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  • WX2PHI Mount Holly NWSFO SKYWARN Amateur Radio Communications Center to be staffed by SKYWARN Personnel 
    The National Weather Service's Mount Holly Forecast Office, under the direction of the SKYWARN Advisory Committee (formerly the SKYWARN Technical Committee), is seeking SKYWARN volunteers to staff the WX2PHI SKYWARN Amateur Radio Communications Center (SARCC) station located at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Mount Holly, New Jersey. The Mount Holly NWSFO serves approximately eleven million people in thirty-four (34) counties located within Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The office is located at 732 Woodlane Road(State Route 630) off of State Route 541 in Westampton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. Stephanie Matheson (KC2DFN) will be coordinating efforts to staff the NWSFO office with SKYWARN personnel. 

    SKYWARN Communication Center activation will be based upon prevailing and/or anticipated hazardous weather events including, but not necessarily limited to moderate risk for severe thunderstorms, major Winter Storm warnings and Hurricane/ Tropical Storm warnings. The Senior Forecaster on-duty at the Mount Holly NWSFO will determine the need to have the SARCC staffed with personnel. Ideally, the communications center will be staffed by at least two SKYWARN educated individuals. 

    Currently, the SARCC is located in a separate cubicle on the floor of the forecasting office and is equipped with a Kenwood TM-742 Tri-band amateur radio, a TNC, APRS capabilities, a computer, a telephone and a nearby FAX machine. It is expected that SKYWARN personnel will be responsible for acting as WX2PHI Net Control Operators using assigned SKYWARN (WA3BXW UHF, Complex Repeater Group, County) frequencies to obtain and evaluate severe weather information from active SKYWARN Nets and from other amateur radio stations. In addition, it is anticipated that real-time e-mail, telephone and facsimile traffic reporting severe weather conditions and data will also be handled by the SKYWARN volunteers staffing the SARCC. SKYWARN volunteers who are interested in participating in this program will be expected to become familiar with SKYWARN Net Control Operator guidelines and operating procedures designed by the Mount Holly NWSFO SKYWARN Advisory Committee specifically for the amateur radio communication center as well as with the operation of the radio, computer and telephone equipment. Volunteers who do not possess a current amateur radio license will be able to operate the station under the supervision of a licensed amateur radio operator and will be able to participate in other station activities. Questions about the program should be directed to Stephanie Matheson(KC2DFN). 

    SKYWARN weather spotters who are interested in participating in this program should contact Stephanie Matheson via email at kc2dfn@gmail.com.

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