tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:/posts Mahalo Michael 2021-01-10T18:06:29Z Mahalo Michael tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1637883 2021-01-09T18:15:36Z 2021-01-09T18:15:36Z BLOGGING USING HAM RADIO - WINLINK

I have been sending email using just my laptop and my ham radios. This is the first time I'm going to try and send a blog post to my mahalomichael.com site.

There is little to no formatting when sending emails via winlink. - EOM

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tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1619051 2020-11-19T21:06:18Z 2020-11-22T07:38:27Z Chef Robert Irvine of the TV Show Restaurant Impossible at Tiki’s Grill & Bar.

"You never know who is going to walk in........"

It was just Jesse and I working and business had already started to pick up. Three gentlemen came up the stairs from the street. I looked over and thought, “That guy sure looks like somebody I know.”  The men came up to the restaurant front, signed in, took their temperature checks, and we got them seated. They were nice and kind, wore their masks, and Jesse then greeted them and took their order while I worked on a few other things. I delivered their food to the table and they asked for a side of blue cheese. It then dawned on me - wait a minute, I think I know him, wait a minute, oh yeah, he might be…” 

I thought, oh well, I’ll drop off the blue cheese and let them enjoy their meal. And then as I was pre-bussing the table, he said those volcano wings are really good, “please put another order in” that sound like something someone in our industry would say...

I asked the guest that I thought I recognized, “Are you ever mistaken for somebody famous?” The two other gentlemen at the table then chuckled. He answers and says, “All the time.” And one of the other guests says, “Yep, that's him.” And all three of them and myself had a good laugh, because our guest was indeed, Chef Robert Irwin from the popular show, Restaurant Impossible.

I said, “You know I didn't want to bother you, but I wasn't sure if it was you because in my interactions with you, you’ve been so calm, quiet and polite, and in the show you’re a little bit more animated and louder when you want something.”  He and the other guest started laughing as well, and he said, “Yeah, well I'm not here to fix anything in your restaurant.” We all laughed.

After refreshing the table, I brought back a big, organic Kaneohe lemon for him. I handed it to him and said it was for him to enjoy when he was ready for it, either to put in a drink or squeeze on some food. It was great to see his joy and excitement for something so simple. He smelled it, squeezed it in his hands and then passed it around the table for the other gentleman to appreciate. And he said, “This thing smells great, I can't wait to try it.” I let Jesse wrap up the table and moved on to deliver more food. On his way out he hunted me down and thanked me for the experience that he had and said “we will definitely be back.”

I asked if it would be appropriate and if he had time to get a picture. He said, “I was hoping you'd ask.”  So we took a picture out in front of the Tikis and at first it was gonna be with the masks on and then he suggested that we just stand 6 feet apart and take the masks off so I could get a good picture. One of the guys took the picture. So that's my fun, memorable Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible story - a nice, genuine guy and it made my week.

Robert Paul Irvine (born 24 September 1965) is an English celebrity chef and talk show host who has appeared on and hosted a variety of Food Network programmes including Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, Restaurant: Impossible, A Hero's Welcome, Operation Restaurant, All-Star Academy, Guy's Grocery Games, Chopped: Impossible and Restaurant Express.[1] Irvine currently operates two restaurants, Robert Irvine's Public House at the Tropicana resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a Fresh Kitchen by Robert Irvine located within The Pentagon. Irvine launched The Robert Irvine Show, a daytime talk show which aired weekdays on The CW between 12 September 2016 and 25 May 2018.

Restaurant: Impossible is an American reality television series, featuring chef and restaurateur Robert Irvine, that originally aired on Food Network from 2011 to 2016. After a three-year hiatus, the show returned on April 20, 2019.[1] The premise of the series is that within two days and on a budget of $10,000, Irvine renovates a failing American restaurant with the goal of helping to restore it to profitability and prominence. Irvine is assisted by an HGTV designer (usually Taniya Nayak, Cheryl Torrenueva, or Lynn Kegan, but sometimes Vanessa De Leon, Krista Watterworth, Yvette Irene, or Nicole Faccuito), along with general contractor Tom Bury, who sometimes does double duty as both general contractor and designer. After assessing the problems with the restaurant, Irvine typically creates a plan for the new decor, oversees the refurbishment of the restaurant, reduces the size of the menu and improves the quality of the entrees, develops a promotional activity, educates or resolves conflicts for the restaurant's owners, or trains the staff, as needed for each restaurant.[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restaurant:_Impossible

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1613790 2020-11-08T07:30:49Z 2020-11-08T16:35:57Z First time on the Australia, New Zealand and Africa DX Net (ANZA DX NET)
It was my first time to join the Australia, New Zealand and Africa DX Net  (ANZA DX NET)  https://anzadxnet.webs.com
Logged 8 contacts but hear many more!
20m Net:  14.183 MHz, 0515 UTC, daily and 15m Net:  21.205 MHz, 0415 UTC, Saturday

In the spirit of amateur radio since 1970 ~~~ 50 years of operations
2020-11-08 06:04 VK4CQ 20m 14.183 SSB QG63nf Australia Ross Milne

2 2020-11-08 05:56 VK4GRZ 20m 14.183 SSB QG56go Australia Graham Ryan

3 2020-11-08 05:54 VK2RI 20m 14.183 SSB QF55bk Australia Tony

4 2020-11-08 05:54 VK7XX 20m 14.183 SSB QE38nq Australia John in Tassie

5 2020-11-08 05:42 VK1TX 20m 14.183 SSB QF44mo Australia TEX IHASZ

6 2020-11-08 05:23 VK4TM 20m 14.183 SSB QG64jr Australia Terry j Murphy

7 2020-11-08 05:21 VK3RH 20m 14.183 SSB
Australia .Rodney .Rhone

8 2020-11-08 05:12 VK4JT 20m 14.183 SSB QG56gp Australia Michael MIKE J. Buchanan MIKE NET CONTROL
List operation, say your call sign, stand by for calls
Net runs for about 1 hour, all operators welcome,
DXpedition, special-event, portable, mobile, QRP
QSO is brief exchange of call sign and signal report
Please do not spot the Net on clusters or skimmers
ANZA DX Net has been operating for 50 years.

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1612913 2020-11-06T02:05:24Z 2020-11-06T02:05:24Z Kaneohe tunnel tour
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1612748 2020-11-05T19:21:57Z 2020-11-05T19:21:57Z Alaska-Pacific Emergency Preparedness Net
The Alaska-Pacific Emergency Preparedness Net is one of the oldest emergency traffic handling nets on amateur radio.
The net meets on 14.292 MHz in the 20 meter Ham band, Monday-Friday at 0830 Alaska Time. If you need a time calculator here is a link.
Net control monitors 14.282 beginning at 15 minutes after hour for early check in. 

