WATAUGA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Watauga Amateur Radio Club PO Box 2208 Boone, NC 28607
Club Repeaters:  Boone, NC  Rich Mountain WA4J     147.36  +600 KHZ 103.5 Hz tone   WA4NC  443.0375 +5.0 MHz   DMR Digital  Sugar Mountain WA4NC  442.0875  +5.0 MHz  DMR Digital  Beech Mountain WA4NC  444.5750   +5.0 MHz  151.4 Tone
1. Contact the National Weather Service at:     a. 1-800-221-2856 (For Severe Weather Reports)         1-540-552-0084 (non-severe weather information)     b.  Amateur Radio (Watauga wA4J 147.36)     c.  E-mail: rnk.skywarn@noaa.gov (used for          delayed reports or non-time critical events          like snowfall totals)                 f.  Internet:           http://www.srh.noaa.gov/StormReport_new/SubmitReport.p           hp?site=rnk 2. Identify Yourself as a SKYWARN spotter:      a. “I am a SKYWARN spotter” 3.  Provide Your location:      a. An exact address: “1750 Forecast Drive, Blacksburg, VA”      b. If mobile, the nearest intersection: “Forecast Drive and          Tech Center Drive” 4. What to Report:      a. Tornadoes      b. Funnel Clouds      c. ROTATING wall clouds      d. Flash flooding          i. Creeks or streams out of their banks         ii. Water flowing over a road/roads closed             due to flood waters         iii. One inch of rain or more in less than one hour       e. Damage, injuries, or loss of life and/or property           caused by flooding, wind, hail, and tornadoes.        f. Trees, power lines or tree limbs 4” in diameter            or larger downed by winds        g. 50 MPH wind gusts or higher (measured            or estimated)        h. Hail (any size)         i. Snow 1” in depth”, 4” in depth and the            total snowfall when the snow has ended.             Provide the length of time the snow fell         j. Ice that begins to accumulate on roads,            and when it accumulates to ¼” 5. Time:        a. Time of the event        b. Duration of the event
    d.  Facebook (www.fb.com/NWSBlacksburg)      
     e. Twitter @NWSBlacksburg
SKYWARN WARC has completed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Blacksburg National Weather Service office authorizing the establishment of a Watauga County Skywarn net. Beginning Sunday, September 4, WARC will sponsor a SKYWARN Training Net.  This net will meet at 8:00 pm on the first Sunday of each month on the WA4J Repeater. A Skywarn net will be activated on the WA4J repeater (147.36  +600  103.5 tone) when a storm watch  or warning is issued for Watauga County NC by the NWS in Blacksburg, VA. When the net is activated, the normal courtesy tone will be replaced with the Skywarn courtesy tone. Watauga County is at the far edge  of Blacksburg’s radar coverage, and mountains create areas not reachable by radar.  Because of this, ground spotters are critical in identifying storm conditions not viable on radar. SPOTTER GUIDELINES from the NWS Spotters checking into the net should review and understand these procedure before checking into the net.