STORM CHASE EQUIPMENT

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UPDATED CHASE EQUIPMENT (May 2016)

COMPUTER LAPTOPS
                  ACER Aspire 5741 Laptop Windows 7
                  DELL Lattitude D630 Laptops Windows XP
COMPUTER SOFTWARE
                  Weather Display Version 10.37Q-Build 75 to run Davis WX Stations
                  Rainwise Windlog DataLogger V1.0.0.14/USB Driver 2.08.28
                  WXWORX Mobile Weather Net V1.45
                  ChaserTV Download/Manycam/Adobe Flash LIVE Downloads
COMMUNICATION RADIOS
                   KENWOOD TH-D72A Handheld 2M/70cm APRS GPS Tranceiver
                   ICOM IC-7000 100 watt HF/VHF all mode Tranceiver
                   ICOM IC-706mk2G 100 watt HF/VHF/UHF Tranceiver
                   ICOM IC-229H 50 watt 2 meter FM Tranceiver
                   Byonics Micro-Trak RTG-3 10 watt 2 meter Transmitter APRS tracking
                   Uniden Bearcat BCD536HP Digital/Analog Scanner
WEATHER INSTRUMENTS
                    Davis Vantage Pro 2 Cabled Weather Station
                    Davis Monitor II Weather Station
                    RM Young Model 05103 Wind Sensor/Model 26700 Translator
SATELLITE WEATHER/INTERNET ACCESS
                    WXWORX XM Satellite Weather Receiver/SAMSUNG GALAXY 6S
VIDEO STREAMING/RECORDING/PHOTOGRAPHY
                    ChaserTV/Microsoft HD Webcam/ACER Laptop
                    SONY DCR-HC 36 Mini Digital Camcorder
                    OLYMPUS FE-230 7.1 Megapixel Digital Camera/Video Recorder

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    My primary laptop is a ACER Aspire 5741 and has 4 GB memory, 500 GB HD, DVD/CD Burner, 15.6 inch HD LED Screen, a Logiteck M310 wireless mouse and many other features.It’s main use is to run WX Worx Mobile Threat Net and Live Video Stream to ChaserTV.

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Two DELL Lattitude D630 Laptops Windows XP. One to run a Weather Underground mobile weather station with LIVE data transmitted every 3 seconds to the internet. The second laptop is a backup.

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ChaserTV Live Video Stream and Wunderground weather data transmitted with a 3G-4G Verizon Wireless Model 4279 Jetpack.The Jetpack transmits/receives up to 5 different Wifi signals for the laptops.I have a $95 pay as you go monthly plan.

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WxWORX MOBILE THREAT NET PACKAGE

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CHASERTV LIVE VIDEO STREAM

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   ChaserTV Live Video Stream and Wunderground weather data transmitted with a 3G-4G Verizon Wireless Model 4279 Jetpack.The Jetpack transmits/receives up to 5 different Wifi signals for the laptops.I have a $95 pay as you go monthly plan.

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RADIO COMMUNICATION

   Having an Amateur Radio License is a plus. When I travel in the Midwest, I chat with fellow hams back in New York State and Massachusetts on the 20 meter band (14.300 MHz). I can report severe weather to the National Weather Service operators on local 2 meter repeaters that have an operating range up to 50 miles. An ARRL US Repeater Guide lists repeaters by State, Frequency and PL tones. Some repeaters are pl toned but most are open. It is important to monitor police activity, emergencies and National Weather Service broadcasts with a scanner or the ICOM IC-7000.. Have a micro cassette recorder handy to record severe weather bulletins while tracking storms.

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ICOM 7000 HF/VHF/UHF Tranceiver

 

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ICOM 706mk2G HF/VHF/UHF Tranceiver

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ICOM IC-229H VHF 2 meter mobile Tranceiver

KENWOOD TH-D72A 2 meter/70cm Tranceiver with built in GPS APRS Tracking

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BYONICS Micro-Trak 3 10 watt 2 meter transceiver with APRS Tracking

 

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Uniden Bearcat Model BCD536HP Trunktracker Scanner. **I have owned many scanners since the 1970’s and the BCD536HP IS the best!  The full US database is already programmed in the scanner. Type in your Zip Code for your area OR connect the external GPS antenna and it scans frequencies at your mobile location. Great for storm chasing emergencies. Has WI-FI.  Digital and Analog. Yes… it’s $580 but still an AMAZING Scanner!

 

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WEATHER INSTRUMENTS

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DAVIS VANTAGE PRO 2 Model 6152C WEATHER STATION

 

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RM YOUNG Model 05103 Weather Station

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RM YOUNG Model 05103 Control Unit

 

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DAVIS Weather Monitor 2 / Computer Interface

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WEATHER DISPLAY Software

 

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STORM CHASING FAQ

    Weather enthusiasts often ask, how do I become a storm chaser? Before you chase storms, a course in meteorology is strongly advised. Reading books and the internet are both great places to start. When you storm chase, it is very important to be aware of your surroundings. Safety and common sense first! Observing an anvil top of a severe thunderstorm 50 miles away and chasing that storm could put you in danger. Not knowing if the storm will change course, or, you are on an unfamiliar dead end road or the road is washed away from a flood. The storm’s rain band could obstruct a tornado, high wind or hail. The greatest dangers to storm chasers are not just tornadoes, wind and hail, instead, it’s traffic and lightning. Night chasing can be very dangerous. Only a few chasers pursue night storms. But those who do, rely on RADAR and frequent lightning to see the storm. There are many chasers that only use cell phones. That’s fine but rural areas cell service is sporadic,especially when you are near the path of a severe storm. That’s where satellite weather information is BEST. I use WXWORX XM Satellite Weather. Updated data is received every 30 seconds. The service is $100 per month..but well worth it. And with XM weather you get XM Radio for a extra $5 per month.

   Another important tip is public safety. Never sleep at unlit Interstate rest area’s unless you are with other chasers or a caravan of tractor trailers. Sleep overnights on well lighted toll roads and turnpikes. Service Plaza parking areas near the food courts and Truck stops like TA Travel Centers or Love’s Truck Stops are your best bet. They are open 24 hours and have hot showers.You’ll be carrying expensive equipment, credit cards, money, etc.. Always cover your equipment with a blanket when leaving the vehicle unattended. KOA Campground sells a US online directory. Most campgrounds are within a few miles of most interstate highways which have hot showers and some include a heated pool. Always have on hand a large insulated cooler with plenty of drinks/water, food/protein bars and ice for emergencies.

   Your chase vehicle will be your best friend. It must be in good working order. A complete checkup should be done each spring, and each time before a trip. A chase can be hundreds of miles per day depending on where severe weather occurs. An oil change may be necessary during the trip.  It is wise not to chase alone. If you are traveling with a group in multiple vehicles, communication is important. Some storm chasers are amateur radio operators and they are in contact with each other on local 2 meter simplex frequencies. I use two 2 meter VHF tranceivers together if there are multiple ham groups chasing. Non hams use cell phones, FRS or Citizen Band radio. Not all cell phones work in open areas with poor cell coverage. Some cellular companies use a satellite service. I use a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone.

 Enjoy the chase!!

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