This is a roll call net. If you cannot hear net control, it will be appreciated if you wait until sweeps are made and do not call in the blind. Only break in if you have a contact or an emergency  We will pick up late, missed and visitor check-ins after roll call is complete. Please keep this frequency clear until the net on 14.290 has closed; this includes tuning up and looking for early check ins. NCS monitors 14.282 beginning at 15 minutes after hour for early check ins,and will switch to 14.292 at half past hour of the roll call.


Fortunately, there have been no major disasters in Alaska in recent years, but when the need arises again, the Alaska-Pacific Emergency Preparedness Net will be there.

The "A-P Net" originated as a result of the Good Friday Earthquake that struck Alaska in 1964.  During that disaster government and private communication systems failed, and Ham radio operators provided vital links to the rest of the world.  After the earthquake, the 14.292 frequency became known as “the place” for Alaska and Lower 49 hams to meet and pass traffic.
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1610374 2020-10-31T01:30:51Z 2020-10-31T01:30:52Z Windward side foodbank distribution Mahalo to Mikey R from Tiki's Grill & Bar and chef Jeffrey Vigilla and all the other Volunteers and food bank staff and leaders that showed up.  For this massive Hawaii Foodbank distribution. I mainly worked on passing 1500 local cabbage heads. When the produce boxes and bags were all built. I got moved to the frozen hamburger and Kalua pig distribution tables. I’m sore and thankful. Great people to volunteer with, shade and joy all day long.  If you want to volunteer or donate or know someone that needs help go to https://hawaiifoodbank.org/.
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1608966 2020-10-27T05:01:19Z 2020-10-27T05:01:19Z Java Plum Shrub - Old Pali Road Whiskey -Micro batch cocktail

Micro batch cocktail: Old Pali Road Whiskey with a Java Plum Shrub. 

The Java plum grows wild on the Windward side and this cocktail was inspired by my mom and her cousins, who as kids, went hiking and walking and through the “Gushy-Gosh” and coming home with plum stains. These tiny wild plums are from my backyard. Old Pali Road Whiskey Distillery is about a mile as straight as the ʻAlalā (Hawaiian crow) flies. Only 10 orders available. TikisGrill.com

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1608282 2020-10-25T08:03:06Z 2021-01-10T18:06:29Z 2020 - 50 contacts -CQ World Wide DX Contest ssb
The CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. Over 35,000 participants take to the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) with the goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible.

This was my second year and I have improved my score.
I used an ICOM IC-7300 Radio with 100 watts max power into the G5RVjr antenna.
My 2020 stats are bellow:
50 contacts ( One contact on 18m will not count in my score)
11 Counties or entities
20 CQ Zones
And had fun with a score of 5040
No contact with Europe and Africa this year.

 Band     QSOs     Pts  ZN   Cty  Pt/Q
     7      12      30    4    4   2.5
    14      20      60    7    5   3.0
    18       1       1    1    1   1.0
    21       1       3    1    1   3.0
    21      16      46    7    5   2.9
 Total      50     140   20   16   2.8
Score: 5,040
1 Mult = 1.4 Q's
BY     China                                                                                                             JA     Japan                                                                                                             KH2    Guam                                                                                                           KH6    Hawaii                                                                                                         KL7    Alaska
PY     Brazil                                                                                                             UA0    Russia  AS                                                                                                   VE     Canada                                                                                                         VK     Australia                                                                                                       W      USA                                                                                                              XE     Mexico

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1608236 2020-10-25T03:55:41Z 2020-10-25T03:55:42Z 3 PLACE IN HAWAII WH6FXL (KH6ML) Contest: 2019 SSB CQ World Wide DX Contest

The CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. Over 35,000 participants take to the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) and November (CW) with the goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible.

CQ Logo
Contest: 2019 SSB CQ World Wide DX Contest
Score: 495 points
Category: Single Operator - Low Power - ALL BANDS

  Hawaii Oceania World
Rank 3 69 1623
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1606635 2020-10-21T07:03:29Z 2020-10-21T07:03:29Z Local Feature: Starfruit Sangria

Keaalau Starfruit, Kailua Lemons, Kaneohe Lime, Nu'uanu Calamansi,  Cointreau Orange-flavored Liqueur Produced In Saint-barthélemy-d'anjou, France, Fruit Infused Vodka, White Wine, Fruit Juices And Apricot Brandy, Kauai Honey, Topped With Soda. Limited Run Cocktail.

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1606632 2020-10-21T06:53:40Z 2020-10-21T06:53:40Z Finished a FEMA Course: IS-00800.dNational Response Framework, An Introduction
This Certificate of Achievement is to acknowledge that
MICHAEL C MILLER has reaffirmed a dedication to serve in times of crisis through continued professional development and completion of the independent study course: IS-00800.d
National Response Framework, An Introduction
Emergency Management Institute
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1601285 2020-10-06T17:12:53Z 2020-10-06T17:12:53Z ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Instruction Sheet - October 03, 2020

ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Instruction Sheet - October 03, 2020

The nationwide ARRL Simulated Emergency Test occurs the first Saturday of October every year. This year Hawaii ARES is simulating deployment of EmComm stations to shelters statewide providing reports to American Red Cross shelter managers directly to the Red Cross email system. The purpose of this COMMUNICATIONS EXERCISE is to verify our ability to deploy equipment to shelters and operate using the digital protocols developed in conjunction with Hawaii State Red Cross.
  • Who: Participation is open to all amateur radio operators supporting their ARRL ARES District.
  • When: From 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon HST, Saturday, October 3, 2020.
  • Where: Working from designated private shelters (if available). Because of the COVID-19 situation, and concern for the safety of the radio operators, radio operators uncomfortable with shelter deployment should consider operating from their homes.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. or earlier, amateur radio operators setup their equipment at designated private shelters or from their homes. Radio operators are requested to use emergency power, e.g. batteries, solar panels, generators, if available. Otherwise operate from commercial power. If working from home, please try to operate from outside your ham shack, i.e., in your back Yard or close by park to simulate deployment to a shelter. Each radio station will transmit two Winlink messages using Winlink forms. For shelter manager and shelter names, use actual names if available otherwise please make them up for use in the messages sent. Use whatever Winlink mode to send your messages, e.g. Telnet, VARA FM, ARDOP, VARA HF, Pactor, Packet. Voice and Fldigi will also be permitted but the messages eventually need to be sent to ARC and CC radio operators KH7HO and KH6FHI using their Winlink email address. Each ARES District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) and participating groups will organize their operation in the exercise. Message Addressing: Honolulu and Kauai county simulated shelter operators will send messages: To: Paul Klink, ARC Sheltering Lead; email: paul.klink@redcross.org cc: KH7HO Maui and Hawaii county simulated shelter operators will send messages: To: Paul Klink, ARC Sheltering Lead; email: paul.klink@redcross.org cc: KH6FHI
  • First message (to be transmitted between 9am and 10am HST):

