A Special Event- Skywarn Recognition Day

 A Special Event

Skywarn Recognition Day

  24  hours- From 6:00 pm Friday until 6:00 pm Saturday  

The 14th annual American Radio Relay League (ARRL)-National Weather Service Skywarn Recognition Day (SRD) event takes place Friday night through Saturday, December 6- December 7.  Skywarn amateur radio operators from the Twin Ports area will participate in SRD from the Duluth National Weather Service Office.

Skywarn Recognition Day pays tribute to Amateur Radio Skywarn volunteers for the vital communication and storm spotting services they provide during weather-related and non-weather emergencies. During the 24-hour event, amateur radio operators, known informally as hams, set up radio stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and work as a team to contact other hams around the world.  The object is for amateur stations to exchange information with as many National Weather Service stations as possible. Operators will exchange call sign, signal report, location, and their current weather conditions.

As you watch these hams in action, you can’t help but be infected with their enthusiasm for their hobby, especially as they talk, or exchange QSO’s, with hams around the country and the world.

The National Weather Service Office in Duluth will be operating as K0NWS (Kilo-Zero-November-Whiskey-Sierra, in phonetics). We will have stations operating Echolink as K0NWS-L, and on the following bands: 80 m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m, 10 m, 2 m, and 70 cm.

For photos and links, visit the National Weather Service’s Skywarn Recognition Event site at www.hamradio/noaa.gov.  The ARRL website has a great article about the event here.

Check out some photos below.

Getting ready- setting up an antenna. And another antenna "Working" the event. It's really not work.

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