Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ham Radio Hurricane Emergency Operations

With hurricane season underway, all amateur radio operators be aware of the major emergency net frequencies. These nets can be activated on short notice, and if in session, should be avoided during contests, other nets, and regular operations. From the July 15th edition of the ARRL's ARES E-Letter, here are links to the primary HF emcomm Web pages:

Major HF Nets:

WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Watch Net
Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Net (SATERN)
The Waterway Net
VoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Net. (The latter is an Internet-based operation, but of interest.)

Major National-Level Served Agencies:

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Red Cross
National Weather Service
Citizen Corps
Salvation Army

More on all this as the hurricane season proceeds.