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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, Japane

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 a

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.

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 b