The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially runs from 1st June to 30
November each year and Tropical Storm Alex has become the first ‘named’
storm of this year. Amateur Radio continues to play a part in gathering
and distributing information for the weather and emergency services each
Radio Amateurs in Region 1 are reminded that the following frequencies
may be in use by nets in North and Central America to track and deal
with the consequences of these severe weather events. It is possible for
Region 1 amateurs to cause unintentional QRM to these nets so please
listen carefully if operating near these frequencies.
14.300 MHz is used by the Maritime Mobile Service Net daily and as well
as handling traffic from Maritime Mobile Stations, also gathers weather
reports from maritime stations to assist forecasters.
14.325 MHz is used by the Hurricane Watch Net and the net is established
whenever it appears that a storm may affect the US mainland. The net
gathers weather information and links to the American National Hurricane
14.265 MHz is used by the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (
SATERN ) provides Health and Welfare traffic links for those in
affected areas as well as supporting the Salvation Army Disaster relief
response should a hurricane strike.
Frequencies used in Cuba
7.045, 7.080, 7.110 MHz
Frequencies used in Central America;
Red Centro Americana : 7.090 and 3.750MHz
Guatemala: 7.075 MHz
Nicaragua: 7.098 MHz
Mexico (FMRE)3.690 and 7.060 MHz
Cuba and Mexico co-operate with long distance relays on 40m when
propagation makes this possible.
Local emergency communications groups may also activate if a hurricane
approaches their area and those frequencies would be announced at the time.