Hurricane Frequencies

This could be a very interesting few days on the shortwave radio bands with the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Remember to avoid operating on the listed amateur radio frequencies for the next few days.

These frequencies were shared on the QRP list by Kevin KD5ONS:

Hurricane Frequency Listings

(Unless otherwise noted, times are UTC, freq in kHz)

Government, NGO & Military frequencies

02670.0 USB USCG wx Cape Hatteras NC (0133 1303)
02670.0 USB USCG wx Fort Macon NC (0103 1233)
02670.0 USB USCG wx Eastern Shore VA (0233 1403)
02670.0 USB USCG wx Hampton Roads VA (0203 1333)
02670.0 USB USCG wx San Francisco (0203 1403)
02670.0 USB USCG wx Los Angeles/Long Beach CA (1303 2103)
02670.0 USB USCG wx Honolulu (0903 2103)
02670.0 USB USCG wx Marianas Section Guam (0705 2205)
02802.4 USB American Red Cross Disaster (F-91)
03171.4 USB American Red Cross Disaster (F-92)
04426.0 USB USCG wx NMN Portsmouth (0330 0500 0930)
04426.0 USB USCG wx NMC San Francisco (0430 1030)
04724.0 USB GHFS
05136.4 USB American Red Cross Disaster (F-93)
05141.4 USB American Red Cross Disaster (F-94)
05211.0 USB FEMA
05236.0 USB SHARES Coordination Network (nationwide HF voice
06501.0 USB USCG wx NMN Portsmouth (0330 0500 0930 1130 1600
2200 2330)
06501.0 USB USCG wx NMO Honolulu (0600 1200)
06501.0 USB USCG wx Marianas Section Guam (0930 1530)
06739.0 USB GHFS
06859.5 USB American Red Cross Disaster (F-95)
07507.0 USB USN/USCG hurricane net (pri)
07508.5 USB FAA Caribbean hurricane net
07550.5 USB American Red Cross Disaster (F-96 – primary)
07698.5 USB American Red Cross Disaster (F-97)
08764.0 USB USCG wx NMN Portsmouth (0330 0500 0930 1130 1600
1730 2200 2330)
08764.0 USB USCG wx NMC San Francisco (0430 1030 1630 2230)
08764.0 USB USCG wx NMO Honolulu (0000 0600 1200 1800)
08992.0 USB GHFS
09380.0 USB USN/USCG hurricane net (sec)
10493.0 USB FEMA
11175.0 USB GHFS
13089.0 USB USCG wx NMN Portsmouth (1130 1600 1730 2200 2330)
13089.0 USB USCG wx NMC San Francisco (0430 1030 1630 2230)
13089.0 USB USCG wx NMO Honolulu (0000 1800)
13089.0 USB USCG wx Marianas Section Guam (0300 2130)
13200.0 USB GHFS
13510.0 USB Pictures from CFH Halifax (1000-2200)
14396.5 USB SHARES Coordination Network (nationwide HF voice
15016.0 USB GHFS
17314.0 USB USCG wx from NMN Portsmouth (1730)
17314.0 USB USCG wx from NMC San Francisco (1630 2230)

