Whenever the threat of severe weather occurs, or the NWS issues a warning or watch for Jackson County, a Skywarn net may be activated. The CARS 146.880 repeater has a dedicated NWS NOAA weather receiver that will trip whenever there is a weather event in Jackson County. This will be evident by the letter “W” in Morse (Di dah dah) as the courtesy tone on the repeater.
Skywarn nets will be brought up in one of two modes, standby or directed. This decision is up to the
person in charge of net control, by direct order of the NWS or OEM/EMD.
In standby, trained spotters are encouraged to watch, listen and report. Most likely, NWS has issued a watch for a county and there is a potential for severe weather. While in standby, you are welcome to use the repeater, we ask that you keep your conversations short, and leave long pauses between key-ups, in the event someone should need to make a report.
In a directed net, it is most likely NWS has issued a warning for our county. The net control station
will be responsible for collecting reports from spotters and relaying critical weather information to
the NWS. During the directed net, only weather related traffic will be allowed on the repeater.
For more information, contact Tim, WD8PMD on the air or via email at wd8pmd@ARRL.net.
What and when to report: See SkyWarn Procedures below.
Jackson County NOAA / NWS Weather Frequency: 162.400
County SKYWARN Frequency List:
Clare ——–147.200 pl 103.5
Clinton —— 444.850 pl 141. 3
Ionia ——–145.130 pl 94.8
Isabella —– 147.200 pl 103.5
Jackson —–146.880 pl 100.0
Kalamazoo —147.00 pl 94.8
Kent ——– 145.110 pl 94.8
Lake ——– 146.740
Mason —— 145.470 pl 94.8
Montcalm —-146.800 pl 103.5
Muskegon —-146.820 pl 94.8
Newaygo —-145.450 pl 94.8
Oceana ——146.640 pl 94.8
Ottawa —– 145.490 & 147.060 pl 94.8
Van Buren —147.360 pl 94.8