NWS Wakefield SKYWARN
Amateur Radio Support Team
WX4AKQ Wakefield, VA
Welcome to Wakefield SKYWARN!
This is your "one stop shop" for everything SKYWARN related. Whether you are a Trained Spotter, a Net Control Station, local Emergency Manager, or simply a local "Weather Nut" we hope you find the information on this site useful, and we hope you will get involved in the SKYWARN program.
For general SKYWARN Spotter training information, consult the National Weather Service Wakefield SKYWARN information.
The NWS Wakefield SKYWARN Amateur Radio Support Team is a team of dedicated volunteers who collect
reports from the amateur radio community for relay to the National Weather Service Forecast Office
in Wakefield, Virginia. Our footprint spans 66 counties and independent
cities in portions of three states, covering over 3.6 million residents.
Primary SKYWARN Repeater Temporary Change in Area 7
The primary Area 7 SKYWARN Repeater -- the WA4VTX repeater in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, operating on 146.655 MHz and 444.300 MHz -- is unavailable until further notice due to an equipment relocation. No return to service date has been provided to SKYWARN at this time.
Until the Elizabeth City repeater returns to service, SKYWARN operations in Area 7 will take place on the WA4VTX 147.330 MHz repeater in Hertford, which utilizes a PL tone of 131.8 Hz.
Net Activation Forecast by Area - Next 24 to 36 Hours
This is typically updated daily between 9 AM and noon local time and periodically throughout the day. Last updated 9:22 AM Thursday by Crow, Steven V (KG4PEQ).
Area 1 - Richmond - Activation is not expected
No hazardous weather is expected at this time.
SKYWARN T-L-C Reporting Format Launch
Wakefield SKYWARN "soft launched" the Milwaukee SKYWARN T-L-C reporting format in 2015, and beginning in 2016 this is being fully adopted as our standard reporting format for all nets. Beginning March 2016, all spotters participating in Wakefield SKYWARN nets are asked to observe the following protocol:
T-L-C stands for Time, Location, and Conditions. Every report should have:
You can download the AKQ reporting criteria flyer as a reference. If you do not have a report meeting this criteria, do not call Net Control.
Recommended Frequencies for Storm Chasers
Recommended common frequencies for storm chasers and chase teams operating in the Wakefield CWA can now be found on the Areas and Frequencies page as well as on our ICS-205 Communications Plan in the "ICS205_Chasers" tab.