News and Announcements
A symposium for RACES members, served agencies, emergency incident coordinators and neighboring communities. Introduction to resources, capabilities, agencies’ needs, and tools.
Saturday September 10, 2016
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
No Charge to Attend
Sponsored by the City of Richardson
Location: Richardson Civic Center Richardson, TX
14S QB 12052 49087
RACES Grid 1045
Talk In K5RWK/R (147.120+ no tone)
For further information and to register early please visit the 2016 RACES Conclave Information and Registration site. Registration is not required but encouraged.
The Dallas County RACES Council announces the release of the 2016 Cloud Cowboy Reference Manual. This is the 26th year in production for the primary reference manual used by storm spotters in Dallas County. The significant change this year is the complete deprecation of the use of Mapsco for location reporting. Mapsco should no longer be used for any reporting purposes and all reports should be via US National Grid and/or major thoroughfare intersections that are readily identifiable to residents of Dallas County without referring to a mapping resource.
As always, a hearty thanks to the SKYWARN storm spotters for your continued efforts in training and service to our communities!
NCS Operator Guidlines
A few reminders of how we operate on the City of Dallas RACES and county wide Net on 146.880/442.075. These guidelines are meant to harmonize our operations. They are not intended to remove your personality or style as an NCS operator.
A large number of people depend upon our professionalism to ensure radio circuit discipline. The better we become, the better and more professionally we perform our duties as Net Control Stations; the better the participants in our Nets will become.
We are the calm, cool, and collected voice of reason. We are the professionals that set the tone and rhythm of the Net. Your voice, your personality, your quiet confidence and professionalism will be what Net participants, served agencies and other consumers will come to rely upon when Bad Things™ occur.
There are several characteristics that comprise a good Net Control Station. Often, we don’t think
about these things at a conscious level. It is amazing when we hear and experience them. Allow
these characteristics to rise to the level of consciousness in your operations.
We are the metaphorical calm, lone voice in the literal storm. Our thoughtfulness, preparation, dedication, and training will be what ensures we continue to operate at a professional level when the Bad Thing™ occurs. It is imperative we maintain an even tone and level head while others in our community may be suffering greatly.
As of 2014 Dallas County RACES is switching to use of the US National Grid as our location reporting grid. USNG and Mapsco will be accepted during the 2014 season. USNG will become primary in 2015 with Mapsco use discouraged.
Please click USNG Training Deck for the US National Grid training browser-based slide deck for the training occurring on February 15th, 2014.
The 2014 Cloud Cowboy Reference Manual is now available. The significant change this year is a change to use the US National Grid for location reports. This years' CCRM contains the USNG 5K map necessary to determine a spotter's location and a description of how to understand and employ the USNG. Updates are also included for the Mapsco overview and the North Texas SKYWARN repeater maps. The repeater map now also includes offset and tone information as well.
Dallas County RACES will begin using the US National Grid to report locations beginning in the 2014 season. A five kilometer grid overlaid on the county is available US National Grid 5K. Mapsco reports will be accepted in 2014 and discouraged in 2015. The current Mapsco overview map is Mapsco Overview Map.
ARLINGTON, Texas -The Texas Severe Storms Association (TESSA) will host the National Storm Conference on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Bluebonnet Room at the University of Texas at Arlington. Speakers will deliver presentations on severe weather safety, storm spotter training and in-depth discussions on supercell and tornado meteorology.
One of the event's major elements, the annual Super Storm Spotter Session, will provide the highest level of training available to storm spotters anywhere in the country.
"As the largest metropolitan area in Tornado Alley, the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex is the perfect place for the National Storm Conference," said Martin Lisius, TESSA chairman. "DFW sees it's share of dangerous weather each year and over time has established itself as a center for severe weather education that benefits communities across the country."
This years event is expected to draw nearly 500 attendees, including storm spotters, storm chasers, emergency managers, forecasters, researchers, educators, and others from across the US.
The Texas Severe Storms Association is a 501(c)3 national non-profit organization dedicated to severe weather education. The group was founded in 1993 and is based in Arlington, Texas. It is the largest organization of its kind in the nation.
Bluebonnet Room in E. H. Hereford University Center USNG 14S PB 77047 23134.
Parking in Lot F11 USNG 14S PB 7706 2319, or Lot F12 USNG 14S PB 7695 2323
The 2014 Dallas County SKYWARN School will take place Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland, Texas. Basic class begins at 0900. Advanced class after lunch.
Granville Arts Center location USNG 14S QB 2108 4430
Save the date! The 2013 Dallas County SKYWARN School will take place Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland, Texas.
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