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WX4PTC is the Club Callsign for the Skywarn Net Control station at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, GA. The station trustee is Lynn Bianco,KN4YZ. Lynn is also the Assistant SEC for NWS in the Georgia Section.

Our operating station at the NWS office is equipped with (2)Icom 207H dual band(VHF/UHF) radios, an Icom 2000 with a PacComm TNC for APRS/packet operations, and a Kenwood TS-570D HF radio. Antennas consist of (2) Diamond X-50 dual band (VHF/UHF)antennas, a Cushcraft 10 element 2 meter beam,and a Alpha Delta 10-80mhz dipole all mounted on a 40' tower. We also have a Hustler G-7 to be installed eventually. The NWS PTC office is located adjacent to Peachtree City's Falcon Field.

One Icom IC-207H is used for net control operations and the other is used for remote linking member repeaters to the Skywarn Hub repeater. The second Icom IC-207H is also used to access repeaters that do not have linking abilities. We access those directly and gather spotter reports.

The Georgia Skywarn Linked Repeater System is a series of repeaters linked during severe weather. Three repeaters are used for Skywarn net control operations. The WX4PTC repeater is 444.675+ 77.0 Hz tone is one of the Skywarn hub repeaters, located in Tyrone. The other hub repeater is W4PSZ, 444.600+, and is located in Fayetteville. A third repeater can be used for remote linking. It is also a W4PSZ repeater, 442.500+ and is located in Peachtree City. These three repeaters are usually found linked together to serve Fayette County and the surrounding communities.

We also operate packet using the APRS software. Storm reports can be sent, via "one-liner" messages to WX4PTC.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND TEST MESSAGES, as it triggers a .wav file in the forecast office.

On HF we operate using 3.975 MHz, the Georgia ARES net, when conditions permit. Installed at our work station are computers displaying real time NWS text and graphics(including real-time radar).

We are fortunate to have numerous local amateur operators to respond to the NWS during severe weather to take spotter reports.

The Meteorologist In Charge (MIC) of the Peachtree City NWS is Lans Rothfusz, KD5EJN. Barry Gooden is the Severe Weather Coordinator.

If you are interested in joining WX4PTC as a Skywarn Net Control Operator, please contact Robert Burton, KD4YDC at KD4YDC@juno.com.

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