The 19th annual Catawba Valley Hamfest was held Saturday April 18th, 2016 at the Burke County Fair Grounds. Both Charlotte Regional Skywarn & Piedmont Spotter Group were there setup just outside the main building. Boy, you couldn’t have asked for better weather! We had a great time meeting familiar faces as well as some new ones, and a great time was had. Greg Huffman shook plenty of “paws” and Lee Sossamon signed plenty of autographs (I think Bruce Springsteen was the most popular one requested Hi Hi). We’re looking forward to next year.
Charlotte Regional Skywarn will be hosting a session of classes on April 30 2016 at the Hickory Regional Airport, taught by Tony Sturey with NWS GSP. The Basic Class will start at 10 am Sharp. The will be a Lasagna Buffet offered for $7 and it will include your choice of coffee, tea, or water. We are asking everyone to share this information and attached flyer to as many people as possible. We also request an RSVP to email@example.com with Name, number of people coming in your group, contact number and email, and city in which you reside. Please let everyone know to RSVP as soon as they can because spaces fill up quickly. We will have an overflow sheet set up and will contact those folks as spot become available.
Charlotte Regional Skywarn is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Sossamon, KK4GEV to Emergency Coordinator. This transition will go into effect on January 1st, 2016. Lee has served as Assistant Emergency Coordinator for CRS for 3 years.
Chris Gay, N1CRG has served as Emergency Coordinator since January 2013, and announced his plan to retire earlier this year. Chris will remain on staff as a Net Control Station. “It’s been a pleasure to serve my community, my fellow Amateur Radio Operators, and Greer NWS as EC for the Charlotte Area, and I know that Lee will continue to grow Charlotte Skywarn and move it forward. He has the same passion that we all have to be the boots on the ground for the NWS, and he’ll do a great job.”
Lee has been a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator since 2012, and holds a technician class ticket. He’s been involved with weather spotting and Skywarn Training since 2012 also. Other than Amateur Radio, Lee is involved with the Mt Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius, NC and enjoys trout fishing.
The primary repeater for Charlotte Regional Skywarn is back up.
145.230 Repeater is Down. If A Skywarn Net is needed please monitor the backup repeater for Charlotte Regional Skywarn. Backup Repeater 444.450 (+) Tone 82.5 W4CQ. Thank you W4CQ for the use of their repeater as our backup.\
We will advise when 145.230 is back up.
The NWS office in Greer, SC will recognize their SKYWARN Spotter networks in the upstate SC and western Piedmont of NC by operating a special event station for SKYWARN recognition day. They will operate with the call sign W4G and plan to be operating on HF (80m-10m) as well as 2m and 70cm. No set frequency at this time. They will also utilize the K9OH repeater 145.470 located on Caesars Head Mtn, which also has Echolink (K9OH-R). They plan to operate on SaturdayDecember 5th
starting at 7AM local until later that afternoon schedules permitting.
Details on the event can be found at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio or by visiting charlotteskywarn.com.
Chris Gay, N1CRG
Charlotte Regional Skywarn EC
SKYWARNTM Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARNTM radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARNTM operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.
This year SKYWARN Recognition Day is December 5th from 0000z to 2400z (Friday Dec 4th at 7PM to Saturday 7PM Local)
The GSP office does plan to participate this year. For more information please goto : Skywarn Recognition Day 2015 Site