Over the holiday weekend, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami logged nearly 200 contacts throughout the US, Canada, the Caribbean, and even Europe, during its annual station test, conducted in advance of the 2017 hurricane season. The annual exercise on May 27 served to check out Amateur Radio Station equipment, antennas, and computer systems. The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and continues through November 30.
“We had a very successful WX4NHC Radio Station Test,” Assistant WX4NHC Amateur Radio Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R. “All of our radio and computer equipment and new main HF dipole antenna worked well. We feel that our equipment will perform well if needed during this hurricane season.”
WX4NHC was on the air for about 8 hours, Ripoll said, and utilized all communication modes available at the station on HF, VHF, and UHF, including EchoLink, IRLP, DMR, D-Star, D-RATS, and digital HF messaging via Winlink.