NWS Amateur Radio Volunteers Participate in ARRL Field Day This Weekend

Amateur Radio volunteers make countless contributions to the NWS through the Skywarn and spotter programs throughout the year including both severe local storm and winter storm reporting. The American Radio Relay League will host its Field Day this weekend, from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26th to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27th.

The objective is to work as many stations as possible on all amateur bands (excluding the 60,30,17 and 12 meter bands) and learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field day is open to all amateurs in the covered area of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). ARRL Field day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with clubs or simply by themselves to operate. Field day gives amateur radio operators a chance to practice their emergency response capabilities.

Amateur Radio is a vital part of severe weather reporting. NWS trained Amateur Radio operator storm spotters volunteer their time and equipment to report severe weather events . These reports are sent to local communities and the NWS via amateur radio to provide detailed account of actual severe weather events.

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