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The NEAR-Fest Christa McAuliffe Planetarium Project
« on: September 23, 2007, 05:08:25 PM »
As many of you know the objective of NEAR-Fest iI n May was to accumulate funds so as to be able to conduct future events.  Now that this has been accomplished we are happy to announce that we have begun planning our first benevolent project.

You may have already heard that the the proceeds from NEAR-Fest II will go to funding a fully operational amateur station at the CHRISTA McAULIFFE PLANETARIUM in Concord NH.

The planetarium staff are very excited at the prospect of having a radio station they can exhibit and operate with which they can communicate directly with the International Space Station and other NASA facilities.  They are currently building a new addition and have already pledged a permanent location for this purpose.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for October 2007.

A local area radio club has offered to represent NEAR-Fest and assist Planetarium staff members become licensed and proficient in the use of the equipment.  A presentation to Planetarium officials will be made at the Prize Drawing ceremony at 2:00PM on Saturday October 13th.

We are looking forward to establishing this station that will expose radio and our hobby to thousands of students and young people who visit the planetarium every day.  Hopefully some of them will be captivated by the magic of radio as were we all and they will be sufficiently interested in learning more and perhaps becoming licensed themselves.


MisterMike, W1RC

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Re: The NEAR-Fest Christa McAuliffe Planetarium Project
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007, 04:44:56 PM »
Bravo!! This is the exact type of thing we should be doing to promote amateur radio and bring tomorrow's hams on board.

Good job, Mike!