Goal Crushed DX Century Club (DXCC) before my birthday! 105 entities with over 7,928 QSOs logged ! KH6ML

I set a goal to earn my DX Century Club (DXCC) status by my birthday, and it has been achieved!
With 105 DXCC entities  ( a discrete geographical or political entity) and 7,928 QSO records contact logged, as of May 20th, 2021.

These QSOs are matched up on https://lotw.arrl.org/ and not all HAMS use this service, so I also have paper cards that I can get reviewed to add more DXCC entities.
ARRL DXCC LIST CURRENT ENTITIES as February 2020 is 340. 
An amateur radio contact, more commonly referred to as simply a "contact", is an exchange of information between two amateur radio stations. The exchange usually consists of an initial call, a response by another amateur radio operator at an amateur radio station, and possibly a signal report. A contact is often referred to by the Q code QSO. It is often limited to just a minimal exchange of such station IDs. Stations who have made a contact are said to have worked each other. An operator may also say that he has worked a certain country.- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contact_(amateur_radio)

The DXCC List is based on Clinton B. DeSoto's, W1CBD, landmark 1935 QST article, "How to Count Countries Worked, A New DX Scoring System." DeSoto's article discussed problems DXers had in determining how to count the DX, or entities, they had worked. He presented the solution that has worked successfully for succeeding generations of DXers.

In DeSoto's words, "The basic rule is simple and direct: Each discrete geographical or political entity is considered to be a country." This rule has stood the test of time -- from the original list published in 1937, to the ARRL DXCC List of today. For more than 85 years, the DXCC List has been the standard for DXers around the world. -http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-rules

DXCC Entity Mixed
ALASKA WL7CG
ARGENTINA LU8VLE
ARUBA P40A
ASIATIC RUSSIA RU0LL
AUSTRALIA VK7XX
AUSTRIA OE1SZW
AZORES CU2AP
BAHAMAS C6AGU
BALEARIC ISLANDS EA6ET
BARBADOS 8P6PE
BELARUS EW6FW
BELGIUM ON6NL
BELIZE V31MA
BOLIVIA CP6CL
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA E72U
BOTSWANA A25SL
BRAZIL PX2A
BULGARIA LZ1LZ
CANADA VY1MB
CANARY ISLANDS EA8RH
CAYMAN ISLANDS ZF5T
CHILE CE1PTT
CHINA B7C
COLOMBIA HK3P
COSTA RICA TI7W
CROATIA 9A2NA
CUBA CO8JLG
CYPRUS 5B4AMM
CZECH REPUBLIC OK1NP
DENMARK 5P1KZX
DODECANESE SV5AZK
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HI8RD
ECUADOR HC1OOT
ENGLAND G0FWX
ESTONIA ES5TV
EUROPEAN RUSSIA RD3DM
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DL5OBY
FIJI ISLANDS 3D2TS
FINLAND OH4SS
FRANCE F4BHK
FRENCH POLYNESIA FO5QB
GHANA 9G5FI
GREECE SV2BXZ
GUAM KG6JDX
HAWAII WH6HI
HONG KONG VR2XYL
HUNGARY HA1RB
INDIA VU3KBU
INDONESIA YB2HKB
IRELAND EI6FM
ITALY IU8MIX
JAPAN JH1FSB
JERSEY GJ0KYZ
KALININGRAD RU2K
KAZAKHSTAN UN8GEQ
KENYA 5Z4VJ
KUWAIT 9K2BM
LATVIA YL2BR
LIECHTENSTEIN HB0/HB9LCW
LITHUANIA LY9Y
LUXEMBOURG LX2SM
MARSHALL ISLANDS V73NS
MAURITANIA 5T5PA
MEXICO XE2B
NAMIBIA V51LZ
NETHERLANDS PD1WO
NEW CALEDONIA FK8HM
NEW ZEALAND ZL2SDX
NORFOLK ISLAND VK9NK
NORTHERN IRELAND MI0NWA
NORWAY LA7HJA
OGASAWARA JD1BQA
OMAN A45XR
PERU OA9DVK
PHILIPPINES DU1VGX
POLAND SQ2HEB
PORTUGAL CT1FMX
PUERTO RICO NP3DM
QATAR A71AM
REPUBLIC OF KOREA DS1JCE
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA ZS6GC
ROMANIA YO8RCN
ROTUMA 3D2AG/P
SARDINIA IS0SLM
SCOTLAND MM0JTV
SERBIA YU0W
SLOVAK REPUBLIC OM3BH
SLOVENIA S52D
SPAIN EB1AIR
SVALBARD JW6VDA
SWEDEN SM2SUM
SWITZERLAND HB9MOW
TAIWAN BV7RR
THAILAND HS5XWY
TOKELAU ISLANDS ZK3A
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 9Y4DG
TURKEY TA2LG
UKRAINE UT2XQ
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA KD7H
URUGUAY CX7BBR
US VIRGIN ISLANDS KP2B
VENEZUELA YY2JE
WALES GW0ARK
WEST MALAYSIA 9M2TO
ZAMBIA 9J2BS

