NWS Melbourne, Florida

2010 SKYWARN™ Recognition Day Results


Pictures From This Year's Event

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Chuck, AD4ES, operating 40m HF
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Wayne, KA1VRF and Mat, KC8NZJ operating Echolink

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Levon, KT4LST, and Melinda, KJ4YTG, working 40 and 80m HF

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Operators working 20m HF

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CL-33 rotatable beam
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 R-7000 Vertical Antenna

During the first weekend of December, the National Weather Service Office in Melbourne, Florida supported SKYWARN™ Recognition Day for the 12 consecutive year.  The event for Amateur Radio (ham) operators was held from 7 pm Friday December 3 until 7 pm Saturday December 4 and was co-sponsored by the NWS (www.weather.gov) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL; www.arrl.org). 

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) provides a venue for National Weather Service (NWS) offices to recognize Amateur ("ham") Radio operators for their commitment in helping keep their communities weathersafe. During every tropical weather threat, and many other major weather events, Amateur Radio operators staff local NWS and American Red Cross shelters and stand ready to provide emergency communications should standard services fail or become overloaded. Many Amateur Radio operators are also trained as SKYWARN™ weather spotters by local NWS offices, to provide valuable information during hazardous weather situations. Often, these spotter reports allow NWS meteorologists to issue severe weather warnings with greater advance notice and confidence than would otherwise be possible.

During the 24-hour event, Amateur Radio operators throughout the country visit their local NWS office, set up portable radio stations to simulate emergency conditions, and work in teams to exchange weather reports with other hams across the nation and the globe.

During the 2010 special event, operations from NWS Melbourne included two High Frequency (HF) stations, a Very High Frequency (VHF) station and a PC-based EchoLink (VoIP) station. HF operations utilized the 10, 15, 20, 40, and 80-meter bands. Antennas used were a rotatable beam at 35 feet (10, 15, 20-meters), a vertical beam (10, 15, 20, 40-meters),  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 groups in Brevard County (Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society and the Florida Contest Group). Licensed NWS Melbourne meteorologists also operated during the event. The NWS Melbourne East Central Florida SKYWARN™ 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.

The 2010 preliminary results:

 Total Contacts:   292
 States Contacted:  43
 NWS Stations Contacted: 
 Countries Contacted:  6
 Bands: 2, 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 meters                                                                                                       Modes: SSB, Echolink

Radio Operators & Assistance Provided by:

Chuck Green - AD4ES

Brevard County - PCARS

Lynn Deffenbaugh - KJ4ERJ Brevard County - PCARS
John Weatherley - AB4ET Brevard County - PCARS
Eric Smitt - K9ES FCG
Wayne Burkett, SR - KA1VRF TCWN
Mathew Nickoson - KC8NZJ TCWN
Vince Weal - K4JC TCWN
Ray Jaworski - KI4RHL Martin Co. ARES/RACES
Judy Tagg - KE4MZT Martin Co. ARES/RACES
Ron Tagg - KD4PQQ Martin Co. ARES/RACES
Levon Tomon - KT4LST Lake County ARES
Melinda Haskell - KJ4YTG Lake County ARES
Scott Spratt - KT4PD NWS
Pete Blottman - N2RFW NWS
Derrick Weitlich - W1DKW NWS
Jonathan Guseman NWS
Don Burkhardt NWS
Taylor Cox NWS
Roddey Stevenson NWS
Larry Pace NWS
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 or Derrick Weitlich.  To receive a QSL card from WX4MLB after the event, please send  your card along with an SASE to: NWS Melbourne, 421 Croton Road, Melbourne, FL  32935. Electronic QSLs can be exchanged via EQSL (www.eqsl.cc). 

Annual Statistics from WFO Melbourne (local records)

YEAR 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  1192   74 50 40

2nd Place

2009 1373  77 50 43

1st Place

2010  292 35  43  15th Place 

2010 SKYWARNTM Recognition Day Official Website


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