SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2019 on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 System – Saturday 12/7/19 0000-2400 UTC

Hello to all..

SKYWARN Recognition Day is December 7th, 2019 from 0000-2400 UTC (Friday Evening 12/6/19 from 700 PM ET-Saturday Evening 12/7/19 at 700 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://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

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. Also, Allstar 28848 will be connected into the network with those with Allstar capability.

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 2019 SRD Schedule with the time slots confirmed so far for 2019 and those time slots relinquished by NWS offices. See the list of NWS offices below:

Time in UTC NWS Office Call-Sign
0000-0100: N0NWS
0100-0200: WX1GYX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0200-0300: WX7SLC (New NWS office for this year)
0300-0400: WX9GRB (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0400-0500: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0500-0600: WX9LOT (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0600-0700: WX4HUN (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0700-0800: WX8APX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0800-0900: WX8APX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
0900-1000: WX7SLC (New NWS office for this year)
1000-1100: WX4HUN (New time slot for this year)
1100-1200: WX7SLC (New NWS office for this year)
1200-1300: W7NWS
1300-1400: Open
1400-1500: WX1AW
1500-1600: WX1BOX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1600-1700: WX4NC (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1700-1800: Open
1800-1900: WX6LOX (Confirmed time slot from last year)
1900-2000: K0MPX
2000-2100: Open (Relinquished by WX4MLB for 2019 due to no participation in SRD due to NWS office/radar major upgrade work)
2100-2300: WX4NHC (confirmed Time slot from last year)
2300-2400: WX6NWS

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 Boston/Norton, 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 whish 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, Allstar 28848, 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 Boston/Norton Massachusetts
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Update for Major Hurricane Dorian Update – Wednesday 9/4/19 – 1100 PM EDT Update

Hello to all..

**VoIP Hurricane Net will reactivate at 8 AM EDT Thursday 9/5/19 through Friday Afternoon for Hurricane Dorian and its impacts on Northeast South Carolina and Eastern North Carolina. The eye of Hurricane Dorian could make landfall in this area and will definitely come close enough to bring the potential for sustained hurricane force conditions in these areas.**
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center will be activating from 9 AM-11 PM EDT Thursday 9/5/19 and 8 AM-2 PM EDT Friday 9/6/19.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC Activation Plans for Dorian as of Wednesday Evening 11 PM EDT:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will reactivate at 8 AM EDT Thursday 9/5/19 through Friday Afternoon for Hurricane Dorian and its impacts on Northeast South Carolina and Eastern North Carolina. The eye of Hurricane Dorian could make landfall in this area and will definitely come close enough to bring the potential for sustained hurricane force conditions in these areas. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center will be activating from 9 AM-11 PM EDT Thursday 9/5/19 and 8 AM-2 PM EDT Friday 9/6/19.

The remainder of this notice features information about reports from the affected area and listen only capability that should remain connected while in a monitoring mode and if we were to formally activate at any point later this week.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Dorian or with relays into the affected area of Dorian 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://voipwx.net/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 Dorian 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

We will attempt to monitor DMR and DSTAR resources provided by Quadnet. A listing of those resources will be posted in an update Thursday Morning.

Winlink and APRS resources that can be monitored are as follows:

APRS KC5FM
Winlink: KC5FM@winlink.org

Stations outside the affected area that do not have relays into 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
*WX5FWD* Echolink conference node: 372418
*KC4QLP-C* Echolink conference node: 290251
*SKY_GATE* Echolink conference node: 868981
*ARERT* Echolink conference node: 902723
IRLP reflector: 9129 (New England Reflector IRLP channel 9)

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.
The KC5FM All-Star Node will be connected to the VoIP Hurricane Net and can be connected to by doing *328849. From All-Star, Amateurs can also use All-star listen-only resources provided by KA4EPS-Lu Vencl by dialing *327976.