DeSoto never intended that all DXCC "countries" would be countries in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, they are the distinct geographic and political entities which DXers seek to contact. Individual achievement is measured by working and confirming the various entities comprising the DXCC List. This is the essence of the DXCC program.

Over time, criteria for the DXCC List has changed. The List remains unchanged until an entity no longer satisfies the criteria under which it was added, at which time it is moved to the Deleted List. Thus, today's DXCC List does not fully conform with today's criteria since many entities are grandfathered under previous rules.

KY6R Visual History of ARRL DXCC Program:

110107415_10156964113741058_4758701502619555643_njpg

More Info on -Logbook of the World (LoTW) is an online service that enables you to:
  • electronically submit contacts (QSOs) for confirmation
  • view your submitted QSOs and resulting confirmations online
  • view your DXCC, VUCC, WAS, WAZ and WPX award progress online
  • electronically submit confirmations for credit toward DXCC, VUCC, WAS, WAZ and WPX awards

As stated in LoTW's Mission and Objectives, membership in the ARRL is not a requirement. To use LoTW, download the free TQSL application and direct it to request participation. You'll be issued a unique Callsign Certificate, and provided with access to an LoTW Account via the world wide web. 

After you're registered, you can submit QSOs to LoTW by either using TQSL to digitally sign those QSOs and convey them to LoTW via the internet, or by using one of the many logging applications that provide this capability.

If the information in a submitted QSO matches the information submitted to LoTW by the your QSO partner, the LoTW Accounts of both you and your QSO partner will show the submitted QSO as confirmed

A Callsign Certificate authenticates the source of each submitted QSO, and no operator is permitted to see the information submitted by other operators. This combination maintains the integrity of the QSO verification process that has long been the hallmark of ARRL awards.

Via your LoTW Account, you can submit a confirmed QSO for credit in one or more of the DXCC, VUCC, WAS, WAZ, and WPX award programs.

There is no fee for obtaining a Callsign Certificate, submitting QSOs, or using one's LoTW Account to view submitted QSOs, confirmed QSOs, or award progress. A fee is only charged when submitting confirmed QSOs for Award Credit.

When the processing of a WAZ or WPX application made from LoTW is complete, your LoTW confirmations will be conveyed to the CQ WAZ or CQ WPX Award Manager, respectively. You can then apply to CQ for awards, placques, or pins.

If you're not yet using LoTW, here's how to get started

If you're already using LoTW and need information, check the Using Logbook of the World "navigation bar" on the left, consult the searchable list of Topic Titles, or try Frequently Asked Questions. You can also search the contents of this help system using the Search facility in the upper-right corner of every page. - https://lotw.arrl.org/lotw-help/





2021 Menu Update Tiki's Grill & Bar

https://mcusercontent.com/f863496f409dedaf8437de873/images/53fa9b0d-15a1-b402-77fa-c5298727c5f2.jpg

 Korean Style Tofu App *Vegan* *GF* $13


Shiso (Japanese parila leaf, similar to sesame leaf) Seared Local Chilled Tofu
Sea Asparagus Salad
Tomato
Ewa Sweet Onions
Ogo
Kochujang Vinigrette

https://mcusercontent.com/f863496f409dedaf8437de873/images/d980723a-09f9-89bc-cd01-75d45fc9eda8.jpg

