Thanks to everyone who joined us for the WSSM-ECT Training Net for Thursday, April 22nd! We had 12 check-ins on the repeater and 2 on DMR. The net started on time, at 7:00PM. Tim KB1HNZ served as moderator.
One announcement was made by Dave KB1FGF, who mentioned having a 4-way coax switch available for free to anyone who needed one, and he was also looking to sell his Connect Systems CS801 DMR radio.
The topic for the evening was SKYWARN, which focused on some of the things that a new Net Control station should be aware of, including where to find information about approaching hazardous weather, when and how to activate a net, on which frequency to operate, what to ask for, and how to log reports.
Tim KB1HNZ talked about the new SKYWARN Official Supporter program that was rolled out on Tuesday, which is designed to encourage more participation in SKYWARN from the ham radio club and EmComm group level.
Eric N1RXR talked about some of his experiences operating as Net Control for SKYWARN, and stressed the importance of good listening and asking for a specific location when taking reports.
Following the net on the repeater, we took call-ups for weather reports on the DMR SKYWARN Talk Group (759) to help familiarize participants with the SKYWARN talk group.
- KB1FGF Dave, Scarborough, ME (FM)
- KB1IIR Luke, Madison, NH (FM)
- K5RN Frank, Planto, TX (Echolink)
- KC1OLX Tom, Gorham, ME (FM)
- KC1JMH Brad, Waterboro, ME (FM & DMR)
- KC1OER Norris, Portland, ME (FM)
- N1RXR Eric, New Gloucester, ME (FM)
- KC1NZD Rick, Peaks Island, ME (FM)
- KC1HBL Ben, Buxton, ME (FM)
- WX1D B.J., Kennebunk, ME (FM & DMR)
- KU1U, Corey, Sabattus, ME (Echolink)
- W1QUI, George, Auburn, ME (FM)
This was a fun training. SKYWARN is an important topic that we’ll be revisiting again in the future, and we’ll also work on getting more involvement on the DMR side of things, by helping to update code plugs and programming radios if needed.