is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather
spotters across the country. These volunteers keep their local
communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe
weather to the National Weather Service.
ensure a network of knowledgeable volunteers and accurate reporting,
those who are interested in becoming spotters are asked to attend a
training session provided by a local office of the National Weather
Service. SKYWARN® training is provided free of
charge and typically
covers these areas:
severe weather features
Training sessions are offered
Maine and New Hampshire by the Gray Forecast Office.
To keep informed
of the latest training dates and locations, you can listen to
announcements on NOAA Weather Radio, or click here.
Net Control operators at the WX1GYX station in Gray, and Regional Net
Control or Coordinators, should become familiar with the following
documents. The most important of these are the updated Operations
Manual and SKYWARN Network flow chart. If you're interested in
volunteering, please contact the SKYWARN Amateur Radio Coordinator, Tom
Berman N1KTA, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
hereto download the updated SKYWARN Net Control
Click here for directions to the
Office in Gray, ME
Net control operators are encouraged to use this online form, developed by Jack
Caron W1AYX, for submitting reports during net operations.
for Emergency Managers
National Weather Service Forecast Office in Gray has introduced an
Emergency Manager's Self-briefing website, which includes a daily
briefing slide, updated by 6am and 4:30 pm, and is organized into
hazard types, including maps and data. Click
to visit the new EM Home page.
WX1GYX Amateur Radio station at NWS Gray consists of a Yaesu FT8900 for
VHF/UHF as well as 50 Mhz operations, and a Kenwood TS570 for HF.
The station is active during formal SKYWARN activations as
as special events such as SKYWARN
Appreciation Day, and the Maine
2 Meter FM Simplex Challenge.
severe weather and SKYWARN® activations, spotters are encouraged to
check the KQ1L system to see if a SKYWARN® representative is
taking reports. The official frequencies for SKYWARN activations are:
Primary Repeater: 146.880 (-
/ 100) KQ1L Link System
flow chart for a complete list of regional subnets which may be
requested to activate locally and forward reports to WX1GYX. Hams in
the Greater Portland area may check into the
(+ / 100) or 147.045
(+ / 103.5) repeaters to forward
reports when subnets are activated.
Primary (Day): 7277kHz
Alternate: 28.455 MHz USB
NOTE: HF is used as a
backup to VHF communications and during exercises.
/ Weather Nets
Net (Maine) - meets every
Saturday evening at 7:30PM local time and every Wednesday evening at
8:00pm on the KQ1L linked repeater
Weather Net (Vermont) - meets every
Monday-Friday at 8:30PM on
the Jay Peak repeater (K1JAY 146.745 / -
100Hz), and Sunday at 5PM on 3933 kHz.
England Weather Net (New England) - meets every
Monday-Saturday at 5:30-6:30AM on 3.905 kHz. Click
here for more details.