense and Hilo EOC. Both HF and VHF bands are utilized.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 20:13W. Next regular meeting will be on Mothers' Day, Sunday, 13 May 2012, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au. (Unless we agree to change the date.)

Respectfully submitted,

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #70, Kapa`au, 11 March 2012

Meeting was called to order at 14:05W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Norm has received the following of our club resources from the disbanded KH6KCC station: Kenwood TS-120S HF transceiver, MFJ 941 tuner, Radio Shack HTX-242 2m transceiver, homebrew soundcard digital interface, and PowerGate battery charger. He has installed the HTX-242 at the North Hawaii Community Hospital station (NH7HI) as its 2m FM voice transceiver. With a donated laptop PC from Steve Doyle and the soundcard interface, this 2m rig will also double as a VHF packet station. It has a separate antenna from the NH7HI voice repeater.

2. The custody of the Kenwood TS-120S transceiver and MFJ 941 tuner, which constitute a viable HF "loaner" station for new General class licensees to borrow until they acquire their own rigs, will now revert to Norm, based at NHCH again. These units also could form the basis of a new club station when and if we locate an appropriate QTH.

3. Using the PowerGate battery charger and donated batteries from both Dale and Eric (KH6CQ), Norm will improve the capability of the crossband link repeater which he is presently operating at his home QTH to link the KH6RS repeater (146.94-) into BIWARN. Presumably this battery backup will suffice to keep the link active in the event of Helco outages.

New Business

4. Various small discussions on HF and VHF propagation, digital operations, and ALC (automatic level control) ensued.

5. Howard brought delicious cookies and also pamphlets for "Kohala's Hope for Haiti", a group that may need a communication link from Marigot, Haiti to Kohala, Hawai`i. We are awaiting further input from an interested local ham near Port au Prince, Haiti. Howard also showed us his nonfunctional Kenwood automatic tuner with lots of relays and coils, and he requested John's (and others') assistance with debugging same.

6. Michael wrote a letter to answer the Parks & Recreation Department request for our club meeting schedule at Hisaoka Gym for the foreseeable future. We may be forced to vacate the conference room if it becomes rented to a cash customer in the future.

7. Recent heavy rainfall which prompted Governor Abercrombie to declare an emergency gave the amateur community a "windfall" opportunity. Our ARES Section Manager Bob Schneider (AH6J) took advantage of the declaration to put the KH6EJ (146.72-) repeater atop Mauna Kea into a temporarily active state for checking purposes. Many of us have verified local contact capability with the repeater. We have a link to O`ahu at an elevation higher than the Hawai`i State CD office, and from various locations around Hawai`i and Maui Islands. Steve Doyle even verified contact (after the meeting) from the Hisaoka Gym with his HT.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 15:12W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 11 April 2012, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Keck Observatory headquarters building in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #69, Waimea, 08 February 2012

Meeting was called to order at 19:05W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at W.M.Keck Observatory headquarters (small conference room) in Waimea. Also present were Tom Benedict (WH6DWL), John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Loretta Milner, Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve has donated $2.50 to the club for the annual renewal fee of its Hawai`i non-profit corporation status. Thank you, Steve.

2. Norm requested clarification of the present usage of the club radio assets from KH6KCC. Dale will transfer the PG-40S PowerGate battery controller and a marine deep-cycle battery to Norm for use as an emergency power source in the crossband repeater (BIWARN to KH6RS) at Norm's house. Steve Doyle will transfer the HTX-242 2m transceiver to the NH7HI station at North Hawai`i Community Hospital. Dale will also bring the TS-120S transceiver and the MFJ tuner to NHCH. Eric will also give Norm another car battery for the crossband repeater. Norm will increase his fire insurance coverage or build an explosion-proof chamber.

New Business

3. Congratulations to Tom on his "new" Technician class ticket, WH6DWL. He is studying diligently for his General class license.

4. John introduced Tom as our featured speaker for the evening. He is presently investigating use of kites for ham antenna lift devices, after becoming familiar with kites for the purpose of photographic still and video camera use. Various configurations and locations for kite-mounted antennas come to mind, and they are particularly appropriate for emergency repeater deployments. Both HF and VHF vertical antenna designs can be kite mounted. And end-fed sloping antennas or delta-loop antennas for HF are also quite amenable to kite mounting.

The club may entertain several kite antenna activities for this year's Field Day event in June. There could even be a Kite Fest. Tom showed us three large kites, each of which could lift cameras or antennas. Also he showed us his excellent design for a string winder with a scooter wheel bearing.

5. Steve discussed his design of a helium blimp-assisted experiment for MIT Lincoln Lab at a Diego Garcia Island site in the Indian Ocean. The objective was to measure wind-borne salt deposition as a function of altitude, so as to position a telescope above the major salt spray. Using cleverly designed weather-facing microscope slides placed evenly along a 100-foot vertical wire, he was able to determine that the salt dropped off rapidly above about 20 feet.

6. The meeting was adjourned at 20:22W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 11 March 2012, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #68, Kapa`au, 08 January 2012

Meeting was called to order at 14:04W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dave Lemay (WB2CWJ), Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Dave, who is visiting from Ohio, told us about his local ham club, which placed 13th overall in the last Field Day contest. He lives in Delaware, about 90 miles from Dayton. In his spare time he is helping to refurbish a B17 bomber from WWII.

2. Dale mentioned some of our KHRC activities, including ham coverage of the Ironman and MS bicycle races and emergency communication exercises.

3. Webmaster Len announced the presence of some useful new ARES material from Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ) on the KHRC website, http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc.htm.

4. John reminded us of a good source of information for fixing or modifying radios at http://www.modsdk.com/.

5. John brought two items for show and tell: (a) a small (45W) power supply and (b) a cardboard mockup of a KX3 transceiver. Item 'a' contains 5 capacitors, each 25 farads. The box in which they reside is approximately 3" x 6" x 1". Item 'b' will be available for purchase soon from Elecraft. It is a Software Defined Radio with 10W output, covering all bands 500KHz - 54MHz, and weighing about 1.7 pounds. Item 'b' is about the same size as item 'a'.

6. Norm brought up the topic of utilization of our remaining club resources: Kenwood TS120S HF transceiver, MFJ 941 tuner, Radio Shack HTX242 2m transceiver, and Dell Optiplex PC. Since the demise of our club station, KH6KCC, we should decide whether or not to rebuild a station. Alternatively the radios could be used by new hams, either Tech or General class, to help them get on the air before they decide on a rig to purchase. The HTX242 transceiver has been in use as a packet station, along with the Dell PC, providing valuable test information for Steve Doyle (WH7TW). It could be loaned to various interested hams to try packet operations. The group concurred we should not sell the items. Search for a new club QTH begins.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 15:19W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 08 February 2012, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Keck Observatory headquarters building in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #67, Waimea, 14 December 2011

Meeting was called to order at 19:02W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at W.M.Keck Observatory headquarters (Hualalai conference room) in Waimea. Also present were Tom Benedict, Dave Broyles (KH6SO), John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Carolyn Lank, David Lank (KE6NZO),

Tuddy Lake (KH6PI), Bob Schneider (AH6J), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Len Winkler (KH7LW) and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve Milner asked for any more nominees for club officers besides the currently nominated present officers. There were none. The present slate was unanimously re-elected by a voice vote of all present. New KHRC officers for the year 2011-2012 are Steve Milner, President; Dale Cox, Vice-President; and Norm Cohler, Secretary-Treasurer.

2. Steve Milner then re-appointed Len Winkler as Webmaster for the KHRC website (http://www.hamradioandmore.com/khrc.htm) and John Buck as Technical Advisor.

3. Norm reported that the current balance in the club account was $95.79, following the $25 donation to Tutu's House (Friends of the Future).

New Business

4. Bob, our ARRL Section Manager, mentioned that John Drummond is the new interim director for Hawai`i County Civil Defense, following Quince Mento's sudden unexplained resignation. Bob said there are more U.S. hams than ever before, about 800 thousand, and about half of these are Technician class. Recent commotion due to the NTSB recommendation that federal law should prohibit the use of electronic devices by drivers in moving vehicles should be unnecessary here in Hawai`i County. We have such an ordinance (number 0982), and FCC-licensed radio amateurs have been exempt from it when operating a 2-way radio in half-duplex mode since its inception on 01 January 2010. Nonetheless we need to be extremely alert and cautious when driving and using mobile rigs.

5. John updated us on the WH6DEW repeater (147.16) status. It is currently operational at Dewey's (NH6M) house in Kona Palisades at around 1500 feet elevation. It is not linked into BIWARN. Also KH6RS repeater (146.94) on Haleakala is no longer linked into the Maui repeater network. It is presently linked to BIWARN through the Girl Scout camp via a crossband repeater at Norm's house. The KH6EJ repeater (146.82) on Mauna Loa is not linked to BIWARN any more, but has an internet linkage (not IRLP). And there is a new repeater at Kona Community Hospital (146.66, 100Hz PL) which is not presently linked to BIWARN. Visit the BIARC website for all the latest Hawai`i County repeater information.

6. Ed brought up the fact that there is presently no functional amateur HF antenna on the Hilo EOC roof, nor is there any emergency power installed at private broadcast radio stations. Civil Defense needs to be reminded of these deficits.

7. Eric suggested that another meeting, similar in scope to the one John held in October 2004 at North Hawai`i Community Hospital, would be appropriate for North Hawai`i hams and other residents. Agenda items on emcomm and varied presentations would be valuable for all to learn the present state of emergency communications and to spur further activity.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 20:32W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 08 January 2012, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #66, Kapa`au, 13 November 2011

Meeting was called to order at 14:09W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Loretta Milner, Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Jake Takata (WH6DNS), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Dale placed several of our library books on display, in an attempt to raise awareness in them and the KHRC library by club members.

New Business

2. Norm gave an informal Treasurer's report, in which he mentioned that we received $44 from our share of the net proceeds of the Hamfest just recently held. He noted that we have a quasi-moral obligation to donate something to Tutu's House for use of their Blue Room every other month. Last year we donated $75. This year we have less income from the Hamfest, so Norm suggested we donate $25. It was unanimously agreed to send Friends of the Future $25 for Tutu's House.

3. In observing that club resources were diminished, Norm recommended that we give up the $25 non-profit corporation fee which we currently are paying annually, since nobody has donated anything to the club since that was instituted. But a democratic process ensued, and everybody agreed to continue paying the non-profit corporation renewal fee of $25.

4. Steve suggested that we consider an alternative to Tutu's House for our bimonthly Waimea meetings, namely, Keck Observatory headquarters. Their auditorium is large and comfortable. Steve, a Keck employee, will request permission for us to meet there on our bimonthly schedule. We will keep our Tutu's House space until Steve has permission at Keck.

5. Norm reminded us it is time again to select club officers for next year. We nominate them at the November meeting and through the month of November (via email), and then vote on them at the December meeting. Norm will be sending an email to club members to this effect. The members present nominated the three existing officers to continue in their present posts. Anyone may nominate someone else for any or all of the three positions during the next month and up until the December meeting.

6. Steve mentioned that he is credited by Keck with community service as a KHRC member. It was suggested that Steve promote programs at Keck (i.e. classes) for new people who are interested in becoming hams. He will publicize our KHRC meetings at Keck, where several hams work.

7. Norm described an HF antenna problem at North Hawaii Community Hospital. One of the antennas (40m/75m trap dipole) is intermittently dropping about 20dB of receive gain, and this symptom disappears for a while after transmitting. Discussion followed. He will disassemble the center coax connection and the splice connection, and look for contact problems.

8. After the 08 October 2011 Ironman bike race in which an accident occurred within the Cellphone Dead Zone, many KHRC volunteers made suggestions to improve response efficiency. Michael will contact EMS personnel about predeployment of ambulances closer to the race course. We are still waiting for a meeting or telephone conference or email forum to discuss the Ironman and Bike MS race activities with coordinators Marc Maloney (WH7CA) and Candice Schwalbach.

9. Norm said that he is about to provide the crossband repeater connection from BIWARN to KH6RS (146.94) currently at John's house. John is still perfecting an alternative connection to be located at the Girl Scout camp.

10. John reported that a new QTH for the WH6DEW repeater (147.16) on Hualalai near Kaloko is under consideration. Insurance claim payments for the lost equipment are coming.

11. Jake mentioned that his proposed North Kohala repeater has all needed hardware except duplexer, donated to him by Paul Agamata (WH6FM). The first trial QTH will likely be at Len Winkler's (KH7LW).

12. Herb donated several books to the KHRC library, including an ARRL Antenna book and an ARRL Radio Amateur's Handbook.

13. The meeting was adjourned at 15:32W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 14 December 2011, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Blue Room of Tutu's House in Waimea. Or it may be held at the Keck Observatory headquarters building in Waimea, if Steve is successful in obtaining permission. This will be the annual election meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #65, Waimea, 12 October 2011

Meeting was called to order at 19:03W by Norm Cohler (NH7UA) at Tutu's House (Blue Room) in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Bob Gilman (WH6DUV), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Chuck McVey, Bob Schneider (AH6J), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Dorothy Vasquez (KE6QCL), and Ed Vasquez (WH7DG).

Old Business

1. John reported that the WH6DEW repeater (147.16) is presently expecting to receive insurance claims payment. It should be rebuildable without needing any more capital invested. The KARS repeater committee is considering an alternate site on Hualalai at about 6000 ft elevation, one with existing emergency power, easier access, and better coverage to Hilo side.

2. Norm announced that the Ironman bike race took place last Saturday, and the group from KHRC mentioned last meeting assisted in the Cellphone Deadzone. More in "New Business".

3. John reminded us of the upcoming Hamfest in ten days, Saturday 22 October 2011, opening at 0900W for sellers, no money-changing until 1000W. Waimea Community Center.

4. Congratulations to Bob Gilman, WH6DUV, on his new ticket! He is actively cramming for the General test, which he will take at the Hamfest.

New Business

5. Ed requested info on any Tech licensing classes available. John told him to contact Milt Nodacker of BIARC. Bob Gilman offered to share his ARRL Tech book with Chuck.

6. Norm brought up some of the lessons learned from the latest Ironman bike race event. Summarizing from Steve Doyle, Michael Sumja, Ed & Dorothy Vasquez, there were many items.

Further testing of a Net Control site is necessary, with more time spent verifiying. Consideration of placing a ham radio operator in the Medical Van, as well as placing one or more Hawai`i County EMS ambulances along the race course. Detailed briefing and note-taking sheets for operators and scooter-drivers. GMRS radio at NCS location, with an extra person. More backup radios and antennas. Alternate NCS operator. Briefing racers on wind hazards. Possible warning to 911 operators that radio messages may come in to them from off-site ham operators. All local hospitals should be given contact info for Ironman Race committee. And several other ideas to be discussed with Marc Maloney (WH7CA).

7. Bob Schneider drove all the way from Hilo to present Eric his ARES DEC certificate and several other ARRL certificates to John, Norm, Dale Cox (KH7LZ), and Bill Jakubowski (N6XIV).

8. Eric presented a "Dead Zone" plaque to Dale (KH7LZ), as the current NCS for the Ironman Cellphone Deadzone activity. Norm is holding it, pending Dale's return from vacation.

9. Chuck projected Ed's pictures from the Ironman bike race onto the wall for our viewing pleasure. The one accident in the "DeadZone" was well documented by Ed, whose QTH was Mile Marker 18 (site of accident). And racer number 551 was also treated for her injuries by Bob Gilman, who was on duty at the ER at NHCH in Waimea. What a small Big Island!

10. Herb brought us a couple of interesting items for "Show & Tell". The Telegraphic Laugh, which we all know is "HI", was originally "HO". But the code symbols have changed from original telegrapher days and now "di-dit" means 'I', rather than 'O'. Herb also brought his MFJ-259 SWR analyzer, which he uses in conjunction with standard calibrated capacitors to measure inductance and help him wind the various coils needed for his latest "combiner" project, needed for moon-bounce experiments.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 20:51W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 13 November 2011, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #64, Kapa`au, 11 September 2011

Meeting was called to order at about 14:00W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Craig Combes (KC6YKD), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), April Lee (WH7WZ), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. John reminded us of the upcoming International Hamfest at the Waimea Community Center on Saturday, 22 October 2011. Doors open at 0900W for setting up, and trading begins at 1000W. An FCC license exam will be held at 1300W. There will be a request for donations, and the County is charging the group $100 as before. Last year Norm reported we netted $60.

2. John reported on the status of the Hualalai repeater WH6DEW, which was burgled in May apparently, losing its PV panels, batteries, and charge controller. Insurance claims are proceeding normally, with the police report having been submitted. Dewey Proietti (NH6M) is installing an old repeater ("Crispy Critter") at his QTH as an interim device. It will probably use the 147.16 MHz frequency. New alternative sites for the WH6DEW repeater are under consideration, including one at 6000' elevation. John gave us a belated story about his unfortunate experiences at Hualalai when the group went up there in August to assess the repeater failure.

Another interim repeater has been set up by Rick Ward (WH6FC) at Kona Community Hospital on 146.66MHz (100 Hz tone), for coverage mostly to the south, but it can be heard and pinged on the Kohala coast. And Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ) is reportedly very close to announcing startup of his new Waikoloa repeater on UHF. He is only awaiting a shipment of coax from John via Ed today.

3. Dale reported that Jake Takata (WH6DNS) has been busy lately and has not progressed with the North Kohala repeater. He still is seeking a duplexer.

New Business

4. Dale announced the 2011 Ironman Triathlon bike race Cellphone Deadzone crew will be Norm, Steve Doyle, Michael, Ed & Dorothy (KE6QCL) Vasquez, and himself as NCS. Dale will take over net duties from Marc Maloney (WH7CA), who is joining the paid Ford employees as race coordinator. The NCS will be located at Maliu Ridge, where he can have both cellphone comm as well as access to ham stations at mile markers 16 through 20. Norm and Dale will verify the VHF simplex linkages work after this meeting. There may be relays required.

[Test was fine. All 5 locations had full strength reception from NCS (at 50W), and NCS had full quieting reception from all 5 locations, even at 5W.]

5. Norm reported that First Hawaiian Bank, where the club treasury currently resides, is instituting a $10 monthly fee for inactive accounts. We may have to increase our present usage of this supposedly free account. Norm will verify the bank's definition of "inactive" Monday. [We are OK. The bank said we have 24 months in which to make deposits or withdrawals without being considered inactive, so our typical one check and one deposit per year is adequate.]

6. Norm mentioned that he and Steve Doyle are buying 90W DC-DC converters for use as emergency laptop power supplies. These converters are sold with 10-15V input from car cigarette lighter sockets, multiple adjustable output voltages from 16-20VDC, and with at least 8 different interchangeable power connectors. John and others mentioned that they presently have small (250W) inverters for this purpose.

7. Craig announced he is actively looking for a house-sitting position, if anyone knows of one.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 14:54W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 12 October 2011, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Blue Room of Tutu's House in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #63, Waimea, 10 August 2011

Meeting was called to order at 19:23W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ) at Tutu's House (Blue Room) in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Bob Gilman, Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Michelle Medeiros (NH7RY), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Before the meeting Michelle dropped off a handful of flyers about the presently on-going On-Line Auction for Friends of the Future. The preview of sale items began on Monday 08 August. The bidding will open at 0800W on Monday 15 August, and it will close at 1600W on Sunday 28 August 2011. URL is http://www.BiddingForGood.com/FOFHawaii/.

2. John provided an interesting device for the group to see. It was the sprocket assembly from his StepIR antenna. This is the part which extends or retracts the movable antenna elements of the multi-band yagi antenna, so as to provide an exact wavelength match for each frequency.

3. Bob Gilman introduced himself as a peripatetic Registered Nurse, presently at N Hawai`i Community Hospital and studying for his Tech license. We expect to hear him on the air soon!

4. Norm reported on the club's rapid response (3 weeks) to a request for assistance from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, with their Bike/MS race. Dale, Dave Esquer (K6WDE), Garry Stewart (KH6ZRT), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm provided mobile ham coverage of the entire race course, including the Cellphone Deadzone. The race was last Saturday from 0700 to 1300W, and covered the Kohala Coast from Anaehoomalu Bay to the Kapa`au Police Station. There were about 90 racers, with 4 support vans and several support motorcycles. We used a combination of VHF simplex (146.52) and Haleakala repeater KH6RS (146.94), doubtlessly delighting BIWARN listeners on Maui and the Big Island.

5. Dale brought the entire KHRC library to the meeting for us to choose a book, and he brought the remains of the KH6KCC station, not including the VHF Packet portion in Steve Doyle's possession. John retrieved his PowerPole DC cabling assembly, and Dale is borrowing the PowerGate charge controller, until such time as the station is resurrected. We still have the Kenwood TS-120S HF transceiver and the MFJ-941 tuner, for loaner purposes to new General class licensees.

6. John reported that his recent hike up Hualalai revealed that the WH6DEW repeater (147.16) had been burgled, not damaged by lightning. Three 40W solar panels and two expensive batteries were stolen, along with the charge controller. The VHF repeater, antennas, and UHF link repeater were not taken. No report on on-going effort to replace items. Police are investigating.

7. Dale reported that Jake Takata (WH6DNS) has a UHF repeater and is probably going to try it at his QTH for starters, as the North Kohala local unlinked repeater. Norm suggested they use Radio Mobile software application to simulate coverage over the area from various possible antenna sites and see plotted maps.

8. Marc announced he has been given the opportunity to take over the job of bicycle race coordinator from Julia, with the Ford Ironman Triathlon. As such he is actively seeking a replacement NCS, more field operators, and a new base station QTH, since KH6KCC is temporarily non-functional. Marc also said that Ford will provide funds for us to purchase radios as needed to support their operations, which probably will include a new tactical portable UHF repeater. This repeater can be deployed near the Cellphone Deadzone on Ironman and Honu race days and then replaced in its normal permanent North Kohala site for the other 363 days of the year. Norm will provide a copy of the club's Domestic Non-Profit incorporation documents, which Steve Milner (WH6N) obtained for us last December.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 20:58W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 11 September 2011, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #62, Kapa`au, 10 July 2011

Meeting was called to order at 13:54W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Craig Combes (KC6YKD), Kyle Combes, Dale Cox (KH7LZ), Loretta Milner, Howard Olsen (KD4ML), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. John brought a spec sheet for the B&W loaded dipole used at North Hawaii Community Hospital which indicates it can withstand 100 mph winds. So the dismantling procedure Norm wrote will be modified accordingly. John and Norm will do a walk-thru on the roof to decide how to secure those components which are not removed prior to a hurricane.

2. KH6KCC Club Station will be taken down immediately after this meeting adjourns. No new QTH has been determined at this time, although Dale and Michael (WH7WW) are still looking. The HF antenna, library, and TS-120 transceiver are in Dale's custody, John has taken back the battery bank, and Steve Doyle (WH7TW) has the packet station. The immediacy of the station removal was occasioned by a presumed sale of the property, but Steve reported that the deal has unfortunately fallen through.

3. Howard reported that he did not win the contest for suggesting alternate uses for Toyota hybrid vehicles. His idea was to use an inverter charged by the vehicle for emergency space heating for winter survival. Thanks to Howard also for the excellent apple bananas and papayas he brought.

4. The meeting was adjourned at 14:48W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 August 2011, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Blue Room of Tutu's House in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #61, Waimea, 08 June 2011

Meeting was called to order at 19:07W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ) at Tutu's House (Blue Room) in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Michelle Medeiros (NH7RY), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Norm described the Makani Pahili exercise on the morning of 28 May 2011, as he and Steve Doyle experienced it. They worked on setting up 3 different VHF packet stations at North Hawaii Community Hospital, and using the state digipeater network to send a message to KH6AS on Kaua`i. Also they checked in briefly on HF (7.088 MHz), but did not pass any traffic there.

2, Dale is still working with Len, Michael Sumja (WH7WW), and Jake Takata (WH6DNS) to find us a club station QTH in North Kohala, to replace the Kohala Cultural Center, which has been sold by Steve Milner (WH6N) and which will need to be vacated by the end of July. Two possible leads are the Kohala Mission School and the US Coast Guard. The same group is also searching for a good repeater site for N Kohala, as a backup for the Maui repeaters.

New Business

3. Michelle brought us a delicious hot soup called Moroccan Chickpea Stew, which was served with sweet scones. Thank you, Michelle, it was very good. Nobody could have left the meeting hungry.

We briefly discussd with Michelle some placement options of antenna feedline for the Tutu's House ham radio station. She would like to have her HF station upstairs and away from the Earl's Garage chaos. But the roof is metal and the feedline is open-wire, so some planning is required.

4. John provided two interesting devices for the group to see. First was a bidirectional RF watt-meter. The interesting feature of this thing is that both the power scaling and also the directionality are adjustable by physical means, rather than electronic ones. The second was a VHF tunable cavity bandpass filter. This looks like a couple of 5 gallon paint cans stuck on top of each other, with a 3/8 threaded bolt sticking up. It has two SO-239 connectors on each side for attaching to a system.

