by on Jun.01, 2014, under ARES / RACES, CERT, Club Information, Skywarn, Weather



200 AM EDT SUN JUN 1 2014

For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

An elongated area of low pressure located over the Bay of Campeche extends northeastward into the south-central Gulf of Mexico. Although shower activity is currently disorganized, some slow
development of this nearly stationary disturbance will be possible over the next several days as environmental conditions become marginally conducive.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 percent

Today marks the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, which will run until November 30.  Long-term averages for the number of named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes are 12, 6, and 3,

The list of names for 2014 is as follows:

Name           Pronunciation               Name            Pronunciation
Arthur          AR-thur                        Laura           LOOR-ruh
Bertha           BUR-thuh                   Marco           MAR-koe
Cristoabl      krees-TOH-bahl         Nana            NA-na
Dolly              DAH-lee                     Omar            OH-mar
Edouard        eh-DWARD               Paulette       pawl-LET
Fay                 fay                        Rene              re-NAY
Gonzalo        gohn-SAH-loh           Sally              SAL-ee
Hanna          HAN-uh                      Teddy           TEHD-ee
Isaias            ees-ah-EE-ahs           Vicky             VIH-kee
Josephine    JOH-seh-feen           Wilfred         WILL-fred
Kyle               KY-ull

This product, the Tropical Weather Outlook, briefly describes significant areas of disturbed weather and their potential for tropical cyclone formation during the next 48 hours.  The issuance times of this product are 2 AM, 8 AM, 2 AM, and 8 PM EDT.  After the change to standard time in November, the issuance times are 1 AM, 7 AM, 1 PM, and 7 PM EST.

A Special Tropical Weather Outlook will be issued to provide updates, as necessary, in between the regularly scheduled issuances of the Tropical Weather Outlook.  Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued under the same WMO and AWIPS headers as the regular Tropical Weather Outlooks.

A standard package of products, consisting of the Tropical Cyclone Public Advisory, the Forecast/Advisory, the Tropical Cyclone Discussion, and the Wind Speed Probabilities, is issued every six hours for all ongoing tropical cyclones.  In addition, a Special Advisory package may be issued at any time to advise of significant unexpected changes or to modify watches or warnings.

The Tropical Cyclone Update is a brief statement to inform of significant changes in a tropical cyclone or to post or cancel watches or warnings.  It is used in lieu of or to precede the issuance of a special advisory package.  The Tropical Cyclone Update is also used to provide a continuous flow of information regarding the center location of a tropical cyclone when watches or warnings are in effect and the center can be easily tracked with land-based radar.  Tropical Cyclone Updates, which can be issued at any time, can be found under WMO header WTNT61-65 KNHC, and under AWIPS header MIATCUAT1-5.

All National Hurricane Center text and graphical products are available on the web at http://www.hurricanes.gov. You can also interact with NHC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NWSNHC . Notifications are available via Twitter when select National
Hurricane Center products are issued.  Information about our Atlantic Twitter feed is available at http://www.hurricanes.gov/twitter.php.

Forecaster Stewart


by on May.15, 2014, under Club Information

Gates Open to Public 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Vendor / Tailgater Set-Up: 7:00 A.M.

Admission: $5.00 (12/Under Free)
** Free Raffle Ticket with Each Admission **
Free Parking Snacks Available Portable Digital Set-Up Display


** Additional Raffle Tickets **   $1.00 / Each or (6) / $5.00

K4NRC —- Talk-In —– 146.925  —–(88.5 PL)
Newton County Radio Club — http://ncrcga.org

POD Managers Training

by on May.15, 2014, under ARES / RACES, CERT, Training

Good Afternoon All;

Please save the date for our annual POD Managers training on June 5th, from 10:30 until 2pm, with lunch being provided.  Please also share with any of your leadership staff that you want to attend. 

We are in the process of moving to a new e-mail system and so just wanted to share so you can “save the date”.  I will send out more information as soon as possible. 


Beverly Lester R.N., EMHP, CEM
Healthcare Liaison
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Forest Park Center Annex
685 Forest Parkway
Forest Park Georgia 30297
Phone#- 678-610-7246
E-mail: blester@dhr.state.ga.us

Merger of Alpha Amplifiers & Tentec

by on May.15, 2014, under Club Information

Announcing the Merger of Alpha Amplifiers & Tentec

Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC Merge Under RF Concepts Banner


LONGMONT, Colo.- May 9, 2014 – Announcing today the merger of Longmont, Colorado -based RF Concepts LLC / Alpha Amplifiers and Sevierville, Tenn.-based TEN-TEC Inc., RF Concepts Chairman Michael Seedman, AA6DY, declared the union the perfect combination of amateur radio brands. The merger creates a multi-million-dollar company with products that span QRP transceivers to full-legal-limit amplifiers and establishes an organization with the size and scale to continue to innovate into the next decade and beyond.


RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers has been building amplifiers continuously since the early 1970s and has put more than 13,000 amplifiers in the hands of demanding amateur radio operators. Alpha Amplifiers are considered “the finest line of linear amplifiers in the world” by the ham community. TEN-TEC, founded in 1968, produces top-of-the-line receivers, transceivers, amplifiers and tuners and is known worldwide for the reliability and performance of its products.


