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Operating the W9VMW Repeaters - Logansport, Indiana

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Repeater Status:
147.180MHz OK
Link Receiver OK
WX Alert System OK
145.230 OK
145.350 OFF
443.650 OK

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Net Information
SKYWARN NET SCRIPT
CRITERIA FOR A SKYWARN NET
REPORTING CRITERIA
ARES NET SCRIPT


Skywarn Net Script
  • ACTIVATE NET USING THE # KEY THREE TIMES ON YOUR DTMF PAD AFTER CHANGING THE REPEATER TO SEVERE WEATHER NET MACRO 
  • CQ NET, CQ NET, CQ NET. THIS IS YOUR CALL (phonetically), ACTIVATING THE CASS COUNTY SKYWARN NET, ACTIVATING WHENEVER SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS IN CASS COUNTY AND AT THE REQUEST OF EMA ON THIS FREQUENCY.  
  • NET CONTROL WILL BE YOUR CALL AND THE OPERATOR IS YOUR NAME
  • REMEMBER THIS IS A DIRECTED NET, AND ALL TRAFFIC MUST BE ROUTED THROUGH NET CONTROL. 
  • (GIVE A BRIEF SITUATION REPORT WHERE WEATHER IS, STORM’S PATH, LATEST RADAR READINGS, STATUS OF THE NET IE: STANDBY MODE, ACTIVE, ETC.)
  • I’LL NOW TAKE  CHECK-INS, WHEN CHECKING IN PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU ARE MOBILE AND LOCATION, PLEASE CALL NOW. YOUR CALL.
  • I ACKNOWLEDGE___________.
  • (LOG CHECKINS, AND REPORTS OF ANY SEVERE WEATHER, SPECIFIC AREA, SPECIFIC REPORT AND TIME OF OCCURANCE AND PASS ALONG TO EMA SO THEY CAN GIVE IT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. IF YOU AREN’T SURE, LOG IT!!)
  • THIS IS YOUR CALL WITH THE CASS COUNTY SKYWARN NET.
  • (MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AT LEAST EVERY 3 MINUTES OF IDLE TIME FOR ID PURPOSES AND AFTER EVERY REPORT TRANSMISSION)
  • (GIVE UPDATED SITUATION REPORT EVERY 10 MINUTES OR SO OR AS TIME ALLOWS)
  • (CONTINUE IN THIS FASHION UNTIL RELIEVED OR WEATHER ALERT HAS CEASED)
  • AT THIS TIME WE’LL BE CLOSING THE NET AS THE SEVERE WEATHER HAS MOVED OUT OF THE AREA AND IS NO LONGER A THREAT TO CASS COUNTY. I WISH TO THANK EVERYONE THAT CHECKED IN AND ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO KEEP AN EYE TO THE SKY AND BE READY TO ASSIST WHEN SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS.
  • THIS IS YOUR CALL RETURNING THE FREQUENCY TO NORMAL AMATEUR USE.

  • YOUR CALL, CLEAR

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Criteria for a Skywarn net
An active severe weather net WILL be brought up:
  • When a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is in effect in Cass County.
  • When there is a weather watch in Cass and severe weather is threatening to move into the area from a surrounding county.
  • During non-declared severe weather or at the discretion of a club officer or trained spotter.
  • At the discretion, request or order of EMA.

A Standby net CAN be brought up:

  • During weather watch condition in Cass County and conditions could change rapidly.
  • If there is a warning in the western portion of a surrounding county and conditions appear to be moving in our direction.
  • At the discretion of EMA, an officer or trained spotter.
  • A standby net would be for the purposes of having spotters on standby with potential activation to an active net in the immediate future.

Net Procedures:

NCS is in control and ALL communications MUST go through NCS

  • Confusion becomes part of the problem. We MUST be part of the solution!
  • Net script may be referred to for assistance and to keep things sounding professional.
Spotters report ONLY what you observe NOT what you’ve heard no matter the source!
  • Rumors, inaccurate info, hearsay, and unverifiable info can cause alarm and can cast a bad light on us as an organization and amateur radio as a whole.
NCS will give a situation report to include the systems being watched, direction and speed if known, areas in the current path. This should be given at least every 10 minutes or so.
  • Spotters on the ground have no radar and depend on NCS for info.
  • Home receivers depend on us for immediate ACCURATE information not only on the ground but also from NCS viewpoint.
NCS call sign and notification of a weather net in progress ex: “This is K9ABC with the Cass County Skywarn Net” WILL be given at least every 5 minutes, preferably every 3 minutes for the purposes of inviting more check ins and information of a net in progress. This can be included with regular traffic.
  • Note: Please keep the repeater active as much as reasonably possible, a silent repeater gives no notification to someone tuning in that there is a weather net in progress.
  • Change the repeater controller to the severe weather macro to assist in this.

