Covering the Blue Ridge and surrounding areas 


Here are the Weather Conditions from the Springwood Weather Center for Belmont, North Carolina, USA, McAdenville, North Carolina, USA, Mount Holly, North Carolina, USA, and Lowell, North Carolina, USA. The Gadget says {Springwood) Gastonia, NC but the Weather Center is actually located in North Belmont, North Carolina. Left click on Temperature to get full Weather Conditions.



   
Covering the Blue Ridge and surrounding areas in the event of severe weather. 

ATTENTION: Change of coverage area and changed a repeater from the 147.330MHz 
the Lenoir repeater to another Repeater that we are linking into.

Due to a new weather organization that has formed in the area we have changed our coverage area in order not to cause any problems. The new coverage area is as follows.
During Activation anyone can report SEVER WEATHER to us and we will take the appropriate action and report it to the NWS according to there procedures. 

Serving:
NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES: Burke, Buncombe, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Henderson, Haywood, Lincoln, Rutherford, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchel, Polk, Transylvania, Yancey, 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Cherokee, Chester, York, (testing UNION, SC)
(covering over 1800 square miles)

Delivering reports to the NWS in Greenville / Spartanburg and WCNC. So you can take the necessary precautions to protect lives and property. 

We hope that you enjoy your visit with us and will come back again soon.  

                                                                                NOTICE
                                                                                         
RADIO REFERENCE 
If you do not have a scanner or ham radio and would like to listen to us when we are activated - Click on the Status Bar at top left just above the Follow us on Twitter  or -  click here. This should open the web page for you to start listening to the scanner.  If that link does not work, try this one.  Just scroll to the bottom of the page, verify we are online, select the Player you want to listen in, then click on the speaker icon.


  REPEATERS WE USE
(Click here for more info on Repeaters)



CONTACT INFORMATION
To contact us by Telephone call (704) 765-8012  
To contact us by E-Mail The E-Mail address is at bottom of each page.
WX4BRW at thebrww dot org

ATTENTION

Disclaimer:

The user of this site should not rely upon the content enclosed in taking any course of action for specific situations, and should consult with local media outlets, emergency management officials and National Weather Service meteorologist regarding the applicability of any information contained herein that may apply to his or her situation. The Blue Ridge Weather Watch Activation Statements are only issued to inform the Blue Ridge Weather Spotters of when activation may be needed. Opinions expressed within this site or on other non-governmental linked web sites are not necessarily endorsed by The Blue Ridge Weather Watch. The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute endorsement by The Blue Ridge Weather Watch or the information, products or services contained therein nor do we have editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. The Blue Ridge Weather Watch will not be held responsible or liable for any misfortune that may occur at any time during activation or otherwise.


Oct 2013 Blue Ridge Parkway

posted Oct 27, 2013, 10:38 AM by Randy Zongker   [ updated Oct 27, 2013, 10:48 AM ]

Late October 2013 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
















Shelby Hamfest 2013

posted Sep 4, 2013, 3:08 PM by Randy Zongker

[VOIP-WXNET] WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami Florida, Communications Test - Saturday June 1st, 2013

posted May 8, 2013, 5:31 PM by Randy Zongker

Amateur Radio Coordinators for WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami Florida, Julio Ripoll-WD4R and John McHugh-K4AG, have announced that the WX4NHC Communications Test will take place on Saturday June 1st, 2013 from 9 AM-5 PM EDT (1300-2100 UTC) across various modes. WX4NHC will be on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system from 1-3 PM EDT (1700-1900 UTC) and net controls for the VoIP Hurricane Net will be active during that timeframe. Also, announced is a new QSL card and a letter requesting support from Amateur Radio Operators along coastal areas affected by hurricanes were also issued. Links to those items can be seen below:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/WX4NHC_Hurricane_Season_letter_to_Ham_Radio_Operators.pdf
http://www.wx1box.org/local/wx4nhc_qsl_front_web.jpg

We encourage all Amateurs using all the various Amateur Radio modes to make contact with WX4NHC during this communications test over the course of the day. This will help assure the equipment at WX4NHC will be ready for use. Amateur Radio stations in hurricane prone areas are also strongly encouraged to check into the test.

Below is the announcement from Julio Ripoll-WD4R and John McHugh-K4AG, WX4NHC Coordinators:

Announcement from WX4NHC
Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center
WX4NHC Hurricane Season 2013 On-The-Air Station Test
Saturday, June 1st, 2013 from 9AM-5PM EDT (1300z-2100z)

The purpose of this event is to test the NHC Amateur Radio Station equipment, antennas and computers.
We will also be perform operator training in preparation for this year’s Hurricane Season.

