Amateur Radio Community Services Club Participated in SKYWARN Recognition Day at Jackson National Weather

Service Office




SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio

Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection

 of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN™ volunteers across

the country. The amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency

management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN™ Special Event on Saturday,

December 7,  operators who are members of the Amatuer Radio Community Services Club from Johnson,

 Lawrence, Floyd, Pike and Magoffin Counties operated amateur radio equipment at the Jackson NWS offices and

established contact with other radio operators and weather offices across the world. Each message included

identification of the distant station, its location, weather conditions, operator and signal quality report. Local weather

information was also sent for the use of the distant stations in the event of a major communication outage. The club

also provides support and testing for community members that wish to become FCC licensed  amateur radio

operators. Meetings and testing occur at 6:00 PM the first Thursday of each month in the basement of Mayo

Memorial United Methodists Church in Paintsville.