ham event image 2012 SKYWARN Recognition Day

Last Updated: 12/3/12 - tjs

Local amateur radio operators and members of the National Weather Service (NWS) participated in the 14th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day on Saturday, December 1, 2012.  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 274 contacts including 36 other NWS offices.

Equipment was set up a few days before and the morning of the event with relatively mild weather and no snow for a change.  Skies remained cloudy during the day as fog and drizzle settled in towards the end of the event Saturday afternoon.  A total of 3 high-frequency radios were used during the event to make contacts around North America.  The only International contacts this year were in Canada (Ontario and Nova Scotia).

Attendance at NWS La Crosse was outstanding with 37 people visiting or assisting during the day.  A majority of those who helped were from the La Crosse area, but we did have visitors from Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon, and Crawford Counties in Wisconsin, and Olmsted, Winona, Wabasha, and Fillmore Counties in Minnesota.  There were several office tours of the NWS La Crosse conducted as well.

Here is a summary:

  • Hours operated: 9
  • Total contacts made:  274
  • Total U.S. States contacted: 42
  • Total NWS offices contacted: 36
  • Total foreign countries contacted: 1 (Canada)

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

Most of the operating was done on 2, 10, 15, 20, 40, and 80 meters.

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

  • Tom O'Brien - WB9BJQ*
  • Roger Reader - KA9BKK*
  • Craig Goldbeck - N9ETD*
  • Dan McKenzie - W9FCC*
  • Eric Papenfuss - WX9EP*
  • Zach Frank - KC9NOK*
  • Bill Kleinschmidt - N9FDE*
  • Cory Lynch - KC9NOJ*
  • Bob Naegele - W9MZ
  • Chris Kanable - KC9CMD
  • Jim Netwal - W9UUM
  • John Wetenkamp - KB9UMX*
  • Les Hyland - KA9USV
  • Carl Thurston - KC9HDS
  • Art Osborn - W0JDC
  • Michael Baker - N0EXE
  • Lee Mushel - K9WRU
  • Van Elston - K9WRU
  • Jim Koelsch - KD0ORO
  • Jim Miller - KD0ORR
  • Steve Wiebke - W0STV
  • Ralph Hendrickson - KC9LBO
  • Todd Rastall - KC9NOI*
  • Larry Worthington - KC9HDP
  • David Peters - KB9EWG
  • Tom Skemp - NF9E
  • Dan Abts - AB9TS
  • John Thompson - KB9TPG
  • Steve Thompson - KC9TBE
  • Roger Wise - KI0F
  • Scott Rick - K0CID
  • Oscar Crary - K9WKW
  • Sheryl Crary
  • Len Litvan - KC0RSX
  • Bob Seaquist - KC9IWE
  • Keith Butler - KC9IWL
  • Dick Lee - W9DMH
  • Todd Shea - KB9YXS*
  • Tom Peterson - KC9ECI
  • The National page for SKYWARN Recognition Day can be found at: http://hamradio.noaa.gov

    Photos below by Todd Shea (KB9YXS):

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