Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Health & Welfare Traffic for Dominica

The Caribbean Emergency Weather Net advises that its on-air operators cannot handle incoming health and welfare messages for Dominica at this time. However, it has provided an e-mail address to which inquiries may be directed:
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The email to send you Health and Welfare Traffic and requests to is: WelfareDominica@cewn.org
In the email please indicate clearly:
Your Name and location (country city)
Whom you are inquiring of (full name)
Location / Community The person(s) are at
An email and /or phone number to reach you at for the return info
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Tnx CEWN and KC5FM

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Emergency Nets in Operation for Hurricane Maria, Mexican Earthquake - PLEASE KEEP FREQUENCIES CLEAR

Several emergency nets are currently active as Hurricane Maria heads for Caribbean islands and a major earthquake strikes Mexico. The following nets are active as of 20 Sept 2017 UTC, based on information from ARRL and other sources:

Mexican earthquake response:
FMRE National Emergency Net - 7.060 MHz

Hurricane Maria response:
* Caribbean Emergency Weather Net - 3.815 & 7.188 MHz
* FEMA 60-Meter Interoperability Nets - 5.331 MHz (voice) & 5.346.5 MHz (digital) - FEMA IS A PRIMARY USER OF 60 METERS. AMATEURS MAY NOT CAUSE INTERFERENCE TO AND MUST ACCEPT INTERFERENCE FROM FEMA OPERATIONS.
* Hurricane Watch Net - 7.268 & 14.325 MHz
* SATERN SSB Net - 14.265 MHz (handling only OUTBOUND health & welfare messages)

PLEASE KEEP THESE FREQUENCIES CLEAR FOR EARTHQUAKE/HURRICANE-RELATED TRAFFIC.

In addition, the ARRL says W1AW has suspended bulletin transmissions and visitor operations in order to monitor the various emergency nets and provide assistance as needed.

Friday, September 15, 2017

630 & 2200 Meters to Open as Early as October 16, 2017

CQ MF/LF Editor John Langridge, KB5NJD/WG2XIQ, reports that the PLC (Power Line Communications) database is live and that hams may begin operating on 472 kHz (630 meters) and 137 kHz (2200 meters) as early as October 16 if they register today and receive no objection in the next 30 days. Hams may not operate on the bands without going through this process.

The link to the sign-up page is here: https://utc.org/plc-database-amateur-notification-process/

The effective date for use of the new bands by amateurs was published in today's Federal Register. The relevant pages are at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-15/pdf/2017-19578.pdf

The FCC's Public Notice is at: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0915/DA-17-893A1.pdf

John is asking all amateurs to register, even if they don't plan to use these bands in the near future, as the FCC rules prohibit UTC (the Utilities Technology Council) from deploying PLC in these bands
closer than 1 kilometer from registered stations. Registration now will protect your ability to use our new MF/LF bands in the future.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Watch Net Suspends Operations - Continues to Monitor

The following is from our friends at the Hurricane Watch Net - Net operations are suspended but monitoring continues.
 
(Update: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 5:00 PM EDT (2100 UTC)
The Hurricane Watch Net has suspended net operation for Hurricanes Irma, José, and Katia. This does not mean were are finished with José, we are in a monitoring mode.

Many people have been seriously affected by Irma, José, and Katia this week. Please keep them in your prayers as well as the first responders.

I realize our net operations have disrupted normal amateur radio activity on the frequencies of 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. I wish to sincerely thank the daily users of these frequencies to allow us to serve our fellow man during their time of need. Members of the Hurricane Watch Net, many who have regular working jobs, have taken time off to assist in this record breaking Hurricane Weather Emergency.

73
& God Bless
Bobby
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Bobby Graves - KB5HAV
Hurricane Watch Net
Net Manager
HWN Webmaster
www.hwn.org

Hurricane Watch Net Update 1000 UTC Sept. 11

 The following is provided by our friends at the Hurricane Watch Net. Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm at 8:00 AM EDT (1200 UTC), but remains a very dangerous storm as it continues to move northward through Florida and into Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Over 3 million people remain without power and that number may grow as the storm moves inland. Plus, Hurricane Jose continues to be a threat in the Caribbean and possibly even to south Florida.

