2005 SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY (SRD)

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SKYWARN Recognition Day  Weather Forecast Office, Lubbock, TX

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SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the invaluable contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the NWS, and ultimately, to the general public during significant weather events.

This year, SKYWARN Recognition Day was held on December 3, 2005 at the NWS Weather Forecast Office in Lubbock, TX. A portion of our dedicated SKYWARN team members joined with some of our WFO amateur radio operators to lead efforts in communicating (QSO) with nearly 170 contacts from across the country including over 40 contacts with amateur radio/SKYWARN enthusiasts at fellow NWS Weather Forecast Offices.

The SKYWARN team working in partnership with WFO Lubbock is unique in that members of the team also comprise the South Plains Storm Spotting Team (SPSST), led by Kendall Stanaland (WX5EMT), SPSST President. The SPSST serves a critical role in providing real-time/ground-truth information directly to the NWS when severe weather threatens the area. Amateur radio operators also serve in times of need to provide a means of communication during natural and/or man-made disasters.

The following photographs were taken at the NWS in Lubbock during the 2005 SKYWARN Recognition Day:

 

Picture of some of the SKYWARN Recognition Day participants.

Left to Right: SKYWARN member David Purkiss (KJ5RP) logs contacts as WFO Lubbock ITO John Holsenbeck (K5WXJ) communicates with participants via HF radio. (Photograph by WFO Lubbock, WCM Brian LaMarre, KE5GEP).

 

Left to Right: SKYWARN member Greg Varoff (KE5BZT) records information as SKYWARN member Bruce Haynie (N5WRA) communicates with participants via the PSK31 computer-radio interface. (Photograph by WFO Lubbock, WCM Brian LaMarre, KE5GEP).

 

Pictures from 2005 Skywarn Recognition Day

Clockwise from Left to Right: WFO Lubbock ITO John Holsenbeck (K5WXJ) communicates with participants via HF radio. SKYWARN member Greg Varoff (KE5BZT) and WFO Lubbock WCM Brian LaMarre (KE5GEP) observe (standing) as SKYWARN member Bruce Haynie (N5WRA) communicates with participants via the PSK31 computer-radio interface. (Photograph by SKYWARN member David Purkiss, KJ5RP).

 

Picture taken at the 2005 Skywarn Recognition Day

Clockwise from Left to Right: WFO Lubbock ITO John Holsenbeck (K5WXJ) observes as WFO Lubbock WCM Brian LaMarre (KE5GEP) listens on HF radio for additional contacts from participants. Gary Skwira, WFO Lubbock Meteorologist Intern observes as SKYWARN member Bruce Haynie (N5WRA) communicates with participants via the PSK31 computer-radio interface. (Photograph by SKYWARN member David Purkiss, KJ5RP).


Special thanks to John Hickman (WW3B), WFO Lubbock Electronics Technician, Carl Hill, WFO Lubbock Electronic Systems Analyst, John Holsenbeck, WFO Lubbock Information Technology Officer, and Bruce Haynie, SKYWARN member for their hard-work and dedication in installing the antennas and amateur radio equipment to support our successful 2005 SKYWARN Recognition Day!

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ARRL Glossary of Terms:

http://www.arrl.org/qst/glossary.html

 


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