NWS Melbourne, Florida
Recognition Day Results
During the first weekend of December, the National Weather Service Office in Melbourne, Florida supported SKYWARNTM Recognition Day for the 11th consecutive year. The event for Amateur Radio (ham) operators was held from 7 pm Friday December 4 until 7 pm Saturday December 5 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 2009 special event, operations from NWS Melbourne included two High Frequency (HF) stations, a Very High Frequency (VHF) station, a digital station (radio teletype) and a PC-based EchoLink (VoIP) station. HF operations utilized the 10, 15, 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), a rotatable beam at 35 feet for VHF (2 meters), and a 40/80M dipole. 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 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 2009 official results:
Radio Operators & Assistance Provided by:
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)