NWS Wakefield SKYWARN
Amateur Radio Support Team
WX4AKQ Wakefield, VA
SKYWARN Operations Manual
The SKYWARN Operations Manual serves as the foundation of amateur radio activity within the Wakefield SKYWARN program. This manual is not a definitive policy guide. It does not encompass every nuance of every scenario that may occur in the operation of the SKYWARN team. Instead, it is designed as a basic framework for SKYWARN operations and sets the minimum operational expectations while offering some guidelines and suggestions for handling common operational challenges.
Manual Philosophy and History
The Operations Manual has evolved almost continuously over our 7-year history and will certainly continue to do so. Changes to the Operations Manual are not required to correct an operational deficiency. We are flexible enough to quickly and easily change the way we do things to adapt to challenges and opportunities as we encounter them. Instead, the manual is periodically updated to reflect our "Best Practices" -- those things we do that have made our program so successful.
If you like what we're doing as a team, take our manual and use it! We developed our manual after reviewing similar materials from a number of SKYWARN teams and other EMCOMM groups around the world. We have specifically placed our manual under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, which means you are free to modify our manual or any portion of it for your team's needs, as long as you provide credit to the Wakefield SKYWARN Amateur Radio Support Team and you similarly share your manual.
Any questions or feedback on the manual can be directed to the Amateur Radio Coordinator.
Download the Source
The Ops Manual is written in LaTeX and is now stored on GitHub. You can download the latest source here.