NWS Wakefield SKYWARN
Amateur Radio Support Team
WX4AKQ Wakefield, VA
Areas & Frequencies
dTo help organize SKYWARN members, the Wakefield SKYWARN Amateur Radio Support Team has established nine operational areas across the County Warning Area. You can retrieve frequency and Leadership Team contact information using the links below.
The area boundaries should be more important to us than they are to you as a Spotter. You do not need to call reports in to a specific SKYWARN net. Use whatever SKYWARN net you can reach to call in your report, even if it's a neighboring NWS office. Your report will get where it needs to go!
To view SKYWARN frequencies for any area, click on the area number/name in the list below. Areas marked
Not within range of one of our repeaters?
There are two additional ways to submit a report to Wakefield SKYWARN:
Winlink Report Form
Reports can be sent to us over the Winlink network using HF, VHF, or UHF gateways anywhere in the world. The Winlink Express software and our special report template are required. This service supports only spotters in the Wakefield County Warning Area. Reports may be held for review by a SKYWARN team member prior to relay to the National Weather Service. Important: We do not accept Spotter reports sent directly to the WX4AKQ Winlink mailbox! Our WX4AKQ@Winlink.org address is unmonitored during a majority of activations.
Garmin inReach Satellite Messaging
We are testing an experimental service for Delorme/Garmin inReach customers which will allow easy submission of SKYWARN spotter reports to any US National Weather Service Office using the Iridium satellite network. This is a closed beta, personal project of Steve Crow KG4PEQ which is being hosted by Wakefield SKYWARN. Please contact Steve via e-mail for access information.
Recommended Frequencies for Storm Chasers
Storm chasing teams are discouraged from placing routine chase coordination traffic and related discussion on SKYWARN repeaters. Recommended common frequencies for all chase teams operating in the Wakefield CWA can now be found on our ICS205 Comm Plan and are as follows:
These frequencies are recommended common frequencies for use by SKYWARN-affiliated storm chasers operating in the Wakefield CWA. Individual spotters and chase teams are welcome to designate their own additional standard frequencies, but all chasers are encouraged to have these frequencies, when compatible, programmed into their radios. These frequencies are not monitored in any official capacity by any SKYWARN Net Control Operators, the SKYWARN Radio Desk, or NWS personnel.
ICS205 Communications Plans
Each SKYWARN area has a separate ICS205 Communications Plan. The latest ICS205 for each area can be viewed here.