“For more than 40 years, Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC have shared a reputation in the amateur radio market for offering exceptionally well-engineered, American-made products backed by extraordinary customer service,” said Seedman. “Alpha Amplifiers is known for ‘key down performance,’ and TEN-TEC is known for pushing the boundaries of transceiver performance and capabilities.


“The merger of these brands under the RF Concepts banner makes perfect sense,” added Seedman, “not only in terms of creating a powerful product line, but also in terms of positioning our company for the future. This merger more than doubles the size of our business allowing us to invest more capital in innovative engineering and customer-driven product development.”


RF Concepts’ operations will now be shared between its Longmont Colorado facility and its Sevierville Tennessee facility. The company is currently seeking a new operations facility in the Sevierville area to more efficiently house factory operations, part of the engineering resources, and technical and customer support services. The Colorado facility will house engineering resources, technical and customer support services, and much of the front-office operations.


Both Jim Wharton, NO4A, who in January of this year took the reins of TEN-TEC upon the retirement of founder Jack Burchfield, K4JU and Ken Long, N0QO, who has been overseeing the operations at Alpha Amplifiers will be Presidents of their respective group, working together to build a strong, innovative company.


“Ken and I have spent quite a bit of time discussing our short- and long-term focus over the last few weeks and I feel our responsibilities are very clearly defined.”, said Wharton.


“Jim and I have a lot of work to do to make sure the merging of these two brands goes as smoothly as possible.” added Long.


The merger announcement comes just days before one of the signature amateur radio events in North America-the Dayton (Ohio) Hamvention-where more than 75,000 hams are expected to converge on the Hara Arena Complex to discover the latest innovations in amateur radio. Both Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC will operate separate booths at this years show (May 16 – 18). Both booths will feature new products and special offers to commemorate the merger. At booths 209-210 in the North Hall, Alpha Amplifiers will be demonstrating the soon-to-be released DreamTuner 4040 Automatic Antenna Tuner, a graphically based, 4KW Autotuner. At booths 458-450 in the East Hall, TEN-TEC will unveil the Patriot, an open source, arduino-based SSB transceiver.


About RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers

RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers manufactures high-end linear amplifiers for ham radio enthusiasts. Based in Longmont, Colo., the company is known worldwide for its quality amplifiers. Alpha Amplifiers have been continuously manufactured in the United States since the early 1970s.



TEN-TEC Inc. was founded in 1968 to provide beautifully engineered, well-crafted, well-supported and high-performing products to the amateur radio market. For 46 years the Sevierville, Tenn.-based company has passionately designed, crafted and tested premium products which have earned the company a solid reputation and loyal brand followers throughout the world.


Heavy Rain-Severe WX Forecast

by on Apr.28, 2014, under ARES / RACES, Club Information, Skywarn, Weather

Good Evening,Confidence has increased that the pattern over the coming days will be favorable for heavy rain and severe thunderstorms.Discussion:  A slow-moving cold front will continue approaching the area from the west through the next few days. Because the movement of this system will be quite slow, heavy rainfall remains a distinct concern.  In addition, the environment will be supportive of an extended severe thunderstorm threat.WHERE: Heavy rainfall amounts are possible area wide, with the highest accumulations generally along on north of the I-85 corridor. The severe weather potential will increase across northwest Georgia Monday evening and spread south and east on Tuesday. While the threat level is less certain, the potential for some severe thunderstorms will likely exist across portions of central Georgia on Wednesday.WHAT: Heavy rainfall may cause flooding given the slow system movement. Forecast rainfall amounts will likely cause minor flooding of many streams and rivers. There is also the risk for flash flooding in thunderstorms where heavy rainfall occurs in a short period of time.Strong to severe thunderstorms will also likely occur during this period. Hail, high winds, and tornadoes will all be possible—especially during the Monday night through Tuesday time frame.

WHEN: Monday night through Thursday. The severe weather threat will ramp up Monday night across northwest Georgia, increasing across the rest of north and west central Georgia from Tuesday morning into Tuesday afternoon.  The cold front will push into the state on Wednesday, pushing the heavy rain and severe potential eastward. Rain and storms should push east of the entire area by Friday.

Rainfall: Due to the multi-day nature of this event, many areas will see 2 – 4″ rainfall totals, with isolated higher amounts possible. A Flood Watch has been issued for the entire area from midnight Tuesday until 2 AM on Thursday to highlight this hazard. Refer to the forecast rainfall map at the end of this email for further information on where the highest amounts are expected. Again, these amounts will likely cause minor river and stream flooding as well as some flash flooding issues.

Severe thunderstorms: Severe thunderstorms with hail, high winds, and some tornadoes will occur during this time frame.  The attached graphic gives our best estimate for locations of greatest severe potential through the period, but do not focus on exact areas as they will likely change as we refine the forecast.  Future email updates will refine this threat as more concrete information becomes available.

CONFIDENCE: The confidence level for heavy rainfall amounts and severe weather is high. Exact timing and threats will continue to be updated as the event approaches.

Ryan Willis
National Weather Service  Atlanta/Peachtree City, GA

Rainfall Amt Forecast


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