Skywarn Recognition Day 2017

Hello everyone,

The 19th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) event has been officially announced and the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Melbourne will once again be participating! SRD provides a venue for NWS offices to recognize Amateur Radio operators for their commitment in helping keep their communities weather safe. Amateur Radio operators will be on the airwaves at over 100 NWS offices across the country for this 24 hour event, which will run this year from 7 PM Friday, December 1st and continue through 7 PM Saturday, December 2nd.

This year we plan on having at least one HF station, hopefully two, as well as operating on 2M and Echolink. The need for volunteer operators on HF this year will greatly depend on how many HF stations we will have set up, which is still being worked out. However, volunteers for 2M operations and Echolink will definitely be needed.

For now, if you are interested in operating please reply back to this email and provide the following information:

-Name/Call Sign
-Hours you can operate
-Mode you would like to operate (HF, 2M or Echolink)

Whether you can only volunteer for an hour or even several, any assistance would be helpful. Food and refreshments for our volunteers will be provided by NWS Melbourne, including pizza for dinner on Friday night and chili and cornbread for lunch on Saturday.

During the event we will also be holding a special “SKYWARN Open House” on Saturday, December 2nd from 10 AM to 4 PM for ham radio/SKYWARN operators as well as their family and friends to see our SRD operations and also for tours of the office. If planning on attending the Open House, please RSVP by sending an email to derrick.weitlich@noaa.gov with the following information:

-Name/Call Sign
-Number in your party
-What time you plan on arriving

I will be sending out additional information and updates as time gets closer. If you have any questions about SRD in the mean time, please don’t hesitate to ask. Also, for more information and to see pictures and stats from last year’s event, please visit:

https://www.weather.gov/mlb/srd2016

Hope to see many of you again this year!

Derrick Weitlich
W1DKW
NWS Melbourne, FL