VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Gordon – Tuesday Morning 9/4/18 – 1100 AM EDT/1500 UTC Update

Hello to all..

**VoIP Hurricane Net will activate starting at 5 PM EDT/4 PM CDT Tuesday 9/4/18 through Wednesday Morning for Gordon which should strengthen into a hurricane before landfall on the Southern Mississippi coast late Tuesday Night.**
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate around 400 PM EDT Tuesday 9/4/18 for Gordon**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC Activation Plans for Gordon as of Tuesday Morning 9/4/18 at 1100 AM EDT/1500 UTC:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate starting at 500 PM EDT Tuesday Evening through Wednesday Morning for Gordon and his impacts on the Northern Gulf Coast region. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate around 400 PM EDT Tuesday 9/4/18 for Gordon. Gordon is expected to intensify into a hurricane before making landfall on the Southern Mississippi coast late tonight.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Gordon or with relays into the affected area of Gordon 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:

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 Gordon 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

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 and can connect on either Echolink or IRLP:
*NEW-ENG3* Echolink conference node: 9123/IRLP 9123

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 Echolink:
*KA1AAA* Echolink conference node: 4439
*WX5FWD* Echolink conference node: 372418

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.

We are working to get the audio livestream setup like last year on Youtube through the efforts of W5YAG-Chad Yaggie. That link is listed below if setup is completed:
http://voipwx.org (Can also be obtained via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZVq4KbPwXU)

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

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

Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 Strengthens Into Tropical Storm Gordon in the Florida Keys – Tropical Storm Warnings Issued – Monday 9/3/18 – 830 AM EDT

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Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Gordon in the Florida Keys. Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for South Florida from Golden Beach to Bonita Beach Florida and the Florida Keys from Craig Key to Ocean Reef including Florida Bay. Tropical Storm Warnings are also in effect from the Alabama-Florida border westward to east of Morgan City Louisiana including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Murepas. A Storm Surge Watch is also in effect for the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The current intensity forecast keeps Gordon at tropical storm strength up until landfall on the Northern Gulf Coast but this will bear close watching since it has already reached tropical storm strength a bit sooner than forecasted. Advisories on Gordon can be found under the Atlantic Tropical Products of the VoIP Hurricane Net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and via the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

The main impacts to South Florida and the Florida Keys will be felt today through early Tuesday Morning. The main impacts to the Northern US Gulf Coast will be felt Tuesday Night through Wednesday Morning. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will closely monitor the progress of Gordon. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

Atlantic Tropical Update – Sunday Evening 9/2/18 – 600 PM EDT/2200 UTC

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The Atlantic Tropics have become more active. We continue to monitor Tropical Storm Florence. Florence is still expected to be out over the open waters over the next several days and only a threat to shipping interests.

Of more immediate concern is newly classified Potential Tropical Cyclone-7. This system is expected to become a tropical depression on Monday and potentially become Tropical Storm Gordon. This system has already prompted Tropical Storm Watches to be posted from the Alabama-Florida border to east of Morgan City Louisiana including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Murepas. Where this system has just been classified as a potential tropical cyclone and advisories just being issued, we’ll need to monitor the system progress closely as conditions look reasonably favorable for development. While the initial intensify forecast keeps the system at tropical storm strength, we’ll need to monitor to see if the system intensifies further than the current intensity forecast.

Advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 and Tropical Storm Florence can be seen on the voipwx.net web site under Atlantic Tropical Products on the menu bar, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and via the National Hurricane Center web site:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Elsewhere in the tropics, another tropical wave will emerge off the western Africa coast and will have the potential for gradual development. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will closely monitor the Atlantic Tropics. 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 Organizational Announcement – Appointment of WX9VOR-Debby Gray to Assistant Director of VoIP Hurricane Net Operations

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As Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net, I am pleased to announce that WX9VOR-Debby Gray, has accepted the position of Assistant Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net. Debby will take the place of N0UAM, Jim Sellars, who became a silent key in May of this year. She joins K2DCD-Dennis Dura as a second assistant within the VoIP Hurricane Net Management team.

