Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Ernesto Weakens, John Strengthens (in E. Pacific)

Tropical Depression Ernesto:

000
WTNT35 KNHC 301507
TCPAT5
BULLETIN
TROPICAL DEPRESSION ERNESTO ADVISORY NUMBER 24...CORRECTED
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052006
1100 AM EDT WED AUG 30 2006

...CORRECTED RAINFALL STATEMENT...

...ERNESTO WEAKENS AS IT MOVES FARTHER INLAND...

AT 11 AM EDT...1500 UTC...THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FROM SOUTH OF
SEBASTIAN INLET SOUTHWARD AROUND THE FLORIDA PENINSULA TO BONITA
BEACH ON THE WEST COAST INCLUDING LAKE OKEECHOBEE AND THE FLORIDA
KEYS HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.

AT 11 AM EDT...THE HURRICANE WATCH FROM THE SAVANNAH RIVER NORTHWARD
TO CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.

AT 11 AM EDT...A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED NORTHWARD
AND IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM SEBASTIAN INLET FLORIDA NORTHWARD AND
NORTHEASTWARD ALONG THE COAST TO CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 1100 AM EDT...1500Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ERNESTO
WAS ESTIMATED NEAR LATITUDE 26.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 80.9 WEST OR
ABOUT 55 MILES... 85 KM...WEST-SOUTHWEST OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA
AND ABOUT 115 MILES...190 KM...EAST-SOUTHEAST OF SARASOTA FLORIDA.

THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 10 MPH AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY ALONG THE FLORIDA
PENINSULA. ON THIS TRACK THE CENTER SHOULD MOVE OVER THE ATLANTIC
WATERS LATE TONIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MPH...55 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. NO CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST WHILE ERNESTO IS OVER LAND
BUT SOME INTENSIFICATION COULD OCCUR ON THURSDAY AS THE SYSTEM
MOVES OVER THE ATLANTIC.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1003 MB...29.62 INCHES.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 1 TO 3 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS
CAN BE EXPECTED IN AREAS OF ONSHORE FLOW WITHIN THE WARNING AREA.

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA TODAY
AND TONIGHT.

RAINFALL TOTALS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE NEAR THE TRACK OF
ERNESTO OVER THE FLORIDA PENINSULA...WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS UP TO 10
INCHES POSSIBLE. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE FROM
COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA NORTHWARD INTO THE MID ATLANTIC REGION
WITH MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. ADDITIONAL
RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 4
INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS.

REPEATING THE 1100 AM EDT POSITION...26.4 N...80.9 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTH NEAR 10 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...35 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1003 MB.

AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER AT 200 PM EDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 500
PM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER AVILA


Category 4 Hurricane John:

000
WTPZ31 KNHC 301435
TCPEP1
BULLETIN
HURRICANE JOHN ADVISORY NUMBER 9
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP112006
800 AM PDT WED AUG 30 2006

...HURRICANE JOHN NOW A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE...NEW WATCHES AND
WARNINGS ISSUED...

AT 8 AM PDT...1500 UTC...THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS EXTENDED THE
HURRICANE WARNING NORTHWARD TO CABO CORRIENTES. A HURRICANE
WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM LAZARO CARDENAS WESTWARD TO CABO
CORRIENTES.

AT 8 AM PDT...THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A HURRICANE WATCH
FOR THE ISLAS MARIAS.

AT 8 AM PDT...THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM
WATCH FROM CABO CORRIENTES TO EL ROBLITO.

AT 8 AM PDT...THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS DISCONTINUED THE TROPICAL
WARNING EAST OF ACAPULCO. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS NOW IN
EFFECT FROM ACAPULCO TO LAZARO CARDENAS.

A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TECPAN DE GALEANA TO LAZARO
CARDENAS.

A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE
WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.

A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. PREPARATIONS TO
PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 800 AM PDT...1500Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE JOHN WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 16.6 NORTH...LONGITUDE 102.3 WEST OR ABOUT 160 MILES
...260 KM...WEST OF ACAPULCO MEXICO AND ABOUT 95 MILES...155 KM...
SOUTH OF LAZARO CARDENAS MEXICO.

JOHN IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH...19 KM/HR...AND
THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 135 MPH...215 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. JOHN IS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
SCALE. SOME ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS. WHILE THE CENTER OF JOHN IS FORECAST TO REMAIN JUST
OFFSHORE...HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ARE STILL EXPECTED TO REACH THE
COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 50 MILES...85 KM...FROM
THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140
MILES...220 KM.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...BASED ON RECENT RECONNAISSANCE
DATA...IS 948 MB...27.99 INCHES.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED TOTALS UP TO
12 INCHES...ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST OF MEXICO WITHIN
THE WARNING AREAS. THESE AMOUNTS COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING
FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES OVER AREAS OF MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF UP TO 5 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE
LEVELS...ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE
EXPECTED IN AREAS OF ONSHORE FLOW NEAR THE PATH OF THE CENTER OF THE
HURRICANE.

REPEATING THE 800 AM PDT POSITION...16.6 N...102.3 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...135 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...948 MB.

AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER AT 1100 AM PDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 200
PM PDT.

$$
FORECASTER MAINELLI/FRANKLIN


ZCZC MIAPWSEP1 ALL
TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM
HURRICANE JOHN WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER 9
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP112006
1500 UTC WED AUG 30 2006

AT 1500Z THE CENTER OF HURRICANE JOHN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.6
NORTH...LONGITUDE 102.3 WEST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 115
KTS...135 MPH...215 KM/HR.

CHANCES OF SUSTAINED (1-MINUTE AVERAGE) WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST
...34 KT (39 MPH... 63 KPH)...
...50 KT (58 MPH... 93 KPH)...
...64 KT (74 MPH...119 KPH)...
FOR LOCATIONS AND TIME PERIODS DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS

PROBABILITIES FOR LOCATIONS ARE GIVEN AS IP(CP) WHERE
IP IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT BEGINNING DURING
AN INDIVIDUAL TIME PERIOD (INDIVIDUAL PROBABILITY)
(CP) IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT OCCURRING BETWEEN
12Z WED AND THE FORECAST HOUR (CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY)

PROBABILITIES ARE GIVEN IN PERCENT
X INDICATES PROBABILITIES LESS THAN 0.5 PERCENT
LOCATIONS SHOWN WHEN THEIR TOTAL CUMULATED 5-DAY
PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 2.5 PERCENT

Z INDICATES COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (GREENWICH)
PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME (PDT)...SUBTRACT 7 HOURS FROM Z TIME
HAWAIIAN STANDARD TIME (HST)...SUBTRACT 10 HOURS FROM Z TIME


- - - - WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS - - - -

FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM
TIME 12Z WED 00Z THU 12Z THU 00Z FRI 12Z FRI 12Z SAT 12Z SUN
PERIODS TO TO TO TO TO TO TO
00Z THU 12Z THU 00Z FRI 12Z FRI 12Z SAT 12Z SUN 12Z MON

FORECAST HOUR (12) (24) (36) (48) (72) (96) (120)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
LOCATION KT

P ABREOJOS 34 X X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 9(10) 10(20) 2(22)
P ABREOJOS 50 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 4( 5) X( 5)

CABO SAN LUCAS 34 X 1( 1) 12(13) 30(43) 25(68) 4(72) 1(73)
CABO SAN LUCAS 50 X X( X) 2( 2) 15(17) 21(38) 2(40) 1(41)
CABO SAN LUCAS 64 X X( X) 1( 1) 8( 9) 13(22) X(22) 1(23)

SAN JOSE CABO 34 X 1( 1) 13(14) 30(44) 26(70) 3(73) 1(74)
SAN JOSE CABO 50 X X( X) 2( 2) 17(19) 21(40) 2(42) 1(43)
SAN JOSE CABO 64 X X( X) 1( 1) 7( 8) 14(22) 1(23) X(23)

LA PAZ 34 X X( X) 3( 3) 20(23) 34(57) 6(63) X(63)
LA PAZ 50 X X( X) 1( 1) 7( 8) 19(27) 3(30) X(30)
LA PAZ 64 X X( X) X( X) 3( 3) 10(13) 2(15) X(15)

LORETO 34 X X( X) 1( 1) 4( 5) 17(22) 8(30) 1(31)
LORETO 50 X X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 4( 5) 3( 8) X( 8)
LORETO 64 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 1( 3) X( 3)

HERMOSILLO 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 2( 4) X( 4)

BAHIA KINO 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 3( 5) 1( 6)

GUAYMAS 34 X X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 5( 6) 4(10) X(10)

HUATABAMPO 34 X X( X) 1( 1) 3( 4) 10(14) 4(18) X(18)
HUATABAMPO 50 X X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 1( 2) 1( 3) X( 3)

LOS MOCHIS 34 X X( X) 2( 2) 8(10) 16(26) 3(29) 1(30)
LOS MOCHIS 50 X X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 4( 5) 1( 6) X( 6)

CULICAN 34 X X( X) 4( 4) 18(22) 22(44) 4(48) 1(49)
CULICAN 50 X X( X) 1( 1) 5( 6) 10(16) 2(18) 1(19)
CULICAN 64 X X( X) X( X) 3( 3) 5( 8) 1( 9) X( 9)

MAZATLAN 34 X 3( 3) 21(24) 15(39) 8(47) 1(48) X(48)
MAZATLAN 50 X X( X) 5( 5) 7(12) 3(15) 1(16) X(16)
MAZATLAN 64 X X( X) 1( 1) 4( 5) 2( 7) X( 7) X( 7)

SAN BLAS 34 2 18(20) 28(48) 4(52) 4(56) X(56) 1(57)
SAN BLAS 50 X 2( 2) 12(14) 3(17) 1(18) 1(19) X(19)
SAN BLAS 64 X X( X) 4( 4) 2( 6) X( 6) X( 6) X( 6)

