SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2017 on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 System – Saturday 12/2/17 0000-2400 UTC

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**Made a change to the 0500-0600 UTC time slot to put WX9LOT in that time slot and remove KL7FWX as KL7FWX could no longer do that time slot.**

SKYWARN Recognition Day is December 2nd, 2017 from 0000-2400 UTC (Friday Evening 12/1/17 from 700 PM ET-Saturday Evening 12/2/17 at 7 PM ET) and Echolink and IRLP will be playing a role in SRD as it has in past years. SKYWARN Recognition Day is an opportunity for National Weather Service Forecast Offices across the United States to thank SKYWARN Spotters for their efforts in obtaining timely severe weather reporting for the protection of life and property. This is the SKYWARN program’s main mission.

EchoLink and IRLP are just a couple of modes people can utilize to contact NWS offices during SKYWARN Recognition Day. Many NWS offices will be on 2 Meters, 440 MHz, HF and other VHF/UHF bands. Additional details on SKYWARN Recognition Day can be found via the following links:

http://hamradio.noaa.gov

http://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

The ARRL has also published a web story for SRD. That web story can be seen via the following link:
http://www.arrl.org/news/skywarn-recognition-day-is-saturday-december-2

As in past years, the EchoLink *WX_TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP reflector 9219 system will be scheduling time for NWS offices in 1-2 hour time slots to act as a net control to make contacts with spotters that are on the system. If a NWS office runs out of contacts and there are other NWS offices on the system, the NWS office acting as net control can turn it over to a different NWS office to act as a net control on the system at their discretion.

We’d like to ask NWS offices to do their best to adhere to the schedule. Sometimes this is difficult due to the number of contacts received by NWS offices. We ask for everyone’s patience and working cooperatively to respect the time slot schedule.

Below is the 2017 SRD Schedule with the weather offices that have confirmed for 2017 and those left on the schedule from last year. We would like to know if the remaining NWS offices would like to keep their time slot or change time slots. See the list of NWS offices below:

Time in UTC NWS Office Call-Sign
0000-0100: KL7FWX (Confirmed new time slot for this year – WX0GLD relinquished this time slot)
0100-0200: WX1GYX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0200-0300: WX4MLB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0300-0400: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0400-0500: WX9GRB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0500-0600: WX9LOT (Confirmed new time slot for this year – KL7FWX had to relinquish this time slot)
0600-0700: WX4HUN (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0700-0800: WX9LOT (Taking the KL7FWX time slot now relinquished for this year)
0800-0900: Open (WX9LOT relinquishing this time slot from last year)
0900-1000: Open
1000-1100: Open
1100-1200: Open
1200-1300: W7NWS  (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1300-1400: WX2PHI (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1400-1500: WX1AW   (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1500-1600: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1600-1700: WX4NC  (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1700-1800: WX2PHI (Confirmed time slot for this year)
1800-1900: Open (WX6MTR relinquished this time slot)
1900-2000: K0MPX  (Confirmed time slot for this year)
2000-2100: WX4MLB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
2100-2300: WX4NHC (Confirmed time slot for this year)
2300-2400: WX6NWS (Confirmed time slot for this year)

There will be other conference systems utilized for SKYWARN Recognition Day. They are as follows:

The New England Reflector Gateway System will be utilized by the NWS Taunton, Mass. and NWS Gray, Maine offices from 0000-0500 UTC and 1200-2400 UTC. The New England Gateway system is on EchoLink Conference server *NEW-ENG3* Node: 9123, IRLP reflector 9123. If other NWS offices would like to join the system, they are welcome to do so and participants in SKYWARN Recognition Day can also use that system to make contact with various NWS offices. This is a great place to move off the *WX_TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system after your scheduled time if other Amateurs or NWS offices wish to make contact with you.

Also, the Western Reflector will be having NWS offices calling CQ as in past years and have multiple reflector channels and Echolink conferences available. There is reflector 9250/Echolink Conference *HI-GATE* node: 357564, IRLP 9251 and the *WORLD* Echolink Conference node: 479886, IRLP 9257/*DCF-ARC* Echolink Conference node: 336037 and IRLP 9258/EchoLink Conference *NV-GATE* Node: 152566 open for NWS offices. Please contact Kent-W7AOR for additional information on the Western Reflector.

A few technical reminders for folks interested in making contacts with the NWS Forecast Offices on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 and New England Reflector Gateway IRLP 9123/*NEW-ENG3* Echolink Node: 9123 systems:

-The system allows both EchoLink and IRLP connections. For EchoLink users, you connect to the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203 conference system. For IRLP users, you would connect to IRLP reflector 9219.

