Special Announcement: Hurricane Awareness Tour – P3 Hurricane Plane at Quonset State Airport – North Kingstown, RI – Monday 5/6/19 Public Tours: 2-5 PM

Hello to all..

The National Weather Service Boston/Norton Massachusetts forecast office in coordination with the National Hurricane Center will be hosting the P3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft and the C-130 Aircraft, part of the NOAA/National Hurricane Center Hurricane Awareness Tour, on Monday May 6th 2019 at the Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown RI. Public tours will be open from 200-500 PM. School, Media and VIP tours and presentations will occur between 915 AM-200 PM. This is similar to what was done in 2007 at Quonset State Airport in Rhode Island and 2011 at Otis Air Force Base in Falmouth, Massachusetts and this year’s event marks the first time in 8 years having the Hurricane Awareness Tour in Southern New England. Details on the Hurricane Awareness Tour can be seen via the following link:

https://www.weather.gov/box/2019HAT

In addition to the P3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft, there will be numerous information booths from numerous agencies at the base for the Hurricane Awareness Tour. This will include a ‘special event’ Amateur Radio Station to make contacts via Amateur Radio nationally and internationally and will include making contact with the National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Station in Miami Florida, WX4NHC. Amateur Operators will also be providing event communications for National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center personnel. The list of other Information booths for the Hurricane Awareness Tour is shown below:

NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
USAF Hurricane Hunters
National Hurricane Center
NWS Weather Prediction Center
NWS Boston/Norton Weather Forecast Office
Northeast River Forecast Center
Rhode Island Emergency Management
FEMA
American Red Cross
CoCoRaHS
USAA

Special thanks is given to FlightLevel Aviation for hosting this event at the Quonset State Airport!

Amateur Radio Talk-in frequencies will be the 147.075 MHz PL: 67.0 Hz Portsmouth RI Repeater and 146.52 MHz simplex.

We ask for wide distribution of this announcement and are looking forward to a great turnout for this event. This announcement will be retransmitted and updated with any changes by the weekend before this event.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
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