Skywarn™ Recognition Day 1st Saturday in December

Skywarn™ spotters provide critical information  before, during and after adverse weather strikes!

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.  This includes reports of rain and snow, ice and wind, storms and tornadoes, flooding and fire. This is our 24 hours to recognize all of the Skywarn™ spotters serving our nation!

Program Overview


For all amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as many Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters and National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2 meter and 70 centimeter bands. Contacts via repeaters are permitted. SKYWARN™ Recognition Day serves to celebrate the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators during severe weather events of the past year.


Call sign, name, location, signal report, a one or two-word description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly cloudy”, “windy”, etc.), temperature reading if available and SRD Number if the station has one.


NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, Winlink, CW, FT8, FT4, and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS).

Station Control Operator:

It is suggested that during SRD operations for NWS offices a non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

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.

Log Submission:

To submit your log summary for SRD, you can use the online submission form that will be made available on the NWS SRD Recognition main page when the event is completed. Logs must be submitted before January 31st of the following year.

Cookie Consent with Real Cookie Banner