P VALLARTA 34 2 52(54) 18(72) 2(74) 2(76) X(76) X(76)
P VALLARTA 50 X 14(14) 19(33) 2(35) 1(36) X(36) X(36)
P VALLARTA 64 X 4( 4) 11(15) 1(16) X(16) X(16) X(16)

BARRA NAVIDAD 34 25 64(89) 2(91) X(91) X(91) 1(92) X(92)
BARRA NAVIDAD 50 2 58(60) 5(65) X(65) X(65) X(65) X(65)
BARRA NAVIDAD 64 X 37(37) 3(40) 1(41) X(41) X(41) X(41)

MANZANILLO 34 42 46(88) 2(90) X(90) X(90) X(90) X(90)
MANZANILLO 50 4 55(59) 2(61) X(61) 1(62) X(62) X(62)
MANZANILLO 64 1 29(30) 1(31) X(31) 1(32) X(32) X(32)

L CARDENAS 34 93 1(94) X(94) X(94) X(94) X(94) X(94)
L CARDENAS 50 42 1(43) X(43) X(43) X(43) X(43) X(43)
L CARDENAS 64 10 X(10) X(10) X(10) X(10) X(10) X(10)

ZIHUATANEJO 34 99 X(99) X(99) X(99) X(99) X(99) X(99)
ZIHUATANEJO 50 6 X( 6) X( 6) X( 6) X( 6) X( 6) X( 6)

ACAPULCO 34 3 X( 3) X( 3) X( 3) X( 3) X( 3) X( 3)

ISLA SOCORRO 34 X X( X) 4( 4) 3( 7) 6(13) 2(15) X(15)
ISLA SOCORRO 50 X X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 1( 2) 1( 3) X( 3)

ISLA CLARION 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 3( 5) 1( 6)

ISLAS MARIAS 34 1 21(22) 47(69) 8(77) 4(81) X(81) X(81)
ISLAS MARIAS 50 X 3( 3) 36(39) 8(47) 3(50) X(50) X(50)
ISLAS MARIAS 64 X 1( 1) 19(20) 8(28) 2(30) X(30) X(30)


- - - - WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES FOR FORECAST POSITIONS - - - -

FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM FROM
TIME 12Z WED 00Z THU 12Z THU 00Z FRI 12Z FRI 12Z SAT 12Z SUN
PERIODS TO TO TO TO TO TO TO
00Z THU 12Z THU 00Z FRI 12Z FRI 12Z SAT 12Z SUN 12Z MON

FORECAST HOUR (12) (24) (36) (48) (72) (96) (120)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
HR POSITIONS KT

12 176N 1036W 34 97 2(99) X(99) X(99) X(99) X(99) X(99)
12 176N 1036W 50 81 8(89) X(89) X(89) X(89) X(89) X(89)
12 176N 1036W 64 60 11(71) X(71) X(71) X(71) X(71) X(71)

24 193N 1056W 34 9 74(83) 6(89) X(89) X(89) 1(90) X(90)
24 193N 1056W 50 1 56(57) 12(69) X(69) 1(70) X(70) X(70)
24 193N 1056W 64 X 36(36) 12(48) X(48) 1(49) X(49) X(49)

36 210N 1073W 34 1 21(22) 52(74) 9(83) 3(86) X(86) X(86)
36 210N 1073W 50 X 4( 4) 41(45) 12(57) 4(61) 1(62) X(62)
36 210N 1073W 64 X 1( 1) 27(28) 10(38) 3(41) X(41) X(41)

48 223N 1087W 34 X 3( 3) 32(35) 29(64) 14(78) 2(80) X(80)
48 223N 1087W 50 X X( X) 12(12) 25(37) 11(48) 2(50) X(50)
48 223N 1087W 64 X X( X) 6( 6) 15(21) 8(29) 1(30) X(30)


72 235N 1115W 34 X X( X) 2( 2) 15(17) 32(49) 10(59) 1(60)
72 235N 1115W 50 X X( X) X( X) 3( 3) 19(22) 6(28) X(28)
72 235N 1115W 64 X X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 11(12) 3(15) X(15)


96 240N 1150W 34 X X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 11(12) 21(33) 4(37)
96 240N 1150W 50 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 8(10) 2(12)
96 240N 1150W 64 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 3( 4) X( 4)


120 240N 1190W 34 X X( X) X( X) X( X) 1( 1) 7( 8) 5(13)
120 240N 1190W 50 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 2( 2) 2( 4)
120 240N 1190W 64 X X( X) X( X) X( X) X( X) 1( 1) X( 1)

- - - - FORECAST INTENSITIES - - - -
FCST MAX WIND 125 125 125 120 105 90 75
FORECAST HOUR (12) (24) (36) (48) (72) (96) (120)


$$
FORECASTER MAINELLI/FRANKLIN


NNNN

Shuttle Back on Pad

NASA TV showed the crawler marching toward the VAB. The NASA press conference spoke of arranging a new schedule with the Russians if they missed September 7. The news reported what they had.

However, back in the real world, the crawler was reversed, and went back to the pad, after Tropical Depression Ernesto's forecast winds were below critical velocities.

Tom Sundstrom sends these useful links for hurricanes in Florida:

In poking around the 'net I found CBS4 streaming
continous live video of its news broadcasts. Grab the Real or the freeware
VLC (made for Mac, Win, Linux, Unix) player and tune to http://cbs4.com to
watch breaking stories.
=====================

I have other hurriicane links at
http://trsc.com/links_weather.html#hurricane if you would like to use them.


Our own 2006 hurricane list is here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ernesto Forecast & Advisory #20


000
WTNT25 KNHC 291432
TCMAT5
TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 20
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052006
1500 UTC TUE AUG 29 2006

AT 11 AM EDT...1500 UTC...THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS EXTENDED
NORTHWARD ALONG THE U.S. EAST COAST NORTH OF NEW SMYRNA BEACH
FLORIDA TO ALTAMAHA SOUND GEORGIA.

AT 11 AM EDT...1500 UTC...THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS CHANGED TO A
TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE FLORIDA WEST COAST FROM NORTH OF
BONITA BEACH NORTHWARD TO ENGLEWOOD...AND A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS
ISSUED FROM NORTH OF ENGLEWOOD TO TARPON SPRINGS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND A HURRICANE WATCH REMAIN IN EFFECT FROM
NEW SMYRNA BEACH SOUTHWARD ON THE EAST COAST...INCLUDING LAKE
OKEECHOBEE...FROM BONITA BEACH SOUTHWARD ON THE WEST COAST...AND
FOR ALL OF THE FLORIDA KEYS FROM OCEAN REEF TO THE DRY TORTUGAS.

AT 11 AM EDT...1500 UTC...THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS
DISCONTINUED THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR RAGGED ISLAND AND
GREAT EXUMA IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND A HURRICANE WATCH REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR
ANDROS ISLAND...THE BERRY ISLANDS... THE BIMINIS AND GRAND BAHAMA
ISLAND IN THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS.

INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS SHOULD MONITOR THE
PROGRESS OF ERNESTO.

TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 23.3N 79.5W AT 29/1500Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 20 NM

PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTHWEST OR 315 DEGREES AT 11 KT

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1005 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 40 KT WITH GUSTS TO 50 KT.
34 KT....... 75NE 0SE 0SW 40NW.
12 FT SEAS.. 90NE 0SE 0SW 60NW.
WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 23.3N 79.5W AT 29/1500Z
AT 29/1200Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 23.0N 79.2W

FORECAST VALID 30/0000Z 24.4N 80.6W
MAX WIND 55 KT...GUSTS 65 KT.
50 KT... 40NE 40SE 20SW 30NW.
34 KT... 90NE 90SE 40SW 75NW.

FORECAST VALID 30/1200Z 26.3N 81.2W...INLAND
MAX WIND 55 KT...GUSTS 65 KT.
50 KT... 30NE 30SE 20SW 20NW.
34 KT... 90NE 90SE 40SW 40NW.

FORECAST VALID 31/0000Z 28.5N 81.1W...INLAND
MAX WIND 45 KT...GUSTS 55 KT.
34 KT...120NE 120SE 40SW 75NW.

FORECAST VALID 31/1200Z 30.9N 80.5W
MAX WIND 60 KT...GUSTS 75 KT.
50 KT... 40NE 40SE 30SW 50NW.
34 KT...120NE 120SE 60SW 100NW.

FORECAST VALID 01/1200Z 36.0N 79.0W...INLAND
MAX WIND 30 KT...GUSTS 40 KT.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 225 NM
ON DAY 4 AND 300 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 20 KT EACH DAY

OUTLOOK VALID 02/1200Z 39.5N 79.5W...INLAND
MAX WIND 25 KT...GUSTS 35 KT.

OUTLOOK VALID 03/1200Z 43.0N 80.0W...EXTRATROPICAL
MAX WIND 25 KT...GUSTS 35 KT.

REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 23.3N 79.5W

NEXT ADVISORY AT 29/2100Z

$$
FORECASTER PASCH

Hurricane Aircraft Taskings for 8/30


643
NOUS42 KNHC 291500
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1100 AM EDT TUE 29 AUG 2006
SUBJECT: TROPICAL STORM PLAN OF THE DAY (TSPOD)
VALID 30/1100Z TO 31/1100Z AUG 2006
TSPOD NUMBER.....06-091

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO
FLIGHT ONE FLIGHT TWO
A. 30/1800,31/0000Z A. 31/0000Z
B. AFXXX 2105A ERNESTO B. NOAA9 2205A ERNESTO
C. 30/1500Z C. 30/1800Z
D. 27.4N 81.2W D. NA
E. 30/1700Z TO 31/0000Z E. NA
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT F. 41,000 TO 45,000 FT

FLIGHT THREE
A. 31/0600,1200Z
B. AFXXX 2305A ERNESTO
C. 31/0330Z
D. 29.6N 80.8W
E. 31/0530Z TO 31/1200Z
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK: BEGIN 3-HRLY FIXES AT 31/1500Z.
A P-3 MISSION FOR 31/1500Z.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY.....NEGATIVE.
JWP

Shuttle Goes Back Into Building

NASA TV shows STS-115 on the crawler, headed back for the assembly building. This is due to the predicted path of Tropical Storm Ernesto, which might become a hurricane. Launch will most likely be delayed beyond the September 7 close of the window. If this happens, the delay will last many weeks.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Ernesto Postpones Shuttle Launch

Concern over the forecast path of Tropical Storm Ernesto has put the STS-115 count on indefinite hold. Managers face a tough decision whether to move the vehicle back indoors, which is a minimum 9-day turnaround. This would endanger an important launch deadline in early September.

