NWS Melbourne, Florida

Recognition Day Results

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TH6DXX Rotatable Beam
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GAP Voyager
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VHF Station
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 HF Station

During the first weekend of December, the National Weather Service Office in Melbourne, Florida supported SKYWARNTM Recognition Day for the 9th consecutive year. The event for Amateur Radio (ham) operators was held from 7 pm Friday November 30 until 7 pm Saturday December 1 and was co-sponsored by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. The event is held each year to celebrate the contributions that ham radio operators make to the National Weather Service during times of critical weather. During the event, hams across the country contact as many other NWS offices as possible using their radio equipment. The contacts are received and logged at the individual NWS offices by volunteer amateur radio operators and licensed NWS staff. 

During the 2007 special event, operations from NWS Melbourne included a High Frequency (HF) station, a Very High Frequency (VHF) station and a PC-based EchoLink (VoIP) station. HF operations utilized the 20, 40, 80 and 160-meter bands with both SSB (voice) and CW (morse code) modes. Antennas used were a rotatable Hygain TH6DXX beam at 35 feet (20-meters), a GAP Voyager (40, 80, 160-meters), and a rotatable beam at 40 feet for VHF (2-meters). Amateur Radio operators from the Treasure Coast Weather Net (TCWN) participated as well as an operator from Brevard County. Several licensed NWS Melbourne meteorologists (East Central Florida SKYWARNTM Group) also operated during the event. The NWS Melbourne East Central Florida SKYWARNTM Group special call-sign WX4MLB was used.

NWS Melbourne thanks the individuals who supported the event, including those assisting with antenna and station set-up, those who loaned equipment, and of course the dedicated operators. We also appreciate the work of the many individuals who provide valuable SKYWARNTM communications services and severe weather reports throughout the year - and we thank the hundreds of radio operators who took the time and effort to 'work' us during the event. Finally, GAP Antenna Products, Inc. is recognized for providing use of the GAP Voyager.

The 2007 official results:

 Total Contacts:   930
 States Contacted:   47
 NWS Stations Contacted:   64  
 Countries Contacted:  17
 Bands: 2, 20, 40, 80, 160 meters
 Modes: SSB, CW, Packet, Echolink

Radio Operators & Assistance Provided by:

Eric Smitt - K9ES Brevard County - PCARS
Chuck Green - AD4ES Brevard County - PCARS
Wayne Burkett - KA1VRF TCWN
Eric Larabell - KF4UJO TCWN
Brian Cook - KI4HLW TCWN
Duane Duncan - K4LNN TCWN
Mark Timblin - AI4HO TCWN
Vince Weal - K4JC TCWN
Willie Thompson - KB5FKG TCWN
Roger Snyder - K4RS TCWN
Toni Snyder - K1TS TCWN
Ray Jaworski - KI4RHL TCWN
Scott Spratt - KT4PD NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Group
Pete Blottman - N2RFW NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Group
John Pendergrast - KC5SVA NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Group
Dennis Decker NWS Melbourne
Roddey Stevenson NWS Melbourne
Don Burkhardt NWS Melbourne
Bill Bennett NWS Melbourne
Tony Cristaldi NWS Melbourne
Matt Bragaw NWS Melbourne
GAP Antenna Products, Inc.  

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 .  For certificate information, click here.

Annual Statistics from WFO Melbourne (local records)

Total Contacts NWS Contacts States
DX Countries Contacts nation-wide
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 1st Place
2005 778 71 49 20  3rd Place
2006 921 70 50 24  2nd Place
2007 930 64 47 17 1st Place

2007 SKYWARNTM Recognition Day Official Website


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