NWS Melbourne, Florida
2012 SKYWARN™ Recognition Day Results
Final results have been compiled for last year's SKYWARN Recognition Day!  
Please see charts below for more details.


Pictures From This Year's Event



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Gap Voyager and 20M Yagi beam
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Sandra, KK4ENH, and Paul, N7JNQ, on 15M HF

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John, AB4ET, operating on 40M HF

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Warren, AE4WG, operating 20M HF

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Alan, N3HOE, operating on 15M HF

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Ron, KD4PQQ, operating 2M VHF

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John, K4LRP, and Eric, K9ES, on 20M HF
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Gap 20M Vertical

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CL-33 Rotatable Beam

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Scott, KT4PD, giving a tour of the office



During the first weekend of December, the National Weather Service Office in Melbourne, Florida supported SKYWARN™ Recognition Day for the 14th consecutive year.  The event for Amateur Radio (ham) operators was held from 7 pm November 30th until 7 pm Saturday December 1st  and was co-sponsored by the NWS (www.weather.gov) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL; www.arrl.org).  We also hosted a SKYWARN™ Open House from 10 AM to 4 PM on December 1st, where local amateur radio operators and thier family members stopped by for tours of event operations and of the National Weather Service office.

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 visited their local NWS office, set up portable radio stations to simulate emergency conditions, and worked in teams to exchange weather reports with other hams across the nation and the globe.

During the 2012 special event here at NWS Melbourne, operations included three 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, 80 and 160-meter bands. Antennas used were two rotatable beams at 35 feet (10, 15, 20-meters), a GAP Voyager (160-meters) antenna, a GAP 20 meter vertical antenna, a rotatable beam at 35 feet for VHF (2 meters), and a 40/80-meter dipole. Amateur Radio operators across east central Florida helped operate through the event, including members of the Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society from Brevard County, the Treasure Coast Weather Net (TCWN), Martin County ARES/RACES, the Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association, and the Fort Pierce Amateur Radio Club. 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.  Also, a special thank you goes out to GAP Antenna Products, Inc. for providing us the use of the GAP Voyager and GAP 20M Monobander.

The 2012 final results:

 Total Contacts:   978
 States Contacted:  50
 NWS Stations Contacted: 
 Countries Contacted:  25
 Bands: 2, 10, 15, 20, 40, 80, 160 meters  
 Modes: SSB, CW, Echolink

Radio Operators & Assistance Provided by:

Alan Dixon - N3HOE

Brevard County - PCARS

Dan Fisher - AI4GK Brevard County - PCARS
John Gerstner - K4LRP Brevard County - PCARS
Paul Gray - N0JAA 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
Sean O'Connell - KK4GBF Brevard County - PCARS
Eric Smitt - K9ES Brevard County - PCARS
Dennis Tokorzewski - KK4AMO Brevard County
Vince Weal - K4JC Brevard County - TCWN
John Weatherley - AB4ET Brevard County - PCARS
Wayne Burkett, Sr. - KA1VRF Indian River County - TCWN
Ray Jaworski - KI4RHL Martin County - ARES/RACES
Bill Laakkonen - N4BKT Martin County - ARES/RACES
Ron Tagg - KD4PQQ Martin County - ARES/RACES
Paul Tomlins - N7JNQ Martin County - ARES/RACES
Sandra Tomlins - KK4ENH Martin County - ARES/RACES
Joe Pelikan - WI0JMP Saint Lucie County - TCWN  
Warren Greenburg - AE4WG Volusia County - DBARC  
Pete Blottman - N2RFW NWS Melbourne
Amanda Bowen - KJ4ZWR NWS Melbourne
Don Burkhardt NWS Melbourne
Taylor Cox NWS Melbourne
Scott Spratt - KT4PD NWS Melbourne
Roddey Stevenson NWS Melbourne
Derrick Weitlich - W1DKW NWS Melbourne
GAP Antenna Products  

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 
2012 978 74 50 25 1st Place




2012 SKYWARNTM Recognition Day Official Website






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