-If you are using EchoLink, the RF node or PC that you’re using must have EchoLink conferencing disabled. If it is not disabled, the system will automatically kick the node or PC off of the system. The reason this occurs is to prevent unintentional interference from a conferencing station that may not know the node is connected somewhere else. This will keep traffic moving on the net and reduce interference considerably.

For more information on VoIP Technical Configuration Tips, please go to our web site at http://www.voipwx.net where we have a link to that information on the main menu of the web site. This announcement will also be on the web site.

We are looking forward to another fun SKYWARN Recognition Day on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP reflector 9219 system, New England Reflector Gateway system and Western Reflector system. Thanks to all for their support!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton Massachusetts
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator

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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Nate Secured on Sunday 10/8/17 at 200 AM EDT/100 AM CDT

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The VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Nate secured on Sunday 10/8/17 at 200 AM EDT/100 AM CDT after Nate made landfall near Biloxi Mississippi. Nate spared the New Orleans LA area any significant wind damage and storm surge flooding but pockets of tree and wire damage and wind gusts to hurricane force were recorded in parts of Mississippi and offshore oil platforms in the Louisiana coastal waters. Storm surge values of 3-7 feet were recorded in portions of Southern Alabama, Southern Mississippi and extreme Southeast Louisiana. Some pockets of structural damage were recorded in parts of Mississippi/Alabama from higher wind gusts in severe thunderstorms or possibly tornadic activity. One tornado was spotted in Orange Beach, Alabama by both The Weather Channel media and an Amateur Radio Operator that was in the area. Reports from Nate can be seen at the VoIP Hurricane Net viewer via the following link:

http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

While Nate was not as formidable as past hurricanes we worked this year, reports of SKYWARN reporting criteria were supplied to both local National Weather Service Forecast Offices and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center which is our net’s main mission to help save lives. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Nate Secured on Sunday 10/8/17 at 200 AM EDT/100 AM CDT

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The VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Nate secured on Sunday 10/8/17 at 200 AM EDT/100 AM CDT after Nate made landfall near Biloxi Mississippi. Nate spared the New Orleans LA area any significant wind damage and storm surge flooding but pockets of tree and wire damage and wind gusts to hurricane force were recorded in parts of Mississippi and offshore oil platforms in the Louisiana coastal waters. Storm surge values of 3-7 feet were recorded in portions of Southern Alabama, Southern Mississippi and extreme Southeast Louisiana. Some pockets of structural damage were recorded in parts of Mississippi/Alabama from higher wind gusts in severe thunderstorms or possibly tornadic activity. One tornado was spotted in Orange Beach, Alabama by both The Weather Channel media and an Amateur Radio Operator that was in the area. Reports from Nate can be seen at the VoIP Hurricane Net viewer via the following link:

http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

While Nate was not as formidable as past hurricanes we worked this year, reports of SKYWARN reporting criteria were supplied to both local National Weather Service Forecast Offices and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center which is our net’s main mission to help save lives. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Nate – Saturday Afternoon 10/7/17 – 400 PM EDT/2000 UTC Update

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**VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate starting at 5 PM EDT Saturday Afternoon 10/7/17 through possibly Sunday Afternoon for Hurricane Nate and his impacts to to the Northern US Gulf Coast region.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Nate as of Saturday Afternoon 10/7/17 at 400 PM EDT/2000 UTC:

The VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate starting at 500 PM EDT Saturday Afternoon 10/7/17 through Sunday Afternoon 10/8/17 for Nate and his impacts on the Northern Gulf Coast region. Nate is currently a tropical storm and is expected to intensify into a hurricane and there is a possibility of it becoming a stronger hurricane than currently highlighted pending how quickly it can develop an inner core to allow for more rapid intensification.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Nate or with relays into the affected area of Nate 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:
http://www.voipwx.net/node/236

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 Nate can be seen off of the Main Menu of 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:
*Sky_Gate* Echolink conference node: 868981/IRLP 9252
*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: 269929
*WASH_DC* Echolink conference node: 6154

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.

An audio livestream has been setup on Youtube through the efforts of W5YAG-Chad Yaggie. That link is listed below:
http://voipwx.org (Can also be obtained via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZVq4KbPwXU)

Finally, a reminder that due to the VoIP Hurricane Net activation for the various hurricanes, the weekly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for this Saturday Evening has been cancelled. Barring another hurricane net activation near or during the weekend, the weekly net will resume Saturday October 14th, 2017.