Latest Ernesto advisory:

000
WTNT25 KNHC 281433
TCMAT5
TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 16
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052006
1500 UTC MON AUG 28 2006

AT 11 AM EDT...1500 UTC...THE HURRICANE WATCH HAS BEEN EXTENDED
ALONG THE FLORIDA EAST COAST TO NEW SMYRNA BEACH AND A HURRICANE
WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR LAKE OKEECHOBEE. ALSO...THE GOVERNMENT
OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ISSUED A HURRICANE WATCH FOR THE BIMINI ISLANDS
AND GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND.

A HURRICANE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM NEW SMYRNA BEACH SOUTHWARD
ON THE FLORIDA EAST COAST...AND FROM SOUTH OF CHOKOLOSKEE SOUTHWARD
ALONG THE WEST COAST...FOR LAKE OKEECHOBEE...AND FOR ALL OF THE
FLORIDA KEYS...FROM OCEAN REEF TO THE DRY TORTUGAS. A HURRICANE
WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR ANDROS ISLAND...THE BIMINIS...AND GRAND
BAHAMA ISLAND IN THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS
THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH
AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.

HURRICANE WARNINGS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR PORTIONS OF THE HURRICANE
WATCH AREAS LATER TODAY.

AT 11 AM EDT...1500 UTC...THE GOVERNMENT OF CUBA HAS CHANGED THE
HURRICANE WARNING TO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE CUBAN
PROVINCES OF GUANTANAMO...SANTIAGO DE CUBA...GRANMA... HOLGUIN...
LAS TUNAS...AND CAMAGUEY.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR RAGGED ISLAND AND GREAT
EXUMA IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT
TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA
WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS SHOULD
MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF ERNESTO.

TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 20.3N 75.7W AT 28/1500Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 25 NM

PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTHWEST OR 325 DEGREES AT 9 KT

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1006 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 35 KT WITH GUSTS TO 45 KT.
34 KT....... 60NE 60SE 0SW 0NW.
12 FT SEAS..100NE 150SE 60SW 90NW.
WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 20.3N 75.7W AT 28/1500Z
AT 28/1200Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 19.9N 75.5W

FORECAST VALID 29/0000Z 21.5N 76.8W
MAX WIND 35 KT...GUSTS 45 KT.
34 KT... 75NE 75SE 20SW 60NW.

FORECAST VALID 29/1200Z 22.9N 78.5W
MAX WIND 45 KT...GUSTS 55 KT.
34 KT...100NE 75SE 30SW 75NW.

FORECAST VALID 30/0000Z 24.6N 80.0W
MAX WIND 55 KT...GUSTS 65 KT.
50 KT... 50NE 40SE 25SW 30NW.
34 KT...120NE 100SE 50SW 75NW.

FORECAST VALID 30/1200Z 26.6N 80.4W...INLAND
MAX WIND 70 KT...GUSTS 85 KT.
50 KT... 50NE 50SE 25SW 25NW.
34 KT...120NE 120SE 50SW 50NW.

FORECAST VALID 31/1200Z 31.0N 80.0W
MAX WIND 75 KT...GUSTS 90 KT.
50 KT... 50NE 50SE 30SW 50NW.
34 KT...120NE 120SE 75SW 90NW.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 225 NM
ON DAY 4 AND 300 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 20 KT EACH DAY

OUTLOOK VALID 01/1200Z 34.0N 77.5W
MAX WIND 75 KT...GUSTS 90 KT.

OUTLOOK VALID 02/1200Z 36.0N 75.0W
MAX WIND 70 KT...GUSTS 85 KT.

REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 20.3N 75.7W

NEXT ADVISORY AT 28/2100Z

$$
FORECASTER PASCH

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Hurricane Aircraft Taskings for Mon 8/28

791 
NOUS42 KNHC 271500
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1100 AM EDT SUN 27 AUG 2006
SUBJECT: TROPICAL STORM PLAN OF THE DAY (TSPOD)
VALID 28/1100Z TO 29/1100Z AUG 2006
TSPOD NUMBER.....06-089

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. HURRICANE ERNESTO
FLIGHT ONE FLIGHT TWO
A. 28/1800,29/0000Z A. 29/0000Z
B. AFXXX 1005A ERNESTO B. NOAA2 1105A ERNESTO
C. 28/1445Z C. 28/1500Z
D. 20.9N 77.5W D. NA
E. 28/1700Z TO 29/0000Z E. NA
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

FLIGHT THREE FLIGHT FOUR
A. 29/0000Z A. 29/0000Z
B. AFXXX 1205A ERNESTO B. NOAA9 1305A ERNESTO
C. 28/1800Z C. 28/1800Z
D. NA D. NA
E. NA E. NA
F. 24,000 TO 30,000 FT F. 41,000 TO 45,000 FT

FLIGHT FIVE FLIGHT SIX
A. 29/0600,1200Z A. 29/1200Z
B. AFXXX 1405A ERNESTO B. NOAA9 1505A ERNESTO
C. 29/0245Z C. 29/0600Z
D. 22.5N 79.5W D. NA
E. 29/0500Z TO 29/1200Z E. NA
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT F. 41,000 TO 45,000 FT

2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK: BEGIN 3-HRLY FIXES AT 29/1500Z.
G-IV FLIGHTS DEPARTING EVERY 12 HRS. A P-3 SFMR MISSION.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY.....NEGATIVE.
JWP

Hurricane Aircraft Taskings for Sun 8/27

345 
NOUS42 KNHC 261430
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1030 AM EDT SAT 26 AUG 2006
SUBJECT: TROPICAL STORM PLAN OF THE DAY (TSPOD)
VALID 27/1100Z TO 28/1100Z AUG 2006
TSPOD NUMBER.....06-088

I. ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
1. TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO
FLIGHT ONE FLIGHT TWO
A. 27/1800,28/0000Z A. 28/0000Z
B. AFXXX 0605A ERNESTO B. AFXXX 0705A ERNESTO
C. 27/1445Z C. 27/1730Z
D. 17.7N 76.8W D. NA
E. 27/1700Z TO 28/0000Z E. NA
F. SFC TO 10,000 FT F. 24,000 TO 30,000 FT

FLIGHT THREE FLIGHT FOUR
A. 28/0000Z A. 28/0600,1200Z
B. NOAA9 0805A ERNESTO B. AFXXX 0905A ERNESTO
C. 27/1730Z C. 28/0230Z
D. NA D. 19.1N 79.3W
E. NA E. 28/0500Z TO 28/1200Z
F. 41,000 TO 45,000 FT F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

2. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK: CONTINUE 6-HRLY FIXES. BEGIN
G-IV FLIGHTS DEPARTING EVERY 12 HRS AT 28/1730Z. A
WC-130 SYNOPTIC MISSION AT 28/1730Z. A P-3 RESEARCH/
SFMR MISSION AT 28/1330Z.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY.....NEGATIVE.
JWP

Tropical Storm Ernesto May Impact Land

000
WTNT25 KNHC 270248
TCMAT5
TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 10
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052006
0300 UTC SUN AUG 27 2006

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS RECOMMENDED FOR THE SOUTH COAST OF THE
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM BARAHONA TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-HAITI
BORDER. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...IN THIS CASE
WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTH COAST OF
HAITI FROM THE HAITI-DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BORDER WESTWARD TO THE
SOUTHWESTERN TIP OF HAITI.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND A HURRICANE WATCH REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR
JAMAICA.

A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE PROVINCES OF LAS
TUNAS...GRANMA...HOLGUIN...SANTIAGO DE CUBA...AND GUANTANAMO IN
EASTERN CUBA. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS
ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.

A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CAYMAN ISLANDS.

INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA...CUBA...
THE NORTHEASTERN YUCATAN PENINSULA OF MEXICO...THE FLORIDA KEYS...
AND THE SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO...SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS
OF ERNESTO.

TROPICAL STORM CENTER LOCATED NEAR 16.8N 72.7W AT 27/0300Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 30 NM

PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST OR 300 DEGREES AT 12 KT

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 997 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 50 KT WITH GUSTS TO 60 KT.
50 KT....... 20NE 0SE 0SW 0NW.
34 KT....... 80NE 50SE 0SW 50NW.
12 FT SEAS..225NE 225SE 30SW 75NW.
WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 16.8N 72.7W AT 27/0300Z
AT 27/0000Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 16.5N 72.2W

FORECAST VALID 27/1200Z 17.8N 74.2W
MAX WIND 55 KT...GUSTS 65 KT.
50 KT... 30NE 0SE 0SW 0NW.
34 KT...100NE 75SE 0SW 50NW.

FORECAST VALID 28/0000Z 19.2N 76.3W
MAX WIND 65 KT...GUSTS 80 KT.
64 KT... 20NE 0SE 0SW 0NW.
50 KT... 50NE 50SE 25SW 0NW.
34 KT...100NE 100SE 50SW 50NW.