    ARC 213 General Message (can be found in Winlink under Standard Forms, ARC Forms) The first message confirms the shelter is operational. In a real-world activation, have a printed blank ARC 213 form for the shelter manager to fill out and sign.
    • Incident Name: Hurricane Makani Pahili 2020
    • Precedence: Routine
    • To: Paul Klink / ARC Sheltering Lead
    • From: (Name / Position) Enter shelter manager/Shelter Name
    • Subject: Shelter Activation.
    • Date and Time: Winlink automatically fills in Date and Time of message creation.
    • Precede the body of the message with "THIS IS AN EXERCISE MESSAGE".
    • Message: The (Shelter Name), e.g. Kailua High School Shelter, has been activated at 9:00 a.m. HST. Shelter Manager is Jane Doe, cell phone (808) 555-6789.
    • List the following (make up numbers): # of Red Cross volunteers present, including the shelter manager, e.g. ARC - 2. # of County workers present, e.g. C&C of Honolulu - 5. # of National Guard, e.g. NG - 5 # of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, e.g., MRC - 1. # of Humane Society volunteer, e.g. Humane Society - 1. # of Ham shelter radio operator(s), e.g., Shelter radio operator - 1.
    • End the body of the message with "THIS IS AN EXERCISE MESSAGE".
    • Approved by: The simulated name you used as the shelter manager.
    • Position / Title: Shelter Manager.
First Message Completed Sample
  • Second message (to be transmitted between 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 noon):

    ARC Hawaii Hurricane Daily Shelter Report (Hawaii ARC forms are located under Standard Templates, HI STATE Forms). In real-world shelter activation, check with the shelter manager for the information using a printed ARC Hawaii Hurricane Daily Shelter Report blank form and have the shelter manager sign it.
    • Date: Click for the Date or manually input.
    • Shelter Name / County: Use the assigned Private Shelter name/ Add the county you are located - Hawaii, Maui, Honolulu, or Kauai.
    • Shelter Manager: Fill in a simulated name.
    • Phone: Fill in a simulated phone number.
    • Total Number of Sheltering Workers: Total number to include, all ARC volunteers, County workers, NG personnel working at the shelter, MRC volunteers, Humane Society volunteers, shelter radio operators, to include # of Disaster Health Services workers and # of Disaster Mental Health workers in the shelter (Note: in a real-world situation, all the above categories may not be represented. For this exercise, we suggest you use all.
    • # Disaster Health Services: Simulate the number, 0 or 1; in reality, most hurricane evacuation shelters may not have a Disaster Health Services worker (check with the Shelter Manager).
    • # Disaster Mental Health: Simulate the number, 0 or 1; in reality, most hurricane evacuation shelters may not have a Disaster Mental Health worker (check with the Shelter Manager).
    • SHELTER POPULATION: For the exercise, we will only fill the in the date for the 12 noon Count. Enter simulated numbers for the following categories:
      • Age 0-3 years old.
      • Age 4-7 years old.
      • Age 8-12 years old.
      • Age 13-18 years old.
      • Age 19-65 years old.
      • Age 65+ years old.
    • OPERATONAL REPORTING: Leave blank.
    • Preparer Name: The simulated Shelter Manager's Name used above.
    • Preparer Signature: /s/ Type/write in the simulated Shelter Manager's Name.
Second Message Completed Sample
  • HF Winlink and FLDIGI Frequencies

    Winlink Channels allocated for gateway and P2P. Stations please listen before transmitting!
    Gateway Channel Dial Frequency Center Frequency Comment
    NH6NN KH6ESK AH6QK 40-2300-1 7099.80 7101.30 Channel Spacing 2500 Hz
    KH6SF WH6FG 40-2300-2 7102.20 7103.70
    KH6SF 40-500-1 7105.00 7106.50 Channel Spacing 700 Hz
    NH6NN 40-500-2 7105.70 7107.20
    WH6FG 40-500-3 7106.40 7107.90
    KH6ESK 40-500-4 7107.10 7108.60
    AH6QK 40-500-5 7107.80 7109.30
    NH6NN 80-2399-2 3592.00 3593.50 Channel Spacing 2500 Hz
    AH6QK KH6NS 80-2300-1 3594.50 3596.00
    Hawaii P2P Hubs
    Station Call P2P Dial Frequency Modes
    KH6FHI 3584.00 FLDIGI, VARA 500/2300
    7110.00 FLDIGI, VARA 500/2300
    • ZOOM session for Tech Support and After Action Discussion (starting 8:30 am HST)

      For those who would like to discuss Winlink setup during the SET, a ZOOM session will be open. The host will be Oliver Dully (K6OLI), a member of the Winlink Development Support team, who has extensive experience in Winlink training, support and in conducting exercises. Participants are welcome to join, anytime during the SET for help with any hardware or software issues or just to discuss the exercise and trade experiences with others. This is a chance to ask questions about any adhoc Winlink topic. Time permitting, it might cover these, if there is interest.
      • Use of Winlink activity map
      • The map of active Hawaii Winlink gateways
      • Use of Winlink tactical call signs
      • Entering latitude/longitude station position into Winlink map
      • Keeping Winlink channel list up-to-date
      • Use of "forward without change" messages
      • How to send a P2P message
      Click here to join the session during the 2020 SET. Meeting ID: 268 577 4435 Passcode: 778738
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1593669 2020-09-13T07:17:11Z 2020-09-13T07:17:11Z Worked All Europe DX Contest - 6 countries logged

I was able to speak with 6 counties on the radio. I was using a Icom ic-7300 and a G5RV jr antenna with 100 watts: Call sign KH6ML, I was only able to be on the air for a limited amount of time. So getting 4 new ones in the log was great.