Island Watermelon Salad *GF* $15


Kunia Country Farms Local Greens
Watermelon cubes
Sweet onion
Dark Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette

https://mcusercontent.com/f863496f409dedaf8437de873/images/998a90dd-a903-5875-603b-ef02b62592a4.jpg

Calamari Katsu $17


Panko-crusted calamari steak strips
Lemongrass Cream Sauce
Pineapple Shrimp Salsa
Pineapples
Shrimp
Tomatoes
Red Onion
Jalapeno
Bell Pepper
Lime Juice
Cilantro
Garnish: Capers
*Shellfish Allergy
*Dairy Allergy


https://mcusercontent.com/f863496f409dedaf8437de873/_compresseds/b93f94f7-8166-91bd-e87e-9d4f082344a9.jpg

Pulehu 14oz NY Steak $38


14 oz NY Steak
Tarragon Scalloped Potatoes
Crispy Brussels Sprouts
3 Pepper Butter
Garnish: Potato Chip
*Dairy Allergy
*Gluten Allergy ( Butter)

 
https://mcusercontent.com/f863496f409dedaf8437de873/images/5cf7ede6-8bc6-072a-313c-f5eb4cc29f91.jpg

Tropical Sorbetto Trio $9


Il Gelato Crafted: Mango, Dragon Fruit, & Strawberry Guava Sorbetto
*Flavors subject to availability*

Tiki's Grill & Bar and the movie of Godzilla vs. Kong?

Godzilla vs. Kong


We can now let you know how Tiki’s played a small part in the making of this year's latest blockbusters Godzilla vs. Kong: we kept the production team going with their strenuous production schedule, and we hosted the wrap party.

November 2018 is when we started to see some new regulars that would come in to eat and drink and party with us at Tiki's Grill & Bar (located in the Aston Waikiki Beach hotel), every week for several months. We found out they worked on a film code-named "APEX."  After a few too many drinks, some of them let slip that the movie was in fact Godzilla vs. Kong.


Filming locations included the Hawaii State Capitol building, Kalaeloa Airport in Kapolei, and the Naval Air Museum located inside the airport. Establishing shots of Monarch's trademark Humvees were filmed in and around Iolani Palace. In addition, Manoa Falls, a 150-foot waterfall, The USS Missouri, H-3 Tunnels, Battery Cooper at Kualoa Ranch used for filming important scenes and the list goes on and on! To the best of our knowledge, no film took place at Tiki, but if we ever find a few cracked tiles, we would like to blame on Godzilla!

Now, it’s not unusual for film crews to hang out at our spot, but this one was kind of interesting because we then got asked to hold the wrap party at the end of the production. But they were not sure about when they were going to hold it and they were very secretive about what movie it was. They had a good budget and wanted to make sure the crew knew how much they appreciated the long hours and talent that went into making this movie.

Jenni & Jennifer from our Sales & Events team wanted to do something unique and fun for the crew that had been coming in for almost a year, so they worked with our talented bar team to create two drinks that would give a subtle nod to the not-so-secret Secret Movie Title: a vibrant green drink named Gojira, and a chocolate and banana-blended drink called the Monkey. We even held a contest for attendees to vote for who they thought would win based on which drink they preferred! If memory serves, the two monsters were neck and neck in popularity.



This party was hosted on the hotel's Pool Deck and Tiki's Hina's Lanai venue and some of the main bar area, where 300 guests attended this blowout of a party.

To make the night even more special, some members of the popular local reggae band The Green were the surprise musical performers of the evening.

Some other time, ask Michael about when The huge Disney hit Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides starring Johnny Depp in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow was filmed on Oahu, and how a Pirate from England ended up dating one of our cocktailers and then marrying her... Oh the fun we have being in F&B.

'Godzilla vs. Kong' showdown comes to Mondo with slick posters and tiki mugs

Image: Mike bonanno & tufan sezer / mondo-

These two tiki mugs have nothing to do with us but we still thought they were epic! More about them at: https://mondoshop.com/collections/tiki-mugs/products/godzilla-vs-kong-godzilla-tiki-mug-black-satin

POTA - K-6145 Sand Island State Recreation Area 4-23-2021

After a great week at work, I took my truck and radio and headed to the Sand Island State Recreation Area.

