The second Oahu packet conference was held Saturday, February 13, 1999, organized and hosted by Richard LaChance, WH6T, of StarComm Radio, and Myles Sakaguchi, KH7HB of Kenwood Communications.
Over 70 hams and prospective hams enjoyed a great morning and afternoon at the Beretania Recreational Center in downtown Honolulu learning about digital radio techniques.
Presentations and demonstrations on VHF Packet Radio, ARESPACK, Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS), X1-J networks, Kauai packet update, JNOS TCPIP networks, satellite and SSTV communications, Pactor and Winlink systems kept the level of excitement high for over 5 hours.
Our local Kenwood distributor graciously provided T-shirts, caps, and two great prizes: an MFJ TNC and a Kenwood TH235 H-T.
Richard LaChance, WH6T, provided lots of free sodas and hot dogs.
Mahalo to our volunteer presentors:
You know there's
something radio-active going on when you see Mel Inouye, WH6UG,
park his Comm Van nearby.
How many new hams will we have today? Over 70 listening to Myles Sakaguchi, KH7HB, of Kenwood introduce the new Kenwood products at the 1999 Packet Conference.
Kenwood Rep, Myles
Sakaguchi, KH7HB, presents a video of the exciting new Kenwood
Handi-Talkie, the TH-D7A, a dual-band (2
Meter, 70 cm) handheld with a built-in TNC running 1200 and
9600 baud, and the Kenwood VC-H1 visual communicator.
The two Jims (Jim
Pilgram, WH6FG, from Kauai and Jim Yuen, WH6GS) check out the
Ted Brattstrom, NH6YK, demonstrates the ins-and-outs of satellite communications with the Russian MIR Space Station.
He demonstrated Slow Scan TV (SSTV), using
the new Kenwood VC-H1 visual communicator which promises exciting
times to come.
Tom Simon, NH6XP,
of State Civil Defense, gives a detailed talk on how the X1-J
network works on a state-wide basis in anticipation of future
emergency communications needs.
Jim Pilgram, WH6FG,
updates us on the Kauai ARES organization and its progress in
preparing for the next hurricane.
Bill Rhoden, AH6IH,
demonstrates the intricacies of WinLink on a VHF-HF setup. WinLink
utilizes Pactor protocol to pass packets through HF.
Bill Rhoden's Pactor
setup. Note Bill's original design angle steel custom made rack
on the right.
Dale Esperum, KH7PJ, checks
out the WinLink system.
KH7GK, enjoys a quiet moment with his wife, Jolene, KH7ND, and
Steve Pang, AH6PB,
gets help from Jim Yuen, WH6GS, Randy Kurashige, WH6AJ, and Don
Torres, KH7HU, taking apart his "portable" Cushcraft
R7000 antenna. Would you believe that almost all 25 feet of it
packs away in one 30 inch plastic case?
Congratulations to the lucky winners of the PacCon 99 drawing!
Milton Migita, KH7LC, proudly holds an MFJ TNC.
Wayne Greenleaf's, NH6PQ, daughter Wendi displays her new Kenwood HT.
Report by Jim Yuen, WH6GS. Photos by Bev Yuen, AH6NF
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