National Weather Service recognizes volunteer radio operators all across the country

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The National Weather Service recognized the contributions of amateur radio operators all across the country on Saturday.

As part of SKYWARN Amateur Radio Recognition Day, the National Weather Service Station in La Crosse, and all over the U.S., welcomed ham radio operators up to the station to assist them in storm spotting and contacting other National Weather Service Stations.

Ham radio operators play a crucial role in relaying information when other communication systems go down.

“Ham radio will always work,” Meteorologist for the National Weather Service John Wetenkamp said.

“In the event, say, cell phone systems are down, commercial power’s down, you don’t have electricity, you can take out a ham radio, hook it up to a battery supply, put an antenna up in a tree . . . and provide worldwide communication.”

If you would like more information on SKYWARN Recognition Day you can visit this website.

A ham radio operator looking for a signal.
Joe Van Ryn

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