Parks on the Air ® (POTA) international portable amateur radio operations that promote emergency awareness and communications from national/federal and state/provincial level parks.
Using the Icom IC-7300 radio with 100w max power and a HI-Q Antenna mounted on my truck, I was able to talk to 18 different amateur radio operators. On 15m, 20m and 40.

Sand Island State Recreation Area offers weekends-only shoreline camping within a heavily industrialized area very close to the urban core of Honolulu and the flight path of the Honolulu International Airport. This park is also adjacent to the Sand Island Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) day-use riding area, which contains tracks and trails for motorized OHV’s and non-motorized BMX bikes.
Sand Island is an arid, urban coastal park that offers picnicking, camping, walking, shore fishing, and board surfing. It fronts a small sand beach and has good views of Honolulu Harbor and ocean sunsets. (14.0 acres)

The Hawaii Emergency Amateur Radio Club would like to assist Oahu residents in obtaining or upgrading their FCC Amateur Radio licenses. Given sufficient interest, classes will be held with examinations following each class.
Classes are free but require students to purchase the ARRL License manual, the basis of course material. "Ham Academy" drill software provided on Internet has proved to help students master the material.

UH Alumni -Holoholo at Home: East Coast Pau Hana - University of Hawaiʻi

Holoholo at Home: East Coast Pau Hana

The University of Hawaiʻi Office of Alumni Relations hosted a live event (Via Zoom) on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

This event was for alumni on the east coast! It was a special pau hana with University of Hawai‘i President, David Lassner, featuring alumni-owned Tiki’s Grill & Bar!

All three of Tiki's are partners are UH Mānoa alumni, Both Kelly McGill, Partner, and Michael Miller, Director of Operations and Partner spoke about how the University of Hawai‘i shaped them and the company.

We then watched renowned Chef Ronnie’s demonstration on how to create Prime Rib Poke and then Bartender Marcos Laramix taught how to may your own signature Strawberry Squeeze during this virtual event.

The $25 ticket included a special package that shipped ahead of the April 22 event. Making sure guests got their commemorative Tiki’s glass and drink umbrella ready for mixing your Strawberry Squeeze!

Recipe cards for the dish and drink demo were included along with other fun items. Enjoy a taste of aloha spirit, guests showed off their UH pride and recreate featured recipes from our pau hana. To be invited to the next event please contact the UH Office of Alumni Relations at contact@uhalumni.org.



About the speakers:


Kelly McGill, partner of Tiki’s Grill & Bar at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, graduated from the School of Travel Industry Management at UH Mānoa with his Bachelor of Science degree.

Originally from San Jose, California, Kelly chose to stay in Hawai‘i post-grad to surround himself with what he refers to as “the greatest people on earth”. While at UH, he was an offensive lineman on the 1991 and 1994 football teams. He started at right tackle on the 1992 co-WAC championship and Holiday Bowl championship team and received honorable mention All-WAC performer in his senior year as well.

Kelly credits his experiences studying and playing at the university with shaping his current attitude toward quality of life. In addition to the greatest people on earth, Kelly stayed in Hawai‘i to grow his family in a safe, loving environment that enjoys food, the outdoors and sharing of culture. Since graduating from UH, Kelly’s had travel opportunities to Asia, Africa, Europe and mainland USA with work. Additionally, his work experiences have afforded him opportunities to live in South Africa, Australia and Vietnam, where he met his wife. Kelly and his wife, Thao McGill, have two children – each very involved in multiple sports like their dad.


Michael Miller has more than 30 years of management, training, sales, operations, marketing, and public relations experience in Hawai‘i hospitality and business.

Michael is a graduate of the UH Mānoa with his degree in communications. He was a member of the UH sailing team and as an ASUH vice president helped launch the UH Mānoa Shuttle Bus, lobbied for what is now the Stan Sheriff Center, and funding for other notable buildings on campus.

He is a past Chairman the Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) and is still active on the legislative committee is a board member for the Hawaii Food Bank and KCC’s Hospitality and Tourism advisory board. He’s also been a member MEG - National Restaurant Association's Marketing Executives Group for over 10 years.