We will be making informal contacts on many frequencies and modes and would appreciate signal reports and basic weather data exchange ("Sunny", or "Rain", etc.) from stations in any location.

WX4NHC will be On-The-Air on HF, VHF, UHF and 2 & 30 meter APRS.

We plan on testing on the following voice frequencies +/- QRM
3.950 MHz, 7.268MHz, 14.325MHz, 21.325MHz, 28.425MHz.

We will try to stay on 14.325 MHz most of the time and announce when we QSY.

You may be able to find us on HF by using one of the DX Spotting Networks,
Such as the DX Summit Web Site:
http://www.dxsummit.fi/Search.aspx

We will also be on VoIP Hurricane Net 1pm-3pm EDT (1700z-1900z)
(IRLP node 9219 / EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203).
http://www.voipwx.net/

Local South Florida area VHF & UHF Repeaters will be contacted.

Non-Ham Radio Weather Enthusiasts are invited to submit their actual weather using the On-Line Hurricane Report Form at
http://www.wx4nhc.org/WX-form1.html

QSL Cards are available via WD4R.
Please send your card with a S.A.S.E.

Please do NOT send QSLs directly to the Hurricane Center address, as it will get delayed.

Due to security measures, NO VISITORS will be allowed entry to NHC without prior clearance from NHC Security.

Only WX4NHC Operators on the NHC pre-approved operating schedule will be allowed entry.

For more information about WX4NHC, please visit our website
www.wx4nhc.org

Thank you for your participation in the WX4NHC Hurricane Annual Season Station Test.

NASA successfully launches three tiny smartphone satellites

posted Apr 24, 2013, 5:28 PM by Randy Zongker   [ updated Apr 28, 2013, 2:54 PM ]

Dear PhoneSat followers,

Our orbital analysis indicates that the PhoneSats have deorbited on April 27 and have burned in Earths atmosphere as predicted. No one has been able to hear from the satellites since, which confirms the predictions.

The PhoneSat team is continuing to develop the PhoneSats using consumer technology to greatly increase the capability of the satellite whilst developing with a low cost - our next versions launching late this year so stay tuned.

Thank you again for your support in making this technology demonstration successful!

The PhoneSat team

....


Three “PhoneSats” rode to space Sunday aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

The goal of NASA‘s PhoneSat mission is to determine whether a consumer-grade smartphone — such as the Nexus One phones running Android, used here — can be used as the main flight avionics of a capable, yet very inexpensive, satellite.

PhoneSat satellites are emitting packets over the amateur radio band at 437.425 MHz. All three satellites transmit using AFSK (1200 bps) modulation, AX.25 packet coding and have vertical linear polarization (packet details here).

You can go to www.phonesat.org for more information. If you create a log in, you can put in your location and get some times that it will be coming over.  - Randy

NHC Conference

posted Mar 23, 2013, 7:50 AM by Randy Zongker

The National Hurricane Conference is coming up next week from Monday March 25th through Thursday March 28th. Amateur Radio will be represented at three sessions during the conference on Monday March 25th, 2013.

All Amateur Radio workshops on Monday March 25th, 2013 will be livestreamed. The livestream links that are available are as follows:
http://www.nsradio.org/stream.htm
http://www.voipwx.net/files/stream.htm
http://www.nsradio.org/video/features/voipwxnet/NHC13/

Information on the presenters including presenters from the NWS Taunton Amateur Radio Program are listed via the link below:
http://southeastern.arrl.org/2013NationalHurricaneConferenceActivities.pdf
http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?384573-Amateur-Radio-at-the-National-Hurricane-Conference-in-New-Orleans
http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2013-02-20

We encourage folks to watch the livestream as presenters go through the role of the Amatuer Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC, the WX4NHC group's role in the Haiti mission, an in-depth review of Amateur Radio's role in the response to Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Isaac and other topics as listed. The livestream will be archived on the web for those that cannot watch the livestream as it happens so they can be watched at a later time. Thanks to all for their support!
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

WCNC Balloon Launch Nov 2012

posted Mar 8, 2013, 7:16 PM by Randy Zongker

NBC Charlotte bought the balloon and the helium, and provided two GoPro cameras and Larry Sprinkle’s face. Hackerspace used a 3D printer to create a tiny plastic astronaut which ended up becoming Larry’s body.

