Wireless Society of Southern Maine and Androscoggin ARES members ventured to the National Weather Service Forecast Office, in Gray, Maine, to participate in SKYWARN™ Recognition Day.
On-air activities began Friday evening (0000 UTC on December 1st), with Tom N1KTA working Echolink, and Eric KC1HJK operating DMR and VHF, and later EchoLink as well, while Brad KC1JMH operated HF. They operated throughout the night into the next day.
Everyone took a break from the operating at 11am Saturday for the annual SKYWARN™ Strategy Meeting, which featured a presentation by Tim KB1HNZ, followed by a period of discussion, and lunch courtesy of the NWS. After the break, it was back to the radios for a few more hours, until activities ended at around 3pm Saturday.
SKYWARN™ Recognition Day is an annual on-air event, that was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. 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.
The radio tower at the National Weather Service, in Gray, ME