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SKYWARN Training

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Skywarn Training – Spring 2021

Posted: 11 Mar 2021 04:08 AM PSTSpring SKYWARN Spotter Training Classes are coming!

Most upstate NY counties are conducting Winter SkyWarn Training in March, April and May.

The training will be held at various area locations and on-line. This class is for beginners or anybody that has a general interest in weather. These classes train volunteers how to accurately measure and report snowfall totals to the National Weather Service. The class is free and open to everyone; no age requirements, previous training, or equipment is required.

The SKYWARN program is a nationwide program that provides real-time severe weather reports to the National Weather Service. “Trained weather spotters provide valuable lifesaving information to the National Weather Service and we encourage those who have an interest in weather to participate in this critical program,” said David Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Binghamton NY. “Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate severe weather warnings,” Nicosia continues.

See the full training schedules at:

Binghamton (Syracuse):
Buffalo (Rochester):
Albany :

Learn more about SKYWARN and Amateur Radio at:

So, if you’re interested sign up and learn all about it.


The National Traffic System is a great way to get involved with the hobby of Amateur Radio. It teaches you some message handling techniques and provides you with contacts. If you ever wanted to start using that skill more and would like someone to talk with you can get an Amateur Radio PenPal.

NTS PenPal is a system started by a Texas Traffic Manager to connect Amateur Radio Operators with others around the country and around the world. This gives you the opportunity to send traffic of all kinds and get responses back. Teaching message handling skills and also emergency preparedness. So, if you are interested click on the link, sign up and wait to see who and where you will get connected.


Online Ham Radio University

Looking for something interesting to do this winter and want to learn some more Ham Radio knowledge? Well here is something right up your alley. The Ham Radio University (HRU) is holding their educational conference on Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 8 am to 4 pm EST. Registration is free, but they do suggest a donation of $5

There are several presentations being held covering some of the following topics: emergency communications; operating HF basics; Earth satellite use; remote station operation over the internet; software defined radio (SDR); HF and UHF digital communications; and Raspberry PI computer use with amateur radio. There area about 14 different sessions you could attend or just a few.

This link provides all the information you need to get started. So, if you want or need something to learn and have the time sign up and enjoy.


Radio-Relay International

This site and the corresponding link was just recently brought to my attention so I thought it would be a good idea to share it here also.
The Radio Relay International is set to assist with Global Messaging by Amateur Radio. Providing traffic net information, radio grams, and other important communication documents and information. The link has been added to our Links page.

Here is the actual link for their site:

-73 & Stay safe and healthy.

National Amateur Radio Operators Day

Here is an interesting article talking about a resolution that World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) which is April 18 of each year also be classified as National Amateur Radio Operators Day. The resolution was put forward by an Arizona Congresswoman after a letter from a 12 yr old amateur radio operator. You can read the full article from the ARRL by clicking the link below.

Maybe we will have something new to look forward to in 2021 if this passes.


FCC Fees

The FCC is looking for comments on the issue of imposing fees for changes to our license. This article below from the ARRL states the information you need to know regarding this. We could be changed an increased fee for changes to our licenses and for new operator licenses. The proposed fee increase is to $50 for a license instead of the $15. This is going to limit the number of people that want to get a license based on cost. Check out the article and make your voice heard.