Debby joined the VoIP Hurricane Net as a net control operator in 2016. In 2017, not only did she do multiple long net control shifts during that historic Atlantic hurricane season, she also recruited several new and experienced net controls from within her local area that supported the net tirelessly during both Hurricane Irma and Maria.

Debby worked professionally for 22 years as an IT Consultant, Educator and Mission Critical Support Specialist. It was during this time that she was involved in disaster planning and recovery through many natural and man-made disasters. Debby has been involved in recent years with amateur radio as the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Kane County Illinois (IL) and the ARES DEC for Districts 3 & 4 in Northeast IL. She also volunteers as a Sergeant for the Naperville EMA Communications and Weather units, and is one of the senior members of the WX9LOT Ham Team supporting NWS Chicago and the NWS Chicago SKYWARN program.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team is proud to have Debby within our team. She brings additional valuable experience into our team from a different part of the United States and has brought a set of resources to the net and will continue to support recruitment. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

ARRL to Sponsor the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar – Monday 6/11/18 at 800 PM EDT

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The ARRL will be sponsoring the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday 6/11/18 at 800 PM EDT. Details on how to register for this very interesting webinar can be seen at the following link:

http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-to-sponsor-2018-atlantic-hurricane-season-webinar

The webinar will go through an overview of the historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, lessons learned from the season, key Amateur Radio group’s preparedness for the new season and how Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters can become involved. These Amateur Radio Groups include, WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, which is now in its 37th year of service, the Hurricane Watch Net, the VoIP Hurricane Net, SATERN (the Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Also, an Amateur Radio Operator who is the Warning Preparedness Meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre will be giving the meteorological overview of the 2018 season.

We hope many folks can join the 2018 ARRL Hurricane Webinar! Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

2018 WX4NHC Annual Station Test event – Results

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The following is a short summary of WX4NHC On-Air Communications Test results as provided by WD4R-Julio Ripoll, Assistant WX4NHC Amateur Radio Station Coordinator:

Thank you so much for your support of our annual test event at NHC. We had a very successful on-the-air test. of our radios and antennas worked well (HF Radio, VHF/UHF). Even with our equipment maintenance, software updates, we were able to make over 150 contacts nationwide, including stations in the Caribbean and South America. A few dozen contacts were made on the EchoLink Hurricane Practice Net. Special Thanks to Rob KD1CY and the VoIP Hurricane Team. Several contacts were made on the Florida SARNET, which links over 25 UHF repeaters statewide, including many EOC offices. We also received dozens of weather reports from stations using HF Winlink.

Julio Ripoll-WD4R provided pictures of the Communications Test including contacts made by National Hurricane Center Director, WX4KEG-Ken Graham, making contacts during the Communications Test. These pictures have been posted to the VoIPWXNet Facebook social media.

We appreciate everyone’s support of the WX4NHC On-Air Communications Test and the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.

Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

N0UAM-Jim Sellars – Assistant Director of VoIP Hurricane Net Operations & Net Control – SK

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As mentioned earlier this week by KC8TCQ-Keith Hosman, it is with deep regret and sadness that we report that N0UAM-Jim Sellars, Assistant Director of VoIP Hurricane Net Operations and Net Control Operator during net activations passed away Tuesday May 22nd, 2018 at the age of 64 after a long battle with heart issues.

Jim was a huge supporter of VoIP Hurricane Net activations for over 10 years. Jim’s most recent accomplishments with our net were supporting some very long net control stints during the historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Jim’s voice was authoritative when reading advisories and warning information yet consoling when receiving reports from Amateur Radio Operators being impacted by the hurricanes such as when NP3OD-Francisco reported the damage to his home in San Juan Puerto Rico during Maria. Jim summarized and provided many reports from weather stations that were often used in advisory information from the National Hurricane Center.

