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17 July 2011

Skywarn unit places first in amateur radio contest

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Dick Schultz, Lewis French (Montrose County Skywarn coordinator), Chris Dupuy, Ron Rich (Delta County Skywarn coordinator), Royce Seymour, Jesse Davenport display the award presented to the Mesa, Montrose and Delta County Skywarn units.

An award was recently presented to the Mesa, Montrose and Delta County Skywarn units in recognition of achieving first place in all three categories during the 12th annual Skywarn Recognition Day amateur radio contest, sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League and hosted by the National Weather Service.

Skywarn Recognition Day is a 24-hour national contest among amateur radio mobile storm spotter units representing the NWS forecast offices, and is always conducted during the first Saturday of December.

There are 122 NWS forecast offices, and each office has Skywarn units that support their weather warning programs.

This is the first time that the western Colorado Skywarn units achieved first place in all three contest categories which include — total number of amateur radio contacts; total number of states contacted; and total number of NWS forecast offices contacted.

About 20 Skywarn spotters from western Colorado participated in the 2010 Skywarn Recognition Day.

More recently, the Delta, Mesa, and Montrose (including Ouray residents) Skywarn units were activated on Thursday, June 30, to report significant weather events to the forecasters at the Grand Junction NWS forecast office. As usual, they promptly responded and provided accurate and timely storm information to the forecasters.

- Delta County Independent

SAWDIS -  The ARRL and US Weather Service must be commended for sponsoring and hosting this event. Storm spotters are an important part in severe weather warning in the US. Relaying by amateur radio their visual confirmation of storm events,  volunteers are able to work around the crisis and get the information to where it needs to go so people can be warned of what's coming and to save lives. Congratulations to to the Mesa, Montrose and Delta County Skywarn units!!