SKYWARN Recognition Day is Nov 30 - Dec 1st

Amateur radio operators and members of the National Weather Service (NWS) in the Milwaukee/Sullivan office will participate in the 14th annual 2012 SKYWARN Recognition Day

NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan will be on the air from 6 pm Nov 30th through 6 pm Dec 1st.  There will be some hours overnight when the WX9MKX station will not be activated.

Visitation Hours - Amateur radio operators can visit the NWS office for brief tours on Friday, November 30, from 7 pm to 9 pm and again Saturday morning Dec 1st from from 9 am until noon.  Visits are restricted to amateur radio operators.

During the event, WX9MKX, the NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan amateur radio station, will make contacts with other amateur radio operators across Wisconsin, the Midwest, and North America.  Amateur radio operators are among a group of volunteers, known as "storm spotters," who report real-time severe storm and snow conditions to the NWS.  Their volunteer efforts greatly enhance the warning and forecast programs, leading to the protection of lives and property.  SKYWARN Recognition Day allows the NWS to recognize and thank them for their work!  A thanks is extended to all "hams" for their support over the years!

Training information for severe weather spotters can be found on our SKYWARN page.

Information about the volunteer groups that assist our operations can be found  on the above SKYWARN page in the Spotter Organizations section.

Below, on the left, is a picture of Tom Kucharski and Mike Cochonet making contact with hams across the country Friday evening.  In the middle picture are Bill Hollister and Rodger Boogren sitting at the radio console.  Rodger (AK4MI) recently moved back to southeastern Wisconsin and stopped in for a visit.  In the picture on the far right are Tom Kucharski and Penny Barrett working Saturday afternoon.  Dan Spangler and Rich Rupnow worked the early Saturday morning shift.

    

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Below are pictures, left to right, of the 2011 SKYWARN Recognition Day certificate, the ham radio console, and the two towers in our backyard.  The hams have their antenna attached to the tower on the left.

2011 Certificate  Ham console  tower

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