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Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Tropical Cyclone Franklin:

from The ARRL Letter on August 10, 2017
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Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Tropical Cyclone Franklin:

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN activated on August 9 to keep an eye on then-Tropical Cyclone Franklin -- which was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane when it made landfall between Tampico and Veracruz, Mexico, early on August 10.

"Reports from Mexico were few and far between," HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, reported afterward. "We did hear from hams in Campeche and Puebla. Our Spanish operators did a great job in working to find reporting stations on the Mexican 40-meter emergency nets, but we were never able to find stations on the air or else we received interference from elsewhere. During the day, 20-meter propagation was not that good, but we had members in various locations throughout the US, Caribbean, and Central America that were able to reach the affected area." After an 11-hour activation, HWN suspended operations. "We will continue working to encourage radio amateurs throughout the Caribbean to get on the air and participate whenever a hurricane threatens their area," Graves said.

The net was monitoring 14.325.00 MHz on August 10 to gather post-storm reports.

The VoIP Hurricane Net reported that it was informally active from about 1200 UTC on August 9 until 0600 UTC on August 10. Franklin is now weakening rapidly over the mountains of Mexico. Graves also monitored the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node 7203/IRLP 9219 network and spoke with Carlos Guzman, XE2WCG, with whom he'd worked previously.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami on August 10 reported that Franklin was weakening over Mexico. Franklin was expected to produce total rainfall of 4 to 8 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches possible. -- Thanks to Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, and Rob Macedo, KD1CY


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