As of Thursday, 13 Sept. at 1700hrs Zulu we are increasing the AmCON to level 2 (Incident Imminent). Hurricane-force high sustained winds and extremely heavy rainfall are forecast and damage is imminent. Major disruptions to conventional power and telecommunications grids as well as transportation are expected in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, especially along the coastal areas.
As of this update, persistent (continuous) nets are being conducted on the 40m and 80m digital frequencies using beaconing modes FSQ Call and FT-8 Call. Additionally, nets are being conducted according to the AmRRON SOI. Please refer to the AmRRON Activation PDF for more details.
Expect a change to AmCON-1 (Active Incident) within the next 6 to 8 hours.
Click here to read more at AmRRON.com.
Edit: AmRRON went to AmCON 1 on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 0300 zulu.
Edit: AmRRON returned to AmCON 5 on September 17th, 2018, while continuing to support operations as needed.
The communications team has an amateur radio packet bulletin board system set up for member radio operator use. Operators who want to use the system should contact KW4MP or KC7QHE for help setting up your radio and computers to access the system.
From the ARRL, Array of Amateur Radio Resources Readying for Hurricane Harvey Response:
Amateur Radio resources are marshaling to assist in the response to Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to make landfall along the Texas coast on Friday (August 25) as a Category 3 storm. It would be the first storm to hit the US coast in more than a decade. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) already has swung into action, as the storm, which bears the threat not only of high winds but extensive and life-threatening storm surge flooding. Nearly 3 feet of rain could fall, if, as predicted, Harvey stalls along the Texas shoreline. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said he and his staff are keeping close watch on Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Watch Net
The Hurricane Watch Net activated on August 24 at 1500 UTC on 14.325 MHz, subsequently shifting to 7.268 MHz at 2300 UTC. The net planned to operate overnight and will resume daytime operation on 14.325 MHz at 1200 UTC. “Should band conditions dictate, we will operate both frequencies simultaneously,” Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said.
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Click here for ARRL Texas incident plans for Hurricane Harvey, including HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies. There are many frequencies in the plan.
Harvey Regains Strength, Hurricane Watch Net Plans to Activate
National Hurricane Center – Harvey
Weather.com – Hurricane Harvey
Today, AmRRON announced that it had moved the organization to level AmCON 3. Level 3 means that an incident is considered probable which would interrupt conventional communications, but not necessarily imminent.
*08 AUG 2017 UPDATE: *
Due to the increased probability of armed conflict with North Korea,
which is now nuclear-capable and could strike American cities on the
mainland, we are increasing our readiness levels and the AmRRON
Readiness Condition Level to 3. This means that while disruptions to
conventional communications are by no means imminent, there is an
Trump warns North Korea threats ‘will be met with fire and fury’
* President Donald Trump warns that threats from North Korea “will be
met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
* North Korea has successfully created a miniaturized nuclear weapon
that can fit in its missiles, according to NBC News and The
*Note from JJS: * This is significant. President Trump is warning that
these continued threats must stop and that he is prepared to carry out
military action. Previous attitudes and responses indicate that North
Korea will continue to agitate the US and other nations. Essentially,
Trump must make good on his word. If he does not, it will only embolden
North Korea and increase the danger to US citizens and interests, as
well as our allies. Essentially, it appears the time for talking and
negotiating are over. We’ll see. Boy Scout’s motto: “Be Prepared”
*Additionally, the previous open source (OSINT) information which
prompted us to raise to Level-4 several weeks ago is still relevant:*
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