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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Tropical Depression (TD) 8 Forms in the Atlantic – No Threat to Land

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Tropical Depression (TD) 8 has formed in the Atlantic northeast of the Bahamas. TD 8 is expected to gradually intensify into a tropical storm and if it does as expected, it will be named Gert. TD 8 is 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 TD 8 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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Hurricane/Tropical Storm Franklin Wrap-Up Report – Thursday 8/10/17

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Hurricane Franklin made landfall as a category-1 hurricane near Lechuguillas Mexico at approximately 200 AM EDT/100 AM CDT/0600 UTC. The VoIP Hurricane Net was informally active from roughly 800 AM EDT Wednesday through 200 AM EDT Thursday Morning.

Reports from Davis Weather stations before being knocked offline of note included a 75 MPH/121 KPH wind gust at 107 AM EDT/1207 AM CDT with 2.80″ of rain in La Vigueta Mexico and a minimum central pressure of 990 MB and 3.40″ of rain near Martinez De La Torre Mexico. XE2WCG-Carlos also relayed weather data from the Port of Veracruz Naval Air Station during the evening hours. Franklin is now weakening rapidly over the mountains of Mexico. A complete list of reports gathered from various sources during Hurricane Franklin can be seen at the following link:

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

We wish to thank Carlos-XE2WCG for his help and support during this hurricane. We would also like to acknowledge that Hurricane Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves-KB5HAV was also monitoring the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 network and got a chance to talk with XE2WCG-Carlos as they had worked together in the past in the early 2000s on hurricanes. I’d also like to thank W9LW-Jay Farlow who came up on the network to monitor and to K3WRY-Joe Palsa for his offer to assist on short notice for NCO duties.

We are entering the more active portion of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will be monitoring the progress of any potential systems throughout the season. 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 Franklin Update – Wednesday 8/9/17 at 845 PM EDT – VoIP Hurricane Net Informally Active Through Landfall

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Franklin became a hurricane as the 5 PM EDT Wednesday 8/9/17 advisory and Hurricane Franklin is expected to make landfall as a hurricane on the Gulf Coast of Mexico around or north of Veracruz Mexico. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Cabo Rojo. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of Mexico south of Puerto de Veracruz to Puerto Dos Bocas and the coast of Mexico north of Cabo Rojo to Barra del Tordo. Advisories on Franklin can be seen on the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds and via the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:

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

The VoIP Hurricane Net will be informally active through landfall of Franklin in Mexico into the overnight hours. Any stations in the affected area of Franklin or with relays into the affected area of Hurricane Franklin are asked to come up on the network on the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 reflector 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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Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 Becomes Tropical Storm Franklin in the Northwest Caribbean Sea

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Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 has become Tropical Storm Franklin. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Campeche Mexico. A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect from Belize City Belize to the border of Mexico. A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for the Gulf Coast of Mexico from south of Campeche to Sabanucy. Advisories on Franklin can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and on the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

While the current NHC forecast guidance keeps Franklin at tropical storm strength at this time, it is possible as it emerges over the Bay of Campeche and tracks into the Gulf Coast of Mexico that it could obtain hurricane strength as the official forecast is only 4 MPH below hurricane strength. If Franklin intensifies into a hurricane as it approaches the mainland gulf coast of Mexico, it could prompt activation of the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will closely monitor the progress of Franklin. 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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Advisories Initiated On Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 in the Northwest Caribbean Sea

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has begun issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 which will be approaching the Yucatan Peninsula Monday Night into Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center can now issue advisories on tropical systems before they become classified as a Tropical Cyclone meaning as a Tropical Depression or a Tropical Storm. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Campeche Mexico. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from Belize City Belize to the border of Mexico. Interests around the Bay of Campeche should monitor the progress of this system. This potential tropical cyclone is expected to intensify into a tropical storm. If that occurs as expected, it would be named Franklin. Advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 can be seen off the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, via the voipwxnet Facebook and Twitter feeds and on the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

While the current NHC forecast guidance keeps the system at tropical storm strength at this time, it is possible as it emerges over the Bay of Campeche and tracks into the East Coast of Mexico that it could obtain hurricane strength as the official forecast is only 4 MPH below hurricane strength. If the system intensifies into a hurricane as it approaches the mainland east coast of Mexico, it could prompt activation of the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. 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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