Special Announcement: National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans Louisiana Amateur Radio Workshop to Be Livestreamed – Tuesday 4/23/19 Amateur Radio Workshop 1130 AM-600 PM EDT/1030 AM-500 PM CDT

Hello to all…

Amateur Radio will again be represented at the 2019 National Hurricane Conference which will be held this year in New Orleans Louisiana. The conference theme is to improve hurricane preparedness as it has been in past years. All Amateur Radio sessions are free. For 2019, all the Amateur Radio sessions will be on Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 from 1130 AM-115 PM EDT (1030 AM-1215 PM CDT) and 230-600 PM EDT (130-500 PM CDT). Each presenter will not only give an overview of their respective group but also how their group handled both the historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season and the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. We will be working to have the session livestreamed, however, in recent years, we have had issues with proper Internet connectivity speeds to support the livestream due to restrictions on Internet speed on some hotel Internet providers. Right now, the plan is to provide it but if not the videos will be uploaded and provided post event and that will be done regardless of livestream capability.

Amateur Radio presentations recorded and livestreamed via Youtube follow below:


Here is the session breakdown:

Detailed Schedule Outline – All Times (Eastern Daylight Time – EDT) but please note that where this is in New Orleans Louisiana, their local time zone is CDT hence the difference in timing for the east coast this year:
1130 AM-1135 AM: Opening Remarks
1135 AM-1205 PM: Importance of Amateur Radio Surface Reports (WX4KEG-Ken Graham, National Hurricane Center Director)
1205 PM-1235 PM: Canadian Hurricane Centre and Hurricane Meteorological Topics (VE1MBR-Bob R)
1235 PM-115 PM: US Virgin Islands Response and Recovery to Hurricanes Irma and Maria (K9VV-Fred K)

—> NOTE: Speakers will be on a lunch break from 115 PM-230 PM EDT

230-310 PM: WX4NHC Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center Overview (WD4R)
310-340 PM: Hurricane Watch Net Overview, Personal Weather Stations and Backup Power and Antenna Overview (KB5HAV)
340-410 PM: VoIP Hurricane Net Overview & Best Practices in SKYWARN for Tropical Systems (KD1CY)

—> NOTE: Speakers will be on a break from 410-430 PM EDT

430-515 PM: SATERN, Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network Overview (WB8BZH)
515-600 PM: Moderated Q & A session and Panel Discussion (All)
600-615 PM: Door Prize Raffles (In Person Audience Only)

We hope many of you can watch the livestream or see the recording of the Amateur Radio Workshop as the Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1st. Thanks to all for their support of the Amateur Radio Workshop and the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN program.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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