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Sponsored by the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club - We are amateur radio operators and certified storm spotters who report our observations to the National Weather Service for improved predictions and possible warning of the population.

We do not 'chase storms' but observe from safe distances. The objective is to contribute to the public safety and to provide critical information to the National Weather Service.

Skywarn is a directed net. Wait for net control to ask for check-ins. Call net control with the following Keywords in order of priority:

MAYDAYAny emergency situation needing police, fire, or medical services
WARNINGTo warn of dangerous weather - t-storm, rotation, wall cloud, funnel cloud, or tornado (first person actual observations only!)
SEVERETo report severe weather, add "measured" or "estimated"
DAMAGETo report weather damage: structures, trees down, road flooded
TRAFFICTo pass agency traffic where the station is assigned to assist an agency or group (e.g. operators of a shelter)
CONTACTTo request making contact with another station on frequency
OBSERVATIONTo report significant but non-severe weather observation
INFOTo provide information needed by net control or other stations
SECURINGTo report securing station
RE-CHECKTo return (after net control told you to re-check when you return)
CORRECTIONTo correct faulty information passed on the net -
**this has the same priority as original call being corrected
RADARTo provide radar updates on cell movements or intensity
THIRD PARTYTo provide info from third parties, public agency radio traffic or public media (e.g. road closures, major accidents)
DISCUSSIONTo make announcements or contribute to any discussion on the net - and for any other purpose not covered above
CHECK-INNot used - stand by to check in until net control calls for check-ins, unless you have Priority Traffice, then use the appropriate Keyword.

Severe Weather Reporting

The NWS seeks reports of severe weather. Severe weather is nickel size hail, wind breaking limbs off trees, road flooding, persistent wall cloud, funnel clouds, or tornados. Additional help in classifying weather and what to report is on our weather events page.

Links to Resources

spotternetwork.org has excellent resources for online training and a community of members dedicated to storm spotting.

The Skywarn Storm Spotter Guide is available online as a downloadable pdf.

Warnings and Severe Weather Forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Skywarn Net Manager: N4UZZ

For more information, contact skywarn@w4ap.org

Net Controllers

AJ4ZZ Rick CochranKD4PDQ Farris MosleyN3AZ Fred Stowell
AK4FP Jim CookeKE5GDK Daniel McCafferyN4UZZ* Otto Arnoscht
AK4NF Nancy MilliganKF4RHA Tracy SprankleWA4BO Bob Overstreet
AK4NG George MilliganKI4TII Kim GransdenW4EGR Jason Smith
K4DJL El ErbyKJ4DXL Les AmidonW4SPA Scott Poole
K4LIA Chris HallKJ6MTJ John FertschW5NZ Mark Wintersole
* Net Manager Net Controller Schedule


146.84 W4AP (-600)

147.18 W4AP (+600)
146.56 simplex


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