|Welcome to Kwajalein|
Welcome to Kwajalein
A Vital National Asset
TheKwajalein Hourglass newspaper serves our small and isolated communities in several ways. The paper supports the command and serves as a vital part of the command information program. Through the Commanderís Corner and Commanderís Hotline, the paper offers a means of two-way communication between the commander and the community. The Hourglass is the only source of local news and feature stories and thus is an important morale factor as the "hometown paper" for the largely civilian population. The paper covers news on Kwajalein, Roi-Namur, Ebeye, Enniburr, and Eniwetak and plays an important part in maintaining good American-Marshallese relations.
In addition to news, the paper supplies information the community needs: weather updates, range operations, official notices and special hours of operation for local facilities, weekly TV and movie listings, tide tables, schedules of adult and youth sports events, notices of club meetings, religious and school activities, and classified ads. The paper is published at no charge and can be picked up outside the Post Office. You can find theKwajalein Hourglass on the Internet at http://www.smdc.army.mil/2008/Publications.asp#Kwajalein_Hourglass
Kwajalein Coconut Wire
TheKwajalein Coconut Wire is a special events newsletter e-mailed to employees and residentís personal e-mails by request bi-monthly to inform them of upcoming activities in the com-munity.
Residents and businesses are provided telephone service through a USAKA/RTS owned telephone system. A nominal monthly service charge provides unlimited local phone service to all phones within USAKA/RTS and the use of government-owned telephones. Residents may use personally owned telephones and answering machines, and voicemail service is available for home and office use.
Long distance calls from Kwajalein involve a government satellite relay to a Huntsville point-of-entry and then a commercial link from the point-of-entry to your calling destination. There is a government per minute charge for all calls that go from USAKA/RTS to a point-of-entry to include "800" calls, collect calls, and calls that terminate in Honolulu, Huntsville, or Paso Robles. The cost of the commercial toll from the point-of-entry to your calling destination may be charged to a personal calling card or billed on a monthly basis if you dial direct. Be aware that Kwajalein residents are restricted to a direct-dial-billing plan that is established between the government and commercial carriers. Residents may not establish individual billing plans with long-distance carriers for direct-dial calls. The only way to obtain discounted long-distance service is by use of a calling card. New residents are encouraged to obtain telephone credit cards/calling cards before moving to Kwajalein or Roi-Namur; however, pre-paid calling cards are usu-ally available for purchase at the islandís retail stores. Atoll residents may not accept collect calls except with special permission and an exception to policy for specific needs.
There are a limited number of telephone circuits leaving Kwajalein and the primary purpose of these circuits is to provide service for official use. Residents should expect occasional circuit outages and periods when all circuits are busy.
Commercial calls to Kwajalein may be placed directly to almost all Kwajalein telephones by dialing (805) 355-xxxx where the last four digits are the last four digits of the Kwajalein extension. Calls to Kwajalein using area code 805 result in a charge to the caller as if they were calling to Paso Robles, CA. They are not considered international calls.
Local Radio and TV
American Forces Network (AFN), broadcasting from Kwajalein 24 hours a day, is part of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS). AFN Kwajalein operates 10 TV chan-nels (2 VHF and 8 UHF), one AM radio station and three FM radio stations. Television and ra-dio are provided to Roi-Namur by fiber-optic cable.
Top-rated U.S. television shows are obtained by AFRTS from the four major broadcast net-18
works and several cable networks providing a good mix of popular programming. AFRTS is a world-wide network, so AFN Kwajalein "time-shifts" some of our stations to air at the appropri-ate local time.
AFN Kwajalein broadcasts local information on three stations. The roller channel is a com-munity "bulletin board" that shares important notices, upcoming events, mission announce-ments, provides times and information about atoll, commercial, and military flights. The weather channel has live weather radar and daily forecasts.
In times of severe weather or emergencies, AFN Kwajalein plays a vital role in keeping the community informed. Instructions and updates are provided through TV announcements.
TV reception requires a coaxial cable in the UPH (to tap into the shared roof antennas on Kwajalein or the cable system on Roi-Namur) or a UHF/VHF antenna in hard housing.
Communicating with friends and family while at Kwajalein and Roi-Namur can be as easy as the touch of a keyboard. Anyone with a computer equipped with a dial-up modem and browser can get on the internet at no charge. The system works with any computer having Windows 95 or newer software.
The system does not provide for private e-mail addresses. A number of internet sites such as Yahoo!, Hotmail, and Google can provide e-mail addresses or even home pages for little or no cost, depending on terms of agreement. The cost incurred for this type of service is the responsibility of the subscriber. Private internet providers may be accessed through California without a long-distance charge; however, a standard per-minute charge for the connection to California would apply.