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The WX5FWD SKYWARN™ team are volunteer radio operator liaisons for the Fort Worth National Weather Service (NWS) North Texas SKYWARN™ Spotters. During SKYWARN events, you are reporting information to our team and the NWS warning forecasters. Three goals of a storm spotter are to safely observe, identify and report conditions. Weather spotters provide what's called "ground truth" to the National Weather Service and emergency weather management. Spotters are needed because, while radar is very good at helping the National Weather Service see what's going on in the upper atmosphere, it's unable to detect what's actually happening on the ground because of the curvature of the Earth. Knowing the "ground truth" about a weather event from the location can be the deciding factor to issue a warning.
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NWS UPDATE: Strong Cold Front and Storms Late Tuesday/Early Wednesday

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 10:49

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Monday, 4 September 2017 11:04 CDT

Bottom Line

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible beginning late Tuesday afternoon and continuing Tuesday night. Main emphasis for storms will be across Central Texas after midnight Wednesday morning.


A strong cold front and upper level system are expected to move across North and Central Texas by Tuesday Night, with the cold front moving toward the Upper Texas Coast by sunrise Wednesday. High temperatures ahead of the cold front will be hot with highs well into the 90s. The hot temperatures will combine with rich moisture across the area to produce modest instability. Combined with modest wind shear, a few organized strong or even brief severe storms are possible by Tuesday evening. Brief and minor street flooding will be possible, but the progressive movement of the front and upper disturbance will mitigate any potential for widespread heavy rainfall and flooding.

The threat for strong to severe storms should end from north to south by, or shortly after midnight Tuesday night, as the cold front moves south toward the Texas coastline. Otherwise, cooler and breezy conditions are expected Wednesday with decreasing clouds.

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ARRL Field Day 2017 QSL Log

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 12:26

We have published a preliminary log of Field Day contacts with a feature to display a QSL card for possible printing. We will be reviewing and updating as necessary over the next several days.

Click on Read More to display the QSL Log page.

Preliminary WX5FWD/W5T's Contest Summary Report for ARRL-FIELD-DAY Total Contacts = 283 Operating Period: 2017/06/24 18:00 - 2017/06/25 18:00 Total Contacts by Band and Mode: Band CW Phone Dig Total % ---- -- ----- --- ----- --- 80 0 1 0 1 0 40 0 107 0 107 38 20 0 29 1 30 11 15 0 11 0 11 4 10 0 3 0 3 1 6 0 131 0 131 46 -- ----- --- ----- --- Total 0 282 1 283 100 Here is a summary of the last few years for comparison: 2017 - QSOs 283 QSO points 568 Bonus points 1050 2016 - QSOs 652 QSO points 1318 Bonus points 850 2015 - QSOs 954 QSO points 1908 Bonus points 970 2014 - QSOs 202 QSO points 408 Bonus points 650

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How Spotters May Contact the NWS Radio Desk

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:26

This is a brief list of methods and links to more details on how spotters can report weather conditions to the Fort Worth NWS warning forecast office, and radio desk.

Alternative methods...

Some of this information is on the Skywarn spotter training hand out. All spotters, experienced and new, should attend training every year. Spotter training covers new information and procedures, as well as the standard spotter basic and advanced topics.

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2017 ARRL Field Day is June 24-25

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 17:38

The Fort Worth NWS SKYWARN Radio Desk team will be active on several bands and modes during Field Day, Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, from the Fort Worth National Weather Service Forecast Office. Our special event call sign is W5T. We hope to contact you, and add your call sign and information to our log. We'll publish the bands, frequencies, and other information periodically during the event on the wx5fwd.org web site and social media WX5FWD Twitter account and FaceBook.

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

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Cloud Chart

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 20:51

During HAMCOM a few people asked about a color cloud brochure handout for spotters. The printed version of this brochure may be cost prohibitive as a general hand out. However, I found the PDF versions online at the following web site locations. The JetStream - An Online School for Weather provides details associated with the cloud chart.

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