VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC Activation Plans for Isaias – Monday 8/3/20 315 PM EDT Update

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**VoIP Hurricane Net will activate on Monday Evening at 5 PM through 2 AM Tuesday Morning for Isaias and its impacts on the Eastern North Carolina and Northeast South Carolina coast line. Isaias is expected to intensify and reach Category 1 hurricane status before making landfall in the Carolinas.**
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center will be activating Monday 8/3/20 at 500 PM EDT.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC Activation Plans for Isaias as of Monday Afternoon at 230 PM EDT:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate on Monday Evening at 5 PM through 2 AM Tuesday for Isaias and its impacts on the Eastern North Carolina and Northeast South Carolina coast line. Isaias is expected to intensify and reach Category 1 hurricane status before making landfall in the Carolinas. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center will be activating Monday 8/3/20 at 5 PM EDT.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Isaias or with relays into the affected area of Isaias are asked to provide surface and damage reports into the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. We appreciate any and all support from Amateur Operators in the affected area or Amateur Operators with relays into the affected area. We are looking for reports based on the National Weather Service SKYWARN Reporting criteria. This can be seen on the VoIP Hurricane Net web site at the following link:
http://voipwx.net/voip-hurricane-net-reporting-criteria/

Any pictures or videos of wind damage, river/stream/urban/storm surge flooding etc. can be sent to the following email address: pics@nsradio.org and credit will be given to the Amateur Radio Operator, weather spotter or individual that took the photos and media and be shared with the Amateur Radio team at the National Hurricane Center and other agencies and outlets.

Advisories on Isaias can be seen off of the Atlantic Tropical Products menu selection on the voipwxnet web site, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and off the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Reports as obtained via the VoIP Hurricane Net from Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area, relays from the affected area or from APRS/CWOP Weather Station feeds and other social media outlets can be found at the following link:
http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

APRS, Winlink, AllStar, Hamshack Hotline, DSTAR and DMR resources that can be monitored are as follows:

APRS KC5FM
Winlink: KC5FM@winlink.org

Wiresx 43234
Allstar 28848
Hamshack Hotline 94032
D-STAR Ref052B
DMR 3199

Stations outside the affected area that do not have relays into the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes and can connect on either Echolink or IRLP:
*NEW-ENG3* Echolink conference node: 9123/IRLP 9123
*KC4QLP-C* Echolink conference node: 290251
*ARERT* Echolink conference node: 902723
IRLP reflector: 9129 (New England Reflector IRLP channel 9)

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on All-Star by dialing *33009123.

The KC5FM All-Star Node will be connected to the VoIP Hurricane Net and can be connected to via Echolink by doing *328848.

These two streaming audio feeds should be available. Those streaming audio feeds are as follows:
Streaming feed 1: http://74.208.24.77:8000 -Provided by KC4QLP-Bob Carter
Streaming feed 2: http://audio.arert.net/ -Provided by the ARERT conference owners and sysops

Please note that there could be additional listen only nodes and streaming feeds. If time allows, this info will be updated via the voipwxnet web site and social media feeds.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Isaias. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Tropical Storm Isaias Update As of 8/2/20 – 1000 AM EDT

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Isaias has weakened slightly more to a 65 MPH tropical storm approaching and affecting Eastern Florida as of the 8 AM EDT – Sunday 8/2/20 advisory. The latest forecast track brings Isaias near the coast of Florida but keeps the worst conditions along and on the east side of the center offshore. With the system no longer expected to attain hurricane strength, the VoIP Hurricane Net will not activate for Sunday as initially planned. VoIP Hurricane Net Management team members will make a best effort to monitor the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system for any local SKYWARN reports over the course of Sunday. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, has suspended operations once the system weakened to tropical storm status. At this time future impacts to the US East Coast are as a tropical storm so no VoIP Hurricane Net activations at this time over the track of Isaias but this will be monitored closely for any unexpected track changes that might allow for unexpected intensification of Isaias into a hurricane.

