The WX5FWD SKYWARN Team organization is entirely supported by volunteers and donations. Although the NWS facilitates us to operate from the NWS forecast office, the radio desk equipment and time are provided by volunteers and donations.
Volunteers and others donate, construct or support the radios and antenna systems. This includes four VHF/UHF antennas and the HF antenna. Volunteers donate or support Radio over Internet Protocol (RoIP / IRLP / EchoLink) systems and services for access to SKYWARN spotters in areas we cannot reach directly, radio to radio. There are monthly subscriptions for servers to provide EchoLink and IRLP conferences, this web site and email services for the radio desk. Also radio desk computers, software, subscriptions, maintenance and repair.
The radio equipment is starting to show its age, most radios are more than ten years old. The radios are a mixture of brands and models, which causes confusion for radio operators. During wide area events, we may operate from five or six radio positions simultaneously.
The team is hoping the replace the mixture of old radios with a single make and model. This will greatly reduce the operational complexity for our volunteer operators. At an expected total cost of a few thousand dollars for four to six radios, we need a little help to make this happen.
Although donations may not be tax deductible, your contribution is still requested and very much appreciated. All of your contribution will be used for the WX5FWD SKYWARN radio desk equipment and systems, excluding transaction fees (PayPal or credit card) and income taxes.
If you truly appreciate the services that we provide, and if you would like to help promote our effectiveness and success, we would certainly be thankful for your financial support. Also, if you are associated with or know of business entities with an interest in our future, please either forward contact information to us, or invite them to contact us for possible access to their grants for community service. Anyone may contact us through the feedback page, linked at the top of the web site.
The WX5FWD SKYWARN Team appreciates all contributions, monetary or otherwise. If you already support SKYWARN programs by volunteering or in other ways, thank you! Please let others know about SKYWARN and the WX5FWD SKYWARN Team by directing them to the Fort Worth NWS web site and this WX5FWD.ORG web site.
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