Hello to all….
…VoIP Hurricane Net Activation to Commence with a call-up net on Tuesday Evening at 8 PM with a continuous activation starting at 12 AM EDT Wednesday through Midnight EDT Thursday as there are EchoLink and IRLP Node/stations in the affected area…
The VoIP Hurricane Net in coordination with WX4NHC will be activating with a call-up net at 8 PM ET Tuesday Evening / 0000 UTC Wednesday to support WX4NHC with surface/meterological reports from stations in the affected area on *WX-TALK* node: 7203/IRLP reflector 9219. At the time of the net call-up, wind fields of minimal tropical storm force will reach the Northeast Mexico/Southeast Texas coastline. Impact to the Southern Texas/Northeast Mexico area is expected to start Tuesday Evening with the worst conditions on Wednesday Morning into early afternoon.
As of 11pm EDT / 03:00 UTC Hurricane Warnings have been issued for Browsnville to Port O’Connor Texas and from Rio San Fernando Mexico to the border between Mexico and Texas. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Port O’Connor to San Luis Pass with a Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch in effect for La Pesca to south of Rio San Fernando. Dolly is currently centered at 23.1 North/92.8 West or about 325 miles east of La Pesca Mexico and 435 miles southeast of Corpus Christi Texas with maximum sustained winds of 50 MPH, a minimum central pressure of 999 millibars or 29.50 inches. Dolly is moving west at 17 MPH and the forward speed will be slower by Tuesday and then a northwestward motion will begin on Wednesday with tropical storm force winds extending out to 200 miles from the center.
Complete information on Dolly can be found at the National Hurricane Center Web page http://www.nhc.noaa.gov or via the VoIPWXNet web site by clicking Atlantic Tropical Products under the main menu and clicking the advisory information for Dolly.
We are currently making contact with Amateurs in Northeast Mexico and Southern Texas. Any stations with contacts in that area are urged to assist us by relaying reports from those contacts in the affected area wherever possible. We would like to get many folks on our call-up net on Tuesday Evening and for those folks to support the net during the formal activation timeframe on Wednesday. It is possible that if Dolly does not slow down as expected that operations could start earlier than currently anticipated and this activation notice will be updated if that occurs.
The reporting criteria and activation policy for our net during hurricane net activations can be found on our web site at http://www.voipwx.net
Listen Only IRLP/EchoLink capability include the following systems:
Reflector 9508 Sydney Australia Reflector channel 8.
Reflector 9129 New England Reflector channel 9.
*KC4QLP-C* Node: 290251
*VKEMCOMM* Node: 270177
*N5API* Node: 77433
Below is the WX4NHC Activation Announcement as provided by John McHugh-K4AG, WX4NHC Coordinator and Julio Ripoll-WD4R, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator:
WX4NHC ANNOUNCEMENT – HURRICANE DOLLY OPERATIONS
Released July, 21, 2008, 1PM EDT
PLEASE RELAY TO STATIONS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS.
At the 11am advisory NHC said “Tropical Storm Dolly NOW OVER THE WARM WATERS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH…85 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST…AND DOLLY COULD BECOME A HURRICANE BY TOMORROW”
Dolly is expected to become a hurricane tomorrow and track towards the Texas/Mexico border.
With this in mind WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, will be activating it’s HF and EchoLink/IRLP station on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 2 PM EDT (1800z).
We request all land based stations as well as ships at sea in the areas affected to send us weather data (measured or estimated) and damage reports.
If you are in the affected area and normally monitor on a local Net on VHF, 40 or 80 meters, we would appreciate your checking into the HWN NET or
EchoLink/IRLP Net once per Hour to receive the latest Hurricane Advisories and to report your LOCAL conditions.
Please do not venture outside during the hurricane to gather weather data.
Your safety is the first priority.
There are many constantly changing atmospheric variables that affect the storm’s track and strength.
Please refer to the National Hurricane Center Advisories for official information. www.nhc.noaa.gov
WX4NHC will be monitoring the Hurricane Watch Net www.hwn.org on 14.325 MHz.
Secondary HF frequencies will be 7.268 MHz and 3.950 MHz +/- QRM, should we loose propagation on 20 meters.
EchoLink “WX-Talk” Conference Room and IRLP node 9219 will also be monitored. www.voipwx.net
WX4NHC will also monitor CWOP, APRS and MADIS/MESONET Automated weather stations in the affected area.
Surface Reports using our On-line Hurricane Report form will be monitored.
Amateur Weather Enthusiasts and ON-NHC Volunteers may report directly to WX4NHC on-line.
ON-NHC Volunteers are both Ham Radio Operators and Non-Ham weather observers that use their own weather instruments to submit “Surface Reports” directly to NHC over the Internet via the WX4NHC on-line report form. These “Surface Reports” are very important as they give Hurricane Specialists at NHC a better idea of what is actually happening on the ground level during the storm.
The WX4NHC Group continues to expand its efforts to increase the quantity and quality of surface reports to include many different modes of reception and groups of people; including HF, VHF/UHF IRLP & EchoLink, VHF & HF APRS, CWOP NOAA Program and ON-NHC Weather Observers Network. (see our web site for more information on these programs): www.wx4nhc.org
WX4NHC is very proud to have maintained an active Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center for the past 28 years.
We appreciate all of the volunteers who help with our efforts.
OUR MISSION: TO HELP SAVE LIVES.
John Mc Hugh, K4AG
Coordinator for Amateur Radio
National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC
Home page:- http://www.wx4nhc.org
National Hurricane Center
Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net