Covering the Blue Ridge and surrounding areas  
Covering the Blue Ridge and surrounding areas in the event of severe weather. Serving Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Alexander, Catawba, Lincoln, Yancey, Mitchell, Madison, Buncombe, McDowell, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Chester, York and surrounding Counties (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.  


     I want to inform everyone that we are still the Blue Ridge Area Skywayn. Will continue to operate as we were before the meeting in Shelby.
      We are giving out the Severe Weather Reports as we receive them from the National NWS Offices GREER, SC & BLACKSBURG, VA. We are reporting Sever Weather to the NWS Offices as we receive the Reports from people in the areas effected by Sever Weather. SO WE NEED REPORTS FROM YOU IF SEVER WEATHER IS OCCURING IN YOUR AREA.
We also cover the same Counties as before and they are no changes in the way that we have been opreating sense we orginized in March of 2006
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.

(Click here for more info on Repeaters)

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



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.

16th Annual Catawaba Valley Hamfest

posted Apr 10, 2014, 4:35 PM by Randy Zongker   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 4:38 PM ]

Saturday - April 19th, 2014
8AM - Until
Burke County Fairgrounds
145 Bost Road
Morganton, NC
Phone: 828-437-2787
VE Testing On Site

Tickets are $5 at the gate. Talk in on 147.150 repeater.  See for more information.

There will be a short Blue Ridge Weather Watch meeting during the lunch hour. See Allen KI4JSM for more details if needed. We need as many members that can be there, for a short vote.  We realize that this could be a bad time since it is Easter Weekend. Thank you for all you do and enjoy the hamfest.

Skywarn Training at Maiden Rescue Squad

posted Mar 14, 2014, 6:58 PM by Randy Zongker   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 4:29 PM ]

We would love to see as many members here as possible, but if you can't make this day, there are other training classes available. NWS would like to see you take at least one class every 3 years.

National Weather Service SKYWARN Training 
DATE: MAY 10th 
TIME: 10:00 am for BASIC COURSE 
1:00 pm for the ADVANCED / RADAR COURSE


Please let us know if you can make it so we can plan accordingly and that you can be sure of a spot for training.  Limited space available.

Meeting Location

 Please park in the rear of the Rescue Squad building and be sure not to block Bay doors. The door to go in will be behind the carport. 

Get Turn by Turn Directions Click here.


Take exit # 123 A South, go south on US 321 to exit # 33 the Startown exit, go up ramp, turn left cross over US 321 HWY, go to traffic light at The Country Market truck stop, turn right, go to the second traffic light in Maiden at railroad track, turn left, go to Dominos Pizza, turn right go 1 mile Maiden Rescue Squad is on the right.


Take exit # 126, go up ramp, Turn left cross HWY 70 follow Startown RD, Go straight at HWY 10 crossroads to the traffic light at The Country Market Truck Stop,. Turn left go to 2nd traffic light in Maiden at railroad track, Turn left go to Dominos pizza, Turn right go 1 mile, Maiden Rescue squad is on right.


Take Exit # 33 the Startown exit, Go up ramp turn left, cross over US 321 HWY, go to traffic light at the Country Market Truck Stop, Turn right, go to 2nd traffic light in Maiden at Railroad track, Turn left go to Dominos Pizza, Turn right go 1 mile, Maiden Rescue Squad is on the right.


Come South on HWY 321 business until you cross Railroad track where Dominos Pizza is on the right, Turn left go 1 mile Maiden Rescue Squad is on the right.


Take Exit # 28 the US 321 business Maiden, Lincolnton Exit, Go up ramp turn right, Go into Maiden to the 3rd traffic light just before the railroad track, Turn right go to Dominos Pizza on the left, Turn right go 1 mile the Maiden Rescue Squad is on the right.


Come into Maiden to the 3rd traffic light just before railroad track, Turn right go to Dominos Pizza on the left, Turn right go 1 mile the Maiden Rescue Squad is on the right.


3496 St James Church Rd

Blue Ridge Weather Watch - E-Mail: WX4BRW at thebrww dot org

Skywarn Training April 26 at UNC Charlotte

posted Feb 28, 2014, 9:42 AM by Randy Zongker   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 4:36 PM ]

Saturday, April 26, 2014   10:00am

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

Hurrrican Preparedness Week

posted May 27, 2013, 6:03 PM by Randy Zongker

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Click on the image below to view either the PDF's or videos.

[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:

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:

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

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

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

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 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:

Information on the presenters including presenters from the NWS Taunton Amateur Radio Program are listed via the link below:

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:

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

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