OUR MISSION: "The Gaston Regional SKYWARN Team's mission is to provide communication services for the collection of severe weather reports and dissemination of critical weather information in support of the National Weather Service and its mission to protect life and property by improving warning accuracy." 

Thank You to the Gaston County ARES NC4GC for your Sponsorship

Sponsored by the (WG4RC) GASTON RADIO CLUB 

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2023 Gaston Regional Skywarn Team Officers

James  Ledbetter -K04DZI-Chief

Tony Jones -NA4TJ - Asst Chief

Chris Norman- Deputy Chief

David Bach-Training

Andy Pagoota-Capt

Matt Norman- Capt

Mark McCleery- Zello Capt

Kristian Richardson- LT

Steven Richardson - Lt

Mike Payne- Chaplain

James Ledbetter - EC
Tony Jones-  AEC
Pete Mcginnis-Treas

Ray Jarvis -Sec
Cy Rowe- AEC

Covering a region that includes the Charlotte and Gastonia metropolitan area, the Gaston Regional SKYWARN Team was formed in 2020 to help report severe weather to the National Weather Service (NWS) using amateur radio, ZELLO and social media. Members of the Gaston Regional SKYWARN Team, are volunteers, some amateur radio operators that are experienced, trained spotters, and Private Citizens, like yourself. 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 and South Carolina:

Catawba County

Cleveland County                           

    Gaston County                          

    Lincoln County

    Mecklenburg County

Rutherford County

Cherokee County, SC
Union County, NC

Sept 2022 Ken Williams
Oct 2022 Andy Pagoota
Nov 2022 Tony Jones
Dec 2022 Steven Richardson
Jan 2023 Ken Williams
Feb 2023 Kristian Richardson
Mar 2023 David Bach

April 2023 MIke Payne 

May 2023 James Ledbetter

June 2023 TBA

Check us out on Zello..... Simply go to your app store on your phone, search for zello and download it to your phone... Then, Search for Gaston Regional Skywarn Team and add us and simply give us a weather update, in your area.... we would love to hear from you

Reporting Severe Weather

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

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

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

We are currently Looking to make some additions to the Team. If you are a Weather Buff, and wanna be a part of a fast growing Team complete this form.


We offer Training on Basic and Advanced SKYWARN.

We can get you certified as a Licensed HAM operator.

FEMA online incident Command Training.

https://www.meted.ucar.edu/education_training/course/23 BASIC SKYWARN ONLINE

https://training.fema.gov/nims/ NIMS 100,200,700 AND 800 ONLINE CLASSES


Thank you Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society (W4BFB) and Scott Greene (KC4IRA)  and the Shelby Amateur Radio Club (W4NYR) for allowing us to use your repeaters for our weekly and severe weather nets!

The Gaston Regional Skywarn®  Team is a division of Gaston Radio Club (WG4RC).