FORECAST VALID 28/1200Z 20.5N 78.5W
MAX WIND 75 KT...GUSTS 90 KT.
64 KT... 20NE 20SE 0SW 0NW.
50 KT... 50NE 50SE 25SW 25NW.
34 KT...100NE 120SE 75SW 75NW.

FORECAST VALID 29/0000Z 21.8N 80.6W
MAX WIND 85 KT...GUSTS 105 KT.
50 KT... 50NE 50SE 25SW 25NW.
34 KT...120NE 120SE 100SW 100NW.

FORECAST VALID 30/0000Z 24.0N 84.0W
MAX WIND 80 KT...GUSTS 100 KT.
50 KT... 60NE 60SE 30SW 60NW.
34 KT...140NE 120SE 100SW 120NW.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 225 NM
ON DAY 4 AND 300 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 20 KT EACH DAY

OUTLOOK VALID 31/0000Z 26.5N 86.5W
MAX WIND 90 KT...GUSTS 110 KT.

OUTLOOK VALID 01/0000Z 29.0N 87.0W
MAX WIND 100 KT...GUSTS 120 KT.

REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 16.8N 72.7W

NEXT ADVISORY AT 27/0900Z

$$
FORECASTER KNABB

Weather forces 1-day postponement

Officials said they wanted more time to evaluate the effects of a lightning strike on the site, and to ensure that weather conditions had improved. Launch is put off until Monday.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Shuttle Countdown Proceeds

Weather forecasters indicate the launch day probability of weather
prohibiting launch is 40 percent. A Bermuda high pressure ridge
located over the Florida Straits is creating a southwesterly flow
over Central Florida, bringing afternoon thunderstorms for the next
two days. The primary concerns on Sunday are anvil clouds, showers
and thunderstorms within 20 nautical miles of the Shuttle Landing
Facility.

MT's Complete NASA Frequency List

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Space Shuttle (STS-115) Countdown Schedule

NASA began the countdown for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-115 at noon EDT Thursday, Aug. 24, at the T-43 hour point. The countdown includes 33 hours, 24 minutes of built-in hold time leading to a preferred launch time at about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, with a launch window extending about five minutes. Right now, there is a predicted 30% chance of weather violating launch criteria due to the daily thunderstorms encountered this time of year.

Operations related to tracking, range safety, and booster recovery typically use HF radio.

For information about the STS-115 crew and the mission to the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle


Here is the nominal countdown schedule, subject to change, of course. All times Eastern:


Launch-3 Days (Thursday, Aug. 24)

Prepare for the start of the STS-115 launch countdown
Perform the call to stations (11:30 a.m.)
Countdown begins at the T-43 hour mark (noon)
Begin final vehicle and facility closeouts for launch
Check out backup flight systems
Review flight software stored in mass memory units and display systems

Load backup flight system software into Atlantis' general purpose
computers
Remove flight-deck platforms (8:30 p.m.)
Complete preparation to load power reactant storage and distribution
system (11 p.m.)

Launch-2 Days (Friday, Aug. 25)

Activate and test navigational systems (1 a.m.)
Flight deck preliminary inspections complete (4 a.m.)

Enter first built-in hold at T-27 hours for duration of 4 hours (4
a.m.)

Clear launch pad of all non-essential personnel
Perform test of the vehicle's pyrotechnic initiator controllers

Resume countdown (8 a.m.)

Begin operations to load cryogenic reactants into Atlantis' fuel cell
storage tanks (8 a.m.)

Enter 10-hour built-in hold at T-19 hours (4 p.m.)

Demate orbiter mid-body umbilical unit (4:30 p.m.)
Resume orbiter and ground support equipment closeouts

Launch-1 Day (Saturday, Aug. 26)

Resume countdown (2 a.m.)

Final preparations of the shuttle's three main engines for main
propellant tanking (2 a.m.)
Begin filling pad sound suppression system water tank (4 a.m.)
Pad sound suppression system water tank filling complete (7 a.m.)
Close out the tail service masts on the mobile launcher platform
Begin star tracker functional checks (9:50 a.m.)

Enter planned hold at T-11 hours for 13 hours, 34 minutes (10 a.m.)

Activate orbiter's inertial measurement units
Activate the orbiter's communications systems
Install film in numerous cameras on the launch pad (10:55 a.m.)
Flight crew equipment late stow (3:10 p.m.)
Move Rotating Service Structure to the park position (7 p.m.)
Perform ascent switch list
Fuel cell flow-through purge complete

Resume countdown at T-11 hours (11:34 p.m.)

Launch Day (Sunday, Aug. 27)

Activate the orbiter's fuel cells (12:45 a.m.)
Clear the blast danger area of all non-essential personnel
Switch Atlantis' purge air to gaseous nitrogen (1:20 a.m.)

Enter planned 2-hour built-in hold at the T-6 hour mark (4:34 a.m.)

Launch team verifies no violations of launch commit criteria prior to
cryogenic loading of the external tank
Clear pad of all personnel

Resume countdown (6:34 a.m.)

Chilldown of propellant transfer lines (6:34 a.m.)
Begin loading the external tank with about 500,000 gallons of
cryogenic propellants (about 6:44 a.m.)
Complete filling the external tank with its flight load of liquid
hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants (about 9:34 a.m.)
Final Inspection Team proceeds to launch pad

Enter planned 3-hour built-in hold at T-3 hours (9:34 a.m.)

Perform inertial measurement unit preflight calibration
Align Merritt Island Launch Area tracking antennas
Perform open loop test with Eastern Range

Resume countdown at T-3 hours (12:34 p.m.)

Crew departs Operations and Checkout Building for the pad (12:40 p.m.)

Complete closeout preparations in the White Room
Check cockpit switch configurations
Flight crew begins entry into the orbiter (about 1:10 p.m.)
Astronauts perform air-to-ground voice checks with Launch and Mission
Control
Begin to close Atlantis' crew hatch (about 2 p.m.)
Begin Eastern Range final network open loop command checks
Perform hatch seal and cabin leak checks
Complete White Room closeout
Closeout crew moves to fallback area
Primary ascent guidance data is transferred to the backup flight
system

Enter planned 10-minute hold at T-20 minutes (3:14 p.m.)

NASA test director conducts final launch team briefings
Complete inertial measurement unit preflight alignments

Resume countdown at T-20 minutes (3:24 p.m.)

Transition the orbiter's onboard computers to launch configuration
Start fuel cell thermal conditioning
Close orbiter cabin vent valves
Transition backup flight system to launch configuration

Enter estimated 40-minute hold at T-9 minutes (3:35 p.m.)

Launch director, Mission Management Team and NASA test director
conduct final polls for "go/no go" to launch

Resume countdown at T-9 minutes (about 4:21 p.m.)

Start automatic ground launch sequencer (T-9 minutes)
Retract orbiter crew access arm (T-7:30)
Start mission recorders (T-6:15)
Start Auxiliary Power Units (T-5)
Arm solid rocket booster and external tank range safety safe and arm
devices (T-5)
Start liquid oxygen drainback (T-4:55)
Start orbiter aerosurface profile test (T-3:55)
Start main engine gimbal profile test (T-3:30)
Pressurize liquid oxygen tank (T-2:55)
Begin retraction of the gaseous oxygen vent arm (T-2:55)
Fuel cells to internal reactants (T-2:35)
Pressurize liquid hydrogen tank (T-1:57)
Deactivate bi-pod heaters (T-1:52)
Deactivate solid rocket booster joint heaters (T-1)
Orbiter transfers from ground to internal power (T-0:50 seconds)
Ground Launch Sequencer go for auto sequence start (T-0:31 seconds)
Booster gimbal profile (T-0:21 seconds)
Ignition of three space shuttle main engines (T-6.6 seconds)
Booster ignition and liftoff (T-0)

CREW FOR MISSION STS-115
Commander: Brent Jett
Pilot: Chris Ferguson
Payload Commander (MS1): Joe Tanner
Mission Specialist (MS2): Dan Burbank
Mission Specialist (MS3): Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper
Mission Specialist (MS4): Steve MacLean

SUMMARY OF STS-115 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES

Sunday, Aug. 27
6:30 a.m. -- Crew wakes up
7 a.m. -- Breakfast
*10:55 a.m. -- Television coverage from crew quarters
Noon -- Weather briefing
*12:10 p.m. -- Don flight suits
*12:40 p.m. -- Depart for launch pad
*1:10 p.m. -- Arrive at White Room and begin ingress
*2:25 p.m.-- Close crew hatch
*4:30 p.m. -- Launch

* Televised events (times may vary slightly)
All times Eastern


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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

No New Freq for V2 1800-1900?

Report is that it's back today with M8a at 8097. Nothing heard here, but it's the new cruddy transmitter, so anything's possible.

Possible Cuban "numbers" change

I have received reports from Panama noting an interruption or change in the usually reliable daily schedule of the Cuban numbers (V2a and M8a). Specifically, the frequency used at 1800 and 1900 UTC, namely 8097 kHz AM, is apparently dead. Nothing is heard here in California either.

Cuba does not suspend its "numbers." It runs dummy messages or repeats old ones with incrementing callup groups. Its sloppy engineering would, in fact, seem to suggest that most messages simply do not have a high priority, despite several high-profile busts indicating that deep-cover recruits in the US do receive and use them.

It's time to start checking for any possible new frequencies for the 1800 and 1900 skeds.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

2006 Hurricane Frequency List

2006 Hurricane Frequencies
By Hugh Stegman NV6H

(Last Update 18 Aug 06)

Please delete older copies of this list!
They only propagate errors across the Internet,
then I catch hell for it.



The link to NOAA's
world radiofax schedule is working again:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/rfax.pdf

WLO/KLB change their weather skeds too frequently for a document such
as this one to keep up. It's better to go to their web site:
http://www.wloradio.com/Frequencies.htm . Listen on the top of the
hour for Gulf weather and traffic lists.

Amateur nets move around. Just tune the band for anyone obviously
using procedures. 20 meters above 14100 is prime hunting territory
in day time, and 75 meter LSB is common at night.

