147.09 Skywarn Net

National Weather Service Live Updates: https://twitter.com/NWSPittsburgh

As you already know, Ida will be in the area Tuesday night into Wednesday night. I will need ops to assist me with our 147.09 Skywarn net as heavy flooding is a very strong possibility. I would suggest changing batteries and getting radios into an operational state of readiness at this time.

73 de NU3Q
Allegheny County EC

Digital Training Starting

This week we will begin from scratch. If you are new to Digital or have some interest in it this is the place for you. This is also in preparation for the up coming SET September 18th. Old timers I’d love to have you in for your experience and knowledge and anything new you may have picked up.

All sessions are a combination Zoom meeting and live on air training. Typically on 80m around 3.582

Please find attached a FlDIGI and Winlink guide to help you get your radio and computer setup PRIOR to session. If you don’t have your system set up or are having trouble please feel free to email in the evenings at w3xox {at} hotmail {dit} com  we can set up some time to get you up and running. I will be glad to assist you in getting your rig and PC set up.

We will be going over the basics of FlDigi and making sure all of your setting are correct. If someone has questions on digital modes or operations please bring them to the table as well.

The Zoom session will most likely be active by 6:30. Looking forward to exploring FlDigi suite, Js8, Winlink and who knows what else will end up at. Hope to see you there. On air session to be held on or about 3.582.

NOTE! Sept 1st class cancel due to storm Ida

Topic: Digital Training Net
Time: Sep 1, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Wed, until Nov 24, 2021, 13 occurrence(s)
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Kevin P. Lear    W3XOX
WPA Southeast DEC
Blair Co. ARES EC / ACS Officer
W3XOX {at} arrl {dit} net

Fldigi Quick Start Setup Guide

Winlink Express Quick Start Setup Guide

Hurricane Watch Net – All hands on deck

As Hurricane Ida moves into the Gulf of Mexico drawing a bead on New Orleans, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is ramping up preparations to track the storm during its approach.

“Sunday will be an “all hands on deck” situation for members of the HWN,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said on Friday. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says a hurricane warning is in effect for Intracoastal City, Louisiana (Vermilion Parish), to the Mouth of the Pearl River as well as for Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans.

As of 1200 UTC on Saturday, Ida was some 440 south-southeast of New Orleans, with maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH — Category 1 — moving to the northwest at 16 MPH. The NHC says Ida is expected to rapidly intensify as it moves over the southeastern and central Gulf of Mexico through Saturday night. “Ida is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it approaches the northern Gulf coast on Sunday,” the NHC forecast says. Given the abundance of warm water in the Gulf, Ida could become a Category 3 or even a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 120 to 140 MPH with higher gusts, according to some predictions.

Graves said on Friday afternoon that he was placing the HWN on “standby alert,” which typically means that a hurricane is expected to affect land within the next 48 hours. Given the forecast, “I don’t want to be sorry,” Graves said.

The net will activate on Saturday at 2100 UTC on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. “Propagation on 20 meters has been goofy lately, so the band could close early or it may remain open well past sunset,” Graves said. “No matter, we will suspend operations at 0000 UTC.”

The Saturday activation will allow the net to line up reporting stations in the affected area as well as any storm shelters, emergency operations centers, and first responders who feel they could use the net’s assistance, Graves explained.

“Remember, Ida is forecast to be a major hurricane hitting a highly populated area. It will affect both Louisiana and Mississippi,” Graves said, noting that Louisiana was hit by hurricanes three times last year. Storm surge and heavy rain are forecast.

The HWN invites participating stations that can provide observed or measured ground-truth data from affected areas to assist National Hurricane Center forecasters.

Hurricane Watch Net: https://www.hwn.org/