HAM Radio Appreciation Fish Fry

The National Weather Service in Birmingham strives to provide the public with accurate and timely severe weather watches and warnings. A large part of our success is owed to the HAM radio operators located throughout Central Alabama, who volunteer their time in order to provide support services to NWS Birmingham during sigificant severe weather events. HAM radio equipment is set up inside the NWS office. These radio operators use the equipment for gathering storm reports during each event. These individuals will work non-stop for hours on end, all on their own time and in an effort to help the NWS better serve the citizens of Central Alabama. The reports that are relayed to us through the HAMs is invaluable information to NWS Birmingham.

In an effort to show our appreciation to these individuals who have given so much of their time to public service, the National Weather Service in Birmingham held a fish fry at its office in Calera, AL, on May 30, 2009. All HAMs and their families were invited to stop by the office that afternoon for lunch, which consisted of LOTS of fried fish, hushpuppies, slaw, potato salad, and various desserts.

MIC Jim Stefkovich frying fish for the HAMs
MIC Jim Stefkovich frying fish for the HAMs
The lunch line has begun!
The lunch line has begun!
MIC Jim Stefkovich makes sure there is enough food for everyone.
MIC Jim Stefkovich makes sure there is enough food for everyone.
HAMs and their families sit and chat while eating.
HAMs and their families sit and chat while eating.
HAMs hanging out in our office's operations area.
HAMs hanging out in our office's operations area.
 


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