Jim was also very active in the NWS Springfield Missouri SKYWARN program as well as storm chasing. Jim coordinated having the NWS Springfield Missouri office on SKYWARN Recognition Day on our *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system for several years. Despite his health issues, Jim remained active on the air in whatever ways he could. On a personal note, I recall Jim checking into our New England SKYWARN net operations in December 2008 asking if we needed assistance after a major ice storm ripped through the area. Despite great personal hardship, Jim put the needs of others ahead of himself.

There have been several tributes to Jim online and Jim wrote his own obituary. Links to this information can be seen below:

Springfield News Leader Article:
https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/now/2018/05/23/springfield-storm-chaser-dies-ashes-shot-tornado/637264002/

KTTS-FM Article:
https://www.ktts.com/news/local-news/local-storm-spotting-community-mourns-loss-of-jim-sellars

N0UAM-Jim Sellars Obituary:
http://www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/3509446/Sellars-Jim/obituary.php

At the start of the WX4NHC scheduled time slot to be on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 reflector system on Saturday 5/26/18 at 400 PM EDT/300 PM CDT, we will do a short on-air tribute to the life of N0UAM and all he did for our net. We hope you will tune in but we also intend to record this tribute.

Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

2018 WX4NHC Annual On-Air Communications Station Test – Saturday May 26th, 2018 – 9 AM-5 PM EDT

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Please see the announcement on the WX4NHC On-Air Communications Test for this Saturday May 26th, 2018. WX4NHC will be on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system between 4-5 PM EDT/2000-2100 UTC Saturday and on other frequencies and modes throughout the day.

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 26th, 2018 from 9AM-5 PM EDT (1300z- 2100z)

This will be our 38th year of public service at NHC.

The purpose of this event is to test Amateur Radio Station 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 as well as NWS Staff to become familiar with 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”, or “Rain”, 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.

Due to space and equipment limitations, we will have 2 operators per shift, we cannot be on all frequencies or on every mode at the same time.
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:

NO VISITORS will be allowed entry to NHC without prior clearance from NHC PIO and Security.

Only WX4NHC Operators on the pre-approved operating schedule will be allowed entry.

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

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

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Julio Ripoll Architect WD4R
WX4NHC Amateur Radio Asst. Coordinator
www.wx4nhc.org
Celebrating 38 years at the
National Hurricane Center
www.nhc.noaa.gov
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Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

National Hurricane Conference in Orlando Florida Amateur Radio Workshop to Be Livestreamed & Recorded – Tuesday 3/27/18 Amateur Radio Workshop 1030 AM-500 PM

Hello to all…

Amateur Radio will again be represented at the 2018 National Hurricane Conference which will be held this year in Orlando Florida. The conference theme is to improve hurricane preparedness as it has been in past years. All Amateur Radio sessions are free. For 2018, all the Amateur Radio sessions will be on Tuesday March 27th, 2018 from 1030 AM-1215 PM EDT and 130-500 PM EDT. Each presenter will not only give an overview of their respective group but also how their group handled the historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The session will be livestreamed and recorded. The live stream links follow below:

Amateur Radio presentations will be recorded and live streamed via Youtube. Livestream links below and these same links will serve as the links for the recorded session:

http://www.nsradio.org/stream

http://www.voipwx.net/files/stream.htm

Here is the session breakdown:

Detailed Schedule Outline – All Times (Eastern Daylight Time – EDT):

1030-1035 AM: Opening Remarks

1035-1105 AM: Importance of Amateur Radio Surface Reports (Dr. Ed Rappaport)

1105-1135 AM: Canadian Hurricane Centre and Hurricane Meteorological Topics (VE1MBR-Bob R)

1135 AM-1215 PM: ARRL “Force of Fifty Mission” and Caribbean Amateur Radio Response (KI1U)

—> NOTE: Speakers will be on a lunch break from 1215 PM-130 PM EDT

130-210 PM: WX4NHC Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center Overview (WD4R)

210-240 PM: Hurricane Watch Net Overview, Personal Weather Stations and Backup Power and Antenna Overview (KB5HAV)

240-310 PM: VoIP Hurricane Net Overview & Best Practices in SKYWARN for Tropical Systems (KD1CY)

—> NOTE: Speakers will be on a break from 310-330 PM EDT

330-415 PM: SATERN, Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network Overview (WB8BZH)

415-500 PM: Moderated Q & A session and Panel Discussion (All)

500-515 PM: Door Prize Raffles (In Person Audience Only)

We hope many of you can watch the livestream or see the recording of the Amateur Radio Workshop as the Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1st.

