[amsat-bb] North Texas "Moon Day" for AMSAT, ARISS and Amateur Radio.
tjschuessler at verizon.net
Sun Jun 19 04:36:34 UTC 2016
Greetings to all AMSAT friends in North and Central Texas.
July 16th, 2016 will be the date for the annual "Moon Day" at the Frontiers
of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas, TX, STEM event. Check out
http://www.flightmuseum.com/moon-day-2016/ for more information. Moon Day
is a large space exploration and science themed STEM event from 10a-5P that
features numerous exhibitors, technology demonstrations, an ARISS contact
with the ISS and AMSAT/Amateur Radio as key elements. Over 1500 attended
last year's event including many Boy/Girl Scouts and other young people and
families. This year's event might be even bigger.
AS last year, AMSAT members from North Texas, along with the Dallas Amateur
Radio Club, will have a shared display space with STEM activities for people
to learn about satellites, orbital mechanics and the exciting possibilities
of personal communications through Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio
satellites. Aside from the indoor space, we want to be able to offer
multiple opportunities for satellite pass demos on the outside of the
building as well.
Keith Pugh, W5IU will be the ARISS Mentor/coordinator for the scheduled
ARISS contact and has a support team for that but we need other Amateur
Satellite enthusiasts to help man the display space and also to run the pass
demos outside the facility. I have communicated with the event coordinator
asking them to provide us an approved outside space and published promotion
and "Carrots" to get people out there. Being summer and most likely hot. I
also asked if we could have some sort of tent or easy-up to block the sun
from the operating point.
SO WHAT WE NEED are people to man the inside display table, where you will
get to explain some of the basics of Amateur Radio satellites, orbits,
footprints and cubesat to hundreds of inquisitive young people. We also
need some experienced satellite and Amateur Radio operators who will be
willing to handle the heat outside and get people involved with this fun
aspect of our hobby. (With enough of us we can do shifts). There is quite
a good list of pass opportunities between 10a and 5p so you would not be
Please let me or Keith, W5IU know if you can join us and help with a great
public outreach for Amateur Radio and AMSAT.
Tom Schuessler, N5HYP
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