Advisories on Isaias can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via our voipwxnet social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter and at the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will continue to closely monitor the progress of Isaias. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Isaias Update As of 8/1/20 – 930 PM EDT

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Isaias has weakened to a 70 MPH tropical storm affecting as of the 8 PM EDT – Saturday 8/1/20 advisory. The latest forecast track brings Isaias near the coast of Florida with a possible landfall in extreme East Central Florida. Isaias will affect East-Central Florida over much of Sunday into Monday Morning and we are looking at net activation plans Sunday Morning through early Monday Morning. We will fine tune those details at the top of Sunday Morning. VoIP Hurricane Net Management team members will monitor the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system over the course of the evening and early morning Sunday for any questions and updates out of Florida and update activation plans with specific details early Sunday Morning after conferring with coordinators from WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center and seeing later forecast tracks and guidance from the National Hurricane Center. Future activation beyond this weekend will be determined based on the track, speed and intensity of Isaias.

Advisories on Isaias can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via our voipwxnet social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter and at the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will update Isaias activation plans early Sunday Morning and continue to closely monitor the progress of Isaias. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Isaias Update As of Saturday 8/1/20 – 1030 AM EDT

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Hurricane Isaias is an 85 MPH Category-1 hurricane currently affecting the Bahama islands as of the 8 AM EDT – Saturday 7/31/20 advisory. The latest forecast track brings Isaias near the coast of Florida but no longer making landfall there and then weakens Isaias to a strong tropical storm affecting the Carolinas on Monday and the Mid-Atlantic states, New York and New England Tuesday into Wednesday Morning. The VoIP Hurricane Net activation plans remain in flux due to the track changes that have occurred here. It no longer appears necessary to formally activate the net for Saturday but its possible an activation will be needed Sunday. VoIP Hurricane Net Management team members will monitor the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system over the course of the day today for any questions and updates out of Florida and update possible activation plans for Sunday later this Saturday Afternoon and evening after conferring with coordinators from WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center and seeing later forecast tracks and guidance from the National Hurricane Center. Future activation beyond this weekend will be determined based on the track, speed and intensity of Isaias.

The weekly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for this Saturday Evening 8/1/20 has been cancelled due to the potential for activation of Isaias. Advisories on Isaias can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via our voipwxnet social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter and at the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will update Hurricane Isaias activation plans later Saturday Afternoon or Evening and continue to closely monitor the progress of Isaias. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Isaias Update As of 7/31/20 – 1030 PM EDT

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Hurricane Isaias is an 80 MPH Category-1 hurricane currently approaching and affecting the Bahama islands as of the 8 PM EDT – Saturday 7/31/20 advisory. The latest forecast track brings Isaias to a landfall on the East Coast of Florida on Sunday and then as a tropical storm up the US East Coast affecting the Carolinas on Monday and New York and New England Tuesday into Wednesday Morning. The VoIP Hurricane Net will likely activate for Isaias some time in the Saturday Afternoon to Saturday Evening timeframe into Sunday Evening. More details on the activation plan will be posted on Saturday Morning after conferring with coordinators from WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center and seeing later forecast tracks and guidance from the National Hurricane Center. Future activations beyond this weekend will be determined based on the track, speed and intensity of Isaias.

The weekly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for this Saturday Evening 7/31/20 has been cancelled due to the potential for activation of Isaias some time Saturday Afternoon or evening. Advisories on Isaias can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via our voipwxnet social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter and at the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will update Hurricane Isaias activation plans Saturday Morning and continue to closely monitor the progress of Isaias. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Hanna Secured at 900 PM EDT – Saturday 7/25/20

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The VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Hurricane Hanna secured at 900 PM EDT Saturday 7/25/20 coincident with WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, securing. While there was little direct contact with the local area, relayed reports from online weather stations, storm chasers and public safety feeds helped to provide a sense of conditions in and close to Hanna’s landfall point. It is also noted the landfall point was a rural area of South Texas.

