• December 1, 2017
  • 18:00
  • SKYWARN® Recognition Day

SKYWARN® Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN® volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN® volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN® Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

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SKYWARN® Recognition Day Operating Instructions

  • Object For all amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted. SKYWARN® Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators during threatening weather.
  • Date NWS stations will operate December 2, 2017, from 0000 – 2400 UTC.
  • 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.).
  • 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).
  • Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.
  • 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.