The filter is a possible solution to a VHF interference problem at NHCH between the NH7HI VHF repeater and a separate standalone VHF.transceiver. Both radios are adjacent to each other in the hospital radio room and their antennas are within 100 feet on the hospital roof.

5. John described the strange behaviour he and Norm observed earlier in the day, when they measured the output characteristics of the FT-847 transceiver at North Hawaii Community Hospital. With a full-scale reading of 50 watts shown on the FT-847 power output meter, John's RF wattmeter also read 50W forward power and 0W reflected power into a 50 ohm dummy load. But with the vertical antenna (Diamond X-500 HNA) in place of the dummy load, the forward power was reduced to 36W and the reflected power was 1.5 to 2W. The calculated SWR in the latter case was 1.51 to 1.62:1.

6. Field Day planning was non-existent, except that John is planning to be home then and will be on the air. Dale's plans for using Kamehameha Park are on hold for this year.

7. A brief discussion of propagation and solar storms and coronal mass ejections was a temporarily depressing topic, with potential damage to satellites and power grids. The latest CME ("solar tsunami") is supposedly scheduled to arrive about 0200W (1200Z) tomorrow, according to Len and other space weather experts.

8. Michelle gave us a history of Tutu's House and of Friends of the Future. They are planning to ask for donations three times per year, starting with an online auction fund raiser in August. She asked us to consider using GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com to make web searches and purchases that will also benefit Friends of the Future. Go to GoodSearch.com to get a download toolbar for your browser.

According to Norm, the KHRC treasury presently holds $76.79 in its checking account, with unknown income expected after October's Hamfest. Individual club members can donate to Friends of the Future, of course, with specific allocation of funds to Tutu's House or Earl's Garage, if desired.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 20:37W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 10 July 2011, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #60, Kapa`au, 08 May 2011

Meeting was called to order at 14:03W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Van Chertabian, Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Bill Kaye (WH7WK), Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. North Kohala VHF repeater - Jake Takata (WH6DNS) has obtained a funded source of equipment from State CD. Search for an antenna site has led to one possible site so far. He and others are still looking.

New Business

2. Kohala Cultural Center burglary - a riding lawnmower, an Icom IC-718 HF transceiver, and an Astron RM-35 power supply were stolen recently. Apparently a door had been left open. Remaining equipment (except batteries) was removed from the radio shack by Clayton (co-owner) and is now in Dale and Norm's possession. Books are still in the radio shack, waiting for a new library site; the room is locked.

3. KH6KCC Club Station - we voted (6 in favor, 1 abstention) to proceed with a search for a new location. Dale and Michael will continue this effort. Reasons for the station include:

Ironman bicycle race net control station (if located appropriately) with landline phone

Local emergency operations communication

CERT interaction location

General ham activity center and new ham hands-on education center

Equipment loan center for new ham members

Library for all members

Ideally it would contain a club meeting place as well as a station site, but not necessarily, since we have the present meeting site.

4. New ham licensing information was discussed, primarily for benefit of Van, who is a math teacher at Kohala High School and interested in a license to be able to hear what's going on in an emergency.

5. Waimea Hamfest - John announced the Hamfest is definitely to be held on Saturday, 22 October 2011, at Waimea Community Center. Setup will begin at 09:00W; trading will begin at 10:00. There will be a license exam scheduled at some point. Most will be there until 13:00. There is a $100 fee, which we expect to be covered by donations.

6. Steve Doyle showed his latest PC board construction, a VHF packet Terminal Node Controller called "TNC-X". This acts as a digital interface between a 2m FM transceiver and a PC. It contains a built-in Bulletin Board Station as well as software to control data flowing at 1200 bps in both directions.

7. Norm left early in order to set up and perform a scheduled packet radio experiment to take place at KH6KCC.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 15:11W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 08 June 2011, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Blue Room of Tutu's House in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #59, Waimea, 13 April 2011

Meeting was called to order at 19:02W by Norm Cohler (NH7UA), at Tutu's House (Blue Room) in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Brenda Fong, Michelle Medeiros (NH7RY), Art Owens, Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Lauren Woodhams (WH6DJO).

New Business

1. Michelle suggested that we all come early to the June meeting in Waimea, so she can give us a history and tour of Tutu's House. We decided to make her tour a regular part of the meeting agenda, so no need to start the meeting early. That meeting will mark the 5th year of our club's existence in North Hawai`i.

2. John announced the Waimea Hamfest will be held tentatively on 22 October 2011. Date will be firmed up by next meeting.

3. Norm mentioned the Keiki Fest and our previous yearly participation, which he found out from Mikki (WH7WY) will unfortunately have to occur this year (Saturday 23 April) without our booth. Michelle posted some good pictures of last year's event, starring Steve Doyle (WH7TW). See the KHRC Yahoo reflector: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/khrc

4. John provided us with an informative handout on beacons for DX purposes (cf. QST, Nov. 2010), and a mini-discussion followed. Besides HF beacons there are also ones on 6m and 2m, and on all bands up to 79GHz. They allow one to hear CW signals from around the world at known times and power levels, so as to predict ionospheric propagation to/from that area. Several programs exist for the PC to automate the listening process.

5. Norm was able to describe his VHF packet problems at North Hawai`i Community Hospital well enough to elicit a useful response from the group as to how to proceed. He is able to connect to the VHF digipeater on Mauna Loa (KH6HPZ-9) by using the hospital's yagi antenna and his own radio and PC. However when using the hospital radio and PC it does not connect, even though it does receive the digipeater beacon signals properly. So his next test will be to replace the hospital's PC with his own, to see if that combination can connect. Thanks to all the excellent brainstormers and scientific thinkers.

6. Michelle requested information about how to communicate digital information to and from hospitals and pharmacies in an emergency, so that people could retrieve their prescriptions. We briefly discussed digital radio forms such as packet and HF digital (NBEMS and Winlink).

7. Len brought up the topic of an unlinked local voice repeater for North Kohala, which he is working on with Dale (KH7LZ) and Jake (WH6DNS). They are trying to find a suitable QTH for the antenna(s). John said that two antennas (one for transmit, one for receive) only about 30 feet apart will allow some poorer quality duplexer cans to filter well enough for the task.

8. Somewhat lengthy discussion occurred about Kohala Hospital, CERT, and medical supply drops from helicopters. Art Owens (studying for his Tech license) will look into improving our relations with the Kapa`au institution that has caused much frustration for emergency communicators over the years.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 20:34W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 08 May 2011, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the rear conference room of Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #58, Kapa`au, 13 March 2011

Meeting was called to order at 14:07W by Dale Cox (KH7LZ), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were Howard Olsen (KD4ML); Michael Sumja (WH7WW); Jake Takata (WH6DNS), Len Winkler (KH7LW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Howard brought us an Intel Pentium II mounted on an ISA board (?) and some spent Epson ink cartridges for show and tell.

2. Discussed tsunami event of 10-11 March 2011.

a. Notification - Norm listed a few ways: Civil Defense phone autocall, USGS email, NWS radio 162.400, ARES SEC phone tree down to AEC level. Len also mentioned Fox News.

Local landline calls were apparently blocked in some cases Thursday night. I did not try cellphone calling.

b. Assistance - hams can do HF DX relays of Health & Welfare messages, assuming phones were down or blocked due to volume. Wasn't a problem. Here in Hawai`i, we are well positioned to relay for Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

c. Networks - State Civil Defense had communications networks on both VHF statewide repeaters (147.02/04/06) and on HF (3.888 MHz LSB) NVIS.

Local ARES and other hams had a VHF network on BIWARN (146.76/88/94, 147.16/32), despite its current hum problem.

d. Procedure - check in to net of your choice, give your QTH, so net control can tell where to ask for assistance for a particular region.

Assist with Health & Welfare traffic, evacuation-related communications, Red Cross emergency shelter communications, etc.

3. Dale brought up the fact that the KH6RS repeater on Haleakala is sometimes intermittent at night, possibly due to the link repeater being non-optimally located. Also he reiterated the difficulty of stations on opposite sides of the island getting through to NCS sometimes. Not everyone is used to waiting long enough at the beginning of their transmissions to accomodate the inherent system delays. Remember to wait at least 3 seconds after the beep to key the mike, and another 3 seconds to start talking. (This may be conservative, not certain.)

There is also presently a temporary hardware problem of a ground loop causing some 60Hz hum on the signal from the Kulani Cone repeater. This will be fixed by maintenance crews, but they are presently hampered by the difficulty of access to the repeater site.

4. Dale nominated King Kamehameha Park as the site for our 2011 Field Day expedition in June. He has assembled a station and generator and is anxious to try operating there (just Saturday, not overnight). He will notify Parks & Recreation Department soon to negotiate a precise location. Len mentioned that Chris, whose office is at this park, would be the easiest contact to make to arrange for an appropriate site.

5. The meeting was adjourned at 145:52W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 April 2011, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Blue Room of Tutu's House in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #57, Waimea, 09 February 2011

Meeting was called to order at 19:00W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at Tutu's House (Blue Room) in Waimea. Also present were Dave Broyles (KH7SO); Dale Cox (KH7LZ); Steve Doyle (WH7TW); Darrell Fox (WH6HW); Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ); Marc Maloney (WH7CA); Bob Schneider (AH6J); Len Winkler (KH7LW); and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Bob brought a DVD produced by our Hawai`i County Civil Defense (HCCD) people entitled "Hawai`i Island - The Hazards and Risks". Steve M. set up the video display and we watched for about 30 minutes some of the things that can go wrong hereabouts. It was well done, covering earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones, storm surge, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, and air pollution. It also alluded to man-made disasters (e.g. fire, chemical spills, biological events, and war). Bob told us of his recent trip to O`ahu as ARES Section Manager to meet with FEMA representatives to assist with backup communication planning.

2. Eric mentioned the upcoming national test of the Emergency Alert Network, an event that has never occurred in 60-odd years of its existence. Please see http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/alerts/First-National-Emergency-Alert-020411.html

3. Bob and BIARC are working with Bill Hanson of HCCD to help organize public emergency communication. He said we as KHRC members are doing our part to maintain the repeater at North Hawai`i Community Hospital here in Waimea (NH7HI, 147.32 MHz), the station (KH6KCC) at Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi, and our various home emergency facilities.

4. Darrell arrived for his FCC license upgrade test with VEs Steve M., Bob, and Dave.

5. The meeting was adjourned at 19:55W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 13 March 2011, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at rear entrance to Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #56, Kapa`au, 09 January 2011

Meeting was called to order at 14:08W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T); Dale Cox (W6KZL); Elizabeth Douris; Steve Doyle (WH7TW); Howard Olsen (KD4ML); Michael Sumja (WH7WW); and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve Milner reminded us who our new 2010-2011 club officers are:

President, Steve Milner, WH6N;

Vice-President, Dale Cox, W6KZL;

Secretary-Treasurer, Norm Cohler, NH7UA.

He has also appointed John as Technical Advisor and Len Winkler (KH7LW) as webmaster.

New Business

2. John sold a copy of the new ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (Technician Class) to Elizabeth Douris, a local Kohala resident interested in travel as well as ham radio. She asked many good questions and seemed to be fascinated at our discussion. Howard mentioned he also knows of another potential Tech class ham.

3. Steve Doyle reported on his work to date implementing the "Packet Project". He brought two used laptops rescued from Keck's e-waste pile, which he has loaded up with two different versions of Linux (Xbuntu and Puppy) for the purpose of acting as digital interfaces in a VHF packet system. He lent one of them to Norm for his evaluation.

4. John recommended discussing the VHF antenna system at North Hawai`i Community Hospital, and he passed out several copies of a roof diagram which shows all the ham and other antennas there. The issue is how best to improve the VHF packet radio station there, since the present vertical antenna is too weak. A new yagi which Norm has built and Eric has tuned will be tested there soon to see if it is adequate.

John called Harvey on the phone and we now know why his AH6JA RMS gateway is down. Harvey had removed it from Hilo Community College and hasn't yet reinstalled it at Hilo EOC. Norm is investigating the possibility of installing a new RMS gateway at NH7HI (NHCH). Then packet stations that can connect to Mauna Loa digipeater (or directly) will be able to access the internet for email.

The Hawai`i State Digipeater network consists of packet stations on Mauna Loa, Haleakala, Diamond Head, West O`ahu, and Kaua`i. They are all linked by 70cm (not microwave) link repeaters.

5. Steve Milner reported that Hale Ho`ola Hamakua has a new wing, which has apparently complicated positioning the HF antenna there. He still has the folded dipole antenna (clone of BWD-90) ready to go. Marc Maloney's (WH7CA) sister-in-law is a director of the hospital. Club members are available to assist Steve and Marc in erecting the new antenna.

6. Michael said that the new head of Kohala Hospital is Gino Amar. A delegation headed by Dale, North Kohala EC, will be visiting Mr. Amar soon to discuss permanent placement of their radio equipment and HF antenna.

7. Dale nominated King Kamehameha Park as the site for our 2011 Field Day expedition in June. He has assembled a station and generator and is anxious to try operating there (just Saturday, not overnight). He will notify Parks & Recreation Department soon to negotiate a precise location.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 15:30W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 09 February 2011, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Blue Room of Tutu's House in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #55, Waimea, 08 December 2010

Meeting was called to order at 19:11W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at Tutu's House (Blue Room) in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T); Dale Cox (W6KZL); Len Winkler (KH7LW); and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve Milner has filed an application for Hawai`i Domestic Non-Profit Corporation, in order to allow people who give us equipment to deduct their donations from their income tax. He paid the $25 filing fee, and the club will reimburse him.

2. Norm reported that the club made a $75 donation to Friends of the Future (for Tutu's House) for the use of their meeting room.

New Business

3. Norm made the annual Treasurer's report. It is also posted on the KHRC reflector. Our current balance is $101.79. (It will go to $76.79 after Steve's reimbursement check clears. There is no minimum balance requirement from First Hawaiian Bank on our Free Business Checking account.)

4. Steve announced Nominations for 2010-2011 officers were Steve Milner, President; Dale Cox, Vice-President; and Norm Cohler, Secretary-Treasurer. All nominees accepted their nominations, and the nominations were closed. The nominees were all uncontested. Therefore there was no need for an election; all were automatically winners. There was not a quorum present (13 members), as is usually required for elections, but this was moot New officers for next year are

President, Steve Milner, WH6N;

Vice-President, Dale Cox, W6KZL;

Secretary-Treasurer, Norm Cohler, NH7UA.

5. Steve appointed John again for Technical Advisor (new title), and he appointed Len as Webmaster (duties to be determined). The club reflector (Yahoo group) will still remain for file and photo storage, as well as posting messages.

6. Brief discussion ensued about web pages versus reflectors and other social media (Twitter, Facebook, ...).

7. Medium length discussion about vanity callsigns then occurred, at Dale's request.

8. Finally Steve raised one of the many ARRL List topics, logging and contesting software preferences. John likes Ham Radio Deluxe among the freeware. Other choices were named also.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 20:24W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 09 January 2011, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at rear entrance to Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #54, Kapa`au, 14 November 2010

Meeting was called to order at 14:05W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the rear conference room of Hisaoka gym (next to Kohala Intergenerational Center) at Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au. Also present were John Buck (KH7T); Dale Cox (W6KZL); Steve Doyle (WH7TW); Howard Olsen (KD4ML); Gary Stewart; Michael Sumja (WH7WW); Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G); and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Michael provided us with an excellent venue for our meeting today, in the newly repaired Hisoka Gymnasium. The room will be available for us bi-monthly for the near future. Thanks also to Michael's wife for the excellent gingerbread cookies and banana bread. Michael is still researching the possibility of getting us access to the former Bond Memorial Library building for our station, if it becomes necessary.

2. Gary Stewart, a co-worker (supervisor) in the construction industry with Dale, joined us prior to taking the FCC license exam administered after the meeting by VEs John, Herb, and Dale.

3. John has 3 copies of the new ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (Technician Class) available for purchase at $25 each. The new "sticker price" from ARRL is $29.

4. John and Steve Milner gave the Treasurer a total of $60 cash as our club share of the proceeds from donations at the Hamfest last month. Our new bank balance will be $176.79, after including this deposit. Hawai`i County Parks & Recreation Department charged the 3 clubs $100 for facility rental at the Waimea Community Center, which has never happened before.

5. Norm reported on the fund-raising efforts of Friends of the Future, who supports groups such as Tutu's House and Earl's Garage. Howard moved we donate $75 to them, in view of our free use of the Blue Room in Waimea on alternate months. Steve Doyle seconded the motion, and the favorable floor vote instructed the Treasurer to give a check to Friends of the Future in the amount of $75 from KHRC. After this check is cleared, our club bank balance will be $101.79.

6. Steve Milner has the tools and material to repair the ladderline feed to the club HF antenna. He and other available folks will go to Kohala Cultural Center after the meeting to do the repair.

7. Steve Doyle reported on his work to date implementing the "Packet Project". He has acquired several used laptops from Keck's e-waste pile, and he has built a digital interface for joining a 2m transceiver to one of the PCs. When a small optoisolator circuit is added, we will have a portable packet station for emergency operations.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 14:41W. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, 08 December 2010, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Blue Room of Tutu's House in Waimea. It will be our annual election of officers meeting, so a quorum is required. Please attend if possible.

9. After the meeting, Steve Milner, Steve Doyle, and Norm all collaborated on the HF feedline repair and test at the KH6KCC station. It was a success. John reported that Gary passed his Technician exam, so we have another new ham in North Kohala.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #53, Waimea, 13 October 2010

Meeting was called to order at 19:01W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at Tutu's House in Waimea. Also present were Dale Cox (W6KZL); Steve Doyle (WH7TW); Bill Jakubowski (N6XIV); Marc Maloney (WH7CA); Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G); Len Winkler (KH7LW); Lauren Woodhams (WH6DJO); and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Marc reported on the successful operation of the Cellphone Deadzone Crew for the annual Ironman bicycle race on 09 October. This year's group was Len, Dale, Steve D., Howard (KD4ML), and Marc, who operated KH6KCC as Net Control Station. They started radio operations at 0930W and went until 1433W, fortunately with no emergency problems to pass on to race officials. Along with the 1,962 contestants there were about 5,000 volunteers. Thanks to the Deadzone Crew for helping keep the race safe.

2. Steve Milner reported on the Simulated Emergency Test, which was on 02 October, from 0900-1200W. He and Marc ran the station at Hale Ho`ola Hamakua on both HF and VHF. Norm reported that Vic (AH6WX) passed some traffic from Waikoloa. Norm was involved with HealthComm HF Net that morning and could not check in to the SET. Steve gave a good working definition of Tactical versus Formal messages: if it goes just to the NCS, then it's Tactical; if it goes elsewhere, it's formal message traffic. There were 14 check-ins on the State Civil Defense net, but not many people passed traffic. Steve handled 6 messages and Marc did 4. Clem Jung (KH6HO) sent several responses back from SCD to participants.

3. Upcoming Waimea International Hamfest will be Saturday, 23 October 2010, at the Waimea Community Center. Setup is at 0900W, and selling will begin at 1000W. There will be an FCC license exam at 1300W. All are welcome, there is no entrance fee. Donations are requested (not mandatory) from people who sell items.

4. Next meeting will be in Kapa`au at the rear entrance to Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park. We will have our meeting and then choose a crew to go back to Hawi to repair the ladderline feed on the club station HF antenna. Steve Milner is bringing a ladder and some tie-wraps and soldering tools.

New Business

5. Steve Milner proposed we form a Hawai`i Domestic Non-Profit Corporation, in order to allow people who give us equipment to deduct their donations from their income tax. There is only a $25 filing fee and easy paperwork. It was unanimously approved to let Steve do this application over the internet and then be reimbursed from club funds.

6. Norm reported that the club treasury has $116.79 in the free checking account at First Hawaiian Bank. We have not yet decided whether or not to make a donation to Tutu's House for the use of their meeting room.

7. Dale announced that he is a new Volunteer Examiner (VE), and so he can help with future license exams. Thanks, Dale.

8. Norm brought up an old document from QST, which was briefly passed around. It has many questions for discussion that could be useful for meeting agenda topics in the future. He will select 4 or 5 such questions to present along with all future meeting announcements.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 19:58W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 14 November 2010, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at rear entrance to Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, in Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #52, Hawi, 12 September 2010

Meeting was called to order at 14:00W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the gym (next to Kohala Cultural Center) in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T); Dale Cox (W6KZL); Howard Olsen (KD4ML); Michael Sumja (WH7WW); Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G); Len Winkler (KH7LW); and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Michael has found us an alternate meeting site at a room in the rear of the Hisaoka Gym, next to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, at Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au. We still do not have a place to relocate the station and library, but Steve said they can stay as is for at least another two months. We will need to give the KCC tenant advance notification of our use of the station. Dale volunteered to be Librarian and keep the books if needed in future.

2. John passed out hardcopies of some interesting literature on Windom antennas for those of us who use wire antennas.

3. Norm reported that the ladderline feed to the HF antenna has been severed and needs repair. Steve said he has some material for repairing same which he will bring to the November 14th meeting. We can have a club antenna-fixing event at that meeting. Presumably the VHF antenna is still OK, and it will get tested during the Ironman bike race in about a month (09 October).

4. Steve reminded us of the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) to be held in Hawai`i on Saturday, 02 October 2010, from 0900-1200W. On HF either 3.888 or 7.088 MHz, and on VHF 147.020 MHz. Be thinking about how to participate in this important emcomm event. Send some traffic to SCD.

And the Waimea International Hamfest will be on 23 October 2010, at the Waimea Community Center (green building across from Thibault's Restaurant) from 1000-1400W. Doors open for setup at 0900W. Free for buyers and sellers, with donations requested (not mandatory) from sellers. Probably there will be an FCC license exam in the afternoon for those who need one. Contact John if you do.

5. Len did an impromptu show-and-tell about his new Droid-X "smart phone" and told us some of its great features. I think it even has an app for doing CW contests.

6. Then when the frenzied commotion was at its peak, Len showed us the DVD which he acquired of the 1992 DXpedition VP8SSI to the South Sandwich Islands. These are a group in the South Atlantic (approx. 54° S lat, 37° W lon) about 1400 miles easterly of the Falkland Islands off Patagonia, S. America. Winds got up to 130 mph during the adventure and the ham group had to shelter in an emergency structure to survive. This required removal of 10 years of guano from some of the million or so penguins and seals who normally inhabit the chilly place. Len hopes you appreciate the lengths some hams will go to to provide a rare DX contact for the stay-at-home folks. Very interesting video. Thanks Len!

7. The meeting was adjourned at 15:25W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 October 2010, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Blue Room of Tutu's House in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #51, Waimea, 11 August 2010

Meeting was called to order at 19:04W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at Tutu's House in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T); Dale Cox (W6KZL); Steve Doyle (WH7TW); Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ); Van Malan (NH7IT); Jake Takata (WH6DNS) & Hau; Len Winkler (KH7LW); Mike; and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Before the meeting John, Steve M., and Van acted as VEs for upgrading Dale to Extra Class and Jake to General Class. Congratulations!

2. Mike announced the sale of his TAK-tenna, which is apparently an end-loaded dipole for 10-40m coverage. It is about 1 cubic meter in volume and is available at 326-0373.

3. Steve Milner announced that we may still be able to meet at the gym in Hawi. Michael Sumja (WH7WW) is looking into a meeting place in Kapa`au in King Kamehameha Park at a building near the Hisaoka Gym.

4. Van announced the next KARS meeting will be this coming Sunday at 1400W at the OTEC beach park in Kailua-Kona. Indian food is the theme, in honor of Van's recent trip to that country.

5. Eric suggested that in lieu of meeting in Kohala, we might meet alternately in Waikoloa, at either the Village Association meeting room or the Community Church. Also there is a bus available for $100 which the club might wish to buy for use as a mobile emcomm platform. Anyone got a CDL? Do we have enough gas money?

6. John announced a Tech licensing class in Hilo at the LDS church in Orchidland from 8 September thru 13 October. Cost is $5; see Milt AH6I.

7. Dale gave us an interesting run-down on his joint efforts with Michael Sumja (WH7WW) to erect a G5RV antenna and feedline. Among other things they learned were: (1) Test everything and (2) Solder must be just the right temperature.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 19:23W, so we could watch the excellent DVD John brought, entitled "K4M Midway 2009"-- a documentary on the amateur DXpedition to Midway Island.

Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 12 September 2010, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at somewhere in North Kohala. Stay tuned for QTH.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #50, Hawi, 11 July 2010

Meeting was called to order at 14:01W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T); Dale Cox (W6KZL); Steve Doyle (WH7TW); Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ); Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF); Loretta Milner; Joe Speroni (AH0A); Michael Sumja (WH7WW); Jake Takata; and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Steve Milner announced that the building where we have met for the last 4 years is now officially for sale, and that we will not be able to meet there next time in September. He said that the KH6KCC station may be able to stay longer. Schedule is unknown at this time. Dale is checking into using the new public library as a possible meeting site, and also possibly the old Bond Library after the new one is fully utilized. Michael will check into an alternate meeting site at a room in the Hisaoka Gym, at Kamehameha Park in Kapa`au.

