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SKYWARN Recognition Day 2012, Honolulu - Fri November 30 - Sat December 1, 2012

Annually, the National Weather Service recognizes the importance of the amateur radio service and community weather spotters by hosting SKYWARN Recognition Day. It is co-sponsored with the ARRL.

This web page details the arrangements at the Honolulu, Hawaii office prior to the event. Information provided by Jackson, KH6DQ.

This event is sponsored by the National Weather Service - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Event Objective

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

The 14th edition of SkyWarn Recognition Day is one week from now. As of today over 74 NWS Offices are registered for the 24 hour event. The event will be from 2:00 p.m. HST, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 to 2:00 p.m. HST, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.

This week the final touches will be put on the website and the official endorsement checklist. The final checklist will likely be posted Thursday for download. Stay Tuned!


SKYWARN Recognition Day is an opportunity for National Weather Service Forecast Offices across the United States to thank SKYWARN Spotters for their efforts in obtaining timely severe weather reporting for the protection of life and property. This is the SKYWARN program's main mission. "To Save Lives".

The Location in Hawai'i

The Hawaii NWS call sign will be KH6SW. It will be listed in the official SKYWARN Recognition Day web site at http://hamradio.noaa.gov.

The locator is Latitude 21.29831 North; Longitude -157.81649 West. BL11ch

In Honolulu, the SKYWARN Recognition Day 2012 event will be held at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Honolulu located in the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

You can view the entire list of participating NWS locations.

The Schedule

Date: NWS stations will operate Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 0000 - 2400 UTC (2:00 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2012, HST). The Hawaii operations will be on the All-Star linked repeaters as listed below.

At 11/30/2012 7:30pm The Honolulu Weather service Skywarn HAM operator will make a call out on 146.880 on the nightly EARC net for contacts. The report and information needed is:

  • Your call sign
  • the signal report (eg, 59)
  • location
  • and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site (eg, "sunny", "clear", "partly cloudy", "windy").

The Honolulu Weather service Skywarn HAM operator will make a call out on HF Nets in Hawaii.

  • Nov 30 4:00pm 7088 Hawaii Afternoon Net
  • Dec 1 9:00am 7080 HealthComm net
  • Dec 1 9:30am 7188 Aloha net

The Frequencies and Modes

For Oahu information, we will use the Allstar linked repeaters on 444.350 MHz (PL 103.5) at Diamond Head, which will be linked to 444.325 MHz (PL 103.5), 146.980 MHz (PL 88.5) and the 146.76 MHz (No PL) repeaters on Oahu. It will also be connected to the IRLP Western Reflector. You can call IRLP node 3080, or call Echolink Node 357564, "HI-Gate"

The repeaters and KH6SW are also reachable via the Hawaii SCD RACES VHF repeater system.

These are the VOIP (Voice Over IP) Radio notes from SRD 2011.

DSTAR may also be operational, after 10:00 pm Friday HST. Look for the KH6HPZ B UHF repeater. We may also be on DSTAR Reflector 004A.

HF Phone may be on: 14,285 kHz USB or 7080, 7088, 7188 kHz LSB.

HF PSK may be on: 14,070 kHz USB or 7070 kHz USB.

The 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.).

The Operators and Shifts

The operators and shifts for the event are:

Shift Time NCS Call Sign Comments
11/30/12; 2:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Bart Aronoff WH6AA
11/30/12; 2:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Jack Tsujimura KH6DQ
11/30/12; 6:00 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. Rick Kimitsuka KH6OM
11/30/12; 6:00 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. Tiff Lawyer AH6S
11/30/12; 10:00 p.m. - 12/1/12 6:15 a.m Keith Higa WH7GG
11/30/12; 10:00 p.m. - 12/1/12 6:15 a.m Ron Hashiro AH6RH
11/30/12; 10:00 p.m. - 12/1/12 6:15 a.m. Zeph MacNaughton N7WAP
12/1/12; 6:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Tom Geier KH6BLA
12/1/12; 6:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Darrell Omuro KH6XL
12/1/12; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Odell Chinen WH6EAQ
12/1/12; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Kevin Bogan AH6QO

The Stations at NWSFO Honolulu, Hawaii

The HF station is:

  • Icom IC-7200 100 Watt HF Transceiver
  • Wire dipole atop the fifth floor

The VHF/UHF station is:

QSL Information

The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will likely be electronic and printable this year. Stay Tuned!

For more info

You can get additional info at SKYWARN Recognition Day. For further information, contact Jackson Tsujimura (KH6DQ) via email, kh6dq at arrl.net.

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