Category: Weather

During hurricanes, emergency officials turn to ham radio

Operators of amateur radios, also known as ham radios, play a vital role in the gathering of information during hurricanes like Irma. “We take for granted our communications,” said Etta LoPresti, emergency management coordinator for Indian River County. “But when you have something catastrophic like they do in the Keys and in the west coast […]

Help the Ham Aid Response Effort in Florida and the US Virgin Islands

Due to this busy hurricane season, ARRL’s inventory of Ham Aid kits has been severely depleted. ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits to established ARES and partner agencies during disaster response, in order to establish Amateur Radio communications support. ARRL has been supplying Ham Aid kits for the Hurricane Irma emergency response […]

via the RSGB: Keep hurricane frequencies clear

Hurricane Irma is getting widespread news coverage and will affect many countries in the Caribbean. There are the usual American nets on 14.265 and 14.325MHz to gather information on the storm. Several other frequencies will be used and amateurs in IARU Region 1 are asked to please take steps to avoid interference with emergency operations. […]

via the ARRL: Operating Procedures During Hurricane Irma

Please be aware that due to the breadth of this series of weather events, numerous emergency and public service nets are in session, especially on the 80, 40, and 20 meter bands. US licensees are reminded that Part 97.101 (c) always gives priority to stations providing emergency communications. All stations should be aware that in […]

via the ARRL: ARES Teams in Three West Central Florida Section Counties Ready to Support Shelters

As Hurricane Irma moves closer to the Florida Peninsula, ARRL West Central Florida Section Manager Darrell Davis, KT4WX, reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) teams have been requested to provide communication support at evacuation shelters in Highlands, Hillsborough, and Polk counties. “Other counties in the West Central Florida Section are considering shelter operations,” Davis […]

via the ARRL: VoIP Hurricane Net to Activate

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate at 2300 UTC Friday, September 8, until Saturday, September 9, at 0600 UTC to track the impact of Hurricane Irma, expected to affect Cuba and the Bahamas, and of Hurricane Katia, expected to reach southeastern Mexico. A VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Hurricane Irma will restart on Saturday, September […]

via the ARRL: FEMA Announces Regions that Could Activate on 60-Meters for Hurricane Irma

The below listed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regions, including call signs, could be activating the 5 MHz/60-meter band frequencies in support of a possible response to Hurricane Irma on September 5. Region 1 — KF1EMA Region 2 — KF2EMA (includes Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands) Region 3 — KF3EMA Region 4 — KF4EMA […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Preparations Ramp Up as Irma Strengthens to Category 5

Hurricane Irma, making its way through the Caribbean with the possibility of affecting South Florida by week’s end, has, in the words of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), become “an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane.” The NHC urged that hurricane preparations be rushed to completion in areas now under hurricane warnings. As of 1800 UTC, […]

Space Weather Prediction Center Upgrades Geomagnetic Storm Watch to G3 (Strong)

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has upgraded its geomagnetic storm watch for today and tomorrow (September 6 and 7) to G3 (Strong). “The G3 Watch is in anticipation of the expected arrival of a coronal mass ejection (CME) that took place in association with an M5 flare,” the SWPC said. The Center said its […]

via the ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net Now Watching Three Atlantic Basin Hurricanes

The already-busy Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) now is watching three hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin — Category 5 Irma; Category 1 José, following behind Irma, and Category 1 Katia in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the first time in more than 5 years that three storms have been active at the same time in the […]

via the ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net to Activate for Hurricane Irma

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced plans to activate for the now-Category 4 Hurricane Irma on Tuesday, September 5, at 1800 UTC on 14.325 MHz. The net will remain in continuous operation until further notice, continuing on 20 meters for as long as propagation allows, then switching to 40 meters, 7.268 MHz. If propagation […]

via the ARRL: Interview: ARRL Public Information Officer Describes the Situation in Harris County, Texas

In an August 29 interview with Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, news-talk radio station WGMD, ARRL South Texas Section Public Information Officer Mike Urich, KA5CVH, described the situation in Harris County, Texas, as the flood emergency continues there. Urich also took time to explain how the public service that Amateur Radio is able to provide during emergencies […]

via the ARRL: Heavy Rainfall from Hurricane Harvey Could Extend for Days, Catastrophic Flooding Forecast

Although Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane and is weakening, forecasters are predicting that rainfall generated by the storm system could continue for several more days. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) reported that the storm made landfall on Saturday at around 0300 UTC between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, with maximum […]

via the ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net Suspends Operations for Hurricane Harvey

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) suspended operations for Hurricane Harvey at 1830 UTC after 51.5 continuous hours of activation. “As always, our sincere thanks to everyone who use 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz for various nets and rag-chews to allow us use of the frequency,” said HWN Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. “Having a clear […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Preparations Continue for Category 4 Hurricane Harvey; Flooding Most Significant Fear

As now-Category 4 Hurricane Harvey bears down on his state, ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, reports that all 97 South Texas counties are on alert, with many preparing to assist coastal areas as needed. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) remains active in “Catastrophic Response Mode” on both 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. […]

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