Submit corrections/additions to utilityworld@ominous-valve.com.





490.0 NAVTEX alternate
518.0 (Sitor-B) US Coast Guard, Navigational Telex (NAVTEX)
1984.0 (LSB) Virgin Islands/ Antilles/ PR
2054.0 (Fax) US Coast Guard, Kodiak, AK
2082.5 Intership Safety and Operational Comm, all areas.
^Also, Intership non-commercial fishing.
2182.0 Maritime voice calling and distress, wx announcement ch
2174.5 (Teleprinting) NBDP Distress and Safety
2177.0 (DSC) Coast Stations and Intership DSC Calling
2187.5 (DSC) Digital Selective Calling Safety/Distress(GMDSS)
2203.0 Intership Safety and Operational Communications.
^Gulf of Mexico
|Also, Intership non-commercial fishing.
2214.0 Intership Safety/ Operational Comm, all areas
2326.0 State Emergency Management ALE/USB (Operation Secure)
2371.0 CAP, all regions
2374.0 CAP, all regions
2411.0 State Emergency Management USB (Operation Secure)
2414.0 State Emergency Management ALE/USB (Operation Secure)
2419.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2422.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2439.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2463.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2466.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2471.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2474.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2487.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2500.0 WWV wx h+8, 9, 10; WWVH wx h+48, 49, 50, 51
2511.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2535.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2569.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2582.0 ZBM - St. George's Harbor Radio, Bermuda
2587.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2638.0 Intership Safety/ Operational Comm, all areas
2670.0 US Coast Guard, MSI broadcasts, announced on 2182
^U.S. Coast Guard Liaison and Maritime Safety
|Broadcasts, Also Intership Safety and Operational
|Communications in all areas
2738.0 Intership Safety/ Operational Comm
^all areas except Great Lakes. Shared with aircraft.
2801.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2802.4 Red Cross F-91 (may be carrier freq for above)
2804.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
2812.0 State Emergency Management ALE/USB (Operation Secure)
2830.0 Intership Safety / Operational Comm
^ Gulf of Mexico only. Shared with aircraft.
2872.0 MWARA NAT net
2958.5 US Navy New Orleans
3023.0 US Coast Guard SAR
3047.0 Canadian Forces MACS
3122.0 US Coast Guard, safety of flight
3130.0 US Navy FACSFAC Jacksonville, FL "Sea Lord"
3171.4 Red Cross disaster (F-92)
3202.0 State Emergency Management ALE/USB (Operation Secure)
3216.0 SHARES Regional Coord Net (Night Primary)
3303.0 US Department Of Transportation evacuation F-1
3341.0 FEMA "Foxtrot-6,"
3361.0 SHARES Regional Coord Net (Night Alt)
3388.0 FEMA
3455.0 MWARA CAR net
3573.0 (CW) Carolinas Net
3622.5 (Fax) JMH, Tokyo, weather charts at 0110 and 1910
3710.0 (LSB) Puerto Rico
3815.0 (LSB) Caribbean Net (Alt on 3940 S. FL, 3950 N FL)
^ WX4NHC/NHW lists this as a night alt freq
3815.0 (LSB) Inter-island 75 meter frequency (24 hr)
3818.0 (LSB) Caribbean
3845.0 (LSB) Gulf Coast West, often takes H&W
3862.0 (LSB) GULF COAST H&W
3862.5 (LSB) Mississippi Section Voice Traffic Net
3865.0 (LSB) West Virginia Emergency Net
3873.0 (LSB) Regional ARES Emergency Frequency
^West Gulf ARES Emergency Net (Night)
|Central Gulf Coast Hurricane Net
|Magnolia Section Net
|Louisiana ARES Net
|Lousiana Emergency & Tactical Traffic Net (Night)
|Mississippi Emergency & Tactical Traffic Net (Night)
|North Texas Section ARES
|Texas Emergency & Tactical Traffic Net (Night)
|Texas Traffic Net
|Night Primary and Gulf Coast common tactical
3905.0 (LSB) Hawaii, Delaware
3907.0 (LSB) Coastal Carolina Emergency Net Dy 0000
3910.0 (LSB) Regional Emergency Primary Channel:
^ Virginia primary (alt 7360)
| Mississippi ARES, Louisiana Traffic Net,
| West Central Florida Section Net,
| Central Texas Emergency Net
3911.0 (LSB) West Central Florida SKYWARN Net
3913.0 (LSB) NY State
3915.0 (LSB) South Carolina Emergency/Traffic Nets
3915.0 (LSB) Massachusetts/Rhode Island
3917.0 (LSB) E Pennsylvania
3920.0 (LSB) Maryland
3923.0 (LSB) North Carolina Evening Net
3923.0 (LSB) Tar Heel Emergency Net (alt 7232)
3923.0 (LSB) Mississippi ARES
^ Always good for SE US H&W
3925.0 (LSB) Central Gulf Coast Hurricane Net
3925.0 (LSB) Louisiana/Gulf/SW emergency alternate
3927.0 (LSB) North Carolina Morning Net, ARES
3930.0 (LSB) Gulf Coast Hurricane Net alternate
3930.0 (LSB) Louisiana
3930.0 (LSB) North Texas Emergency Net
3933.0 (LSB) Panhandle Traffic Emergency Net Dy 0000
3935.0 (LSB) Belize
3935.0 (LSB) Central Gulf Coast Hurricane Net
3935.0 (LSB) Health & Welfare Traffic Net (Night)
^ARES Section H&W Frequency for
| Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas
| Also Alabama Tactical Use
3937.0 (LSB) W. Massachusetts
3940.0 (LSB) Florida Voice Traffic Net
3940.0 (LSB) South Florida ARES Net
3940.0 (LSB) Tropical Voice Traffic Net
3940.0 (LSB) SATERN Alternate
3944.0 (LSB) West Gulf Emergency Net
3945.0 (LSB) Katrina Outbound Health & Welfare
3947.0 (LSB) Virginia health & welfare (alt 7240)
3950.0 (LSB) Northern Florida ARES Net
3950.0 (LSB) National Hurricane Watch, occasional night
3955.0 (LSB) South Texas Emergency Net
3957.0 (LSB) Louisiana State EOC
3960.0 (LSB) Northeast Coast Hurricane Net
3965.0 (LSB) Alabama Emergency Net
3965.0 (LSB) Alabama Traffic Net F-"Mike"
^ Alabama Katrina Alt
3967.0 (LSB) Gulf Coast Outgoing Traffic Net
3975.0 (LSB) District 32 RACES Net (Alt in TX)
3975.0 (LSB) Georgia ARES
3980.0 (LSB) SE Virginia ARES
3987.5 (LSB) Mexico (Spanish)
3993.5 (LSB) Regional Common Frequency
^ NY State RACES, KY ARES, SC ARES,
| Gulf Coast Health & Welfare Primary
4003.0 Bahamas Air Sea Rescue, WX broadcasts dy 1100
4055.0 Federal Aviation Administration, RCOM HF net
4125.0 Maritime clg and distress freq, some weather info
4125.0 USCG calling/watchkeeping (simplex)
4146.0 Maritime simplex channel 4A
4149.0 Maritime simplex channel 4B
4207.5 International DSC Channel
4209.5 (Sitor-B) International NAVTEX, like 518 kHz
4210.0 (Sitor-B) International marine safety information
4235.0 (Fax) USCG Boston, MA, weather fax, eve/night
4271.1 (Fax) CF, Halifax, NS, hourly charts, RTTY rest of hr.
^Freq is nominal; your dial/window may vary
4298.0 (Fax) USCG NOJ, Kodiak, AK, all scheduled hours
4316.0 (USB) USCG NMG, New Orleans, LA, voice weather fcsts
^ 0330, 0515, 0930, 1115, 1530, 1715, 2130, 2315
4317.9 (Fax) USCG, New Orleans, LA, all scheduled hours
4346.0 (Fax) USCG, Pt. Reyes, CA, night weather charts
4372.0 US Navy FACSFAC VACAPES, VA, "Giant Killer"
4369.0 WLO traffic & weather
4426.0 USCG, SCN net duplex, ships call on 4134
4426.0 USCG NMN Portsmouth, VA, Atlantic WX 0330 0515 0930
4426.0 USCG NMC Pt. Reyes, CA, Pacific WX 0430 1030
4460.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
4466.0 CAP, NE US Primary, SE Alternate
4469.0 CAP, Gulf Coast Hurricane Net, SE Pri, NE Alt
4490.0 SHARES National Coord Net (ALE/USB)
4506.0 CAP, N. Central US Primary
4513.0 SHARES Regional Coordination Network (Night Alt)
4520.0 US Army NG New Jersey in Floyd
4557.1 USAF MARS phone patch net, night calling freq
4573.0 SHARES National Net (Alt USB)
4582.0 CAP, National Clg & Emergency, Pacific Alternate
^SHARES Use in Katrina
4583.5 CAP, Tuesday hurricane nets 2100 local in season
4585.0 CAP, Pacific & Mid-East (Atlantic) Primary
4601.0 CAP, Rocky Mtn. Primary, Great Lakes Alternate
4604.0 CAP, Great Lakes Primary, Rocky Mtn. Alternate
4640.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
4627.0 CAP, Southwest US Primary
4709.0 USAF HF-GCS, Sigonella
4724.0 USAF HF-GCS Primary
4780.0 FEMA
4813.5 USCG emergency, Guam (alternate)
4821.0 Federal Agencies Net, Region 7 (old FHWA hwy net F-14)
4900.0 USAF hurricane net on Eastern Test Range
4960.0 Louisiana National Guard
5000.0 WWV wx h+8, 9, 10; WWVH wx h+48, 49, 50, 51
5008.0 US Department Of Transportation evacuation F-2
5135.0 SECURE Gulf Coast net ALE/USB
5136.4 Red Cross F-93
5140.0 SECURE Florida net ALE.USB
5141.4 Red Cross F-94
5142.6 USCG 7th District SAR
5192.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
5195.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
5203.5 US Army National Guard
5211.0 National Emergency Coordination Net night primary, also
FEMA "Foxtrot 11," USB/LSB
5236.0 SHARES Co-ordination Network Ch-1 (night voice primary)
5302.0 FEMA, probably urban search and rescue
5320.0 USCG Groups, Miami, FL, and Portsmouth, VA; CG Auxiliary
