N1VUX Featured in Boston Globe SKYWARN Article

Bill Ricker, N1VUX“Bill Ricker of Dorchester maintains the computer system of a Boston financial institution. But whether at work, or at home, or on the road, he always has one eye on the sky, watching for danger.”

The February 1, 2004 Boston Globe features a well-written article about Bill Ricker, N1VUX and his SKYWARN activities. Entitled Low-tech spotter scans the skies, alert to danger the article talks about Bill’s involvement with the SKYWARN program and how Amateur Radio plays a pivotal role in confirming severe weather. Glenn Field (KB1GHX) of the National Weather Service, who is also interviewed is paraphrased, saying, “[Hams] are essential for verifying what radar images make meteorologists suspect, and for helping increase the lead time residents can be given of dangerous weather.”

“Ricker adds that his radio network can communicate during storms that knock out other communication systems, such as telephones. So he makes a point of trying to keep his radio with him wherever he goes. Basically, says Ricker, ‘I spot wherever I am.'”

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Update on SKYWARN training

SKYWARN Logo Hello to all…

Here is an update on SKYWARN training planning. Ipswich, Mass has been
booked so we now have 15 training sites left to complete for the 2004
season. There is a possibility that a “special” SKYWARN training session
will be done in early October for the 25th Anniversary of the Windsor Locks,
CT Tornado pending approval from Bill Babcock. As always, the sooner we can
get things planned, the better off will be in publicizing all the training
sites.

The following is a list of confirmed sites: (Please press “read more” button)Tuesday May 25th, 2003: Ipswich High School, Ipswich, Mass. 7-10 PM.

The following is a list of remaining locations that we are looking for for
SKYWARN training for 2004 and locations that have potential dates:

1.) Taunton, Mass.
2.) Smithfield RI
3.) Boston, Mass.
4.) Outer Cape (Provincetown to Chatam area)
5.) Willimantic, CT
6.) Farmington, CT or Manchester, CT
7.) Sturbridge-Southbridge, Mass. Area
8.) Washington County, RI
9.) Keene, NH
10.) Merrimack, NH
11.) Billerica-Chelmsford, Mass. Area
12.) Walpole, Mass.
13.) Quincy-Braintree area.
14.) Gardner-Fitchburg Mass. Area
15.) Williamsburg, Mass.

The following is a list of open dates for SKYWARN training in 2004:

Monday March 29th, 2004
Tuesday March 30th, 2004
Thursday April 8th, 2004
Saturday April 10th, 2004
Thursday April 15th, 2004
Monday April 19th, 2004
Tuesday April 20th, 2004
Wednesday April 21st, 2004
Thursday April 22nd, 2004
Saturday April 24th, 2004 —Could be used by Braintree, Mass. Site.
Wednesday April 28th, 2004
Monday May 3rd, 2004
Tuesday May 4th, 2004
Wednesday May 5th, 2004
Thursday May 6th, 2004
Thursday May 13th, 2004
Saturday May 15th, 2004 —Could be used by Braintree, Mass. Site.
Thursday May 20th, 2004
Saturday May 22nd, 2004
Monday May 24th, 2004 —-Could be used by Boston Museum of Science Site
Tuesday June 1st, 2004
Wednesday June 2nd, 2004
Monday June 7th, 2004
Tuesday June 8th, 2004
Thursday June 17th, 2004
Saturday June 19th, 2004
Saturday June 26th, 2004
Monday June 28th, 2004
Tuesday June 29th, 2004
Wednesday June 30th, 2004

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks and Happy Holidays
to all of you!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Southeast Massachusetts ARES District Emergency Coordinator
SEMARA ARES Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo

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SKYWARN Recognition Day UPDATE!

NWS Special Event Logo
[Note: Prior arrangements MUST be made with KD1CY for entry to NWS Taunton Offices – W1MPN]

Hello to all…

The following is a modified plan for SKYWARN Appreciation Day participation
due to the major storm that is expected to impact the region. Right now, the
Blue Hill Observatory station will still particpate as planned. NWS Taunton
plans have been modified to be as follows:

Here is an update on NWS Taunton participation for SKYWARN Recognition
Day based on the SKYWARN Activation that will occur on that day.

