NOAA Weather Reports over email (WinLink)

I discovered recently that there is a set of commands that you can place in email to request a weather forecast for your area. It is a set of FTP instructions that the NOAA server will interpret from your email text and then send you the requested file which in this case would be a weather forecast.

In the TO field enter: NWS [dot] FTPMail [dot] OPS [at] noaa [dot] gov

The subject is not important and you can enter anything

For the Body of the email you enter a series of commands. For Dane County Weather this will get the Dane County forecast by return email. Remove everything else from the body. Don't enter the lines

cd data
cd forecasts
cd zone
cd wi
get wiz063.txt

Hit send and in a few moments you will receive the forecast.

There are forecasts from all over the country. To see values (see the "063" above) go to and scroll to your state.

To get the full file name that would go after the "get" Command go here:
Then click on forecasts, click on zone, click on your state, and scroll down until you find the file name with your County Number. In our case we are looking for 063 and scrolling toward the bottom you will find the file named wiz063.txt. That is what goes after the "get" command.

Have fun. This little trick could be useful while using WinLink.

May 26, 2022 Dane/Iowa ARES/Races Hybrid Meeting

We will be meeting in person (and on Zoom) on May 26 at 7:00 PM at "UW Space Place, 2300 S Park St # 100, Madison, WI 53713
Come in the front door, down the stairs and straight down the hallway. Space Place is the first door on your left.
At our last meeting there was a great hue and cry, especially in preparation for our upcoming simplex net (TBD), on some guidance on programming radios. If you are not sure how to program your radio OR if you are expert in programming your radio join us. Bring your radio down and we'll see if we can get some frequencies programmed into them. We'll have a dummy antenna, power supplies, some cables and a list of frequencies. Bring what you have and let's see if we can get it done.
We will have zoom connection information for the meeting as well so you can attend virtually. That information will NOT be published here but will go out in an email to our membership. If you do not recieve the email by Tuesday send an email with your name and call sign to KC9UNZ [at] ARRL [dot] NET and the EC will send you a copy of the zoom connection info.

April 28 2022 Monthly ARES/RACES Meeting will be Hybrid

We are finally going to meet in person with a hybrid option. On Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM. We'll meet at UW Space Place at the  Villager Shopping Center, 2300 S Park St # 100, Madison, WI 53713. Come through the main doors, straight ahead, down the stairs and then down the hall, the first door on your left. For those who are unable to be there in person I offer a zoom connection. Those of you who are on my mailing list should have received an email with the Zoom connection information if not please send a note with your name and call sign requesting the Connection information to KC9UNZ [at] arrl [dot] net.

No Zoom Meeting in March - Instead Storm Spotter Training and Radio Net

We should make sure we've updated our Storm Spotter training every other year and Storm Spotter Training is available through the National Weather Service this month on March 30. There will be two classes on that Wednesday 1:00-3:00 and 6:30-8:30. So. Instead of holding our monthly Zoom meeting we are encouraging everyone to update their Storm Spotter training. For you retired folk the afternoon might work and for those of you who work first shift the evening might be better. Instead of our Zoom meeting anyone not in class can join us for our normal radio net meeting on the MARA "1-5".

No Zoom Meeting tonight (2/23/22) Use Backup Repeater

We will NOT have our Zoom meeting tonight instead we will have our regular Net using our Backup Repeater 145.370 (-) with a PL of 123.0.

MARA Makes the ARRL Audio News

As you (must) know we are grateful to the Madision Area Repeater Association (MARA) for the use of their 147.150 repeater as the primary location for our weekly net. Every Thursday at 8PM MARA has a net meeting and part of that meeting is to play the ARRL Audio News for the week. One of the features of the Audio News is to feature various nets where the Audio News can be heard. MARA got a shout out on the December 31, 2021 Audio News (that they played on Jan 6). A link to the Audio News follows. If you don't have time to listen to the whole episode scroll ahead to about minute 6 and hear the shout out to MARA.

ARRL Audio News for December 31, 2021

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