2. Joe came over from O`ahu and gave us a detailed presentation on the upcoming 2010 Hawai`i QSO Party event and contest to be held on August 27-29. Handout materials are available as well as web information at http://karc.net. His handout also has some interesting statistics on ham populations nationally and statewide. Apparently lots of people are working on their "Worked All Counties" certificates, and this contest will provide a good opportunity for them to do so. As it stands, Hawai`i County is still undivided, but perhaps next year there will be additional subdivisions here to affect the QTH ID multipliers.

3. Eric announced the upcoming national Simulated Emergency Test (SET) to be on 02 October 2010. Be thinking about how to participate in this important emcomm event.

4. John convened a 3-person group of Volunteer Examiners to provide FCC testing after the meeting for Jake to get his Tech class license. The VEs include Steve Milner, Joe, and John.

5. The meeting was adjourned at 15:04W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 11 August 2010, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Blue Room of Tutu's House in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #49, Waimea, 09 June 2010

Meeting was called to order at 19:10W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Blue Room of Tutu's House in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T); Dale Cox (W6KZL); Steve Doyle (WH7TW); Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ); Michelle Medeiros (NH7RY); Len Winkler (KB7LPW); and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Eric returned his outstanding library book and also brought a new book for the library donated by Vic Morris (AH6WX). Vic is the co-author of "Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio", published by the ARRL. Thank you, Vic, and congratulations! Looks interesting.

2. This and future meetings of KHRC in Waimea will be held at Tutu's House, in the Blue Room, it was decided. Steve Milner signed an agreement between KHRC and Tutu's House. If there are more than about 16 people present, we can use the larger "Green Room". Michelle reminded us that we may wish to make a donation to Tutu's House as a token of our gratitude for the use of the facilities.

3. Norm and others discussed the Makani Pahili exercise of 29 May 2010, in which band conditions led to some split networks and slight confusion. The need for NCS leadership as well as alternate frequencies and modes was discussed. Additional operator training and encouragement for using digital modes is becoming a clear necessity. Emergency comm via MT63 operating mode has been shown to be effective, according to a recent QST article. More testing under adverse conditions is needed, in order to choose the "optimal" digital mode. VHF packet digipeater operations should not be allowed to disintegrate further. APRS messaging needs to be practiced as well. VHF simplex networks, or the capability for same, are needed.

4. John mentioned there is soon to be (or is already) a new UHF repeater based in Hilo, and that a plan exists to link it to other islands via a microwave backbone. This would be a completely separate statewide network from the existing RACES VHF network (147.02/04/06 MHz). The present UHF link between BIWARN and Haleakala is still operating out of John's house, waiting for his successful modification of the link repeater at the Girl Scout camp.

5. Both Eric and John brought for "Show and Tell" pieces of defunct equipment damaged either accidentally or in the normal course of operation. A short discussion of compact fluorescent lights and their reliability followed.

6. Norm still has a couple of 12V, 26Ahr batteries available to a good home. These are sealed lead-acid type, gleaned from a routine replacement in X-ray equipment at NHCH.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 20:31W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 11 July 2010, at 14:00W, at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #48, Hawi, 09 May 2010

Attending: Steve M., Steve D. John B., Len, Michael, Dale, and Howard.

Books Returned:

Steve M: Upgrading and repairing PC's

Steve D: HF Digital Handbook, Emergency Power Book.

Howard Donated 3 New Books on electronics

Meeting opened at 1400 May 9, 2010

Keiki Fest: Steve Doyle reported a good turnout with a couple of hundred attending. He stated that Ham radio exhibit was the most popular venue. He had some problems with the HF station but it worked fairly well (I heard him in Pa'auilo but he could not hear me). John worked quite a few of the kids on HF. They also spent some time on VHF and even had contact (direct) with an operator on the summit. (Michelle may have taken photos of the event). They also had a cw demo which was very popular.

Howard discussed plans for building a vertical multi-band antenna on his roof. Advice and discussion followed.

John spoke with Paul Agamata (local repeater expert) about plans to build a UHF repeater network around the island with repeaters at least in Hilo, on Maui, and Oahu. These would be linked via Microwave. There also may be plans to put up a large tower on the highest hill in North Kohala near (but not on) Kahua Ranch. If this happens John may want to move the hospital repeater there if it gives wider coverage. (This was learned from talking to hams at the last BIARC meeting).

John is working on setting a date for the next Hamfest. It will probably be before October. It will be at the Waimea Park Center.

BIARC field day will be held at Kamehameha School in Hilo.

Meeting Adjourned at 3 PM and we all went outside to stand around Len's truck and admire his new screwdriver antenna.

Aloha,

Steve

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #47, Waimea, 14 April 2010

Meeting was called to order at about 18:00W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Thelma Parker Memorial Library conference room in Waimea.

Also present were Dave Broyles (KH7SO); John Buck (KH7T); Dale Cox (W6KZL); Steve Doyle (WH7TW); Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ); Mikki Hastings (WH7WY); Bill Kaye (WH7WK); April Lee (WH7WZ); Jeffrey Lee (WH7PG); Michelle Medeiros (NH7RY); Bob Schneider (AH6J); Michael Sumja (WH7WW); Ron Volz; Len Winkler (KB7LPW); Lauren Woodhams; several team members from Palisades CERT, Waikoloa CERT, and Waimea CERT; and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Prior to the meeting an FCC license exam session was held under the aegis of Volunteer Examiners John Buck, Bob Schneider, and Steve Milner. We now have two new Technician class hams: Ron Volz and Lauren Woodhams. And Michael Sumja (WH7WW) is now a General class ham, and he has used the local phone patch at NH7HI. Congratulations to all.

2. Bob Schneider presented his HCCD Communications 101 class to the assembled CERT members and others, with assistance from John Buck. It was a good review of some of the many topics of amateur radio, and hopefully provided motivation for more CERT members to become licensed hams.

Bob mentioned the three main methods of statewide emergency communications available whether or not landline telephones or cellphones or government agency radios are functional. They are

(1) Statewide RACES VHF repeater radio network (voice FM), using UHF-linked repeaters on Kaua`i (147.04 MHz), O`ahu (147.06 MHz), Maui (147.02 MHz), and Hawai`i (147.04 MHz);

(2) HF near vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) communication between all points on all islands, particularly on 7.088 and 3.888 MHz; and

(3) Statewide 1200 bps packet network (KH6HPZ-n), with UHF-linked digipeaters on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Maui, and Hawai`i. This network is not currently operating at proper efficiency on all islands. (The Mauna Loa digipeater, KH6HPZ-9, is functional however.)

Internet connectivity during emergencies may be broken, but HF radio links such as Winlink can provide repair, if one has the proper TNC and other equipment. VHF packet connection to the internet is also available.

3. April Lee and Cindy Kester, of the Waikoloa CERT, presented Norm with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of their CERT for his support of their activities and for his ham radio classes. Photographer Dave Broyles recorded the event (as well as other views of the evening's activities) for posterity. Pictures should be viewable shortly on the club reflector.

4. The next meeting of KHRC in Waimea will be held at Tutu's House, since the Lucy Henriques conference room is being made into office space and the hospital conference room is booked indefinitely into the future on Wednesday nights for childbirthing classes. We will not change meeting dates and times.

5. Library books are overdue after two months. Will the three members please contact the Librarian (Secy/Treasurer) to arrange return of same?

6. The meeting was adjourned at about 20:00W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 09 May 2010, at 14:00W, at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #46, Hawi, 14 March 2010

Meeting was called to order at 14:05W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (WH7VB), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Loretta Milner, Noah (from Maui), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Michael Sumja (WH7WW), Len Winkler (KB7LPW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Norm, Steve and others shared briefly their activities during the hours just prior and after landfall of the Chilean tsunami of 27 February 2010.

Although it was largely a "Skywarn" type of event, fortunately, rather than a local disaster, it provided an opportunity to provide emergency communications and added another experiential notch in our radio belts.

2. Dale announced the presence of his 40m antenna. Congratulations. Steve Doyle also has a new dipole. We hope to hear both of them with their excellent TS-440 rigs on the air, and maybe even using HF digital modes.

3. Howard brought it a neat little Nintendo puzzle piece, which he claims contains a J-pole antenna about 2 inches tall. He also regaled us with lots of solar power information about his new Kumukit PV system.

4. Michael also told us about his solar power system, which he is evolving, perhaps into wind power.

5. Norm presented a Powerpoint discussion about HF Digital modes of operation, ably assisted by other hams who have enjoyed this rather different way of using a radio. Steve, John, and Len all gave added depth to the discussion. After the meeting Norm demonstrated some of the many audible signatures to Steve Doyle, using the KH6KCC 2m rig modulated by various software apps, and received by Steve's HT. The Powerpoint file is available to anyone interested, and the club library book on HF Digital is now in Dale's hands.

6. Various KHRC library books changed hands, and the majority of the collection is now shelved in the KH6KCC shack. Norm is keeping track of who has what book.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 15:33W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 14 April 2010, at 18:00W (6:00pm HST) at the Thelma Parker Memorial Public Library conference room in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #45, Waimea, 10 February 2010

Meeting was called to order at 19:08W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center conference room in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (WH7VB), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Tim Gaffney, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Tom Holdener (K6ATF), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Len Winkler (KB7LPW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Len had a "smittance" (small pittance) of responses to his call for inputs from the membership. He got 3 responses to find Elmers for the large number of possible ham activities. I believe he got no responses to the question of where to buy radio items or what to add to the club website. And nobody volunteered to conduct a meeting discussion of a particular ham activity. Quite disheartening.

New Business

2. John discussed repeaters, linked or not. Maui use of KH6RS (146.94-) on Haleakala is needed for N HI. It should be linked to BIWARN in order to provide a complete county-wide coverage for Hawai`i. Eric said a second set of linked repeaters was originally planned, so that there would be two county-wide systems. The ability to de-link or else provide an extra set of unlinked repeaters would be helpful, for example, so KHRC meetings could be held by radio, without disturbing the entire island. Others have noted further that there isn't much traffic now. Less apparently since complete linkage occurred. There will always be a need for wide area coverage versus local simplex uses. Many places can't access even local hams without repeaters. John said the original goal in building the couny-wide network was to provide free use plus emergency coverage. It would be quite desirable to have more repeaters, so that some could be local and unlinked, while others could provide county-wide access.

3. Norm brought in the new ARRL books of the club lending library. The present lending rule is now "One book, for two months". A member must pick up a book in person. He would like to migrate books to KCC in Hawi, rather than being the custodian. We still have four new ARRL books available to borrow. See list of all titles on reflector. John brought in a new book from Herb, called "Engineering Handbook". Very thick.

4. Steve M. announced a meeting for hams and CERT members, to "cross-train" CERTs. It will be Wed., 14 April 2010, from 1800-2100, at Thelma Parker Memorial Library in Waimea. LCD projector is needed. (Norm will check if possible to borrow hospital's.)

5. Dale announced there will be an FCC exam on Wed., 17 February 2010, somewhere in Kea`au, given by Ron Phillips et al.

6. Eric told of his broken landline phone, on the same circuit with his unbroken DSL (hi-speed internet) connection. There was a zapped "panel" in telco office plus a zapped surge protector in his home. Shorted twisted pair was diagnosed between home and telco office. Cause under speculation.

7. Welcome to Don (K6ATF), another Keck employee (in addition to Steve D., WH7TW, and Sean Adkins, KH6RMG). Hope to see you at many future meetings and/or ARES functions.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 20:28W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 14 March 2010, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #44, Hawi, 10 January 2010

Meeting was called to order at 13:59W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were Bill Kaye (WH7WK), Barbara Miller (KE5TWP), Bruce Miller (W0DW), Loretta Milner, Len Winkler (KB7LPW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

0. Everyone at the meeting except Bill has a name ending in "-er". Thanks, Bill, for the entropy.

1. Steve and Norm brought in books for the library, some of which were promptly borrowed. The collection will be housed at the KH6KCC station in Hawi. For the time being, there will be no records of who has borrowed what and when, or of what the library has. Nobody brought any further recommendations of books to purchase. Norm is still soliciting more suggestions. (Technician class license manuals will be obsolete on 30 June 2010.)

New Business

2. Steve brought his lovely wife Loretta as a guest to see what he spends his time doing every month. She did not sound enthusiastic about getting a ham license, but we had to ask. Barbara and Bruce dropped in from New Mexico via Kohala Estates. They, like many others, enjoy having two homes and multiple stations.

3. Steve announced the reappointment of John Buck (KH7T) as Chair of the Technical Committee (of one person).

4. Len dazzled us with several suggestions for improving ham radio activity in general (no pun intended) and KHRC activity specifically. First he passed out copies of his "Aspects of Ham Radio" list of over 60 different things one can pursue only with a ham license. Some of these items matched those on the spreadsheet file which is posted on the KHRC reflector under Files/Prefer1e.xls, and which has check marks of various members assigned. The intent of Len's list (and the preference matrix) is to provide an Elmer list to which new hams can go for advice on specific topics. It also provides a place for anyone to go who has questions on a particular item of ham radio knowledge, and a possible place for a sub-group of people to organize to discuss their special interest(s).

Another of Len's suggestions was to provide monthly discussion topics led by a speaker from the group or outside the group. So far nobody has volunteered, but I expect Len will be asking for volunteers to choose and lead next month's meeting discussion.

5. The issue of selecting a suitable day of the week and time to meet was briefly discussed, mostly because BIARC was meeting during our meeting, which had never been a conflicting time previously. Steve will inquire about the BIARC schedule. It may be true also that the North Kohala members would prefer a different day/time, and Len will be emailing them specifically. The Waimea members are also subject to being polled for a new day/time preference.

6. Len asked us what the goal or reason for existence was for KHRC. Steve told him of our historical evolution from a small group of hams who shared an interest in emergency communication, who lived in the South and North Kohala area, and who did not necessarily want to drive as far as Hilo or Kona to attend ham meetings. The present group is largely unchanged, but it has diversified as it has added members.

7. Other meeting types Len suggested :

a. "Show & Tell" meetings, in which everyone brings something ham radio-related to discuss.

b. "On the Air" meetings, assuming we owned a repeater. We do not, but it may be possible to take over KH6RS (146.94-) sometime, if John will disconnect the 70cm link, so as not to disturb the rest of Hawai`i County. Simplex meetings are also possible, and the South Kohala ARES net, which meets every Sunday night at 2000W (8pm HST) on 146.52, is an example. Len may start a North Kohala net.

c. Local social club meetings in North Kohala or Waimea (or elsewhere), on a weekly or other schedule, and with refreshments or at a restaurant.

8. Also Len requested people to contribute their knowledge about various specific ham radio products, in order to compile another list of wide interest to both old and new hams. This list would hopefully provide info about the best place to buy an item (at the best price). Email addresses and name lists have been provided to Len for polling purposes by the Secretary.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 15:56W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 February 2010, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center upstairs conference room in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #43, Waimea, 09 December 2009

Meeting was called to order at 19:01W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center conference room in Waimea. Also present were Don Broadston (K7NGK), John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (WH7VB), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Tim Gaffney, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Al Perez (N5VEV), Len Winkler (KB7LPW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Steve Milner announced that the proposed club constitutional amendment has passed. There were 17 votes in favor, none against. Since the total membership was 22 people, the 2/3 majority requirement was 15. New text of the entire constitution and by-laws is posted on the reflector, under Files/Boilerplate/KHRC Constitution A1.doc. Therefore it is now possible to conduct elections by email (or other electronic means).

2. Steve announced the nominations for officers, as received by the Secretary-Treasurer.

For President there was only one person nominated: Steve Milner (WH6N).

For Vice-President there were 4 nominations. They included Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), John Buck (KH7T), and Howard Olsen (KD4ML). John declined his nomination at the meeting, and nominated a 5th person: Len Winkler (KB7LPW).

For Secretary-Treasurer there was also only one nomination: Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Nominations were closed. Nobody will run for election for the office of Technical Committee Chair, since this is an appointive office by the President.

Norm will telephone the nominees not present tonight to verify they want to run, and then email voting members with the list of candidates. The election will occur by email (or phone or fax) between now and next meeting day (10 January 2010 at 10:00W), or by members present at the next meeting (if there is a quorum of at least 8) in Hawi at 14:00W.

3. Norm mentioned the growing club lending library and requested everyone to send him book titles to order from ARRL or elsewhere. John, Eric, and Norm have donated books to the library; all are encouraged to do so. Details of how to circulate books are still undefined.

4. Don requested a copy of the club roster, and Norm announced he will post it on the KHRC reflector. There are old rosters there already which need to be updated.

5. Norm announced the Treasurer's Report for 2009 is posted on the reflector as Files/Tre091121.doc

6. For purposes of elections or other business, the definition of Voting Member shall be any licensed amateur who has attended at least two (2) club meetings, and who meets other qualifications to be determined. This definition will be formalized as an amendment to the constitution.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 20:03W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 10 January 2010, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #42, Hawi, 08 November 2009

Meeting was called to order at 14:06W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were Tim Gaffney, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Bill Kaye (WH7WK), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Steve announced an upcoming vote for (a) a constitutional amendment to allow email and other electronic forms of voting and (b) officers, following nominations, which can also be made by email, etc. The amendment text was passed around the meeting and will be emailed to all members. It was moved and seconded to proceed with this "novel" form of business, due to the obvious lack of attendance which prevents us having a quorum (1/3 of members, or 12 people) and certainly 2/3 of the members. Next month's meeting is the "annual" meeting at which we vote for officers.

Presently there are 3 items of business requiring minimum amounts of participation: election of officers (quorum, 1/3), constitutional amendments (2/3), and removal of officers (3/4). The new amendment will not affect these percentages, only the efficiency of achieving them.

2. Eric requested that the Secretary revise his inaccurate statement that Eric was resigning from the office of Vice-President. Rather he has decided not to run again for nomination or election when his term of office expires next month.

3. Eric brought a copy of the first edition of a newsletter from Skywarn in Honolulu for our perusal.

4. Norm mentioned that a good idea of Eric's for increasing new ham activity might be to provide a library of technical books dealing with ham radio and its many facets. After discussion it was decided that the Secretary would solicit book donations from the members of their unwanted old ARRL books (such as The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications or The ARRL Antenna Book or The ARRL Operating Manual, but not old QSTs). And he will purchase for the library a few other books of comparable value. All members would be able to borrow from the library, with some precedence given to new licensees.

5. Norm reported on our presence at last Thursday night's meeting of the Waimea Community Association, wherein disaster preparation was the main discussion topic. Margaret Wille accumulated a number of speakers including Norm and John Buck (KH7T) to tell briefly what their group did to promote disaster mitigation. We spoke about ham radio in general and ARES in particular. Quince Mento of Hawai`i County Civil Defense attended, as did Rich Regle (sp?) of the Hilo chapter of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD).

6. Our guest this afternoon was Tim Gaffney, who is interested in getting his Tech class license. He also had a VHF handheld transceiver with some questions about how to trigger certain HFD repeaters. His job as a helicopter pilot, under contract to the Hawai`i Fire Department, has him flying out of Mauna Lani and Waikoloa stations. We left him with an old copy of Now You're Talking and an indefinite schedule for the next licensing class.

7. Eric brought an old defunct compact fluorescent bulb for show and tell. He had partially disassembled it to make visible the circuitry, which seemed to be a switching power supply.

8. Eric also mentioned that Vic Morris (AH6WX) has received approval from the Waikoloa Board of Directors to erect a 30' tower on his property, with some restrictions. It must be collapseable, and up less than 10 hours in daytime and less than 10 hours at nighttime. There is a specific clause in his agreement stating that this approval does not allow anyone else the same privilege (without going thru the same approval procedure that took Vic about 6 months to endure).

9. The meeting was adjourned at 15:40W. Next regular (annual) meeting will be on Wednesday, 09 December 2009, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center upstairs conference room in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #41, Waimea, 14 October 2009

Meeting was called to order at 19:13W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center conference room in Waimea. Also present were Don Broadston (K7NGK), John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Al Perez (N5VEV), Len Winkler (KB7LPW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. John hasn’t yet finished mods to his HT for bypassing the UHF link from the GS camp on Mauna Kea to Haleakala thru Forrest's QTH, for the connection of KH6RS repeater (146.94-) to BIWARN. But he is working on it.

New Business

2. Eric reported on the latest Simulated Emergency Test (SET), which was on 03 October 2009. He was pleased to see lots of new stations on the air, and the abundance of message traffic on 7.095, the "BISET" frequency which added to the normal State CD (O`ahu) frequency of 7.088. There was no support from the ARRL PIO for news announcements unfortunately. Usage of ARRL radiogram format was inconsistently recommended by some, despite the call for emphasis on ICS-213 format by others. Either message format should be in our emcomm operator's repertoire, depending on individual cases.

Because of a temporary failure at KH6EJ repeater (146.82-), there was no VHF link between east and west Hawai`i thru use of BIWARN. Traffic passing, while encouraging in volume, was slow. There were many unanswered messages left at the end of the SET. More HF nets on extra frequencies would have alleviated some of the bottleneck.

Tom Thornton (AH6ZZ) did a good job as NCS at Hilo EOC, but there need to be some strategic improvements (more stations) at that critical location, if we are to pass significant traffic volume effectively. There is little space for 2 operators on VHF and HF, and there was high noise heard on HF as well. Use of VHF packet might be one way to handle the traffic, if there were enough operators capable and willing to do same.

3. Steve Doyle reported on the ham participation in the Ironman bicycle race on 10 October this year, led by Marc Maloney (WH7CA) as NCS. Marc used the club station in Hawi (KH6KCC) for talking to his 4 assistants deployed along Akoni Pule Highway: Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Dale Cox (WH7TB), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Dorothy Vasquez (KE6QCL). The racers were uninjured once again, and provided with communication coverage in this cellphone dead zone in case of accidents.

4. John mentioned that he, Steve Milner, and Vic Morris (AH6WX) will be giving license exams this Saturday 17 October at 1700W (5:00pm HST) at this location. They are expecting at least 10 testees from Norm's latest Tech licensing class, which meets here all day Saturday for the second installment of knowledge. Others are welcome, including those wishing to upgrade their licenses to General or Extra.

5. Len provided excellent entertainment and some positive suggestions for the group. He recommended we consider club meetings for breakfast, more ragchewing sessions, possibly associated with the Hawai`i Afternoon Net, and generally anything to spur the interest of new and not-so-new hams.

Besides his interest in ham radio, Len also teaches table tennis and had interesting anecdotes about his wrestling career. He recommends a new digital camera, the Panasonic ZS3, as valuable for both still and video work.

6. Norm reported the KHRC treasury account at First Hawaiian Bank contains a balance of $318.70, as of today.

7. The meeting was adjourned at 20:43W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 08 November 2009, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #40, Hawi, 13 September 2009

Meeting was called to order at 14:05W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox (WH7VB), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Brenda Fong, Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Carolyn Lancaster, Art Owen, Michael Sumja, Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Len Winkler (KB7LPW), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve reported that the remaining items in Ed Michelman's estate were sold yesterday at the Waimea Hamfest for $100, which was given to our Treasurer. We still have the power supply left unsold, and it is temporarily in use at Forrest's (K7CMK) house for the cross-band repeater.

2. Norm reported he had not retested the VHF packet digipeater connection at KH6HPZ-7 before meeting. Post meeting it was tested and found to be the same low performance connection (weaker response in signal strength) noted earlier. Kevin Bogan (AH6QO), Harvey Motomura (AH6JA), and Ron Hashiro (AH6RH) have all been informed.

3. Repeater work was reported by John and Steve to be done for now, including installing 2 new batteries and testing link from Girl Scout camp (on Mauna Kea) to Haleakala direct. John is working on adding necessary mods to his HT to support the change. Status otherwise unchanged.

New Business

4. Due to the large quantity of guests, we had an overview discussion of why we do ham radio (mostly by John, Steve, and Ed) and why we have KHRC (for the prevalent purpose of emergency comm and for "Elmering" new and potential hams).

5. Next month (Saturday, 3 October 2009, from 0900-1200W) will be the annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET). Eric told us some of his plans and thoughts about the event. We voted in favor of having a Hawaii County "Big Island" net, on 7.095 MHz, as an adjunct to the usual State Civil Defense-run net on 7.088 MHz. Other discussions about whether to try having a Big Island net on VHF (using BIWARN) were less clear. SCD will be having its VHF net on the State RACES frequencies (147.02, 147.04, 147.06 MHz). Kevin Bogan (AH6QO) is recommending individual islands have their own nets, in addition to the State CD net.