QSL Cards will be done this year. You must send a SASE with your QSL
card in order to receive a QSL card for contacting NWS Taunton during
SKYWARN Appreciation Day. We are using the Boston Amateur Radio Club’s
mailing address and it as follows:

Skywarn Recognition Day (MQE) &/or (BOX)
c/o Boston Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 15585
Boston, MA 02215
*If you worked both W1BOS/MQE & WX1BOX, Please send 2 QSL’s & 1 SASE

Here is a schedule of where WX1BOX operations will be on 2 Meters and
440 MHz for both Friday Night and Saturday:

Friday December 5th, 2003 Schedule of Roving Operations for 2 Meters
and 440 MHz

7:00-7:30 PM 146.970-Paxton Repeater
7:30-8:00 PM IRLP link to the Wilbraham Repeater and then possibly to an
IRLP reflector.
8:00-8:30 PM 146.655-Falmouth Repeater
8:30-9:00 PM 147.000-Dartmouth Repeater
9:00-9:30 PM 145.230-Boston Repeater
9:30-10:00 PM 146.760-Scituate RI
10:30-11:00 PM 147.195-Attleboro Repeater

At this time, we plan to terminate operations one hour early to save
resources for the most significant part of the storm which is expected
Saturday into Sunday.

Saturday December 6th, 2003 Schedule of Roving Operations for 2 Meters and
440 MHz.

The schedule of being on various repeaters has been pre-empted due to the
potential for roving to various repeaters for storm reports. If you make
contact with us directly, we will honor QSL’s and log the contacts but we
cannot honor the previously set schedule as we may need reports from
repeaters at different time than the previous schedule. We appreciate
everyone’s understanding here and we thank all of you for your continued
support of SKYWARN including for this latest major storm.

Here is the HF Schedule. Friday Night’s Schedule is unchanged except to
shave one hour off the expected time we will be at NWS Taunton. For Friday
Night from 9-11 PM, we will guard near the 3943 KHz 75 Meter ARES/RACES
liaison frequency. For Saturday, we have made 40 Meters the primary band for
much of the daylight hours and 20 Meters the secondary band. On 40 Meters,
we will guard near or on the 7245 KHz ARES/RACES frequency.

Friday December 5th, 2003:

7-9 PM: Primary Band: 20 Meters Secondary Band: 75 Meters
9 PM-11 PM: Primary Band: 75 Meters Secondary Band: 20 Meters

Saturday December 6th, 2003:

7 AM-Noon: Primary Band: 40 Meters Secondary Band: 20 Meters
Noon-5PM: Primary Band: 40 Meters Secondary Band: 20 Meters
5-7 PM: Primary Band: 75 Meters Secondary Band: 20 Meters

We appreciate everyone’s support during this major winter storm and have
modified our plans to be as accomodating as possible to thank the SKYWARN
Spotters in the region as best as possible. We would like to thank everyone
for their past support and their support for this latest storm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Southeast Massachusetts ARES District Emergency Coordinator
SEMARA ARES Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedoThe fifth annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 6, 2003. This is the day that Amateur Radio operators visit National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other operators around the world.

The purpose of the event is to recognize Amateur Radio operators for the vital public service they perform during times of severe weather, and to strengthen the bond between radio amateurs and their local National Weather Service office. The event is co-sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and the National Weather Service.

Traditionally, hams have assisted the National Weather Service during times of severe weather by providing real-time reports of severe events and storm evolution. “You simply can’t put a price tag on it”, says Scott Mentzer (N0QE), organizer of the event and Meteorologist-In-Charge at the NWS office in Goodland, Kansas. “The assistance that radio amateurs provide to the NWS throughout the year is invaluable”.

SKYWARN Recognition Day this year will be held from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC on December 6, 2003. Scott Mentzer, the creator and promoter of the event, strives to involve more NWS offices and Amateur Radio operators each year. In 2002, participants logged nearly 23,000 QSOs during the 24-hour event. Last year nearly 70 countries were contacted. To learn more about this year’s event, check out the NOAA Web site:
http://hamradio.noaa.gov/. This site includes a link to a list of participating National Weather Service offices and their call signs.