Michael holds the call sign of KH6ML as an Amateur Radio extra class operator and is a volunteer Community Emergency Coordinator and a technical specialist, who can be activated to help in disaster by the President, the Red Cross, the Department of Emergency Management and others.

For 17+ years he has been with Tiki’s Grill & Bar, many of those years as the Director of Operations and now as a partner, overseeing the 10,000 sq. ft. restaurant and bar, with many of the best employees in Waikiki. He and his partners also run the popular Christmas Bar Hawaii pop-up restaurant every year.

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Michael graduated from Maui High and grew up fishing, diving, and hiking. He is proud to have six generations of his family from Hawai‘i.


Following a proven record of successful and distinguished accomplishments, Chef Ronnie has chosen to hang his hat at Tiki’s Grill & Bar, steering this favorite destination for locals and visitors alike to a higher level of dining and excellence.

Chef Ronnie, who believes in the farm-to-table movement by visiting farms and building strong bonds with local farmers, brings in island fresh produce and breads, as well as local grass-fed beef and locally caught or raised fish every week. His delicious signature items and dinner specials that fuse Hawaiian/Pacific Island with American cuisine are the result of his dedication to the craft and cooking with locally grown and raised food. An effective and motivational trainer from both the front and back of the house, Chef Ronnie continues to be inspired by working with the best chefs in the world.

His advice to aspiring chefs: “Be sure you love it wholeheartedly. If you don’t, you won’t make it. If you do, it will be a more than gratifying experience and career choice.”


Hawaii businesses band together to bring high school students safe alternative to prom

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Many school-related events have been canceled due to the pandemic, but proms are happening this year ― even without the support of the DOE.

At least seven Oahu restaurants are opening their doors to proms.

A group called Hi Prom 2021 is organizing events, including 53 By The Sea, Chef Chai, Pearl Country Club, Gyu-Kaku, Queen Kapiolani, Tiki’s Grill & Bar, Wolfgang Steakhouse and Sugarcane.

“This is basically wedding professionals that haven’t been able to work coming up with an idea of putting our professionals to work to help the kids have an experience that will be memorable for them for years to come,” said Julie Aragaki, event planner and co-organizer of Hi Prom 2021.

Organizers say the proms will operate under city restaurant guidelines. 53 By the Sea will have up to 75 attendees with a maximum of six per table, masks, served food and photos.

“We are doing a more Oscar-type of event, where kids can get dressed up,” said Aragaki.

For Kalani High School senior Brycen Yamaguchi, it’s a been a tough year with online schooling.


TIKI'S PROM PACKAGE
Reserved Experience must be booked in advance for April 16-18, 4-8PM

Three Course Pre Fixe Menu
Preferred Outdoor Lanai Seating
Upgraded Table Setting with Linen
Commemorative Photo
Tax & Tip Included
$80 per person

APPETIZER
Choose One
Coconut Shrimp
Crispy coconut-crusted shrimp served with a sweet and sour sauce on a bed of cabbage

Kalua Pig Quesadilla
Taro tortilla, housemade kalua pig, plum sauce, melted pepper jack, sour cream, guacamole & salsa

Hawaiian ʻAhi Poke
Sustainable raw Yellowfin Tuna with soy sauce & sesame oil, inamona, limu & local mixed greens

ENTREE
Choose One
Macadamia Nut Crusted Island Fish
Fresh local catch. A crunchy coating of macadamia nuts & panko, on a bed of truffled Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, with basil cream sauce, and Chef’s daily fresh vegetables
Slow Roasted Prime Rib
14oz Prime Rib served with au jus, horseradish sour cream, mashed potatoes, and Chef's daily fresh vegetables
Thai Shrimp Puttanesca - Seared shrimp In garlic & butter with spicy Thai style San Marzano tomato sauce, capers, Thai chilies, Kalamata olives, a touch of red curry with spinach over penne pasta
Teppanyaki Pacific Pink Snapper - Molokai potatoes, Kahuku Sea Asparagus and tomato salad, citrus beurre rouge(or Chef's Special Dinner Entree)
DESSERT
Molten Chocolate Fudge Cake -Divine warm chocolate cake, raspberry coulis, whipped cream, caramel sauce and candied macadamia nuts

Available Dates have passed
Prepaid reservations only, limited spots available


Hawaii's False Alarm Missile Threat Highlights Use of Ham Radio | NBC


Hawaii's ballistic missile false alarm showed us how reliant we are on cell phones and modern technology—and how unprepared we are if they become inaccessible. But in case the unexpected happens, such as the alert of an imminent nuclear attack, an unlikely group of hobbyists—ham radio operators—are standing at the ready and their frequencies may save us all.