Amateur Radio HF Emergency Hurricane Nets

01984.0 LSB Virgin Islands (VI, Puerto Rico, Lesser Antilles)
03710.0 LSB Puerto Rico
03808.0 LSB Caribbean Wx (1030)
03815.0 LSB Antigua/Antilles Emergency and Weather
03815.0 LSB Inter-island (continuous watch)
03818.0 LSB Antigua/Antilles
03845.0 LSB Gulf Coast West Hurricane
03862.5 LSB Mississippi Section Traffic
03865.0 LSB West Virginia Emergency
03873.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane
03873.0 LSB Louisiana ARES Emergency (night)
03873.0 LSB Texas ARES Emergency (night)
03873.0 LSB Mississippi ARES Emergency
03905.0 LSB Pacific ARES (Hawaii)
03905.0 LSB Delaware Emergency
03907.0 LSB Carolina Coast Emergency
03910.0 LSB Mississippi ARES
03910.0 LSB Louisiana Traffic
03910.0 LSB Virginia Emergency, Alpha (ARES/RACES)
03913.0 LSB New York State Emergency
03915.0 LSB South Carolina SSB NTS
03915.0 LSB Massachusetts/Rhode Island Emergency
03917.0 LSB Eastern Pennsylvania Emergency
03920.0 LSB Maryland Emergency
03923.0 LSB Mississippi ARES
03923.0 LSB North Carolina ARES Emergency (Tar Heel)
03925.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane
03925.0 LSB New York State Emergency
03925.0 LSB Louisiana Emergency (altn)
03927.0 LSB North Carolina ARES (health & welfare)
03925.0 LSB Southwest Traffic (altn)
03935.0 LSB Belize
03935.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane
03935.0 LSB Louisiana ARES (health & welfare)
03935.0 LSB Texas ARES (health & welfare)
03935.0 LSB Mississippi ARES (health & welfare)
03935.0 LSB Alabama Emergency
03937.0 LSB Western Massachusetts ARES
03940.0 LSB Southern Florida Emergency
03947.0 LSB Virginia Emergency, Bravo (health & welfare)
03950.0 LSB Hurricane Watch (Amateur-to-National Hurricane
Center) (altn)
03950.0 LSB Northern Florida Emergency
03955.0 LSB South Texas Emergency
03960.0 LSB Northeast Coast Hurricane
03965.0 LSB Alabama Emergency (altn)
03965.0 LSB Connecticut Emergency
03967.0 LSB Gulf Coast (outgoing traffic)
03970.0 LSB New Jersey ARES
03975.0 LSB Georgia ARES
03975.0 LSB Texas RACES
03980.0 LSB Southeast Virginia ARES
03987.5 LSB Mexican National
03990.5 LSB New Jersey RACES
03993.0 LSB New York State RACES
03993.5 LSB Gulf Coast (health & welfare)
03993.5 LSB South Carolina ARES/RACES Emergency
03995.0 LSB Gulf Coast Wx
03995.0 LSB Western New York State Coordination
07055.0 LSB El Grupo Seguimiento de Huracanes (Spanish)
07060.0 LSB Mexican (emergency and health & welfare) (Spanish)
07070.0 LSB Manana (Baja California)
07090.0 LSB Central America Emergency
07145.0 LSB Bermuda
07165.0 LSB Antigua/Antilles Emergency and Weather
07165.0 LSB Inter-island 40-meter (continuous watch)
07225.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane
07230.0 LSB New York State Emergency
07230.0 LSB Southwest Traffic
07232.0 LSB North Carolina ARES Emergency (Tar Heel) (altn)
07235.0 LSB Louisiana Emergency
07235.0 LSB Baja California
07235.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane
07235.0 LSB West Virginia
07235.0 LSB Louisiana Emergency
07240.0 LSB American Red Cross US Gulf Coast Disaster
07240.0 LSB Texas Emergency
07240.0 LSB Virginia Emergency, Bravo (health & welfare)
07242.0 LSB Southern Florida ARES Emergency (altn)
07243.0 LSB Alabama Emergency
07243.0 LSB South Carolina Emergency
07245.0 LSB Southern Louisiana
07245.0 LSB New York State RACES
07247.5 LSB Northern Florida ARES Emergency (altn)
07248.0 LSB Texas RACES
07250.0 LSB Belize
07250.0 LSB Texas Emergency
07254.0 LSB Northern Florida Emergency
07260.0 LSB Gulf Coast West Hurricane
07260.0 LSB Virginia Emergency, Alpha (ARES/RACES) (altn)
07264.0 LSB Gulf Coast (health & welfare)
07265.0 LSB Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio (SATERN)
07268.0 LSB Bermuda
07268.0 LSB Waterway
07273.0 LSB Texas ARES (altn)
07275.0 LSB Georgia ARES
07280.0 LSB NTS Region 5
07280.0 LSB Louisiana Emergency (altn)
07283.0 LSB Gulf Coast (outgoing only)
07285.0 LSB Louisiana ARES Emergency (day)
07285.0 LSB Mississippi ARES Emergency
07285.0 LSB Texas ARES Emergency (day)
07290.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane
07290.0 LSB Gulf Coast Wx
07290.0 LSB Texas ARES (health & welfare)
07290.0 LSB Louisiana ARES (health & welfare) (day)
07290.0 LSB Texas ARES (health & welfare)
07290.0 LSB Mississippi ARES (health & welfare)
07290.0 LSB Hawaii Emergency
07290.0 LSB Traffic
14185.0 USB Caribbean Emergency
14200.0 USB (Please advise)
14215.0 USB Pacific Inter-island
14222.0 USB Health & Welfare
14245.0 USB Health & Welfare
14265.0 USB Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio (SATERN)
14268.0 USB Amateur Radio Readiness Group
14275.0 USB Bermuda
14275.0 USB International Amateur Radio
14283.0 USB Caribus (health & welfare)
14300.0 USB Intercontinental Traffic
14300.0 USB Maritime Mobile Service
14303.0 USB International Assistance & Traffic
14313.0 USB Intercontinental Traffic (altn)
14313.0 USB Maritime Mobile Service (altn)
14316.0 USB Health & Welfare
14320.0 USB Health & Welfare
14325.0 USB Hurricane Watch (Amateur-to-National Hurricane
14340.0 USB Louisiana (1900)
14340.0 USB Manana (1900)
14340.0 USB California-Hawaii
21310.0 USB Health & Welfare (Spanish)
21390.0 USB Inter-Americas (health & welfare)
21400.0 USB Transatlantic Maritime
28410.0 USB New Jersey ARES
28450.0 USB Health & Welfare (Spanish)

