Hello to all….
After coordination with WX4NHC Coordinators Julio Ripoll-WD4R, the VoIP Hurricane Net will be activating at 6 PM ET for impact of Hurricane Kyle on Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Canada as well as the state of Maine. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami Florida, is expected to activate at 6 PM ET through early Monday Morning.
It appears that Kyle’s main impact to Downeast Maine will be heavy rainfall. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Canada will have heavy rainfall along with the potential of hurricane force winds. IRLP and Echolink node owners in this area have been contacted.
For the latest advisory information including watches and warnings, you can go to the VoIPWXNet web site and click Atlantic Tropical Products and click on the advisory information for Kyle under the Atlantic Tropical Products section. You can also gather the advisory information from the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:
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 (Note issue with web site as stated in the first paragraph. Please utilize the typical SKYWARN Reporting Criteria)
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
*IRESC* Node: 278173
*N1TAI* Node: 269929
A streaming audio feed has been setup thanks to the assistance of David McAnally-WD5M. This is the first time he has setup a streaming audio server so please bear with any technical difficulties. The links are listed below:
WD5M Streaming Audio Feed Main page
WD5M Direct link to Streaming Audio using OGG Format
WD5M Direct Link to Streaming Audio using MP3 Format
Bob Carter-KC4QLP has also setup an online stream for up to 32 listeners at the following link:
KC4QLP Streaming Audio Feed
An EQSO listen-only feed is also available via KC4QLP-R.
Lu Vencl-KA4EPS has also set up streaming audio capability. See links below:
KA4EPS Streaming Audio Feed
KA4EPS Streaming Audio Feed
Links to the WD5M streaming audio feeds have also been provided in the Main Menu of the VoIPWXNet web site.
Below is the activation announcement from Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator, Julio Ripoll-WD4R:
WX4NHC ANNOUNCEMENT – HURRICANE KYLE OPERATIONS
Released September 27th, 2008
PLEASE RELAY TO STATIONS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS.
The 5 PM AST (2100z) Advisory from the National Hurricane Center forecasts Hurricane Kyle to affect the coast of Maine and Canada tomorrow, Sunday evening.
“A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COAST OF MAINE FROM STONINGTON EASTWARD TO EASTPORT. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…GENERALLY
WITHIN 36 HOURS.”
WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, will be activating it’s HF and EchoLink/IRLP station on Sunday, September 28th , 2008 at 6 PM EDT (2200z).
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.
Julio Ripoll Architect WD4R
WX4NHC Amateur Radio Asst. Coordinator
National Hurricane Center
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net 1 1