System Status

Our friends on the ETECS system in the Tyler / Smith County area will be connected to NCTC today due to the severe weather threat today.

The NCTC is available for recreational use until the NWS Fort Worth Radio Desk needs to have the system. At that point please curtail all recreational traffic and yield to the NWS.

Thanks for your cooperation and participation if/when Fort Worth needs essential ground truth reports from your area.

Nathan N5REL

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.

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 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, or send email to 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 and during the event.
  • We will monitor and make contacts on the North Central Texas Connection ( 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. (
  • 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

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Net Control

The LAARK Contesting and Public Service net will take place the last Sunday of May, May 27, 2018, at 2000L. This net originates on the LAARK 220 repeater 224.00 with a standard offset and PL tone of 110.9. This repeater is also linked to the Rosston 220 repeater (KE5GDB) and the 220 repeater on Stark Hall (AF5RS).

Please forward to me any Public Service events your club will be participating in for June and the following months, and invite all your members to join this net.

The topic for this month’s net will be “Contest Logging Software.”

73 de KC5DCT

Tim Curtiss