WICEN Bushfire Activation Secured

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The following was posted to the VoIPWXNet email list by Tony Langdon-VK3JED:

The 4 week long WICEN activation for the Victorian fires held its
last net at 2130 local (1030 UTC) Monday March 9, after the last
operators had returned home from the affected areas. The WICEN HF
net on 3.600 MHz will now return to its weekly 2130 local time (1030z
until April, 1130z after) Tuesday evenings. At this time, statistics
on the activation are not available. I am hoping to get hold of
these for next month’s VoIP WX Net.

The *VKEMCOMM* conference will be returned to normal operation some
time after tonight’s weekly WICEN net. I anticipate completing the
HF link to include transmit capability, and to test this on the WICEN
HF net in the future, once the details have been sorted out. The HF
link was fairly successful, with occasional issues caused by local
noise and birdies – a good result, given that it was thrown together
using the pieces for a VHF SSB link at short notice. There were also
some audio quality issues caused by a quirky Echolink PC. I had
hoped to change to a Linux based EchoIRLP machine, but this one
suffered a disk failure last week and will be offline for some time.

73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL

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March 2009 VoIP Hurricane Training Topics and Recording Available

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We had 26 check-ins for the March 2009 edition of the VoIP Hurricane Prep Net. We thank all those who participated in the net and the compliments on the training topics for the net. Below is a link to a recording of the VoIP Hurricane Net as well as the presentation topics that were done on the March 2009 net. These can also be found off the VoIP Hurricane Net Presentation Archive off the Main Menu of the VoIPWXNet web site. See direct links below for the recording and the presentations:

VoIP Hurricane Net Recording (Approximately 5 Meg in Size): http://www.voipwx.net/files/March_2009_VoIP_Hurricane_Net_Recording.mp3

VoIP Hurricane Net Overview of National Hurricane Conference Topics: http://www.voipwx.net/files/Overview_of_National_Hurricane_Conference_Presentations.ppt

VoIP Hurricane Net New England Ice Storm December 2008 Presentation: http://www.voipwx.net/files/VoIP_Hurricane_Net_December_11th_12thIce_Storm_Presentation.ppt

For April 2009, a reminder that the net will move up one hour due to Daylight Savings Time. The April 2009 net and future nets will be at 8 PM ET, 7 PM CT, 6 PM MT, 5 PM PT to maintain the 0000 UTC time slot given our international partners may actually be pushing their clock back one hour while North America locations have pushed their clocks ahead.

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WICEN Bushfire HF Nets on Echolink

Hi all, just a note to let everyone know that the WICEN (roughly our
equivalent to ARES) HF net, which is part of their disaster relief
effort for the recent fires her, is now being broadcast on Echolink and IRLP.

To access the feed, connect to *VKEMCOMM* (270177) on Echolink or
reflector 9508 on IRLP. There are two main nets, which is when the
bulk of activity occurs. These nets are at

Morning – 1000 local time (2300 UTC)
Evening – 2130 local time (1030 UTC)

Nets typically last 20-30 minutes, with some related traffic after
the main net closes. Everyone is welcome to listen in. Currently,
there is no provision for transmitting on HF. It is technically
feasible, and requires only some minor additions to the system, but
this has not been requested at this stage. The feed is using some
experimental technology I’ve been working on over the past few years,
for linking HF or VHF SSB to IRLP/Echolink style networks. There
will be the occasional issue with unusual QRM, but the system seems
to be coping with sometimes difficult conditions very well.

For more information, here’s a few links:

http://vic.wicen.org.au/updates.php – Net logs and other relevant updates

http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/02/18/10656/?nc=1 – ARRL story
on the fires

http://www.wia.org.au – WIA site, with some news updates.

73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL


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Reminder: Monthly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net for March 2009 and Net Training Topics

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A reminder that the Monthly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net will be Saturday March 7th at 7 PM EST/0000 UTC. We will have 2 training topics for the Monthly VoIP Hurricane Prep Net this month. The file sizes are less than 100K for the first topic and 3 Meg for the second topic. For best results, please download the presentations to your computer for viewing.

The first topic will be on the National Hurricane Conference. ARRL Manager of Preparedness and Response and Assistant VoIP Hurricane Net Director of Operations, Dennis Dura-K2DCD, has secured 3 different talks during the week of the conference. We will review the 3 talks, when they will be given and the presenters for the various talks and the approach on promoting Amateur Radio’s involvement in hurricanes to Amateur Radio Operators and Emergency Management. The presentation that can be viewed while listening to the net this evening can be found at the following link:


The second topic will be on the December 2008 Ice Storm that affected Massachusetts, Northwest Connecticut, New Hampshire and Southern Maine. It will detail what occurred in the response phase of the operation for reporting and what Amateur Radio Operators did in the recovery phase, the challenges that were faced what was executed well and how improvements will be made for future events. The presentation that can be viewed while listening to the net this evening can be found at the following link:

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Changes to National Hurricane Center Products for the 2009 Hurricane Season

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The following is some information on some changes to the National Hurricane Center products for the 2009 Hurricane Season. All of these changes are listed in the NHC Public Information Statements under the following link:


The exact product changes and links to those product changes are listed below:

Changes to storm surge information in Tropical Cyclone Public Advisories effective May 15th, 2009:

Format Changes to the Tropical Cyclone Public Advisory Effective May 15, 2009:

Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Tropical Cyclone Wind Field Graphics Operational Effective May 15, 2009:

Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Graphical Tropical Weather Outlooks Operational Effective May 15, 2009:

Probabilistic Hurricane Storm Surge Products become Operational and Expand in Thresholds Effective June 1, 2009:

Discontinuation of Special Tropical Disturbance Statements and Beginning of Speical Tropical Weather Outlooks Effective May 15, 2009:

Format Change to the Tropical Cyclone Discussion for the Atlantic Basin Effective June 1, 2009:

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