into the voice of the Association,
kHz at 2300Z
Net Seeks Net Control Operators
"With the 2016 hurricane season rapidly approaching, the Hurricane Watch Net is preparing for what looks to be an active season," HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. "It has been a long time since the US has seen a major hurricane make landfall." He believes the US may be overdue for one.
Graves said the HWN is always on the lookout for well-qualified, experienced net control operators who can effectively communicate with hurricane-prone areas from eastern Canada, the US East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. He said bilingual (English and Spanish) operators are a valuable asset.
Service Network Responds to Mayday Call from Stranded Vessel
"I tried to reverse with no effect," Moroney explained afterward to Latitude 38. "Within 10 minutes, conditions became extreme." Moroney said that after the ketch's hull and diesel fuel tank breached, an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) was activated, and a Mayday put out. "Within 15 minutes, the radios were underwater," Moroney said.
Taylor apprised the US Coast Guard of the situation and of the vessel's position. The French Navy subsequently dispatched a helicopter to the area within about 6 hours of the incident, airlifting the four unharmed crew members to safety. Efforts were reported under way to retrieve the grounded vessel.
The Coast Guard later called Taylor, to tell him that had he not monitored the Mayday, the consequences could have been devastating for the crew.
Assisting in the event were longtime net member William Sturridge, KI4MMZ, in Florida, and his friend Peter Mott, ZL1PWM, in New Zealand, who relayed information.
The Maritime Mobile Service Network monitors 14.300 MHz with operators on scheduled shifts from 1700 to 0300 UTC.
"This incident occurred
well after scheduled net operations, when propagation on 20 meters usually
is minimal at best," Assistant Net Manager Jeff Savasta, KB4JKL,
said. He pointed out that MMSN members often continue to monitor the
frequency outside of the net's regular schedule, keeping an ear open
for just such events. Read
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The QPC invites comments and questions.
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