WX4NHC Annual Communications Test Saturday June 2nd, 2007

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I have received the following announcement on the WX4NHC Annual Communications Test. It will be Saturday June 2nd, 2007 from 9 AM-5 PM ET (1300z-2100z). WX4NHC will be on EchoLink *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP reflector 9219 on Saturday June 2nd from 1-3 PM ET (1700-1900z) and VoIP Hurricane Net Controls will be taking lists of up to 10 stations at a time to speak with WX4NHC like what has been done in past years. Below is the Announcement from WX4NHC as received from John McHugh-K4AG, WX4NHC Coordinator:

Announcement from WX4NHC
Amateur Radio Station
at the National Hurricane Center

WX4NHC Hurricane Season 2007 On-The-Air Station Test

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 from 9 AM – 5 PM EST (1300z-2100z)

The purpose of this annual Station Test is to test all of our radio equipment, computers and antennas using as many modes and frequencies as possible.

This is not a Contest or simulated Hurricane Exercise. New computers and software will be tested. Some operator training will also be conducted.

WX4NHC will be On-The-Air on HF, VHF, UHF and 2 & 30 meter APRS.

We plan on testing on the following voice frequencies +/- QRM 3.950 MHz, 7.268MHz, 14.325MHz, 21.325MHz, 28.525MHz.

Need to find us on HF, try using one of the DX Spotting Networks, Such as the DX Summit Web Site:
http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/

Select “DX-Spots” 50, 250 or 1,000 or select “Spot Database Search” and enter WX4NHC.

We will also be on VoIP Hurricane Net 1pm-3pm EDT (1700z-1900z) (IRLP node 9219 / EchoLink WX-TALK Conference). http://www.voipwx.net/

South Florida area VHF & UHF Repeaters & simplex.

Report your Call sign, Signal Report, Location and Name. Short Weather Report (“Sunny”, or “Rain”, etc.)

Non-Hams are invited to submit their actual weather using the On-Line Hurricane Report Form at
http://www.wx4nhc.org/WX-form1.html

QSL Cards are available via WD4R. Please S.A.S.E.

(Please do not send QSLs directly to the Hurricane Center address.)

Due to security measures, NO VISITORS will be allowed at NHC during this test.

Thank you for your participation in this Station TEST.

WX4NHC Amateur Radio Station
At the National Hurricane Center
www.wx4nhc.org

John Mc Hugh, K4AG
Coordinator for Amateur Radio
National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC
Home page:- http://www.wx4nhc.org

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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Remnants of Andrea Chances of Reorganization Diminished

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The first system of the season, Sub-Tropical Storm Andrea formed just offshore of the Southeast US coast earlier this week and then weakened with advisories on Andrea ending late Thursday Evening. After a period on Saturday, where the system showed signs of organization, the system is now moving into cooler waters and further development is not expected. Details on that system can be found at the following link:

http://kamala.cod.edu/TPC/latest.wont41.KNHC.html

The remnants of Andrea is expected to move out to sea and merge with a cold front as it passes by Bermuda ending any significant threat from the system. This will most likely be the last posting on the remnants of Andrea. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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Subtropical Storm Andrea Forms Off the Southeast US Coast

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Subtropical Storm Andrea has formed off the Southeast US Coast per satellite and Aircraft Recon. Andrea has maximum sustained winds of 45 MPH and is expected to remain offshore of the Southeast US Coast through Thursday Morning with Tropical Storm Watches issued for parts of that area.

Advisory information on Andrea can be seen on the VoIP Hurricane Net web site at http://www.voipwx.net by clicking Atlantic Tropical Products off the Main Menu of the web site. A link will also be added to a Satellite Image of Andrea when possible.

The VoIP Hurricane Net management team will continue to monitor the progress of Subtropical Storm Andrea.

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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National Hurricane Center Announces Hurricane Prepardness Week 5/20-5/26/07

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The National Hurricane Center has announced that Hurricane Preparedness Week for 2007 will be May 20th-26th. The link below off the National Hurricane Center Web Site features preparedness information in support of Hurricane Preparedness Week:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/intro.shtml

The link has information on Hurricane History, Hurricane Hazards, Hurricane Forecasting, preparedness and action information. As we get closer to Hurricane Season, now is the time to learn more about being prepared in case a hurricane affects your region.

Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
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VoIP Hurricane Net Control Classes—Looking for Net Control Availability

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The VoIP Hurricane Net is preparing for the 2007 Hurricane Season. We are looking for experienced Net Controls to assist with net activations and the weekly net and on the main menu of the voipwx.net web site, you can click on “Net Management Seeks Experienced Net Controls” for more information on what the VoIP Hurricane net management team is looking for as far as net controls.

