NWS Melbourne, Florida

2005 SKYWARN Recognition Day Results

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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 7th annual event, four operations teams participated using individual transmitters from the NWS Melbourne, FL facility from 7 pm Friday December 2 through 7 pm Saturday December 3. The teams were comprised of ham operators from three active SKYWARN groups within East Central Florida: Brevard County Emergency Amateur Radio Services, Inc. (BEARS),  Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN, 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 BEARS, Osceola County ARES/RACES, and Treasure Coast Weather Net members who made this a very 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 2005 results:

 Total Contacts:   778
 States Contacted:   49
 NWS Stations Contacted:   71  
 Countries Contacted:  20
 Continents Contacted:  3
 Bands: 2, 6, 15, 20, 40, 80 meters
 Modes: SSB, CW, FM, Echolink

Event Participants:

Eric Smitt - K9ES BEARS
Stephanie Phillips - K4MVO BEARS
Robert Phillips - AA4HP BEARS
Ozzie Osband - N4SCY BEARS
Ken Hendrickson - N8KH BEARS
Mike Stallings - K4RVR BEARS
Robert Anderson - K2BTW BEARS
Don Winn - AF4Z BEARS
Jan Heise - K4QD BEARS
Alan Johnson - KI4GOB BEARS
Roy Hill - W6QCM BEARS
John Weatherley - AB4ET BEARS
John Gerstner - KI4LRP BEARS
Jimmy Edwards - KF4ZOL BEARS
Cathy Johnson - KI4GMF BEARS
Jan Ferguson - W4REN BEARS
Donald Hartge - AG4FC BEARS
Frank Merceret - NA4CW NASA - KSC
Wayne Burkett - KA1VRF Indian River/Treasure Coast SKYWARN
Don Wheeler - KI4JHV Indian River/Treasure Coast SKYWARN
Mark Timblin - AI4HO Indian River/Treasure Coast SKYWARN
John Hayden - KG4BFJ Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Don Pape - KI4LZX Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Harry Kaufman - WN7YJJ Osceola County ARES/SKYWARN
Pete Blottman - N2RFW NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Group
Dennis Decker - KB4TYM NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Group
Scott Spratt - KT4PD NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Group
Roddey Stevenson NWS Melbourne
Arlena Moses NWS Melbourne
Jackie Cartwright NWS Melbourne
Bob Wimmer NWS Melbourne
Bart Hagemeyer NWS Melbourne

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.

Previous Year Statistics from WFO Melbourne (local records)

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
2004 1524 68 49 57

SKYWARN Recognition Day Official Website

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