2003 SKYWARN Recognition Day


Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN operators during the 2003 SKYWARN eventOsceola County ARES/SKYWARN operators during 2003 SKYWARN event

Treasure Coast Weather Net operators during the 2003 SKYWARN eventTreasure Coast Weather Net antenna setup for the 2003 SKYWARN Recognition Day

NWS Melbourne operators during the 2003 SKYWARN eventNWS Melbourne operators during the 2003 SKYWARN event

View from the radar tower during 'clean up' Securing antennas at sunset

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 5th annual event, three operations teams participated using individual transmitters from the NWS Melbourne, FL facility from 7 pm Friday December 5 through 7 pm Saturday December 6. The teams were comprised of ham operators from two active SKYWARN groups within East Central Florida: Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN and the Treasure Coast Weather Net; as well as the East Central Florida SKYWARN Group (licensed NWS Melbourne meteorologists).  The NWS Melbourne East Central Florida SKYWARN Group callsign WX4MLB was used.

Thank you to all the Osceola County ARES/RACES and Treasure Coast Weather Network members who made this a successful and enjoyable event and to those stations who participated in the SKYWARN Recognition Day event and also those who support SKYWARN operations throughout the year.  

The preliminary results:

 Total Contacts:   539
 States Contacted:   43
 NWS Stations Contacted:   42  
 Countries Contacted:  20
 Continents Contacted:  4
 Bands: 2, 6, 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 meters
 Modes: SSB, CW, APRS, PSK31

Event Participants:

Bill Bailey - KG4NZR Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Michael Burke - N4HHA Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Joe Connery - WA1ZVA Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Chris Hammock - KE4DUJ Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Richard Halquist - KG4FZO Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
John Hayden - KG4BFJ Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Harry Kaufman - WN7YJJ Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Melvin Liwag - KF4PN Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Steven Proctor - KG4JFK Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Joe Reilly - N4ZIQ Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Leo Reilly Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Ronald Ruebush - KE4WBI Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Rod Sherman - KB9ECA Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Jim Stout - AA9LW Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Scott Clark - KG4URK Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Peter Amar - KD4SPW Treasure Coast Weather Net
Bob Barry - KG4ZYP Treasure Coast Weather Net
Sherri Brower - W4STB Treasure Coast Weather Net
Wayne Burkett - KA1VRF Treasure Coast Weather Net
Frank Caimi - WB3JCC Treasure Coast Weather Net
Amanda Elliot Treasure Coast Weather Net
Dana Elliott - AF4CN Treasure Coast Weather Net
Ralph Francavilta - N2BMN Treasure Coast Weather Net
Erin Simmons - KG4YQK Treasure Coast Weather Net
Pete Blottman - N2RFW NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Group
Bart Hagemeyer NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Group
Scott Spratt - KT4PD NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Group

For questions, comments, feedback, please email Scott Spratt.  To receive a QSL card from WX4MLB, please send an your card along with an SASE to: NWS Melbourne, 421 Croton Road, Melbourne, FL  32935. Electronic QSLs can be exchanged via http://eqsl.cc/qslcard/.  For certificate information, click here.

Year by Year Statistics

1999 279 20 38 7
2000 489 38 43 12
2001 276 33 48 3
2002 388 35 44 29
2003 538 42 43 20

SKYWARN Recognition Day Official Website


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