The Calvert County Department of Public Safety is hosting a SKYWARN® Weather Spotter Basics I class on Dec. 12 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Courthouse Square, 205 Main Street in Prince Frederick.
Established by the National Weather Service (NWS), SKYWARN® is a program that trains volunteers to provide timely, accurate reports of severe weather to the NWS Weather Forecast Office in Sterling, Va. SKYWARN® spotter volunteers identify and describe local severe storms.
This information, coupled with Doppler radar, satellite and other data, enables the weather service to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. The Basics I class is the introductory course and prerequisite for all other courses offered. The course covers the following:
- The basic organization of the National Weather Service
- The role and importance for the SKYWARN® Spotter
- NWS products and the watch/warning/advisory system
- Thunderstorms and thunderstorm threats
- How to report vital information to the National Weather Service
- The role of amateur short-wave (HAM) radio in the spotter program
To register, contact the Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, at 410-535-1600 or 301-855-1243, ext. 2638, or email email@example.com.
Download the SkyWarn Flyer HERE
Our annual Christmas Party is coming up quickly. This year we are holding our Christmas Party at the Church of the Ascension located at 21641 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Party starts December 14th at 2pm. Dinner is going to be the traditional pot luck. The Church works on a donation basis so please bring some cash to toss into the donation box to help say thank you for letting us use their facility.
More details to follow soon.
Our monthly breakfast is coming up on Saturday December 7th 2013 at 8am at the Cracker Barrel in California, MD. Please send Dan (KB3UUN) an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
The St. Mary’s Amateur Radio Association is proud to offer classes for each class of license in Amateur Radio. For the first time we are offering Technician, General and Extra classes running simultaneously. Classes will run January 11th, 18th, 25th and February 1st from 9am to 1pm with exams on February 8th. Classes will be held at the J.F. Taylor Conference Center located at 22188 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Classes are free to attend. The exam will cost $14.00.
Those interested in participating should contact Dan Metcalf at email@example.com to sign-up and please designate for which class you are interested in. Please include a phone number as it will be winter and in case we need to postpone a class due to weather we will want to get the word out.
Students are encouraged to purchase their books as soon as possible and start reading. Please make note of any questions you may have. The books can be found at the following links:
Technician: Click Here
General: Click Here
Extra: Click Here
For those who take the Technician course and pass their exam each will receive a free handheld transceiver courtesy of SPARC.
We are looking forward to helping you achieve your Amateur Radio goals!
QST, QST, QST de W4ATN
The Rosaryville 50K race is less than 3 weeks away and we need operators! I’d like a cadre of at least 20 operators but need at least 15 (who can stay the entire race). At the present I have ONLY FIVE operators.
If you are able to participate or need more information please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP along with equipment you may be able to bring. Given the terrain we will not use bikes and therefore no APRS. I would like 3 packet stations (Med Stations X 2, Command X 1). Given the size of the park and the terrain we may also have a portable 440 repeater and / or cross band repeater.
To sign up for the St. Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association’s email reflector got to http://mailman.qth.net/mailman/listinfo/smcara
Under the area “Subscribing to SMCARA” enter the following:
Email Address, Name (optional), Password (so you can come back and change you options), Confirm your password and Lastly answer the question “Would you like to receive list mail batched in a daily digest? Yes / No
Once you have filled out the form click “Subscribe” and your request will be sent to our administrator for approval.
Once approved you will be able to send messages to email@example.com and it will be reflected to the other subscribers. Just remember pictures and attachments will not be forwarded.