- Feb 25, 2009
Does anyone know what Skywarn is i have the button on my scanner i seems like NOAA and the NWS
Skywarn is storm spotters who have been trained by the national weather service. I assume you have a pro-106. If you look at your local county on the data base it should have a list of skywarn frequencies for your area.You download them to scan list 22 (skywarn) then you can listen to them only by pushing function wx
Hope this helps you. Bryon
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The main crux of the question is what is the purpose of Skywarn. I had wondered the same as the only thing I ever hear on their freq is chit-chat.
Thanx bryonh for the explanation.
So it sounds like the logical approach is to lock it out until "a weather event" is happening. Thanks for the insight all.You only heard rag-chew beceause 90% of the time they are open amateur repeaters, and you will only hear weather related traffic during sever weather with skywarn activation. It is not reqired that skywarn spotters are radio hams but most are and the only frequencies assigned for skywarn are in the amateur service.
Here is what I found with some primary internet searches:
145.370 - 147.345 + 146.955 - 444.950 +
St. Clair, PA Delano, PA Joliett, PA Delano, PA
Delaware County ,monitors
446.925- 173.8 & 224.220/R
In my area all Skywarn ops. are on two meter, some however are on linked systems that include other bands. Not all NWS offices have an amateur radio based skywarn program, some rely on the unlisted 800' number given to spotters and the online reporting process. The best thing to do is to search the two meter repeater band, approx. 145. to 147.5, and listen to the various repeaters that come up, it will be easy to tell which ones are running Skywarn nets and which ones are just hams ragchewing about the weather.