Disruptive by Design: Ham Radio in C2 Denied and Degraded Environments

Amateur radio, often referred to as ham radio, is practiced across the globe by hobbyists and enthusiasts. And they are often every bit the expert as professional military communicators and signalmen. The term “amateur” refers not to their technical acumen but to the private, nonbusiness use of allocated radio bands by those possessing amateur radio licenses. Further, while voice communication mode is the most common use of ham radio, such operators can also send and receive text, images and data. Based on technical specifications and applied technique, ham radio operators can send and receive communications across the world, across multiple bands. --Maj. Brian Kerg, USMC, is a Marine Corps officer and writer currently serving as the fleet amphibious communications officer, U.S. Fleet Forces Command..2021



Disruptive by Design: Ham Radio in C2 Denied and Degraded Environments
April 1, 2021
By Maj. Brian Kerg, USMC

The joint force is regularly called upon to conduct operations below the threshold of decisive combat, often in response to escalating tensions or natural disasters. In such contingencies, regularly available communications networks are commonly unavailable. The Internet, cellphones and other networks dependent upon terrestrial facilities become overloaded or knocked out of service. Consequently, crisis action planners are handicapped in their efforts to coordinate with key officials on the ground, as well as limited in the amount of local intelligence they can collect to support timely and appropriate action.

While such complex and brittle networks succumb to fracture, organic means of communication remain available and abundant—if only planners know where to look and how to tap into it. Amateur radio, often referred to as ham radio, is practiced across the globe by hobbyists and enthusiasts. And they are often every bit the expert as professional military communicators and signalmen. The term “amateur” refers not to their technical acumen but to the private, nonbusiness use of allocated radio bands by those possessing amateur radio licenses. Further, while voice communication mode is the most common use of ham radio, such operators can also send and receive text, images and data. Based on technical specifications and applied technique, ham radio operators can send and receive communications across the world, across multiple bands.

The Defense Department does have a mechanism by which to employ amateur radio operators and connect joint planners with key nodes in the area of operation. The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) is a Defense Department-sponsored civilian auxiliary of amateur radio operators that actively supports military operations. Notably, military aircrews remain capable of using MARS phone patches through high frequency radios when satellite communications are unavailable.

However, use of MARS remains a largely unknown or niche capability, one that is usually stumbled upon by planners in the moment of crisis and then poorly implemented. Awareness of MARS was further hampered with the closing of Navy and Marine Corps MARS components in 2015. Only the Army and Air Force retain formal ties to MARS. Consequently, while the department has the means by which to establish communications networks in denied and degraded command and control environments, this resource remains underutilized. Instead of harvesting an organic communications resource in such crises, joint planners struggle through limited communications and intelligence challenges as they fight for access to high-demand, low-density resources such as satellite phones.

The joint force can rectify this cheaply and simply by providing awareness of ham radio networks to joint planners and facilitating greater access to amateur radio training for military radio operators. Communications and signal planner courses across the services can integrate instruction regarding MARS, and how to employ it, in as little as a 15-minute block from the training schedule. Field radio operator courses can similarly provide an initial exposure to amateur radio, paired with the key lesson that local nationals in any environment to which they might deploy will likely be employing ham radio. Commands can sponsor local chapters of amateur radio enthusiasts, use white space in the field to practice amateur radio techniques and provide a path for operators to pursue an amateur radio license. The wide variety of annual amateur radio competitions can further incentivize military operators to improve their amateur radio skills while inevitably improving proficiency in their mission-essential tasks.    

As future threats continue to evolve, day-to-day communications architectures will become more unreliable in times of crisis. It is imperative that joint communications planners turn to ‘amateurs’ to remain experts. By building awareness of how to employ MARS and training military radio operators in ham radio technique, leaders will ensure their planners are proactively leveraging the organic amateur communications networks that abound across the globe.

