Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hawaii County Mayor declares Amateur Radio Week in Hawaii County. Post #281.S

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald, 14 June 2014.
Reporter:  Bob Schneider (AH6J), ARRL Pacific Section Manager.

In tribute to Hawaii Island hams who provide emergency communications for Hawaii County during times of natural or man-made disasters, Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi has declared 23-29 June 2014 as "Amateur Radio Week" in Hawaii County.  Mayor Kenoi has urged the public to support the American Radio Relay League's (ARRL) Field Day events set for Saturday, 28 June 2014, when amateur radio club members will set up and demonstrate emergency communications equipment and skills.

In Hilo, the public is invited to activities hosted by the Big Island Amateur Radio Club (BIARC) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walmart.  A Field Day station will be operational from 8 a.m. Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday at the Wailoa Visitor Center in Hilo.  During that 24-hour period, local ham operators will contact other amateur radio operators across the Pacific and North America.


In his proclamation, Mayor Kenoi said, "Amateur Radio Week recognizes the miracle of radio transmissions over the airwaves and the accomplishments of amateur radio operators worldwide."  Kenoi added that "Amateur radio operators have provided countless hours of community services throughout the decades, and have also provided a bridge between people, societies and countries by creating friendship and the sharing of ideas."

Of the 717,201 amateur radio operators in the United States, there are 4,550 in the ARRL Pacific Section, which includes Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

"Amateur Radio Week" will culminate with the ARRL Field Day operating event that simulates setting up a station in the field, and operating 24 hours to upgrade communications skills vital to emergency operations.  Amateur radio clubs throughout the United States, Canada, and the Pacific will set up transmitters to demonstrate emergency radio communications.

BIARC President Bill Hanson said people of all ages are invited to stop by the Hilo Walmart on Saturday, 28 June 2014, to join in hands-on demonstrations and many other communications activities.

At the Wailoa Visitor Center, amateur radio operators will be contacting other hams around the world through early Sunday morning.  Volunteers from Hawaii County Civil Defense, the American Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Teams, and volunteers planning a 30 August 2014 Puna Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair in Keaau will also attend events at the Hilo Walmart and at the Wailoa Visitor Center on Saturday.

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