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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Davidson View Post
    So I went chasing today and we have a local net that has a station at the local NWS office. Every time we have an event near my home town I check in and I pretty much get chastised every time. The net operator always tells me "This net doesn't send people out, go find another net that does"

    WTF? I'm 23 and he talks to me like I'm a kid. Who cares if I'm mobile! I still consider it spotting if I stay within my City Limits and when I go out of the City then its chasing.

    This has happened several times and I really don't know what to make of it. I like the repeater and the net because the net talks directly to the NWS office but I feel like I'm being pushed away.

    What should I do?
    Brian,

    I haven't kept up with how the KC area runs Skywarn or know which area you're calling from, but I'd get a hold of Brian Short (KC0BS) and talk to him. IIRC he's the EC for Johnson county, KS and of anyone in the area could tell you the lay of the land, as it were. Every county runs a different net and each NCS relays reports to NWS Pleasant Hill via the 82 machine, last I knew. Some will send folks out, some won't.

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    Reading the posts here, I'm wondering if there is any reason to equip my vehicle with a 2-meter radio other than to run the risk of stepping on the toes of some NCO's kingdom. Comments about Spotter Network, etc., taking the place of the traditional ham radio nets, etc., make me wonder if its worth shelling out the bucks for a radio and the time and effort to get a license.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Rennie View Post
    Reading the posts here, I'm wondering if there is any reason to equip my vehicle with a 2-meter radio other than to run the risk of stepping on the toes of some NCO's kingdom. Comments about Spotter Network, etc., taking the place of the traditional ham radio nets, etc., make me wonder if its worth shelling out the bucks for a radio and the time and effort to get a license.
    Don't let one persons bad experience put you off. Check with your local spotter group and the local WFO to see how they handle things.
    I also recommend a dual band, UHF/VHF. It just gives you more options.

    The more tools you have available the better.

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    Thanks again for the support. I'm going to have to contact some of the local operators that people have recommended. I could be completely in the wrong. I just feel like if a net operates and has a radioman inside the NWS office they should allow chasers. But that is my personal opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Davidson View Post
    Thanks again for the support. I'm going to have to contact some of the local operators that people have recommended. I could be completely in the wrong. I just feel like if a net operates and has a radioman inside the NWS office they should allow chasers. But that is my personal opinion.
    I agree. As long as the person and the report is creditable is should be taken. Our WFO does as does our spotter groups NCO's.

    We have so many tools we can use, SN, Cell phones, Web and radio. It is good to have them all available to us in case one or the other fails.
    Check with your local WFO to see what they do prefer and use.

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    I have always associated mobile operations as an integral part of spotting. Locally we have designated spotter locations which we feel have good visibility and offer 4 ways of escape. Some still prefer their own spot. Sometimes we are asked by the NCO to relocate and occasionally he will ask we hold tight. Net control does its best to position spotters safely using radar and other reports but the decision to leave due to unsafe conditions is always up to the spotter.

    Any report with information is always welcome. Of course as more serious conditions occur, the NCO will ask we limit traffic. However we find locally that reports not necessarily welcomed or needed by the NWS can still help us practice proper net procedures when not much is happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Davidson View Post
    WTF? I'm 23 and he talks to me like I'm a kid.
    Of the hams on that net, you're probably younger than most of their kids. I'm not saying you're a kid, but this is the perspective they are going to have when you talk to them. These are clique-ish clubs that aren't as welcoming or patient with those unfamiliar with the intricacies and routines of how the net operates, or those who are still learning the basics of severe weather reporting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Davidson View Post
    What should I do?
    Forget 'em. Just go chase. Use Spotter Network when you've got a few chases under your belt and are sure of what you're seeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Allison View Post
    Wait until FEMA / NHC start "encouraging" hurricane chaser reports. Then the arm chair liability lawyers are going to come out in droves.
    Oh...liability is already a growing issue for hurricane chasers more so than plain chasers. Reporting to some degree too. I tend to go direct to NHC via echolink hams there. Well...did...not sure if NHC will use SN. It's been two years since a decent landfalling cane...and Earl didn't really have enough to report.

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    Now there is a useless thing except to self promote the ARRL and an excuse for whackers everywhere to pretend they are important.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Rennie View Post
    Reading the posts here, I'm wondering if there is any reason to equip my vehicle with a 2-meter radio other than to run the risk of stepping on the toes of some NCO's kingdom. Comments about Spotter Network, etc., taking the place of the traditional ham radio nets, etc., make me wonder if its worth shelling out the bucks for a radio and the time and effort to get a license.
    If you are not already ham...don't waste the time or money unless you have abundance of both. If you are a ham...it's worth keeping for now.
    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Talbot View Post
    Of the hams on that net, you're probably younger than most of their kids. I'm not saying you're a kid, but this is the perspective they are going to have when you talk to them....<snip>
    More like young enough to be their grand kids...well that HF actually. The whole old, ultra conservative, inability to change mentality of hams (especially those at the helm) is the big reason I gave up on the whole thing. Only keep it for car to car ops while chasing with friends (who are hams). I'm sure that'll be overtaken soon w/ cell tech. soon too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Foster View Post


    Now there is a useless thing except to self promote the ARRL and an excuse for whackers everywhere to pretend they are important.
    Careful how you wield that brush, junior. My ARES group ran out all the whackers, now the whackers just post sanctimonious comments about ARES on Internet forums.

    We may not be all that important, but the counties my group volunteers for seems to think we are. I guess that's why they bought us all new pagers toned off the rural fire dispatch network, are replacing our older 800Mhz trunked radios with new XTS2500's and set up our own console in the 911 center, as well as NWS...

    It probably has something to do with the fact that we maintain the county's mobile Comm vehicle (on top of weather spotting AND post-storm damage assessment) and whenever the cities or the county has a major incident we also roll and set up their communications for them. A few of our folks also have NCIC clearances and could sit in for an actual dispatcher if they had to for whatever reason.

    But that's all just self promotion from a bunch of whackers, right?


    If you are not already ham...don't waste the time or money unless you have abundance of both. If you are a ham...it's worth keeping for now.More like young enough to be their grand kids...well that HF actually. The whole old, ultra conservative, inability to change mentality of hams (especially those at the helm) is the big reason I gave up on the whole thing. Only keep it for car to car ops while chasing with friends (who are hams). I'm sure that'll be overtaken soon w/ cell tech. soon too.
    You know, if you hate ham radio so much, you don't have to wait for the ticket to expire. Feel free to turn it in at any time.

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