SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY
SKYWARN Recognition Day – acknowledges the contributions of public service volunteers who provide essential weather information as it’s happening. Each year on the first Saturday in December, the day honors those volunteers who pay attention when the wind picks up, or the sky turns dark. Their efforts keep their communities safer by communication warnings to the National Weather Service.
The observance recognizes the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.
Around the country, nearly 290,000 Skywarn® weather spotters volunteer their time. They identify severe weather that could potentially affect life and property. Spotters warn the National Weather Service of the threat of thunderstorms, tornados, and floods.
12-2 PM December 4th
W3KWH Operations At The Club
12:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday is our assigned time slot to operate HF from the clubhouse. We will be needing operators during that time slot to operate! Members and pending members are invited to attend. Techs will be allowed to operate on HF due to control ops being present.
NU3Q plans to be at the club for the event on Friday night 12/3 for about two hours and Saturday morning 12/4. We need operators to cover the afternoon and evening shifts on Saturday and to assist NU3Q while he is at the club. We will use the following: “This is W3KWH for WX3PIT Skywarn Recognition Day”. Please keep a log of your W3KWH QSO’s – NU3Q will submit the W3KWH QSO’s to the NWS.
SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions
|1. Object SKYWARNTM Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.
2. Date NWS stations may operate at any time during December 5, 2020 from 0000 – 2400 UTC.
3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).
4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24 hour period.
5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.
6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.