2003 Montgomery Co. NWS/Dayton SKYWARN
Severe Weather Spotters Training Class
Nearly 100 amateur radio operators, public service, civilians and community leaders were in attendance for the Montgomery County NWS spotter training class, held at Miami Valley Hospital, March 1, 2003.
The class was again hosted by Dayton SKYWARN, a non-profit organization comprised of amateur radio operators who are on 24/7 activation by the NWS during severe weather season. Dayton SKYWARN is responsible for 15+ counties in Ohio and Indiana handling one of four SKYWARN Sectional Severe Weather Nets for the Wilmington, OH NWS office. As well as handling the sectional net on 146.64 & 146.835, Dayton SKYWARN also is responsible for their home location Montgomery County (Ohio) net also on 146.64.
All interested parties, including spotters, are encouraged to attend their counties SKYWARN spotter training class annually. If you missed this class be sure to refer to this web site, or the NWS site, at the start of 2004 for next year's scheduled date. It is usually held the first week of March.
The Dayton SKYWARN (KC8CMG) Sectional Operators
Miami Valley Hospitals Media Service John Meece (KB8YHU) & Doug Magilvy (WB8TIA) and a DS Sectional Operator, await the start of class while DS Sectional Coordinator, Nelson DiGennaro (WB8VUU) talks with a guest. NWS Hydrologist Julie Dian-Reed prepares to speak to those in attendance.
Nelson opened with introductions followed by the amateur radio
reporting procedures portion of the class.
Julie's presentation covered severe weather spotting as well as where to seek safety.
Following the NWS spotters training and Dayton SKYWARN'S reporting procedure portion of the class guest speaker, Montgomery Co. EMA Director, Rob Gunter added even more interesting insight to the counties disaster preparedness.
|After class guests had a chance to talk with Dayton SKYWARN Sectional Net Op, Bob Kemphues (KC8HFX ) about buying SKYWARN golf shirts and patches that Dayton SKYWARN offers for sale. Julie also spent time fielding additional questions while handing out free brochure materials.||Nelson along with Dayton SKYWARN Sectional Net Ops, Rick Ganter (WD8KYW) and Doug answered amateur radio related questions from guests following the class.|
Those in attendance left the class with more information than they had before they arrived. We'll find out, as severe weather season goes into full swing.
On behalf of Dayton SKYWARN and the NWS, "thanks" to everyone who attended!
2003 Statewide Indiana & Ohio Drill Results
Dayton SKYWARN Sectional Net Operators Marv w/Bob assisting
Union: 15 (includes 7 Public Service check-ins)
Dayton SKYWARN Sectional Net Ops; Larry & Paula w/Shirley, Marv & Nelson assisting
Greene: 37 *
* Highest check-in count of any of the Dayton SKYWARN counties.
Franklin County w/72 is the highest number of check-in for ALL Ohio Wilmington NWS counties
Combined total of all three drills for Dayton SKYWARN Counties = 173
|Ohio Drill day Dayton SKYWARN Sectional Net Operators Larry (N8TNX) and Paula (KA8HQJ) prepare the radios at the Dayton SKYWARN (KC8CMG) site and await the test message from the National Weather Service's WB8ZZR.|
At 9:50 a.m. with the message received, Larry and Paula activate both sectional net frequencies and read the message to the spotters and county representatives listening.
Designated county representatives begin checking in along, with individual spotters from Montgomery County, with Paula on Dayton SKYWARN'S southern county repeater, 146.64.
Larry takes northern county check-in totals over the northern Dayton SKYWARN Sectional repeater, 146.835.
|Within one hour all counties have submitted their individual county net totals that have been passed on to NWS via WB8ZZR.||Thanking everyone for their assistance the Dayton SKYWARN Sectional operators secure the site until it is needed for activation.|
Weather Radio operational in Wayne County, Indiana
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
from the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE,
600 PM EDT
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
HAS INSTALLED A NEW NOAA WEATHER RADIO STATION IN
STATION...KHB-52...OPERATES ON AN ASSIGNED FREQUENCY OF 162.500 MEGAHERTZ...AT
300 WATTS OF POWER. THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO WILL SERVE RESIDENTS IN EAST
AND WAYNE (all in Dayton SKYWARN'S area of responsibility)....
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM PLAN...AND UNDER THE BROADCAST SERVICE AREA FOR THE
MIAMISBURG OHIO TRANSMITTER AT WXJ-46...ON A FREQUENCY 162.475 MEGAHERTZ, THE
1050 HERTZ TONE ALARM...AND SAME ALERT TONE WILL CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVATED FOR
THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN INDIANA AND OHIO...
ALSO IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM PLAN...UNDER THE BROADCAST SERVICE AREA FOR THE COVINGTON
KENTUCKY TRANSMITTER AT KIH-42...ON A FREQUENCY 162.550 MEGAHERTZ, THE 1050
HERTZ TONE ALARM AND SAME ALERT TONE...WILL CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVATED FOR THE
FOLLOWING INDIANA AND OHIO COUNTIES...
(Only the northern portion of
WATCHES AND WARNINGS WILL ALSO
BE BROADCAST FOR THE FOLLOWING INDIANA COUNTIES OF...DECATUR...HENRY...RUSH (not
in Dayton SKYWARN'S area of Responsibility) AND IN THE OHIO COUNTIES OF...BUTLER
AND MONTGOMERY (northern
Regarding the SAME Codes involved.
The SAME code number for Wayne
County, Indiana is 018177,
Public Information Statement.