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

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

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VoIP Hurricane Prep Net Cancelled for Saturday 10/7/17 Due to Pending Nate Activation

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The VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for Saturday 10/7/17 is cancelled due to the likelihood of VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Tropical Storm Nate which is expected to intensify and become a hurricane later tonight or Saturday and then make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast of the United States. Details on activation plans for Nate will be posted later this afternoon. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Maria & Hurricane Jose Update – 9/19/17 – 715 PM EDT/2315 UTC

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**VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate starting at 8 PM EDT Tuesday Evening 9/19/17 through late Wednesday Night for Hurricane Maria and impact to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and surrounding areas over this time period. Hurricane Jose impacts as a tropical storm to be handled by the regional SKYWARN team in Southern New England.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Maria as of 9/19/17 at 715 PM EDT/2315 UTC and commentary on Hurricane Jose and impacts on the Northeast US Coast:

The VoIP Hurricane Net was active Monday from late morning until late evening and gathered numerous reports of severe and catastrophic damage from the island of Dominica. A recording of a summary of reports received and a complete list of reports received from all mediums available to the net can be seen at the following links:

VoIP Hurricane Net Recording of Reports:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSdd4jo-MQk&feature=youtu.be

VoIP Hurricane Net Report Viewer:
http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

The VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate starting at 800 PM EDT Tuesday Evening 9/19/17 through late Wednesday Night for Hurricane Maria and impact to Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Hurricane Maria is a catastrophic category-V hurricane and expected to cause significant damage to this region as it approaches and crosses this area.

Regarding Hurricane Jose, he is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to portions of Cape Cod and the Islands. This will be handled by the local/regional SKYWARN group in Southern New England and will forward reports of tropical storm conditions to WX4NHC if needed.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Maria or with relays into the affected area of Maria 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. Again regarding Jose, any reports received from local/regional SKYWARN groups on the VoIP Hurricane Net will be sent via the VoIP Hurricane Net webform and when necessary to the local NWS office. 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:
http://www.voipwx.net/node/236

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 Maria and Jose can be seen off of the Main Menu of 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:
*Sky_Gate* Echolink conference node: 868981/IRLP 9252

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: 269929
*WASH_DC* Echolink conference node: 6154

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 *033270177 or *033009123.

An audio livestream has been setup on Youtube through the efforts of W5YAG-Chad Yaggie. That link is listed below:
http://voipwx.org (Can also be obtained via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIwX7gBC_r0)

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

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

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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Maria & Hurricane Jose Update – 9/17/17 – 1100 PM EDT/0300 UTC

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**VoIP Hurricane Net will activate starting at 11 AM EDT/1500 UTC Monday Morning 9/18/17 until further notice for Hurricane Maria and impact to the Leeward Islands over the course of the afternoon and evening Monday.**
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will be active starting at 500 PM EDT/2100 UTC Monday Evening 9/18/17 for Hurricane Maria impacts to the Leeward Islands.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Maria as of 9/17/17 at 1100 PM EDT/0300 UTC and commentary on Hurricane Jose and impacts on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US Coast:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate starting at 11 AM EDT/1500 UTC Monday Morning 9/18/17 until further notice for Hurricane Maria and impact to the Leeward Islands over the course of the afternoon and evening Monday. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will be active starting at 500 PM EDT/2100 UTC Monday Evening 9/18/17 for Hurricane Maria impacts to the Leeward Islands. Hurricane Maria will impact the Leeward Islands during the afternoon and evening on Monday. Maria will then make a track toward the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later Tuesday and Wednesday with possible tropical storm impacts to some of the northern Leeward Islands during the day on Tuesday.

Regarding Hurricane Jose, he is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to portions of the Northeast US as well as potentially the mid-atlantic states as we get into Tuesday into Wednesday. Jose is expected to slowly weaken to a tropical storm over the next couple days but have a large tropical storm force wind field affecting these areas. At this time, the VoIP Hurricane Net will focus on Hurricane Maria and her impacts on the Caribbean islands since direct hurricane impacts are expected and local/regional SKYWARN groups will handle Jose’s impacts in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states but any SKYWARN criteria reports received from Jose by the VoIP Hurricane Net will be given to the NHC via the VoIP Hurricane Net webform.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Maria or with relays into the affected area of Maria 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. Again regarding Jose, any reports received from local/regional SKYWARN groups on the VoIP Hurricane Net will be sent via the VoIP Hurricane Net webform and when necessary to the local NWS office. 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:
http://www.voipwx.net/node/236

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 Maria and Jose can be seen off of the Main Menu of 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:
*Sky_Gate* Echolink conference node: 868981/IRLP 9252

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: 269929
*WASH_DC* Echolink conference node: 6154

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 *033270177 or *033009123.