Norm mentioned that there will simultaneously also be occurring the HealthComm net on 7.080 MHz, which some of us will be checking in on as hospital stations. Due to the lack of operators, we decided to avoid having liaison stations to go between nets, and simply have people check out of one net and into another as required for inter-net traffic passing. Eric will work out some details of HealthComm ops with Bart Aronoff (WH6AA).

Ed cited the need for publishing newspaper announcements of the SET. Norm mentioned the ARRL viewpoint of status reporting, to justify our ham activities to the FCC. We need to report how many messages are sent and received by each of us, whether or not we are on emergency power, etc. All the ECs have a copy of the list of points which ARRL is totalling. See Eric, Steve, Norm, or Howard (KD4ML) to report.

6. The meeting was adjourned at 15:39W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 14 October 2009, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center upstairs conference room in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #39, Waimea, 12 August 2009

Meeting was called to order at 19:01W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center conference room in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Dale Cox, Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Tuddy Lake (KH6PI), Michelle Medeiros (NH7RY), Al Perez (N5VEV), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. John hasn’t yet bought the new repeater batteries, but we do have an agreement with KARS and BIARC to split the cost 3 ways.

2. Digipeater KH6HPZ-7 is still not performing properly, noted Norm, who has contacted Harvey, Kevin, and Ron Hashiro. John suggested trying Randy Leval (AH6GR) as well.

3. Regarding the estate of SK Ed Michelman (AH6LO), Steve Milner is preparing to sell all the gear besides the TS-440S at the hamfest in September. Letter of thanks to Ms. Michelman is imminent. He estimates we could get $200 for the treasury.

New Business

4. Dale Cox is our newest ham-to-be in the group. He just passed his Technician exam, under the VE aegis of John, Tuddy, and Steve. Dale lives in Kapa`au and will be a valued member of that northern ham contingent.

5. John is planning to test a 2m repeater from the Girl Scout camp location. Norm will loan him his yagi antenna. Forrest will be leaving soon, and we may not want to continue using his facilities for a crossband node to the 146.94 repeater on Maui.

6. Waimea Hamfest ("International Big Island") will be Saturday, 12 September 2009. Open at 0900W; sales start 1000W.

7. The next Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be on 03 October 2009. Eric (KH6CQ) has requested we each think about ways to make the exercise more realistic, such as use of tactical as well as formal messages, tactical callsigns, digital modes such as packet and BPSK, and use of traffic-passing frequencies separate from the control frequency. John suggested we pass formal traffic on both the control frequency and also on the traffic-passing frequency, so everyone can hear. We may have our own "Big Island SET" either simultaneously with the O`ahu-run exercise or at another time. Michelle suggested we post our ideas on the KHRC reflector for further discussion. Steve Milner added that we could also post ideas on the PacSecARES reflector. Difference between "tactical" and "formal" messages was discussed.

8. Michelle mentioned that there will be another Waimea CERT training at Tutu’s House on the last 3 Saturdays in September and on the first Saturday of October. This conflicts with both the Hamfest and the SET, but the trainees are welcome to check out the Hamfest if they take a break sometime during their training. Sign up if interested with Frecia Basilio at Hawaii County Resource Center, Department of Research and Development, 961-8085.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 20:03W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 13 September 2009, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #38, Hawi, 12 July 2009

Meeting was called to order at 14:34W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Minutes of previous meeting #37 in Waimea were approved as published in the reflector.

2. Steve Milner displayed the radio gear from the estate of Ed Michelman (AH6LO) which he had picked up, including 3 antennas, an HF transceiver, VHF transceiver, and power supply. Steve Doyle agreed to pay KHRC $300 for the Kenwood TS-440S HF transceiver (including power supply and external speaker). The remainder of the items will be offered for sale at the Waimea Hamfest. Steve Milner will write a letter of thanks from the club to Mrs. Michelman, with an indication of how the equipment has been used.

3. Field Day was observed with great conviviality at John's house in Waimea, with 10 hams in attendance. They made over 200 QSOs during the daylight hours Saturday, 27 June, taking turns using John's rig.

4. Kohala Hospital equipment is still in need of regular testing. Howard will check with Bill Kaye (WH7WK) on his interfacing with the hospital board of directors.

New Business

5. Bob Vallio (W6RGG), ARRL Pacific Division Director, has announced he will be in Waimea for the ("Big Island International") Hamfest on 12 September 2009 and will be meeting with local hams.

6. Battery replacements are needed for the Girl Scout link repeater on Mauna Kea. John is planning to buy and install same, and both BIARC and KARS clubs have already agreed to share the cost. KHRC will request that we be allowed to contribute one-third of the battery cost as well. Our treasury will be capable of this gift, assuming incoming funds from the sale of radio gear materialize (see #2 above).

7. Norm reported deteriorated response from Haleakala digipeater KH6HPZ-7, part of the state packet network. He will contact Harvey (AH6JA) to see that repairs are begun, if needed.

8. Howard and Steve Milner agreed to test VHF simplex comm between Kohala Hospital and Hale Ho`ola Hamakua at the next appropriate emergency exercise.

9. General discussion of simplex and NVIS emergency communication and of our ability to relay messages (as in American Radio Relay League)ensued.

10. The meeting was adjourned at 15:40W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 June 2009, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center upstairs conference room in Waimea.

11. After the meeting, Norm climbed onto the roof and secured the ladder line to the antenna mast to keep it from flapping in the breeze. Some non-UV resistant tie-wraps had failed.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #37, Waimea, 10 June 2009

Meeting was called to order at 19:23W by VP Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center conference room in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle (WH7TW), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Michelle Medeiros (NH7RY), Al Perez (N5VEV), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Congratulations to Steve Doyle (WH7TW) and Dave Richardson (WH7TV), as new club members.

2. Regarding the estate of SK Ed Michelman (AH6LO), Steve Milner (WH6N) is now in possession of all the ham equipment bequeathed to the club. He has been testing the Kenwood TS-440S successfully. We will discuss its disposition at the next meeting, since Steve was absent.

New Business

3. Pursuant to a request from our Section Manager, Bob Schneider (AH6J), we voted on whether or not to approve Rick K. Ching (KH7O) as Hawai`i State Repeater Coordinator. He was approved unanimously. We hope that the many delinquent repeater owners with obsolete posted data get their updates sent to Rick as soon as possible, so his website regains its usefulness.

4. ARRL Field Day this year is the weekend of 27-28 June 2009. We have been invited to set up stations at Steve Milner's in Pa`auilo. There was no consensus among those present as to where they would go. BIARC is reported to be using Hilo's Wailoa River State Recreation Area as their venue. KARS Field Day information was not available to us.

5. Multitudinous small discussions then spontaneously combusted from the highly exuberant group. John told us of his moonbounce QSOs, including one with a Russian ham. John also reported that Randy Leval (AH6GR) has completed connecting an IRLP node to the KH6RS repeater on Haleakala (146.94-), which is also linked to BIWARN as well as to 12 other Maui County CD repeaters. Maui may unlink from BIWARN in some emergency scenarios, in order to separate their CD from Hawai`i County.

6. Some amateurs have been observed operating on repeater transmit frequencies, but in simplex mode. This technique is frowned upon, except for brief tests to determine coverage. It appears as a one-sided conversation to anyone else not nearby, and it is clearly wasting the repeater resource.

7. Other discussions about batteries (Li-ion, NiCd, NiMH), chargers, Chevy Volt and Tesla autos, global warming, and the kitchen sink ensued. Jake mentioned that Waimea airport has an AM beacon giving weather and altimeter information on 120.0 or 120.6 MHz.

8. Various HT radios and their frequency memory setup were discussed to assist new members. Remember that "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

9. Very brief summary of GMRS, MURS, and FRS communication methods was given for the benefit of CERT members present.

10. The meeting was adjourned at 21:04W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 12 July 2009, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #36, Hawi, 10 May 2009

Meeting was called to order at 14:39W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Steve Doyle, Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Dave Richardson, Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Minutes of previous meeting #35 reviewed by Steve Milner and approved by Howard Olsen.

2. John reviewed the current status of WH6DEW repeater (147.16+ MHz). It is successfully repaired and installed with addition of CTCSS tone requirement of 100Hz. Also the UHF link repeaters within BIWARN are all using CTCSS tone at 88.5Hz, except for the one at Forrest's QTH.

3. Ironman 70.3 bicycle race support will occur on Saturday, 30 May 2009. Marc (WH7CA) will be NCS for the event. Ed (WH7DG) and Dorothy (KE6QCL) will be unavailable to assist, as will Howard. So we presently have only 2 operators, one of whom must be NCS and located at the club station KH6KCC, where cellphone access is possible.

4. Regarding the estate of Ed Michelman (AH6LO), who had bequeathed the club some or all of his radio gear, we are currently waiting for Ed's widow to return to Hawai`i island from Honolulu to handle the estate. Neighbor Travis Owen in Maliu Ridge is in contact with Howard and Norm.

5. Steve Milner reported that Jack Tsujimura (KH6DQ) will be conducting telephone interviews for HAH, after having signed up for HAH identification on their website. We will be getting actual physical badges intended to allow us to enter any Hawai`i hospital for the purpose of operating their radio(s), and possibly to pass us thru CD roadblocks in order to facilitate same.

New Business

6. Steve Doyle and Dave Richardson both passed their Technician class FCC exams today, under proctoring by VEs John, Herb, and Steve. We heartily congratulate them and welcome them to the group. We expect to hear them on the air soon.

7. Norm test drove Howard's electric motorcycle around the KCC grounds without crashing. Throttle could use some improvement, but speed is surprisingly good.

8. Norm mentioned his difficulty in accessing a dialtone on the NH7HI repeater (147.32+) autopatch yesterday. John reported it worked fine with three of his radios. Norm will try his mobile rig and vary the CTCSS options.

9. Steve asked about the next Makani Pahili simulated hurricane exercise. It was declared to be on 06 June 2009, for ham radio purposes, according to Kevin (AH6QO) on the PacSecARES net of 4/28/2009. There will also be other emergency drill activities during the weekdays prior (or following), to be determined.

10. Norm reported as Treasurer that we have $127.00 cash, and he suggested we consider applying funds to support KARS or BIARC repeater operations. Brief discussion ensued, with preference finally to maintain status quo and hold funds in treasury.

11. The meeting was adjourned at 15:18W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 June 2009, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center upstairs conference room in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #35, Waimea, 08 April 2009

Meeting was called to order at 19:09W by Norm Cohler (NH7UA), at the Thelma Parker Memorial Library meeting room in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), and Steve Doyle.

Old Business

1. Minutes of meeting #34 in Hawi were approved by acclamation.

2. Norm mentioned the Ironman bicycle race still needs more ham volunteers to provide radio coverage in the cellphone dead zone of N Kohala. We have Ed (WH7DG), Dorothy (KE6QCL), and Marc (WH7CA).

New Business

3. We welcomed Steve Doyle, an electronics tech at Keck Observatory who is seeking his Tech class amateur license. John provided him lots of tips, and found him the latest ARRL Ham Radio License Manual in the library. Norm may be teaching another 2-day class, if there is sufficient interest in N Kohala among the new CERT members.

4. Herb gave us some further insight into microwave communication, describing his 270km QSO between Mt.Diablo (near Fremont CA) and another mountain near Fraser CA. Herb is currently adjusting his 31ft-boom yagi for optimal use as a moonbounce antenna.

5. Norm brought up the subject of cellphone legislation currently being debated in Honolulu, which threatens to eliminate mobile ham radio operations. Short discussion ensued. Statewide bill seems to be less popular than Honolulu City & County bill, which will have a hearing tomorrow.

6. Norm announced that Tutu's House has scheduled its Healthy Keiki Fest this year for Saturday, 18 April. Since the 4 most recent participants were present, we voted on discontinuing our presentation of amateur radio in this venue, due to predicted poor weather and lack of interest among adult guests, among other things.

7. John described work he was currently doing to repair possible EMP damage and modify the WH6DEW Hualalai repeater (147.16MHz), and to modify the BIWARN (Big Island Wide Area Network) link repeaters to incorporate CTCSS (tone squelch) for noise reduction and also to eliminate multiple CWIDs (CW identification by callsign for each repeater).

8. Norm will attempt to get further information from Howard (KD4ML) regarding the ham equipment bequeathed the club by Ed Michelman (AH6LO - SK).

9. The meeting was adjourned at 20:09W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 10 May 2009, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #34, Hawi, 08 March 2009

Meeting was called to order at 14:30W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Before meeting Norm installed AGW Tracker software into packet-running Win98 PC (left side by 2m rig). Now we have APRS fixed-station capability for KH6KCC, yet another comm mode.

2. John showed us 2 pictures of the link repeater on Mauna Kea.

3. Norm noted the absence of Howard (KD4ML) from the meeting, and the lack of information regarding the estate of Ed Michelman (AH6LO). He had allegedly bequeathed the club some or all of his radio gear.

New Business

4. Norm reported that whenever we HealthComm participants (e.g. Steve, Marc [WH7CA], Howard [KD4ML], Eric [KH6CQ], Jake [N6XIV]) finish registration on the HAH website, then Bart (WH6AA) assured him we will be getting actual physical badges intended to allow us to enter any Hawai`i hospital for the purpose of operating their radio(s), and possibly to pass us thru CD roadblocks in order to facilitate same. We'll see. Norm forgot to report that Jake (N6XIV) took the helm at NHCH for last Saturday's monthly HealthComm HF net, and Norm finally got to hear the NH7HI signal from his home QTH. (Signal was fine on 75m, but noticeably high-pitched clear audio on 60m.)

5. John entertained us with his discussion of a new antenna by StepIR and its ability to gain him about 760 QSOs in the latest DX contest. Sounds like lots of fun packed into about 42 hours, with some sleep even.

6. We welcomed Herb back to the Aloha State again, and he told us of his latest exploits in 70cm (432 MHz) moonbounce activities. And John offered to loan any ham on the island that wants it, his 2m moonbounce antennas and some equipment to go with them, providing the recipient keeps the gear for its original purpose and doesn't sell it. (Ask John for more details, because they were rather fuzzy to me.)

7. The meeting was adjourned at 15:56W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 08 April 2009, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Lucy Henriques Medical Center in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #33, Waimea, 11 February 2009

Meeting was called to order at 19:12W by Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ) at the conference room of Lucy Henriques Medical Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Al Perez, and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved. Treasurer gave today's club cash balance as $127.00.

2. Norm noted a decided lack of interest in using the Preference Matrix or the Biographical Sketches he started. Brief discussion of Facebook and other privacy issues on the internet.

New Business

3. Al introduced himself as a prospective Tech class licensee in the near future, and friend of Marc. He will get a copy of the Ham Radio License Manual from John and should be tested soon.

4. Norm mentioned the recent use of SSTV for passing picture files to/from the Hilo EOC, during the HCCD tsunami exercise of 27 Jan 2009. He requested we all learn about and operate with some of the many useful digital modes. He will do more research on the modes and picture size tradeoffs available with standard off-the-shelf SSTV application software. Eric mentioned employing VHF or UHF to pass bigger pictures, using the wider available bandwidth. This will probably necessitate new software.

5. Eric brought up the fact that the HCCD tsunami exercise provided an opportunity for lockup between East and West Hawai`i, due to conflicting timing on the VHF BIWARN repeaters. John proposed a method of oscilloscope monitoring the timing of the links to try and deduce the exact cause of the problem. The work-around method of calling stations by district or other technique was not employed by NCS Harvey (AH6JA). Operators are fairly well educated in providing ample time between keying the PTT and start of speech.

6. John mentioned an on-air problem he encountered with a new radio that was not thoroughly tested. It was emitting Double Sideband (with suppressed carrier), rather than SSB. His panoramic freq display allowed him to see this easily. John was originally attracted to the operator by the excessively distorted audio, due to maladjusted mike gain.

7. Brief discussion was held about DTV and the new public service frequencies which will open up. Some discussion about curtailing use of mobile ham radio as an unavoidable side effect of proposed state law eliminating cellphone texting in moving vehicles.

8. Forrest (K7CMK) has returned an old battery charger to John, which was used as part of the link repeater at Forrest's QTH, which connects BIWARN to KH6RS repeater on Haleakala. A new one needs to provide this (2-4A) charging function.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 20:47W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 08 March 2009, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #32, Hawi, 11 January 2009

Meeting began at 14:00W with showing of Eric Grabowski's (KH6CQ) video called Amateur Radio: Wireless Window to the World. Meeting was called to order at 14:23W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Bill Kaye (WH7WK), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Ralph & Shari Stocki, and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

New Business

1. Discussion of video with guests Ralph and Shari. They are frequent visitors to the Big Island from Sacramento, CA, and Ralph is ready for Tech class license exam. We told them some of the parts of ham radio which were of interest to the members.

2. Discussion of various radios available to tech and general class licensees. John assisted Bill with his new Yaesu FT-60R HT radio battery problem. Interesting symptom: radio cuts off in mid-xmsn, caused by low battery voltage (announced on display). External voltage input devices (auto cigarette lighter and 120V wall-wart) should be deemed "internal battery alternatives", rather than chargers. Testing needed to confirm that internal 7.2V 1.4AHr NiMH battery needs external charging apparently.

3. Steve announced the upcoming Hawai`i County Civil Defense hurricane/ tsunami exercise, to be held Tuesday 27 Jan 2009, from 0800-1200W. All hams are asked to check into HF or VHF net, with net control Harvey Motomura (AH6JA) operating from Hilo EOC. Usual frequencies (7.088, 3.888 on HF; 146.94-, other BIWARN rptrs on VHF) for voice. Also asking for checkins on VHF or HF packet (email to KH6EJ@arrl.net), or APRS message-passing QSL to AH6JA, or SSTV to AH6JA.

Rumor has it that participants in this event will also include county agencies such as HCFD, HCPD, HCCD, CERT, and also Red Cross, hospitals, BIVSA, and others.

4. Discussion of random emergency comm topics ensued, whilst Norm circulated a copy of the Member Preference matrix (see KHRC reflector file "Prefer1c.xls"), which he is encouraging all to update. It will hopefully benefit new hams to identify other members with experience in areas of mutual interest.

5. Eric gave his delayed but interesting classified report on the Hawaii County Tactical Interoperability Communications (TIC) Plan Tabletop Exercise, which he attended in Hilo on 10/23/2008.

6. The meeting was adjourned at 15:52W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 11 February 2009, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #31, Waimea, 10 December 2008
Meeting was called to order at 19:05W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the 
Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Bob (AH6J) & Esther Schneider, Charles Ganuelas, and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Old Business
0. Charles passed his Tech license exam, under supervision of VEs John, Steve, and Bob. We're all looking forward to having him join us on the air. He will get the next WH7 callsign after WH7RS in about a week.
New Business
1. Annual Election of Officers was accomplished with the addition of
two sets of proxy votes from Vic Morris (AH6WX) and Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF). They and Bob got our attendance up to 7, above the quorum level. Vote was unanimous to maintain the same slate of officers for another year, until 09 December 2009. Steve, President; Eric, Vice-President; Norm, Secretary-Treasurer; and John, Technical Committee Chair.
2. Steve requested all members to stretch their brains and come up with a personal list of desired club activities, so that we can continue as a viable entity and provide some reason for existence. We need your suggestions. Eric read a note from an Ohio ham friend who essentially was asking the same question of his local group.
3. John reported on having had 2 moonbounce QSOs last month, and we requested that he give us more details of his setup and activities in a future meeting.
4. Norm announced the Kealakehe transfer station / recycling center will be taking household hazardous waste this coming Saturday, 13 Dec 2008, from 07:30 to 14:30. But they do not take (among other things) electronic waste or liquid latex paint. Eric told us how to solidify the paint: add kitty litter. Call 961-5044 for more details, or see http://www.hawaiizerowaste.org.
5. Eric provided us with disposal tips for other waste such as an unwanted car, using Vic's (AH6WX) clever, if slightly unorthodox, method.
6. Bob showed us some of his pictures from the shack of Lloyd Cabral (KH6LC), during a recent ham event. Quite an impressive antenna farm.
7. Brief discussion was held about upcoming talks at the next BIARC meeting by the FCC, who is interested in soliciting help from knowledgable hams to guide public users of digital television (DTV) converter boxes. These will be needed on 15 January 2009 to decode the new digital modulation provided over all future on-the-air TV broadcasts. Hams can earn $25 per assist from the FCC, or one can volunteer one's time to this interesting endeavor.
8. Norm mentioned a hands-on approach to emergency power: using a DC motor in an electric drill, operated in reverse as a handcrank generator. Brief trials yielded about 1.5 volts open circuit output, for about 60 rpm input, in the clockwise direction. CCW output is about -0.8V for the same 60 rpm input.   Testing a bicycle headlight generator and car alternators will follow.
9. Next meeting Eric will give us a more thorough report of the Hawaii County Tactical Interoperability Communications (TIC) Plan Tabletop Exercise, which he attended in Hilo on 10/23/2008. He is still bugging the FD for a procedure to allow their helicopters to monitor and assist CERT members on VHF/UHF calling frequencies. Most of the public service agencies attending the exercise acknowledged they had satellite phones, but none of them had a phonebook. Norm will find out the sat phone numbers of the two units at NHCH.
10. The meeting was adjourned at 20:49W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 11 January 2009, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.
Respectfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA,
Secy-Treasurer
 
Minutes, KHRC Meeting #30, Hawi, 09 November 2008
Meeting was called to order at 14:03W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were Bill Kaye (WH7WK), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Old Business
1. Steve deposited $100 into our treasury from the sale at the October Hamfest of Henry's linear amp. Thanks again Henry! We now have $127 in the treasury.
New Business
2. Howard received a call from a neighbor of member Ed Michelman (AH6LO), who reported that Ed is now a Silent Key. We should hear from Ed's wife regarding when to go to their house in Maliu Ridge and take down the antenna for her. KHRC has been willed all his ham equipment.
3. Ed Vasquez reported on recent entries in the Waikoloa Breeze, the monthly newsletter, of three VHF ham frequencies, placed there so people with scanners can listen to our interesting discussions during emergencies, as was true during the Kiholo Bay earthquake. Eric included 146.52, 147.16, and 147.02 MHz.
4. Ed brought us a neat "show and tell" item, a wooden frame with 90 very bright white LEDs, driven by a 4A @ 12V power brick, and intended to provide light for an associated piece of artwork. The LEDs come already assembled in a strip of 30, and cost $15. Go to http://www.ledwaves.com.
5. Ed also reported on some of the activities of the Waikoloa CERT. They have two hams on their team, one of whom is Jeffrey Lee, WH7PG. Ed is planning to loan them all FRS radios to test with by contacting each other, one on one. They have divided up Waikoloa Village into quadrants for comm purposes.
6. Steve reported that Kohala Cultural Center is still for sale. And he is planning to vacate his office in Carter Professional Center in Waimea in about 6 months. The club can easily find an alternate meeting place in Waimea, such as Lucy Henriques Medical Center conference room.
7. Norm made a half-hearted attempt at recruiting more ARES assistance, in the form of Assistant Emergency Coordinators for North and South Kohala districts. Hamakua district and Waikoloa both have AECs, but it would be very helpful to getting Kohala Hospital up and running in an emergency to have another steady hand helping Howard. And Waimea can also use more than one "designated" emcomm volunteer.
8. Norm reported on his recent VHF packet communication with the International Space Station, RSØISS-4 specifically. He also mentioned that Ron Hashiro, AH6RH, had used the ISS packet facilities as a digipeater to communicate with a ham in Salinas, California. Packet at 1200bps is on 145.825 MHz (simplex). Norm used his attic dual-band J-pole (twinlead kine) which he built with plans and assistance from Eric.
The ISS has at least one astronaut aboard presently who is also a ham, Mike Fincke, KE5AIT. He somehow finds time to call CQ as he speeds by various land forms. And the ISS also provides voice repeater functions on 2m as well as crossband on 70cm and 2m. Uplink in-band is on 144.49 MHz, or on 437.80 MHz (when in cross-band mode). Downlink is always 145.80 MHz. 
Usually there are at least 4 passes of the ISS near Hawai`i per day. Each takes about 90 minutes per orbit, is above the horizon for about 9.5 minutes, and may come from various azimuth angles. Lots of info is available on http://www.issfanclub.com.
9. The meeting was adjourned at 15:24W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 December 2008, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. 
Respectfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer
 
