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New Hurricane Heading for Florida Panhandle

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by NL7W, Oct 9, 2018.

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  1. KK5JY

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    ^ THIS ^

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  2. KC8VWM

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    "Wednesday Afternoon"

    Tracking at the time of this forum post indicates It's 60 miles out from Panama City moving toward the panhandle at 14 mph.

    It's currently a Category 4 but they are expecting strengthening to occur as it makes landfall.
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  3. KA4DPO

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    Sometime in the next few hours, it's moving pretty fast but it is really packing a wallop right now, winds are up to 145 and storm surge is at 7 feet and rising.
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  4. W4ZD

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    Let us hope things turn out OK. That is the important thing, not what this thread may or may not be about. :rolleyes:
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  5. KA9JLM

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    The ones that provide real time reports in person are Nuts. o_O

    Have big ones too. :rolleyes:

    Good Luck everyone.
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  6. WB2WIK

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    I think it is too, but Sugarloaf is the maximum "prominence" (i.e., tallest rise above surrounding terrain, making it more visible). I've been up on the observation/fire tower at Sugarloaf. It's not very high but that area is so flat it's easy to work repeaters up into Alabama and SW Georgia from there. If there's anyone to talk to!
  7. W2NAP

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  8. K3KIC

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    Best of luck to those in the area.
  9. KB1PA

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    And imagine a largely rural area, that doesn't have the ability to have all these wizbang radios. An area that still has volunteer fire and police depts. That is the region being devastated by this Cat 4 soon to be cat 5 storm. Fema has equipment staged, lots of volunteer organizations are staged, power companies are staged. Shelters are open with radio comms available. EOCs are on full alert with radio rooms fully operational. All we outside the disaster area can pray there is no loss of life, including those that refused to leave the barrier islands. Pray that no first responders get injured trying to rescue them.
    Why is there so much hatred spewed by those haters thousands of miles outside the disaster area?
    No one knows what will survive and what aid the survivors will need? all we can do is wait and assist the survivors where it can be provided.
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  10. KA4DPO

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    Eglin Air Force Base is right there. How much you want to bet they have some pretty state of the art communications equipment. And Panama City and Destin? They are not rural, they are pretty big communities and they also have state of the art comms. This isn't a case of haters, it's a matter of fact.

    I lived in Florida in the 70's and 80's, I worked at Harris and we made some of the most state of the art radios on the planet. The fact was then that the Melbourne PD and Brevard County Sheriffs department did not have much better radio equipment than us local hams at the time. And even then, our role was limited to Red Cross health and welfare stuff. That was then and this is now.

    Your five hundred dollar mobile rig is no match for the three to five thousand dollar apiece radios the police in Florida have now, not to mention the infrastructure that ties it all together. And with it's own reinforced towers and flood proof generators, they just don't need our radios. Want to help, go clean up debris for old folks, that's what we did when we were young men.

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