The Maui Amateur Radio Club recently honored Mel Fukunaga, KH6Y, for his long-term dedication to amateur radio licensing on Maui. The Federal Communications Commission issues amateur (ham) radio licenses, however since 1982 the FCC has authorized private organizations to administer the exams.
Since 1982, Fukunaga has been in charge of the Volunteer Examiners on Maui and on Dec. 2 he administered his 100th exam session. Fukunaga and the club give exams three times a year: April, August and December.
For more information about getting an amateur radio license, visit www.kh6rs.org.
Fukunaga was also for many years the amateur radio emergency communications lead on Maui until he retired from that position at the start of 2017. He organized and trained the ham volunteers, who are prepared to help with emergency communications in the event of a failure of other links such as landlines, cellphones and the internet.
Fukunaga has spent countless hours in the back room of the Civil Defense Emergency Operations center passing messages during drills and activations and was prepared to provide emergency communications between Maui and Oahu if necessary.
Amateur radio is the only communication method that does not depend on external infrastructure such as undersea cables, microwave links or satellites.
International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) volunteers continue to document many of the same signals intruding on Amateur Radio bands — some of them audible in other parts of the world, according to the latest edit... Read more
NEW COUNTRIES: Polynesia TX5X I will trade from late May to early August in Polynesia, from Tahiti and from the Leeward and Windward Islands in fixed and Maritime Mobile with the special call sign: TX5X. Traffic planned from 3.5 to 28 Mhz,... Read more
CommCat 4 is a radio control and logging program for radio amateurs who share a passion for talking to other hams around the world. CommCat works with most popular radios and accessories. It requires a Windows XP or later computer. CommCat... Read more
For restricted spaces, 5-Bands: 20/17/15/12/10 Meters . . . Restricted space spoiling your operating fun? MFJ Cobweb puts your call back on the map! This five-band (20, 17, 15, 12, 10 Meters) half-wave Cobweb Antenna is perfect for restrict... Read more
“We had an opportunity recently to provide a unique duplexer system. The customer needed a single antenna feed line for two repeaters. This solution saved the customer two costs. One, the expense of hiring a tower climber. Also the re... Read more