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K8DAC 147.240Mhz Saginaw Valley ARA SKYWARN Repeater


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K8DAC 147.240Mhz Saginaw Valley ARA SKYWARN Repeater

K8DAC SKYWARN Repeater 147.240 Mhz. Serving the Saginaw County Area.
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This is a live feed of the K8DAC Saginaw Valley Amateur Radio Association SKYWARN Repeater that is located in metropolitan Saginaw city.

This repeater serves the Saginaw County area and is used for SKYWARN operations when activated for service.

To listen to your local weather radio online please go to  http://www.wunderground.com/wxradio/smallplayer.html?stationid=Dennis48755|407|446

This Repeater's transmitter is located at 43.25.00 n 83.58.03 w and is on top of a 200 foot tall building.

This Transmitter site is using a 6 dbi - 4 stacked folded dipoles with 90 degree sectors for an antenna and has multiple receive sites incorporated into the system.

The receive site for this internet broadcast is located at:

Latitude 43.398858 (43° 23' 55'' N)
Longitude -83.980378 (83° 58' 49'' W)

SKYWARN is a concept developed in the late 1960s that was intended to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and communities. The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado.

Another part of SKYWARN is the receipt and effective distribution of National Weather Service information. The organization of spotters and the distribution of warning information lies with the National Weather Service or with an emergency management agency within the community.

This agency could be a police or fire department, or often is an emergency management/service group (what people might still think of as civil defense groups). This varies across the country however, with local national weather service offices taking the lead in some locations, while emergency management takes the lead in other areas. SKYWARN is not a club or organization, however, in some areas where Emergency Management programs do not perform the function, people have organized SKYWARN groups that work independent of a parent government agency and feed valuable information to the National Weather Service.

While this provides the radar meteorologist with much needed input, the circuit is not complete if the information does not reach those who can activate sirens or local broadcast systems. SKYWARN spotters are not by definition "Storm Chasers".

While their functions and methods are similar, the spotter stays close to home and usually has ties to a local agency. Storm chasers often cover hundreds of miles a day. The term Storm Chaser covers a wide variety of people. Some are meteorologists doing specific research or are gathering basic information (like video) for training and comparison to radar data. Others chase storms to provide live information for the media, and others simply do it for the thrill. Storm Spotting and Storm Chasing is dangerous and should not be done without proper training, experience and equipment.

The National Weather Service conducts spotter training classes across the United States, and your local National Weather Service office should be consulted as to when the next class will be held.

You can also visit Saginaw Valley Amateur Radio Association's (SVARA) website at www.k8dac.com who offers spring time SKYWARN training for licensed amateur radio operators here in the Saginaw County area.