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SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020 Adjusts for COVID-19

(from the ARRL) Since 1999, the annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) has celebrated the long relationship between the amateur community and the National Weather Service (NWS). SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020 will take place from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC on December 5. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of SKYWARN volunteers across the country.

The purpose of the event is to recognize amateurs for the vital public service they perform during times of severe weather and to strengthen the bond between radio amateurs and local NWS offices. The event is cosponsored by ARRL and the NWS.

Normally, each year, radio amateurs participate from home stations and from stations at NWS forecast offices with the goal of making contact with as many offices as possible. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, participation from NWS forecast offices is expected to be minimal, so the focus will shift this year to contacting as many trained SKYWARN spotters as possible.

During the event, operators are encouraged to exchange their name, home station, SRD number, and current weather conditions with other participating stations. The event website provides complete operating guidelines.

Radio amateurs may sign up for a SKYWARN Recognition Day number by completing a participant sign-up form. A SKYWARN Recognition Day Facebook page has been created and will host a variety of live and recorded segments throughout the day.

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