Three streaming audio feeds are available. Those streaming audio feeds are as follows:
Streaming feed 1: http://74.208.24.77:8000 -Provided by KC4QLP-Bob Carter
Streaming feed 2: https://youtu.be/EfGc3Ye4hZU -Provided by K3CFG-Carl Gosline
http://audio.arert.net/ -Provided by the ARERT conference owners and sysops

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Dorian. 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 Activation Update for Major Hurricane Dorian Update – Tuesday 9/3/19 – 730 AM EDT/1130 UTC Update – Monitoring Mode for Tuesday 9/3/19

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**VoIP Hurricane Net secured formal net activation at 8 PM EDT Monday Evening 9/2/19. Given latest forecast track keeping the hurricane offshore of Florida and Dorian’s lack of movement overnight, the VoIP Hurricane Net will remain in a monitoring mode, today, Tuesday 9/3/19 and we will revisit formal activation status throughout the day each day this week until Dorian no longer poses a threat to the Southeast US coast. **
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center secured at 230 PM EDT Monday 9/2/19 and will not be active today at this time.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC Activation Plans for Dorian as of Tuesday Morning 9/3/19 at 730 AM EDT/1130 UTC:

The VoIP Hurricane Net went into a monitoring mode Monday Evening 9/2/19 at 8 PM EDT after reactivating at 8 AM EDT Monday Morning 9/2/19. The Abacos and Grand Bahama islands have had catastrophic impacts from Dorian. Information was relayed via social media outlets to WX4NHC. It is noted that the Hurricane Watch Net had contact with a couple Amateur Operators in the Abacos Islands but lost contact with them when the eyewall hit and had contact with an Amateur Radio Operator in Nassau Bahamas but this was south of the major impact area. The magnitude of the damage in the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island is likely that of a EF3 to EF4 Tornado. Given Dorian remaining stationary and offshore and the fact that WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station, will remain inactive for the same reasons, the VoIP Hurricane Net will stay in a monitoring mode and not reactivate formally today at this time and continue to monitor the progress of Dorian throughout today and each day this week until the threat from Dorian has passed.

The remainder of this notice features information about reports from the affected area and listen only capability that should remain connected while in a monitoring mode and if we were to formally activate at any point later this week.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Dorian or with relays into the affected area of Dorian 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://voipwx.net/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 Dorian 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

DMR and DSTAR resources provided by Quadnet will not be monitored while the system is over the Bahamas but as impacts to the US East coast occur if the current westward track of Dorian continues, these systems will be monitored. A listing of those resources will be posted in an update later this week if we were to formally activate.

Winlink and APRS resources that can be monitored are as follows:

APRS KC5FM
Winlink: KC5FM@winlink.org

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
*WX5FWD* Echolink conference node: 372418
*KC4QLP-C* Echolink conference node: 290251
*SKY_GATE* Echolink conference node: 868981
*ARERT* Echolink conference node: 902723
IRLP reflector: 9129 (New England Reflector IRLP channel 9)

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.
The KC5FM All-Star Node will be connected to the VoIP Hurricane Net and can be connected to by doing *328849. From All-Star, Amateurs can also use All-star listen-only resources provided by KA4EPS-Lu Vencl by dialing *327976.

Two streaming audio feeds are available. Those streaming audio feeds are as follows:
Streaming feed 1: http://74.208.24.77:8000 -Provided by KC4QLP-Bob Carter
Streaming feed 2: https://youtu.be/HzY2cTzALAY -Provided by K3CFG-Carl Gosline
http://audio.arert.net/ -Provided by the ARERT conference owners and sysops

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Dorian. 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 Activation for Barry – Friday Night 7/12/19 8 PM EDT through late Saturday Evening 7/13/19

Hello to all..

**VoIP Hurricane Net activated starting at 8 PM EDT Friday Evening through late Sautrday Evening for Barry and his impacts across Southern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, and surrounding areas.**
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center activated their station at 800 PM EDT Friday Evening through late Saturday Evening for Barry**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC Activation Plans for Michael as of Friday Evening 7/12/19 at 830 PM EDT/7/13/19 0030 UTC – this plan maybe updated with additional info and listen-only capability later tonight or Saturday:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate starting at 800 PM EDT Friday Evening through late Saturday Evening for Barry’s impacts to Southern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, and surrounding areas. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center activated at 8 PM EDT Friday Evening through late Satuday Evening. Barry is expected to reach hurricane strength as it makes landfall in Southern Louisiana and spreads those conditions across Southern Mississippi and surrounding areas.

Due to the Hurricane Net activation for Barry, the weekly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for Saturday 7/13/19 is cancelled. The next VoIP Hurricane Prep Net presuming no hurricane net activation will be Satuday 7/20/19 at 8 PM EDT.