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

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to All from the VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team!

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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 2017.

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season was the most active year for the VoIP Hurricane Net since the mid-2000s. There were 4 formal activations of the VoIP Hurricane Net for the year. The formal VoIP Hurricane Net activations included Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Nate.

Hurricane Harvey tracked across Eastern Texas making landfall in Rockport Texas. Harvey produced major hurricane force conditions and several weather stations recorded measured wind gusts over 100 MPH. These winds caused significant, tree, wire and structural damage as well as a significant storm surge for the area around Rockport Texas and the immediate coastal areas. As Harvey weakened, his track slowed significantly and tapping into Gulf of Mexico moisture it caused tremendous rainfall amounts across portions of Texas including greater than 50″ of rain in the Houston Texas area and greater than 50″ of rain in the Beaumont, Graves and Port Arthur Texas. This led to catastrophic river, stream and urban flooding in these areas with tremendous damage. While Harvey was a tropical storm as this occurred, the VoIP Hurricane Net maintained a listening watch for several days handling a number of rain gauge, flooding and even a small number of rescues by informing the United States Coast Guard of the needs of a small number of residents. Harvey would be the start of a very active period of hurricanes in the Atlantic and Harvey was the first major hurricane to impact the US in 12 years.

Hurricane Irma formed during and shortly after Harvey’s impacts in Eastern Texas. Irma would cause massive destruction on the island of Barbuda where wind gusts as high as 155 MPH occurred there before the wind instrument malfunctioned. Many of the structures on Barbuda were destroyed by Irma. Some damage was also reported on the island of Antigua to trees and power lines and a few structures by Amateur Radio Operators but Antigua escaped the worst of Irma’s wrath. The islands of Anguilla and St Maarten/St Martin sustained very significant damage to trees, power lines and structures including storm damage to their airports. The Anguilla Department of Disaster Management weather station maintained by VP2EL-Larry had a sustained wind of 82 MPH with wind gusts to 117 MPH before that wind instrument failed. St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands had sustained winds of 82 MPH with gusts to 113 MPH before that instrument failed and had similar damage to Anguilla and St Maarten/St Martin. These areas would take weeks to months to recover from the damage brought by Irma. Irma would then go on to batter much of the state of Florida with widespread tree and power line damage and damage to structures from both the damaging winds and storm surge. Flooding from heavy rainfall was also an issue particularly in inland portions of Florida and where storm surge with the heavy rainfall caused further flooding issues. Close to 6 Million people were without power in Florida for numerous days and some would not get power back for over a week. The VoIP Hurricane Net was active through these various landfalls and got a number of reports from Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters in Florida and into Southern Georgia and included damage photos posted to the VoIP Hurricane Net Facebook page with credit given to those that shared storm damage photos.

