ham event image 2013 SKYWARN Recognition Day

Last Updated: 12/10/13 - tjs


Local amateur radio operators and members of the National Weather Service (NWS) participated in the 15th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  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.

A total of 32 people visited our office and assisted making contacts with other radio operators across the world.  The La Crosse National Weather Service station made 359 contacts, including 27 other NWS offices, and contacts in Russia, France, Japan, Belgium, and Canada.

The cold weather limited the number of antennas that were set up (only 1 was used).  The temperatures started out that morning at -6 deg F but warmed to +7 deg F by afternoon with sunny skies.

Here is a summary:

  • Hours operated: 9
  • Total contacts made:  359
  • Total U.S. States contacted: 43
  • Total NWS offices contacted: 27
  • Total foreign countries contacted: 5 (Russia, France, Japan, Belgium, & 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, 20, and 40 meters.

Special thanks goes out to the Mississippi River Amateur Radio Association and Riverland Amateur Radio club for helping host:

  • William Wood - KE9XQ
  • Eric Papenfuss - WX9EP
  • Craig Goldbeck - N9ETD
  • Bob Seaquist - KC9IWE
  • Bob Naegele - W9MZ
  • Chris Kanable - KC9CMD
  • Bill Kleinschmidt - N9FDE
  • Tom O'Brien - WB9BJQ
  • Gary Webb - NI9V
  • Carl Thurston - KC9HDS
  • Dan McKenzie - W9FCC
  • John Wetenkamp - KB9UMX
  • Tom Peterson - KC9ECI
  • Keith Butler - KC9IWL 
  • Art Osborn - W0JDC
  • Kevin Holcomb - KC9ZSD 
  • Lee Mushel - K9WRU
  • Van Elston - K9WRU
  • John Thompson - KB9TPG 
  • Steven Thompson - KC9TBE 
  • Steve Wiebke - W0STV
  • Dan Musall - N0RZO 
  • Todd Rastall - KC9NOI
  • Elise Musall - W0CAY 
  • Zach Frank - KC9NOK 
  • Matthew Gilbertson - K0OMI
  • Roger Reader - KA9BKK 
  • Greg Miller - KA9FOZ 
  • Mike Papke - N0OWP
  • Jim Netwal - W9UUM
  • Todd Shea - KB9YXS
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    The National page for SKYWARN Recognition Day can be found at: http://hamradio.noaa.gov

    YouTube video courtesy of Tom Peterson (KC9ECI) - click here

    Photos below by Todd Shea (KB9YXS):

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