Minutes, KHRC Meeting #29, Waimea, 08 October 2008
Meeting was called to order at 19:01W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the 
Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Bill Kaye (WH7WK), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Old Business
0. Norm started an irrelevant discussion on multiplication of negative numbers and "meaning" thereof. Lots of fun. See these URLs:
http://www.xeeatwelve.com/articles/negative_numbers.htm &
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ 
1. Steve announced the sale of the linear amp at the hamfest for $100, to Greg, WH7FC. John used the successful silent auction technique devised by Howard KD4ML (and E-Bay) to accomplish the sale. Steve will bring the money to the treasurer at some unspecified future time. Present treasury is $27.00 cash, in possession of Secy-Treasurer.
2. Steve also announced sale of Howard's (KD4ML) mobile rig and HT. The 2m magmount antenna was included with the mobile rig. This money goes to Howard.
New Business
3. John announced two new Tech class licensees-to-be are Karin Cooke Whitney and John Winter, both Kohala "graduates" of Norm's classes. They passed their FCC test given by John and his team of VEs today before the meeting. Congratulations! We're eagerly awaiting learning their callsigns and hearing them on the air.
4. John gave away a Tektronix 20MHz oscilloscope and a package of antenna chimney-mount parts to Marc as a "door prize". See, all you stay-at-homes!
5. Norm announced the Ironman bike race "Dead Zone" coverage will be this coming Saturday, 11 October 2008. He will meet with Marc, Ed (WH7DG), and Dorothy (KE6QCL) at the Kohala Cultural Center to get coordinated, at 0830W. Still awaiting details and passes from race committee.
6. The upcoming Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be the next Saturday, 18 October 2008, from 0900-1200W. Expect to receive email from Kevin AH6QO soon. Steve and Marc will be covering Hale Ho`ola Hamakua, Norm will be at North Hawai`i Community Hospital, and someone (probably Howard KD4ML) will operate from home or the Kohala Cultural Center in support of the Kohala Hospital, which is being typically annoying in denying us access to the ham radio gear they own and store there.
Also on 18 October will be the "REACT SOS" exercise in Honolulu, sponsored by REACT and the local area hams. It is a chance to use FRS radios on channel 1 (no tone) to pass traffic (probably tactical). Norm suggested everyone Google "REACT SOS" or Ron Hashiro's website for further details.
7. Bill announced he has a new Yaesu FT-60 dual-band HT and a Kenwood mobile rig. Expect to hear WH7WK a lot on the BIWARN repeater. 
8. Norm mentioned dramatic difference in performance between two HF antennas at NHCH. Some discussion followed. Will measure loaded dipole unmodified SWR (no tuner) versus frequency to see if anything has deteriorated since installation in January 2007. 
Last Saturday's HealthComm net was perhaps the first test of both antennas on 75m. Repeated experiment today showed similar results, with trap dipole about 3 S-units (12-18 dB) better than loaded dipole on 75m, while equal performance was noted on 40m. Different daytime ionospheric conditions between last Saturday early morning and late afternoon today.
9. Brief discussion of new hospital usage of ham radio volunteers, as reported in latest ARRL E-Letter (see KHRC reflector file). Orange County's Hospital Disaster Support Communications Service uses hams to provide in-hospital comm in emergencies as well as whenever local telephones go out of service. The need for alternative comm plans in hospitals is a Joint Commission (JCAHO) requirement. Check out http://www.hdscs.org/.
10. The meeting was adjourned at 20:11W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 09 November 2008, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.
Respectfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA,
Secy-Treasurer
Minutes, KHRC Meeting #28, Hawi, 14 September 2008
Meeting was called to order at 14:03W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Bill Kaye (WH7WK), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Old Business
1. Eric moved to approve last month's minutes. The motion was seconded and voted on favorably.
2. John reviewed our previously agreed sales policy on the Yaesu FL1000 linear amplifier at the upcoming hamfest. We will start by asking $120.
3. Steve reminded us about the Hamfest on 04 October 2008 at the Waimea Community Center (0900-1400W) and the State RACES / ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on 18 October 2008. More details to follow.
4. Norm reported that we now have only a 4-ham minimum team to support the Ironman bike race on 11 October 2008. There will be Marc (WH7CA), Ed (WH7DG), Dorothy (KE6QCL), and himself. More assistance would be much better for the racers' safety. And you get a T-shirt and a few beers (in Kona) at the after-party.
New Business
5. Norm brought up the issue of Grouply, which he learned about from Eric. (See Norm's email to KHRC reflector members: "Please Do Not Join 'Grouply'".) This group could obtain control of sensitive information if people divulge their group usernames and passwords to it. Discussion on this and other internet scams and related topics ensued.
6. Ed announced gasoline discounts available at an Aloha station near the Hawai`i Concrete company on Mamalahoa Highway. He also mentioned he will be meeting soon with the new Waikoloa Village Association Manager, Jim Whillock, and will try to educate him in ARES work and ham radio as an essential tool for emergency communication.
7. Norm brought up a new old topic, that of VHF simplex relaying of messages for dire emergencies in which multiple repeaters are inoperable. Ron Phillips (AH6HN) has gotten several ARES members in the Hilo area to be aware of their simplex capabilities. The discussion morphed into one about general repeater status and philosophy, and the original topic was again seemingly ignored.
8. In an attempt to rejuvenate, enliven, and bolster club discussions, as well as promoting more scientific and/or intellectual topics, Norm suggested we try having Special Interest Groups. He asked club members in future meetings to give short 5-minute reports about some or all of their ham radio activities, so that new members can learn details about some of the diverse aspects of our hobby. He brought up such topics as digital radio, VHF and HF packet, BPSK, APRS, Slow-scan TV, Satellite comm, low-power (Linux / FreeBSD) computers, and J-pole antennas. 
Eric mentioned the topic of documentation of existing radios in convenient terse format, so that potential operators could make use of otherwise hard-to-use radios. John mentioned that QST magazine is now going to provide all the past editions of QST on the internet to ARRL members, with a 4-year blackout period from 2004 to the present.
Random discussion occurred about repeater-building and grant requests, photovoltaic panel efficiencies in vog / particulates, and other stuff.
Future meeting topics might also be profitably expanded in scope to include detailed building projects for new hams to try, with more experienced hams assisting.
9. Eagerly, almost desperately, Bill requested some specific information about what radio(s) to buy as a new ham. He was essentially told, for his unique situation, to buy a dual-band (2m/70cm) mobile rig, and to consider also getting a secondary dual-band HT. The group also discussed battery technology somewhat. We agreed that FRS radios are quite useful for CERT purposes as well.
10. The meeting was adjourned at 16:21W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 08 October 2008, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. 
Respectfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer
Minutes, KHRC Meeting #27, Waimea, 13 August 2008
Meeting was called to order at 19:19W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the 
Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Jake Jakubowsky (N6XIV), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Old Business
1. Steve has definitely listed Kohala Cultural Center for sale. Legal difficulties between the owners may complicate the process. Hawai`i County (Parks & Rec. Dept.) still has 8 months to go on gym lease while they slowly fix Hisaoka Gym in Kapa`au.
2. The deterioration of the fiberglass antenna mast at KH6KCC will now be handled by light sanding and then waxing. This should protect it without preventing telescoping, so it will be moveable.
New Business
3. John passed out prints of an untitled article on Katashi Nose, KH6IJ, for our perusal and inspiration.
4. Eric wrote a new form for Net Control Stations to log their net activities, and he passed out copies of same. It includes detailed instructions and looks useful, given a bit of study. Discussion of this inevitably degenerated into talk about ICS documentation.
5. Norm is looking for ham volunteers for the Ironman Bicycle "Dead Zone" monitoring, especially people to try the organizing and net controlling aspects. Next race will be Saturday, 11 October 2008.
6. Brief discussion of radios -- Yaesu VX150 is good single band HT without danger of inadvertent xmsn on Police or Fire frequencies. Dual band recommended for N Kohala hams, due to several Maui 70cm repeaters. 
7. Norm mentioned deteriorated ability to use VHF packet station at NHCH to connect to Mauna Loa digipeater KH6HPZ-9. Also interestingly there is an improvement in connecting to the Maui digipeater KH6HPZ-7. New antennas on hospital roof possibly could contribute to problem. He will follow up with Harvey, AH6JA.
8. Terry mentioned some of the uses he has for APRS, and a small Tx-only unit from Byonics with GPS. Steve was interested in this as a dog tracker. APRS can be used for balloons and radio-controlled aircraft tracking too. And weather reporting from remote sites.
9. Jake is back from Ohio, where he supervised college co-eds partying and getting drunk, after he retrieved UXO from muddy lakes.
10. The meeting was adjourned at 20:53W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 14 September 2008, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.
Respectfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA,
Secy-Treasurer
Minutes, KHRC Meeting #26, Hawi, 13 July 2008
Meeting was begun about 14:30W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Bill Kaye (WH7WK - formerly WH7PI), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Old Business
1. Before the meeting, Steve and John cleaned up and characterized the Yaesu FL-1000 linear amplifier running into a dummy load and driven by the TS-120S. The amp was found to provide about 400W output on 40m, with 50W input. It was also found to provide about 200W output on 15m, with 25W input. No other frequencies were tested.
2. Before the meeting, Norm modified the IC-718 by removing one of its surface-mounted diodes (D54). It now has transmission capability on 60m which it lacked before. Testing on 60m is yet to be done here. Need for this mod is yet to be determined on IC-718 rigs at both Kohala Hospital and Hale Ho`ola Hamakua. NHCH was already 60m capable.
3. After the meeting began, Bill announced his new callsign, WH7WK.
4. Consensus was reached at an opening price of $120 for the FL-1000 linear amplifier, to be sold at the next Hamfest in Waimea.
5. Bill summarized his activity at Kohala Hospital and his meeting with Pat Kalua, administrator. 
  a. There was a short (10-15 minute) delay in beginning of ham operations on Kiholo earthquake day, 15 Oct 2006, due to Butchie being too busy to open the door to the radio equipment.
  b. There is still no permanent place to operate the equipment. It is boxed and must be set up every time it is used. Pat Kalua is aware.
  c. There is no FEMA go-kit here. (There is one at NHCH and HHH.)
  d. There is still a need for 24/7/365 access for authorized hams to get in the closet to extract the equipment.
  e. The Kohala Hospital would like to have a list of authorized hams to provide access to equipment. Howard is now in possession of same, which Norm has emailed.
  f. Butchie is retiring soon, and George (NH7SB) is no longer involved in any way with ham radio activities at Kohala Hospital.
6. Discussion of rosters ensued. Norm will email both the "official" North Hawai`i roster (NM_0805.pdf) and his new unofficial North Kohala roster (NKhams2.doc) to all present. The official one was created by Eric on 21 April 2008, and it needs updates. It shows whether or not a ham has joined ARES (filled out the ARES application form).
Norm discovered that the rosters above which he had uploaded to the North Kohala CERT reflectors were not compliant with privacy concerns, so they have been removed. They were never uploaded to KHRC or PacSecARES reflectors.
7. Regarding protecting the fiberglass KH6KCC antenna center mast, we decided to sand and then spray it with marine paint (thin coat) which Steve will obtain. If it becomes necessary to collapse it for moving purposes, we will either scratch the paint or else move it uncollapsed.
New Business
8. Brief discussion of new radios emphasized HTs and the FDC model 160A (VHF only) from Hong Kong. They are apparently legal to buy for individual amateur use, but not for distribution to others, since they are not FCC certified (they have open transmission over 136-174 MHz range). Price is about $25, plus $31 shipping.
9. The meeting was adjourned at 16:44W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 August 2008, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. 
Respectfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #25, Waimea, 11 June 2008

Meeting was called to order at 19:03W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Barbara Miller (KE5TWP), Bruce Miller (W0DW), Bill Kaye, and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

0. Eric moved we approve last month's minutes. They were approved.

1. Regarding Kohala Hospital, Bill explained that Ms. Kalua is now the person in charge there. Bill will meet with her and try to reestablish a relationship with the amateur support group in Kohala. The CERT may wish to operate the station there, and we need a new agreement which recognizes the ham volunteers as autonomous communicators.

2. Norm mentioned that Jake (N6XIV) will be the primary responder to NHCH in an emergency, so that Norm can pursue his CERT duties in North Kohala, and then come to NHCH afterwards (a period of up to four hours). Jake and Norm will work at the NHCH radio room jointly thereafter as needed.

3. The fiberglass antenna mast at KH6KCC needs some further research to optimize a protective coating. We will check it out physically next month (or sooner) at the meeting. It may need to be transported to a new location, which necessitates telescoping it. So it would be excellent if it can be lightly sanded and then coated with a very thin layer of spray paint or wax.

4. Norm introduced Barbara and Bruce to the group. They assisted him and Marc (WH7CA) at the recent successful ham coverage of the Ironman Qualifiers bicycle race in Hawi. Both are part-time residents of Kohala Estates, living near Forrest and Norm. Part of the year they reside in New Mexico, about 4 hours N of Albuquerque.

New Business

5. Steve announced that he may be selling Kohala Cultural Center in the near future, which may or may not require moving KH6KCC station. It could take up to a year for this to finalize.

6. Eric described some of the feedback on the Makani Pahili exercise which was given on last night's PacSecARES net by both Kevin Bogan (AH6QO) and Ron Hashiro (AH6RH). Ron agreed that SCD should not be the Net Control Station. He mentioned there are now considered to be 3 frequencies for nets on 40m: 7.088 (#1), 7.080 (#2), and 7.095 (#3). This would be in addition to adjacent freqs needed for traffic passing.

7. Eric elaborated on the VHF packet activity. There are now at least 4 packet stations in N Hawai`i: at Eric's QTH, Norm's QTH, NHCH, and KH6KCC. Our present plan calls for testing packet comm between a fixed site and a portable one, under varying power levels. Eric also reported on Ron Hashiro's website description of JNOS packet operations and Open APRS operations.

8. Eric reported on the DEC meeting of 14 May 2008 in Hilo. He and Rick Ward (WH6FC) of S Hawai`i district met with Bob Schneider (AH6J) and Ron Phillips (AH6HN) at the EOC. They also talked there with Quince Mento, the new head of Hawai`i County Civil Defense. There was a positive feeling generated by this discussion, even though the meeting was cut short due to volcanic eruption events. Quince seems to be supportive of ham activities. HTs cannot penetrate the EMI shielding of the Hilo EOC.

9. Norm described the CERT status in North Kohala, and their 75% ham membership. Eric described a hopeful scheme to use FD helicopters for relays to EOC as needed by ham/CERTs in an emergency.

10. Field Day is scheduled to have KHRC merge with either KARS or BIARC, according to individual preference. The Kona group will be at Bill's (KH6XS) in Laupahoehoe, while the Hilo group will be at Wailoa Park in downtown Hilo. Norm is planning to set up a demo station at the Suka picnic in Hawi, which happens to be on Field Day, 28 June 2008.

11. Eric added to the previous Makani Pahili report that there were lots of timeouts of KH6HPZ operators, due to the 30-second timeout setting on the State RACES repeater. This time was chosen to minimize waiting time for emergency traffic to break in. Operators need to be aware of timeout and just key off for a second every so often within 30 seconds.

12. Eric added that Quince Mento believes it will be another 5 years before we acquire the Motorola 800 MHz encrypted digital police comm network on Hawai`i.

13. John reiterated his request for people to join BIARC or KARS, to support the island repeater network financially.

14. The meeting was adjourned at 20:41W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 13 July 2008, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted, Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #24, Hawi, 11 May 2008

Meeting was called to order at 14:23W by VP Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Before and after the meeting, Eric and John assisted Howard to fix his power supply by replacing a dead regulator transistor.

2. John moved we approve last month's minutes. They were approved.

3. ARES participation at Kohala Hospital requires both our support and that of their employees. John noted we need to have further communication with Butchie and Ida, and to replace the previous understanding with a new one supported by the manager, Gino. John suggested we move the FEMA "Go kit" from the hospital to KCC, at least until we are back under an agreement of cooperation with the hospital.

4. The Richard Rowe (K7RI) Memorial Transceiver, an IC-718, was added to the KH6KCC equipment inventory by John, who has made it a long-term loan to our club. We will need to determine its 60m capability, but it is a definite improvement over the TS-120S in its 160m and other bands.

Kohala Hospital also has an IC-718, which they purchased. Hale Ho`ola Hamakua has an old tube-type Yaesu which doesn't have 60m capability. The TS-120S, a venerable warhorse, will still be useful to the club to provide new General class hams an initial taste of HF operations.

5. The Healthy Keiki Fest on 12 April 2008 in Waimea was a success, and Jake (N6XIV) and Norm provided ham radio entertainment to lots of kids. John helped them erect the inverted vee antenna, and Eric had excellent discussions over HF with the kids. One adult was even enthused about becoming a ham, in about six months. We'll see.

6. Howard has volunteered to assist the Ironman 70.3 Qualifier bike race with Marc (WH7CA) and Norm, in order to help provide "humanitarian aid" to any bicyclists who have problems inside the cell-phone "dead zone" of North Kohala (MP17-20).

7. John has scheduled an FCC (VE) test for 07 June 2008, to facilitate the entry into ham radio for those CERT members from North Kohala who take the Tech licensing class which Norm is holding on 25 May and 01 June.

New Business

8. John was able to meet newly appointed Hawai`i County Civil Defense director Quince Mento at the last BIARC meeting in Hilo. Regarding his impression John said, "I don't have any information."

9. Jack Wheeler (KH6CC) became an SK recently, and a memorial service and barbeque was held at his family home in Pa`auilo. He is interred there by his 160m tower.

10. Eric requested clarification of ARES membership for people who do not technically live in Hamakua district, but rather North Hilo. John said they should be considered members of our group regardless.

11. Norm reminded us that the next statewide Emcomm exercise will be the Makani Pahili exercise on Saturday, 24 May 2008, from 0900-1200W. There will also be a portion of that exercise on Wednesday, 21 May 2008, from 1000-1400W. Standby for more details from our SEC. There will be differences from last year.

Served agencies participating in Makani Pahili include Hale Ho`ola Hamakua, where Steve (WH6N) and Marc (WH7CA) will operate; Waikoloa Community Church, covered by Eric and Vic (AH6WX); North Hawai`i Community Hospital, with Norm; and Kohala Hospital, which needs a ham to operate there. Howard is looking for a suitable local candidate.

12. John's eagle eye has detected early signs of fiberglass decay on the club vertical telescoping mast here at KCC. We need to decide how to fix it, and whether or not to maintain its capability to telescope, which may not survive a thorough painting. A classic tradeoff.

13. Eric announced his intention to develop VHF packet radio facilities for North Hawai`i, including one or more digipeaters. Whether or not one believes the SV2AGW software can provide the digipeating function, there is still a need for some cable assembly work, which Norm will provide to connect some of Eric's equipment.

14. The four Hawai`i County DECs will meet next Wednesday, 14 May 2008, with the SM (Bob, AH6J), ASM (Ron, AH6HN), and Quince Mento of HCCD in Hilo, and Eric will bring us his assessment at the next KHRC meeting.

15. The meeting was adjourned at 15:36W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 11 June 2008, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted, Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #23, 09 April 2008

Meeting was called to order at 19:07W by Steve Milner (WH6N) at Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Vic Morris (AH6WX), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

0. Eric moved we approve last month’s minutes. They were approved.

1. The one remaining Ham Radio License Manual has still not been given to Waikoloa Fire Station. Norm will attempt to call Chris Langan and arrange transfer.

New Business

2. John reported there was a VHF antenna problem with KH6KCC station while Howard (KD4ML) was using it during the last HealthComm net, on 5 April 2008. More info is needed from Howard.

3. The Healthy Keiki Fest is this coming Saturday 12 April 2008 from 10:00-14:00W. John, Jake, and Norm will operate at given Waimea site near YMCA. Steve and Eric will provide comm on HF (7.088 MHz) and VHF (BIWARN) to entertain the incoming kids.

4. Makani Pahili exercise will occur on Saturday 24 May 2008 from 09:00-12:00W, and also on Wednesday 21 May 2008 from 10:00-14:00W. More details to follow. Steve and Marc will operate out of Hale Ho`ola Hamakua; Norm will operate at NH7HI (NHCH). Not certain if anyone will operate at Kohala Hospital.

5. Norm had a brief discussion of CERT training and its methods. Counter-intuitive is the fact that CPR is not used by CERTs during triage. If there are many more victims than CERT members, the rule is to "do the most good for the most people". CPR would only be performed if enough CERT members are present to allow time.

6. Ironman Qualifier bicycle race will be held 31 May 2008. Marc, Ed, Dorothy, and Norm will again provide backup comm for the cellphone dead zone on Akoni Pule Hwy.

7. Norm mentioned that the KH6KCC transceiver (a Kenwood TS-120S) is limited by having warm-up frequency drift, as well as lacking frequency coverage for 60m (5.3-5.4 MHz) and 160m (1.8-2.0 MHz) bands. He suggested we consider a club donation of another radio. John graciously volunteered an IC-718 which he recently received from SK Richard Rowe (W7RI). The TS-120S (donated by Dr. Gingrich, KH6IPI) will become the club’s loaner transceiver.

8. Vic gave an excellently prepared lecture (with hardcopy handouts) entitled "Hawai`i Major Natural Disaster History". Accompanying photos of hurricane Georges (1998, Puerto Rico) were sobering. Statistics regarding Hawai`i earthquakes, tsunami, hurricanes, and lava flows all seem to point to immanent events. Stay prepared to use your emcomm skills!

9. The meeting was adjourned at 21:11W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 11 May 2008, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi, unless Mother’s Day forces a change in plan.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #22, Hawi, 09 March 2008

Meeting was called to order at 14:38W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Tim Petersen (AH7AA), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

0. Before the meeting, Norm tested the club VHF rig (HTX-242) with packet modulation and demonstrated same by sending an email to Mary Kay, using Harvey's Telpac node AH6JA and the Hawaii State packet network on Haleakala and Mauna Loa.

1. Before and after the meeting, Steve and John wired up the KH6KCC shack with the new PowerGate and adjusted the Astron power supply to 14.1V output. The batteries are now being intelligently charged.

2. Eric moved we approve last month's minutes. They were approved.

3. Eric has temporarily put the latest BISET scenario on hold. He'll try again to organize it next year.

New Business

4. Steve announced that the next statewide Emcomm exercise will be the Makani Pahili exercise on Saturday, 17 May 2008, from 0900-1200W. Standby for more details. There will be differences from last year.

5. Norm announced his decision to step down from the District Emergency Coordinator position after the normal biennium. He will recommend that Eric take his place, and that he take Eric's, as South Kohala EC.

6. For "show and tell", Norm brought a retrofitted flashlight with 3 ultra-bright "white" LEDs, running on shack power (12V) at about 70mW each. A short discussion followed, and Herb noted he knows of a 5W LED which is capable of shining a mile. The new "white" LEDs are cooked up from materials used in individual red, green, and blue LEDs.

7. Norm reported on some of the details of the CERT training which he is undergoing presently, and he urged everyone to take it or at least download the material and become familiar with some of the skills. He will also be urging CERT members to become hams. The present CERT people in North Hawai`i are Forrest (K7CMK), Dee Anne (KD5POC), and himself.

8. Herb mentioned an interesting method of VHF signal testing, using a robotic "parrot" which can detect an incoming audio message of limited duration, memorize it, and repeat it back automatically. A simplex repeater.

9. Howard reported that he and Tom Tinker, a Kohala Hospital board member, are actively discussing the ham radio situation at Kohala Hospital and he expects forward movement towards space availability and antenna deployment in the near future.

10. Howard is also now the official contact person for entry to KH6KCC, taking over from Desiree Yamamoto. His phone number is 889-5431.

11. Somehow digressions of wind-powered generators and internet E-Bay sales ensued, as well as a report from Ed that his sculpture (a bust of Laura Bush) will be presented to Governor Linda Lingle soon.

12. Eric showed us his technique for soldering up RG-58 coax into a PL-259 connector. It is critical to file off the nickel plating to get the solder to adhere, and it is important to use a nail clipper or equivalent to remove the extra mass of coax braid.

13. The meeting was adjourned at 15:49W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 09 April 2008, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #21, Waimea, 13 February 2008

Meeting was called to order at 19:03W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Vic Morris (AH6WX), Jeffrey Parent, Tim Petersen (AH7AA), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

0. Eric moved we approve last month's minutes. They were approved.

1. BISET - no action, awaiting memo from Eric describing details.

2. Ham Radio License Manuals have been distributed to Fire Stations by Chris Langan, except for Waikoloa, at his last report on 10/3/2007. Efforts to contact Chris for further info have been unsuccessful. There has also been zero feedback from any of the island fire stations who were the recipients of the books.

3. ICS213 - Eric is looking for a method of using MS Word as a template document, so that each field for practice messages can be automated. It has been noted that there is no such thing as a "standard" version of ICS213 (or HICS213).

New Business

4. Jeffrey Parent introduced himself as a friend of Tim, who has done military comm but hasn't yet gotten a ham license. He is trying to find a way to talk on VHF to Ocean View from Kalaoa (near Kailua-Kona).

5. Norm asked for volunteers to operate the KHRC portable station at this year's Healthy Keiki Fest in Waimea. Jake and John agreed to join him there, while Eric and Steve agreed to be home for HF QSOs (7.088/3.888 MHz) at random times from 10:00-14:00 on Saturday, 12 April 2008.

