In Hawaii, the passage of Category 1 Hurricane Ana over the weekend was less dramatic, and the storm skipped the most-populated island of Oahu for the most part. ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider, AH6J, reported that ham radio volunteers supported shelter communications as Ana passed by Hawaii, causing heavy rain, large waves, and some minor flooding.
“A request came from American Red Cross to deploy to the shelter at Ka’u High School in Pahala,” Schneider said. The school is in the southeastern edge of the Big Island. “Sean Fendt, KH6SF, and I drove 45 miles and set up HF and VHF communications.” (Sean Fendt’s wife Kimberly, WH6KIM, is the East Hawaii DEC.)
“The shelter manager was very happy to see us, because in the last [weather] event they lost power and communications and had a full house. This time it was almost a non-event with the hurricane staying offshore to the south and west. There was quite a bit of rain and one road closure due to flooding. One couple that stayed in the shelter last night had been through several typhoons in Japan and didn’t want to take any chances, even though later forecasts showed tracks well offshore.”
Schneider said those later forecast tracks did not reveal the large amount of rain the storm brought along. The ARES volunteers primarily used HF on 40 meters, although they also made use of a VHF repeater that was linked to the Big Island Wide Area Repeater Network (BIWARN).
“We sent a couple of voice messages to SKYWARN headquarters located at NWS in Honolulu,” Schneider recounted. “Other weather spotters were using mostly Fldigi for messages to NWS. We were happy that there were no serious problems and power stayed up.” Read more. — Thanks to the Hurricane Watch Net, the VoIP Hurricane Net, ARRL Pacific SM Bob Schneider, AH6J, and The Daily DX.
Those of us who call Hawaii Island home were relieved that Hurricane Ana slipped west of Hawaii and did little reported damage. According to Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider (AH6J), Hawaii Island amateur radio operators staffed an emergency shelter in the Ka’u District and sent weather updates to the National Weather Service, adding that “We sent a couple of voice messages to SKYWARN headquarters located at NWS in Honolulu…other weather spotters were using mostly Fldigi for messages to NWS.” Hurricane Ana thoroughly drenched Hawaii Island with rainfall ranging from 2 to 11 inches depending on elevation above sea level.
Thanks to The ARRL Letter, dated 23 October 2014, for this information.
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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).