Hurricane Irma To Come Ashore Saturday

The latest computer model runs put Irma in a path that follows the full length of the Florida Penninsula starting sometime late Saturday night.

The illustration shown here is of the expected winds from Irma and their expected time of arrival. One cannot over–stress the importance of paying attention to the approach of this dangerous storm. Where you can, get out of the way. Leave Now! If you choose to stay, please be safe and get to a substantial structure that will withstand the hurricane force winds coming your way.

The SATERN International 20 meter SSB Net will be on the air for the third day in a row listening for messages OUT OF the affected area. Operating hours each day are 14:00z (09:00 AM CDT) to 23:00z (06:00 PM CDT). The normal net frequency of 14.265 Mhz is being used and members are encouraged to listen to the Hurricane Watch Net for other traffic on 14.325 Mhz (20m) and 7.268 Mhz (40m evening). The *WX-NET* EchoLink conference is active for members who work with the SKWARN / NHC weather reporting.

It is important to remember on all these nets and the EchoLink conference, the best method is to listen A LOT and talk a little or not at all. NEVER break into net operations or EchoLink conference just to say you are present. More net etiquette can be found on this web site from our Training Menu.

Health and Welfare requests are not being forwarded INTO the area at this time. If you have urgent need for H & W information, please go to the Red Cross Safe and Well web page –  HERE.

This bulletin was released this morning by Bill Feist, WB8BZH SATERN National Liaison:

Hurricane Irma:

As everyone knows by now, Hurricane Irma is a “potentially catastrophic” hurricane forecasted to make landfall on the Florida Keys and Southern tip of Florida sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday (09/10/2017) morning. It is then forecast to move straight up the entire Florida peninsula into Georgia and Tennessee with potentially serious impacts on South and North Carolina and the midwest..

Serious communications interruptions are very likely, especially in Florida.

In addition, Hurricane Irma has already had a devastating impact on several island nations and U.S. Territories in the Caribbean.

SATERN:

International SATERN SSB Net:
The International SATERN SSB Net will remain in Delta II mode through Saturday, 16 September 2017. This includes operations on Sunday 10 September. The hours will remain as they have been all of this week - 0900 (CT) / 1400 Z through 1800 (CT) / 2300 Z each day.

Southern Territory SATERN Net:
The Southern Territory SATERN Net will be activated beginning on Saturday 09 September 2017 through Saturday, 16 September 2017. The Southern Territory Net will begin at the same time the International SATERN Net ends - 1800 (CT) / 2300 Z - and will operate until 2200 (CT) / 0300 Z. It will resume operations at 0700 (CT) / 1200 Z until 1000 (CT) / 1500 Z

In other words, the International SATERN Net will be active during the daytime hours when the 20 meter band is generally open (barring atmospheric disruptions) and the Southern Territory SATERN Net will be open in the late evening and early morning hours when 20 meters is not active yet.


Net Operations Protocols:

All Net Control Operators need to do the following:

  1. Ask for, and leave a break for, emergency, priority or health & welfare message traffic between each station’s comments. Collecting this information is the primary duty of the SATERN Net during this emergency.
  2. Collect a brief situation report from the stations’ location that includes:
    1. Is there any hurricane wind damage? If so, is it minor moderate or severe?
    2. Is there any tornado damage? If so, is it minor moderate or severe?
    3. Is there any flood or storm surge damage? If so, is it minor moderate or severe?
    4. Are there any power outages? If so, how wide–spread?
    5. Are there any communications disruptions? If so, what kind and how wide–spread?

Neither the SATERN Net nor SATERN.org will be accepting INBOUND Health & Welfare Inquiries (Health & Welfare Messages inquiring about the health and welfare of people inside an impacted area). INBOUND Health & Welfare Inquiries should be referred to the American Red Cross Safe and Well program at:  safeandwell.communityos.org

SATERN is only accepting OUTBOUND emergency, priority or health & welfare messages that are coming OUT OF the disaster impact area.

THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR NET CONTROL OPERATORS ON BOTH NETS.

Any who wishes to volunteer as a Net Control or Assistant Net Control Operator for a one hour time slot or has questions about this activation for the International SATERN SSB Net should contact Net Manager Ken Gilliland (AG6SV) at ag6sv (at) att (dot) net and Bob Rogers (WA5EEZ) at BobRgrs (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Any who wishes to volunteer as a Net Control or Assistant Net Control Operator for a one hour time slot or has questions about this activation for the Southern Territory SATERN Net should be forwarded to Net Manager Ken Standard (AD5XJ) at ad5xj (at) arrl (dot) net .

Both the International SATERN SSB Net and the Southern Territory SATERN Net strongly encourage the participation of bi–lingual (English & Spanish) amateur radio operators on their Nets.

International SATERN Digital Net:
There are no current plans to activate this net at this time.

Updated 11:00 AM CDT Here is the computer run from the National Hurricane Center done this AM. While the 10:00 AM CDT models show a slight degradation of the storm, it is still forecast to have Cat. 1 winds by the time it reaches the Northern end of the state.

Rev. 1.00 2017-09-08 AD5XJ