VOIPWX Net – IRMA

VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Irma – 9/4/17 – 545 PM EDT/2145 UTC Update

Hello to all..

**VoIP Hurricane Net to activate no later than 6 PM EDT/2200 UTC Tuesday Evening 9/5/17 for Hurricane Irma Impacts to the Northern Leeward Islands, the US and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.**
**WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate at 600 PM EDT/2200 UTC Tuesday Evening 9/5/17 for Hurricane Irma Impacts to the Northern Leeward Islands, the US and British VIrgin Islands and Puerto Rico.**

**Updated listen-only capability. Remainder is unchanged.**

Here are the VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans for Hurricane Irma as of 9/4/17 at 545 PM EDT/2145 UTC:

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate for Hurricane Irma no later than 6 PM EDT/2200 UTC Tuesday Evening 9/5/17 and WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, will activate at 600 PM EDT/2200 UTC Tuesday Evening 9/5/17. Hurricane Irma is a Category-IV hurricane and is expected to remain a major hurricane for the next several days as it moves across the area along and north of the Caribbean islands and into the Turks and Caicos Islands and Southeast Bahamas. For that reason, the VoIP Hurricane Net for Irma could be a very prolonged activation because of Irma’s track affecting multiple land areas. Impacts to the US East Coast remain uncetrain but some impacts to Florida and the Florida keys look possible at this time and other portions of the US East Coast should monitor closely as we are in the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Any Amateur Radio Operators in the affected area of Irma or with relays into the affected area of Irma are asked to provide surface and damage reports into the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. Any SKYWARN Nets active in the local area as Irma moves into Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands that can pass reports to the VoIP Hurricane Net for relay into WX4NHC are welcome to send a net liaison or connect directly at their discretion to the *WX_TALK* Echolink conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219. Stations on All-Star can connect to the Echolink side of the system by dialing *033007203. We appreciate any and all support from Amateur Operators in the affected area or Amateur Operators with relays into the affected area. We are looking for reports based on the National Weather Service SKYWARN Reporting criteria. This can be seen on the VoIP Hurricane Net web site at the following link:

http://www.voipwx.net/node/236

Advisories on Irma can be seen off of the Main Menu of the voipwxnet web site, via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and off the National Hurricane Center web site via the following link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes and can connect on either Echolink or IRLP:
*NEW-ENG3* Echolink conference node: 9123/IRLP 9123
*Starlink* Echolink conference node: 357087/IRLP 9255

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on Echolink:
*KA1AAA* Echolink conference node: 269929

*WASH_DC* Echolink conference node: 6154

Stations outside the affected area who would like to listen into the VoIP Hurricane Net can use any of the following systems for listen-only purposes on All-Star by dialing *033270177 or *033009123.

An audio livestream has been setup on Youtube through the efforts of W5YAG-Chad Yaggie. That link is listed below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlZWa-hmp0g

The VoIP Hurricane Net Management team continues to closely watch Hurricane Irma. Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

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