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The La Crosse National Weather Service (NWS) Office will be hosting a Virtual SKYWARN Amateur Radio Recognition Day.  This year will look a little different with the event being held in a virtual setting.  We will be operating radios from our home locations and making contacts around the U.S. (and World!) this Saturday December 5th from 8 a.m. to  4 p.m. CST.

This annual event is set aside to recognize and celebrate the support amateur radio operators provide the National Weather Service (NWS).  Amateur radio operators are a key component of the warning process in every community - helping with storm spotting, communication, and sometimes post-event assistance.  We utilize the assistance of many local amateur radio operators in nearly every major weather event.

All day we are making contacts via Amateur Radio around the country (and World!), exchanging weather information, and showing our appreciation.  If you are an amateur radio operator and assist with SKYWARN (spotting) activities, please join us virtually. 

You can take part in the day by joining us in a virtual meeting or taking part in the day by just making your own contacts around the country as part of the SKYWARN Recognition Day.  

For more information or questions please contact:

John Wetenkamp -

Todd Shea -    


What is SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD)?

SRD was developed in 1999 by the NWS and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the NWS. During SRD, SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the United States and the world.

How many Stations are participating in the SRD event?

The NWS in La Crosse, WI is just one of many offices participating in this event along with individual radio operators across the country.  For more information visit the NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day web page at:

What HAM Radio frequencies and modes will be used during SRD?

The NWS La Crosse office (HAM call sign: WX9ARX) will be using the following bands:

  • 80 Meters
  • 40 Meters
  • 20 Meters
  • 15 Meters
  • 10 Meters
  • 2 Meters

The modes we plan to operate include:

  • SSB
  • FM

On Twitter, you can watch hashtag #Skywarn20.

 ARRL Website:

You can also view our SKYWARN page at: