honored for keeping eye on the weather
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
David Rayner, or better known over the air
waves as (A19D) of Milan, was honored with a plaque by the Ripley
County Repeater Association R.C.R.A. (an amateur radio organization)
for his outstanding service as severe weather net controller. He
is also the weather operations officer for the Ripley County Emergency
Rayner has served as the severe weather net controller for Ripley
County and the Tri State area for 17 years, from 1992-2009. He also
served four years as an official weather spotter.
What are the duties of someone who is a severe weather net controller?
According to information from R.C.R.A., they are to protect
life and property to the best of ones ability while disseminating
information to the proper authorities as quickly and as professionally
Rayner has taken his responsibilities seriously and describes what
he does as chasing the weather, drinking lousy coffee or Sprite
at 4 a.m., and watching a radar screen until my eyes are ready to
fall out. He does this often while sleeping in the cold because
the power is out due to the storm he is monitoring.
Describing weather spotters as people who would drive into storms
that no one in their right mind would get close to, Rayner thanks
those dedicated people, who are volunteers. I want to thank
every weather spotter from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky that has
participated in the severe weather nets on the 146.805 repeater
of the Ripley County Repeater Association, Rayner noted. He
says all of these people have been his eyes in the field, the ones
that have made his work as net controller easier because they saw
the weather first hand.
Rayner gives special acknowledgement to Dan Mulford (KM9X) Ripley
County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director; Bill Kaiser
(KC9CU), Arnie Brown (N9DLC) both former severe weather net control
operators, and Ron Hamilton and Harold Ludeker, who are both deceased.
He said he couldnt have asked for better mentors and
Another person who has helped Rayner disseminate the weather is
Ron Green, general manager of WRBI Radio. He noted that the repeater
system for R.C.R.A. is located on the radios 350 foot tower.
Rayner accepted the award, but was quick to say it was a lot of
people working together to make what he does a success. Marilyn
Gray (N9XZF) secretary for R.C.R.A. said he deserved the award for
his dedication, Dave is always on the spot to advise on what
is coming into our area and going out into other areas. She
further noted that his work is respected by many with scanners and
ham operators, as well as the National Weather Bureau, listening
to Rayner on the R.C.R.A. 146.805 repeater for severe weather for
If you want to check out the weather 24-hours a day, just log onto
http://www.fallsky.com. You can also check out the Ripley County
Repeater Association at http://www.146805.com or the Ripley County
Emergency Management Agency at http://www.rcema.com. Rayner is the
webmaster for the above mentioned websites along with many others
in the county.