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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB091 (1999)

ARLB091 NWS/ARRL On-Air Event Set for November 27

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ARRL Bulletin 91  ARLB091
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 24, 1999
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB091 NWS/ARRL On-Air Event Set for November 27

Upwards of 60 amateur stations will be on the air from National
Weather Service offices on Saturday, November 27--the final Saturday
of the Atlantic hurricane season--as part of the National Weather
Service Special Event. The event, sponsored by the NWS and the ARRL,
is aimed at recognizing the contributions amateurs make to the NWS
during threatening weather. It will provide an opportunity for NWS
personnel and amateurs to learn more about each other and their
capabilities in severe weather situations.

NWS personnel at various US locations will be on the air under the
supervision of a licensed control operator. The event also will
allow NWS offices to test back-up communication in anticipation of
any Y2K-related problems.

The objective is for Amateur Radio operators at NWS sites to work as
many other amateur stations as possible. The event will run November
27 from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC. Participating stations will operate on
80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, 6, and 2 meters. Although it's
expected that most contacts will be on SSB, all other
modes--including FM, CW, RTTY, and PSK31--may be used. Repeater
contacts also are invited.

Operators will exchange their name, QTH, and a one or two-word
description of the weather at the operator's location (for example,
''sunny'' or ''partly cloudy''). A script will be transmitted at
regular intervals to announce the purpose of the event and to
provide QSL information.

A Web site,, provides
operating instructions, a list of participating site stations, and
QSL information.

Operators eligible for a QSL certificate should send a
self-addressed stamped envelope to the National Weather Service, 920
Armory Rd, Goodland, KS 67735. The NWS will create the certificate,
check the logs, and issue the certificates based on a percentage of
NWS stations worked.

For more information, contact Scott Mentzer, KB0WPY, at the NWS:; 785-899-2360; or Steve Ewald, WV1X, at the
ARRL:; 860-594-0265; or visit


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