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Recognition Day

Last Updated: 12/7/11 - tjs

Local amateur radio operators and members of the National Weather Service (NWS) participated in the 13th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day on Saturday, December 3, 2011.  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.  The La Crosse National Weather Service station made 212 contacts including 33 other NWS offices.

A majority of the antennas were setup before colder weather hit the area back in mid November.  Per typical, a threat of snow hampered involvement during the day but a bulk of the precipitation was just rain until later in the evening.  A total of 4 high-frequency radios were used during the event to make contacts around the U.S., North America, and parts of Europe, Africa, and South America.

While many of the visitors were from the La Crosse area, amateur radio operators and SKYWARN group leaders from Wabasha County, Minnesota, as well as Crawford, Richland, and Monroe Counties in Wisconsin visited and assisted.  Nearly 25 people participated, enjoyed conversation and snacks.  There were several office tours of the NWS La Crosse conducted as well.

Contacts were made in nearly every state, but also 7 international countries.

Here is a summary:

  • Hours operated: 9
  • Total contacts made:  212
  • Total U.S. States contacted: 41
  • Total NWS offices contacted: 33
  • Total foreign countries contacted: 7 (Belgium, Canada, Chile, England, Spain, South Africa, and Czech Republic)

The map shown below includes the states and providences contacted by the NWS La Crosse station (WX9ARX) during the event. (see counties in yellow)

Most of the operating was done on 2, 10, 15, 20, 40, and 80 meters, in addition to IRLP and PSK 31.

Special thanks goes out to the local operators who helped with setup(*), radio operation, or attending including:

  • Tom O'Brien - WB9BJQ*
  • Carl Thurston - KC9HDS*
  • Roger Reader - KA9BKK*
  • Tom Peterson - KC9ECI*
  • Bob Seaquist - KC9IWE
  • Todd Shea - KB9YXS*
  • Van Elston - WA9FIO
  • Mike Mohler - W9MBM
  • Jim Netwal - W9UUM*
  • John Wetenkamp - KB9UMX
  • Bob Naegele - W9MZ 
  • Chris Kanable - KC9CMD 
  • Art Osborn - W0JDC 
  • Clark Van Galder - KC9HBZ 
  • Lee Mushel - K9WRU 
  • Tom Hawko - KC9RXI 
  • Jon Peterson - WA0UNB 
  • Ann McKenzie - KD0GNG 
  • Dan Baumgardt - KC9IWM 
  • The National page for SKYWARN Recognition Day can be found at: http://hamradio.noaa.gov

    A video of the event (courtesy of Jim Netwal) can be found at:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAENEi6hOCo&sns=em

    Photos below by Todd Shea (KB9YXS):

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