TD #5 Intensifies into Tropical Storm Ernesto

Hello to all….

Tropical Depression #5 has intensified into Tropical Storm Ernesto, the fifth Tropical Storm of the season. Ernesto is expected to continue to intensify passing through Jamaica as a strong tropical storm in about 48 hours followed by a track towards Western Cuba and then out into North-Central Gulf of Mexico.

With the potential of Ernesto reaching hurricane strength over Western Cuba and Ernesto potentially passing over Jamaica as a strong tropical storm, the VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will watch Ernesto carefully to see if intensification process happens sooner than expected as it approaches Jamaica.

Further updates will be posted as required. Thanks for your continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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Tropical Depression #4 Intensifies into Tropical Storm Debby

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Tropical Depression #4 has intensified into Tropical Storm Debby, the fourth tropical storm of the 2006 Hurricane Season. At this time, this system is expected to be over open Atlantic waters for the next several days and pose no threat to land areas. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Debby.

The Main Menu of the web page under Atlantic Tropical Products has been updated to reflect that TD 4 is now Debby.

It is noted that an additional tropical wave is becoming better organized 725 miles east of the Central and Lesser Antilles and could become a tropical depression in the next day or two if it continues to show signs of organization. This information is from the NHC Tropical Weather Outlook.

The Tropics are coming alive with activity and the VoIP Hurricane Net Management team is monitoring this activity. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
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VoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Preparation Net

Please join us for the Weekly VoIP Hurricane Preparation Net at 0000 UTC Sunday which is Saturday Evening or late afternoon for most of North America. If there are special topics or training being held, they will be announced separately over the email list. Please note we are on now on the primary system of IRLP Reflector 9219/VoIP EchoLink Conference Node: 7203 which is *WX-TALK*. Thanks for your continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

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Web Site Updates 8/18/06

Hello to all…

Additional Web Site Updates were made on Thursday. Those updates are as follows:

1.) Added a VoIP Technical Configuration Tips section on the main menu. This will help people to properly configure their audio and connect their node to our net for weekly nets and activations.

2.) Added web links to the ARRL, EchoLink, IRLP and Status IRLP web pages as well as a link to the New England Reflector/Network which is one of our backup systems and can provide listen-only IRLP and EchoLink capability. It is also one of our backup systems for our net.

3.) Added a link to VoIP Hurricane Net Streaming Audio to the Main Menu but have hidden the link. When nets are active, the link will show up in the Main Menu section as its only active during hurricane net activations.

Further updates will follow this weekend. 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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Updates to the VoIP Hurricane Net Web Site

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We have made several updates to the VoIP Hurricane Net web site. The updates are as follows:

1.) Added an Atlantic Tropical Products link to the Main Menu. When you click on the link, you will get a series of links for products that are issued several times per day by the National Hurricane Center for the tropics. If there is an active tropical system, it will be underneath the daily products.

2.) Added a Pacific Tropical Products link to the Main Menu. When you click on the link, you will get a series of links for products that are issued several times per day by the National Hurricane Center for the tropics. If there is an active tropical system, it will be underneath the daily products. At this time, the Pacific is active with Tropical Storm Hector so links to those advisories are beneath the daily products.

3.) Added several web links to various Emergency Management Agencies, the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service and the Colege of DuPage Meteorology Web site and to the WX4NHC web page. Further links will be added over the next few days and categorized.

4.) Shut off the Frequently Asked Questions link. Will activate it if content is needed.

5.) Shut off the call-sign look-up temporarily to fix a minor bug that was affecting the login part of the main menu.

6.) Earlier in the day, we updated the introduction paragraph to the main web site.

7.) Earlier in the day, we added the VoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Preparation Net to the calendar.

Again, further updates and work will be done to the web site over the next few days. I’d also like to thank once again, Phil McNamara-N1XTB, Phil Temples-K9HI and Richard Cuti-N1HY for their support in getting this web site up and running. This is a huge upgrade for our team!

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

73,Rob-KD1CY.
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System off the Carolinas Not a Tropical Depression As of Yet

Hello to all….

A Recon plane went and investigated the area of disturbed weather off the coast of the Carolinas. It is not a Tropical Depression as of yet. Below is the Special Tropical Disturbance Statement from the National Hurricane Center:

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WONT41 KNHC 162006
DSAAT
SPECIAL TROPICAL DISTURBANCE STATEMENT
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
405 PM EDT WED AUG 16 2006

REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE PLANE INDICATE THAT THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE CENTERED ABOUT 150 MILES SOUTHEAST OF THE COASTS OF NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA IS PRODUCING MAXIMUM SUSTAINED SURFACE WINDS OF ABOUT 25 MILES PER HOUR IN A FEW ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. THIS SYSTEM HAS NOT YET BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION AND ADVISORIES ARE NOT BEING INITIATED AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER…THE POTENTIAL STILL EXISTS FOR THIS SYSTEM TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION AT ANY TIME DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO…BEFORE UPPER-LEVEL WINDS BECOME MORE UNFAVORABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT ON THURSDAY.

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FORECASTER KNABB

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will closely monitor the progress of this system. 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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New PHP Web Site for VoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Net

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The new VoIP Hurricane/SKYWARN web site is now online and we hope those who visit enjoy the web site. The web site has been switched over to a PHP web site, which will allow for quicker updates and announcments on our activation status and allow for the posting of other announcments relating to EchoLink/IRLP and other VoIP matters for the benefit of all who want to support the net.

In the next few days, we will add information and links to general National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center products and we will then add information to tropical system products as tropical systems develop in the Atlantic and when time allows we may add information for Pacific systems as well.

The web site is a work in progress but we wanted to get the new system online before the next Atlantic tropical system affects land and we are approaching the peak of the tropical season so we can get more frequent updates on the web for supporters of our Hurricane Net. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team hopes everyone will enjoy the new web site and as we make major additions to the web site in the coming days, we will have announcements on the main page and on the email list.

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

73,Rob-KD1CY.
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