When the NWS issues a warning or watch statement, the Du Page Amateur Radio Club (DARC) Severe Weather net is activated on the DARC repeater system. The DARC primary Severe Weather repeater at 442.550 MHz output frequency (+5 MHz offset) with a 114.8 Hz PL. The DARC 2 Meter repeater [145.43 MHz with a 107.2 Hz PL] . In the event that both the primary and secondary repeaters fail during a net, stations that have checked-in should tune to the N9ATO repeater [443.900 MHz (+5 MHz offset) with a 114.8 Hz PL].
Listen on the DARC repeater for Emergency Alert System (EAS) warning announcements and NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) for watch and warning specifics.
While all weather radios will report ALL weather warnings broadcasted by the National Weather Service, some Weather Radios come with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) capability that when programmed with the appropriate Federal Information and Processing Standards (FIPS Code) will set off an alarm for any warnings specific to your area (County). The NWS weather radios at our repeater sites only alert for events that impact DuPage County.
|The FIPS codes for DuPage and
surrounding Counties are:
|NWS Reporting Reference|
|NWS Direct Line: 800-681-2972|
|NWS EchoLink: Node Number 293451|
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