National Hurricane Center/NOAA map
(Update: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 6:00 AM EDT (1000 UTC)

Irma continues to weaken now that landfall has occurred. The hurricane is forecast to weaken to a Tropical Storm later this morning. (CQ - That change of designation occurred at 8:00 AM EDT/1200 UTC)

Considering the path of destruction caused by Irma, many areas, especially the islands, are just now beginning to get HF communications somewhat restored.

In addition to collecting post-storm damage reports, we will be calling and listening for stations who have been affected by Irma with Emergency and Priority Traffic.

We already know there is a huge need to for Health & Welfare and Emergency & Priority Traffic. Considering the areas hardest hit – an Andrew-like disaster spread across many islands as well as south Florida – nets like ours could be busy for days.

Please, don’t drop your guard on Hurricane José. Over the next few days, this storm is expected to make a loop and perhaps affect the Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas, Cuba, and south Florida by the weekend. Of course, a lot can change in 36 hours, so, let’s pray the storm heads out to sea and not cause any harm to anyone!

The Hurricane Watch Net remains operational on 7.268.00 MHz (LSB). We will suspended nighttime operations at 7:30 AM EDT – 1130 UTC. Daytime operations will resume on 14.325.00 MHz (USB) at 7:00 AM EDT - 1100 UTC.

We will remain operational on 14.325.00 MHz (USB) until 7:00 PM EDT – 2300 UTC. We will make an announcement regarding our plans for net operations later today.
To help those with Health and Welfare questions, we have a growing list of Health & Welfare Nets, Telephone Number, and more, found on our website homepage: hwn.org. We will add to this list as we get more information.

I wish to sincerely thank the daily users of these 14.325.00 MHz and 7.268.00 MHz to allow us to serve our fellow man in a serious time of need.

Please, continue to keep those affected by Irma in your thoughts and prayers!

Sincerely,
Bobby Graves - KB5HAV
Hurricane Watch Net
Net Manager
www.hwn.org

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricane Watch Net Update - 2330 UTC Sept. 10





The following is from our friends at the Hurricane Watch Net
 (Update: Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 7:30 PM EDT (2330 UTC)
 
Hurricane Irma made landfall near Naples, FL shortly after 5:00 PM EDT – 2100 UTC as a Category 2 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph.

The Net is currently operating on 7.268.00 MHz and will remain in operation overnight. We will suspended nighttime operations at 7:30 AM EDT – 1130 UTC. Daytime operations will resume on 14.325.00 MHz at 7:00 AM EDT - 1100 UTC, 30 minutes prior to shutting down on 7.268. Any change in Net Operation plans will be noted here, on our website, the networks of 14.300.00 MHz, and many additional amateur radio networks and media.

At around 1200 PM EDT – 1600 UTC, the sun unleashed a Class X-8.3 Solar Flare. This caused a widespread communications blackout for nearly 3 hours, which could not have happened at a worse time. But, we cannot control Mother Nature, only work around her.

Even with the poor band conditions, members of the Hurricane Watch Net persevered and did everything possible to help those in harm’s way. Many weather reports were received and forwarded to the forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. Additionally, we handled a few pieces of priority traffic this morning.

Considering the path of destruction caused by Irma, many areas are just now beginning to get HF communications somewhat restored. In addition to collecting weather data, we will be calling and listening for stations who have been affected by Irma with Emergency and Priority Traffic. Additionally, we are available to provide backup communications to official agencies such as Emergency Operations Centers and Red Cross officials in all areas affected by Irma.

To help those with Health and Welfare questions, we have a growing list of Health & Welfare Nets, Telephone Number, and more, found on our website homepage: hwn.org.

Please, don’t drop your guard on Hurricane José. Over the next few days, this storm is expected to make a loop and perhaps affect the Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas, Cuba, and south Florida by the weekend. Of course, a lot can change in 36 hours, so, let’s pray the storm heads out to sea and not cause any harm to anyone!

