The WX5FWD SKYWARN™ team are volunteer radio operator liaisons for the Fort Worth National Weather Service (NWS) North Texas SKYWARN™ Spotters. During SKYWARN events, you are reporting information to our team and the NWS warning forecasters. Three goals of a storm spotter are to safely observe, identify and report conditions.

Weather spotters provide what's called "ground truth" to the National Weather Service and emergency weather management. Spotters are needed because, while radar is very good at helping the National Weather Service see what's going on in the upper atmosphere, it's unable to detect what's actually happening on the ground because of the curvature of the Earth. Knowing the "ground truth" about a weather event from the location can be the deciding factor to issue a warning.

Radar of Burnet Tornado South of Lampasas 11-Jun-2009

These are some screen capture images I saved of the tornado that spawned a warning from San Antonio after the cell moved south of our CWA. This cell had been producing baseball hail, lowerings and rotation as it moved south.


The WX5FWD SKYWARN® Team is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the IRS and incorporated in the state of Texas in 2022.


  1. To support the National Weather Service (NWS) during severe weather events through the SKYWARN® Program and by the coordinating of storm spotters, receipt, and processing of spotter reports, and to provide technical, radio, and any other assistance required during weather or emergency events.
  2. Provide service to the community at large through providing communications and other services, without compensation, for NWS and amateur radio events and in emergency situations.
    1. Provide a communications capability and a source of technical support for the benefit of members and the community, especially in times of emergency;
    2. Promote fraternalism and cooperation among members;
    3. Furthering technical expertise in the fields of radio and electronics through Team activities and training classes;
    4. Training in proper radio operating procedures and emergency preparedness through member participation in operating events and special activities.

Off-Center-Fed (OCF) Dipole Antenna

Off-Center-Fed (OCF) Dipole Antenna for the National Weather Service

October 2007

Rick Sagers, W7YC



An OCF dipole was designed for the National Weather Service so as to be resonant on even harmonics of 80 meters (80-40-20). This antenna will replace the fan dipole antenna currently in operation, which serves the same three bands.

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