Hello to all….
In coordination with Connie McCurdy-NH7IE, VoIP Hurricane Net Control Operator and member of Hawaii SKYWARN and RACES and Julio Ripoll-WD4R, WX4NHC, National Hurricane Center Coordinator, the VoIP Hurricane Net will activate informally starting at 4 AM EDT/0800 UTC to monitor the threat posed by Hurricane Flossie to the big island of Hawaii. The informal activation is expected last through Wednesday Morning at this time.
While reports will be funneled to the NWS Office in Honolulu, Hawaii which is colocated with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in the same building, in coordination with Julio Ripoll, there is interest in their team and the NHC in Miami in obtaining the reports. Reports will be forwarded by the VoIP Net NCO team to Julio and the NHC team by various means.
Hurricane Flossie has weakened to a Category 3 Hurricane but it remains a formidible system and a threat to the big island of Hawaii with at least tropical storm force conditions. Any track deviation to the north could pose a bigger threat to the big island of Hawaii. The center is currently expected to track only about 80-90 miles south of the big island of Hawaii. A deviation of as little as 50 miles north or south could be a huge change in the impact to the big island. The other islands in Hawaii are not expected to be seriously impacted by Flossie but this is also dependent on the eventual track of Flossie.
There are several IRLP nodes in Hawaii that will be utilized to connect into *WX-TALK Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 reflector system. Folks from Hawaii will either be on continuously or check-in periodically with the VoIP Net team to give their reports. Given only one island and marine interests will be affected at this time, there is most likely not going to be a large quantity of reports but the reports that are received will be vital. If the track is closer, more reports and information could potentially be received.
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
Listen Only IRLP/EchoLink capability include the following systems:
Reflector 9508 Syndey Australia Reflector channel 8.
Reflector 9129 New England Reflector channel 9.
*KC4QLP-C* Node: 290251
*VKEMCOMM* Node: 270177
It is possible that the *N5API* EchoLink Node: 77433 listen only conference may also be connected to the system as it has permission to connect.
If any Amateurs have contacts with Hawaii and can relay reports from there, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net