A complete list of reports received by the net for Hanna can be seen at the VoIP Hurricane Net report viewer at the following link:
http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

The VoIP Hurricane Net management team will continue to monitor any new developments in the tropics. Thanks to all for the continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC Activation Plans for Hanna – Friday 7/24/20 750 PM EDT Update

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**VoIP Hurricane Net will activate on Saturday Morning 7/25/20 from 11 AM-6 PM EDT/10 AM-5 PM CDT for Hanna and its impacts on the Southeast Texas coast line. Hanna is expected to intensify and reach Category 1 hurricane status before making landfall in Southeast Texas.**
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center will be activating Saturday 7/25/20 from 12-6 PM EDT.**
**The weekly VoIP Hurricane Net for Saturday 7/25/20 is cancelled due to the net activation for Hanna*

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC Activation Plans for Hanna as of Friday Evening 750 PM EDT:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate on Saturday Morning 7/25/20 from 11 AM-6 PM EDT/10 AM-5 PM CDT Hanna and its impacts on the Southeast Texas coast line. Hanna is expected to intensify and reach Category 1 hurricane status before making landfall in Southeast Texas. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center will be activating Saturday 7/25/20 from 12-6 PM EDT. The weekly VoIP Hurricane Net for Saturday 7/25/20 is cancelled due to the net activation for Hanna.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Hanna or with relays into the affected area of Hanna are asked to provide surface and damage reports into the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. We appreciate any and all support from Amateur Operators in the affected area or Amateur Operators with relays into the affected area. We are looking for reports based on the National Weather Service SKYWARN Reporting criteria. This can be seen on the VoIP Hurricane Net web site at the following link:
http://voipwx.net/voip-hurricane-net-reporting-criteria/

Any pictures or videos of wind damage, river/stream/urban/storm surge flooding etc. can be sent to the following email address: pics@nsradio.org and credit will be given to the Amateur Radio Operator, weather spotter or individual that took the photos and media and be shared with the Amateur Radio team at the National Hurricane Center and other agencies and outlets.

Advisories on Hanna can be seen off of the Atlantic Tropical Products menu selection on the voipwxnet web site, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and off the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Reports as obtained via the VoIP Hurricane Net from Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area, relays from the affected area or from APRS/CWOP Weather Station feeds and other social media outlets can be found at the following link:
http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

Winlink and APRS resources that can be monitored are as follows:

APRS KC5FM
Winlink: KC5FM@winlink.org

DSTAR resources include REF052B

Stations outside the affected area that do not have relays into the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes and can connect on either Echolink or IRLP:
*NEW-ENG3* Echolink conference node: 9123/IRLP 9123
*KC4QLP-C* Echolink conference node: 290251
*ARERT* Echolink conference node: 902723
IRLP reflector: 9129 (New England Reflector IRLP channel 9)

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on All-Star by dialing *33009123.

The KC5FM All-Star Node will be connected to the VoIP Hurricane Net and can be connected to by doing *328848.

These two streaming audio feeds should be available. Those streaming audio feeds are as follows:
Streaming feed 1: http://74.208.24.77:8000 -Provided by KC4QLP-Bob Carter
Streaming feed 2: http://audio.arert.net/ -Provided by the ARERT conference owners and sysops

Please note that there could be additional listen only nodes and streaming feeds. If time allows, this info will be updated via the voipwxnet web site and social media feeds.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Hanna. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for Saturday July 4th, 2020 Cancelled Due to US Independence Day Holiday

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The net management team has determined that with US Independence Day, July 4th, falling on a Saturday and consistent with what we have done when the New Year’s Day holiday has fallen on a Saturday in January, we will cancel the Saturday July 4th, 2020 VoIP Hurricane Prep Net to allow anyone who would normally check in to use that time for any holiday activities. The weekly net will resume on Saturday July 11th, 2020 at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT Saturday Evening. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

WX4NHC On-Air Test Saturday 5/30/20 from 9 AM-5 PM EDT – WX4NHC Will Be on Echolink *WX_TALK*/IRLP 9219 – 5/30/20 4-5 PM EDT

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WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, will be active with its on air-test Saturday 5/30/20 from 9 AM-5 PM EDT. They will be on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 reflector system from 4-5 PM EDT (2000-2100 UTC) Saturday 5/30/20. A link to the WX4NHC On-Air Test Announcement from Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator, WD4R-Julio Ripoll, is listed below:

Below is our WX4NHC Annual Station Test announcement and a brief statement about the upcoming hurricane season.

