2017 Skywarn Recognition Day Information and Assistance

Hello everyone,

I hope this email finds you all well and that you made it through Irma safe and sound. It has certainly been a busy time for us here at the National Weather Service (NWS), and I know for you as well, especially during the hurricane where I know many of you volunteered your time and amateur radio services at hospitals and shelters, and setting up weather nets across east central Florida.

It is for this very reason Skywarn Recognition Day (SRD) exists, for us at the NWS to thank the amateur radio community for all their contributions for keeping their communities weather-safe, and to hold an event that provides a enjoyable atmosphere where operators can visit local NWS offices and make contacts across the globe! This year’s Skywarn Recognition Day (SRD) has not yet been officially announced, but is expected to run from 7PM Friday, December 1st to 7PM Saturday, December 2nd, and the NWS office in Melbourne will once again be participating!

This marks the 19th year of the event, and as organizer for the office, I hope many of you can join us again, especially from groups and counties in the local area that we usually don’t get to see. I included our Skywarn Amateur Radio contacts in each county, as well as others who have provided significant support to the event in recent years on this email, but please feel free to forward this email to any amateur radio groups in the local area to spread the word.

The NWS office will again provide a laptop and 2M radio for Echolink and VHF communications. However, we will need the use of radios and antennas to support the setup of 1 or 2 HF stations. Please respond to this email and let me know if there are any individuals or groups that might be able to lend us their equipment for this year’s event, including…

Antennas:
– A Tri-Beam antenna with tower trailer for 10/15/20M communications
– A dipole antenna that can operate on 40/80M
– Any others that are easy to transport and set up

For each HF station:
– laptop for logging contacts (I can provide one)
– HF radio that preferably has interface for CAT control
– Headset with mic
– AMP wired for 110VAC
– Set of Band Pass Filters for all HF stations

The other important resource we need is operators! We will need plenty of volunteers to help operate these stations for the duration of the 24 hour event, even if you can only commit an hour or two that would be great! I will be sending out another email to my entire SRD email list about the event and call for operators here soon, but wanted to first start planning equipment logistics. Thank you for any help you can provide! Look forward to working with you for another fun and successful SRD!

73,

Derrick Weitlich
W1DKW
Skywarn Recognition Day Organizer
NWS Melbourne, FL