Hello to all….
The VoIP Hurricane Net was secured at 10 PM EDT Tuesday August 29th, 2006. The threat of Ernesto intensifying into a hurricane near Florida has diminished. This has allowed us to secure the VoIP Hurricane Net at this time. A few Amateurs on our Net Control team may monitor during the overnight hours informally.
Since Ernesto stayed in a weakened state, no reports were received but it served to make our net more prepared for future, more serious activations. Some of the preparations and work completed during this activation included:
1.) Fransisco-NP3OD did his first turn as a primary net control and did a fine job. Congratulations to Fransisco!
2.) We worked out minor issues on the administration of the integrated conference system.
3.) We had several informal contacts with Amateurs in the affected area of South Florida. Special thanks to Lu-KA4EPS, long-time IRLP contact for getting Lou-W4EYE on from Key West, Florida via EchoLink. Lou will be another important contact for us for the Hurricane Season if more systems affect Florida.
4.) We were able to talk with John-N4SJW, an ARES DEC from South Carolina and do additional planning on potential landfall in the Carolinas of Ernesto on Thursday, where Ernesto may still be able to intensify into a hurricane.
5.) We have established IRLP 9129 as a permanent listen-only channel. This listen-only channel is being provided by the New England Reflector/Network system (http://new-eng.com) and special thanks to the New England Sysop Team for providing the access. This was established late this evening as the activation was winding down. This can be utilized for stations that are outside the affected area who just want to listen. Special thanks to VoIP Hurricane Net Technical Coordinator, Tony Langdon-VK3JED for assisting in the setup. Remember stations IN the affected area, should connect directly to IRLP 9219 or *WX-TALK* Node: 7203.
6.) EchoLink conference systems *KC4QLP-C* and *N5API* are available as listen-only conferences. *ENGLAND* can also be pulled in as listen-only. *NEW-ENG* can also be pulled in and has the added benefit of being an integrated conference with IRLP reflector 9123 on the New England Network/Reflector system. Special thanks here as well to Tony Langdon-VK3JED for the setup of these conferences to be allowed on the system.
7.) Terry Green-VE3NSV has setup a streaming audio feed to our net at http://icecast.livescanneraudio.com:8000/Hurricane.m3u that will be utilized if activation is required later Wednesday or Thursday.
We have made a lot of progress but much more work is needed and we will continue to execute those plans. Remember, we need many stations from the affected area to give surface reports based on the reporting crtieria of the main menu of this web site (http://www.voipwx.net/) for the net to be a success and a strong supporter of WX4NHC’s mission to help save lives and property. Secondarily, we need our listen-only capability for those outside of the affected area and we are closer now to providing those permanent resources.
We are continually working to make things better. Thanks to all of you for your support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net 1