Technician Ham Cram – Saturday, September 13

Do you want to get started in Amateur Radio?  Then the CARS Technician Ham Cram is the answer!  Our next cram overview session will be held on Saturday, September 13, from 8AM until 1PM at the William G. Long Senior Center in Woodstock.  Testing follows at 2PM.  There is some outside study time involved, so in order to participate you must sign up by August 31.

Space is limited! Contact Ken McIntire for information and registration.

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Next Meeting is August 9th, 10am

At the William G. Long Senior Center. Click on ‘Meetings’ above for directions.

All welcome. Come find out what presentation Frank has in store for us this month. We know it will be very interesting. ;-)

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July 12th, 2014 10am

The meeting location for July 12th changed to the EOC for July

150 Chattin Drive
Canton, GA 30115

Talk-in on 145.430 and 145.270. If you get there late, call on the radio for building access.

Followup on Field Day activities —

VE Testing will still be held at the William G. Long Senior Center at 2pm

Click on ‘Meetings’ above for directions for testing.

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Next Meeting June 14th, 2014 @ 10:00am

Back on track, our next meeting is June 14th at 10am at the William G. Long Senior Center. Click “Meetings” above for address and directions. ALL HAMS and non-HAMS are welcome !!

Discussions and Plans about Field Day — Recap on the May Skywarn Class

VE Testing at 2pm

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May 10th Meeting

Cherokee County ARES Sponsors NWS Training and Graduates one of the Region’s LARGEST Skywarn Storm Spotter Classes

87 new storm spotters are now trained and available to report severe weather in Cherokee County, Georgia. On Saturday, April 10, 2014, 49 Cherokee County CERT members and 38 Cherokee County ARES members gathered at the Heritage Presbyterian Church Fellowship hall in Acworth to listen to Science and Operations Officer Steven Nelson from the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, GA. Steve, a highly experienced and respected NWS meteorologist, forecaster, and weather scientist taught a room packed full of eager students about weather safety, weather patterns, regional weather history, development of severe weather conditions, and proper spotter reporting methods.
Captured video and photos from Professional Storm Chasers in the field showed students how weather builds, develops, expands and then release its fury in the form of severe thunderstorms, destructive hail, deadly tornadoes and damaging straight line winds. More importantly students learned what to look for and how to provide effective “ground truth” to National Weather Service forecasters that helps them validate what millions of dollars of radar and weather detection technology is telling them back at the Peachtree City location of the National Weather Service.

Having an effective network of Storm Spotters is a huge benefit to forecasters who are trusting technology and their advanced training to help them “see” what’s going on from many miles away, but need real time information provided by trained spotters in the area where weather is occurring to confirm what radar can’t see – what’s happening on the ground and in your neighborhoods. “Radar can tell us what ‘should’ be there” said Nelson, “but storm spotters confirm what we see is correct and give us an idea of exactly what’s happening below the radar.”

Students left with a much better understanding of how challenging it can be for NWS forecasters to provide the public with just the right information at the right time when severe weather warnings are essential to saving lives.

For more information about “Storm Spotting” you can read more in the Weather Spotters Field Guide. A follow up presentation about how the Amateur Radio Emergency Service is organized to collect spotter information and communicate it directly to the NWS will be presented by Skywarn Coordinator and Cherokee ARES Emergency Coordinator Bob Johnston, during the June 14th regular meeting of the Cherokee County Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

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