Click here for the article on WCNC

Feb 13, 2013 Snow Storm

posted Mar 2, 2013, 2:36 PM by Randy Zongker   [ updated Mar 2, 2013, 2:57 PM ]

Record amounts of snow that day, set a record number of listeners to our weather net. Total number of listeners that were on at 8:43 pm were over 160... The would have been listening over the internet using the Radio Reference web site or listening using their Smart Phones using one of several Scanner Apps.  Kudos to the team that day and Thank you to all our of listeners.


On behalf of the VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team

posted Dec 23, 2012, 9:37 AM by Randy Zongker

Hello to all..

On behalf of the VoIP Hurricane Net Management Team, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to all. Thanks to all of you for your support of the VoIP Hurricane Net during 2012.

The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season was active and more active than expected due to several landfalling systems affecting the United States and portions of Central America/Mexico this year. The VoIP Hurricane Net activated several times over the course of 2012 including for Tropical Storm Beryl which was very close to hurricane status but fell just short of that status impacting northeast Florida, Hurricane Ernesto affecting portions of Mexico and Belize. The net activated for Hurricane Isaac and its impact on the northern US Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Mississippi including the New Orleans Metropolitan area. The Crescent City Amateur Radio Group (CCARG) and the N5OZG Repeater system along with several other repeater systems and Amateur Radio Groups in Louisiana were connected providing real-time reports of damage and meteorological data into WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center.

The VoIP Hurricane Net also activated for Hurricane Sandy. The Net was active for impact on Jamaica, Eastern Cuba and the Bahamas and then active for impact on the mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States coast where severe impacts were felt particularly in New Jersey and the New York City/Long Island area but also across portions of Southern New England. Several reports gathered in both Hurricane Isaac, affecting the Northern US Gulf Coast, and Hurricane Sandy and its impact on the mid-atlantic and Northeast US were utilized in National Hurricane Center advisories. In addition, the VoIP Hurricane Net received PR from Amateur Radio Newsline for its efforts during Hurricane Sandy's impact on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic US coastline.

WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, monitored the net activations frequently and surface reports given to the station for use by the hurricane specialists. As our main client, we appreciate WX4NHC's support of our net and thank WX4NHC Coordinators, Julio Ripoll-WD4R and John McHugh-K4AG for their support. They have been an incredible partner with the VoIP Hurricane Net dating back to the net's inception in the 2003-2004 timeframe.

We also had another successful SKYWARN Recongition Day event on the home of the VoIP Hurricane Net, Echolink conference: *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219. Many NWS offices rotated on the system making contacts with Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters from around the country thanking them for their support as well making contact with different NWS offices around the country.

As we move into next year, we will again have a presence at the 2013 National Hurricane Conference which will be in New Orleans, Louisiana. We will also look into continuing the NCO training that was done prior to Hurricane Isaac and look at boosting recruitment of net controls for the net as we move into the new year. We will also look at boosting more stations and contacts within the affected areas of hurricanes to provide critical surface reports to the WX4NHC.

We look forward to working with everyone again in 2013. Our first regular net of 2013 will be Saturday January 5th, 2013 at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/6 PM MT/5 PM PT which also equates to 0100 UTC Sunday. The net will meet monthly through May and then become weekly during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. We again wish all of our reporting stations, net controls and supporting stations that listen to the VoIP Hurricane Net Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a Happy Holiday season!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

NarrowBanding effective Jan 1st, 2013

posted Dec 7, 2012, 8:09 AM by Randy Zongker

On January 1, 2013, all public safety and business industrial land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512 MHz radio bands must cease operating using 25 kHz efficiency technology, and begin operating using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology. This deadline is the result of an FCC effort that began almost two decades ago to ensure more efficient use of the spectrum and greater spectrum access for public safety and non-public safety users. Migration to 12.5 kHz efficiency technology (once referred to as Refarming, but now referred to as Narrowbanding) will allow the creation of additional channel capacity within the same radio spectrum, and support more users.

After January 1, 2013, licensees not operating at 12.5 KHz efficiency will be in violation of the Commission's rules and could be subject to FCC enforcement action, which may include admonishment, monetary fines, or loss of license.

PER ARRL: This does not apply to Ham Radio.

Radio Amateurs Not Affected by Narrowbanding Requirements

NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center

posted Sep 23, 2012, 5:13 AM by Randy Zongker

After a busy start, tornado events in the U.S. in 2012 have dropped well below the expected normal. The preliminary total of 757 tornadoes is about 400 tornadoes below what might be expected in a typical year. This chart shows that in late 2011, the annual running total was over 400 tornadoes above normal. This depicts the dramatic variability that can occur in tornado numbers from one year to the next.


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