"Many leading contesters claim the WAEDC to be the most challenging contest of the year. Being a true blue DX contest, only intercontinental QSOs between DX and Europe are counted (exception is the RTTY part). Therefore the number of DX QSOs here may be similar to the amount of DX usually worked in the CQWW." -https://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/referat-conteste/worked-all-europe-dx-contest/en/

 I was able to speak with 6 counties on the radio. I was using a Icom ic-7300 and a G5RV jr antenna with 100 watts: Call sign KH6ML

1 2020-09-13 06:25 E7DX 20M 14.250 SSB JN84ix Bosnia and Herzegovi E7DX Team Contest Callsign

2 2020-09-12 06:45 LY9Y 20M 14.258 SSB KO16la Lithuania JURGIS IGNOTAS

3 2020-09-12 06:30 US1Q 20M 14.235 SSB KN86iu Ukraine Alex UW2QU

4 2020-09-12 06:23 DP7D 20M 14.286 SSB JO32pc Germany HF Contestgruppe Schoeppinger Berg DP7D

5 2020-09-12 06:19 OM3BH 20M 14.228 SSB JN99ge Slovak Republic RASTISLAV HRNKO

6 2020-09-12 06:12 ES5TV 20M 14.255 SSB KO38cs Estonia TONNO VAHK
Moreover, the unique feature of QTC-traffic adds much fun and another operating challenge to the contest. Here the DX stations transfer real telegrams to the European stations. These telegrams contain data of previously logged QSOs. Each of these records counts one additional point for the sender and the receiver, given that the complete record was logged correctly. Thus, a DX station can actually double its score by sending QTCs. Some European stations, and not only the leading ranks, gain more than 70 percent of their score from QTC traffic.  - https://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/referat-conteste/worked-all-europe-dx-contest/en/

WAE DX Contest, SSB
: 0000Z, Sep 12 to 2359Z, Sep 13
  Geographic Focus: Europe
  Participation: Worldwide
  Mode: SSB
  Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
  Classes: Single Op (High/Low)
  Max operating hours: Single Op: 36 hours, off times of at least 60 minutes
Multi-Single: 48 hours
  Max power: HP: >100 Watts
LP: 100 Watts
  Exchange: RS + Serial No.
  Work stations: Once per band
  Score Calculation: (see rules)
  Submit logs by: September 20, 2020
  E-mail logs to: (none)
  Upload log at: https://www.dxhf.darc.de/~waessblog/upload.cgi?form=referat&lang=en
  Mail logs to: (none)
  Find rules at: http://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/referat-conteste/worked-all-europe-dx-contest/en/
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1591445 2020-09-06T08:32:34Z 2020-09-06T22:15:54Z RARE Contact with Åland Islands
Today I made a voice contact with OH0B on The Åland Islands. 

The Åland Islands or Åland is an archipelago province at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea belonging to Finland. It is autonomous, demilitarised and is the only monolingually Swedish-speaking region in Finland since 1920 by a decision of the League of Nations.Wikipedia

2020-09-06 07:34 OHØB 20m 14.254 SSB
Aland Islands Martti J. Laine OH2BH Contest

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1588078 2020-08-29T02:41:08Z 2020-08-29T02:41:09Z AGAIN temporarily closed EMERGENCY ORDER!

In compliance with government mandates, Tiki’s will be closed for dine-in starting Thursday, August 27th.
We know we will get through this together. Malama Pono!

We look forward to opening soon!!!

EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 2020-25(COVID-19 [Novel Coronavirus])


Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1585389 2020-08-29T02:31:51Z 2020-08-29T02:31:52Z Live interviews at Tiki's Grill & Bar KHON Limit of 5 per party.

Dallis Ontiveros | KHON2 interviews me Michael Miller in three live segments on the morning TV show. Most of the Questions relate the the  Mayor's Emergency Order 2020-24 Act Now Honolulu - No Social Gatherings August 19, 2020 from  OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 2020-24 (COVID-19 [Novel Coronavirusi).

Restaurants. This section applies to restaurants only. For purposes of this section, a ‘Restaurant” means a place which is regularly and in a bona fide manner used and kept

Open for the serving of meals to patrons for compensation and which has suitable kitchen facilities connected therewith, containing the necessary equipment and supplies for cooking an assortment of foods which may be required for ordinary meals. Additionally, to be considered a “Restaurant” under this section, at least thirty percent (30%) of the establishmenfs gross revenue must derive from the sale of foods. Restaurants in the City may provide seated table service dining under the following requirements, conditions, and privileges:

Continued compliance with all State of H awai’i and City regulatory and legal standards for operating a food services business.
Compliance with Social Distancing Requirements (as modified by this “Restaurants” section).

Development, posting, and implementation of written protocols (“COVID-19 Mitigation Plan”) consistent with this section; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance (available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/201 9-ncov/communitv/guidance- business-response.html), as updated or superseded; and, to the extent practicable, the National Restaurant Association’s Reopening Guidance (available at https://restaurant.org/Downloads/PDFs/business/COV ID I 9- Reopen-Guidance.pdf).

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1583583 2020-08-14T07:42:19Z 2020-08-14T07:42:19Z The Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN)
Today I checking into the The Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMS).

The Maritime Mobile Service Net is operational every day from 12:00pm until 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time, and from 12:00pm until 10:00pm Eastern Daylight Time, on the 20-meter *Global Emergency Center Of Activity frequency of 14.300 MHz as outlined by the International Radio Union.

All amateur radio operators are invited to participate simply by checking in.
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1580780 2020-08-04T05:39:15Z 2020-08-04T05:39:15Z WH6FXL MAKES THE NEWS in Great Britain
Radio Society of Great Britain

Propagation News – 26 July 2020

| July 24, 2020

We had quite a quiet week with the Sun with zero sunspots and a settled geomagnetic field. The solar wind speed was slow, between 280 and 330km per second, and its magnetic field was weak, with no significant negative deflections in its important north-south Bz direction. Therefore, the resultant geomagnetic activity was settled.

On the 21st a sunspot appeared around the Sun’s limb. Now classified as sunspot group 2767, on Thursday it contained one sunspot, but its simple uni-polar magnetic signature suggests it is non-threatening.

We do expect the Kp index to rise on Friday, the 24th, due to the arrival of a coronal hole high speed stream. Modest magnetic enhancement is also forecast for 25 July with the possible arrival of a slow CME from the 19th.

Expect a possible pre-aurora enhancement followed by the potential for suppressed maximum usable frequencies over the weekend and into early next week.

HF conditions have been generally lacklustre, but Laurie, G3UML reports that WH6FXL and WA6QDQ/KH6, both in Hawaii, were both quite readable signals on 20m SSB at 0800 on Wednesday. Tom, GM4FDM reports working two JAs on 17m using his newly-erected dipole. The 10m UK Net group on Facebook also reported an FT8 opening to Japan on Monday as well.

