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New early season harmful algal bloom forecasts for Lake Erie are now available

NOAA News Releases - Sun, 2015-08-23 22:36
In response to increased demand for harmful algal bloom information and data, beginning today, NOAA researchers, and their partners at Heidelberg University, will issue new experimental, early season forecasts of the seasonal harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie. This information could be used by resource and public health managers deal with the toxic blooms, which can affect human and animal health.

NOAA announces $9 million in grants to improve coastal community resilience

NOAA News Releases - Sun, 2015-08-23 22:36
Two new NOAA grant programs will help coastal communities and their managers create on-the-ground projects to make them more resilient to the effects of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

Craig McLean named new leader for NOAA Research

NOAA News Releases - Sun, 2015-08-23 22:36
Today, NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D, announced that Craig McLean, deputy assistant administrator for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), has been selected to head the office, which is responsible for NOAA’s research enterprise, including laboratories and programs across the country.

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Sun, 23 Aug 2015 08:44:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Sun, 2015-08-23 20:44
FLUS44 KFWD 240144 AAA HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 844 PM CDT SUN AUG 23 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-241200- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 844 PM CDT SUN AUG 23 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...REST OF TONIGHT. THERE IS A LOW CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 20. LIGHTNING STRIKES WILL BE THE PRIMARY CONCERN. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. THERE IS A LOW CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MOST OF NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS MONDAY AND TUESDAY. SEVERE WEATHER IS NOT EXPECTED. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Sun, 23 Aug 2015 03:15:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Sun, 2015-08-23 15:16
FLUS44 KFWD 232015 HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 315 PM CDT SUN AUG 23 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-241230- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 315 PM CDT SUN AUG 23 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. THERE IS A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM COMANCHE TO PALESTINE. CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING...BRIEF HEAVY RAIN AND GUSTY WINDS WILL ACCOMPANY SOME STORMS. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MOST OF NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS MONDAY AND TUESDAY. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE NOT EXPECTED. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$

VoIP Hurricane Prep Net Report - Saturday August 22nd, 2015

VoIP SKYWARN Hurricane Net - Sun, 2015-08-23 07:26

The following stations checked into the Skywarn Hurricane Prep
Net for Aug. 22, 2015. Checkins are taken via voice (Echolink
or IRLP), and via Echolink textbox. Note that only one checkin
per callsign will be noted on the log...no matter which way you
checkin to the net. The callsign location data is noted from the
HamData and QRZ websites, unless otherwise noted. In the notes
below, the web address of the VoIP Skywarn Hurricane Prep Net is
FIRST, due to display issues with Facebook.

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Question/Comment Of The Week from Lloyd, KC5FM:

On the 10th anniversary of Katrina, what are you doing differently now because of that storm?

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Voice Checkins (Echolink/IRLP): (22)

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K2DCD, Dennis, Ewing, New Jersey (Net Control)
WX1DER, Daryl, Little Rock, Arkansas (Backup Net Control)
KC5FM, Lloyd, Altus, Oklahoma (Net Management)
WA3TOY, Kurt, Pasadena, Maryland (Skywarn)
KJ4EJH, John, Newport, North Carolina (Skywarn)
KJ4JPE, Janice, Newport, North Carolina (Skywarn)
WB8YYS, Gregg, Stow, Ohio
VK3JED, Tony, Victoria, Austrailia
VE9MTB, Rick, New Brunswick, Canada (CANWARN)
NP3OD, Francisco, San Juan, Puerto Rico
N1VXP, Rick, Chillicothe, Ohio
N2HLB, John, Ellenville, New York
KG5CEN, Glen, Slidell, Louisiana
KA5EZQ, Rick, Belle Chasse, Louisiana
AF5JG, Eric, Marrero, Louisiana
N5ZUA, Steven, Houston, Texas
N5OZG, Joe, Metarie, Louisiana
KG6FIY, Endaf, Long Beach, California
WB7PTR, Lynn, New Orleans, Louisiana
K8ARL, Karl, Tiffin, Ohio
WA2AQQ, Bob, East Meadow, New York
KG5IOK, Terry, Spring, Texas

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Textbox Checkins: (11)

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NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Sun, 23 Aug 2015 04:20:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Sun, 2015-08-23 04:20
FLUS44 KFWD 230920 HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 420 AM CDT SUN AUG 23 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-241100- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 420 AM CDT SUN AUG 23 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT. THERE IS A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHT MAINLY ALONG AND NORTH OF THE I-20 CORRIDOR. CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING AND BRIEF HEAVY RAIN WILL ACCOMPANY SOME OF THESE STORMS. WIND GUSTS OVER 40 MPH MAY ACCOMPANY A FEW OF THE STORMS THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNSET. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. THERE WILL BE AT LEAST A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MOST OF NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE NOT EXPECTED. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$

