Amateur Radio and ARES information

hallcoaresHall County Skywarn is coordinated by the Hall County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) group.

Hall County ARES meets on the second Monday of each month, at 7 PM at the Hall County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 470 Crescent Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Please join us at any of these meetings to find out more about participating in Skywarn or becoming part of the ARES group.

In the event of activation, a live net may be established.  The default location is the W4TL repeater at 145.310 MHz, with a negative offset and PL tone of 123.0 Hz.  The backup location is the LARC repeater at 146.670 MHz, with a negative offset and PL tone of 131.8 Hz.  These nets typically will coincide with a Condition Red alert, or may be started as a standby net ahead of time during a Condition Orange alert.  Please see the Resources page on this website to see a description of the activation levels,

We also participate in a monthly joint training net with the Tri-County and NEGARC Skywarn clubs.  This net is held on the third Thursday of each month, at 7 PM on the same W4TL repeater at 145.310 MHz.  This net is open to Skywarn participants from all over north Georgia and is focused on keeping us ready for radio activation during severe weather events.  Additionally, there may be some training material that is discussed during these nets.  The preambles to use for either official or training nets are available in the tabs above.

Northeast Georgia Skywarn Net Training Preamble for Northeast Georgia Skywarn (Hall & Barrow County Skywarn groups, others welcome to participate)

Last Update: April 4, 2014
Initialize the net:
Is this frequency in use?

(Let repeater drop)

CQ, CQ, CQ, this is <name and call sign> ,located in <town or location> operating on a <fixed or mobile> station using <grid or emergency> power. I will be the net control station for this evening’s Northeast Georgia Skywarn Training net. This net is a collaboration between the Hall and Barrow County Skywarn groups, sponsored respectively by the Hall and Barrow County ARES groups. Other Spotters in the Northeast Georgia region are welcome to participate in this net.

This is a directed Net and all calls should be directed to the Net Control Station. This net is held the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm on the 145.310 W4TL repeater with a negative offset and PL tone of 123.0hz

(Let repeater drop)

Check for emergency traffic:
Before starting, I will now pause for any emergency traffic on this frequency. If you have any emergency traffic, please call now.

(Pause for emergency traffic)

The purpose of this net is to promote the National Weather Service SkyWarn program and to prepare trained SkyWarn spotters and their equipment for actual emergency situations as well as fostering communication between our three SkyWarn organizations.

Participation in the net is not limited to SkyWarn Spotters. Participation is encouraged for any licensed amateur radio operator within range of this repeater. If you would like to become a member of Skywarn please give this information to Net Control when checking in.

(Let repeater drop)

Ask for alternate net control:
I will now ask for a volunteer to act as alternate net control. The role of alternate net control is to assist in the event the primary net control station is unable to continue directing the net. Do I have a station willing to participate as alternate net control?

(Acknowledge)

Ask for Hall County Skywarn Coordinator:
Is the Hall County SkyWarn Coordinator on frequency?

(Acknowledge)

Ask for Barrow County Skywarn Coordinator:
Is the Barrow County SkyWarn Coordinator on frequency?

(Acknowledge)

Ask for other Skywarn Coordinators:
Are there any other SkyWarn Coordinators on frequency?

(Acknowledge)

Begin check in process:
This is <name and call sign>, net control station for this Joint Skywarn Training Net. Our primary operations net will be held on the W4TL/145.31 MHz repeater, with Negative offset and PL tone of 123.0 Hz. If this repeater is not available, the backup location is the WX4TC repeater at 146.625 MHz, with a negative offset and PL tone of 127.3 Hz.  
(Let repeater drop)
At this time I will begin the check-in process.

When checking in:
• Please key your microphone and say “this is”
• Un-key your microphone to verify the repeater is clear
• Then key your microphone and state your call sign slowly and phonetically, followed by your name, your location, which Skywarn organization you are with, if you are a trained Skywarn spotter and if you have any Skywarn-related announcements or traffic for the net.

Stations wishing to check into the net, please call now.