This just goes to show that you shouldn’t just write off the summer as being no good for DX.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain in the high 60s with the Kp index between two and three. This generally suggests that HF conditions will remain similar to last week. Expect sporadic E openings on 10 metres to continue, although not at the rate that we had earlier in the month.

VHF and up

A series of low-pressure systems passing close by northern Scotland and various fronts crossing the country mean that there are likely to be few opportunities for tropo this week. High pressure is displaced to the south over France so any tropo will be mostly likely from southern England into the continent or across Biscay to Spain. That brings rain scatter on the GHz bands onto the agenda for many regions of the UK at some time or other during the coming week.

Sporadic E still warrants a mention, but it is becoming more elusive as we move towards August. It’s not a ‘no chance’, but it will need some strategy for being in the right place at the right time. The best options will be to monitor 10m or 6m mid-morning and again late afternoon or early evening. Paths on FT8 will prove good indicators of which direction might deliver as the Es develops.

With the Moon declination negative and falling further as the week progresses, Moon visibility windows will shorten and peak elevation will be just 32 degrees this Sunday and falling, leading up to minimum declination a week from Sunday.

Perigee will be Saturday, 1 August, so path losses are now increasing. 144MHz sky noise peaks at 2,500 Kelvin on Friday, so low noise preamps won’t help you that day.

The Southern Delta Aquarids meteor shower has a broad peak from the 26th to the 31st with a Zenithal Hourly Rate of 25, so look for enhanced meteor scatter activity in the coming week. In Europe, the shower radiant is above the horizon at night or in the early mornings.

Category: GB2RS Propagation News

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1578593 2020-07-29T08:52:48Z 2020-07-29T08:52:49Z WH6FXL - Results EARCHI.org END FED 6–40 Meter Multiband HF Antenna FT-8, Winlink, SSB
WH6FXL - Results  EARCHI.org END FED 6–40 Meter Multiband HF Antenna FT-8, Winlink, SSB
25 foot pole with 66'8" of #14 wire sloping in the air
Counterpoise  66'8 of #14 wire on the ground

25' of Coax to a AT-100ProII LDG auto tuner and into a ICOM 7300 running around 100watt. No Amp.

""Trifilar wound, 9:1 UNUN (unbalance to unbalance) toroid matching transformer that will match the high input impedance of an end fed antenna into the range where most antenna tuners can produce good performance. The matchbox handles 100 watts of power. This project requires an antenna tuner to achieve satisfactory SWR. If you need an auto tuner, we recommend the LDG line of auto tuners, shown to work well with these matchbox antennas, and highly rated by users. http://www.earchi.org/92011endfedfiles/Endfed6_40.pdf

ORDERING A MATCHBOX ANTENNA FROM EARC.- http://www.earchi.org/proj_homebrew.html
Volunteers of the Honolulu Emergency Amateur Radio Club (EARC) carefully assemble the 6-40 End Fed matchbox antennas for those who prefer not to build one. For a donation of $56 (Including USPS priority mail shipping) club volunteers will build and deliver a 6-40 matchbox with a 30 foot antenna wire anywhere in the U.S., we do not ship internationally. Note that coax cable is not included. Aloha EARC.
We only ship to the USA only, sorry no International Shipping. Thank you.
2020-07-29 06:42 DL8UI 17m 18.102 FT8 JO41 Germany

2 2020-07-29 06:40 JR1AQI 17m 18.102 FT8 PM95 Japan

3 2020-07-29 06:38 F4FCE 17m 18.102 FT8 JN17 France

4 2020-07-29 06:36 JH0EHQ 17m 18.102 FT8 PM96 Japan

5 2020-07-29 06:35 F4HIK 17m 18.102 FT8 JN06 France

6 2020-07-29 06:34 JH3IOY 17m 18.102 FT8 PM74qr Japan

7 2020-07-29 06:32 VA7ILO 17m 18.102 FT8 CN89 Canada

8 2020-07-29 06:29 F6EQZ 17m 18.102 FT8 JN19xf France

9 2020-07-29 06:22 OE3XMC 20m 14.075 FT8 JN88dc Austria

10 2020-07-29 06:21 PC1Y 20m 14.075 FT8 JO21gx Netherlands

11 2020-07-29 06:19 OE3KLU 20m 14.075 FT8 JN88fd Austria

12 2020-07-29 06:13 JA4JKO 20m 14.075 FT8

13 2020-07-29 06:13 VE7UM 20m 14.075 FT8 CN89 Canada

14 2020-07-29 06:10 EA3GCT 20m 14.075 FT8 JN01 Spain

15 2020-07-29 06:09 MI0NWA 20m 14.075 FT8 IO64 Northern Ireland

16 2020-07-29 06:05 ON7WM 20m 14.076 FT8 JO21 Belgium

17 2020-07-29 06:03 I3BUI 20m 14.076 FT8 JN55 Italy

18 2020-07-29 06:01 PB75A 20m 14.076 FT8 JO22ga Netherlands

19 2020-07-29 05:31 AI6ZC 40m 7.186 SSB CM98JP United States

20 2020-07-28 06:24 7L4LKK 20m 14.160 SSB QM06gi Japan

Winlink Stations reached using EARCHI.org END FED 6–4

 Winlink Vara Connection to KH6NS USB Dial: 3585.000 at 2020/07/29 07:06:36 *** Station Bearing: 298, Range: 116 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to WH6FG USB Dial: 7105.500 at 2020/07/29 07:09:56*** Station Bearing: 289, Range: 118 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to K6SDR USB Dial: 7102.200 at 2020/07/29 07:17:39*** Station Bearing: 053, Range: 2384 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to KJ6IX USB Dial: 7100.000 at 2020/07/29 07:23:47 *** Station Bearing: 053, Range: 2548 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to N7TRY-2 USB Dial: 7101.000 at 2020/07/29 07:30:16 *** Station Bearing: 042, Range: 2570 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to K6MBY USB Dial: 7101.500 at 2020/07/29 07:43:13*** Station Bearing: 038, Range: 2657 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to K7HTZ USB Dial: 7101.200 at 2020/07/29 07:47:44*** Station Bearing: 039, Range: 2635 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to KO0OOO USB Dial: 7096.500 at 2020/07/29 08:00:05*** Station Bearing: 059, Range: 2745 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to N0DAJ USB Dial: 7106.500 at 2020/07/29 08:03:25*** Station Bearing: 062, Range: 2860 miles

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1572446 2020-07-12T19:59:45Z 2020-07-12T19:59:45Z Hawaii contact with Scotland 100 watts Distance 6878.1 mi (11069.3 km) ]]> Mahalo Michael tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1572442 2020-07-12T19:38:06Z 2020-07-12T19:38:07Z WH6FXL results IARU HF World Championship

IARU HF World Championship

Objective: To support amateur self-training in radiocommunications including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs around the world, especially IARU member society headquarters stations, using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10-meter bands. 24 HOUR CONTEST.  To see more information and results go to http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-world-championship

The International Amateur Radio Union iaru.org is an international confederation of national amateur radio organisations that allows a forum for common matters of concern and collectively represents matters to the International Telecommunication Union. The International Amateur Radio Union was founded in 1925 and, as of November 2019, it is composed of 172 national member societies

Radio amateurs should always look for opportunities to address communication challenges through the application of technology. Growing numbers of stations including Multi Operator stations are capable of being operated remotely. The IARU encourages their participation in the HF World Championship wherever national regulations permit.
Here is a look at my logbook from QRZ.com

1 2020-07-12 08:55 DA0HQ 40M 7.158 SSB JO50lq Germany Contest Station

2 2020-07-12 08:52 JA3AOP 40M 7.158 SSB PM74kj Japan AKIRA SUGIYAMA

3 2020-07-12 08:43 NH6GY 40M 7.158 SSB BL11ch Hawaii ANTHONY M CAMPBELL

4 2020-07-12 08:40 KC1XX 40M 7.158 SSB FN42dr United States MATTHIAS STRELOW

5 2020-07-12 08:40 NX6T 40M 7.182 SSB DM13ih United States SAN DIEGO CONTEST CLUB

6 2020-07-12 08:28 KH2JU 40M 7.181 SSB QK23km Guam Danilo I Pobre

7 2020-07-12 07:23 KT7E 20M 14.322 SSB CN85mm United States JOSEPH B BATTY

8 2020-07-12 07:18 UW5Y 20M 14.322 SSB KN28wh Ukraine Contest Call

9 2020-07-12 07:13 MM0HCD 20M 14.322 SSB IO86ea Scotland Fraser Williamson

10 2020-07-12 06:28 S53MM 20M 14.315 SSB JN76gd Slovenia Matija Brodnik

11 2020-07-12 06:27 OZ1HQ 20M 14.305 SSB JJ00aa Denmark EDR Headquarters

12 2020-07-12 06:26 EA3CI 20M 14.295 SSB JN11nu Spain LLUIS .

13 2020-07-12 06:24 KK6P 20M 14.276 SSB CM95pn United States Rolling Ranch Contest Club

14 2020-07-12 06:21 SN0HQ 20M 14.254 SSB KO02mf Poland Special call for IARU HF World Championship

15 2020-07-12 06:19 TM0HQ 20M 14.247 SSB JJ00aa France HQ HQ Station

16 2020-07-12 06:17 F5LIW 20M 14.221 SSB JN27oe France Alain 'Alan' MINARD

17 2020-07-12 06:15 S50HQ 20M 14.218 SSB JN76bg Slovenia ZRS ZVEZA RADIOAMATERJEV SLOVENIJE

18 2020-07-12 06:13 9A0HQ 20M 14.203 SSB JJ00aa Croatia Hrvatski radioamaterski savez HRS

19 2020-07-12 06:10 ER7HQ 20M 14.200 SSB JJ00aa Moldova ARM HEADQUARTERS STATION ER7HQ

20 2020-07-12 06:00 OH2HQ 20M 14.263 SSB JJ00aa Finland HQ Station

21 2020-07-12 05:42 DA0HG 20M 14.285 SSB

22 2020-07-12 05:37 K6ACV 20M 14.178 SSB CM95kx United States David M Miller

23 2020-07-12 05:36 W6GAE 20M 14.178 SSB CM98DE United States Michael Gaertner

24 2020-07-12 05:34 W7VO 20M 14.178 SSB CN85nt United States MICHAEL T RITZ

25 2020-07-12 05:34 F1RAF 20M 14.178 SSB JN18kd France NICOLAS FORTINEAU

26 2020-07-12 05:30 HG8A 20M 14.296 SSB

27 2020-07-12 05:24 OL0HQ 20M 14.331 SSB JJ00aa Czech Republic Czech Radio Club HQ Station

28 2020-07-12 02:41 KE8FT 20M 14.218 SSB EN82ij United States Giuseppe Molinaro

29 2020-07-12 02:35 VE5MX 20M 14.218 SSB DN89aq Canada Einar Todd Bendtsen
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1567602 2020-07-01T17:34:35Z 2020-07-01T17:34:35Z Plants in Kane‘ohe
 and I started back growing vegetables and herbs when the pandemic started. Can you identify that is growing. Please post your plant photos.


Michael Miller / Director of Operations / Partner
Tiki's Grill & Bar -  2570 Kalakaua Ave.
(808)923-8454 michaelm@tikisgrill.com
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1565307 2020-06-26T22:54:10Z 2020-06-26T22:54:10Z ‘Ohi'a 'ai Hawaii Mountain Apples


And more information from the Bishop Museum database 
Hawaiian Name(s): ‘ōhi‘a ‘ai, ‘ōhi‘a, ‘ōhi‘a ‘ai ke‘oke‘o, ‘ōhi‘a hākea, ‘ōhi‘a kea, ‘ōhi‘a leo, ‘ōhi‘a ‘ula

Scientific Name: Syzygium malaccense

Vernacular Name: mountain apple, Malay apple

Family: Myrtaceae

Status: Polynesian introduction

Authority: (L.) Merr. & Perry

Description: Tree, to 20 m tall.

Habitat Occuring most commonly in mesic valleys at low elevations at mesic to wet sites mesic to wet sites between 200–310 (–550) m (Wagner et al.1990:975–976).

