NWS Melbourne, Florida

Recognition Day Results

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Brian, KI4HLW, operating Echolink
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Ray, KI4RHL, operating VHF

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Don, AF4Z & George, K4PX working 40m HF

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Max, KJ4EUT & Corey, KJ4FHW working 20m HF

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GAP Voyager, CL33 rotatable beam & VHF tower
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 Portable VHF towers with 2m & 6m VHF beams
During the first weekend of December, the National Weather Service Office in Melbourne, Florida supported SKYWARNTM Recognition Day for the 10th consecutive year. The event for Amateur Radio (ham) operators was held from 7 pm Friday December 5 until 7 pm Saturday December 6 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 2008 special event, operations from NWS Melbourne included two High Frequency (HF) stations, two Very High Frequency (VHF) stations, a digital station (radio teletype) 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 two rotatable beams at 35 feet (primarily 20-meters), a GAP Voyager (40, 80, 160-meters),  a GAP Titan (digital modes) and three rotatable beams at 35 feet for VHF (2-6-meters). Amateur Radio operators from the Treasure Coast Weather Net (TCWN) and Martin County ARES/RACES participated as well as operators from several groups in Brevard County (Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society, Indian River Amateur Radio Club and the Florida Contest Group). 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 2008 preliminary results:

 Total Contacts:   1191  
 States Contacted:   50
 NWS Stations Contacted:   74  
 Countries Contacted:  38
 Bands: 2, 20, 40, 80, 160 meters
 Modes: SSB, CW, Packet, RTTY, PSK31, Echolink

Radio Operators & Assistance Provided by:

Eric Smitt - K9ES FCG
Donn Winn - AF4Z Brevard County - PCARS
Ken Hendrickson - N8KH Brevard County - PCARS
Dan Fisher - AI4GK Brevard County - PCARS
Aaron Mitchell - KJ4DDM Brevard County - PCARS
George Fundis - K4PX Brevard County - PCARS
Bob Dupre - KJ4MAY Brevard County - PCARS
Joel McDonald - N4URW Brevard County - PCARS
John Weatherley - AB4ET Brevard County - PCARS
Jack Seeley - KI4LTB Brevard County - PCARS
Chuck Green - AD4ES Brevard County - PCARS
Pete Fountain - WD4IXD FCG
Max Fountain - KJ4EUT FCG
Greg O'Neill - AB4GO Brevard County - IRARC
Bob Kisko - N4VO Brevard County - IRARC
John Golebiewski - KF4PFI  
Wayne Burkett, SR - KA1VRF TCWN
Mathew Nickoson - KC8NZJ TCWN
Mark Timblin - AI4HO TCWN
Brian Cook - KI4HLW TCWN
Dwaine Dunkin - K4LNN TCWN
Bud Holman - WA4ASJ TCWN
Vincent Weal - K4JC TCWN
Scott Trudeau - KI4RNK TCWN
John Conefrey - W4IVW TCWN
Ray Jaworski - KI4RHL Martin Co. ARES/RACES
Joy McGraw - ND9N Martin Co. ARES/RACES
Frank McGraw - N3QU Martin Co. ARES/RACES
Corey McGraw - KJ4FHW Martin Co. ARES/RACES
Keith Boyer - N4TRN Orange County SKYWARN
Eric Zelaya Orange County SKYWARN
Scott Spratt - KT4PD NWS
Pete Blottman - N2RFW NWS
Don Burkhardt NWS
Bill Bennett NWS
John Pendergrast - KC5SVA NWS
Derrick Weitlich - W1DKW NWS
Bart Hagemeyer NWS
Roddey Stevenson NWS
Dennis Decker - KB4TYM NWS
Mike Turner - KG4YRC NWS
GAP Antenna Products  
North Brevard SKYWARN Association  
Titusville Amateur Radio Club  
Indian River Amateur Radio Club  
Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society  
Treasure Coast Weather Net  
Volusia County SKYWARN  
Seminole County SKYWARN  
Orange Co. Emerg Auxiliary Radio Team  
Disney Emerg Amateur Radio Service  
Lake County ARES  
Okeechobee County ARES  
St. Lucie County ARES  
Osceola County ARES  
Martin County SKYWARN Association  

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
2008   1191   74 50 40 ???

2008 SKYWARNTM Recognition Day Official Website


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