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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX007 (2012)

ARLX007 Take Part in the Annual On-The-Air Station Test from WX4NHC
at the National Hurricane Center

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 7  ARLX007
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 1, 2012
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX007 Take Part in the Annual On-The-Air Station Test from WX4NHC
at the National Hurricane Center

The annual WX4NHC On-the-Air Station Test from the National
Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami will take place Saturday, June 2,
1300-2100 UTC (9 AM - 5 PM EDT). "The purpose of this annual station
test is to test all of our radio equipment, computers and antennas
using as many modes and frequencies as possible in preparation for
this year's hurricane season," said WX4NHC Assistant Amateur Radio
Volunteer Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R. "This is not a contest or
simulated hurricane exercise."

WX4NHC will be on the air on HF, VHF and UHF, plus 2 and 30 meter
APRS. Suggested SSB frequencies are 3.950, 7.268, 14.325, 21.325 and
28.525 MHz, +/-QRM. Ripoll said that WX4NHC will mostly be on 14.325
MHz, but will make announcements when the station changes
frequencies. WX4NHC also will be on the VoIP Hurricane Net 1700-1900
UTC (IRLP node 9219/EchoLink WX-TALK conference node 7203) and on
South Florida area VHF/UHF repeaters and simplex. Stations looking
to participate in the annual station test may be able WX4NHC on HF
by using one of the DX spotting networks, such as the DX Summit

Stations working WX4NHC exchange call sign, signal report, location
and name, plus a brief weather report, such as "sunny," "rain" or
"cloudy." Non-hams may submit their actual weather using the Online
Hurricane Report Form at, QSL cards will be
available. QSL via WD4R and include a self-addressed, stamped
envelope. Do not send cards to the NHC. Due to security measures, no
visitors will be allowed at NHC during the test.

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season began Friday, June 1 and goes
through November 30. According to the NHC, forecasters are calling
for a "near-average" hurricane season this year.


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