Skywarn Training


Skywarn spotter training sessions are held to train individuals on how to accurately observe such weather phenomena as wall clouds, funnel clouds, tornatoes, shelf clouds associated with squall lines, and clouds that resemble funnel clouds and tornadoes but really are not.

In addition, topics covered during Skywarn training are:

  • A recap of significant weather events during 2008
  • The necessary atmospheric conditions for thunderstorm development
  • Tornado classification
  • Severe weather safety tips
  • Severe weather terms used in National Weather Service products
  • What to report to the National Weather Service
  • How to report information to the National Weather Service

Skywarn training presentations usually last around two hours,
with a scheduled break included.

Skywarn spotters are essential to the National Weather Service, law enforcement and fire officials, and emergency managers. Among other things, spotters:

  • provide valuable information on the severity of thunderstorms
  • allow downstream communities to understand the severity of thunderstorms moving towards them and
  • allow the National Weather Service to gather information which helps verify the warnings it issues

Those who volunteer to be Skywarn spotters offer a valuable service. At a minimum, it is asked that Skywarn volunteers review procedures by attending a Skywarn spotter straining sessions every two years

Spotter training is open to members of the general public , law enforcement, fire officials, and amateur radio operators, among others. We look forward to your participation in Skywarn!

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Meeting Minutes – September 2017

Lapeer County Amateur Radio Association

Meeting Minutes- September 12, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by our President Gerret KD8YUK. There were 11 members and guests in attendance.

Congratulations and welcome to Doug KE8HSF for obtaining his technician license and good luck for his upcoming general examination.


No additional nominations were received for the Association’s leadership positions. By unanimous acclamation of the membership present, the following were re-elected.

  • President- Gerret KD8YUK
  • Vice President- Kevin KB8TAR
  • Treasurer- Bill KD8VP*
  • Secretary- Lee N8LJ

*This will be Bill’s last year as treasurer. It’s time for someone to step up and prepare to take over this position. The position is not hard and doesn’t require much time.  Remember no Treasurer, no association.  

Hospital Report

Bill KD8VP is recovering from a double knee replacement. We wish him our best during his recovery.

EC Report

FLdigi training will be held September 13th and 20th at 7:00pm. The frequency will be 145.010 Mhz. September 30th will be a state wide SET exercise.

Repeater Report  

Mike KN8Z submitted our repeater information to the MIARC database. The committee to study an upgrade to digital technology had no report.

The official meeting ended at 7:44pm followed by “Ask Elmer” discussions

Ask Elmer discussions

FT-8 digital modes, Recommendations for mobile FM transceivers, Mesh system interfaces, Ask Elmer session ended at 8:45pm

Respectfully submitted,

Lee  N8LJ

Note: Due to some technical difficulties, the October Waveguide is delayed.  To support the October club meeting, the minutes are being published here separately.  The Waveguide will be out later this month. -Gerret, KD8YUK

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