The 2020 Hurricane Season outlook is about 140% more active than the average season.

That is about 14-18 named storms, which includes 7-9 hurricanes, possibly 4 major hurricanes (Cat-3 to Cat-5).

The 2019 season had 18 named storms, 6 became hurricanes, of which 3 were major hurricanes.

The above average prediction is largely due to the hot Atlantic and Caribbean waters and lack of a substantial El Niño in the Pacific.

The combination of a busy hurricane season and the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic could be a nightmare scenario for areas affected by hurricanes.

FEMA and local Emergency Management Agencies are issuing COVID-19 guidelines for Hurricane Shelters, which include face masks and social spacing.

Please stay informed and prepare your Hurricane Supplies early.

Good Luck and Stay Safe!

73 de WX4NHC

Announcement from WX4NHC
Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, Miami Florida

WX4NHC will be On-The-Air for the Annual Station Test
Saturday, May 30th , 2020 from 9AM- 5 PM EDT ( 1300z- 2100z)
This will be our 40th year of public service at NHC.

The purpose of this event is to test WX4NHC Amateur Radio Station Operations and equipment, antennas and computers prior to this year’s Hurricane Season, which starts June 1st and runs through November 30th.

This event is good practice for Ham Radio Operators world-wide to practice Amateur Radio communications available during times of severe weather.

We will be making brief contacts on many frequencies and modes, exchanging signal reports and basic weather data exchange (Sunny, Rain, Temperature, etc.) with any station in any location.

WX4NHC will be On-The-Air on HF, VHF, UHF , 2 & 30 meter APRS and WinLink wx4nhc@winlink.org subject must contain //WL2K.

We will try to stay on the Hurricane Watch Net frequency 14.325 MHz most of the time. Also 7.268 MHz depending on propagation.

However, we will be operating different frequencies depending on QRM.

You may be able to find us on HF by using one of the DX Spotting Networks,

Such as the DX Summit Web Site: http://www.dxsummit.fi/Search.aspx

We will also be on VoIP Hurricane Net 4pm-5pm EDT (2000-2100z)
(IRLP node 9219 / EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203). http://www.voipwx.net/

Florida Statewide SARNET and local VHF & UHF Repeaters will be contacted.

QSL Cards are available via WD4R. Please send your card with a S.A.S.E.

Please do NOT send QSLs directly to the Hurricane Center address, as it will get delayed.

Due to security measures and COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic: NO VISITORS will be allowed entry to NHC.

For more information about WX4NHC, please visit our website
www.wx4nhc.org

Thank you for your participation in the WX4NHC Annual Station Test event.

73, Julio – WD4R
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Julio Ripoll Architect WD4R
WX4NHC Amateur Radio Asst. Coordinator
www.wx4nhc.org
Celebrating 40 years at the
National Hurricane Center
www.nhc.noaa.gov

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

Colorado State University Forecasting an Above Normal 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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Colorado State University has put out their seasonal hurricane forecast on Thursday April 2nd and they are expecting an above normal hurricane season. Given the current COVID-19 crisis, this will bear close watching as resources across the nation and around the world are absorbed coping with this current crisis. While it is hoped the COVID-19 crisis will settle down a bit by summer, there will likely be the potential for disaster fatigue among the various disaster response agencies both governmental and non-governmental at the local, regional and national level and if COVID-19 continues through the summer, resources nationally will be stretched to even further limits. If the hurricane season is active with multiple landfalling hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, this will take additional resources to manage that may not be available. This will be a question of the month and a topic for our monthly VoIP Hurricane Net this month tonight at 8 PM.

You can see the Colorado State University seasonal hurricane outlook schedule at the following link:
https://tropical.colostate.edu/

A link to the extended range forecast issued on 4/2/20 is available at the following link:
https://tropical.colostate.edu/media/sites/111/2020/04/2020-04.pdf

The next update of the seasonal forecast from CSU will be available on June 4th, 2020. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will closely monitor the seasonal hurricane outlook as well as the continued impacts of COVID-19 across the country. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and continues to practice social distancing. We hope to hear many folks on the net tonight. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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