2001 ARRL/NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day

TCWN operations during 2001SKYWARN eventBEARS operations during 2001 SKYWARN event

2001 SKYWARN Recognition Day TCWN Comm Vehicle2001 SKYWARN Recognition Day BEARS Comms Vehicle


SKYWARN Recognition Day for Amateur Radio Operators is co-sponsored by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the contributions that amateur radio operators ("hams") make to the National Weather Service during times of critical weather. During the event, hams across the country try to contact as many NWS offices as possible using their radio equipment. The contacts are received and logged at the individual NWS offices by volunteer amateur radio operators. 

During the 3rd annual event, an operations team participated from the NWS Melbourne, FL facility from 7 pm Friday November 30 through approximately 7 pm Saturday December 1. The team consisted of ham operators from two active SKYWARN groups within East Central Florida; the Treasure Coast Weather Net (TCWN) and the Brevard Emergency Amateur Radio Service (BEARS). These two groups have participated in the previous SKYWARN events from NWS Melbourne during 1999 and 2000. The NWS Melbourne East Central Florida SKYWARN Group callsign WX4MLB was used. 

The official results are shown below:

Total Contacts:  276
States Contacted:  48
NWS Stations Contacted:  33
Counties Contacted: Scotland, Canada, Panama
Bands: 2, 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 meters
Modes: SSB, CW, APRS, Packet
A few pictures taken during the event Saturday are shown above (TCWN operators; top left, BEARS operator; top right, TCWN Comms Vehicle; bottom left, BEARS Comms Vehicle; bottom right).

Thank you to all the TCWN and BEARS who made this a succcessful and fun event and to those stations who participated in the SKYWARN Recognition Day event and who support SKYWARN operations thoughout the year.

For questions, comments, feedback, please email Scott SprattWX4MLB QSL and certificate information.

SKYWARN Recognition Day Official Website

More WX4MLB images from the 2001 event

ARRL website article on the Special Event


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