Medicines: The bark is pounded with salt and strained through a niu leaf sheath (coconut, Cocos nucifera) for a topical medicine for open and deep cuts. For ‘ea (thrush) and pa‘ao‘ao the bark, leaves, and leaf buds are combined with kukui flowers (Aleurites moluccana), flowers, leaf buds, and leaves of the hinahina ku kahakai (Heliotropium anomalumvar. argenteum), ‘aka‘akai ‘oliana bulbs (Allium cepa), leaves, leaf buds and flowers of the ‘uhaloa (Waltheria indica), and kō honua‘ula (red sugarcane, Saccharum officinarum),. The mixture is strained through the ‘ahu‘awa (Cyperus javanicus) and drunk. Foods suitable to consume while using this medicine are fish, lu‘au, kukui, ‘uala (sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas), and fresh poi. For hauna o ka waha (bad breath) and waha pala (coated mouth), the bark is combined with moa holokula (cf. Psilotum nudum) and kō kea (white sugarcane) (Chun 1994:225–226). The bark chewed for a sore throat. Leaves were crushed and ingested for bronchitis (Abbott 1992:101). It is a secondary ingredient in numerous other medications (see other plants)

Non Medicinal Uses: Fruit eaten (Lucas 1982:58; Malo 1951:21). Used at hula altars (kuahu) (Emerson 1909:19). Dyes made from inner bark of trunk and root (brown) as well as the fruit skin (red) (Krauss 1993:66). Wood for posts, house rafters, and enclosures for heiau (Wagner et al. 1990:976), as well as being used for carved idols (Rock 1913:321). In the Ethnology Collection at Bishop Museum there is a post-contact example of the wood made into a bowl.

Specific gravity of wood: unknown

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`Ōlelo Noeau: [I] Ka ua ho‘opala ‘ōhi‘a. The rain that ripens the mountain apples. The rain that comes just as the mountain apple is beginning to ripen. [II] Nawele ka maka o Hinaulu‘ohi‘a. Pale is the face of Hinaulu‘ohi‘a. Said of the pink rim around the blossom end of the white mountain apple. Refers to the goddess Hina. [III] ‘Ōhi‘a noho malu. Mountain apple in the shade. Said of a beautiful or handsome person, who is compared to a mountain apple that ripens to perfection in the shade. [IV] O Hinaia‘ele‘ele ka malama, ‘aluka ka pala a ka ‘ōhi‘a. Hinaia‘ele‘ele is the month when the mountain apples ripen everywhere.

Dye Color and Parts: Brown (inner bark of trunk, root), red (fruit skin)
Bishop Museum database

Michael Miller / Director of Operations / Partner
Tiki's Grill & Bar -  2570 Kalakaua Ave.
(808)923-8454 michaelm@tikisgrill.com
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1562260 2020-06-20T16:23:53Z 2020-06-20T16:23:53Z Cordelia Gilman Waikiki 1908.

Our great grandmother's sister Cordelia Gilman relaxing on the lanai of her father Jacob Brown's home in Waikiki around 1908. This covered lanai was built on the beach which now fronts the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki. - published in a modern book called letters to Halekulani. I had seen the photo and now I have a digital copy from Lauren Nottage Hogan. 
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1561829 2020-06-19T19:30:28Z 2020-06-19T19:30:29Z Fwd: VARA HF - Winlink contacts with map.

K6IXA @ 2020/06/19 03:54:13  USB Dial: 14101.200 at 2020/06/19 03:54:13
*** Station Bearing: 055,  Range: 2470 miles

KB6YNO @ 2020/06/19 03:58:10  USB Dial: 14107.400 at 2020/06/19 03:58:10
*** Station Bearing: 053,  Range: 2385 miles

 K6SDR @ 2020/06/19 04:13:43  USB Dial: 10144.700 at 2020/06/19 04:13:43
*** Station Bearing: 053,  Range: 2384 miles

 KD7ZDO @ 2020/06/19 04:21:21  USB Dial: 14101.200 at 2020/06/19 04:21:21
*** Station Bearing: 042,  Range: 2580 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to KG7AV @ 2020/06/19 04:32:04  USB Dial: 14102.000 at 2020/06/19 04:32:04
*** Station Bearing: 044,  Range: 2600 miles

 Winlink Vara Connection to K7RHT @ 2020/06/19 04:37:54  USB Dial: 14106.500 at 2020/06/19 04:37:54
*** Station Bearing: 040,  Range: 2727 miles

 Winlink Vara Connection to XE2BNC @ 2020/06/19 04:51:08  USB Dial: 10142.500 at 2020/06/19 04:51:08
*** Station Bearing: 064,  Range: 2609 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to KO0OOO @ 2020/06/19 07:16:48  USB Dial: 10144.500 at 2020/06/19 07:16:48
*** Station Bearing: 059,  Range: 2745 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to AJ7C @ 2020/06/19 07:21:42  USB Dial: 7100.500 at 2020/06/19 07:21:42
*** Station Bearing: 061,  Range: 2543 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to K7HTZ @ 2020/06/19 07:29:30  USB Dial: 7101.500 at 2020/06/19 07:29:30
*** Station Bearing: 039,  Range: 2635 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to VY1WLK @ 2020/06/19 07:33:34  USB Dial: 14091.000 at 2020/06/19 07:33:34*** Station Bearing: 016,  Range: 2943 mile

Winlink Vara Connection to N0DAJ @ 2020/06/19 07:35:40  USB Dial: 7101.500 at 2020/06/19 07:35:40
*** Station Bearing: 062,  Range: 2860 miles

*** Winlink Vara Connection to K7HTZ @ 2020/06/19 07:38:37  USB Dial: 14107.000 at 2020/06/19 07:38:37
*** Station Bearing: 039,  Range: 2635 miles

Winlink Vara Connection to WA5TED @ 2020/06/19 07:49:27  USB Dial: 10144.700 at 2020/06/19 07:49:27
*** Station Bearing: 063,  Range: 3479 miles
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1558309 2020-06-12T07:54:59Z 2020-06-12T07:55:00Z Fwd: Sending a email with NO Internet connection in Hawaii - Winlink
No Local internet? Here is a way to send emails with no internet connection. 
I just connected to a winlink gateway 2572 miles away.

Winlink Vara Connection to W7EES-2
USB Dial: 14109*** Station Bearing: 041,  Range: 2572 miles

W7EES-2 <-> WH6FXL
20 Meters -  USB Dial: 14109
 2572 Miles

To be honest there are a lot of STEPS to get it to work. But it's cool once you do!

Winlink is a worldwide radio messaging system that uses amateur-band radio frequencies and government frequencies to provide radio interconnection services that include email with attachments, position reporting, weather bulletins, emergency and relief communications, and message relay.

Amateur radio users in each country follow the appropriate regulatory guidelines for their license. Some countries may limit or regulate types of amateur messaging (such as e-mail) by content, origination location, end destination, or license class of the operator. Origination of third party messages (messages sent on behalf of, or sent to, an end destination who is not an amateur operator) may also be regulated in some countries; those that limit such third party messages normally have exceptions for emergency communications. In accordance with long standing amateur radio tradition, international guidelines and FCC rules section 97.113, hams using the Winlink system are advised that it is not appropriate to use it for business communications.
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1555751 2020-06-07T16:57:19Z 2020-06-07T16:57:19Z PASSED! - Radio Amateur Extra Class exam!
I'm happy & excited to have passed the Radio Amateur Extra Class exam. It is the third and final in a series of exams and the highest radio operator class license in the United States.

