NWS Wakefield SKYWARN
Amateur Radio Support Team
WX4AKQ Wakefield, VA
Training for New Net Control Operators
The minimum requirements to qualify as a Net Control Operator, as well as the minimum Station Requirements, are listed in the SKYWARN Operations Manual. If you meet these requirements, you may qualify to become a SKYWARN Net Control Operator upon completion of our training process. Briefly, some key requirements to become a SKYWARN NCO:
Net Control Operator training is valid for a maximum of three years. Beyond the initial training, the re-certification requirements are as follows:
Training Process & Course Materials
The materials used in our NCO Training program are provided here for your reference. Existing NCO's are encouraged to periodically review these materials as a refresher, but this does not relieve existing team members of the 3-year re-certification requirement.
The training process for new NCO's is as follows:
Additionally, all team members must maintain valid Spotter training for the duration of their participation with our team. See Spotter Training Requirements for NCO's for more information.
Net Control Operator training is in the form of a live classroom training session running between 3 and 4 hours depending on the number of participants. The training session briefly reviews the information in the Training Manual and Ops Manual, with an opportunity for Q&A. Take notes as you read through the material and come prepared with questions! The class will focus on operation of the NCO Dashboard and net procedures. There will be practice nets and all class participants will be expected to participate and log some reports.
Additional one-on-one training will be available after the class as time permits, and SKYWARN Area Managers will work personally with individual team members to fully develop each new team member's comfort level with our systems and processes. Questions?
You may contact the Leadership Team via e-mail with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the training and the topics covered in the written materials, or with questions about the training sessions.