Gaston Regional Spotter Group WX4CLT

Covering a region that includes the Charlotte and Gastonia metropolitan area, the Gaston Regional Spotter Group was formed in 2020 to help report severe weather to the National Weather Service (NWS) using amateur radio and social media. Members of the Gaston Regional Spotter Group are volunteer amateur radio operators that are experienced, trained spotters. You do not have to be a trained spotter to report severe weather to us but the training is very beneficial.

Regional Coverage Area includes the following counties in North Carolina:

  • Alexander

  • Cabarrus

  • Catawba

  • Cleveland

  • Davie

  • Gaston

  • Iredell

  • Lincoln

  • Mecklenburg

  • Rowan

  • Rutherford

  • Union

Gaston Regional Skywarn®Severe Weather Nets are held when the NWS issues severe weather Warnings. The purpose of these nets is to gather reports of severe weather from amateur radio operators and provide the information to the NWS. We will activate the severe weather nets on the following repeaters:

  • Primary: W4BFB 145.230MHz negative offset and a tone of 118.8hz. EchoLink node at W4BFB-R.

  • Back-Up: KC4IRA 442.700MHz positive offset and a tone of 100hz. EchoLink note at WG4RC-R.

Weekly Nets are held on the aforementioned repeaters on Tuesdays at 19:30 local time. Please stop by and check-in.

Reporting Severe Weather

During severe weather nets we are looking for the following types of observed weather events:

  • Flooding where roads are impassible

  • Hail of any size

  • Tornado or funnel cloud

  • Wind Damage

  • Rain of two or more inches per hour, or 15 minutes of rain that equals or exceeds .5"

On air, if you report severe weather please remember to including the following information:

  • Your call sign, say it and spell it phonetically

  • Your name

  • Time of observation

  • Location where the event was observed. Include City, County and State, then a street and cross street

If you need to submit a storm report to NWS and are unable to make a report via amateur radio, please follow this link.

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Thank you Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society (W4BFB) and Scott Greene KC4IRA for allowing us to use your repeaters for our weekly and severe weather nets!

The Gaston Regional Spotter Group/Gaston Regional Skywarn® are divisions of Gaston Radio Club (WG4RC).