What is hurricane watch net?

September 8, 2008

From URL Hurricane Watch Net

The Hurricane Watch Net provides communications to and from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida during times of hurricane emergencies. The net (a gathering of amateur radio operators missioned to support the National Hurricane Center) convenes as an organized network of emergency communicators on the frequency of 14.325 Mhz when a hurricane is forecast to be within 300 statute miles from landfall on any inhabited land mass in the Caribbean Sea, Central America, and U.S. Mainland including the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas.

Monday, September 8 , the net will open operations at 0800EDT (1200UTC) as Hurricane Ike moves across the length of Cuba from East to West. Our purpose will be to announce the forecast advisories into the affected area while at the same time, collecting observed and/or measured weather data from amateur radio stations in the path of the hurricane, for submission to the forecasters in the National Hurricane Center.

As a special note to those who monitor when the net is active, we ask that you please honor our request for you to sit quietly on the sidelines unless specifically called upon for assistance.

For viewers of this site who have no capability to listen to the actual radio conversations during our net activations, we have provided here, live streaming audio, thanks to the services of Bob Arnold, N2JEU from his location in upstate New York.

We invite you to monitor the status of all active storms through information presented here in our web site.

Please remember to visit this page frequently for the latest information.

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