On December 2, 2006, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Goodland, Kansas worked closely with members of the Trojan Amateur Radio Club in Colby, Kansas in celebrating SKYWARN Recognition Day. SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) began in 1999 as a way of thanking amateur radio operators for their dedication and service during times of severe weather. Eight years ago, Scott Mentzer (N0QE), Meteorologist-In-Charge at the NWS office in Goodland, was searching for a way to recognize the tremendous effort shown by amateur radio (ham) operators in relaying critical weather information to the NWS. Their information plays an important role in that it assists the National Weather Service in their primary mission: the protection of lives and property. What Mentzer decided was to hold a "special event", where local amateur radio operators visit the closest NWS office for 24 continuous hours and attempt to contact other amateur radio operators around the United States and the world. Since its inception, SRD has taken on a life of its own. Over 100 NWS offices and thousands of ham radio operators now participate in this annual event. The event has the full support of the American Radio Relay League, the official association of radio amateurs. This year, the Goodland office, call sign WX0GLD, contacted 912 amateur radio operators in 49 states and across the world during the 24-hour event!
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