By: Chance Hayes
Exciting day at NWS Wichita, KS for SKYWARN recognition day.
Saturday December 4th, the National Weather Service office in Wichita, KS partnered with SKYWARN volunteers in the area to promote amateur radio and it's effectiveness in helping the NWS during hazardous weather operations.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 National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world. In all, 12 SKYWARN volunteers and 3 NWS meteorologists participated in the event and made approximately 75 contacts. Of those, 18 contacts were with other NWS offices stretching from Caribou, ME to Monterey, CA. (Image 1) An ICOM 756 Pro II radio ( Image 2) and 40 foot mast and antenna was provided by the Boeing Employees Amateur Radio Society (BEARS) of Wichita. Not only did the volunteers have fun making contacts across the country, they were also given the opportunity to learn more about the NWS and how it operates in a day to day environment. The participants also learned how the NWS utilizes amatuer radio operators during times of hazardous weather. The following images depict the volunteers and NWS personnel in action during the event. Image 3 Image 4 Image 5 Image 6 Image 7 Image 8 The NWS would like to extend a special thanks to the event coordinator Randy Wing ( N0LD ) and the BEARS club of Boeing. Others the NWS would like to recognize for their efforts are as follows; SKYWARN Event Setup, Operators, and Teardown: (Bob Bailey - KA0MR) (Nick Farlow - KB0YHT) (Chance Hayes - KC0QBY) (Nick Hoffmann) (Ron Hoffmann - KB0QVJ) (Kerry Steffens - W0ON) (James Whitfield - N5GUI) (Randy Wing - N0LD) BEARS Officers (use of the ICOM 756 PRO radio, 40 ft. mast and antenna) Visitors to the SKYWARN Event: (David Camp - KC0EMK) (Steve Kerns - KC0SME) (Larry Skinner - N0WVD) (Sherry Weir - KB0SQQ) (Stan Weir - KB0SHB) (Stacey Weir) Local Hams who spread the SKYWARN event information through local nets: Allen Heck, Henry Monton, James Whitfield, Sherry Weir