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."

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2022 Gaston Regional Skywarn Team Officers

James Ledbetter -K04DZI-Chief

Tony Jones -NA4TJ - Asst Chief

Chris Norman- Deputy Chief

Alan Goins- Deputy Chief

Joe Kirchner-Training

Danny Nolen-LT

Andy Pagoota -LT

Fred Clemmer-NCO

Safety Officer-


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 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 and South Carolina:

Catawba County

Cleveland County

Gaston County

Lincoln County

Mecklenburg County

Rutherford County

Cherokee County, SC

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.


Changes as of 5/17/2022

Weekly Nets are held on the aforementioned repeaters on Tuesdays at 18:00 local time.

We also Meet Every Saturday on the KC4IRA repeater at 20:00 local time

  • Primary: KC4IRA 442.075MHz (+) 100hz Tone

Check us out on Zello..... Simply go to your app store on your phone, search for zello...Search for Gaston Regional Skywarn Team. 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:

  • 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.

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 your certified as a 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) 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).