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Hurricane Watch Net Activation Plans

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Sunday, September 25, 2022 @ 7:30 PM EDT (2330 UTC)

The Hurricane Watch Net will Activate Monday morning at 8:00 AM EDT (1200 UTC) in preparation for Ian affecting the Cayman Islands and Cuba. This will be the beginning of possibly at least a full 2-day activation. Once Ian has passed by Cuba, we post our plans of Activation as Ian takes aim at Florida.

Activation Plans for Monday and Tuesday:

  • Net Activation on Monday at 8:00 AM EDT (1200 UTC) on 14.325.00 MHz. Remain active until we lose propagation.
  • Activate Monday evening on 7.268.00 MHz at 7:00 PM EDT (2300 UTC). Remain active overnight or until we lose propagation. If propagation lasts overnight, we will close before the WaterWay Net needs to start.
  • Resume operations Tuesday morning on 14.325.00 MHz at 8:00 AM EDT (1200 UTC). Remain active until we lose propagation.
  • Activate our 40-meter Net on 7.268.00 MHz at 7:00 PM EDT (2300 UTC). Remain active until midnight eastern.

The current forecast, Advisory #11, keeps Ian about 80 miles to the west of Grand Cayman. However, the steering currents and Ian’s track is not clear. Any additional movement to the east and Grand Cayman could take a direct hit by a Cat 1 Hurricane or at least have hurricane-force winds. We are not going to take chances! Then on Tuesday, Ian is forecast to cross over the western end of Cuba as a Cat 4 Hurricane.

Tuesday afternoon, we will post an update to our Activation plans as Ian is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Florida west coast or possibly the panhandle. It is still early to know.

When active, we:

  • Disseminate the latest advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL. We do so for marine interests, Caribbean Island and Central American nations, and other interests where public media is not readily available.

  • Obtain real-time ground-level weather conditions and initial damage assessments from amateur radio operators in the affected area and relay that information to the National Hurricane Center by way of WX4NHC, and when required, the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

  • Function as a backup communication link for the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service Forecast Offices, the Canadian Hurricane Centre, Emergency Operation Centers, Emergency Management Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, and other vital interests, which can involve military relief operations, involved in the protection of life and property before, during, and after a hurricane event.
  • Additionally, we assist in the handling of outgoing Health & Welfare Traffic from the affected area as members of the SATERN Net are on frequency standing by to handle such.

Any changes to our plans will be posted on our website homepage of www.hwn.org and our Facebook page.

Our prayers for those who could be affected by Ian. HWN is prepared, ready to serve, and do what we can to help save lives.

Kind Regards and God Bless,
Bobby Graves - KB5HAV
Hurricane Watch Net
Net Manager