WCF is out of the CONE, so I am forwarding this to the North and South groups only.
Evans F. Mitchell
Hello to all..
..VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Starting at 12 PM EDT/1600 UTC Tuesday August 23rd, 2011 for Impact of Hurricane Irene on the Southeast Bahamas. Activation will take place on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system for the duration of this event..
..WX4NHC-National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Operations will also be active starting at 12 PM EDT/1600 UTC Tuesday August 23rd, 2011..
Hurricane Irene is a Category 2 hurricane and is expected to intensify into a Major Category 3 hurricane in the next 24 to 48 hours. Irene will be impacting the Bahamas over the next couple days. After that, Irene is a potential threat to the US East Coast from the Carolinas northward to New England.
For the latest advisory information including watches and warnings, you can go to the VoIPWXNet web site and click Atlantic Tropical Products and click on the advisory information for Hurricane Irene under the Atlantic Tropical Products section. You can also gather the advisory information from the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:
The reporting criteria and activation policy for our net during hurricane net activations can be found on our web site at http://www.voipwx.net and any reports received via relays or directly from Amateurs in the path of Hurricane Richard would be much appreciated.
Listen Only IRLP/EchoLink capability include the following systems (We ask that listen-only folks please provide this capability and connect by formal activation time if possible):
Reflector 9508 Sydney Australia Reflector channel 8.
Reflector 9129 New England Reflector channel 9.
*KC4QLP-C* Node: 290251
*VKEMCOMM* Node: 270177
*N5API* Node: 77433
*KA1AAA* Node: 509403
A streaming audio feed has been setup thanks to the assistance of David McAnally-WD5M. The links are listed below:
Bob Carter-KC4QLP has also setup an online stream for up to 100 listeners at the following link:
Lu Vencl-KA4EPS has also set up streaming audio capability.
See links below:
Links to the WD5M streaming audio feeds have also been provided in the Main Menu of the VoIPWXNet web site.
Below is the typical activation announcement from WX4NHC Assistant Coordinator, Julio Ripoll-WD4R and WX4NHC Coordinator John McHugh-K4AG:
WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami,will be monitoring it’s HF and EchoLink/IRLP station starting at 12 PM EDT/1600 UTC Tuesday August 23rd.
We request all land based stations as well as ships at sea in the areas affected to send us weather data (measured or estimated) and damage reports.
Please do not venture outside during the hurricane to gather weather data.
Your safety is the first priority.
There are many constantly changing atmospheric variables that affect the storm’s track and strength.
Please refer to the National Hurricane Center Advisories for official information. www.nhc.noaa.gov
EchoLink “WX-Talk” Conference Room and IRLP node 9219 will be monitored. www.voipwx.net
WX4NHC will also monitor CWOP, APRS and MADIS/MESONET Automated weather stations in the affected area.
Surface Reports using our On-line Hurricane Report form will be monitored.
Amateur Weather Enthusiasts and ON-NHC Volunteers may report directly to WX4NHC on-line.
ON-NHC Volunteers are both Ham Radio Operators and Non-Ham weather observers that use their own weather instruments to submit "Surface Reports" directly to NHC over the Internet via the WX4NHC on-line report form. These "Surface Reports" are very important as they give Hurricane Specialists at NHC a better idea of what is actually happening on the ground level during the storm.
The WX4NHC Group continues to expand its efforts to increase the quantity and quality of surface reports to include many different modes of reception and groups of people; including HF, VHF/UHF IRLP & EchoLink, VHF & HF APRS, CWOP NOAA Program and ON-NHC Weather Observers Network.
(see our web site for more information on these programs): www.wx4nhc.org
WX4NHC is very proud to have maintained an active Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center for the past 30 years.
We appreciate all of the volunteers who help with our efforts.
OUR MISSION: TO HELP SAVE LIVES.
John McHugh K4AG
WX4NHC Amateur Radio Coordinator
National Hurricane Center
Julio Ripoll Architect WD4R
WX4NHC Amateur Radio Asst. Coordinator
National Hurricane Center
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
This message originated from the General Users and Node Owners VoIP WXNET group list.