Weekly Regional SKYWARN Net
Wednesday, 8:30 PM
For your local repeater information
Local NJ Chart for Ocean County
here if you are interested in becoming a Net Controller.
Webcasting of the net is available at
here and at
Web check ins will be taken at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTHOLLYSKYWARN/chat.? Note that we are
hoping for hams (especially those out of range of the linked repeaters) and
non-hams alike to check in via this method.
If anyone would like to try their hand at being "webcast net control" please
let us know.?All that is needed is the ability to get into the voice net via
the linked system and a computer running the chat.
The purpose of the Regional SKYWARN net includes:
- Making announcements related to The Mount Holly SKYWARN group. This
includes but is not limited to; Technical Committee (TC) meetings, County
Coordinator meetings, Special Events, Issues of technical concern.
- Dispersing information from the National Weather Service to the SKYWARN
spotters. This is typically done by a representative of the National Weather
Service. Information can include changes in NWS protocol, issues related to
weather forecasting, and the science of meteorology.
- Eliciting SKYWARN related comments from the check ins
- Testing the linked repeater systems used for the the nets to ensure that
it can be brought up for Skywarn use if needed during a widespread weather
How the Regional SKYWARN net is run:
- The first step in preparation for the net is for the APRS net control
operator to issue an APRS bulletin message at least an hour before the net
announcing how APRS checkins will be requested. The request for check ins is
repeated automatically by APRS.
- Directed net protocol is used during this net. This means that there is a
short introduction, a request for emergency or priority traffic and then the
Net Control Station will ask for check-ins without emergency or priority
traffic on a county by county basis (Much like the RACES state net run on 75
- After the first round of repeater checkins are taken, APRS checkins are
then taken. Then, any station stated to have traffic is called by the Net
Controller to pass the traffic.
- Then a call for late checkins. Then, as time permits, a request for
stations with comments, etc. Then, the net is closed.