What is East Tennessee SKYWARN?
East Tennessee SKYWARN is an amateur radio weather spotting net currently active during severe weather situations and airs on the 146.940 MHz WB4GBI repeater on Greentop (Bluff) Mountain, owned and operated by Tim Berry, WB4GBI.
In the event the repeater is not on the air, the backup frequency is the 146.625 WB4GBI repeater on Chilhowee Mountain, also owned and operated by Tim Berry.
We thank Tim Berry for the use of his repeaters in order to provide East Tennessee SKYWARN.
Officially, the net is operated for District 5 in East Tennessee, covering Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, and Union counties. However, the footprint of the 146.940 repeater (as well as its location) allows for complete coverage of not only all of the district 5 counties, but several counties in many other districts. There is even coverage outside of the County Warning Area (CWA).
Because of the wide coverage of these repeaters, East Tennessee SKYWARN accepts check-ins from any licensed amateur radio operator, anywhere within the footprint of the repeater. Our purpose is to relay the information to the National Weather Service (NWS) no matter the location.
East Tennessee SKYWARN is not a club, organization, or incorporated entity. Our only governing body is the NWS and they are the agency to which we report.
East Tennessee SKYWARN has participation from many hams across much of the Middle East Tennessee Region. Several media outlets monitor our nets for weather reporting, and we take great pride in being a reliable source for not only the NWS but also for the local media.
The Coordinator for District 5 is Charles Angel, K4KKH, who serves as a Net Control Station (NCS) for East Tennessee SKYWARN. Assistant Coordinator is Greg Williams, K4HSM, also an NCS for East Tennessee SKYWARN. We have had some backup NCS stations assist with the net but we are looking for more volunteers to assist in the SKYWARN nets. If you are interested in being an NCS for East Tennessee SKYWARN, please e-mail Charles Angel with your information.
This site is dedicated to Jason Roach, KF4VDX and Tom Ogle, KE4WFJ, now SK. They dedicated many hours to SKYWARN and the community and we continue their efforts to provide our best to the National Weather Service and all of East Tennessee during times of severe weather,