HIRSC Team announces the West Hawaii Scanner Feed will be restored at Midnight on Saturday, January 2nd, 2021.
HIRSC - Administration and Moderating Team
The HIRSC - Hawaii Island and Moderating/Administration Team announces that the West Hawaii Scanner Feed will be restored/online at Midnight on Saturday, January 2nd, 2021.
The rooftop scanner antenna equipment and hardware ordered will arrive on the Island of Hawaii on Thursday evening (December 31st) with installation/testing to commence on Friday, January 1st, 2021. The HIRSC Team will also complete all (or any) updates to decoding and computer operating software, getting ahead of the game for 2021.
HIRSC Administrator says that our team has pushed back the installation/testing date to Friday, January 1st, 2021 is due to safety reasons related to fireworks use and to prevent another similar incident from possibly occurring again. This antenna will not only be linked to scanner feed but also connected to HIRSC Administrator and Founder's Marine Radio and GMRS/FRS Radio, why testing (calibration) is needed prior to getting the scanner feed back online.
After further evaluation and assessment completed following repairs and prep work for the new antenna's arrival, the illegal firework shell caused a total of $615 (including the PV panel, antenna, wiring, and mounts).
We would like to thank our HIRSC Administrator, Hawaii Island Team, and also our team member in Grand Junction, Colorado (who will help deliver our antenna to Denver International Airport via United Airlines Cargo on a flight destined for Kona) for all their work not only working during the Christmas Holiday but also during the New Year's holiday to get the West Hawaii Scanner Feed back online.
We would also like to thank the community for their continued patience and understanding during this process and HIRSC Team will continue to do their best to provide updates on any major incidents that occur.
Again as a side note, the HIRSC Team does not get compensated in any way for broadcasting the scanner feed in West Hawaii and this is solely a volunteer operation/community service we provide to the community. All equipment purchased for the feed is solely purchased out of pocket by our team members. This is the second incident in which a used illegal firework shell had damage external equipment, however, occurring at a different location in Kailua-Kona back in 2019.
To recap the incident that led to this week-long outage:
The HIRSC - Hawaii Island Team on the morning of Christmas (Friday, December 25th) repairs to rooftop antenna and wiring damaged following a used illegal aerial firework shell landed on the rooftop setup at our HIRSC Administrator and Founder home at 9:55 pm on Christmas Eve evening (Thursday, December).
Following first light on Christmas, HIRSC Administrator along with the moderator from Kailua-Kona and Kamuela did a further assessment of the damage caused and found the damage to be more extensive than first thought following the incident/initial assessment conducted yesterday evening.
The shell also caused damage to HIRSC Administrator's personal rooftop solar system panel as well as following the damage to the external antenna and wiring. The team worked to try to salvage components and use spare parts on hand to temporarily get the antenna back up, however, damage to a special connector from wiring to the base of the antenna was too severe.
The scanner antenna and equipment damaged was recently purchased back in August 2020 by our administrator. This same antenna was also connected to and used for GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service)/FRS (Family Radio Service) and Marine Base Radios, which our HIRSC Administrator uses to communicate with others (including a few of our HIRSC Team Members) during certain events or on a personal basis.
Our administrator and team members were able, during the holiday, to complete repairs to the solar panel damaged (as he had a spare on hand) and begun to layout new wiring and installing the mount for the new external antenna, currently on order from the mainland (Grand Junction, Colorado).
Based on discussions with the manufacturer/shop builder for the company we have ordered the antenna from earlier this afternoon, they anticipate the antenna to fully built/tested and shipment to be made on early Thursday, December 31st being shipped to Hawaii Island via a United Cargo (United Airlines Flight destined for Kona) by later that afternoon. Coordination work is happening between our Moderating team in Grand Junction, Colorado, and the Hawaii Island team to ensure all equipment comes in safely and in good working order.
The team had looked at temporary alternative sites to stream the feed to cover the West Hawaii districts in Kailua-Kona and Kalaoa via our other moderating team members, however, out of respect for their families and personal reasons have elected not to pursue that.
We apologize for the outage and inconvenience that this is creating with our followers of the HIRSC media platforms. Thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding during this process.