Hono Amateur Radio Club Volume 5, Issue 3 May 7, 2001
Inside This Issue 1 President's Message de K1ER 2 Upcoming HamFest 2001 3 Renewal Form 3 Calendar of Events/FCC News 4 News of interest MAY IS A HARC MEETING MONTH! Mark your calendar - PLEASE ATTEND! Saturday May 19, 2001 0900-1100 ZIPPYS on Vineyard at Mauna Kea
Go to the side toward Vineyard
Here we go again
John D. Peters K1ER
Different Meeting Location!!!!!
We continue to try to please every member, so we are trying a more Honolulu central location in May. The ZIPPYS is very easy to reach, does not charge for the use of the space, and is usually a good place for breakfast.
On the side of the restaurant toward Vineyard there are larger tables, similar to Columbia Inn. Look for people you know and join the gang for breakfast.
From H-1 you can exit onto Vineyard either east or west bound. Drive until you reach the intersection with Mauna Kea and you'll see both most of the Honolulu Mortuaries and ZIPPYS on opposite sides of Mauna Kea. Cause and effect? I do not know. I don't think so. If you prefer to drive from Nimitz Highway, turn on Mauna Kea and follow it to Vineyard ..then you will have gone 100 ft too far. There is plenty of parking in the lot on the side of the building away from Vineyard.
Usual format, breakfast ordered from the menu, we'll talk about anything. BUT, you may expect to hear about the plans for the 2001 Hawaii State Convention in October, and the ARRL Section Managers meeting on May 5, 2001.
UPGRADE, tell your friends!
A W5YI VE testing session will follow the meeting for those desiring to upgrade their licenses or try for a new one. Contact Lee Wical KH6BZF for more details. Walk ins are welcome. Tell them to come for Breakfast at 0900 and enjoy the meeting, then take their test for a license. Call Lee first so the VE are prepared..
You have seen this before unless you're a new member.
The club repeater KH6WO/R on 146.18/78 is the new club repeater. Try it. The new machine is much better at rejecting intermod and front-end overload so you should receive better service.
The club beacon station is receiving SWL reports from all around the world. KH6WO (beacon) is part of the NCDXF world wide system and you can read all about it on the internet. http://www.ncdxc.org and click on beacons. Want to know which bands are open to any area, this is one way to find out.
Ron will not run for SM again so John K1ER has agreed to run for ARRL Section Mgr. Ask Lee KH6BZF for more information.
The Honolulu Chapter of QCWA is looking for members who were first licensed 25 or more years ago. Were you licensed in 1976? You may be eligible to join this most prestigious of radio amateur organizations.
HAMFEST IN 2001!!!!
The success of the Hawaii Hamfest for the last two years has encouraged enough people to step up and plan a really big one (do not confuse this with the Dayton Hamvention. Big is relative.)
Mr. Riley Hollingsworth has been invited to come and speak at our State of Hawaii Convention, Saturday 13 October 2001, in Pearl Harbor/Honolulu, Hawai'i. (But he said the FCC can't afford the travel.) ARRL President Jim Haynie has been invited to come and speak and we await his reply. Ed Hare the ARRL expert on RFI is planning to give a talk on RFI.
WHERE IS THE HARC MEETING?
The ZIPPYS on the NE corner of Vineyard and Mauna Kea Streets.
If you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong.
PACIFIC SECTION MEETING
Ron Philipps Pacific Section Manager ARRL
Ron (SM) and Lee Wical (ASM) conducted a meeting for the Pacific Section on May 5, 2001. An excellent turnout from every Club and every Island in the State.
There are 71 ARRL Sections, the Pacific is the largest in size and smallest in membership. PAC has approx 5,000 hams and 550 ARRL members. It is the only Section with a CABINET or formal meeting of Section appointees. The Section Mgr reports to NO ONE. Not Division, not ARRL.
