Hello to all….
At 230 PM, WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida secured operations for Hurricane Ike after its severe pounding of the Bahamas and Cuba and an activation that spanned several days. The VoIP Hurricane Net was active informally during this timeframe. Amateur Radio Operators associated with IRESC, the Internationl Radio Emergency Support Coalition, provided several critical reports via email on conditions in Cuba. A couple of key critical reports that IRESC forwarded through the efforts of Steve Richards-G4HPE, Doug Pattison-VE7XAT and several others from the Spanish Section of the IRESC team were as follows:
I’m Ramon Batista (KF4EFQ). Since This Morning I Were Lucky Getting Some Of My Friends From Puerto Padre Through The Phone And All Are Bad News, More Than The Half Of The Town Is Destroyed, All Those Old Houses Withe Zinc Or Tile Roofs Are Down, Only The Concrete And Strong Build Houses Resist The 200-230 KM/Hour Winds. Peoples Are Desbasted, And With No Hope For Help. I Had A Phone Call From David Chacon (co8dm) From Washington DC And Explain The Same Like You, His Father Mario (CO8CH) Is There And Most Of The Telephone Lines Are Down. The Malecon In Front Of The Sea Were Destroyed, The Big Hospital Lose All Glasses And Doors, There Is No Electricity Since Yesterday And The Important Telecommunication Towers Are Down Too. Here In Miami I’m Waiting For The Airports Cleareance To Plan A Trip To There In The Next Two Weeks Because This People And Especially Our Families Will Need Clothes, Medicines And Money. Today After 6:00 PM We Are Going To Talk With Our Family And We’ll Let You Know. There Is No HAM Radio Stations On Air From That Area, Only One Station From Santiago De Cuba (CO8AG) Manolo, And Is Working With Batteries (7045 KHZ). Thank You For Ask And Be Worry About That Catastrophic Situation In Cuba.
Greetings from CO2QU
Thank you to IRESC Spanish Section from all of the radio hams of Cuba for your kind gesture towards our country. At the moment hurricane IKE is leaving Cuba by the south of the province of Ciego de Avila taking course to west. This hurricane has added further devastation to the areas already hit by hurricane Gustav, Isla de la Juventud and Provincia de Pinar del rio. Many have been evacuated and have lost their homes. Thankfully, only a few lives have been lost. I am in Havana where it is currently calm, but tonight we expect change. We have activated an emergency network 40m 7,045 mhz. and in 80m 3,750 mhz Ciao and 73 Narciso Izquierdo Mata CO2QU
At the request of WX4NHC Coordinators John McHugh-K4AG and Julio Ripoll-WD4R, when Ike was over the Bahamas, a TV station chat room and feed was monitored by Mike “Sparky” Leger-N1YLQ and numerous reports including a few pictures were forwarded to the National Hurricane Center and used by hurricane specialists. Additional reports were sent in via IRESC and by monitoring the stormcarib.com storm reporting blog. The damage reports can be seen on the VoIP Hurricnae Net web site at http://www.voipwx.net via the report viewer link off the main menu of the web site.
Hurricane Ike is now over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to intensify and models are now trending northward with potential landfall and impact to the Gulf Coast of Texas some time in the Friday to Saturday timeframe. There is potential for Ike to reach major hurricane strength which is Category 3 or stronger. The VoIP Hurricane Net will stand down from any activation for the next couple of days but will likely be active formally in the Friday through Saturday timeframe as Ike threatens the Texas Gulf Coast. Advisories on Hurricane Ike can be obtained via the VoIPWXNet web site by clicking Atlantic Tropical Products off the Main Menu of the web site. They can also be found at the National Hurricane Center web site at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
At this time, the remnants of Josephine are not expected to regenerate and there are no other areas of disturbed weather of concern in the Atlantic tropics as of the 8 PM Tuesday Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Ike and the Tropical Atlantic. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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