The NWS Brownsville is looking for a few good men and women to operate as WX5BRO during SKYWARN Recognition Day, December 4, 2021. 

This year, as was done last year, individual operators assume the call sign WX5BRO and make contacts according to the rules below.  If you would like to volunteer, contact David, K5RAV at to state your intentions.  When the schedule is prepared, you will be assigned a two-hour slot during the period of the event.  If you wish to operate longer than two hours, report your wishes.  The idea is to have fun showcasing the SKYWARN program.  A report form will be provided.  Record your QSO’s and submit the form to K5RAV who will forward to NWS Brownsville for tabulation. 
Last year, a large number of contacts were made and this year should be even better because of the improved propagation of Sunspot Cycle 25.                    

SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions

1. Object: SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators Skywarn Spotters during threatening weather.
  • Amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.
  • Non-Amateur Radio Spotters to exchange weather information as often as possible via Social Media with NWS Offices.
2. Date: NWS stations may operate at any time during December 4, 2021 from 0000 – 2400 UTC (Sat 7pm- Sun 7pm CST).
3. 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.).
4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS). NWS offices may also participate via Social Media platforms throughout the 24 hour period.
5. Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.
6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion of SRD.