Maj. Brian Kerg, USMC, is a Marine Corps officer and writer currently serving as the fleet amphibious communications officer, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He is a nonresident fellow at Marine Corps University’s Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity. Follow or contact him @BrianKerg.

4662 miles radio email sent w/ VARA HF from Oahu, Hawaii to Queensland Australia

The Winlink Global Radio Email..system is built, operated and administered entirely by licensed "Ham" volunteers. It supports email with attachments, position reporting, weather and information bulletins, and is well-known for its role in interoperable emergency and disaster relief communications. It is capable of operating completely without the internet--automatically--using smart-network radio relays. Licensed Winlink operators/stations use both amateur radio and government radio frequencies worldwide. Support for the system is provided by the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc., a US 501(c)(3) non-profit, public-benefit entity. Winlink Global Radio Email®️ is a US registered trademark of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc.

KH6ML was able to send an email using only an amateur radio and PC. No internet No Problem!

Connection Detail:



Winlink Vara Connection to VK4LM @ 2021/04/09 06:22:47 USB Dial: 14100.000
Station Bearing: 231, Range: 4662 miles   RMS Trimode 1.3.37.0
{SFI = 076 On 2021-04-09 02:00 UTC}
Welcome to VK4LM located at Bouldercombe Central Queensland.

KH6ML, on Oahu Station info: Icom IC-7300 100watts
Using a MFJ-1778M - G5RV Junior Wire Antenna - Multi-Band center-fed dipole antennas. These are multi-band, center-fed dipole antenna capable of 1,500 watts. Designed as 3/2 wavelength antennas for 14 MHz, they provide reasonable performance on many other bands. They cover all bands from 40-10 meters with a wide range antenna tuner. They are 52 ft. long and are designed to be used as an inverted vee or sloper to be more compact. Specifications: Assembled Wire Antenna: Yes Wire Antenna Type: Multi-band, non-resonant Antenna Power Rating: 1,500 Watts Wire Antenna Length: 52.00 ft. Antenna Tuner Required: Yes Feedline Connection Type: UHF female, SO-239 Minimum Recommended Feedpoint Height: 35.00 ft. Wire Gauge: 14-gauge Center Insulator Maximum Rope Size: 0.375 in. Wire Antenna Weight: 2.90 lbs.

HERE is more info on the  K4LM Winlink Gateway in Bouldercombe Central Queensland  http://www.cqara.org.au/index.php/winlink

shed

Winlink hut coming together

site

Site preparations well under way

image1

Toyota loaded to the gills with gravel, about 1.5t. Decided to put 100kg of concrete powder on bonnet to help hold front wheels down for traversing steep road

image2

Mick VK4NHX fitting new hoses to machine

image3

Mick up and running building a new piece of road to negate the existing steep sections on the access road

image4

The crew digging the foundation holes. From left, Les VK4FLES on shovel, Chris VK4FGKO also on shovel, Bob VK4FRC on the water tank hose, Ray VK4XXX on the Dingo digger, arguing with the tough digging work. Ground is harder than concrete!

image11

When the digging gets tough, add more weight :-) from left, Mick VK4NHX, Trevor Bell, Chris VK4FGKO and Ray VK4XXX

image21

Mixing starts, from left is Les VK4FLES (our resident concreter) and Chris VK4FGKO on shovel!

image31

From left, Jack VK4JRC and trusty Dingo pouring in the mix, Chris VK4FGKO observing, Les VK4FLES guiding the mix into the hole and Mick VK4NHX (our resident foreman) supervising!

image41

Les VK4FLES finishing off troweling around the foundations.

photo

VK4LM Jack Picasso handy work :)

IMG 5009

At left, Mick VK4NHX, Les VK4FLES and Trevor cutting out insulation on tray of Landcruiser.

IMG 5010

Chris VK4FGKO and Ray VK4XXX installing insulation.

IMG 5025

It’s up and bolted down :-) Now to start the fitout.
From left Chris VK4FGKO, Mick VK4NHX, Jack VK4JRC and Les VK4FLES.