Hurricane Watch Net

Whenever a hurricane is within 300 miles of land in the Northern Western
Hemisphere, the Hurricane Watch Net is operational on 14325 kHz. The
Hurricane Watch Net provides communication between the amateur radio
W4EHW located at the National Hurricane Center, and the affected areas.

American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

During a communications emergency, W1AW transmits special bulletins
hourly by voice, teleprinter and CW (Morse) according to the following
Please note that these frequencies are in Mhz

Voice (hh:00) 01855.0 03990.0 07290.0 14290.0 18160.0
21390.0 28590.0

Teleprinter (hh:15) 03625.0 07095.0 14095.0 18102.5 21095.0

CW (hh:30) 01818.0 03581.5 07047.5 14047.5 18097.5 21067.5


Bye Bye Miss American Pie

National Post has this quote in an excerpt from Mark Steyn’s book “After America” where he explains how bureaucrats now run everything…

“participation is the essence of citizenship”

This in reference to inspectors in Pennsylvania banning homemade pies at a church bake sale.

Stein says that a citizen who submits to a state pie regime is a subject, not a citizen.

Sound vaguely familiar?

Ontario hams on call but is anybody home?

This note just came in from Jim Taylor, VA3KU,  Amateur Radio Program Coordinator, Emergency Management Ontario who has given me permission to reproduce it here.

 Hello Peter,
                   Emergency Management Ontario has been monitoring the situation in Goderich, I was notified of the situation by the Duty Officer shortly after the event took place and although ARES services were not required EMO ARES was on alert and ready to supply communications support if required.
Although the EMO Radio Group supports the RAC ARES Ontario program I have found it difficult to make it clear at times that our group reports directly to Emergency Management Ontario and support all ARES/EMCOMM groups in Ontario regardless of whether or not they are affiliated with RAC or an independent group.
The RAC ARES Ontario DEC/EC contact database is seriously out of date and on numerous occasions have informed RAC of the current contact list which has been ignored. RAC has setup a new website  and it still has old contact information listed in the Ontario section. This should be a matter of great concern as this is how local government officials would make contact with local groups in the event of required services. It is not about what RAC perceives as to how the ARES program should operate but rather the needs of communities and the government agencies who are responsible for their safety.
Focus should be on the support of all NGO’s that provide community support during emergencies and disasters, the EMO Radio Group works closely with such agencies as; Red Cross, Salvation Army, St John Ambulance and CFARS.
There is so much more than the RAC ARES program in place in Ontario, many other groups provide community response service
(see: and it is high time that RAC gets their collective heads out of the sand and start working with other groups in a true spirit of cooperation.
Jim Taylor, VA3KU
Amateur Radio Program Coordinator
Emergency Management Ontario
Provincial Emergency Operations Centre

It couldn’t happen here

But it did!

A deadly tornado that newspaper headlines say was “like an atomic bomb” went off in Goderich, Ontario prompting a declared state of emergency .

The town which is about 100 km north of London Ontario is essentially locked down this morning (Monday, Aug. 22) as clean up begins.

Are Ontario hams ready to respond to a similar disaster should it occur in a major metropolitan area?

The force F2 – F3 tornado that hit Goderich brings back memories of the 1985 Barrie tornado outbreak when 13 separate tornadoes, two of which were rated at F4, level communities and resulted in a large scale ARES response.

So where are we in Ontario? Who the heck knows? We’ve got a dysfunctional and arrogant RAC organization that has run ARES into the ground in Ontario so much so that a competing helping organization ECOA has sprung up.

While RAC focuses on authoring system operating manuals (which isn’t a bad idea if done with widespread consultation but comes at a time when the vast majority of members are so disenfranchised that another ponderous tome written by another bureaucrat is just another bad move by an organization that’s been making a lot of them.) we’re sitting on a ticking time bomb.

