Skywarn Recognition Day

The National Weather Service office at Greenville-Spartanburg will participate in Skywarn Recognition Day this year. This day celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. Between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 5th, a special event amateur radio station will be operating from the Greenville-Spartanburg Forecast Office and contacting other radio operators around the world.

Please note that we are unable to accept visitors or offer tours of the office during this event.  However, all radio amateurs are welcome to listen for the Greenville-Spartanburg station on the 80 through 10 meter bands, plus 2 meters and 440.  The station special event call sign will be W4G. EchoLink and AllStar networks additionally can be used to contact us via the K9OH repeater.  We will offer a special QSL card to commemorate the event (SASE required).  For additional details about W4G, including our QSL address and a list of other NWS offices participating, visit the Skywarn Recognition Day home page at http://hamradio.noaa.gov.

Amateur radio operators provide an invaluable service to the National Weather Service–as well as to their local communities–by relaying reports of severe weather, including tornadoes, flash flooding and heavy snow. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the amateur radio community who has taken the time to attend spotter training classes–and especially to those who continue to send us timely reports years after becoming trained.  We would also like to thank the South Carolina Healthcare Amateur Radio Team for allowing the local amateur radio community use of their state-wide emergency communication network of repeaters, and to SCETV for allowing the use of their broadcast and microwave towers for this purpose.

Once again, special event amateur radio station W4G will be operating from the National Weather Service office at Greenville-Spartanburg between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, December 5th. We hope to hear you on the air!

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