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Offline Alan Georges

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Hurricane Watch Net
« on: October 05, 2016, 07:31:32 PM »
With Matthew lining up to strafe Florida's Atlantic coastline, the HWN is getting a workout during parts of the day.  Here's a quick primer with links at the SWLing Post blog:
http://swling.com/blog/2016/10/hurricane-watch-net-frequencies-monitoring-ground-truth-observations/
Essentially it's all about on-the-ground reporting of storm conditions through a directed net.  Any ham operator in an affected area can call in.  They have very high standards for net controllers (and that's a good thing), but you don't have to be a controller to call in a report.

Of course if you're not a ham, you can listen in on a SW receiver if you've got one that can handle SSB.  The frequencies are 14.325 USB day and 7.268 LSB night.  Conditions are pretty poor right now, I can barely receive the 40m net on my ham rig at the moment, and not at all on the Tecsun 660, even with the outdoor antenna.  But 20m was pretty clear earlier.

If you don't have an SSB-capable SW receiver, you can listen on the net via Broadcastify:
http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/20970/web

Expect plenty of traffic in the coming days.  :(

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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2016, 08:09:04 PM »
+1

I always wondered how to listen at work

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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2016, 02:40:36 AM »
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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2016, 05:52:57 AM »
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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2016, 06:10:21 AM »
+1

I always wondered how to listen at work

Jerseyboy

Thanks JB!  One more direct link to add, to the Hurricane Watch Net's FAQ page:
http://hwn.org/about-us/faqs.html
Here's the table of questions:
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When does the net begin operations?
What information does the net collect for the National Hurricane Center?
With all the new modern equipment that the NHC and NWS have, such as Dopper radar, are ground reports still important?
How do I determine the speed of the wind?
I have listened to the net for years but never checked in. Should I check in to let you know that I am available to assist?
How can I become a net control station?
Does the Hurricane Watch Net activate for Pacific Basin Storms?
Do you only accept stations in hurricane areas for membership?
My class of amateur license will not allow me to work on the 20 meter band. Is there anyway that I can help?
I'm not a ham radio operator.  Is there any way I can participate?
I'm vacationing in a hurricane prone area. What's my chance of getting hit by a hurricane?
How do I understand the advisories and terminology?
What is UTC or GMT Time?
How can I find out if I am at risk from a tropical cyclone?

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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2016, 07:00:47 AM »
Thanks Alan

I'll try my SW also.
« Last Edit: October 06, 2016, 07:09:22 AM by chad »

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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2016, 12:41:29 PM »
The broadcastify link is from Niagra County, NY. Is there anything more southern that is streaming?

Also, there is an echolink conference for reports as well. It's pretty quiet ATM. Below is a list of linked listen nodes that I am aware of as of this post.
  • *KA1AAA*
  • *GEM_INTL*
  • *vkemcomm*

On a completely unrelated note, is there any alternative to the Echolink client software? This software looks and acts like it was designed by a bunch of old bell engineers in the early 90s and I'm having trouble finding any alternatives.

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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2016, 03:03:11 PM »
Echolink users (only Ham's can use Echolink)can use Node #7203  to LISTEN to WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center in Miami
as it is Ham generated and I have this currently on my echolink node on a local repeater ( 146.700) here in Shreveport Louisiana.

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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2016, 03:36:11 PM »
I'm listening to "Fort Lauderdale Area Amateur Repeaters" using the Scanner Radio Android app, you can listen to it by going to http://www.bbscanner.com/listen.php?id=298

They had a net at the top of the hour.

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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2016, 03:42:02 PM »
Echolink users (only Ham's can use Echolink)can use Node #7203  to LISTEN to WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center in Miami
as it is Ham generated and I have this currently on my echolink node on a local repeater ( 146.700) here in Shreveport Louisiana.

Just tried to connect and it refused the connection with "busy"

I wonder what the limit is for connections.

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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2016, 03:53:38 PM »
Just tried to connect and it refused the connection with "busy"

I wonder what the limit is for connections.

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There were 16 connected when I was there.

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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2016, 04:03:04 PM »
Do not use *WX_TALK* (7203) unless you are in an affected area. This was a request from Net Control. The nodes I listed earlier are listen nodes that are linked to *WX_TALK* (7203).

I modified my earlier posts with node IDs.

There is an echolink conference for reports as well. It's pretty quiet ATM. Below is a list of linked listen nodes that I am aware of as of this post.
  • *KA1AAA* - 269929
  • *GEM_INTL* - 356342
  • *VKEMCOMM* - 270177


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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2016, 04:11:03 PM »
Do not use *WX_TALK* (7203) unless you are in an affected area. This was a request from Net Control. The nodes I listed earlier are listen nodes that are linked to *WX_TALK* (7203).

I modified my earlier posts with node IDs.

Thanks.

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Re: Hurricane Watch Net
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2016, 05:13:49 PM »
Got it. I was able to connect to one of the three conferences which are listening to *WX_TALK*

Try these links for hurricane net HF

http://radman.no-ip.ca:8903

http://www.globaltuners.com/receiver/406

http://websdr.org

These are all websdr sites where you can tune the "receiver" to the frequencies listed at the top of this thread.  First one is in Canada and the second one is in Kentucky.  The third one links to sites around the world. You need an account for the globalreceivers site which you can make for free.

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