Activation

San Bernardino County Skywarn Spotter Procedures

Standard reporting procedures are outlined here including telephone, amateur radio and the National Weather Service on-line storm report website link.

Report the event as it occurs, whether or not there is an activation, if you are observing local weather that is significant; such as any weather related damage, strong thunderstorms, hail, high winds, waterspouts, landspouts, dense fog (less than 300 ft visibility), very heavy rain, tornadoes, flooding, high surf, etc. Report now, not hours later! Let the forecasters have as much ground truth information as possible.

If you have any doubts as to whether you should report an event, always report it. The NWS staff are very friendly and easy to work with.

PHONE

Call the forecasting team at the NWS directly on the 800 spotter number. Keep in mind that it may be busy during an activation.

AMATEUR RADIO

Used during SKYWARN activations:

HEAPS PK REPEATER: 145.120 (-)Tone 131.8.

BACK UP IF HEAPS IS INOPERABLE:

CRESTLINE REPEATER: 146.850 (-) 146.2

BACK UP ON CRESTLINE: IS 445.360 (-) 162.

Table Mt. 145.280 (-) 131.8 will still be used for Desert / Mtn. activations.

ONLINE

The best method is reporting ONLINE. This method sends the report directly to the forecasting team at the NWS. They have to respond to it since it pops up on their computer screen. Click HERE to use the ONLINE spotter report.

Barstow Repeater

FOR THE BARSTOW AREA THE FLASH MTN REPEATER IS USED, WHICH IS 147.180 +pl 151.4, AND THAT IS LINKED TO THE RODMAN MTN REPEATER WHICH IS 147.885 –pl 151.4.