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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX015 (2023)

ARLX015 Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Hurricanes Tammy and Norma

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 15  ARLX015
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 20, 2023
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX015 Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Hurricanes Tammy and Norma

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is activating for Hurricanes Tammy and
Norma. In an e-mail sent on the morning of Friday, October 20, 2023,
HWN Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, wrote:

"This morning 10/20, we have 2 Hurricanes threatening landfall.

"In the Atlantic, we have Tammy which strengthened into a Cat 1
Hurricane overnight.

"In the Eastern Pacific, we have Hurricane Norma. Once a Cat 4
Hurricane, it is now a Cat 3 storm, threatening Cabo San Lucas at
the southern tip of Baja California.
"We will activate HWN this afternoon at 5:00 PM EDT (2100 UTC) on
14.325 MHz (USB). This afternoon and early evening, we will be
lining up reporting stations in the path of Hurricane Tammy in the
northern Leeward Islands and for Hurricane Norma in Southern Baja
California. We will close operations at 8:00 PM EDT (0000 UTC).

"On Saturday, we will resume operations on 14.325 MHz (USB) at 8:00
AM EDT (1200 UTC) and remain active until no longer required. If
propagation dictates, we will utilize operations on 7.268 MHz

Graves thanked radio amateurs for cooperating with the net over use
of 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz.

In addition to HWN, the Hurricane VoIP Net and the WX4NHC amateur
radio station at the National Hurricane Center are also planning to

"Tammy has already intensified into a hurricane and we will activate
the VoIP Hurricane Net for Hurricane Tammy on Saturday 10/21/23 at
7:00 AM Eastern (1100 UTC)," said VoIP Weather Net Director of
Operations Rob Macedo, KD1CY.

"WX4NHC will be activating tomorrow (Saturday) morning 8:00 AM EDT
for Hurricane Tammy's approach to Guadeloupe and later possible
landfall on the Islands of Antigua and Barbuda. We will also be
monitoring all reports for Hurricane Norma forecast to make landfall
as a hurricane in Baja California Mexico tomorrow afternoon," said
Julio Ripoll, WD4R, at WX4NHC.

Net operations will be on Echolink 7203, IRLP 9219, and a number of
other resources, such as Allstar, Hamshack Hotline, Fusion, etc.
provided at, Additionally, Winlink users may
message KC5FM or use KC5FM-9 on APRS.

The full activation order is found at, .


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