2003 Dayton SKYWARN
End of the Year
5 3/4 hours
2 1/2 hours
WD8KYW- Rick Ganter
WB8TIA- Doug Magilvy
8 3/4 hours
18 1/2 hours
N8TNX- Larry Bell
25 1/2 hours
5 3/4 hours
Multiple Preliminary Nets
Multiple Preliminary Nets
28 1/4 hours
The Preliminary Net is not logged at the main site therefore we do not
have record of the number of total hours the Roberts put into the actual nets.
2003 Operator Hours were up 36 hours as compared to 2002, down 19 hours compared to 2001.
2003 Watch &
Warning Statements Issued
The following were watches and warning affecting only the 15+ counties
in the Dayton SKYWARN jurisdiction
5 multiple county watches issued
5 individual counties affected in warning
15 multiple county watches issued
90 individual counties affected in warning
6 multiple counties covered
32 individual counties affected in warning
Nelson DiGennaro 6
Butler Twp. Fire
Dept. Community Open House SKYWARN Booth
Sept 2003 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mike Medlock Nelson DiGennaro Paula DiGennaro
to everyone who helped out during the Dayton SKYWARN activations and special
events. A HUGE thanks to all of the
Dayton SKYWARN Sectional Counties SKYWARN spotters who supported the SKYWARN NWS
Program over the years. We look
forward to working with you again this year.
KA8HQJ & WB8VUU
Dayton SKYWARN "W8OK" Coordinators
Twp. 2003 Community Open House
September 19, 2003 Dayton SKYWARN - W8OK participated in the Butler Township Fire Department's
Open House. The event is held every
other year as a "thank you" to the community.
It is also a time for the Butler Township Fire Department to show off
their facility, equipment and Firefighters.
This was the second time that Dayton SKYWARN
had the opportunity to support the community from where it handles severe
This year's Open House
was coupled with the township's annual "Great Pumpkin Give-a-way".
According to Butler Township Assistant Fire Chief, Bob "AC Bob"
Weiffenbach III and Doug Orange, BT Trustee, this was the largest turn out of
residents that the event has ever experienced.
Those in attendance
received a free ID fingerprinting for children by the Butler Twp. Police, tours
of the Fire Department apparatus and headquarters, pony rides, balloon clown,
pumpkins, refreshments and so much more.
SKYWARN operators handed out severe
weather spotter brochures, as well as material about the NOAA Weather
"Alert" Radio and Tornado Safety.
On Display were radios; 2 meters, demonstrating the local repeater where
Dayton SKYWARN works, as well as HF and how amateur radio operators talk
worldwide. Information was also
available on how those interested could become a part of the "Wonderful
World of Amateur Radio". A
continual video was presented through out the day of the new Amateur Radio Relay
League; "Amateur Radio Today" and the opening sequence of TESSA'S
"Stormwatch", demonstrating how amateur radio operators handle Severe
Dayton SKYWARN Net Operators assisting
with the event were; Chris Harris (N8OXC), Mike Medlock (KB8RUW), Rick Ganter
(WD8KYW), Bob Kemphues (KC8HFX), Marv Miller (N8EKQ) "cameraman", Doug
Magilvy (WB8TIA) "video preparation", plus Dayton SKYWARN
Coordinators, Nelson (WB8VUU) and Paula (KA8HQJ) DiGennaro.
SKYWARN would like to thank the
event's coordinator, Captain Mike Blakesley, as well as Chief Charles Wiltrout
and A.C. Bob for inviting Dayton SKYWARN to again participate.
Inside the open bay area numerous booths were set up including Dayton SKYWARN, with Sectional Net Operators; Rick Ganter (WD8KYW), Coordinator-Nelson DiGennaro (WB8VUU), Chris Harris-also Dayton SKWYARN Web Master (N8OXC) and Mike Medlock (KB8RUW) assisting
the building Dayton SKYWARN'S Rick Ganter was fielding questions
from guests stopping by the Dayton SKYWARN booth.
With Dayton SKYWARN'S operating location in a Butler Twp.
Fire Station, this was the second time Dayton SKYWARN was asked to
participate in this fun community event.
Not only did the booth display Dayton and NWS SKYWARN information but also ARRL material including how interested guests could become amateur radio operators. The new ARRL video, "Amateur Radio Today" was continually displayed on a monitor, during the event.
Wilmington Weather Service control center.
|Butler Twp. turned out in force including Butler Twp. Police Officer Sharon Hounshell and Fire Fighter Lt. Mike Lang. (Mike is also a Detective with Englewood PD).||Better safe than sorry… Butler Twp Fire Department was present throughout the event with their “Ident-a-Kid” fingerprinting program. Butler Twp. Detective James Deschler assists in fingerprinting a young guest so she is better protected in the future.|
|Truly a family affair, Butler Twp. Fire Dept's Paula and Joe Pizzino were enjoying every minute of the event.||
The family theme carried through with Butler Twp. Assistant Chief Bob Weiffenbach, his wife and son also
|Outside, pony rides were available for the little ones. Butler Twp. Fire Fighter Ellie Piatt keeps this pony under control so this small cowboy could ride around the course, as his Mom looks on.|
|Butler Twp. Fire Fighter, John Wilt assists a young lady in pink ride her flower laden horse, as Dad assists.||
pony's came in all sizes and so did their riders.
Butler Twp. Fire Fighter Matt Bober assists one of two young
ladies ride around, as Mom holds down the balloons.
|Those arriving at Butler Twp. Fire Station #88 for the Community Open House were greeted by the Fire Department's Honorary Pumpkin Mascot.|
Photos by: Dayton SKYWARN Sectional Operators: Marvin Miller (N8EKQ)
and Paula DiGennaro (KA8HQJ)
Last Updated: 02/05/09