About the East Alabama SKYWARN Net
The East Alabama SKYWARN Net is a group of Amateur Radio Operators -- also referred to as Ham Radio -- who have teamed up to provide ground-truth weather information to the National Weather Service, area Emergency Management Agencies, and other agencies as a means of supporting and promoting public safety. The East Alabama SKYWARN Net coverage area consists of the following counties in Alabama:
NCS STATIONS NEEDED:
East Alabama SKYWARN is in need of additional Net Control Operators. If you are interested -- and have completed at least the Basic Level SKYWARN Spotter training with the National Weather Service -- please contact KK4ICE, Net Coordinator, at (334) 444-6796.
Online SKYWARN Spotter Classes and Other Training Information
BASIC SKYWARN SPOTTER CLASS: July 17, 2014 6p-8p
We will be hosting a site for the NWS's Basic SKYWARN Spotter class on the evening of July 17, 2014. The class will run from 6 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m. (Central Time.) The class is free -- all you need to do is show up! Certificates will be issued at the completion of the class. Location will be 930 Avenue A in Opelika, AL (The Rice Realty building, near the Lee County Courthouse.) There will also be a brief meeting of East Alabama SKYWARN following the class. You do not have to be an amateur radio operator to attend this class, but all area hams interested in participating in the East Alabama SKYWARN Net are highly encouraged to attend this class if you don't already have at least your basic level Spotter certification from the NWS. If you plan to attend, please call or text message KK4ICE, Net Coordinator at (334) 444-6796. Or if you're a Facebook user, you can register for the "event" (class) via Facebook by clicking here (make sure you're signed-in on Facebook in order to post that you'll be attending.)
Click here for more information on other SKYWARN Spotter Certification classes and other training available from the National Weather Service, Birmingham, AL Field Office (BMX).
This website is NOT An Emergency Notification System
The East Alabama SKYWARN Net and this website ARE NOT INTENDED -- nor should they be used -- for the purpose of receiving emergency weather alerts. Severe weather bulletins such as WARNINGS and WATCHES are NOT POSTED ON THIS SITE. NOAA Weather/All-Hazards Radios, commercial broadcast media, emergency cell phone text alerting services, and other timely, reliable means of receiving critical weather-related information should always be your primary means of staying informed about severe weather. Also, outdoor weather sirens are only meant as a backup notification method for people who might be involved in outdoor activities, and as such are not the best option for personal safety either. We cannot stress this enough, but we will repeat -- this site is NOT for emergency alert purposes.
NOT a STORM CHASING Organization
In keeping with the intents, purposes, and safety recommendations of the National Weather Service/NOAA SKYWARN training programs, the East Alabama SKYWARN Net as a rule does not support storm chasing. While there are many people who enjoy storm chasing as a hobby or avocation, doing so safely requires many steps be taken that go beyond individual severe weather observation, spotting, and reporting. In addition, it tends to tie up net resources and the resources of other agencies (such as the National Weather Service field office) at critical times. Quite often, our SKYWARN Spotters are operating alone in their vehicles or other locations, while storm chasing is best done with a team of two or more people operating from the same vehicle, vantage point, etc., equipped with the gear needed to really track storms in real-time on radar, report their movement, and take measurements and photos or video of those storms while maintaining a level of caution and quick mobility. Experienced (and wise) storm chasers are also hesitant to do so after dark, as the level of personal risk increases exponentially, while the chances of getting good photos or video drop to virtually zero. All that said, if your desire is to become a storm chaser, we suggest you connect with a well-trained, experienced team or organization that can assist you in that endeavor, and please avoid unnecessarily tying up resources in ways that are detrimental to the operation of East Alabama SKYWARN.
Radio Operation Frequencies Used
The WX4LEE repeater, operated by the Lee County Emergency Management Agency in Lee County, Alabama is the PRIMARY communications method for the East Alabama SKYWARN Net.
147.150 MHz, (+) Offset, 123.0 Hz PL Tone
The SECONDARY/BACKUP repeater is the W4LEE repeater, operated by the East Alabama Amateur Radio Club.
147.060 MHz, (+) Offset, 123.0 Hz PL Tone
Browse the Site and Enjoy!
Whether this is your first visit to the East Alabama SKYWARN Net website, or you're a member of the team, we welcome you to browse the site and hope you find it informative. As licensed Amateur Radio Operators, this is just one of the numerous ways we strive to be of service to public safety and -- most importantly -- to our friends, relatives, and neighbors in and around our area.
And, as we say in the Ham Radio World...
"73's" from the East Alabama SKYWARN Team!