Questions concerning this event can be directed toLarry Boyd, K0ILB, at larry.boyd@noaa.gov.

– –Thanks to David Floyd, N5DBZ,
Warning Coordination Meteorologist,
NWS Goodland, Kansas
david.l.floyd@noaa.gov

An announcement on SKYWARN Recognition Day also appears in November, 2003, QST, p. 90, and at the
SRD site Web page.

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Possible SKYWARN Mobilization (expired)

(0808 4 Dec 03) From Rob, KD1CY:

SKYWARN Logo As many of you are aware, from Friday at 7 PM through Saturday at 7 PM is SKYWARN Recognition Day. It is unclear whether the storm will have a significant impact on SKYWARN Recognition Day activities at this time. This will be monitored as the storm track becomes more certain. We ask that all Amateurs who plan to contact us during SKYWARN Recognition Day give us current sky condition, snowfall total and temperature (if possible) during SKYWARN Recognition Day as we rove the various repeaters on the schedule we listed on our SKYWARN Newsletter. If we need to go into Activation mode, we will shift into that mode and attempt to notify the various SKYWARN Repeaters with a brief announcement that we are shifting into Activation mode or request Net Controls to come up on frequency and state that we have shifted from SKYWARN Recognition Day mode to SKYWARN Activation mode. Since we will already be active at NWS Taunton with Ops, Ops will be utilized if needed for this storm.

KD1CY at WX1BOX All SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters and Coordinators should continue to closely monitor the progress of this storm. The next coordination message will be posted by 11:30 PM this evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous WX Outlook and Special WX Statement and the NWS Taunton Area Forecast Discussion:

Rob Macedo, KD1CY, at the Taunton NWS office. Contributed by N1IV

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W1BOS to Operate From Blue Hill Observatory for SKYWARN Recognition Day

Boston ARC logoMembers of the Boston Amateur Radio Club will operate W1BOS/MQE on December 6th, from 9am to 4 pm on 20 and 2 meters from the Blue Hills Observatory in observance of SKYWARN Recognition Day.

According to Mark Duff, BARC Executive Committee member and ARES DEC, “For several decades, hams have assisted the National Weather Service by providing real-time reports of severe weather and storm conditions. Many NWS Offices including NWS Taunton have permanently installed Amateur Radio Equipment. To celebrate SKYWARN, Amateur Radio operators will set up radio stations at the National Weather Service (NWS) offices and other weather related locations and contact similar stations around the world.”
Amateur radio operators recently played a key role by providing communications during the hurricanes that affected the East Coast and Bermuda. Although the NWS operates a network of 120 Doppler radars to track severe storms, at greater ranges weather radar has a difficult time sampling conditions close to the ground. The information radio operators located near a storm provide plays a key role in aiding forecasters.Blue Hill Observatory

Stations who contact W1BOS/MQE are eligible to receive a commemorative QSL card. A complete list of participating SKYWARN Recognition Day stations is available via the NOAA web site.

According to the Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center “the observatory is located at the top of a scenic mountain range south of Boston and it is a unique American institution. Founded in 1885 by Abbott Lawrence Rotch as a private scientific center for the study and measurement of the atmosphere, it was the site of many pioneering weather experiments and discoveries. The earliest kite soundings of the atmosphere in North America in the 1890s and the development of the radiosonde in the 1930s occurred at this historic site. Today, the Observatory is a National Historic Landmark and remains committed to continuing its extensive, uninterrupted climate record with traditional methods and instruments.”

Thanks, N1VUX, KB1EKN, BlueHill.org

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Cambridge (MIT) SKYWARN Training Session

SKYWARN logoN1VUX writes:

The latest addition to the Skywarn training schedule for NWS Boston/Taunton (BOX) is MIT. These are free seminars conducted by NWS Meteorologists.

