NWS Special Event 2019 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

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2019 SKYWARN® Recognition Day

Fort Worth NWS CWA The 2019 SKYWARN® Recognition Day event is from Friday evening, December 6th 18:00 (6PM) CST until Saturday December 7th 18:00 (6PM) CST. Or in UTC time December 7, 2019, from 00:00 to 24:00 UTC.

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) will mark its 20th anniversary on December 7, 0000 to 2400 UTC. This is the day each year when radio amateurs operate from National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices across the country, celebrating the long relationship between the amateur radio community and the National Weather Service SKYWARN™ program. The purpose of the event is to recognize amateur radio operators for the vital public service they perform during times of severe weather and to strengthen the bond between radio amateurs and their local NWS offices.

Developed in 1999, SRD is cosponsored by ARRL and the NWS. Traditionally, radio amateurs have assisted the mission of the NWS through providing near real-time reports of severe weather and storm development. Reports received from radio amateurs have proven invaluable to NWS forecasters.

During SRD, participants exchange contact information with as many NWS stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, plus 70 centimeters. Contacts via repeaters are permitted. Stations should exchange call signs, signal reports, and locations, plus a quick description of the weather at your location (e.g., sunny, partly cloudy, windy, rainy, etc.). EchoLink and IRLP nodes, including the Voice over Internet Protocol Weather Net (VoIP-WX), are expected to be active as well.

WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center will also be on the air for SRD, 1300 - 1700 UTC, for its 21st year of SRD participation.

Event certificates are electronic and printable from the main website at the conclusion of SRD. To learn more, visit the SKYWARN™ Recognition Day website.

SKYWARN™ volunteers may visit the Fort Worth Weather Forecast Office on Saturday December 7th from 10:30 AM to 3 PM. Visitors must RSVP by Thursday, December 5th via wx5fwd.org/RSVP, or send email to SRD@wx5fwd.org. We will accommodate three groups of visitors on an hourly schedule, 15 to 20 people at a time. Refreshments will be served. Parking and building resources are limited. Please RSVP including your name, email address, and the hour you expect to visit starting at 11:30 AM. More details will be provided to visitors via email.

The WX5FWD SKYWARN™ radio desk team will operate radio stations at the Fort Worth office on HF, VHF and UHF frequency bands, with the modes FM, SSB, CW, PSK-31, IRLP, EchoLink, D-STAR or DMR. The Fort Worth NWS special event call sign will be W5T.


David McAnally, WD5M
Fort Worth NWS SKYWARN™ Recognition Day Coordinator

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