The Southeastern Division encompasses the Alabama, Georgia, Northern Florida, Southern Florida, West Central Florida, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands Sections and has the largest number of members of the ARRL’s fifteen Divisions.
Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, Miami Florida
WX4NHC will be On-The-Air for theAnnual Station Test on
Saturday, May 31st, 2014 from 9AM- 6 PM EDT ( 1300z - 2200z )
This will be our34 th year of public service at NHC.
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 1st and runs through November 30th.
This event is will be good practice for Ham Radio Operators world-wide as well as NWS Staff to become familiar with Amateur Radio communications available during times of severe weather.
WX4NHC will also be performing operator training.
We will be making brief contacts on many frequencies and modes, exchanging signal reports and basic weather data exchange (“Sunny”, or “Rain”, etc.) with any station in any location.
WX4NHC will be On-The-Air on HF, VHF, UHF , 2 & 30 meter APRS and WinLink firstname.lastname@example.org subject must contain “//WL2K”.
We will try to stay on the recognized Hurricane Watch Net frequency 14.325 MHz most of the time and announce when we QSY.
Due to space and equipment limitations, we will have 2 to 3 operators per shift, we can not be everywhere and every mode at the same time. You may be able to find us on HF by using one of the DX Spotting Networks, Such as the DX Summit Web Site: http://www.dxsummit.fi/Search.aspx
We will also be on VoIP Hurricane Net 4pm-6pm EST ( 2000z - 2200z )
Due to a server issue the EchoLink/IRLP Conference and Nodes have been changed for tomorrow’s WX4NHC Test Event.
The EchoLink conference will be *VKEMCOMM* EchoLink Conference Node: 270177/IRLP 9508.
Local South Florida area VHF & UHF Repeaters will be contacted.
QSL Cards are available via WD4R. Please send your card with a S.A.S.E.
Please do NOT send QSLs directly to the Hurricane Center address, as it will get delayed.
Due to security measures;
Please, NO VISITORS will be allowed entry to NHC without prior clearance from NHC PIO and Security.
Only WX4NHC Operators on the pre-approved operating schedule will be allowed entry.
For more information about WX4NHC, please visit our website www.wx4nhc.org
Thank you for your participation in the WX4NHC Annual Station Test event.
What is your purpose in publishing a story about an event, activity; past, current, or future? We often put pen to paper about something that has or will happen and in our passion and excitement fail to put the icing on the cake. We fail by neglecting consider why we are writing the article, producing a video, or making an audio tape.
The moments we take to organize our motivation for writing an article can seem like a waste of time or maybe seeking an answer to an elusive question. The “Why we are writing,” should not be the personal reason that we write but the goal oriented responses wish to achieve. What are you attempting to change in your audience? What do you want them to know? How can you make this information important to the reader?
If I were to write an article to publicize “Field Day” there would be at least two basic articles, one directed to active hams and one to non or inactive hams. Both articles would have the same basis of the what, when, and where, but the “Why” of the two messages would be very different. An article directed to the local active ham community would focus on the purpose of “Filed Day” and the benefit to the amateur radio community of conducting a Filed Day. That benefit would of course include putting a good face on ham radio for the local community but would also would include the need to dress well, have greeters to assist visitors to navigate Field Day and to understand ham radio.
No field day is complete without food, good food and given the time of the year it is an opportunity to dust off the grill, get a fresh bag of charcoal or fill a propane tank. Nothing like the smell of food drifting thru a field day site to encourage folks to stay a little longer and look a little further into Ham Radio. GOTA stations and displays just put the icing on the cake but we need someone to share our cake with.
Filed day without visitors is just an afternoon experimenting with the simple antennas and complicated radios in the great outdoors! What can we say to attract visitors to our ham radio field day site? How about asking them to join us on Field Day and share the fun of a growing hobby. They will meet their ham radio neighbors, enjoy some food and have fun. They would meet the amateur radio operators that in times of emergency are prepared to provide emergency communications for your community. We would ask them to bring children to ham radio field day. Take an opportunity to introduce their children to a hobby that is interesting, fun and, educational, a hobby they can share with their parents.
The basic process of tailoring a message to a particular audience involves understanding the reasons the particular group would have an interest in ham radio and tailoring the message to answer their questions. One question a local elected leader might have is, “How many people will be there?” Politicians not only like to shake hands they love to make promises. Fine by me, let them shake hands with the ham radio community and make us a few promises that they may not keep but. Reminding the politicians of previous promises is better than begging.
After you get the needed information together, structure the message, determined who your audience will be, set your message objectives, you have one more thought process to accomplish before you publish your message. How do you reach your audience. News Papers, Radio, TV, personal message or …? I will answer that question next week.