Our Weather Net

Running a well coordinated net such as this one requires several participants for optimal efficiency and effectiveness due to the number of potential attendees. Not only does each net have a primary Net Control Operator, but also a backup NCO and both the EchoLink WX-TALK Conference and IRLP Reflector 9219 have standby Net Monitors to control link management and additionally, a liaison station is in place to assist in passing traffic to the served government agencies.

In the event that IRLP Reflector 9219 and the EchoLink WX-TALK conference is down, we will utilize EchoLink Conference *VKEMCOMM*, EchoLink Node #:270177 and IRLP Reflector 9553 system. A third backup is the New England Network which is the *NEW-ENG3* Conference Server, Node #:9123 and IRLP Reflector 9123. The same system for net monitors to control link management and a liaison station to assist in passing traffic to served government agencies would exist on these backup systems.

We like to spread NCO duties around for our weekly Prep Nets to allow as many operators as possible to become accustomed to running these nets in preparation for a real activation. It also allows new NCO’s to learn how to run nets over a linked system using VoIP.

Our Weekly VoIP Skywarn/Hurricane Prep Net is held each on Sunday 0000 UTC, which is Saturday Evening for most of North America. You may join us by connecting to the EchoLink WX-TALK conference server, IRLP Reflector 9219 or to one of the backup systems if the main one goes down. Please check in with us or at least monitor if you are able. To stay abreast of any new wx developments you may want to monitor this NET during hurricanes and possibly any other major severe weather events.