Storm spotters can refresh and increase their knowledge at
events in this month and next. One is the official spotter training that the
National Weather Service plans to conduct in Fort Wayne October 22. The other
is the annual Indiana Storm Chaser’s Convention Nov. 16.
NWS spotter class
As Allen County HamNews reported last month, the Northern
Indiana office (IWX) of the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a storm
spotter class, beginning at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Public Safety
Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing. That’s behind the Walmart and Menards stores,
off Lafayette Street, south of Tillman Road.
IWX needs spotter reports year-round. Autumn classes like
the one in Fort Wayne October 22 will cover late-season severe weather as well
as winter weather types and reporting methods.
Even if you attended a spotter class last spring, I
recommend attending this October class. It will give you a chance to see what
changes IWX has made to its curriculum, refresh your knowledge for the autumn
severe weather season, and prepare you to be more helpful during the winter
weather season. I plan to attend and hope to see you there. Register online at www.weather.gov/iwx/Spotter_Event_List.
Indiana Storm Chaser’s Convention
Every year, serious storm chasers from around the Midwest
gather in the Indianapolis area for a day of learning about severe meteorology
and other topics related to their hobby. Unlike chasers, storm spotters might
not be interested in driving all over the Plains in the hope of seeing a
tornado. The information imparted at the Indiana Storm Chaser’s Convention,
however, can help any storm spotters be more effective at protecting their
The Convention unfortunately conflicts with the first day of
the Fort Wayne Hamfest. But for storm spotters who are eager to increase their
knowledge of severe meteorology, it can be worth attending, even if it means
missing the first day of the Hamfest. Learn more about the Indiana Storm
Chaser’s Convention at www.indchasercon.com.
The Fort Wayne Radio Club participated in the annual Allen County Safety Fair Sep. 14 at Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center in southwestern Fort Wayne. The event was designed to help citizens learn how to prepare, survive and recover from a disaster such as a tornado or earthquake. It provided information from local police and firefighters, and from other experts at over 45 informative booths. Below are photos of the FWRC’s display, taken by Steve Nardin, W9SAN Click on any photo for a larger version and to start a slide show.
The September foxhunt occurred on Sunday the 15th of September, which turned out to be a beautiful early fall day in Indiana, temperatures in the mid 80’s and a overcast sky with a pleasant breeze to make things comfortable following early morning showers.
three hunter teams for this one. The first consisted of Jim & Annie Pliett,
K9OMA and KA9YYI, plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE. The second team included Steve and Linda
Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN plus their grandson Alex. And the third team included Don Glick, K9LI
and his wife Julie.
KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP served as the fox. They very effectively hid
out at the Leo Junior/Senior High School complex where the school buses park,
on the south side of the property. They
hid the microfox in a piece of grey plastic tubing plastered up against a
chain-link fence and surrounded by a bunch of vegetation. It was in plain sight
yet very difficult to see.
The fox went on
the air right on time at 13:30 hours and produced a very weak signal at the
Cobin Memorial Park fox hunter starting point.
But it was strong enough for the three teams to get an initial bearing
and peel rubber as they took off to the north-east.