Due to ICY local road conditions, our SKYWARN radio desk team will only be on EchoLink and IRLP today for srd2013. Connect to the *WX5FWD* conference or special IRLP node 0010 to make contact for SKYWARN Recognition Day.
Due to the inclement winter storm, the Fort Worth NWS office is postponing plans for visitors on SKYWARN Recognition Day, Saturday, December 7th. We hope to reschedule a day for SKYWARN visitors another week. We will send another announcement, and post on wx5fwd.org and twitter.com/wx5fwd, when a new date is confirmed.
From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Thursday, 5 December 2013 11:28 CST
This will be a shorter e-mail than our previous ones, given that the event is about to unfold before us. We remain quite confident that a significant winter storm will begin affecting most of North Texas, beginning this afternoon, and continuing through Sunday. The cold air is here - with even colder readings on the way. The other key ingredient is precipitation, and this will be overspreading the region this afternoon and tonight. By Friday morning, we expect widespread impacts across the area, and these will persist in different proportions through the weekend and early next week. A short PDF is attached.
Announcing the new SKYWARN radio desk for the Fort Worth National Weather Service office. Equipment, time and sweat donated by the WX5FWD SKYWARN volunteer team. Most radios were moved under the raised floor, with control heads mounted on the desk wall. The old radio shelf has been removed, providing additional desk space. Three desktop computers with dual monitors have been installed with Windows 7, replacing two old Windows XP computers, to monitor nwschat, radar, video feeds and alerts. In case this is your first view of the desk, the NWS warning forecasters sit on the other side of the desk wall facing the radio operators.
Photo by KJ5RM
Radio and Antenna in order from left to right:
- new 20 ft dual band antenna on top of building - connected to an older Kenwood TM-732 dual band radio.
- 30 foot (low) dual band antenna connected to another 732.
- 30 foot (high) dual band antenna connected to a Kenwood TM V-71.
- 50 foot dual band antenna connected to a Kenwood TM D-710. Actually a Tri-band antenna but 220 not in use.
- 70 foot VHF antenna connected to a Kenwood TM V-71.
- 100 foot VHF antenna connected to a Kenwood TM V-71.
We have created a log of Field Day contacts with a feature to display a QSL card for possible printing. Click on Read More to display the QSL Log page.
Preliminary (very) results from Field Day.
Digital QSOs – 48 (2 pts each)
Phone QSOs – 328 (1 pt each)
QSO Pts – 424
Power Multiplier 2 (all contacts under 150 Watts)
Claimed Score 848
Bonus points should be 850 (we have to submit documentation to claim these)
Total Claimed Score 1698
This could change in post processing.