Amateur radio operators from the Black Hills region participated in the eleventh annual Skywarn Recognition Day Friday December 4 and Saturday, December 5, 2009 from the Rapid City National Weather Service office (call sign WX0UNR). Members of the Black Hills, Northern Hills, and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Amateur Radio Clubs joined amateur radio operators and National Weather Service (NWS) employees nationwide to recognize the contributions amateur radio operators make to public safety during severe weather.
During the event, amateur radio operators use various radio bands to make contacts with radio operators across the United States and in other countries. The local operators contacted 22 other NWS offices in 16 states from California to Maine and Florida.
The NWS works closely with amateur radio operators who participate in local volunteer "Skywarn" networks. They relay real-time reports of severe storms to help NWS forecasters and emergency officials warn the public about hazardous weather. They also provide radio communications for local officials during other emergency situations.
Visit the national Skywarn Recognition Day page for more information about the event.
Radio operators at the Rapid City National Weather Service office
Students from the SD School of Mines club making contacts with other offices