[AARA] Annual Pre-Hurricane Season Station Test at WX4NHC Set for May 28
Kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Wed May 25 13:31:51 CDT 2016
Now in its 36th year, *WX4NHC* <http://www.wx4nhc.org/> at the National
Hurricane Center (*NHC* <http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/>) in Miami, will
conduct its annual NHC Station Test on Saturday, May 28. The event,
which gets under way at 1300 UTC and wraps up at 2100 UTC, is conducted
each year in advance of hurricane season.
“The purpose of this event is to test Amateur Radio Station equipment,
antennas and computers prior to this year’s Hurricane Season, which
starts June 1 and runs through November 30,” said WX4NHC Amateur Radio
Assistant Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R. “This event is good practice
for ham radio operators worldwide as well as National Weather Service
(NWS) staff to become familiar with Amateur Radio communication
available during times of severe weather.”
The annual Station Test is /not/ a contest or simulated hurricane
exercise. WX4NHC will be on the air on various bands and modes. The
station also often takes advantage of the test to perform operator
training. WX4NHC will make brief contacts with participating stations to
exchange signal reports and basic weather data. For example, stations
may report “sunny” or “rain” or “cloudy” in describing the conditions at
Ripoll said WX4NHC will operate on HF, VHF, UHF, 2 meter 30 meter APRS,
and available via *Winlink* <mailto:wx4nhc at winlink.org> (subject line
must contain “//WL2K”). “We will try to stay on the Hurricane Watch Net
frequency of 14.325 MHz most of the time,” Ripoll said. He explained
that due to space and equipment limitations, WX4NHC will deploy up to
three operators per shift, so the station cannot be everywhere and on
every mode simultaneously. “You may be able to find us on HF by using
one of the DX spotting networks, such as such as *My DX Summit*
<http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/>,” he suggested.
WX4NHC also plans to be on the *VoIP Hurricane Net*
<http://www.voipwx.net/> from 2000 until 2100 UTC (IRLP node 9219;
EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203). In addition, the station will be
active on South Florida VHF and UHF repeaters.
QSL cards are available to participating stations via *WD4R*
<http://www.qrz.com/db/WD4R>; include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Do not send cards to the National Hurricane Center.
Visit the *WX4NHC* <http://www.wx4nhc.org/> website for more information
about the station.
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