Skywarn Recognition Day 2008


On December 6th, 2008,  amateur radio 'Ham' operators once again decended upon National Weather Service offices across the nation to participate in the annual Skywarn Recognition Day event. After setting up their equipment, the hams turned our conference room into communication central, and for the next 24 hours used radios and computers to make contacts with their fellow hams around the nation and around the world.  Participants at the Topeka office included the Kaw Valley Amateur Radio Club, Shawnee County and Douglas County emergency management, and even some of our NWS staff.

 Preliminary counts indicate that around 200 contacts made, 35 of which were fellow NWS offices, with contacts made as far away as Australia and Estonia.   If you made contact and are looking for a QSL card, that information can be found off the national event website at

Many thanks to all our hard working skywarn volunteers, a critical group of our 'eyes and ears' in the field during severe weather. Their storm reports help us with our mission of protecting lives and property, and we are very thankful for all their hard work and time they put into their efforts. Below are a few photos from the event.


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Hams Working

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