Report on TS Matthew on Windward Islands
Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net
October 04, 2016
Atlantic Tropical Storm Matthew 2016
On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, as Tropical Storm Matthew approached the Lesser Antilles; The
Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) prepared for activation into extended watch mode.
The CEWN primary operating frequency is 3.815 MHz, and routinely operates daily @ 1030 & 2230
UTC. Its alternate operating frequency is 7.162 MHz when conditions warrant.
NCS Call-sign Country # of Check-ins From To Remarks
Kumar Persaud J85K Saint Vincent 51 0952 Z 1125 Z Roll-call 3.815
Bernard Thomas J69B Saint Lucia 12 1126 Z 1200 Z Traffic 3.815
Rosemond Clery J69BB Saint Lucia 27 1201 Z 1600 Z Traffic 7.162
Henderson Green 8P6BE Barbados 25 1601 Z 1700 Z Traffic 7.162
Ron Armstrong 8P6BN Barbados 7 1701 Z 1800 Z Traffic 7.162
Rosemond Clery J69BB Saint Lucia 10 1801 Z 1900 Z Traffic 7.162
Clery / Thomas J69B/J69BB Saint Lucia 5 1901 Z 2000 Z Traffic 7.162
Noel Donawa 9Y4X Trinidad 2001 Z 2100 Z Traffic 7.162
Bernard Ashby 9Y4B Trinidad 2101 Z 2216 Z Traffic 7.162
Kumar Persaud J85K Saint Vincent 45 2217 Z 0145 Z Roll-Call 3.815 /
Henderson Green 8P6BE Barbados 0146 Z 0303 Z Traffic 3.815
* The TTARS_Hummingbird Net suspended its daily net to provide its NCS’s to the CEWN.
• Eric_9Z4CP of the T&T ODM provided detailed weather analysis, as did Wayne_J73WA.
• Wesley_8P6GW checked in from the Barbados EOC.
• Reni_J88DM streamed the evening net live via social media – Facebook.
The Extended session of the Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net, that ran from about five o’clock
in the morning until about eleven o’clock at night that Wednesday, on both 75 and 40 meters, received
Puerto Rico, USVI, Anguilla, Saint Eustatius, Saint Kitts / Nevis, Antigua / Barbuda, Dominica, Saint
Lucia, Barbados, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Grenada and Carriacou, Trinidad and Tobago,
Aruba, Guyana, and Venezuela.
• There were three Maritime Mobile check-ins:- J6/VE0SH, FM4QH, and J3/PE1IGM.
Reports of torrential rain, flash flooding, land slides and some house roof damage; emanated
out of Dominica, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. High Seas and
surge was reported by the Maritime Mobiles. There was one storm related fatality on Saint
Vincent in the town of Layou. Hurricane Shelters were in use across the affected islands.
The National Hurricane Center, various National Meteorological Services weather and update
bulletins were routinely disseminated. The various National Emergency Management
Organisations and CDEMA instructed and implemented their various protocols across the subregion.
Restoration of mains water supply, electricity, the clearing of roads and bridges, and
general cleanup proceeded apace across the island chain by emergency crews, on Thursday
September 29, 2016.
Atlantic Tropical Hurricane Matthew 2016
Matthew is now in the Central Caribbean. CEWN continues to operate in its regular nets.
On Monday, October 03, 2016, William_6Y5WW of the Jamaica Amateur Radio Association
(JARA) was contacted via The Friendly 7188 Net (1000 to 1200 Z daily) to ascertain what
communications resources Jamaica might require during the passage of Matthew.
During the course of the day the IARU Region 2 Director Noel_9Y4X, National Clubs on
Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
were contacted via email to prepare an Extended session of the CEWN from 2230 UTC, to
assist emergency and welfare traffic out of Jamaica. JARA would be the coordinating
The Hurricane Watch Net on 14.325 MHz was contacted around 2130 UTC by J85K to
ascertain what emergency frequencies were to be activated for Haiti. They did not have any
such information at that time.
Jeff_9Y4J on behalf of IARU, advised that Cuba would utilise 7.110 /7.120 in the forty meter
band, and 3.720 / 3.740 in the eighty meter band for coordinating their emergency traffic.
The evening 2230 UTC net did activate after Roll-Call on Jamaica’s behalf, but as The
Government of Jamaica had downgraded its Hurricane Warning to a Tropical Storm warning;
Ivor _6Y5DW of JARA, declined further use of the net resources after 0010 UTC that evening.
There were a total of thirty five check-ins to the net. Detailed logs and comments of both the
September 28 and October 03 extended sessions, can be made available if needed.
The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net continues its sixty year old
tradition, of communication service to the people of the region.
For, and on behalf of the CEWN Group,
Kumar Persaud J85K
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
cc:- IARU, CDEMA, NEMO, TTARS, ARSB, JARA, SLUARC, SVGARC, GARC
Kumar _85K – CEWN Net Administrator (784) 491-6210 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Frans_J69DS – CEWN Webmaster (758) 715-3129 / email@example.com