NWS Melbourne Skywarn Recognition Day 2016

During the first weekend of December, the National Weather
Service Office in Melbourne, Florida will support SKYWARN™
Recognition Day for the 18th consecutive year. The event for
Amateur Radio (ham) operators will be held from 7 pm Friday,
December 2nd until 7 pm Saturday, December 3rd and is co-sponsored
by the NWS (www.weather.gov) and the American Radio Relay
League (ARRL; www.arrl.org). We will also host a SKYWARN™
Open House from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, December 3rd, where
local amateur radio operators and thier family members can stop by
for tours of event operations and of the National Weather Service
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

During the 24-hour event, Amateur Radio operators throughout the
country will 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

During the 2016 special event here at NWS Melbourne, operations
will include three High Frequency (HF) stations, a Very High
Frequency (VHF) station, and a PC-based EchoLink (VoIP) station. HF
operations will utilize the 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160-meter bands.
Amateur Radio operators across east central Florida will help
operate through the event, including members of the Platinum Coast
Amateur Radio Society from Brevard County (PCARS), The Vero Beach
Amateur Radio Club (VBARC), the Treasure Coast Weather Net (TCWN),
Martin County ARES/RACES, and Volusia County ARES. Licensed NWS
Melbourne meteorologists will also operate during the event. The
NWS Melbourne East Central Florida SKYWARN™ Group special call-sign
WX4MLB will be used.