|Orange County ARES / RACES / Skywarn is
a volunteer Amateur Radio group that provides emergency communications
for local and state government agencies. We also provide communications
for public service events such as walkathons, bike tours, and charitable
|Contact Orange County ARES/RACES EC/RO
Steve Fleckenstein, N2UBP
for further details on these services and how you can participate.
You're also invited to monitor the net, Monday nights at 8 PM on
WA2VDX/r Middletown (NY) 146.760 (pl 100).
|SKYWARN is a nationwide network of
volunteer weather spotters who report hazardous weather to local
National Weather Service (NWS) offices. Amateur Radio operators and
weather observers, generally operating through local organizations, are
ideally equipped to contribute to the SKYWARN program. However, the
general public is also an integral part of this program.
SKYWARN Volunteers are trained by NWS personnel to recognize features
associated with rapidly developing, mature, and dissipating
thunderstorms which cause hazardous weather. SKYWARN spotters also
provide reports of heavy snow, heavy rain and flooding.
|SKYWARN Spotters provide ground truth on
the atmosphere that we observe from radar, satellites and various
reporting stations. They are our eyes and ears, helping to provide
better forecasts and warnings to the Tri-State Region.
To be a SKYWARN Spotter in the Tri-State SKYWARN Program, we ask that
you attend a Basic Skywarn Class at least once every three (3) or four
(4) years. This class is free-of-charge and lasts approximately two (2)
Some of the topics covered in the class include:
- Definitions and Climatology of Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
- Thunderstorm Hazards and Safety Tips
- Conditions Needed for Thunderstorm Development
- Thunderstorm Life Cycle
- Visual Indication of Updraft Strength and Organization
- The Thunderstorm Spectrum
- Non-Tornadic Severe Weather Events
- Supercell Structure and Appearance
- Tornado Life Cycle
- Tornado Classifications and Variations
- Tornado, Funnel Cloud and Wall Cloud Look-alikes
Severe Weather Skywarn Spotter Training classes are taught by
Meteorologists from the NYC National Weather Service Forecast Office and
co-sponsored by Orange County Dept. of Emergency Services and Orange
County Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
Please contact Steve Fleckenstein, N2UBP, at the address below, or call:
(845) 344-1809 for information on the next scheduled class.
Steve Fleckenstein, N2UBP
Orange County ARES / RACES EC/RO
Regular meetings are held on the third
Friday of the month at Munger Cottage in Cornwall, NY (behind the
Cornwall Library) at 7:30 PM. Other meeting dates and times are as
posted on our Meetings page. VE Sessions are as posted on our
OCARC holds two different Nets, all using
the club call sign of W2HO. You do not need to be an OCARC member
to join in the fun.
- The HF Net meets Sundays at noon
Eastern time on 3920 kHz.
- The 2 Meter Net meets Wednesday
evenings at 8PM Eastern time on the Club's repeater, output
146.485, input 145.885, PL 88.5.
The OCARC club repeater is on the air in the
eastern portion of Orange County. The call sign is KD2ANX.
- Repeater output is 146.485.
- Repeater input is 145.885.
- PL is 88.5
Tom Ray, the KD2ANX trustee, maintains an
Echolink node listed under his call sign (W2TRR-R). Please feel
free to join our 2 Meter net using Echolink.
|Orange County Amateur Radio Club, Inc.