Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to All from the VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team!
Hello to all..
On behalf of the VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to all. Thanks to all of you for your support of the VoIP Hurricane Net during 2014.
The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season was slightly more active then 2013 but was still a relatively quiet year for the VoIP Hurricane Net. There were 4 formal net activations. The first two activations were for Hurricane Arthur and its impact over Eastern North Carolina and Arthur’s impacts as a strong tropical storm over Eastern Canada working with both the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL and the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth Nova Scotia Canada. The other two formal net activations were for Hurricane Gonzalo where the first activation was for the Caribbean islands including Anguilla, St Barts, St Maarten, St Kitts and other islands and the second activation was for Bermuda which took a direct hit as Gonzalo impacted Bermuda as a landfalling major hurricane. Numerous reports from both Amateur Radio and other sources specifically from the stomcarib.com storm blogging site and personal weather stations from weather underground helped to give hurricane specialists at the National Hurricane Center an understanding of conditions on the ground during these tropical systems impacts over their respective areas. Over the non-hurricane season months of December-May, training topics were given over the VoIP Hurricane Prep Net during the February-April 2014 net sessions and were well received by net participants. Recordings of these presentations along with their Powerpoint presentations can be found on the voipwx.net web site. During the weekly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net, a ‘question of the week’ was instituted for most weekly nets to gather more info and to have more of our net participants think of weather and hurricane spotting and weather/disaster preparedness.