Galveston CG use in Katrina
5350.0 USAF hurricane net on Eastern Test Range
5400.0 USCG, Puerto Rico
5402.0 FEMA
5422.5 USCG Auxiliary
5432.0 USCG, hvy CAMSLANT use in Dennis '99
5520.0 MWARA CAR net
5550.0 New York ATC
5680.0 Maritime calling and distress frequency
5692.0 USCG air-air, Navy, possibly also FEMA
5696.0 USCG air-ground/safety of flight
5732.0 (ALE/USB) Customs Over The Horizon Enforcement Net
HVY NEW ORLEANS USCG USE IN KATRINA
5696.0 USCG Safety of Flight, search and rescue, busy channel
5710.0 USAF, weather recon heard here
5711.0 SHARES Co-ordination Network Ch-4 (ALE)
5717.0 CF safety of flight/SAR, their version of 5696
5732.0 COTHEN (Scan-1) ALE/USB
5755.0 Federal Agencies Net, Region 7 (old FHWA hwy net F-23)
5821.0 FEMA "Foxtrot-14"
5847.0 US National Guard ALE/USB
5848.0 US Army Corps of Engineers
5901.0 SHARES National Net (Night Alt)
6106.0 FEMA
6215.0 Maritime calling and distress frequency
6215.0 USCG calling/watchkeeping (simplex)
6224.0 Maritime simplex channel Ch. 6A
6227.0 Maritime simplex channel Ch. 6B
6230.0 Maritime simplex channel Ch. 6C
6264.3 Kodiak, AK, WX
6312.0 International DSC Channel
6314.0 (Sitor-B) USCG, Boston, MA, Atlantic at 0140
6340.5 (Fax) USCG, Boston, MA, all scheduled hours
6341.7 (Sitor-B) WLO, weather at 0345
6456.0 (Fax) CF, Victoria, BC, 0245, 1025, 1515, and 2115
6496.4 (Fax) CF, Halifax, NS, hourly charts, RTTY rest of hr.
6501.0 USCG, SCN net duplex, ships call on 6200
6501.0 USCG, NRV, Guam, Pacific WX 0930 1530
6501.0 USCG, NMO, Honolulu, HI, Pacific WX 0600 1200
6501.0 USCG, NOJ, Kodiak, AK, Pacific WX 0203 and 1645
6501.0 USCG, NMN, Portsmouth, VA, Atlantic WX 0330, 0515, 0930,
1115, 1530, 2130, and 2315
6519.0 WLO, frequent wx broadcasts
6577.0 MWARA CAR net
6586.0 New York ATC
6712.0 USAF HF-GCS alt
6723.0 US Navy FACSFAC Jacksonville, FL "Sea Lord"(also 6742.0)
6724.0 USAF HF-GCS alt
6739.0 USAF HF-GCS Primary
6742.0 US Navy FACSFAC Jacksonville, FL "Sea Lord"
6785.0 US Army Corps Of Engineers
6800.0 SHARES Coordination Network (PACTOR BBS)
6809.0 FEMA "Foxtrot-21" channel: urban search and rescue,
Caribbean relief
6826.0 Army MARS (used in Bonnie & Earl)
6859.5 Red Cross F-95
6870.0 FAA Southern Region
6985.0 US Army Corps of Engineers ALE/USB
6999.0 US Army MARS alternate guard fq
7055.0 (LSB) Mexican Hurricane Net (Spanish)
7060.0 (LSB) Mexican Health & Welfare (Spanish)
7070.0 (LSB) Baja California N & S (Spanish)
7090.0 (LSB) Central America Emergency Net (Spanish)
7105.0 (LSB) Cuban use in Michelle
7110.0 (LSB) Cuba
7145.0 (LSB) Bermuda
7158.0 (LSB) Caribbean Net dy 0000
7165.0 (LSB) Caribbean Inter-Island Watch Freq
7225.0 (LSB) Central Gulf Coast Hurricane
7228.0 (LSB) Kentucky
7230.0 (LSB) SW US Traffic Net
7232.0 (LSB) Tar Heel Emergency Net (Alt)
7235.0 (LSB) Central Gulf Coast Hurricane Net
7235.0 (LSB) Regional Emergency Hurricane Frequency
^ Louisiana Emergency Net
| Central Gulf Coast Hurricane Net
| West Virginia
7238.0 (LSB) Baja California Maritime Net dy 1500/1600
7240.0 (LSB) American Red Cross Gulf Coast Emergency - PRIMARY
7240.0 (LSB) Virginia Health & Welfare (Alt)
7240.0 (LSB) Texas Emergency Net
7241.0 (LSB) Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net, St. Croix, dy 1100
^(7230 - 7240)
7242.0 (LSB) S. Florida Emergency Net (Alt)
7242.0 (LSB) Florida Mid-day Net
7242.0 (LSB) Tropical Traffic Net
7243.0 (LSB) Alabama Emergency Net
7243.0 (LSB) SC Emergency Net
7245.0 (LSB) Southern Louisiana Emergency Net
7245.0 (LSB) NY State RACES
7247.0 (LSB) SE US Emergency
^ N. Florida ARES, etc
7248.0 (LSB) Texas RACES, Primary Tactical Freq
7250.0 (LSB) Salvation Army SATERN Sat 1700
7250.0 (LSB) Belize
7250.0 (LSB) Texas
7254.0 (LSB) N. Florida Emergency Net
7255.0 (LSB) Old Emergency Calling Freq
7255.0 (LSB) East Coast Amateur Radio Svc (ECARS)
7260.0 (LSB) West Gulf Coast Hurricane Net (Alt)
7260.0 (LSB) Virginia Emercency Net (Alt)
7264.0 (LSB) Gulf Coast Health & Welfare (Alt)
7265.8 (LSB) Salvation Army SATERN (Alt) Sat 1630
7268.0 (LSB) Waterway Net secondary/ Maritime Mobile Net
^ WX4NHC lists this as a secondary freq
7273.0 (LSB) Texas ARES (Alt) use in past
7275.0 (LSB) Georgia
7280.0 (LSB) Louisiana alternate fq in past
7283.0 (LSB) Gulf Coast Outgoing Health & Welfare
7285.0 (LSB) Primary Regional Daytime Frequency
^ West Gulf Emergency Net
| Louisiana Emergency Net
| Mississippi Emergency Net
| Texas Emergency Net
| Heavy use in Katrina
7290.0 (LSB) Primary Regional Daytime H&W/WX Freq
^ Central Gulf Coast Hurricane Net
| Texas ARES (Primary Health & Welfare)
| Louisiana ARES (Pri H&W)
| Mississippi ARES (Pri H&W)
| Gulf Coast Weather Net
7294.0 (LSB) Chubasco Net dy 1530
7299.0 (LSB) South Pacific Sailing Net Dy 1700
7305.0 (Fax) JMH, Tokyo, weather charts at 0110 and 1910
7341.0 CAP, National Packet Radio Channel (Digital)
7348.0 FEMA
7373.5 US Department Of Transportation evacuation F-3
7381.0 SHARES - US Navy MARS
7412.0 USAF hurricane net on Eastern Test Range
7477.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
7475.0 Federal Aviation Administration, southeast
7480.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
7507.0 USCG and Navy Hurricane Warning Net, Puerto Rico
7508.5 Federal Aviation Administration, Caribbean hurricane net
7527.0 (ALE/USB) Customs Over The Horizon Enforcement Net
(COTHEN Scan-2)
7528.6 USCG Auxiliary (likely same freq as 7527)
7540.0 SHARES - US Air Force MARS
7550.5 Red Cross F-96 (Primary)
7552.1 SHARES - NTA
7582.0 US Department Of Transportation evacuation F-4
7632.0 SHARES National Coord Net (Night Pri)
7633.6 USAF MARS phone patch net, night calling freq
7635.0 CAP, National Calling & Emergency
7635.0 SHARES - CAP Command Net
7650.0 US Army National Net ALE/USB
7697.0 Red Cross F-97
7743.0 Federal Agencies Net, Region 7 (old FHWA hwy net F-28)
7773.5 USCG, Caribbean use
7802.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
7805.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
7850.0 Caribbean Police Net per Rick Baker
7920.0 CAP, all regions
7932.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
7935.0 State Emergency Management (Operation Secure)
8047.0 US National Guard ALE/USB
8093.0 US Army National Guard, all regions
8125.0 Federal Aviation Administration, east
8152.0 Cruiseheimer's Net, US East Coast & E Car, dy 1230
8156.0 Royal Bahamas Defence Force (coast guard & police)
8158.0 NW Caribbean Cruiser's Net, dy 1400
^Mexico to San Andres Island, Colombia
8160.0 USCG, Caribbean use
8184.5 US Army Air Net ALE/USB
8291.0 Maritime calling and distress frequency
8291.0 USCG calling/watchkeeping (Simplex)
8294.0 Maritime simplex channel 8A
8294.0 Alt. frequency for "Herb" Southbound II net
8297.0 Maritime simplex channel 8B
8414.5 International DSC Channel
8416.5 (Sitor-B) USCG, Boston, MA, Atlantic WX at 0140 and 1630
8416.5 (Sitor-B) USCG, Honolulu, HI, Pac WX at 0130, 1330, 2030
8416.5 (Sitor-B) USCG CAMSPAC Pt. Reyes, WX at 0015 and 1800
8459.0 (Fax) USCG, Kodiak, AK, all scheduled hours
8502.0 (USB) USCG, New Orleans, LA, voice weather fcsts
^0330, 0515, 0930, 1115, 1530, 1715, 2130, 2315
8503.9 (Fax) USCG, New Orleans, LA, all scheduled hours
8682.0 (Fax) USCG. Pt. Reyes, all scheduled hours
8764.0 USCG, SCN net duplex, ships call on 8240
8764.0 USCG, Honolulu, HI, Pac WX at 0005, 0600, 1200, 1800
8764.0 USCG, Portsmouth, VA, Atlantic WX at 0330, 0515, 0930,
1115, 1530, 1715, 2130, and 2315
8764.0 USCG CAMSPAC Pt. Reyes, Pac WX 0430, 1030, 1630, 2230
8788.0 WLO traffic & weather
8846.0 New York Radio, frequent use with TEAL hurricane hunters
8912.0 COTHEN Scan-3 (always busy in hurricane relief) ALE/USB
8918.0 MWARA CAR net
8933.0 New York LDOC, given as sec to TEAL 66 for CNN patch
8968.0 USAF (no longer HF-GCS)
8983.0 USCG Safety of Flight, search and rescue, busy channel
8992.0 USAF HF-GCS Primary
9064.0 SHARES National Coord Net (Night Alt)
9074.5 US Department Of Transportation evacuation F-5
9081.5 US Army ALE/USB
9106.0 SHARES Coordination Network Ch. 5 (ALE)
9110.0 (Fax) USCG, Boston, MA, all scheduled hours
9180.0 Mexican Navy
9185.0 Federal Agencies Net, Region 7 (old FHWA hwy net F-31)
9197.0 SHARES - Federal Highway Administration
9122.5 USACE emergency use
9380.0 USCG and US Navy Hurricane Warning Net, Puerto Rico
9970.0 (Fax) JMH, Tokyo, weather charts at 0110 and 1910
9982.5 (Fax) NOAA/ DoD, Honolulu, HI weather charts, night
10000.0 WWV wx h+8, 9, 10; WWVH wx h+48, 49, 50, 51
10194.0 FEMA "Foxtrot-25" ALE/USB/LSB
10202.0 USAF discrete
10242.0 (ALE/USB) COTHEN Scan-4
10305.0 USAF hurricane net on Eastern Test Range
