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The Hurricane Watch Net provides communications to and from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida during times of hurricane emergencies. This net (a group of trained amateur radio operators whose mission is to support the National Hurricane Center) convenes as an organized network of emergency communicators on the frequency of 14.325.00 MHz whenever a hurricane is forecast to be within 300 statute miles from landfall of any inhabited land mass in the Caribbean Sea, Central America, and the U.S. Mainland including the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas.
Whenever the Hurricane Watch Net is not active, you can hear the latest information on 14.300.00 MHz.
(Updated Friday, July 4th @ 5:30 PM EDT (2130 UTC)
The Hurricane Watch Net is preparing to activate for Hurricane beginning Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET – 1100 UTC. Arthur is making its trek towards Nova Scotia and HWN will be gathering ground-truth weather data for both the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL as well as the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We will be operating on our primary frequency of 14.325 MHz.
The Hurricane Watch Net wishes to thank all parties for allowing us the use of the frequency and allowing a clear space to conduct our net during this dangerous event!
As a special note to those who monitor when the net is active, we ask that you please honor our request for you remain quiet unless specifically called upon for assistance.
Our primary operational goals are as follows:
Throughout this event, we remind everyone that we are also available to provide backup communications facilities to official agencies such as Emergency Operations Centers and Red
Cross officials 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.
- To issue storm advisory information on a regular basis to those in the affected area of the forecast path of the storm, and
- We will be requesting measured/observed ground-truth data from those in the affected area. We remind those reporting stations to "please" do not report to us the weather information reported by your local media. We are interested ONLY in YOUR personal observations, preferably measured by calibrated instrumentation.
Please honor our request that you should not check in to the net unless specifically requested to do so. We will attempt to handle all communications within the capabilities of our own members, and only when required assistance is needed will we ask for your help.
As a final reminder, please monitor this web site for storm related advisory updates, graphics displays, and other data made available from the National Hurricane Center.
Thanks in advance for your support and cooperation during this storm activation.
Bobby Graves - KB5HAV