Transmit: 147.0900 MHz
Receive: 147.6900 MHz
Tone: 100.0 Hz
Transmit: 147.0900 MHz
Receive: 147.6900 MHz
Tone: 100.0 Hz
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President: Bill Mitchell (AEØEE)
Vice President: Martha Lamas-Krogstad (OA4ABC)
Secretary: Dan Royer (KEØOR)
Treasurer: Steve Huntsman (AAØP)
What emerged in 1993 was Metro Skywarn, a regional organization serving the 11 county metro area, newly conceived as a consortion of amateur radio, emergency management organizations and the National Weather Service. The idea was that a consortium of organization sending representatives would ensure the future of Metro Skywarn as an organization he new organization was co-chaired by Walt Marty NØRCY and Dave Johnson NØKBD. By the end of 1994 Metro Skywarn was on the path to incorporation.
Others involved in the 1990s included John Kelley NØTGY, Lynn DeLong NØCVI, Doug Reed NØNAS, Leland Helgerson WBØMLL, Matt Stepaniak NØTNL, Dave Zellman WBØYDF, Audrey Zellman NØOKX, Gene Clemens KBØMIP, Paul Emiott KØLAV, Jim Richardson WMØX, Bill Hughes NØQHP, Todd Krause KBØSGH, and Fred Fey K9LQQ. Millennial members added Curt KCØFQZ, Tim Arimond NØBYH. John Wetter KØWDJ, John Blood, Sandra Johnson KCØTSB, Steve Levens ABØYQ, Joe Chesney KCØGYJ, Kevin Huyek KB9WOB, Nick Elms WXØSVR, Lara Rodriquez WXØGRL, Mike McIlheran KØMWM, Kris Pierson KØKMP, David Gawboy KCØTRZ and Jeff Goodnuff WØKF.
Then 2010s brought the next generation of leaders, Theresa Caspers KCØGWW, Todd Megrund KØTSW, Sue Megrund KØTSM, Chris White NØCJW, Paul Johnson NØCRC, Howard Lund KCØWNL, David Riviera KØDJR (Webmaster) and Ryan Kelzenberg NØYFE.
Thanks to all the past leadership of Metro Skywarn. Without you all, none of this could have happened. For those of you I missed, I’m truly sorry. Let me know and I’ll add you to the list.
Metro Skywarn today is a consortium of Amateur and Government Public Service organizations and other individuals. Metro Skywarn’s mission is to provide trained amateur radio operators capable of making accurate reports of severe weather to the NWS. Metro Skywarn has focused it’s mission to serve the core counties of the Metro area, five counties of Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Scott, Washington and Carver. In addition, Metro Skywarn has a collaborative agreement with Wright Co. Skywarn. Organizations which send representatives include (but are not limited to) Bloomington Communications Group, Ramsey County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Twin Cities Radio Club, Twin Cities FM Club, Metro Area Repeater Association, Wright County Skywarn, the National Weather Service, Maple Grove Radio Club, and Ramsey County RCES.
Metro Skywarn is a RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) organization of volunteer Amateur Radio operators trained in emergency communications and severe weather spotting. Authorized and regulated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), RACES organizations provide essential communications and warning links for state and local governments and the Red Cross during emergencies.
Trained Skywarn observers provide the Weather Service with accurate, and timely reports. If the NWS infers severe weather from radar and confirms it with spotter information, it then notifies local authorities who then can activate Civil Defense sirens. The news media receives notification so they can make reports on local broadcast stations. The volunteer spotters each spend hundreds of dollars for their equipment and gas, and together contribute thousands of man hours of volunteer time each year as spotters and net control operators. Additional expenses and time are spent in training and travel. All are Amateur Radio operators licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.
The NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Todd Krause, and NWS Skywarn Coordinator, John Wetter, put together a training program for weather spotters. Metro Skywarn adds operations training. Nearly 600 spotters are trained every year. Spotters are trained to identify severe weather and to report observed weather to Metro Skywarn Net Operators. Metro Skywarn develops the net procedures, trains net personnel, and plans and coordinates with ARES/RACES and Emergency Management organizations and repeater owners to put together several teams of operators prepared to run Skywarn nets on local Amateur Radio repeaters.
Before the 1970s, tornado outbreaks were known to kill dozens and sometimes hundreds. Minnesota statistics were not quite as staggering but bad none-the-less. Since tornado education for the general public became a priority in the late 1960s, the rate of deaths and injures have dropped precipitously. Skywarn deserves some of the credit. Again, thanks to all the volunteers that make Metro Skywarn work!
Since the State of Minnesota implemented new software, at motor vehicle license centers, it has not been possible to transfer amateur radio license plates from one car to another. Fingers crossed they fix this problem in 2018.
Dave, W0ZF, has made his slides on VHF+ Rover operations that he presented at our September meeting available. It was great to hear a lot of activity on the air this weekend for the September VHF contest, and it’s not too early to start planning your rover adventures for June. You could make plans for January, too, but that often involves extra challenges here in Minnesota.
Starts Saturday September 9th at 1 P.M. CDT and runs until Sunday September 10th at 10 P.M. CDT
Consider entering in the FM only category if you want to try contesting.
Location: Rush City High School
51001 Fairfield Avenue
Rush City, MN 55069
Sponsor: East Central Minnesota Amateur Radio Club (ECMARC)
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.330 -600 (PL 146.2)
Public Contact: Larry Jilek , KA0MEN
51835 Belle Isle Drive Rush City, MN 55069
Sep 9, 1400Z-2000Z, K0A, St. Paul, MN. South East Metro Amateur Radio Club. 14.265 7.265. Certificate. Dick Roberts, 1655 68th St W, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077. www.semarc.org
With the weather forecast for tomorrow looking very wet, the radios in the park event is canceled—although you’re welcome to tough it out if you want.
With luck, Saturday September 9th will be conducive to park-based radio events. If you’re interested in helping to organize things for that, please let me know as I could really use the help (AE0EE arrl net).