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District 5 Coordinator Change

With the sudden passing of Chuck Angel, K4KKH, the position of Coordinator has been filled by Assistant Coordinator Greg Williams, K4HSM.

Greg has been a ham radio operator since 1993 (originally licensed as KE4HSM) and has had a passion for weather most of his life. His father was a weather operator for the US Navy and spent time working at the National Weather Service office in Miami around the time of Hurricane Andrew. Greg worked with several operators as a volunteer Net Control Station that helped get East Tennessee SKYWARN off the ground as a reliable resource for weather information in the area. He credits Dennis “Rocky” Beckner for getting him out of the car trying to “stormchase” in the area and behind the microphone for coordinating weather spotting in a safer location.

Filling the Assistant Coordinator positions are Josh Marler, WX4KXT and Brandon Monroe, KG4QWI.

Josh has had a passion for weather for many years. It all started at the age of 4 when his hometown of Lenoir City was devastated by an EF-3 tornado and 2 weeks later struck by the infamous “Blizzard of ’93”. At the age of 14 he became a certified SKYWARN spotter. In 2010 he took it to the next level by becoming a licensed ham radio operator.  His passion for weather is shown by his Vanity Call sign WX4KXT (Weather 4 KnoXville Tn).  He has worked for various weather groups on the internet and has contributed to news organizations.  He now lives in Maryville literally a stones throw away from former coordinator Jason Roach, KF4VDX (SK).

 

Brandon has previously served as Coordinator for District 7 East Tennessee / SW Virginia before work commitments brought him into the Knoxville area. He has a vast experience with Skywarn operations including Alternate Net Control Operator for WX4MRX. He served as in public safety as 9-1-1 Dispatcher for 5 years and has been certified by the National Academy with Honors in Advanced Emergency Medical, Fire, and Police Dispatch. Brandon has worked with EMA offices in disaster preparation and response, and hold numerous certifications. Brandon has been an HAM operator for almost 20 years. Brandon first joined Skywarn in 2001.

Please welcome them aboard!

We are still asking for volunteers for Net Control operation for East Tennessee SKYWARN. If you would like to volunteer your time, please email Greg Williams for more information.

Net Control Stations NEEDED!

East Tennessee SKYWARN is in need of additional volunteers to call the nets as they occur.

If you are interested in becoming a Net Control Station (NCS), please contact Greg Williams, K4HSM.

The only requirements are:

  • A Technician class Ham Radio license or higher
  • SKYWARN Spotter training (or scheduled to take training)
  • Reliable radio setup that can reach the SKYWARN repeaters
  • Available to call a net if needed (we are looking particularly for stations to be available during daytime hours)
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to handle traffic and pass important information to the National Weather Service via phone, internet, or radio traffic.
  • Passion for weather

East Tennessee SKYWARN is a community service and is only affiliated with the National Weather Service. It is not an organization, club or LLC. We report directly to the NWS and operate on repeaters with the owner’s/trustee’s permission. Participants in the nets only need to be licensed and safely monitor weather in their area.

East Tennessee SKYWARN has served the ham radio community in the region for over 20 years. Our nets are monitored by scanner listeners and media outlets across the region.

Again, please contact Greg Williams, K4HSM if you would like to volunteer. Thanks!

Chuck Angel, K4KKH – SK

This is an overdue posting but one I really do NOT want to make.

Charles “Chuck” Angel, K4KKH passed away suddenly Thursday, August 3rd. He was 60.

Charles David Angel “K4KKH”, age 60 of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away on August 3, 2017. He is survived and will always be missed by devoted wife Sandra Angel; children Amy (Jason) King and Kevin (Amanda) Angel; grandchildren Jordan (Mason), Erik, Brianna and Nathan; sisters Dana (Avery) Zachary and Tracey Green; Aunt Bonnie Shields; several nieces and nephew, extended family and friends.

Chuck was the Coordinator for District 5 here in East Tennessee (Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, and Union Counties) and he was a good friend.

He had been experiencing some health issues over the years but his passing was unexpected. I was working near his home QTH and was planning to run by his house since I had not seen him in a few weeks to drop off some souvenirs I picked up at the Dayton Hamvention to give to him. I received a call from his wife to tell me the news of his passing.

It was an honor and a privilege to call him a friend. He will be missed by the SKYWARN community and the National Weather Service in Morristown.

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