Amateur Radio has a roll to play in helping out when disaster strikes. Following a major incident official emergency agencies are overtaxed and understaffed. Helping agencies like the Canadian Red Cross and the Salvation Army have the resources to put into play but no way to communicate with them.

That’s where Amateur Radio can play a pivotal role if we’re organized and prepared. I’d hate to think what would happen if a Force 4 tornado ripped through Mississauga but I can tell you that the Red Cross and Salvation Army would be ready to respond.

The photo was taken off the London Free Press site which has a slideshow of photos from yesterday’s tornado.

Blind faith*

(This post originally appear in my social media blog The West Agency earlier today.)

I was talking with a friend yesterday who mentioned that she never listens to the news on radio, watches any TV or reads the daily newspapers. She reasoning was she found the news too depressing.

“It’s all bad news,” she said.

Listening to CBC Radio this morning there were a couple of times I too turned away from reports of things I can not control and which are…well…just too depressing.

But later in the morning I found myself reading the three daily newspapers that land at my front door and I consumed the news at the same time I consumed my first coffee.

So what’s the point?

What if everyone stopped consuming the news? What would our world be like?

Certainly we can leave running society to those who were elected and govern can’t we? We must have faith in our police departments like Toronto’s or Vancouver’s or the English police services all of which fought pitched battles with hooligans and other chronic malcontents to protect us right?

I mean if you can’t trust your local politician or police person or security guard at Walmart, well who can you trust? We can trust our religious leaders of course.

And, what exactly is the responsibility of a  member of any organization, group or state?

Perhaps we should ask the citizens of Libya whose government is shelling their cities from gunboats?

Okay maybe that’s too harsh.

How about we ask the hundreds of thousands of followers of anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare whose attempted hunger fast could change government policy in India forever?

What about here at home where people go hungry and lineup at food banks in one of he most wealthy communities in Canada and where I had the privilege this week of doing some work for community groups involved in fundraising?

And then what happens to the members of these organizations, groups and states who leave the work of being informed and being involved to the experts or the elected or the opportunistic?

They, the people, the members, find themselves disenfranchised and eventually powerless to bring about any meaningful change.

Their vision for the future is lost and no other vision emerges.

Calls for reform go unheeded. There is no public outcry. If anything, committees are struck and promises mouthed that never result in change. It’s more and more of the same-old, same-old and the life goes out of the society itself.

For more enlightened reading go get a copy of Animal Farm or 1984. Either will do.

And the title for this piece:

Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.
Bruce Springsteen

Doing what’s Expected

So from RAC this week we have a few announcements of good news…a possible frequency or two at 60meters … A reshuffling of personnel out east… But these are the simple things we should expect and nothing to slap ourselves on our collective backs. No these are the least of good deeds and have little to nothing to do with what actually needs to be done.

And what needs to be done is engage the membership in a meaningful way. The absolute lack of any meaningful participation by anyone else than executive members (and really it was only the president who spoke at length) is a base indicator of the greater problem facing our organization.

Here’s a cautionary tale. Last weekend here in Oakville we just enjoyed a very successful Jazz Festival (my photos are post on Peter West Photo) but surprise, surprise there are two web sites for the festival. One is the official site and the second one has been put up by another group. Strange. Are the authors of the second site so unhappy that they posted their own content? It appears as if this is the case.

Same thing with RAC.

Go visit CQ Canada and ask yourself: If you’re not getting what Amateur Radio in Canada needs then what are we going to do about it?

BTW my MacBook Pro is in getting a new burner and 4gigs more RAM so this post from my IPhone. My thumbs are numb.

Why Organizations Fail


This post is only for people who love to ponder why some groups succeed and some fail.

Graham, VE3GTC, sent me a bunch of links to articles about group-think and why organizations fail. This is a major time-waster but a fascinating read.

The authors talk about how dissent is poorly handled by some leaders and how creativity is squelched in large organizations. There’s some information about how executive members tend to recruit others of similar outlook so they will “fit in” and “not rock the boat.”

Of course this type of recruiting kills initiative and new ideas but at least everyone can get along. Right? Well no. What happens is there are no new ideas generated or actions taken and the group fails.

So we should encourage diversity in groups? Well yes but dissenters in groups are often labelled as trouble-makers and relations descend into personal attacks.

Boy does this sound familiar.

Anyway if you want some insight into how groups work or don’t work here are the links and thanks to VE3GTC:,9171,1880651,00.html

The RAC AGM – So What’s the Plan for the Future?

