2024 Skywarn Spotter Training

The Wilmington Office of the National Weather Service has started publishing class dates for this year’s Skywarn Weather Spotter Training.

The training is listed here

There will be both Virtual and In-Person classes available

Please check the Wilmington Training page often and before traveling for any changes or updates.

Selected District 3 training sessions as of 7 February 2024 (see the linked page for details):

Virtual Training:  Thursday 29 February and Tuesday, 14 May

In Person Training:

Advanced Spotter course, Columbus, Saturday, 20 April

Miami/Shelby Counties Wednesday, 6 March

Clark/Champaign Counties Thursday, 7 march

Montgomery County: Saturday 9 March

Preble/Darke: Monday,  11 March

Greene County: Wednesday 27 March


Total Eclipse 8 April 2024

Ohio and District 3 will be in the path of  the Solar eclipse on the afternoon of 8 April 2024

Indications based on past events of this type is that there will be an influx of visitors to this area, with possible issues of traffic congestions, etc.

State and local officials are making plans to handle any situations that come up.  Part of these plans in many of the District 3 counties involve Amateur Radio.

Details for District 3 as they are available will be published here.  Contact your County EC for more information or to volunteer to help in your local response.

Some general eclipse resources:

Ohio EMA

Ohio Department of Natural Resources


Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County


Keith Burnette, KB8GYB, SK

Keith Burnette, KB8GYB,  has become a Silent Key

Keith was a long time Net Control Operator and former Net Manager for the District 3 ARES Net.

He was also the President of the West Central Ohio Amateur Radio Association since it’s founding.


KB8GYB at the UD WMD Drill August 2001


Keith was also active in ARES activities such as supporting the regional WMD Drill held at UD in August of 2001 as shown in this picture.

Viewing for Keith will be on Sunday, September 17, from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. at the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, 422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, Sept 18, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Pandora, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to WCOARA or PBS.

His obituary is available on line here