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As howling storm battered Alaska, ham operators provided vital link
By Jill Burke of the Alaska Dispatch
November 12, 2011
The jet stream feeding the wintery sea-spun tempest that sideswiped Alaska’s western coast wasn’t the only worldwide conveyer belt in motion this week. As howling winds whipped up and crashing waves pounded beaches, the people who live in the remote, isolated villages along the storm’s path stayed connected via a web of global radio frequencies.
When other communications failed, ham radio operators came to the rescue. Throughout the storm, they were the eyes for scientists in Fairbanks and Anchorage who otherwise would have been blind to weather conditions they could predict but not see.
“They were providing critical observations. We don’t have a lot of meteorological observations in the west. We don’t have the instruments out there,” Carven Scott, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Anchorage, said Thursday as messages sent via the amateur radio network zapped into his inbox. Continue reading As howling storm battered Alaska, ham operators provided vital link
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IRESC echolink node 257246
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The International Radio Emergency Support Coalition ( IRESC International) has established radio and echolink operations in regards to the earthquake that occurred in the country of Turkey. Continue reading IRESC echolink node 257246
The Hurricane Watch Net is being activated for Hurricane Rina which is predicted to make landfall on the eastern edge of the Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday Oct 27. Continue reading Hurricane Rina
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