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Hawaii Island is still recovering from the effects of the 11 March
2011 tsunami.  As of today, the Big Island sustained around $14.2
million in damage, with most of the loss to commercial business
$11.1 million).  The state is now compiling a full damage assess-
ment with the hope of getting some federal disaster relief funds.
Local amateur radio operators were active at Hawaii County
Civil Defense and provided communication backup where
necessary.  Despite some intermod problems on VHF (2 meters),
most of the traffic passed got through on time.  Pacific Section
Manager Bob Sneider has a complete assessment in his recent
section manager report.  I was a bit surprised that our 2-meter
interisland links had problems.  Murphy's Law is alive and well.

Meanwhile, Japanese amateur radio operators are still helping
with recovery efforts north of Tokyo.  The 24 March 2011
"ARRL Letter" has a good run down of those activities.  Like
amateurs in this country, Japanese hams have a …

KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog

Hawaii Island survived the 11 March 2011 tsunami with
considerable damage incurred to businesses along Alii
Drive in Kailua-Kona.  According to Governor Neil
Abercrombie, who did a damage assessment tour on
15 March 2011, the damage could run into the tens of
millions of dollars.  Thankfully, no one in the state was
killed.  According to state Civil Defense, 20 homes were
damaged (2 being draged into Kealakekua Bay) and 31
businessess suffered some degree of damage.  The
county's Public Works Department and volunteers have
cleaned up most of Alii Drive--the main thoroughfare
seriving Kailua-Kona.  Our hearts go out to Japan
which has been hit pretty hard--both in the loss of
human life and the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear
power plant.  One of former announcers, who now
runs a morning show in Yokohama, gave the news
department a gritty picture of what went down--not
a pretty picture.

As relief efforts continue, the Japan Amateur Radio
League (JARL) is asking amateur radio oper…

KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog

This has been a sad weekend for journalists and news
announcers such as I.  The 8.9 magnitude earthquake
that devasted eastern Honshu Island, Japan affected
the entire Pacific Rim, including Hawaii.  On the Big
Island, 2 home were washed into the sea at Napoopoo
Village (on the west side) and more than 50 businesses
in the Kailu-Kona area suffered damage.  The popular
Kailua-Kona pier, which serves as the drop off point
for cruise ship visitors was damaged and will be closed
pending a full inspection by the state Department of Land
and Natural Resources. Thankfully, no one was killed or
injured seriously.  Damage on Hawaii Island will run into
the millions.

Most of the station staff spent Thursday night and all day
Friday covering the event, since our location was out of
the tsunami inundation zone.  All evacuations were carried
out smoothly by 0200 Friday time.  During our 12 hours of
continuous coverage, we became the focal point for informaton
to local residentws.  The station had…

KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog

Another exciting week is almost in the can--and none
too soon.  What a mess--The federal government is
nearly broke, our state is hoping a bond sale will under-
write an ambitious capital improvements program, and
the cauldron known as the Middle East is driving fuel
prices higher.  Who could ask for more?  For news
people, all this confusion, mass ignorance, and sheer
incompetence displayed by world-wide governments
is a virtual gold mine of stories, op-ed pieces, and
blog entries.  Too bad, the end result of this will further
cripple our already weakened economy.  So, once this
news shift is done at KKBG-FM/KHLO-AM, I'll be
glad to leave this madness and return to the relative
calm of the amateur radio bands.  Today's activity may
be a bit restricted since the weather service is calling for
thunderstorms later today.  Everything is disconnected--
so that worry is reduced.  All I have to do is swivel the
40-meter vertical to ground level.  All feedlines have been
disconnecte…