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Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc.
a 501(c)3 Corporation
P.O. Box 51174, Lafayette, Louisiana 70505

AARA is dedicated to serving the Acadiana Region of
Southwest Louisiana

SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program


General Program Information

The SKYWARN® program is sponsored by the National Weather Service (NWS).  It is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 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.  Additional information can be found at NWS - SKYWARN

Advanced SKYWARN Training

YouTube Video Series
Presented by:   Roger Erickson - KD5BUI
                               NWS - Lake Charles, Louisiana

SKYWARN Training Part 1        SKYWARN Training Part 2        SKYWARN Training Part 3

SKYWARN Training Part 4        SKYWARN Training Part 5        SKYWARN  Training Part 6

SKYWARN  Training Part 7

Lafayette SKYWARN Repeater System

* * *NOTICE * * *

The parish owned 145.370 MHz WA5TNK SKYWARN repeater system detailed below has been offline for an extended period of time but has recently been returned to service on an interim basis.  Its long term status is unknown at this time.  Therefore, SKYWARN and other EMCOMM related nets/activations will continue to be conducted on the club's 147.040 MHz W5EXI Duson repeater but may periodically be held on the SKYWARN repeater, one of the other area repeaters or a quadrant based simplex frequency as listed on the Acadiana EMCOMM Frequency List.  Additional information can be found on the EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS page of this website.

The Lafayette SKYWARN repeater system is operated by the Lafayette City-Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.  It transmits on 145.370 MHz from a main transmitter located on top of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse in downtown Lafayette.  Access into the repeater is accomplished thru any of the five remote receivers located around the parish.  Each remote receiver listens for transmissions on 144.770 MHz but accepts only those that transmit the PL tone for that respective receiver.  When a remote receiver hears a transmission with it's specified PL tone, it repeats the transmission to the main repeater on 446.950 MHz.  The main repeater then repeats the transmission out on 145.370 MHz.

The Lafayette Parish is segmented into 4 quadrants separated North/South by I-10 and East/West by I-49/US 90.  Each of the four remote receivers are designed to provide coverage for one of the parish quadrants.  A fifth remote receiver is located at Cajun Field to provide additional coverage to the central area of the City of Lafayette.  Each quadrant is also assigned a simplex frequency for use in the event all, or portions, of the repeater system become inoperable. 

A map showing the parish quadrants, their assigned simplex frequencies and other EMCOMM repeaters can be viewed at SKYWARN Quadrant Map

Additional information on this repeater system can be found at Lafayette SKYWARN Repeater System Information on the Lafayette City-Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness can be found at Lafayette Parish OHSEP.

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