NWS Melbourne, Florida
2011 SKYWARN™ Recognition Day Final Results


Final results have been compiled for this year's SKYWARN Recognition Day with the totals showing we have broken our office's all-time record in number of contacts and number of NWS offices reached!  Please see charts below for more details.


Pictures From This Year's Event



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Ken, N8KH, operating 40M HF
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Don, AF4Z, operating RTTY on 15M HF

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Sandra, KK4ENH, operating 2M VHF

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Eric, K9ES, and Chuck, AD4ES, operating 20M HF

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Wayne, KA1VRF, operating on Echolink

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Jan, K4QD, and Doug, KK4DOE, operating on 20M HF

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CL-33 rotatable beam
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 R-7000 Vertical Antenna and 20M Yagi

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GAP Voyager

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GAP Titan



During the first weekend of December, the National Weather Service Office in Melbourne, Florida supported SKYWARN™ Recognition Day for the 13th consecutive year.  The event for Amateur Radio (ham) operators was held from 7 pm Friday December 2 until 7 pm Saturday December 3 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 2011 special event, operations from NWS Melbourne included two High Frequency (HF) stations, a Very High Frequency (VHF) station, two digital stations (RTTY and PSK-31), and a PC-based EchoLink (VoIP) station. HF operations utilized the 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160-meter bands. Antennas used were two rotatable beams at 35 feet (10, 15, 20-meters), a GAP Voyager (160-meters), a GAP Titan (digital modes), a rotatable beam at 35 feet for VHF (2 meters), a G5RV dipole, 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 2011 final results:

 Total Contacts:   1604
 States Contacted:  50
 NWS Stations Contacted: 
 Countries Contacted:  43
 Bands: 2, 10, 15, 20, 40, 80, 160 meters  
 Modes: SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK-31, Echolink

Radio Operators & Assistance Provided by:

Alan Dixon - N3HOE

Brevard County - PCARS/BEARS

George Fundis - K4PX Brevard County - PCARS
John Gerstner - K4LRP Brevard County - PCARS
Chuck Green - AD4ES  Brevard County - PCARS
Jan Heise - K4QD Brevard County - PCARS
Ken Hendrickson - N8KH Brevard County - PCARS
Brian Holme - N4ADE Brevard County - PCARS
Douglas Imberman - KK4DOE Brevard County
Robert Osband - N4SCY Brevard County - BEARS
Eric Smitt - K9ES Brevard County - PCARS
Don Winn - AF4Z Brevard County - PCARS
Wayne Burkett, Sr. - KA1VRF Indian River County - TCWN
Vince Weal - K4JC Indian River County - TCWN
Ray Jaworski - KI4RHL Martin County - ARES/RACES
Judy Tagg - KE4MZT Martin County - ARES/RACES
Ron Tagg - KD4PQQ Martin County - ARES/RACES
Paul Tomlins - N7JNQ Martin County
Sandra Tomlins - KK4ENH Martin County
Pete Blottman - N2RFW NWS
Amanda Bowen - KJ4ZWR NWS
Don Burkhardt NWS
Taylor Cox NWS
Jonathan Guseman - KJ4ZWS NWS
Scott Spratt - KT4PD NWS
Roddey Stevenson NWS
Derrick Weitlich - W1DKW NWS

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


50 40

2nd Place

2009 1373


50 43

1st Place

2010  292 35   43     6  15th Place 
2011 1604 81


43 1st Place 


2011 SKYWARNTM Recognition Day Official Website




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