NWS-FWD Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook on Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:07:00 CDT

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Sat, 2015-08-22 20:07
FLUS44 KFWD 230107 AAA HWOFWD HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 807 PM CDT SAT AUG 22 2015 TXZ091>095-100>107-115>123-129>135-141>148-156>162-174-175-240115- MONTAGUE-COOKE-GRAYSON-FANNIN-LAMAR-YOUNG-JACK-WISE-DENTON-COLLIN- HUNT-DELTA-HOPKINS-STEPHENS-PALO PINTO-PARKER-TARRANT-DALLAS- ROCKWALL-KAUFMAN-VAN ZANDT-RAINS-EASTLAND-ERATH-HOOD-SOMERVELL- JOHNSON-ELLIS-HENDERSON-COMANCHE-MILLS-HAMILTON-BOSQUE-HILL-NAVARRO- FREESTONE-ANDERSON-LAMPASAS-CORYELL-BELL-MCLENNAN-FALLS-LIMESTONE- LEON-MILAM-ROBERTSON- 807 PM CDT SAT AUG 22 2015 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS. .DAY ONE...TONIGHT. NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL ACCOMPANY A COLD FRONT AS IT MOVES SLOWLY SOUTH THROUGH NORTH TEXAS LATE SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE NOT EXPECTED. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. $$

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 2015-08-21 12:41

Solar activity declined over the past reporting week, August 13-19. Average daily sunspot numbers went from 82.3 during the previous seven days, to 37.4 in the most recent period.

Average daily solar flux also declined over the same two weeks, from a mean of 112.4 to 91. Average planetary A index went from 11.7 in the previous week to 21.4 in the recent seven days. Activity over August 15-17 dro...

IARU Reiterates Commitment to Coordinate Satellites Only Within International Band Plans

ARRL News - Fri, 2015-08-21 10:21

In apparent reference to efforts by China’s Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) to coordinate operating frequencies for nine satellites set to launch in early September, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has made it clear that it will not coordinate frequencies do not conform with accepted band plans for all three IARU regions. The IARU has informed CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, that it ...

FCC Proposes to Fine Ohio Radio Amateur for Malicious Interference, Failure to Identify

ARRL News - Thu, 2015-08-20 16:47

The FCC has proposed levying an $8000 fine on a Cincinnati, Ohio, radio amateur, Daniel R. Hicks, KB8UYZ, who, at one point, had volunteered to track down the interference he was causing on a number of primarily VHF repeaters. In a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) released on August 20, the FCC Enforcement Bureau asserted that Hicks intentionally interfered with other Amateur R...

NOAA declares deaths of large whales in Gulf of Alaska an unusual mortality event

NOAA News Releases - Thu, 2015-08-20 14:45
NOAA is declaring the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an "unusual mortality event," triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause. An unusual mortality event is a stranding event that is unexpected, involves a significant die-off of a marine mammal population, and demands immediate response.

Radio Amateurs and America’s Secret Submarine

ARRL News - Thu, 2015-08-20 13:13

 

Groton Connecticut, 1966: The keel was laid for a radically new US Navy nuclear submarine. She was to be small, dive deeper than any other, and roll along on the very bottom of the ocean using large tandem sand tires. Propelled by the world's smallest naval nuclear reactor, she would have extraordinary mission duration. She was to be built and to be operated in great secrecy. This was "Submari...

Home of Well-Known Contester K0RF Badly Damaged by Fire

ARRL News - Wed, 2015-08-19 22:55

A fire late in the afternoon of August 18 has badly damaged the Boulder County, Colorado, home of well-known contester Chuck Cullian, K0RF. George Schultz, W0UA, who has operated from K0RF on many occasions, explained that the building is roughly divided into a residential side and a garage/ham radio shack side. He said Cullian told him that the fire pretty thoroughly gutted the residence, leav...

ARES Supports 60,000 Runners for Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta

ARRL News - Wed, 2015-08-19 14:25

For the past 45 years, residents of Atlanta, Georgia, have celebrated Independence Day by closing one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares and allowing 60,000 runners to take part in the Peachtree Road Race, sponsored by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Atlanta Track Club. Supporting the runners are some 5000 volunteers, including more than 50 Amateur Radio operators. Nearly 200,000 spec...

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend Registration Tops 500 this Year

ARRL News - Wed, 2015-08-19 14:14

The number of registrations in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) reached 506, with 32 countries represented. Activity for the August 15-16 event was higher this year from the major seafaring nations of Australia, England, and Germany, adding to growth from Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, France, Portugal and Scotland, ILLW organizers reported. That was down from 2014, however, w...

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