HAM Skywarn Recognition Day


Hawaii will observe HAM Skywarn Recognition Day on Friday, 04 December 2020, 1400-2200 HST.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio announcement are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content supplied by Kevin Bogan (AH6QO)-Skywarn HAM Coordinator for Hawaii.

Accessed on 03 December 2020, 0315 UTC, Post 1750.

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SRD  SKYWARN™ Recognition Day  instructions  for both National level and Hawaii.
Skywarn info:  This webpage has the the contents of this email.
NWS  See the NWS SRD page for info on Echolink participation.
Please register and participate. Nationally, 12/5/20 0000-2400 Zulu.
Our instructions are below followed by the instructions for national participation
To all,
Please participate in this year’s Skywarn Recognition Day (SRD) by sending in your FAIR-WEATHER REPORT OF ONE OR TWO WORDS).
During our time on the air, we will take messages as noted below.  There will be no net initiated, just the Skywarn HAM station standing by for the Fair-Weather Reports. We will make periodic announcements.
Please Note: If you have a real-world Severe Weather Report, we will take it.  Please be sure to identify it as REAL-WORLD.
  • Date: 12/4/20
  • Time: 1400 – 2200 HST (which is 12/5/20, 0000 – 0800 Zulu)
  • DEM RACES repeaters (if operational):
  • IRLP linked repeaters will be available during our time on the air:
    • Round Top, 443.425 pl 114.8 node 3080 
    • Waimanalo, 444.375 pl 114.8 node 3197
    • Waialua 443.400 pl 114.8  node 8843
  • HF
    • 7080 kHz USB for voice and FLDIGI (on the hour and half hour)
    • 3880 kHz LSB phone (voice) (a quarter of and after the hour)
  • Winlink messages to and a copy to ah6qo@
  • Format for real-world Severe Weather Report  (same as what you would do on the telephone call to NWS):
    • call sign
    • first name
    • Spotter number (if you have one)
    • location of observation
    • time of observation
    • Metrics (no guessing! No estimating. If nothing measured, move on to Impacts)
    • Impacts
  • Severe Weather Report (SWR) Criteria ( ) :
    • What to Report (and use EXERCISE and SIMULATED as descriptors for any practice messages):
      – ANY tornado, funnel, or waterspout
      – Heavy rain at a rate of an inch per hour or more lasting more than 15 minutes
      – ANY type of flooding that is threatening or causing damage
      – ANY hail
      – High winds strong enough to cause property damage
      – ANY weather related death, injury, or significant damage
December 5, 2020 from 0000z to 2400z

SKYWARNTM Recognition Day Operating Instructions

1. Object SKYWARNTM Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.

  • Amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
  • Non-Amateur Radio Spotters to exchange weather information as often as possible via Social Media with NWS Offices. 

2. Date NWS stations may operate at any time during December 5, 2020 from 0000 – 2400 UTC.

3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).

4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24 hour period. 

5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.

Please be flexible as parameters may be adjusted.
Please pass this email on to other interested parties.
Thank you,
Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Skywarn HAM Coordinator for Hawaii
Chuck Malefyt, KH6DL
Deputy Skywarn HAM Coordinator

Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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