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Skywarn Severe Storm Spotter Training Schedule is available at NOAA

District 4 Frequency Chart

The Wayne County Skywarn Net operates on 147.210+MHZ. When the net is activated, the repeater is usually placed in weather mode with the courtesy tone of "W" in code. This net covers Wayne and Holmes Counties.

The repeater located in Doylestown 147.390 covers NE Wayne, SE Medina and SW Summit counties.

Net Activation: - The net is activated when severe weather is approaching Wayne County. This notification is normally received from the National Weather Service (NWS), Cleveland, via pager or through the 6m backbone and "District Net".

Sever weather information is transmitted from NWS to Wayne County Net Controller through the 6m backbone network to the district net. If the warning is for Holmes County, the net controller makes the announcement on the local weather net and then makes the same announcement on the 146.670 Holmes County Repeater.

The net controller normally monitors the 6m backbone and copies traffic direct and verify receipt of traffic with the District Net Controller.

County net control processes all communications to NWS through the district net.

Net control - can be any Skywarn trained individual who happens to be available. The Net Controller will place the repeater into weather mode, activate the net, takes check-ins from amateur radio operators and Skywarn Spotters. Receives severe weather information from NWA via to the district net and makes the announcement on the local net. The net controller also receives weather related information and damage reports from Skywarn Spotters. This information is then relayed to NWS Cleveland via the District Net.

Weather information and damage reports are documented by net control to include time, location, and weather condition / damage report and call sign of spotter

Stan Kinney
Wayne County Skywarn

District 4 consists of Ashland Holmes, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. Each county will send a 6-meter liaison to the 2-meter district net. The 2-meter district net will determine which 6-meter liaison will represent District 4 on the backbone. Each county will relay their weather traffic to the 2-meter district net, which in turn will be relayed to the backbone frequency.

The 2-meter district net frequency will be used to transfer any and all information between the NWS and the counties within District 4. The 6-meter liaisons from the each county and the 6-meter liaison into the backbone share two important responsibilities.

The primary responsibility is to keep the district/county informed of all weather warnings and watches issued by the NWS. It is important to relay all information that will affect any county with in the district, as well as information that may affect any adjoining county.

The secondary responsibility is to move pertinent weather traffic through the district 2-meter net and relay it to the NWS.

Whoever accepts the responsibility of the county 6-meter liaison will need to have the ability to monitor both their county net as well as the district net simultaneously. This could be done with two 2-meter radios or a 2-meter radio and a scanner remembering to change frequencies for transmitting and receiving.

The District 4, 2-meter net will determine which county liaison will relay information between the NWS and the district. The county responsible will vary depending on the severity of the weather, which counties have warnings and the time of day. It works well if someone from another county is the 6-meter liaison into the backbone for the county were the severe weather is occurring. As the weather continues across the district, the 6-meter liaison could be switched to another county. This works well if the storm has a lot of lightening, which can make access to the backbone difficult.

Stations on the District 4 2-meter net will identify which county they are from and include the last three digits of the frequency they are transmitting on. "___(Your call)___, Ashland County Skywarn on .345." This eliminates confusion when determining what frequency someone is calling on, especially with 3 or 4 radios running simultaneously and eliminates the possibility of picking up the wrong microphone and transmitting on an incorrect frequency.

The District 4 2-meter net will be conducted on 147.345-, 110.9 PL. This repeater does not have a courtesy tone, but does have back up battery power.

WARC Address

WARC Mailing Address
Wayne Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 881
Wooster, Ohio 44691