Friday, September 3, 2010

The Hurricane Watch Net: Live Streaming Audio during Hurricanes

An excellent and little known resource for finding out pertinent, current information during Hurricanes is the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN). This is a quasi-official organization of amateur radio operators that mobilize during hurricanes to provide up-to-the-minute information on the "on the ground" effects of hurricanes to the National Hurricane Center during hurricane events. Information is passed over shortwave radio on 14.325 MHz. so if you have a shortwave radio and are in the vicinity you can tune in. Even more useful for the rest of us, the audio from this frequency is streamed over the internet on during net activations. with the MP3 stream URL of (you can find other format streams at There can be long periods of quiet, so it's good to just leave running in the background. For more hurricane tracking tools, see the resources page.

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