SKYWARN

Jacksonville Skywarn Association

Contact w4ltj@arrl.net for more information.

FOR INFORMATION ON JACKSONVILLE AREA SKYWARN ACTIVITY, ACCESS

THE JACKSONVILLE SKYWARN WEB SITE

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Skywarn is sponsored by the National Weather Service (NWS). A person can become a Skywarn spotter after completing a free three-hour course.

An Amateur Radio station at the Jacksonville National Weather Service Office, WX4JAX, activates during severe weather to receive spotter reports from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. WX4JAX is managed by the Jacksonville Skywarn Assn. Meetings are quarterly. 

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Skywarn Spotters


If you have received Skywarn training in the past and are still interested in participating as a spotter, we need updated information on how to get in touch with you. The National Weather Service is compiling an updated roster. To be included, visit the National Weather Service Jacksonville online at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jax/spotter_update.shtml .

This list will include all spotters in the Jacksonville warning area which means we need information from those living in counties outside of Duval as well.  The list will be used to contact you for reports in the event severe weather is in your area.

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Weekly Skywarn Net

The Jacksonville Area Skywarn Net meets each Wednesday at 7:00PM Eastern Time on the W4IZ 146.7/ 444.4 MHz Repeater System.  All hams interested in becoming Skywarn spotters are invited to participate.

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Net Controls & WX4JAX Operators Needed


When the WX4JAX ham station at the Jacksonville National Weather Service Office is activated, spotter reports are fed to WX4JAX to assist meteorologists in evaluating weather conditions so that timely warnings can be issued.

A Skywarn Net is activated on the W4IZ 146.7/444.4 MHz Repeater System. WX4JAX operators also scan other repeaters to gather input when meteorologists request input from a specific county.

Reportable events include hail (penny size or larger), fallen trees, heavy rain (2 inches or more per hour) that causes flooding, heavy winds (50 mph or more), and tornadoes.

Additional volunteers are needed to go to the NWS office near JIA to work in 3 to 6 hour shifts when severe weather threatens.

Also, Net Control Stations (NCS) are needed to operate from their home when severe weather is indicated.

Training and assistance are available. Spots are available for both experienced net controls and for newcomers who would like to learn more about public service radio networks.

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JACKSONVILLE SKYWARN ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS

Preamble:

We, the undersigned wishing to secure for ourselves the pleasures and benefits of an association of persons commonly interested in Amateur Radio, constitute ourselves the Jax Skywarn Association and enact this constitution as our governing law.  It shall be our purpose to provide  severe weather observation services to the National Weather Service and the citizens of NE Florida and SE Georgia.  In doing so the association shall further exchange of information and cooperation between members,  promote radio knowledge, and conduct association programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio in the community.

 
Membership:  Article I

Membership is extended to anyone who has completed at least a basic Skywarn Spotter class.
 

Officers:  Article II

Sec.1. The officers of this association shall be President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer.

Sec.2. The officers of this association shall be elected for a term of one year by ballot of the members present, provided there be a quorum, at the annual meeting.

Sec.3. Vacancies occurring between elections must be filled by special elections at the first regular meeting following the withdrawal or resignation.

Sec.4. Officers may be removed by a three-fourth vote of the membership.
 

Duties of Officers: Article III

Sec.1. The president shall preside at all meetings, and conduct them according to the rules adopted.  He/she shall enforce due observance of this Constitution and By-Laws; decide all Questions of Order; sign all official documents adopted by the Association.  And perform all other duties pertaining to the office of  President.

Sec.2.  The Vice-President shall assume all the duties of the President in his/her absence.  In addition, he/she shall organize association activities, plan and recommend contests for operating benefits, and advance association interest and activity as approved by the association.  He/she shall maintain close liaison  with the ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator to further association participation in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
                                                                   
Sec.3.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members, submit membership applications, carry on all correspondence, read communications at each meeting, and mail notices  to each member.  At the expiration of his/her term, he/she shall turn over all items belonging to the association to his/her successor.  Secretary-Treasurer shall receive and receipt for all monies paid to the association; keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended; pay no bills without proper authorization (by the association or its officers constituting a business committee).  At the end of each quarter, he/she shall submit an itemized station of disbursements and receipts.  At the end of his/her term shall turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the association to his/her successor.
 

Meetings:  Article IV

The By-Laws shall provide for regular and speciation meetings.  At meetings, a minimum of one-third of the membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
 

Dues:  Article V

The association, by majority vote of those present at any regular meeting, may levy upon the general membership such dues or assessments as shall be deemed necessary for business of  the organization.  Non-payment of such dues or assessments shall be cause for expulsion from the association within the discretion of the membership.
 

Membership Assistance: Article VI

The association, through designated Public Relations, Training and Operating Committees, will  provide technical advise to members concerning  equipment design and operation to assist in frequency observance, clean signals, uniform practice, and absence of spurious radiation from association member-stations.  The association shall also maintain a program to foster and guide public relations.
 

Amendments: Article VII

This Constitution & By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the total membership present.  Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and shall be voted on at the next following regular meeting, provided an attempt has been made to notify all members of the intent to amend the Constitution &By-Laws at said meeting.  Roberts Rules shall govern proceedings.
 
 

By-Laws:

1.  Secretary-Treasurer:  It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the Constitution &By-Laws of the association and have the same with him/her at every meeting.  He/she shall note all amendments, changes and additions on the Constitution and shall permit it to be consulted by members upon request.

2.  Membership:  Full membership is open to licensed amateurs. Association membership is open to those interested in severe weather reporting.  Full membership includes all association privileges as well as rights to hold an association office and to vote for association officers.  Associate membership includes all association privileges except for the right to hold office and vote for association officers.                                                                          


3.  Meetings:  Regular meetings shall be held semi-annually or more frequently if called by an officer of the association.  Special meetings may be called by the President upon written request of any five association members.  Notices shall be sent to members concerning special meeting and the business to be transacted.  Only such business as designated will be transacted.  Such notices shall be sent so that they may arrive not less and 24 hours before the meeting.

4.  Dues:  An assessment per member may be assessed in accordance with the provisions of Article V of the constitution for the purpose of providing funds for expenses.

 

 

 

 
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