(Let repeater drop)
(At breaks in check-ins, run a standard roll call)

General Announcements:
This is net control station <name and call sign> and at this time I will recognize each station with a general Skywarn-related announcement. Control of the net will be returned to the net control station after each announcement and net control will recognize any station needing clarification.

(Go through general announcement stations making sure to pause between each announcement and ask for questions – no discussions!)

Ask for additional check-ins:
We will now take additional check-ins. Again, please slowly state your callsign phonetically, followed by name, location, organization if you are a trained spotter and if you have any announcements.

Training (If Any):
At this time we will move into the training portion of the net. As this is a directed net, please wait to be recognized by net control before any discussion.

(Begin the training portion and allow for brief discussion if warranted.)

Close the Net:
Attention all stations. This is <name and call sign>, net control station for the Northeast Georgia Skywarn Training Net. This net is now closed. Thank you for your participation in this net.
Please join us on the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm for this Joint Skywarn Training net.

(If Tri-County repeater was used)
I wish to thank the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club for the use of the WX4TC repeater.

This is returning the repeater to normal operation at <time>.

Official Skywarn Net Preamble for Hall County ARES Skywarn – Standby Mode

Last Update: April 6, 2013
Initialize the net:
Is this frequency in use?

(Let repeater drop)

CQ, CQ, CQ, this is <name and call sign> activating the Hall County ARES Skywarn Net. I am currently located in <town or location> operating on a <fixed or mobile> station using <grid or emergency> power. I will be your net control station for this Skywarn net.

This net is being placed in Standby mode. The National Weather Service <Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma/in Peachtree City> has placed Hall County under a <Severe Thunderstorm/Tornado/Other> Watch effective until <time>.
(Read Weather Bulletin)
This watch indicates that conditions are favorable for severe weather in and close to our area. Spotters should monitor this frequency and be prepared to report severe weather observations to net control.
This frequency will remain open for normal use until if and when conditions require moving to an active net. The purpose of this net is to provide severe weather reports and situational awareness for the National Weather service and the local EMA.

(Let repeater drop)

Ask for alternate net control:
I will now ask for a volunteer to act as alternate net control. The role of alternate net control is to assist in the event the primary net control station is unable to continue directing the net. Do I have a station willing to participate as alternate net control?

(Acknowledge)

Ask for NWS relay office:
I will now ask for a volunteer to act as National Weather Service Relay Officer (RO)? The role of the RO is to relay spotter reports to the National Weather Service through the Jasper repeater – 146.805 Positive Offset and PL Tone of 100.0Hz.

Do I have a station willing to act as National Weather Service Relay Officer (RO)?

(Acknowledge)

DISCLAIMER:
As a reminder – neither the NWS, Hall County Skywarn or Hall County ARES condone, endorse or recommend storm chasing. It is a dangerous practice. If you choose to storm chase it is understood that you do so at your own risk and assume all liability for your actions. Safety for you and your family should be your number one priority. Please report any severe weather as soon as possible once your safety is guaranteed.

Begin check in process:
This is <name and call sign>, net control station for this Hall County ARES Skywarn Net. Our primary operations net will be held on the W4TL/145.31 MHz repeater, with Negative offset and PL tone of 123.0 Hz. If this repeater is not available, the backup location is the LARC repeater at 146.670 MHz, with a negative offset and PL tone of 131.8 Hz.  If neither of these repeaters are working, then we will rely on simplex operations at 146.500 MHz, or Spotters can join into another net, such as TriCounty Skywarn or a statewide net if one has been activated.
(Let repeater drop)
At this time I will begin the check-in process.

When checking in:
• Please key your microphone and say “this is”
• Un-key your microphone to verify the repeater is clear
• Then key your microphone and state your call sign slowly and phonetically, followed by your name, your location and if you are a trained Skywarn spotter.

Stations wishing to check into the net, please call now.

(Let repeater drop)
(At breaks in check-ins, run a standard roll call)

Ask for additional check-ins:
We will now take additional check-ins. Again, please slowly state your callsign phonetically, followed by name, location, and if you are a trained spotter.

Continuity Announcement: (every 10 minutes or if unwanted activity starts up on or near frequency)
Attention all stations, this is <name and call sign>for the Hall County ARES Skywarn Net. This net is in<standby/active> status. Please restrict use of this frequency to that specifically requested and/or authorized by net control.

Secure the Net:
Attention all stations. This is <name and call sign> for the Hall County ARES Skywarn Net. This net is closed and all stations may secure. Thank you for your participation in this Skywarn activation.

(If LARC repeater was used)
I wish to thank the Lanierland Amateur Radio Club for the use of the LARC repeater.

This is <name and call sign> returning the repeater to normal operation at <time>.

 

Official Skywarn Net Preamble for Hall County ARES Skywarn – Active Net

Last Update: April 6, 2013
Initialize the net:
Is this frequency in use?

(Let repeater drop)

CQ, CQ, CQ, this is <name and call sign> activating the Hall County ARES Skywarn Net. I am currently located in <town or location> operating on a <fixed or mobile> station using <grid or emergency> power. I will be your net control station for this Skywarn net.

This net is being placed in Active mode. The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has placed Hall County under a <Severe Thunderstorm/Tornado> Warning effective until <time>.
(Read Weather Bulletin)
This is a directed net and all calls should be directed to the Net Control Station. All stations please restrict use of this frequency to spotter traffic only.
This net may stay active past the warning termination time if additional severe weather is anticipated or more time is needed to collect reports. The purpose of this net is to provide severe weather reports and situational awareness for the National Weather service and the local EMA.

(Let repeater drop)

Ask for alternate net control:
I will now ask for a volunteer to act as alternate net control. The role of alternate net control is to assist in the event the primary net control station is unable to continue directing the net. Do I have a station willing to participate as alternate net control?

(Acknowledge)

Ask for NWS relay office:
I will now ask for a volunteer to act as National Weather Service Relay Officer (RO)? The role of the RO is to relay spotter reports to the National Weather Service through the Jasper repeater – 146.805 Positive Offset and PL Tone of 100.0Hz.

Do I have a station willing to act as National Weather Service Relay Officer (RO)?

(Acknowledge)

DISCLAIMER:
As a reminder – neither the NWS, Hall County Skywarn or Hall County ARES condone, endorse or recommend storm chasing. It is a dangerous practice. If you choose to storm chase it is understood that you do so at your own risk and assume all liability for your actions. Safety for you and your family should be your number one priority. Please report any severe weather as soon as possible once your safety is guaranteed.

Begin check in process:
This is <name and call sign>, net control station for this Hall County ARES Skywarn Net. Our primary operations net will be held on the W4TL/145.31 MHz repeater, with Negative offset and PL tone of 123.0 Hz. If this repeater is not available, the backup location is the LARC repeater at 146.670 MHz, with a negative offset and PL tone of 131.8 Hz.  If neither of these repeaters are working, then we will rely on simplex operations at 146.500 MHz, or Spotters can join into another net, such as TriCounty Skywarn or a statewide net if one has been activated.
(Let repeater drop)
At this time I will begin the check-in process.

When checking in:
• Please key your microphone and say “this is”
• Un-key your microphone to verify the repeater is clear
• Then key your microphone and state your call sign slowly and phonetically, followed by your name, your location and if you are a trained Skywarn spotter.

Stations wishing to check into the net, please call now.

(Let repeater drop)
(At breaks in check-ins, run a standard roll call)

Ask for additional check-ins:
We will now take additional check-ins. Again, please slowly state your callsign phonetically, followed by name, location, and if you are a trained spotter.

Continuity Announcement: (every 10 minutes or if unwanted activity starts up on or near frequency)
Attention all stations, this is <name and call sign>for the Hall County ARES Skywarn Net. This net is in<standby/active> status. Please restrict use of this frequency to that specifically requested and/or authorized by net control.

Secure the Net:
Attention all stations. This is <name and call sign> for the Hall County ARES Skywarn Net. This net is closed and all stations may secure. Thank you for your participation in this Skywarn activation.

(If LARC repeater was used)
I wish to thank the Lanierland Amateur Radio Club for the use of the LARC repeater.

This is <name and call sign> returning the repeater to normal operation at <time>.

 

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