National Weather Service Raleigh & Central Carolina SKYWARN to Participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day

Weather Spotters get ready! SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020 officially takes place Saturday, December 5, from 0000-2400 UTC. During this 24-hour period, SKYWARN operators and NWS offices will contact other radio operators across the world.

This annual event was originally developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League to celebrate the contributions that SKYWARN™ amateur radio volunteers make to the NWS mission of protecting life and property. Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management when normal communications become inoperative.

Central Carolina SKYWARN and the Raleigh National Weather Service, operating under the call sign WX4NC, will join in the fun on Friday night (December 4) from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, making contacts on the K4ITL 145.210 repeater, WB4TQD 146.88 repeater,  the K4ITL 147.135 repeater, the Carolina 440 UHF Link System, the W4BAD linked system, IRLP, and HF (80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters SSB). We will rotate through the repeaters so listen for us. To find the specific HF frequencies, look for WX4NC on http://dxsummit.fi/#/.

Radio operators will exchange names, call signs, locations, signal reports, and a 1 or 2-word weather report such as “windy”, “sunny”, or the current temperature.

If you wish to register for this event and receive a spotter SRD event number, please visit https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition. However, we still want your contact even if you do not register!

There will be a special event certificate from the National Weather Service! Certificates will be electronic and printable from https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition.

One change that 2020 brings is Covid-19; for health and safety reasons, we will be operating from home instead of the Raleigh NWS office. Also, the Raleigh NWS will be unable to welcome visitors to its facility for tours this year.

Hope to get you in the log!

Temporary Primary Repeater Reminder

Central Carolina SKYWARN has been granted temporary use of the K4ITL 145.210 repeater (- offset, tone of 82.5). This is a wide coverage repeater which will allow many more spotters to participate. We will use the 145.210 repeater as our primary repeater for SKYWARN activation and Tuesday night nets until further notice. Thanks to K4ITL for making this possible!

In-Person Spotter Classes Cancelled

Due to the Covid-19, all in person SKYWARN Spotter Classes have been cancelled by the Raleigh National Weather Service until further notice.

However, free web-based SKYWARN training class is available to the public, and is offered by the COMET MetED program. The NWS Raleigh is honoring this training and will include individuals who take this online training as part of its database of SKYWARN spotters for central North Carolina. For further information please visit https://www.weather.gov/rah/rahcomet

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2019 Results!

Our final results were great this year! Here they are:
252 contacts that includes dupes,
234 unique contacts after dupes removed,
39 NWS offices,
40 states and
10 DX contacts which included contacts in Canada, Cuba, Bosnia and Spain!

These results earned us the Blizzard Certificate!

Thanks to the 2019 SRD WX4NC Team at the Raleigh NWS office and thanks to all who made contact with WX4NC!

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2019

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Thanks to everyone who checked in with WX4NC at the Raleigh National Weather Service for SKYWARN Recognition Day. This day celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN spotters make to the NWS! Your reports of severe weather throughout the year help the NWS protect life and property.
1st Row: Lauren Petro KF7RCU, Virginia Enzor NC4VA, Randy Stark WN4RSS, Ron Casey K4JDR, and Ken Stark W4KJS 2nd Row Nick Petro WX3H, Greg Hauser W3FIE, Scott Lewis AB4SL, Karl Bowman W4CHX; Not pictured – Bob Woodson WX4MMM and Cassie Lilley W2YBN

SKYWARN RECOGNTION DAY 2019

Weather Spotters get ready!  SKYWARN Recognition Day 2019 officially takes place Saturday, December 7, from 0000-2400 UTC. During this 24 hour period, spotters make contact with SKYWARN radio operators at NWS offices across the nation. This annual event was originally developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League to celebrate the contributions that SKYWARN radio operators/spotters make to the National Weather Service. It also allows NWS offices to test their back up forms of communications.

Central Carolina SKYWARN and the Raleigh National Weather Service, operating under the call sign WX4NC, will join in the fun on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, making contacts on the K4ITL 145.210 repeater, the WB4TQD 146.88 repeater, the K4ITL 147.105 repeater, the K4ITL 147.135 repeater, the Carolina 440 UHF Link System, the W4BAD Linked System, IRLP, Echolink (WX3H and WX4NC), and HF (20, 40 & 80 meters SSB).  To find the specific HF frequencies, look for us on http://dxsummit.fi/#/ or ask a SKYWARN operator on the 145.210 repeater.

Radio operators will exchange names, call signs, locations, signal reports, and a 1 or 2-word weather report.

Hope to get you in the log!

SKYWARN on the 145.210 Repeater

Good news! Central Carolina SKYWARN has been granted temporary use of the K4ITL 145.210 repeater (- offset, tone of 82.5) until the 146.88 repeater is fully repaired. This is a wide coverage repeater which will allow many more spotters to participate. We will use the 145.210 repeater as our primary repeater for SKYWARN activation until further notice. Thanks to K4ITL for making this possible!

SKYWARN ACTIVATION REPEATERS FOR 4/19/2019

Due to repeater issues and the threat of widespread severe storms likely, Central Carolina SKYWARN will run on both the 146.88 repeater and the Carolina 440 Link System.  Spotters may choose whichever repeater works best for them to make a severe weather report.  Frequencies for the Carolina 440 Link System may be found at www.carolina440.net.  Reports may also be posted to the Central Carolina SKYWARN Facebook page.

The National Weather is looking for these types of reports:

  • Hail – any size initially; then penny size, ¾” diameter or larger thereafter
  • Measured wind speeds of 50 mph or greater
  • Flooding and flash flooding where none normally occurs
  • Rotating wall clouds, funnel clouds, or tornadoes
  • Damage caused by high winds such as downed limbs and trees and their approximate diameter and building and roof damage.