Ernesto Update

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At 11 AM EDT, Ernesto was downgraded to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 MPH. Ernesto is expected to emerge off the Northeast Florida coast and reintensify into a tropical storm. Ernesto is currently not expected to reintensify into a hurricane as it approaches the Carolinas as previously predicted and Hurricane Watches were discontinued for that area.

At this time, it does not appear that a VoIP Hurricane Net activation will occur for the second landfall for the Carolinas, however, there can be large errors in the intensity guidance so the VoIP Hurricane Net Management team will monitor Ernesto carefully for any unexpected increase in strength. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
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VoIP Hurricane Net Secured at 10 PM EDT Tuesday 8/29

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The VoIP Hurricane Net was secured at 10 PM EDT Tuesday August 29th, 2006. The threat of Ernesto intensifying into a hurricane near Florida has diminished. This has allowed us to secure the VoIP Hurricane Net at this time. A few Amateurs on our Net Control team may monitor during the overnight hours informally.

Since Ernesto stayed in a weakened state, no reports were received but it served to make our net more prepared for future, more serious activations. Some of the preparations and work completed during this activation included:

1.) Fransisco-NP3OD did his first turn as a primary net control and did a fine job. Congratulations to Fransisco!

2.) We worked out minor issues on the administration of the integrated conference system.

3.) We had several informal contacts with Amateurs in the affected area of South Florida. Special thanks to Lu-KA4EPS, long-time IRLP contact for getting Lou-W4EYE on from Key West, Florida via EchoLink. Lou will be another important contact for us for the Hurricane Season if more systems affect Florida.

4.) We were able to talk with John-N4SJW, an ARES DEC from South Carolina and do additional planning on potential landfall in the Carolinas of Ernesto on Thursday, where Ernesto may still be able to intensify into a hurricane.

5.) We have established IRLP 9129 as a permanent listen-only channel. This listen-only channel is being provided by the New England Reflector/Network system (http://new-eng.com) and special thanks to the New England Sysop Team for providing the access. This was established late this evening as the activation was winding down. This can be utilized for stations that are outside the affected area who just want to listen. Special thanks to VoIP Hurricane Net Technical Coordinator, Tony Langdon-VK3JED for assisting in the setup. Remember stations IN the affected area, should connect directly to IRLP 9219 or *WX-TALK* Node: 7203.

6.) EchoLink conference systems *KC4QLP-C* and *N5API* are available as listen-only conferences. *ENGLAND* can also be pulled in as listen-only. *NEW-ENG* can also be pulled in and has the added benefit of being an integrated conference with IRLP reflector 9123 on the New England Network/Reflector system. Special thanks here as well to Tony Langdon-VK3JED for the setup of these conferences to be allowed on the system.

7.) Terry Green-VE3NSV has setup a streaming audio feed to our net at http://icecast.livescanneraudio.com:8000/Hurricane.m3u that will be utilized if activation is required later Wednesday or Thursday.

We have made a lot of progress but much more work is needed and we will continue to execute those plans. Remember, we need many stations from the affected area to give surface reports based on the reporting crtieria of the main menu of this web site (http://www.voipwx.net/) for the net to be a success and a strong supporter of WX4NHC’s mission to help save lives and property. Secondarily, we need our listen-only capability for those outside of the affected area and we are closer now to providing those permanent resources.

We are continually working to make things better. Thanks to all of you for your support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
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VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans as of 815 PM EDT Monday 8/28

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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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