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Old 05-28-2009, 09:41 PM
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How are spotters notified to go out and look at the sky? Is there a system with email or phone calls? Just curious as I get set up. I have a Ham radio now, just need to get the antenna. I take the Technician license test on Saturday.

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From what I know, most chasers and spotters self activate. A key note I use is the NWS site. At the bottom of their announcements they usually indicate if spotters are likely to be needed or used.
After a while, you will learn how to look at a radar and know when it is time to head out and look at things.
I tend to be a bit premature on wanting to chase,maybe it is just wishful thinking, but it has paid off before.

Good luck on your ham test! If you have even done a bare minimal study of the material you should be able to pass with no problems, if not time to bone up.
If there are any ham related questions that you have issue with, feel free to ask in the tech discussion area. There are a few hams here, some of very knowledgeable, and some who really dont know what they are doing, but otherwise passed the test. My wife and mother and brother-inlaws would make up the latter of the two. Myself I have an engineering degree in electronics, but still dont know it all!
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From what I know, most chasers and spotters self activate. A key note I use is the NWS site. At the bottom of their announcements they usually indicate if spotters are likely to be needed or used.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:48 PM
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Locally, we have an email system set up. I've set my phone to get email forwards from certain addresses.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:40 PM
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we get e mail activation
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:32 AM
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Here in Nashville's region...we just activate ourselves when need be. If we think it is a storm that needs some eyes on it, we go. If not, then you stay put and wait the next one.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:51 AM
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We are asked to pay attention when it looks like things may get bad. We are notified by the EOC net controller on duty over our ECS frequency.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:50 AM
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locally, we keep an eye out during storms.

any storm. the NWS does send out spotter activation request via their alerts. but those are just a general alert.


LEO, EMT, FD, EMS are alerted via radios, etc.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:20 PM
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I listen to the NWS radio broadcasts and also check the hazardous weather outlook on their home page.
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the HWO then if a watch gets issued we are on standby. i contact the nws to see if they want the ham radio skywarn net activated or someone to man the NWS radio
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