30-Year Storm Spotter & Ham Radio Operator
Jay Farlow has been a licensed amateur (ham) radio operator since 1973 and a trained SKYWARN storm spotter for more than 30 years. His FCC-assigned ham radio call sign is W9LW. He is an assistant emergency coordinator for SKYWARN with the Allen County, Indiana branch of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), a program of the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio. In this role, he provides leadership to hams in the Fort Wayne area who send spotter reports via ham radio and frequently acts as liaison between spotters and the Northern Indiana office of the NWS.
In the past, Jay served as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) for departments in rural Allen County and as an EMT, radio operator and public information officer with a federally affiliated disaster medical assistance team that was based in Fort Wayne. He deployed with the team to areas struck by hurricanes Andrew and Marilyn.
Jay has appeared as a speaker at the Indiana Storm Chaser’s Convention, the Ohio State Severe Weather Symposium, the Central Indiana Severe Weather Seminar, and the NWS Northern Indiana Integrated Warning Team Workshop. He has also appeared as a guest on the WeatherBrains podcast. Professionally, Jay has worked as a broadcast radio journalist, TV newscast producer and public relations specialist. He is currently an independent public relations consultant. Jay earned a B.S. from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Follow Jay on Twitter (@RadioW9LW) and on Facebook (Radio W9LW Weather).