The following letter is from Steve Piltz of the NWS.
Here is a letter
that is long over due. I don't think
anyone has formally thanked the club for its efforts in developing the link
system. Your system impresses those I get a chance to show it off to and
it really does make a difference in the severe weather program in this
area. During the last net, we had several "new" operations
centers check in... Bartlesville, Siloam Springs, and Benton County.
I want to do
something a little better than just a letter from
me (I think Tim and company deserve better.), but for now I want something
stated for the record. Besides, a little paperwork can't hurt when
trying to get new sites.
SKYWARN Net Controllers sharpen their skills
By Mark Conklin N7XYO, ARRL OK SEC PIC
Spring is coming and so will the severe weather. Volunteer amateur radio operators
working closely with the Tulsa Warring office of the National Weather Service are tuning
up their skills as SKYWARN net control operators. With the help of the Skywarn Advisory
committee the staff of the Tulsa NWS is producing a training course for net controllers.
"We've heard that the net control desk can be pretty intimidating at first - this is
to help them along" said George Mathews, Tulsa NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
"Also it helps the seasoned net controllers keep their levels high."
The training modules will cover geography, radar interpretation, familiarity with the
amateur radio equipment at the Tulsa NWS, meteorology, and current software used by the
NWS and the net controllers.
The Eastern Oklahoma/Northwest Arkansas SKYWARN advisory committee has announced
meeting dates for the first quarter of 2002. The meetings are all 7 p.m. Mondays; the
dates are: Jan 21; Feb.18; and March 18.
The meetings will be held at the Sun building downtown in the 10th floor conference
room. Anyone interested in becoming a SKYWARN net controller in learning more about
what net controllers do should attend.
For more information, be sure to visit: www.okarkskywarn.org.
SATELLITE IMAGES TELL TALE OF WISCONSIN TORNADO
The morning after the northwestern Wisconsin town of Siren was leveled by a
devastating tornado, the federal Landsat-7 satellite captured its destructive
path from space.
The Nation Weather Service
The National Weather service in Tulsa Oklahoma has received a new call.
WX5TUL is the new call issued to them by the FCC. There's no mistaking that
one, so if you hear it on the TARC link system, or on the air anywhere else,
you will know you are listening to a Weather Net! Congratulations are in order
for the fine folks at the National Weather Service in Tulsa for such a great call!
Tulsa Area Emergency
The Tulsa Area Emergency
Management Agency (TAEMA) now have their own call sign for the Tulsa EOC. The
new sign is WT5EOC. John Campbell, K5ENA, is the trustee.
The Tulsa Amateur Radio Club
Oklahoma / Northwestern Arkansas Skywarn
As you may or may not know, the TARC is involved with the
Skywarn network of
community service oriented clubs. The W5IAS
linked repeater system is the largest,
the best and most efficient repeater system in the State of Oklahoma. When
emergencies arise in our areas of coverage, the
W5IAS linked repeater system
serves both as a communications system and a community service. Covering some
50,000 square miles from I-35 to deep into Arkansas and from Texas in the South
to Kansas in the North. During times of disasters and other emergencies the
repeater system will be used for relaying information from one area to another.
Several times in the past this impressive system has played major roles in the
safety of our communities. Everything from severe weather to the phone outage
of the year 2000, which was covered by the TARC and the link system was used to
cover the area hospitals. Thirty minutes after the phones went down the TARC was
there with a net organized, hours before the EOC and others in the area even knew
the phones were out. The TARC is very proud of this system and is always ready to
help out in those times of trouble when we are needed the most. The
repeater system is still growing more impressive by the day and is always ready
to leap into action.
The new WX1000 is an early warning device on the UHF link
system. Ever listen
to NOAA Weather Radio for information? Well now you can just tune into the
link repeater system for the emergency information you need. As those specific
warnings come out you will hear them on your UHF radio. Having this link to the
National Weather Service is vital to those chasing storms and spotting for the
community, as well as those of us at home with our eye on the developing severe
weather. The TARC would like to recognize and give special thanks to Will, KD5HQO,
Dan, WG5Z, and Tim, KB5ZVC for all their hard work on this project. Great job guys.