Amateur Radio Special Event

On Saturday December 7, 2002, members of the Riverland Amateur Radio Club and the La Crosse National Weather Service (NWS) office participated in the 2002 SKYWARN Recognition Day. We had a very good turn out this year and worked radios from 8:00 AM to around 5:00 PM as WX9ARX.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the NWS and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service.

I would like to thank members of the Riverland Amateur Radio club for setting up the equipment and helping out with the event/contest. I hope I don't miss anyone, but a big THANK YOU goes out to Riverland Amateur Radio club members Tom, Pete, Bob, Bill, Roger, Ben, Terry, Jerry, Dick, Ron, and Mark. Besides myself, Glenn Lussky (Meteorologist-in-Charge) also participated from the NWS side. We had several amateur radio operators from around the region stop in to watch and get a quick office tour as well.

T.Shea, KB9YXS
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
NWS La Crosse

Here is a summary of our contacts:

  • Total contacts made: 245
  • Total U.S. States contacted: 38
  • Total NWS Offices contacted: 28
  • Total foreign countries contacted: 1 (Canada)
  • Businest hour(s) with 39 contacts made: 2-4 pm CST
  • All contacts were made on 20 meters, except 2 and 15 meters.
In 2001 we had 215 contacts, in 2000 we had 134, and in 1999 we totaled 273 contacts.

Many thanks to all that participated!!! is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.