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25 August 2011

Atlantic Hurricane Season 2011

On the IARU-R1 website Greg G0DUB reports on the activation of the Hurricane Watch Net on August 22 and reminds us of the frequencies used by the nets.

The activation of the American Hurricane Watch Net on August 22nd in response to Hurricane Irene is a reminder that Amateur Radio continues to play a part in gathering and distributing information for the weather and emergency services each year.

Radio Amateurs in Region 1 are reminded that the following frequencies may be in use by nets in North and Central America to track and deal with the consequences of these severe weather events. It is possible for Region 1 amateurs to cause unintentional QRM to these nets so please listen carefully if operating near these frequencies:

14.300 MHz is used by the Maritime Mobile Service Net daily and as well as handling traffic from Maritime Mobile Stations, also gathers weather reports from maritime stations to assist forecasters.

14.325 MHz is used by the Hurricane Watch Net and the net is established whenever it appears that a storm may affect the US mainland. The net gathers weather information and links to the American National Hurricane Centre.

14.265 MHz is used by the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) provides Health and Welfare traffic links for those in affected areas as well as supporting the Salvation Army Disaster relief response should a hurricane strike.

Frequencies used in Cuba: 7.045, 7.080, 7.110 MHz, 3.740 MHz

Frequencies used in Central America;
Red Centro Americana : 7.090 and 3.750MHz
Guatemala: 7.075 MHz
Nicaragua: 7.098 MHz

Mexico (FMRE): 3.690 and 7.060 MHz

Cuba and Mexico co-operate with long distance relays on 40m when propagation makes this possible.

Local emergency communications groups may also activate if a hurricane approaches their area and those frequencies would be announced at the time.

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- Southgate Amateur Radio News