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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Hurricane Irma and Atlantic Tropical Weather Update – Sunday 9/3/17 – 500 PM EDT Update

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The following is a Hurricane Irma and Atlantic Tropical Weather Update as of Sunday 9/3/17 at 500 PM EDT. Regarding Hurricane Irma, a Hurricane Watch is now in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, Saba, Saint Eustatius, Saint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy. Hurricane Irma remains a Category-3 Hurricane and is now growing in side with hurricane force winds out to 35 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds out to 140 MPH. Gradual strengthening as well as gradual growth in the size of the hurricane is expected over the next few days and a NOAA Hurricane Hunter Aircraft is enroute to the system. The VoIP Hurricane Net will potentially activate for Irma as early as Tuesday Night lasting through Wednesday Night or possibly Thursday Morning depending on the size and track of Irma. 

Advisories on Irma can be seen off the Main Menu of the voipwxnet web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook/Twitter feeds and from the NHC web site at the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Key Messages on Hurricane Irma as written by the National Hurricane Center can be seen at the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/news/AL112017_key_messages.png?018

Elsewhere in the tropics, a tropical wave several hundred miles southwest of Cabo Verde Island is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms displaced well to the west of the center of the wave. Conditions remain favorable for gradual development during the next few days with a medium chance, 60% of development in the 2-5 day period.

We also have a trough of low pressure in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. This area is unfavorable for development with just a low chance 10% for development over the next 5 days.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team is preparing for likely activation for Hurricane Irma Tuesday Night through Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning as she passes near or over the Northern Leeward Islands and looking at potential activatons into the weekend and early next week for Irma. Our team also is monitoring other developments in the Atlantic Tropics. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.

Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

 

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Hurricane Irma – Atlantic Tropical Update as of Saturday 9/2/17 800 AM EDT and Hurricane Harvey Recovery Update

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We are entering the peak of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season and there are several items of interest in the Atlantic Tropics as we get close to the peak of the season. We will go through those items now.

Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma is a powerful hurricane that is currently of Cat-2 intensity with 110 MPH winds and has been fluctuating between Cat-2 and Cat-3 status. Irma is expected to track west and then west-southwest for the next few days before bending back west and west-northwest. Per the 500 AM EDT/0900 UTC Saturday 9/2/17 National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisory, interests in the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of this system. We will discuss the projected path of Irma on tonight’s VoIP Hurricane Prep Net at 800 PM EDT tonight. Advisories on Irma can be seen off the Main Menu of the voipwxnet web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook/Twitter feeds and from the NHC web site at the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Key Messages on Hurricane Irma as written by the National Hurricane Center can be seen at the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/news/AL112017_key_messages.png?012

Atlantic Tropical Update – Another Area of disturbed weather as of Saturday 9/2/17 – 800 AM EDT

There is yet another area of disturbed weather producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms located a few hundred miles southwest of Cabo Verde Islands and associated with a tropical wave. This system has potential in the 2-5 day period as it moves westward. It has near 0 percent chance of development within 48 hours but a medium chance, 60%, for development within 5 days. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will closely monitor the progress of this system. You can find the Tropical Weather Outlook off the main menu of the voipwxnet web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook/Twitter feeds and at the NHC web site at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov as well.

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Update

Hurricane Harvey made landfall approximately one week ago in Rockport Texas and went on to produce catastrophic and record-breaking flooding in Southeast Texas and parts of Western Louisiana. The VoIP Hurricane Net took the unusual step of maintaining a listening watch for much of last week for any needs from the affected area. While things were very quiet on the system for most of the week, many monitored and there were at least a handful of check-ins from the affected area each day with updates on conditions from their parts of Texas. Two reports of families needing rescue were handled by the net and relayed to the United States Coast Guard through contacts in the Humanity Road non-profit organization. The Harvey recovery will likely go on for many months to come. Those interested in reading up on Amateur Radio efforts in the affected area can check out the following link for further information:

http://www.arrl.org/hurricane-harvey-response

Also those looking to donate to either local or national organization for the Harvey Recovery Update can check the following links for further information:

https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/national-members/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/us/donate-harvey-charities-scams.html

The Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on now Post-Tropical Cyclone Harvey has he continues to produce heavy rainfall and severe weather into parts of the Ohio Valley and Southeast US. You can find these advisories off the main menu of the voipwxnet web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook/Twitter feeds and at the NHC web site at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov as well.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team’s thoughts and prayers are with the many folks in Southeast Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey both from the direct landfall of Harvey and the catastrophic heavy rainfall that followed. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will continue to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and any other development in the tropics. 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 Secured on Saturday 8/26/17 at 230 PM EDT/1830 UTC – Hurricane Harvey Has Been Downgraded to Tropical Storm Harvey

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The VoIP Hurricane Net secured on Saturday 8/26/17 at 230 PM EDT/1830 UTC as Hurricane Harvey was downgraded to Tropical Storm Harvey. Harvey is currently stationary and while he is a tropical storm now, he will continue to bring very heavy rainfall and significant to potentially catastrophic flooding and strong to damaging winds with a threat of isolated tornadoes. Local and regional SKYWARN groups across Texas and possibly into Southwest Louisiana should remain active providing reports via the SKYWARN reporting criteria to support providing situational awareness and disaster intelligence to local and state emergency management, non-governmental organizations and other groups.

A complete listing of reports generated from stations in the affected area of Harvey and from stations that had relays into the affected area of Harvey can be seen via the following link: http://report.voipwx.net/qilan/nhcwx/list_VOIP_records?auth=OK

At this time, Harvey is expected to remain over land and continue to weaken but maintain tropical storm strength for a prolonged period. Harvey is not expected to move much which is the reason for the significant concerns regarding heavy rainfall and catastrophic flooding. The slow movement of Harvey means that weather models will struggle to resolve his exact track. If Harvey were to reemerge over the water, that may allow it to maintain tropical storm strength longer. At this time, Harvey is not expected to reemerge fast enough or be close enough to the water to reintensify into a hurricane but given the slow movement and model uncertainty, this will bear close monitoring.

