Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Chasers! Please be SAFE! Report PLEASE! #Skywarn @NWSNorman @NWSWichita @NWSTulsa @TrooperBenKHP @OHPDPS

First, setting the record straight, this is NOT ANTI-CHASER.  It IS pro-safety.

The GOAL is a reduction in the loss of life and property.  While the numbers have trended down over the decades, there's never been a year where a storm doesn't injure or kill someone somewhere.

CHASERS!  The goal includes a reduction in the loss of life and property, including you, your friends, your chase vehicle.

In 2011, this note was sent by an emergency manager:

To: The WX-CHASE list

Since I'm not around ground zero this afternoon, I took some time to
watch some of the video samples available on the various video

I observed speed too fast for conditions (wet roads and hail),
following too close (can't you count one-one thousand, two
one-thousand after you pass a yellow line or pothole?), inattentive
driving (at least two left of center), one busted a red light, a
couple or three almost rear-ended the car in front.

Folks, if you are going to tell the world you are safely operating
your motor vehicle, the pictures need to match.  If you are going to
put a picture of you in the car driving, it helps if you pay attention
to what you do instead of dinking on the PC, talking on the radio, dig
for something on the floor or in the back seat, etc.  Don't you all
have partners?

Maybe it would be a better practice to NOT show video while you are
breaking the law.  After all, these end up on TV and you don't get

I'm getting the idea that this is too hard for some but, please, TRY
to be SAFE out there.  Tomorrow you are in Oklahoma.  I will be too
busy to watch but I bet someone in a clearly marked car will be.

Fast forward to a recent Skywarn safety talk by the National Weather Service office in Norman and the National Weather Service office in Wichita.  The goal is reinforced every year.

The Wichita Eagle reports:  

As storm chasing grows in popularity, so do the problems

There was hope this year at ChaserCon where folks from the Kansas and Oklahoma Highway Patrol joined a panel to talk about vehicle safety in storms.

There were positive results; one could hope they continue.

Then a ham radio fellow posted a video of a chaser willingly driving into debris in his effort to be a "free lance photographer".  The individual was not reporting anything to anyone who could actually warn the public. 

The online discussion went downhill from there. 

At any rate, for #Skywarn ACES is Awareness, Communication, Escape Routes, Safe Zones. is the training site. #wrn @WRNAmbassadors @Kia

Escape Routes
Safe Zones

All that's included in the online Skywarn class.

As one emergency manager once said more than once "Situational Awareness is a TERRIBLE thing to lose."

Willingly driving into an active debris field is dangerous and speaks to the loss of situational awareness.  Being in the area of a tornado and filming it, certainly speaks volumes to the lack of community spirit, when the tornado goes unreported.  

"We're all going to DIE" are the last recorded words of one veteran chaser crew.  Friends, if it can happen to them, it's pretty apparent we are ALL not bullet-proof.

For nearly 60 years, the only known chaser deaths were driving-related. The first was Christopher Phillips, a University of Oklahoma undergraduate student, killed in a hydroplaning accident when swerving to miss a rabbit in 1984.[26] Three other incidents occurred when Jeff Wear was driving home from a hurricane chase in 2005,[27] when Fabian Guerra swerved to miss a deer while driving to a chase in 2009,[28] and when a wrong-way driver resulted in a head-on collision that killed Andy Gabrielson returning from a chase in 2012.[29] On 31 May 2013, an extreme event led to the first known chaser deaths inflicted directly by weather when the widest tornado ever recorded struck near El Reno, Oklahoma. Engineer Tim Samaras, his photographer son Paul, and meteorologist Carl Young were killed doing in situ probe and infrasonic field research by an exceptional combination of events in which an already large and rain-obscured tornado swelled within less than a minute to 2.6 miles (4.2 km) wide simultaneously as it changed direction and accelerated.[30][31] Several other chasers were also struck and some injured by this tornado and its parent supercell's rear flank downdraft.[32] Three chasers were killed, two in one vehicle and one in another, when their vehicles collided in West Texas in 2017, bringing the total number of known traffic related fatalities to 7.[33] There are other incidents in which chasers were injured by automobile accidents, lightning strikes, and tornado impacts.[citation needed] While chasing a tornado outbreak on 13 March 1990, KWTV television photographer Bill Merickel was shot and injured near Lindsay, Oklahoma.[34][35]

Friends from Germany come to the USA to study storms and share mutually beneficial techniques in Skywarn.  These folks are very comfortable with autobahn speeds.  The reports received from them indicate more of a concern for chasers than for the storm itself.

A former volunteer (still friend) turned tornado tour guide offers similar observations.

The current average lead-time for tornado warnings is 13 minutes.

How would you like to live in a community where the lead time went from seven minutes to ZERO because a chaser is spending time videoing, without reporting, the tornado seven minutes away from the community that got NO lead time?  There's a video proving that.  

To rephrase the goal from a retired emergency manager, "NO one dies on my shift".  One of these days, he'll quit caring if you arrive alive or not.  Until then, please memorize this photo:

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Your Official Oklahoma Highway Patrol Tornado Chaser Chase Vehicle


Wednesday, March 06, 2019

#Titanic Special Event Schedule revealed #hamradio #ARRL

From W1MGY:

The operating hours for the Titanic event will be a little different this year. We will set up on Friday the 12th, but no operating. Then on Sat the 13th we will operate from 9 am until 10 pm (no operating over night). Barbara will then let us in Sunday at  6:30 am (Thank you Barbara) and we will operate until approx. 2am on the 15th the time the vessel sank. Then we would leave the building and come back later to remove gear and antennas. Planning on two stations again. At this time we are unsure of the operating location, it will either be the Coast Guard station or the Salt Pond Visitor Center.

