VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans as of 815 PM EDT Monday 8/28

Hello to all….

After coordination with WX4NHC Coordinators Julio Ripoll-WD4R and John McHugh-K4AG, the VoIP Hurricane Net will most likely activate any time between Noon-3 PM EDT Tuesday. This is subject to change depending on the strength, speed of movement and track of Tropical Storm Ernesto which is expected to get near or at hurricane strength as it approaches Southern Florida.

The VoIP Hurricane Net requests all affected area EchoLink PC users, links and nodes and all affected area IRLP nodes to connect to the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203 conference server/IRLP reflector 9219 VoIP integrated conference system. Stations that are not in the affected area via EchoLink can connect to the *KC4QLP-C* conference server, Node #: 290251. Additional EchoLink Listen-Only Conference Servers and listen only IRLP reflector channels will be announced later as needed.

The reporting criteria can be seen on the VoIPWXNet web site. You can go to http://www.voipwx.net and click on Reporting Criteria from the Main Menu. We have also added graphics on Ernesto to include Satellite Imagery. Radar graphics may be added if time allows as the system moves closer to Florida. This can be found under Atlantic Tropical Products from the Main Menu of the web site.

This announcement maybe updated with an announcement from WX4NHC coordinators if new information is received and time allows either later tonight or tomorrow morning. Our sincere thanks to all stations in the affected area and our listeners for their support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
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Informal Net Activation Secured/WX4NHC Securing Sunday 6 PM EDT

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Ernesto has gone through a lot of land interaction over Haiti and has weakened to a tropical storm, thus, the VoIP Informal Activation is secured at this time. WX4NHC may activate Monday Morning at 9 AM assuming Ernesto is near or at Hurricane strength.

Much more to follow via the email list and web site later today. Thanks to all who monitored the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

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Informal VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Ernesto Starting at 12 PM EDT

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The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate informally at 12 PM EDT for Tropical Storm Ernesto which will most likely become Hurricane Ernesto and have the potential to intensify rapidly today. We will attempt to see if any stations from Southern Haiti, Cuba, and Jamaica are available for our net and we are reaching out to them. With the informal activation, we will be on the air monitoring for stations and keeping an eye on the situation. If we get stations giving reports, we will move up to formal activation and if we receive no stations over the course of the afternoon, we will secure the net until contact can be obtained or until Ernesto makes landfall in the US.

The track guidance has changed. The track guidance is now implying a landfall in Central Florida in the Thursday to Friday timeframe. While there is interaction with land over Cuba that will weaken Ernesto, the potential exists for Ernesto to be a major hurricane as it hits Florida. After that, some of the guidance indicates a possible threat up the US East Coast all the way to New England depending on how much land it covers when it makes landfall. Its very early to tell what will happen and the guidance could shift further east or back to the west over the next couple of days so all folks in the Southeast US on both the Gulf and East Coast Atlantic areas should closely monitor the progress of Ernesto.

Reporting crtieria information can be found on the Main Menu of our web site at http://www.voipwx.net

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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TD #5 Intensifies into Tropical Storm Ernesto

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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

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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

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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
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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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