6. Very bright white LEDs are now available cheaply. Three of them in series make an excellent station light for emergency purposes, drawing only 20mA. Norm has two such fixtures, and he passed around his Mini-Maglight flashlight, which has been retrofitted with LEDs.

7. Steve showed us a photo and diagram of an impressively large array of 6 HF yagi antennas on a common rotating tower.

8. John went thru the litany of Hawai`i County repeater linkages for Ed's benefit, who wanted to know how one could tell if there were people off-island linked to BIWARN. There is now no "courtesy" beep coming from the UHF link repeaters. There is a 100Hz CTCSS tone required on NH7HI (147.32). Presumably the BIARC monthly newsletter has an accurate listing.

Steve requested an accurate diagram or flow-chart or map of the entire system, showing the relative positions of repeaters and links.

There is no way to tell if someone has connected an IRLP node to the system, which opens it up to the rest of the world. Discussion ensued about emergency comm linkages.

John reiterated his request for people to join BIARC or KARS, to support the island repeater network financially.

9. Norm requested inputs from members on how to obtain ARRL group discount prices on Photovoltaic panels for amateur emcomm use. Eric suggested emailing Mike Bryce, and John telephoned Bob Schneider, our SM and local ARRL expert. We all said "Hi" to Bob.

10. Norm requested suggestions from members on how to provide legal comm to fire, police, or EMS during a comm emergency when no 911 service is working. Although FCC allows hams to use any available frequencies at their disposal, including normally illegal police freqs, during an emergency, when life or property is threatened, some state laws have emphatically denied such usage. Hams would interfere with police comm, at least in places like California and Ohio. Status in Hawai`i is not known.

John mentioned we have a new enthusiastic HCPD Chief, who may be able to assist in this.

Eric emailed 2 interesting suggestions post-meeting:

A. An autopatch scheme for dialing 911 (which only works if the phone lines are working), and

B. Having amateur-licensed dispatch operators monitor a legal ham freq which is made audible by decoding a unique DTMF tone sequence.

11. The meeting was adjourned at 20:46W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 09 March 2008, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #20, Hawi, 13 January 2008

Meeting was called to order at 14:04W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Tim Petersen (AH7AA), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Eric moved we approve last month's minutes. They were approved.

2. The treasurer paid Steve $140.30 for the "Super PWRgate PG40S Backup Power System" from West Mountain Radio, including

shipping. Treasury now has $26.95 cash balance.

3. Before the meeting, Norm tested the club VHF rig (HTX-242) with BPSK31 audio modulation from Digipan software driving

the PC soundcard. The usual tones were detected on 146.52MHz on a separate HT. More testing is inevitable, possibly on

repeater frequencies.

New Business

4. Steve handed out a very useful printout of an article by Ron Dodson, KA4MAP, SEC for Kentucky, discussing the ICS213

message format. We discussed the use of this format and the traditional ARRL format. Both will still be needed, but emphasis

on ICS213 in the near future is recommended.

5. John reported on an item in the ARRL Letter, regarding new Windows application software for VHF and HF digital work. It

uses many operating modes. This is the software from Skip Teller, KH6TY, which prompted investigation of BPSK31 on VHF

FM. (See #3 above.) Please see http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/08/0111/

6. Tim introduced himself as a new resident of Honoka`a, and mentioned that his wife, Vivian Smith, is the new house coordinator

(night supervisor) at North Hawai`i Community Hospital. He was concerned that NHCH doesn't have wi-fi internet coverage for

the patient rooms. Tim volunteered to provide various electronic supplies (presumably at cost) to the club thru his business,

Hamakua Coast Electronic Supply. He also could loan us a Pactor3 HF digital interface if needed for future emergencies or

exercises.

7. Short discussion followed about the general status of Hawai`i hospitals and their communication capabilities. A new antenna is

ready to be installed at Hale Ho`ola Hamakua in Honoka`a, pending allocation of time and detailed planning by Steve, Hamakua

EC.

8. Howard, North Kohala EC, reported the total breakdown in face-to-face communication between him and the leadership of

Kohala Hospital. He has been very close to obtaining a permanent station location there for quite a while, so this is discouraging

news. We are fortunate to have the KH6KCC club station nearby in Hawi, but more liaison work with Kohala Hospital is

necessary.

9. Eric discussed the proposed Big Island Simulated Emergency Test (BISET) briefly. Emailing has not gotten much local

response, so the next move is to telephone certain Hawai`i club and ARRL officers. Eric will write up something to encourage

people to join us, and to help simplify the process of making messages which fit a specific role-playing scenario.

10. The meeting was adjourned at 15:32W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 February 2008, at 19:00W (7:00pm

HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea.

Post-Meeting

11. John tested the club antenna on 40m, using his new K3 during the afternoon net. Good band condx gave him an S9+10 signal

report from East Hawai`i and S9+20 from Kona.

12. Steve and John checked into the wiring and equipment re-positioning needed to install the new PG40S power gate unit in the

KH6KCC station. Work was tabled until March meeting time.

13. En route home, Norm's car suffered electrical failure, but he was able to contact John on 146.94, whose trucking skills and

towrope got him home successfully. The failure was in the dreaded "cellphone dead zone", last operated during Ironman 2007.

14. Eric and Mary Kay escaped damage and injury in a near-headon collision on a rainy Kohala Mountain Road en route home.

Good defensive driving, Eric!

15. John reported that Richard Rowe (W7RI) is now a Silent Key.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #19, Waimea, 12 December 2007

Meeting was called to order at 19:22W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Eric moved we approve last month's minutes. They were approved.

2. Linear amp donated by Henry (KH6GQM) will be offered for sale,

first on the afternoon "Swap'n'Shop" net, then at the Hamfest. Prior to offering, Steve and John will bring up some dummy loads

to Hawi and check it out.

3. Ham Radio License Manuals have been distributed to Fire Stations by Chris Langan, except for Waikoloa, at his last report on

10/3/2007. Efforts to contact Chris for further info need to be increased. There has also been zero feedback from any of the

island fire stations who were the recipients of the books.

4. Battery power system for club station KH6KCC, and associated maintenance protocol, has been determined by unanimous vote

of members present. Club will purchase a "Super PWRgate PG40S Backup Power System" from West Mountain Radio for

$130 plus shipping. Info at http://www.westmountainradio.com/pdf/PG40Smanual.pdf

Existing treasury had $57.25, John bought back the small 4A charger for $50, and members present donated $60. Treasury now

has $167.25. John volunteered to provide PowerPoles for completing the cabling, and Steve will do the purchasing. The

batteries will be discharged every time we meet in Hawi, by turning on the radio for at least 2 hours. They will float at 13.5V

(+/-2%), with power supply on continuously. Hopefully this will keep the batteries healthy.

New Business

5. John mentioned briefly that crossband link repeater is now installed at Forrest's (K7CMK) QTH in Kohala Estates, and full-

quieting signals are happening on BIWARN thru the KH6RS Haleakala repeater (146.94 MHz).

6. John also talked about meeting with Richard (W7RI), who is in less than perfect shape, but still actively operating, or at least

listening, to CW stations when he can.

7. Eric brought up the sticky issue of the BIWARN system and its usage. Now that we have virtually connected the entire island of

Hawai`i, by means of a Maui link, there may be a dropoff in utilization. There is also a slightly undesired side-effect of the Maui

connection. That is the additional traffic from Portland Oregon, due to K7LE, who links via IRLP and who is a former Maui

resident. This was deemed a small price to pay for the privilege of getting full coverage over Hamakua.

8. Eric's suggestion to provide one more Big Island Simulated Emergency Test (BISET) in January or February 2008 was further

developed. He thought that adding digital modes to the practice session would be valuable, particularly if those hams who are

unfamiliar with BPSK or VHF packet could actually observe same in operation and see how easy they are. For this reason (and

others) Steve suggested we do not necessarily have to operate from served agency locations during this BISET.

We will decide on a date certain, and then commence a two-way public information campaign with the ham community,

using all available resources (email, reflectors, Hawai`i Afternoon Net, BIWARN morning net & ARES net, etc.). We will

attempt to get feedback from all local hams about elements they wish to incorporate into this BISET.

Having the BISET run for longer than two hours, and possibly with more than just SSB mode, and over multiple frequency

bands, with traffic passing on separate frequencies from net control, should provide an interesting and useful event. We will

suggest that all participants log their activities and make a report to their local EC of their statistics and observations. Collated

reports will be sent to Kevin (AH6QO).

9. We discussed briefly the Waikoloa Community Church and plans for future antenna placement there. Still awaiting approval on

fixed installations. We may be given a small storage space, perhaps even large enough to hold PC, monitor, radios, antennas,

and miscellany.

10. John and Marc distributed various books and radio equipment.

11. The meeting was adjourned at 20:47W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 13 January 2008, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at

the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #18, Hawi, 11 November 2007

Meeting was called to order at 14:19W by Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Steve Milner (WH6N), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Priority Business - Election of Officers

0. Due to the fact that a quorum of 6 members was present (the total number of voting members being recollected by Secretary as 18), a motion was made and seconded to have an election. There were no new nominees determined by counting from the floor or from emails to the Secretary. Nominations were moved and seconded to be closed. The present slate of officers was re-elected then by acclamation. The following will serve for another year, until 10 November 2008:

Steve Milner, President Eric Grabowski, Vice-President Norm Cohler, Secy-Treasurer John Buck, Tech. Cmte. Chair

Old Business

1. Minutes of previous meeting (10/10/2007) are still unapproved, due to group senior amnesia.

2. As reported last month, Ham Radio License Manuals have been distributed to Fire Stations by Chris Langan (WH7BJ), except for Waikoloa, at his last report on 10/3/2007. Norm will contact Chris and determine how to handle final book.

3. Steve arrived at 14:25W and took over meeting presiding from Eric.

4. John presented the club Treasurer with a check from BIARC for $36.25, as our share (25%) of the proceeds from the Hamfest on 20 October 2007. This brings the KHRC treasury up to $57.25.

New Business

5. John reported that Field Day 2008 will be an opportunity for KHRC to join with the Kona ARS at Kalopa State Park, near Pa`auilo. Rooms there are $10 per night. Probably good QTH for mainland QSOs.

6. Eric mentioned that there will be a Recycle Day at the Kona Solid Waste Transfer Station on 8 December 2007. Presumably one can bring things then that are normally not acceptable(?)

7. Eric suggested we consider providing certificates for the founding members of the club. The Secretary was overjoyed.

8. Steve noted that Troy Kindred, Hawai`i County Civil Defense Director, has resigned to take a job in Honolulu and then to return to Iraq. Harry Kim is interim HCCD Director. Present status of HCFD and HCPD activities was noted improved recently over previous years.

9. Norm suggested we do some testing of the club antenna on 60m and 160m, in order to be able to use these very valuable bands. John noted that presence of a good ground is essential to one method of having the feedline act as part of the antenna to get the added length needed for 160m.

Of course the present HF radio (Kenwood TS-120S) does not have either 60m or 160m capability. That would be a separate modification (or new purchase).

10. Norm recommended we do something to keep the present battery in good running condition, such as using it and then recharging it on a regular basis. John said the minimum we could do would be an annual full discharge and recharge. John will investigate using the battery as a backup, placing it across the power supply terminals.

11. The issue of the donated linear RF amp from Henry (KH6GQM) was discussed. Steve will call Henry and see if he wants to give it to someone else, since the club has not really got a good use for a QRO station. If Henry agrees and nobody else wants it, we will sell it at next year's Hamfest.

12. A brief discussion of Linux ensued, but no demo at this time. Also a demo of the KH6KCC packet station was not done, due to inability of the station to transmit properly. Possible connector problem. Norm will attempt to fix same.

13. The meeting was adjourned at 15:39W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 12 December 2007, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #17, Waimea, 10 October 2007

Meeting was called to order at 19:00W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Vic Morris (AH6WX), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Eric moved we approve last month's minutes. They were approved.

2. Ham Radio License Manuals have been distributed to Fire Stations by Chris Langan, except for Waikoloa, at his last report on 10/3/2007.

New Business

0. Show and tell pre-meeting of Eric's new Mitrex UHF repeater. Looks very impressive.

1. The club is overdue for an election of officers, according to our Constitution & By-Laws. It should have occurred in June 2007, at the 1-year anniversary of the club founding. We are also lax in not having official membership, for the purposes of a quorum (needed for elections). Therefore the meeting last night determined that since there was a quorum of the founding members (4 out of 5), we would

(a) Establish an official membership list, based on attendance at more than one meeting since club inception, and ratified by the founding members, and

(b) Propose re-election of all existing officers for another 1-year term, expiring in October 2008, with new nominations for officers possible from all official members.

There will be a one-week deadline for new nominations, after the email is sent to members. If any new candidates are nominated for office, there will be an election with a one-week deadline for completion. If no new candidates are nominated, the present slate of officers shall serve another year.

2. Steve reminded us of the upcoming Hawai`i State SET this Saturday 10/13/2007 on both HF (7.088 MHz) and VHF (147.02/04/06 MHz). Discussion of last week's Big Island SET followed. Eric praised the BISET as the "best one he has seen in 8 years".

We discussed features of the procedure, such as streamlined checkin, and determined that in future both Name and QTH will be added to Callsign and Message Traffic listing at check-in time. Brief discussion of the official ARRL recommendation of Test Precedence and "Test Message X" portion of text ensued.

Eric suggested we should do more message passing on a different frequency from net control. Also he recommended we provide a list of known served agencies as tactical callsigns. Then as people check in, they can be assigned tactical callsigns for the test duration, so as to have real message recipients rather than just amateur-to-amateur. This will enhance the realism of the exercise.

We discussed the temporary setup at the parking lot of Waikoloa Community Church during the BISET, and plans for future antenna placement there. It is an excellent venue, being across the street from Waikoloa Elementary School, a designated shelter. This looks like a good alternate location to the Waikoloa fire station, which seems to be unavailable for the present.

3. Norm reported on the preparations for the Ironman bicycle race coverage. We had a successful simplex test last Saturday, which allows us four team members to communicate with each other on 146.52, without needing the KH6RS or WH6DEW repeaters. The repeater option is still open however, if required. The base station will be at KH6KCC, the club facility, and it will be in contact with the race emergency dispatch center in the King Kamehameha Hotel via landline.

Team members from Waikoloa (Ed & Dot) and Ahualoa (Marc) will be driving to the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi via the Kohala Mountain Road (Hwy 250), to avoid any hassles with police en route. Norm will have car passes and T-shirts to distribute and last-minute briefings at 0830-0900W Saturday 13 October 2007 at KCC.

Ed and Dot will probably be using their GMRS radios for added inter-station communication during the race. In the event that bike race duties are not overwhelming, team members may choose to check in to the state SET, either on HF or VHF, with actual reports of bike activity as text for tactical messages, or possibly formal messages.

4. Further discussion about message handling followed.

5. The meeting was adjourned at 20:36W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 11 November 2007, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #16, Hawi, 09 September 2007

Meeting was called to order at 14:24W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were Henry AhSam (KH6GQM), John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

0. Eric moved we approve last month's minutes; they were.

1. Ham Radio License Manuals will be dropped off at Chris Langan's (WH7BJ) house or the Fire Station in Kapa`au by Howard later this week, for distribution to fire stations. Howard will get them from Norm, who will get them from Steve. A bucket brigade seems appropo. ;-)

2. The Ironman Triathlon bike race is planned to be covered at critical mileage range 16-21 along Akoni Pule Highway by Ed (WH7DG), Dorothy (KE6QCL), Marc (WH7CA), Norm, and someone (TBD) from Kailua-Kona who can operate from the dispatch center in the King Kam Hotel.

Simplex experiments done post-meeting between Steve and Norm showed that if we position a station on the road at approximately halfway (milepost 18.5), then all stations from MP 16-21 can use that central person as relay. We will need to use a repeater (probably 146.94) to get to the King Kam station, however.

New Business

3. Howard announced a significant step forward at the Kohala Hospital in Kapa`au. He has been granted a fixed location to store the ARES radio gear and the privilege of putting up a "permanent" antenna. He plans to do the antenna work tomorrow (9/10/2007), using the existing 40m dipole, and to acquire a back-up antenna to store for eventual post-disaster use.

4. Norm announced his proposal to have a second net for the PacSecARES group, in order to practice emcomm activities. This one would be for training of new hams and Tech class hams who can't get on the HF bands yet. It would utilize the Western Reflector (IRLP), which allows connection with either radio (thru an IRLP or EchoLink node) or PC. The IRLP node address is 9257 and the EchoLink node is 336037 (also known as "DCF-ARC Conference" node). Message handling in various formats would be a primary activity. Net control would be another topic for learning and practice.

5. Henry requested that we teach a course in Technician class licensing in Kohala for a group of about 5 CBers who are interested in becoming hams. John agreed to teach, along with assistance from Henry and Norm, assuming the class members agree to do their homework diligently. The details of where and when will be announced by Henry. Tentative cost of class, which includes book and test fee, will be $40.

6. Eric announced he has been editing the EmComm Plan document and is about ready to post same on both KHRC and PacSecARES reflectors. The people who are named in the rosters will be ARES members, so this gives the ECs and DEC an opportunity to call all the local hams who are not in ARES and get them to fill out an application form and become card-carrying ARES members. We will also post the EmComm Plan documents on both the BIARC and KARS websites, so they are accessible to non-members of the reflectors.

7. John noted that some of us have been free-loading on the generosity of the BIARC and KARS clubs, as far as repeater funding is concerned. Rather than having dues in our club, it was agreed to ask our people who are not already simultaneous members of BIARC or KARS to join one or the other, and thereby assuage their guilt and support VHF repeater activities on Hawai`i. This is quite reasonable, since we are now served by an island-wide linked repeater system (with a little help from Maui ARC) that covers North Hawai`i.

8. Eric announced he is planning to provide the Waikoloa area with a new UHF repeater on 444.975(+) MHz. He has the various Motorola components in hand and will build a homebrew controller.

9. Jake discussed some interesting facts about heavy metals as used in military applications.

10. The meeting was adjourned at 15:55W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 October 2007, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. NOTE: from now until January 2008, the meetings will fall on consecutive dates each month, i.e. 9/9, 10/10, 11/11, 12/12, 1/13.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #15, Waimea, 08 August 2007

Meeting was called to order at 19:09W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Tuddy Lake (KH6PI), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Vic Morris (AH6WX), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

1. Steve moved we approve last month's minutes. They were approved.

2. Ham Radio License Manuals are still in Steve's hands, awaiting distribution to Chris Langan, who was not home last time Steve was in Kohala.

New Business

1. There are now three new Tech class licensees-to-be, thanks to VEs John, Tuddy, and Steve, who oversaw the exam tonight. Next time we will have callsigns to report for Sara Fuller, June Greenfelder, and Mike Kapchinske.

2. Norm reported that he has been requested to provide amateur radio assistance for the next Ironman Triathlon bicycle race on 13 Oct 2007. There is a comm gap unfillable with commercial radios or cellphones, from Milepost 16-21 along Akoni Pule Highway. John and Norm verified that this section of road can be worked completely using KH6RS repeater (146.94-), and partially (MP16-19) using WH6DEW (147.16+) repeater. So far Ed, Dorothy (KE6QCL), Marc, Steve, and Norm have agreed to volunteer for this event. We are now awaiting a go-ahead from the Ironman committee, along with further needed details. Additional volunteers may be needed, depending on what requirements are for the race. Norm will keep us posted. Of course hams in BIARC and KARS may also be solicited if necessary. It has been confirmed and re-confirmed that this Ironman event will not interfere with the SET (06 Oct 2007) nor with the Waimea Hamfest (20 Oct 2007). All major earthquakes are hereby requested to avoid this timeframe as well.

3. Regarding antenna tests on the Wide Band Folded Dipole (WBFD), Norm has built a clone of the B&W 90 foot model (BWD-90) and operated it successfully on 75m, 60m, 40m, and 20m. Although it tunes OK, it was apparently not radiating well enough on 160m to be heard much above noise level on Maui, approximately 50 miles away, in tests with Tom Worthington (KH7CC).

Tom donated the critical 600 ohm 200W non-inductive resistor which is the main component besides wire in this antenna. The WBFD has been delivered to Steve, who will install it at Hale Ho`ola Hamakua for further use and testing at a higher elevation above ground.

4. Minor discussion ensued about the Makani Pahili exercise (19 May 2007), during which there was poor comms on 40m for the first 1.5 hours, and an apparently unnecessary doubling of the number of traffic nets. Both HealthComm and RACES tried to checkin hams statewide and took quite a long time to do so. Finally at 10:30W the NCS shifted freq to 75m, and things progressed well thereafter.

5. Further discussion about message handling formats followed John's comment on the efficacy of using ARRL message format. We need to be flexible as communicators, and provide traffic passing services using whatever format the sender and receiver require. Hopefully they will someday agree on such a format.

6. Ed brought up an excellent point, that we could advertise our activities in a local newspaper, under "Coming Events". Such things as the local South Kohala ARES net or the statewide PacSecARES net are prime candidates for announcement, as is the BIWARN ARES net. We can also get wider distribution than the KHRC reflector by providing items of interest to the BIARC monthly newsletter. Steve mentioned that there is a need for a one-page ("cheatsheet") summary of all the local radio activities for new hams to read and digest. Nets, repeater and emcomm frequencies, clubs, events, good websites, hamfests,...

7. Norm reported on the digital interface which he just built for the VHF packet capability at KH6KCC. It will be installed this Friday, if all goes well. The PC board was made by hand rather than using the CAD-generated drawings which he made. If there is ever any need for more than one board at a time, it will be necessary to try a method of copying the artwork onto special paper which then can be "ironed" onto the copper side(s) of the board, and then etched.

8. John reported that he has successfully established the crossband link between the KH6RS (146.94-) repeater and BIWARN. It was tested today island-wide, and even provided a mainland QSO via the IRLP capability of KH6RS. This repeater has excellent coverage on the Big Island (down to Ninole on the east, Miloli`i on the west), Maui, and even to Honolulu on O`ahu.

9. Marc invited us to a presentation about the PSI Basic Seminar, which will be held in Hawi next Thursday 16 August 2007. These motivational seminars cost $400, and are held in Honolulu at the convention center in a 4-day session.

10. The meeting was adjourned at 20:29W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 9 September 2007, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted, Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

 

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #14, Hawi, 08 July 2007

Meeting was called to order at 14:17W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Ed Michelman (AH6LO), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

0. Steve moved we approve last month's minutes. They were approved.

1. Ham Radio License Manuals will be dropped off at Chris Langan's (WH7BJ) house by Steve today, for distribution to fire stations.

New Business

2. Ed Michelman announced he is looking for 100 ft of "coax" (RG-8 kine). John mentioned that Forrest (K7CMK) has some extra available.

3. John reported on the rejuvenated repeater KH6RS, operational again on Haleakala on 146.94(-) MHz, with a new PL tone frequency of 110.9 Hz. Since this repeater has excellent coverage of much of North and West Hawai`i (at or above Kona), as well as the Hamakua Coast, it is going to be linked via UHF into the Big Island Wide Area Network (BIWARN). John is now testing the link repeater equipment and will soon (date unknown) place it in Forrest's (K7CMK) hands for operating.

John also mentioned there is ongoing work by the Big Island Repeater Group to improve the existing link on Mauna Loa, as well as the possibility of a future repeater (again) on Mauna Kea. Sub rosa donations for the new link repeater were alluded to.

4. Norm reported on his PCB artwork endeavors and sought inputs from the group on whether to proceed with PC soundcard interfaces to allow KHRC club HF and VHF radios (and others, such as Hilo EOC) to use the many digital operating modes. Apparently a few people have newer radios with the soundcard interface prewired, so they have no need for an external board.

Eric noted the existence of a plethora of commercial interfaces, none of which adequately satisfies all cases. No conclusion was reached.

5. Ed Vasquez reported on his recent meeting with Concilman Higa, who expressed an affinity (but no offering of funds) for ham radio. Ed also reported that the Waikoloa Emergency Preparedness Committee has seemingly granted blanket approval of ham radio antennas, if they are wire (e.g. dipoles) or verticals. If they involve towers or large yagis (beams), plans will be scrutinized by the committee prior to its vote.

A discussion followed on the now unusable proposal to have a local FM station for Waikoloa to provide emergency broadcasts. Currently they get their info from commercial FM stations on 99.1, 105.3, and 106.9 MHz, plus one AM station on 620 KHz. These stations only need to broadcast emergency (civil defense) messages once per hour.

7. Herb mentioned briefly the work and the thrills of doing Earth-Moon-Earth radio comm. And he is an avid digital mode (JT65 and CW) operator.