One may be able to follow additional news on Facebook.

Monday, February 25, 2019

#Skywarn Spotter classes announced by @NWSWichita @NWSTulsa @NWSNorman

No photo description available.Folks in the great plains have many opportunities to get FREE, life-saving information from the National Weather Service offices in Wichita, Norman, and Tulsa.
The training is designed to keep one safe while providing aventues, including #hamradio, for reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service offices.  Ham radio is not required for this training.                                      
The Norman office also offers a number of online sessions,  Wichita announces their advanced spotter classes are in April.  See the links in the first paragraph for the training schedule.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On WTWW, Twitter, Facebook, and more @HamTalkLive talks #HamRadio

Joining the airwaves on WTWW, HamTalkLive is a call-in radio program produced by Neil, WB9VPG.  

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Additionally, the program has a pretty spiffy shirt.

Check the link above to contact Neil to get one.

Ham Talk Live!The program offers a variety of educational topics from Skywarn to Amsat to the Queen Mary. 

Tune in online or on the air.  After all, it's RARE to hear a LIVE radio program about ham radio LIVE.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Green Country details revealed


Purchase Hamfest admission and tables online and save at

Advance admission is $8.00

Tickets are $10.00 at the door. Order early and save!
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March 31st, 2019

Special Guest Speaker Bob Heil – K9EID

Oklahoma'sLargest & Most Attended Hamfest!!!

2019 Green Country Hamfest - April 12th& 13th in Claremore, Oklahoma.
Only 30 minutes from Tulsa! Claremore Expo, 400 Veterans Parkway,Claremore, OK, 74017  MAP:
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Free Parking!!! - Low Cost ON-SITE RV Parking!
Terrific Prizes! Fantastic Forums - Learn something new! See 
Flea Market - Great Bargains!
Free Test Table - Check It Before You Buy It!
On-site VE Testing Get or upgrade your license!
Admission is $10.00 per person at the door (One ticket covers both
Days) Children 12 and under are Free!
Hours: Fri. 4pm-9pm  -  Sat. 8am-3pm
Flea Market Tables are $15.00 at the door 

More info at

Friday open to public at 4 PM to 9 PM
Saturday open to public 8 AM to 3 PM 
Setup Friday 12:00PM.  Setup at 7:00AM Saturday until 8:00AM.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Where are the #teamJesus #hamradio nets?

It seems to me that Jesus would have been an amateur radio operator, though, realistically, He would not need a radio, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN, or Google+ technology to reach the hearts and minds of men.

However, I'm a Christian ham ... a member of the Christian Amateur Radio Fellowship and have participated in the Bible Fellowship Net.

Here's some others who mix their hobby with the Faith.

A number of RemoteHams stations are dedicated to Christian Networks.  Can't reach your favorite net because of propagation?  Check the remotes.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

100 Watts and a Wire @100WattsAndAWire

Christian, K0STH has a podcast.  Check it out.  He talks about #hamradio ... a lot.

He also has a Gathering.  Check it out.

Join the 100 Watts and a Wire #Gathering on #hamradio 

It appears 2564 is a number. It was on 7.295 AM Christmas Day @100WANDAWIRE 


What is your favorite amateur radio media?  ARRL?  Amateur Radio Newsline?  HamTalkLive?  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

All #hamradio Dinner set for January 17 #ARRL

All Ham Dinner - January 17

Many years ago, the amateur radio clubs in the Oklahoma City area started an event that is now known as the “All Ham Dinner”. This dinner allows about 50 hams get together, eat, and communicate with each other. This dinner is held on the third Thursday of January, May, and September at 6:30 pm.

The next All Ham Dinner will be held Thursday, January 17th, 2019, at 6:30 pm. This dinner will be at the Golden Corral, 1501 SW 74th, (North side of the north service road of I-240) in south Oklahoma City. No RSVP is needed, show up, get your meal, and join the fun in their large banquet room.


Wednesday, January 09, 2019

How many is too much? #hamradio #ARRL #SMEM

"Cleaning up too many redundant ham radio groups" Kenneth KD4IIW wrote on Facebook recently.

It's one thing to have a Facebook Group or Page like the Wichita Amateur Radio Club does.  However, a quick check of resources on Facebook shows a bunch of buy and sell, groups for various radios, a 2m Simplex page and a 146.52 Group with even one for 144.2 SSB.

There's a Ham Radio and Ham Radio 2.0 group with approximately the same number of members.  

Even on MeWe, there are two groups with similar names.

Unless the Hobby looses focus, perhaps folks could consider Kenneth's challenge before setting up a new group or page.  The message will be even more lost when, using the example of AOL, there's a reflector set up and abandoned to spam.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Twitter Feed additions

Added some RSS feeds to Twitter recently.

What is your Favorite RSS feed for #hamradio?

Add to comments below.  Lets talk about the best hobby on the Planet.

I don't do @Twitter @Facebook etc.

When Twitter was new, there were hams saying "I'm not going to follow YOU".

Some 4K followers later, they are.

Ham radio is a diverse hobby.  That's why some people still use AM, CW, Dstar, Allstar and many other modes.  That's why some use Twitter, MeWee, Facebook, and a host of other social media platforms.

The ARRL uses social media.  Your Government uses social media.

Tell them you won't follow them.  The answer may sound like "OK.  Don't be informed then."

#Skywarn folks know not to rely on only sirens for the warning process to work.  

Find some way you are comfortable and find some way you need to be informed about what is important to you.

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