Paris

Paris on a East Texas run today with KG5RDF.. N5REL, and W5KJC.. and help from Tom and David. And Jon Moon. thx crew!!

David KB5WB

Talco

Talco has been resuscitated, however it’s temporarily on 442.125 / PL 151.4 while the primary repeater is sent off for repairs PA was cooked on the primary repeater. For reasons only known by Yaesu, we couldn’t get the temporary DR1X to move off of 442.125. Sometimes you have to improvise and adapt. Thanks to KB5EDB, KB5WB, KG5RDF and WA5TXI for the teamwork to get this back on the air. When the primary repeater comes back from warranty repairs at Yaesu, Talco will go back on its designated frequency 442.200 / 151.4.

Nathan N5REL

NCTC Net 01/03/2019

Thanks to the 53 stations who checked into the net tonight. We learned a few new things:
– The government shutdown has caused the FCC to suspend operations including issuing and renewal of licenses. https://www.theverge.com/…/fcc-suspension-partial-federal-g…
– If the government is not fully funded before SKYWARN school then those sessions that are scheduled will be canceled.https://www.weather.gov/psr/ShutdownImpacts
– NCTC is available on the TGIF DMR TalkGroup 189. For instructions on the use of the TGIF DMR system on your hotspot, send an email to K4WZV Robert https://www.qrz.com/db/K4WZV and he can provide you with instructions. TGIF is not interoperable with the Brandmeister or DMR MARC systems.
– KB5WB said that there are plans to work on the Paris and Talco repeaters on the air Saturday/

Calvin Gluck W7KYG

TGIF DMR TalkGroup 189

NCTC was granted a TGIF DMR TalkGroup 189. For instructions on how to get connected to the TGIF server, please check TGIF WiKi for instructions, examples, and documentation. The TGIF Last Heard Panel http://tgif.network/lastheard/index.html.

KG5RDF

Inclement Weather

Please be mindful of the inclement weather in the area. Make sure to review the system protocols.

Bottom Line – Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon through tonight with a risk for damaging wind gusts, a few tornadoes, and hail. Heavy rainfall may lead to localized instances of flash flooding and subsequent main stem river flooding.

http://wx5fwd.org/NWSUpdate

Crossband Radios “STOP”

I don’t know who has the crossband radio connected to NCTC via 146.52 but this needs to be disconnected immediately. Seems like a neat idea but it runs the risk of tying up the repeater system inadvertently or otherwise. Pretty confident this was a source of the problem during last night’s weekly net.

The principals work very hard to maintain this system and to keep it functional. A rogue crossband repeater, especially on 146.52, makes this very difficult.

Thanks for your cooperation Nathan Bailey

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
SRD@wx5fwd.org