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February 24: Annual MISA membership meeting and spotter training

The annual Mid-Iowa Skywarn Association business meeting will be held this Tuesday, February 24, beginning at 6:45 p.m., located in the third floor recital hall of Plymouth Congregational Church, 42nd and Ingersoll, in Des Moines. Everyone is welcome.

The business meeting will be followed at 7 p.m. by the first Polk County storm spotter training, presented by the National Weather Service, the Mid-Iowa Skywarn Association, and the Des Moines Radio Amateurs’ Association. Everyone is welcome — you do not need to be a licensed amateur radio operator to attend and there is no RSVP necessary. If you are already a registered spotter, you are encouraged to attend a spotter session each year to keep your skills sharpened and to learn new material that is introduced each year.

Proposed meeting agenda and minutes after the jump. Read more →

16th Annual Skywarn Recognition Day: December 5-6, 2014

You can work K0DMX via the MISA linked repeater system, HF SSB, or D-STAR (Reflector 001C).

The 16th Annual Skywarn Recognition Day (SRD) will be held at National Weather Service offices around the nation to celebrate the contributions amateur radio operators make during severe weather. The Des Moines National Weather Service (NWS) office, located at 9607 NW Beaver Drive in Johnston, will be open on Friday, November 5 from 6 p.m. until midnight and again Saturday, December 6th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for storm spotters, amateur radio operators, and members of the interested public to visit the office, learn about the mission of the Mid-Iowa Skywarn Association (MISA) and to make radio contacts on HF and VHF/UHF. This is a way of saying “thank you” to storm spotters from the staff of the Des Moines NWS office.

While it’s not a formal contest, stations should try to contact as many other NWS offices and other non-NWS stations as possible. The Des Moines NWS office, using the station call sign K0DMX, will be operating on the 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands as well as on the linked MISA repeater system on VHF and UHF, including D-STAR. Around 100 NWS stations are expected to participate this year.

Even if you’re not able to make it to the Des Moines NWS office to participate in the event, all amateur radio operators within the range of a repeater on the MISA linked system is encouraged to make a contact on the linked system. If you can make a contact on both a VHF repeater and UHF repeater, please do! That would count as two contacts since it was made on two different bands.

Skywarn Recognition Day was created in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to recognize the importance that amateur radio provides during severe weather. Many NWS offices acquire real-time weather information from amateur radio operators in the field. These operators, for example, may report the position of a tornado, the height of flood waters, or damaging wind speeds during hurricanes. All of this information is critical to the mission of the NWS which is to preserve life and property. The special event celebrates this special contribution by amateur radio operators.

The 2014 Skywarn Recognition Day in Des Moines is organized jointly by the Des Moines National Weather Service staff and the Mid-Iowa Skywarn Association. Contact information, as well as details and updates will be available on the Mid-Iowa Skywarn Association website at http://www.midiowaskywarn.org and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/midiowaskywarn.

2014 MISA membership business meeting minutes


The meeting was called to order at 6:45 p.m. by MISA President Tom Reis N0VPR. Introductions took place. 23 members were present.

Treasurer’s report: Tom reported that $516.11 remained in the treasury.

Old business:
Review of storm reporting procedures – Tom and Kevin reviewed the procedures and etiquette for reporting severe weather via the amateur radio linked system.

MISA Handbook – the MISA is available on MISA website.

New business: No new business reported.

Election of MISA officers for 2014-2015
Tom nominated all incumbents for re-election. The floor was opened up to nominations for all positions. Hearing none, the ballot was closed. The membership was in favor of re-electing the incumbents. This included Tom Reis N0VPR as president, Jeff Johnson KC0OGL as vice president, and Kevin Sanders K0KDS as secretary treasurer.

Ron Hobbs N0XWI motioned for adjournment; Mark Globuschutz K0MJG seconded. The meeting adjourned at 6:56 p.m.