10493.0 National Emergency Coordination Net day primary, also
FEMA "Foxtrot-26", and SHARES, USB/LSB
10506.0 (RTTY) CF, Halifax
10536.0 (Fax) CF, Halifax, NS, hourly charts, RTTY rest of hr.
10586.5 SHARES - new SCN channel Xray Foxtrot
10588.0 FEMA /USCG/ always busy in hurricanes ALE/USB/LSB
10780.0 USAF, Cape Radio, FL, and HF-GCS backup
10816.5 USCG National Net ALE/USB
10891.0 SHARES - Federal Highway Administration
10935.0 USCG, others, in Caribbean disaster ops
11028.0 US Department Of Transportation evacuation F-6
11090.0 (Fax) NOAA/ DoD, Honolulu, HI, days
11175.0 USAF, HF-GCS Primary
11181.0 USAF discrete, also Teal use in past
11202.0 US Coast Guard Safety of Flight
11217.0 SHARES Co-ordination Network Ch-6 (ALE)
11220.0 USAF discrete
11226.0 USAF, weather aircraft heard here
11230.0 British military, relief use in Bahamas
11246.0 US Air Force discrete for 53rd WRS ("Teal")
11309.0 New York ATC
11342.0 New York LDOC, used by TEAL 66 to patch CNN
11387.0 MWARA CAR net
11396.0 MWARA CAR net
11494.0 (ALE/USB) COTHEN Scan-5
12087.0 National Guard Net ALE/USB
12178.7 Federal Agencies Net, Region 7 (old FHWA hwy net F-41)
12216.0 FEMA
12290.0 Maritime calling and distress frequency
12290.0 USCG calling/watchkeeping (Simplex)
12353.0 Maritime simplex channel 12A
12356.0 Maritime simplex channel 12B
12359.0 Maritime simplex channel 12C
12359.0 Primary frequency for "Herb" ex-Southbound II, Dy 2000
^Famous Herb Hilgenberg weather net for small vessels
|cruising Atlantic and Caribbean. Takes check-ins
|starting 1930, may reach into Pacific late in the net,
|conditions permitting.
12362.0 Maritime simplex channel 12D
12365.0 Maritime simplex channel 12E
12412.5 (Fax) USCG, Kodiak, AK, all scheduled hours
12577.0 International DSC Channel
12579.0 (Sitor-B) USCG, Boston, MA, Atlantic WX at 0140 and 1630
12579.0 (Sitor-B) USCG, Honolulu, HI, Pac WX
12786.0 (Fax) USCG CAMSPAC Pt, Reyes, CA, all sched. hours
12750.0 (Fax) USCG, Boston, MA, day
12753.0 (Fax) CF, Victoria, BC, 0245, 1025, 1515, and 2115
12788.0 (USB) USCG, New Orleans, LA, voice weather fcsts
^0330, 0515, 0930, 1115, 1530, 1715, 2130, 2315
12789.9 (Fax) USCG, New Orleans, LA, all scheduled hours
13089.0 USCG, SCN net duplex, ships call on 12242
13089.0 USCG, Guam, Pacific WX at 0330 and 2130
13089.0 USCG, Honolulu, HI, Pacific WX at 0005 and 1800
13089.0 USCG, Portsmouth, VA, Atlantic WX at 1115, 1530, 1715,
2130, and 2315
13089.0 USCG CAMSPAC Pt Reyes, Pac WX at 0430, 1030, 1630, 2230
13110.0 WLO traffic & weather
13200.0 USAF, HF-GCS Primary
13204.0 USAF, possible discrete assigned for TEAL pp
13242.0 SHARES Co-ordination Network Ch-10
13245.0 Antigua and Antilles inter-island net
13270.0 NOAA a/c per John Winward
13297.0 MWARA CAR net
13330.0 New York ATC
13354.0 MWARA East Pacific net
13432.5 US Department Of Transportation evacuation F-7
13434.0 Federal Agencies Net, Region 7 (old FHWA hwy net F-42)
13446.0 FEMA "Foxtrot-36" various modes
13457.0 SHARES primary - also Federal Aviation Administration
13510.0 (Fax) CF, Halifax, NS, hourly charts, RTTY rest of hr.
13530.0 (RTTY 850/75) KAWN US Air Force Atlantic wx obs, fcsts
13626.0 Federal Aviation Administration, Gulf
13630.0 Federal Aviation Administration, west
13907.0 (ALE/USB) COTHEN Scan-6
13910.5 US Army MARS emergency net
13927.1 USAF MARS calling & phone patch primary, some TEAL use
13977.0 USAF MARS phone patch net, administrative (Sun 1600)
13956.0 FEMA "Foxtrot-48", some NECN use (USB/LSB)
13960.0 USAF discrete
13993.0 SHARES - USAF MARS
13996.0 SHARES - US Army MARS primary guard fq
13997.0 (Fax) JMH, Tokyo, weather charts at 0110 and 1910
14118.0 'Le Reseau Du Capitaine' Net. Montreal, Canada.
^Most operators bilingual FF/EE, covers Atlantic,
|Pacific, Caribbean for WX and emergency tfc,
|dy 1100 & 2230
14121.0 Mississauga Maritime Mobile Net
^Covers Europe, Med, Atlantic, Caribbean and Central
|America, dy 1245
14185.0 Caribbean emergency frequency
14215.0 Pacific Inter-island Net (Alt)
14235.0 Pan-American Health Net
14260.0 UN Net
14265.0 Salvation Army SATERN Net Primary M-F 1400
14268.0 UN Radio Readiness Group
14270.0 Red Cross Net
14275.0 IARN disaster relief, also Bermuda in past
14283.0 Friendly Caribus Connection ("FCC;" a Caribbean net)
14283.0 UN Relief Net
14293.0 Red Cross use
14300.0 Maritime Mobile Service Net Dy 1600
^Atlantic fm. Cape Town to Greenland, E. Pacific,
|Gulf. Dy 1600-0200 summer, 1700-0200 winter.
14300.0 US Coast Guard Amateur Radio Net S 1600/1700
14300.0 Maritime Mobile Service Net (daily)
14300.0 Intercontinental Net
14303.0 ARRL International Assistance & Traffic Net
14310.0 Maritime Emergency Net dy 0400
14313.0 Maritime Mobile Service Net Alternate-1
14313.0 US Coast Guard Amateur Radio Net S 1600
14315.0 Pacific Interisland Net Dy 0800
14315.0 Pacific Islands Disaster Net First Sun, 0100
14316.0 H&W Heard in Katrina
14320.0 H&W Heard in Katrina
14325.0 Hurricane Watch Net, primary fq, amateur and govt,
**********ALWAYS MONITOR THIS ONE*********
14327.0 US Coast Guard Amateur Radio Net S 1700/1800
14340.0 California-Hawaii Net M-F 1700
14340.0 Maritime Emergency Net dy 0400 & 1800
14340.0 Manana (Baja) Net M-Sat 1900
14383.5 SHARES - US Navy MARS
14389.1 USAF MARS calling & phone patch secondary
14390.5 MARS disaster operations
14391.5 US Navy MARS
14396.5 SHARES National Coord Net (Day Primary),
also old National Communications System
primary, all 23 agencies
14450.0 FEMA "Foxtrot-41," evac heard here
14455.0 SHARES National Coord Net (Day Alt)
14493.5 SHARES - Federal Bureau of Investigation
14567.0 FEMA "Foxtrot-39," NECN primary in past
14606.1 USAF MARS Phone Patch Net, old freq ACF
14653.0 US National Guard Net ALE/USB
14757.0 US Army Net ALE/USB
14776.0 FEMA
14836.0 FEMA "Foxtrot-43"
14898.5 SHARES Voice Alternate
14902.0 SHARES - CAP rescue and relief, all regions
15000.0 WWV wx h+8, 9, 10; WWVH wx h+48, 49, 50, 51
15016.0 USAF HF-GCS Primary
15088.0 USCG Air-Ground safety of flight
15094.0 SHARES Coordination Network Ch. 7 (ALE)
15867.0 (ALE/USB) COTHEN Scan-7
16086.5 (Sitor-B) UCCG CAMSPAC MSI
16135.0 (Fax) US DoD, Honolulu, HI, all scheduled hours
16338.5 National Guard Net ALE/USB
16348.0 Federal Aviation Administration
16420.0 Maritime calling and distress frequency
16528.0 Maritime simplex channel 16A
16531.0 Maritime simplex channel 16B
16531.0 Alt. frequency for "Herb" Southbound II net
16534.0 Maritime simplex channel 16C
16804.5 DSC
16806.5 (Sitor-B) USCG, Boston, MA, Atlantic WX at 1630
16806.5 (Sitor-B) USCG, Kodiak, AK, Pacific WX at 1500
16806.5 (Sitor-B) USCG CAMSPAC Pt Reyes, Pac WX
17146.4 (Fax) USCG NMG New Orleans, Tropical WX 1715
17151.2 (Fax) USCG CAMSPAC Pt. Reyes, CA, all scheduled hours
17314.0 USCG, duplex, ships call on 16432
17314.0 USCG, Portsmouth, VA, Atlantic WX 1715
17314.0 USCG. Pt. Reyes, CA, Pacific WX at 1630 and 2230
17362.0 WLO traffic & weather
17421.0 US Department Of Transportation evacuation F-8
17487.0 SHARES Coordination Network Ch. 8 (ALE)
17907.0 MWARA CAR net
18205.0 CAP, Alaska
18220.0 (Fax) JMH, Tokyo, weather charts at 0110 and 1910
18594.0 (ALE/USB) COTHEN Scan-8
18617.1 USAF MARS Phone Patch Net
18825.0 Maritime simplex channel 18A
18828.0 Maritime simplex channel 18B
18831.0 Maritime simplex channel 18C
18834.0 Maritime simplex channel 18D
18837.0 Maritime simplex channel 18E
18840.0 Maritime simplex channel 18F
18843.0 Maritime simplex channel 18G
18889.5 (Sitor-A) FEMA, maritime channel 39
19290.0 Unk. Federal
19680.5 (Sitor-B) International marine safety information
19757.0 Maritime channel 1802, FEMA hrd. here
20000.0 WWV wx h+8, 9, 10
20107.0 SHARES Coordination Network Ch. 7
20381.0 (RTTY 850/75) US Air Force KAWN daytime wx obs
20390.0 USAF Cape Radio Secondary, HF-GCS backup
20873.0 CAP, all regions
20890.0 (ALE/USB) COTHEN Scan-9
20992.6 USAF MARS phone patch net, freq ACR
21400.0 Transatlantic net (amateur)
21402.0 Pacific Maritime Net Dy 2200 (amateur)
22159.0 Maritime simplex channel 22A
22162.0 Maritime simplex channel 22B
22165.0 Maritime simplex channel 22C
22168.0 Maritime simplex channel 22D
22171.0 Maritime simplex channel 22E
22376.0 International Sitor MSI frequency
22376.0 (Sitor-B) USCG, Guam, WX 0500, 1500, 1900, 2315
21390.0 Inter-Americas Net
21400.0 Atlantic Maritime Net
22527.0 (Fax) USCG CAMSPAC Pt. Reyes, day
22804.0 WLO traffic & weather
23214.0 (ALE/USB) COTHEN Scan-10
23331.5 (Fax)US DoD Honolulu, HI, days
25350.0 (ALE/USB) COTHEN Scan-11
26100.5 International Sitor MSI frequency
26617.0 CAP, all regions
26620.0 CAP, all regions
26812.0 SHARES Coordination Network Ch. 8




