This is an update regarding the traffic system and Hurricane Laura, and a dashboard I have put together to provide the latest traffic-related information to you in a centralized location.
We in the ARRL North Texas Section Leadership Team are continuing to monitor the ever-changing forecast for Hurricane Laura. As of right now the forecast has Laura making landfall somewhere near the Texas/Louisiana border in the Wednesday/Thursday overnight hours. Both mandatory and voluntary evacuations have been ordered for counties in the forecast area.
Here is the latest forecast map from the National Hurricane Center.
The National Traffic System and traffic nets in our Section are continuing to stand by to assist should we be needed. The 7290 Traffic Net will begin operating extended net sessions starting tomorrow, running from 0900 hours to 1600 hours (9:00 am to 4:00 pm). Additional hours will be added should they be needed. All other traffic nets in the section are operating during their normally scheduled hours at this time.
Given the ever-evolving conditions of this hurricane, I have put together a NTS Status Dashboard to provide the latest information via a single resource, including news from net managers in the Section regarding their operations, as well as my email updates. As this is a new dashboard, its layout and content will evolve as we move forward.
I will also note that Greg Evans (K5GTX) our Section Emergency Coordinator has upgraded the ARES Section Status to STANDBY. All District Emergency Coordinators and Emergency Coordinators are asked to place their steams on Standby. If you have any questions, please contact your local ARES Emergency Coordinator for more information.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me on the air, or to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron | K8AMH