An audio livestream has been setup on Youtube through the efforts of W5YAG-Chad Yaggie. That link is listed below:
http://voipwx.org (Can also be obtained via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIwX7gBC_r0)

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

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

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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Irma Secured and Listening Watch Completed – 9/11/17 at 615 PM EDT

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The formal VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Hurricane Irma was secured at 800 AM EDT Monday 9/11/17 and the listening watch for Irma as a tropical storm has been secured as of 615 PM EDT Monday 9/11/17 as the tropical storm impacts are handled by local and regional SKYWARN nets and their local NWS Forecast Offices and efforts in Florida transition from response phase to the recovery phase. Over the course of the Hurricane Irma activation, both Hurricanes Katia, which made landfall in Mexico and Hurricane Jose, which skirted the Northern Leeward Islands, were also monitored for any reports and impacts while reports and monitoring continued for Hurricane Irma. It marked an unprecedented time for the net where 3 different hurricanes were monitored for potential land impacts Friday Night 9/8/17 into Saturday 9/9/17.

A listing of reports received from Amateur Radio Operators on the VoIP Hurricane Net, weather stations monitored across the region and relayed reports from social media can be found on the VoIP Hurricane Net viewer at the following link:

http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK (Click on the link under Edit_link to view the report)

Several Amateur Radio Operators have sent us photos of the damage in their area. This is appreciated and encouraged. On our VoIP Hurricane Net Facebook Page, we created a photo album of damage photos. The album can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/voipwxnet/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1424444624343220

If you are in the affected area and have damage photos, they can be sent to the email address pics@nsradio.org and we will add them to the album with credit given to the individual who took the photo. Even if its a few days or a week or two after Irma’s passage, the photos can help with the historical record and will likely be used on a video our team will create on the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season which has been the busiest in several years for use at the 2018 National Hurricane Conference.

We appreciate everyone’s help and support in WX4NHC’s mission to help save lives and the support for our VoIP Hurricane Net! Thanks to all!

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

 

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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Irma/Hurricane Katia/Hurricane Jose – 9/9/17 – 615 PM EDT/2215 UTC Listen-Only and Report Viewer Link Update

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**VoIP Hurricane Net will activate from than 7 PM EDT/2300 UTC Friday Evening 9/8/17-200 AM EDT/0600 UTC Saturday Morning 9/9/17 for Hurricane Irma Impacts to Cuba and the Bahamas and for Hurricane Katia impacts to Southeast Mexico. VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Irma impacts as it departs Cuba and heads for the state of Florida and any impacts from Hurricane Jose for the Northern Leeward Islands will restart at 0600 AM EDT Saturday 9/9/17 likely lasting through the Monday Evening.**

**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will likely be active during much of this timeframe.**

**Updated listen-only capability and Report Viewer Link URL. Remainder is unchanged as operations are ongoing.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Irma, Katia and Jose as of 9/8/17 at 200 AM EDT/0600 UTC:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate from than 7 PM EDT/2300 UTC Friday Evening 9/8/17-200 AM EDT/0600 UTC Saturday Morning 9/9/17 for Hurricane Irma Impacts to Cuba and the Bahamas and for Hurricane Katia impacts to Southeast Mexico. VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Hurricane Irma impacts as it departs Cuba and heads for the state of Florida and any impacts from Hurricane Jose for the Northern Leeward Islands will restart at 0600 AM EDT Saturday 9/9/17 likely lasting through the Monday Evening. Hurricane Irma is a Category-V hurricane and is expected to remain a major hurricane for the next several days as it moves across the warm waters between the Bahamas and Cuba and then head into Florida and potentially Georgia and South Carolina. Also during these timeframes, Hurricane Katia is expected to make landfall Friday Night in Southeast Mexico and will be covered by the net as well as any impacts by Hurricane Jose to the Northern Leeward Islands on Saturday.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Irma, Katia or Jose or with relays into the affected area of Irma, Katia or Jose 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. Any SKYWARN Nets active in the local area as Irma moves into Florida and potentially Georgia and South Carolina that can pass reports to the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC are welcome to send a net liaison or connect directly at their discretion to the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219. Stations on All-Star can connect to the Echolink side of the system by dialing *033007203. 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:

http://www.voipwx.net/node/236

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 Irma, Katia and Jose can be seen off of the Main Menu of 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

*Sky_Gate* Echolink conference node: 868981/IRLP 9252

East Coast Reflector 9050 or Allstar 27339, 45192 or Echolink WB2JPQ-R Echolink Node: 57780

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: 269929

*WASH_DC* Echolink conference node: 6154

*DIGITAL* Echolink conference node: 806143

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 *033270177 or *033009123.

An audio livestream has been setup on Youtube through the efforts of W5YAG-Chad Yaggie. That link is listed below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=johyPQoQwKI

An additional audio livestream as provided by the East Coast Reflector Group can be found at the following link:

http://www.eastcoastreflector.com/ListenLive.aspx

Finally, a reminder that due to the VoIP Hurricane Net activation for the various hurricanes, the weekly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for this Saturday Evening has been cancelled. Barring another hurricane net activation near or during the weekend, the weekly net will resume Saturday September 16th, 2017.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Katia and Hurricane Jose. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

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