Just some FYI: Since 11.39 PST I have been monitoring the Hurricane Watch Net on 14.325.0. Being only lightly affiliated to ARES/RACES because of my unreliable work schedule, I can only say one thing fro EVERYBODY here: The Hurricane Network is working just great! Our hobby and related services to the community are NOT dead or going to be. If you listen to the coordinators and the EOCs, you realize this service is alive and well. And, nobody there seems to give a ,,,, about a license class and/or ,,,,they just do their job, and that very well, to my understanding. However, there was a lot of tuning, when I thought that those people's finals should pop, and a lot of key paddling that I do not see a reason for. Because everything was forwarded without problem. Because there were a lot of stations available with power backup in case of powerloss. Because there is an ubandance of volunteers, out of all classes. Let us include the people still in the affected area in our prayers, and also our hams at the EOCs riding it out as well as the other hams staying put on their own reasons! There are HAMs in the University Hospital in New Orleans and also in firestations that need our MENTAL support, NOW! But , please, do not interfere with the traffic on 14.325.0, go to 14265.0 if you want to help, donate or look for a connection after the disaster happened. Ham Radio as a Service is not DEAD at all! 73s de k6faf, Hans I hear the control stations and the reporting stations quite well.....none under 55... Stations from as far away as VE and CA took over a relais situation to get the info packed and transfer it to our "Hurricane Watch Center". I am impressed.