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.

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

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.

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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

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.

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: cc: KH7HO Maui and Hawaii county simulated shelter operators will send messages: To: Paul Klink, ARC Sheltering Lead; email: 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

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." -

 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.  -

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:
  Mail logs to: (none)
  Find rules at:

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

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: 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 ID I 9- Reopen-Guidance.pdf).