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). SRD is closely coordinated with the ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League). This year, the 24-hour event runs from 00z to 24z December 3, or from 6 P.M. CST December 2 to 6 P.M. CST December 3.

This annual event is intended to reinforce the bond between NWS offices and the amateur radio community. Although it is not a competition, 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. Certificates are awarded to all participants after they submit their log of contacts. 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 mike.york@noaa.gov . Since most contacts are made on HF bands, a general class license is helpful. However, technician class licensees will be able to participate in a variety of ways. Techs may help set up and take down equipment, log contacts, and make HF contacts when a control operator is present. Note: A photo ID may be requested for security purposes.

Below is a photo from Skywarn Recognition Day 2008 at NWS Paducah. Pictured are Steve Poirier (KC6GNV) and Beth Gupton (KI4ZAK).

 Stephen Poirier and Beth Gupton participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day


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