Table #1: Selected ICAO/WMO Weather Office Identifiers

KAWN US Air Force Automated Weather Network
KGWC US Air Force Global Weather Center
KKCI Aviation Weather Center, Kansas City, MO
KMKC US SIGMET office, Kansas City
KNGU US Navy Atlantic Weather Center, Norfolk VA
KNHC National Hurricane Ctr/Tropical Pred. Ctr, FL
KWBC NWS Central Operations, MD
KWBx Output from NWS models, per table below
KWNC Climate Prediction Center
KWNO Aviation Weather Center, Kansas City, MO
KWNS Storm Prediction Center
PHNL Honolulu, HI
TJSJ San Juan, Puerto Rico



Abbreviations:

ARES Amateur Radio Emergency Service
ARRL American Radio Relay League
ATC Air Traffic Control
CAP Civil Air Patrol
CF Canadian Forces (CANFORCE)
CNN Cable News Network
COTHEN Customs Over-The-Horizon Enforcement Network
CW Continuous Wave telegraphy (Morse code)
DoD US Department of Defense
Dy Daily
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FACSFAC Fleet Area Control & Surveillance Facility
FAX Facsimile, like in offices, only FM analog
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
G-TOR Golay Teleprinting Over Radio
HF-GCS High Frequency Global Communications System
IARN International Amateur Radio Network
LDOC Long Distance Operational Control
LSB Lower Sideband
MARS Military Affiliate Radio System
MSI Marine Safety Information
MWARA Major World Air Route Area
NAVTEX Navigational Telex, safety and NTM for ships
NCS National Communications System
NHC National Hurricane Center, Miami
NOAA National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
NSEP National Security / Emergency Preparedness
NTA National Telecommunications Alliance, replacing
Bellcore
NTS National Traffic System (amateur)
PACTOR Packet Teleprinting Over Radio
RCC Rescue Coordination Center
RTTY Radio Teletype
SAR Search And Rescue
SATERN Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Net
SCN System Coordination Net (USCG)
SECURE State Emergency Capability Using Radio Effectively
SHARES SHAred RESources
SIGMET SIGnificant METeorological aviation warnings
SITOR Simplex Telex Over Radio
TPC Tropical Prediction Center, Miami
USAF US Air Force
USACE US Army Corps of Engineers
USB Upper Sideband
USCG US Coast Guard
USN US Navy
WX Weather
WX4NHC New amateur call at NHC, ex-W4EHW


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Saturday, August 19, 2006

ENIGMA Control List #22 is Now Current

The July 2006 version of the ENIGMA Control List, number 22, is now current. It has been distributed in a pdf file, making it somewhat easier to read.

This list has all those "numbers" station identifiers that have become the standard means of referring to the otherwise chaotic broadcasts on the HF band. They've done a great job of classifying everything, so we don't have to, and using their official list means that everyone in the world knows what everyone else is saying. There is definitely less confusion in this end of the hobby since these Control Lists became standard.

Number 22 replaces previous lists, and should be considered the official reference for numbers designators until it too is superseded. As always, the Control List remains the intellectual property of ENIGMA2000, and used by Utility World in its entirety exactly as it came from the current online incarnation of the European Numbers Intelligence Gathering and Monitoring Association. These are the terms by which permission for its use is given, and also it is the only way to do it which will not propagate errors through the Internet for years to come. Please do not post altered or incomplete versions of this list, or mirror it without asking ENIGMA2000.

And, with that out of the way, here's the link.

2006 Hurricane Frequency List is Up!

The 2006 Hurricane Frequency List has been posted to the Utility World web site.

Here's the link.

The hurricane list is, as always, taken seriously, and additions/corrections are welcome at the Utility World e-mail address, which is utilityworld at ominous-valve dot com.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Centers for Disease Control on HF ALE

The new NPHRN, National Public Health Radio Network, with a headquarters in Atlanta, has been busy recently. This HF net links the federal Centers for Disease Control with state and local health departments.

All frequencies are Automatic Link Establishment (ALE), though some voice has been heard.

4442.0 (USB)

4757.0 (USB)

5820.0 (USB)

8023.0 (LSB)

8023.0 (USB)

9414.5 (USB)

10202.0 (USB)

11485.0 (LSB)

11485.0 (USB)

12164.0 (USB)

13488.0 (USB)

15658.0 (USB)

18264.0 (USB)

20659.0 (USB)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Russian Summer Exercise in Progress

This one always brings out a lot of Russian Navy comm, and increased activity in general. Exercises are in progress in the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, and off the Kamchatka Peninsula. These are live-fire exercises involving large numbers of warships, and usually with a staged coastal troop landing somewhere.

The Baltic exercise will continue for the rest of August. The Black Sea exercise lasts until August 20. The duration of the Kamchatka exercise is not known. The first two should be easily audible in Europe and the US East Coast, while the third should boom into the US West Coast at night.

The naval "cluster beacons" usually light up for this one. Look for the single-letter CW identifiers at .1 kHz spacing, about half a kHz up and down from these frequencies:

3595, 4558, 5154, 7039, 8495, 10872, 13528, 16332 and 20048 kHz.

Recent reports also indicate VLF activity on 18.1 kHz, and CW traffic on 3835, 4076, and 4441 kHz.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Castro in Surgery, Passes Temporary Power to Raul

Is this why the Cuban numbers transmissions have been different lately?

The Associated Press
Monday, July 31, 2006; 10:00 PM

HAVANA -- Fidel Castro temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to his brother Monday night and told Cubans he will undergo surgery.

The Cuban leader said in a letter read live on television by his secretary that he had suffered gastrointestinal bleeding, apparently due to stress from recent public appearances in Argentina and Cuba.

Because of that illness, Castro said he was temporarily relinquishing the presidency to his brother and successor Raul, the defense minister, according to the statement read by Carlos Valenciaga.