I wish to sincerely thank the daily users of these frequencies to allow us to serve our fellow man in a serious time of need. We do pray these storms are over soon as we, members of the Hurricane Watch Net, many who have regular working jobs, have taken time off to assist in Hurricane Weather Emergency. Please bear with us as we continue to help those affected and yet to be affected. We will return these frequencies to normal amateur radio use as soon as this Weather Emergency has passed.

Please, keep those who are in the path of these dangerous hurricanes in your thoughts and prayers!

As always, we are praying and hoping for the best yet preparing for the worst.

Sincerely,
Bobby Graves - KB5HAV
Hurricane Watch Net
Net Manager
www.hwn.org

Hurricane Watch Net update - widespread damage reported in British Virgin Islands



The following is from our friends at the Hurricane Watch Net – widespread damage reported on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands…
(Update: Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 9:30 AM EDT (1330 UTC)
The Hurricane Watch Net remains at Alert Level 5 – Catastrophic Response Mode.
The Net is operating on both 14.325.00 MHz and 7.268.00 MHz.

Around 8:40 AM EDT – 1240 UTC, we received a report from the island of Tortola (British Virgin Islands) of massive wide-spread damage.

This is an extremely dangerous hurricane and we greatly appreciate everyone allowing us a clear frequency. It not only helps our Net Control Stations but, and more importantly, those who are affected area in need of help.

Throughout our Net activation, members of the Hurricane Watch Net will be disseminating weather advisories as well as handling Emergency and Priority Traffic from ALL areas affected by Irma.

We will remain operational on 14.325.00 MHz (USB) until 7:00 PM EDT – 2300 UTC or for as long as propagation allows. We will begin our nighttime frequency of 7.268.00 MHz (LSB) and continue operations overnight.

As a reminder, our Net will remain in continuous operation until further notice.

Note: Operations on 7.268.00 MHz will pause at 7:30 AM ET, and, if required, resume at approximately 8:30 AM ET. This will allow the Waterway Net to conducts their daily net.

Any change in Net Operation plans will be noted here, on our website, the networks of 14.300.00 MHz, and many additional amateur radio networks and media.

HWN requests observed ground-truth data from those in the affected area (Wind Speed, Wind Gust, Wind Direction, Barometric Pressure – if available, Rainfall, Damage, and Storm Surge). Measured weather data is always appreciated but estimated data is accepted. We will also be interested to collect and report significant damage assessment data back to FEMA officials stationed in the National Hurricane Center.

In addition to collecting weather data for the forecasters at the National Hurricane Centers and reading the latest advisories, bulletins, and updates, we will be making for calls for those with Emergency or Priority traffic. Many areas have been severely affected by Irma and are just now beginning to get HF communications somewhat restored. Additionally, we are available to provide backup communications to official agencies such as Emergency Operations Centers and Red Cross officials in all areas affected by Irma.

I wish to sincerely thank the daily users of 14.325.00 and 7.268.00 MHz to allow us to serve our fellow man in a serious time of need. We do pray this storm is over soon as we, members of the Hurricane Watch Net - many who have regular working jobs - have taken time off to assist in this Hurricane Weather Emergency. Please bear with us as we continue to help those affected and yet to be affected. We will return these frequencies to normal amateur radio use as soon as this Weather Emergency has passed.

Please, keep those who are in the path of these dangerous hurricanes in your thoughts and prayers!

As always, we are praying and hoping for the best yet preparing for the worst.

Sincerely,
Bobby Graves - KB5HAV
Hurricane Watch Net
Net Manager
www.hwn.org
The following is from our friends at the Hurricane Watch Net. 
Please note that even though the eye of Irma will be traveling up Florida's 
west coast, the storm covers the entire width of the state and most of the 
rain is on the northern and eastern sides of the hurricane. All of Florida 
remains at risk... 
 
(Update: Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 600 AM EDT (1000 UTC) 
The Hurricane Watch Net remains at Alert Level 5 – Catastrophic Response Mode. 
We will remain in continuous operation until further notice.

The Hurricane Watch Net remains operational on 14.325.00 MHz (USB) as of 
7:00 AM EDT - 1100 UTC. We will remain operational on 14.325.00 MHz (USB) until 
7:00 PM EDT – 2300 UTC, at which time we will move to our nighttime frequency of 
7.268.00 MHz (LSB) and continue operations overnight. If propagation dictates, we 
will operate both frequencies at the same time.