June 7, 2003 Middlesex/Suffolk Counties, MA 12:30-3:30 PM, MIT room 6-120, 182 Memorial Drive (rear) & 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA

** Due to construction, allow extra time to get there and find parking. Consider public transportation (Red Line Kendall Sq/CambCtr stop; MBTA has Parking at Alewife, Riverside, & Braintree). **

Other Dates:
Thurs, May 1 Tolland CT 6:30p
Sat, May 3 Newport, RI 12n
Mon, May 5 Merrimack, NH 7p
Weds, May 7 Plymouth, MA 7p
Thurs, May 8 Walpole, MA 7p
Sat, May 17 Wilbraham, MA 12n
Mon, May 19 Nashua, NH 7p
Tues, May 20 Westfield, MA 6:30p
Sat, May 31 Coventry, RI 12n
Sat, Jun 7, Cambridge MA 12:30p ** NEW **
Mon, June 9 Worcester MA 7p
Tues, June 10 Nantucket MA 6:30p

For more information, listen to NOAA Weather Radio or check http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/box/SkyWarn.shtml.

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SKYWARN Ops Possible

—–Original Message—–
From: weather@ndws.com [mailto:weather@ndws.com]On Behalf Of
rmacedo@rcn.com
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 10:12
To: Mike Neilsen
Subject: [coordinators-box] Possible Formal SKYWARN Activation With
Ops???? {01}

Hello to all…

Latest AFD from NWS Taunton may prompt formal SKYWARN Activation with Ops
at NWS Taunton due to the high wind warning and coastal flood watch. Again,
it might be a staggered operation with ops late this afternoon and tonight
and then reconvene operations Saturday Morning into early afternoon. If
current AFD plans hold, will call NWS to determine our plan.

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SKYWARN – Statement from NWS Taunton

Bulletin from the KA1JJM Emwin Feed:
WWUS41 KBOX 242018
WSWBOX

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
310 PM EST TUE DEC 24 2002

A MAJOR WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND DURING CHRISTMAS DAY AND NIGHT. THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE FROM THE SOUTHEAST U.S. TO THE VIRGINIA COAST BY DAYBREAK WEDNESDAY… THEN TRACK NEAR THE SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND COASTAL WATERS WEDNESDAY EVENING.

A SLIGHT CHANGE IN THE STORM TRACK COULD SHIFT THE SNOWFALL TOTALS.

TO AVOID TRAVEL DURING THIS WINTER STORM AS IT IMPACTS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND…THE BEST TIME TO COMPLETE TRAVEL WOULD BE CHRISTMAS EVE OR EARLY MORNING CHRISTMAS DAY.

MAZ002>005-008-009-NHZ011-012-250046-
CHESHIRE NH-EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-HILLSBOROUGH NH-
NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-
WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-WESTERN MIDDLESEX MA-
310 PM EST TUE DEC 24 2002

…WINTER STORM WARNING FOR WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

THIS WARNING INCLUDES SOUTHWEST NEW HAMPSHIRE…NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS AND THE EAST SLOPES OF THE BERKSHIRES IN MASSACHUSETTS. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD INTO THIS AREA BY MID MORNING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES…ESPECIALLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO END LATER WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 20 INCHES ARE FORECAST.

IN ADDITION NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS BY WEDNESDAY EVENING. THIS WILL FREQUENTLY CREATE VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS LESS THAN ONE HALF
MILE…ALONG WITH SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

HEAVY SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ON ROADWAYS AND SIGNIFICANTLY HAMPER TRAVEL. SOME SECONDARY ROADS MAY BE IMPASSABLE. THOSE THAT HAVE TO BE OUT ON THE ROADS WILL NEED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND ALLOW PLENTY OF
EXTRA TIME.
$$

MAZ006-007-014>016-250047-
EASTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-WESTERN ESSEX MA-
310 PM EST TUE DEC 24 2002

…WINTER STORM WARNING FOR WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

THIS WARNING INCLUDES NORTHEAST COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS INCLUDING THE IMMEDIATE BOSTON AREA. SNOW…POSSIBLY MIXING WITH SLEET OR RAIN AT TIMES…WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA AROUND MID MORNING WEDNESDAY. THE
PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BE HEAVY AT TIMES…ESPECIALLY DURING WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. THE PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST
TO END AS SNOW LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES ARE FORECAST.

