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Recognition Day

Last Updated: 12/9/05 - tjs

Regional amateur radio operators and members of the National Weather Service (NWS) participated in the Seventh Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 2005 (0000-2400 UTC). SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the NWS. During the day SKYWARN operators visited NWS offices and contacted other radio operators across the world.

Equipment was setup (with 5" of snow on the ground and very cold temperatures to deal with) at the La Crosse NWS office by the Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Association and Riverland Amateur Radio Club with operators working radios throughout the event. The visiting amateur radio operators and participating NWS staff members enjoyed the event just like previous years.

We made a total of 401 contacts in 47 states, including 51 other National Weather Service offices and one Environment Canada weather station (Winnipeg). We also made contacts in seven (7) Canadian Providences and Puerto Rico.

We operated on 2m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, 80/75m, 160m, APRS, IRLP, and CW, logging the most contacts on 40m (146). Here are some of the results...

  • Total # of contacts made: 401
  • Total # of NWS offices contacted: 52
  • Total # of states worked: 47
  • Total # of International Contacts made: 8
  • State with most contacts: Wisconsin (31)
  • Most contacts made on 40m (146)
  • Busiest hour of contacts: 20:00-21:00 UTC (65)

Several groups and amateur radio operators visited our office during the event, including amateur radio operators from:

  • Platteville, WI
  • Prairie du Chien, WI
  • Rochester, MN
  • Wabasha County, MN
  • Monroe County, WI
Numerous tours were given of our operations area.

A special thanks goes out to the Riverland Amateur Radio Club and the Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Association for their participation and use of equipment. As always, we appreciate the time and effort you put in to assist our office.

Some of the radio operators who made contacts, assisted with setup, or logged included:

  • Terry Miller - KB9YXV
  • Tom Speropulos - N9IGS
  • Jerome Grokowsky - WA9HCZ
  • Craig Goldbeck - N9ETD
  • Greg Hovland - KC0IKU
  • Todd Shea - KB9YXS
  • Art Osborn - W0JDC
  • Mike Sanding - W9MDS
  • Roger Reader - KA9BKK
  • Ben Miller - KC9AIA
  • Larry Worthington - KC9HDP
  • Mark Smick - N9UNW
  • Tom Peterson - KC9ECI
  • Chris O'Hearn - KC9DGP
  • Bob Wilson - N9LZK
  • Scott Neader - KA9FOX
  • Glenn Lussky - KC0NKQ
  • Matt Davis - KC9CKL
  • Jim Wiskow - AA9BB

    The National page for SKYWARN Recognition Day can be found at: http://hamradio.noaa.gov

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