Friday, August 25, 2017

Hurricane Watch Net Active for Harvey on 14,325 & 7.268 - Please Keep Clear

From Hurricane Watch Net, via CQ Emergency Communications Editor Walt Palmer, W4ALT:

NOTE: The National Weather Service has upgraded Hurricane Harvey to Category 3 as of 1915 UTC Friday

(Update: Friday, August 25, 2016 @ 10:30 AM CDT (1530 UTC)

Harvey is still a powerful Category 2 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph.  Conditions remain favorable for Harvey to become a Cat 3 Hurricane today.

Due to poor propagation on 14.325.00 MHz, we will resume 40 meter operations on 7.268.00 MHz at 11:00 AM CDT – 1600 UTC.  Operations on 14.325.00 MHz will continue as well.

As with any net activation, we request 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 we do accept estimated.

We are also available to provide backup communications for official agencies such as Emergency Operations Centers, the Red Cross, and other vital interests in the affected area. We will also be interested to collect and report significant damage assessment data back to FEMA officials stationed in the National Hurricane Center.

Lastly, the Hurricane Watch Net will remain active until further notice.

Please keep everyone in the path of this dangerous storm in your thoughts and prayers!

Bobby Graves - KB5HAV

Notes from CQ:

WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center will be on the air and monitoring the HWN as of 2100 UTC (5 PM EDT) today (Fri., 8/25)

Watch for updates via the following:
Hurricane Watch Net:
National Hurricane Center: