I advise that 6Y5WW_William (+1-876-303-6523) of the Jamaica Amateur Radio Association, (JARA) in his capacity as a member of the Technical Committee, has confirmed the following:
1) Hurricane Watch Net 14.325 / 7.268 MHz is already operational. They have their own specific protocols and procedures, and require no additional assistance.
2) JARA has agreed the use of the CEWN 3.815 / 7.162 MHz frequencies to handle emergency traffic. The net will convene at 2230 UTC, this evening and then go into extended mode.
3) The Jamaica National frequency of 7.150 will be used for non-emergency traffic on island.
Please share as necessary.
CEWN Net Admin
There is a packet BBS on air on Saint Lucia again, with a number of stations active in Martinique on APRS also
The BBS J62DX-3 and its Node J62DX-4 and the Chat server J62DX-2 are on 144.390 Mhz. Also running is an Aprs Igate and a RMS Gate
The BBS system is run and maintained by J69DS Frans. The service is run on a RaspberryPi with a Tnc-Pi to an Icom 2100 at 5 watts. the antenna is a 1 wave over a 1.4 wave vertical.
Dominica already has a node ready to be installed at the repeater site (Morne Anglais). In Martinique we already have two Digis up and an Igate up and running.
In Trinidad there are many stations on APRS and Igate with Nodes and BBs
A good place to look is on aprs.fi
We would like to see a node on each island at least it would allow an across the region network. in normal times it is just fun to experiment. But in an emergency packet is an error free method of passing information.
To get on packet can be a s simple as running agwpe (Agw Packet Engine) and going via the sound card to the radio, and using the Agw terminal to access the network. Even a ‘real’ tnc is not that expensive as back in the days, a Tnc-X is one of the easy to get tnc’s.
Hope to see you on the packet network.
Frans J69DS J62DX J62YOTA
J73CI Clem was interviewed by Canada Am:
See it here
Quite a bit of info has been restored to this website. however any articles relating to the net’s past that you might have or be aware of, do not hesitate to send me the links or info. I will gladly add them into the sites info. Any other pertinent amateur radio / weather related info you think needs adding feel free to send it to me at j69ds at hotmail dot com.
Thank you kindly,
Frans J69DS – J62YOTA – j64SLI
The CEWN net management and members wishes Kumar J85K a very happy birthday! may it be a blessed one with many dx!
Due to reasons beyond our control The C.E.W.N. website was lost, we have lost a lot of our information.
We are now hosted on and by J69DS Frans. Any information or additions you might feel needed please do not hesitate to email j69ds @ hotmail dot com, or Kumar J85K j85k.vc at gmail dot com.
We intend for the site to be restored as best as we can over time.
On Sunday, January 18, 2015 after the close of the morning session of the CEWN net chaired by Harry 9Y4HW, an attempt was made to hold the annual election of Committee Officers for this current year.
Not very many people had remained on frequency 3.815 MHz, and our presiding Elections Officer Derek J35X, was unavailable due to an antenna issue. Heavy United States QRM added to the difficulty of having clear communications. A motion by John 9Z4DT to move to a clear forty meter frequency was adopted.
John 9Z4DT, Barry 9Z4BAB, Hendy 8P6BE, Paul J39AC, Johnny J69IH and Kumar J85K convened a meeting on 7.174 MHz around 1130 UTC. We were subsequently joined by Sylvester J88DT, Pat 8P6AZ, Charles 8P6CW, Margaret J39KK and Leon J88NFJ.
8P6AZ — former Net Manager/ Senior CEWN contributor supported by 8P6CW suggested that we might best manage with slender Net Control resources by operating every other day in the off-season and every day in the Atlantic Hurricane season.
J85K — former Net Manager felt that to relinquish our net slot in the off season may well encourage others, particularly in the USA to seek to establish use on the frequency during our stated net times.
8P6BE — Senior CEWN contributor who singlehandedly brought the net back from oblivion during the last decade suggested that our most important goal is the be able to muster Net controllers and run ALL of the fourteen sessions of the CEWN weekly. He felt that it might be the committees’ existence in itself, that had squelched the enthusiasm of volunteering for Net Control slots.
9Z4DT, J39AC, and 9Z4BAB felt that those present on frequency formed a sufficient and legal quorum to establish the 2015 Net Committee. J85K felt the CEWN was best served by delaying the election to a later time, as the CEWN is more of a regional (albiet ad-hoc) institution than simply an EnComm net.
J88DT felt that much harm had in the past been done to the spirit of the net and embraced a new dedication to re-establish the importance and function of the CEWN.
Members present agreed to return for the time being to the volunteer spirit of the ‘old’ Antilles Emergency and Weather Net, and as such we agreed to establish Net Control duties by island state to encourage participation as a source of national pride and concern. Please consult the Net Roster for current status under the Net Operations page.
Kumar_J85K for CEWN Group Operations 01/18/2015 (please email me at email@example.com if any inaccuracies are noted in the above posting)