[AARA] SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Wed Dec 3 14:41:51 CST 2014

*                SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014*

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2014 gets underway at 0000 UTC on Saturday,
December 6 (Friday, December 5 in US time zones). This will mark the
16th annual event. Co-sponsored by ARRL and the National Weather
Service (NWS), the 24-hour event recognizes the vital public service
contribution that Amateur Radio operators make while working with NWS
offices during severe weather events. It also is aimed at strengthening
the bond between Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices.

The volunteer SKYWARN program comprises nearly 290,000 trained severe
weather spotters --- many of them radio amateurs --- who identify
severe storms and provide NWS forecasters with reports of local weather
conditions during severe weather events. On SKYWARN Recognition Day,
Amateur Radio operators visit National Weather Service offices and
contact other stations in the US and around the world. WX4NHC at the
National Hurricane Center in Miami will be among the NWS sites on the
air for the occasion.

SKYWARN Recognition Day is not a contest. The object is for stations to
exchange some basic information with as many NWS stations as possible on
80 meters through 70 centimeters (excluding 1.25 meters). Repeater
contacts are permitted. Stations exchange call signs, signal reports,
locations, and a one or two-word description of the weather at their
respective locations.

More than 70 amateur stations are expected to be on the air from
National Weather Service offices across the US, and some will use
special event call signs. They will operate on various modes including
SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, these
special event stations will append "NWS" to their call signs (eg,
N0A/NWS). It is suggested that a licensed non-National Weather Service
volunteer serve as a control operator for stations set up at NWS

The VoIP SKYWARN and Hurricane nets will participate in SKYWARN
Recognition Day. The weekly VoIP SKYWARN/Hurricane Preparation Net will
meet 1 hour earlier on December 5, prior to the official start of
SKYWARN Recognition Day. The weekly net and net activations for
hurricanes employ the EchoLink*WX-TALK*  Conference server Node #:7203
which is integrated with IRLP Reflector 9219.

Additional details about SKYWARN Recognition Day are available on the
SKYWARN Recognition Day web page-http://skywarn.org/  .   TNX ARRL

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