Reporting via radio – Mid-Iowa Skywarn Association

During a K0DMX Skywarn activation, net control (far right) works side-by-side with NWS meteorologists in a fast-paced developing situation.

In addition to following the general observation guidelines, spotters utilizing amateur radio should also be familiar with the guidelines for reporting via radio to ensure efficiency and clarity between all stations and net control. For a list of repeaters utilized by the Mid-Iowa Skywarn net control station, see the MISA Repeater Network page.

Taken from the MISA Operating Manual

  • Transmit your CALL SIGN plus one of the KEY WORDS listed above in the “Criteria” list.
  • The net control station (NCS) will then acknowledge with your CALL SUFFIX and the words “GO AHEAD”.
  • On your next transmission state the CONDITION, TIME, LOCATION, and SOURCE (CTLS).
  • After receiving your report the NCS will then acknowledge your last transmission.

Notes/Definitions:

  • TIME should be in standard 12 hour format.
  • LOCATION should be your county, affected city or town (nearest major cross streets if possible).
  • CONDITION: What weather event from your “KEYWORD” is happening.
  • SOURCE: Your call sign. If you are reporting a weather event from another source, please name that source.

Example of an on-air exchange:

Reporting Station: “This is WØXYZ… HAIL”

Net Control Station: “XYZ, GO AHEAD”

Reporting Station: “ MEASURED ¾-INCH HAIL, OCCURING NOW AT 4:35 PM, STORY COUNTY, 1 MILE NE OF MAXWELL, WØXYZ”.

Net Control Station: “ROGER, XYZ, COPY MEASURED ¾-INCH HAIL, OCCURRING NOW AT 4:35PM, STORY COUNTY, 1 MILE NE OF MAXWELL,”. (if any other information is needed, NCS will ask the calling station). This is KØDMX.”