Recognition Day

Last Updated: 2/23/04 - tjs

SKYWARN Recognition Day was held Saturday, Dec.6th (0000-2400 UTC) and for the first time our office had a base station going for the full 24 hours. I think everyone involved had a great time and found the event fun and successful. We made a total of 283 contacts in 42 states, including 37 other National Weather Service offices. We also made contacts in several Canadian Providences, the Cayman Islands, and Puerto Rico.

We operated on 2m, 15m, 20m, 40m, APRS, and CW, logging the most contacts on 40m (164). The busiest contact times were late Friday evening (9PM-12AM), Saturday morning (8AM-1PM), and Saturday afternoon, (2PM-5PM). Here are some of the results...

  • Total # of contacts made: 283
  • Total # of NWS offices contacted: 37
  • Total # of states worked: 42
  • Total # of International Contacts made: 8
  • State with most contacts: Texas (32)
  • Most contacts made on 40m (164)
  • Busiest hour of contacts: 21:00-22:00 UTC

Several groups and amateur radio operators visited our office during the event as well, including a group from Grant County, Wisconsin, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, La Crosse County Emergency Management, and La Crosse Family Radio, Inc. Tours were given of our operations area.

A special thanks goes out to the Riverland Amateur Radio club in Onalaska/La Crosse, WI for their participation and use of equipment. As always, we appreciate the time and effort you put in to assist our office.

Radio operators or loggers included:

  • Terry Miller - KB9YXV
  • Ben Miller - KC9AIA
  • Tom O'Brien - WB9BJQ
  • Bill Wood - KE9XQ
  • Greg Hovland - KC0IKU
  • Todd Shea - WX9ARX
  • Ken Cook - KB9YXT
  • James Ackerman - KC9CSS
  • Matt Davis - KC9CKL
  • Glenn Lussky - KC0NKQ
  • Mary-Beth Schreck
  • The National page for SKYWARN Recognition Day can be found at: http://hamradio.noaa.gov

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