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Updated:  09/02/2020

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# 36 - Serious SHTF Comms

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope that everyone has had a safe and joyful holiday weekend with their families. I started building my Emergency Communications (EmComms) go-box after a lot of debate over its contents and layout. I decided to go with a Gator Case 12U which is the largest portable rack system made by Gator cases because I have so many different communications options that I am putting the box, I needed all the room I could get. I have CB, FRS/GMRS radios along with HF, VHF, and UHF amateur radio transmitting capabilities. For amateur radios I have a 100 watt Yaesu 857D multi-band multi-mode radio for everything from 160-meter through 70-cm bands however, I mainly only use this ra

# 35 - Worldwide Communications via EchoLink

I have been hearing a lot of ham radio operators talking about EchoLink so I decided to try it out yesterday. I downloaded the EchoLink app to my iPhone 7Plus and registered my FCC callsign with EchoLink. It took just a few minutes after uploading a copy of my amateur radio license to get verified then the app was ready to go. I opened the app, logged in, and started looking around the app to see what it consisted of when I saw a list of stations and conferences all over the world on it. I clicked on one listed from Sydney Australia and was connected to a bunch of hams from all over the world in a what is known as a Directed Net, which is a group of people talking where one person is design

# 34 - Base Station Radios

Well, I got both the BTech UV-50X2 50 watt dual band mobile radio and the Yaesu 857D HF/VHF/UHF radio set up and programmed now and I must say that for an EmComs radio, I like the BTech radio much better than the more expensive Yaesu. The Yaesu is good for what it does by combining HF, VHF, and UHF into one compact radio, but by doing that it misses many of the features that the cheaper BTech radio has. One of the main things that I like about the UV-50X2 is that I can monitor four VHF/UHF frequencies at the same time. I can set one of the local repeaters as my main channel, and designate three additional repeaters or simplex frequencies to monitor for traffic. It is not scanning between th

# 33 - 45th Annual Honolulu Marathon

Yesterday amateur radio operators from across the island assisted with the radio communications for the 45th annual Honolulu Marathon. I was assigned to Aid Station #12 located at the 25.5 mile marker of the race course, which is the last place for first aid and medical care before the finish line. I arrived at Kapiolani Park at 3:00am to start getting my communications equipment set up and the medical team started arriving around 4:00 to get ready for the start of the race. At 5:00 the early morning Waikiki skyline was lit up with fireworks to signal the start of the race. Since Station #12 was located near the end of the course, it would be at least a couple hours before the racers made it

# 32 - It's Honolulu Marathon Time

Well, it's that time of year again. When many locals here in Hawaii try to stay as far away from Honolulu as they can over the weekend. Yea, that's right, it's time for the Honolulu Marathon which will be held this Sunday morning. This year I will be one of the volunteers working the marathon. I will be the radio operator at Medical Aid Station #12, which is the final first aid station before the finish line. This station is notorious for being very active in recent races. It is located 25.5 miles into the race, just about where the runners hit "the wall" Of all of the Medical Aid Stations on the course, #12 is the only station that only has a single radio operator assigned. All of the other

# 31 - 13-Band MF HF ANTENNA

I received a new antenna that I wanted to check out. The Fat Spectrum antenna claims to be ale to provide coverage on 160m, 80m, 75m, 60m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 11m, 10m, and 6 meter continuously with no frequency gaps through entire range, all without the need for an antenna tuner. This is an amazing claim, and one that I want to put to the test. The antenna came in today and only took me about 10 minutes to put together and install. Since I live in a Home Owner's Association I am not allowed to have an outdoor antenna. Oh well. I had a flagpole mounted in the yard at the side of my house until it was damaged a couple years ago when we had a sudden storm blow through the islands wit

# 30 - A New Chapter for Hawaii

We are in the beginning stages of getting a new REACT Team chartered here in Honolulu, the Oahu Emergency REACT Team. Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams (REACT) are volunteers who are organized internationally and use radios to provide public service communications for travelers and their local communities. REACT Teams also provide communications in response to emergencies and for community events. We utilize CB, UHF, VHF, Amateur, and other radio services. REACT teams are a little different than ARES, RACES, SATERN, and other emergency communications teams. Just like these organizations, REACT teams provide communications services in emergencies and after disasters, but REACT t

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