District 7

Northeast Tennessee District 7 SKYWARN

Northeast Tennessee District 7 SKYWARN organization was founded on Friday, September 16, 2005. On the same day, the FCC granted the original call KI4LTU. On Tuesday, January 10, 2006 the FCC granted the vanity call WX4TN.

Northeast Tennessee District 7 SKYWARN serves the 7 counties of Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, & Washington. We service the National Weather Service in Morristown, TN. Training / activation nets are held on the WR4CC 146.700 (-) MHz (PL 77.0 Hz). Training nets held every Friday night at 8:00 P.M. Eastern. Net control will use the call WX4TN during training / activation nets. All severe weather reports are relayed via WX4MRX at the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tennessee.

Status Level Green: An advisory for any of the counties in the district is issued by NWS Morristown or no severe weather is expected. Repeater will be operational as usual.

Status Level Yellow: A severe thunderstorm watch, tornado watch, or flash flood watch is issued for any of the counties in the district by NWS Morristown. Severe weather will likely occur in our area. Please keep all conversations to the point on the repeater and be prepared to relinquish the repeater to net control should the watch be upgraded to a warning.

Status Level Red: A severe thunderstorm warning, tornado warning, or flash flood warning has been issued for any of the counties in the district by NWS Morristown. This means severe weather is occurring in our area. Take cover. The severe WX net will be operational at this time and the repeater will only be open to emergency traffic, severe reports, or questions about the storm. No other traffic will be permitted on the repeater. All traffic must go through net control.

Northeast Tennessee District 7 SKYWARN is the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a WRN Ambassador, partners commit to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. In effect, the WRN Ambassador initiative helps unify the efforts across government, non-profits, academia, and private industry toward making the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme environmental hazards. Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) is a strategic outcome where society’s response should be equal to the risk from all extreme weather, water, and climate hazards.

How to Join District 7 SKYWARN?

How to join District 7 SKYWARN?

Prerequisite is to pass the Virtual SKYWARN Spotter Training

Please fill out our Application & Membership Agreement. Also required is the spotter training course. When you join, we will give you a link to subscribe to our Email list, where you can receive emails of Training Nets and also the weekly Twisted Spotter Newsletter.


Erik McCord


District Coordinator

April 2015 - December 2018

May 2020 - Present

Beginning at an early age, I developed a deep interest in meteorology as I observed the destructive power of storms in the Midwestern United States. This fascination eventually led me to further my studies in the subject by enrolling in courses offered by University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville. 

In 2010, I was offered the position of Sullivan County Coordinator for the Northeast Tennessee District 7 SKYWARN and I happily accepted. After several successful years, I was promoted to become the District Coordinator, a post I held until my voluntary resignation in December 2018. I have recently been reinstated in the same role and am committed to providing the best possible service to the National Weather Service. 

Although I have not achieved a degree in meteorology, I have maintained my passion for weather research and continue to explore the formation of storms and their potential to cause severe weather conditions in order to offer the public accurate forecasts.

Upon my appointment as Coordinator of Sullivan Co., I have had the privilege to partake in a number of activation weather nets on amateur radio, a hobby which I enjoy greatly. As an amateur radio operator with the callsign WX4ET, I am able to report to the National Weather Service and assist in the collection of data and information.

Email: dc7skywarn@gmail.com

Hams Over IP:  100011

Amateur Wire:  1062

Hamshack Hotline:  5500000291

Justin Farris

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Asst District Coordinator

August 2022 - Present 

Justin has been interested in observing storms and weather from an early age. He entered the ham radio hobby inspired in part from listening to SKYWARN nets on his parents scanner. He was licensed in '94 as a technician, and upgraded to general. Shortly after getting his license, Justin attended spotter training at the Baltimore Washington Forecast office (LWX) and began participating in the local SKYWARN net. He joined in as a net control both from home and on-site at the LWX office. Later he was added to the list of liaisons who, the LWX staff, would contact when they determined a SKYWARN net was needed. Of particular note, during the "Blizzard" of '96 he was a member of a two man SKYWARN team who camped out in the LWX office manning the radios during the multi day event. In addition to SKYWARN Justin has volunteered to support a local Office Of Emergency Services, and many charity events.

Email:  ke4pcx@arrl.net

HOIP: 100056

AW: 1059

HHux: 5500000248

Mary Robinson


Administrative Asst.


Carter County Coordinator

Justin Brown


Greene County Coordinator

Dustin McClure


Hawkins County Coordinator

Norman Dickens


Johnson County Coordinator

Joshua Carmack


Sullivan County Coordinator

David Stonecypher


Unicoi County Coordinator

Sean Dennis


Washington County Coordinator