WX4NHC/VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Sandy

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The following are tentative WX4NHC/VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Sandy. This will be updated and confirmed by Sunday Evening.

WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will be activated starting at 9 AM ET Monday through at least Monday Evening. The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate starting at 5 AM ET Monday lasting for the duration of the storm event.

While Sandy may transition to a non-tropical system, its impact will be the same as a large hurricane regardless of the extratropical transition. Therefore, the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC will remain active until Sandy weakens as a system. Her impacts will affect from the Washington DC area through Southern Maine and many interior locations across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States.

We will connect up the *NEW-ENG* Echolink conference node: 9123/IRLP 9123 to the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9129 system to form one large network. This is what was done during Hurricane Irene and we feel this was quite successful. The Amateur Radio Station at the National Weather Service in Taunton Massachusetts, WX1BOX, will act as the primary net control. We would like to get as many backup net controls to help handle reports going to WX4NHC and to take the net over if we lose connection into the system.

We appreciate everyone’s support on this potentially historic weather event. Thanks to all for their continued support of WX4NHC and the VoIP Hurricane Net!

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton Massachusetts
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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VoIP Hurricane Net Securing Operations for Hurricane Sandy


The VoIP Hurricane Net is securing operations for today October 24th at
2200EDT, 0200UTC.

With the passage of Sandy into areas with no Echolink Stations, our
support operations of WX4NHC and the National Hurricane Center will end
for this operational period.

As Sandy emerges off the northern coast of Cuba and into the Bahamas,
the Net Management Team in consultation with WX4NHC-National Hurricane
Center will determine our next operational period of support. WX4NHC is
planning to commence operations tomorrow, October 25th at 1200EDT,
1400UTC. Please monitor this site for further updates.

Thank you to all stations that supported out operations today. We look
forward to your continuing support and participation through the
duration of Sandy and all future activations of the VoIP Hurricane Net.


Dennis Dura, K2DCD
Assistant Director of Operations
VoIP Hurricane Net

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WX4NHC/VoIP Hurricane Net Activation for Sandy – Wednesday 10/24/12 at 9 AM Lasting through Thursday Morning 10/25/12

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..VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Starting at 9 AM EDT/1300 UTC Wednesday October 24th, 2012 for Impact of Sandy on Jamaica and Eastern Cuba. Activation will take place on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system for the duration of this event..
..WX4NHC-National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Operations will also be active starting at 9 AM EDT/1300 UTC Wednesday October 24th, 2012..

Tropical Storm Sandy is expected to intensify into a hurricane within the next 12 hours. Given the anticipated strengthening of Sandy, the VoIP Hurricane Net and the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC, will be activated starting at 9 AM EDT/1300 UTC Wednesday October 24th, 2012 likely lasting into Thursday Morning October 25th, 2012 looking for surface reports and information from Jamaica and Eastern Cuba. Any stations in these areas are asked to join the net and any stations with relays into the affected areas of Sandy are also asked to join the net.

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 Sandy 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 and any reports received via relays or directly from Amateurs in the path of Sandy would be much appreciated.

Listen Only IRLP/EchoLink capability include the following systems (We ask that listen-only folks please provide this capability and connect by formal activation time if possible):

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