8. Norm reported that the KHRC treasury has $21, having reimbursed John.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 15:10W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 8 August 2007, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #13, Waimea, 13 June 2007

Meeting was called to order at 19:09W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), Al Katz (K2UYH), Sara Fuller, Mike K., Jackson Seay, and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Old Business

0. Eric moved we approve last month's minutes. They were approved.

1. Field Day will be 23 Jun 2007. Marc said no availability of Ho`ea site in Hawi. There will be at least three other clubs with sites, so we voted not to do a club event. KARS will have theirs in Kona, at the NELHA park, with power from a HELCO mobile demo truck with solar PV panels. Other groups include BIARC (QTH unknown) and the QRP club (in Miloli`i).

2. Ham Radio License Manuals for the use of Fire Departments on Hawai`i have been received (15 copies) from ARRL. More donations were received since last month from Ed Michelman (AH6LO), Eric, Vic (AH6WX), Ed Vasquez, and Herb to help pay for same. See associated Treasurer's Report.

New Business

1. Ed reported that the Waikoloa Community Church has given its permission to use their parking lot as a staging area for ham radio purposes in the event of an emergency. The Waikoloa Fire Department is still on hold for implementation of a permanent ham station, according to Eric.

2. Al (K2UYH), visiting from New Jersey, gave us an excellent report on his investigations and use of the lunar surface for reflecting UHF radio signals back to Earth. His PowerPoint presentation on EME (Earth Moon Earth) history and technique were extremely fascinating. Next time you have a rather poor connection between islands, consider the "normal" 260 dB attenuation inherent in one of Al's QSOs. I was interested to learn that they are now using SSB as well as CW for EME modulation. They are also using a newer form of digital modulation called JT65, which is a form of MFSK with about 1 KHz bandwidth.

3. Herb described the various logistic support functions he has done for the EME effort with Al. They have talked from here to Switzerland on 432 MHz via the EME "reflector". We will probably not want to recommend Al's shipping department for future projects, but Fedex did manage to deliver most items here unscathed.

4. Three guests from Puako introduced themselves: Sara Fuller, Jackson Seay, and Mike K. Sara is interested in getting her ham license to do Emcomm work, after having read the recent North Hawai`i News article. Mike lives aboard a sailboat which has an Icom HF radio and other gear which he wants to learn to use, both as a voyager as well as for landlubber community assistance in emergencies.

5. Norm noted that another class for new Tech class licensees may be given in the near future, based on demand, at a place and time to be determined.

6. Requests for info on the Makani Pahili exercise were met with a terse summary from Norm, who was absent for same. The reports issued by Eric and Forrest (K7CMK) will be posted on the KHRC reflector. North Hawai`i Community Hospital was well represented during the test by Eric, Ed, Jake and John (KH7T).

7. Eric attended a recent Medical Reserve Corps meeting in Waimea and brought back literature for us all to peruse. Norm has emailed to Bart (WH6AA) with questions about MRC and why we may wish to join same rather than just continuing our present role as ARES support for the various hospitals.

8. A discussion of whether or not to have annual dues has been tabled at this time. Presently we have been able to cover current expenses with requests for donations. (See Treasurer's Report.)

9. The meeting was adjourned at 20:39W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 8 July 2007, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #12, Hawi, 13 May 2007

Meeting was called to order at 14:00W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric (KH6CQ) and Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Agenda Items

0. Steve, Jake, and Norm collaborated in repairing the club's HF antenna, the feedline of which had suffered wind damage. It was rather easily lowered to roof level by collapsing the telescoping mast. Then the broken feedline was resoldered and returned to the PVC center fixture. Finally the feedlines (both Open Wire and Coax) were tie-wrapped to the mast, as it was re-erected by sections. Incidentally, fixing the broken feed also corrected the high SWR, which led to RF in the shack.

1. Meanwhile John installed the 4 sets of 3 (4V each) sealed lead acid batteries under the cabinet of the radio shack. Connected in parallel, these should provide about 360 AHr with a 6A load (assuming voltage drops to 11.5V). They are awaiting a cable to connect to the HF and VHF radios, which are meanwhile being supplied power from the Astron power supply. If a single battery is used it will only provide about 50 AHr @ 6A.

John bought and installed a 4A intelligent charger which should keep these batteries topped up without damaging them. It cost $50, which the club needs to reimburse.

2. Old Business - Fire Department Ham Radio License Manuals. John will order more books and Chris Langan (WH7BJ) will distribute same. We as a club will pay for 7 books (1/3 of the 21 fire stations on the island). This will cost us $19 x 7 = $133. So far we have collected $80 in cash and pledges. There is $18 in the club treasury. Please contribute the remaining amount next meeting, if you can.

3. New Business - Eric had 3 items of interest for us.

a. He noted in the newsletter for North Hawai`i Community Hospital, the "NHCH Talk Story", that volunteers were being thanked for their work, and that the most number of hours contributed was from Norm. Some of that time was doing ham radio work, and some was engineering work.

b. There is a new group being assembled called the "Medical Reserve Corps". Eric will attend their first meeting on 24 May at the Waimea Civic Center and report back to us on how we may be useful to them.

c. Eric produced another very handy document, a one page brochure designed to be passed out to new (and old!) operators on scene for disaster work, in order to give them a cram course in what they need to know to do a good job. He will upload it to the KHRC reflector and PacSecARES reflectors.

4. Makani Pahili (hurricane) exercise is coming up Saturday, 19 May 2007, from 0900-1100W. Steve and Marc (WH7CA) will be stationed at Hale Ho`ola Hamakua; Howard (KD4ML) will be at Kohala Hospital; and Eric, John, Jake, Vic (AH6WX), and Ed (WH7DG) will be at North Hawai`i Commuunity Hospital. The forms to use were discussed, and a memo from Bart (WH6AA) of the HealthCare Association of Hawai`i adds some details. Digital traffic is probably not to be considered for this time.

5. Field Day operations discussion was tabled until June, pending input from Marc (WH&CA), who wasn't present, about a site in Hawi.

6. John reported that the annual Hamfest in Waimea will be held on 20 October 2007 at the Waimea Commuunity Center. (The Ironman date is 13 October.)

7. Armed Forces Day is also the same day as Makani Pahili, 19 May. If you wish, you can operate on various HF bands and talk SSB or digital modes (BPSK, MT63, RTTY,...) to various Army, Navy, and Air Force MARS personnel. It will be "split" operation, with hams transmitting on their legal frequencies while MARS stations transmit on their special (non-ham) frequencies.

8. Norm reported there will be an article appearing in the North Hawai`i News, a supplement to West Hawai`i Today, next Thursday. It will features Howard (KD4ML) and him and the KH6KCC station.

9. The Keiki Fest was on 14 April 2007, and Norm reported that he and Jake had a good time talking and showing off radios to about 80 kids. They talked on 7.088 to Earl (KH6EL) in Ka`u for quite a while. The AT-180 autotuner which accompanies the Icom in the HAH orange box was not used. Nor was the Buddipole. Luckily a manual tuner (MFJ949E) was available.

10. Norm suggested we monitor, if possible, various VHF scan frequencies such as the aviation "Mayday" freq, the mariners' distress freq, fire dispatch freq, etc. He will email a list to all.

11. Jake mentioned that his company has been peremptorily evicted from the Lalamilo farm area where they were hunting UXO recently. They are now operating near Waikoloa. If anyone has a chance to discuss the issue with local political leaders or groups, please mention that there are still potentially hazardous items uncollected from Lalamilo. Also lack of water has left lots of potential fire sources.

12. The meeting was adjourned at 16:13W. Next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 June 2007, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST) at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #11, Waimea, 11 April 2007

Meeting was called to order at 19:08W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were Bob Schneider (AH6J), John Buck (KH7T), Paul Ducasse (WH7BR), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Hap Holmwood (KF6VUT), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Michelle Medeiros (NH7RY), Vic Morris (AH6WX), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Agenda Items

0. John demonstrated a sequel to his earlier electromagnetic effect. A small cylindrical magnet slides slowly down a piece of open aluminum angle bar, tumbling 180 degrees (end over end) due to its establishment of a moving electric current, which in turn generates an opposing magnetic field.

1. Bob (AH6J), our distinguished Pacific Section Manager who drove up from Hilo with Paul (WH7BR), regaled us with his latest set of important matters. Besides acting as number one ARRL salesman for the area, he is also handling the postal delay problem of both QST magazine and the ARRL QSL bureau. Statistics have been analyzed for delivery delay of the March issue of QST, and we are now into collecting data for April. He also recently went to a Citizens Corp meeting in Hilo with Ron (AH6HN). And he is honchoing at least four different grant requests for money for ham radio gear from FEMA and DHS.

2. John reported on his latest information about the linkup between the BIWARN VHF repeater network and Maui. It appears that now we will have to provide a bidirectional 70cm link from Mauna Loa to Haleakala, if I understood correctly. To that end John supplied Forrest a small dual band antenna to evaluate Forrest's (K7CMK) solar-powered QTH for location of the cross band link. He can presumably see both the 146.82 repeater and the Haleakala repeater well enough for this linkup to work. John also mentioned that discussion with Troy Kindred of HCCD indicated that he prefers to be independent of HCPD, and hence affects choice of towers used to mount ham repeater antennas for Ka`u.

3. Bob reported that the new South Point repeater (formerly the Kulani unit) is not yet up, due to a need for antenna mounting location. He said the Na`alehu repeater is scheduled to be rebuilt, with the inclusion of solar power.

4. Bob reported that he is looking for incoming grant money for (1) ham equipment for the Hilo EOC (including HF, VHF/UHF, IRLP, and antennas), (2) test equipment for Hilo EOC, (3) money for a new generator on Mauna Loa, and (4) money to repay Ralph (formerly AH6RF) for his repeaters which he gave to BIARC.

5. Bob said that the statewide RACES repeater link to Kaua`i is still not functional due to a political problem with access and the apparent lack of statewide RACES leadership.

6. John mentioned that his recent discussion with Troy indicated that hams who have gotten their auto license plates with amateur callsigns are automatically registered with HCCD thereby. Hence they are seemingly QRV for RACES activities, regardless of their simultaneous ARES affiliations, since HCCD is a valid government agency.

7. Bob reported that much of our organizational difficulty may be due to present county government and its insistence on central control. O`ahu (Honolulu County) CD Agency has in place three Rural Area Commands (RACs) whose function is to provide decentralized emergency operations.

8. Bob also reported that the HCCD mobile command post (a large RV with lots of radio gear) is fine, but it can't get everywhere on the island. Especially if roads are compromised, there needs to be alternate plans, such as extra mobile command posts, as Eric mentioned was done in Ohio.

9. Bob said we are fortunate to have all the island's hospitals operational for ham radio purposes, due to efforts of John and others as well as the recent HAH radio distribution (to most of our hospitals, but not all). He advocated having a monthly test of some undefined nature coincident with the monthly tsunami warning siren test.

10. Eric mentioned that BIWARN (147.16, 147.32, 146.82, etc.) can get clogged in an emergency just like a cell phone system. We need training for all operators to know when to relinquish control to a Net Control Station, and when to go to simplex or a local (non-island-linked) repeater. Bob added that we all must be aware and capable of switching to HF, packet, IRLP or other methods besides the overtaxed repeater systems. The first responder in an emergency situation becomes the Incident Commander, until he is relieved by the appearance on scene of the appropriate person. Likewise the first person capable and willing to take over duties of Net Control should stand up to that job, and stay on frequency until relieved by another person of more experience with NCS duties.

11. Hap (KF6VUT) discussed the recent state legislative bill by Bob Herkes of Kona, which would establish a new agency for emergency management. The bill is being opposed by Civil Defense in the State Assembly, as they fight to maintain turf. If approved, it would afford Hawai`i as good an emergency comm capability as that of Malibu, CA.

12. Michelle (NH7RY) of Tutu's House and Earl's Garage reminded us of the ham radio participation in the Healthy Keiki Fest this coming Saturday 14 April 2007, from 10:00 to 14:00W at Parker Ranch Center in Waimea. Norm solicited assistance with the booth, and Jake responded. Also Steve will monitor 7.088 MHz and Eric will monitor 147.16 MHz from their homes. We hope to come up on both 40m and 2m (using the 147.32 repeater as part of BIWARN). The booth may not provide Morse Code practice sessions for the kids this year, since the FCC code requirement is gone. ;-)

13. Brief discussion about preparations for Makani Pahili (statewide hurricane simulation in May) and Field Day (ARRL national exercise in June) were tabled until next meeting. Marc (WH7CA) said he would check out availability of a Field Day site in Hawi called Ho`ea. Last year we used the excellent facilities at Kohala Cultural Center, home of our own KH6KCC.

14. The meeting was adjourned at 20:27W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 13 May 2007, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST) at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #10, Hawi, 11 March 2007
Meeting was called to order at 14:20W by Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), at 
the Kohala Cultural Center in Waimea. Also present were John Buck 
(KH7T), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), Herb 
Vanderbeek (WY6G), Ed Vasquez (WH7DG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Agenda Items
0. Ed (formerly KC6UQO) has his new General ticket and Hawai`i 
callsign: WH7DG
1. The secretary read a list of old and new agenda items for the benefit 
of the presiding officer. Eric gave us his views on the Emergency
Management Agency advocated by his neighbor Hap, KF6VUT.
2. Christopher, WH7BJ, has volunteered to visit various N HI fire stations 
to solicit new hams amongst the firemen, and drop off Tech License 
Manuals. Details to be determined. KHRC will fund 1/3 of the total 19 
stations needing a book. Max expense should be about $130. Treasurer 
reported we have $18. When exact expense amount is determined we will 
ask for contributions from members. Ken Cutting of Hilo (BIARC Secy.)
is also involved in this effort.
3. Randy, AH6GR, of Maui has gotten 9 Kenwood repeaters. (?) Plus the
146.94 repeater is new and will be tied to the internet by some kind of
hardened interface. There will be IRLP and redundant power sources also.
Linking to this repeater is by unknown method.
4. Ed reported on the Kealakehe meeting with Troy Kindred and 
Dr. Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Generators will
be supplied to radio stations by HCCD. There is no alert mechanism at 
this time. The Emergency Alert System (radio warnings) are controlled
by Honolulu (State CD?). More details available from Vic, AH6WX, who was
also there.
5. Hawai`i County Fire Department working with our ARES group, if we 
were cohesive enough, seems like the best political inroad to getting 
hams to be recognized by the government system, according to Eric. 
                  ***So let's get "cohesive"!!!***
6. Eric moved that minutes of the previous meeting in Waimea (see 
reflector) be approved. Ed seconded motion. General assent followed.
7. John reported that he has removed the 4 Exide 200AH wet cell 
batteries from KH6KCC and returned them to Hilo. There is still one 
standard 12V auto battery at the station, of unknown quality. John
said he would test the SLA batteries with a 100W xmtr to decide if
we should keep same for KH6KCC. If the TS-120S xmits full power with
VCC down to 11.0V, then the batteries are worth keeping and building
appropriate charging circuitry.
8. 160m, 80m, 60m capability discussion. Poor ionospheric conditions 
in recent months have increased the need for more hams to be able to 
work the lower frequency HF and MF bands. The inability to talk inter-
island even on 75m in the early evening (1900-2000W) has necessitated 
going to 160m, on the PacSecARES net. We need education of the masses 
of local hams, as well as 160m antenna research. John and Norm 
volunteered to test various cheap and simple 160m antennas. 
9. APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System) intro description by 
Norm. Besides being useful for locating remote hams, and therefore 
assisting in Search & Rescue operations, the capability of sending 
short (64-byte) tactical messages point-to-point (via digipeater) is 
very useful if all other digital modes are unavailable. Data entry not 
easy, but usable. 
Details of digipeater usage unclear. Several hams on O`ahu (20 max?), 
Maui (5-10?), and Hawai`i (2?) have APRS capability.
10. Text messaging on cell phones was discussed as a type of activation
method maybe favored by Troy Kindred of HCCD. Too many messages will
bring down the software however. Other choices are NWS beacon (162.400 MHz),
local AM/FM radio stations with generators (favored by HCCD also?), and
tsunami / air-raid sirens.
11. The meeting was adjourned at 15:54W. Next regular meeting will be 
on Wednesday, 11 April 2007, at 19:00W (7:00pm HST), at the Carter 
Professional Center in Waimea.
Respectfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA,
Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #9, Waimea, 21 February 2007

Meeting was called to order at 19:03W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Carter Professional Center in Waimea. Also present were Henry AhSam (KH6GQM), John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Eddie Vasquez (KC6UQO), Marc Maloney (WH7CA), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Agenda Items

0. Eric moved that minutes of the previous meeting in Hawi (see reflector) be approved. General assent followed.

1. Howard asked about responses to his many posted "North Kohala Emergency Radio Notices". Norm and John had none to report.

2. John demonstrated an interesting magnetic effect. Unmagnetized pieces of metal slide quickly thru an aluminum tube under gravitational attraction, whereas magnets of similar size and weight take quite a long time to slide thru due to their establishment of an electric current which in turn generates an opposing magnetic field.

3. John gave an interesting talk on the subject of batteries, along with copies of a 32-page document from Battery University.com, detailing many aspects of the subject.

The topics in the document are 1. What's the Best Battery, 2. Lithium-ion safety concerns, 3. When was the battery invented?

4. How to charge-when to charge table, 5. Recycling batteries, 6. Memory: Myth or fact?, 7. How to restore and prolong lead-based batteries, 8. The future battery, 9. Comparing battery power, 10. Observing batteries in everyday lives

Besides leaving us with a small percentage of the info available at various websites, John wanted to emphasize the charging method most appropriate for lead-acid batteries: Begin with a constant voltage of 14.4V (2.4V per cell) at whatever current can be provided. Continue until temperature of the battery rises some unknown amount, or until the current drops below 7A. Then start a 14.1V constant voltage charge, until the current drops below 2A, then float charge the battery at 13.6V +/- 0.1V indefinitely. According to Tom Carpenter (KH7RQ), a fully charged lead-acid battery will be 12.6V (2.1V per cell).

John is betting his entire financial future on nanoparticle technology, which he claims will provide the next breakthru in the battery world.

4. Based on information learned from research as well as experience with discharge and charge cycle operations, John suggested we return the 4 Exide 200AH wet-cell batteries donated by BIARC, and pass them along to Solomon (NH7ZE) or other appropriate recipients.

5. Eric gave a brief description of the ARES County EmComm Plan which he authored with Rick Ward (WH6FC). It is broken into a simple 4-page version for Served Agencies, called the Served Agency Plan, and into a fuller document for ham use, called the Amateur Radio Plan. There will also be several Annex documents, one per EC area, which have rosters with phone numbers and email addresses. Eric requested that Steve and Howard provide as much up-to-date info on their respective areas as possible.

6. John acknowledged Eric's contribution to our amateur emergency communication efforts in writing the above document and seeing its many hours of editing thru to a final but ever-changing form.

7. John also introduced Marc Maloney (WH7CA) from Ahualoa as a new member of the club. Marc has lots of building projects in mind, including his own repeater. Welcome aboard, Marc!

8. Norm announced there will be a Technician Class licensing class starting on Monday, 5 March 2007, at 18:00W (6:00pm HST) at Tutu's House in Waimea. It will be free, last 8 weeks, and use material from the ARRL License Manual and elsewhere. He and John will teach.

9. John also announced there will be a VEC session this Friday 23 Feb 2007, for Eddie (KC6UQO) and Pono (WH7BI) to upgrade their licenses to General class.

10. John asked for inputs on how to proceed with the earlier chosen project of providing License Manuals to the Fire Stations. We have agreed to provide 1/3 of the funds to buy the books, given there are Firemen to take the classes. It was decided that Eric would ask Christopher (WH7BJ) to assist by giving info on ham radio to the various North Hawai`i Fire Station personnel.

11. Norm asked for broader input to set the meeting agenda. It was suggested that anyone with an idea for a topic, whether he or she would give a talk on it or not, should give the idea to Steve in advance of the meeting. His email address is steve@roypacmtg.com.

12. John gave away some excellent white elephant material, including a 2003 Repeater Directory, an answering machine, and a non-functional inverter from a UPS.

13. The meeting was adjourned at 20:51W. Next regular meeting will be on Sunday, 11 March 2007, at 14:00W (2:00pm HST), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #8, Hawi, 14 January 2007

Meeting was called to order at 14:18W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center conference room in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Terry Dowling (KD6CWF), Ed Michelman (AH6LO), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Agenda Items

0. Eric moved that minutes of the previous meeting in Waimea (see reflector) be approved. General assent seemed to follow.

1. Howard introduced his newly printed "North Kohala Emergency Radio Notice" and asked for volunteers to teach a class and answer questions regarding licensing. John and Norm volunteered. Notices will be posted thruout North Hawai`i, with John's and Norm's names and phone numbers listed. Classes will be free, books are nominally $20, and license exam fee is $14.

2. Brief discussion of statewide response to 12 January 2007 Tsunami Watch on both HF and VHF. Thanks to all who came up and maintained vigilance.

3. Norm brought up issue of providing a local message handling practice net, based on fact that there is now only the single statewide PacSecARES net providing this function. Mention will be made on South Kohala ARES net and other venues in near future.

4. Whether or not to fabricate our own printed circuit boards for the purpose of providing PC soundcard interfaces to HF or VHF radios in local clubs and hospitals was discussed. Issue tabled for now. Design choices may be difficult to agree on.

5. John discussed events of the BIARC meeting, including:

a. Receipt of 4 each 12V 200AH batteries from Bob Schneider (AH6J), as upgrades for both KH6KCC club station and for link repeater (GSA site on Mauna Kea). Suitable charger needed.

b. Receipt of old Pepe`ekeo 146.88 repeater (vacuum tube type) from BIARC for use by Steve as linked repeater in Pa`auilo. Need for duplexer exists.

c. Harvey Motomura (AH6JA) acknowledged receipt of PC and monitor from Norm, set up for use in Hilo EOC station as HF or VHF terminal node controller.

d. Troy Kindred of HCCD acknowledged both original local Emcomm plans (written by Eric) as well as newer county-wide plan generated last November by Rick Ward (WH6FC) et al. Troy invited all to tour Hilo EOC, and he will likely provide access to hams for nationwide ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) next October. Maybe there will be some more Hilo hams to fill the need to man the station by then.

6. Terry mentioned working on APRS packet data between local buildings on his property. There is no homeowners' association there in Maliu Ridge, so CC&R issue about ham antennas is apparently moot. He will be here until mid-February, when he goes back to CA. Eric mentioned that Eddie (KC6UQO) has gotten local manager approval for his condo antenna, but that houses in Waikoloa do have to abide by restrictions.

7. Ed joined us from his local house in Hawi, having flown over from his O`ahu house. He and Terry are subdivision neighbors.

8. Various VHF nets were mentioned, including the South Kohala ARES net (Sunday nights 20:00W on 146.52 simplex) and other nets on the linked (BIWARN) repeaters. Terry managed to find our meeting today, despite the fact that we all forgot to be up on 146.52 (or any other frequency) to guide him in. Sorry!

9. Very brief discussion of state emergency communication plan, published 5 Jan 2007 and posted in the PacSecARES reflector by Roland (AH6RR). Will look for useful info about ham radio and effects.

