Amateur Radio at the
National Hurricane Center

Dr. Neil Frank, Director of NHC & Julio Ripoll (WD4R ex wd4jns) circa 1980
Located at the old Hurricane Center across from the University of Miami
This picture was taken in 1980 after completion of the operations for Hurricane Allen which devastated several Carribean Islands, specially
the Island of St. Lucia and then hit the Gulf Coast of Texas.   Our primary objective at that time was to dispatch the current Hurricane Bulletins to
the affected areas and provide Emergency Backup Communications for the Hurricane Center when needed.    During Hurricane Allen,  Dr. Frank
used our Amateur radio HF Station to communicate directly to the Weather Station in Texas after they had lost all of their conventional communications links.

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