RAC held its annual general meeting in Newfoundland with about 22 hams in the room and 19 (later reduced to 16) people linked in via an online webinar.

I’m thrilled that there was a webinar but it’s a shame that more effort wasn’t put into promoting it but it was a good first effort. You see webinars  promote more open disclosure and communications. This webinar is first good step and should be encouraged and repeated at all future events.

But let’s look at the reality. If we take the RAC guys out of the room all told only about 20 hams in total (in person and online) out of the entire Amateur Radio population in Canada estimated to be as many as 45,000 took the two hours to attend.

This means RAC is not enrolling its membership.

The members are voting with their level of participation. This means to me that the members aren’t seeing the value of being RAC member anymore. This is frightening and needs to be turned around.

What did these 20 stalwarts hear?

RAC is spiralling down as far as membership is concerned and nothing concrete is planned to combat this crisis. There is some wringing of hands but no action that I’ve heard about.

The second big issue that has been hurting RAC has been its dismal financial situation.

The good news is RAC will balance its budget in 2011 but the bad news is almost all of the savings have come by cutting services. This means we get less for our membership dollar.

Instead of being roughly $55,000 in the hole, the expense reductions come from cutting costs at The Canadian Amateur and some legal issues that cost a bundle which are now over. Staff costs have been reduced and we haven’t spent much on the website which was supposed to be a priority but remains its tired old self.

The outgoing QSL bureau is still costing us about $8,000 a year. Someone should really compare this cost to similar bureaus in other countries. Do we need a gold-plated outgoing QSL bureau?

One good thing to report is Ontario North director Bill Unger says a meeting has been setup with the new minister of transport here in Ontario re Bill 118 the distracted driving legislation. Go get’m Bill and congratulations on this action step.

Aside from reporting that the board and executive met in October there was nothing about the long-promised vision statement or the transformational change that was promised in TCA. The transformational change would have necessitated involving all the members and clearly that hasn’t happened.

Also, unlike this meeting in Newfoundland where the executive get their expenses paid for (including travel), the October meeting expenses came out of their pockets and it’s really a shame that nothing came of it. This seems like a wasted effort.

President Bawden said something near the end of the meeting to the effect that some people (?) should stop writing about the problems at RAC and help out with the solutions.

That would be me except I had such a bad experience working on this executive that I’m not going back until there are some fundamental changes and then we’ll see.

For anyone who would like a roadmap on how to change an organization I’d invite you to visit CQ Canada. IMHO there’s more clear thinking and proposed action steps to be found on these pages than anything I’ve heard recently.

How to Post Comments to a Blog

The issues engulfing RAC are attracting a lot of comments. I’ve had several requests for information about how to make a comment so here’s some information on how to post a comment.

First DO NOT PHONE me 🙂

I write and publish a half a dozen blogs with a readership in the thousands weekly. I don’t take phone calls unless you’re offering money for a job. (I’m a photographer with a variety of sites; a public relations practitioner specializing in social media; and a business/personal coach among other things.)

My blog posting here and elsewhere are my opinions only. They do not represent any organization or group. If you want to provide a comment (either positive or negative) you’re welcome to do so. It’s my choice whether or not I post it.

All comments are first moderated by me to ensure they are not libellous, slanderous, constitute a defamation of character nor are they racist, sexist and homophobic among other issues. (If I leave the comments open I get all of the above.)

As I said once I read your comment it’s up to me whether or not to post it. I tend to post just about everything that is sent to me. But, as in the above cases, there is a limit. I also tend to post comments once. So if you keep sending me comments about the something sooner or later I’ll stop publishing them.

If you feel badly about this then start your own blog and I’ll post comments on your blog.

(Use WordPress to start your own blog. It’s free and easy to do. You can have a blog up and running inside of 15 minutes. This is a service I sell to business types for $500 to $1500 and they love it.)

Once you’ve sent me a comment and it’s posted don’t ask me to edited it for you.

I occasionally will remove posts or comments upon request but I don’t make a habit of it as (a) I don’t have the time (b) or the patience and (c) I don’t get paid to publish this blog and I’m under no obligation to do your editing (which goes for $75 an hour).

Also it is online etiquette not to change or erase anything previously published. This is not a hard and fast rule but it is convention.

(Having said that if you do something you really really regret saying I will remove the copy but there’s no guarantee on this so be forewarned.)

Publishing your own blog is fun and educational. Every blog I have is also tied to a Twitter account so my loyal followers can be alerted to the new posts.

So if anything on this blog or any other blog is of interest to you then please join the conversation by adding your comments. Comments are what make blogs work. I look forward to receiving yours.