Skywarn Spotter

NWS Tampa Bay SKYWARN® Program

skywarn logoThe impacts of hazardous weather are experienced by many Americans each year. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Please see http://weather.gov/tampa/?n=wx4tor for information on amateur radio networks and frequencies

 

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Take One or Both of these FREE Online SKYWARN Spotter Trainings

Three Training Options to become a Spotter for NWS Tampa Bay.  Spotters should renew every 3 years.

  1. Attend an in-person training (see schedule below)
    • These are few and far between and run from October through April
    • We do our best to do a training in each county every year
  2. Join the Spotter Network at http://SpotterNetwork.org
    • Create an account
    • Take their SKYWARN Spotter online training and pass quiz to become a member
    • Click on “Member Networks” in left hand menu, then join “Tampa Bay, FL (NWS/TBW)”
    • If you would like a NWS Tampa Bay Spotter ID, send us an Email after you’ve joined our member network and we will mail it out in 1 to 3 weeks.
  3. Take the MetEd SKYWARN Spotter online trainings above
    • Email your county location and both certificates to both daniel.noah@noaa.gov and jennifer.hubbard@noaa.gov
    • Check box to notify local WFO
    • It may take 1 to 3 weeks to receive your Spotter ID, but we will acknowledge your Email when we receive it

Tuesday Morning Coffee Break

When: Every Tuesday (Starts April 19th, 2016) at 10 AM

Where: McDonald’s (11542 US Hwy 19 N, Port Richey, FL 34668)

Every Tuesday morning at 10 AM (excluding Holidays) the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club will hold its informal coffee break at McDonald’s on US Hwy 19 N across from the Flea Market in Port Richey, FL. Hope to see you there.

73,

Michael Christopher, W2IW

President GCARC

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Spring Radio Clinic

Are you having problems programming your favorite 2 meter or dual band HT or mobile unit? Maybe you would just like to check your SWR and power output? Well, come on down to the GCARC club house located at 6909 Tierra Verde Street, Port Richey Florida we’ll be glad to help you with programming and checking your forward and reflected power.

Have your General or Extra class license but no equipment but would like to be “radio active” or maybe a tech license but would like to see what HF is all about, come on down, the club has two operational HF stations with three different HF antennas. I would love to see you . I am usually at the club house most days of the week on the air or doing some sort of work at the club house.

If you’d like to call before coming down you can reach me at 727-809-1225.

73,

Michael Christopher, W2IW

President GCARC