What is Northwest Oregon SKYWARN?

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Northwest Oregon Skywarn is made up of the following Counties:

Northwest Oregon Skywarn Counties
Benton Clackamas Clatsop Columbia
Hood River Lane Lincoln Linn
Marion Multnomah Tillamook Washington


If you would like to be a member of NW Oregon SKYWARN and receive activation notifications for weather related events, please send an email with your contact information to w0dsf@arrl.net. You should include a good telephone number that is text capable where you can be reached and/or your email address. Keep in mind that when the power goes out in your area, your email will not be a good source of contacting you. I hope to hear from YOU soon.

Most people think that weather related events means snow, rain, hail, sleet, tornado and hurricane. However, we activated this past summer for heat and fire danger. Weather doesn’t wait for a convenient time to happen, so everyone needs to be ready.


Visit Weather Related Training by KC7MM for links and training material used on the net.


Current Net Controls are: W0KCF, Kevin; KD6IFF, Norm, KC7MM, Russ; and W0DSF, Debbie. Alternate Net Controls are: K7SAK, Yuuki; K7OBY, Tobias; and K7WXW, Bill. We monitor the 147.32 most all day (during waking hours).  If you have weather to report, contact one of the four Net Control Stations. All Net Controls can forward reports to the National Weather Service, Portland.

Anyone interested in becoming a Net Control Station, contact Debbie Fox, Net Manager either on the air or by email: w0dsf@arrl.net.

Who is Eligible?

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

Weekly Net

NW Oregon Weather Spotters Network has a net on the 147.32 Mhz/442.325 Mhz/147.040 Mhz repeater system on Wednesday nights at 8:05 PM. This repeater system is owned and operated by Amateur Radio Relay Group, Inc. (ARRG). The repeaters have a 100 hz tone.

NW Oregon Weather Spotters Network is a group of Amateur Radio operators that are interested in weather, storm tracking and other pertinent wether information. To join the NW Oregon Weather Spotters Network just have a desire to help and track weather. The net is open to all amateur radio operators. I would suggest getting an NWSCHAT account at https://nwschat.weather.gov/ to get the most current information from the Nationl Weather Service and to send weather reports during extreme weather situations.

We are creating an activation call list. If you would like to be on this list please email us at activation@nworegonskywarn.info. We will need the following information:

  • Name
  • callsign
  • Spotter Designation
  • County
  • Phone number (that you want to receive activation on)
  • Email address
  • Do Not Call Times (IE. 12 am to 7 am or none.) Quit times you pick

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