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

In addition to our typical Echolink/IRLP resources, we will be maintaining a monitoring watch on the following modes of communication using DSTAR/DMR and APRS:

D-STAR Reflectors:
XRF757A, XRF735A, XLX307D and XLX049D

D-STAR Smart Groups:
DSTAR1, DSTAR2, DSTAR3 and DSTAR4

DMR Brandmeister (BM) 31012

DMR Plus talkgroup 320 (on the IPSC2-QuadNet Server)

Yaesu System Fusion 37099

Wires-X room #45058

APRS KC5FM

Winlink: KC5FM@winlink.org

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:
*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.
The KC5FM All-Star Node will be connected to the VoIP Hurricane Net and can be connected to by doing *328849.

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

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

WX4NHC Annual On-The Air Station Test – Saturday June 1st, 2019 – 900 AM-500 PM EDT (1300-2100z)

Hello to all…

WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, will hold its On-The-Air test on Saturday June 1st, 2019 from 900 AM-500 PM EDT (1300-2100 UTC). WX4NHC will be on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system from 400-500 PM EDT on Saturday June 1st, 2019. WX4NHC will also be on other frequencies and modes as outlined in their announcement below:

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, June 1st , 2019 from 9AM- 5 PM EDT (1300z- 2100z)

This will be our 39th 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.

73, Julio – WD4R

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Julio Ripoll Architect WD4R
WX4NHC Amateur Radio Asst. Coordinator
www.wx4nhc.org
Celebrating 39 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 New Orleans Louisiana Amateur Radio Workshop to Be Livestreamed & Recorded – Tuesday 4/23/19 Amateur Radio Workshop 10:30 AM-500 PM CDT/1130 AM-600 PM EDT

Hello to all…

Amateur Radio will again be represented at the 2019 National Hurricane Conference which will be held this year in New Orleans Louisiana. The conference theme is to improve hurricane preparedness as it has been in past years. All Amateur Radio sessions are free. For 2019, all the Amateur Radio sessions will be on Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 from 1030 AM-1215 PM CDT and 130-500 PM CDT. Each presenter will not only give an overview of their respective group but also how their group handled both the historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season and the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. We will be working to have the session livestreamed, however, in recent years, we have had issues with proper Internet connectivity speeds to support the livestream due to restrictions on Internet speed on some hotel Internet providers. Right now, the plan is to provide it but if not the videos will be uploaded and provided post event.

Amateur Radio presentations will be recorded and live streamed via Youtube follow below:

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 – CDT):
1030 AM-1035 AM: Opening Remarks
1035 AM-1105 AM: Importance of Amateur Radio Surface Reports (WX4KEG-Ken Graham, National Hurricane Center Director)
1105 AM-1135 AM: Canadian Hurricane Centre and Hurricane Meteorological Topics (VE1MBR-Bob R)
1135 AM-1215 PM: US Virgin Islands Response and Recovery to Hurricanes Irma and Maria (K9VV-Fred K)

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

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 CDT

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. Thanks to all for their support of the Amateur Radio Workshop and the VoIP Hurricane Net.

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

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 2018.

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season was a bit less active than 2017 but still had 3 formal activations for landfalling or potential landfall hurricanes. Tropical Storm Gordon was a system we formally activated for due to the potential for Gordon to intensify to hurricane strength but did not do so. The two landfalling hurricanes we did activate for was Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael.

Hurricane Florence was a multi-day activation that while it lost major hurricane status intensity as it approached Eastern North Carolina, moved very slowly resulting in one of the most significant flooding events in Eastern North Carolina from slow moving heavy rainfall over that region that brought rainfall totals between 20 and 35″ of rain and flooding and submerged areas for weeks after Florence left the region. Florence also produced sustained hurricane force conditions, downed trees and power lines, structural damage from both flooding and damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge. Our net handled a number of critical reports for supporting WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center and also handled emergency traffic for a high water rescue in the affected area of Florence in Eastern North Carolina. Its a case where a life was likely saved by the nets efforts directly. The net activation received publicity in Amateur Radio Newsline as well.

Hurricane Michael was a shorter 1 to 1.5 day activation for a system that intensified as it made landfall in the Florida panhandle. Michael caused wind damage that was as destructive as an EF-2 or even EF-3 tornado but over a larger area near the center of the hurricane. This caused widespread structural damage as well as damage to trees and wires. Storm surge flooding was catastrophic in the area of Mexico Beach, Florida as well. The net was often very quiet during the activation likely owing to the fact that the winds were so powerful, Amateur Operators had to take cover as the worst hit their region. Nonetheless, numerous reports of winds sustained at 100 MPH with gusts over 115 MPH were received by monitoring weather stations before they were no longer visible online or were damaged by the winds. The significant wind damage and extreme hurricane force winds extended into Southeast Georgia as well as Michael moved steadily through the region. Michael would then weaken and produce heavy rainfall and severe weather inland into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Local ARES groups supported communications in their region for several weeks after Michael affected the region.

