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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB094 (1998)

ARLB094 Mitch stalls off Central America

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 94  ARLB094
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 28, 1998
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB094 Mitch stalls off Central America

Hurricane Watch Net Manager Jerry Herman, N3BDW, reports that,
because of the extremely dangerous conditions along the coastlines
of Honduras and Belize, the Hurricane Watch Net shifted late Tuesday
to round-the-clock operation. Herman said the Hurricane Watch Net
and the operators of W4EHW at the National Hurricane Center planned
to operate through the night on 3950 kHz. The Net resumed operation
on 14.325 MHz Wednesday morning, once 20 meters was open into the
affected area. The Hurricane Watch Net shares storm tracking reports
with the National Hurricane Center in Miami via W4EHW.

Thousands of residents of Honduras have fled for safer ground after
Hurricane Mitch stalled just off the northern coast of the Central
American country today. At least a dozen people have died as a
result of the storm, which reportedly has damaged homes and
generated torrential rains.

In neighboring Belize, most residents of Belize City fled inland to
escape the storm's wrath.

Other Amateur Radio nets also are active. Herman says that that
Balta Sanchez, XE1UNR, has established the Mexican Hurricane Net on
7055 kHz and was forwarding reports from the Yucatan to the
Hurricane Watch Net via radio and e-mail. The net also has had good
support from Cuban hams who served as interpreters, Herman added.

Octavio Miranda, TI2OHL, in Costa Rica reports a Central America
Emergency Net also has been active on 7090 kHz.

A health-and-welfare net was forming on 14.320 MHz with W9KJI as net


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