Essex County SKYWARN Masthead

     SKYWARN is a nationwide National Weather Service (NWS) program of volunteer weather spotters who report hazardous weather to local NWS offices. SKYWARN volunteers are trained by NWS personnel to recognize features associated with rapidly developing, mature, and dissipating thunderstorms which cause hazardous weather. SKYWARN spotters also provide reports of heavy snow, heavy rain and flooding. These spotters provide ground truth observation information on the atmosphere that the NWS meteorologists use along with information from radar, satellites and various reporting stations to provide better forecasts and warnings in their coverage area.

      When the NWS issues a warning or watch statement, the Essex County Skywarn net is activated on the IRLP enabled W2QR / WA2JSB repeater system located in West Orange, NJ. The primary repeater output is 146.415 MHz and the input is 147.415 MHz. The PL is 85.4 Hz. Listen for watches and warnings via NOAA Weather Radio. Some NOAA Weather Radios come with a feature that will set off an alarm for any warnings in your area. There is a new technology called SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding), which will set off an alarm for counties you choose only. The FIPS code for Essex County is 034013.

      The Essex County SKYWARN program coordinators forward the county's reports to the Upton, NY NWS office. Essex County SKYWARN sponsors a Monthly Training Net on the First Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a net control station or are just interested in becoming involved in the Essex County SKYWARN progam, you may contact Stan Rogacki - WA2EXX, the Essex County SKYWARN Coordinator, via email at WA2EXX@essexskywarn.org or Jon Burchfield, Deputy Coordinator, at KJ2N@essexskywarn.org.

     All amateurs are encouraged to check into the net and indicate if they are on emergency or commercial power. All those that can use emergency power are encouraged to do so, but all stations are welcome. Additional time will be provided during the net for stations who wish to conduct tests using alternative power sources or antennas.