Cleveland Skywarn provides amateur radio support for the Cleveland Office of the National Weather Service. We use a wide-area 6 meter repeater that covers most of the county warning area to deliver reports from trained spotters in the field to forecasters in near real-time. This helps the forecasters issue more accurate warnings sooner, which in turn helps to ensure public safety. We operate out of the National Weather Service forecast office in Cleveland.
The county warning area consists of the 30 counties covered by the Cleveland NWS office. During a severe weather event, each county will run a net that gathers reports from spotters in the field. A liaison station checked into this net filters and passes those reports on to WX8CLE at Cleveland Weather. Please do not make reports directly to the backbone unless no local nets are in operation – see reporting procedures for more information.
Cleveland Skywarn is coordinated by the National Weather Service in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Skywarn. It is not an ARRL or ARES program and is not affiliated with any other club or organization. Amateur radio is only one component of the larger program. You do not need to be a member of the ARRL, ARES, or any club to participate.
The backbone net takes place on the normally-closed F2 repeater system. 52.68 RX, 52.92 TX, PL 107.2. The F2 repeater is also linked to a UHF repeater, 444.975 RX, 449.975 TX, with a DPL of 251. Note that you must receive in carrier squelch on UHF.