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NWS Melbourne, Florida
2016 SKYWARN™ Recognition Day
Another SKYWARN Recognition Day is in the record books!  Thank you to all 
of our amateur radio volunteers who made this another successful event! This
year's stats and pictures from the event have been updated!


Pictures From the 2016 SRD Event



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Setting up the MCARA tower and beam
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Getting the PCARS tower and 20M Yagi ready 

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Wayne, KA1VRF, operating on Echolink

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Devin, KK4RLP, and Dennis, AJ4DT, operating on 2M

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Tim, K4FIT, and Bob, NB4C, operating on 40M HF

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Alan, N3HOE, Eric, KM4RYH, and Eric, K9ES, operating 20M HF

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Warren, AE4WG, on 20M HF
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GAP Voyager

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  KMLB WSR-88D Radar and PCARS Tower and Beam

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MCARA Tower and Beam



During the first weekend of December, the National Weather Service Office in Melbourne, Florida supported SKYWARN™ Recognition Day for the 18th consecutive year.  The event for Amateur Radio (ham) operators was held from 7 pm Friday, December 2nd until 7 pm Saturday, December 3rd and was co-sponsored by the NWS ( and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL;  We also hosted a SKYWARN™ Open House from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, December 3rd, where local amateur radio operators and their family members stopped by for tours of event operations and of the National Weather Service office.

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) provides a venue for National Weather Service (NWS) offices to recognize Amateur ("ham") Radio operators for their commitment in helping keep their communities weathersafe. During every tropical weather threat, and many other major weather events, Amateur Radio operators staff local NWS and American Red Cross shelters and stand ready to provide emergency communications should standard services fail or become overloaded. Many Amateur Radio operators are also trained as SKYWARN™ weather spotters by local NWS offices, to provide valuable information during hazardous weather situations. Often, these spotter reports allow NWS meteorologists to issue severe weather warnings with greater advance notice and confidence than would otherwise be possible.

During the 24-hour event, Amateur Radio operators throughout the country visted their local NWS office, set up portable radio stations to simulate emergency conditions, and worked in teams to exchange weather reports with other hams across the nation and the globe.

During the 2016 special event here at NWS Melbourne, operations included two High Frequency (HF) stations, a Very High Frequency (VHF) station, and a PC-based EchoLink (VoIP) station. HF operations utilized the 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160-meter bands. Amateur Radio operators across east central Florida helped operate through the event, including members of the Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society from Brevard County (PCARS), The Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club (VBARC), the Treasure Coast Weather Net (TCWN), Martin County ARES/RACES, and Volusia County ARES. Licensed NWS Melbourne meteorologists also operated during the event. The NWS Melbourne East Central Florida SKYWARN™ Group special call-sign WX4MLB was used.


2016 SRD results:

 Total Contacts:   1209
 States Contacted:  50
 NWS Stations Contacted: 
 Countries Contacted:  21
 Bands: 2, 10, 15, 20, 40, 80, 160 meters  

 Modes: SSB, CW, FM, Echolink


Radio Operators & Assistance Provided by:

Walter Aucoin Jr. - WB5ZGA Brevard County - PCARS
Bob Creswick - NB4C Brevard County - PCARS
Alan Dixon - N3HOE Brevard County - PCARS
Duane Duncan - K4LNN Brevard County - VBARC
Tim Edsell - K4FIT Brevard County - PCARS
Michael Edwards - KE4YGT Brevard County - PCARS
Paul Gray - N0JAA Brevard County - PCARS
Chuck Green - AD4ES Brevard County - PCARS
Ed Hutchinson - KK4ZWC Brevard County - PCARS
Dana Smith - KM4TIX Brevard County - PCARS
Eric Smitt - K9ES Brevard County - PCARS
Dennis Tokarzewski - AJ4DT Brevard County - VBARC
Devin Velasquez - KK4RLP Brevard County - VBARC
Vince Weal - K4JC Brevard County - TCWN
Wayne Burkett, Sr. - KA1VRF Indian River County - TCWN
Eric Boyd - W4ELB Martin County - ARES/RACES
Ray Jaworski - KI4RHL Martin County - ARES/RACES
Ron Tagg - KD4PQQ Martin County - ARES/RACES
Judy Tagg- KE4MZT Martin County - ARES/RACES
Gary Webster - K4GMW Martin County - ARES/RACES
Eric Dhabliwala - KM4RYH Martin County - ARES/RACES
Warren Greenburg - AE4WG Volusia County - ARES  
Karl Martin - KG4HBN Volusia County - ARES
Pete Blottman - N2RFW NWS Melbourne
Don Burkhardt NWS Melbourne
Jerry Combs NWS Melbourne
Fred Johnson NWS Melbourne
Jessie Smith NWS Melbourne
Scott Spratt - KT4PD NWS Melbourne
Roddey Stevenson NWS Melbourne
Derrick Weitlich - W1DKW NWS Melbourne
GAP Antenna Products  

For questions, comments, feedback, please email Derrick Weitlich.  To receive a QSL card from WX4MLB after the event, please send  your card along with an SASE to: NWS Melbourne, 421 Croton Road, Melbourne, FL  32935. Electronic QSLs can be exchanged via EQSL ( 


Annual Statistics from WFO Melbourne (local records)

YEAR Total Contacts NWS Contacts States DX Countries Contacts nation-wide
1999 279 20 38   7  
2000 489 38 43 12  
2001 276 33 48   3  
2002 388 35 44 29  
2003 538 42 43 20  
2004 1524 68 49 57 1st Place
2005 778 71 49 20  3rd Place
2006 921 70 50 24  2nd Place
2007 930 64 47 17 1st Place
2008 1192 74 50 40 2nd Place
2009 1373 77 50 43 1st Place
2010  292 35   43     6  15th Place 
2011 1604 81 50 43 1st Place
2012 978 74 50 25 1st Place
2013 1024 54 47 21 1st Place
2014 1294 63 50 38 1st Place
2015 1407 65 50 32 -
2016 1209 65 50 21 2nd Place




2016 SKYWARN Recognition Day Official Website