The “North Central Texas Connection (NCTC), is a continuing work in progress. Without you, the donors, our technical staff and the various repeater owners and trustees, this system could never exist.

Most of the system is interconnected either by (420 Mhz.) full duplex links or NXU’s (Internet Extension Units Wires, Allstar, and EchoLink”).

Our primary objective is to provide a backup system for the National Weather Service and their weather spotters during times of inclement weather. Please Read: “System Protocol”.

The secondary purpose is to provide for you the Amateur Radio Operator a way to communicate in the Dallas/ Ft.Worth metro area and the surrounding cities providing for technical talk and typical idle time chat.

Numerous long hours, weekends, donations of equipment and funding have allowed us to create this project. We hope you enjoy the system as much as we have enjoyed taking old equipment and giving it a new purpose. We look forward to hearing from you, and hope you enjoy this valuable resource.

SKYWARN Radio Desk

The 2018 SKYWARN® Recognition Day event is from Friday evening, November 30th 18:00 (6PM) CST until Saturday December 1st 18:00 (6PM) CST. Or in UTC time December 1, 2018, from 00:00 to 24:00 UTC. starting in 7 Days, 6 Hours, 1 Minutes, 59 Seconds

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN™ operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

National information regarding SKYWARN Recognition Day is published at www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition and the ARRL. David McAnally (WD5M), with the WX5FWD Radio Desk Team, is the local SKYWARN Recognition day coordinator for the Fort Worth NWS WFO.

North Texas spotters are encouraged to participate in SKYWARN™ Recognition Day, and log radio contacts with NWS offices and SKYWARN™ spotter groups. We hope to share memories and recognize all spotters who provide vital information to forecasters for warnings.

SKYWARN volunteers may visit the Fort Worth Weather Forecast Office on Saturday December 1st. Visitors must RSVP before Friday, November 30th via wx5fwd.org/RSVP, or send email to SRD@wx5fwd.org. We will accommodate three groups of visitors on an hourly schedule, 15 to 20 people at a time. The two groups from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM will be provided a light lunch. Parking and building resources are limited. Please RSVP including your name, email address, the hour you expect to visit starting at 11:30 AM, call sign (not required), and county. More details will be provided to visitors via email.

The SKYWARN™ radio desk team will operate radio stations at the Fort Worth office on HF, VHF and UHF frequency bands, with the modes FM, SSB, CW, PSK-31, IRLP, EchoLink, D-STAR and DMR

Some key points:

  • Radio operation will be restricted to WX5FWD radio desk team members only
  • The Fort Worth NWS special event call sign will be W5T
  • Active frequency, Mode and other information will be published periodically on twitter.com/wx5fwdfacebook.com/wx5fwd and wx5fwd.org during the event.
  • We will monitor and make contacts on the North Central Texas Connection (nctc.info) linked repeater system and wide area coverage repeaters such as the WD5U Rosston repeater on 145.490. We will periodically make contacts on other local or linked SKYWARN repeaters listed in our SKYWARN repeater directory map. (wx5fwd.org/cwamap)
  • IRLP Node 0010 special SKYWARN IRLP reflector
  • EchoLink Conference *WX5FWD* (372418) Special SKYWARN EchoLink conference
  • Digital Modes:
    • D-Star REF033C
    • DMR: BM 31481 – North Texas and MARC – Either DFW metro or Texas statewide
    • Fusion: FCS00243 – Texas
    • Regards,

David McAnally, WD5M
Fort Worth NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day Coordinator

The K2BSA Amateur Radio Association is dedicated to extending the reach of amateur radio within the Scout movement. Toward that end, we provide a great deal of Radio Scouting information on this website, through social media, and a regular newsletter. Key events include Jamboree on the Air as well as national and world Jamborees. Join Now if you’d like to support our efforts: https://k2bsa.net




Parker County Hamfest

Parker County Hamfest/Emergency Preparedness Expo – Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 8 AM – Noon

Cornerstone Community Church
2233 E Hwy 199 (Jacksboro Hwy just SE of Springtown, TX)
8 AM – Noon

$1 Admission $5 Table setup inside
Door prizes and new Yaesu 7900 Dual Band Radio Grand Prize
Ham Testing pending
Talk-in 443.200 NCTC Aledo Rptr and 147.160 Tri-County Rptr
Lecture rooms
KG5SQJ’s Practical BaoFeng HT Radio Programming 101 class is scheduled in the last hour of this event.

Get with a buddy, bring your stuff to sell/buy

If you would like to give a short lecture on some topic contact Daryl KC5SLQ at – patecq@yahoo.com or cqpate@gmail.com

Bob – KG5SQJ