The calendar of events for 2018 has been updated. Check it out for upcoming events in Maui, Hawaii, and across the nation. http://www.kh6rs.com/events.html
Reminder, our next club meeting is this Wednesday at the EOC.
A huge mahalo to a fellow club member Brett VR2BG (pictured above operating from the MARC Field Day location at Ho'okipa Point) for compiling and researching this history of Field Day results for the Maui Amateur Radio Club. Our club was established in 1936 and records indicate participation in the event dates back to 1939. See the attached document below for the complete list of results.
Here is everything you need to know to get on the air and participate in Hawaii's QSO Party. Scroll through the presentation above and contact us if you have any questions.
The KH6RS beacon, part of the IARU Beacon network is finally on the air at Club President, Tom's QTH. You can find information about the network at:
It will take a while for all the software and websites to get updated with our club call sign, but we are on the air every 3 minutes on 14.100, 18.110, 21.150, 24.930 and 28.200
Kevin, K6TD, came to the meeting to talk about the beacon program. He discusses the technical specifications, how the program is setup, and a rare look into the history of the beacons as well. Big mahalo to Kevin for taking the time to share his knowledge with us.
Take a moment to view some clips from the discussion below.
Kevin was first licensed in 1970. Work, kids and family life took Kevin away from radio, returning in 1988. After having worked as an EE for several Silicon Valley high tech companies, he now finds HF contesting and DXing a pleasant diversion. He has operated mostly in W6 land, but, has been heard from KH6 and BV1. DXpeditions include Midway and Mozambique. He helped with antennas for Wake.
Kevin has served as the chairman of the California QSO Party and as a director of the NCCC. He has co-chaired IDXC for 2011, 2013, and will for 2015.He's also a member of NCDXF, MLDXCC, and PAARA, and a life member of ARRL, charter member of CWOPS, and lastly SOC.
Field day was a great success. Mayor Alan Arakawa visited on Saturday morning; about 40 members and guests signed in. We had some rain Friday morning but the rest of the time we had great trade wind weather. We haven’t gone thru the logs but we had more than 3300 QSO’s, despite the fact that 10m was only open very briefly. With the new antennas we were able to run both CW and SSB on 20m and 40m simultaneously with only a little interference. 15m was our best band during the day, we had about 1000 SSB QSO’s before the band closed about 9 pm or so on Saturday night but 20 remained open all night. More later after we go thru the logs. Mahalo to all who helped organize, setup, operate and clean up. 73 and Aloha, Tom Maui Amatuer Radio Club President
We operated three stations on 10, 15, 20 and 40 meters as well as one GOTA (Get on the Air) station on 2 meters. We ran several modes including phone, CW, RTTY, as well as digital modes like PSK. To the knowledge of the club this is the first time we have run 3 stations. Propagation was fair thanks to a wonderful hula performance to kickoff the event by Club President Tom Worthington's wife Leslie. The hula was story of Maui coaxing the the sun to produce sun spots that promote radio propagation.
We had about 25 operators and visitors throughout the 24 hour event. A highlight of the event was when a club member was able to make contact with NASA astronaut, Reid Wiseman KF5LKT, operating as NA1SS from the International Space Station. Although it was a short pass over Hawaii, she reported clear communication with the space station. By the end of the exercise Sunday morning we made a total 2391 QSOs and 3462 points.Both are higher than last year despite experiencing poorer solar conditions.
De KH6RS BLoG
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