The VoIP Hurricane Net management team will closely monitor the progress of Harvey and will maintain an informal listening watch on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 reflector system over the course of the weekend and remains open for use by any local or regional SKYWARN groups in the affected area of Harvey. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team also wishes to thank all involved with the net activation from the stations in the affected area who gave the net reports, the net controls who ran the net and researched other resources for information and data from the affected area for relay to WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, to the owners of the listen only Echolink conferences and IRLP reflectors and Youtube livestream for all their help and support during this VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Harvey.

A few sample audio clips from the net activation will be provided later today or Sunday Morning. An after action report will likely follow in a week or two.

Finally, a reminder that due to the VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Harvey, 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 2nd, 2017.

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

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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Harvey – 8/26/17 at 850 AM EDT/1250 UTC Update

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**VoIP Hurricane Net to activate no later than 2 PM EDT/1800 UTC Friday Afternoon 8/25/17 for Hurricane Harvey Impacts to the Gulf Coast of Texas.**
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate at 500 PM EDT/2100 UTC Friday Afternoon 8/25/17 for Hurricane Harvey Impacts to the Gulf Coast of Texas.**

**Updated listen-only capability. Remainder is unchanged.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Harvey as of 8/25/17 at 850 AM EDT/1250 UTC:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate for Hurricane Harvey no later than 2 PM EDT/1800 UTC Friday Afternoon 8/25/17 and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate at 500 PM EDT/2100 UTC Friday Afternoon 8/25/17. Hurricane Harvey is expected to intensify to major hurricane status on Friday. The VoIP Hurricane Net for Harvey could be a very prolonged activation because once Harvey makes landfall, he may parallel the coast and maintain much of his circulation over the ocean creating the potential for a long duration activation with significant impact to life and property particularly for the Gulf coast of Texas but possibly Louisiana as we look into next week.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Harvey or with relays into the affected area of Harvey 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 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 typical SKYWARN Reporting criteria. This can be seen on the VoIP Hurricane Net web site at the following link:

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

Advisories on Harvey 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

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
*Starlink* Echolink conference node: 357087/IRLP 9255

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlZWa-hmp0g

Also, a reminder that the VoIP Hurricane Prep Net, held weekly during the hurricane season months of June through November on Saturday Evenings will be cancelled on Saturday August 26th, 2017 due to the Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Net activation.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Hurricane Harvey. 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 for Saturday Evening – 8/26/17 at 800 PM EDT Cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey Net Activation

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The VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for Saturday Evening 8/26/17 at 800 PM EDT is cancelled. Hurricane Harvey will prompt a net activation Friday Afternoon into at least Saturday Afternoon if not into Saturday Evening and possibly even into Sunday. Given the resources required to support the net activation and the potential use of the system, the VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for Saturday 8/26/17 is cancelled.

Hurricane Harvey net activation details will be posted a bit later this evening. 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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Tropical Storm Harvey Update – VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Likely Late Friday Afternoon 8/26/17 through early Saturday Afternoon 8/26/17

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Harvey regenerated over the Bay of Campeche Thursday Morning and has been intensifying steadily overnight with maximum sustained winds of 60 MPH as of the 800 AM EDT Thursday 8/24/17 National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisory.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Port Mansfield to Matagorda Texas. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass Texas. A Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from south of Port Mansfield Texas to the mouth of the Rio Grande. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from south of Port Mansfield Texas to the mouth of the Rio Grande and north of San Luis Pass to High Island Texas. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from north of Matagorda to High Island Texas. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from south of the mouth of the Rio Grande to Boca de Catan Mexico.

Advisories on Harvey can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and off the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

The NHC has been posting key messages on Harvey’s potential. That infographic can be seen at the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/news/AL092017_key_messages.png

The VoIP Hurricane Net will likely activate for Harvey in the late afternoon Friday lasting through early Saturday Afternoon. Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Harvey or with relays into the affected area of Harvey are asked to provide surface and damage reports into the VoIP Hurricane Net. Any SKYWARN Nets active in the local area that can pass reports to the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center are welcome to send a net liaison or connect directly at their discretion. We appreciate any and all support from Amateur Operators in the affected area or Amateur Operators with relays into the affected area.

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team will closely monitor the progress of Harvey. 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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Tropcial Storm Gert Intensifies into Hurricane Gert – No Threat to Land Except for High Surf and Rip Currents Over the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastline

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Tropical Storm Gert has intensified into Hurricane Gert, the second hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, to the east of the US East Coast. Gert is still expected to track slowly northward and then accelerate Northeast between the US East Coast and Bermuda and is currently expected to be a threat only to shipping interests except for high surf and rip currents along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US Coast. Advisories on Gert can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and via the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Given the offshore track, VoIP Hurricane Net activation for this system is not expected. Nonetheless, the VoIP Hurricane Net management team will closely monitor the progress of this system and other systems in the tropics as they develop. 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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Tropical Depression (TD) 8 Becomes Tropical Storm Gert – No Threat to Land

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Tropical Depression (TD) 8 has become Tropical Storm Gert in the Atlantic northeast of the Bahamas. Gert is still expected to track Northwest then North and then Northeast between the US East Coast and Bermuda and is currently expected to be a threat only to shipping interests. Advisories on Gert can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and via the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Given the offshore track, VoIP Hurricane Net activation for this system is not expected. Nonetheless, the VoIP Hurricane Net management team will closely monitor the progress of this system and other systems in the tropics as they develop. 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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