Matt Hoppes-KB3MSE, our Net Control Trainer, is looking for availability of net controls to participate in net control training classes. Matt plans to offer 3-4 sessions over the next month or two. Those interested in participating in the net control training should contact Matt-KB3MSE via email at kb3mse@w3ahs.com and offer some dates and timeframes of when they are avaiable which will assist Matt with scheduling of the classes.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for your continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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System Being Monitored Off the Southeast US Coast

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The National Hurricane Center has issued a Special Tropical Disturbance statement for a system off the Southeast US Coast that may have the potential to develop into a Sub-tropical or tropical system. A recon aircraft could be sent into the system Wednesday Morning. See link below for the details in the Special Tropical Disturbance statement:

http://kamala.cod.edu/TPC/latest.wont41.KNHC.html

While the Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts on June 1st, 2007, occasionally, systems do form prior to the start of the season. It is unclear whether this system will even develop at all and even more unclear whether it would develop into anything substantial but the VoIP Hurricane Net management team is monitoring the system and will post updates on the system when required.

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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NOAA P3 Hurricane Plane US East Coast Tour & RI Amateur Radio Details

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The following was sent out to the NWS Taunton County Warning Area SKYWARN email list and an abridged version has been sent via the VoIPWXNet/VoIP-WX email lists. Generic details on the NOAA P3 Hurricane Hunter Plane Tour can be seen at the following link:

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/s2843.htm

Below are particulars on Amateur Radio activities for this event for the plane’s first stop at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown, RI:

The P3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft will be at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown, RI. The tour will be open to the public from 3-6 PM. Amateur Radio Operators from the Taunton Amateur Radio Group, ARES, SKYWARN, MARS and SATERN will be present with a special event station and assisting with event communications and logistics on behalf of the National Weather Service in Taunton.

We will be attempting to make contact with the National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio station, WX4NHC in Miami Florida via HF and Voice Over IP from 130-430 PM EDT/1730-2030 UTC. The following frequencies will be utilized for HF for contacting WX4NHC:

Primary HF=14.325 MHz USB (Propagation Dependent)
Backup HF #1=7.268 MHz LSB (Propagation Dependent)
Backup HF #2=21.325 MHz USB (Propagation Dependent)

On VoIP, we will be utilizing the EchoLink *NEW-ENG* Node: 9123/IRLP 9123 or the New England Network/Reflector system.

Below is the generic press release posted to the SKYWARN email list several weeks ago:

The Public Information Statement on the Hurricane Awareness Tour with the P3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft was posted by NWS Taunton on Thursday March 29th, 2007. Earlier in the week a web-site on the tour was also posted via the SKYWARN Newsletter. The link to the Hurricane Awareness Tour web site is listed below:

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/announcement/HAT07WebRelease.htm

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo
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Hurricane Hunter Aircraft Caribbean Tour Announced

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The Hurricane Hunter Aircraft Caribbean Tour was announced on NOAA’s web site earlier this week. The tour will be going through Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, Dominican Republic, St. Croix and Puerto Rico. A posting to the press release and schedule of where the plane will be each day next week can be seen at the following link:

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/s2833.htm

The US East Coast Hurricane Tour will be Monday April 30th-Friday May 4th, 2007. The tour’s first stop will be at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown, RI and a large Amateur Radio component is planned for the plane tour when it arrives in Rhode Island. Further details on the East Coast Hurricane Tour will be posted in the next week or two.

Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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Dr. Gray’s Updated Forecast Calls for an Even More Active 2007 Hurricane Season

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Dr. Gray’s revised Hurricane Outlook was posted early last week as discussed on the VoIPWXNet email reflector and his forecast increases the number of named systems. His reasoning for increasing the number of named systems is due to favorable Atlantic ocean conditions and El Nino’s dissipation into a more favorable La Nina pattern in the Pacific which allows for more tropical systems to form in the Atlantic. His forecast can be seen at the following link:

http://typhoon.atmos.colostate.edu/forecasts/2007/april2007/

Dr. Gray’s next forecast update will be posted on Thursday May 31st, 2007. NOAA will issue its Hurricane Outlook in the May timeframe.

73,Rob-KD1CY.
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National Hurricane Conference Debriefing on This Week’s VoIP Hurricane Net

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Join us for this week’s VoIP Hurricane Net as Danny Musten-KD4RAA, IRLP Net Manager and partner with John Van Pelt-K4JVP in the StormStudy program will be with us to conduct a debriefing of the National Hurricane Conference. This will be an opportunity to hear from Danny on what he saw at the conference and discuss his experience there.

We will conduct the session like we did with Mike “Sparky” Leger-N1YLQ where we’ll have Danny give a general debrief, ask him a set of questions and then open the net to questions from those checked into the net. During the check-in round, we will just get call-signs and not take weather reports to save time with the check-in portion of the net as we’ve done for past presentations.

Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
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