Southwest Carolina SKYWARNtm
Southwest Carolina SKYWARN (tm) Net is held on an as-needed basis on the K4AIH repeater on 147.045- PL 151.4 located on Joanna Bald.
The alternate repeater for SKYWARN activation is the K4CTE repeater on 147.315+ PL 103.5 located in Brasstown, NC.
The alternate frequency if both repeaters fail is 146.46 simplex (No PL)
Alternate Net Control Liaison with WX4MRX is held on the 442.250 Repeater in Cleveland, TN.
SKYWARN is the program sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service. This program involves the use of trained volunteers to report, in real time, severe weather events such as, tornadoes, damaging hail, damaging high winds, and flash flooding. These reports are used by the National Weather Service to issue appropriate warnings to the affected areas and/or to validate watches and warnings that have already been issued. The SKYWARN program, as a whole, is not uniquely an Amateur Radio Emergency Service function. SKYWARN spotters also include public service and emergency response personnel, GMRS and REACT Radio Clubs and Groups, and regular citizens who telephone in their reports. Cherokee and Clay Counties of Southwest North Carolina are both located in the County Warning Area (CWA) of the Weather Service Forecast Office in Morristown, Tennessee, while the remainder of Western North Carolina is in the County Warning Area of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Under the auspices and support of both the Clay County and Cherokee County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Southwest Carolina SKYWARN is an Amateur Radio Emergency Network comprised of licensed Amateur Radio Operators Clay, Cherokee and surrounding counties.
The only requirement to check into the Southwest Carolina SKYWARN net is that you hold a valid FCC issued Amateur Radio license. You do not have to be a member of the ARRL or ARES to participate in the net. Spotter training is available from the National Weather Service periodically throughout the year at various locations in Eastern Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, and Southwest North Carolina. A link to the on-line Spotter's Guide is located above. Once trained, spotters officially sanctioned by the National Weather Service are provided with a confidential toll-free number to call in reports of severe weather. SKYWARN members are weather spotters, not weather chasers. Neither the National Weather Service, nor the Amateur Radio Emergency Service condone the practice of chasing tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. If caught in a severe storm, SKYWARN spotters should seek safe shelter immediately.
HOWEVER, ANY PERSON WHO INTENTIONALLY MAKES A FALSE REPORT OF SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE REPORTED TO THE FIELD ENGINEER OF THE NEAREST OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION. IF THE REPORT RESULTS IN THE ACTIVATION OF THE 911 SYSTEM, AN APPROPRIATE REPORT WILL ALSO BE FILED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Nets are activated during Severe Weather Watches and Warnings For the County Warning Area of the NWSFO Morristown, TN affecting Cherokee, Clay and surrounding counties of North Carolina. The Area Manager for Southwest Carolina SKYWARN is Kevin Heyboer, KD4UYR, Located near Hot House, 12 miles west of Murphy, in Cherokee County, and also the Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Cherokee County ARES.
Information related to the Southwest Carolina SKYWARN program is also relayed during the Clay County ARES Net on Tuesday Evenings at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the 146.955- PL 100.0 Rocky Top Repeater and on the Cherokee County ARES Net on Thursday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the repeater frequency of 147.045-.
SKYWARN and the Tornado Eye symbol are registered trademarks of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service