Important Frequencies in Puna Hawaii
Ssection Emergency Frequencies
|145.450 (-) 100Hz pl
PERC V1 Repeater
Net, Training, Nat. Call Freq
If Repeaters are down
Point - Point, Training,
Digital Modes, etc.
PERC DMR Repeater
Open to all, details available soon.
|145.050 MHz (may change)
Winlink FM, KH6SF
(VARA FM 1200/9600) and AX25 Packet 1200
Testing new modes.
Local and short range
Monitor 146.520 as well as FRS Channel 1 462.5625 (narrow) simplex frequencies from the top to 5 minutes past each hour.
Other local HAM frequencies
BIARC / Kulani
|146.880 -||146.820 -||442.150 +|
Independant, near Kulani, open
Non HAM frequencies to monitor
|Other radio service frequencies|
* = Narrow Band!US VHF Coast Guard Channels
Simplex Coverage PERC performs simplex nets and equipment tests regularly, one purpose is to learn which other members and guests we can reach without a repeater. This way we know who we can talk to if we ever need to without a repeater. To that purpose, we took the location of our core membership (active members as of September 1, 2013) and did a combine plot of coverage. A 5 watt handheld with a good antenna (perhaps more than the rubber duck included) should be able to reach ONE or more PERC members in the green area shown on this plot using only simplex on a 2 meter FM radio.Click image for full-size file in new window.
PERC's first VHF repeater (hence the V1 suffix). 145.450MHz, negative offset, 100 Hz PL (input ; output tone TBD).Click image for full-size file in new window.
Through support from HEARDn (Hawaii Emergency Amateur Radio Digital Network Inc.) we at PERC have a new Motorola DMR UHF repeater. This repeater will be part of the Brandmeister network. What does that mean:
- Depending on the talk group you choose to use on this repeater you will have access to both local and wider area linked groups.
- PERC's priority is, and continues to be LOCAL communications in times of emergency, however as not all emergencies are the same and affect different areas, it is not reasonable to not use tools that are available. Therefor if linked resources are available and operational in an emergency, there is no logical reason not to take advantage of all available resources. Therefore while we absolutely cannot rely on any linked resource during time of emergency, we will make use of it if it is working and would be useful to do so.
- DMR repeaters are linked digitally via IP (Internet Protocol), however that does net requre use of public infrastructure internet. There is an ongoing effort to develop island wide and eventually inter-island HAM operated IP wireless network requiring and using no public internet resources, and this repeater is indeed connected to part of this network. However, like all things, this effort takes time. Therefor we are making use of said internet infrastructure in most areas today. As more of this network is developed, the less we will use internet infrastructure, and the more reliable island and state wild linked groups will become.
- If infrastructure and/or HAM links are not working to this repeater, LOCAL DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS WILL STILL FUNCTION as long as the repeater site is itself operational. - which is our expected primary emergency use anyway.
- During non-emergency times, we encourage users to make use of the benefits of the Brandmeister network - as the more we use digital modes the more comfortable we will be with the technology in emergencies.
- If you're looking for a basic overview of DMR, please use this link for a beginners guilde.
- This station, and its IP connectivity is entirely solar powered for reliability.
- This station is entirely managed and operated by PERC and will remain open and available to all licenced operators.
- PERC will be conducting introductions to DMR classes in the coming months to help new to DMR users, join our FM nets for more information.