Once each year, many National Weather Service offices around the country open their doors to amateur radio operators for an event known as "Skywarn Recognition Day" (SRD). This year, the 24-hour event runs from 00z to 24z December 1, or from 6 P.M. CST November 30 to 6 P.M. CST December 1.
This annual event is intended to reinforce ties between NWS offices and the amateur radio community. The goal is to contact as many participating NWS offices nationwide as possible. A list of the participating NWS offices, as well as the bands and modes used by each office, is available on the SRD website. In addition to several HF bands, the Paducah NWS office will be monitoring the W4NJA 2-meter repeater in Paducah, which has Echolink capability.
Certificates are awarded to all participants after they submit their log of contacts. Points are awarded based on the number of contacts. The type of certificate awarded is determined by the points scored. Visit the SRD website for details on how to submit contact logs.
Licensed amateur radio operators are welcome and encouraged to visit the Paducah NWS office during this event. If you are interested in taking time to operate at the Paducah NWS office, please make prior arrangements by contacting forecaster Mike York at firstname.lastname@example.org . Since most contacts are made on HF bands, a general class license is helpful. However, technician class licensees will be able to log all contacts and/or make HF contacts when a control operator is present.
Below is a photo from Skywarn Recognition Day 2008 at NWS Paducah. Pictured are Steve Poirier (KC6GNV) and Beth Gupton (KI4ZAK).