Note: Operations on 7.268 MHz will pause at 7:30 AM ET, and, if required, resume 
at approximately 8:30 AM ET. This will allow the Waterway Net to conduct its daily net.

Any change in Net Operation plans will be noted here, on our website, the networks of 
14.300.00 MHz, and many additional amateur radio networks and media.
José – a Category 4 Hurricane – while moving away from the northern Leeward 
Islands, everyone should NOT drop their guard as this storm is forecast to make a 
loop in the Atlantic and threaten the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, Cuba, 
and southern Florida later this week.

Irma – a Category 4 Hurricane – once again, is forecast to affect ALL of Florida over 
the next couple of days. This morning, the storm will begin its trek through the Florida 
Keys and move along the western side of the Florida peninsula.

The following is from the 500AM EDT – 0900 UTC Discussion:
KEY MESSAGES:
1.    Irma is expected bring life-threatening wind and storm surge to the Florida 
Keys and southwestern Florida as an extremely dangerous  major 
hurricane today, and these conditions will spread into central and north-
western Florida tonight and Monday. Preparations in the Florida Keys and 
southwest Florida should be complete since hurricane-force winds are 
spreading into that area.
2.    There is an imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along 
much of the Florida west coast, including the Florida Keys, where a Storm 
Surge Warning is in effect. The threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding 
is highest along the southwest coast of Florida, where 10 to 15 feet of 
inundation above ground level is expected. This is a life-threatening situation.
3.    Irma will bring life-threatening wind impacts to much of Florida regardless 
of the exact track of the center. Wind hazards from Irma are also expected 
to spread northward through much of Georgia and portions of South Carolina 
and Alabama.
4.    Irma is expected to produce very heavy rain and inland flooding. Total rain 
accumulations of 15 to 20 inches with isolated amounts of 25 inches are 
expected over the Florida Keys through Sunday evening. Through Monday, 
Irma is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 8 to 15 inches with isolated 
amounts of 20 inches across the Florida peninsula and southeast Georgia, 
while across the rest of Georgia, eastern Florida Panhandle, southern and 
western South Carolina, and western North Carolina, a total of 3 to 6 inches 
with isolated amounts of 10 inches are expected.  Significant river flooding 
is possible in these areas. Through Tuesday, Irma will also bring periods of 
heavy rain into the Tennessee Valley, where an average of 2 to 5 inches 
with isolated higher amounts is forecast across eastern Alabama and 
southern Tennessee. This includes some mountainous areas which are more 
prone to flash flooding.  Residents throughout the southeast states should 
remain aware of the flood threat and stay tuned to forecasts and warnings.

HWN requests observed ground-truth data from those in the affected area (Wind 
Speed, Wind Gust, Wind Direction, Barometric Pressure – if available, Rainfall, 
Damage, and Storm Surge). Measured weather data is always appreciated but 
estimated data is accepted. We will also be interested to collect and report 
significant damage assessment data back to FEMA officials stationed in the 
National Hurricane Center.

In addition to collecting weather data for the forecasters at the National Hurricane 
Centers and reading the latest advisories, bulletins, and updates, we will be 
making calls for those with Emergency or Priority traffic. Many areas have been 
severely affected by Irma and are just now beginning to get HF communications 
somewhat restored. Additionally, we are available to provide backup communications 
to official agencies such as Emergency Operations Centers and Red Cross officials 
in all areas affected by Irma.
I wish to sincerely thank the daily users of these frequencies to allow us to serve our 
fellow man in a serious time of need. We do pray these storms are over soon as we, 
members of the Hurricane Watch Net, many who have regular working jobs, have 
taken time off to assist in Hurricane Weather Emergency. Please bear with us as we 
continue to help those affected and yet to be affected. We will return these frequencies 
to normal amateur radio use as soon as this Weather Emergency has passed.

Please, keep those who are in the path of these dangerous hurricanes in your 
thoughts and prayers!
As always, we are praying and hoping for the best yet preparing for the worst.

Sincerely,
Bobby Graves - KB5HAV
Hurricane Watch Net
Net Manager
www.hwn.org