A complete archive of the different Hurricane responses across the Amateur Radio community from Florence and Michael can be found at the following link:

http://www.arrl.org/2018-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 supported and presented at the 2018 National Hurricane Conference in Orlando Florida. Also occurring yearly, we did support WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center with the WX4NHC Communications Test at the start of the 2018 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.

On a personal note, it was great to host Julio Ripoll-WD4R, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator for a visit to South Coastal Massachusetts and my home location on Thursday September 6th 2018 and show him the local NWS Boston/Norton Massachusetts new office location and our Amateur Radio station and to have him present at the 2018 Boxboro ARRL New England Division Convention into Friday September 7th, 2018. It is another great memory from the 2018.

As we move into next year, we will again have a presence at the 2019 National Hurricane Conference which will be in New Orleans Louisiana in late April 2019. We will look at doing training presentations particularly on the non-hurricane season months in 2019 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 2018 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 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season for net activations in 2019 and this information will be factored into an updated NCO training for the 2019 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 will also continue the work started by Lloyd Colston-KC5FM on integrating DMR/DSTAR and All-Star into our net as we expand the digitial voice mode capabilities of our net. Finally, 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 2019. The next VoIP Hurricane Prep Net will be will be Saturday January 5th, 2019 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

SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2018 on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 System – Saturday 12/1/18 0000-2400 UTC – Updated Thursday 11/29/18 1145 AM EST

Hello to all..

SKYWARN Recognition Day is December 1st, 2018 from 0000-2400 UTC (Friday Evening 11/30/18 from 700 PM ET-Saturday Evening 12/1/18 at 700 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

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.

Time in UTC NWS Office Call-Sign
0000-0100: N0NWS (New NWS Office for This Year)
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 time slot for this year)
0600-0700: WX4HUN (Confirmed time slot for this year)
0700-0800: WX8APX (New NWS Office for this year)
0800-0900: WX8APX (New NWS Office for this 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: WX6LOX (New NWS Office for this year)
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)

Here are the details on the DSTAR/DMR resources that will be available for SRD:

D-STAR Smart Groups:
WXNET1 in New York – Login command WXNET1, Logoff command WXNET1 T
WXNET2 in California – Login command WXNET2, Logoff command WXNET2 T

D-STAR Reflectors:
XLX307W in Wyoming – Link commands XRF307WL, DCS307WL or REF307WL
XLX735W in New York – Link commands XRF735WL, DCS735WL or REF735WL

DMR BM 31680

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 Boston/Norton, 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.

There will be an operating a net on the NEDECN Skywarn Talkgroup on DMR from 9 AM-Noon Saturday December 1st with the WX1GYX-NWS Gray Maine and WX1BOX-NWS Boston/Norton offices.

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

VoIP Hurricane Net Secured Net Operations for Hurricane Michael at 11 PM EDT Wednesday Evening 10/10/18

Hello to all…

WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, secured operations at approximately 10 PM EDT Wednesday Evening 10/10/18. The VoIP Hurricane Net secured operations with the 11 PM EDT Hurricane Michael Public Advisory Wednesday Evening. Through various relays, the net gathered a number of wind measurement reports in excess of 100 MPH across the Florida Panhandle with other wind gust reports further inland between 50 and 90 MPH. Damage within 45 miles of the center of Michael is catastrophic particularly to the northeast side of the center and the wind speeds observed were that of EF1 to EF2 tornado strength and there were likely higher wind gusts that were not recorded. Significant structural damage has occurred in portions of Panama City Beach extending into Callaway and Mexico Beach Florida. It is quite likely the extent of the structural damage closest to the center is not known yet due to the extreme nature of the winds.

To see a list of the reports gathered from the net, please look at our VoIP Hurricane Net Report Viewer at the following link:
http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

We appreciate all the stations that monitored the VoIP Hurricane Net, all those that provided livestream and listen-only capabilities and those who checked in directly to give reports as well as those who relayed reports into our net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center. Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator, WD4R-Julio Ripoll, reports that National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham WX4KEG expressed his thanks to all the Ham Operators for their dedication to public service and to the NHC. Thanks to all for their support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

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

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