In past years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning cause hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages.  To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. 

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." 


Endorsed by the Gaston County Emergency Management 



Next Upcoming Training:

TBA


GSP SKYWARN SPOTTER TRAINING 



Endorsed and Supported by GCARS (N4GAS)

Gaston Regional Skywarn is a division of (WG4RC) GASTON RADIO CLUB 

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2024 Gaston Regional Skywarn Team Officers

James  Ledbetter -K04DZI-Chief

Tony Jones -NA4TJ - Asst Chief

Jason Payseur-Dep. Chief. Net Manager

Chris Norman- KQ4DWE Dep Chief

                   David Bach- Logistics 

                 Andy Pagoota-Captain

Steven Richardson - Lt

                          Alan Goins- Lt

Kristian Richardson- LT Secretary

               Mike Payne-  Sgt Chaplain



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

Iredell County
Union County, NC

Cabarrus County

York County


SKYWARN:

2022/2023
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
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 Jason Payseur

July-Ken Williams

August-Jason Payseur

Sept-Scott Scruggs

Oct: Don Osmond

Nov- James Ledbetter

Dec- MEMBER OF THE YEAR

KEN WILLIAMS

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.


TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

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


https://hamexam.org/ ONLINE STUDY FOR HAM CERTIFICATION



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

"SPOTTING FROM PARADISE"

Mr Raymond Jarvis (KQ4DLN)  E.O.W. - 8/28/2023