2008 Skywarn Training a "Great Success"


Lunch Buffet provided by LCCThe 2008 Skywarn Training on March 29th was a "Great Success" according to Ingham County Skywarn Coordinator Ben Holcomb (WX8BEN). One Hundred and fifty eight individuals from the Lansing area and as far away as Alma, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor took part in the training session held at LCC's West Campus on Saturday. The four hour program included 2 hours of Skywarn training, an hour for lunch which was provided courtesy of LCC and another hour of NEXRAD training.

Skywarn Cards handed out to newly trained SpottersSpecial thanks to Mike Heathfield from the weather service for providing us with such a great program. It was announced at the training that this would be the last Skywarn training session for Mike Heathfield, who is retiring on April 1st from the Weather Service in Grand Rapids where he has served as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) for the past several years.

The Lansing ARPSC group would also like to thank John Imeson (N8JI) and Ken Jones (KD8HPX) and the LCC Emergency Management & Safety Services Department for sponsoring this years event. We would also like to thank the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids for making this possible.

Check-in TableBen Holcomb (WX8BEN) would like to thank those who have helped out in the past including Bruce Rainey (KC8ODP), Jim Hannahs (KC8QWH), and Don Tillitson (WB8NUS) for all of the help they provided him leading up to Saturdays training event. He would also like to send a special thank you to Dennis Boone (KB8ZQZ), Tom Shaver (KC8NJK), Dave Hayhurst (K8QH), Abe Kimball (W8ABE), Chad Rust (KD8AYM), Kurt Niemeyer (KC8QYV), Mike Holcomb (WA8KZY), and Jim Hannahs (KC8QWH) for all of their help in checking folks in, getting cards printed and for helping make this event such a success.

For all of the non-hams that attended training on Saturday, the Central Michigan Amateur Radio Club (CMARC) will be holding HAM in a day classes coming up in May. We will be contacting everyone who was interested in the coming week.

Anyone with any further questions is encouraged to send e-mail to skywarn@lansingarpsc.com.