DJI 0195

Winlink site from the air.

IMG 5098

Winlink site from the air.

IMG 5104

View of winlink shed and what appears to be an abandoned vehicle :)

IMG 5143

Ray VK4XXX chief solar engineer at work!

IMG 5147

From left, Les VK4FLES, Mick VK4NHX (Project Works Foreman) Ray VK4XXX laying out panels on mounting hardware.

Solar panel brace installed by VK4LM and VK4NJR

IMG 5845

From left Mick VK4NHX, Merv VK4DV, Ray VK4XXX, Les VK4FLES (Concrete engineer) Neil VK4NJR. Taking advantage of cooler weather to get some more site works completed. Installation of the antenna feed point pole, for the sky loop antenna. Coax to shed has been laid underground in conduit. The RT-600 antenna tuner will be mounted on the pole and supplied with 12volts via a bias-t from the solar system.

image1

Chris VK4FGKO holding ladder for Ray VK4XXX as he slides the remote ATU enclosure up the pole.

image2 e1562137740613

The enclosure final mount point at top of pole.

image3 e1562137730809

Concreting Wireless Internet and VHF beam mounting pole and conduit into trench.
image4 e1562137716793

Neil VK4NJR slaving over a hot shovel!

image5 e1562137704370

Ray VK4XXX on shovel

image6 e1562137693311

Jack VK4LM and Chris VK4FGKO working out 4G panel antenna mount.

image7 e1562137680494

Les VK4FLES checking 4G panel antenna mounting.

image8 e1562137665389

Jack VK4LM feeding cable into conduit.

image9

Kay VK4FKJW supervising work, Ray VK4XXX sorting cable into conduit
Chris VK4FGKO and Les VK4FLES taking a break.

IMG 5150

Today’s finished job! Battery installed, solar charger installed wired and working great. 19in cabinet in place awaiting equipment install. Loop antenna up and ready for some RF

image21

You can see the 4G patch antenna installed on the pole to the left, at this stage the yagi top left of shed is in use. We are modifying, updating and testing a number of things to make this gateway the best it can be.

DJI 0243

A view from a bit higher up. You can just pick out the VHF (vara fm) yagi atop the pole

winlinksmall

Ver 1

DSC 0080

Ver 2

image11 e1572164098498

VK4LM Winlink node is online and installed in it's final site.

System is scanning dial frequencies 3590 7057 10130 14100 modes Ardop Pactor and VARA HF with a IC7200 connected to a Chameleon CHA SKYLOOP antenna. FT8800 on 144.075FM mode VARA FM on a home brew 3E horizontally polarized yagi. The PC stick has been getting a work out with concurrent connections on Pactor  HF and VARA FM VHF with out a problem.

We have been getting connections from ZL1 ZL2 ZL4 VA VK1 VK2 VK3 VK4 VK5 VK8 JA K7 SA6 as well as our local test team VK4JRC and VK4FLR on most bands and modes with good reports. Jack has been giving 160M a work out mobile also with great results (160M currently offline). Been able to maintain connections mobile on Mt Morgan range as well as Mt Morgan CBD. Capricorn Highway Burnett Highway and Gracemere CBD also work fine. Rockhampton CBD noise floor is a bit much. I have also used the gateway from the mobile on 30M in the CBD during the Emergency Services Day 2019. Watch this space for more mobile and field deployment testing.

Please Note: VK4LM is running VARA HF 4.3.2 and VARA FM 4.0.5

We have dropped support for Winmor. Over the last month (10 - 11/2020) winmor has been locking up VK4LM and has required a restart to release the TNC. Because of this we have been forced to remove it as a supported soundcard mode. Sorry of any inconvenience.

The below from www.winlink.org website.

10 July 2020 -- The Board of Directors of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation voted in a recent virtual meeting to deprecate the WINMOR HF mode in the Winlink system. We request all HF RMS gateway sysops still offering WINMOR to remove it in favor of ARDOP, VARA HF and Pactor 3 or 4, where permitted by local rules.

The system will fill a big hole in the coverage of VKs East coast and the Pacific Ocean. It is a hybrid gateway so if the internet is down emails will be forwarded via HF radio to a node with internet it will then forward emails to the CMS.