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PostPosted: June 23rd, 2017, 6:15 pm 
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American Radio Relay League Field Day
Date and Time: Saturday 24 June from 2pm to 10pm


The Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club will take part in an exciting nationwide emergency exercise. Temporary stations will be set up at HRPO as BRARC joins similar clubs across the continent in an exciting emergency exercise. Some clubs use strictly battery power and solar power. Some clubs use low power outputs (five watts or less) to make contact with other stations all over North America.
Field Day is a twenty-four-hour endurance session of skill and suspense. How many North American sections can the club members contact before time runs out? HRPO patrons will only be allowed on the property from 2pm to 10pm.

During the entire eight hours there will be…
*an area to practice Morse code.
*a GOTA station allowing non-licensed visitors to contact another state.
*a perpetual Amateur Radio Service history slide show
*advanced ordering for HRPO’s newest T-shirt (purple, commemorating the Cassini mission)
*fantastic tasty treats from Mario Losanov’s City Gelato

The Amateur Radio Service, founded decades ago, is the original “social medium!” Ten of thousands of licensed hams—including high schoolers, college kids, parents and grandparents—communicate day after day from coast to coast.

What can people do in the Amateur Radio Service?
*Talk around the world without the Internet or cell phones.
*Send a message to another country using less electricity than a nightlight.
*Transmit your communication in code—Morse code!
*Speak to astronauts on the International Space Station.

What can adults do in the Amateur Radio Service?
*Earn various awards.
*Have more peace of mind knowing that, unlike the internet, federal law mandates sending identifying information during any communication.
*Increase the chances of their families having contact with the outside world during an emergency, simply by connecting radio equipment to a car battery.
*Collect weather and flight data from a launched balloon.

What can kids do in the Amateur Radio Service?
*Work toward specialized merit badges and patches.
*Steer radio-controlled cars and airplanes, or control robots, using ham-only frequencies.
*Keep a hand-held remote transceiver during camping trips.

SCHEDULE
2:15pm = final Rocket Range bid and launch
2:30pm to 4:30pm = The Sun (with safety equipment)
3pm = first Radio Transmission Planet Walk
4pm to ??? = ARS Technician Mini-Quiz (with prizes)
6pm = second Radio Transmission Planet Walk
7pm = premiere of first Fascinations Metal Earth model kit
8:15pm to 9:45pm = Jupiter (in twilight and darkness)
8:40pm to 8:49pm = predicted visible pass of Atlas Centaur rocket
8:45pm to 9:45pm = Saturn (mostly in twilight)
8:59pm to 9:06pm = predicted visible pass of Atlas Centaur rocket
after 9:30pm = The Summer Triangle

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/arrl.html


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PostPosted: June 30th, 2017, 3:23 pm 
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Science Academy
Topic: "Expedition 6"
Date and Time: Saturday 1 July at 10am


Mission Commander Kenneth Bowersox led the Expedition that helped us cope with the tragic loss of Columbia. As with all Expedition SAs, Cadets will sample the astronaut menu and build on the circuit board. Science Academy is for eight- to twelve-year-olds. The cost is five dollars per child who resides in East Baton Rouge Parish, and six dollars per out-of-parish child.

[This is the first SA session to distribute ballots to Cadets to vote for the topic on the 29 July "Cadet's Choice".]

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/academy.html


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PostPosted: July 1st, 2017, 11:55 am 
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Planet Time: Mercury
Date and Time: Saturday 1 July from 4:45pm to 6:45pm


Weather permitting, BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs will attempt track Venus with the 20OGS until that instrument reaches its limit; he will then use a portable telescope at the back viewing pad until 6:45pm if necessary.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/planet_times.html


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PostPosted: July 7th, 2017, 5:28 pm 
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"Wonders of the Summer Sky"
Date and Time: Friday 7 July at 7:30pm


The temperature heats up as July’s constellations settle high overhead early in the night. BREC Education Curator Amy Brouillette takes the audience on a fascinating tour of Baton Rouge’s summer season. She highlights the celestial gems that will sparkle throughout the next three months—gems that visitors will be able to see live if they continue to visit HRPO! This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.


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PostPosted: July 8th, 2017, 5:23 pm 
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Light Pollution Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday 12 July from 5:45pm to 6:30pm


The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society initiates this open house and and invites all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the preservation of the natural sky to participate. This month, attendees will discuss the need to inform city councils of the proper use of LED lighting. Additionally, preparations for the Natural Sky Conference in November will be outlined.

This event has no admission fee and is for patrons eighteen and older. [The LPC meeting is on a Wednesday instead of a Monday this month due to the BRAS meeting taking place on Saturday the 15th at LIGO.]

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/eclipse.html


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PostPosted: July 20th, 2017, 3:27 pm 
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"South Pole Science"
Date and Time: Friday 21 July at 7:30pm


Americans have occupied and worked continuously at the South Pole since 1956. The famous Dome of the South Pole Station was closed in 2007 after more than thirty years in action; a new elevated structure took over as the main building in 2008. BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop reveals the scientific secrets from the “bottom of the world!” This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

United States South Pole Station:
https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/livingsouthpole/intro.jsp


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PostPosted: July 22nd, 2017, 5:22 pm 
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Evening Sky Viewing Plus
Date and Time: Saturday 22 July from 7pm to 10pm


From 7pm to 9pm HRPO will be open to the public for a tour and physical science demonstrations. Due to inclement weather there will be no sky viewing or marshmallow roast.


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PostPosted: July 25th, 2017, 2:43 pm 
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"Great American Eclipse Preview"
Date and Time: Friday 28 July at 7:30pm


The 21 August solar eclipse is the talk of every town in America! What will be seen throughout the continental U.S., including south Louisiana? The presentation will cover the science of the phenomenon, safety guidelines for viewing the Sun☉, and future American eclipses. This talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/eclipse.html


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2017, 3:21 pm 
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Science Academy
Topic: "Cadet's Choice"
Date and Time: Saturday 29 July at 10am


Cadets know this session! The only time during the SA cycle the kids choose the topic! During the four previous sessions (1 July to 22 July), all attending Cadets vote for the 29 July topics. The votes are tallied, but the winning topic won’t be revealed until today! Science Academy is for eight- to twelve-year-olds. The cost is five dollars per child who resides in East Baton Rouge Parish, and six dollars per out-of-parish child.


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PostPosted: July 27th, 2017, 3:23 pm 
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Solar Viewing
Date and Time: Saturday 28 January from 12pm to 2pm


As of this posting there are no radio blackouts, solar radiation storms or geomagnetic storms; there are no active regions on the Earth-facing side of the Sun. Below is the current NOAA forecast for the planned solar viewing time span...
precipitation potential, 56%
sky cover, 85%
relative humidity, 75%
temperature, 30˚C
heat index, 35˚C
surface wind, W 12 km/h


Of course, HRPO personnel hope this forecast changes.


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