Dead UHF/VHF repeater action in Maui, Hawaii

Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by KM6XP, May 20, 2019.

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  1. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I tried surfing twice on the north shore of Oahu since we were staying there anyway, and 30 years ago I wasn't bad (I'm worse, today -- it's kind of like skiing, where the next day everything hurts :p) but was still a Haole (sp?), and they don't readily welcome visitors even on the waves. Then again, the kids there learn to wind surf when they're old enough to stand up and they're so good at it, no way to compete with that.

    In a group of tourists, such as taking the bike ride down from Haleakala and wearing your brakes out, everyone's nice since they're all not natives.:) And that is a GREAT bike ride, even though pretty expensive.

    I've known a lot of KH6 hams over the years and one thing I've always heard about "conditions" there is when the bands are open, it's a good place. When they're not, it's really lonely even on HF, being 2500 miles from anyplace else.
     
  2. AA5CT

    AA5CT Ham Member QRZ Page

    No Activity =/= Dead UHF/VHF repeater

    One is social, the other is technical.
     
  3. ZL1BHD

    ZL1BHD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Most hams listen to the local repeater so they dont miss out on any shared information. They aren't there to put together a quality conversation of any type, because they wouldn't know how even at gunpoint. As an experiment, organise a buddy to meet you on any repeater and have a quality technical discussion and watch the experts pop out of the bushes with their input on YOUR stuff. You'll also see all sorts of "leadership"(sic) telephone you over the next week going to great lengths to get you to attend their club meetings, because all their technical people left the club - I'll give you one guess why, and that is the same thing that will happen to you too.

    Ham Radio isn't the companionship you hoped it to be, in fact it's full of users and abusers. Stick to mixers, antennas, filters, and amplifiers (ie, "actual radio"), and just get signal reports from people without expecting too much.
     
  4. AH6U

    AH6U Ham Member QRZ Page

    The following is just one hams opinion and nothing more.

    Well...this is the true Hawaii. Aloha is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. The local people of Hawaiian decent HATE EVERYONE that is not of Hawaiian decent. These people are quickly becoming known as the HATERS. Just take a look at that crap show that is going on over the TMT on the big island. A project that would benefit the world, and these haters are claiming that the mountain is some kind of church, and as such will not let the project move forward.
    Yes, for the most part...The Hawaiians are mean, nasty people! A little advice, spend your hard earned money someplace else because these Hawaiian haters do not want you here.

    But, all and all, the fact that these people have rotten dispositions really plays no roll in the lack of on air activity on Maui. There just isn't anyone on the air these days. It was better a few years back, but the ham that had many talking, and made things interesting (al4a) went SK. Since then things have gone way down hill. Plus, the main repeater, 147.020 failed and nothing was ever done about repairing it.

    There are morning and afternoon nets on the Big Island that meet on a regular daily basis, but the haters over on the Big Island turned off the main repeater that makes contact to other islands possible. Didn't want anyone from the other islands using there repeaters.
     
  5. KF5LJW

    KF5LJW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why would anyone go to Hawaii on vacation and play radio? Why would anyone go on vacation any and play radio? When you go on vacation, you go to do things you cannot do at home. Heck when I go on vacation I turn off my cell phone and tablet. My kids scream bloody murder about it not being able to get in touch with me. My Son asked what if someone dies?

    Answer: They will still dead when I get back. No reason to ruin a good vacation.
     
  6. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Been to Honolulu probably 10 times over the years, and Maui a few. Back in the 90's I probably had a QSO or two in Honolulu, but repeaters seem dead everywhere these days, not surprised they are dead there.

    Luckily, there are other things to do!

    I learned how to surf in SoCal, and tried my hand on the Oahu's North Shore on a calm day, when I was probably 30 or so. Kicked my butt!!!

    Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. Different culture and attitudes for sure being that far away from the mainland.

    Make sure to do the sunrise watch on Haleakalā! And while you're at it, you can hit more dead repeaters from up there! o_O
     

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