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June 23, 2017

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Please remember that Metro Skywarn Nets are "Controlled Nets". You request access to the net with your MSW ID and a one word descriptors. See below.

1. Access the net with your Skywarn ID number, and a brief (one or two word) description of the reportable condition. ex: “ 1119, hail.” or “ 1119 , wind damage or "1119, checkin.” Wait for acknowledgement.

2. When Net operator acknowledges with your ID number, for exam ple; “ 1119” or “ 1119, go ahead”, give a brief and complete report that ends with your call sign. ex: “I’m located at I - 35W and I - 694. Pea - sized hail is covering the ground. Some the size of a dime. N0XXX. ”

3. One of two things will happen next: The Net Control operator may ask you questions to clarify your report. End each reply with your Amateur Radio callsign . OR The Net Control Operator will respond with t ime in 24 - hour format. This means your report has been received and understood, and that the Net is available for reports from other spotters . ex: “1732” This reporting format is intended to reduce the “on air” time for each report. Use of your callsign is required to be legal with the FCC.

More information:

Spotter Guide

Reminder on Proper Spotter Reports

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You must be a trained Metro Skywarn spotter to log in to this Website. Use your amateur radio call sign as your username. If you do not have an amateur radio call sign, your username is MSW####, where the # is your MSW ID.

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  • Thu 22 Jun 12:33 Spotters No Longer Needed @ 12:30
    https://k0msw.us/4dfa5bd SHORT MESSAGE NWS States that no Skywarn Spotters are needed for the rest of today. LONG MESSAGE NWS states that Spotter Activation's are not anticipated for the remainder of the day and throughout tonight.
  • Wed 21 Jun 21:08 Spotters No Longer Needed @ 21:00
    https://k0msw.us/1c498af SHORT MESSAGE NWS told us to stand down for the rest of the day. LONG MESSAGE NWS has changed the outlook to early morning possible storms only. No Activity for rest of day.
  • Wed 21 Jun 17:12 Update @ 17:10
    https://k0msw.us/0ead053 SHORT MESSAGE There's still a small potential for severe weather, especially during the first segment of tonight. LONG MESSAGE There's a slight risk for scattered storms developing at or around 22:00 or 23:00 Hrs. Thunderstorm chances are most likely for the metro

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