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ARES Net script
  • ACTIVATE NET USING THE # KEY THREE TIMES ON YOUR DTMF PAD

  • CQ NET, CQ NET, CQ NET. THIS IS YOUR CALL (phonetically), ACTIVATING THE CASS COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB ARES NET, OPERATING EVERY THURSDAY AT 8:30 p.m. LOCAL TIME ON THE 147.180 THE W9VMW REPEATER. SHOULD THIS REPEATER STOP WORKING WE WILL USE THE 145.230 AS AN ALTERNATE REPEATER AND 146.55 SIMPLEX IF BOTH REPEATERS BECOME INOPERATIVE. 
  • NET CONTROL FOR THIS SESSION IS YOUR CALL AND THE OPERATOR IS YOUR NAME.
  • MEMBERSHIP IN ANY GROUP IS NOT REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION AND ALL CHECK-INS ARE WELCOME. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASS COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB GO TO WWW.W9VMW.ORG.
  • REMEMBER THIS IS A DIRECTED NET, AND ALL TRAFFIC SHOULD BE ROUTED THROUGH NET CONTROL.
  • DO WE HAVE ANY EMERGENCY TRAFFIC PLEASE COME NOW.
  • I ACKNOWLEDGE___________.
  • (IF NONE) HEARING NO EMERGENCY TRAFFIC, I’LL NOW TAKE REGULAR CHECK-INS, PLEASE CALL NOW. YOUR CALL.
  • I ACKNOWLEDGE___________.
  • (after a few check-ins with traffic)
  • WE’LL TAKE A STANDBY FOR ANY ADDITIONAL CHECK-INS PLEASE CALL NOW YOUR CALL.
  • I ACKNOWLEDGE__________.
  • WE’LL NOW PROCEED WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • (hamfests or special events coming up)
  • ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CHECK-INS PLEASE CALL NOW, YOUR CALL.
  • I ACKNOWLEDGE_________.
  • I’D LIKE TO REMIND EVERYONE ON THE NET OR LISTENING ON HOME MONITORS THAT OUR MEETINGS ARE THE THIRD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 9:00 a.m. WE MEET AT THE EMA BUILDING AT 1227 NORTH STATE ROAD 17, BETWEEN 100 AND 200 NORTH. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CLUB TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS AND WE WELCOME ALL WHO WISH TO ATTEND. OUR NEXT MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MEETING DATE WE’D LIKE TO SEE AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN AT THE MEETINGS.
  • TESTING IS HELD AFTER EVERY MEETING STARTING AT APPROXIMATELY 10:00 A.M. ALSO AT EMA. OUR NEXT TEST SESSION IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT TESTING DATE. ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO UPGRADE THEIR CURRENT LICENSE OR TEST FOR THEIR FIRST LICENSE WILL BE WELCOME.
  • I’LL TAKE ANOTHER STANDBY FOR CHECK-INS PLEASE CALL NOW YOUR CALL.
  • I ACKNOWLEDGE__________.
  • AS STATED EARLIER WE DO HAVE A WEBSITE IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CLUB AND THE ADDRESS IS WWW.W9VMW.ORG YOU MAY CONTACT THE CLUB AT OUR EMAIL ADDRESS WHICH IS CCARCINC@CULCOM.NET (repeat). OUR REGULAR MAILING ADDRESS IS CCARC POST OFFICE BOX 1092 LOGANSPORT INDIANA 46947.
  • WE WILL TAKE A FINAL STANDBY FOR ANY ADDITIONAL LATE CHECK-INS PLEASE CALL NOW YOUR CALL.
  • ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FOR THE NET?
  • I’LL NOW CLOSE THE NET BY THANKING ALL THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU AGAIN NEXT WEEK.
  • THIS IS YOUR CALL SAYING 73 AND I WILL NOW RETURN THE FREQUENCY TO NORMAL AMATEUR USE.
  • THIS IS YOUR CALL CLEAR

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SKYWARN Reporting Criteria
The following is a reporting criteria that should be used to report to Net Control
  • Tornadoes or funnel clouds (be very wary of look-alikes; watch for rotation) 
  • Wall clouds, especially if they are rotating 
  • Hail (Be specific with regard to size; DO NOT report MARBLE size, see below) 
  • Winds (40 mph or greater; specify whether estimated or recorded)
    Very large branches downed
    Trees/power lines downed
    Structural damage to buildings (roof, windows, etc.)

Flooding

Streams/Rivers Street (Road Closures/Washouts, Cars Stuck due to flood waters.)

PROCEDURES
  • Advise Net Control Operators BRIEFLY WHAT you observed; and WHEN & WHERE it was observed.
  • Make sure hail size is noted using chart below (NO Marble Sized Hail)
  • Make sure if winds are estimated that you use the chart

Estimating Hail Size

  • Pea Size 1/4"
  •  Dime Size 3/4"
  • Quarter Size 1"
  • Half Dollar 1-1/4"
  • Golf Ball 1-3/4"
  • Baseball 2-3/4"

Estimating Wind Speeds (miles per hour)

  • 0: Smoke rises vertically
  • 1-3: Direction of wind shown by smoke drift but not wind vanes
  • 4-7: Wind felt on face, leaves rustle, ordinary wind vane moved by wind
  • 8-12: Leaves and small twigs in motion, light flags extended
  • 13-18: Dust raised, loose paper raised, small branches move
  • 19-24: Small leafy trees sway, crested wavelets form on lakes and ponds
  • 25-31: Large branches in motion, whistling in telephone wires and chain link fences
  • 32-38: Whole trees in motion, inconvenience felt walking against wind
  • 39-54: Twigs break off trees; wind generally impedes progress
  • 55-72: Damage to chimneys and TV antenna; pushes over shallow rooted trees
  • 73-112: Peels surface off roofs; windows broken; light trailer houses pushed or overturned; moving automobiles pushed off roads
  • 113-157: Roofs torn off houses; weak buildings and trailer houses destroyed; large trees snapped and uprooted
  • 158 & up: Severe damage; cars lifted off ground

DAMAGE AND SEVERE WEATHER IS TO BE REPORTED TO NET CONTROL FOR PASSAGE TO NWS NORTH WEBSTER

REPORT ONLY WHAT YOU OBSERVE!!!!!

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