The numbers are bogus since so many Pacific callsigns are held by Japanese and US hams not living here. We estimate we really have 1,000 active Hams in Hawaii and 500 are ARRL members. Not enough to influence the ARRL. Several ideas for improved service, QST on the Members only WebPages, rational Life Member Dues structure based on actuarial tables. A new repeater on Mauna Kea will be on soon. Great for emergency traffic.
73 Ron & Lee.
W5YI VE Session at HARC Meetings
The W5YI VE team is headed by Lee Wical KH6BZ.
The VE Session will follow the HARC Meeting. If you have any question, contact Lee. The fee is set by the FCC. You need your current license and a copy of it, plus a photo ID, if you plan to upgrade.
ELECTION RESULTS FOR 2001
Pres John Peters K1ER
Vpres Dan Greeson KH6P
Treas Phil Preece NH6SA
Sec (see Pres!)
Francis Blatt KH6KH
Ted Chernin KH6GI
Lee Wical KH6BZF
Peter Demmer KH6CTQ
Some of these officers have been doing the job for several years. YOU need to volunteer to keep HARC alive and active. Come to meetings, participate.
The Major topic for our May meeting will be the Pacific Section meeting and the planned Hawaii Convention in Oct 2001. We will discuss those topics and experts on both will be at the meeting to answer questions and discuss plans. And of course our future meeting location. The room at ZIPPYS is not private, but we'll drive customers who want a quiet breakfast away. The tables appear convenient and the food is good. Even though it is not a private dining room. We still need the Columbia Inn, so keep looking at sites.
FCC Weekly report from Riley Holingsworth on the Internet
The FCC Enforcement logs are all posted to the ARRL Webpage and you can find them at: http://www.arrl.org/news/enforcement_logs/
From the Mar 23, 2001 Enforcement Log (a continuing saga):
March 20, 2001
Ms. Elaine C. Kam
P. O. Box 161209
Honolulu, HI 96816
Re: Withdrawal of Requirement for Re-testing of Morse Code examination
Dear Ms. Kam:
On November 24, 2000, we notified you that the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau had set aside your grant of an Extra Class license, call sign AH6QQ, and that your application was returned to pending status.
On January 11, 2001, you were notified that, pursuant to Section 97.519(d)(2) of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. Section 97.519(d)(2), we were requiring you to re-take the Morse Code test (Element 1) under the supervision of Volunteer Examiners of the American Radio Relay League. This examination was to have been completed on or before February 20, 2001. You furnished a detailed response dated February 12, 2001, and requested an extension of time.
Please be advised that we are withdrawing the requirement that you take the test again for Element 1, and we are recommending to the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau that your application for Extra Class license be granted.
[Does anyone know what was going on? Who were the VE involved? Any answers?]
Calendar of Events
ZIPPYS ON VINEYARD
TIME 0900 SAT MAY 19TH
Breakfast, ham topics and VE. Discuss what you like.
SIZZLER AT PEARL RIDGE (NEW LOCATION!!!)
0800 EVERY TUESDAY
Gathering of Hams, about a dozen
BOTANICAL GARDEN IN KANEOHE
0930 2ND SATURDAY EVERY MONTH
QCWA HONOLULU CHAPTER # 206
LAST FRIDAY EVERY MONTH, 0800, SIZZLER AT PEARL RIDGE
Officers & Directors of HARC
President John Peters K1ER 484-9748
Vice Pres Dan Greeson KH6P
Treasurer Phil Preece NH6SA 732-7201
Secretary John Peters K1ER 484-9748
Francis Blatt KH6KH
Ted Chernin KH6GI
Peter Demmer KH6CTQ
Lee Wical KH6BZF 247-0587
INTERNET USEFUL SITES
2001 Member Application Form
New or renewal, same form. The best way to learn what your new license can mean is to chat with the old timers who've been there.
Mail a check to HARC.
We want you as a member of HARC.
Dues for 2001 are due and remain $15
HARC WANTS YOUR INPUT!
What do YOU want HARC to do?
What would YOU like to do in HARC?
I need material for this Newsletter. Do you want me to copy material from the Pacific Division ARRL Newsletter? ARRL Bulletins? Why don't YOU write something and send it?
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