Hurricane Maria formed shortly after Irma and would affect the Caribbean islands a bit south and west of the path of Maria. The island of Dominica would take a direct hit from Maria with significant damage to trees, power lines and structures from high winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall caused landslides in some of the villages on Dominica. Reports monitored by the Caribbean Emergency Weather Net were relayed by J69DS-Frans into the VoIP Hurricane Net along with reports monitored off of modern social media were collated and sent into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. Many Amateur Radio Operators on the island of Dominica suffered significant property losses yet continued to operate their Amateur Radio stations during and after the storm to support their communities and to relay information about the state of the island. The same would be said for the Amateurs in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and other Amateur Radio stations affected by hurricanes this season. As Maria rolled into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico significant infrastructure damage occurred in these areas causing significant communications and power issues. Wind gusts of over 100 MPH were recorded in Puerto Rico as Maria tore through the island. NP3OD-Francisco, long-time VoIP Hurricane Net participant, gave live updates and reported damage to his home and neighborhood. KB2WUS-Francisco provided many relayed damage reports and information from Puerto Rico as well providing high situational awareness. NP3OD-Francisco has managed to support efforts with his local Red Cross despite the damage at his location and is holding up well. He lost electrical power and had trouble at times finding gas for his generator but he maintained running water at his residence throughout the event. The infrastructure damage from Maria in Puerto Rico required the ARRL Force of Fifty mission supporting Red Cross.

A complete archive of the different Hurricane responses across the Amateur Radio community from Harvey, Irma and Maria can be found at the following links:

http://www.arrl.org/hurricane-harvey-response
http://www.arrl.org/hurricane-irma-2017
http://www.arrl.org/hurricane-maria-2017

Hurricane Nate was the last formal VoIP Hurricane Net activation. Nate’s main impacts were across the Southern Mississippi and Southern Alabama gulf coast with storm surge flooding, heavy rainfall causing river and stream flooding and damaging wind gusts and tornadoes from the convective bands of the hurricane. Impacts across Southeast Louisiana were negligible as the main conditions were along and to the east of the center leaving Louisiana on the weaker end of the storm system. A number of reports were handled from US Gulf Coast region along with interaction with local/regional SKYWARN teams out of the Mobile Alabama NWS Forecast Office and the Crescent City Amateur Radio Group (CCARG) in New Orleans Lousiana. It was also the first time experimenting with the Zello application using Amateur Radio procedures working with the CCARG team and will be something that will be reviewed as a use case to cast a wider reach to gather information for both Amateur Radio and non-Amateur Radio people that could provide information during hurricanes.

A complete archive of reports compiled via the VoIP Hurricane Net can be seen in our report viewer in the following link:
http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

As occurs yearly, we did support WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center with the WX4NHC Communications Test at the start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. As our main client, we appreciate WX4NHC’s support of our net and thank WX4NHC Coordinators, Julio Ripoll-WD4R and John McHugh-K4AG for their support. They have been an incredible partner with the VoIP Hurricane Net dating back to the net’s inception in the 2003-2004 timeframe. We also had another successful SKYWARN Recognition Day event on the home of the VoIP Hurricane Net, Echolink conference: *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219. Many NWS offices rotated on the system making contacts with Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters from around the country thanking them for their support as well as making contact with different NWS offices around the country.

As we move into next year, we will again have a presence at the 2018 National Hurricane Conference which will be in Orlando Florida. As we move into 2018, we will look at doing training presentations particularly on the non-hurricane season months in 2018 and continue the question of the week format for the weekly nets and possibly do a few training sessions during the weekly nets that we have during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. We will also look at boosting more stations and contacts within the affected areas of hurricanes to provide critical surface reports to WX4NHC. We will also be factoring in many lessons learned from the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season for net activations in 2018 and this information will be factored into an updated NCO training for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. We will also be looking further at how stations outside of the affected area can assist with weather station, public safety and social media monitoring to provide more information for situational awareness and disaster intelligence during hurricane net activations and further investigate the experimentation with Zello utilized during Hurricane Net with CCARG. We would like to ask folks that might be interested to be a net control for the weekly/monthly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net and for net activations to please contact me directly as a reply to this email or at kd1cy@voipwx.net

We look forward to working with everyone again in 2018. The next VoIP Hurricane Prep Net will be will be Saturday January 6th, 2018 at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/6 PM MT/5 PM PT which also equates to 0100 UTC Sunday. The net will meet monthly through May and then become weekly during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. We again wish all of our reporting stations, net controls and supporting stations that listen to the VoIP Hurricane Net a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a Happy Holiday season!

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

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