10. The meeting was adjourned at 15:22W. Next will be in Waimea on Valentine's Day, 14 Feb 2007, 19:00W, at Suite #D10 of Carter Professional Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA, Secy-Treasurer

 

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #7, Waimea, 13 December 2006
Meeting was called to order at 19:00W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the 
Royal Pacific Mortgage conference room in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Forrest McFall (K7CMK), Eddie Vasquez (KC6UQO), Vic Morris (AH6WX), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Agenda Items
0. Forrest passed his FCC test to upgrade his license to Extra Class. Congratulations, Forrest! Thanks to his ARRL volunteer examiners, John, Vic, and Steve, for saving him a trip to the "local" FCC office.
1. There was a brief discussion about pros & cons of replacing the existing NHCH fan dipole with a "store-bought" all-band folded dipole from B&W. Norm will see if hospital funds are available for this. Price searches for New Year's sales will be conducted at various websites.
2. Bill (Jake) Jakubowski provided the featured lecture. Due to Jake's status as a contractor these minutes are censored. Please don't copy these minutes to anyone in the US Army. BB is watching! See me personally for my more detailed write-up (there really is one!).
Read West Hawaii Today article dated 8 Dec 2006. Login and see http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/articles/2006/12/08/local/local05.txt
It is important to _RECOGNIZE_ an unexploded ordnance device, then _RUN_ to someone such as a parent or an HCPD or HCFD officer, and _REPORT_ the finding (or by using 911). People (including kids) who play with these UXOs may die or be maimed. Remember the Three R's (if you can!).
If one has property to add to the list of ordnance-surveyed properties, he/she should call the US Army Corps of Engineers, specifically Chuck Streck in the Environmental Division in Honolulu.
An interesting scientific by-product of this work is the discovery, via GPS mapping, that the Pacific Plate (on which resides our entire Hawaiian Island chain) is swiftly drifting northwest at about 10 cm (4 inches) per annum. 
Thanks to Jake for a fascinating talk. Careful where you step when hiking in West Hawai`i or Kaho`olawe!
3. Point of information and trivia item du jour: 
The last five club meetings have occurred on consecutive days of the month:
August 9, September 10, October 11, November 12, and December 13. And next month's meeting will be on January 14th in Hawi.
4. Thanks to Steve and Royal Pacific Mortgage for the meeting place, the tea and coffee, and the facilities.
5. Minutes of the previous meeting in Hawi (see reflector) were approved by acclamation. The meeting was adjourned at 20:26W.
Respecfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA,
Secy-Treasurer
 
Minutes, KHRC Meeting #6, Hawi, 12 November 2006
Meeting was called to order at 14:03W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the 
Kohala Cultural Center conference room in Hawi. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Mary Kay Grabowski (NH7ZF), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Forrest McFall (K7CMK), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Eddie Vasquez (KC6UQO), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Agenda Items
0. Henry Ah Sam, KH6GQM, donated a linear amplifier to the club station. It has various operational restrictions and should be very carefully integrated into the existing HF domain.
1. Steve gave a key to the radio room for the club station (KH6KCC) at Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi to Howard, as the local EC. Hopefully the outer door will be opened somehow.
2. John gave Norm, as Secretary-Treasurer, a check for $18.00 from BIARC, as our 1/3 share in the "profits" of the recent Hamfest in Waimea last month. Funds will be available as cash, and no bank account is needed as yet. Total KHRC cash balance = $18.00.
3. General discussion of the "Kona Earthquake" and emcomm activities ensued. 
Information was fed into the official RACES/ARES net on 7.088 as it was collected. Initial reports on the quake and the lack of an accompanying tsunami may have come from Tom, KH7CC, who got it from USGS on the internet. A second HF net on 7.095 was functional for a while, passing messages from NHCH to HHH and checking in local hams, but was joined with 7.088 after about 1100W.
No information was provided about the Red Cross shelter in Waimea, at least during the prime hours of the net from 0715-1500W. 
Waikoloa residents were again disgruntled about a lack of CD information. Eddie, KC6UQO, did manage to let several of his condo neighbors share the data from his VHF transceiver on the 147.16 network, which Forrest, K7CMK, controlled for much of the time.
Jim Berg, KD5PIU, provided HF communication at Kohala Hospital in Howard's absence on the mainland. Steve, WH6N, did similar work for Hale Ho`ola Hamakua, as well as providing bridge stress testing for the county. ;-)
Hilo EOC had no presence on HF during the quake, to anyone's knowledge. There was liaison needed from 146.76 to 7.088, in order to provide good coverage.
There was no attempt at North Hawai`i Community Hospital to join the Big Island Visitors Security Association (BIVSA) net, and there should have been some emergency procedure for member stations (hotels and hospitals) to check in and get information. Norm will follow up on this. 
There was plenty to do there on HF and VHF without also going to UHF. Backup ham assistance would have been useful, but luckily the power came back on and the shaking seemed to stop. 
We were all lucky this quake did not cause any injuries. And it followed one week after the SET, so it was almost like a new, very realistic, exercise. If we had been in a third-world country the scenario would have been quite different.
4. Discussion about local ARES organization followed John's report about Rick, WH6FC, and the approval of his latest county-wide EmComm Plan document at the 11-11-2006 meeting of BIARC. This document evolved from one authored by Eric for his S Kohala EC area. It will be instrumental in giving ham radio a clearer explanation in the Hawai`i County Civil Defense office. The writing task was taken up by Rick during a meeting at the Waimea Hamfest of various Hawai`i County ARES members, and it replaces the document John had started to write for Troy Kindred's benefit.
5. Eddie mentioned that he had spoken to Mayor Harry Kim recently, and Harry invited Eddie to come to his office some time and talk about ham radio with him.
John viewed this as a golden opportunity to provide some useful info to Mr. Kim, and John requested Eric and Eddie to make sure they follow up.
6. John recommended we join BIARC to support its financial needs. There are presumably about 400 hams in the greater Hilo area, of which only 100 or so are BIARC members. More ARES participation amongst the Hilo ham community would be desirable. 
7. Several members raised the issue of where to get accurate up-to-date information on the status of various Hawai`i repeaters. The BIARC website was mentioned as possibly not too outdated. The state Repeater Coordinator's website is about a year behind the times. Norm will post a repeater map on the KHRC reflector. It too has errors.
8. Eric and Eddie reported on the progress of the Waikoloa FM radio station, which will probably be a "Travellers' Information Service" low-power station, capable of covering Waikoloa and makai areas. Who will provide the announcing function is yet to be determined. Eric has recommended GMRS HT radios for the Neighborhood Watch people there.
9. Forrest reported that Tom Carpenter, KH7RQ, has acquired the spare batteries which he had promised to deliver to our club station, and now it is only a short trip for them from Tom to Forrest to KH6KCC.
10. Minutes of the previous meeting in Waimea (see reflector) were not approved because the Secretary did not want to prolong the meeting, which was adjourned at 15:34W.
11. Eric provided lots of good reading matter, plywood, and a second battery for the station, during our impromptu post-meeting hamfest. Forrest provided fruit and homemade honey. And Jake volunteered to be the featured guest speaker next month in Waimea at our club meeting, when he will tell us all about ridding the island of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).
Respecfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA,
Secy-Treasurer
Minutes, KHRC Meeting #5, Waimea, 11 October 2006
Meeting was called to order at 19:05W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the 
Tutu's House conference room in Waimea. Also present were Michelle Medeiros (NH7RY), John Buck (KH7T), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Vic Morris (AH6WX), Christopher Langan (WH7BJ), Andrew Haines, Curt Shoemaker (KH6IHG), Rudy Aurello (WH6BHG), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Agenda Items
1. Steve reported that the club station (KH6KCC) at Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi is fully functional on HF and VHF, with a 35A DC power supply (donated by Steve) and an emergency supply (12V battery), and that our club is now officially affiliated with ARRL.
2. John announced there would be a licensing test on Saturday, 21 October 2006, the same day as the Hamfest, at the Thelma Parker Library in Waimea. The Hamfest is to be at Waimea Community Center, starting at 08:00W for setup, 09:00W for action. End time was not announced.
3. Norm announced the Waikoloa Village Festival will be held on Saturday, 28 October 2006, from 10:00-14:00W at the Waikoloa Elementary School. Eric said that Eddie would lend us his sign for the occasion, and several people will attend and try to stir up business for the ARES community by operating HTs and maybe HF portables.
4. The subject of RACES and Civil Defense under Hawai`i County CD Administrator Troy Kindred was discussed. John has agreed to write a summary document for Troy to try to define the existing structure of amateur radio emcomm operations on the Big Island. He will do this with assistance from various members of the Hilo and other communities, and hopes to meet with them at the Hamfest (see above).
Chris mentioned that CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) is not too popular with the Mayor, Harry Kim, who was the CD Administrator before Troy. Eric observed that Troy would like the help of ham radio people, but he thinks we are not organized optimally. There are a very small number of RACES members on this island who would form a core of people in support of CD. We as ARES members may wish to associate ourselves with RACES, if this is possible, in order to serve as assistants for CD. We can, of course, maintain our ARES membership as well. It would be helpful to have a single local person in charge on this island, since the present supervisor of ARES is Kevin Bogan, Section EC, who resides on O`ahu. (We do have the ARRL Section Manager, Bob Schneider, living here in Hilo.)
John also recommended we consider instituting regular District EC meetings on the Big Island, for purposes of discussion of the above issues, and to hear from Eric, with his perspective on similar emcomm operations in Ohio. Perhaps at the Hamfest, when we aren't in other meetings, we can have a DEC meeting.
5. We met two new people as guests: Andrew Haines, who is a missionary and a student, and who is planning to visit Israel in the near future; and Rudy Aurello (WH6BHG), who is a Novice ham and Maintenance Manager at the Honoka`a hospital (Hale Ho`ola Hamakua). Both are interested in getting their Technician licenses soon. Thanks to Andrew for the hot chocolate and other mixes (to be consumed later).
6. Regarding the recent SET (Simulated Emergency Test) held last Saturday, there was discussion from many members. The test of VHF simplex from KCC to Kohala Hospital and to Hale Ho`ola Hamakua (HHH) is still not conclusive. There was FM voice connectivity between all 3 sites via the 147.02 repeater on Haleakala, as expected. In fact all 5 North Hawai`i stations were in contact on 147.02.
Steve announced a new antenna and permanent station at HHH. Someone called for a meeting some time before next SET to plan for the next year's event.
Chris was admirably able to operate KH6KCC on VHF and relay messages, while flying solo and monitoring HF traffic. Forrest (K7CMK) and Dee Anne (KD5POC) operated HF and VHF at the Kohala Hospital station in Kapa`au. Steve and John operated similarly at HHH, with Rudy observing. Eric, Vic, and Eddie (KC6UQO) operated portable at Vic's QTH in Waikoloa. Norm operated from the NHCH radio room in Waimea on HF, VHF packet and voice. Lots of messages flew back and forth on our new local Big Island HF net.
Norm mentioned several useful lessons he learned which he will post on the KHRC reflector and on the PacSecARES reflector. He asked for others to write down their thoughts so they won't be lost to posterity.
7. Minutes of the previous meeting in Hawi were not approved because the Secretary forgot this very important agenda item. Oops. (See reflector Files)
8. Thanks to Michelle for letting us use her facility and for staying awake late while we spoke "code". All future meetings in Waimea are now scheduled bi-monthly thru next summer at Lucy Henriques Medical Center (North Hawai`i Community Hospital).
Meeting was adjourned at 20:30W.
Respecfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA,
Secy-Treasurer

KHRC Meeting #4, 10 Sep 2006, Hawi, Kohala Cultural Center

Present: Steve, WH6N; John, KH7T; Jake, N6XIV; Jack Sunderland; and Norm, NH7UA

Meeting started at 14:00W. Formal meeting dispensed with in favor of immediately working on antenna project.

Jack is a Kohala carpenter who helped with lots of good antenna building suggestions and construction of the J-pole mounting. He is interested in becoming a ham.

Installed PVC J-pole 2m vertical antenna built by Howard, KD4ML, onto top of 30 ft telescoping center mast, using U-bolts with a shaped wooden spacer to cradle the PVC. Tested same partially, using repeaters on Haleakala (147.02) and Hualalai (147.16). Both activated, although signal from the latter was quite nosiy and low strength. Need to do further testing, particularly VHF packet and FM voice to Honoka`a.

Installed HF G5RV antenna, donated by Forrest, K7CMK, running from a rope halyard thru an eye bolt near the roof of the gymnasium building at the North end, to the 30 ft center mast, and then to another rope halyard to the light standard near the street at the South end.

The center mast, which was donated by Harvey, AH6JA, was securely mounted to the KCC building with a special bracket fabricated by Steve. It is mounted on a small concrete block embedded in the dirt adjacent to the covered walkway. For the time being no guys are deemed necessary, aside from the antenna wires at the top. Overall configuration turns out to be an inverted vee.

Successful test on Hawai`i Afternoon Net, with S9+20 signal report in Kona (AH6RR) and S9+30 report in Miloli`i (N6RIC), on 100W SSB.

Photos will be uploaded to KHRC reflector.

Thanks to all who participated or donated parts, it was a very successful team effort. Nobody got any RF burns, and KH6KCC is on the air!

Meeting adjourned at 17:00W.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #3, 09 August 2006

Meeting was called to order at 19:01W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Thelma Parker Memorial Library conference room in Waimea. Also present were John Buck (KH7T), Vic Morris (AH6WX), Herb Vanderbeek (WY6G), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), Henry AhSam (KH6GQM), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Christopher Langan, Eddie Vasquez (KC6UQO), Pono Lake, and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).

Agenda Items

1. Steve reported that he and the other two local VECs (John and Vic) had just finished administering 5 FCC licensing tests to 4 new Tech class hams and one General class. Congratulations to Judy and Pono, who each scored 100% on their Tech exams, and to Christopher, who will soon be able to use his HT on ham bands as well as FD bands. And finally kudos to Eddie (KC6UQO), who has now upgraded to Lieutenant Colonel (not quite a General) and who is working hard to learn CW so he can get on the Hawai`i Afternoon Net. ;-) Great to have you all with us!

2. John was pleased that the latest DEC report (cf. KHRC reflector) showed many activities we have all been doing in the last two months. Much of the work reported was due to Eric, who is EC for South Kohala, and an avid student of local politics.

3. Steve reported that the new antenna bracket for the club station is still under construction, and it should be ready by next month's meeting on 10 September 2006 @ 1400W at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. He is planning to donate a DC power supply to the station, in addition to the digital interface. There are already two PCs. And Norm has donated a 2m transceiver. All we lack now are antennas for VHF and HF, and a digital interface for VHF packet.

4. Minutes of previous meeting in Hawi were approved unanimously as posted by Norm on the KHRC reflector.

5. Christopher gave us an excellent glimpse of radio communication in the Hawai`i County Fire Department, where he serves at Fire Station 15 in Kapa`au (aka Kohala). He described details of the VHF dispatched duplex comm emanating from Hilo, as well as the tactical simplex comm used within each Fire Company.

Because the scanning xcvr is fixed in the fire truck, only the captain has access to dispatcher calls. Each fireman uses his own HT for tactical work and doesn't usually scan all frequencies. Besides the unusual (to hams) splits (435KHz or 420KHz) on the three

VHF duplex frequencies, the FD dispatcher uses CTCSS tones (subaudible frequencies) to activate different repeaters as required

geographically. On top of that scheme DTMF tones (audible telephone-type dialing frequencies) further select communication with different units. This is all analog FM voice technology and compatible with present ham VHF transceivers.

Christopher provided some discussion of the UHF Medicom radios also. And he strongly recommended use of "911" in an emergency, rather than trying to dial individual fire or police stations. This will allow the dispatcher to provide the correct response in minimal time.

Eric described his meeting recently with Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira and CD EOC Director Troy Kindred. Both of them are interested in providing ham radio stations within each fire station as backup to the normal FD comms. Eric is pursuing this and providing a recommended list of ham equipment to the Chief. Apparently the money will be made available from government grants.

Eric said there were now 7 fire stations with ham radios out of a total of 18. We would like to place a copy of the latest ARRL Tech License Manual (updated version sans errata) in each station as well, to encourage more firemen like Christopher to become hams.

John will discuss joint club donations of ARRL Tech License Manuals with members of both BIARC and KARS. We of KHRC unanimously agreed to contribute up to one-third of the total cost of $400.

6. Steve asked us all to think about giving next month's lecture. It is a valuable stimulant to us all, and teaching is a great way to

learn about a topic.

Meeting was adjourned at 21:02W.

Respectfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #2, 12 July 2006
Meeting was called to order at 19:15W by Steve Milner (WH6N), at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi. Also present were Forrest McFall (K7CMK), John Buck (KH7T), Howard Olsen (KD4ML), Jake Jakubowski (N6XIV), Christopher Langan, Eddie Vasquez (KC6UQO), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Agenda Items
1. Steve reported that club station here in Hawi has been granted a license, WH6DHQ. He has now applied for a vanity callsign of KH6KCC. Will know if approved in about a week.
2. Antenna workday here was voted on and scheduled for Sunday, 23 July 2006, at 13:00W. Pending antenna design finalization, we will install an HF antenna (G5RV), donated by Forrest, on the roof of the lower building (not the gym). Will incorporate Harvey (AH6JA)'s 33 ft telescoping mast (after minor refurbishment) as well. Plan is to complete the HF portion first, including a power supply and digital interface. Then we will install a VHF/UHF capability.
Steve's new donated PC and interface are ready to cable to the radio. Howard and Forrest also have miscellaneous mast sections and hardware to donate for the antenna project.
Briefly discussed was the good participation we had on Field Day, 24 Jun 2006, here in Hawi. Steve, John, Eddie, Howard, Forrest, and Norm all enjoyed varying degrees of QSO success and learned about the RF characteristics of the location. Contest points were largely ignored.
3. John requested further information on the most recently uploaded file to the KHRC reflector. Suggest we provide a short paragraph, rather than just a one-liner, in future descriptions of files.
4. Minutes of previous meeting in Waimea were approved unanimously as posted by Norm on the KHRC reflector.
5. Steve reiterated for benefit of new people present that there are no dues required as yet, but that we may need to take up a collection in future for equipment. There was no Treasurer's report.
6. Elders Smith and Healy of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) requested our assistance in local emergency ops. Their nearby large facility would allegedly provide a Category 5 hurricane-proof shelter. Norm will provide them contact and other info as N Hawai`i ARES DEC.
7. Monthly meeting schedule for Waimea and Hawi was discussed and voted upon separately. Hawi meetings in future will be held here at KCC on 2nd Sundays at 14:00W, which shouldn't conflict with KARS or BIARC meetings. Waimea meetings will be held on 2nd Wednesdays at 19:00W at North Hawaii Community Hospital.
8. Howard is joining ARRL, making him eligible to take over in North Kohala as the local EC. Norm collected more ARES applications from people present, and handed out ARES ID cards. More photos were taken post-meeting.
9. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) were discussed. We agreed to get voluntary short lectures from various people on whatever aspect of ham radio they have been working on (playing with), as part of the monthly meeting agenda. Group discussions can also proceed post-meeting on the KHRC reflector, with uploaded files as well as message boards for queries.
10. Discussed present KHRC logo (see reflector), and agreed it needs some work. Jake's idea to incorporate an outline map of Hawai`i Island rather than the equilateral triangle sounds promising. Norm will do more on this.
11. Briefly discussed DSTAR system, a digital radio network being promoted by Icom. Will await further information from outside sources 
as part of a future monthly lecture.
Meeting was adjourned at 20:39W.
Respecfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA,
Secy-Treasurer

Minutes, KHRC Meeting #01, Waimea, 14 June 2006

Meeting was called to order in the upstairs conference room of Lucy Henriques Medical Center, 67-1123 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea, at 19:16W by Steve Milner (WH6N). Also present were Sean Adkins (KD7RMG), John Buck (KH7T), Tom Carpenter (KH7RQ), Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), George Lake, Tuddy Lake (KH6PI), Vic Morris (AH6WX), Dorothy Vasquez (KE6QCL), Eddie Vasquez (KC6UQO), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA). Steve gave a brief history of how the club got formed as an official ARRL-affiliated club. All present made self-introductions and filled out the written roster. Copies of the club Constitution & By-Laws were made and distributed by Steve.

Agenda Items

1. Moved, seconded, and approved unanimously to keep the existing officers for a 1-year term: President, Steve Milner, WH6N; Vice-President, Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ; Secretary-Treasurer, Norm Cohler, NH7UA; Technical Commitee Chair, John Buck, KH7T

2. Motion to meet monthly at alternate sites, Waimea and Hawi, was also unanimously passed.

3. Discussion of club station. Location: Hawi, at Kohala Cultural Center, formerly Mormon-owned buildings. Now Steve is 50% owner. Equipment for station solicited from members. Have got PCs (Steve), cable & misc (Eric), and HF transceiver, Kenwood TS-120S (Sam Gingrich), MFJ-941D Tuner (Tutu's House). Power supply for xcvr needed. Generator would be helpful, or PV (solar) panels. Tom will try to get Interstate to donate batteries.

4. Club callsign has been applied for. When it arrives, Steve will request vanity callsign KH6KCC (or any Hawaii prefix, with KCC suffix, standing for Kohala Cultural Center).

5. Next meeting will be in Hawi, 2nd Wednesday of July (7/12/2006) at 1900W, at Kohala Cultural Center. Will provide map reference prior to date and announce next meeting on Hawai`i Afternoon Net a week before.

6. Field Day (24 June 2006) discussion. Decided to have a workday to help get the KCC station set up in Hawi. Can test antennas and get some equipment installed. Bring miscellaneous items for station. Most planned to attend.

7. Emergency Communication discussed, including recommendation by several hams present to take the ARRL-sponsored EmComm Level I online class. Also recommended to take FEMA classes in NIMS in order to be aware of Incident Command System used by all public agencies. ICS-100 is first course to do.

8. Repeater discussion, especially NH7HI, the 147.32+ repeater at NHCH. John Buck, Trustee, will bring up subject of ownership transfer with Kona Amateur Radio Society and see if we want to do this. Financial implications for repeater repair fund. Steve suggested he will establish a new repeater someday soon in Pa`auilo for Northern Hamakua, which will link to John's home repeater (147.38+) in Waimea.

9. Hamfest discussion, with John having gotten the venue this time at Waimea Community Center. We will ask BIARC people if we can be new club co-hosts, and assist with setup and cleanup. Date (21 Oct 2006) is supposedly not in conflict with Pacificon this year.

10. Internet reflector and/or website discussed. Decided to have a reflector, similar to PacSecARES on Yahoo. Norm agreed to set this up. Will have members who are only approved by club moderator, to eliminate spammers. Can post messages, pictures, and files, including updated roster and EmComm plans from the 3 EC areas in the North Hawai`i district, and monthly ARES E-letter.

11. Discussion of special interest groups (SIGs) was tabled until a later date.

Meeting was adjourned at 20:35W.

Respecfully submitted,

Norm Cohler, NH7UA,

Secy-Treasurer

1st Meeting ever; June 2006.
Meeting was called to order at 19:16W by Steve Milner (WH6N). Also present
were Sean Adkins (KD7RMG), John Buck (KH7T), Tom Carpenter (KH7RQ), 
Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), George Lake, Tuddy Lake (KH6PI), Vic Morris (AH6WX),
Dorothy Vasquez (KE6QCL), Eddie Vasquez (KC6UQO), and Norm Cohler (NH7UA).
Steve gave a brief history of how the club got formed as an official ARRL-
affiliated club.  All present made self-introductions and filled out the 
written roster. Copies of the club Constitution & By-Laws were made and 
distributed by Steve.
Agenda Items
1. Moved, seconded, and approved unanimously to keep the existing 
officers for a 1-year term:
	President, Steve Milner, WH6N
	Vice-President, Eric Grabowski, KH6CQ
	Secretary-Treasurer, Norm Cohler, NH7UA
	Technical Commitee Chair, John Buck, KH7T
2. Motion to meet monthly at alternate sites, Waimea and Hawi, was 
also unanimously passed.
3. Discussion of club station. Location: Hawi, at Kohala Cultural 
Center, formerly Mormon-owned buildings. Now Steve is 50% owner. 
Equipment for station solicited from members. Have got PCs (Steve), 
cable & misc (Eric), and HF transceiver, Kenwood TS-120S (Sam 
Gingrich), MFJ-941D Tuner (Tutu's House). Power supply for xcvr 
needed. Generator would be helpful, or PV (solar) panels. Tom will try 
to get Interstate to donate batteries. 
4. Club callsign has been applied for. When it arrives, Steve will 
request vanity callsign KH6KCC (or any Hawaii prefix, with KCC suffix, 
standing for Kohala Cultural Center).
5. Next meeting will be in Hawi, 2nd Wednesday of July (7/12/2006) at 
1900W, at Kohala Cultural Center. Will provide map reference prior to 
date and announce next meeting on Hawai`i Afternoon Net a week before.
6. Field Day (24 June 2006) discussion. Decided to have a workday to 
help get the KCC station set up in Hawi. Can test antennas and get 
some equipment installed. Bring miscellaneous items for station. Most 
planned to attend.
7. Emergency Communication discussed, including recommendation by 
several hams present to take the ARRL-sponsored EmComm Level I online 
class. Also recommended to take FEMA classes in NIMS in order to be 
aware of Incident Command System used by all public agencies. ICS-100 
is first course to do.
8. Repeater discussion, especially NH7HI, the 147.32+ repeater at 
NHCH. John Buck, Trustee, will bring up subject of ownership transfer 
with Kona Amateur Radio Society and see if we want to do this. 
Financial implications for repeater repair fund. Steve suggested he 
will establish a new repeater someday soon in Pa`auilo for Northern 
Hamakua, which will link to John's home repeater (147.38+) in Waimea.
9. Hamfest discussion, with John having gotten the venue this time at 
Waimea Community Center. We will ask BIARC people if we can be new 
club co-hosts, and assist with setup and cleanup. Date (21 Oct 2006) 
is supposedly not in conflict with Pacificon this year.
10. Internet reflector and/or website discussed. Decided to have a 
reflector, similar to PacSecARES on Yahoo. Norm agreed to set this up. 
Will have members who are only approved by club moderator, to 
eliminate spammers. Can post messages, pictures, and files, including 
updated roster and EmComm plans from the 3 EC areas in the North 
Hawai`i district, and monthly ARES E-letter.
11. Discussion of special interest groups (SIGs) was tabled until a 
later date.
Meeting was adjourned at 20:35W.
Respecfully submitted,
Norm Cohler, NH7UA,
Secy-Treasurer