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 145.290 (-) MHz (PL 103.5 Hz). Training nets held every Thursday night at 12:00 UTC (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?
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.
April 2015 - December 2018
May 2020 - Present
It all started when I watched the movie' Twister. I think all of us spotters can relate to that. Then in 2008 I started to study classes on meteorology at University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Co. and also at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2010, I joined an organization that services the NWS in Morristown, TN., which is called Northeast Tennessee District 7 SKYWARN as the Sullivan Co. Coordinator held that position until April 2015. After that I became District Coordinator, then had to step down in December 2018. Now I am back still as the District Coordinator and running stronger every day. I never did receive my degree in Meteorology, but I still love doing research in weather. I enjoy researching storms and how the form and study them so we can warn the public about the potential of severe weather.
When I received the position of Sullivan Co. Coordinator. We had a lot of severe weather activity and we as organization had to do our share of activation weather nets on amateur radio. therefore that also makes me enjoy my hobby even more, which is amateur radio, callsign WX4ET. As amateur radio operators, we can report to the NWS.
Hams Over IP: 100011
Amateur Wire: 1062
Hamshack Hotline: 5500000291
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.
Hawkins Hancock Amateur Radio Team
Unicoi County Amateur Radio Club
Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club