As Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas coast in the USA, various nets are activating as part of the emergency response. In addition to tropical and hurricane-force winds along the Texas coast and further inland, the main concern with this storm is heavy rain and flooding in an area which has not has a hurricane make landfall for 9 years.
Many of the frequencies used will be outside Region 1 allocations in 80m and 40m but there are some in 20m which may suffer from European QRM if operators are not careful.
The US National Hurricane Centre station WX4NHC will activate at 1900UTC 25th August on 14.325 MHz
The Hurricane Watch Net is operating from 1500 UTC on their daytime frequency of 14.325.00 MHz. When the 20 meter band closes they are likely to move over to 7.268.00 MHz or from 0000 UTC.
VOIP Hurricane Net likely to activate at 2 PM EDT/1800 UTC on Friday 25th August
The Southern Territory SATERN Net will activate for one day (so far) on Saturday, 26 August 2017 during local daylight hours on its regular frequency of 7.262 MHz.
Radio Amateurs are encouraged to listen carefully before transmitting to avoid QRM to Emergency activities.
Published: Friday, 25 August 2017 10:43
Written by Greg Mossop
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