HRPO's twentieth anniversary is soon upon us, and the three partners in the venture (BREC, LSU, BRAS) are working to make this the best calendar year of public offerings in the facility's history!
As determined by the American Radio Relay League, 2017's ARRL Field Day emergency exercise will run from 1pm CDT on Saturday, 24 June to 1pm CDT on Sunday, 25 June. Last year's stated goal was "to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions". Field Day being the most popular Amateur Radio event, it is expected that 30,000 to 40,000 North American "hams" take part.
The Highland Road Park Observatory will be open to the general public from 2pm to 10pm on Saturday only
. There will be no admission fee. The Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club will host a GOTA station and other educational activities during that time span.