Hurricane Irma and our friends in Florida/Georgia. Post here!

Discussion in 'Amplitude Modulation - AM Fans' started by N6YW, Sep 8, 2017.

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  1. N2DTS

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    My wife's father is in Seminole (St Petersburg/Tampa), no water, no power, no TV, cell service is working.
    House is ok, lots of big trees down in his back yard, all stores closed (no power).
  2. KA9JLM

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    That is a bummer.

    I wonder how long cell service can last with no grid power ?
  3. K4KYV

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  4. N2DTS

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    Some have generators, the ones that don't they often take generators out to the cell sites.
    Of course, you have to put gas in the generators...
    My office has a 1000 gallon tank of diesel.
    Likely last 4 or 5 days.
    I think we do 50 volts at 400 amps for an equipment load, the big AC units likely take a lot of power.
    Cell sites draw a lot less power.

  5. KA4KOE

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    Made it home okay mid-day Tuesday after evacuating to Nashville, GA to look after inlaws. Reported to duty at Ft. Stewart yesterday. Minimal damage at home, primarily lawn litter and small limbs. Still cleaning up but not nearly as bad as last year by a long shot. Weird seeing state troopers and National Guard blocking exits along the way home. passes.jpg
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  6. KA4KOE

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    More setup at the inlaws FT897D with tuna (worked surprisingly well) to keep track of statewide ARES nets, etc. room1.JPG room2.JPG
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  7. N2DTS

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    My father in law got his power back on yesterday (wed) so he has water, gas, electric, not sure about the cable TV.
    He had some branches down in the back yard but nothing bad.
    The eye passed close, 10 or 20 miles east of his house I think.
  8. AC0OB

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    Glad to report both nieces and cousin checked in and said they were ok with slight damage to their houses.

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  9. WO4K

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    My XYL (N4YAK) and I got through it pretty well. No power, cell service or cable service since Sunday night (now late Thursday afternoon). On the whole, our damage was light. The wind took out our stockade fence in the backyard and the falling fence took out the pool pump, filter and related plumbing. The worst part is trying to sleep in the muggy hotness at night without air conditioning. I grew up in FL without air conditioning, but now, at 67, I consider it a necessity. We bought a generator yesterday, so we now have power for electric fans, lights and a refrigerator that works. Will do a house connection to the breaker box this weekend. All in all, I think we skated on this one. It provided a real opportunity to sharpen our survival skills for the next time. Darn, its hot!

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