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ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team Activates for Florence:

from The ARRL Letter on September 13, 2018
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ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team Activates for Florence:

The ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team activated on September 12, as what the National Hurricane Center (NHC http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/) is calling "dangerous Hurricane Florence" continued to close in on the southeastern US coast, where it's "expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states."

"Watch out, America. Hurricane Florence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the Space Station, 400 kilometers directly above the eye," Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, tweeted. "Get prepared on the East Coast. This is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you!"

ARRL shipped seven Ham Aid http://www.arrl.org/ham-aid kits to South Carolina by way of Georgia on September 11 to assist with emergency preparedness needs in advance of Hurricane Florence. These kits are the same ones that ARRL volunteers took to Puerto Rico a year ago to assist with disaster communications following Hurricane Maria. ARRL is staging HF and VHF/UHF equipment in the Maryland/Virginia area for deployment locally or farther down the coast.

"South Carolina ARES is fully activated," ARRL South Carolina Section Emergency Coordinator Billy Irwin, K9OH, told ARRL, adding that he's been coordinating regularly with the state Emergency Management Division. "We have operators serving 12-hour shifts at the SC Emergency Management Division and will move to 24-hour coverage on Thursday. Two operators have been deployed to Berkeley County to assist with shelter operations at the request of the Emergency Coordinator there." Irwin said information about frequencies http://www.ares-sc.org/ in use is in the Tactical Guide on the South Carolina ARES website.

"We are literally modifying plans on the fly to meet the needs of the mission," Irwin added. "Several ARRL Sections have offered assistance."

W1AW Suspending Bulletin and Code Practice on September 14

As part of the ongoing communication efforts with Hurricane Florence, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will suspend its regular bulletin and code practice transmissions on Friday, September 14. The station will resume its normal operating schedule on Monday, September 17. Radio amateurs are reminded to avoid the various Hurricane Watch Net (HWN http://www.hwn.org) and SATERN frequencies, as well as any state and regional emergency nets, to help facilitate communications that may be necessary during the Hurricane Florence response.

Hurricane Watch Net, WX4NHC

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN http://www.hwn.org/) has been closely monitoring three systems -- Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac, and Hurricane Helene. The net activated on September 13, at 1300 UTC on both its 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz frequencies and will remain active around the clock, as needed.

"Hurricane Florence is drawing a lot of concern for its size and strength, but more so for the potential flooding," Assistant HWN Manager Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said.

WX4NHC http://w4ehw.fiu.edu/ at the National Hurricane Center will remain active through Friday, September 14, operating cooperatively with the HWN as net stations funnel "ground-truth" reports to the Center. WX4NHC will monitor the HWN and the VoIP Hurricane Net (VoIPWX http://voipwx.net/) on EchoLink Conference WX-Talk, node 7203 or IRLP 9219.

As of 1800 UTC on September 13, the NHC said Florence was some 110 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 270 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 105 MPH, moving to the northwest at 10 MPH.

SATERN

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN http://www.satern.org/) activated for Hurricane Florence from 1700 through 2100 UTC on Thursday, September 13, on 14.265 MHz, with a backup frequency of 14.312 MHz. It will reactivate on Friday and Saturday at about 1600 UTC until propagation no longer supports it or the Net Manager closes the net for the day. A SATERN digital net will open on 14.065 MHz on the same schedule. The SATERN Souther Territory SSB Net will be open from 1300 UTC until 1700 UTC on 7.265 MHz on September 13 - 15.

SATERN may extend its activation depending on reports of major damage, especially to the communications infrastructure; continued significant emergency, priority, or health-and-welfare traffic, as well as reports of an increased need for auxiliary communication. The net's primary mission will be the receipt and delivery of outbound health-and-welfare messages from affected areas. The Salvation Army is beginning to stage personnel and equipment in major deployments to North Carolina and Virginia.

SHARES

The Department of Homeland Security's SHARES will maintain watch on its Northeast Region (FEMA Regions 1, 2, and 3) and Southeast Region (FEMA Region 4) nets starting at 2100 UTC on Thursday, September 13, and on its National Net channels starting at 1200 UTC on Friday, September 14.

Tropical Storm Olivia

The ARRL Pacific Section has been preparing for activation to support a response to Tropical Storm Olivia. SKYWARN volunteers in Hawaii are supporting the National Weather Service for Olivia. ARRL deployed seven Ham Aid HF kits to Hawaii for Hurricane Lane, and these will remain in Hawaii through the remainder of the hurricane season. Amateur Radio operators on Guam are active supporting response to the Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which is expected to strike the Philippines.

AMSAT-NA has announced plans for AO-92 (Fox-1D) to attempt to image Hurricane Florence. AMSAT Vice-President of Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, said this week that plans call for using the camera on AO-92 to try imaging Hurricane Florence during North American east coast passes on September 13 and 14.

AO-92 will not be in U/V FM voice transponder operation during these passes, and ground stations should not attempt to access AO-92 during this period.

The high-speed image data will be transmitted on a downlink frequency of 145.880 MHz and can be captured, decoded, and uploaded to the Fox-1 data warehouse using FoxTelem version 1.06 software.

Source:

The ARRL Letter

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