Skywarn Recognition Day 2010

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Grand Junction hosted the 2010 Skywarn Recognition Day (SRD) amateur radio event for local Skywarn spotters on December 4th for the 24 hour period beginning at 00 hours GMT. There were about 20 Skywarn spotters from Delta, Mesa, and Montrose Counties who participated in the event which is intended to express the NWS’ appreciation for our Skywarn volunteers. Skywarn Recognition Day is also a special event coordinated with the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL).

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A lot of effort goes into the preparation for this event, especially by the Skywarn spotters who meticulously set up their communications equipment.   Some of the volunteers drive more than 70 miles from their homes to our forecast office to participate in this special event.
During the recent SRD, Skywarn spotters representing the Grand Junction NWS office made over 900 contacts with other amateur radio operators throughout North America, including Skywarn spotters associated with other NWS forecast offices. There were even a few contacts made to foreign countries beyond North America.

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Our volunteer Skywarn spotters are mobile storm spotters who communicate real-time severe weather reports to the NWS forecasters using amateur radio.  These reports are used by the NWS forecasters to make warning decisions for the protection of lives and property.

 A base command (known as “net control”) setup at the Grand Junction NWS forecast office is permanently available for use by Skywarn spotters in west-central Colorado.   Other Skywarn spotters in western Colorado and eastern Utah set up their net control positions within their counties to relay storm reports to the Grand Junction NWS office. 
There are some counties in western Colorado and eastern Utah that currently do not have a Skywarn group. Any amateur radio operator who would like to be part of a Skywarn spotter group or would like to start a Skywarn group for their county should contact Jim Pringle at the NWS in Grand Junction.

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