The 11th annual Skywarn Recognition Day was held at NWS Newport from 7pm Friday, December 4th through 7 pm Saturday, December 5th.
SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.
Despite the breezy, rainy weather the turnout was large and everyone had a great time! Tours of the remodeled operations area were given throughout the day.
There were two "firsts" for the event: WX4MHX was on the air for the full 24 hours, and there was representation from all six amateur radio clubs in the forecast area. The clubs were:
- Carteret County Amateur Radio Society
- Pamlico Amateur Radio Society
- Onslow Amateur Radio Club
- New Bern Amateur Radio Club
- Kinston Amateur Radio Society
- Brightleaf Amateur Radio Club
The Carteret and Pamlico clubs operated the NWS office radios (HF and 2m/440 mHz), Onslow ARS operated HF and PSK31 from their portable station in the office conference room, and New Bern operated HF from their mobile operations trailer parked next to the office. A total of 31 NWS offices were contacted, 5 of them on PSK31.
A cookout was held around noon, with Electronics Technician Jon Petry and Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Cole doing the grilling honors. Chips, cookies and soft drinks went along with the hamburgers and hotdogs.
Thanks to all who attended and/or operated. All of you made it a great success! We look forward to seeing you again in 2010!