- Subject: 16 th Annual Space Symposium and AMSAT annual meeting
- From: Gina Pettis <pettis@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 09 Feb 1998 00:00:01 -0600To all concerned: This is an article written by WB5YKU (Fred Messina)about Vicksburg and the 16th Annual Space Symposium and Amsat annual meeting. Watch for more bulletins and ANS News items. The cutting edge of amateur radio communications that will carry hams into the 21st century will meet some of the finest remnants of the 19th century Oct. 16-19 in Vicksburg when members of AMSAT-NA gather in the Red Carpet City for the 16th Space Symposium and AMSAT annual meeting. The Headquarters for the four-day event is the Park Inn International with AMSAT-NA as the sponsor and the Vicksburg Amateur Radio Club as the hosts. Known during the War Between the States as the Gibraltar of the Confederacy, Vicksburg is a city of time contrasts where the epochal battles of the Civil War, known locally as the War of Northern Aggresion, meet the most advanced sciences. The war is remembered in the more than 1600 acres of the Vicksburg National Military Park where the visitor can, for a nominal fee, see where our great-grandfathers fought and died for the principles they believed in. After a comfortable hour or so touring the modern Visitors Center and viewing the audio-visual presentation of the Campaign for Vicksburg, the visitor can head out for a self guided tour of the siege lines and forts where all the action took place in 1863. You can also opt for a tour guided by rented tape player and tape or a real, live guide who will ride with you explaining all that you will see on the rolling hills of the park. Near the end of the tour, you can see what the remains of the last ire-clad Union gunboat, the Cairo, and some of the artifacts that were raised with her from the waters of the Yazoo River in 1963. After your park visit, drive into douwntown Vicksburg and see the Old Court House Museum -Eva W. Davis Memorial with its fine collection of wartime artifacts as well as displays showing how the city lived from the pioneer days to the present. On Washington Street, the vistor can drop into the Grey and Blue Museum for a glimpse of the naval aspects of the Vicksburg Campaign and then cross the street to see the Biedenharn Candy Co. Coca Cola Museum to see where and how the popular soft drink was bottled for the first time. In the same area there are a doll museum, a modern pharmacy coupled with a museum of firearms and medical artifacts and SHOPPING!!! Although Vicksburg put up a fight, the wartime mayor remarked the city "Did not know and was disinclined to learn the meaning of the word surrender" the city still has several antebellum homes that are open for tours. These range from the elegant mansion Cedar Grove, which is also a bed and breakfast inn and restaurant to Mc Raven where the visitor can see a dome depicting three stages of Vicksburg's development beginning in pioneer days. For those who want to add a little science and engineering to their visit, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station is that organization's largest engineering and scientific research facility in the country. WES'S more than 1200 employees work in fields such as hydraulics, soils, coastal and enviromental engineering and computers. Self guided tours are available every weekday except holidays and weekends. Man does not live by ham radio alone, so there must be some place to eat. Vicksburg is like New Orleans in this regard, if you can't find a meal, you aren't looking. The food ranges from old fashioned Southen at Walnut Hills to Lebanese at Eddie Monsour's at the clubhouse of the Vicksburg Country Club to typical American at Monsours, Maxwell's and the Beechwood to continental at Jacques in the Park. There are also Rowdy's Family Restaurant, Goldies Trail Barbeque, The Cracker Barrel and the typical gamut of fast food establishments. After AMSAT meetings all day and a good meal, it is time for a little evening entertainment. Four riverfront casinos feature table games, slot machines, food and drink and Las Vegas style entertainment. Those planning to attend, and anyone who knows what Vicksburg can offer will know the attendance could easily double the 250 enthusuasts who attended the last meeting in Toronto, Canada, will be wanting more information on what there is to do and see in the city. All of that is just a phone call, or computer contact away. The VARC contact is Eddie Pettis, N5JGK, and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or see the WWW page link at http://www.amsat.org. The Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau can provide all the information a visitor needs, including a visitor's guide that lists all attractions, restaurants, motels, antebellum homes, bed and breakfast inns etc. along with a detailed map to guide the visitor aroung the city. Contact the VCVB at (601)636-9421, toll free at (800)221-3536. or e-mail at www.vicksburg.org/cvb. The call for papers will be made in March and the registration forms will be available in July.