VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Update for Major Hurricane Dorian Update – Tuesday 9/3/19 – 730 AM EDT/1130 UTC Update – Monitoring Mode for Tuesday 9/3/19
Hello to all..
**VoIP Hurricane Net secured formal net activation at 8 PM EDT Monday Evening 9/2/19. Given latest forecast track keeping the hurricane offshore of Florida and Dorian’s lack of movement overnight, the VoIP Hurricane Net will remain in a monitoring mode, today, Tuesday 9/3/19 and we will revisit formal activation status throughout the day each day this week until Dorian no longer poses a threat to the Southeast US coast. **
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center secured at 230 PM EDT Monday 9/2/19 and will not be active today at this time.**
Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC Activation Plans for Dorian as of Tuesday Morning 9/3/19 at 730 AM EDT/1130 UTC:
The VoIP Hurricane Net went into a monitoring mode Monday Evening 9/2/19 at 8 PM EDT after reactivating at 8 AM EDT Monday Morning 9/2/19. The Abacos and Grand Bahama islands have had catastrophic impacts from Dorian. Information was relayed via social media outlets to WX4NHC. It is noted that the Hurricane Watch Net had contact with a couple Amateur Operators in the Abacos Islands but lost contact with them when the eyewall hit and had contact with an Amateur Radio Operator in Nassau Bahamas but this was south of the major impact area. The magnitude of the damage in the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island is likely that of a EF3 to EF4 Tornado. Given Dorian remaining stationary and offshore and the fact that WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station, will remain inactive for the same reasons, the VoIP Hurricane Net will stay in a monitoring mode and not reactivate formally today at this time and continue to monitor the progress of Dorian throughout today and each day this week until the threat from Dorian has passed.
The remainder of this notice features information about reports from the affected area and listen only capability that should remain connected while in a monitoring mode and if we were to formally activate at any point later this week.
Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Dorian or with relays into the affected area of Dorian are asked to provide surface and damage reports into the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. We appreciate any and all support from Amateur Operators in the affected area or Amateur Operators with relays into the affected area. We are looking for reports based on the National Weather Service SKYWARN Reporting criteria. This can be seen on the VoIP Hurricane Net web site at the following link:
Any pictures or videos of wind damage, river/stream/urban/storm surge flooding etc. can be sent to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and credit will be given to the Amateur Radio Operator, weather spotter or individual that took the photos and media and be shared with the Amateur Radio team at the National Hurricane Center and other agencies and outlets.
Advisories on Dorian can be seen off of the Atlantic Tropical Products menu selection on the voipwxnet web site, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and off the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:
Reports as obtained via the VoIP Hurricane Net from Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area, relays from the affected area or from APRS/CWOP Weather Station feeds and other social media outlets can be found at the following link:
DMR and DSTAR resources provided by Quadnet will not be monitored while the system is over the Bahamas but as impacts to the US East coast occur if the current westward track of Dorian continues, these systems will be monitored. A listing of those resources will be posted in an update later this week if we were to formally activate.
Winlink and APRS resources that can be monitored are as follows:
Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes and can connect on either Echolink or IRLP:
*NEW-ENG3* Echolink conference node: 9123/IRLP 9123
*WX5FWD* Echolink conference node: 372418
*KC4QLP-C* Echolink conference node: 290251
*SKY_GATE* Echolink conference node: 868981
*ARERT* Echolink conference node: 902723
IRLP reflector: 9129 (New England Reflector IRLP channel 9)
Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on All-Star by dialing *33009123.
The KC5FM All-Star Node will be connected to the VoIP Hurricane Net and can be connected to by doing *328849. From All-Star, Amateurs can also use All-star listen-only resources provided by KA4EPS-Lu Vencl by dialing *327976.
Two streaming audio feeds are available. Those streaming audio feeds are as follows:
Streaming feed 1: http://184.108.40.206:8000 -Provided by KC4QLP-Bob Carter
Streaming feed 2: https://youtu.be/HzY2cTzALAY -Provided by K3CFG-Carl Gosline
http://audio.arert.net/ -Provided by the ARERT conference owners and sysops
The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Dorian. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net