IN ADDITION NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 30 MPH BY WEDNESDAY EVENING. THIS WILL FREQUENTLY CREATE VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE.

HEAVY SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ON ROADWAYS AND SIGNIFICANTLY HAMPER TRAVEL. THOSE THAT HAVE TO BE OUT ON THE ROADS WILL NEED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND ALLOW PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME.
$$

CTZ004-MAZ013-RIZ001-250047-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WINDHAM CT-
310 PM EST TUE DEC 24 2002

…WINTER STORM WARNING FOR WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

THIS WARNING INCLUDES NORTHWEST RHODE ISLAND…FAR NORTHEAST CONNECTICUT…AND SUBURBS SOUTH OF BOSTON. SNOW…MIXED WITH SLEET OR RAIN AT TIMES…WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA BY MID MORNING WEDNESDAY.
THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BE HEAVY AT TIMES…ESPECIALLY DURING WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. THE PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST TO END AS SNOW LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES ARE FORECAST.

IN ADDITION NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 30 MPH BY WEDNESDAY EVENING. THIS WILL FREQUENTLY CREATE VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE.

HEAVY SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE ON ROADWAYS AND SIGNIFICANTLY HAMPER TRAVEL. THOSE THAT HAVE TO BE OUT ON THE ROADS WILL NEED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND ALLOW PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME.
$$

MAZ017-018-RIZ002>004-250047-
EASTERN KENT RI-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-
WESTERN KENT RI-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
310 PM EST TUE DEC 24 2002

…WINTER STORM WARNING FOR WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

THIS WARNING INCLUDES NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL RHODE ISLAND…AND NORTHERN BRISTOL AND WESTERN PLYMOUTH COUNTIES IN MASSACHUSETTS. SNOW…MIXED WITH SLEET AND RAIN AT TIMES…IS FORECAST TO SPREAD INTO THE AREA AROUND MID MORNING WEDNESDAY. THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO BE HEAVY AT TIMES…ESPECIALLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. THE PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST TO END AS SNOW LATE
WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE FORECAST.

IN ADDITION NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 30 MPH BY WEDNESDAY EVENING. THIS WILL FREQUENTLY CREATE VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE.

CONDITIONS CAN DETERIORATE RAPIDLY IN WINTER WEATHER SITUATIONS. SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME WHEN TRAVELING. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL BE SURE TO ALLOW PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME.
$$

MAZ019-250048-
EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
310 PM EST TUE DEC 24 2002

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR MIDDAY WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
NIGHT…

THIS ADVISORY INCLUDES EASTERN PLYMOUTH COUNTY. A MIXTURE OF SNOW…SLEET…AND RAIN IS FORECAST TO MOVE INTO THE ADVISORY AREA AROUND MID MORNING WEDNESDAY. THE PRECIPITATION MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE MIXED PRECIPITATION IS
EXPECTED TO END LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

A 3 TO 6 INCH SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION IS FORECAST.

IN ADDITION NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH BY WEDNESDAY EVENING. THIS WILL FREQUENTLY CREATE VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO…OR YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET…
FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THIS DEVELOPING WEATHER SITUATION.

$$

NBELK/STRAUSS

WWWW
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SKYWARN Training, Cambridge MA July 28

Skywarn is pleased to announce a bonus training session for the 2002 season. On Sunday, July 28th, 2002, NWS meteorologists will present the Skywarn Spotter Training course at MIT, Cambridge, in room 6-120 from 1 to 4pm…

MAP http://whereis.mit.edu/bin/map?locate=room_6-120

Talkin: W1XM 449.725-/114.8 is on the top of the tall building opposite the classroom. From 2m, try BARC 145.230-/88.5 (our usual Skywarn frequency WARA 146.64/csq will be hard to hit from building 6.)

www.emaares.com/skywarn.html

Our thanks to jhawk and the W1MX team and to NWS-BOX for pulling this together for us.

— bill n1vux at arrl.net

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