About 712 questions are in the Extra exam pool, and the minimum passing score is 74%—many of the questions about precise circuits, regulations, and scientific effects. The exam is 50 questions.

The extra class endorsement opens up some extra band privileges, here is a list of All Amateur band privileges.  The license authorizes privileges in all 29 amateur service bands.

It also allows me to keep my current randomly assigned class sign of WH6FXL or apply for one of the call sign formats reserved for Extra licensees.

I passed my Amateur Extra exam with three VEs (Volunteer Examiners) using the video platform Zoom. I had to set up two laptops at different camera angles to show my printer and table and self. The examiners may ask you to adjust your cameras to ensure you don't use any aids. A BIG mahalo to each of them.

In the United States, amateur radio licensing is governed by the Federal Communications Commission under strict federal regulations. Licenses to operate amateur stations for personal use are granted to individuals of any age once they demonstrate an understanding of both pertinent FCC regulations and knowledge of radio station operation and safety considerations.

Here is the more info from the FCC Site:

Most new amateur radio operators start at the Technician Class and then may advance to the General Class or Amateur Extra Class. The VEs give examination credit for the license class currently held so that examinations required for that license class need not be repeated. The VEs prepare the written examinations from question pools that have been made public. Helpful study guides and training courses are widely available.


The privileges of a Technician Class operator license include operating an amateur station that may transmit on channels in any of 17 frequency bands above 50 MHz with up to 1,500 watts of power. To pass the Technician Class examination, at least 26 questions from a 35 question written examination must be answered correctly. Technician Class licensees also have privileges in four amateur service bands in the HF range (3-30 MHz) (Refer to Section 97.301(e)).


The General Class operator license authorizes privileges in all 29 amateur service bands. Upon accreditation by a Volunteer-Examiner Coordinator (VEC), an individual can help administer certain examinations. In addition to the above written examination, the requirement for a General Class operator license includes a 35 question written examination for which 26 correctly answered questions is the minimum passing score.

Amateur Extra

The privileges of an Amateur Extra Class operator license include additional spectrum in the HF bands. In addition to the two above written examinations, the requirement for an Amateur Extra Class operator license includes answering correctly at least 37 questions on a 50 question written examination.
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1544613 2020-05-14T17:13:38Z 2020-05-14T17:13:39Z Upgrade Triband Antenna

Add more height with little cost. 

Ed Fong’s TBJ-1  (ham) triband base antenna (144-148 MHz, 222-225MHz, 440-450 MHz) Maximum power 75 watt
.  Using things I already had. Mahalo to WH6GL for the fair deal on the antenna.  Painted all parts so it looks nice. 

Old wooden umbrella pole that has a steel pipe in the center. Sanded down to slip inside galvanized pipe. 
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1543520 2020-05-12T16:39:59Z 2020-05-12T16:39:59Z My 20 meter 23 contacts
Date Time Call Band Freq Mode Grid Country Operator Name Comments
1 2020-05-12 08:20 LA3VJA 20m 14.268 SSB JP64cl Norway Per Hovik
2 2020-05-12 08:17 LB7NH 20m 14.268 SSB JO49TT Norway Tom Roger Lurdalen
3 2020-05-12 08:12 OH1BNL 20m 14.268 SSB KP11DV Finland Jaakko Heinonen 1.5k 
4 2020-05-12 08:11 GW6LHF 20m 14.268 SSB IO72qc Wales Danny Owen
5 2020-05-12 08:08 DH8BAC 20m 14.268 SSB JO33tf Germany Christian Chris Tuitjer
6 2020-05-12 08:02 RU3EG 20m 14.268 SSB KO82aw Russia Sergey V. Churikov 1k 
7 2020-05-12 08:01 M0IQD 20m 14.268 SSB JO01jh England Tony Mcloud
8 2020-05-12 07:57 SA0ARJ 20m 14.268 SSB JO99am Sweden Stig Adolfsson
9 2020-05-12 07:54 SQ5AM 20m 14.268 SSB KO02lg Poland Adrian Matusik
10 2020-05-12 07:49 OE7AJH 20m 14.268 SSB JN66jt Austria Andy HOLZER
11 2020-05-12 07:44 HB9RDE 20m 14.268 SSB JN37li Switzerland Rolf Oppler
12 2020-05-12 07:43 SM4CTT 20m 14.268 SSB JO69rh Sweden GOESTA LARSSON
13 2020-05-12 07:38 G0UWK 20m 14.268 SSB IO83vc England Ian Goodier 4 deq c. 
14 2020-05-12 07:36 RA9V 20m 14.268 SSB NO34bj Russia Alex Urban
15 2020-05-12 07:33 ON4GI 20m 14.268 SSB JO20fx Belgium Gilbert Ickmans
16 2020-05-12 07:31 SP5INQ 20m 14.268 SSB KO01tr Poland ZENON KUCIAK
17 2020-05-12 07:26 SN25EBM 20m 14.268 SSB KO02pd Poland Maciej  25 years! 
18 2020-05-12 07:24 I7WL 20m 14.268 SSB Italy GIUSEPPE DONATO
19 2020-05-12 07:19 SM7EHU 20m 14.268 SSB JO77jh Sweden PER-ANDERS "Pelle" ANDERSSON
20 2020-05-12 07:15 JG1UMO 20m 14.268 SSB QM05cp Japan TATEKI TED KURISAKI
21 2020-05-12 07:06 IZ3ZTZ 20m 14.268 SSB JN65ek Italy Mariano Don 1985 came Maui 
22 2020-05-12 06:51 OZ6CM 20m 14.268 SSB JO55UP Denmark Mr. Carsten Malm toast 
23 2020-05-12 03:56 KJ7LPO 40m 7.188 SSB DN28IJ United State
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1541754 2020-05-08T18:12:09Z 2020-05-08T18:12:09Z 2am- Sending emails with Ham Radio vara hf
Using my High frequency Radio Icom ic-7300 & old Laptop to send & receive emails. Antenna is a G5RV JR. Set in a inverted L.  

Good practice in case the internet goes down in a disaster in Hawaii.  Vara HF was the mode I was using. 

13 stations connected. 40 meters works good at this time of night. 

 (Winlink -Telnet, Packet, Pactor, Pactor Robust, Winmor)Ham Radio Crash CourseWinlink Digital Communications GroupHawaii Ham Radio Group
Mahalo Michael